Annapurna Gurung Heritage Trail Trek

Trip Overview
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrek
  • Major AttractionColourful terraced fields, dense forests covering hills, various wild-flowers, cold rivers & streams, picturesque villages, and stunning snow-capped mountains
  • Best TimeApril-May-June, September-October-November

Highlights

  •  Gurung Heritage Trail Trek
  •  Views of majestic peaks like Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal,
  •  Annapurna ranges 
  • Gurung Culture

Gurung Heritage Trek is the best way to experience the rich culture and lifestyle of Gurungs. It is a specially designed trekking package that will take you to the culturally vibrant villages in the Annapurna region. The main moto of Gurung Heritage Trek is to present you heritages of people from the Gurung community. During the trek, you will get to spend the night in the home of locals, which means it is a complete homestay trek. Usually, they are typical old houses made with stone, mud, wood, and bricks. As you stay overnight with the Gurung family, you will interact with them and listen to their brave history. Likewise, this is also the best way to know their language, dress, and taste delicious delicacies. This trek is perfect for anyone who genuinely wants to discover the tradition and culture of one of the communities of Nepal. 

With the cultural experience, you will also see superb views of the Himalayan mountains and landscape on the Gurung Heritage Trek. Perfectly made colorful terraced fields, dense forests covering hills, various wild-flowers, cold rivers & streams, picturesque villages, and stunning snow-capped mountains, all of these factors made this journey even more joyful and satisfying. We, Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition, have designed our Gurung Heritage Trek 8-days by combining the region's most beautiful villages. 

During the trek, you will see beautiful views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna II, Boudha Himal, Mt. Himal Chuli, Lamjung Himal, and Mt. Machhapuchhre, and many other mountains. Gurung Heritage Trekking is an easy trek that trekkers can do in 8 days. Therefore, it is an ideal package for anyone who has limited time on their hands. The best time to go on Gurung Heritage Trek is autumn and Spring. During this time, the entire region bloomed up with numerous colorful flowers, and the weather was also more stable. Therefore, there is no more cold or hot, perfect to traverse. Also, the views are clear and excellent. 

Gurung Heritage Trek begins with a long scenic drive to beautiful Besisahar. Then, you will start trekking towards Ghalegaun, a famous beautiful village. The trail then passes by lush forests and takes you to another town called Bhujung. In the next couple of days, you will spend the night in villages like Pashgaun and Pakrikhot. From Pakrikhot, you will drive back to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu, which ends this beautiful journey. This trek is easy. You do not need to have prior trekking experience to go on this trek. Without any hassle, you can complete this trek with normal health and strong willpower.

 

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Itinerary

You will be greeted by a Mountain Rock Treks representative on the first day following your arrival. The following day, after breakfast, we will leave early and drive for around 6-7 hours to Besisahar. The next day, it will take us around three hours to go to Ghalegaun. After lunch, we'll go sightseeing around the neighborhood. We'll go for five minutes to the observation tower the following morning to see the dawn. Then, after visiting the Gurung village, we'll head back to the village. Next, a three-hour journey will take us to Bhujung village. The following day, we will go on a 5-hour hike toward Pashgaun. The following morning, after breakfast, we will see the settlement before hiking to Pakrikhot. We will travel back to Pokhara the following morning after a little walk to Thumsikhot. We'll make the lengthy drive to Kathmandu the next day

Day to Day Info

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After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative of Mountain Rock Treks will pick you up by our private vehicle and transfer you to the Hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1320m

Early morning after breakfast, we will depart to Besisahar, one of the main entry points of the famous Annapurna trekking. It takes about 6-7 hrs drive. Overnight stay in Besisahar.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 760m

After breakfast, around 3 hrs drive, we will reach Ghalegaun and attend a welcome program organized by the mother’s group of Ghalegaun. After lunch, we will sightsee the surroundings. Overnight stay in  Ghalegaun.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2100m

Early morning after some tea, we will take a 5 min walk to the viewpoint tower and view sunrise and snowcapped mountains. Then we return to the village and go sightseeing at Gurung Museum. After lunch, we will trek 3 hours to Bhujung village, known as the village of wild bee honey hunters. On the way sightseeing of the historical Uttar Kanya temple, the community-based tea garden of Ghalegaun, and Bhujung village. Overnight stay in Bhujung.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • (1696m)

