Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara Trekking-8 Days

"Nature follows its own path, and what may appear as an exception to us is actually in accordance with the order."
Good to Know
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Private
  • Activities Trekking, Historical and Cultural Excursion
  • Best Season September to June


The Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara Trek is an 8-day trip through the lovely towns of Ghalegaun and Ghanpokhara, allowing trekkers to experience rural Nepal's rich culture, great hospitality, and spectacular mountain panoramas.

Major Trip Highlights: Ghalegaun and Ghanpokhara.

  • Experience the Gurung culture and lifestyles in Ghalegaun and Ghanpokhara in Nepal.
  • Witness age-old cultural dances like Jyaure, Dohori, Ghatu, Sorathi, and Jankri performed by dancers dressed in traditional clothes on various occasions.
  • Trek through lush forests while taking in views of the Annapurna Himal (8,091 m/ 26545.27ft), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m/22910.10ft), and Manaslu Mountain Range (8,163 m/ 26781.49ft).
  • Discover Ghanpokhara, a village focusing on eco-tourism and natural wonders.
  • Walk amongst the scenic routes that cross rivers and pass through rhododendron-filled landscapes with the backdrop of the Himalayas.

An Advantage of Booking a Trip with a Trekking Planner Nepal.

  • Private vehicles pick up and drop off passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s down jackets, t-shirt, and cap, if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Trip Introduction: 8 Days Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara Trekking.

Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara Trek takes you to the north-central part of Nepal. Ghalegaun and Ghanpokhara Trekking route offers a model village for experiencing the typical culture and lifestyles of the Gurung people. Ghalegaun and Ghanpokhara are mainly Gurung settlements promoting unique village tourism and practicing community-based hospitality. Traditional customs are still followed during births, deaths, marriages, and other rituals. Age-old cultural dances like Jyaure, serka, dohori, Ghatu, Sorathi, and Jankri are performed on various occasions accompanied by different musical instruments and with the dancers in traditional dress.

Ghalegaun Trekking has significantly aided in the advancement of village tourism in Nepal. Ghalegaun Trek, as part of Nepal Himalaya trekking programs, offers Ghalegaun village Tours and village treks. Our journey will begin with a drive to Pokhara and conclude in Khudi. Along the way, there will be pleasant countryside walks to Ghalegaun in the Lamjung area with an awesome panorama of Annapurna Himal, Lamjung Himal, and Manaslu Mountain Range visiting typical Gurung community culture and traditions in the Himalayan mid-hills into the nice enchanting forest of rhododendron, pine, and oak tree lines.

Ghalegaun, located at the foot of the Lamjung Himal in north-central Nepal, is an exotic unspoiled village blessed with unrivaled scenic splendor and the home of world-famous Gurkha soldiers known as Gurung. Protector of a distinct ethnic culture Ghalegaun is a true pocket of spectacular natural beauty combined with a traditional ethnic way of life.

Ghanpokhara, on the other side, is a lovely community on the rise, with an eco-tourism focus. It is located in the Lamjung district, next to Ghalegaun, at the summit of Dash that Danda at an elevation of 2100 meters. Ghalegaun and Ghanpokhara are tucked away in the midst of mountains, rivers, streams, waterfalls, and lush green forests. These locations provide a spectacular perspective of the beautiful western Himalayas, including Machhapuchhare (6693m/22,943 ft), Annapurna (8091m/26,545 ft),Annapurna II (7939m/26,040 ft), Annapurna IV (7525m/24,688 ft), Lamjung Himal, Buddha Himal (6974m), Himalchuli (6747m/25,896 ft), and many other smaller peaks. Bird watching at Talang Lake and trips to the Utter Kanya Temple, Pempro Fall, Batase Cave, and the Khudi hydroelectric project site are also popular activities in the Ghalegaun area.

The approach to Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara Trek is a wonderful experience in itself as it crosses over the rivers and passes through rhododendrons blossoming along the way amidst the chirping of birds and wild insects. Normally the best months to do this trek will be from October to December and March to May.  Average hiking per day will be 6-7 hours so it is necessary to have above-average physical fitness for this trek. Join the Incredible Mountains team now to be part of this eye-catching trek that will make you fall in love with Nepal’s Himalayan Mountains, and make you want to see more.

