Ghandruk Trek-Itinerary, Cost, Distance, In Nepal - 6 Days

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Introduction To Ghandruk Trek In Nepal

Ghandruk Trek is a short and easy hiking excursion in Nepal’s Annapurna region that may be done at any time of year by anyone, regardless of age, interest, or fitness ability.

The Ghandruk Trek begins at Phedi, which is less than an hour’s drive from Pokhara.

While snowy mountains tower over you, the Ghandruk Trek takes you through lush rhododendron forests, rice fields, and up steep stone-slab steps through scenic towns of the lower Annapurna region.

The busy heritage village of Ghandruk, with its comparatively prosperous Gurung people, is the major attraction of this walk. Staying in Ghandruk is a fantastic experience because the community has a welcoming atmosphere and gives spectacular views of the Himalayan giants Annapurna, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare (Fishtail).

Ghandruk is a famous trekking location in the Annapurna region. Ghandruk is a lovely village in western Nepal that is home to the Gurung community.

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Destination: Ghandruk Trekking (Source: KimKim)

Ghandruk offers a spectacular view of the Himalayas in the Annapurna, including Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre.

The village also has an old Gurung museum. The walk is perfect for those looking for shorter excursions in the Pokhara area with easy hiking tracks and no steep ascents or descents.

Highlights Of Ghandruk Trek In Nepal

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Destination: Ghandruk Trekking (Source: Viator)
  • Trek across the lower Annapurna Region’s lovely rhododendron forests.
  • Ghandruk, a Gurung settlement with views of Annapurna and Fishtail, is a must-see.
  • This is one of Nepal’s best short treks, taking you past gorgeous villages while providing epic Himalayan views.
  • Visit the Gurung people have a unique culture.

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Overview Of Ghandruk Trek

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  • The Ghandruk Trek begins in Nayapul, which serves as the trek’s starting point. From Pokhara, it takes 2 hours by bus and 1 hour by cab to get to Nayapul. Nayapul is 1070 meters above sea level, while Ghandruk is 2000 meters.
  • Ghandruk is the most gorgeous and well-known trek departing from Pokhara. Ghandruk provides a spectacular view of the Annapurnas, especially at dusk and sunrise. The walk allows you to see Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchre, and Hiunchuli from a different perspective.
  • The Mountain View is breathtaking, and the hike is relatively straightforward. The highest point is only 2000 meters above sea level. As a result, there is little danger of altitude sickness. This trek is an excellent choice for anyone searching for a short hike in the Annapurna foothills.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

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You’ll get stunning views of the valley, the Himalayas, and the terraced fields below as you fly into Kathmandu. After clearing customs, a representative will be waiting to help you get settled into your hotel and take you through the culture shock of Kathmandu’s small, winding streets. After you’ve settled down, go see one of Kathmandu’s cultural attractions. The tourist hub of Thamel is a good site to eat your first meal in the evening, with a selection of eateries serving both Western and indigenous Nepali cuisine.

Day 2
Explore Kathmandu

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Kathmandu has a unique aura in the early morning hours when the city is slowly but steadily waking up. It’s a fantastic time to go for a walk and explore the streets, or to relax with a cup of chai while looking out over one of the local courtyards or durbar squares. Given the many magnificent vistas in the Kathmandu Valley, there are a variety of ways to spend the day. Later in the evening, go out to one of the city’s famous restaurants for dinner, or have your specialist organize a home-cooked meal with a local family.

Day 3
Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Trek to Pothana

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You’ll be driven to the airport after an early breakfast to catch your flight to Pokhara. When you arrive, a jeep will be waiting to take you to Phedi, where the hike to Pothana begins. The trail ascends through rhododendron, magnolia, oak, sandalwood, and pine forests until you reach Dhampus town. This is an original Gurung village with spectacular views of the Annapurna mountains and famous peaks such as Lamjung Himal.

