Ghandruk Village, located at the North West side of Pokhara, is home to local Gurung community people. This village is rich in culture and the views seen from this village attracts anyone to its doorsteps. Considered to be the gateway to the Annapurna Base Camp trek, this place is visited by most travelers following the trail of Ghorepani Poonhill, Khopra Danda, or Annapurna Base Camp year round.
- Best trek for travelers having a short stay in Nepal.
- Great panoramic views of mountains of Annapurna region.
- Experience of local Gurung Culture with a chance to visit the Gurung Museum.
- A chance to wear Gurung costume for a nice picture as a memory of Ghandruk.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Welcome to Kathmandu. You will be received by one of our office representatives at the TIA exit section and escort you to your hotel afterward.
Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to stroll around the places nearby your hotel on your own.
Day 02: Permits preparation and trip briefing day.
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu while your specialist will take time to arrange permits for your trek. You will have time to explore around the Kathmandu valley on your own or enjoy the cultural tour with an experienced tour guide arranged by Trek Guiders.
In the evening, you will be met by your specialist in your hotel lobby. S/he will introduce you to your guide for the trek and brief you shortly about your trek, things to do/ not to do, and any optional activities you may enjoy during the trip. You can ask any queries or share feelings with your specialist during the briefing.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Drive to Phedi (1130m). Trek to Pothana (1860m)
After your breakfast in Kathmandu, you will be picked up by your trek guide at your hotel for the drive to Domestic airport terminal. Depending on your flight time, you must check in the domestic airport 1 hour prior to your flight time.
Upon reaching Pokhara, you will directly drive to Phedi, from where the trek begins. Enjoying the great views of mountains, you will gradually walk up praising the beauty of it which will continue to improve as you ascend. Reaching to the ridge of Dhampus (1750m), you will have a magnificent view of Fishtail and Annapurna mountain. Continue trek to Pothana where you will be stopping by for today and stay overnight.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04: Trek from Pothana to Landruk (1565m)
Today is another short walk day. After you are done with your breakfast at Pothana, start walking along the ridge to Deurali village. From here you will descend through the lush forest of Rhododendron with the melodious chattering of birds to the small villages of Tolka and Bheri Kharka. The trail from here still descends through more scattered forests and villages finally reaching Landruk. Enjoy your rest of the day in relaxation.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05: Trek from Landruk to Ghandruk (2010m)
Today, the trail will have a steep descend at first towards Modi river for an hour and afterward, you will ascend steep climb for about 2 - 3 hours through the scattered villages before reaching a beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk. From here, you will get good views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and other snow-capped mountains.
After lunch, get some time to visit the local Gurung museum, a house of ancient artifacts and tools used by Gurung community people during ancient times. Also get dressed in local Gurung costume for a photograph if you are interested. If time permits, visit the Annapurna Mountain Conservation Area Project (ACAP) headquarters too.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06: Trek from Ghandruk to Kimche (1640m) and drive to Pokhara. Fly back to Kathmandu.
After enjoying a heartwarming sunrise from Ghandruk and finishing your breakfast, descend down from Ghandruk to Syauli Bazar for around two hours. Following the Modi Khola, you will have an easy walk up to Kimche where you will find your vehicle waiting for your return to Pokhara. You will be driven directly to the Pokhara airport for your flight back to Kathmandu.
Upon reaching Kathmandu, your day is free for some last minute shopping in Thamel market or rest with relaxation.
Day 07: Depart Kathmandu.
You will be picked up from your hotel 3.5 hours prior to your international flight time by one of our office representatives to escort you to the TIA. Trip concludes !!
Commencing this trip
This short trek starts from Pokhara. Pokhara can be reached from Kathmandu either by flight (30 minutes) or via surface transfer depending on your time availability, budget, or interest. Starting from Phedi, which is around 1-hour driving distance from Pokhara, you will reach Ghandruk on the third day of your trek enjoying the spectacular landscape views and panoramic views of the Himalayas. Since the per day walking duration will be of around 3 - 4 hours, you will have enough time to rest, take pictures and enjoy nature.
Best time to do this trip
Ghandruk trek reaches the maximum altitude of 2010m only. Hence, this trip can be done year around as there are no big hurdles on the trail. But it's best suggested to commence this trip during the suggested months of Spring and Autumn. These two seasons will have clear weather for the best views of the Himalayas and landscapes. Trekking to Ghandruk during monsoon is also possible but be prepared to walk in wet boots with a raincoat on.