Ghalegaun was one of the destinations in my bucket list that I prepared five years ago. But I had been failing to manage time to visit this beautiful Gurung village despite getting many opportunities. So when Zimba dai, the former president of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), asked me to join him for a two nights, three days visit of Ghalegaun, in the last week of October, I happily accepted.
Zimba Zangbu Sherpa, who chairs Khumbi-Ila Samrakshan Pratisthan – a non-profit based non-government organization, was leading a group of travel writers to Ghalegaun with two objectives. One was to promote Ghalegaun news reports and write ups in different mass media, and the other was to cover the familiarization trip of home stay operators of Salyan VDC of Kaski to Ghalegaun. The fam trip was organized by Khumbi-Ila Samrakshan Pratisthan.
On a fine winter morning, we left Kathmandu on a luxurious van. We were sixteen altogether. Apart from four or five new faces, most of us knew each other. The journey was pleasing. We chatted like old friends covering issues ranging from political developments to new Bollywood releases. Narayan dai, the renowned face of News24 TV, was cracking jokes every now and then. He pulled legs of everyone, sparing not even our driver.
We reached Besishahar – the headquarters of Lamjung – where mouthwatering Thakali daal-bhaat was waiting for us. After having our lunch, we boarded an India-made SUV reserved for us. As the SUV did not have sufficient seats, two friends volunteered to get on the rooftop. We began the journey on a windy graveled road. Home stay operators from Salyan followed us in another SUV. The road passed through beautiful villages, lush-green forests, and neatly arranged terraces. As the road was full of bumps, we swayed right to left and left to right many a times. Not to mention our heads hitting the roof of our vehicle.