gurung cultural heritage

Trip Overview

Gurung Heritage Trail

Gurung Heritage Trail, also popularly known as the Ghalegaon Trek. It is a newly discovered trekking route in the lower Annapurna region. This trek is introduced to explore the rich Gurung culture, tradition, and lifestyle with the unique blend of beautiful landscape. The Gurung community of Nepal is of Mongolian Tibetan ethnicity. Also known as “Tamu” people, they reside mostly in the western region of Nepal. Namely, the districts include Kaski, Lamjung, Baglung, Gorkha, and Dhading. They have their own language, tradition, and culture.

This trek is the best way to experience the rich culture and lifestyle of Gurung people. During this trek, you will have the opportunity to stay overnight with a Gurung family. Usually, these houses are typical and made of stone, mud, wood, and bricks. Besides, you will get to interact with them and learn more about their history and culture. Along with the cultural experience, you will also get to observe wonderful mountain views.

Our journey commences with a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. Next, the trail traverses through villages like Khudi, Ghalegaun, Ghanpokhara, Bhujung, Pashagaun, Pakhurikot, Begnas, and finally to Pokhara. These villages are not only popular for cultural understanding but also spectacular mountain views. On the contrary, you will also get to see wonderful views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Himal Chuli, and many other mountains.

Furthermore, the trail passes through terraced farmlands, forests, and rivers. Likewise, you will also get to enjoy nature’s charm while on the trail. On the contrary, in the evening at a Gurung house will be full of fun. Local delicacies, locally brewed alcohols, and traditional folk songs will definitely revitalize the soul. The major objective of this trek is to present you with heritages of the Gurung people.

Trip Highlights

• Explore Ghalegaon and observe the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the local people.
• Visit the Largest Gurung village of Bhujung.
• Spectacular views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, and others.
• Explore the Ghanpokhara village, known as the capital of Gurung culture.
• Excursion around the wonderful Begnas Lake.
• Excellent landscape, farmlands, and diverse flora and fauna.
• Friendly Gurung people and their hospitality.

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-248
  • TRIP NAME: Gurung Heritage Trail
  • DURATION: 10 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking & Village tour
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • BEST SEASON: January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December,
  • MAX ALTITUDE 2029m(ghalegoan)
  • ACCOMMODATION 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara and in trekkers lodge/guest house while on trek
  • WALKING HOUR 4-5hrs
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu-Besisahar-Ghalegoan-Bhujung village-Pasgaon vilallge-Phakurikot-Begnas village-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Itinenary Details

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon you have the option to stroll around Thamel and the local tourist market including the garden of dreams. In the evening cultural show with dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Drive to Besisahar & Khudi(6-7 hrs)

    After breakfast drive to Khudi via Besisahar(186kms/7hrs). The drive goes across beautiful villages, the distinct landscape along the river valley. Lunch at Besisahar, after lunch, continue to Khudi. Overnight in Khudi.

  • Day 3: Khudi to Ghalegaon(2029m/3-4hr)

    Explore around Khudi, meet the locals, and learn more about their culture, tradition, and living style and start our trek to Ghalegaon. It takes about 3 hrs to reach Ghalegoan. Overnight in Ghalegoan.

  • Day 4: Ghalegaon to Bhujung village(1500m/3-4hr)

    In the morning enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Manaslu and the Annapurna ranges. After breakfast continue our trek, it takes about an hour to reach Ghanpokhara, continue for about another two or more hours with the view of Medem river valley to Bhujung village, the biggest village in Lamjung. Overnight in Bhujung.

  • Day 5: Bhujung village to Pasgaun Village(1650m/4-5hr)

    After breakfast descend to Medem river and hike through dense forests to Khumredanda, lunch at Khumredanda. After lunch continue to Pasgaun. Overnight in Pasgaun.

