L1 users: 4,280 (2011 census), decreasing. No monolinguals. Ethnic population: 11,800 (2011 census).
Dhawalagiri zone: Myagdi district in Kali Gandaki river valley. Ethnic Chantel in Baglung district.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Chhantyal.
Home, villages (Noonan 1996). Not used for singing. Also use Nepali [npi].
Devanagari script [Deva], recently developed.
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.