What to Expect

  • Experience and explore unique Chepang culture and lifestyle.
  • Unique experience of Home-Stay, stay as locals.
  • View of magnificent Annapurna, Gaurishankar, Dhaulagiri, Langtang and Manaslu range.
  • Real taste of Chepang traditional food and local wine.
  • Off the beaten path trekking.
  • Passes through the unique Chepang villages and lush jungles that are famous for bird watching.

About Chepang Hill Trek

Chepang Hill Trek takes visitors on a remarkable cultural experience in the mid-hills of central Nepal. The area is in Chitwan District, in the lush hills to the north ofChitwan National Park. Chepang is an ethnicity that had been nomadic. They were formally hunter-gatherers until recent times and nowadays most Chepang people had adopted modern agricultural methods.

The Chepang Hill Trek passes through the unique Chepang villages and passes through lush jungles that are famous for bird watching too. Nepal has some 846 species of birds or nearly ten percent of the bird species on the planet. Along the Chepang Hill Trek, you will visit a spectacular viewpoint of Siraichuli (1960 mt.) that offers a broad panorama of the Himalaya to the north and the scenic valleys and plains that surround the hill top lookout.

The Chepang people maintain their own language with distinctive customs and a traditional lifestyle. Their unique language is part of the Tibeto-Burman language branch. Many other ethnicities populate this fascinating Chepang Hill Community trekking route including Magar, Chhetri (the caste of the former royal family), Newar and among others.

This Chepang Hill trekking journey takes trekkers off the beaten path and offers cultural interaction and insights that cannot be found on the busier and more commercialized routes. The Chepang Hill trekking paths travel through a beautiful landscape that will be unforgettable. It is and ideal for adventure seekers looking for something unique and is usually combined with a visit to Chitwan National Park (World Heritage Site, Natural).

We start the Chepang Hill Trek with a picturesque drive from Kathmandu along the scenic highway to Pokhara. About halfway to the lakeside city, we leave the vehicle and begin our hike with a steep ascent along a ridgeline. The trail continues through rural farmland and villages and eventually we cross thick jungles to descend to the busy bazaar area of Shaktikhor.

Please Note: The Chepang Hill Trek has set departure dates from both Pokhara and Kathmandu. This trek can be personalized to accommodate your specific wishes and timetable. We can arrange a combination of this trek with a jungle safari tour of Chitwan National Park as well as river rafting in the nearby area among other inviting options.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 2Drive from Kathmandu to Hugdi Bazaar and trek to Hattibang (1,410 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at home-stay.
  • Day 3Hattibang to Jyandala (1,600 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at home-stay.
  • Day 4Jyandala to Gadi (1,275 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at home-stay.
  • Day 5Gadi to Shaktikhor (355 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at home-stay.
  • Day 6Drive back from Shaktikhor to Kathmandu. Driving 6 hours. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 7Transfer to Airport for your final departure from Nepal.

What's Included

Price Includes

  • Pick up & Transfer to and from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to your hotel in Kathmandu. 
  • Two nights accommodation at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu (breakfasts included).
  • Transportation as per the itinerary.
  • Home-stay lodging during the journey.
  • Basic meals during the journey (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • Expert Guide (registered and licensed by the government) with accompanying porters (generally, one porter for every two clients). (High Camp Adventure covers the staffs’ meals and accommodations as well as wages, transport, insurance, and essential gear.)
  • Equipment (Sleeping bag, Down jacket, Walking poles).
  • Conservation Area and National Park entry fees.
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Trekking Map.
  • Medical kit.
  • Government taxes.
  • Our service charge.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu the eve of your international departure.

Price Excludes:

  • International plane ticket to and from Nepal.
  • Major meals in Kathmandu (other than breakfast).
  • Personal Expenses including laundry,telephone calls,bar bills,drinks and snacks.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Shower fees at home-stay, fees for recharging electronic equipment, and personal expenses along the trail.
  • Tips for Guides, Porters and staff.
  • Expenses incurred by cancelation and events beyond our control, for example, weather delays, trail detours, political unrest, illness and et cetera.
Departure note

Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this Chepanh Hill Community trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable to you and your requirements.

Useful Information

Accommodation

All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen a 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in this region, you have a great opportunity to stay in Home-Stays with the locals and closely experience the real lifestyle of Chepang/Nepalese people. As some villages have limited number of Home-Stays, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share a room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the Home-Stays and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.

Meals

Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to the next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst farewell dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.

Trekking Crew

An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a teahouse trek, generally, one porter is provided for every two clients who carry between 15 to 20 kg. However, on a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipment such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipment, fuel, and all consumable goods has to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you don't' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.

Physical Fitness and Experience

Chepang Hill Trek is an easy trek which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking uphill and downhill in a day carrying a personal day pack. Some days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Chepang Hill Trek is low altitude trek which demands less physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Doing some physical exercise a few weeks prior to the trip is better but technical skill is not required for this trek. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.

Travel Insurance

This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy a good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.

Best Seasons

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Chepang Hill Trek. Where normally days are sunny, the temperature is perfect, the sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view. You can do it in Winter (December to February) if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

Ground Transportation

Highway in Nepal is safe, however, sometimes transport can be halted due to a landslide, strike or by political unrest. Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.