Besisahar to Pokhara Trek via Ghanpokhara, Bhujung and Pasgaun

Besisahar to Pokhara Trek via Ghalegaun, Ghanpokhara, Bhujung and Pasgaun

Besisahar to Pokhara trek also known as “Gurung Heritage Trail” takes you through Villages like Ghalegaun, Ghanpokhara, Bhujung and Pasgaun.

You’ll be interacting and staying with the godly humans, learning about their cultures, customs and traditions. Also the trek will give you some of the astonishing views of the mountains, hills, villages, farms, sunsets and sunrises.

And after visiting these places and interacting with locals, you’ll feel like staying there forever. 

Major Attractions of Besisahar to Pokhara Trek

  1. Humanity. Kind and loving people. No matter who you’re and where you are from.
  2. Community Homestay
  3. Exploring and Participating in Gurung Culture and Traditions
  4. Eating locally grown organic fruits and vegetables
  5. Walking on almost forgotten trail (most of the people take vehicle roads)
  6. Spectacular view of Mountains (like Annapurna, Himalchuli, Lamjung, Manaslu, Baudha, etc.), Hills and Valleys
  7. Exploring some of the largest Gurung Villages (Ghalegaun, Ghanpokhara, Bhujung, Pasgaun, etc.) in Nepal
  8. Experiencing rural lifestyle in Nepal
  9. On the trail you’ll get to see varieties of Birds, Flowers, Plants and Animals, protected under Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).

Besisahar to Pokhara Trek Detail Itinerary

Day 01 – Travel to Besisahar

  • Travel to Besisahar on Bus
  • Explore the city and Night Stay in Hotel 

Day 02 – Besisahar to Ghanpokhara

  • Start Walking early in the Morning From Besisahar
  • Reach Gumba Chowk from Hotel
  • Start Walking up to Saamdi Village (Take Walking Routes and avoid vehicle route as much as possible)
  • Reach to Bagaleswara Village from Saamdi Village
  • Bimdabesi is another village after Saamdi Village
  • From Bimdabesi Ask for the walking trail to Baglungpani (This is the most difficult and steep trail for the day)
  • After walking past the Baglungpani Bhir, you’ll reach to Rapasing Village
  • Then follow the vehicle road and reach Kapoor Gaun
  • Ghale Gaun is the next destination, ask for the shortcuts with locals (Road way takes longer)
  • Have Lunch and Explore Ghale Gaun
  • Then move towards Ghanpokhara
  • Experience the Beautiful Sunset and Night Stay at Homestay

Day 03 – Ghanpokhara to Bhujung

  • Wake up early and experience the Sunrise
  • Have Breakfast, Explore the Gurung Village and interact with locals
  • Have Lunch and Move Towards Bhujung Village
  • Confirm your stay at one of the homestay, have some snacks 
  • Then roam around the village (more than 500 houses)
  • Interact with locals and understand their lifestyle
  • Come back to homestay and entertain in local style (Camp fire, BBQ, dance with local youths on local music)
  • Enjoy local organic food (Daal, Bhaat/Dhido, Vegetables, Local Kukhura, Local Wine) for dinner and rest

Day 04 – Bhujung to Pasgaun

  • Start the Day early
  • Have local breakfast (Barley Selroti, Curry, Tea) at the homestay and prepare to start the journey
  • Walk Down the Midim River
  • The Climb up Pass the Kamaa Village
  • Then walk through the forest (ACAP – Annapurna Conservation Area Project)
  • The trail is steep, forest is dense, but probably the best trail of this trek (Clean and Fresh, Varieties of Birds and animals)
  • Reach the top and climb down the hill
  • Walk towards the school and pass the vehicle road.
  • After the school, you’ll enter Pasgaun (Gurung Village with around 100 houses)

Day 05 – Pasgaun to Pokhara

  • Breakfast at Homestay
  • Take a Bus to Pokhara (Only One bus leaves at 8:00 A.M. for Pokhara)
  • You can also reach Pokhara, but need to stay a night at Singdi Village

Besisahar to Pokhara Trek Route Map (Virtual Tour)

Besisahar to Pokhara Trek Virtual Tour

Our Daily Experience on Besisahar to Pokhara Trek

Day 0 – Reaching Besisahar

After completing our Chhimkeshwori to Bandipur Trek, we started our new trek from Besisahar to Pokhara via Ghale Gaun, Ghanpokhara, Bhujung and Pasgaun.

We took a shared taxi to Dumre (Prithivi Highway) from Bandipur. It’s 100 NPR per person if you share with 3-4 people else NPR 500 if you book only for yourself.

There are other public vehicles as well but you’ll have to wait. Due to COVID only a few public buses are running.

From Dumre, we took another bus to Besisahar. The fare from Dumre to Besisahar was NPR 125 per person and took 2.5 hours to reach Besisahar.

In search of a place to stay at Besisahar

As soon as we reached Besisahar, we started looking for a hotel on our google maps. I also called my few friends from Besisahar for recommendations.

We (me and my friend) decided to go to Hotel Tukuche, but Megh (friend from Besisahar) told us that it was overpriced and asked us to wait for a while.

So we went to the nearby cafe and had coffee and juice while waiting for Megh to come.

“Megh is a friend whose family invited me to the wedding and took me with them while I was traveling solo to Bhujung, last year. As soon as we met for the first time, we became a family.

So, Megh and his family are really close and special to me. “

In a while, Megh came and took us towards the hotel he recommended.

And I was also really happy to see Megh in a year. Then we started talking about our families and our lives during COVID lockdown.

While we’re talking about our lives, we reached the hotel. The name of the hotel was “Thorong Peak Hotel” at Manange Chautara, Besisahar.

We got the keys to the room and then kept our loads from our back to the ground, and changed our clothes, washed hands and faces.

Exploring Besisahar, Lamjung

And then we went to roam around the Besisahar city with Megh and his friends.

Megh and his community (Ghanpokhara Samaj) were also having a celebration, so we went there first. It’s a bit away from the city area, near Marshyangdi river.

The view from there was really amazing. We watched people dancing for a while and then decided to leave the place and roam around the city instead.

While coming we walked through the main road and bazaar, but now we’re walking on the inside roads of Besisahar.

And now, I realize how big this city was. I had never explored the city this much, so I always thought it was a small city.

Peek of Besisahar City and nearby Green Fields
Peek of Besisahar City and nearby Green Fields (Avishek Gurung)

Meeting family after a year

After walking for some time we reached the Meghs house to meet his family. I was really happy to see his mother and sister again after a year.

And auntie was really surprised and happy to see me again.

She brought us chairs to sit, then offered us warm water to drink. Then we talked with her about our lives this year.

And Meghs sister also made tea for me and some snacks as well, not for my friend as he was fasting.

