1. Experience the unique lifestyle and culture of the famed Ghale people.
2. Sighting of famous peaks like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, Boudha Himal, Himalchuli etc.
3. Bird watching at Talangyo lake.
4. Enjoying Krishna Charitra, Jhyaure and the shamanic Jhakri dances.
5. Tasting wild honey and experiencing honey-hunting as was immortalized in Eric Valli’s Honey Hunters.
Ghale Gaun trek is one of the most unique trekking experiences you will get. It is a perfect mixture of natural and cultural ingredients. On one front the trek is a wonderful opportunity to delve into natural delights - watch the sky-high mountains, stroll alongside mountain lakes, chase mountain bees for fresh honey and witness the rich flora-fauna diversity of mid Nepali hills. On the other, it provides an opportunity to experience one of the richest cultural experience in the world - spending a few days with the famous Ghale people in their traditional village and experiencing many facets of their world famous culture.
Ghale Gaun (Gaun meaning village) is a settlement of nearly 100 houses in Lamjung District in western Nepal. It is located at the height of 2,100 m. Most people in the western Nepali hills are Gurungs. Ghales are also Gurungs with special cultural practices and way of life that has remained unchanged for generations. The Ghales are famous world over for their bravery in battlefields. Their culture is no less famous than their warfield heroics. Their age old rituals, exotic lifestyle and cultural performances are an amalgamation of Buddhist and Hindu traditions. The hospitality of people in Ghale Gaun is warm and their food is brilliant. Bhujung, Nagidhar and Pasgam are other attractions of this trek - with each village presenting a slightly different dimension of the ethnic Gurung heritage.
Trip Route : Kathmandu- Pokhara - Khudi- Ghale Gaon- Begnas Lake- Pokhara -Kathmandu
Best Month: September to December and March to May
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m / 4,665 ft), transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and trek preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Khudi (790 m/ 2,591 ft).
Day 04: Trek to Ghale Gaun (2,080 m/ 6,824 ft).
Day 05: Trek to Bhujung (1,560 m/ 5,118 ft), largest Gurung community in the region.
Day 06: Trek to Pasgam (1,680 m/ 5,511 ft).
Day 07: Trek to Gahatay, Pakhurikot and Nagidhar (1,450 m/ 4,757 ft).
Day 08: Trek to Begnas Lake (850 m/ 2,788 ft) and drive to Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) by private vehicle.
Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300 m/ 4,665 ft), transfer to Hotel.
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu, 6-7 hours.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be safe thus we have given full authority to your tour leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Ambition Himalaya promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary. However, natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we hope you understand these concerns. Our leaders will give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m
We will pick you up at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,300 m). You will head to your hotel with our representatives in a private vehicle. We welcome you with a traditional Nepali dinner in the evening. Live music and traditional Nepali dance in Thamel is the other attraction of the evening. We will prepare you for the upcoming trek with required information before you head back to your hotel room for rest.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
We will visit the main locations of Kathmandu today. Kathmandu, being one of the cultural capitals of the world, is a major sightseeing destination. You will visit the Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and the Pashupatinath Temple. You will shop for basic trek amenities in the evening. Trek items are easily found in the shops in Thamel.
Day 03: Drive to Khudi
Altitude: 790 m/ 2,591 ft
We will drive to Khudi today. Khudi (790 m) is a village in Lamjung and our trek will start from here. The drive takes 6-7 hours. We will first drive to Besisahar, the district headquarter of Lamjung. We will follow the Trishuli and Marsyangdi river for most part of our drive to Besisahar. The rivers are famous among rafting enthusiasts. We have two options from Besisahar- a trek of one hour to Khudi or continuing on our vehicle. We will continue driving for the remaining part of the journey. We will rest at a lodge overnight.
Day 04: Trek to Ghale Gaun
Altitude: 2,080 m/6,824 ft
We wake up early, have breakfast and head for Ghale Gaun. The trek is 4-5 hours normally but we walk slowly, enjoying the scenic mountain beauty. Ghale Gaun (2,100 m) provides a panoramic view of the mountains, most of which are not viewable from other trek destinations in the Annapurna Circuit. We will spend our night in the Ghale Gaun homestay tonight. It will provide us a wonderful opportunity to experience the culture and way of life of the Ghale people.
Day 05: Trek to Bhujung
Altitude: 1,560 m/5,118 ft
We will wake up early and visit the nearby sightseeing tower. The place provides panoramic view of the mountains including the Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung and Manaslu mountain peak. We will return back to our homestay and have breakfast. We will begin our downhill trek to Bhujung after breakfast. Bhujung is the largest settlement of the Gurung people inside the Annapurna Conservation Area. Nearly 2,000 people in 350 households constitute Bhujung (1,560 m). Experience traditional dances like Ghantu Dance, Krishna Charitra and Serka Dance. Experience honey hunting on cliffs beside the majestic Kaiyo Waterfall.
