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THE BEAUTIFUL 3 DAYS GHANDRUK TREK FROM POKHARA

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    • Duration3 days
    • AccommodationMountain lodge
    • Start | EndPokhara
    • ActivityTrekking
    • Max Altitude2012 meter
    • DifficultiesEasy
    • Best SeasonSep - Nov | Jan-june
    • Group Size1-20 pax
    • Meal2 B | 3 L | 2 D
    Introduction

    The beautiful 3 days Ghandruk trek from Pokhara is one of the shortest and most popular trek cultural trek with beautiful views of Fishtail, Annapurna and Hiunchuli peaks. Trek costs USD 300/Pax including transportation, meal, accommodation, guide, porter and permit.

    3 days trek to Ghanduk is by far the most popular short trek from Pokhara. Ghandruk trek 3 days falls on the trekking route to Annapurna Base Camp as well as Ghorepani Poonhill trek.

    Ghandruk trekking begins from Nayapul near Pokhara. It takes 5 hrs to reach Ghandruk from Nayapul. Ghandruk trek 3 days is famous for culturally rich Gurung community and typical Nepali villages. Settled by families of Gurkha family, Ghandruk also hosts Gurung museum and Mother’s group. Ghandruk trekking route, especially Ghandruk, offers splendid views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

    The trekking trail also passes through Landruk, another Gurung village and finally arrives at Dhampus via Pothana. Dhampus is famous viewpoint for watching Fishtail mountain. Ghandruk trek 3 days is suitable for trekkers of all age brackets and physical abilities. Ghandruk trek is also part of Ghandruk Ghorepani trekking.

    GANDRUK TREK ITINERARY

    Ghandruk Village Trek is the perfect choice for those traveler as it is the most picturesque village in the Annapurna regions. 

    • Day 1: Pokhara - Ghandruk.
    • Day 2: Ghandruk -Pothana.
    • Day 3: Pothana-Pokhara.

    GHANDRUK TREKKING HIGHLIGHTS

    This trek is most popular for wonderful Gurung culture. The beautiful village, geographical differences and the fantastic views of the mountains of Annapurna (7219 m), Machhapuchhare (6993 m) and Himchuli (6411 m). Here are the major highlights of this Grandruk trek:

    • Hike to Gurung villages through forests of rhododendron, sandalwood, and pine.
    • Get to know the cultural and culinary highlights of Kathmandu.
    • Expericing the diverse culture and lifestyle.
    • Most popular for Gurung Culture.
    • Enjoy views of alpine lakes, fields, and mountains—including Annapurna South.

    GHANDRUK TREK COST

    Package includes almost everything such as transportation, permit, necessary documentation, staff insurance, accommodation, food and taxes. There is no hidden or unseen cost. IF you are travelling in a group of more than 2 person, do write to us, cost per person will be much lower.

    What is included in the tour price ?

    • Documentation - No hidden charges All necessary paper works, government and local taxes & company service charges
    • Permit(Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit & Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card)
    • All land transportation on a private vehicle as per the group size (car, jeep, van or a bus)(Day 1: Pokhara -Nayapul & Day 3: Phedi - Pokhara)
    • Accommodation during the trek (2 nights accommodation on clean mountain lodges on sharing basis )
    • Meal - Full board(Warm and fresh meal during the trek | 2 Breakfast | 3 Lunch | 2 Dinner)
    • Trekking gears (Sleeping bag, duffel bag, trekking poles, water bottle & rain poncho)
    • 1 X English speaking Trekking guide(Experienced, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained)
    • Porters - Strong, experienced and honest 01 Porter for 2 trekkers/ maximum 16 kgs luggage per porter.
    • Arrangements for trekking staffs(All meals|3 times a day, salary, accommodation and insurance)

    WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

    • Personal nature expenses (All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, hot and cold drinks during rest, lunch and dinner, laundry)
    • Charging electronic devices (If electricity is provided by solar power, charging devices such as Mobile, tablet and laptop will be charged.)
    • Insurance(Your travel insurance)
    • Tipping / gratis for guides, porters and drivers(Tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.)
    • Unexpected expenses (Expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Eyes on Nepal such as natural calamities, mishaps or accident)

    CANCELLATION POLICY

    Cancellation policy is only applicable to package tariffs. The cancellation charge will be against the total package cost after deducting non-refundable expenses such as permits, transportation costs, airfare expenses that have been paid as part of the trip.
    • If you cancel your trip 30 days prior to the program start date, 15% cancellation fees of the total package cost will be charged.
    • Any cancelation made 15 days prior to the program start date, 30% cancellation fees of the total package cost will be charge.
    • If you cancel your trip 1 week prior to the program start date, 50% cancellation fees of the total package cost will be charge.
    • cancelation made less than one week prior to the program start date, it will be deemed as no show and hence no refund will be made.
    • You must notify us about cancellation through writing via email.