We talked with them, ate samosas, boiled eggs and played with Meghs puppy for a while and then decided to return to the hotel and rest for a while.

While we’re leaving, Auntie told us to come for lunch tomorrow, before heading to Ghanpokhara. We accepted her invitation and assured her that we’ll come, then returned to our hotel.

Megh came with us to show the way to the hotel and returned home.

Then I told the hotel owner to prepare dinner for me in the evening and went to the room.

Tea Talk with a Friend

Now, my friend was planning to do yoga, So I took a quick shower and then came down to the hotel’s cafe for tea and called another friend in Besisahar.

Then he came to meet me at the cafe at around 6:00. This friend works at the Lamjung municipality as an IT officer. And he had known me through my Software Development courses on YouTube. 

We became friends on facebook and I also met him the last time I was in Besisahar.

This time, we had a tea together and talked about the possibilities of Software projects in local as well as national level.

After chatting for about an hour, he wished us good luck for our trip and left.

Dinner and Evening Walk

Now, I went to the room, talked with my friend for a while and came down to the dining hall at around 7:00, then had dinner.

Today for dinner, I had Daal, Bhaat, Saag, Achaar, Chicken Curry and Salad.

Then we decided to go for a short evening walk. We roamed around the city (main road) for a while and then withdrew some cash for the rest of the journey and returned.

On the way back to our hotel, we went to the department store to buy some snacks for our journey, and then returned.

As soon as we reached our room, we went to bed and slept since we had to start our journey as early as possible, the next day.

Day 01 – (Besisahar to Ghanpokhara)

With the excitement of traveling to new places, we woke up early at around 6:00 in the morning. Then, freshen up and I decided to roam around the city for an early view and excitement in the city.

While I went out, my friend was doing yoga for the day.

Exploring the morning activities at Besisahar, Lamjung

I walked down the main road of Besisahar at around 6:30. There, lots of activities were being carried out.

Some people were on a morning walk, some youths were training to be a military person, some people were opening their shops, some preparing breakfast, some were worshipping and some were cleaning the area in front of the house.

After walking down the road for around 15 – 20 minutes, I decided to return.

As soon as I turned back, I saw a magical view of the himalayas from the street. The golden rays of the sun were making it more beautiful.

I took a couple of pictures of the moment and moved forward towards the hotel.

On the way, I saw a beautiful fruit seller, with varieties of fruits like Apples, Bananas, Oranges, Grapes and Pomegranates.

So I went to her and bought some Apples and Grapes for a gift to Meghs Mom.

Fruit Stall at Besisahar, Lamjung Nepal
Fruit Stall at Besisahar, Lamjung Nepal

Then I came directly to the hotel.

There my friend had completed yoga and was ready to move.

So I called Megh to let him know that, we’re coming. But the phone was unanswered.

Then we decided to go on our own as Megh told us the day before.

We checked out from the hotel and moved towards Meghs house at around 8:00.

Lunch at Meghs House

In a few minutes walk, we reached the Meghs house. I gave the fruits that I bought earlier to Meghs Mom as a thank you for taking us as a family and inviting us for lunch.

Megh served us black tea and told me that he was preparing lunch for us. And also said that his phone was on charging and didn’t know about my call earlier.

Then we had lunch at around 9:00. Megh Served us Daal of beans, Chicken Curry, Rice and boiled milk.

The food was really delicious and thanked Megh for preparing such a great meal for us. Then we rested for a while and decided to start our journey towards Ghanpokhara.

Official Start of our Besisahar to Pokhara Trek

Megh showed us the shortcut way from there, then we said bye to everyone at around 9:30 and moved for an adventure.

While we were on the way, I bought 2 litres of water and then continued our walk on foot trails as directed by Megh.

On the way we asked locals for the way to Ghalegaun, Ghanpokhara whenever we got confused.

At first the shortcut path or foot trails were really steep with stairs. But we slowly continued our walk and reached the Gumba (monastery) at around 9:50.

Interesting Eco-Friendly Bins

Eco - Friendly Dustbins made of Bamboo
Eco – Friendly Dustbins made of Bamboo

On the sides of Monastery, we saw really beautiful, creative and eco-friendly dustbins. They’re made out of bamboo. 

We took a couple of pictures of it to show others, so that we can make more of such products.

Then continued our walk up the hill on an old, traditional foot path.

At around 10:10, we reached Saamdi village. It’s a small but beautiful village. On the way we met lots of students going to school.

I also talked with a local who was on his way to the next village. I shared about our travels and travel plan on lamjung. Then asked more about the village.

It’s amazing to talk with locals. After talking with him for a while I decided to wait for Bishal, who was walking slowly. 

In a couple of minutes, he arrived and we rested for a while and had water, then continued to walk.

After walking for some time, we then reached another village, Bagaleswara at around 10:25.

There we asked another local for the way towards Baglungpani (a place before reaching Ghalegaun) just to make sure that we’re on the right path.

She told us to follow the road way and after some point we should take a shortcut near Chautara.

So we followed her direction and moved ahead. Now the path was not that steep. But it was a vehicle road so more dusty than foot trails.

In search of a Chautara for shortcut

At around 10:45, we reached Bimdabesi Village. There, we asked locals about the direction to Baglungpani Bhir (cliff). He told us to take the foot trails from the Chautara, then reach the vehicle road, and across the road take another foot trail.

And also reminded that the trail is really steep till we pass the cliff. So told us to walk more carefully.

We thanked him and took the path as he told us. At first, we took a short break on that Chautara (resting place) and then continued to walk on that trail.

The path was not that steep for now but it was through the small forest.

After walking for around 20-30 minutes, we reached to the vehicle road, then looked for the foot trails across the road.

Start of the Hardest Trail, Baglungpani Bhir

Finally, we found the road as the man told us. Now, the path was really steep and with stairs through the forest. And no one was around. 

These days, almost everyone takes the vehicle (jeeps and buses) and walks rarely.

So, we had to be more careful, otherwise no one would find us if anything happens on that cliff.

We took a short break before walking up the cliff. Then started walking slowly and more carefully at around 11:10. At first, we passed through the forest with big trees, but as we went higher, there were less trees and more bushes.

The dry leaves on the stairs were also making the path more slippery.

So we walked slowly and more carefully. To cross that hill it took around an hour. And we climbed the hill at around 11:50.

At the top of the cliff we took another short break, ate some amalas, biscuits and drank some water. We also took a couple of photographs for memory and then continued our journey.

Easy but Dusty

Now, we had to walk on a vehicle road. It was really dusty as it’s not black topped.

The path was not that steep, but had to walk more as we could not find any shortcuts.

After walking on the road for a while, we reached to Baglungpani village. It was a small but beautiful village.