How does Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara Trekking start and end?

The Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara trekking expedition, planned by Trekking Planner Nepal, begins with visitors' arrival in Kathmandu, an economic hub at an elevation of 1350 meters. Kathmandu, famous for its rich local culture and traditions, offers a fascinating introduction to Nepal's diverse past, providing an idea of the local culture and traditions they will meet on their tour.

After experiencing Kathmandu's vibrant environment, visitors take a scenic drive to Pokhara, a city tucked within the Annapurna Region noted for its tranquil lakes and stunning mountain views. Trekking Planner Nepal has the thrilling option of including rafting into the itinerary along the way, adding an adventurous dimension to their trip.

People continue their adventure from Pokhara by driving to Thumsikot, the starting site of their hike to Pakhurikot. Travelers can stay on teahouse and homestay hikes in the Annapurna Conservation Area and are treated to breathtaking mountain vistas and a taste of rural tourism as they journey through lush forests and agricultural farms.

Visitors continue their journey till they arrive in Pasgaun, a picturesque village where visitors can immerse themselves in local culture, savoring authentic local cuisine and feeling the warmth of the local residents. As they socialize with the locals and learn about their customs and traditions, the cultural part of the tour expands.

The peak of the trip waits as trekkers make their way to Ghalegaun and Ghanpokhara, where the local Gurung villages provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience mountainous village life. Trekkers are greeted with open arms, garlands, and tika while enjoying the splendor of the Himalayas taking local visits and thoroughly immersing in the cultural experience.
After finishing the trek, participants return to Kathmandu, remembering their breathtaking mountain experiences and cultural immersion. Trekking permits, lodging, and the leadership of an experienced trekking guide ensure a safe and well-organized excursion with Trekking Planner Nepal.

On the next day, before the departure, travelers can relish their final moments in Nepal, appreciating the natural beauty and cultural richness of the region. With consideration for trekking gear, weather conditions in Ghalegaun, and the best time to trek, they can depart with cherished memories of the Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara trek, an experience that combines mountain majesty, village traditions, and the enchanting allure of the Himalayas.

What is the best season for Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara Trekking?

The Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara Trekking can be done all year round. However, the best experience can be done in autumn (fall) and spring season. Autumn which usually lasts from September to December is one of the ideal times for this trek. The weather is dry with clear skies which offer breathtaking views of the Himalayan range. Similarly, the temperature during the day is also moderate and nights get cooler upon ascending to higher elevations. The trail becomes colorful with scenic landscapes and lush greenery. In addition, the cool breeze also gives a rejuvenating experience during the trek.

Another best time for the Ghalegaun trek is Spring which lasts from March to May. The weather in the area is usually moderate offering clear skies and blooming rhododendron forests. Trekkers can have excellent views of surrounding landscapes including Annapurna Mountain Ranges and Manaslu Mountain Ranges. The Ghalegaun region also hosts various festivals and cultural events during this season, thus enabling individuals to participate and immerse themselves in the customs and traditions of the Gurung community. 

This trekking can be done in the winter season as well. But it becomes rather difficult due to cold weather which needs extra packing and cost may rise due to additional heating charges in different accommodation places. Likewise, in the monsoon, the trails might get slippery due to heavy rainfall. There is a probable chance of landslide and flood in certain areas which can result in blockage causing obstruction during the trek. It is recommended to take extra precautions if the trek is to be carried out in winter and monsoon season.

Note: It is important to plan your trip properly in advance, book accommodations and get a weather forecast before starting the Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara trek. Any confusion or questions regarding the trek can be solved by a representative from Trekking Planner Nepal who will assist you during the trek.

Why Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara Trekking with Trekking Planner Nepal?

