Gurung Heritage Trail Trek

About Trip

The Gurung Heritage trek is an interesting cultural journey that shows visitors the real side of Nepal’s gripping mountain culture. Nepal is home to diverse ethnic groups living in different regions of the Himalaya. One truly charming and hospitable community is the Gurungs who live around the Annapurna range and still practice the traditions and festivals inherited through the generations for centuries. Known for their gripping cliff climbing honey hunting, warm welcoming and the important role played by the women folk, this trip offers exceptional cultural insights to some of Nepal’s most appealing people while combining the amazing views of the Annapurna region featuring some of the world’s highest mountain peaks. All accommodation during the trek will be arranged through home stays to enable guests to learn the language, traditions and craftsmanship of these warm indigenous people.

The National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) joined together to introduce and explore the rich Gurung culture, tradition and lifestyles in this extraordinary region of the Himalayas. Our Gurung Heritage Trek itinerary is an exclusive blending of beautiful landscapes between two scenic rivers Marsyangdi in the east and Madi River in the southwest has turned this trail into a most popular venture. Within the boundary of the two beautiful rivers, the area is made up of other small river valleys like Khudi river valley, Midim river valley and the Rudi river valley which have a number of side tributaries. The trails are gently steep and bisected vertically at several places.

The rich biodiversity, panoramic mountain views in the north and historic palace, forts and remnants of the late Ghale King with its rich culture and tradition of the Gurungs have made this Gurung Heritage Trail a highly potential cultural tourism product. The trekking tour is a mixture of beautiful Gurung villages that include the famous Ghalegaun, Bhujung, Pashgaun of Lamjung district with Pakhrikot and Thumsikhot of Kaski district encouraged us to specially design this tour for travelers in the profession of researchers, students, anthropologists and backpackers who love to explore rural mountain villages with traditional lifestyles.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy your stay in cozy comfortable teahouse lodges throughout the trek.
  • Experience unique Gurung culture and relish lovely views of the Himalayas
  • Participate in a scintillating heritage tour in Kathmandu
  • Look forward to some great interactions with the friendly local folks, you will love it

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival Kathmandu 1360m, overnight Kathmandu – Welcome dinner
  • Day 02:Kathmandu half day Sightseeing
  • Day 03:Kathmandu to Besisahar (06 hrs drive)
  • Day 04:Besisahar to Ghalegaun (03 hrs)
  • Day 05:Ghalegaun to Bhujung (03 hrs)
  • Day 06:Bhujung to Pashgaun (5 hrs)
  • Day 07:Pashguan to Pakrikhot (05 hrs)
  • Day 08:Pakhrikot to Pokhara (03 hrs)
  • Day 09:Pokhara to Kathmandu (05 hrs)
  • Day 10:Drive to the Airport to head back to that lovely place we call ‘home’’

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival Kathmandu 1360m, overnight Kathmandu – Welcome dinner You arrive in Katmandu and transferred to the warmth of your hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be scheduled to discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. Get familiar with your surroundings by going for a hike down the street before we head to a delicious dinner where the cuisine is prepared Nepalese style and is known for its healthy ingredients. This is your first overnight in the valley of the gods. Meals included: 1 welcome dinner.
  • Day 2Kathmandu half day SightseeingToday we explore Katmandu on an organized sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the Ghats. The cremation site here is open to all the citizens of Nepal that begins with royalty to the simple man on the street. The early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some last minute shopping. You will be provided with your trek departure information in the afternoon. Meals included: 1 breakfast.
  • Day 3Kathmandu to Besisahar (06 hrs drive)Early in the morning our our trekking guide will assists you at your hotel and transfer you to your vehicle for a scenic drive to Besisahar, one of the main entrances to the famous Annapurna trekking region. Overnight at our lodge on full board basis
  • Day 4Besisahar to Ghalegaun (03 hrs)After breakfast we do a 3 hrs drive to South Asia’s [SAARC Region] No.1 village tourism destination and attend a welcome program organized by the mother’s group of Ghalegaun and we enjoy sightseeing of the surroundings with an overnight at community based selected houses on full board basis. You will truly enjoy this day
  • Day 5Ghalegaun to Bhujung (03 hrs)We get an early morning wakeup call and go for a 5 min walk to view point tower for some stunning views of sunrise through the snowcapped mountains and return back to the village for sightseeing of the Gurung museum and after lunch around 3 hrs trek to Bhujung village which is known as the village of wild bee honey hunters and a recognized developed village by a government committee. On the way we enjoy sightseeing of historical uttarkanya temple, community based tea gardens of Ghalegaun and Bhujung village and overnight at lodge or community based selected houses on full board basis.
  • Day 6Bhujung to Pashgaun (5 hrs)After breakfast we trek to Pashgaun, another Gurung village which is still untouched by modernity and do our overnight at a community based selected house on full board basis.
  • Day 7Pashguan to Pakrikhot (05 hrs)After breakfast we do some sightseeing of the village and after lunch trek to Pakrikhot, on the way we enjoy views of snowcapped mountains and historical forts and nearby villages. Overnight at community based selected houses on a full board basis
  • Day 8Pakhrikot to Pokhara (03 hrs)After breakfast we hike down to Thumsikhot and take a drive to Pokhara and transfer to our hotel. We take some rest and refresh and then enjoy some leisure activities down by the lovely Phewa Lake. Overnight at our hotel by lakeside on BB basis
  • Day 9Pokhara to Kathmandu (05 hrs)After breakfast we transfer to the tourist bus park and get set for a 7-8 hours scenic drive to Kathmandu. We are then transferred to our hotel and in the evening we head for a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural show [dance] performed by the local belles. We then return to our hotel for an overnight on BB basis.
  • Day 10Drive to the Airport to head back to that lovely place we call ‘home’’After b/fast, our rep and office vehicle will be on standby at our hotel to transfer us to the airport for our connecting flight home. Serving you was a wonderful joy and pleasure, we at A.B.C. and E.B.C. Treks will cherish the bonds of our relationship created over the time you spent with us and we thank you for choosing us as your travel partner and for visiting this amazing country Nepal. We are sure that trekking in the beautiful Gurung Heritage Trail of the [Annapurna region] will give you lifetime memories of a vacation well enjoyed. Ciao friends! Till we meet again. Breakfast
  • Unforgettable Experience
    Stephen Gray
    Australia Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

    Unforgettable Experience

    Rating:

    Tour guide was professional and friendly. In addition to taking us to UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu, he took us to special visits to short flight to view the Himalayas and paragliding. This special experience took my breath away!

trip Cost Contact us
  • Trip Duration: 10 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Transportation: NA
  • Min Pax: 2 people
  • Min Altitude:919m
  • Max Altitude:1400m
  • Trip starts:Kathmandu
  • Trip ends:Kathmandu
  • Best Season:Spring & Autumn
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