On this day, we will trek to Pashgaun, another Gurung village that is still untouched by modernity. It takes about 5 hours to walk. Overnight stay in Pashgaun.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, we will sightsee the village and, after having lunch, trek to Pakrikhot, which takes about 5 hrs. While moving on the way, a view of snowcapped mountains, historical forts, and villages blows your mind. Overnight stay in Parkikhot.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, we will take a short hike to Thumsikhot and drive to Pokhara. After that, we will spend the rest of the time on leisure activities in Pokhara. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 820m

Back to Kathmandu from Tourist Bus. Overnight Stay at the Hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1320m

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

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Trip Map

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Cost Details

Includes

  • From the airport to hotel and hotel to airport transfer by private vehicle
  • Three nights’ accommodation in a standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu to Kathmandu surface transportation road
  • Transportation road and flight for Guide and Nepali crews while applicable
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and High Altitude trekking local Sherpa porters to carry your luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter maximum weight 20 kg) including their allowance wages, salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging expenses during a trek
  • Full board meals BLD ( breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) during the trek as per available food menu in tea houses/Lodges
  • Three times a cup of tea or coffee during the trek
  • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis 
  • Down jacket and trekking Equipment for local Staff
  • Annapurna conservation area Permit Fee (ACAP)
  • TIMS card Permit (Trekkers Information Management System) for responsible tourism and porter protects
  • Basic group medical supplies  (First Aid medical kit will be available)
  • Medical and health insurance for local crew members
  • All government and local taxes 

Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee 
  • International flight ticket to arrive in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu: if early return from trek than the itinerary
  • Personal expenses ( Telephone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Extra Tea, coffee, Snacks, energy chocolates ETC
  • Personal travel and medical insurance and medicine if you are using any regular medicine
  • Helicopter evacuation and emergency rescue
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any other items which are not in the included section

Dates & Price

The above itinerary can be re-designed as per your interest & preferences. Let us know whether you would like some changes in the trek.

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Essential Info

1.TRAVEL INSURANCE

Our main priority is the safety of our visitors. So we suggest. If you consider an Annapurna Trek, you should consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unexpected costs due to health difficulties, injuries, or accidents (including air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and other treatment costs). It will help if you take travel insurance and medical and accidental insurance. 

Your insurance coverage should also cover any additional activities you plan to participate in while in Nepal. There's a thin line between adventure and outright danger. What distinguishes them is their level of preparedness for a specific task. Leaving the comforts of home and entering the embrace of nature is an adventure; failing to ensure that you are adequately covered is a danger.

 

2. Food and Accommodation

I)Food

As for food, the Annapurna region has many hotels and tea houses that facilitate you with the best food items. 

Our package will offer you full-time food with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and tea and coffee. We will give the food as per the menu of the hotel or tea house. We prioritize Nepali food mainly. Therefore, they will serve Nepali food items, but if you wish to have a western food item, they will also prepare it upon your request.

II)Accommodation

For accommodation in the Annapurna region, you can find hotels, lodges, and restaurants. From mid-range to expensive resorts can be seen. While trekking, you may need to stop at local villages where you cannot find such facilities. The lodge costs a bit high than other options like the hotel. However, We will arrange your accommodation in tourist comfort hotels, motels, or resorts. The hotel will provide the room with a twin bed which demands you to share your room. In your demand, we can also arrange a triple bed or a single bed which cost a bit expensive compared to others.  

 

3. Heath /Fitness And Experience Requirments 

Because some portions of the climb are very strenuous and some days need 8-9 hours of constant walking, trekking throughout Annapurna Region requires exceptional stamina, tenacity, and good health. As a result, we recommend that you get medical counsel, medicine, and authorization before embarking on this adventure. Also, consult your local General Practitioner for professional advice on the essential Guide walks before embarking on the Annapurna Trek in Nepal. However, if you don't have access to a doctor, travel clinics can provide you with the most excellent guidance.

 

4. Travel Tips (ATM, ELECTRICITY, INTERNET, LUGGAGE, PERSONAL EXPENSES)

As mentioned earlier, we can find all types of hotels and lodges starting from mid-range to very standard. But if we are moving to the local community, we might not find clubs and hotels with all kinds of facilities. 

As for the facilities, there is no electricity in all of those locations. Therefore, it is preferable to have a backup plan. We may still use batteries and chargers for backup, but additional expenses will be. There are charging stations in the lodges where you may set your devices. You may have to pay a minimal cost for the service. Bring along additional chargers or a solar charger.

There may not be internet access in all locations, limiting your ability to use data. You may have to pay extra to utilize the internet. The internet connection throughout the walking trail is sporadic at best, and it only worsens as you climb higher.

