Duration: 03 Days
Starts from: Kathmandu
Ends on: Chitwan
Max altitude: 2100 M
Transportation: Private vehicles/Domestic planes/Local transportation
Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge/Home stay
Best season: Sept-Dec, Jan-May,
Cost: USD US$ 450
Chepang hill trail is a trekking route that goes through the Mahabharat range of the northern Chitwan and villages of chepangs.
Who are chepangs?
Over the past two or three generations the Chepang have begun to slowly shift from a semi-nomadic (slash-and-burn) lifestyle to a more settled way of life, relying increasingly upon the produce of permanent fields of maize, millet and bananas. The severe topography, however, has made permanent farming difficult and the forest has remained an important (although decreasingly so) source of food for the Chepang. Historically, the collection of wild yams and tubers, fish caught from nearby rivers, bats and wild birds, and periodically wild deer hunted from nearby forests, have supplemented their need for carbohydrates and protein. With increasing population, lack of arable land and few irrigation options, despite forest supplements, malnutrition has been an historic problem for the Chepang who have often been characterized as the poorest of Nepal’s poor."
This trail is a authentic place. What you see is the truth and is the reflection of the true culture. You will see the greatest view of hills like heaven and you will follow the trail through different sidewalks. You will be passing different village where the residence is so thin and scattered that you will merely find 3 houses at a same place in a village. Animal husbandry is the main income. And agriculture has influenced widely in the sloppy hills. Its totally different place. Different people, different lifestyle and different culture.
On the trail, there comes a place called "Siraichuli Peak". Its the highest hill of Chitwan. And local people has a saying that form the hill " you can see upto Mumbai of India". Its not the truth but it meant to say that it give you the view of southern plain lands upto where your eyesight catches.
This trail is easy to do and can be your option to do little hiking while you are planning to Chitwan because this trail ends on Chitwan.
Day 01: Drive to Majhimtar - 3 hrs drive. Overnight at Majhimtar
Day 02: Trek to hattibang - 4 hrs trek
Day 03: Trek to uppardangadi via siraichuli - 6 hrs trek
Day 04: Trek to Saktikhor 3 hrs and drive to Sauraha (Chitwan)