The Chepang Hill Trek is an off-the-beaten-path route that takes you through indigenous Chepang communities of Nepal. These people have their own distinct language, and lead a nomadic life. Enjoy views of Rolwaling, Gauri Shankar, Langtang, Manaslu, the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and more while on this easy trek. The trek will be followed by a relaxing jungle safari in Chitwan National Park, where you'll spot all kinds of wild animals. 

Highlights

  • Visit the lesser-visited hillsides of Chitwan
  • Enjoy panoramic mountain views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Langtang ranges
  • Learn about the lifestyle of Nepal's Chepang community
  • Go on jeep, boat, and walking safari in Chitwan
  • Stay at a village homestay during the trek

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Kathmandu Kathmandu
Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour - Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa Kathmandu
Day 3 Drive Kathmandu to Hugdi - Trek to Hattibang Hattibang
Day 4 Trek Hattibang to Jyandala Jyandala
Day 5 Trek Jyandala to Upper Dangadhi Upper Dangadhi
Day 6 Trek Upper Dangadhi to Saktikhor Shaktikhor
Day 7 Drive from Shaktikhor to Chitwan - Evening Tharu Cultural Program Chitwan 
Day 8 Full Day Jungle Activities in Chitwan Chitwan 
Day 9 Fly to Kathmandu - Farewell Dinner Kathmandu
Day 10 Farewell Nepal!  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu

Thamel- a tourist hub of Kathmandu
Thamel, Kathmandu's tourist hub

Welcome to Nepal! Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Thamel by private car.

Depending upon your arrival time, you can relax at your hotel or go out and explore the city on your own or with an English-speaking guide (an optional add-on). Here are some activities to consider:

  • Explore around Thamel, the colorful tourist hub of Kathmandu.
  • Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, surrounded by narrow alleyways with small shops, ancient temples, and local restaurants.
  • Walk up to Swayambhunath, the white stupa above the city. You can take a taxi from Thamel if you are too tired to walk.
  • Relax at the Garden of Dreams, a classical garden in Thamel, with an exquisite ensemble of pavilions, fountains, decorative garden furniture, and beautiful flowers and trees. 

In the evening you will be briefed about your trek and introduced to your trekking guide, then you'll go out for a welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural program. 

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour - Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath Stupa at night

After breakfast, you'll be picked up by an English-speaking tour guide for a day of exploring some of Kathmandu's popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Today, you'll learn many interesting facts and stories about Hindu and Buddhist culture, history, and the people of Nepal. 

Boudhanath Stupa is on the northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu. The stupa is a massive mandala, and the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath Temple is a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located on the banks of the Bagmati River, north-east of central Kathmandu. Here you will see many sadhu holy men and cremations taking place in the open air. 

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Hugdi - Trek to Hattibang

Locals
Rural Nepali life

After breakfast, drive to Hugdi (about 3- 4 hours away) by private car, followed by a trek to Hattibang, about five hours.

Hattibang is a beautiful village with magnificent mountain views and a mix of Magar, Chepang, and Giripuri culture. This moderate to challenging trek offers picturesque views as you pass small villages, the awesome scenery of the Trishuli River, and the mountains on the horizon. Stay overnight in local homes or community-managed guest houses.

Day 4: Trek Hattibang to Jyandala

Homestay at Hattibang
Homestay at Hattibang

The second day of our trek starts from Hattibang and ends at Jyandala after about 4-5 hours of trekking.

On the way the trail passes some Chepang settlements such as Jautesh, Changa, and Dinglang. You'll enjoy spectacular views of the mountains, and a magnificent sunrise and sunset. Mountains you might see include Rolwaling, Gauri Shankar, Langtang, Gorkha Himal, Peak 29, Himal Chhuli, Manaslu, the Annapurna range, and Dhaulagiri. Towards the south lie the green jungles of the Chitwan National Park, on the Terai

Overnight accommodation is in a village homestay.

Day 5: Trek Jyandala to Upper Dangadhi

Views of the Himalaya from the Terai

It takes about seven hours to trek from Jyandala to Gadi, via Siraichuli and Chisapanitar. Today's trail meanders through forests and grazing fields, with views varying between the Himalaya and the plains of the Terai. You may get to see a variety of birds on the trail. The dense forest in this region is homeland to other wild animals, too. The trail leads you through an ever-changing landscape to Upper Dangadhi, where there are still the remains of a historic fort that defended the surrounding countryside.

Stay overnight with local families.

Day 6: Trek Upper Dangadhi to Saktikhor

Trek in the Lesser Himalaya

The trail from Gadhi to Saktikhor takes about six hours. Saktikhor is another Chepang village, and the center of the Chepang people's sustainable tourism initiative. You can visit the Chepang Museum, as well as caves and waterfalls around Saktikhor.

Day 7: Drive from Shaktikhor to Chitwan - Evening Tharu Cultural Program

Villages of Chitwan

After breakfast, you will be picked up by your private car and driven to Chitwan. Rest at your hotel after an adventurous trek.

After some time to settle in, you will be briefed about available jungle activities in Chitwan. In the evening, you will enjoy a Tharu cultural program.

Day 8: Full Day Jungle Activities in Chitwan

Jeep Safari
Jeep safari in Chitwan

Today, have a full day jungle safari activities, including canoeing, a visit to the elephant breeding center, a jeep safari, and more. You'll see a lot of spectacular wildlife and learn many interesting facts about the park and its flora and fauna from your naturalist guide. Wildlife you're likely to see include greater one-horned rhinoceros, spotted deer, hog deer, sambar deer, barking deer, gharial crocodiles and a wide variety of bird life. With a bit of luck, you may even glimpse a leopard, sloth bear, or a Royal Bengal Tiger.

Day 9: Fly to Kathmandu - Farewell Dinner

Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square

After breakfast you will be transferred to the nearest airport, from which you'll take a short half-hour flight back to Kathmandu. There, you'll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

The rest of the day, before dinner, is yours to spend as you wish. Perhaps you'd like to rest, or do some last-minute souvenir shopping. There are many shops to choose from in Thamel.

In the evening you will be taken for a farewell dinner at a restaurant serving authentic Nepali food.

Day 10: Farewell Nepal!

Tribhuvan International Airport departure gate
Tribhuvan International Airport departure gate

Today you will be transferred to the airport three hours before your flight. Bid farewell to Nepal, for now!