- Total Duration:9 Days
- Start Point:Kathmandu
- Trip Grade:Moderate To Fairly Challenging
- Accommodation:Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
- Meals:Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
- Best Time:February to May and Sept to Dec
Ghalegaun Ghan Pokhara trek
“Nature goes her own way, and all that to us seems an exception is really according to order.”
Our Ghalegaun Ghan Pokhara trek takes you to the north-central part of Nepal. Ghalegaun and Ghanpokhara trekking route offer model village for experiencing the typical culture and lifestyles of the Gurung people. Ghalegaun and Ghan Pokhara are mainly Gurung settlements promoting unique village tourism and practicing community-based hospitality. Traditional customs are still followed during births, deaths, marriages and in other rituals. Age-old cultural dances like Jyaure, serka, dohori, Ghatu, Sorathi, and Jankri etc are performed on various occasions accompanied by different musical instruments and with the dancers in traditional dress.
Ghalegaun trekking has substantially contributed to the promotion of village tourism in Nepal. As part of Nepal Himalaya trekking programs, Ghalegaun trek offers the opportunity for Ghalegaun village tour and village treks. Our trek will start with a drive to Pokhara and end at Khudi. Along with this whole route, you will have pleasant countryside walks to Ghalegaun in the Lamjung area with an awesome panorama of Annapurna, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu mountain range visiting typical Gurung tribe culture and traditions in the Himalayan mid hills into the nice enchanting forest of rhododendron, pines, and oaks tree lines. Ghalegaun, situated at the foot of Lamjung Himal in north-central Nepal, is an exotic pristine village endowed with an unparallel scenic grandeur and a home to world famous Gurkha soldiers- the Gurungs. Repository of a unique ethnic culture Ghalegaun is a true microcosm of stunning natural beauty mixed with an unspoiled ethnic lifestyle. Ghanapokhara is a beautiful village heading towards development with a concept of eco-tourism.
It lies at the north of Lamjung district in the close proximity of Ghalegaun at the top of Dash that Danda at an altitude of 2100 meters. Ghalegaun and Ghanpokhara are nestling amidst mountains, rivers, streams, waterfalls and green forests. These places command a superb breathtaking view of majestic western Himalayas including Machhapuchhare (6693m) Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna II (7939m) Annapurna IV (7525m), Lamjung Himal, Buddha Himal (6974m), Himalchuli (6747m) and many more smaller peaks. Activities around Ghalegaun also include bird watching at Talang Lake and visits to the Utter Kanya Temple, Pempro Fall, Batase Cave, and the Khudi hydroelectric dam site.
The approach to Ghalegaun-Ghanpokhara Trek is a wonderful experience in itself as it goes crossing over the rivers and passing 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 hrs so it is necessary to have an 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.
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
- Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu
- Day 03: Drive to Pokhara via rafting
- Day 04: Full day in Pokhara
- Day 05: Drive to Thumsikot and Trek to Pakhurikot
- Day 06: Trek to Pasgaun
- Day 07: Trek to Ghalegaun/Ghanpokhara
- Day 08: Trek to Khudi and drive back to Kathmandu
- Day 09: Final departure
→US $799.00 per person
→Single Supplement US $130.00
- All airport pick drop by private vehicle
- Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
- 03-night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
- Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with private vehicle and necessary entrance fee
- 01 day rafting on full board in Trishuli River
- Kathmandu to Pokhara via rafting and Khudi (trekking ending point) to Kathmandu by private vehicle
- 02 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 and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking
- Safe drinking water and first add kid box
Cost does not Include
- Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
- All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Meals during the traveling time
- Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
- In case of extra more night 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
- 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
Before you go
Safe drinking water on GhaleGaun Ghanapokhara Trek
Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but as we go higher cannot find it. In that case we suggest you to drink boiled water which may charge small fee, found in tea houses and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Due to no provision of plastic bottles better to use boiled rather than mineral water, helpful for protection of environment.
Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek
Hydro electricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, phone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities. Better to buy adaptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.
Use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbage’s in the way where dustbin facilities are not available and conserve the environment.
Spending Money per Day
It mainly depends upon spending habits; normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-14 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.
Travel Insurance for GhaleGaun Ghanapokhara Trek
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.
Washing and Toilet facilities for GhaleGaun Ghanapokhara Trek
All the guest houses offer hot showers, which can be in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap.
Toilets are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.
On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
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- Bookings must be done 48 hrs. in advance
- Free Cancellation
- No Down payment
- No Deposit
- Accept Cash Payment, Bank Transfer, Western Union, Money Gram, or a Credit Card.
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"Ready-Made itinerary presented in a website can be operated for individuals, couples and small groups on a private tailor-made basis, starting on a date of your choice. An itinerary is on the basis of tea-house trekking but it can be operated as Camp Trek. Please contact Trekking Planner to discuss your tour plan."
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
Upon arrival you will be picked up at the international airport in Kathmandu and transferred to the hotel by our airport representative. After refreshments your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel for a half day sightseeing tour to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square. Later on this evening you will be picked up from your hotel for a cultural dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu
Today you have a full day guided sightseeing tour to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Durbar Square, then visit "Swyambhunath" 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 "Boddhanath Stupa" one of the biggest and oldest stupas in the world. 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 the opportunity to ask any questions of the upcoming trip. Second overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara via rafting
Today an early morning breakfast in the hotel you will pick by your guide and transfer to the rafting starting point for 03 hrs rafting in the Trishuli River. It is about 03 hrs drive to Rafting point, after rafting you will transfer to the Pokhara. After 02 and half drive you will get to the Lakeside city of Pokhara. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Full day in Pokhara
Today after breakfast you will have guided sightseeing tours in Pokhara.
