Trip Overview of Ghandruk Trek
Ghandruk trek lies in the Annapurna regions near Pokhara. It is a famous destination for the Annapurna trekking region. This is a beautiful village full of natural and scenic beauty. This village is situated at an altitude of 2012 meters above sea level. It goes through the route of the majority of Gurung ethnic settlements and some others. This is popular among those trekkers who love soft and few days walking. It is a short trek in the land of Himalayas, Nepal. Ghandruk village trek gives you an excellent view of Mount Annapurna, Fishtail, Tent peak, and Himchuli. before arriving at the village you will see the beautiful Rhododendron forests. This is is another best experience we can get on this route. This is one of the easy and short trekking routes in Nepal.
Ghandruk Village Trek gives you full of joy and amusement. It’s a popular spot for trekking that also provides access to the Annapurna Himalayan region of the country. The Himalayan Range is also known as Annapurna massif. Which comprises one peak over 8,000 meters of altitude, thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters, Also sixteen others over 6,000 meters of elevation. Apart from mountain peaks, there also lies a protected area known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. It has preserved the plants, animals, and the region itself for very long since its establishment.
Pokhara to Ghandruk Trekking
Pokhara to Ghandruk trekking trail passes through the red Rhododendrons and green forests. You can capture the best picture in the spring season where flowers are blooming. The spectacular views of snowy white mountains, biodiversity, make this trek one of the best in Nepal. Furthermore, you can enjoy photography here with the best view of local rice fields, people, and mountain scenery. You can capture the local lifestyle of various villages like Landruk, Dhampus, etc. Their unique culture and traditions make this place even more beautiful.
You can take part in their festivals and other activities to make your journey even more exciting. This trekking is a complete mixture of natural and cultural beauty. We can complete the trek in 3 days, you can extend to Jhinu hot spring or go to Poonhill also by adding 2 days to the itinerary. If you have a short time frame and other such factors and wish to see the mesmerizing natural beauty of Nepal, We highly recommend this trekking package to you.
Highlights of Ghandruk trek
- Best easy trekking in the Annapurna region.
- One of the Nepal short treks with the best views of the Himalayan peaks.
- Visit Ghandruk village, the best Gurkhas village in Nepal
- Perfect trek for children, seniors, and families.
- Fascinating trek but very budget-friendly as well
Enjoy the best view from Ghandruk Trek
This easy and short trekking adventure takes you through the nice rice fields, an evergreen local field. as a result, the region offers spectacular views of the Himalayas. It is a small peak to some of the top mountains in the world also, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri. Also, it is a great place to see some of the best mountain peaks, such as Nilgiri, Machhapuchhare, Lamjung Himal, and Himchuli. The heavenly Pokhara is the best place to be lost in nature.
The equally important fact is that the trek is very suitable for people who have limited time and budget. Not only you will have unforgettable memories in the amazing place but also at a minimal cost. This easy trek gives you fun, pleasure, and a great insight into the natural panorama of the country, Nepal. Trekking begins with a scenic flight to Pokhara. The city offers you heavenly beauty with its splendid views of the Himalayas and Lakes. We will take a short drive to Nayapul and start walking from there.
Ghandruk is Capital of Gurung Village
Ghandruk village is Nepal’s one of the typical village with its cultural value. this is the capital of Gurungs. The major attraction of this hike is exploring and getting insights into the Gurung Community. Ghandruk village has two museums where you get to see various cultural artifacts. We have an opportunity also to visit the Gurung Museum with their traditional food. We offer Ghandruk trek 2-3 days at the best cost. get our full board package cost for this trip.
Ghandruk trek 3 days itinerary.
Ghandruk trek 3 days is a short and easy trek that provides a majestic view of the most beautiful and sacred mountains Fishtail and Annapurna (south). Furthermore, this is the best easy trekking option for those who are in Nepal for a shorter time or want to combine a relatively short trek with other activities in Nepal. We can do this trek in 2 to 4 days, Almost near Ghandruk we can drive by Jeep also, and from here, there are different options. We can visit Jhinu hot spring, or trek down to Modi Khola and Landruk Village, or trekking back to Nayapul.
