Ghale Gaun Homestay

‘Explore Asia’s best heritage model villages in the shade of Annapurna Himalaya’

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:06 Days
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Easy
  • Max Elevation:2,100 m / 6, 889 m high at Ghale Gaon
  • Meals:on full board
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle/Local Bus
  • Max Group Size:1+
  • Best Time:March to May and Sept to Dec
  • Style:Local Lodge and Village community Home-Stay

Overview

Ghale Gaun homestay, a well-planned and designed program by Trekking Planner, where all age-group and various types of people can join in. An ideal and perfect cultural Himalayan holidays, for family group, school/college students to high corporate executives, as this trip allows you to be in fresh cool mountain air, in the harmony of fascinating local culture within the backdrop of high Snow Mountain range.

A great place to experience Himalayan village age-old farm activities, where one will be able to quiet your mind and reduce stress to aid relaxation by learning how to mediate within a serene environment.

Ghale Gaon, a blend of traditional and modern influence represents here in everything from cuisine to the arts with a scenic panorama of high Annapurna, Lamjung, and Manaslu Himalayan peaks.

Ghale Gaon Experience, an exclusive Himalayan holiday to soak into local culture an opportunity to interact with local natives, one of the highlights of this trip and doing things as the villagers.

Around Ghale Gaon there are various ways that one can enjoy like taking a short scenic pleasant hike, or just relax and marvel the awesome views of dramatic landscapes of white-mountain range, and rolling green hills.

This lovely neat village with stone-paved path steps and walking path, houses are made of stones and of special mud plaster with slate stones, where every house has a courtyard to dry their seasonal harvest and as well a gathering place.

Ghale Gaun homestay begins with an exciting drive heading beyond Kathmandu valley or from Pokhara, as the drive leads through many villages and towns a chance to see more of Nepalese rural life and farm activities.

An interesting day drive of some hours taking more than five hours to reach our Himalayan Hill destination at Ghale Gaon. Where you will be received with local traditional ceremony, villager welcomes with marigold garland and silk Buddhist scarf called ‘Khada’.

After a joyous and merry reception check into your rooms in a well-built hut, serving as Home-Stay, a great way to enjoy your time traditionally as village impressive life.
During your stay, enjoy fascinating moments with a short hike to view-point with glorious panorama of Annapurna Himalaya with towering Machhapuchare the famous Fish-Tail peak, includes views of Lamjung Himal and Manaslu Mountain range.

Rest of day get into local activities and witness busy traditional life of village communities, with joyful and exciting evening where local teenage performs traditional Nepalese and Gurung dance and folk songs.

Enjoying wonderful and overwhelming stay in Ghale Gaon, depart from this lovely village with farewell ceremony, and then exciting drive brings you back at Kathmandu, after a great memorable and exciting time on Ghale-Gaon Experience.

  • Enjoy ancient culture and old traditions that still exists in Himalayan villages
  • Explore lovely rural farm villages adorned with time-less heritage and custom
  • A wonderful visit around Nepal Mid-West Himalaya with stunning views of peaks
  • Memorable experience of local glorious culture with dramatic mountain views
  • Detail itinerary for Option # 1:
  • Detail itinerary for Option # 2:
  • Kathmandu to starting point/Ghale Gau and ending point/ Ghale Gau to Kathmandu transportation by publish bus/private vehicle
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • 02 guest to 01 porter with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment
  • Twin/Double shearing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
  • First aid kit box
  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary
  • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • In case of extra nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights accommodation.
  • Your personal expenses such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
  • The tips to the trekking crews and drive
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Anything not included in service includes column
  • Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Trekking Planner duffel bag that is to be returned after the trip)
  • Day pack
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sports shoes or sandals
  • Sun Hat/cap
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
  • Pullover or warm sweeter
  • Raincoat
  • 4/5 pairs of good quality socks
  • Hand gloves
  • 2/3 pairs of trekking trousers
  • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
  • 3/4 pairs of underwear (non cotton preferred)
  • Sun glasses
  • Water bottle
  • 4 season sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it. It is to be returned after the trip)
  •  Flash or Torch light
  • Camera and batteries

Seasons:

Ghale Gaon can be visited nearly all months of the year-round, the best time is spring from March to May, with autumn/fall to pre-winter seasons of mid-September to early December months.