Day 05: Drive to Thumsikot and Trek to Pakhurikot
Thumsikot is about 3 hours drive from Pokhara. The drive is a very exciting drive, the rough roads, the awesome beauties, the flora and fauna that one gets to see is simply awesome. One can also enjoy the beautiful Begnas lakes and other seven lakes of the region. Today the trail leads through the several local village and forest. This route is only prescribed during the winter and dry seasons, it is not recommended during monsoon. Stay overnight at the home.
Day 06: Trek to Pasgaun
the trek starts with several hours gradual walk, then after it is a straight descend for another 2 hours for a place called Bagaicha, for lunch.The trekking routes passed through jungles, beautiful waterfalls and the chirpings of the birds. After lunch, it again is a time for an ascending. It is a steep ascend; one has to ensure that one carries enough water as there is shortage of drinking water. The intense heat, humidity and the direct sunlight striking can really be unbearable. Pasagaun village is much more cleanly compared to the Nangidhar or Pakhrikot and even the food is good and even the beds were much more comfortable. Stay overnight at the home.
Day 07: Trek to Ghalegaun/Ghanpokhara
today is the longest day of the trekking; the trail descending for about 3 hours and again ascended for another 2 and half hours. Bhujung, is a bigger populated village looks really attractive from little down and on its way to the village. After Bhujung it is a straight walk to Ghalegaun Ghanpokhara for about 2 and half hours. This beautiful Gurung village, located at an altitude of approximately 2117m. One can enjoy the majestic mountain ranges from this place; the early morning sunrise is simply spectacular. Stay overnight at Homestay.
Day 08: Trek to Khudi and drive back to Kathmandu
The trail descend all the way to Khudi from where we are going to take private vehicle drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 09: Final departure
Today we will transfer you to the international airport for your departure back home.
Trekking Planner will try to keep the day-to-day schedule as per the detailed itinerary but there might be some flexibility due to other factors beyond our control. A variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, difficulty with transportation and politics can lead to enforced changes. So, it is not possible to guarantee as per the itinerary. In the case, the trip leader will manage it to minimize your inconvenience." We wish you have a wonderful time with us!
Most Common FAQs
According to the location the tea houses vary on their quality and style on this trek. Basically they have communal room downstairs with one or two bed bedroom above them. You have to use share toilet but nowadays in low levels attached toilet is found and some have hot shower facilities but some will have stand pipes. Tea houses use a type of burning stove in main communal area and other rooms are unheated. Tea houses do not have money exchange facilities. Trekking Planner recommend you to exchange cash in Kathmandu.
A group will have a group leader or a guide who will lead you on the trek. Porters will be there to carry your baggage packs and all the camping gear. One porter will carry two trekkers baggage. A number of supporting staff will depend upon your group size.
Mostly 3-4 liters is sufficient. You will be able to refill bottles at lunch time. When you are in high altitude you have to drink more water to get rid of altitude diseases.
Yes, Trekking Poles make you easy to walk in the rough ways. Trekking poles makes your body and leg to move more safely. So, we suggest you to use it.
Mainly tea houses on the way have stores which sell bottled water and other supplies that may be needed for you on the trek. There are no any plastic recyclable facilities in Nepal, we encourage you to bring chlorine tablets and use filter water in the teahouses.
You have to bring iodine tablet with you. Chlorine tablets are widely available. The most effective and commonly used version of chlorine is chlorine dioxide, which is tasteless and odorless. Tablets can be bought cheaply and usually 1 tablet is sufficient to purify 1 liter of water. Neutralizing tablets can also be bought to get rid of the smell and taste of chlorine or iodine. This will need to be done for water obtained using hand pumps or streams in the trek.
Altitude produces physical changes in the body. Higher you go, more pronounced those changes. If after gaining a lot of elevation in a hurry, you experience dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration, you are probably suffering from altitude sickness. In rare cases this may worsen, so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the Group Leader who is trained to recognize Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If trekkers show any signs of AMS they will be evacuated to a lower, safe altitude immediately. To minimize effects of altitude you ascend slowly which allows safe acclimatization.
It depends on the nature of your illness. If you suddenly feel dizzy or weak, you have to sit or lie down. If you still feel sick, keep a warm and quiet until you can get medical help. You will carry down if no progress we advise travelers to take a personal kit too.
In serious cases, you need helicopter rescue. Our guide will suggest you to use it if it’s very serious. So, helicopter rescue insurance is necessary for every trekker before you come to trek in this trek.
The weather is changeable in the Himalaya so you can expect to experience four seasons in one day. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers which you can shed or add as required. While even in winter it can be as warm as 19C during the day, the higher the altitude, the colder the temperature and when high up the temperature drops significantly at night to around -10C in October/November, and to around -20C from December to February.
Alcohol is consumed in Nepal. You can buy it in tea houses in the trek. Local alcohol is also available. However we suggest you not to drink alcohol at high altitude.