Annapurna Ghandruk trek
Ghandruk trekking is a popular short trekking in the Annapurna region and famous for trekkers who love and soft and short trekking. Annapurna Ghandruk trek start after a short drive from Nayapul to Ghandruk as a small Gurkhas village. The trek also gives the best view of Annapurna. Furthermore, We start our walk from Birenthatni and ending at Phedi after visiting another beautiful village of Landruk and Dhampus.
Ghandruk Ghorepani Trek
Ghandruk Ghorepani trek is 4 to 5 days trekking in the Annapurna region. Ghorepani and Ghandruk are two separate villages and we can combine both villages in the Ghandruk trek. Ghorepani is famous for its rhododendron forest as well as the fantastic panoramic sunrise, sunset view.
First, we will trek to Ghandruk village a popular tourist place for trekkers in the Annapurna area of Nepal, the trekking trails are easy and various accommodation available with Gurung culture. We can enjoy the best views of the Annapurna Mountains including a beautiful massif view of Machhapuchhare, call “Fishtail” from here.
From Ghandruk we will trek to Tadapani for an overnight stay and next day trek goest o Ghorepani. Ghandruk Ghorepani trek offers spectacular mountain scenery along with charming villages inhabited particularly by the Gurungs, Poon & Magars. After your night in Ghorepani, the early next morning hiking to Poomn hill gives you the best sunrise view. You can capture the best sunrise over the snow-capped summits of the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m) along with a maze of other peaks,
Our Ghandruk Ghorepani trek start from Pokhara after driving to Nayapul we start walking. however, there are small mountain roads nowadays goes to Ulleri or Ghandruk as well. So if you have a tight time you can finish the trek in 3 days too.
Ghandruk Trek Package
Above the Himalaya, trekking makes you the best full board package for Ghandruk trek. In our package, you will have a good English speaking trekking guide and 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis. The guide will arrange your guest house, show you the trail, and gives you information about the trek, village, and local life, Same as, the porter will help you to carry your bag and make your trek easier. Furthermore, we can arrange your other trek and tour and travel-related service after your Ghandruk trek.
The Trek Map
Ghandruk trek map starts from Pokhara and ends there. the route map follows the small town of Birethanti and waling from there in nice terraces of rice and other grain fields. We will cross the Modi Khola and arrive at the Tolkha and Pothana village. the route map goes in a nice jungle with the best mountain view as well as watching the local people with their unique culture and lifestyle.
What to pack for the Ghandruk trek
Ghandruk Trek is just a 2, 3 days package so trekkers no need to carry a big backpack. You will sleep in the tea house and eat there so you just need to carry your personal belongings and warm clothing. Below are some suggested items to take with you while trekking in Annapurna Ghandruk village.
- Good hiking/walking shoes, sandal, and also 2/3 pair of socks
- Sunglasses and sunscreen cream
- Goretex or warm jacket
- Pairs lightweight wind – waterproof pants
- Set lightweight thermals
- Neck Warmer
- Water purification tablets or iodine
- Refillable Water bottles
- Sun lotion
- Lip balm
- Sunglasses protect from day sunlight
- Sleeping bag rated -10 to 15, now most of the guest house provides the blankets too. You can just take sleeping bag liner also.
- Some Extra pairs of T-shirts and also shorts.
- Trekking pole
- Flashlight and battery
During an Emergency at Ghandruk trek
If anything happened during your Ghandruk trek no need to worry our trekking guides got an abasic first aid training. He can deal with the basic sickness that happened during the trek. As there are wifi and the guide will have a cellular phone so he can contact us easily. If you got sick and if happened some accidental incidents we can arrange a helicopter rescue for you. We need your full insurance details for this and we will make a deal with them for the arrangements. You will be taken to the hospital and a guide will help you with any other problems that occurred.
