A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Chantel, Chantel Kham, Chentel, Chhantel, Chhantyal, Khamkura

4,280 (2011 census), decreasing. 0 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 9,820 (2001 census).


Dhawalagiri Zone, Myagdi district, Kali Gandaki river valley. Ethnic Chantel in Baglung district.

Language Status

6b (Threatened). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Chhantyal.


None known. Related to Gurung [ggn], Manangba [nmm], Tamang [tdg], and Thakali [ths] (Noonan 1996).

Language Use

Home, villages (Noonan 1996). Not used for singing. Also use Nepali [npi].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar.

Devanagari script [Deva], recently developed.

Other Comments

Some believe Chantyal will be replaced soon. Outsiders often regard it as Magar, but they claim a Thakuri origin (de Sales 1993). Much lexical borrowing from Nepali. Sometimes called Khamkura as are Kham languages, which can have a general meaning of local non-Nepali dialect. (Watters 2002). Traditional religion, Buddhist.