Lwang village is an emerging tourist destination that offers a traditional Nepali village experience to the visitors. The region has a thriving Gurung community that continues to live in a rather conventional way. So, if you’re seeking to experience what it’s like to live in a traditional Nepali community, then you need to visit this beautiful settlement.
Where is it?
Approximately 2 hours or 20 kilometers away from Pokhara, the village is a part of Annapurna Conservation Area. You can take several routes to the site, including ones from Pothana or Dhampus.
You can take a bus from Baglung Bus Park that takes you directly to Lwang. Alternatively, you can also reach Hemja in half an hour bus ride and then take a bus to Lwang from there. You travel across a rural ascending road for one and a half hours before reaching the elevation of 1460 meters at Lwang.
Bus from Harichowk: Departure at 3:00 p.m. Cost: NRs. 200
Tourist Jeep from Harichowk: Departure at 4:00 p.m. Cost NRs. 350
Why should you visit Lwang village?
The village of Lwang has several things to offer:
Lwang is famous for its homestays as they provide an authentic and traditional Nepali experience. You will get the opportunity to wear national costumes like Sari, Cholo, Daura, Surwal, etc. You can also participate in the grass cutting and wheat grinding activities in a traditional way. Moreover, you can also partake in the cultural dance programs while wearing traditional attire.
The Lwang village has already ventured into eco-tourism whereby tourism is practiced in the area without affecting the natural balance and environmental sanitation. The inhabitants are also geared towards preserving their culture and tradition along with their surroundings. That is why; the village has maintained a clean and hygienic environment along with the traditional way of living. In fact, Lwang is one of the few accessible places where you can witness a thriving Gurung civilization that still lives like ancient times.
Organic Tea Garden
The village of Lwang also has an organic tea garden that has further enhanced the glory of the area. Travelers from different places come to taste the organic Himalayan tea grown in the village area. Furthermore, the tea produced here is also exported to European countries like Italy and Germany. You can visit the tea garden during your stay at Lwang village. The garden is about half an hour uphill walk from the homestays.
Lwang village also offers adventure sports like canyoning. There is a waterfall in Kudi River where the water drops through a height of 107 meters. You can participate in canyoning along this waterfall where you will climb down the cascade under the supervision of canyoning professionals and rope experts.
A view of Lwang Village from top of the hill Lwang village lies at a vantage point whereby you can witness several of the mountains. Mountains like Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Annapurna II, and Annapurna South are visible from the village.
Food and Lodging
The homestays in Lwang offer a variety of dishes. The dishes are mostly traditional cuisines that are local to the area. Most importantly, all the vegetables are grown locally and organically.
For breakfast, you have the options of pancakes, Omelet-Chapattis, Sel Rotis (traditional Nepali bread), and Tibetan bread. For lunch and dinner, you will have the traditional meal of Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari, along with the optional chicken curry. Furthermore, you can also taste the locally made chutneys.
Lwang Village is famous for its homestays so you will be staying at one when you’re there. Homestays are a lot cheaper than hotels and lodges while also providing an authentic village experience.
The homestays have bedrooms with double and triple beds. Moreover, the bathrooms are shared and equipped with a hot and cold shower. In addition, the toilets are western with tissue paper and a dustbin.
You can also visit Lwang by integrating this destination in your itinerary of Mardi Himal Trek. While returning via Sidhing, you can hike down through Kalimati, Ghalel and then Lwang. You will spend the night in Lwang and come back to Pokhara the next day.