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Ghale Gaun Trek – 8 Days

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  • 08 Days
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Destination : Nepal
  • Max Altitude : 2100m
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Best Season : Spring & Autumn

Highlights

  • Learn and Explore Ghale and Gurung Culture and Tradition
  • Spectacular of Annapurna south 7219 Meters, Himchuli 6400 meters, Fishtail 6,993 Meters, Annapurna III 7455 Meters, Gangapurna and many other mountains peak
  • Experiencing rural trekking and the lifestyle of people of a gurung culture in a short time
  • Walking through the top of the ridge along with the off-the-beaten-path of the Annapurna Region

Overview of Ghale Gaun Trek

Ghale Gaun Trek takes us through an 08-day trekking tour to explore the country’s first “smart village”. Not only will you enjoy natural attractions like Annapurna peaks and Marshyangdi rivers, but you will also experience the local Gurung culture and tradition and explore the local temples, tea gardens, and the view tower, among other attractions.

The Ghale Gaun Trek starts with a long drive to the headquarters of Lamjung, Besisahar. The drive via Prithvi Highway will take us around 5-6 hours. From Besisahar, we’ll drive for another hour to arrive at Khudi overnight. If you’re a bird lover, you’ll enjoy every bit of time in Khudi, as this village is a vantage point for bird lovers.

The next day, we’ll hike up a narrow trail to arrive at the Gurung settlement of Ghale Gaun. The village offers extraordinary views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung, Himal Chuli, and Buddha peaks. Not only that, but the town also provides entry into the newly established SAARC Village Tourism Museum. Explore the local culture, tradition, and lifestyle. Also, indulge yourself in local cuisine and handicrafts. During our extra day at Ghale Gaun, we’ll visit temples (Jal Devi Tije Uttarkanya and Koibo Dhee), the natural wells (Sat Kuwa), and the view tower in Gorkha Army Park.

This trail is one of the easiest treks, which offers remarkable insights into the Gurung culture and tradition. Ghale Gaun Trek is designed for those who want to learn about the local culture, lifestyle, and cuisine while also getting excellent views of high peaks.

Ghale Gaun Trekking is among the newest and quite underrated trekking journeys around the Annapurna region. The usual trek lasts from one week to 8 days, but on average, the trek can be completed in eight days. The Ghale Gaun Trek can also be expanded to the Poon Hill trek, and you can also add the Pokhara Trek to the same trek, which will extend the trekking days by a few numbers. Now let’s get into a few more history of Ghale Gaun and also know a bit about the location which might be your next possible destination,

Ghale Gaun Location

Ghale Gaun is a popular hill station located in the Lamjung district. It lies at an altitude of 2100m and is one of the newest destinations for tourists and trekkers in the region or from foreign countries. It lies in the Kwholasothar rural Municipality of Nepal and is considered Asia’s model tourism village, so it is getting the coverage and reputation it needs.

The village is located in the middle of Kathmandu and Pokhara, averaging 11 km from both places. It is surrounded by the Annapurna Circuit, which means the people going on the Annapurna Circuit trek can extend their trek to visit the beautiful Ghale Gaun. Let’s look at some factors that make Ghale Gaun unique as a tourist village.

Major Attractions of Ghale Gaun Village

Ghale Gaun is regarded as a modern tourist village, and there are several reasons for this. Along with friendly people with different cultures and traditions to the vantage point from where you can see different types of a mountain like Annapurna, Macchapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Hiunch, Uli, etc. You can explore many unique places during the Ghale Gaun Village Trek.
The village has many beautiful and essential attractions that many trekkers and tourists might enjoy, so let’s get into it.

SAARC Village Tourism Museum

On February 7, 2017, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari inaugurated the SAARC Village Tourism Museum as the new attraction for tourists and trekkers worldwide interested in the Annapurna Region. The museum has particularly attracted tourists, mainly from the SAARC countries, and has promoted tourism in Nepal. The Museum also encourages different cultures and traditions in the Ghale village. Also, it provides information on the history and tradition of the Ghale Gaun and Nepal. After establishing the SAARC tourism museum, the village’s reputation increased and is also the main reason it is called Asia’s model tourism village.

