The Gurung people, also called Tamu are an ethnic group from different parts of Nepal. They are one of the main Gurkha tribes. They are densely populated in Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Lamjung, Gorkha, Parbat and Syangja district. According to their legend, the Gurung were a wandering tribe that traversed west across Tibet prior to their entry into Mustang. Their Tibetan Sojourn pre-dates the introduction of Buddhism there in the 7th century as the Gurung religious traditions are basically animistic.
Priestly practitioners of the Gurung Dharma include Ghyabri (Klehpri), Pachyu (Paju), and Bon Lamas. Shamanistic elements among the Gurungs remain strong and most Gurungs often embrace Buddhist and Bon rituals in communal activities.
In Nepal, Ghalegaun is considered to be the largest Gurung village. Ghalegaun is popular scenic tourist destination with an elevation of 2,100 metres above sea level in Lamjung District. The village is situated at approximately 108 km northwest of Kathmandu and 12.5 km northeast of Pokhara, Nepal. The beautiful tourist village is surrounded by Annapurna Circuit.
The SAARC Village Tourism Museum is one of the attractions of Ghalegaun which is inaugurated by Bidhya Devi Bhandari in 2017.The site visitors are increasing day by day and the village is developed as model touristic destinations in SAARC countries.
Gurung Heritage Trek starts from Ghale Gaun which passes by villages of Thunsikot, Pas Gaon and Bhujung. One can see rich civilization of Gurung community enroute. Trekkers stay in homestays run by Gurung people. Terraced farmlands, forests, rivers and local rituals will make the trip momentous. While you enjoy nature’s allures while walking on trail; evening at Gurung house will be full of fun. Local delicacies, locally brewed alcohols and traditional folk songs will definitely revitalize the soul.
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