Trip Factors

Trekking Code: STE/AR/12

Duration: 9 Days 

Max Altitude: 2200 m. 

Minimum Pax: 2-12 

Mode of travel:  Land Transportation 

Grade: Easy going

Price per person [Min. 2 PAX required]

People who love hiking at its best and wish to experience some of Nepal’s isolated beauty will choose to make an exceptional trek to untouched destinations like Ghale Gaun. The most significant features of this area offers you an encounter with real Himalayan hubs, special experiences about indigenous people and their life styles, diverse cultures, socio-economic situations as well as total sustainable eco-trekking found abundantly in this region.

The program details which are figured out for these areas leads you to explore glimpses of grey green silvery mountains mainly inhabited by the native communities of Gurung, Magar, Tamang, Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, Brahman, Chhetri and this also includes splendid views of snow clad peaks in the backdrops of this beautiful village.

This region is rich with its natural beauty and conserved floral and faunal biodiversity.

The Other additional interesting features that add to your journey around these parts are the traditional cultural activities that cover Lamaism, shamanism, Natural Herbal Medication, food habits, colorful culture shows during seasonal occasions as you hike through the trails of this vibrant village.

Main Attractions

A village cultural tourism concept and its development, observations of real mid-hills traditional lifestyles, splendid mountain views of Annapurna II, Manaslu, Fish Tail, Lamjung Himal and so much more, inhabited by the Ghale tribal community, colorful photographic opportunities and an unforgettable short trip that you will remember for a real long time…

Accessibility

It begins with a Drive to Besisahar to the trailhead from Pokhara or Kathmandu by bus which is a 6-7 hour scenic journey. We begin our trek according to itinerary and after the trek we drive back to Pokhara. This trek can be done in several ways and can also be shortened for your convenience.

The Route

This is an easy trail, a 5-6 hr. average walk in a day, with the temperate climate at a max. Altitude of 2000m approximately

Facilities

You are accommodated in ‘Village teahouse lodges’ managed by villagers at Ghalegaun, and for the rest of the trek up to Pokhara we need porters for all the gear and food.

Day 1

Arrive; meet at the international airport in Kathmandu and a free transfer to your hotel down town

Day 2

Full day sightseeing around Kathmandu

Day 3

Drive to trailhead Besisahar (760m) - Khudi (790m)

Day 4

Khudi - Ghalegaun exploration day

Day 5

Ghalegaun - Baglungpani (1595)

Day 6

Baglungpani (1595m) - laxmi Bazaar

Day 7

Laxmi Bazaar - Begnas Lake & drive back to Pokhara

Day 8

Sightseeing in Pokhara

Day 9

Drive back to Kathmandu by a tourist bus at 7:00 AM in the morning (200 km. 6/7 hours driving) and overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuwan international airport, Kathmandu. 

You are welcomed by a hospitable meeting through our representatives from Incentive Holidays and then you will be transferred to your hotel. 

After you have been refreshed, we will orient you by a short briefing about the necessary formalities and the rest of your program. Depending on your arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby historical heritage monuments or enjoy a day of rest. Your first overnight in the valley of the gods, temples and cows, probably the most in the world.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing around Kathmandu

After breakfast, we drive to Swoyambhunatha stupa which as per legends, Manjushree, patron of the temple is said to have discovered the Kathmandu valley, and also found the lotus of  the ancient valley on a lake on which  the site of this great stupa of swoyambhunath was later built. The omni sighted stare of Buddha greets visitors & residents with a compassionate look. This is one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the world, & has been registered as a UNESCO heritage site. We then visit Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu durbar square situated in the center of Kathmandu where you can see the House of the Living Goddess”KUMARI” in the Kasthamandap temple” which is said to be built from single tree in the 16th century; we also view the big bells -& erotic carving in the old temple & old palace etc. We then finally end our sightseeing at Patan Durbar Square. Patan Durbar square is one of the beautiful Durbars in Kathmandu valley. It is very famous for its woodcarving, Metal works, Temples and Monasteries. Our Tour of Patan includes a tour of Krishna temple, Patan king’s palace, Golden temple and much more. Overnight at your hotel

Day 03: Drive to trailhead Besisahar (760m) - Khudi (790m)

After breakfast, we drive to Besisahar by a tourist bus. We cross a long suspension bridge on the way and enter the largest trading village of Khudi inhabited by the Gurungs. Overnight at a lodge

Day 04: Khudi - Ghalegaun exploration day

The trail sets out along the banks of the Khudi River, past waterfalls and colorful villages. It then begins a 4-5 hour climb; the view from the top however, is worth it – Annapurna and Manaslu at sunset is a stunning experience. We enjoy our lodging with families and an evening cultural program is one of the unique highlights of this trek. Overnight with your village family, it’s a wonderful experience.

