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Discover the enchanting allure of Ghanpokhara and Ghalegaun, two renowned village tourism destinations in Nepal, where cultural immersion intertwines with the captivating tradition of honey hunting.
Located in Nepal's Lamjung district, Ghanpokhara and Ghalegaun open doors to unparalleled natural beauty. These picturesque villages nestle amidst the majestic Himalayan ranges, showcasing awe-inspiring landscapes, verdant forests, and cascading waterfalls. Embraced by pristine surroundings, they provide an idyllic habitat for diverse flora and fauna, including the elusive Himalayan honeybee.
Perched atop lofty hills and cliffs, Ghanpokhara and Ghalegaun create an ideal sanctuary for a diverse range of wild bees. Flourishing wildflowers and lush vegetation foster a thriving environment, resulting in the formation of extensive honeycombs suspended from the cliffs.
Over generations, the indigenous Gurung people have perfected the art of honey hunting in these cliffs. Wild honey holds immense significance in their daily sustenance and features prominently in various traditional and social celebrations.
The honey-hunting endeavor is meticulously orchestrated by local elders, who determine auspicious dates based on the astrological calendar. The entire village congregates in an atmosphere of joy to witness this spectacle. Accomplished honey hunters skillfully ascend the cliffs using bamboo poles and traditionally woven ropes.
As a visitor, you can marvel at the mesmerizing display of acrobatics and daring skills demonstrated by the honey hunters during their honey collection. Delight in the rare opportunity to savor the exquisite Himalayan honey directly from the honeycomb. Furthermore, immerse yourself in local festivals and delve into the vibrant Gurung culture.
Honey hunting predominantly takes place during the Spring or Autumn seasons. To secure your spot, it is advisable to make advance reservations. Accommodation options, including lodges and homestays, are available in the honey-hunting areas.
Experience the allure of Ghanpokhara and Ghalegaun, where nature's splendor intertwines with the cultural heritage of honey hunting. Book your adventure today and create unforgettable memories in the heart of Nepal's captivating landscape.
Also, check out our detailed article on the best honey-hunting destinations in Nepal and find the perfect destination for your adventure.
Day 1 : Journey from Kathmandu to Khudi
We start an enchanting adventure as you leave Kathmandu in the early morning, traversing the scenic Prithivi Highway. The 186-kilometer, 6-hour drive will treat your senses to picturesque villages, lush green hills, flowing rivers, and majestic snow-capped peaks. Arrive at Khudi, a charming hillside village adorned with traditional houses that whisper tales of ancient customs.
At the end of the day, you Relax and unwind in a cozy lodge, immersing yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings.
Day 2 : Trekking from Khudi to Ghalegaun
Today we embrace the thrill of trekking from Khudi to Ghalegaun, a 6–7-hour journey that promises a kaleidoscope of natural wonders. Wander through terraced farmlands, painted in a myriad of colors, and pass by quaint villages that embody the spirit of rural life. Traverse dense forests, teeming with lively wildlife, and delight in the melodies of diverse bird species that accompany your path. As the sun sets, the warm embrace of the Mother's Group awaits you, followed by an evening of cultural performances that immerse you in the rich local heritage.
We will experience the warmth of community hospitality as you reside in a welcoming guesthouse.
Day 3 : Witness the Spellbinding Honey Hunting in Ghanpokhara & Ghalegaun
A full day dedicated to this ancient practice. Accompanied by skilled honey hunters, venture to nearby cliffs, where ropes are meticulously secured, enabling the daring ascent. Marvel at the hunters' athletic prowess and stamina as they extract honey from the sacred honeycombs, perched high above. Return to the village in the evening and savor the delectable taste of the golden nectar, a true reward for your adventurous spirit.
Today you'll find solace and comfort in the community guesthouse, sharing tales of your extraordinary experiences.
Day 4 : Honey Hunting continues
We continue honey hunting today as well on various different locations and return back to Ghalegaun at the end of the day.
Day 5 : Trekking from Ghalegaun to Pasgaun
Awaken to a delightful breakfast before commencing your trek to Pasgaun. The trail begins with an easy descent to Bhujung, leading to a gradual ascent towards Pasgaun. Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of the Gurung village, where ancient traditions come to life and provide a glimpse into their timeless lifestyle.
Indulge in a serene lodge for a restful overnight stay.
Day 6 : Trekking from Pasgaun to Pakharikot or Nangdidhar
This day we head on a thrilling journey from Pasgaun to Pakharikot or Nangdidhar, a 5–6 hour trek brimming with excitement and natural wonders. Traverse enchanting forests, cross babbling streams, and witness the enchantment of cascading waterfalls that adorn the landscape. On clear days, be blessed with breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayan peaks that grace the horizon.
In the evening, we unwind and rejuvenate in a comfortable lodge, surrounded by the serenity of nature.
Day 7 : Trek to Thumsikot, and Drive to Pokhara
Bid farewell to the mountains as you embark on the final leg of your trek. After a 3-hour downhill hike, reach Thumsikot, relishing the scenic vistas that surround you. From there, embark on a drive back to Pokhara, a city known for its natural beauty. Delight in a tranquil evening, basking in the memories of your remarkable journey.
Spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Pokhara, cherishing the final moments of your Himalayan adventure.
Day 8 : Pokhara Sightseeing and Return to Kathmandu
We rise early to witness the magnificent sunrise from Sarangkot, offering breathtaking views of Mt. Fishtail and the Annapurna Range. Return to your hotel for a hearty breakfast and take some time to relax. Afterward, commence your return journey to Kathmandu, savoring the scenic delights along the highway. Gaze upon picturesque villages, meandering rivers, and the majestic snow-capped peaks that bid you farewell.
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