Ghanapokhara

Another popular tourist attraction during the Ghale Gaun Trek is Ghanapokhara. It is another small tourist village located in the Lamjung district, and just like Ghale Gaun, it has also gained a good reputation among foreign tourists and trekkers. It is just over 1.6 kilometres north of Ghale Gaun. The trek from Ghale Gaun to Ghanapokhara takes only a few hours, but it is equally worth it.

There are also several other attractions on the Ghale Gaun trek, like temples, stupas, monasteries, Gurung culture, dances, rituals, and more.

Accommodation Services During Ghale Gaun Trek

Regarding accommodation services during the trek, you have to stay one to two days in the city area and a few other days in the rural area of the Annapurna region. During your Kathmandu stay, you will stay at a three-star hotel with all the facilities you require; however, the accommodation in the remote Annapurna region is the local teahouses or small lodges. Generally, you will trek from tea house to tea house during this trek, where you can eat your meal and stay overnight.

The accommodation is a basic standard in the tea houses, with one room with two to three beds you have to share with other trekkers, but if you are alone travelling female and have informed us beforehand, we can arrange for you to have a private room. The weather is quite cold in the evening and night, so you will be given hot blankets, bed sheets, mattresses, and fluffy pillows to enjoy sleeping warmly and cosily.

The bathrooms are generally Western style and attached to your room, apart from rare occasions you have to share. Continuous cold water is running, but if you pay extra, you can get a hot shower in the teahouse. Since the teahouse is close to the city area, internet and WIFI with decent range and speed are fine.

Foods Available During Ghale Gaun Trek

Fooda services are similar to that of accommodation. During the few days in Kathmandu, you will have all the menus available, including local Nepali to Newari cuisine and Western delicacies. However, as you start to trek towards the Ghale Gaun and reach remote areas, the option on the menu decreases.

The typical foods on the Ghale Gaun Trekking include eggs, meats, fried rice, macaroni, toasted bread, momo, veggies, macaroni, noodles soup, chowmein, and pizzas. For dinner, you will have the option of delicious local Dal Bhat, which means rice and curry, meat, eggs, fish, and different vegetable options.

You can also have a Western-style dinner; however, it is recommended for health and power; you might want to consume Dal Bhat, Vegetables, Fruits, and Fish. Meats and alcohol are also advised to skip because of health reasons. The local meats can be stale and must be adequately refrigerated, so experts and guides advise you to stick with vegetables, beans, rice, and lentils.

Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu Arrival

You’ll be welcomed by the company representative once you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to the hotel and once you freshen up, meet with the rep once again to get a detailed itinerary of the Ghale Ghaun Trek. Once the briefing is over, the company guide will tell you about the things you can do here in Kathmandu.

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trip preparation Day

After having breakfast, you will be going on a guided city tour. The tour will be for 4-5 hours and you will see UNESCO-enlisted world heritage sites of Kathmandu. In the evening you can stroll around the streets of Thamel and Prepare for your Trek.

Day 3Drive to Khudi 790m

Drive along the Prithvi Highway to arrive at the headquarters of Lamjung, Besisahar. The drive will take approximately 5-6 hours. After a short break in Besisahar, we’ll drive up towards Khudi. This village is famous as a vantage point for bird lovers. Enjoy the views of the Lamjung Himal and Buddhist monasteries along the way.

Day 4Trek to Ghale Gaun 2100m

It’s time for us to travel to the Gurung village of Ghale Gaun. The hike to this village is quite an easy one. Just hiking up a narrow trail will see us to the village. Ghale Gaun lies within the Annapurna Circuit Trail. This village offers some extraordinary views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Lamjung, and other peaks. Overnight in a local tea house in Ghale Gaun.

Day 5Explore Ghale Gaun

Wake up early to enjoy the sun rising above the snow-capped peaks of Annapurna. Enjoy the typical Gurung cuisine and explore the village. We’ll also make our way to the new SAARC Village Tourism Museum during our stay here. Don’t forget about the View Tower there. The view tower at the Gorkha Army Park offers out-of-this-world sunset views over Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung, Manaslu, Himal Chuli, and Buddha peaks.

