Ghale Gaun Home Stay & Tour

* Eastern Annapurna & Lamjung


Ghalegaun is located in Lumjung Himal area in the northern part of central Nepal east of the Annapurna range of mountains. It is an exotic traditional village abundant in mid hills, and Gurung tribe culture offering an unparallel scenic grandeur. Also a home to world famous Gurkha soldiers- the Gurung of a unique ethnic culture, Ghalegaun is where you can witness an unspoiled ethnic lifestyle. The settlers there nestle amidst mountains, rivers, streams, waterfalls and green forests. These places boasts of a superb breathtaking view of majestic western Himalayas including Mt. Machhapuchare (6,693m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna II (7,939m) Annapurna IV (7,525m), Lumjung Himal, Boudha Himal (6,974m), Himalchuli (6,747m) and several other smaller peaks of 6,000 m.

Cultural Attractions:

Ghalegaun is a model village for experiencing the typical culture and lifestyles of the Gurung people. Traditional customs are still followed during births, deaths, marriages and other rituals. Age-old cultural dances like Jyaure, Serka, Dohori, Ghatu, Sorathi, Jankri etc are performed on various occasions accompanied by different musical instruments and with dancers in traditional dresses. Visitors to Ghalegaun are welcomed by offering garlands and tika while music and dances are performed. Even traditional farewell songs are sung when guests depart. Nepali New Year and Buddha Jayanti are celebrated with traditional dance called Ghatu. The people of Ghalegaun keep goats and sheep and use wool from these animals to make woolen products. They make clothes and bags from nettle fiber (Allo Cloth) and scarf, towels and shawls from the wool of angora rabbits. Ironsmiths make different iron products. Craftsmen produce a whole of different products from bamboo.

This trekking area is diverse with cultural and ethnic variation. While most of the settlers are of Gurungs and Magars ethnicities, there are also Damai, Kaami, Bahun, Chhetries and many other castes of Hindu religion. Most of them are farmers. The walk allows one to observe the locals working on their fields. In spring, there will be rhododendrons and other flowers. In autumn you will see the harvest.

This trekking is mesmerizing and spectacular for its views which range from the world’s 8th highest mountain Mt. Manasalu (8,163m) and its range, Boudha Himal, Lumjung Himal, Mt. Machhapuchare, and the world’s 10th highest peak Annapurna I (8,091m) and its range. This trip includes a visit to the Museum of Gurung society in Ghale Gaun as well. This museum is in a small house filled with Gurung treasures collected from their ancestors.

Another fascinating thing about this trek is that the villagers here grow tea themselves. Unlike most of the city dwellers and people from other villages, they don't drink the composite tea. They make their own pure organic tea. You can even see the tea garden along the route.

At night, the group will be divided with 3-4 people assigned to each house. You will also be separated at lunch time. Villages are small so you will be able to meet each other at any time. Another point to be noted for this trip is that we have to get our lunch packed before heading out to some place that do not have lunch facilities. In some cases, we can even inform such places in advance to have our lunch ready for the day.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Half day guided tour in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Scenic drive to Besisahar 765m by bus or private vehicle
Day 04: Drive and trek to Ghale Gaun 1,700m via Khudi 8,10m.
Day 05: At Ghale gaon for local exploration.
Day 06: Trek to Bhujung 1,690m
Day 07: Trek to Pasgaun 1,630m.
Day 08: Trek to Singdi 1,650m.
Day 09: Trek to Pakhurikot 1,400m.
Day 10: Trek to Libiyani 1,050m.
Day 11: Trek to Kalikasthan 1,105m.
Day 12: Trek to Begnas taal same day drive to Pokhara.
Day 13: Transfer to Airport for the flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 14: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
 Departure Dates  Availability
 11 Apr-25 Apr  Available
 24 Oct-07 Nov  Available
 21 Nov-05 Dec  Available
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer to respective Hotels, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Tour, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
Day 02: Half day guided tour in Kathmandu.
  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it's late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before the sight seeing tour.
Day 03: Scenic drive to Besisahar 765m by bus or private vehicle
  Morning drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar the journey leads on the busy interesting highway following the river Trisuli for few hours, then our drive splits from the main road towards north to reach Besisahar, a large town the headquarter of Lamjung district overnight in the best available lodge or hotel with time to visit the local market.
Day 04:

Drive and trek to Ghale Gaun 1,700m via Khudi 8,10m.

