Ghalekhark, located in Machhapuchhre Rural Municipality – 2 of Kaski, is a picturesque village with potential for tourism. Locals are also trying to attract internal and external tourists.
About ten generations ago, some families from Barpak moved to the former Sardikhola VDC in Kaski. According to local Hira Bahadur Ghale, they initially reared sheep in this place and after seeing a suitable and safe place to grow crops, they moved to this place a little farther from where they were living.
From that time on, the village was called Ghalekhark. Ghalekhark is located at a distance of 18 km east-north from Pokhara Deepchowk. Deep Chowk, Lamachaur, Bhurjungkhola, some unpaved and paved roads can be reached in an hour by car. Ghalekharka is rich in important herbs like Niramsi, Jatamasi, Panchaonle.
When rhododendrons bloom in the forest here, it attracts the hearts of everyone who reaches there. From Ghalekharka, you can see the Machhapuchhre mountain range. Ghalehark at an altitude of 1700 meters is still considered very suitable for raising sheep. There are about two dozen households in Ghalekharka now.
Migration for education and employment is on the rise. Ghalekhark, which falls under the Annapurna Conservation Area, is also the old camping site of the Annapurna Trekking Route, from where one can reach Sikles via Tara Hill. Residents of Ghalekharka have also started two private homestays to make Ghalekharka tourism-friendly.
The entrance has been constructed to attract tourists. Local social worker Ramesh Ghale (Kailash) has built the entrance at a cost of around Rs 500,000 in memory of his late mother Om Kumari Ghale and father Honorary Captain Tek Bahadur Ghale. Siri Prasad Ghale, a local tourism entrepreneur, says that the locals are taking initiative to make Ghale Kharka a tourist destination by promoting it.
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