Springtime lively surroundings, when wild-flowers especially the rhododendron are in seasonal bloom. With clear blue sky most of the day but cooler morning and late afternoon till night time.

The other peak season around Himalaya as well for Ghale Gaon visit in autumn-fall and pre-winter times of middle September to mid-December months where you can walk with pleasant mild temperatures, with crystal clear blue sky facing super panorama of high snow-capped mountain range.

Culture, Religion, tradition, and custom:

Ghale Gaon and villages around Lamjung district and Annapurna Himalaya range mainly populated by Gurung people, as well call Tamu of Mongolian and Tibetan origin. Practice Buddhism religion as well their ancient cult called Bon a pre-Buddhist religion. Worships nature like mountains, rivers, forest, and ancestral spirits as well.

The name Ghale one of the sub-caste of the Tamu Gurung ethnic tribe, the hill people of Nepal Himalaya region.

Although a Buddhist, but quite different from other Tibetan Buddhism as they follow Shamanism, where every village has a witch doctor to wade evil spirits and to heal certain illnesses as well, do not have Buddhist monasteries only a few

Gurung villages have monasteries. However, every house is festooned with Buddhist prayer colored flags called Lung-Ta (Wind Horse) that represents blue for sky, white as cloud/water, and red for thunder or fire, green for vegetation with brown on the bottom for soil.

Gurung are mainly farmers as well as Shepard raising live-stock like sheep, goats, buffalo and cow/ox, besides being farmers they are skilled craftsman where women weave their traditional dress for the wool of animals.

Gurung is also famous as brave Gorkha soldiers in foreign infantry like in British and Indian Army, as well in Singapore police and security and bodyguards for the Sultan of Brunei.

At Ghale Gaon where you can witness traditional customs that still retains with many interesting rituals taking part in folk dances known as Jyaure, Serka, Dohori, Ghatu, Sorathi, Jankri are performed for the guests accompanied by different musical instruments with dancers in traditional dress.

Where all visitors are warmly welcomed with garlands, traditional dance called Ghatu, while having time around lovely villages where you can observe woolen handicraft products clothes, bags made from nettle fiber (Allo Cloth), and scarf.

Climate & Weather:

Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May to the first week of June will be the best time during spring times, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours.

Morning and night time as well in shade can be cold, other months from September and October great times for rafting, most days are clear for views of mountains and beautiful landscape scenery.

Although much colder months of autumn season with extreme cold during morning and night time, where sunlight much shorter.

Visa:

Visiting Nepal one can obtain entry visas from your home country at Nepalese Embassies and Consulates, if not one can easily get a visa on arrival at Nepal international airport in Kathmandu, or any port of entry.

Emergency Contact:

For travel within Nepal Himalaya where all travelers and adventurers require to fill our company form with emergency contact to relatives and families or close friends, as well keeping in close touch with the Trekking Planner for immediate helps either medical or unforeseen reasons.

Arrival:

On arrival picked and received by our attentive airport representative or guides and staff for short transfer to your respective hotels in Kathmandu.

Accommodations & Food:

On Ghale Gaon Experience trip, with overnight in best available lodge in village community Home-Stay, meals provided from Continental, Chinese, Nepalese or Indian foods. All meals are well cooked, hygienic, and freshly served in a warm environment.

Drinking-Water:

On this trip, serves safe drinking water boiled and filtered for drinking.

Health:

Where all travelers require sound good health to join on all our moderate to adventurous trips around Nepal Himalaya with healthy medical background and history.

Vaccinations:

Check with your home doctors and season of visit to Asian countries where immunization and vaccines requires against certain diseases.

Travel Insurance:

Where all travelers to Nepal Himalaya require Travel and Medical Insurance to cover against unfortunate accidents and sickness covering Helicopter Service Rescue, or other means of fast transport to reach safe places and nearest hospitals.

Age Requirements:

For Ghale Gaon Experience, where all age groups from family with young children to 70 years old can join in, this involves if one can get medical insurance from your home countries.

Getting Into Nepal:

To reach Nepal one can reach by overland from India or Tibet, the main arrival from international flight to reach Kathmandu and Nepal international airport.

