About Ghale Gaun:
Ghale Gaun village the best village among south Asian villages is the perfect example of home stay based tourism destination in Nepal which is situated at an altitude of 2070 m from sea level which belongs to warrior ethnic Gurung tribe. This beautiful village lies in along the round Annapurna circuit route Nepal's a popular trekking destination. Most of the men serve in military groups in Nepal army, Indian army, British army as well as police services and besides that main occupation isagriculture and animal husbandry. The total houses are about 115 and majority inhabitants are Gurungs. This majestic village is only 205 km northwest of Kathmandu and 125 km northeast of Pokhara. The rustic and traditional settlements, the ancestral home of brave Gurungs, Ghale gaun lies in the Ghale utterkanya Village development committee. The lane of roads are stone paved and clean. One can feel peace and harmony when one will be there. It has attracted many foreign as well as the domestic visitors. Taking advantage of such a unique location, Ghalegaun is marketed as a new destination to experience Village tourism. Quite a number of houses have been prepared for domestic and international visitors with comfortable basic amenities for home stay facility.
How to reach there ?
The Ghale Gaun Lies to the great Annapurna Range which starts from Beshishar around 43 km North from Dumbre the popular stop at Prithivi Highway. Besishahar can be reached by bus fromKathmandu Pokhara as well from major cities of the country. From Beshishar you can be rolled towards the winding road uphill dotted with the agriculture farm of drive 25 Km. As you go up, you will see an array of snow peaks crowned with nature and beauty . There are routes with options.
•Route Number 1 : Beshishar - Baglung pani - Kapurgaun - Ghalegaun
•Route Number 2 : Beshishar - Khudi - Simpani - Ghale Gaun
•Route Number 3 : Beshishar - Khudi - Ghanpokhara - nayu - Ghale Gaun
•Route Number 4 : Pokhara - Thumsikot - Pakhurikot - Pasgaun - Bhujung - Ghale Gaun
•Route Number 5 : Beshishar - Pasgaun - Bhujung - Ghale Gaun
•Route Number 6 : Beshishar - bahundanda - Koto - Duthpokhari - Ghanpokhara - Ghale Gaun
Fact of the Trekking:
Destination:Ghalegaun Village Tour
Max. Elevation:2100 meter / Elevation profile
Itinerary Type:Fixed or Customized (Group, single, or Senior packages available)
Geography:Alpine mountains & valley / Alpine villaes, Glaciers & cold places
Best Season:September - November & March – May
Departure Date:Anytime through out the year
Special Interest:Cultural, Environmental education, Family travel, Nature cruises,
Photography, single tour and senior tours, Religious, Home stay.
Possible views of Mountains:Machhapuchare (6693m) Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna II
Annapurna IV (7525m), Lamjung Himal, Bouddha Himal (6974m),
Himalchuli (6747m) and many more smaller peaks
Guests Welcome: Ghale gaun is a classic Nepali village.Visitors here can experience overwhelming hospitality. The villagers welcome guests with Tika and Garland. The concept of “Atithi Devo Bhawa” is completely followed by the people of this village. Ghalegaun is famous for its home stay.
Fooding: Locally produced agricultural organic items like cereals, vegetables, milk products, eggs and meat prepared in traditional way is served to visitors. Items mentioned in the menu like Rice,Dal, Curry, Gundruk, Millet Bread, Dhindo(Typical Nepali food item), sel roti (Nepali classical bread),Ghilinga (Traditional Nepali noodle)local egg's items, sisnu(A typical plant curry), pure un-processed milk, curd and ghee are provided. Visitors have to take meals in the home they are supposed to stay with the family.
Accommodation: The visitors are provided with accommodation in the villagers’ houses and are treated as the family member not the outsider. The accommodations are simple but comfortable with good bedding as well as clean toilet facilities. Two persons will be permitted to live in a house but sometimes with request changes can be made too.
Climate: Climate is most pleasurable in spring and autumn but tour can be made any times round the year.The winter is colder sometimes with snowfall. Ghale gaun is moderate in climate and lies between 28 -degree Celcius as the maximum during summer and 0- degree Celsius minimum in winter.The month of June and july have maximum rain.
