Ghandruk Village Trek - 6 days

Ghandruk Village Trek - 6 days

Ghandruk Village Trek is one of the most short, easy, and family-friendly treks in the Annapurna foothills. In general, trekking in Nepal takes more than a week, but this trek can be completed within 6 days. So, this trek is the perfect choice for those who have a brief time in Nepal and want to taste the Himalayan trekking experience in a short period.

Well, this trek gets its name after the beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk. It is famous for its rich Gurung culture and hospitality. This lovely village with slate-roofed houses beside paddy fields with stunning mountain views and green hills in the background is definitely a grand setting that offers you a majestic feel. Some famous treks of Nepal in the Annapurna region, such as Poon Hill, Annapurna Base Camp, and Annapurna Circuit, goes through Ghandruk village. 

A journey of Ghandruk Village trek begins from Nayapul, 1 hour drive from the main city of Pokhara. The trail goes through dense rhododendron forests, paddy fields, and steep stone staircase to picturesque villages of the lower Annapurna region. The Ghandruk trail is scenic and offers close-up views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli. 

The main attraction of the 6-day Ghandruk trek is the bustling, culturally rich Ghandruk village. The Gurung community mainly inhabits it. Over 200 years of ancient, the Old Gurung Museum and new Ghandruk Cultural Museum are worth visiting. In these museums, you can get a glimpse of the village people's daily life story and learn the Gurung culture too.

After having a pleasant stay at Ghandruk village, this scenic trek leads you through other charming towns of Pothana and Dhampus. So, this 6-day itinerary of Ghandruk Village trek will give you plenty of time to stop the enjoy the scenery, interact with the locals, and take time to explore these pristine villages. This short trek is open all year round, and due to being less strenuous, all age groups can enjoy the trek. This beautiful trek has inspired many people as an introductory trek in the Annapurna region.

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The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • One of the short and scenic treks of the Annapurna region that lies close to the Pokhara city
  • A short and scenic flight to Pokhara Valley
  • Walk through the scenic lower trail of Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Hike through the dense woods of rhododendron forests 
  • Witness diverse flora and fauna
  • Passes through several Gurung villages such as Pothana, Dhampus, Deurali, Phedi, etc
  • A scenic trail including cascading waterfalls, water streams, rice fields, and beautiful terraces
  • Trek to the pristine, culturally rich village of Ghandruk
  • Enjoy an enchanting sunrise view over the mountains of the Annapurna range
  • Explore Old Gurung Museum and learn about Gurung people's lifestyle, history, and culture
  • Dress up in Gurung attire and take a picture 
  • Take an excursion tour of the new Ghandruk Cultural Museum
  • Ghandruk village offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range, including Annapurna South (7,219m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m), and Hiunchuli (6,441m), etc.
  • Tour around Ghandruk village, home to the Gurung community, including brave Gurkha soldiers 
  • Enjoy the warm hospitality of local Gurung people 
  • Immerse yourself in the rich, authentic Gurung culture and tradition 
  • Enjoy the nightlife at Pokhara city or walk around Phewa Lake
  • A perfect blend of trek and cultural tour in the lap of Nepal's Himalayas

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation
Day 2 Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft), Drive to Nayapul, and Trek to Ghandruk (1,540m/5052ft) - 25 minutes flight, 1 to 2 hours drive, 4 to 5 hours trek
Day 3 Trek from Ghandruk to Pothana (2,000m/6,500ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 4 Trek from Pothana to Phedi and Drive to Pokhara - 3 to 4 hours trek, 30 minutes’ drive
Day 5 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 6 to 7 hours drive
Day 6 Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport, where you will meet the representative from Third Rock Adventures. He will help you with the airport formalities and transfer to the respective hotel. You can rest for a while and later wander around your neighborhood. After exploring, you can return to the hotel and prepare for the trek.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Day 2
Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft), Drive to Nayapul, and Trek to Ghandruk (1,540m/5052ft) - 25 minutes flight, 1 to 2 hours drive, 4 to 5 hours trek

View from Ghandruk View from Ghandruk

You drive to the international airport in the morning to catch the domestic flight to Pokhara. It is one of the quickest and most comfortable ways of traveling to Pokhara. So, it is included in our short 6 days of Ghandruk Trek itinerary. Once you arrive in Pokhara, you'll take a short drive to Nayapul, where you pass through some enchanting villages of Phedi, Naudanda, Kande, and Lumle. You'll undoubtedly catch beautiful glimpses of mountain ranges, flowing rivers, and green hills.

