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.