Ghale Gaun Trek - 5 Days

Ghale Gaun Trek is a short trek along the Annapurna Region to explore the unique lifestyle, culture, and tradition of the Gurung people living in the Ghale Gaun. In fact, the trek stays as one of the best homestay treks of Nepal.

Along with the culture and tradition, Ghale Gaun is also famous for its clear natural views. Enjoy views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and the Lamjung Peaks.

Trip Highlights

  • Annapurna Region
  • Ghale Gaun
  • Gurung lifestyle, culture, and tradition
  • Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Lamjung Peaks

Trip Overview

“A culturally and traditionally rich homestay trek to the village of Ghale Gaun”

Ghale Gaun Trek is one of the famous yet undisturbed homestay treks of the Annapurna Region. Get closer to the lifestyle and tradition of the Gurung people of the region and explore the picturesque scenery along the trekking routes.

Generally, the trekking itinerary is also referred to as the Gurung Heritage Trek. Our trek starts with your pick up from the hotel premises. We drive through the terrifying roads along the Marshyangdi and Trishuli Rivers to get to the district headquarters of Lamjung, Besisahar. From there, a short drive will take us to Khudi. An easy hike uphill will take us to Ghale Gaun. During our trip to the Ghale Gaun, we will be able to explore the Gurung culture and have panoramic views of the Lamjung, Annapurna and the Machhapuchhre peaks.

Join us in this 5 days hiking expedition to explore the peaceful hills of the Gurung village of Ghale Gaun. Explore the ancient artifacts, traditional lifestyle, typical cuisine and the superb hospitality of the Gurung community.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Khudi (790m)

Day 02: Khudi to Ghale Gaun (2100m)

Day 03: Exploration Day

Day 04: Ghale Gaun to Besisahar (760m)

Day 05: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m)

Day 1
Drive to Khudi (790m)

After your preparation the previous day, we will pick you up at the hotel premises and then start off our journey to the village of Khudi. First, we will drive along the Prithvi Highway with the rushing Trishuli River to get to the village of Muglin. From there, follow the Marshyangdi Khola to get to the district headquarters of Lamjung, Besisahar. The Khudi village is just an hour’s drive from Besisahar. The village of Khudi is famous for its views of the Lamjung Himal and a famous vantage point for bird lovers. Explore the Buddhist monasteries around the village during the day.

Day 2
Khudi to Ghale Gaun (2100m)

Today, we will hike to our major destination, the Gurung village of Ghale Gaun. The path to the Gurung village is short and easy as we will have to walk uphill along the narrow hillside to get there. The climb to the village will offer a peaceful mind as the roads to the village are not used that often. Ghale Gaun is a typical Gurung village within the surroundings of the Annapurna Circuit. During the day, we will be able to have great views of the Machhapuchhre (6693m), Annapurna (8091m), Lamjung, Himal Chuli (6747m) and such other peaks.

Day 3
Exploration Day

Wake up early to the sunrise over the Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna peaks. Enjoy the typical Nepalese delicacy for breakfast. After all that, we will first visit the newly established SAARC Village Tourism Museum. Then, we will stroll around the village to get familiar with the Gurung culture, tradition, lifestyle, values and their norms. In the evening, enjoy a traditional cultural program of the Ghale people and the sunset views over the high peaks to end the day.

Day 4
Ghale Gaun to Besisahar (760m)

Wake up to the beautiful sunrise once again and fill yourself with the traditional Nepali cuisine. Then, we bid the villagers goodbye and start to hike downhill. Descend through a steep slippery path to first get to the village of Khudi. From there, a short one-hour drive will take us to the village of Besisahar. The village offers us the views of the Marshyangdi River, Lamjung Durbar, Gaikhure Jharana, and several other attractions.

Day 5
Drive to Kathmandu (1400m)

The last day at the ruins of the capital of Lamjung. Fill yourself with fodder and then drive along the Prithvi Highway with Marshyangdi and Trishuli Rivers to arrive at the capital city of Kathmandu. We will guide you to the hotel premises and then let the trek come to an end.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

  • AD-12
  • Nepal
  • Khudi
  • Besisahar
  • 2,100m/6,890ft
  • 1-12
  • March to June, September to December
  • Easy