  • Trekking Planner Nepal has in-depth knowledge of the area including trekking routes, local culture, and accommodation facilities enabling trekkers with an opportunity to enhance their experience during the entire trip.
  • Safety and customer satisfaction are our first priority, our employed staff or guides are well-trained with first aid and emergency procedures in case of any undetermined circumstances.
  • We at Trekking Planner Nepal take care of all the necessary documents and permits, transportation facilities and advance booking saving visitors time and effort.
  • We can also customize your trekking itinerary in relation to visitor’s personal preferences and fitness levels enabling trekkers to suit their interest in either challenging treks or leisurely experiences.
  • Trekking Planner Nepal can also arrange for porters to carry your heavy bag packs and make arrangements for renting necessary equipment and gear for travel.

Outline Itinerary for Ghalegaun Ghanpkhara trekking.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
  • Day 2: Full day in Kathmandu.
  • Day 3: Drive to Pokhara via rafting.
  • Day 4: Drive to Thumsikot and Trek to Pakhurikot.
  • Day 5: Trek to Pasgaun.
  • Day 6: Trek to Ghalegaun/Ghanpokhara.
  • Day 7: Drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Day 8: Final departure.
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The 8 Days Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara Trekking provides with standard Itinerary days where some day's walks can be shorter or longer as per your physical fitness, some designated overnight stops can change, due to available rooms and other facilities and etc…….

We will follow the itinerary if it needs to be changed in case of weather, landslides, and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decide to hold full authority for Trekking Planner Nepal

    Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, a representative from Trekking Planner Nepal will be present in the arrival section for your welcome. They will be responsible for your transfer to the hotel where you will get refreshed and get some rest. After a while, a tour guide will pick you up at your hotel for a half-day sightseeing tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square (a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ancient palaces, temples, and ancient architects) and Narayanhiti Palace Museum (stands as a sorrowful remainder of country’s royal history). After completion, later on this evening, you will be picked up from your hotel for a cultural dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel.

      Today you have a full-day guided sightseeing tour to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Durbar Square, then visit "Swayambhunath" a Holy sight of Hinduism and Buddhism also known as "the monkey temple" as a large number of holy monkeys are living in the north-west part of the temple. Next, you will be taken to "Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. You will then be driven to "Boudhanath Stupa" one of the biggest and oldest stupas in the world. After completion, visitors will have the opportunity to savor local cuisines like Traditional Nepali Thali, Dal Bhat (rice with lentil soup), Mo: Mo (dumplings), and a variety of other options. Later in the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in your hotel. Our office representative will brief you regarding the trek as well as provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions about the upcoming trip. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

        Today with an early morning breakfast in the hotel you will be picked up by your guide who will transfer you to the nearest bus station or private vehicle for a two-and-a-half-hour ride to the rafting starting point. There you will commence rafting in the Trishuli River for approximately 3 hours. Upon completion, the trip escalates further to Pokhara (Kaski district of Nepal) which is about 3 hours drive from the rafting point. Lunch will be served along the route where favorable. Upon reaching Pokhara our representative will transfer you to the hotel where you will rest and enjoy the rest of the evening walking and viewing the beautiful lakeside. Dinner is served at restaurants around Pokhara or at the hotel where you will be staying. Stay overnight in Pokhara. 

          After having breakfast at Pokhara, the day starts with a 3-hour road drive to Thumsikot. During the ride, you can enjoy the rough road, lush green hills, terraced farmlands, picturesque villages, and mystic views of the Annapurna Range. Upon reaching Thumsikot, visitors will have the opportunity to witness the local culture and remote village life. Lunch will be served at a local homestay or restaurant around Thumsikot. After a heavy diet, the trek to Pakhurikot starts from Thumsikot which is about 2 hour and 50 minutes hike. Along the trek, you can see terraced fields, temples, shrines, water mills, and remote villages. This hike can include some trails with suspension bridges over rivers with scenic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. At the end of the hike, you will reach Pakhurikot, take a rest at the accommodation there, have your dinner, and stay overnight at the lodge in Pakhurikot.


            After breakfast, the trip begins with several hours of gentle walking, including a 2-hour straight descent till reaching Bagaicha for lunch. You'll be treated to breathtaking views of verdant forests, flowing waterfalls, and the melodic melodies of native birds along the way. Following a great lunch, the course continues with a difficult rise that necessitates enough water supplies due to the scarcity of drinking water sources. The severe heat, humidity, and unrelenting sunlight can make the journey very difficult.

