48,500 (2011 census), decreasing. No monolinguals. Ethnic population: 68,400 (2011 census).
Bagmati zone: south Dhading district; Gandaki zone: south Gorkha district; Narayani zone: Chitwan and Makwanpur districts.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Chepang.
Eastern Chepang, Western Chepang. Bhujel [byh] has difficult intelligibility with Chepang due to different pronominal suffix morphology. Dialects of Chepang differ in verb forms. Reportedly similar in morphology to Kirati languages. Lexical similarity: 98% with Bhujel [byh] (2004 R. Caughley, based on 100-item word list).
SOV; postpositions; noun head final; no noun classes or genders; relatives before or without noun heads; content q-word in situ; no prefixes, up to 8 suffixes; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; affixes indicate case of noun phrase; verbal affixation marks person and number; ergative; tense and aspect; voice; causatives; comparatives; CV to CCCVCCC with certain restrictions; 18 consonant and 6 vowel phonemes; nontonal (not phonemic, but phonetic pitch). Whistle speech.
Home; mixed use: Friends, religion, work. Young adults and older. Some use among children and adolescents. Positive attitudes. Also use Nepali [npi], especially men for common topics and political affairs, women for greetings and trade, and young people among themselves; often learned in school.
Devanagari script [Deva].
Traditional religion, Christian.