Gurung Heritage Trail is a soft trek which gives the insight of rich gurung culture, tradition, life style along with the unique blend of beautiful landscape in between two rivers Marsyandi in the east and Madi river in the south and west. The trip starts with the visit to the UNESCO World heritage sites such as Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square. “Boudhanath”, the largest and famous Tibetan Buddhist stupa in Nepal is captivating and spiritually rejuvenating and Patan is the cluster of the temples of belonging to Hinduism and Buddhism. It is one of the ancient Square of the Malla Kings which bestows the extraordinary example of the medieval art and architecture. The trip further leads to Besi sahar which is the trek start point. On the trail you can see the panoramic views of the various mountain ranges along the gurung village like Ghalegaun, Bhujung, Pashgaun, and pakhrikot.
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Upon arrival at the Land of the Himalayas; Nepal, you will be welcomed by our representatives at the airport who will escort you to your Hotel in Kathmandu.
Rest of the day at Leisure
Am: Zightseeing Tour of Boudhanath and Patan
This Ztupa that is situated 11km/7 miles from Kathmandu City is one of the biggest and holiest Buddhist site in Nepal. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. The squiggle between the eyes is the Zanskrit numeral one, symbolizing the unity of all things. This Buddhist Ztupa is believed to have been built by King Man Deva as per the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base. Prayer wheels at the base of the temple are inscribed with the Tibetan mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hom’. At ground level there is a brick wall with 108 images of meditational Buddha inset behind copper prayer wheels.
Zometimes referred to as “Little Tibet”, Boudhanath is still the best place in the Kathmandu Valley to observe traditional Tibetan lifestyle. The shrine is surrounded by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests .There are various Tibetan monasteries surrounding Boudhanath Ztupa as it is the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Boudhanath is a UNEZCO world heritage site, and a destination not to be missed while traveling in Nepal.
Patan Durbar Zquare complex, also known as Lalitpur is one of the oldest Buddhist cities. Patan Durbar Zquare and its surroundings is a good specimen of ancient Newari architecture. There are three main courtyards in the palace: MulChowk, Zundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk. Mul Chowk, the oldest one is at the centre of Patan Durbar Zquare.
Zeveral multi-sized and multi-styled temples occupy the western part of the complex. The main among these are Krishna Temple, Bhimsen Temple and the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna.
The city of Patan offers visitors the chance to see an abundance of exquisite works of religious art and architecture. In the heart of Patan and the Patan marketplace, Patan Durbar Zquare is filled with ancient palaces, pagoda temples, stone baths, Hindu and Buddhist statues, engravings, and bronze carvings. Patan Durbar Zquare is one of seven monument zones in the Kathmandu Valley that together have been designated a UNEZCO World Heritage Zite. Also located in the square is the Patan Museum, which houses bronze statues and religious objects, some dating back to the 11th century.
PM: Rest of the day at leisure
Departure transfer to Besi sahar from Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway. The drive will take you around 6 hours approximately under normal road condition. We shall trace the route along Prithvi Highway to Dumre and then follow the rough road by the Marshyangdi River to Besi Zahar.
After having breakfast we shall trek to Ghalegaun passing through the rocky path surrounded by magnificently green forest trees with the pleasant sound of the soothing breeze occasionally and the soft whistle of a singing bird. It might take around 6-7 hours of trek before we reach Ghale gaun. Ghale Gaun village is the perfect example of home stay based tourism destination in Nepal. It is situated at an altitude of 2070 m from sea level which belongs to warrior ethnic Gurung tribe. 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 superb breathtaking view of majestic western Himalayas including Dhaulagiri Range, Machhapuchhare(Mt Fishtail) (6693m), Annapurna 1st (8091m), Annapurna II (7939m) Annapurna IV (7525m), Peak 29 (7,871 m), Lamjung Himal (6,983), Bouddha Himal(6974m), Himalchuli(6747m) and many more smaller peaks can also be viewed from Ghale Gaun. Besides these one will get to experience the amazing hospitality offered by the locals and to study about their lifestyle and culture.
Early morning observe sunrise view from the view point tower. After having breakfast one can explore the local village, Gurung Museum, one of the oldest “Uttarkanya Temple”, community based tea garden etc. Today we will trek to the Bhujung Village that lies at an altitude of 1600m above the sea level. It might take around 3-4 hours of trek from Ghale Gaun to reach there. The beautiful Bhujung village is the largest settlement of Gurung people in Lamjung district. This village has emerged as an attractive destination among tourists to observe the traditional Gurung life-style and culture. The village is famous for tea farming in the district and also known as one of the villagees of the wild honey hunters.
After having breakfast we shall trek to a small village named Pasgaun which is situated at an altitude of 1655m above the sea level. Pasgaun is basically a small Gurung Village of Lamjung district which seems untouched by the modernity. It might take around 5 hours of trek to reach there from Bhujung. The major attractions of the place are the various types of dances performed, uniqueness in their culture, tradition and the production of the traditional handicrafts.
After having breakfast you can explore the village on your own. Then we start our trek to Pakhrikot which might take around 5 hours trek. On the trail we might get the glimpse of the snowcapped mountains and also witness the historical forts and village.
Early morning observe an awesome view of sunrise over the Himalayan Mountains. After having breakfast we will descend through beautiful landscapes of the Himalayas, crossing the stream and reach Thumsikot. From here we shall take a drive to Pokhara. On the way see can the famous Begnas Lake surrounded by greenery.
Full day sightseeing tour of Pokhara City (5-6 hours)
Pokhara is the city of lakes that lies at the foothills of the majestic Annapurna range and consists of thick forests, gushing rivers and clear lakes. It offers a perfect getaway from the busy and chaotic life of the city. If Kathmandu is the cultural hub of Nepal, then Pokhara is the center of adventure. Pokhara is an adventure paradise offering activities such as paragliding, trekking, and mountain biking, ultra light flight, zip line adventure, bungee jumping, rafting, kayaking and much more. It is the only place in the world from where one can enjoy the magnificent views of mountains having elevation above 8000 meters sitting below 1000 meter above sea level. “You have not seen Nepal if you have not been to Pokhara. It is, as the tourists say, one of the paradises on earth.”
Other sightseeing places of Pokhara are Phewa Lake, Davis Falls, Mahendra Cave (lime stone cave), Bindabasini Temple, Chamero (Bat) Cave, Gupteshwor Cave and Zeti Gorge. Pokhara is also a home for the only mountain museum by the name if “International Mountain Museum”.
The flight from Pokhara takes about 25 minutes to reach Kathmandu. On a clear day, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time.
Rest of the day at leisure
Leisure till departure
Our representative will escort you to the International Airport for onward destination.