Overview

Gurung Heritage Trek is a marvelous 9-day trek that explores the Gurung community of central Nepal. The Gurungs are of Mongolian Tibetan origin blended with Nepalese culture and traditions. They have a unique language, food, customs, and values. Likewise, they are native to the western hills of Nepal. The trek settles passes many Gurung villages on the trek including the biggest Gurung village in Nepal, Bhujung.

Gurung Heritage Trek is a fantastic chance to get a closer look at the village lifestyle. The Gurung villages are true to their roots. This trek provides ample chances to learn about their day-to-day activities. Their lifestyle is not only lively but endearing too. Along with their culture and traditional practices, the views of the Annapurna Himalayas are also a highlight of the trek. Similarly, Mt. Fish Tail (6997m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), and Hiunchuli (6441m) are other mountains that are visible on the trek.

First of all, the Gurung Heritage Trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. A short drive from Pokhara to Sikles takes you to the trailhead of the trek. The actual trek begins from Tangting which is followed by Sikles. Next, the trail leads to Yanjakot and settles at Bhujung. It is also the biggest Gurung village in Nepal. Next, the trek leads through several other villages of the Gurung community. Likewise, Ghalegaon is yet another center of the trek. The Gurung villages lie in Sirung, Thulo, and many others. Similarly, the trails also showcase the amazing vistas of snow-capped peaks in the blue backdrop.

Highlights

  • Visit Bhujung, the largest Gurung village of Nepal
  • Learn about the prevalent Gurung culture and traditions in villages like Ghalegaon and Pasagaon
  • Observe the panorama of snow-laden mountains in Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
  • Trek through the trails filled with rhododendron forests

Itinerary

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Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport and meet our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. At Kathmandu, take some time to acquaint yourself with the bustling lifestyle and vibrant colors and culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation 3-star Hotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1300m

The road for the day leads us through the Prithvi highway and into the small settlements of Mugling and Kurintar to reach Pokhara. The highway is an awesome combination of greenery, rivers, and mountains. After driving for 5 hours, we reach Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, head to your hotel and spend the remainder of the day visiting the lakeside. You can also choose to take a boat ride on the Phewa Lake in the company of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m). Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Accommodation 3-star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude820m

The trek starts with a quick drive that leads us to the Gurung village of Sikles. The village comprises mostly Gurung people and you can see beautiful antique houses while admiring mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. From here, we begin the trek to Tanting. The trail is slippery and rocky at times. As you trek through the lush trails, you reach Tanting. Overnight in Tanting.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1580m

The road for the day leads us to the small Gurung village of Yangjakot. The road is filled with a plethora of greenery and up-downs. The trail follows the Madi River and passes the ACAP Checkpoint before reaching Chasu. The trail continues along the outskirts of the Annapurna Conservation Area to reach Yangjakot. At Yangjakot, you can interact with the Gurung people. Overnight in Yangjakot.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1440m

We shall reach the biggest village in the Lamjung region which is Bhujung. We need to walk through the Bardi River and after taking some photos at the nearby Hydropower project, we ascend along with the stone steps. We shall take a quick break at Pasagaon and observe the daily rituals of the locals. The houses at Bhujung are brightly draped in blue and offer majestic views of the blue sky and green forests. Overnight in Bhujung.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1625m

Ghalegaon is an amazing Gurung settlement that sits near the periphery of the Annapurna circuit trek. Catch amazing glimpses of the mountains in Annapurna and Lamjung ranges, and Machhapuchhre (6997m) along the trail. The trekking trail crosses the Sundi River to head towards Ghan Pokhara. After a short trek, you reach Ghalegaon. The people and the ambiance here are pretty lively and are bound to make travelers happy. Overnight in Ghalegaon.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2029m

Today is a rest day and we won't be doing any sort of hiking, but rather we shall spend the day interacting with the locals residing here and learning about their prevalent culture and traditions. Taste the local Gurung cuisine and enjoy the lifestyle of the Gurung community. You can also visit the Gurung Museum which represents the culture and history of the village. Overnight in Ghalegaon.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2029m

The objective for the day is to head all the way to Kathmandu and end the trek. Initially, we shall drive to Besisahar and after having lunch there, we will head to Kathmandu. The long drive offers plenty of interesting stops and amazing scenery en route to Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, head to your hotel and enjoy a delicious farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation 3-star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch
  • Maximum Altitude1300m

Today is your final day in Nepal and our representative will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. Goodbye and Thanks!

  • MealsBreakfast

Cost Details

  • Airport picks up and drop by private vehicle.
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
  • 1-night accommodation in Pokhara with a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by Private guide and private transportation
  • All ground transportation by private vehicle.
  • Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking.
  • All necessary paper works and conservation entry permits.
  • All accommodations in hotels, lodges/tea houses during the trek.
  • An experienced Government licensed guide and porters.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Farewell dinner with typical Nepali restaurant
  • All government taxes.
  • International Airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Extra accommodation and food charges in Kathmandu
  • Tips and gratitude to the guide, porters and drivers

Useful Info

The Gurung Heritage Trek provides an insight to the hardworking community of the Gurungs. As a result, the trek is an opportunity to have a closer look into their lifestyles. It is also an easy trek and anyone can complete the trek.

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