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Siraichuli Trek

Abhishek Subedi July 24, 2020

A new trail has been identified which offers magnificent sunrise and sunset views from the top of Siraichuli hill or Siraichuli trek. A panoramic view of the Himalayas, a mixture of experiences of hills and Terai, Cultural Experiences of Chepang and other ethnic groups, bird watching, home-stay and other natural attractions make this trail a must to visit. Chepang is an ethnic group of Nepal who are still living in the wild. In this Chepang community trek up to Siriachuli village we introduce and interface you with their lifestyle, culture and experience of a short hike in the green hill to plains. This trek is located between Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park kind of alternative hiking route to connect the city to Terai by short drive and hiking. The short and home stay/ Camping trek offer of the beaten hiking trails between Kathmandu and Chitwan after the Trishuli river bank. 

Siraichuli Trek

The community hike combined with various other adventures such as Trishuli River Rafting, and Nature Wildlife safari after the end of the trek. You will hike along the villages and hills up to 1944m Siraichuli and down to the lush lowland of Chitwan National Park. From the Hill top and Gadi historical sight you can enjoy the best mountain sunrise/sunset view including 8000 meter Himalayas Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh himal – Langtang Range and Gaurishankar. The trek is designed to show the Chepang Community, lifestyle, culture and the alternative walking and trading route between Terai Plains to Capital City Kathmandu for those people who have only short time, not want to hike high altitude areas and enjoy with different people and nature.

Day 1 Cultural Tour in Kathmandu

You will have a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley which takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. Including AM: Visit 2000 years old Buddhist shrine Swayambhunath, situated on the top of the hill west of the city the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the “Monkey Temple”. There are many small buildings and shrines down the hillside behind Swayambhunath. 

Siraichuli Trek

Explore the colorful Kathmandu Durbar Square – The Old Royal Palace of Kathmandu, Temple of living goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple, and 17th century temple known for colorfully painted erotic carvings, Kasthmandap temple a three story temple built from a single tree in 12th century. Visit Pashupatinath temple, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the World. The holy river Bagmati and the burning Ghats and also visit one of the oldest and biggest stupa of Boudhanath.    

Day 2 Drive to Hugdi

Drive to Hugdi small place along the Trishuli river bank about 80km west direction from Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. Moderate hiking to hattiban 1405m. It takes about 3 to 4 hours. A small Magar (An ethnic group of Nepal) Village. Stay at a local home or camping. Grand view of Trishuli river valley and mountain horizon. Chat with local Magar people in the evening and local food in dinner can be different options for you.  

Day 3 Hike to Siraichuli

At morning after 2 hour hiking you will reach to Siraichuli 1944m, view point/hill station. It is the Chitwan highest peak where you can have a panoramic view of Mount Dhaulagiri 8167 meters to Gaurishankar Mountain in north ridge and Chitwan plains and green hills majestic of Southern slope. After that walk down to Chepang Village of Jyanjala which is our goal of this Chepang trek. Chepang are one of most indigenous ethnic group of Nepal who live in wild jungle nearby dense forest with their culture, tradition and lifestyle. The main purpose of this trek to show you their lifestyle and culture. After that we heading to Upradangadi along the forest, easy hike that take about 4 hours. Evening pristine sunset view of southern plains look like fire. Stay at Gurung village and local culture program hosted by village people.

Day 4 Walk down to Shaktikhor and Drive to Chitwan National Park

This is the end day of the Chepang trek. You will say goodbye to villagers and walk down to Shaktikhor along the forest and river bank that takes about 3 hours. Short drive to Chitwan National Park. You will arrive at Sauraha for lunch. Free afternoon and sunset view, Tharu cultural program and relaxed accommodation will cleanse your tired mind and soul.

Day 5 Full day Jungle Activities

Full day in Chitwan National Park for adventure activities and wildlife presentation. Morning cannon on Rapti river then nature walk, after that visit the elephant breeding center and village walk in evening . Watch the wild animals in the jungle like One horned Rhinos, Black bear, dears, Bengals Tigers, Monkeys, various species of birds . 

Chitwan National Park is the most famous national park in Nepal. Which offers 450 species of birds including four species of deer, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar and many other wildlife. This park is well known for one horned Rhinoceros and it is a shelter for few Royal Bengal Tigers. Besides this Chitwan also supports a great variety of flora and fauna.

Day 6 Fun activities in Chitwan National Park

Exploring the park on foot when accompanied by a guide is a fantastic way to get close to the wildlife. Most walks start with a gentle canoe drift downstream followed by the walk. Be aware that you enter the park with the real risk of encountering bad-tempered mother rhinos, tigers or sloth bears protecting their young. Generally, the bigger the group, the safer the walk, but the experience of your guide counts for a lot. Levels of experience vary and some of the guides have a worryingly devil-may-care attitude to creeping up on rhinos. Therefore, jungle walks are not recommended for the faint-hearted. Rules stipulate that two guides are required even if there is only one customer. Before you option for a whole-day jungle walk, consider the very real risks associated with venturing deep into the park and being far from rescue and medical facilities, possibly without communication. 

Siraichuli Trek

Fun in Chitwan National Park

You can take a tour to the nearby Tharu village with the talented guides. The walk provides you with the ideal situation of viewing the local habitat of the Tharu community. They are also of immense interest. A professional guide will accompany you through the area and help you get insights into the Tharu way of life. 

Another thrilling experience for you in Sauraha will be the bathing and swimming with Elephants in Rapti River. You can enjoy playful elephants in the deep water of Rapti rivers where you can also have an opportunity for dipping and diving as per your wish. 

Ox Cart or Pony ride is one of the best options to explore the Tharu village in Sauraha, Chitwan. One Ox can accommodate 6 people once where the tour guide will be there to explain about the indigenous Tharu community’s culture and their lifestyle and other many things. Ox cart and Pony ride is environment friendly and always a funny way to explore the Tharu  village. 

Day 7 Drive back to Kathmandu Valley

It is your last day at Chitwan allowing you to enter the National Park for bird watching sessions. A wildlife Guide will lead you to the Jungle to see some of the birds around the National Park. You will then return back to the Hotel for Breakfast. After breakfast you will drive back to Kathmandu valley. 

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