Beautiful Baglungpani Village
Beautiful Baglungpani Village

It had a school at the top of the hill. And it’s probably the most beautiful school I’ve ever seen. Designed in an old traditional way and built with stones, cement, wood and steel. And there was a stupa on the left side of the school as well.

I even had a thought of sending my future children to this school.

The students were also curious to see us and screamed hi, hello and namaste to us. We replied back, enjoyed the view of the village, took photos there and then asked for directions to Ghalegaun with locals and moved on.

On the way, we met some students from that school. We asked about the school and the class they are on.

They were on secondary level students and were returning after taking terminal tests at the school.

We walked together on the road for a while.

Reminiscing last years visit

Then at around 12:30 we reached Rapasing Gau where the students were from. It was a beautiful village on the sides of a vehicle road.

As soon as we entered the village, I remembered the view from my last Solo trip to Bhujung

When I was there, a year before, I had to walk down alone as I missed the last local Jeep. And this was the village where I finally got the Jeep that took me down to Besisahar.

I had taken pictures and videos back then which I showed to my friend with great enthusiasm. 

During that time, the nearby fields were filled with mustards and they were blooming. It looked magical.

But this time, the field was empty.

After taking pictures again this time, we moved forward with confidence that I had walked up to this village from Ghalegaun.

While walking towards Ghalegaun, I tried to remember the shortcuts that I took last year.

First we walked on the dusty vehicle road. But tried to look for shortcuts on the way and also asked local workers whenever we met one on the way.

A mysterious temple in the Jungle

At one time we took a shortcut which took us to a temple in the middle of the jungle at the top of the hill.

There were some writings on the wall, and it said it was the temple of “Pudko Devi”.

We were curious to know about the temple and its religious beliefs. 

With a curious mind we continued our journey. And as soon as we climbed down that hill we reached another village, Kapoor Gaun.

Here, we decided to ask locals about the temple of Pudko Devi.

One of the locals said that the temple is special to the locals. And they worship the goddess during Dashain (National Festival) and Uvauli Udhauli festival.

And only Pigeon and Coconut is offered in that temple.

After the detail about the temple, we asked for the direction to Ghalegaun and continued our journey ahead.

We still had to walk on the vehicle road which I did not like. Sometimes the road was really bad, there was dust up to a couple of inches thick.

Shortcuts are difficult but quicker

I desperately tried to remember the shortcuts I took during my last trip.

And as we walked ahead, I remembered and found one of the shortcuts that I took. We climbed the hill on that path. It was really better than the road way.

The foot trails were free of dust, inside the jungle and the chirping of birds accompanying us. It even helped us to forget our pain.

On that way, we decided to take a short break for a while. We ate our food (biscuits, fruits) and drank water.

Surprisingly we met a local walking down that path. We greeted him with Namaste (Hello in Nepali) and told him about the journey.

He welcomed us warm heartedly and told us that we’re the rare ones to travel on foot. He also encouraged us to travel to the villages quite often and told us that our destination was not that far and left.

Then, we also continued our journey ahead. Soon we also reached the vehicle.

Take many shortcuts as you can

But as I remembered, there is another shortcut that we can take. So I asked a local worker on the road for a shortcut and he pointed us toward the way.

I saw the path across the road and walked up on that path. 

(If we don’t take shortcuts or old traditionals foot trails, It can take 2-3 times more time.)

In the middle of the foot trail, there’s a water tap where you can drink water when you’re either walking on that route or you’re around there to collect grass for animals or to collect firewood.

They even have a Dharmasala nearby.

Dharamsala are the houses built on the way for travelers, where they can cook food and spend the night.

After drinking some water and filling our water bottles, we continued our journey towards Ghalegaun.

Some time after, we reached the vehicle road and across the road was another shortcut foot trail.

We followed the path and started climbing that hill. Now, it’s steeper than earlier. So we walked slowly

Finally at around 3:00 P.M. we reached Ghalegaun. Ghalegaun is a beautiful village and known to more people in Nepal than any other nearby villages. So, it’s become a tourist destination.

Explore Ghalegaun but Food first

We planned to explore the Ghalegaun village and then go to Ghanpokhara for the night.

So, we started looking for a place to have some food to eat. But due to COVID, almost all the restaurants were closed as no tourist visited.

And homestays were opened just a couple of months ago. 

As we were looking for a place to eat, we saw a local Bajai (Grandma), we greeted her with a Namaste. And she asked us about our destination.

Then we told about our journey, how we have been traveling from past couple of days on foot and our further journey. And we were so hungry now and were looking for a place to eat.

Then she offered whether we would like to have something to eat if she cooked. With excitement I said yes and would eat anything she would offer me, whereas my friend decided to have tea only.

Finally, rescued by grandma

And Grandma took us to her house, which was a homestay as well, then started cooking noodles with egg for me and also locally produced organic tea.

I ate everything with a gusto and my friend ate some bakery he bought from the shop nearby. Later he also decided to eat noodles without egg and told her to cook again.

We waited till his noodles came. Then after we ate and energized, we decided to roam around the village.

So we asked if we could keep our bags there for a while. And she showed us a room to keep our bag.

Then we walked towards the view tower. On the way we also saw the statue of the ancient Ghale King.

From the view tower of Ghale gaun, the panoramic view of the mountains were really amazing. From there you can also see the whole village. After enjoying the view for a while and interacting with locals, we decided to continue our journey to Ghanpokhara.

So, we went back to the Grandma, thanked and paid for the food, then said goodbye and walked towards Ghanpokahra.

Leaving Ghalegaun for Ghanpokhara

On the way,we also visited the Uttarkanya temple

Then we continued to walk towards Nayu Village. Then from there Ghanpokhara village was not that far.

Based on the direction of the locals we walked towards our destination on a vehicle road. After a few minutes, we left the vehicle road and started climbing up the hill on stairs. The path is really steep for another 15 minutes.

We were staying on the first house on the top of the hill. The village is called Ghanpokhara. 

I had already talked with the owner of the homestay and they were expecting our arrival.

We reached Ghanpokhara homestay at around 5:00, the owner Auntie brought us chairs to sit. Then we put our bags down and then I removed my shoes and wore slippers. It’s more comfortable.

Then washed feet, hand and face, then had tea offered by the auntie.

Sunset and the Golden Mountains: The best view of the day

Ghanpokhara Village, Lamjung during Sunset.
Ghanpokhara Village during Sunset (by Avishek Gurung)

With warm tea in the cold weather, I went out to watch Sunset in the west, behind the hill near Bhujung Village.

It was a really magical and romantic moment.

From the top of Ghanpokhara, you can see almost 360 degree view. In the east you can see Ghalegaun Village and surrounding hills, Whole mountain ranges in the north, and the sunset in the west is unbelievable.

