Ghandruk Trekking is a popular short trail in the Annapurna region. The trek takes you to the naturally embodied village of Ghandruk in western Nepal, which is a beautiful village with old Gurung settlements. A highlight is the old Gurung museum, offering interesting information of the tribe’s history and way of living. From here you can enjoy a great view of Annapurna south, Gangapurna, Annapurna -III, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre. The Ghandruk trek is ideal for all kind of trekkers as it offers an easy trekking trail with no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitude. Further, this trek entices you with rich Gurung culture and tradition of people living in this exotic place.
Overall, this short trek provides a good introduction into trekking whilst also providing some wonderful close up views of both the sacred mountain Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Annapurna South. However, our destination is the beautiful and ornate village of Ghandruk, home to the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Therefore, you have a chance to visit the project to discover first hand how the conservation work is being carried out. A refreshing three days allowing an insight into mountain life. Maximum altitude 2600 mtrs.
Day 01 : Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m)- around 7 hours drive
Day 02 ;Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk (1940m) – 4 to 5 hrs walk
Day 03 :Trek Ghandruk to Pothana (1900m) – 5 to 6 hrs walk
Day 04 ;Trek Pothana to Phedi (approx. 2 hrs walk) and Drive to Pokhara
Day 05: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu
Early morning, after breakfast, board a bus and drive to Pokhara. It’s a drive of about 6-8 hours through lush green forest, on a meandering road through the hills and gracefully flowing riverside’s. You will also come across lively markets and clusters of villages on the way. Lunch will be taken in one of the road side restaurants. Upon reaching in Pokhara, you will be received and driven to the hotel. Check into hotel.
We leave Pokhara early in the morning and drive to Nayapul for about two hours. From Nayapul, we start walking uphill and having fantastic views of the Annapurnas and Manaslu. From Birethanti, we turn right after crossing the Modi river and aim to reach Ghandruk in about 4-5 hours steep hill trail. Enjoy the amazing views of Machhapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) and Annapurna South from this pretty village. Walking time: 4-5 hours
Good morning! Day 2 is waiting for you with a number of ascents and descents. We descend down to ModiKhola and the trail again climbs to Landruk village. We walk through paddy fields followed by an uphill climb to Pothana Village, where we stay overnight. Walking time: 5-6 hours
Most part of the trail to Pokhara from Pothana is one the ridge of a hill. We will walk into the forest from where the shining views of Himalayas can be observed. We decent down to Phedi through the village of Dhaupus and Drive to Pokhara for about 30 mins. Overnight stay at hotel. Walking time: 2 hours walk
It takes about 6-7 hours to drive back to Kathmandu passing beautiful mountains and rivers along the way. In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner and reflect on a great adventure.
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