Ghandruk Trek-6 days

  •   Destination: Ghandruk Village
  •  Activities: Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Easy
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu
  •  Group size: 1-10
  •  Best Seasons: Sept - Nov and March - May
  •   Transportation: Walking

Trip Introduction

Gandruk is a small hilly town in northern central part of Nepal in Gandaki zone. Gandruk is famous for being one of the oldest and original Gurung village in the region. Gurung people are ethnic shamanic tribe of Nepal who are known for their bravery as Gurkha soldiers all around the world. As reflected by the clustered housing and compact settlement Gurung are have knit society. Although largely populated by Gurungs, people from different cast like Brahmin, Magar, Chhetri, Damai and Saarki also live here. Gandruk has set an example being very successful by promoting tourism by protecting their cultural heritage. Educating the local about the importance of tourism and creating opportunities for economic development of the people in the area.  Gandruk village consists of seven small villages Kotgaun, Majhgaun, Dhayagoyaragaun, Adbadaiyaryargaun, Tallo gaun, Danda gaun and Gairigaun.

Gandruk trek is comparatively less demanding then other trails in Annapurna region. There are means of transportation is available to Gandruk from Pokhara a major city in Nepal. The journey to Gandruk starts from Pokhara from where you will take a bus trip along the Pokhara baglung highway that will take you through villages like Hyangja, Phedi, Lumle, then to Nayapul, further following the steep road you will reach a suspension brigade named naya pul and cross modi river. You will continue the walk to Birethanti and then finally to our destination Gandruk.

Unlike other trails this trek is family friendly and people from all age can travel to this place. Gandruk is equally popular among domestic tourists as it is among foreigners. People of Gandruk practice community based cultural conservation, Conservation management committee organize folk dance and other programs to entertain guests visiting the town. There is mainly two season tourists visits this village on (September, October, November) and   ( February, March, April).

Approximately around 17,000 tourists visit this place every year making it the most popular stop around Annapurna development region. While we are here we will enjoy some of the local delicacy like (Dhido, Chyang, Tumba, local alcohol, gundruk- fermented green leaves and vatta soyabean. We can also shop for locally crafted products like blankets and carpets made of sheep wool around the shops in the area. There is a unique practice of avoiding vision pollution in Gandruk village. You will not see any hoarding boards or signage in the area to protect the cultural appeal. The committee also has regulated the prices of the products and services in the area so that the tourists visiting the place are not cheated. The village is situated at the bank of Modi River and you can have an awesome view of a deep gorge carved by Modi River that comes flowing from the mountains. The hills are covered with alpine forests and rhododendron trees that paints the whole area in different shades of red. Towards the west, through the dense forest, you can see most popular trekking spots like  Ghorepani and Pun Hill. Towards south, the deep valley where is bordered with Modi River flows towards Birethanti and Nayapul. Come and join us this season to experience the Gurung hospitality in beautiful Gandruk village.

 

Itinerary

The fascinating trip to one of the most beautiful villages of Nepal, Ghandruk is filled and thrilled with amusements and refreshment. The trek route is easy and entices the travelers with the views of the mountains of Annapurna including Machapuchare and Himchuli. It takes around 6 days to complete the Ghandruk trek with the Kathmandu-Pokhara-Ghandruk route.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara

The trip begins from the capital city and heads towards the beautiful city of Pokhara. The 200km distance could be reached via 7 hours of a bus ride or a few minutes of flight. On the way, the trekkers could explore the beautiful scenery with fresh and refreshing weather.

Day 2: Pokhara to Ghandruk

After spending a night in Pokhara, the journey to the Ghandruk excites on the very next day. A drive to the Phedi via bus or taxi will be followed by an up-hill route towards Dampus. The journey will be accompanied by the mesmerizing views of Annapurna and Manaslu. From there on, the trip will end up in the beautiful village of Ghandruk with constant sightseeing of Machhapuchare and Annapurna South.

Day 3: Exploring Ghandruk

While the destination is reached, a complete day is required to explore the beauty of the place. Ghandruk is one of the second largest Gurung villages in Nepal. In the south of Ghandruk, there is a beautiful village called Gari Goun where traditional Gurungs accommodate. Another attraction of Ghandruk village is the orderly rows of neat slate-roofed houses.