It’s worth staying at Ghanpokhara rather than Ghalegaun. I’d recommend anyone to first explore Ghalegaun, have some snacks, but stay the night at Ghanpokhara if you want to see the better view of the mountains, surrounding hills, villages, sunrise and sunset.

As soon as the sun set, it started getting colder. So we went inside and charged the phone and listened to the music while resting.

Remembering auntie from my last visit to Bhujung

And I shared about my last visit to this area with the owner. I told how I was traveling alone, met a new family from lower Ghanpokhara and went on marriage to Bhujung.

Then one of the aunts also told that she was in that marriage too and told how she danced. Then I finally remembered her and showed her dance that I recorded on my phone last year. 

It was really amazing to meet again and know more. Now, I won’t forget them again. They’re also a part of my family.

And She was also really happy to see me again and talked about that time.

Finally at around 7:30, we had our dinner. For dinner, I ate Daal (lentil gravy), Bhaat (Rice), Saag (Spinach), Achaar (Pickle), Salad (Radish) and Sukuti (Fried Dried Meat). Whereas my friend ate without sukuti.

Then auntie prepared our room, and we went to the room to rest. Today we had walked a long distance, and were really tired. So, we two talked for a while and slept early.

Day 02 – (Ghanpokhara to Bhujung)

Though today was easy for us (2 hours walk), I was eager to watch the Sunrise on Mountains from Ghanpokhara. So I woke up at around 6:30 and then freshen up.

Quickly I checked the time for Sunrise at Ghanpokhara and found that it was at 7:00 A.M.

So I went out waiting for the sun. Though it was cold outside, the excitement to see the sun and the golden mountains made me forget about the weather outside.

Sunrise in the mountains, seen from Ghanpokhara, Lamjung

I was waiting with tea in my hand. Finally, Sun showed up far up in the mountains. And the morning rays of light falling on white snow capped mountains made the view really astonishing (magical).

I captured the moment in my phone as well as in my memory. And I can’t forget this amazing view.

After enjoying the view for a while, it’s time for breakfast and we’re invited into the dining hall.

At around 7:30, I had a black tea, Jhilangey (Fried Bread made of Rice Flour) and boiled egg.

Meeting a new Friend

While we’re having breakfast, I contacted one of my friends who belonged to the place (Ghanpokhara). And I had known that he’s here though he lives in Besisahar.

His name is Avishek Gurung, local to Ghanpokhara and lives in Besisahar. But he frequently visits his village. 

And he is also a digital content creator and has been promoting Ghanpokhara via visual and pictorial stories.

You can find his content about Ghanpokhara on social media like YouTube and Instagram.

He is doing a great thing for his community, and this is how we should give back to our community. 

We can only progress and prosper our society if we share what we have.

Avishek had invited me to his house for tea, So I walked towards Abhishek’s house based on the direction . On the way, I saw temples and beautiful houses built traditionally with stones, mud and wood.

It was really an amazing village consisting of around 65 to 70 houses of Gurung people. And they are really rich in culture, customs, traditions and handicrafts.

They speak their own Gurung language, wear traditional clothes, sing and dance on their own song and music.

With the help of a local and walking for 5 minutes, I finally reached to Avishek’s home at around 8:15. He and his family welcomed me warm heartedly and invited me in.

We went inside to the kitchen. 

Do you know why you’ll be invited to the kitchen?

One thing you should know if you’re traveling in the rural hilly or himalayan region of Nepal is that “you should feel honored, you’re invited to a kitchen fireplace (where food is cooked)”.

Like we welcome our guests to living rooms in cities, they’ll take you to the kitchen fireplace. And it’s the highest degree of respect shown to the guests.

It is because the weather is cold in the mountain regions, and the kitchen is the most warm place of a house. And it’s also easier to serve you hot drinks and foods.

Grandma was sitting near the fireplace, buffalo milk was being boiled in a large iron pot and cooked yam was put around the fire to make it warm.

Boiling Milk at Ghanpokhara, Lamjung, Nepal
Boiling Milk at Ghanpokhara, Lamjung, Nepal

Avishek warmed the milk and offered me with Jhilangey. The smell and taste of the milk was really good. It’s been ages since I had such a great delicacy.

And I can guarantee that the organic milk is rich in calcium and in iron as it’s cooked in an iron pot, and also filled with tons of love from grandmother.

While I was enjoying the food and drink, Avishek had to leave as he had a medical checkup at Besisahar.

So, he left with his mum, grandpa and our homestay aunty. But I stayed there talking with grandma.

Spending time with Grandma

I talked with grandma for about an hour, about the lifestyle and the changes she has seen.

She told us about how she takes care of cattle and used to farm on fields in Besi. She also shared a secret of living a long and healthy life.

And that was, being physically active and eating locally grown organic foods.

They have been growing crops by themselves till a couple of years back. But now due to the younger generations moving to city areas for the better future and they getting old, they couldn’t grow crops by themselves now.

So they have given the land to someone else to grow crops and the family gets some portion of crops harvested as a payment for renting the land.

Gaun – Besi: Two houses per family

In hilly and himalayan regions of Nepal, people usually reside (live) in the top of the hills which is called Gau

They also have plain, fertile lands to grow crops at the bottom of the hills, which is called Besi

And they have houses at both places. The primary house will be in Gau, and another secondary house at Besi

Most of the time, they live in Gau but during the crop plantation and harvesting time, they go down the hill and live in Besi.

And after harvesting their crops, they come back to Gau. Almost everyone in the village lives such a lifestyle. 

She also said that we can see lots of such houses at Besi, on our way to the next village, Bhujung.

And then, she also said that they used to have lots of cattles in the past, but these days, very few are keeping buffalos and sheeps. Most of the youths have even left the villages and live in cities.

But she is among one of few who still has buffalo, takes care of it and in return she gets pure, organic and nutritious milk.

She also shared that, these days Ghanpokhara is also becoming a tourist destination and lots of people visit there. And the work of her grandson, Avishek, to promote the village is really helpful and she is really proud of him.

Loving Grandma and the travelers

Bajai at Ghanpokhara, Lamjung, Nepal
Bajai at Ghanpokhara, Lamjung, Nepal

Then she shared stories of people staying in her house. Most of the time she recommends tourists/travelers to stay in other homestays because she is old and it’s difficult for her to cook food for the tourists.

But there were some people who only wanted to stay in that house, no matter what. They even cooked food by themselves and let her rest.

That’s really cool, she is so sweet and loving. That’s why everyone wants to stay there whenever they get a chance to visit Ghanpokhara. And I’ll be visiting here again and again whenever I get a chance to visit there.

Now, it’s already 9:30 and we had to walk to the next village after lunch, so I said goodbye to her, took a couple of photos with her and then returned to our homestay.