    LEAVE FOOTPRINTS ONLY

    "Leave nothing but foot prints, take nothing but photos & memories"
    • We suggest to stay in locally-owned lodges or tea houses
    • Waste management (We request to bring back all the waste materials you have carried on your way)
    • Kindly respect local culture and dress code.

    GHANDRUK trek PHOTOS

    GHANDRUK TREK MAP

    There are several routes to make this Ghandruk trek. Please find the most scenic route map below.

    GHANDRUK TREK Itinerary in detail

    The easy level beautiful Ghandruk trek is one of the must do trek in Nepal. Here is the day to day details itinerary for Ghandruk 2 Nights 3 days trek from Pokhara.

    Day 1Pokhara to Ghandruk

    We will pick you up at 8am from lakeside Pokhara. We recommend you to have breakfast before 8am. We will drive to Nayapul the starting point of our trek which takes about one and a half hour. After 30 minutes trek you come at Birethanti where your trekking permits will be checked. The trail then heads to Syauli bazaar with occasional views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Macchapuhre along the trail. Have pre-ordered lunch at Syauli bazaar and then trek another 2 hrs of uphill route to reach Ghandruk.

    Check in hotel at Ghandruk where you will be welcomed with warm Himalayan tea. After refreshment, start tour of Ghandruk village by visiting local museum, traditional homes, organic farm etc. You will have your dinner in the hotel.

     
    Duration

    4 hrs.

     
    Altitude

    2,012M

     
    Meals

    L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Tourist Hotel

    Day 2Ghandruk to Pothana

    After watching sunrise views have breakfast. This is the toughest day of the trek. We will trek down to New Bridge within one and half hour. Thereafter you will do steep uphill trek to Landruk which also takes about one and half hour. Landruk is a Gurung village and a perfect point to watch up close views of Annapurna South. Continue trek past Landruk to Tolka where we will have our pre-ordered lunch. Post lunch carry on with your trek till Pothana. Pothana lies on the trekking trail to Mardi Himal. Dinner will be in the hotel.

     
    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    1,700M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 3Pothana to Pokhara

    After breakfast at 8am we start our trek to Pokhara via Dhampus village. Today you will enjoy the easiest trekking trail. It takes one-and-a-half-hour maximum to reach Dhampus. We will spend few hours touring the village before embarking on the trail towards Phedi. From Phedi we will drive back to Pokhara.

    Note: Consult with your guide in choosing lunch between Dhampus and Pokhara well in advance. 

     

     
    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    800M

     
    Meals

    B | L

     
    Accommodation

    N/A

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    GHANDRUK TREK Packing List

    This checklist helps you decide what to pack for your trip. Smart packing makes travel fun.

    Packing list Summer season

    During summer, the temperature in the day is about 20 degree Celsius and 5 degree Celsius in the morning/evening however it is a bit chilly early morning. Sometimes due to unexpected weather, the temperature drops to 0 degree Celsius. While trekking you should travel as light as possible so we advise to carry less gadgets and belongings. Below is a list of items you need to include:
    • Day backpack
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Sun Hat
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts (Quick dry)
    • Multi-uses neck warmer
    • Sweat/cotton pants
    • Thermal wear
    • Full sleeve shirt
    • Fleece Jacket
    • Down jacket (0 DC)
    • Socks
    • Gloves
    • Poncho
    • Towel
    • Head light
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Books (during road journey)
    • Waterproof jacket (wind stopper)
    • International travel plug (to charge your gadgets)
    • Waterproof Trekking boots

    Packing list winter season

    During winter, the temperature in the day is about 15 degree Celsius and 0 degree Celsius in the morning/evening however it is a bit chilly early morning. Sometimes due to unexpected weather, the temperature drops to -5 degree Celsius. While trekking you should travel as light as possible so we advise to carry less gadgets and belongings. Below is a list of items you need to include:
    • Day backpack
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Sun Hat
    • T-shirt (quick dry)
    • Multi-uses Neck warmer
    • Full sleeve shirt
    • Full sleeve shirt
    • Sweat/cotton pants
    • Thermal wear
    • Down jacket (-10 DC)
    • Socks
    • Waterproof Gloves
    • Poncho
    • Towel
    • bed liner
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Head light
    • Crampon
    • Reading book
    • Waterproof jacket (wind stopper)
    • Waterproof Trekking boots
    • International travel plug (to charge your gadgets)

    EYES ON NEPAL PROVIDES

    Eyes on Nepal provides some essentials and common gears that can be use again and wont charge for it.
    • Sleeping bag
    • Water bottle
    • Trekking poles
    • Duffel bags
    • Rain Poncho
    • First aid
    • Down Jacket(Not suggest due to hygiene & size)

    GHANDRUK TREK GUIDE

    Trek to Ghandruk is one of the bestselling Nepal trek packages. We always suggest our guest to know some must know things about this trip. Here is some important information about this trip.