Communication:

At present nearly all villages and towns do have facilities of ISTD and STD or cell phones or Sat phones, where one can easily communicate to your family or Trekking Planner in emergencies.

SIMS cards available on showing your passport copies with a small charge as per your time in Nepal.

Money:

On paying the full package of the trip, where you need some extra money for your expenses to buy souvenirs or for extra entertainment on route rafting like having extra snacks and drinks.

Culture:

Culture the main thing to observe by travelers to Nepal, where the country with two main religions Hindu and Buddhism with their own special interesting culture and custom.

Photography:

Photography can be taken all around Nepal, where some public and private areas of Government, religious monuments, and some old people might not allow photographs, where your guide will advise you on restricted places.

Gratuities:

Tipping after getting satisfied with the service rendered by the helpful guide, staff of the hotels, drivers including porters where you feel like it deserves gratitude like tipping.

Extra benefits like tips, is highly expected by crew members of rafting as traditions since tourism came in Himalayan countries.

Detail Itinerary

Ghale Gaun homestay we have two Itineraries as options for interested travelers to choose from as per one interest as per your holiday duration in Nepal.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisar 825 m continue to Ghale-Gaon 06 hrs

An overland journey on country main busy highway, where drive takes you beyond Kathmandu valley, and lower towards warm farm villages and towns.

As road follows the Trisuli River for sometimes, and diverts from the main highway at Mugling Bazaar, the crossroad of Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan beyond, as drive heads west on the road to Pokhara to reach at Dumre town.

From here our route diverts heading towards Lamjung district within a wide agricultural country to reach at Besisar, headquarter and administrative town of Lamjung area.

An interesting and busy town where high hill villager comes here for their daily necessary supply of goods, from here drive continues following Masrsyangdi River fed from the glaciers of Annapurna, Manaslu and Chulu mountains.

On reaching a small farm village of Khudi, drive diverts away from main Manang road to reach higher green hills, as drive climbs past farm villages and forest to reach finally at our destination in Ghale Gaon.

Welcomed with warm traditional ceremony, blessed with garland and Khada, a silk Buddhist scarf, and then check into your room in a hut of simple and semi-modern western standard with local traditional heritage ambiance.

Evening enjoy the folk program organized by ‘Ama Sama’ a mother's welfare committee followed with Nepalese and Gurung meals of great varieties and retire to your room after a lovely day.

Day 02: Full day in Ghale-Gaon with village activities and local hike

Morning enjoy a hearty local breakfast, served and run by village Home-Stay community, rest of the morning enjoy a short hike to a view-point hill for stunning panorama of Annapurna, Lamjung and Manaslu Himalayan peaks with majestic Machhapuchare Himal, the famous Fish-Tail peak.

Lunch is served of mixed cuisine of continental, Indian and Tibetan with Nepalese flavor, after lunch explore the villages and interact with the local people, or engage in farm activities.

Evening program with traditional folk programs of dance and songs, and then enjoy your last dinner in Ghale-Gaon.

Day 03: Departure from Ghale-Gaon and drive to Kathmandu

After breakfast, and packing your gear the village will set a farewell ceremony similar to the welcome program, after bidding good-bye to all lively and cheerful villagers walk to your vehicle for an exciting drive back to Kathmandu.
Drive takes you on the same route with a chance to observe more of Nepalese country and rural farm life till you reach Kathmandu, after a great enjoyable and haunting journey having a great experience on Ghale-Gaon.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisar 825 m-05 hrs

An overland journey on country main busy highway, where drive takes you beyond Kathmandu valley, and lower towards warm farm villages and towns.

As road follows the Trisuli River for sometimes, and diverts from the main highway at Mugling Bazaar, the crossroad of Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan beyond, as drive heads west on the road to Pokhara to reach at Dumre town.

From here our route diverts heading towards Lamjung district within a wide agricultural country to reach Besisar for an overnight stop. Besisar, headquarter and administrative town of Lamjung area.

An interesting and busy town where high hill villager comes here for their daily necessary supply of goods.

Day 02: Walk to Khudi village and continue trek to Ghale-Gaon-05 hrs

The first day of leisure and moderate adventure begins heading past the town of Besisar, as walk follows above Masrsyangdi River, fed from the glaciers of Annapurna, Manaslu, and Chulu mountains.

