Ghale Gaun Trek sits as one of the shortest Annapurna Region Trekking Packages out there with its core values similar to the Tamang Heritage Trek of the Langtang Region. While the latter tour shows its visitors the hospitality of the Tamang People, the first one marks the friendliness of the typical Gurung People.
Unlike most of the trekking packages of the Annapurna Region such as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek which starts from Pokhara, this trek doesn't start from there. In fact, this trip starts from the headquarters of the Lamjung Region, Besisahar. The drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar is just around 5 to 6 hours long and follows the Prithvi Highway along the Trishuli River. Another hour's drive sees us at the village of Khudi. Rest for the time being!
The next day our hike sees us at the village of Ghale Gaun via an easy climb uphill. Ghale Gaun is a typical Gurung settlement offering remarkable views of the Annapurna, Machhpuchhre, Himal Chuli, Lamjung, and such other peaks of the Annapurna Mountain Range. We'll take a day off to enjoy and explore the Ghale Gaun. The town amidst the Annapurna Circuit Trail is also home to the recently established SAARC Village Tourism Museum. Explore the culture, learn some language may be, and get acquainted with the local norms and values. Drop back down to Besisahar and then back to Kathmandu to end our short Cultural Trek. While at Besisahar, don't forget to explore the Lamjung Durbar, only if time persists. Also, savor in the views of the Marshyangdi Khol and also the Gaikhure Jharana (waterfall) en-route to Besisahar.
There's nothing more fun than exploring the typical cultures of the Himalayas. Are you ready to explore one?
Gurung Culture, Tradition, and Lifestyle
SAARC Village Tourism Museum
Vantage Point for Bird Lovers
Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Langtang, Himal Chuli, and Other Annapurna Region Peaks
- All Ground Transportations
- Three Daily Meals During the Trek
- Twin Sharing Lodge for Accommodation during the Trek
- One guide and a porter (1:2 ratio) and their food, accommodation, equipment
- Trekking Map and Trip Achievement Certificate
- First Aid
- Government Taxes and Office Service Charge
- Water, Soft Drinks, and Other Liquid Beverages
- Meals Besides Meals Inclusion
- Snacks and Other Personal Expenses
- Personal Trekking Equipment
- Hot Showers except
- Tips to Trekking Staff and Others
- Personal Travel Insurance
- International Airfare
- Nepal Entry Visa
Arrival in Kathmandu (1440 meters)
Set foot at the Tribhuvan International Airport where our representative will transfer you to your hotel. Settle in and freshen up prior to meeting up with the guide and discussing about the upcoming trek. And, don’t forget to try out your first ever typical Nepali cuisine.
Drive to Khudi (790 meters)
Drive towards the Besisahar, the headquarters of the Lamjung Village along the Prithvi Highway. Following our arrival at the city 5-6 hours later, we'll again drive onwards towards Khudi in a short one hour drive. En-route, enjoy the views of the Lamjung Himal and Buddhist monasteries in and around Khudi. Also, don't forget to wander around the village to find yourself surrounded by a variety of birds as this place is even thought of vantage point for bird lovers.
Trek to Ghale Gaun (2100 meters)
Today, we'll enter our major destination, the Gurung village of Ghale Gaun. Hike up on a narrow yet short and easy hill to find ourselves at the Gurung settlement. This typical village lies within the Annapurna Circuit Trail and offers fantastic views of the high Annapurna mountain range consisting of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, Lamjung, and Himal Chuli peaks.
Explore Ghale Gaun
The day begins with a beautiful sunrise coloring the Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna peaks in a golden hue! Savor in the typical cuisine of the Gurung settlement. Today, we'll explore the Ghale Gaun. Also, we'' make our way to the recently founded SAARC Village Tourism Museum near the village. Get hand in hand with the culture and tradition of the local people here. During the evening, enjoy a short and sweet performance by the Ghale people before dinner and doze off.
Trek to Besisahar (760 meters)
Be a lark and wake up early to have a last look at the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Himal Chuli, and such other peaks of the Annapurna Region. Following our meal, our hike takes us downhill along the slippery trail to Khudi. From here, a short one hour drive sees our arrival at Besisahar. While here, we can stroll around the city or even explore the Lamjung Durbar.
Drive back to Kathmandu (1440 meters)
Get the last look at the Annapurna, Lamjung, and Manaslu peaks and bid farewell to them! Early drive along the Prithvi Highway will see us back at the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu.
This day marks the official end of your trek! If you have plans to stay and explore Nepal more, we can arrange scenic tailor-made trips for you. However, for those of you having to travel back, we will arrange your travel to the airport and wish you a happy journey ahead.