Ghandruk Village Trek

The Ghandruk Annapurna short trek takes us to the heart of vibrant Gurung culture in Ghandruk, a big village at the foot the Annapurnas, where the people belonging to Gurung ethnicities have been living. Explore their lifestyle and customs by choosing one of the homestays or the community lodge as your accommodation.

In fact Ghandruk is a model village in Nepal for promoting rural tourism with local resources. The village has successfully capitalized on the rich ethnic culture, the warm indigenous hospitality and its beautiful natural setting.  Take a trip to the village and know how tourism can be a means of local empowerment and an inspiration for preserving for local cultural heritage. And all this can be had by in a typical touristic way—you do not need to go there with the rigorous approach of a researcher and spoil your holiday!

The Ghandruk Annapurna short trek is a trekking sojourn in comparison to longer and more difficult journeys in the region like the Annapurna Circuit or the Annapurna Base Camp trek. It involves no particularly difficult ascents and descents, no long and exhausting walking days, no altitudes that could cause altitude sickness. You will enjoy idyllic rural scenes with farms, varying green forests, diversity of birds and glittering Himalayan sceneries. This trek is suitable from adults to old-age people.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 3: Drive to Phedi and Trek from Phedi to Dhampus

Day 4: Trek from Dhampus to Landrung

Day 5: Trek from Landruk  to Ghandruk

Day 7: Ghandruk exploration

Day 8: Trek from Ghandruk to Pokhara

Day 9: Return from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 10: International Departure


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
As you drop at the Tribhuvan International Airport, we will pick you up from there and take you to your hotel. Get refreshed and if you still have spare time, go on a half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley.

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Today we drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which takes about 7 hours. We stop for lunch and refreshment on the way and enjoy the view of villages and hills. After reaching Pokhara, we drop into our hotel. Take a sojourn in the lakeside in the evening for more refreshment

Day 3: Drive to Phedi and Trek from Phedi to Dhampus

We have breakfast in the morning and drive to Phedi from our hotel. From here we climb through fields and forest to a beautiful village named Dhampus.

Day 4: Trek from Dhampus to Landrung

With some ascents and descents through typical rural terrain involving villages, farms and wilderness, we reach Landrung, another beautiful village.

Day 5: Trek from Landruk  to Ghandruk

Today we make it to our main destination. It is a short day, involving about 4 hours of going up from Landrung through some thin hill settlements. From Ghandruk itself, we have grand views of Gangapurna, Machapuchre, Annpurna and other snow-clad mountains. These views go well with the warm hospitality of the locals and typical Gurung customs and lifestyle.

Day 7: Ghandruk exploration
Set aside a day for exploring more about this village and its methods for promoting tourism. You will be amazed to know what a job the local committee of women here has done! The whole village is a living museum of Gurung culture. Take short trips around, drop into the local museum, and have interaction with the local committee of women which has not only made the village a popular destination for national and international tourists, but also managed to stop the flow of males into cities and abroad for work. All in all, you will have a very lively, enjoyable day.

Day 8: Trek from Ghandruk to Pokhara
Today we drop down towards Pokhara via Seuli Bazaar and Brethanti to catch a vehicle in Nayapul, from where we drive to Pokhara.

Day 9: Return from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Today we return from Pokhara to Kathmandu. You can choose a domestic flight or a drive in a nice tourist bus.

Day 10: International Departure
We drop you at the International Airport and pay you farewell.


Health and Fitness Requirement:

This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:

Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be plus points.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipment/Gears:

  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipment yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance

·         Accommodation: Basic teahouse accommodation during the trek (Toilet and bathroom will be outside of the room; Deluxe accommodation for 3 nights in Kathmandu (either at Hotel Friends Home or Hotel Mums Home or similar); Tourist class hotel for 2 nights in Pokhara (Hotel View point or family home)

·         Meals: 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner, which you can choose from the menu) during the trek; breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara

·         Transportation: Airport - hotel - airport  transfers  by car, Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus. Private transport from Pokhara to Nayapul and return

·         Documentation: Trekking permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project entry permit) and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card

·         Equipment/Accessories:Down jacket, sleeping bags, first-aid kit, water purifying solution (iodine-based)

·         Human resource: A professional and experienced trekking guide (English-speaking); a porter per two trekkers (carrying up to 25 kg); all the expenses for the guide and porter(s) are covered (wages, accommodation, meals, transportation, insurance, etc.)

·         Tax/Service Charge: All applicable taxes, service charges or fees. We hereby guarantee you of no 'hidden charges' afterwards.

·         Complimentary: Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (authentic Nepalese cuisines with live cultural show)

·         Emergency Rescue Service: Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. However, you must be already insured for such emergencies, and your insurance policy must cover helicopter evacuation. Moreover, you should provide your policy details and authorize us to deal directly with your insurance company on your behalf.


  • Beverage (cold drinks, bottled mineral water, tea/coffee, etc.)
  • Any other expenses of personal nature (extra meals, battery charging fees, photography charges, Hot Shower, etc.)
  • Tips or donations
  • Your travel insurance
  • Nepal Visa

Country: Nepal
Duration: 10 days
Grade: Moderate
Highest Alt: 2080m
Best Season: Jan-Dec
Group Size: 5
Start/End: Phedi/Pokhara
Trekking Hours: 5-6 hours each day
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