Having cash on hand for your payments is recommended due to the lack of ATMs. It would help if you had to pay for things like power, internet, and other extras like bakeries and pastries and cash for tipping. Please bring extra cash to spend while trekking because there are no ATMs as we move to higher altitudes. You may need money on the road to buy additional beverages, food, or luxuries like a hot shower, internet, etc. 

In the hotel's locker room, provide free spaces for extra luggage. Each hiker can bring up to ten pounds of trekking tools (carried by porters). There aren't any ATMs, so have plenty of cash! Even in a "main" community like Jomsom, you might not find an ATM in the Annapurna region. Almost no tea houses or commercial enterprise accepts credit cards. 

 

5. Altitude Sickness And Prevention 

While trekking to the Annapurna region, moving to higher elevations will cause altitude sickness. In addition, you will be more likely to face AMS, which might worsen HACE( High Altitude Cerebral Edema) and HAPE(High Altitude Pulmonary Edema).

When people are traveling and rising or being moved to a higher level fast, altitude sickness is prevalent. Because lower the air pressure and oxygen levels are, the higher you climb. Our bodies can handle the change, but it will take time to acclimate. 

 So to prevent AMS, we will take two acclimatization breaks every thousand meters. We will trek at a higher altitude but sleep lower to cure this altitude sickness. If we suffer from acute mountain sickness, we will take rest immediately at the same place. To energize, we will drink more liquid to stay hydrated, like soup and water. If the case starts to get worse, we will have to take rescue by helicopter.

 

6. WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

The following is the list of the things and equipment that we will need to carry with us when you are heading on the journey. 

1. For the upper part of the body

HAT: You'll need a nice, wide-brimmed trekking hat to keep the sun off your face. Lightweight, simple to carry, and neck-covering styles are the best.  While trekking, wearing a hat can protect yourself from the sun on the trail.

HEADLAMP: Along with the hat, it is better to carry a headlamp with you during the trek. Headlamps are lights we can wear on a person's head. Due to their hands-free operation, these gadgets are great for trekking and hiking. It's ideal to have your hands free when hiking so you can deal with anything Mother Nature throws at you or pull your stuff.

 At night, trails can be hard to navigate. These footprints generally incorporate pebbles, tree roots, twigs, and even animals and resemble an uncharted maze. These hazards can be dangerous, and having your hands free allows you to catch yourself, move obstacles, sprint, or fend off an enraged rabbit on the track.

WOOLEN HAT: When you move to higher elevations, you get a high chance of being caught by cold. So, it is essential to carry a woolen hat with you for your protection. Not every hat is equally suitable for trekking, so it is safer to have a woolen hat; it will be available to you if you need it. 

SUN PROTECTING HAT(WITH WIDE BRIM): Day during your trial can be sunny, and the rays directly showered upon you. It will protect UV rays from entering your skin. We must be more careful regarding our heads and protect the scalp from sunburn and skin cancer. 

SUNGLASSES(WITH UV PROTECTION): As we move towards high altitude, the atmospheric layer becomes thinner, which increases exposure to harmful rays because the capacity to filter these rays becomes less. Therefore, we need to carry sunglasses to protect our eyes from harmful rays.

 

2. BODY PART

Waterproof jackets and trousers: Rain on the path is always possible, especially if you intend to hike between June and September (we strongly advise against walking in the region). We recommend bringing rain gear with you as a precaution, preferably a gore-tex membrane hardshell jacket. An inexpensive pair of waterproof pullovers will typically be enough for pants.

T-SHIRT: It is better to wear light clothes to avoid extreme sweating and discomfort during trekking. A t-shirt is best to wear during such trips. 

Clothing: Layering is a significant walk component due to the considerable fluctuation in altitude and temperature. You'll be able to quickly adapt to the climate and be comfortable and safe if you can add and remove layers of clothes while trekking. For example, if you intend on hiking during the cooler winter months of December through February, you'll want to bring some extra layers.

GLOVES: You will need to carry your gloves with you because gloves will help protect your hands from sweat, extreme weather conditions, and other inconvenient situations that may cause discomfort and injury.

 

LOWER BODY CLOTHING

THERMAL INNERS: Thermal inners are insulators between your body and the surrounding cold air. They trap body heat and prevent heat loss. Use the ones generally made with polyester or give extra comfort and flexibility.

TROUSERS: A full-length pair of trekking trousers provides solid path protection, preventing cuts and scratches from prickly plants, twigs, rocks, and other hazards. Trekking trousers allow you to travel much easier without the sound of rustling plants and enable you to get near to animals without making a nuisance.

