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Set in the heart of Nepal, equidistant from Kathmandu and Pokhara, Beshishahar is a community inhabited by 10,000 individuals of mixed ethnic groups. A one-room library was established in the village in 1971 but was closed for many years before re-opening in 1997.
The original library building has been transformed into four storefronts to generate operating income for the new Beshishahar Community Library and Resource Center, located in the center of the market area of the village. The literacy rate in the district is 56.9%. Many people are involved with agriculture and business.
The area to the east of the Marshyandi River, between Lamjung and Gorkha districts, has a great deal of potential for remote area treks. This part of the country has not developed any of the conventional tourist infrastructures so groups will need to be fully self-sufficient and have competent guides familiar with the local trials. No special permits are required.
The best destinations are the lakes of Mimi Pokhari and Dudh Pokhari, which are located on the southwestern slopes of Baudha Himal and Himal Chuli, both a part of the Manaslu massif. These two lakes are pilgrimage sites for local Gurung people during the summer months. The best starting point for treks to both of these lakes is either Phalensangu or Besishahar.
Beyond Dudh Pokhari is a high pass, Rupina Bhanjyang, which takes the trekker in to the valley of the Budhi Gandaki. Alternatively, from Dudh Pokhari a trail can be followed into the Deurandi khola valley and on to Gorkha.
To the west of the Marshyandi River there are other possibilities for self-sufficient trekkers. There is much more habitation on the side of the river but little or no tourist facilities. Treks from Besishahar through the villages of Ghalegaon, Bhujung, and on towards Sikles are possible but, again, guides with local knowledge are essential. An ACAP entry permit is required to trek past Ghalegaon. A number of village home stay programmes are being developed in the area, which will afford visitors a unique insight into rural life.
Above Ghalegaon a remote trial leads through uninhabited country to the high pass of Namun La. This pass leads down to the Marshyandi khola near Bagarchap on the Annapurna circuit route. Trekkers attempting this route must ensure that they and their staff are well prepared for this crossing which is often snow bound.
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