Activity: Eco/Cultural Trek
Ghandruk Trek is a community located in the Kaski District of the Gandaki province of Nepal, Ghandruk is one of the most popular tourist destinations famous for its cultural, geographical variety, and spectacular views of mountains and stone roofed houses. Situated at an altitude of 2012 meters, Ghandruk is a viewpoint for Mt Annapurna, Mt Machhapuchhre, and Himalchuli. The trek to Ghandruk begins with a drive from the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu to Pokhara, and then Nayapul.
It is Nepal’s second-largest hamlet. So provides a once-in-a-lifetime chance to identify the gorgeous and extravagant village of Ghandruk, as well as an insight into mountain life, civilizations, and traditions. Ghandruk, also known as Nepal’s model village, is a Gurung village in the Kaski district of the Western Development Region. It is located at an elevation of 1939 meters, just below the Annapurna mountain range. A Ghandruk is a popular starting point for treks in Nepal’s Annapurna range. (particularly Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit treks), offering a variety of trails and lodging options. The village offers breathtaking views of the mystic peaks of Mt Annapurna, Mt Machhapuchhre, Mt Gangapurna, and Mt Hiunchuli, and it also acts as the gateway to the Poon hill hike, putting it at the forefront of tourism attractions in the province. The Gurung communities make up the majority of the village’s residents. Aside from the Himalayan peaks, the Annapurna Sanctuary is a protected region. Since its inception, it has protected the plants, animals, and the territory itself.
The trekking trail from Pokhara to Ghandruk runs through scarlet Rhododendrons and green woodlands. The best time to take photos is during the spring season when flowers are in blossom.
This hike is one of the best in Nepal because of the amazing views of pristine white mountains and the wildlife. You may also enjoy photography with the best view of local rice fields, people, and mountain beauty here.
Itinerary [for Lodge Trek]
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport, transfer to hotel
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (850 meters), 6-7 hours.
Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1,890 meters), 4 hrs.
Day 04 Trek to Landruk (1,500 meters) 5 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Ghandruk (2,012 meters), 5 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara for 5 hours.
Day 07: Departure to your own destination.
About Nepal Visa:
All foreign nationals except Indian Nationals are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese Visa can be obtained either prior to your arrival at a Nepalese embassy abroad or on arrival time in Kathmandu at the airport. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon arrival. The Visa can be also taken at entry points at Nepalese borders. For Nepalese Visa, it requires your passport with at least six months validity, a recent digital photo (size: 1.5″ x 1.5″), and the following fees either in USD dollars cash or the equivalent local currency.
Multiple entries 15 days USD 30 or equivalent Nepalese currency
Multiple entries 30 days USD 50 or equivalent Nepalese currency
Multiple entries 90 days USD 125 or equivalent Nepalese currency
We strongly advise you to take travel insurance before joining a tour which should cover medical expenses, hospitalization, helicopter evacuation from high-altitude places in case of an accident or medical emergency. Coverage Your insurance should have up to the elevation of 5100 meters. It would be advantageous for you also to choose an insurance policy that also covers lost or stolen baggage. We would request you to bring your insurance documents when you come to Nepal.
In Ghandruk Trekking, there is an available Lodge along the trail. Lodges typically offer a room with a wooden bed with a simple mattress or foam pad, a cotton pillow, and a blanket or quilt. All have electric lights with a spacious dining room lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in the local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for you (here rooms cannot be booked in advance).
In the case of Kathmandu, we offer you a tourist standard hotel under 3-star categories unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice. You will get different options for accommodations ranging from basic to standard. Different other facilities such as hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging facilities, you may find the western toilet or the Asian ‘squat’ type toilets. etc.
Trekking Guide & Team:
The trekking team who will go with you is the most significant thing that makes your Ghandruk Trekking successful, enjoyable, and memorable. We would provide you with skilled, experienced or professional, courteous, knowledgeable, and helpful trekking guides and porters. The trekking guide leads you on the trail and briefs you all about this route and porters carry your luggage.
All trekking guides are carefully selected in terms of their appropriate experience, leadership skills, mountain expedition, and their knowledge about local culture, ecosystem, geography, flora and fauna, and history. With the aim of sustaining local communities, we only employ local people as trekking guides and porters.
All our trekking guides are certified by Nepal Government, Ministry of Tourism. Trekking Guide is one of Nepal’s better-known operators of adventure and exciting travel, having more than 15 years of experience in the tourism field. We manage the trekking team in such a way that one trekking guide in each group and porters like one porter for two trekkers.
Food & Drinks:
In Ghandruk Trekking, it’s commonly available for Authentic Nepali meals: Dal Bhat (rice with lentil soup and seasonal vegetables) eggs, French fries, porridge, Granola, Cornflakes, and muesli.
Besides the national dish, one can find various options such as noodles, spaghetti, dumplings, soups, salad, pizza, pasta, fries, and many more. Along with that, roti’s and varieties of curries are available for lunch. Overall, most Nepalese cuisines are potato dishes, noodle dishes, soup dishes, rice dishes, bread dishes, Dhal Bhat meals, and egg/porridge dishes.
Tea and hot lemon are traditionally the main drinks on the trail though coffee is found everywhere. Bottled soft drinks, bottled water, and even beer are common along the route but the price of each bottle rises each day when you move upward.
Climate & Weather of Nepal:
Climatic conditions of Nepal vary from one place to another in accordance with geographical features. In the northern summers are cool and winters severe, while in the south, summers are tropical and winters are mild. Nepal has five major seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, and winter.
Traveling in and through Nepal is not subject to seasonal constraints. Even in December and January, when winter is at its worst, bright sun and beautiful views compensate for the cold. Like most trekking fields in Nepal, spring and autumn are the best time to visit. Spring is the time for rhododendrons, while after the monsoon in October and November the clearest skies are discovered. For more details of climate and weather just click here
Side Trips/ Trip Extensions:
After This Amazing Trekking; if you are interested in other activities like you can join in various side Trips in Nepal like a cultural tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Jungle Safari in National Park, White Water Rafting in Himalayan Rivers, Adventure activities like Bungee Jumping, Paragliding, Mountain flight or mountain bike, etc. Or You can also extend your trip to neighboring Himalayan Countries: Bhutan, Tibet, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Ladak which seems more appealing to you.
At your request, we will give you the details of the side trips we can Make organize trips according to your desire.