Lwang, Ghalel, Ghachowk
A trail with a marvelous view of Pokhara from the tea farm in Lwang.
Route : Lwang-Ghalel-Lumle (1 Night 2 Days),
via Ghachowk (2 Nights 3 Days)
Ghachowk(Thuche) village is the starting point of Machapuchare Model Trek. 20 households have started homestay in 2018 with the support of Karitas. Houses in Ghachowk are quite widespread whereas houses in other villages are huddled between small alleys and rice terraces. You can enjoy looking around the neighborhood.
Take a bus to Ghachowk at Hari Chowk which is the starting point of many local buses. It takes about 1 hour and a half by either bus or jeep. You can easily take a jeep at Milan Chowk, too. (Bus fee is 80NPR, 100NPR for a jeep.) Homestay fee is $13 including accommodation, dinner and breakfast and 100NPR per person goes to Community Fund. Cultural program costs $30 for Nepalese, $50 for foreigners.
*Hari Chowk and Milan Chowk are located on Pokhara-Baglung highway. You can take buses to other villages such as Hemja, Baglung, Gandruk, Nayapul, Lwang, Ghalel and Dhital.
We recommend the 1 Night 2 Days trail of Lwang-Ghalel. If you’d like to go to Lwang right away, there are buses from Hari or Milan Chowk to Lwang. But they are always crowded with village people as there are only 2 buses a day. On the other hand, there are many buses to Koramuk at Hari or Milan Chowk. It takes 1 hour and a half walk to Lwang from Koramuk. If you stayed the night before in Ghachowk, you need to come down for about 40 mins by bus and walk for 3 hours to Lwang. There are few stops where you can grab a bite at a store.
Lwang is the destination of Mardi Himal Trek. You can either pass by the village or you can visit the Tea Garden at 1600 meters high. It’s a 30-40 mins walk. The view of villages and downtown Pokhara from the garden is wonderful.
You need a trekking permit to visit Lwang. 12 households are running homestay in Lwang. The fee is $13-15 and 75NPR per person goes to Community Fund. The village has been operating homestay for a long time and it has good toilet and shower facilities. The cultural program is prepared by the youth and it costs $30.
After the stay in Lwang, continue your journey to Ghalel. It takes about 2 hours and a half. You can see the magnificent Himals and rice terraces on the way, so it’s a very enjoyable walk. Ghalel also operates homestay and has small stores. But if you decided to come down to Lumle, it’ll take an hour and you can take a ride on a jeep to Milan Chowk from Lumle. (It costs 150NPR.)
Ghachowk (Ash Kumar Gurung 9816649645)
Lwang (Tham Bahadur Chhantyel 9806655133, 9846551143)
Ghalel (Shanti Gurung 9846355247)
Note : You’d better bring your own water and snacks. Take a look at the list of things you need in “How to prepare”.
The written times are walking time. All prices are according to local transportation. If you hire a guide or vehicle, the price will vary. You’ll be guided to a homestay house in order of the village’s principle.