On reaching a small farm village at Khudi, walk towards west away from main Manang road to reach higher green hills, as route leads past farm villages and forest to reach on the bottom of Himalayan Hill.

From here climb within farm terraces and through the cool shade of forest-lined with oaks, some bamboo, blue pines as walk reach higher where rhododendron trees appear and facing grand views of dramatic landscapes of rolling hill and high towering peaks.

On reaching the top of a ridge, the rest of the walk is pleasant on a nice stone-paved path to reach at Ghale Gaon.

Where you will be welcomed with warm traditional ceremony, blessed with garland and Khada, a silk Buddhist scarf, and then check into your room in a hut of simple and semi-modern western standard with local traditional heritage ambiance.

Evening enjoy the folk program organized by ‘Ama Sama’ a mother's welfare committee followed with Nepalese and Gurung meals of great varieties and retire to your room after a lovely walk of the day.

Day 03: Full day in Ghale-Gaon with village activities and local hike

Morning enjoy a hearty local breakfast, served and run by village Home-Stay community, rest of the morning enjoy a short hike to a view-point hill for stunning panorama of Annapurna, Lamjung and Manaslu Himalayan peaks with majestic Machhapuchare Himal, the famous Fish-Tail peak.

Lunch is served of mixed cuisine of continental, Indian and Tibetan with Nepalese flavor, after lunch explore the villages and interact with the local people, or engage in farm activities.

Evening program with traditional folk programs of dance and songs, and then enjoy your last dinner in Ghale-Gaon.

Day 04: Trek to Ghan Pokhara 1, 470 m - 04 hrs

After an enjoyable time around Ghale-Gaon exploring scenic country having experience cultural experience, return journey takes you to another lovely large village of Ghan-Pokhara.

Where walk follows on pleasant gentle trail for some time then climb towards a high hill for an hour to reach at large Gurung village of Ghan Pokhara located in the close shade of massive Annapurna, Lamjung and Manaslu mountain range.

Another warm reception on arrival by the villagers and then check into nice local huts serving as Home Stay managed by village communities, enjoy delightful time visiting around this lovely large Gurung village enriched with immense culture.

Day 05: Walk to Besisar via Baglungpani 1,590 m - 05 hrs

From Ghan Pokhara, one of the largest Gurung villages of the area after Ghale Gaon, enjoying a lovely pleasant stay morning head down to a small village of Baglungpani, with short climb where you can catch spectacular close views of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayan peak.

After a delightful, stop with wonderful scenery head down through dense forest to reach the bottom of a hill, with easy nice walks to your lodge at Besisar with time to enjoy a stroll around the streets of Besisar town.

Day 06: Drive back to Kathmandu -05 hrs

After breakfast, walk to your vehicle for an exciting drive back to Kathmandu.
Drive takes you on the same route with a chance to observe more of Nepalese country and rural farm life till you reach Kathmandu, after a great enjoyable and haunting journey having a great experience on Ghale-Gaon.

Itinerary Disclaimer: Ghale Gaon Experience, provided with standard Itinerary where days can be shorter or longer as per your physical fitness and as well season-wise, some designated overnight stops can differ, according to different season and other condition, etc……. We will follow the itinerary if it needs to be changed in case of weather, and difficulties going over rapids, might require more days especially in late autumn and winter times, where our leader and lead head guides decide holding full authority for Trekking Planner.

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This trip runs daily. So please pick your date and book the trip!

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Reviews

Amazing trek with this company!! I wouldn’t do it with anyone else. Our guide Nirmal was the best!

This company goes above and beyond! They think of every detail and take care of all the trekking needs including accommodations, food, water tablets, medical emergencies, etc. Our guide Nirmal was extremely familiar with the trail, he was attentive - making sure everyone was taken care of, made us laugh the entire way, gave great advice/tips/recommendations for a successful trek, generous (carried some of the day packs up when they were feeling tired), encouraged us and more! I was so impressed with how well thought out everything was and I loved that I didn’t have to worry about the details and all I had to do was show up. The other guides and porters were all just as fun, thoughtful, and accommodating. I would highly recommended these guys for the EBC trek!