  • Day 6: Pashgaun Village to Pakhurikot(1450m/4-5hr)

    Today we hike to Pakhurikot passing several villages on the way like the Bagaincha, Rabadanda, Nagidhar, and finally, reach Pakhurikot. Overnight in Pakhurikot.

  • Day 7: Pakhurikot to Begnas village(710m/4hr)

    Explore around the village and continue our trek across several villages like Gahate, Thumsikot, and lush forest and arrive at Begnas village. Overnight in Begnas.

     

  • Day 8: Explore Begnas lake & Drive to Pokhara

    In the morning explore around the lake and the surrounding lake and drive to Pokhara. Upon arrival check into the hotel and the rest of the evening is free to stroll around the Phewa lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara. 

  • Day 9: Drive to Kathmandu

    After breakfast drive to Kathmandu. Upon arrival check into the hotel, the rest of the evening is free to pursue your own interest. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 10: Departure

    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight homewards.

     

What's Included
  • All transfers by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in 3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and local village lodges/homestays during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals during the trek.
  • English speaking local guide along with porter (one porter for every two member) during the trek.
  • Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
  • All necessary paper work and permit (ACAP/TIMS)
  • All Government taxes and service charges.
What's Not Included
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance (covering rescue and evacuation) recommended.
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
  • Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to natural forces, political situation or early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.

Review

EDhan
EDhan

10th November, 2015

My Name is EDhan from California, America. I am a retired management consultant. Basically, this visit to Nepal exceeded my expectations. We came here through Tibet and Bhutan. Here in Nepal, I like the neighbourhood and friendly people. My wife every day used to go for morning walk and used to tell me the story about the local people, whatever she sees every day. Especially, the guide was most knowledgeable and made it possible and get a sense of not only historical and religious value of some of the places but also some of the other places how the people live over there day to day.

The company was able to manage all the services smoothly and made the memorable trip in Kathmandu. Do not be afraid of Earthquake; the government has done very good job, lots of cleaning up and reconstructions are going on. There are many places to go without facing any problems. Feel free to make a trip to Nepal nothing to afraid of and you will feel the completely different and unique. Thanks to Sixth Sixth and an entire team making an incredible trip in Nepal and I will come back next time.

Margo Boston
Margo Boston

14th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Margo Boston, America. We were planning the trip to visit Nepal Bhutan and Tibet through our local agency. In the beginning, we asked so many questions about safety, especially after the earthquake but we realised that after visiting Nepal it is completely safe & worthful to visit.

We are very glad to see the beautiful country. Everything was perfect and great to see the Hinduism and Buddhism and combinations of religious and cultural aspects in the tiny little city. The trip plan, all the staff activity including cultural show was great.

Lori
Lori

7th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Lori, and I came to do the trip with my daughter. After the earthquake had happened we were confused, what should we do, should we go or should we not go for Nepal Trip and finally we decided to come after the consultation, and we had a wonderful time there. The tour guide and driver and all the staff were done magnificent job. There is so much to see and worthful to visit. The hotel was excellent, the food was great, we enjoyed our time. The Buddhist and Hindu temple were fascinating. Our guide was brilliant and enhanced all experience and knowledge he passed all the knowledge to us and shared the ideas. I encourage you to visit Nepal it is one of the incredible places around the world.

Palm
Palm

12th August, 2015

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on. There are lots of places to see and open for the tourist. The people here are very friendly, all the staffs of Sixth Sense including tour guide and the management and coordination were perfect.

What I like this country is that the culture and diversity of landscape. Besides this Nepal is very vibrant country and colourful country. In the future, I would like to make more trips in Nepal with Sixth Sense spending more time in Kathmandu and it’s surrounding areas and countryside. For the tourist, I would recommend please do visit Nepal with Sixth Sense. Tour Guide and company which was responsible for everything to organise this trip, everything was taken care of all the arrangements were first class. We loved the Trip plan, the selected hotels, the knowledge of tour guide and the entire team was absolutely perfect and highly recommended for future travellers.

Irfan
Irfan

27th December, 2019

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on.