Ghale Gaon Trek description
Ghalegaun (2095 m) and Ghanpokhara (2158 m) are traditional Gurung villages nestled in the lap of the Annapurna range. The villages are predominantly inhabited by the Ghyabre Gurung of this region. The villages offer a peek into the culture of Gurungs, during the home-stays and through cultural programs. The local people also perform traditional dances for visitors, dressed in traditional attire. One of the earliest settlements of the Gurungs, Ponjyu village, falls in Ghalegaon, while the Ghyabre Ghar, which is the ancestral home of traditional Gurung priests, and the ancestral home of Gurung kings at Kolasonthar, is in Ghanpokhara. There are Gurung pilgrimage sites in and around this region. The villages offer spectacular mountain views when the weather is clear. The peaks that can be seen from Ghalegaun and Ghanpokhara are Annapurna range, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and more. The area has green pastures of grasslands and rich fauna, including medicinal herbs and rhododendron forests. Various kinds of Himalayan birds and wild animals are also found here. Visitors can also visit honey-hunting sites in the villages of Ghanpokhara.
Ghale Gaon Trekking highlights
Visit temple, Art / architecture and pagodas, heritage sites in Kathmandu valley of 12th to 15th Century, Explore the panoramic mountain scenery of Annapurna range, Discovering Gurung culture during your home-stay trekking & sightseeing,Real mil-hills traditional life style observation Splendid Mountain views of Annapurna II, Manaslu, Fish Tail, Lamjung Himal and more. Inhabited by Ghale tribal cast and Local Handicraft
Ghale Gaon Trek grading
mardi himal trekking is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require you to be super fit or have any previous trekking/mountaineering experience. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Ghale Gaon Trek covers
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Pakhrikot / Nangidhar - Ghalegaun - Ghanpokhara - Kathmandu
Best season to explore Ghale Gaon trekking
February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and December.
Ghale Gaon Ghana Pokhara Outline Itineary
- Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, B/B Plan
- Day 02: Sight-seeing of Kathmandu, B/B Plan
- Day 03: Drive to pokhara, B/B Plan
- Day 04: Pokhara to Pakhrikot/Nangidhar, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 05: Nangidhar to Pasgaun, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 06: Pasgaun to Ghalegaun/Ghanpokhara, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 07: Ghalegaun to Khudi drive back to Kathmandu, B/B Plan
- Day 08: Final departure for your onward destination
NOTE OF ABOVE ITINERARY:
O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
SHORT DESCRIPTION MODE OF PACKAGE :
In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and 1 night tourist standard hotel in pokhara on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows
Arrival at Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport we will receive you with private car and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur with breakfast. Our representative will give you information about further programs.
Sight-seeing of Kathmandu
Leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Back to hotel and stay.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m) 6hrs
Pokhara, 210 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trishuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. You can also take a flight from Kathamndu to Pokhara instead of drive.
Pokhara to Pakhrikot/Nangidhar
After a very exciting 3 hour drive in the rough roads, we will reach Thumsikot. 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. After the initial easy trek, it now will be a tough ascend for Nangidhar and Pakhrikot; beautiful Gurung villages lying at an altitude of approximately 1900 meters. You can see the beautiful cultures and the lifestyles of the Serga.
Nangidhar to Pasgaun
The trek starts with several hours straight walk and the trekking routes passed through jungles, beautiful waterfalls and the chirpings of the birds, then after it is a straight descend for another 2 hours for a place called Bagaicha, for lunch. After lunch continuously working to Pasagaun village. This 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.
Pasgaun to Ghalegaun / Ghanpokhara
The longest day of the trekking, it starts with a descending for about 3 hours and again ascended for another 2:30 hours. One can stop for Bhujung for lunch or even stay overnight. Bhujung, a compact and a densely 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 2:30 hours. This beautiful Gurung village, lying at an altitude of approximately 2016 and 2050 respectively is simply awesome. One can enjoy the majestic mountain ranges from this place; the early morning sunrise is simply spectacular.
Ghalegaun to Khudi drive back to Kathmandu
The day's trek is simply downhill to reach Annapurna circuit main trekking route. One has to continuously down trek for almost four hours before one can stop for Lunch at Khudi. The trail passes through the beautiful forest, if you are lucky enough you will also get to see some of the wildlife’s. This area holds a tremendous potentiality for bird watching. It really can be a birdwatcher's paradise. At evening join Nepali cultural show in Kathmandu.
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey !!
- Kathmandu international - domestic airport transfer by private car/van/bus.
- 3 nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur within BB Plan
- 2 Nights accommodation in Pokhara on Tourist standard basis
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) each day while on trekking
- Guest House accommodation on twin sharing basis during the trekking days
- All necessary grounded transportation.
- Annapurna Conservation Area permit and TIMS permit for Ghorepani poonhill trekking.
- Professional license holder trekking guide and necessary porters and trekking crews.
- Food, salary, equipments and insurance of Nepali trekking staffs.
- A special gift as a souvenir from our company.
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
- Any other things which is not mentioned.
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- T-shirts (2)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Underwear (4)
- Hiking shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
- Water bottles (2)
- Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
- Books (Highly Recommended)
- Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
- Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
- Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
- Climbing helmet
- Alpine climbing harness
- 2 x tape slings
- 2 x screwgate karabiners
- Descender/abseil device
- Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
- Fleece trousers or silhouette
- Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.
Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.
Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!
After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.