            Particularly, when compared to Pakhrikot, Pasagaun village stands out for its cleanliness, with well-kept surroundings. Pasagaun's indigenous food provides a delectable culinary experience, and the hotel options have exceptionally comfy beds, assuring a pleasant overnight stay in this city.

              Today is the longest day of the hike, with the trail falling for roughly 3 hours before climbing for another 2 and 1/2 hours. When viewed from a lower vantage point along the journey, Bhujung, a more densely inhabited settlement, presents an enticing scene.

              The path continues straight after passing through Bhujung to Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara, which takes around 2 and a half hours. This charming Gurung settlement, located at an elevation of roughly 2117 meters/ 6945.53 feet, offers amazing views of the majestic Himalayan ranges. The early morning sunrise from this spot is breathtaking, and it is a highlight of the walk. You'll spend the night in Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara at a guesthouse.

                After having breakfast it is time to head back to the capital city. After a memorable trekking adventure in the picturesque villages and landscapes of Nepal, today, we will drive back to Kathmandu. You can relax and enjoy the scenic drive back to the capital city, reflecting on the incredible experiences of the past days. Stay overnight in hotel at Kathmandu.

                  You will have some free time on this final day of your schedule to explore Kathmandu further, do some last-minute souvenir shopping, or simply relax before your international departure. Trekking Planner Nepal will assist you with your transfer to the airport, bringing your incredible experience in Nepal to a close. Best wishes!

                  Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

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                  Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara Trekking-8 Days Map
                  What's Included
                  • All airport pick drop by private vehicle.
                  • 3-night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu.
                  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with private vehicles (entrance fees extra).
                  • 1-day rafting on full board in Trishuli River.
                  • Kathmandu to Pokhara via rafting and Khudi (trekking ending point) to Kathmandu by private vehicle.
                  • 2-night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Pokhara.
                  • Pokhara to Trekking starting point by private vehicle.
                  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers' Information Management System( TIMS card).
                  • Best Available twin/double shearing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
                  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and tea/coffee during the trekking.
                  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance.
                  • 1 porter for 2 guests with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation, and equipment.
                  • Welcome and farewell dinner in an authentic Nepali cultural restaurant.
                  • First add kid box.
                  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffel 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.
                  What's Excluded
                  • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 2 passport-size photos).
                  • All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flights).
                  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
                  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
                  • In case of extra night accommodation, lunch and dinner in the 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 the itinerary.
                  • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
                  • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
                  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, or any event out of our control.
                  Essential Info

                  Equipment and Gear List

                  trekking iconGeneral

                  • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
                  • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
                  • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

                  HeadUpper Body

                  • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
                  • warm woolen hat
                  • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
                  • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
                  • Polarized sunglasses


                  • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
                  • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
                  • Waterproof rain jacket
                  • windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
                  • Fleece jacket or down jacket

                  PantLower Body

                  • thermals inner
                  • Hiking pants at least 3
                  • Comfortable pants for teahouses
                  • Waterproof, windproof shell
                  • Hiking shorts


                  • Woolen gloves for the tea house
                  • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk


                  • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
                  • Hiking socks
                  • Liner socks
                  • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
                  • Crampons (For passes)
                  • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
                  • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

                  UndergarmentsUndergarments and inner wears

                  • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
                  • Sports bras (women)
                  • sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

                  MedicineFirst Aid Kits and Medications

                  • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
                  • Lip balm or Vaseline
                  • ointment cream
                  • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
                  • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

                  (Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.)

                  Other essentialsOther Essentials

                  • Passport
                  • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
                  • Reusable water bottle
                  • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
                  • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
                  • water bladder for the day bag
                  • small towel for personal use
                  • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
                  • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
                  • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
                  • Power bank or extra batteries
                  • Cameras and mobile phone
                  • Cards/book
                  • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
                  • Trekking poles
                  • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
                  • Thermos for hot water during the nighttime
                  • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
                  • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
                  • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
                  • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
                  • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg/33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
                  • A down jacket with a hood(cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
                  • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
                  • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

                  Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

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