Those people who wish to experience isolated parts of Nepal once upon make an exceptional trek to untouched destinations. The most significant features of the regions offer you encounter with real Himalayan hubs, special experience about indigenous people's life style, diverse cultures, socio-economic situation as well as total sustainable eco-trekking.
The programs detail which are figured out for those area leads you to explore glimpse of the mountain where mainly inhabited by the natives- Gurung, Magar, Tamang, Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, Brahman, Chhetri and others including splendid views of snow clad peaks together.
The regions are rich with its natural beauty and conserved floral & faunal biodiversity. Other additional interesting add to your journey around many traditional cultural activities like Lamaism, Shamanism, Natural Herbal Medication, Food Habit, Colorful Culture shows in seasonal occasions while walking through the trail.
The Chepang hill trekking
The Chepang hill trail begins from Hugdi which is about 80km west-south from Kathmandu and about 25km east of reafting put-out point. From Hugdi the trail goes to Hattibang where there are 4 households ready for home-stay where one can also experience the cultural performances of Chepangs and other ethnic groups and bird watching activity. Then comes Siraichuli which is the highest viewpoint and offers magnificent sunrise and sunset views with wide range of Himalayas in the likes of peak 29, Annapurna range, Gorkha Himal, Gaurishankar, Dhaulagiri , Langtang, Rolwaling, Manaslu. A good camping site waits at Upperdangadhi which is a classic octagonal artillery fort ,passing into the chitwan hills that defended the surrounding countryside during the reign of Bahadur shah. The fort offers spectacular views from every direction. Village walk, nature and bird watching tours are its additional attractions. Then comes Shaktikhor where one can experience the Chepang traditional lifestyle with homestay and buy local handicrafts as souvenirs. The trial then passes through Jyandala and ends at Shaktikhor. And furthermore the programme continues with wildlife activities at Chitwan National park .
These backward ethnic communities belong to a well defined traditional area in the south of Dhading, the west of Makawanpur and east of Chitwan along the steeper slopes of Mahabharat range of the mid- Nepal . Very few of these hunting tribal people started deriving subsistence from agriculture. Otherwise, hunting, wood collections etc. have been their foremost living subsistence. Though , they are economically backward, they have a rich and unique cultural tradition. With the increasing encroachment of the forest (their main living recourse) by themselves and other communities alike, these people lately started working in the development projects in the areas as hard labors.
Besides home-stay facilities in Shaktikhor, Gadi, Chisapanitar, Chitram, Majhbang and Hattibang, resting places, porter shelters with bath rooms/toilets are also available. Tea houses are available in Siddhi, whereas camping site is available in Uppardang Gadi, Hattibang, Chitram and Jyandala. The nearest point where all major tourist facilities are available is Sauraha near the Royal Chitwan National Park or Narayanghat.
Wholesome and organic locally produced agricultural items are available along the Chepang Hills Trail. Millets, wheat, corn, buck wheat Dhido (Nepali food item) and roti, baked corn, soybeans and other beans, dal and rice, gundruk (partially fermented edible leaves), seasonal vegetables and fruits, ghee, milk, honey, curd, other juices, poultry/goat items, edible roots, etc. are available. Other items like Kheer (pudding), sel-roti (fox bread), black dal's phuloura (a type of fried item), crab, tama (bamboo shoots), fish, nettle, etc. are also available on demand.
Chepang Museum :
A Chepang Museum has also been established at Shaktikhor with the view to preserve and promote primitive cultures, originalities, costumes, life styles of the people. Different materials used by the Chepangs and relics like catapults used in killing birds, slings and bows used for hunting animals, crushing devices, dhiki and janto (traditional stone tools for beating and grinding grains), pots, wooden, Containers, drums have been kept in the museum.
Day- 01 Drive to Charaudi for ¾ hours, the rafting put-in point then we will meet our raft crew. The leader of the raft will give short briefing on safety procedure. Within whole day we encounter several big-small rapids but the main interesting one are after Majhimtar which is just before the "upset" rapid and according to the Colorado river rating scale this rapid has been rated from 3 to 4. . All tricky rapids bear Nepali name as well as common names, which will be told by the rafter.
