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Gurung Heritage Trail Trek

TRIP INTRODUCTION

Gurungs are one of the indigenous groups of Nepal living in the hilly and Himalayan regions. Gurung Heritage Trail Trek leads through their settlements and gives you the possibility to enjoy unspoiled tradition, culture and festivals of this ethnic group. This tour offers spectacular views of Annapurna range, Lumjung, Ganesh and Manaslu Himals. The warm welcome of the people is an added flavor during your trip. Accommodation is provided in community-run home stays. Your hosts will provide you with delicious local food – Dal Bhat Tarkari, which entails rice, lentil soup, vegetables, bread and meat dishes.

Since many male Gurungs join the Nepali, British or Indian army and leave home when they are young, women take a predominant role in Gurung society. On Gurung heritage trail trek every village has a mother’s group also known as Ama Samuha where mothers are active, take initiatives and dedicate their time to development activities, cultural programs, income generation activities and conflict management in family and society so trekking in Annapurna itself is one of the majestic trek giving us the magnificent chance to explore the gurung heritage trail trek by visiting every village of gurung and understanding there lifestyle.

Honey hunting is an age-old profession of Gurungs. Local honey hunters show skills using bamboo ladders and hemp ropes and climb steep cliff to harvest honeycombs of wild bees. The honey is harvested twice a year once in April-May and another time in October-November.

Handicraft is another traditional profession of Gurungs and can be seen during the trekking in Annapurna. They produce woolen products, various bamboo and wooden artifacts from local resources. These products can be purchased as souvenirs and are worth giving as presents to friends and families. If you are ready to explore Gurung heritage trail trek then make yourself ready to get involve in there daily lifestyle as well.

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel.
 Day 02: Kathmandu – Khudi – Ghale Gaon
You leave Kathmandu early in the morning and drive about five hours to reach Khudi. The highway goes along Trishuli River and leads through various scenic settlements. From Khudi, you need to walk five hours to Ghale gaon, where you are warmly welcomed by the people.
 Day 03: Ghale Gaon Tour
It’s the day to tour this beautiful place and experience Gurung lifestyle. Even staying in this place without doing anything would be a fantastic relaxing time – just observe the local lifestyle. Submerge yourself with nature and enjoy the view of the mountains.
 Day 04: Ghale Gaon – Ghanpokhara
On this day you hike to Ghana Pokhara, where you can enjoy beautiful views of the Himalayas. This is the place where you may come across honey hunters
 Day 05: Ghanpokhara – Bhujung
Your next home-stay is at Bhujung, a beautiful village. It takes about three hours walk from Ghanapokhara. You descend from 2150 mt to 1600 metres and arrive there for lunch.
 Day 06: Bhujung – Pasgaon
You arrive at Pasgaon. Like other villages that you have crossed, Pasgaon is mainly inhabited by Gurung. Enjoy the community based home-stay in this village.If you like, take a chance to visit a micro hydro project at Midim River.
 Day 07: Pasgaon – Nagidhar – Pakhrikot
You trek from Pasgaon to Pakhrikot. Your way leads through Nagidhar where you have lunch. From Nagidhar, you walk around three hours to Pakhrikot, where your local host family welcomes you.
 Day 08: Pakhrikot – Pokhara
On the last day of Gurung Heritage trail. Possibilities of entertainment are plenty in Pokhara, like boating on Phewa Lake or visiting the Peace Pagoda.
 Day 09: Drive or Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel.
 Day 10: Free day in Kathmandu for souvenir shopping & independent activities
 Day 11: Send off to airport, departure from Kathmandu.

Cost Includes:
7 Days trekking, 04 nights accomodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in a 3 Star hotel on bed & breakfast basis, guide,  porters, 3 meals a day i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner, insurance for the Nepalese staff, Entry Permit for National Park Area and necessary transportation.

Excludes:
Expenses of personal nature, personal gears, hard/soft drinks, flight i.e. Pokhara-Kathmandu, personal medication, rescue in case of emergency, insurance and tips.

Grade: easy to moderate Max-Altitude: 2150m
Trek Region: N/A Starts in/ Ends in: Khudi/Pakhrikot
Trek Duration: 11 days (7 days trek) Type of trek: Lodge/home stay
Best Season: March to May and September to November

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