Ghandruk Trek – 8 Days
Ghandruk trek is a short, easy and enjoyable trekking destination which lies in the western region of the Nepal. It is ideal for people with a desire to enjoy the panoramic view of the mountains and encounter village life, who are short on time or who have concerns about high altitude trekking. The Trek begins at Phedi, a short drive from Pokhara. This trek is popular for the beautiful landscapes, including rice terraces, panoramic views of the silvery mountains, and walking through the Gurung villages. You will also be able to observe the different communities’ cultures, their living style and traditional dress of the Gurung people.
You will be delighted to witness the spectacular sunrise over the whole Himalayan peaks including Fishtail-6998m, Annapurna I- 8091m, Annapurna II- 7939m, Annapurna III-7555m, Annapurna IV-7525m, Himchuli – 6441m, Annapurna South – 7219m, Lamjung Himal – 6986m, etc.
You don’t need any previous mountaineering training or technical experience for this trek as the terrain is not very difficult. However, some hiking experience and good physical condition is very useful.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Soyambunath & Patan
Day 03: Flight Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 04: Trek Pokhara to Phedi & trek to Landruk
Day 05: Trek Landruk to Ghandruk
Day 06: Trek Ghandruk to Nayapul & trek to Pokhara
Day 07: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 08: Departure
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to the hotel by one of our representatives. Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Visit Patan and Swoyambunath: start our tour with the magnificent Swoyambhunath which is 10 minutes drive from Thamel. Then we drive to one of the oldest cities of Kathmandu valley which is called Patan to witness its incredible architecture from medieval period.
Swoyambhunath is one of the oldest stupas of the Kathmandu Valley. It is situated on one of the highest hills in the valley. It watches over the Valley from the top of a hillock on its western side just three kilometers west of the city center. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and is recognized as a World Heritage Site. It is also one of the oldest and most glorious Buddhist shrines in the world which is said to be two thousand years. The four sides of the stupa are painted with the eyes of Lord Buddha.
Patan - the second largest town in the valley is situated to the south of Kathmandu. Patan's great building boom took place under the Mallas in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Numerous temples of widely diverse styles, as well as many Buddhist monasteries, are scattered around the fascinating town. Patan is famous for its crafts and metal works which are wonderful souvenirs.
Day 03: Flight Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m): a panoramic flight early in the morning to Pokhara. You can enjoy your afternoon exploring lake city.
Flight time: 30 minutes
Difference in Elevation: -514m
Day 04: Drive Pokhara to Phedi and trek to Landruk (1565m): start our day with a short drive to Phedi then start our trek to Landruk. The trek starts with a steep uphill through a forest and gets gradual after an hour walk. We continue our walk through paddy field and rhododendron forest enjoying the magnificent view of Fish Tail (6993m) and Annapurna. After our lunch break in Deurali, trail descends to Tolka, a small settlement then continue gradual downhill walk all the way to Landruk, one of the oldest and fascinating places of this region. It is a small place but has a true Gurung (one of the biggest ethnic groups) culture.
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 745m.
Day 05: Trek Landruk to Ghandruk (1940m): the day starts with a steep descend which brings us to Modi khola then at the other side waits sharp uphill for us. It is steep uphill for about 2 hours, however, the view of the mountains are spectacular throughout the whole day/trek. It is comparatively short day than previous one so you can have enough time to explore the Ghandruk village. Ghandruk is the biggest village in this region. The Mountain View from Ghandruk is superb. In the afternoon, we explore old part of the Ghandruk which still has traditional Gurung round houses. We visit a Gurung museum as well.
Walking time: 3 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 375
Day 06: Trek Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (820m): on the third day of our trek, we descend to Sauli Bazaar and continue our hike to Naya pul which is about 5 hours hike, then we catch our vehicle and drive back to Pokhara.
Walking time: 5 hours
Driving Time: 1 hour
Difference in Elevation: - 1120m
Day 07: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu (1334m): a scenic drive back to Kathmandu for about 6 hours.
Driving time: 6 Hours
Difference in Elevation: + 514m.
Day 08: Transfer to the airport for Departure.
The tour price includes:
- Transfers airport / hotel / airport.
- Accommodations in Kathmandu / Pokhara on twin sharing BB Basis
- Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants
- Transport, guided visits and entry of the monuments in Kathmandu
- Private vehicle Pokhara - Kathmandu
- A professional English speaking tour guide (Culture Guide for KTM / Trekking guide for PKR / TREK Part)
- Private vehicle during sightseeing
- Full board during Trekking
- Drinks (Tea / Coffee only)
- Your international flight re-confirmation.
- All necessary documents and government tax.
- Insurance for staff
The tour price does not include:
- International Flights.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu / Pokhara
- Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident / repatriation, helicopter / medical care)
- Alternative / additional transportation (Flights / vehicles), accommodation in case of bad weather, heavy rain, flood, landslide, strike, road blockade etc
- Personal expenses such as snacks, cold drinks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, telephone etc.
- Tips for tour staff or car / van / bus driver.
NOTE: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.
From the eternal snow of the high peaks to the extensive tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.
Spring: March to late May: In this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom, lots of different types of flowers can be seen at this time of the year. Temperature is mild, end of the cold winter and approaching warm and hot summer. Temperatures vary between 10 ° C to 28 ° C but can rise up to 30 ° C. Between 2000 and 3000m, temperature rarely drop below 0 ° C. However, few frosts or snowfalls are possible in March above 4000 m.
The summer/monsoon period - It interrupts the majority of trekking from late June to late August. Some of the trekking regions "trans-Himalayan", Dolpo and Mustang, however, remain protected from monsoon prevailing rest of the country. They are the only channels available in Nepal in the summer.
Autumn: mid September – mid December - Perfect temperature and weather for trekking. Brings cooler days, but clear skies. Above 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.
In winter: mid-December - mid-February - Nights are generally cold, dry climate, Above 3000m, temperature drop down to 0 ° C to - 15 ° C at night, the days are often sunny.
- Day back-pack
- Gore-Tex Jacket
- Down Jacket
- Fleece Jacket
- Micro Fleece
- Trekking Trousers
- Hiking shoes (Boots)
- Runners (sport shoes)
- Trekking Socks
- Rain poncho
- Water bottles
- Thermal underwear(long)
- T- shirts
- Flip flop (sandal)
- Towel Hat(Baseball cap)
- Pristine drops (Water purifier)
- Head light / flash light
- Sleeping Bag
- Wind Proof Trouser(s)
- Personal medical kid