Then at around 10:00, we had our lunch. For lunch, today we got Daal (lentil), Bhaat (Rice), Broccoli Curry, Saag (Spinach), Sukuti (Fried Dry Meat), Radish Pickle and Salad. It’s really delicious. 

Then we prepared to continue our journey to the next village. 

So, we packed our bags and paid the bill. 

Then homestay auntie put Tika on our forehead and flower, wished us good luck for our journey. And we started moving to Bhujung at around 10:45.

Journey to Bhujung Village begins

After climbing down the hill from Ghanpokhara, we took a vehicle road to Bhujung. 

On a junction, we asked for directions with a local and continued our walk. 

Today’s walk was really easy and short. We just had to walk on a flat , graveled road.

As we continued forward, I started remembering my last visit. Last time also, I had walked to Bhujung from Nayu on the same road.

Everything was the same, except the weather. Last time, it was slightly raining and this time, it’s bright and sunny.

Excited with Joy

I started telling about the places that lie before, and stories about how I met Meghs family and how I got a chance to experience the traditional marriage in the Gurung community.

The feeling of telling all the things to my friend was really amazing. I didn’t even recognize how far we’ve traveled while I was telling the story.

We’re already near Bhujung village. It’s already 12:00 PM.so we decided to rest for a while near a Dharamsala on the way.

After resting and drinking water, we continued our walk to Bhujung village. From there I had known a shortcut way. So we took that instead of longer road ways.

Soon, we reached near the school of Bhujung and a welcome gate. Then again we continued walking down the old stairs towards Bhujung. 

Entering one of the largest Gurung Villages in Nepal, Bhujung

Through recently harvested barley fields and vegetable fields, we reached the top of Bhujung village at around 12:40.

Then from there, we went in search of homestay. Since we did not have any contacts, we asked locals for a homestay.

Finally based on the direction of a local, we reached to homestay no.11 at around 12:50. We were welcomed by the owners, then they offered us water and tea.

Then they prepared room for us. And we kept our bags inside, then I took a quick shower and washed socks. 

And then my friend took a shower and we basked in the sun for a while and decided to meet the family’s whom I lived with during my last visit.

But first, I had to buy some gifts for them. It’s in our culture to take gifts while visiting friends and family.

Since I was in the village I went to a nearby shop and bought Cookies and Noodles, kept in my day sack and moved towards their houses at around 2:30 P.M.

Bhujung Village, Lamjung, Nepal
Bhujung Village, Lamjung, Nepal

In search of my relatives at Bhujung village

Bhujung village is really big, more than 500 houses in a place. So it’s difficult for me to find the first house as it was in the middle of the village.

So I asked one of the locals for the house, and she was so kind that she took us to the house by herself.

In the house I saw grandma, I called her and said namaste. At first, she didn’t recognize me. So I remembered about the solo traveler that was with her relatives at their house, attended the marriage, and grandpa gave a tour of the village the next day.

Then she remembered me and felt really happy to see me again.

Bajai (Grandma) at Bhujung Village, Lamjung, Nepal
Bajai (Grandma) at Bhujung Village, Lamjung, Nepal

Grandpa was out in the forest to graze goats. So I couldn’t meet him this time but I left my greetings for him.

We talked for hours. Shared our time during COVID lockdown, then she teased me by telling me to settle there. And told me that she would help me to find a wife there.

Then with a promise to see them again, we went to meet another grandma.

Next home was where I attended the marriage ceremony, the groom’s house. It’s at the bottom of the village and at a not so crowded place. So I knew the way there/

And we went walking down the stairs to that house.

Walking on the alleys of Bhujung village is like a Puzzle

First we reached our homestay unknowingly, There are lots of paths inside the village, you don’t know where you’ll reach if you’re new and you may even get lost. So be careful.

From there, grandma’s house was just a couple of minutes away. So we continued our journey down the stairs.

And finally, we reached the house. Surprisingly, the sister from the homestay was also there and said she was returning from the vegetable garden.

And grandma was also at home, so we greeted her and tried to remind her of me. I told her that I was there for her son’s marriage last year and showed the video of the marriage celebration that I had on my phone. 

Then she remembered me and was really happy to see me again. The sister went to homestay and we were invited inside the house by grandma.

We went inside the house and sat around the fireplace. It was warm inside. 

Shy Bajai at Bhujung Village, Lamjung, Nepal
Shy Bajai at Bhujung Village, Lamjung, Nepal

Remembering the same house from last year

And as soon as I went inside, I started getting flashbacks from last year. At that time also, I was in that room eating breakfast at the same spot but with many other people.

Then grandma served us some tea, which was really sweet. Then I gave her gifts that I bought earlier.

And she started saying what she would serve us. We said we’re glad to meet you again and she shouldn’t worry about anything else.

But as a mothers love, she wanted to prepare some food for us. So she quickly looked for Pidalu (Colocassia Fruit), which she had nearby and put them in a pressure cooker and cooked for us.

Then she prepared chutney (timur, salt and chilli).

She has also just arrived from the forest collecting fodders for the goats and we started talking about our lives while the Pidalu was cooking.

She said that her son has gone abroad after marrying and daughter in law has also given birth to the child.

So she and grandpa have been living there with occasional visits from her daughters.

Organic Food is So Good

Then our food also cooked after some time, then she offered us to eat. And we accepted her offer and ate with a gusto.

The organic fruits and vegetables are really tasty. You should try everything while you’re in the village. You won’t get the same food in cities even if you want to.

She also poured some more tea for me while my friend had hot water. 

How could I say no to her generous offer and she also said that the tea was locally made by her. And asked us if we wanted some. 

We told her we’d love to have some if she had.

Then she said she would prepare some for us and told us to visit her the next morning while we were going to the next village, Pasgaun.

So much love

And she also said that we should have come directly to her house instead of staying at the homestay, and the house as ours own.

She even told us to cancel the food at homestay and she would cook for us. But I assured her that I would visit next time again and stay with her and eat together.

This is how humble, kind and loving the people of Bhujung village are. And this act of kindness attracted me the first time I visited here and always makes me want to come back again and again.

After talking for a while and drinking tea, she showed us a Sishnu (Stinging Nettle) that she has collected from the Midim River and told us to wait till she cooks it.

Since my friend never had a Sishnu (Stinging Nettle) soup, he wanted to try. So, we waited and in some time she cooked it with corn flour and gave us some.

It’s really amazing and the nutritional value of it is incomparable to anything available in the cities.

Returning to homestay

Now, it’s already 6:30 P.M. and getting dark, so we said goodbye to her and promised her that we would meet her the next day.

While we were out, we met grandpa as well, and he had arrived after working in a house building project. So I greeted him and talked with him as well for a while and headed to homestay.