Pokhara to Ghandruk by Jeep
If you wanted to hire a jeep from Pokhara to Ghadnruk it is possible now as there is a dust road almost nearby Ghandruk village. After the vehicle stop, you can trek about 30 minutes to the village. If you wanted to enjoy a longer trek you can trek from Nayapul or you can drive until Kimche and start the trek from there which is about 1 and half hour walk. IF you start the Ghandruk trek from Nayapul it will take you about 5 hours walking.
There are shared jeep or bus available from Pokhara, Jeep is faster and easier in the bumpy road compare to Bus. You can take a private jeep also if you are a group of friends or family. You can trek or take a jeep to Ghandruk just let us know we will arrange for you. you can take a private car till Nayapul and start your journey from here also. The Jeep price for Pokhara to Ghandruk is about USD 10 for sharing depends on group size. for a Private jeep, it cost you USD 110. If you are traveling by local bus the price is about USD 3 to 4 per person. traveling to Nayapul by Car price is USD 45.
Accommodation during Ghandruk trek
Ghandruk has a small village and offers a range of good guesthouses and homestay. The local lodge has all the basic standard facilities for the trekkers. Different tea house, tourist standard hotel with all modern facilities are available in Ghandruk. There are also lots of homestays run by local people. Similarly along with the trail good level of the guest house, in Pothana the guest house are quite basic but if you make more down to Dhampus there are better lodges. The guesthouses offer you the best local to International food.
Meals in Ghandruk trek
During the Ghandruk trek, you will have choices of local food as well as western menus also. The food is enough with enough carbohydrates, protein, nutrition. The local guest house serves fresh, hygienic, tasty, and nutritious food. which is a must need for high altitude trekking. We will have breakfast and dinner with the same guest how when we spend the night. While our lunch is along the way in the small village tea shops. Breakfast comes in different choices like verities of Eggs ( boiled egg, scrambled egg, mixed veg omelet), oatmeal, cornflakes, toast with jam and butter. The local Tibetan bread and chapatti are more famous. Sometimes you can try hashed brown potatoes, muesli with milk, pancake.
During lunch and dinner, the Nepali Dal Bhat is very popular, which is served steamed rice, lentils soup, different types of vegetables, pickles, and papad. Other items are Varies s0upes, sandwiches, Momo ( dumplings) Macaroni, Spaghetti, Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Plain rice, Vegetable curry, pumpkin curry, Pizza, you can also taste the local desserts items such as rice pudding apple pie, and some places custard pudding. Of course, there are some nonveg items but it is always recommending to eat vegetarian food as meat is not fresh. We also recommend you no to consume alcoholic drinks at high altitudes. you can enjoy the drinks and non-veg meals on the last day of the trek or when you arrive at Pokhara.
When is the best season for the Ghandruk trek?
Spring is known as the best time to go on Ghandruk trekking. It usually lasts from March to May. This season is characterized by the presence of lush vegetation, a clear sky, and cool days. The average temperature of the Spring season is 20-30 degrees Celsius. This season there are usually crowds in the routes. So, it becomes hard to find accommodations. In March, there is the lowest temperature and May has the highest.
Summer Season in Ghandruk trek lasts from June to August. It is such a hot climate in the summer season. However since it is a hilly area, it is not intolerable. You can go on treks in lights clothes this season. But the problem that might occur in summer is rain. If it starts raining in the summer season, it makes the routes difficult and a little harder for you to trek. June, July, and August are the months that get the maximum amount of rainfall. The amount of rainfall in June is almost half that in the month of July. July experiences the highest rainfall. And this causes the number of trekkers to fall in summer. The average temperature of the summer season is 20-25 degrees Celsius.
Autumn Season starts in September till November and the best time for the Ghadnruk trek. The average temperature might fall around 9.6 degrees. However, it is not completely silent this season. This is the season where various festivals occur. So many travelers keep going on treks to enjoy such local culture and traditions as well.
The last is the winter season. This season is not preferable for the higher trek, but we can still do the trek in the Ghandruk region. The weather is extremely cold. The temperature falls below zero degrees Celsius. So, bring enough warm clothing is needed. However, at this time as well, there are amazing sceneries.