  In the morning after breakfast start the second day of this trip with one hour drive from Besisahar to Khudi and trekking for four hours. The first leg of this trip leads to an up hill climb about 1000m from Khudi. On reaching Baglungpani the walk is moderate on the winding path to Ghale-gaon, the first night here in the homely comfort at Ghalegaun with the local villagers.
Day 05: At Ghale gaon for local visit.
  Free day at leisure to observe the village life and to visit the local museum of Gurung society in Ghale Gaun, this museum is in a small house filled with Gurung treasures collected from their ancestors.
Day 06:

Trek to Bhujung 1,690m

  After breakfast the trek from Ghalegaun leads to Bhujung for about four hours of walking up and down through the villages and their farms and with excellent views of the valley, on reaching Bhujung village transfer to the local built traditional cottage or huts with warm welcome ceremony like in Ghalegaon with ample time to spend with the local villagers.
Day 07:

Trek to Pasgaun 1,630m.

  From Bhujung to Pasgaun it’s a good moderate walk on the winding path taking near to five hours to reach Pasgaun after a wonderful a memorable farewell, the trail descends reaching at Mardi river and then with a climb to reach Pasgaun village, before Pasagaun village the walk leads to a small pass at 2,165m then finally reaching our destinations at Pasgaun village, with a warm welcome from the natives and then transfer to local homes for the overnight in this homely environment.
Day 08:

Trek to Singdi 1,650m.

  The walk to Singdi from Pasgaun is a gentle and gradual walk, trekking side by side on this mid-hills ridge for four hours, the walk leads to a descent to reach Singdi village, at Singdi a warm welcome awaits you by the local villagers with ample time to interact with the villager with rest of the afternoon at ease to make friends with the locals.
Day 09:

Trek to Pakhurikot 1,400m.

  After breakfast and farewell with a remarkable time at Singdi journey continues with a downhill walk to reach another river and a valley then crossing the bridge over the River Mardi the path leads uphill for an hour and then gradual walk with small up and down tracks. This will take approximately five hours to reach Pakhurikot from Singdi, on reaching at Pakhurikot transfer to local neat homes with warm welcome from the villagers.
Day 10:

Trek to Libiyani 1,050m.

  Starting our journey in the morning from Pakhurikot to Libiyani, with an up and down walks, this will be one of the long day walk for about 6 hours of this trip, to reach Libiyani crossing the same river and then with a climb uphill finally reaching at Liiyani a small farm rural village with a warm welcome from the locals, transfer to the local huts after a long day trekking.
Day 11:

Trek to Kalikasthan 1,105m.

  From Libiyani walking for about three hours to Kalikasthan the last mid hills village of this trip, the path leads to a small hill with slight ups and down, and then a gradual moderate walk at about 11.8 kilometers. This is the second last day of this trip as this walk heads near to city life and you will notice the cultural difference from this village at Kalikasthan, the last warm welcome from the hill people on arrival along with the friendly greetings transfer to the final home-stay traditional cottage or huts at Kalikasthan with grand views of the snow capped peaks overlooking the green verdant valleys.
Day 12:

Trek to Begnas Taal same day drive to Pokhara.

  From Kalikasthan the last day walk to Begnas Lake taking about three hours, depending upon the time might have lunch break here in this serene and pristine Lake Begnas, after a break here board on the vehicle for the drive to Pokhara. At Pokhara by the Lake Phewa check in at the hotel and take a nice walk by the lake side.
Day 13: Transfer to Airport for the flight back to Kathmandu.
  As per the flight schedule a short drive takes you to the Pokhara domestic airport, a short scenic sweeping flight of half hour brings you back to the Kathmandu, at the Kathmandu terminal after clearing the baggage; our staff will receive you for the drive back to the Hotel.
Day 14:
Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
  A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for scenic mountain flight.
Day 15: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our Office staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights & Hotel in Pokhara for 1 night on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
 3.  Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Internal flight Pokhara / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
 5.  Trekking arrangement backed by Sherpa Guide and porter/s using local homes on full board basis.
 6.  Applicable Special Trekking Permit & Conservation Fees.
 7.  Transportation Kathmandu / Beshisahar & Trek / Pokhara by private Non AC Vehicle.
 8.  Insurance for Nepalese crew.
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu & Pokhara Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 6.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 7.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 8.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 9.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Ghale Gaun Home Stay & Tour
  • Trip Duration : 15 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : 2165 m
  • Month : Mar-May, Sep-Dec