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Ghalegaon Tara Top Trek

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Ghalegoan situated at the altitude of 2070m from the sea level is an exotic village which is 205km northwest of Kathmandu and 125km northeast of Pokhara. Home to famous Gurkha soldiers, Ghalegaon is known for its unpredictable natural beauty which is finely blended with unspoiled ethnic lifestyle and cultural practices.

Ghalegaon Tara Top trek goes through Gurung settlements nestled amidst mountains, rivers, streams, waterfalls and green forest and grants the unsurpassed Himalayan beauty of Machhapuchhare, Annapurna, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Lamjung Himal, Bouddha Himal, Hiunchuli and many others.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival

As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Karuwa (1380m); trek for 3-4hours

Early in the morning we will drive to Tribhuwan International Airport to board a flight to the Lake city of Pokhara. We will have our lunch and start the trek following the Seti river valley through the farmlands to the settlement of Kharpani. Continuing the trek we will arrive to our campsite in the outskirts of Karuwa which is an identical Gurung settlement.

Day 03: Trek to Ghalegaon (1641m); 6-7hours

We will start the trek through the low level farmland and as we cross our first suspension bridge the trail gradually climbs up. Making our way through the village of Bhara bhuri we will follow the path going through the middle of forest and offering the vista of Sardi Valley. The trail descends down to 300m to a riverside where we will stop to have lunch. After lunch the trail goes up to our camping site in to a big Gurung settlement of Ghalegaon which offers the magnificent view of Annapurna massif.

Day 04: Trek to Tara Top (2800m); 7-8 hours

Today the trail goes steeply up through the alpine meadows and rhododendron forests to the grassy forested hillock of Tara top. From here one can witness the 360degree panorama of Annapurna massif including Langtang Himal and Machhapuchhare. Our camping site will be at the altitude of 2800m.

Day 05: Trek to Parju (1760m); 5-6hours

Today the trail goes through the shady rhododendron forest with hanging mosses, lichens and different species of wild orchids to the scenic Gurung village of Parju situated in the lap of snowy peaks. We will reach Parju in the early afternoon so if you are interested you can hike to picturesque village of Siklis (1999m) or you can just relax in the high pastures.

Day 06: Trek to Lamakhet (870m); 7-8hours

The trail steeply goes downhill into a valley through the terraced slopes. Making our way following Mardi River along with the astonishing vista of Annapurna II we will arrive our camp site which is situated just above the river in the village of Lamakhet.

Day 07: Trek to Nayapool (1340m); 3-4hours and drive back to Pokhara

This last day of trek goes the interesting villages inhabited by Gurung, Brahmin and Chettri communities. Making our way through the steep rocky hills and terraced slopes the trail descends to Nayapool. From Nayapool we will catch a ride back to Pokhara. Stay Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 08: Fly back to Kathmandu

We will take a short airstrip through the Himalayas from Pokhara to Kathmandu. As we reach Kathmandu we will indulge ourselves in the sights, sounds and smell of this historic city. We will pay our visit to Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Kathmandu and Patan Durbar square. Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 09: Free day in Kathmandu

Today we can enjoy either shopping or sightseeing or simply have rest.

Day 1o: Farewell

You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey.

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

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