Ghale Gaun also has a famous Jal Devi Tije Uttarkanya Temple and seven natural wells called Sat Kuwa. Let’s now forget about the first tea garden in the Annapurna Conservation Area which spans 1,000 Ropani (5,476,000 sq ft) of land.

Day 6Trek to Besisahar 760m

Wake up to a beautiful sunrise! After breakfast, it’s time to head back to Besisahar. First, we’ll hike downhill to Khudi and then drive to Besisahar. During our free time here in Besisahar, we can visit the first royal palace of Lamjung, Lamjung Durbar, Gaikhure Jharana, Purankot Fort, Royal Bath of Tindhara, or Hadekhode Dada. Please do remember that we’ll visit such places only if time persists. Overnight in Besisahar.

Day 7Drive back to Kathmandu 1310m

Drive back via the Prithvi Highway to get back to the capital city, Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel, freshen up, and if you’re up for it, visit some of the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in the valley.

Day 8Final Departure

After 7 days of exploring the culture and tradition of the Gurung village of Ghale Gaun, it’s time to make your way back home or to your next destination.

Price Includes

  • Pick-up & Drop from the airport on the day of your arrival & Departure
  • 3 Night Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu
  • The Government Register's English-Speaking Guide
  • If the group size exceeds 6 people, an assistance guide will be provided.
  • One porter for two clients
  • In trekking trails, accommodation is on a twin-sharing basis
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.
  • Trekking map
  • Trekking Permit & TIMS Card
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Staff salaries, insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Arrangements for emergency rescue services (Please make sure you have medical insurance from your country)
  • The agency service charge and the government tax/VAT
  • The certificate of achievement towards the Trip

Price Excludes

  • The cost of international airfare
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • All drinks During the Trip (Tea, Coffee, Cola, Beer, Mineral Water)
  • Personal Costs
  • Smoke
  • Insurance for travel
  • If more than the 3-night hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu meals
  • Hot shower during the trekking
  • Batteries and cameras that are chargeable during the trek
  • Natural or political disturbances beyond our control result in additional costs.
  • The Extra cost of any case early return from the trip.
  • Tips for Trekking Staff

Departure Date

Mar 27, 2024

Booking Available (8 Days)
$890

Sep 23, 2024

Booking Available (8 Days)
$890

Additional Information

Equipment Required for Ghale Gaun Trekking

Ghale Gaun Trekking is more challenging and demanding than other trekking destinations in the Langtang region. Furthermore, it is also not at a high altitude, making it a lot easier to trek in the area; however, you must still be prepared and must take all the necessary equipment that is essential during the trek.

Some of the trekking equipment that you can take during the trek are:

Head/Hand Equipment

In the case of Head/Hand equipment, you can take things like

  • Wool hat
  • Wide Brimmed Hat
  • Gloves and Hand Warmer
  • Gaiters
  • Down Insulated Mittens
  • Day Trek Pack
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad-brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)

Additional layers, gloves, windbreaker, and poncho

  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Sack of sleeping bag
  • -20 degree centigrade-rated Sleeping Bag

First Aid Kits

  • Personal Medicine
  • Diamax or Altitude sickness pill
  • Painkiller
  • Antibiotics
  • Diapers for rashes
  • Hair ties and brushes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Antibiotics
  • Face/Sun Lotion
  • Ear Plugs and Eye covers for sleeping
  • Hand Warmers, etc.

FAQs

Can I charge batteries in Ghale Gaun?

Yes, Every teahouse or lodge in Ghale Gaun has electricity, so be sure to charge the batteries of your mobile, electric map, and other electrical equipment.

Do I need insurance to trek Ghale Gaun?

Yes, since Ghale Gaun lies in the Annapurna region, it is compulsory to have travel insurance if you want to trek any place in the area.

Is Ghale Gaun Trek difficult?

No, the Ghale Gaun Trek is reasonably more accessible to moderate regarding difficulty among other treks in the Annapurna region.

Which is the best month for the Ghale Gaun Trek?

The best season for the lower altitude Annapurna region is September to November, which falls in Autumn and then from March to May in Spring.

Can I use an ATM or Credit card during Ghale Gaun Trek?

You can use Credit and ATM cards during Ghale Gaun Trek without worries, but carrying cash in remote areas is wise.

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