Ghandruk Trek - 10 Days

Ghandruk (2010m) is small Gurung village lying in North West side of lakeside Pokhara. It is one of the most popular trekking routes of Nepal as Ghandruk is the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp too. Trekking in Ghandruk is one of the easy and short trekking of Nepal. One can reach Ghandruk in a day after short Hiking of 6-7 hours from Nayapool. Ghandruk is one of the most popular trekking routes of Nepal as it is one of the short & easy trekking routes to conquer. If you does not prefer trekking, then vehicle can help you to reach Ghandruk from Nayapool within 1.5 hour and then 1 hour hiking to the village. One can experience other villages like Hyangja, Phedi, Naudanda on the way to Ghandruk. Ghandruk Trekking is one of the most popular and easy trekking Nepal offers to its visitors.

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Experience Ghandruk

The actual hiking begins from Nayapool where there lies steep slope which leads to bridge (Nayapool) over Modi Khola. One can reach bazaar of Birethanti walking along Modi Khola. Ghandruk offers magnificent view of both snow-capped mountains and beautiful landscapes. If you are planning to visit Ghandruk, it is one of the best, easy and short trekking Nepal has to offer to its visitors and it also gives the feeling of what it is like to do the trekking in Nepal. Usually Nepalese can go trekking in Ghandruk without special permit and fees but foreign citizen needs ACAP permit which is issued by Government of Nepal.

After reaching Birethanti’s fringe there comes two paths, one that goes west up the Bhurungdi River to Tikedhunga and then to forested trail to Ghorepani and next one takes you to Ghandruk. One can find well equipped shop in both Ghandruk & Birethanti where one can find groceries from international brand. As this trek is one of the easiest trek and can be completed within 4-6 hours of short hiking with the maximum


Ghandruk offers magnificent view of Himalayas and also offers amazing view of landscapes. One can easily get into Ghandruk’s Gurung culture as local Gurung people welcomes the tourist by offering them to wear Gurung ornaments make them take photographs. Ghandruk seems the perfect blend of natural majesty and cultural diversity. Macchapucchre (Fish Tail) mountain can be seen real close from Ghandruk. Local culture, locally made food all serves as attraction to both domestic & international travelers. Ghandruk home stay also makes sure that you can have great time.


Ghandruk is one of the easy and short trekking of Nepal. One can reach Ghandruk by using the vehicle from Nayapool. One hour short hike from vehicle last stop takes you to Ghandruk. Similarly one can do the trekking of 6-7 hours from Nayapool to reach Ghandruk. Both local bus and private vehicle can be used from Pokhara to reach Ghandruk. Ghandruk is accessible from helicopter too.


Ghandruk not only offers food and groceries from international brands but Ghandruk also offers tourist standard accommodation facilities with most of the international services. Availability of international food items such as Pizza, Burger, Sandwiches can be easily available on special request.  Different tea house, tourist standard hotel with all modern facilities are available in Ghandruk. About 100’s of hotels and home stay are there in Ghandruk. Initially Ghandruk was famous for home stay for tourist but later on Ghandruk’s tourist increased and Homestay aand other hotel came in operation as tourist standard hotels.


Gurung village tour, Mountain Sightseeing, Hiking, Trekking is popular in Ghandruk. Similarly, Ghandruk also offers Horse riding facilities to both domestic & international travelers. Ghandruk participates tourist in Gurung culture by showing  the tourist the Gurung dance and offering tourist to wear the traditional Gurung dress & ornaments. Similarly, one can have the privilege of playing with the snow in the upper hill of Ghandruk.

Day 1
Arrival in Nepal,transfer to hotel

Have a greeting to the guest and transfer to hotel ,have a rest and O/N at hotel,kathmandu.

Day 2
Drive kathmandu to pokhara (by Bus or Flight)

sightseeing of pokhara.O/N at hotel Pokhara.

Day 3
Drive Pokhara to Nayapul and trek start from Nayapul to Syauli Bazar.

Trekking start from Nayapul To syauli Bazar .O/N at ayauli Bazar.

Day 4
Trek start from syauli Bazar to Ghandrunk.

The trail ascends between the beautiful agriculture terrace fields. You see stunning view of Machhapurchhre Himal (6696m). Then you arrive to Ghandrung villageThere you can also visit Gurung Museum. The Ghandruk village is also the head quarter of Annapurna conservation area project. You can see there slide show about the activities of ACAP.

Day 5
Trek from Ghandruk to Chomrong village

you can see very close-up view of Annapurna South (7219m), Himchuli (6644m) and Machhapurchhre Himal (6996m).

Day 6
Trek from Chomrong to Landruk.

The village of Landruk is also the village Gurung people. From this village you can see excellent view of Annapurna mountain..

Day 7
Trek from Landruk to Dhampus

This village is surrounded by cultivated agriculture terraces. Then trail climbs up with lush forest until to Deurali. From Deurali you can witness Dhaulagiri Mountain and north part of Pokhara valley. set.

Day 8
Trek Dhampus to Phedi and drive to pokhara.

On this day early morning you see stunning sunrise and exiting view of Annapurna mountain range. back to pokhara. O/N at pokhara.

Day 9
Back to kathmandu,

Back to kathmandu and have the sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley.

Day 10
Final Departure

Free till Final departure. Final Departure.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Ghandruk a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Ghandruk trekking?

On average, you walk about 5 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 1940m to 6360m.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to ghandrunk trek?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for ghandrunk trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

Can i re-charge camera batteries along the trek?

Yes, most of the places,you can re-charge camera batteries along the trek (per hour USD-2-3per charging).

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

There are telephones services in all trekking routes and internet service.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Ghandruk Trek
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Trip Facts

  • 1-12 people
  • Moderate