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Chepang Hill Trek

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Chepang Hill is the most popular Trekking route in Chitwan that passes through the Chepang Village. Chepang Hill Trekking has its own significance as this trail begins through the unexplored beautiful hillsides of Chitwan at the moderate altitude of Mahabharat range. Chepang Hill Trekking in Nepal is part of a national development effort to empower poor, rural communities. The driving principle behind this effort is that tourism can be introduced into new areas in such a way that it improves the socio-economic standard of local communities while conserving the environment and avoiding common pitfalls of tourism expansion.

 

The Chepang Hill Trail offers a rare combination of cultural, sightseeing experience and distinct lifestyle of the chepang. Chepang Hill Trekking takes you to the beautiful hillsides where you can encounter semi-nomadic people called ‘Chepang’. The Chepang caste is one of the indigenous ethnic groups of Nepal. With their own distinct language, the people of this community lead a nomadic life and their primary lifestyle includes hunting, foraging for wild roots, fishing and traditional farming near jungles so the Chepang ethnic people usually survive on fruits & roots and practice shamanism. Their settlements, house construction, social organization, language, customs, festivals, and religion are unique. The trail offers cultural highlights of one of the indigenous communities of Nepal. Due to their distinct lifestyle and the remoteness of their homeland, this indigenous group belongs to the much-marginalized groups of Nepal. You are more likely to enjoy their primitive culture, their festivals, norms and, values. The Chepang Hill trail sometimes provides you with philanthropic satisfaction as it is designed to lead through the homeland of Chepangs and their remote villages in order to generate income possibilities for them and to raise awareness about the Chepang culture among foreign visitors and Nepali people.

 

Though the Chepang trekking is more focused on cultural exploration, the natural panorama cannot be ignored. The sunrise view from Sira-chuli is spectacular along with different ranges of the Himalayas. You are more likely to be delighted by national parks and protected plants and animal species as well. The Chitwan National Park, one of Asia’s finest national parks, is renowned for its dense tropical forest with a large number of wildlife and bird species. The park is home to about 600 species of plants, rare one-horned rhinos and other endangered species like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Dolphins, and Gharial Crocodile. Chitwan Chepang Hill Trail offers a splendid experience of rural communities and jungle safari. The unique culture of Chepang village offers to see you bird watching, and other natural attractions add to the experience. The Chepang village trekking includes splendid views of the wide range of Himalayan peaks such as Rolwaling, GauriShankar, Langtang, Manaslu, Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and many others. It is not necessary to have any previous hiking and trekking experience, a normal walking experience is enough for this exciting trek.

 

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Hungdi- (309m)

Day 04: Hungdi to Hatti bag (1410m)

Day 05: Hatti bang to Jyandala (1600m)

Day 06: Jyandala to Upper Dangadhi (1275m)

Day 07: Upper Dangadhi to Saktikhor (355m)

Day 08: Saktikhor back to Kathmandu by bus

Day 09: Final Departure

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.

Day 2: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley

The next morning after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. You can pay your homage visiting center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple (for Hindus) and Swyambhunath (for Buddhists). These are very ancient and historical pride of Nepal importantly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflects the uniqueness and diversity in Nepalese culture. On journey back to hotel, you can travel around the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. You can perhaps take relaxed walk through the famous streets like Thamel.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Hungdi- (309m)

A long day journey for about 4-5 hours by bud to Hungdi - about 80km distance. Spend your evening visiting the Hungdi Bazaar. It’s a market place offering beautiful traditional and cultural life. Spend your night at a hotel. 

Day 4: Hungdi to Hatti bag (1410m)

Walk about five hours from Hungdi Bazaar to Hatti bag, a beautiful village with magnificent mountain views. Offer good scenery of the surrounding mountains and touch of Magar, Chepang and Giripuri culture. This moderate to strenuous trek is picturesque as you pass small villages and behind you is the awesome scenery of the Trishuli River and the mountains in the horizon.  Here you stay overnight in local homes or community-managed guest houses.

