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Chepang Heritage Mahabharata Trekking Trail

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Difficulty: Moderate
Max Altitude: 2300m
Duration: 11 days
Cost: $1100
Season: Spring/Autumn
Accommodation: Hotel/Homestay/Teahouse/Camping
  • Overview
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Cost Info

Highlights

  • Cultural trekking trail along the Mahabharata hilly ranges
  • Explore the indigenous Chepang cultures and traditions
  • Mesmerizing journey through the less-explored community trail
  • An unobstructed and clear view of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, as well as 14 districts out of 77 districts in Nepal

Chepang Heritage Mahabharata Trekking Trail lies in the Mahabharata range in the central part of Nepal, taking us to a maximum altitude of 2300m.  Mahabharata is a subtropical hilly range that runs along the east-west direction in Nepal. The trek connects three districts; Dhading, Makawanpur and Chitwan. The route follows Chadragiri Hill – Toplang – Sita Paila – Manakamana – Pokhari Chaur – Leeti Dovan – Rani Jharana – Dakaha – Bhumichuli – Jhandachuli – Sanu Bolne – Thulo Bolne – Kailasha Baikuntha – Kandrang Gadhi – Sola Baja – Dungwang – Ghambang – Rimbang – Nohak cave – Majubang and Shakti Khor.

The starting point of the trekking trail is Chandragiri hill, about 11 kms southwest of Kathmandu. It is a short and easy trek featuring evergreen sub-tropical vegetation, a warm climate, wild berries, pine and rhododendron forests, a natural Nohak cave, canoeing sites, waterfalls, etc. The magnificent views of snow-capped mountains will leave you mesmerized. The trail hosts rich culture of the indigenous Chepang community and gives us insights into their typical lifestyles, customs and cultures.

Canoeing, cycling, hiking, jungle safari, and Chepang cultural heritage are a few attractions on this trail. Spring season and autumn season are the best times for trekking here. Accommodation facilities range from lodges and homestays to camping.

There are so many breathtaking viewpoints along the trek offering an unobstructed and clear view of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and 14 districts out of 77 districts in Nepal. What could be better than this? Nature Lovers Treks and Tours takes pride in offering you this marvelous indigenous community and cultural trail journey in the Nepal Himalayas.

Chepang Heritage Mahabharata Trekking Trail outline itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Thankot, then take a cable car ride to Chandragiri or drive straight from Kathmandu to Deurali 2250m. Have lunch while enjoying the view of Kathmandu valley. Same day trek from Deurali to Toplang 2000m 4 hours.

Day 2: Trek from Toplang-Sita Paila-Manakamana-Pokhari Chaur 1985m 6 hours

Day 3: Trek from Pokhari Chaur-Dumre-Leeti Dovan 900m 6 hours, a Side trip to Rani Jharana 750m

Day 4: Trek from Leeti Dovan-Dakaha or Koili Kharka 1400m 4 hours. Afternoon hiking to Bhumichuli and Jhandachuli for the beautiful views

Day 5: Trek from Dakaha-Sanu Bolne {lunch point}-Kailash Baikuntha 2300m 7 hours

Day 6: Trek from Kailash Baikuntha-Kandrang Gadhi 1400m 7 hours {Kandrang Gadhi is the starting point of Chepang Villages}

Day 7: Trek from Kandrang Gadhi-Sola Baja 1300m 7 hours  

Day 8: Trek from Sola Baja-Dungwang 1200m {lunch}-Ghambang or Rimbang 1470m 6 hours

Day 9: Trek from Rimbang to Nohak cave and back to Rimbang. It’s natural cave exploration day.

Day 10: Trek from Rimbang to Majubang 1200m 6 hours

Day 11: Trek from Majubang to Shakti Khor 950m 4 hours and drive to Kathmandu

Chepang Heritage Mahabharata Trekking Trail outline itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Thankot, then take a cable car ride to Chandragiri or drive straight from Kathmandu to Deurali 2250m. Have lunch while enjoying the view of Kathmandu valley. Same day trek from Deurali to Toplang 2000m 4 hours.

Day 2: Trek from Toplang-Sita Paila-Manakamana-Pokhari Chaur 1985m 6 hours

Day 3: Trek from Pokhari Chaur-Dumre-Leeti Dovan 900m 6 hours, a Side trip to Rani Jharana 750m

Day 4: Trek from Leeti Dovan-Dakaha or Koili Kharka 1400m 4 hours. Afternoon hiking to Bhumichuli and Jhandachuli for the beautiful views

Day 5: Trek from Dakaha-Sanu Bolne {lunch point}-Kailash Baikuntha 2300m 7 hours

Day 6: Trek from Kailash Baikuntha-Kandrang Gadhi 1400m 7 hours {Kandrang Gadhi is the starting point of Chepang Villages}

Day 7: Trek from Kandrang Gadhi-Sola Baja 1300m 7 hours  

Day 8: Trek from Sola Baja-Dungwang 1200m {lunch}-Ghambang or Rimbang 1470m 6 hours

Day 9: Trek from Rimbang to Nohak cave and back to Rimbang. It’s natural cave exploration day.

Day 10: Trek from Rimbang to Majubang 1200m 6 hours

Day 11: Trek from Majubang to Shakti Khor 950m 4 hours and drive to Kathmandu

Chepang Heritage Mahabharata Trekking Trail Cost Breakdown

Cost Include

  • All ground transfers
  • Full sightseeing during trekking
  • Hotels in Kathmandu on a BB basis
  • Camping accommodations during the trek and teahouses or homestays, wherever available
  • Required camping stuff, including different tents, other gear and equipment with food supplies
  • Full board meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee and snacks, freshly cooked meals during camping
  • Clean drinking water every day
  • Trekking permit
  • TIMS Card (Trekkers Information management system)
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide and his expenses, insurance
  • Porter service (1 for 2 trekkers) and their expenses, insurances including extra Sherpas for carrying camping stuff
  • First Aid kit Bag
  • Complimentary company t-shirt/route map/Certificate of appreciation
  • Government tax and Vat

Cost Exclude

  • Extra drinks as alcoholic and non-alcoholic and other personal expenses
  • Meals and sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Extra accommodations and meals behind schedule
  • Travel and emergency rescue insurance
  • Gratuities to the field staff (highly expected)
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