Optional trip after Ghandruk trek
Ghandruk Trek is an outstanding short trekking holiday in the Annapurna region of Nepal. You can make it further exciting by joining in extra activities/ side trips. As the interest of people is different from each other, we have put these extra activities as optional tours. They are not included in your package cost of Ghandruk Trek. On your request, we offer you. The list of optional activities is displayed in the right column.
Trip extentions after Ghandruk trek
Ghandruk trek is an outstanding short trekking holiday in the Annapurna region of Nepal. You can make some side trips to Poon Hill or Chhomrong or Jhinu hot spring. We can arrange different tours also from each other, we have put these extra activities as optional tours. They are not included in your package cost of Ghandruk Trek. If you need hotel or flight ticket services after the trek we can arrange them at a reasonable cost. you can do the tour in Kathmandu city also or join a 1-hour scenic flight over Mount Everest. Furthermore, We can also run the treks and tours in Tibet and Bhutan.
Ghandruk Trek - Trip Info
Duration: 3 days from Pokhara to Pokhara.
Max. Altitude: Pothana (1990m/6529ft)
Trek Grade: Easy
Ghandruk trek is an easy grading trek, It is short walking days 4-5 hours long and reaches destinations by lunch. You can also choose to have lots of stops and sightseeing en route. The trails are relatively even, well-marked and wide; they are usually the main way of traveling from village to village for that area. You don’t need to be an experienced trekker to enjoy this trip – it might be your first ever trek. The easy grade treks usually stay around the below 3500m altitude mark. Please note that the Nepal trek grade is categorized by height not by walking, even on some easy grade treks we need to climb a lot of stone staircase, you will not have an altitude sickness problem in this trek that’s why it is an easy grade.
When to Travel: February to May, September – Mid December are the best seasons. During the winter months from December to Mid February, it is cold and can be snow on the trail, July & August are rainy time, trekking can be done, but visibility can be poor due to rain.
Our trek dates: We can offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 2 to 12 people.
Equipment Renting and buying: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment. We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment.
Your trekking luggage: You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis to carry your luggage. the maximum weight per trekkers is 15 kg as we never overload our porters. however, you only carry your valuables in your backpack., including your sleeping bag, and down jacket; other items not required on a trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Your Trek Leader and Support staff
Your Ghandruk trek is leading by or experience trekking guide and porter who are joining you from Kathmandu. All of our guides have trained for and attained a Trekking Guide license provided by the Government. The license exam is organized by TAAN and Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHAM) every year. They have vast knowledge about the trekking trails and kinds of medical treatments and emergency services of first aids, altitude sickness, and other relevant issues.
Your belongings will be safely taken by our Porter, making your walk easy, more pleasant, and comfortable. Our porter will carry a maximum of 30 kg in total for 2 trekkers’ bag. If you have any extra weight, We suggest you hire another porter and will cost extra cost.
Transportation on the trek
For the Ghandruk trek, there are different means of transport. our trip starts from Pokhara and ends there so we use private car transport. it is for the trek start point and finish point to Pokhara. If you are travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu you can take 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hours drive by bus or by private car. the main way to get there is by driving. Above the Himalaya, trekking is always careful to choose the best transport options available for your travel period. We choose the transport means as per your package itinerary and budget also.
Passport and Visa info
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months’ validity from the return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days for single/multiple entries. If you get a visa for 30 days It is USD 50 or equivalent convertible currency. USD 125 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days for single/multiple entries
You can get a Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy in your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an upon arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal.
We find that most travelers find themselves in difficulty as sometimes; they don’t carry money to get a visa at the time of their arrival. There is no ATM inside the visa section. Though there is a provision of ATM outside, it is more likely that sometimes it doesn’t work. So, for your comfort, we recommend you bring the cash US$ to get them on arrival visa.
Money Exchange for the trek
For extra money for your Ghandruk trek, you can exchange it for Nepali rupees. Nepal banknotes comes in Rupees, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rupees 1, 2, 5, and 10 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. The receipts of such transactions are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival too, Although their rates are quite low so better you can exchange in the city.
