Gurung Culture Trek offers a first-hand experience of the Gurung culture and a glimpse into traditional hill country life, where little known ethnic people other than Gurung, are found.
The Trekker has an opportunity to stay overnight at a homestay with a Gurung family in a typical old house and enjoy their unique lifestyle. The trekking route includes a mixture of beautiful Gurung villages like Ghalegaun, Bhujung, Pashgaun, of Lamjung district and Pakhrikot and Thumsikot of Kaski district.
This tour is specially designed for travelers like researchers, students, and backpackers who love to explore the villages still living in traditional ways. These places are not only popular for the cultural understanding, but also for spectacular mountain vistas and hilly landscapes, terraced farmlands, forests, rivers and local rituals making this a truly momentous experience. You will enjoy the splendid natural surroundings while walking the trail, and of course, living in a traditional Gurung house will be loads of fun and a return to the past.
The Gurung heritage trail trek commences after a 6-hour drive to Gumle bazaar (606 m /1988 ft). The trail passes through the cultivated landscape in between two beautiful rivers, the Marsyandi in the east and Madi River in the south and west. Within the boundary of these two beautiful rivers, the area also comprises of other small river valleys like the Khudi River valley, Midim River valley and Rudi River valley which have a number of side tributaries. The Gurung community of Nepal are Mongolian Tibetan ethnic people who mainly live in the western region of Nepal. Most of these people are also known as “Tamang" and reside in the Kaski district, Lamjung, Baglung, Gorkha and Dhading. These people have their own language, culture, and traditions.
Highlights of Gurung Culture Trek
- Eco community homestay lodge trekking.
- Experience the Gurung culture and enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayas
- Smooth walking up and down through the dense beautiful forest.
- The tourist local food, handicraft, Gurung Museum, Gurung Culture, spectacular mountain views are the prime attraction of Gurung village ( Ghale Gaon) home stay trekking.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and Transfer to the hotel.
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying a Sherpa Expedition and Trekking signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.
Note: Either on this day or the next day, there will be a pre-trek meeting. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Khudi 7 to 8 hrs.
Drive from Kathmandu to Khudi. Visit Buddhist monasteries at Khudi. Walking along the Marshyangdi river and experiencing local lifestyle are other attractions.
Day 03: Ghalegaun to Ghanapokhara Bhujung 6 to 7 hrs.
Trek to Ghalegaun or Ghanapokhara. Ghalegaun hosts exemplary homestay facilities. Gurung cultural shows can be observed. Beautiful view of Sunrise and sunset, as well as Manaslu and Annapurna ranges, can be seen.
Day 04: Bhujung to Pasgaun 6 to 7 hrs.
Trek to another well populated Gurung village, Bhujung. Observe the local lifestyle and Gurung cultural shows.
Day 05: Pasgaun toNagidhar Pakhrikot 7 to 8 hrs.
Trek to Pasgaun, a perfect example of Community village life of Nepal. Visit hydro project at Midim river, Buddhist Monastery and observe Gurung handicraft.
Day 06: Nagidhar to Pakhrikot 5 to 6 hrs.
Trek to Nagidhar village. Observe the remains of 200 years old Gurung settlement in the hill and a short hike can take to a beautiful lake.
Day 07: Trek to Pokhara
Trek from Nagidhara to Kande and drive to Pokhara it takes about 6 to 7 hrs.
Day 08: Pokhara to Kathmandu 7 to 8 hrs by tourist bus.
As per the flight schedule a short drive it takes seven hours you to the Pokhara domestic airport, a short scenic sweeping flight of half-hour brings you back to the Kathmandu, at the Kathmandu terminal after clearing the baggage; our staff will receive you for the drive back to the Hotel.
Day 09: Transfer to International Airport.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
- Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
- A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
- A pair of half gloves
- A warmer hat that covers the ears
- Neck warmer
- Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
- Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
- A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
- Warmer shell gloves and liner
- long sleeve t-shirts
- Thermal Tops
- wool Jackets or pullover
- Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
- Water and windproof shell jacket
- Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
- windproof and waterproof trousers
- warmer trouser
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Extra casual sport pants
- A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
- Pair of sandals
- 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
- Socks liner
- Light shoes and sneaker
First Aid Kits and Medicines
- Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
- Blister treatment
- Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
- Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
- Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
- Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
- Water purifying pills
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
Miscellaneous, but must useable
- 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
- Water bottle & filter
- Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
- Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
- Comfortable trekking poles
- Best energy dry foods (up to you)
- Power Bank and music players
- Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)
Doing treks in Himalayas of Nepal is the distinct culture and environment. Trekkers need to consider on following do’s and don’ts.
- Do smile and greet the local people by saying “Namaste” and “Tashidelek” to show respect.
- Do walk in a group or keep a distance that you could see your front and behind fellow.
- Do consult with your trekking guide before trying anything new during the trek.
- Do ask a question to the guide for the next day trekking necessity, so that you could pack in your small backpack because rest baggage will carry by a porter and will get only in the evening.
- Do give a donation to the monastery in the trekking area where they don’t collect tickets from the visitors but there is a donation box.
- Do inform your trekking guide if you are not comfortable with your health while approaching higher altitude.
Note regarding itineraries.
- Don’t underestimate the local culture and belief even if you find uncomfortable with it.
- Don’t take a picture of the people without their permission during the trek because some individual doesn’t like that.
- Don’t be strange if local people stare at you because they are surprised to see you, not with a bad intention.
- Don’t expect too many facilities in the trekking areas, most places provide you only the basic facilities.
- Don’t harm wild animals, birds, and plants during the trek and take a global responsibility to save the environment.
- Don’t give money to the children and the beggars; it encourages them to beg from the visitors.
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan; their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa Expedition & trekking Pvt. Ltd Walkers have led till now. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is successful.