Day 5:Hatti bang to Jyandala (1600m)

The second day of our trek starts from Hatti bag and ends at Jyandala penetrating some other Chepang settlements such as Jautesh, Changa and Dinglang. It's about 4-5 hrs working day with spectacular views of the mountains and magnificent sunrise and sunset. The view includes a wide range of Himalayan peaks such as Rolwaling, Gauri Shankar, Langtang, Gorkha Himal, Peak 29, Himal chhuli, Manaslu, Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri. Towards South lie the green jungles of the Chitwan National Park in the Terai. It would be our pleasure to observe the complete Chepang settlements and their culture through the way whole day.

Day 6:Jyandala to Upper Dangadhi (1275m)

It takes about seven hours trek from Jyandala to Gadi via Siraichuli and Chisapanitar. Trail goes meandering through forests and grazing fields, with views varying between the Himalayas and the plains of the Terai. We would be able to view mountain ranges, sunrise and sunset at Siraichuli. Moving ahead from Siraichuli to Chisapanitar is also a splendid one. We would be fortunate enough to watch varieties of birds on the trail. The dense forest in this region is homeland to other wild animals and birds. The trail leads you through an ever changing landscape to Upper Dangadhi; old headquarter of Chitwan until early 1962. The remains of a historic fort that defended the surrounding countryside are still in existence. Nature and the spectacular views make it an ideal place to stay overnight with local families.          

Day 7: Upper Dangadhi to Saktikhor (355m)

The trail from Gadhi to Saktikhor is about six hours working. Saktikhor is another Chepang village and the centre of the sustainable tourism initiative of the Chepang people. You can visit Chepang Museum and Visitor's information centre, Caves and waterfalls around Saktikhor. Home-stay experience and Cultural shows can be experienced as per the demand. Also from here you can visit Chitwan National Park, you can do a one of two days rafting in Trishuli River. Or come back to Kathmandu.

Day 8: Saktikhor back to Kathmandu by bus

Today take an early drive by bus to Kathmandu valley which is about 6-7 hours journey. On the way you will have your lunch. Enjoy viewing the natural landscapes and the greenery hills on the way long Trishuli River.  Spend your night at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 9: Final Departure

If you are leaving Nepal and not continuing your holiday here in Nepal, we will take you to the Kathmandu Airport to catch your flight home. Our staff will oversee your safe and timely arrival at the Tribhuvan International Terminal and help you arrange your last minute departure details. We will wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of Nepal and hope to see you again!

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle.
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
  • Twin sharing Home Stay Accommodation during the trekking
  • Full board meals including breakfast lunch and Dinner mostly local meals during the village tour.
  • Necessary Trekking permits if applicable.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Kathmandu to trek start point and finish point to Kathmandu transport by Bus (If you want to travel by Land Cruiser or private car is available, by adding extra cost)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents &  Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes.

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Passport and Visas:

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.


Get the required visa for Nepal.

You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information


Bring Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.


Money & Credit card Info

We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost.  So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel


Travel Insurance:

Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.


Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal

We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time.  Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here.  For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.


Who can trek?

No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.


Our Trekking Dates

Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.


Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal

Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list


Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu

It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.  


Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.


How to Book

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip

 

Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 09 days

Highest Altitude: 3950 m

Lowest Altitude: 1950 m

Trek Grade: Easy

Joining in: Kathmandu Nepal

Location: Chepang Hill

Best time: February - June, September - November However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.

Guide: Government certified hiking & trekking Guide

Lodging:  Twin sharing tea house/guest house accommodation private room. Also tented camping will be done through out the trek.Food: Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (typical Nepali cuisine - vegetarian option usually available) 

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Gear List

Personal necessary

The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.

01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 1 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants, 2 half pants/trousers
05: T-shirts - 2
06. Fleece jacket/Jumper
08.  Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket.
09. Thermal Inners. Recommended for winter time.
10. Socks, Cotton 2  pairs, Woolen 2 pairs
11. 1 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1
 

Other necessary equipments

1. Sleeping bag rated to (-10 to -20 degree Celsius)
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries.
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
7. Toiletries
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.

For more ideas what should bring please visit the
Equipment list Or get back to us on puru@abovethehimalaya.com