Ghalegaun is a model village for experiencing the typical culture and lifestyles of the Gurung people. Traditional customs are still followed during births, deaths, marriages and in other rituals. Age old cultural dances like Jyaure, serka, dohori, Ghatu, Sorathi, Jankri etc are performed on various occasions accompanied by different musical instruments and with the dancers in traditional dress. Visitors to Ghalegaun are welcomed with offering of garlands and tika while music and dances are performed and traditional farewell songs are sung when guests depart. Nepali New Year and Buddha jayanti are celebrated with traditional dance called Ghatu. The people of Ghalegaun keep goats and sheep and use wool from these animals to make woolen products. They make clothes and bags from nettle fiber (allo Cloth) and scarfs, towels and shawls from the wool of angora rabbits. Ironsmiths make different iron products. Craftsmen produce a whole of different products from bamboo.
This trekking area is full of cultural and ethnic variation. People are of Gurungs and Magars ethnic tribes, there are also Damai, Kaami, Bahun, Chhetries and many other Hindu religion caste people. Most of them are farmers. The walk allows one to observe the locals working on their fields. In spring there will be rhododendrons and other flowers. In autumn you will see the harvest.
This trekking is mesmerizing and spectacular for its views which range from the world’s 8th highest Manasalu 8,163m and its range, Boudha Himal, Lumjung Himal, Mt. Machhapucchre, and the worlds 10 highest peak Annapurna I 8,091m and its range can be seen on route walking. On this trip includes a visit to the Museum of Gurung society in Ghale Gaun. This museum is in a small house filled with Gurung treasures collected from their ancestors.
Also a great thing about this trek is that the villagers here grow tea by themselves. These villagers don’t drink the composite tea. This is pure organic tea. You will see the tea garden along the way.
At night the group will be divided with 3-4 people in one house. You will also be separated at lunch time. Villages are small so you will be able to meet each other at any time. Also in some places we have to get a pack lunch because they don’t have lunch facilities. And sometimes we have to send our men in advance to inform to make the lunch before us so that we can have lunch.