At the homestay another group has also arrived and they were enjoying a campfire in front of the homestay.

We introduced ourselves to them and joined them and talked about our journey.

Then at around 8:00 P.M., we had our dinner. For dinner we had Daal (Lentil Gravy), Bhaat (Rice), Potato and Cauliflower Curry, Saag (Spinach) and Ghee.

After having the food, we stayed in front of the fire for a while and then went to the room to rest, since we had to start the next quite early.

Day 03 – (Bhujung to Pasgaun)

Tiring walk was waiting for us today, so we had to start the day as early as possible.

We woke up at around 4:45 and then freshened up and packed our bags. 

By now, our homestay owner had also woken up and started to make preparations for our breakfast. So I went inside the kitchen while my friend started doing yoga.

There I had a cup of black tea with the warmth of firewood. Then we talked about her family and life there. She told us that her elder kids were studying in Kathmandu and younger ones were in the village with her.

And one of her daughters and daughter in law were living with her.

Hunting Paa

While we were talking, her daughter in law and some other villagers were getting ready to go on a Paa (Edible Himalayan Water Frog) Hunt at Midim River. They were packing uncooked rice, oil, and some spices to cook food and Paa in the river.

One of us showed me a picture of a Paa from their recent hunt. It was really big and even wanted to taste. But unfortunately we were leaving the village today. But I promised to try next time.

And catching those big frogs is not an easy task. Because they have to go in ice cold river water and spend the time for hours in such cold water. And if they have luck then only will find some and catch it.

They also said that they are really difficult to kill and can even live for months if kept in a flour bag after they’re caught.

It’s really interesting to know such a new thing and was curious to know more. 

In my mind I said to myself that I need to plan for such a trip sometime soon and then wished them good luck for their journey.

Then we focused on preparation of our breakfast.

Local and Organic Breakfast at Bhujung

For our breakfast, our homestay owner was preparing barley batter to make sel roti (Nepali Crunchy Doughnut) and soaked peas for curry.

As soon as it’s cooked, we started eating while it was warm. The barley doughnut was really soft and delicious. And I was sure that it’s going to fuel our journey. Today’s last destination was the only place for us to get our next meal.

After our breakfast, we took our back from the room then paid the bill. 

Bed (Single Bed) – 150 rupees/person

Sada Khana (Daal, Bhaat, Achaar, Saag) – 180 Rupees/thali

Khaja (Tea, Barley Doughnut Nepali Style) – 90 Rupees/plate

And then our homestay auntie put a tika on our forehead and gave flowers as good luck for our further journey.

Putting a Tika on the forehead and giving flowers or garland of flowers is how people in Nepal welcome or farewell or wish good luck.

At around 7:00 A.M. We left the homestay and moved towards our next destination, Pasgaun.

Farewell at Bhujung Homestay, Lamjung, Nepal
Farewell at Bhujung Homestay, Lamjung, Nepal

Meeting Grandma before leaving Bhujung Village

On the way, we also met our grandma who served us Pidalu and Sishnu (Stinging Nettle) Soup yesterday.

She also invited us in for tea. And how could we say No when grandma invites you with love.

After having a cup of tea, we said to her that we had to leave because the trail was steep, through the forest and unknown to both of us.

While we’re tying our shoe laces, grandma came with a packet of tea for both of us as a gift. 

Then we took a photo with her, thanked for her unconditional love and food.

To be honest I did not want to leave the village. People are really kind, caring and loving. They treat people the same whether you’re a local or from anywhere else

And grandpa also told us to come during summer and he would take us to high up in the mountains for a better view.

I assured that I’d come again and then said bye for now. Then we continued our journey.

Good Bye from Bhujung

First, we had to go to the bottom of the hill (Bhujung Village), to reach Midim River.

We crossed the Midim River on a Suspension Bridge. Though the river looked small from Bhujung Village. Now we realized how big the river was. It’s really big with ice cold water.

After crossing the river, we reached large fields. And could see lots of cowsheds in the field. Everything from the field was already harvested, so it’s empty till another crop is planted.

On the way, we rested for a while in a nearby shed filled with hays. 

Chasing Waterfalls

Then we started walking up and there’s another suspension as well. And the view of Suspension bridge with a giant waterfall in the background looked really beautiful from the bottom.

So I told my friend to take the picture and I hurriedly ran towards the bridge.

Chasing Waterfalls near Midim River, Bhujung, Lamjung Nepal
Chasing Waterfalls near Midim River, Bhujung, Lamjung Nepal

After taking the pictures of both of us, we continued our journey. Now, the path was small, foggy and silent.

We could only hear crickets in the bushes, nothing else. And the trail was really steep.

So we walked slowly and carefully as the path was moist. After crossing the silent path, we again reached another field.

Near a water tap, we rested for a while. Then again started walking up.

Now, we could see some houses up on the hill. 

Only village between Bhujung and Pasgaun

As we continued walking vertically up on stairs, we started meeting locals moving for everyday activities.

We greeted everyone from childs to youths to elders. They used to ask us where we were from. And then we generally used to reply that we were travelers and exploring the traditional villages in lamjung.

After knowing about us, they would feel happy and try to be as much helpful as possible.

Most of the time we used to ask for directions to Pasgaun and how long it would take us to reach there.

The time varied from people to people. Some would say 1 hr, some would say 2 hours, and they were right on their own. Because they walk on such a trail every day so it takes short time for them, and for someone who rarely walks can take 2-3 times more time.

After talking with them for a while, we found that the name of the village was Kamaa, and there won’t be any other villages till we reach Pasgaun.

As it was already 9:00 A.M., we thanked them for the information and continued to walk upwards on the stairs.

As soon as we left the village, we entered the forest. The trail was really difficult as it was vertical up with stairs. 

Enchanted Trail on Besisahar Pokhara Trek

But it was probably the best trail of our trip so far. The trail was through the forest, so it was peaceful, clean, green with varieties of trees & herbs. Not only the vegetation, we could see different types of birds in the trees.

The jungle was inside the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, so everything from plants, birds, animals and all living organisms were protected by both governments and locals.

The clean and fresh air, smell of wild flowers & herbs, along with the chirping of different birds energized us to walk no matter how steep and difficult the trail was.

Enchanted Trail to Pasgaun, Lamjung, Nepal
Enchanted Trail to Pasgaun, Lamjung, Nepal

As we were walking we met a local on the trail. And he said he belonged to the Kamaa village and was back from Pasgaun after taking his children to the Buspark.

Elder students from the surrounding villages (Kamaa, Bhujung, Pasgaun, etc.) live in Pokhara for higher studies and parents send food or money for them on the buses.

