Go to Ghandruk to meet the Gurungs

Ghandruk Village. Image: Flickr/Peretz Partensky

Every visitor to the lake city of Pokhara will likely say that it is one of the loveliest cities on planet earth. That is because of its fantastic natural beauty. However, one could also say that Pokhara is a gateway to some equally lovely places. One such place is Ghandruk (2,010 m), a village inhabited by the Gurungs, a clan made famous by the bravery of many of its brethren in many wars all over the globe. Continue reading

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Trekking Through Rebel Territory—the Guerilla Trek

Maikot Village, Rukum, the guerilla trek./ Image: Alonzo Lyons

These are fast moving times; changes happen overnight. Such has been the case throughout different regions of the world, and such has been the case here in Nepal too. One of the biggest changes to happen was the fall of the 250-year-old Shah monarchy some years ago and the rise of the Maoists to power. Continue reading

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Ganesh Himal Cultural Home Stay Trekking

Dhading, Gorkha, Rasuwaa and Nuwakot districts are at the geographical center of Nepal and lie at the heart of the nation’s history. It is from these hills that Gorkhahillsmen, led by Prithvi Narayan Shah, set out to unite Nepal in the late 1700s. Since then, Gorkha soldiers have received international fame for their bravery and skill as warriors. Continue reading
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Annapurna Community Eco-Lodge Trek

Annapurna trek provides a unique and close-up insight into village life in this beautiful area of the Himalayas. Mohare hill (3,300 m), offers spectacular panoramic views of the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Mountain), some of the highest mountains of the world, and forms a highlight of this trip. Trekking in a pristine and unspoilt area, you are unlikely to meet many other trekkers. Instead, you will meet the local farmers, yak herders and village people in the communities where you will be treated more as a guest than a tourist. Continue reading

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