Ghandruk Trek-A Stunning Himalayan Gurung Valley ￼￼
Ghandruk Trek is a short and easy hiking trip to Nepal’s Annapurna Conservation Area. This hike allows you to experience the validity of rural life and the pristine nature of the Annapurna region. The main attraction of this trek is Ghandruk village. Ghandruk Trek in Nepal is the second largest settlement of the Gurung people, one of Nepal’s indigenous groups. Around 270 Gurung families live in this charming group of tile family homes surrounded by neat gardens.
This beautiful hamlet is situated at a height of 1940 meters/6360 feet above sea level and is framed by magnificent mountain viewpoints of Mt. Annapurna South (7219 meters/ 23684 feet), Mount Machhapuchhre/ Fishtail (6993 meters/22943 feet), and Mount Hiunchuli (6441 meters/ 21132 feet).
The Ghandruk is ideal for those looking for a short journey in Nepal with no difficult ascents or descents. This short but delicious trek requires three to four days and takes you into the Himalayan foothills.
What is Ghandruk Trek ?
The Ghandruk Walk is a 3-day trek that brings you to the lovely heritage village of Ghandruk in the slopes of the Annapurna Mountains. In the villages, you can stay with many welcoming residents and visit a Gurung museum to learn about the Gurung way of life.
One of the most stunning areas in the world to go trekking is the Annapurna Region, which offers a variety of treks including the well-known Annapurna Circuit. The Ghandruk Trek in Nepal is a good method to experience the mountains if you don’t have a lot of time because it takes about two weeks to complete.
Highlights of Ghandruk Trek in Nepal
1. Enjoy a day away from the city’s loud and bustle.
2. Ideal option for families and seniors.
3. Friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced tour guide
4. Perfect for people of all ages and abilities
5. Trek through the lower Annapurna Region’s beautiful rhododendron forests.
6. Ghandruk is a Gurung village with views of Annapurna and Fishtail.
7. This is among Nepal’s best short treks, passing through scenic villages and providing breathtaking Himalayan views.
1. Trip Duration: 3 Nights 4 days Trek
2. Altitude: 1940 Meters
3. Start: Pokhara
4. End : Pokhara
5. Transportation: Local Buses / Private bus
6. Accommodation: Private Accommodation in Tea Houses
7. Difficulty Level : Easy
8. Meals: Included
Best Season to visit
Autumn (from mid-September to mid-December) and spring are the greatest and most popular seasons for the Ghandruk Trek in Nepal (From the beginning of March until mid-May). The days are bright and sunny throughout this season, and there are stunning views. The daytime temperature at this time ranges from 10 to 30 degrees Celsius. Temperatures at night often range from 5 to 0 degrees Celsius.
Ghandruk Loop hiking is also doable in the winter (December, January, and February), however the weather may be unpleasant for most people. While the summer months of June, July, and August may be hampered by rain and monsoons, a discerning botanist may find the summer trek advantageous.
Activities in Ghandruk Trek in Nepal
The Ghandruk Trek in Nepal is a fantastic short hiking trip in Nepal’s Annapurna region. By participating in extra activities or side trips, you can make it even more enjoyable. We have included these extra activities as optional tours because people’s interests vary. They are not included in the price of your Ghandruk package. On your demand, we provide. The right column shows the list of optional activities.
Popular activities in Ghandruk include trekking, hiking, mountain sightseeing, and visiting Gurung villages. Similar to this, Ghandruk provides horseback riding services to both domestic and foreign tourists. Ghandruk introduces tourists to Gurung culture by performing a Gurung dance for them and offering to let them don traditional Gurung clothing and jewelry. On the upper slope of Ghandruk, one can enjoy the opportunity of playing in the snow.
Attraction of Ghandruk
Ghandruk’s big attraction is the great culture of the Gurungs who live there. The Ghandruk entertains tourists with Gurung dances and gives them the opportunity to dress in traditional Gurung attire and ornaments. Tourists are delighted to try on the new Gurung attire and take photographs in the traditional style. The local cuisine is also a big draw, especially for foreign visitors. Ghandruk Trek also provides tourists with horseback riding opportunities. Tourists can also have fun playing in the snow on Ghandruk’s upper hill.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING?