Leaving villages for Better Education

At around 10:30, we reached the top of the hill, there we met another man, he also returned from Pasgaun after leaving food for his kids at the buspark.

This is how hard parents as well as kids have to work to get a better quality education far from home.

After talking with us for a while, he went towards Kamaa village and told us not to worry about reaching Pasgaun, We’re almost there and we’ll get a place to live and stay easily.

We thanked him for the information and continued our walk.

Now, the trail was steep down. We started climbing down the hill slowly and carefully. The path was slippery due to the moist environment.

Throughout the trail, we saw several Dharamsala (pulich places for travelers to stay the night) and temporary cowsheds.

Birds I’ve never seen before

And now, we even saw lots of other birds that we did not see before. It’s really an amazing place.

We felt like we were on a magical land filled to the most beautiful creatures in the world. 

With a wish that this place remains like this forever, we continued to walk down.

Now we could see a school and some houses far down. So, we walked towards it. 

Soon we reached the road. From there we called an auntie far down. Then asked for the direction to Pasgaun and she told us to walk on that vehicle road and enter through a large gate.

After walking for a while, we again saw another bunch of people near school, and again we shouted to ask for the direction to Pasgaun.

This time they told us that we should have come down through the school.

But we were tired and hungry, so we did not want to return and go through that way. So continued walking on the same road ahead, hoping that we would get the way to enter the village from there as well.

Invited to celebrate the festival

On the way we met a few Bajais (Grandmas), we greeted them with our namaste and told us that we’re travelers visiting Pasgaun village.

And they told us that they were going to the jungle in search of Wild Tarul (Yam) to celebrate Maghe Sakranti, the next day and even invited us to visit her house to celebrate with them.

Maghe Sakranti is one of the festivals in Nepal. Mostly celebrated by Magars and Tharus. But to be honest, In Nepal everyone celebrates every festival no matter what the caste or religion is.

This is the beauty of Nepalese people. We live together in peace and harmony though we have different cultures, castes and religions.

After a small chat with Bajais, we continued to walk and soon we found a gate saying “Welcome to Pasgaun”. 

Near the gate we saw another Grandma and a kid washing clothes. We asked about the homestay with the Grandma, but unfortunately she only spoke Gurung Language (No Nepali) so the kid translated and told us that we should go down to the village to get a homestay.

Am I the Hero?

So we continued going deeper in the village asking for homestays with locals. On the way we met a few other kids, rushing down the way. And thought we were the models of the song. 

Later we found out that people have come to this village to shoot a music video for a new Gurung Son. And as I had the mongolian face and was not local, it’s natural to think of me as a hero for the song.

Then one of the youths there showed us the direction where we could stay. And we followed his direction and went to the other side of the village. On the way, we saw people cutting buffalo meat for the celebration of Maghe Sankranti, the day after tomorrow.

There we asked the auntie for the homestay, and she took us to the homestay.

Staying in a Circular House

The homestay was really beautiful. It was a traditional circular house (probably the oldest and the most beautiful house of the village).

We felt lucky to get an opportunity to stay there. 

The Auntie of the homestay was working on making hand made clothes out of Allo (Bark of Stinging Nettle plant). 

As soon as we reached there, she came out of her work station and pulled chairs for us and told us to sit. Then she offered me some tea and my friend had warm water.

Then asked us whether we had lunch or not. We said we did not, so she asked what we would love to have.

Since my friend was fasting, I told her to just cook noodles and eggs. 

Things to rememberHomestays are not restaurants, so they do not have premade foods. 

And it takes more time and effort to cook Nepali Khana Set, whether you’re single or multiple people.

So I did not want her to work hard just for me instead I would adjust with noodles.

Good for me and grandma both.

Then she poured me another cup of tea and went inside to cook noodles for me. During that time I removed shoes and wore slippers. It’s open and relaxing for feet. 

Then I washed my feet and rested while surfing the internet.

Soon, grandma came with the noodles, and I ate it quickly as I was hungry and the food was really delicious. The local, organic ingredients had enhanced the taste.

Then I was full and then started talking with grandma while my friend was doing yoga.

Exploring the new Village

Pasgaun Village Lamjung Nepal
Pasgaun Village, Lamjung, Nepal

After a while, we went to roam around the village. First we decided to explore the top part of the village. So, we started walking up the streets of Pasgaun village.

There are lots of smaller branch streets to every house and tole. You can choose any of these and explore.

One road connects to another and to the main ones. So you won’t disappear from the village. If you’re lost, you can always ask a villager and they will happily give you directions to your destinations and sometimes they will take you to your place.

We also chose one of those roads and passed through the beautiful houses and through the fields. And finally reached the top of the village. 

There was a girls hostel for school students and a stupa as well.

Bird Eye view of Pasgaun Village

And from the top the whole village was visible. It’s really mesmerizing, the village during the sunset of winter.

We captured the moment on our phones and started moving down the villages and explored the remaining part.

As we were moving down, the students from the hostel also started coming down behind us. And they were hurriedly running down to see the music video shoot in the village.

We continued to walk down the village and there we met the one auntie who took us to the homestay.

She invited us for tea at her house. Then she prepared the tea and talked with her for a while with tea.

And there we found that she was the president of the homestay community of Pasgaun village. And she also runs a homestay but currently it’s occupied by another group.

She also showed us her old house which was built by her forefathers more than 100 years ago. 

Locally Handmade Eco-Friendly Products of Pasgaun

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Eco Friendly Mat made of Corn Cover

Pasgaun, Lamjung, Nepal

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Eco Friendly Bag made of Allo

Pasgaun, Lamjung, Nepal

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Eco Friendly Waistcoat made of Allo

Pasgaun, Lamjung, Nepal

Then she also showed us the local handicrafts of Pasgaun Village and she was selling them. The products were eco-friendly and mainly made of sheep wool, corn cover, allo or bark of stinging nettle plant (Sishnu in Nepali).

They were making waistcoats and side bags from the bark of stinging nettle plants (Sishnu), shawl and blankets from sheep wool, mat from corn bark, etc.

Though we couldn’t buy those products now, as we were travelling on budget, we promised her to help on marketing.

So we took photos with those products to upload on social media and let others know about the eco-friendly products that have been made by our ancestors and are still being made.

Then we thanked her for everything and moved on to explore the remaining part of the village.

First we reached the house where meat had been cut while we’re entering the village. And a little down that house was the place we’re staying.

Won’t allow us to walk on the streets

We walked past our homestay to explore another half of the village. But there’s a video shoot on the street. So we had to wait for a while.

While we’re standing on the side of the street, in front of a house with local youths. A sister from that house invited us in and served us sweet black tea with boiled yams (tarul).

It was unexpected but how could we refuse when someone offers with love. So, we rested there for a while and ate the food.

