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Ghale Gaun Village Trek

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Ghalegaun and Ghanpokhara  Tour/ Trek is meant for real adventures wishing for an off beaten path experience including an exotic pristine village endowed with an unparallel picturesque magnificence and a home to world famous Gurkha soldiers, Gurungs. Ghalegaun village trekking attracts those travelers and explorers who wish to experience stunning natural beauty mixed with a unique ethnic lifestyle and home stay village tour in an isolated village area of Nepal. The beautiful villages of Ghalegaun and Ghanpokhara are located in the district of Lamjung, approximately 20.5km North West of Kathmandu and 12.5 km North East of Pokhara at an altitude of 2000m around. As the route of this trek, there are dense forests, followed by villages and awesome waterfalls which provide you a lifetime experience. This tour offers a superb breathtaking view of majestic western Himalayas including Machhapuchhare, Buddha Himal, Himchuli and many more peaks.

 

During Ghalegaun trek you will have a chance to experience the native people’s lifestyle; different culture, socio-economic condition as well total sustainable eco-trekking. Ghalegaun-Ghana Pokhara trek start from Pokhara passing through Pakhrikot, Pasagaun to Ghale Gaun. You can enjoy the beautiful Begnas Lake and other seven nearby lakes of the region during the trek.  The Ghale Gaun Village trail passes the beautiful Khudi and Midim rivers through the beautiful forest, with chances to see some of the wildlifes. One can walk through jungles where you will feel blessed to see the rhododendron, chestnut, with the undergrowth of raspberry, nettle, hemp, mugwort, and many other plants. Ghale Gaun Village Tour is also famous for bird watching so beautiful birds can be viewed during the trial like partridges, nightingales, owls, doves, crows, eagles, kites, vultures, barbets etc. Similarly habitat to animals like cheetahs, leopards, bears, deer, wildcats, martens, porcupines, hedgehogs, and foxes. Ghalegaun- Ghanpokhara is a model village for experiencing the typical culture and lifestyles of Ghale and Gurung people and has the amazing moment enjoying the village lifestyle with amazing views of mountains which will give you a lifetime experience.

 

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

Day 2: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu.

Day 3: Flight or Drive to Pokhara

Day 4: Pokhara to Pakhrikot/Nangidhar (1900m)

Day 5: Nangidhar to Pasagaun

Day 6: Pasagaun to Ghalegaun/Ghanpokhara (2100m)

Day 7: Ghalegaun trekking to Khudi drive back to Kathmandu

Day 8: Farewell Departure

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.

Day 2: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The next morning after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. You can pay your homage visiting center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple (for Hindus) and Swyambhunath (for Buddhists). These are very ancient and historical pride of Nepal importantly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflects the uniqueness and diversity in Nepalese culture. On journey back to hotel, you can travel around the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. You can perhaps take relaxed walk through the famous streets like Thamel, King's way etc.

Day 3: Flight or Drive to Pokhara
After having your breakfast, we will drive you to the Domestic Airport to take a 25 minutes flight to Pokhara. Or if you wish you can take a Tourist bus to Pokhara about 6-7 hour drive exploring & enjoying with scenic beauty all the way around. In the evening, a boating trip on Phewa Lake will be followed where you can enjoy the spectacular views of Annapurna Himalaya Range reflected in all its glory in the calm green water of the lake.

Day 4: Pokhara to Pakhrikot/Nangidhar (1900m)
From Pokhara today we will have a very exciting 3 hour drive in the rough roads and reach Thumsikot. The rough drive offers you the amazing natural beauties and flora and fauna through the journey. Trekking starts from Thumsikot. We will have the first part of trek easy going. You can enjoy the beautiful Begnas Lake and other seven nearby lakes of the region. The next part of the trekking trail now becomes tough as ascending to Nangidhar or Pakhrikot. It is a beautiful Gurung village at an altitude of 1900m. Enjoy the traditional culture, customs and lifestyle of the people. Spend your night in a local house with much respect.

Day 5: Nangidhar to Pasagaun
Today trekking trail is several hour straight walk. The trekking passes through forests, beautiful waterfalls and views of various birds or their chirpings. Then it is straight 2 hrs descending to a place called Bagaicha. We will have our lunch here and continue our trek to Pasagaun village. This village is much more cleanly compared to the Nangidhar or Pakhrikot. The living style of the people is well and even the food and other facilities are sound. You have a beautiful and clean night to sleep.

Day 6: Pasagaun to Ghalegaun/Ghanpokhara (2100m)
This is the longest day of our trekking. Initially it begins with a descending of about 3 hours and again ascending for another 2 and ½ hours. On the way you can stop at Bhujung for the rest and lunch. Bhujung is a compact and a densely populated village looking really attractive from little down hill and on its way to the village. (If you can't further move ahead, you can spend your night here.) After Bhujung, our journey is on straight walk to Ghalegaun or Ghanpokhara for about 2 and ½ hours. Ghalegaun is a beautiful Gurung village. One can enjoy the incredible views of majestic mountain ranges from this village. At the evening you will be accompanied by local cultural programs of Gurung people.

Day 7: Ghalegaun trekking to Khudi drive back to Kathmandu
Today is the last day of the trek. It is simple path downhill descending. It is almost continuous down trek for almost four hours. The trail passes through the beautiful forest, with chances to see some of the wildlife's. It is also famous for bird watching so you may have views of beautiful birds. It really can be a birdwatcher's paradise. Stop at Khudi for the lunch and take a drive from here to Kathmandu.

At the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show, taking some beautiful snaps and making up your mind for the returning journey. You can have a greetings exchanging among friends and with all Nepalese people.

Day 8: Farewell Departure
We will take you to the International Airport for your convenience. Wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of us Nepalese and Good-Bye with a hope to see you again.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle.
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
  • Twin sharing Home Stay Accommodation during the Village tour.
  • Full board meals including breakfast lunch and Dinner mostly local meals during the village tour.
  • Necessary Trekking permits if applicable.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Kathmandu to Tour start point and finish point to Kathmandu transport by Bus (If you want to travel by Land Cruiser or private car is available, by adding extra cost)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents &  Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes.

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, personal trekking gears,Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Tips and gratitude
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Passport and Visas:

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.


Get the required visa for Nepal.

You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information


Bring Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.


Money & Credit card Info

We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost.  So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel


Travel Insurance:

Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.


Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal

We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time.  Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here.  For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.


Who can trek?

No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.


Our Trekking Dates

Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.


Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal

Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list


Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu

It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.  


Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.


How to Book

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip

 

Personal necessary

The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.

01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 1 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants, 2 half pants/trousers
05: T-shirts - 2
06. Fleece jacket/Jumper
08.  Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket.
09. Thermal Inners. Recommended for winter time.
10. Socks, Cotton 2  pairs, Woolen 2 pairs
11. 1 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1
 

Other necessary equipments

1. Sleeping bag rated to (-10 to -20 degree Celsius)
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries.
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
7. Toiletries
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.

For more ideas what should bring please visit the
Equipment list Or get back to us on puru@abovethehimalaya.com

Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 08 Days

Max. Altitude: Pasagaun to Ghalegaun/Ghanpokhara (2100m)

Trek Grade: Easy

Best Travel Time: February - June, September - November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Tea house during trek

Transportation:  Car/ Van/ Plane

Activity: City tour, Trekking

Photos

Ghale Gaun Village Trek

Trek Leader and Staffs:

Government certified hiking & trekking Guide

Accommodation/Lodging:

Twin sharing tea house/guest house accommodation

Daily Meals on the Trek:

Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (meals can be chosen from Menu, Vegetarian options available)