Day 05: Ghalegaun - Baglungpani (1595m)

Sunrise affords further stunning views followed by a local breakfast rich in natural vitamins. Visit Ghanpokhara village before descending for the short trek to Bhujung. This is a large, traditional Gurung village amid cascading waterfalls and rhododendron forests. It’s just so beautiful.

Day 06: Baglungpani (1595m) - laxmi Bazaar

Re-crossing the Midim River via suspension bridge, we then begin a 3-hour climb to Khumre Danda (2000m) before descending to Pasgaun. We visit the Buddhist Gompa and learn traditional songs and dances with an evening cultural show. It’s always a wonderful evening under moonlit skies. Overnight with your family

Day 07: Laxmi Bazaar - Begnas Lake & drive back to Pokhara

Today begins with a steep descent to Rudi Stream, which we cross and then follow for about half an hour. As we climb again we are duly rewarded by further views of the Annapurna and Manaslu Ranges. The sights here are truly heart warming. You literally go on overdrive with your camera for some of the best pictures ever. Overnight with your family

Day 08: Sightseeing in Pokhara

It is a steep 3-hour descent this morning to the Mandi River and the roadway at Thumsikot. On the way we view irrigated farmlands with different vegetable & lentils. We also see the local village folks lost & happy in their daily chores; some of them wave to us & smile too & ask us to come again. From here it is a 2-3 hours drive to Pokhara by a local bus. We then refresh & do some thrilling sightseeing in Pokhara which includes boating on the Fewa Tal, a serene & beautiful lake that’s wonderful to spend some time in. this lake is well known throughout Asia. We then do an overnight in the beautiful city of lakes, Pokhara.

Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu by a tourist bus at 7:00 AM in the morning (200 km. 6/7 hours driving) and overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, we drive/ or fly to Kathmandu. If you choose to drive, along the scenic highway you can enjoy fantastic scenery of Nepal’s rural landscapes that look awesome in the backdrop of the silvery mountains right from the windows of your bus. We’ll be arriving at Kathmandu in the late afternoon. 

You're then free in Kathmandu to do your own things before departure. You can do some last minute shopping or just stroll around down the bright lively streets of Thamel, a major tourist hub famous throughout the world. It’s your last night in Kathmandu before your departure for home sweet home.

Enjoy your valued holiday time with ‘Incentive Holidays’ and discover an unknown world you never realized was there. We take you through green meadows and pristine valleys and some of the undiscovered spots in Nepal where you truly enjoy the wild and interact with the local folks to get upfront experiences of ancient ways of life still practiced till this day. ‘IH’ gives you vacations of substance…one visit is never enough.

Note: The Ghale Gaon trip can be combined with the Langtang and Gosaikunda treks for a very diverse and challenging trekking experience with up to 17 days trekking on blitzing trails that could help you discover yourself.

Please note: This Itinerary can be adapted according to your requirements and the number of days can be designed to match your time frame, anyway you want it. 
Additional Note: This program is subject to change due to unpredictable weather or any unforeseen circumstances. 

Accommodation

A ‘Camping trek’ is a term used for sleeping in tents. The tents we provide are ‘Two men or couple domes’ or ‘A’ shaped. A foam mattress with insulation underneath is used for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows. It’s a matter of choice, if you want, you bring your own ‘Air pillow’ and freak out anyways, and this is adventure in the wild…the rougher it gets the better.

We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection with this program, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a choice of their own. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website. Accommodation is never a problem, the choice exclusively yours.

Dining

At ‘Incentive Holidays’ – its zero tolerance on cutting of cost when it comes down to feeding our trekking guests, because we know how tough it is on the trails; we provide three tasty, bountiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast is ‘king size’ [the first meal of the day] consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereals followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. 

After a lengthy gritty day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice and pasta dishes completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The local trek leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain extremely high standards of health over many years of planning treks - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. ‘Gluttony is a sin’ but there are no restrictions on the grub we serve to our guests on the mountains; we leave it up to our trekking guests who are the best judge of their own appetites.

Cost Inclusion

  • Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis at KTM-PKR                                                                             
  • Norma/lodge/ home stay during trekking
  • One English speaking guide
  • Porter (1Porter for 2Pax)
  • 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner) during Trekking
  • National park fees
  • TIMS
  • Airport pick up and drop
  • All ground transfer as per itinerary

 

Cost Exclusion

  • International Air Fare
  • Domestic Air Fare
  • Daily Meals (Lunch & Dinner) during Kathmandu
  • Tips to Guide & Driver
  • Bar Expense
  • Telephone, Laundry and Internet
  • Personnel Insurance
  • Emergency Evacuation
  • All other personal expenses
  • Nepal visa fee

The best time to visit for a trip of this kind would be in the Spring and Autumn.  It is wonderful duringthis time of the year when an overall beauties of the landscapes found in these trips are so distinct & stunning, due to clear weather pattern & sunny blue skies. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.