Manaslu & Tsum valley trekking

Mt Manaslu seen from Lho

Manaslu and Tsum valley trek is an amazing pristine trekking journey which follows Budhigandaki valley in the east which goes through the lap of Mt Manaslu 8161M and crosses the challenging Larkya-La pass 5106M and reaches the Marsyangdhi valley in Annapurna region. There is another place like the real paradise in the lap of Ganesh Himal and Shringi himal which is called Tsum Valley. A journey to Manaslu and Tsum valley is the best unspoiled wilderness trek.

The journey starts in the tropical valley of Arughat at the elevation of 500m where we can see lot of Gurung and Ghale people who are famous for their unique culture, language, custom and way of living. The trail goes through the bank of river Budhigandaki all the way to higher valley towards Mt Manaslu and Himalchuli. Trekker who goes to Tsum valley the trail splits at the place called Nyak phedi from where the trekker have to follow the amazing Shyar khola valley which leads the trail all the way to Mu Gumpa the last point of Tsum valley trek.

This journey takes around three weeks if you are doing Manaslu trek with Tsum valley. In Nepal there are bunch of restricted area this is one of them. Having unique culture, custom and tradition and way of living made this region so special and the interesting fact about this province is the people are quiet similar to Tibetans. The towering Himalayan peaks will catch your breath all time and the journey through the bottom of subtropical gorge is quiet amazing. The people are so nice here that your will never forget those beautiful smile in your whole life.

Poonhill Trek in the Rhododendron blooming season

Poonhill Trek in the Rhododendron blooming season

Poonhill Trek in the Rhododendron blooming season

Poonhill Ghorepani trek is regarded as one of the most visited short treks in Nepal. Being in a closer distance from Porkara, excellent hospatility, Magar & Gurung culture exploration, beautiful scenery and panoramic mountain view from Poonhill and Ghorepani are the highlights of trek. In-spite of above mention highlights there are few more things that makes this trek so especial.

In this blog we going to talk about rhododendron around Ghorepani Poonhill area. Ghorepani region is not only rich with beautiful scenery and above mention points it is also rich for flora and fauna find in this territory. If you already have been to Ghorepani Poonhill trek you might have noted that most of the trees above (1700m/5576ft) are rhododendron. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal but all rhododendron are not Nepali national flower. The rhododendron with crimson red colour are the national flower of Nepal. As we can find 32 different species of rhododendron in Nepal.

The blooming time of rhododendron these days is from the mid of February to the mid of March during this time the region looks so beautiful with bloomed red rhododendron and one can feel like hiking in the piece of heaven or if you walking uphill towards Ghorepani you feel like you climbing stair way to heaven.

Dhaulagiri Sanctuary Trek

Dhaulagiri Sanctuary Trek is the newly discovered & launched trekking in http://" target="_blank" title="Nepal">Nepal</a>">Nepal. It goes through some of the ancient settlement at the lap of Mt Dhaulagiri. This trek is newly launched so its wild, remote, virgin & unspoiled. The trek starts from Beni which was ancient trade hub between Tibet & Nepal for centuries.The trail goes through the beautiful village of Jhi & Pakhapani where we can see rich Magar culture, custom, tradition & way of Living. Magar is one of the major ethnic group from Nepal living in the western part. They follow Hinduism and in the remote villages shamanism is widely practiced. Not only Magar people during Dhaulagiri Sanctuary trek we can see Gurung, Brahmin, Chhetri & Dalit living with harmoney. This trek takes around 10 days to finish as after few days of starting it goes through completely wild terrain. The highest elevation that we reach during this trek is 4040M at South Dhaulagir Base Camp. During trekking in the high province we have no lodges to stay so we have to manage our self for accommodation. The trek is Moderate & some parts are strenuous in the high province so it is recommended to do with experienced from registered trekking company. Himalayan Smile Treks & Adventure offers 10 days Dhaulagiri Sanctuary Trek.

Ghalegaun and Ghanpokhara

Ghalegaun Home stay Trekking

Ghalegaun (2,095m) and Ghanpokhara ( 2,157m) are traditional Gurung villages nestled in the lap of the Annapurna range. The villages are predominantly inhabited by the Ghyabre gurungs of this region. The village offers a peek into the culture of gurungs at their home stays and through cultural programs. The local people also perform traditional Ghatu, programs. Krishna charitra, Jhankri lama dances for visitors dressed in traditional attire. One of the earliest settlements of the Gurungs ponjyu village falls in Ghalegaun VDC, while the Ghyabre Ghar, which is t he ancestral home of Gurung kings at kolasonthar are in Ghanpokhara VDC. There are Gurung pilgrimage sites in and around this region, including the samba chhyoling Gompa at Nassar Danda . Devotees throng Ghalegaun during Maghe sankranti ehwn a fair is held at utter kanya temple . Visitors can also visit the honey hunting sites in Ghanpokhara.


Ghanpokhara is about 100 m aboveGhalegaun and requires hiking for about 30 minutes from Ghalegaun. The villages offer spectacular mountain views when weather is clear. The peaks that can be seen from Ghalegaun and Ghanpokhara are Annapurna range Lamjung Ganesh Himal manaslu among others. The area has green pastures of grasslands and is rich in fauna including medicinal herbs, rhododendron forest. Various kinds of Himalayan birds and wild animals are also found here.


Mountain Biking in Nepal

Mountain Biking Annapurna trek

The best way to explore the"" target="_blank" title="Kathmandu">Kathmandu valley is on a mountain bike. Nepal’s diverse terrain is a mountain biker’s dream adventure come true."" target="_blank" title="Mountain biking">Mountain biking offers an environmentally sound way of exporing the magnificent country, its landscape and living heritage. There are plenty of dirt roads and trails in Nepal to meet every mountain biker’s wildest fantasy. Mountain biking is specially recommended if you wish to explore urban centers of specially recommended if you"" target="_blank" title="Kathmandu">Kathmandu as well as the countryside. Adventurous souls may plan extended trips to such exotic locales as Namche Bazaar and western"" target="_blank" title="Nepal">Nepal. You could even do the entire length of Nepal across the plains. Mountain bikes are available for rent by t he day or longer in many of the bicycle rental outlets in and around the city.


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