Then she asked us about our trip. Then we told here, where we were from and how we have been travelling so far.

And she was really surprised and happy to hear our travel stories and told us to come to the village again.

We told her that we really loved the village and the people. And we told her that we will come back again for sure.

Then we thanked her for everything and continued moving down. And she also gave us the direction to explore the remaining part of the village.

Continuing our Exploration

Based on her directions, we continued moving down. On the way we saw a gumba (monastery), and also talked with the locals for a while. Then we reached the buspark where a bus leaves for Pokhara everyday. 

And we were also moving to Pokhara from there.

Then we started returning back, towards our homestay.

In around 15 minutes, we reached our homestay and we entered the house after washing our hands and feet.

We sat near the fire while grandma was cooking food for us. Now we also met grandpa.

At noon, he was out in the jungle in search of wild Yam (Ban Tarul) for the celebration of the upcoming festival, Maghe Sakranti.

Grandma served me tea and my friend had hot water. Since it’s cold in this area, people consume lots of tea and it’s in Nepalese tradition to serve tea to our guests.

While enjoying the warmth of the fire and sweet tea, Grandpa asked if we liked the village or not.

We replied that the village was really amazing and the people were kind, loving and friendly.

And then he told us about the village, where we could visit and also about the best time to visit.

Grandma didn’t like Australia

While talking about the family, they told us that they have 3 sons and a daughter. And among them one son was in the United States and the rest of the sons were in Australia, and the daughter was married and lived in Pokhara city.

And both of them have also visited Australia and stayed there for 3 months. 

But Grandma tells me that she didn’t like the food in Australia and because of that she was thin while returning from there. And told us that she really loves the fresh organic food they grow here, clean and fresh air, and living with the people she has known for life.

That’s the reason for both of them to stay in the village rather than living in the city.

Grandma is a true Entrepreneur

She also told us that the tea she was serving was home grown and dried which was 100% organic without any chemicals. And showed the packet of tea she has prepared if travelers like us wanted to buy. Along with tea she also showed Chhurpi (Nepalese hard cheese) made from her buffalo milk.

And she was one of the few ones we are still keeping buffalo for dairy products.

So we wanted to buy tea, Chhurpi and told her to pack some for both of us in the morning. 

And Grandpa is an Ayurvedic Doctor

While we were talking, a villager came calling our grandpa. One of the villagers was sick and he was there to take him, so that he could examine and give him some herbal medicine.

After seeing that, we asked grandpa about the medicine.Then we found out that grandpa had learned about ayurveda and knows about herbal medicine. And he had learnt about these things from his father, who was a great ayurvedic doctor during the old times.

It’s really amazing and I felt lucky to have stayed in that house, as we knew about a lot of things, from travel to Australia, to life in villages and ayurveda.

Then at around 7:30, we had dinner. For dinner we had Daal, Bhaat, Saag, Buff curry, Tomato Pickle and Ghee.

After the dinner, we stayed near the fire for a while with a cup of warm water, then said good night to grandma and went to bed.

Since we had nothing to do now, we slept peacefully with the warmth of our blanket.

Day 04 – (Pasgaun to Pokhara)

Today, our destination was to reach Pokhara.

So, we woke up at around 5:45 A.M. Then we went to the kitchen/fireplace after we freshen up.

Grandma served us some sweet tea and started preparation for breakfast. For our breakfast, she was going to cook Puri (Friend Wheat Bread), Spinach and Pickles.

But first she served us boiled Yam that Grandpa brought yesterday.

And It’s the 1st of Magh or Maghe Sakranti festival.

So we ate some Tarul with tea while grandma was making batter for our bread. Then she kept pan over the fire and started making circular, flat bread.

She told me to look after the bread on the pan while she was flattening and making circular breads out of batter.

At first, we made the dry ones for my friend and then friend some on ghee for me.

After the bread was cooked, she fried spinach on ghee. And as soon as it’s cooked, she served us with some amla pickles and warm water (at around 7:30).

It’s really delicious, my mouth waters on remembering the food. 

After having food, we paid for our stay, lunch, dinner and breakfast. Then bought a few packets of tea and some Chhurpi (Nepali Hard Cheese) and paid separately for them.

Tea NPR 100/packet

ChhurpiNPR 150/mana

Farewell from Pasgaun Village, Lamjung, Nepal
Farewell from Pasgaun Village, Lamjung, Nepal

Goodbye Pasgaun till next time

As we had to catch the one and only bus, we decided to pack our bags. While we’re packing our bags, grandma and grandpa prepared Tika (colored rice to put on forehead) and then put tika, gave flowers and Khada (Special piece of cloth on neck), and wished us good luck.

Then we told them that we will visit sometime again and continued walking towards the buspark at around 8:15.

At the buspark, there were lots of people, gathered to send stuff (foods) for their childrens studying in Pokhara. Few of them were also visiting their children.

We also met another grandma whom we met while entering the village, and had told us to visit her to celebrate the festival.

Then she told us that we should have stayed one more day and visited her house to celebrate the festival.

We said we would visit again next time and would spend more time with them, then we left the Pasgaun Village till next time.

Then the bus took us slowly and carefully on dusty roads via different villages like Bagaicha, Rabai Danda, Ram Bazaar, Tal Besi, Begnas Lake and Finally to Pokhara Amarsingh Chowk.

From there we walked towards LakeSide and ended our “Besisahar to Pokhara Trek”.

Besisahar to Pokhara Trek FAQs

How difficult is Besisahar – Pokhara Trek?

It is an easy trek. You’ll be walking on old stone stairs and graveled roads. The trek will take you through hills, villages and enchanted forests.

How long is Besisahar – Pokhara Trek?

The trek will be completed in 5 days.

What is the route for Besisahar – Pokhara Trek?

Day 1 – Reach Besisahar
Day 2 – Ghanpokhara Homestay (via Saamdi, Bimdabesi, Baglungpani, Kapurgaun and Ghalegaun)
Day 3 – Bhujung Homestay
Day 4 – Pasgaun Homestay (vai Kamaa village)
Day 5 – Trek Ends at Pokhara

Why should I go for Besisahar – Pokhara (Gurung Heritage Trail) Trek?

Throughout this trek, you will meet the most humanly (kind, loving and caring) people, visit rural Gurung villages like Ghalegaun, Ghanpokhara, Bhujung and Pasgaun.
And you will be living in their houses, interact with them and experience the rural lifestyle of the Nepalese People.
These villages are also very rich in Gurung Culture and Traditions. You’ll get to see their cultural dresses, learn Gurung Language, enjoy Gurung Songs and Dances.
All of these villages lies in high altitude, so the view of mountain ranges like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Langtang can be seen clearly.
You will also see varieties of birds, plants, insects and animals on the trail.