Lunch will be served on the beach of the river just before going through the Upset rapids. Shortly after lunch we will encounter another rapid known as "surprise". It is indeed, for the current accelerates and the rapids increase in size and frequency. Overnight at Kuringhat Camp
Day- 02 After breakfast, we continue raft-encountering Mugling & Simaltal rapid and pass another Marshyangdi river, which has flowed down, from Manang valley. Arrive put-out-point at Simaltal then drive an hour to Hungdi,starting point of the trail. Hugdi is between Mugling and Krishna Bhir in Dhading district. About 5hrs walk will arrive at Hattibang. Hattibang offers good scenery of the surrounding mountains and you trek through pristine mid hill forests. You can experience Magar, Chepang and Giripuri cultures at the community-run home-stays and community-managed guest house. The cultural show by locals can be enjoyed at evening time. Local handicrafts can be possessed here. You can make a tour of the village and visit the community lodge.
Day-03 Trek from Hattibang to Jyandala via Jautesh, Changa and Dinglang which takes about three hours. On the way you cross several villages which are purely Chepang settlements.
Day-04 Trek from Jyandala to Upperdangadhi via Siraichuli and Chisapanitar and it takes about six and half hours. You trek through rough landscape and vegetation. Siraichuli (1,945m.) is one of the highest hills of Mahabharat range. It offers magnificent views of the mountains and fascinating views of sunrise and sunset. You can enjoy the spectacular views of Rolwaling, Gaurishankar, Langtang, Gorkha Himal, Peak 29, Himalchuli, Manaslu, Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and the Chitwan National park in the Terai. Chisapanitar is a popular bird watching site where 250 varieties of bird species are found. The dense forest in this region is also home to other wild animals.
Upperdangadhi used to be the headquarters of Chitwan till early 1962. The remains of a historic fort that defended the surrounding countryside are still here. The fort at 1275 is said to have been built by Shatru Bhanjan Shah. Here you can also enjoy the magnificent views.
Day-05 Trek from Upperdangadhi to Shaktikhor which takes about five hours. Shaktikhor, the ending point of the trek, provides innumerable opportunity to visitors for a memorable cultural experience. You can gain cultural experience at Shaktikhor. Other attractions include visit to Chepang museum, Sinti waterfall and Sinti cave. You can make village tour and can enjoy cultural show performed by Chepang and Magar.
Day- 06 Drive from Shaktikhor Drive to Chitwan National Park , which takes about four 1 hour drive. Arrive Chitwan and transfer to Rainbow Safari Resort. Upon arrival briefing about a activities & facilities, After Lunch naturalist will take you culture tour to Tharu village, Museum tour, sun set tour in the evening Tharu stick dance overnight at Rainbow Safari Resort.
Day-07 Whole day jungle activities which includes elephant ride, canoe, nature walk, visit to elephant breeding center, jeep drive etc. Overnight at Rainbow Safari Resort
Day-08 After Breakfast bird watching tour: You will once again through the experience hand of our Naturalist is able to encounter many of the rare and migratory species of birds which numbers to more than 450 species, while walking along the bank of the river. And after then drive towards Kathmandu or Pokhara.
All trips can be customized and extended as per requirements
Cost will be provided on request.
Rafting:- All Rafting equipments with guide, meal while on the River, accommodation in two men tent, all necessary fees, all camping gear & River permit & transport if necessary.
Trekking :- 3 meals a day (breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) along the trekking trail, Accommodation in Local houses on trekking trail, An experience government licensed holder English speaking guide for the trekking with necessary porters their's food drink, insurance, all equipment, transportation, & all local taxes, Wages of guide and other members.
Safari: Accommodation, all meals, all jungle activities such as elephant ride, canoe trip, jungle walk, birds watching, village tours folk dancing & park entrance fees.