The trail ascends from Dhampus via a stone-paved path through more woodlands and mossy trees (keep an eye out for orchids). When you get in Pothana, you’ll find a variety of trekker amenities such as shops, teahouses, and cafés. Relax and take in the breathtaking mountain views.

Day 4
Trek from Pothana to Ghandruk

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Set out for Ghandruk, a major Gurung settlement. The walk begins with a gentle elevation for over an hour till you reach Deurali, passing through thick woods with spectacular views of the Annapurna ranges, Manaslu, and Mardi Himal.

After leaving Deurali, you’ll begin a steep descent to Tolkha, a lovely ethnic Gurung settlement. The trail descends more gradually to the next destination, Landruk, another ethnic village, going past terraces and a few towns.

Continue down to the Modi Khola river, which is a harder slope from here. You’ll pass an iron bridge before ascending a steep slope to Ghandruk, which offers stunning views of the Himalayas. You’ll spend the night at this trekker’s mecca, which has a plethora of lodges, cafés, and shops where you can fill up on supplies. Take some time to visit the Gurung museum, a small display housed in an old traditional stone slab home where you may learn about the history and culture of the Gurung people.

Day 5
Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul, Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

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Begin the day with an early morning breakfast in Ghandruk, then trek to Nayapul through small towns and lovely rice fields. When you arrive, your private jeep shuttle will be ready to transport you back to Pokhara, where you will board a flight back to Kathmandu.

You have the remainder of the afternoon and evening to yourself. You can shop for souvenirs or walk, bike, or rickshaw around the capital’s streets, seeing what you may have missed at the start of your journey. In terms of food, here are some suggestions for your final meal in Nepal, including French, Vietnamese, and Middle Eastern cuisines.

Day 6
Depart Kathmandu

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It’s time to bid Nepal farewell. Enjoy one more breakfast in a café, a city stroll, and/or souvenir shopping in Kathmandu. A representative will pick you up from your hotel and transport you to the airport for your return trip home. Arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight.

Includes/Excludes

Includes

  • Private vehicle/cab shuttles to and from your Pokhara hotel.
  • Rooms in lodges that are neat and clean on a twin/double sharing basis.
  • During the walk, there will be two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners.
  • An English-speaking native trekking guide with a lot of experience.
  • Fee for the guide, as well as all of his or her meals and lodging expenditures.
  • If the number of trekkers is eight or more, an assistant guide is required.
  • For the Ghandruk hike, you'll need all of the essential permissions.
  • All government taxes and fees, as well as a service charge.

Excludes

  • In Kathmandu and Pokhara, transfers, lodging, and meals are included.
  • In cities, there are costs for guided tours and admission to monument sites.
  • Expenses for individuals (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower, etc.)
  • Any beverage (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, cola, beer, and so on)
  • Horseback riding and a porter (Please let us know in advance if you need a porter)
  • Tips for porters and guides (Tipping is expected but not mandatory)

Frequently asked Questions

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How long is Ghandruk from Pokhara?

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Pokhara and Ghandruk are 20 kilometers apart. The total distance traveled is 54.8 kilometers.

Why is Ghandruk famous?

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Ghandruk offers spectacular sunrise and sunset as well as a magnificent view of Annapurna peak. The Ghandruk trip is well-known for its amazing Gurung culture, lovely settlement, topographical contrasts, and spectacular vistas of the Annapurna (7219 m), Machhapuchhare (6993 m), and Himchuli mountains (6411 m).

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

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For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

Which time is best for visit Ghandruk?

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The period has been designated as the peak season for visiting Ghandruk, and with good reason. The temperatures range from 64°F to 93°F, with an average humidity of 81 percent, making it the ideal climate for checking out the greatest things to do in Ghandruk.

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking and Hiking
  • by bus, plane and walking
  • 1+
  • 2200 Meters
  • 6 Days
  • Kathmandu
  • Easy
  • Hotels/Guest house/Lodges
  • All included