Overview of Gandruk Trek
Ghandruk Trek is a beautiful introduction to Annapurna Region which offers the best highlights of stunning views, quaint villages, hot springs, an incredible variety of ecosystems and wildlife and snow-capped mountains along with the cultural abundance of Gurung ethnicity. This trek is a great alternative to the longer more rigorous treks in this area. If you are a family looking for a trek with the kids or desire a less committing trek, this is the perfect way to enjoy all the best highlights of the Annapurna area.
Ghandruk trek itself is eleven glorious days of relatively relaxed hiking, and added to this adventure is two opportunities for exploring and sightseeing in both the ancient capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu and the lovely city of Lakes, Pokhara. In Kathmandu, there are a variety of ancient religious sites to visit, such as Swayambhunath Temple where Buddhists come to pray, and alongside Hindus also are found worshipping their deities. There is also wonderful foods to enjoy, such as traditional Newari Cuisine. On the other end of the trek, in Pokhara, museums and temples are all set against the backdrop of Phewa Lake where on a calm day the Annapurna massif (8,091 m) can show its reflection. In between these two different yet equally interesting cities is a trek that will showcase how truly spectacular the Himalayan Mountains are. The trek begins after a short drive from Pokhara to the trail-head. As the trek ascends slowly, it winds through the forest and passes through lovely village Dhampus. From sub-tropical jungles to more temperate rhododendron forests, the trek passes through authentic Gurung villages. In Ghandruk and Landruk you will get the best hospitality of Gurung people and you will get the chance to know more about their culture and tradition. Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m) shows its dominating peak through this beautiful journey as just one of many incredible mountains to see. Another excellent highlight of this hike is a soak in the outdoor hot springs. Feel the fresh mountain air as you soak and relax after a wonderful day of hiking.
The trek is appropriate for almost anyone in relatively sound physical shape, and the best times of the year are fall (September- November) and spring (March-May). However, this trek stays fairly low in elevation, so Winter can be suitable, though temperatures will run very cold at night.
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- DAY 1: ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU AND TRANSPORT TO THE HOTEL When you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport you will be warmly greeted and transported to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and rejuvenate after the long journey to Nepal.
- DAY 2: SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU It is an exciting day full of the ancient wonders of Kathmandu. Enjoy watching the playful monkeys, and seeing both Buddhists and Hindus worship side by side at Swayambhunath Stupa, lovingly referred to as monkey temple. Boudhanath Stupa is the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. Watch or participate in a Kora or walking around the stupa. It’s important to walk clockwise when circulating the stupa. Maybe take a few turns on the prayer wheels as you explore this holy site. These and other surprises await on an exciting turn through the bustling city of Kathmandu
- DAY 3: KATHMANDU TO POKHARA On this day, we will drive to Pokhara (820m) from Kathmandu, so it’s a great opportunity to sit back and relax as you let the scenery slip by and take in the rural life and terraced fields of the countryside. The drive is roughly 6 hours and once in Pokhara and settled into the hotel. In the evening time, you can walk around the peaceful environment of lakeside
- DAY 4: POKHARA TO POTHANA Assemble early for the drive to Phedi (1130m) where the trek begins. The roughly five-hour hike to Pothana (1990 m) ascends through lovely forests and passes through a Gurung village called Dhampus. From here the mighty Annapurna South (7219m) and Lamjung Himal (6983m) can be seen. The trek continues on to Pothana and the beautiful view of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m) can be seen in front of us.
- DAY 5: POTHANA TO LANDRUK From Pothana to Landruk is another wonderfully mild hike that offers every opportunity to enjoy all the sites of the mountains, and enjoy the warm hospitality of the mostly Gurung villages along the way. The first part of this trek is a gradual ascent to Pitam Deurali (2142 m) and enjoys a mixed deciduous forest full of oaks. Peeking through the forest the peaks of Annapurna Range and Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m) can be seen. The trail takes a now downward approach to Tolka (1700 m) of both Magar and Gurung Cultures. From here it is more gradual descent through a more agrarian landscape to Landruk (1565 m) where the tour overnights.
- DAY 6: LANDRUK TO JHINU DANDA AND GO TO HOT SPRING After the as restful night, the trek for day six is another delightful romp the tiny settlement of Jhinu Danda (1780m), where the hot springs are readily accessible. Soak in the evening before dinner and enjoy the comradery of your fellow travelers in this outdoor natural hot springs.
- DAY 7: JHINU DADA TO GHANDRUK From the tiny settlement and hot springs, the trail will climb uphill bit a bit more fervor on day 7 but first, the hike will head down and pass over the Modi Khola River and cross and iron Bridge before ascending to Ghandruk (1940m). Here the village is a bit larger with many lodges, a Gurung Museum, and traditional architecture. Enjoy views of Annapurna South (7219 m) and Machhapuchhre (6997 m). The warm hospitality of the people of this region makes you feel like you are part of their family.
- DAY 8: GHANDRUK TO POKHARA Ghandruk to Nayapul is the last day of trekking so last chance to enjoy stretching your legs on this easy 5-hour day. The hike will also pass through Kimche and Syauli Bazaar. From Nayapul we will drive back to Pokhara for the next day’s sightseeing.
- DAY 9: SIGHTSEEING IN POKHARA Have a leisurely breakfast after a great night’s sleep before seeing the sights of Pokhara. Boating is done in Phewa Lake and visits Barahi Temple that stands tall and gleams white under the sunny skies. This Hindu temple is actually situated in the middle of the lake and affords panoramic views of the city and the towering mountains in the distance. Charming and tucked away is Davis Falls just outside of town and visit the sacred Hindu cave called Gupteshwor Gupha. Among the many Hindu holy sites of Pokhara is Bindyabasini Temple and is the oldest shrine built in Pokhara.
- DAY 10: POKHARA TO KATHMANDU BY FLIGHT THEN FREE TIME IN KATHMANDU To return to Kathmandu, the tour will board a flight in Pokhara and in no time be back in Kathmandu. The rest of the day is yours to relax, rest and eat some delicious local or western cuisine since Thamel will have almost anything you’re in the mood for.
- DAY 11: TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT On the last day, we will wish you a farewell and transport you back to the international airport for your flight home, or if you are continuing your journey elsewhere.
COSTS & DATES
- Price Inclusive: Airport/Hotel/Airport picks up and drops by private car. Accommodation in Kathmandu (4 nights) Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation by land. All meals (breakfast, Lunch, dinner tea coffee) during the trek. Guesthouse/ lodge accommodation during the trek. The required trekking staffs. Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, for the trekking staff. Transportation during sightseeing in Kathmandu Hotel in Pokhara
Price Does Not Includes
- Price Exclusive: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara Your travel insurance (compulsory) International airfare and airport departure tax. Nepal entry visa fee Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks and mineral water. Personal trekking equipments. Tip for trekking staffs and driver etc. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.