DOWN JACKET: One of the most significant purchases you'll make is a down jacket. On a hiking or climbing journey throughout the journey, having the correct warm, insulating layer may make or break your pleasure level. So when you are heading for a trek in the Everest region, we must include a down jacket in your packing list. 

 

3. FOOTWEARS

TREKKING BOOTS: Trekking boots are necessary as they help to protect the foot and ankles during long-distance trekking. They are one of the essential items of trekking as they can determine a trekker's ability to walk long distances without injury.

SOCKS: A trekking sock is essential for avoiding blisters. Unlike a weak, stinking cotton sock, a hiking hose will not continually brush against the back of your foot and will give substantial protection from friction caused by your shoe. The socks maintain a constant temperature for the feet. Socks are incredibly soft and comfortable on foot.

 

4. OTHER TYPES OF EQUIPMENT FOR TREKKING

TREKKING POLES: Trekking poles intersperse your arms and shoulders into the trekking movement, allowing you to use better muscles to force yourself uphill and control your downhill. The result is an expansion in rate without an accumulation in leg soreness.

FIRST-AID KIT: First aid kits are a must-have for every trekker. They help you with necessary treatment during the trial. Thus to minimize the risk of infection or injury severity, we must take it with ourselves. A well-stocked kit contains items that treat burns, injuries, scrapes, and cuts.

SLEEPING BAGS: Though we will be staying in hotels and there will be services, still take no risk and carry a sleeping bag with you. If you want the best night's sleep on the trail, it is best to take your sleeping bags.

PERSONAL BAGS: When going on an outdoor trek, you want to be sure that you'll be comfortable the entire time. Personal bags are vital if you're hiking a long and challenging walk. The type of trekking backpack you use will significantly impact how pleasant your adventure will be. If you're carrying many goods, you'll need a bag that distributes the weight properly, so you don't get tired soon.

 

7. PASSPORT AND VISA

It is relatively simple to acquire a visa for Nepal. You can apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulate or Mission office in your home country or buy one when you arrive at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. To apply for a visa, you'll need two passport-sized photos, US dollar visa costs, and a valid passport for at least six months before your travel. Nationals of the SAARC (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Afghanistan) and China, on the other hand, do not need a visa to enter Nepal. However, a transit visa is only valid for three days for foreign nationals. As a result, for more extended visits, a permit is necessary.

A passport is very crucial to travel in Nepal. In addition, if you want to do mountain trekking, you will have to get a mountain license. 

 

8. BANKING AND ATM

Our packages usually include meals and lodging, but you may require cash for personal expenses. There is a lower likelihood of finding an ATM or no ATM on the ABC trail. . Before you go on the walk, make sure you have enough cash. As mentioned above, there is no ATM in the Annapurna region everywhere, so It is better not to depend on ATMs for the expenses. The hotels and lodges also mostly accept cash rather than online payments, so it's more convenient to take enough money with you.  

 

9. GUIDES PORTER AND TIPPING SYSTEM IN NEPAL

Solo trekking, group trekking, or a couple of trekking without a guide will be difficult, so it is necessary to take a guide with you whenever you plan to trek. In addition, the trail in the Annapurna region might not be familiar to you if you are traveling for the first time. 

Since you will have to carry many trekking equipments, it will be convenient and helpful if you take a porter. The porter will help you maintain the luggage, and the Guide will help you take the right trail. 

While traveling, you may face uncertainties. For example, you may suffer from altitude sickness and AMS (Acute mountain sickness), so to help you during such situations, we need to take a guide with us.  

As for the tips for guides and porters will set you back 10% of the total price. Ten percent of the cost is for the Guide and porter. Mountain Rock Treks provide sixty percent to the Guide's tips and 40 percent to the porter.

 

9. BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

We are flexible with bookings. However, you must pay a 25% deposit when you confirm, with the remainder due upon arrival. There are no hidden fees with us.

If you want to join a group, we have different terms and conditions that you may learn about by contacting us.

Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. handles all of our reservations. Fill out a Booking Form and send it to the firm together with your deposits and insurance payment to book a package (if applicable). You must pay a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the trip charge at booking for all trips. You can pay the remaining payment once you arrive in Kathmandu and before the tour.

 The Company or its Agent should receive the non-refundable deposit. When arranging a custom holiday with the firm,  Mountain Rock Treks will advise you of the needed cost for the Treks. 