FLORA & FAUNA: Ghalegaun has a mountainous climate hence forests are mostly sparse pine tree. Willow trees add to the local beauty, as do the many bushy plants that grow in the region. Dense forest and big trees are some one to two hours walk away from the village. On approaching Ghalegaun by way of Bhalam Chour and Lami Tal, or on returning via Bhanche Gaun, one can walk through jungles of rhododendron,chestnut,with undergrowth of raspberry,nettle, hemp, mugwort, and many other plants. The region is home to many birds like partridges,nightingales, owls,doves, crows,eagles,kites, vultures and barbets.There are animals like cheetahs, leopards, bears,deer, wild-cats, martens, porcupines,hedgehogs, and foxes in the region.A multitude of insects like butterflies, bees wasps, grasshoppers, crickets, glow worms, ants and spiders are some insects found here.The domestic livestock in Ghalegaun are sheep, goats, cows, buffaloes and domestic birds like chickens, pigeons and ducks.
Cultural program: Tourist groups are welcomed in Ghalegaun with traditional dance and other entertainment programs are also performed for visitors. The villagers welcome with tika and garland. Traditional rituals are still followed during births, deaths, marriages and at other important times in a person’s life. Traditional cultural dances like the Jhyaure, Serka, Dohori, Ghantu, Ghyabring, Krishna Charitra and Jhakri are performed on various occasions accompanied by different musical instruments with the dancers intraditional dress. New Year, Lhosar, Buddha Jayanti is celebrated with lot of traditional Ghantu dance
Honey Hunting: Hunting for the bees to collect honey is an age old traditional method of Gurung peoples. The hunter by using local ladder and ropes shows the unique skills by hanging from steep cliffs as high as around 300 m,.The harvesting of honey is possible twice a year April- May & Sep- Nov.
Gurung Museum: The Museum with its collection of various artful things dresses and ornaments used by Gurung community, the agriculture workshop and other important gift from their ancestor gives the glimpse of old ages well as observe the significant insight of culture, history and development process. The museum has collection of different materials like pots, wooden containers, drums, crushing devices some Since 14th century too.
North to the village lies the holy place where the temple is situated . The unique orientation of the goddess idol of the temple facing north which is very rare in other temple, one can see the mythical approach in the myth. Beside temple has the holy water pond constructed by the Ghale king.
Handricraft: Bamboo is the main source for handicraft. Doko, Namlo, Thusni, Bhakari, Dalo , Ghum, Pakhi , Bakhu etc are the best identified handicraft. Beside these other several handicrafts for works, for milking and keeping local drinks are also made. Local People try to maintain clothing by their woolen products. The clothes made from Nettle Fiber and Aloe has a big Demand today .
Tea garden: The rays of sun falling on the giant mountains shines like a gold foil. The spectacular views of themountains and magnificent sunrisemakes visitors overwhelming. When you go to the steep hill of tea farming you will say we never thought we will get tea farming there. You may get the satisfaction of visiting Darjeeling as well as Kalingpong when you will be roaming around tea garden.
Information About Ghale Gaun : Information about Ghale gaun can be received from Ghaqle gaun Village tourism management committee ,from Nepal Tourism Board, Annapurna Conservation area Project(ACAP)as well as Good Karma Trekking P Ltd, the central marketing and information agency for Ghale gaun Village tourism management committee situated in Kathmandu.
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About Myself :
My name is Nabraj Ghimire but people call me Raj for short. I am a lifelong resident of Nepal and was born in an isolated village in the Annapurna region known as Simpani -9 Khudi Lamjung , famous as the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. I have always been interested in other cultures and countries this curiosity has led me away from my traditional family farm to Kathmandu where I can meet people from all over the world and learn about other cultures and beliefs. While in Kathmandu, I completed my Masters degree in Humanities and Social Science from Tribhuvan University to learn the history and future trends that shape societies worldwide. As travel has always been my passion, I started working with a local tourism company and was inspired to start my own to help other learn about the real Nepal while learning from the travelers about their home countries. Over the last 10 years, I have worked in the travel industry while specializing in Nepalese cultural retreats and traditional trekking routes. During my off time, I travel whenever I can and have explored over a dozen countries including the mystical kingdom of Bhutan, several countries in the Middle East, Great Britain and the relaxing Greek Isles. Reflecting on everything I have seen and learned, it is my mission to inform the world of all the trips, experiences and news I have gathered from my work and travels and would like to thank you for viewing my blog. If you ever have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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