    Ghandruk village

    Scenic Ghandruk is another popular Gurung village lying in the Annapurna trek circuit. The village is nestled at an altitude of 2470m. It features rich Gurung culture and offers perhaps the closest viewing of Fishtail, Hiunchuli and Annapurna South.

    Ghandruk Trek

    The trek is a Gurung tribal cultural heritage village trek and still keeping the safe linguistic and speaks the Gurung language in its dialect which is known as Gorkha Ex British army village.

    Best time for Ghandruk Trek

    Autumn (October and November) are ideal as most rains should have stopped by then and the views keep getting better – but it isn’t too cold, yet.

    Weather of Ghandruk temperature

    As the elevation for the Ghandruk trek isn’t very high, it’s also possible to do it in the colder winter months of December, January and February.
    Spring (March to May) would be wonderful with even fewer people than autumn and beautiful flowers all around.

    Monthly rainfall in Ghandruk trek

    Summer (June to September) Not highly recommended if you want to view the snow-caped mountains.Summer season from June-July is the rainy season and not a good time to go trekking in this region.

    Ghandruk trek itinerary

    Ghandruk is one of most well-known trekking destinations in Nepal. Due to increasing road network in Annapurna region, Ghandruk trek can complete in short duration. The discovery of newer tourism destinations around Ghandruk area also mean that tourists can extend their programs. Here are some possible itineraries for trek to Ghandruk from Pokhara.

    Ghandruk village trek 2 Days

    You can travel to Ghandruk comfortably in a car or jeep. The journey involves a 3-4 hours’ drive from Pokhara. After enjoying the scenic views of mountains and village tour around Ghandruk village, you will drive back to Pokhara on next day. It is best for those who are not physically fit and travelling with kids.

    Scenic 3 days Ghandruk trek 

    3 days trekking itinerary begins with a short drive to Nayapul from Pokhara followed by a hike to Ghandruk via Syauli Bazar. On Day 2, after the sunrise tour around Ghandruk village, you will trek to Pothana via Landruk and Tolka. The next day, trek to Phedi via Dhampus village and from there drive back to Pokhara.

    Food and water during Ghandruk village trek

    Today, a range of food is available for trekkers on this trek. Nepali rice and lentils, soups, Momos, fried rice, dishes, noodles, Tsampa, spaghetti, spring rolls are available during the trek. The prices for the same item of food increases with increasing altitude. You will find the small shop where you can fill up drinking.

    Different Route for Ghandruk trek

    There are two different routes you can do this trek in. They can be categorized under Clockwise and Anti-clockwise heading.

    Clockwise route – Starting from Phedi and end at Nayapul

    Anti-clockwise route – Sarting from Nayapul and at Phedi

    Ghandruk trek from Pokhara

    Ghandruk village is one of the most developed villages in the Kaski district, the Annapurna Rural Municipality, and between Lumle and Chhomrong Villages, and the closest trek from Pokhara. Pokhara to Nayapul takes 1 hour by bus or taxi. Nayapul to Ghandruk village is about 11 kilometers and 4 hours by hike, including all stops.

    Ghadruk trek route from Pokhara

    Trek starts from Nayapul which serves as the gateway to the trek. It takes 2 hours on bus and 1 hour on taxi to reach Nayapul from Pokhara. Trek starts from Nayapul to Ghandruk via Syauli bazar. Section from Syauli Bazar to Ghandruk is quite uphill but very scenic.

    Ghandruk Trek from Kathmandu.

    Short trek to Ghandruk form Kathmandu is very popular in tourism in Nepal. It can be completed in 5 days including two nights stay in Pokhara. You are transiting in Pokhara while going to Ghandruk and back from trekking. You will also have opportunity to make sightseeing while staying in Pokhara.

    Distance from Kathmandu to Ghandruk village

    The total road distance from Kathmandu-Ghandruk is 260 km. The drive from Kathmandu-Nayapul is about 10 hours and walking around 5 hours you will arrive to Ghandruk.

    Ghandruk Poon hill trekking distance

    From Ghandruk to Poon hill trek distance is around 17 km/ 11 miles which you will cover by walking 5 hours.

    How to reach Ghandruk from Kathmandu?