Day 4: Ghandruk to Pothana

After spending the whole day exploring the beauty of Ghandruk, the trekkers can head their way to Pothana. The route leads down to Modi Khola and continues upwards towards Landruk Village, finally passing through Deurali. The short climb from Deurali will take us to Pothana.

Day 5: Pothana to Pokhara

Pothana comprises of the spectacular views of Annapurna ranges, Macchapuchare and the mesmerizing view of the green valley. After the refreshing sightseeing, the trail through the dense forest leads down to Phedi towards Dhampus. A bus or taxi will take you back to Pokhara.

Day 6: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Finally, a short and amazing Ghandruk trip comes to an end with a flight/bus back to Kathmandu from the lakeside city.

 

Best Time to Travel

As the trip is short and relatively easy to accomplish, the trekkers can choose any time of the year to explore the majestic place. However, it is safe to postpone the adventure on the rainy season as the road can become a hindrance for a healthy trip.

Generally, Mid September to May stands out as the best time to dig out the mesmerizing scenery of Ghandruk village. The weather will be on your side and you can have a clear view of the snow-capped mountains.

Besides, the period from June to July is considered less effective for the adventure as trekkers may miss the spectacular views due to the vast rainfall.

 

Food and Accommodation

Ghandruk offers a great variety of food for the trekkers. Apart from the traditional ‘daal’ and ‘bhat’, the travelers can have a dig at international food items which includes Pizza, Burger, and Sandwiches. Besides, the trekkers can have a perfect accommodation service with over 100 hotels available with modern facilities. In the beginning, Ghandruk was famous for homestay for tourists; however, with the increase in internal and foreign tourists, the homestay was incorporated as tourist standard hotel.

 

Difficulties

Normally, the Ghandruk trek requires you to walk for the most part of the road which is somewhat dusty and difficult. The ones who are allergic to dust would want to skip this trip. Other than that, if you lack stamina and physical fitness, the adventure may prove a bit harsh for you.

 

Important Tips to Know

Ghandruk trip is one of the short but exciting treks in Nepal. With just around 6 days required to complete the adventure, the travelers should have no issue with exploring this beautiful place. However, to be in safe side, it is important to carry comfortable trekking shoes and sandals with you. Besides, you should take sunglasses and sunscreen with you for avoiding the sunburn. Once you reach the destination, do not forget to enjoy horse riding with the mesmerizing sightseeing. Plus, never miss the opportunity to catch the famous Gurung dance performed by the locals.

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What is included?

  •  All national transportations as mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals in standard hotels/teahouses during the trek
  • Excellent English speaking trek leader, guides and porters to carry luggage
  • All local/governmental taxes, permits and registrations
  • A portable medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

What is not included?

  • Visa processing fees
  • Rescue and travel insurances
  • Extra stay in Nepal other than mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Private vehicles, meals, shopping and other personal expenses

Day 1: Arrival In Kathmandu

Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to hotel. After the introduction and  finishing necessary formalities. If you are not too tired from the flight we can arrange for you to visit places around Kathmandu.

Day 2: Bus to Pokhara from Kathmandu

We leave Kathmandu at around 7 for Pokhara on a tourist bus. We will arrive Pokhara by late afternoon. We will explore this beautiful city for the rest of the day and prepare for the trek next day in the evening.

Day 3: Bus from Pokhara to Ghandruk

We leave Pokhara in the morning and take a bus to Phedi. We climb our way to Dampus, pass by birethati and then cross modi river and after 4 hr walk reach our destination Ghandruk.

Day 4: Explore Gandruk Village

We will explore this beautiful Gurung village walking through wooden cabins with slated roofs and green fields with terraces that’s such a wonderful agricultural landscaping. We will also enjoy their traditional performance of singing and dancing, learn about the musical instrument they use, try local dish and even take pictures wearing their traditional clothes.

Day 5: Return back to Pokhara from Gandruk Village

We take our bus back to Pokhara after whole day of sightseeing. We get down to Dhaupus then head to phedi then take our bus back to Pokhara

Day 6: Pokhara to Kathmandu

We spend the whole morning to afternoon visiting places around Pokhara then leave for Kathmandu in the afternoon

Date And Costs

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Status Prices
March 2018 March 2018 Available $400 Book Now

What is included?

  •  All national transportations as mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals in standard hotels/teahouses during the trek
  • Excellent English speaking trek leader, guides and porters to carry luggage
  • All local/governmental taxes, permits and registrations
  • A portable medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

What is not included?

