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.
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!