Jessgemza,
TripAdvisor

Best trek in the world

In March i completed the Everest High Pass trek with Trekking Planner and had all the support i needed from Trekking planner from planning the trip, to arriving in Nepal and then completing the trek. I had an amazing guide in Gyeljen, whose knowledge of the area was the best! This meant I was able to make it over the passes when many other groups didn't due to the weather. He helped with all the accommodation and provided great advice to help me deal with the altitude and very cold weather as these were a new challenge to me. The whole team and Dipak were very welcoming and funny and this meant the trek and then the visit to Chitwan afterwards was one of the best experiences of my life! Would highly recommend and planning to return sometime soon.

Sam B,
TripAdvisor

Best Guide for trekking in the Himalyas

Everest Base Camp is such an amazing trek, but to have the best, kindest and funniest guide, who encouraged our team all the way and back, made my trek extra special. Nirmal Lamichhane your knowledge of all the mountains are incredible and you knew everyone on the trek. Watching you interact with the rest of the guides, they clearly have great respect for you. You are a natural leader. You are ambitious and know where you want to be in the future and I applaud you for studying while doing treks and taking people up into the mountains.

I enjoyed your stories and games along the way especially the last 2 hours before reaching Namche when it was up, up and up (your way of saying it is very steep). When I fell ill and gotten worse you were there all the way alongside me to help and encourage. The morning after reaching Base Camp when I was faced with being evacuated from Gorakshep, you told me that you believe that I could finish the trek and you would be there all the way if I choose to do so. Seeing the helicopter leave was hard but you believed in me and it made all the difference. Thank you so much.

Nirmal carried my bag on our decent in order for me to be able to breath better (I had bad flue, borderline bronchitis). Out of his own pocket, he bought us Fanta, lollypops, gum .... anything to lift moral on the last day down to Lukla. Our group had such fun with Nirmal.

If ever you need a guide, Nirmal is the perfect man for your trek. He does varies treks into the mountains, not only to Base Camp. Mountain expert, clued-up with flights to/ from Lukla, knows everyone and teahouses, can help with last minute gear, great knowledge about altitude sickness and knows how to take great photos (and how to pose, lol).

TrakkingPlanner and Travel Her Way are very lucky to have Nirmal as a guide.

The organising of my trip was great. Before leaving the UK, all my emails were answered promptly. Collecting from the airport, great accommodation in Kathmandu and the tea houses we stayed at on our trek was great. We were taken to a welcoming dinner at a local Nepali restaurant. What an experience. They also arrange for a farewell dinner back in Kathmandu - all included in the price. The care and detail was appreciated. Fruit and biscuits at dinner while on the trek- and the guides carried all of it all the way. Taking our oxygen levels after every meal to make sure we were in great shape.

All in all I had the best experience! Thank you Trekking Planner.

Janettie W,
TripAdvisor

I have just had the best travel experience of my life.

What a trip!

What a great buch of guys at Nepal Trekking Planner!

Dipak and his team made my trip so easy, simple and enjoyable - I can't still hardly believe it.

I felt totally safe and fully supported - which was a big thing for me as I was unsure how the high altitude would affect me. I needn't have worried as my guide Ananta and porter Ganesh were brilliant - really helpful, patient and firendly. Every night my blood/oxygen saturation was checked which gave me real confidence. Not many of the guides from different agencies were doing this which suprised me a little.

I had 16 days in the mountains and enjoyed every minute. As things became harder or easier, my intinery was flexible with Ananta very willing recommmend alternatives and to make changes to suit. This made a real difference and I really felt that I got the most from my trek.

I'm not one for recommending and over-praising but Dipak, Ananta and Ganesh all went the extra mile to make it all very special indeed.

Well done guys and (funds permitting) see you next year!

phil4868,
TripAdvisor

Brilliant service

Just finished the EBC trip with Trekking Planner. Brilliant service from Prajol in Kathmandu who covered my every need with cheerfulness. My guide on the trek, Sudip, was excellent throughout ensuring I made it to Kala Pattar despite a severe headache. He was great fun and was ably supported by Damact (?) as my porter. All in all I really aprecated the service from Dipak and his team and recommend them wholeheartedly.

Graham H,
TripAdvisor Cockermouth, United Kingdom

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