Duration: 17 Days
Activity: Trekking/ hiking/ Volunteer
Starts from: Kathmandu
Ends on: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotels/ lodge/ homestay
Transportation: Private vehicles
This two week program takes you to a short trek around rural Nepali Chepang villages and to the health posts where you will volunteer the poor, uneducated of outer world and financially retarded Chepang citizens. Volunteering in such villages will help the citizens of those village to get medicine and advisories of their health. It also helps the health posts perform their campaign effectively.
This trek takes you to a Chepang village of Chitwan. Chitwan itself is a very natural city with one of the beautiful national park in the Asia. Chepang are originally nomads of Chitwan which own their own culture, language, tradition, lifestyle, etc.
The Chepang are an indigenous Tibeto-Burman people group numbering around fifty-two thousand mainly inhabiting the rugged ridges of the Mahabharata mountain range of central Nepal.
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 usually insufficient) 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. Chepang men and women are basically egalitarian and no social ranking exists as it does in caste Nepalese society.
Why we need you
People with the western influence are clearly in touch with Hospitals and doctors, and through this they are Healthy and fit. However, in remote areas of Nepal with scarcity of medicine, hospitals and doctors, the villagers are often sick and do not get any treatment. The highly educated or advanced Medical personnel leave the village to work and live in Kathmandu or possibly in the western countries to live high society life. The remote village do their best, but their facilities, supplies, and educational materials are limited and dated.
We need volunteers who are fluent in English and help us bring supplies to the village and help those villages increase their Health beneficiary.
You will stay in home stay where arrangement of fixed home stay to live in will be made with separate private rooms. However, there are no possibilities to arrange a separate bath and toilet in the villages. You will be served common meals such as locally produced organic rice, vegetable and daal (lentil) whatever a family member eat. People in the villages will be very friendly, helpful and supportive, they will treat guest as a god, will be always greeted by them with smiling and Namaskar (it is Nepali greeting when people meet, they respect other with Namaste) despite of unfamiliar or not speaking your language.
We do also provide extra activities like jungle activities in Chitwan and sightseeing in Kathmandu for your refreshment which are inclusive within the cost.
Essential things you need to bring
To cope with dynamic environment phenomenon, some essential equipment needs to be considered mandatorily to make a successful and enjoyable trip. We are going to serve in the remote and rural village where we have to make arrangement of required equipment’s prior to leave for. However, Chepang village lies in low altitude; there is no possibility, or risk and fear of happening altitude sickness. The weather is also not so cold. Despite of sunny whole day, night will be a bit cold as compared to day. We recommend volunteers bring sleeping bags, flashlight, seasonal clothes, trekking shoes, toiletries accessories, simple medicine.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and preparation
Day 03: Drive to Hugdi, trek and overnight at Hattibang.
Day 04: Trek to Jautesh change ding lang and overnight at Jyandala.
Day 05: trek to Sirachuli to Chisapanitar to Gadi
Day 06: Trek Gadi to Shaktikhor
Day 07: Trek Shaktikhor to Majhbang Chepang village via Sinti waterfall and Sinti cave
Day 08-12: Volunteer days in Majhbang Chepang village
Day 15: Drive to Chitwan national park. Elephant back safari inside national park
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure