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Ghandruk trekking is perhaps the most popular short trek in the famed Annapurna region. Located directly northwest of Pokhara valley, Ghandruk is easily accessible from Pokhara.
Ghandruk is best to witness the Himalayan peaks close-up, experience Himalayan trekking and enjoy nature and culture. The trekking trail touches the Annapurna Conservation Area project and passes through dense magnolia, oak, sandalwood, and pine rhododendron forests that are full of wildlife.
The opportunity to visit Dhampus, Tolkha, Landruk and Ghandruk villages offers you a close insight into the unique culture and lifestyle of ethnic Gurung people of Nepal. Landruk and Ghandruk especially offers excellent views of Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Lamjung, Manaslu, and Mardi Himal and Fishtail mountains.
As part of Ghandruk trekking, you can also spend a day or two sightseeing around Pokhara and Kathmandu valleys. You can explore lakes, museums, caves in Pokhara and visit world heritages sites in Kathmandu valley.
● Visit Gurung villages of Ghandruk, Landruk, Tolkha and Pothana
● Trek through colorful rhododendron, oak, pine, magnolia forests
● Enjoy spectacular views of Annapurna, Mardi, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung and more Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
● All airport/hotel transfers.
● Three Night Accommodation in BB at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.
● Two Nights in Pokhara at a deluxe hotel in Pokhara on twin/double sharing basis.
● All accommodations and meals during the trek.
● Guided sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara with private vehicle.
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.
● Round trip Domestic flights tickets from Kathmandu and Pokhara
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Farewell dinner
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Meals in Kathmandu
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Tips for guide, drivers and porters.
● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase
● Day bag.( Small handbag)
● Trekking shoes
● Sports shoes or sandals.
● Sun Hat/cap
● Warm woolen cap
● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket
● Pullover or warm sweeter
● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
● Hand gloves
● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
● 3/4 pairs of Underwear
● Eye glass
● Water bottle
● 4 seasons Sleeping bag
● Flash or Torch light
● Camera and batteries.
For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.
For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.
The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star Hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.
For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.
For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.
Our staff will be there to receive you upon your arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport. From there you will be dropped to your hotel where you can relax and rest. Later visit our office where you will attend a short briefing about your trip by your trek/tour guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
This is a day allocated for you to spend sightseeing in and around Kathmandu. After breakfast, our tour guide will take you on a drive to see some of the most famous touristic places in Kathmandu. On this day you will visit three world heritage sites namely Swoyambhu or Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Learn about the history of Buddhism in Nepal, meet red robed monks and make a parikrama of two biggest Buddhist stupas in the world. Kathmandu Durbar Square offers you to relish the most illustrious Newari architecture and artwork that are centuries old. In the evening you can take a stroll through the busy streets of Thamel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
You will take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. This short scenic flight takes about 25 minutes. Once in Pokhara you drive straight to Phedi which is your trek starting point. Today our goal is to reach the village Pothana which is approximately 3hrs hike from Dhampus. Walk through forests of rhododendron, magnolia and pine as you climb towards Dhampus village which is inhabited by ethnic Gurung people. From here on the trail levels and remains that way till you reach Pothana. Enjoy the view of Lamjung Himal en route. Stay overnight in Pothana.
Have a warm breakfast to provide you energy for today’s walk. The trail climbs from Pothana and winds through beautiful forests of a variety of vegetation. It will take 1.5 hr to reach the Gurung village of Tolkha and from there a short ascent to Ghandruk. You will have a constant backdrop of Mardi and Annapurna mountains along the way. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village surrounded by rhododendron, oak, magnolia forests and towering Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Fishtail on the horizon. You can learn about Gurung culture by interacting with villagers and visiting a locally operated Gurung museum. Stay overnight in Ghandruk.
This is your last day trek. The trail from Ghandruk to Nayapul is a scenic one, maneuvering past beautiful villages and forests. You will arrive at Nayapul in 1.5 hr and from there drive to Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Today you will participate in a full day guided tour of Pokhara. You can visit Davis Fall, Gupteswar Cave and Bindebasini Temple followed by a hike to World Peace Pagoda to see the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks and Pokhara valley. In the evening you can enjoy boating on Phewa Lake. Other optional activities include Paragliding from Sarangkot, visit to Nepal Mountaineering Museum and exploration of Bat Cave. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Take the early morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The flight duration is 30 minutes. In Kathmandu you can unwind in your hotel and in the evening go for a stroll in Thamel bazaar. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Depending on the timing of your international flight, our staff will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope to see you again in Nepal.
Ghandruk trekking is the safest in the whole of Annapurna region. You will follow a well trodden trekking trail that features good hotels and lodges and excellent communication network. It is nearest trek from Pokhara.
Ghandruk trek is graded an easy trek. People of all ages and physical condition can do Ghandruk trek. You will not exceed an elevation of 2000m and the trek itself is not physically demanding. The trekking trail is pretty straightforward.
Basic level of fitness is what is required to do Ghandruk trekking. Even children and elderly can experience this Himalayan trek without much trouble.
The program cost we offer to you is both comparative and reasonable. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of the host destination and our staff. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practices of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable competitive price.
Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs
We are flexible in designing programs that suit your interests and needs. Feel free to let us know what you prefer and what your choices are. You can combine two or three trek programs in one go or even more. Alternatively you can go for tour and trek programs combinedly. We are open to any set of combinations you want to pursue.
You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.