TREK LEVEL: Moderate / TREKKING ACCOMMODATION: Home-Stay & Lodge, MAX ELEVATION: 1945 m / TREK DURATION: 5 days
BEST TIMES: February – May & September to November, TREK STARTING POINT: Kathmandu / ENDING POINT: Kathmandu
The route walks on the back of the Mahabharat Hills of central Nepal. It is in the north of Chitwan National Park, linked via the Barandabhar Corridor Forest. There is a mixture of dense, broad-leafed deciduous forest along with chir-pine forest, and areas of settlement and cultivation. There are also beautiful groves of Nepal’s National Flower, the rhododendron, which burst into flower in the early spring. The highest point along the trek is Siraichuli Hill (1945 meters).
The trek features a community of mixed ethnicity, including Magars, Gurungs, Giri-Puris, as well as Chepangs. You can take advantage of this diversity as each group offers its own cultural program. A typical Chepang staple is dhido (millet, buckwheat, corn, or barley flour mixed into a thick paste) served with a vegetable curry of eggplant, string beans, leafy greens, potatoes, wild yams, and nettle soup.
The Chepang ethnic group, usually, live on fruits and roots of the nature. This group still practice shamanism and have strong belief in natural deities, Fire, Water, Wind, as they put it. Trekker can enjoy spectacular view of the Himalayan range on a clear day.
This trek is ideal for bird watching.
The birds like, Spiny Babblers (endemic), Eurasian Jay, White-Browed Shrike Babbler, Mountain Bulbul, Kalij Pheasant, Warblers, Flycatchers, Cuckoos, as well as Laughing and Rock thrushes. When in full bloom, the Rhododendron groves, and several varieties of orchids create a dazzling and colourful landscape.
The climate of the area is generally cooler than Kathmandu or the Chitwan lowlands. In winter, be prepared with warm clothing, but during summer months the climate is generally warm. The Shaman ritual, in not-to-be-missed lists, is performed on request, and it has to be arranged in advance. The Shaman trail can be best combined with Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park for 2 nights & 3 days.
The Chepangs / Upardang Gadhi Fort / Kaaule Village / Shaman Ceremony / Sunrise View / Himalayana Range
Organic Farming / Endemic Birds / Endangered Birds / Ethnic Communities / Sunset View / Chitwan National Park
TRIP PRICE: 77USD per person per day
MINIMUM GROUP SIZE: 2 Trekkers
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 20USD per day
-Accommodation at Teahouse lodge on twin sharing basis
-Two Course Vegetarian Meals (Soup and Main Course)
-A cup of Tea/ Coffee with meal
-Guide porter Insurance
-All overland Tourist Bus transfers
PRICE NOT INCLUDED:
-Trekking Permit fees & TIMS
-All drinks & beverage
-Medical Insurance, Emergency evacuation
-Extra expenses caused by natural or political incidents beyond Samsara Trekking’s control
-Sleeping bag required for trek
-Hot Shower and other materials not mentioned
-Expense on Generosity: i.e. tipping trekking staffs (equal to 3 days wage)
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