You can also get money from ATM machines there are many in the city and it allows you a maximum of 40,000 per day. Visitors other than the Indian nationals have to make the payment in foreign currency (non-Indian currency) in the hotel. It also applies to book your trekking and tour. During the Gosaikunda trek, you need local Nepali rupees for your extra expenses. So you can carry enough amount for the trek there are no ATM facilities along the way except Dhunche.
Note:Note: Most of the banks and Money changers in Nepal will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn, or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
Drinking water during your Trek: On the Ghandruk We suggest you at least drink 3/4 liters of water per day while you are on the trail. While bottled mineral water can be purchased all over Kathmandu and along popular trekking trails, plastic water bottles are a significant problem in Nepal’s mountain areas. So instead of relying on bottled water, travelers should instead purify their water.
Get the water purification iodine or tablets. They are small, cheap, and light to carry, another better way is to get water filters they are low to carry and easy to use. You can bring two reusable water bottles. So that you always have one bottle to drink from, while the water in your other bottle is being purified.
Showers and electricity – Ghandruk trek has good facilities of the lodge and you can able to take a hot shower. Electricity is usually available in most parts of the route with hydropower, you are able to charge your battery for camera and phone, normally they charge the extra cost of about USD 1 to 2 for full battery charging.
Ghandruk trek group size
Our Langtang valley trek group sizes are quite small and from 2 people to 10. We always make a small group to reduce the impact on the environment and to enable us to provide a more personal service. The maximum group size on most of our treks/tours is 12 and the minimum group size is 2. if you are a single traveler we also operate a private solo trip for you. After the COVID 19 pandemic, we are now making our trekking group size a 10-person limit, this also makes it easy to provide you the best service and look after all of you from your trekking guide and porter. So any number are you are don’t matter you can book your trip with us we are happy to run the best holiday for you.
Communication during Ghandruk trek
In the Ghandruk trek, the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. Our guide has a cellular phone and We’ll communicate with them frequently to know the trek and your health. Furthermore, we are making sure to make sure you’re fine, safe, feel right, and have everything up there. Also, the easy way now is you can get the local sim card on arrival at the airport which has a 4g/3g network in most of the routes. Now Most of the places in the trekking route have wifi service available Normally Wi-Fi works for every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with a minimal fee or someplace have free.
Travel rescue Insurance
We suggest you have a full travel insurance package that covers medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, furthermore, it should also include, trip cancellation, loss of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage, etc. While you trek in the high altitude some time you get illnesses, small injured, or get sick. If you will get any problem and get ill or injured during your trek, Above the Himalaya trekking will taking care of you and in an emergency, we will rescue you.
If small injuries and health problems and altitude sickness are getting during the trek. Our staff will descend to you immediately. For the more serious medical issues, emergency Above the Himalaya trekking company will arrange a helicopter rescues for you.
We need a guarantee of payment from your Insurance company or a cash deposit or a promise in Kathmandu. While you are trekking with Above The Himalaya Trekking, we will arrange the travel rescue insurance and initial payments. We will claim the refund to your insurance company again. Make sure when you buy the insurance it should cover bother rescue and medical assistance. We suggest you giving your full insurance information while you book your trip with us. For an emergency case, this will help us to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation and get emergency medical help.
Package Cost: Ghandruk trek cost depends on your group size how you travel by bus or private car and your trekking staff. Our package includes a trekking guide, porter, transportation by private car. It also includes the necessary trekking permits, accommodation meals, all service charges, and taxes. You can do the half board package also just hiring a guide, porter, get permits. for your meals and accommodation during the trek, you can pay by yourself also. You can browse these pages more for detailed prices and trip dates.
In the hospitality industry of Nepal, the workers except for some tips while you are in your tour or Trekking
While you are on the tour and trekking, you can tip the guide and porter. Normally, people tip 10% of their payable amount. If you have booked the full board package for your trekking and tour. but if you just hire guide and porter service you can tip differently like a per day calculation basis.
We don’t suggest tipping while you have something to eat at the restaurant as they have already taken a 10% service charge, and 13% Government Taxes. However, while you enter the hotel, the bell boy may expect some tipping.