Chitwan Chepang Hill Trails

Nepal's Terai possesses a beauty that is totally unexpected in a country known mainly for soaring snow-covered mountains. Chitwan, a majestic and powerful location teeming with wildlife hosts one of Asia's finest national parks, renowned for its dense concentration of wildlife. Seas of elephant grass ripple beneath a magnificent sunset and pervasive sense of relaxation soaks in deeper, the longer you stay.

Chitwan literally means 'heart of the jungle' and in recent years, Chitwan tops the list of things to do in Asia. With its astounding wildlife, Chitwan is a true wildlife adventure. Elephant rides, jeep tours, bird watching and canoe trips offer a different slant on the luxuriant teeming forest.

Attractions:
Chitwan National Park - Sal forests cover 70% of the area and there are about 600 species of plants and are home to the only significant number of one-horned rhinos and other endangered species like the Royal Bengal Tiger, the Gangetic Dolphins and the Gharial Crocodile. There are altogether over 43 species of large mammals, 526 species of birds, 150 different types of butterflies, 126 species of fish and 49 species of reptiles.

Wildlife:
The fauna of the terai is striking and the most obvious are the handsome black-faced, grey langur monkeys and the common brownish red rhesus monkeys. Deers include the spotted, barking, samber, hog, swamp and Asia's largest antelope, the blue bull.
Other animal species found here are leopards, wild dogs, various species of mongoose and cats, wild boar, porcupines, hyena, bats and squirrels. Today, Chitwan boasts of nearly 600 one-horned rhinos; a quarter of the species total and their numbers continue to grow. About 100 tigers have also been counted in the park.

Siraichuli Viewpoint:
Chitwan Hills Trail has been identified which offers magnificent sunrise and sunset views from the top of Siraichuli hill. One of the highest hills in the Mahabharat range (1,945m), the trek from Hattibang to Siraichuli is exciting with challenging steep boulders, streams, ridges and intact vegetation. Wide range of Himalayas in the likes of Peak 29, Annapurna Range, Gorkha Himal, Gaurishankar, Dhaulagiri, Langtang, Rolwaling, Manaslu, rare view of flatlands and spectacular sunrise and sunsets can be clearly observed. Cultural experiences of Chepang and other ethnic groups, bird watching, home-stay and other natural attractions make this trail a must to visit.

Nature trek to Gadi Hill:
Uppardang Gadi 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 in every direction. Village walks, nature and bird watching tours and the Chitwan Chepang Hills trail will be of special interest to visitors. The area is accessible from as far as Shaktikhor, walking uphill. An alternate route is to start from Hugdi (80kms from Kathmandu), Kathmandu - Pokhara Highway.

Paragliding:
One of the newest adventure sports on offer at this location is paragliding from Siraichuli.

Bird Watching:
Chitwan is a birdwatcher's delight with more than 450 migrant and local species recorded. The most sightings are in February - March (spring) when thousands of water birds migrate along the Koshi

Raft down the Trishuli River to Chitwan for a different start to the Chitwan experience. A gentle 2 - 3 day floats down to Narayanghat; only 8kms from Chitwan. Trips start at Mugling or further up.

Home-Stay Villagers offer a unique accommodation opportunity. Stay in their beautiful home as guests and discover the unique culture in this area, the local food living with the family

District Area 2238.39 sq km
Highest Hill Siraichuli-1946m
Population 468695 (in 2001)
Literacy Only 65.08% (female-51.94%; male-70.62%)
Weather warm temperature climate, hot temperature on lower plains during April to August.
Economic 62.6% Agriculture, 0.11% Forest, occupations 1.91% Business, 1.91% Construction

Getting there:
Chitwan lies south-west of Kathmandu, near the Indian border on the tropical Terai. It is accessible by air from Bharatpur and Meghauli and by road. The best time to trek in this area is September to May when the climate is warm, temperate and pleasant.

Getting Around:
Hugdi - Chitwan Hills Trail commences at Hugdi River, halfway between Mugling and Krishna Bhir in Dhading. You can either take a bus or raft down Trishuli River.

The trail takes you on an uphill climb through Gakla Access 46kms drive east to west (Mahendra Highway),36kms drive Mugling Narayanghat High way,17kms Mugling to Mahakhola (Prithivi Highway). Flights to Bharatpur and Meghauli.

Entrance fee to NRs. 500 (to be bought prior to departure Royal Chitwan from KTM or at the National Park) National Park SAARC Nationals: Rs. 200/-

Chitwan - Distance And Trekking Time of Chitwan Hills

From To Trekking Distance (Km) Time (Approx.) (Approx.)
1. Hugdi Laitak 1 Hr 0.75
2. Laitak Jogimara Phundri 30 Minutes 1.5
3. Jogimara Phundri Khorbhanjyang 30 Minutes 1.4
4. Khorbhanjyang Jayapuri 45 Minutes 1
5. Jayapuri Kotgau 20 Minutes 1.5
6. Kotgau Mar Bhanjyang 30 Minutes 2
7. Mar Bhanjyang Hattibang 45 Minutes 1.5
8. Hattibang Pansirang 1 Hr 2
9. Pansirang Siraichuli 45 Minutes 1
10. Siraichuli Gadhi Phedi 4:30 Hrs 8
11. Gadhi Phedi Upardang Gadhi 25 Minutes 0.5
12. Upardang Gadhi Shaktikhor 3 Hrs 5.7
13. Siraichuli Jyandala 1 Hr 2.5
14. Jyandala Mandradhunga 2 Hrs 3.2
15. Mandradhunga Rajban 30 Minutes 0.7
16. Rajban Shaktikhor 1:30 Hrs. 2.8

Suggested Itinerary:

FSN CHT 01 - DAY HIKE TO SHAKTIKHOR - walk from Shauraha or from Bharatpur to Shaktikhor

Attraction: Shaktikhor town visit, Chepang Musuemm, village Tour (pack lunch if guest wish to have luch at cave)

FSN CHT 02 - 1 night 02 days hiking - Trek from Shauraha or from Bharatpur to Shaktikhor

O/N Stay in Shaktikhor

Attraction: Shaktikhor town visit, Chepang Musuemm, village Tour, Home stay, Siddhi visit - chepanf community.

FSN CHT 03 - 2 night 03 days hiking:

Day 01- Sauraha - Shaktikhor - Upardang Gadhi.
Day 02 - Gadhi - Chisapani tar - Jyandala. o/N Home stay or camp.
Day 03 - Jyandala - Siraichuli- pang Sirang - Hattibang - Hugdi - Shaktikhor

FSN CHT 04 - 3 night 04 days hiking:

Day 01- Sauraha - Shaktikhor
day 02- Shaktikhor - Upardang Gadhi. o/N Home stay or camp.
Day 03 - Gadhi - Chisapani tar - Jyandala. o/N Home stay or camp.
Day 04 - Jyandala - Siraichuli- pang Sirang - Hattibang - Hugdi - Shaktikhor

The foods that will serve in the route:
Millet, Wheat, Corn, Faparko dindo (Buck Wheat), soya beans, dal bhat, Gundruk, chicken, etc...