Lamjung mainly consists of agricultural villages and the landscape is one of steep slopes and deep valleys flanked by long ridges. High mountains like Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Himchuli dominate the Northern frontier of the district.The higher northern part of the district is inhabited by tribal Gurungs, and in the southern lower hills and valley Brahmins and Chhetris predominate. The name ‘Lamjung’ is derived from Lama-dzong or the castle of Great Lama.
The unique combination of historical, cultural and natural heritage has made Lamjung a beautiful place to visit. It has plenty of trekking routes, rafting possibilities and religious sites. The historical Rudra Devi Temple is in Rainaskot, where a white stone that as per the mythology was poked by a sackle and the stone with the sackle markings are still worshipped as Rudra Devi.
Ghalegaun is a village with unparalleled scenic grandeur and a home to the world famous Gurkha Soldiers – the Gurungs. Ghalegaun is a model village for experiencing the typical culture and lifestyle of the Gurung people. Ghalegaun is truly a beautiful village with spectacular view of Mount Manaslu range in the east, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II in the north and Mount Machhapuchhare (fishtail) in the west. More information on Ghalegaun
Nayu – Ghanpokahara Village (2.150m) are the beautiful Gurung settlements north to Ghalegaun. Historically, the village was once the kingdom of Lamichhane Gurung (Lema) who was displaced by the Ghale King. Culturally, the village is famous for the Krishan Charitra dance – Narjung Subba Gurung of Ghanpokhara introduced it three generations before.
Bhujung Village (1.600m) lies on the Ghalegaun – Tangting Eco-trek route. The village includes 350 households, which are rich in cultural heritage. The Gurung culture and festivals are the symbolic part of the people.
Pasgau Village (1.650m) is just a four-hour walk from Bhujung village. Their cultural dance – Sati Ghantu – is the main attraction of this village. The village is famous for its unique Slate roofed houses and has facility of providing home stays in 15 households.
Siurung Village (1.800m) is off the trek route to Manang joining Shyange on the main RAT. Panoramic views of the Manaslu Himalayan range in the east and their cultural dance (Ghantu, Krishna Charitra) makes this village worth a visit.