You are booking with a bank transfer or a credit card deposit (Visa or MasterCard).

10. LAST-MINUTE BOOKING FOR ANNAPURNA REGION TREKKING

We are flexible with bookings. However, we are not refundable for last-minute cancellations. To ensure your seat on one of our Annapurna region trekking packages at the last minute, you must pay the entire package amount.

We'll try our best to get everything in order before the deadline. So arrive in Kathmandu at least a day ahead of time for the experience. Please get in touch with us directly for further details.

The cancellation of a Client's order must be made in writing and verified by the Company. The date the Company or its Agents receives the cancellation request will determine the cancellation charge. 

You will forfeit the 25% deposit if you decide to cancel at the last minute after you have confirmed it. If you choose to cancel your trip after it has begun for any reason, you will be responsible for the total cost of the trip. Once you've started your journey, we can't give you a refund. Therefore, the Client should obtain cancellation insurance at booking.

 

HOW DIFFICULT IS THE ANNAPURNA REGION TREK?

  • ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREKKING (MODERATE)
  • ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREKKING (MODERATE)
  • ANNAPURNA GURUNG HERITAGE TRAIL TREK (MODERATE)
  • ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK WITH TILICHO LAKE (MODERATE)
  • SHORT ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK (STRENUOUS)
  • ROYAL TREK (EASY)
  • GHOREPANI SUNRISE TREK (DIFFICULT)
  • KHOPRA DANDA TREK (DIFFICULT)
  • BAGLUNG PANI AND GHANPOKHARA TREK (DIFFICULT)
  • TILICHO LAKE WITH MESOKANTO PASS (DIFFICULT)

FAQs

  • Q1. What is Heritage Trek?

    Heritage Trek is usually made to showcase the rich culture, tradition, and unique lifestyle of a particular region or village of Nepal. Gurung Heritage Trek is designed to take you along the vibrant culture of Gurungs, and their beliefs. During the heritage trek, you will stay overnight in a local people's house, which gives you a chance to know the villagers closely.

  • During the Gurung Heritage Trekking, you will stay overnight in the home of the local people. Therefore, you will have food as per their menu. The rooms will be pretty common and cosy with a common toilet. Talking more about food, you will be offered their traditional food as well as some common dishes like rice, curries, momo, etc. 

    On Gurung Heritage Trek, you will see the culture, norms, beliefs daily lifestyle and practices of the Gurung people. 

  • On the Annapurna area Trek, all of the accommodations are fairly poor. In the tea houses and lodges, there are many lovely, comfortable, and well-furnished rooms available along with a delectable food menu and excellent service.

  • This area is great for beginners who have never hiked before because it is a moderate degree of hiking.

  • Yes, most tea shops in the lower section of the walking route have electricity or power. But the room has no heating. Only a solar panel will be powered in the higher portions of the walk. Only the main dining area can be charged, and only at high prices. For cameras and laptop computers, the cost of battery charging per hour is significantly higher.

  • Yes, insurance is nearly always required when hiking in the Annapurna region because accidents and altitude sickness are simply too common. It is therefore best to choose insurance World.

  • Despite the fact that the terrain in Gurung Heritage is easy to moderately difficult, a good degree of physical fitness is still needed to accomplish the walk. You can take this walk as long as you are physically capable and in good health. We have a flexible route that allows you enough rest and acclimatization time before ascending to higher elevations.

  • Because trekking in the Annapurna region is regarded as mild, the Gurung Heritage Trek is not at all risky. With each daily ascent above 3,000 m to 4,000 m high, the height rises. You run the risk of being alarmed because you'll be hiking above 3000 m. Regardless of their level of fitness and expertise, a person's response to altitude will rely on them.

Client Reviews

  • Best Service

    The Mountain Rock Trek was incredible. I heartily suggest any trek they provide. Dipak is committed to giving you a fantastic experience. When issues arose during the hike, our guide was incredibly helpful and took excellent care of our group. Knowing about the cultural values of Gurung people was wonderful. It was amazing to witness Nepal's natural beauty.

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    AaronNorwayMarch 15, 2022
  • Truly amazing people

    My interactions with Gurung folks have been nothing but positive. They truly were great. Since it was my first time in Nepal, Mountain Rock Trek handled my trip. From the pick-up at the airport to the pre-trip meeting, he was incredibly kind and helpful the entire time. I'm eager to stay in touch with the guide and porters because they made us feel like we were a part of their family. I'll be trekking with you guys once more when I return to Nepal.

    R
    RyderAustraliaMarch 09, 2022
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