Trekkers do not need to bring a large bag to Ghandruk because the trail is short and easy, and there are tea houses along the way. Trekkers should, however, bring the following items with them on their journey:
1. A pair of comfortable hiking boots, a sandal, and socks
2. sunglasses, sunscreen, and sunglasses
3. Toiletry items
4. Coats, Jackets, and T-Shirts
5. Lightweight pants with a winter coat are wind and water resistant.
6. Set breathable thermals
7. Water purifying tablets or Steripen refillable water bottles, neck warmers
10. sleeping bag (certified for use on a hike at or above -15°C)
11. one set of gloves (Thinner)
12. A second set of clothes
The Ghandruk Trek in Nepal normally takes 3–4 days to complete. Here, we provide a 4-day schedule that will give you plenty of opportunity to pause, take in the view, interact with people, and take your time seeing the charming villages.
The busy village of Ghandruk, including its largely affluent Gurung population, is the main draw of this three-day hike. Ghandruk Trek is a beautiful place to stay since it has a welcoming atmosphere and gives breathtaking views of the Himalayan giants Annapurna, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare (Fishtail).
If you want a quick trip in Nepal without any challenging ascents or descents, the Ghandruk is the ideal choice. This quick yet enjoyable journey takes three to four days and brings you into the Himalayan foothills. For More Detail : Contact us
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu
As you fly into Kathmandu, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the valley, the Himalayas, and the terraced fields below. After clearing customs, a representative will be waiting to help you navigate the narrow, winding streets of Kathmandu and get you settled into your hotel. After you’ve settled in, go see one of Kathmandu’s cultural highlights. In the evening, the tourist district of Thamel is a good place to get your first meal, with a variety of restaurants serving both Western and Nepali food culture.
Day 2: Explore Kathmandu
Kathmandu has a unique atmosphere in the early morning hours, when the city is slowly awakening but not becoming too chaotic. It’s a great time to go for a walk and explore the streets, or to enjoy a chai while looking out over one of the local courtyards or durbar squares. Given the many incredible sights in the Kathmandu Valley, there are numerous ways to spend the day. Later in the evening, go out to one of the city’s great restaurants for dinner, or your specialist can arrange a home-cooked dinner with a local family.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara Trek to Pothana
Following an early breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Pokhara. When you arrive, a jeep will be waiting to take you to Phedi, where the trek to Pothana begins. The path ascends through rhododendron, magnolia, oak, sandalwood, and pine forests until you reach the village of Dhampus. This is an authentic Gurung village from which you can enjoy magnificent views of the Annapurna ranges as well as notable peaks such as Lamjung Himal.
The trail ascends from Dhampus along a stone-paved path through more forests and lush trees (keep an eye out for orchids). When you arrive in the small village of Pothana, you’ll find a variety of trekker amenities such as shops, teahouses, and eateries. Relax and take in the breathtaking mountain views.
Day 4: Trek From Pothana to Ghandruk Trek
Set out for Ghandruk, a larger Gurung village. The first hour of the trek is a gradual ascent until you reach Deurali, which passes through lush forests with spectacular views of the Annapurna ranges, Manaslu, and Mardi Himal.
After leaving Deurali, you’ll begin a sharp descent to Tolkha, a lovely ethnic Gurung village. The trail descends more gradually to the next destination, Landruk, another ethnic village, passing through terraces and a few settlements.
From here, continue down a steeper descent to the Modi Khola river. You’ll cross an iron bridge before beginning a steep ascent to Ghandruk, which offers spectacular views of the Himalayas. You’ll spend the night in this trekker hub, which has many lodges, eateries, and shops where you can stock up on supplies.
Visit the Gurung museum, a tiny exhibit in an old traditional stone slab house where you can learn about the history and local way of life.
Day 5 : Travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu and then trek through Ghandruk to Nayapul.
Breakfast first thing this morning in Ghandruk, then stroll through sleepy towns and lovely rice fields to Nayapul. Your private jeep shuttle will be waiting to drive you back to Pokhara so you can catch a flight back to Kathmandu when you arrive.
You can spend the remaining afternoon and evening as you choose. You can go souvenir shopping or stroll, bike, or rickshaw around the city’s streets to view anything you might have overlooked at the start of your vacation. Here are some suggestions for your final meal in Nepal, spanning French, Vietnamese, and Middle Eastern cuisines.
Day 6: Leaving Kathmandu
It’s time to leave Nepal. Enjoy one more breakfast in a cafe, a stroll through the city, and/or some souvenir shopping to cap off your time in Kathmandu. When you arrive at your hotel, a representative will pick you up and take you to the airport in time for your flight home. It is advisable to arrive at the airport two hours before departure.