  • Visa processing fees
  • Rescue and travel insurances
  • Extra stay in Nepal other than mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Private vehicles, meals, shopping and other personal expenses

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  •   Destination: Ghandruk Village
  •  Activities: Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Easy
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival in: Kathmandu
  •  Group size: 1-10
  •  Best Seasons: Sept - Nov and March - May
  •   Transportation: Walking

Trip Introduction

Gandruk is a small hilly town in northern central part of Nepal in Gandaki zone. Gandruk is famous for being one of the oldest and original Gurung village in the region. Gurung people are ethnic shamanic tribe of Nepal who are known for their bravery as Gurkha soldiers all around the world. As reflected by the clustered housing and compact settlement Gurung are have knit society. Although largely populated by Gurungs, people from different cast like Brahmin, Magar, Chhetri, Damai and Saarki also live here. Gandruk has set an example being very successful by promoting tourism by protecting their cultural heritage. Educating the local about the importance of tourism and creating opportunities for economic development of the people in the area.  Gandruk village consists of seven small villages Kotgaun, Majhgaun, Dhayagoyaragaun, Adbadaiyaryargaun, Tallo gaun, Danda gaun and Gairigaun.

Gandruk trek is comparatively less demanding then other trails in Annapurna region. There are means of transportation is available to Gandruk from Pokhara a major city in Nepal. The journey to Gandruk starts from Pokhara from where you will take a bus trip along the Pokhara baglung highway that will take you through villages like Hyangja, Phedi, Lumle, then to Nayapul, further following the steep road you will reach a suspension brigade named naya pul and cross modi river. You will continue the walk to Birethanti and then finally to our destination Gandruk.

Unlike other trails this trek is family friendly and people from all age can travel to this place. Gandruk is equally popular among domestic tourists as it is among foreigners. People of Gandruk practice community based cultural conservation, Conservation management committee organize folk dance and other programs to entertain guests visiting the town. There is mainly two season tourists visits this village on (September, October, November) and   ( February, March, April).

Approximately around 17,000 tourists visit this place every year making it the most popular stop around Annapurna development region. While we are here we will enjoy some of the local delicacy like (Dhido, Chyang, Tumba, local alcohol, gundruk- fermented green leaves and vatta soyabean. We can also shop for locally crafted products like blankets and carpets made of sheep wool around the shops in the area. There is a unique practice of avoiding vision pollution in Gandruk village. You will not see any hoarding boards or signage in the area to protect the cultural appeal. The committee also has regulated the prices of the products and services in the area so that the tourists visiting the place are not cheated. The village is situated at the bank of Modi River and you can have an awesome view of a deep gorge carved by Modi River that comes flowing from the mountains. The hills are covered with alpine forests and rhododendron trees that paints the whole area in different shades of red. Towards the west, through the dense forest, you can see most popular trekking spots like  Ghorepani and Pun Hill. Towards south, the deep valley where is bordered with Modi River flows towards Birethanti and Nayapul. Come and join us this season to experience the Gurung hospitality in beautiful Gandruk village.

 

Itinerary

The fascinating trip to one of the most beautiful villages of Nepal, Ghandruk is filled and thrilled with amusements and refreshment. The trek route is easy and entices the travelers with the views of the mountains of Annapurna including Machapuchare and Himchuli. It takes around 6 days to complete the Ghandruk trek with the Kathmandu-Pokhara-Ghandruk route.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara

The trip begins from the capital city and heads towards the beautiful city of Pokhara. The 200km distance could be reached via 7 hours of a bus ride or a few minutes of flight. On the way, the trekkers could explore the beautiful scenery with fresh and refreshing weather.

Day 2: Pokhara to Ghandruk

After spending a night in Pokhara, the journey to the Ghandruk excites on the very next day. A drive to the Phedi via bus or taxi will be followed by an up-hill route towards Dampus. The journey will be accompanied by the mesmerizing views of Annapurna and Manaslu. From there on, the trip will end up in the beautiful village of Ghandruk with constant sightseeing of Machhapuchare and Annapurna South.