    In order to reach Ghandruk from Kathmandu you need to drive to Pokhara or to Nayapool and walking 4 hours you will reach to Ghandruk

    Trip extension from Ghandruk

    Ghandruk is centrally located in Annapurna region. Tourist can easily extend their journey according to their interest and time. Below are some trip that can be extended.

    Annapurna Base Camp via Ghandruk

    Ghandruk is the gate way for Annapurna base camp trek. You can easily extent your trip and follow the trail to Annapurna base camp. Trail passes villages like Chhomrong, Sinuwa, Bamboo, Deurali, MBC and finally reach ABC. While returning from Annapurna base camp you will be visiting Jhinnu hot spring to have natural hot water bath.

    Poon hill via Ghandruk

    Another famous trekking destination in Annapurna region, Poon hill can be easily reached from Ghandruk. Within 2 to 3 days, Poon hill trek can be easily done from Ghandruk.

    Australian camp via Ghandruk

    One of the most popular short treks from Pokhara, Australian camp trek falls in Ghandruk trek route. On last day instead of travelling to Pokhara from Pothana, you will head to Australian camp and overnight.

    Mardi himal via Ghandruk

    Marid himal trek is hot cake in Annapurna region. You can easily extend your trek to Mardin Himal while you are in Ghandruk trek. Instead to travellign to Pokhara on last day, you will head to forest camp from landruk.

    FAQS

    Is it must to hire porter for Ghandruk trek?

    Yes, it is a must to hire porter for Ghandruk trek. By helping you carrying part of your baggage, porters allow you to trek freely and also offer you more time and comfort to get full enjoyment of trekking. You can spend time observing and experience mountains, local culture and biodiversity as well as interacting with locals.  Porter can also act as a guide and a companion if you need assistance. By taking porters, trekkers will be directly contributing towards generating employment and income generation for Nepali people.

    Risk of altitude sickness?      

    The highest point is only 2012 m. So there is no risk of altitude sickness. All of these make this trek an ideal choice for everyone looking for a short trek in the Annapurna foothills.

    Is trek to Ghandruk safe?

    Yes, trekking to Ghandruk is  safe. 

    How difficult is Ghandruk trek?

    Ghandruk trek is considered basic or entry level of trek. People with normal physical fitness can easily complete this trip. Because of its easiness, it is also called family-friendly trek.

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    mebball44

    Solo Traveller

    3 day Ghandruk Trek
    I had a short window for trekking while in Nepal for an event. Angie was very professional and prompt in arranging the trek for my schedule even when I was slow to decide and respond. My guide Ram was friendly and knowledgeable and chose clean and comfortable places with great views for lodging and meals. They both went above and beyond to make my experience the best it could be. I only wish I’d had more time for a more challenging trek
    SOURCE | TRIPADVISOR

    rweng009

    Couple Traveller

    An Excellent Team
    We had a very short notice trip into Nepal but with some ideas of what we wanted to do.
    Eyes on Nepal responded quickly (email and whatsapp) and offered suggestions for a short Ghandruk Landruk trek.
    We were in country before the arrangements were finalized. Nothing however was too much trouble with Mishra meeting us at the hotel to sort and pass on the details. The planning, in country flights, pickups, permits and Pokhara hotels were professionally and seamlessly done.
    The trek was excellently managed.
    Ram our guide was a rare gem. Being of a more mature generation perhaps the mind was a bit more ambitious than the legs were prepared for (all those downhill steps!). Ram’s patience, knowledge and encouragement were instrumental in making this a most enjoyable and memorable experience. We look forward to further trekking with him.
    A really excellent and supportive team. No hesitation in recommending them.
    SOURCE | TRIPADVISOR

    gerard882018

    Group Traveller

    Ghandruk – Landruk Trek

    Excellent service from the ever accommodating Siddartha to our group of six seniors on this Kathmandu trip which included the 3d2n trek from Nayapol to Pehdi

    The trekking guide Ram was also really helpful as he could see that some of us were not fully fit

    Overall, the well planned itinerary by Eyes On Nepal met our expectations and made the trip a memorable experience for all of us

    Best rgds to Siddartha and his team
    SOURCE | TRIPADVISOR

    Kavitha K

    Solo Traveller

    3D2N Ghandruk Trek – Excellent!
    I had such a wonderful and smooth experience with Siddhartha and his team!
    They were so accommodating to my needs such as arrival time, various accommodation and ensured I had an enriching time.

    The email correspondence were quick, which gave me an idea of how I can plan for my trip as well. My guide, Ka Prasad was excellent and encouraging. He ensured that I was well prepared and was very patient as well.

    The team at Eyes On Nepal are very professional and they do go all out to ensure you have a great time in Nepal. I highly recommend them!