Day 06: Trek to Pasgam
Altitude: 1,680 m/5,511 ft
We will leave Bhujung behind and head for Pasgam (1,680 m) following an early breakfast. The road to Pasgam is dominated by dense forests. The journey also presents us with the possibility of encountering rare mountain animals/birds like barking deer, spotted deer, mountain goat, pheasants, larks etc. Pasagam (Pasagaun) is famous for Buddhist Monasteries and locally made handicrafts products. Pasgam does not present us with mountain watching opportunities but there is enough activity to keep oneself occupied.
Day 07: Trek to Gahatay, Pakhurikot and Nagidhar
Altitude: 1,450 m/4,757 ft
Nagidhar (1,450 m) is another Gurung village known for its homestay, culture and monasteries. We traverse Gahatay and Pakhurikot on our way to Nagidhar. Most of the trek is through dense woods of Rhododendron and Oak. We will go down to the Rudi Khola (River) valley at first and then climb up to Nagidhar. It is a 200 year old community of the Gurung people. Nagidhar is a very good place for mountain view.
Day 08: Trek to Begnas lake and drive to Pokhara
Altitude: Begnas lake (850 m/2,788 ft), Pokhara (820 m/2,690 ft)
We wake up early in Nagidhar, have breakfast with our wonderful hosts and descend towards Begnas lake. Begnas is the second largest lake in Kaski district after lake Phewa. We boat at Begnas, enjoy the tasty Begnas fish and visit the nearby Rupa lake. After finishing our tour of these two lakes we drive to Pokhara on avehicle waiting for us at the banks of the Begnas Lake. We will rest in our hotel in Pokhara following a long trek.
Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m/4,665 ft
We wake up, have breakfast and board on a bus headed for Kathmandu. We drive along the scenic bank of Marsyangdi and Trishuli river for most part of our travel. The drive takes about 6-7 hours. You also have the option to travel by air or a private car but these come at extra pay. We will enjoy live music and cultural show in Thamel in the evening before heading to our hotel rooms.
Day 10: Departure
Altitude: 2,340 m/ 7,677 ft
You will head back to your destination today. We will organize a small ceremony marking your farewell and our representative will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You will board on a homeward bound flight and bid Nepal goodbye. You also have the option to extend your trip and take part in other treks.
- Airport pickup and drop services by private vehicle.
- Kathmandu Sightseeing with guide and car and driver.
- Standard accommodation in Kathmandu as per the itinerary / with breakfast.
- Kathmandu - Khudi by Bus.
- Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by deluxe tourist bus.
- Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary / with breakfast.
- Bus transport from Trek ending point to Pokhara.
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project [ACAP] Permits.
- Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] Permits.
- Meals on full board during the trek [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with 3 cup of hot drinks in a day].
- Seasonal fruits in the evening after dinner.
- Accommodation in Lodge or home stay during the trek.
- Trekking Guide [English speaking, eco-friendly, Government licensed, Ministry of Tourism Trained, First Aid Trained] with salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances.
- Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance.
- Strong porters [1 porter shared between 2 paying people] with porter salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances.
- Down jacket, sleeping bag, trekking map, Ambition Himalaya T-shirt and Duffel Bag [Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag have to be returned after completing the trek].
- First aid medications / medicines with the guide.
- Necessary paper works, government and local taxes, company service charges.
- Complementary welcome dinner in Kathmandu at a typical Nepali restaurant.
- Certificate of Achievement signed by director of the company and your guide.
- Sightseeing entrance fees in city tour.
- International Airfares, Visa Fees,($ 25 for 15 days, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days) Travel and Rescue Insurance, Emergency Evacuation.
- Bars and Beverage bills, cold drinks, mineral water, telephone bills, laundry and battery charge.
- Extra activities than mentioned in the itinerary, extra porter charges.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara [Meals not included also in the cases of early returns from the trips].
- Extra accommodation caused due to early arrival, flight delays, natural disasters etc.
- Tips( as appreciation/gratitude) for Guides and Porters.
- Any services not mentioned in Service Includes Section unless specified on booking of the trekking.
Equipment you need to bring
- Pair of trek boot, sleeping bag, down jacket, pullovers, neck scarf for evening/night/morning.
- Sun hat and casual warm clothes for day.
- Some pairs of good quality socks, slippers, suntan lotions, personal medications etc.
List of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. These gear list can be different depending on route, season etc. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.