Nayapul is a popular place as most of the treks of the Annapurna region either start or end here. After grabbing your stuff and taking a rest, you'll set out for the large Gurung settlement of Ghandruk. It is also the main attraction of our 6 days of Ghandruk Village Trek.

Entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, you'll cross some exciting villages of Birethanti, Kimchi, Chane, etc., along with beautiful rice terrace fields. En route, you might meet a lot more trekkers around. Most of them are on the way to Annapurna Base Camp or Ghorepani Poon Hill. After a few hours of walking, you'll reach Ghandruk village. Later you can wander in the village's narrow alleys and enjoy the beautiful ancient mountain architecture.

Overnight stay in Ghandruk. 

Day 3
Trek from Ghandruk to Pothana (2,000m/6,500ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

In the early morning, enjoys breakfast with grand mountain views of the Annapurna range and Macchapuchhare and Mardi Himal. Take some time to wander around the village and visit the old and new Gurung museums. These are tiny exhibition houses made of stone slabs where you can learn about the history and local way of Gurung life. After a pleasant stay at lovely Ghandruk village, you leave for Pothana.

Start your hike by crossing an iron bridge, and slow downhill, take it towards the bank of the Modi Khola River. The trek gradually ascends through other lovely ethnic Gurung villages of Landruk and Tolka. En route, stop at the ridge to witness the magical view of the Annapurna ranges. Continue your walk-through lush forests until you arrive at Deurali village. Finally, short ascent will take you to the Pothana. Although the town is small, you'll find a range of teahouses and shops. You can enjoy the magnificent mountain views.

Overnight stay in Pothana. 

Day 4
Trek from Pothana to Phedi and Drive to Pokhara - 3 to 4 hours trek, 30 minutes’ drive

Phewa Lake Beautiful Phewa Lake

Last day of the trek, grab some hot breakfast with astonishing mountain views. Leaving behind the small village of Pothana, the trail descends along a stone paved path through a forested area and reaches another charming settlement of Dhampus. This is another authentic Gurung village in the Annapurna region. You can take a brief stop to admire the beauty of the Annapurna range and Lamjung Himal.

Afterward, continue your walk through the forest of rhododendron, magnolia, oak, and pine till Phedi, where a jeep will be waiting to take you back to Pokhara. 30 minutes of the scenic drive will take you to Pokhara. You can refresh and enjoy your evening at the lakeside of beautiful Phewa Lake. 

Overnight stay in Pokhara. 

Day 5
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 6 to 7 hours drive

Early morning you'll have some delicious breakfast enjoying the enchanting view of Machhapuchhre. Later, you'll reach Kathmandu after a 6 to 7 hours drive in the evening. The rest of the evening you can enjoy yourself at leisure. You can do some souvenir shopping or explore the streets of the capital.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Day 6
Final Departure

Finally, you'll say farewell to the Himalayan country of Nepal! A representative from Third Rock Adventures will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home. It's good to be at least 3 hours before departure. In addition, if you want to extend your vacation and explore more of Nepal, you have many trekking options and tour packages. Just let us know we'll set your itinerary based on your preference, interests, and time duration. 

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Latest Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

Rodrigo Irwin
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Oct 10, 2022


My first ever trek in Nepal was more than I expected. Flew to Pokhara and trekked to this beautiful village lapped by Moutains. Tourists can enjoy early morning sunrise and stunning mountain view throughout the day., It's peaceful rustic village with lots of stories and histories. We also tried local Gurung dress there and explored 1-house museum that housed many antic pieces and cultural stuff. Back in Kathmandu, on request we had kathmandu sightseeing tour.
Alban Griffith
Oct 10, 2022

Ghandruk Trek

It's a short trek around Pokhara. We went to Ghandruk and had best view from there. It was short itinerary but with full-packed trip. We got to enjoy local food, tried local cultural dress there and met local people. Our guide Shiva was friendly and always smiling. He would say yes to any of our requests and let us enjoy.
Aidan Woods
flagsUnited States of America
May 04, 2022

Ghandruk Trek

We recently returned from Ghandruk and we have to say that it was an amazing time there. Though it was a short and sweet trek, we enjoyed it a lot. Ghanruk let you enoy beautiful views of the mountains. It's a beautiful village above Pkhara.
Short Trek
Dexter Ball
Apr 25, 2022

To Ghandruk

We had a round trek from Ghandruk to Pokhara and it was a beautiful adventure. Shiva took good care of us and we had beautiful adventure. Thanks to TRA for this itinerary

Based on 4 reviews
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