Day 3: Exploring Ghandruk

While the destination is reached, a complete day is required to explore the beauty of the place. Ghandruk is one of the second largest Gurung villages in Nepal. In the south of Ghandruk, there is a beautiful village called Gari Goun where traditional Gurungs accommodate. Another attraction of Ghandruk village is the orderly rows of neat slate-roofed houses.

Day 4: Ghandruk to Pothana

After spending the whole day exploring the beauty of Ghandruk, the trekkers can head their way to Pothana. The route leads down to Modi Khola and continues upwards towards Landruk Village, finally passing through Deurali. The short climb from Deurali will take us to Pothana.

Day 5: Pothana to Pokhara

Pothana comprises of the spectacular views of Annapurna ranges, Macchapuchare and the mesmerizing view of the green valley. After the refreshing sightseeing, the trail through the dense forest leads down to Phedi towards Dhampus. A bus or taxi will take you back to Pokhara.

Day 6: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Finally, a short and amazing Ghandruk trip comes to an end with a flight/bus back to Kathmandu from the lakeside city.

 

Best Time to Travel

As the trip is short and relatively easy to accomplish, the trekkers can choose any time of the year to explore the majestic place. However, it is safe to postpone the adventure on the rainy season as the road can become a hindrance for a healthy trip.

Generally, Mid September to May stands out as the best time to dig out the mesmerizing scenery of Ghandruk village. The weather will be on your side and you can have a clear view of the snow-capped mountains.

Besides, the period from June to July is considered less effective for the adventure as trekkers may miss the spectacular views due to the vast rainfall.

 

Food and Accommodation

Ghandruk offers a great variety of food for the trekkers. Apart from the traditional ‘daal’ and ‘bhat’, the travelers can have a dig at international food items which includes Pizza, Burger, and Sandwiches. Besides, the trekkers can have a perfect accommodation service with over 100 hotels available with modern facilities. In the beginning, Ghandruk was famous for homestay for tourists; however, with the increase in internal and foreign tourists, the homestay was incorporated as tourist standard hotel.

 

Difficulties

Normally, the Ghandruk trek requires you to walk for the most part of the road which is somewhat dusty and difficult. The ones who are allergic to dust would want to skip this trip. Other than that, if you lack stamina and physical fitness, the adventure may prove a bit harsh for you.

 

Important Tips to Know

Ghandruk trip is one of the short but exciting treks in Nepal. With just around 6 days required to complete the adventure, the travelers should have no issue with exploring this beautiful place. However, to be in safe side, it is important to carry comfortable trekking shoes and sandals with you. Besides, you should take sunglasses and sunscreen with you for avoiding the sunburn. Once you reach the destination, do not forget to enjoy horse riding with the mesmerizing sightseeing. Plus, never miss the opportunity to catch the famous Gurung dance performed by the locals.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival In Kathmandu

Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to hotel. After the introduction and  finishing necessary formalities. If you are not too tired from the flight we can arrange for you to visit places around Kathmandu.

Day 2: Bus to Pokhara from Kathmandu

We leave Kathmandu at around 7 for Pokhara on a tourist bus. We will arrive Pokhara by late afternoon. We will explore this beautiful city for the rest of the day and prepare for the trek next day in the evening.

Day 3: Bus from Pokhara to Ghandruk

We leave Pokhara in the morning and take a bus to Phedi. We climb our way to Dampus, pass by birethati and then cross modi river and after 4 hr walk reach our destination Ghandruk.

Day 4: Explore Gandruk Village

We will explore this beautiful Gurung village walking through wooden cabins with slated roofs and green fields with terraces that’s such a wonderful agricultural landscaping. We will also enjoy their traditional performance of singing and dancing, learn about the musical instrument they use, try local dish and even take pictures wearing their traditional clothes.

Day 5: Return back to Pokhara from Gandruk Village

We take our bus back to Pokhara after whole day of sightseeing. We get down to Dhaupus then head to phedi then take our bus back to Pokhara

Day 6: Pokhara to Kathmandu

We spend the whole morning to afternoon visiting places around Pokhara then leave for Kathmandu in the afternoon

What is included?

  •  All national transportations as mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals in standard hotels/teahouses during the trek
  • Excellent English speaking trek leader, guides and porters to carry luggage
  • All local/governmental taxes, permits and registrations
  • A portable medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

What is not included?

  • Visa processing fees
  • Rescue and travel insurances
  • Extra stay in Nepal other than mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Private vehicles, meals, shopping and other personal expenses