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Major Attractions of Ghandruk Trek- 3 Days
- Gurung culture and hospitality.
- Easy Trials
- Experience Floras and Faunas en route.
- Breathtaking views of Annapurna (south), Himchuli, and Gangapurna mountains.
Ghandruk Trek – 3 Days is one of the most popular short treks in Nepal. This trek is famous for the mountain views, Gurung culture and their hospitality. Ghandruk is the village with largest gurung settlements of Annapurna Region. It is also a common en route place for many treks within Annapurna region. Ghandruk village is situated in the northwest part from the city of Lake Pokhara at an altitude of 1940m above the sea level. Ghandruk is the most popular short and scenic trek that can be done from Pokhara.
As the maximum altitude of this trek is only 1940 meters there is no chance of getting altitude sickness. Similarly, Ghandruk Trek can also be the best destination for family treks as well. Ghandruk Trek offers you amazing trials with most amazing views and lots of good experiences of lifetime. The warm and unique hospitality of gurung people will increase your affection towards the place. Moreover, you can also try the Gurung attire and take the pictures in traditional style. Ghandruk Trek is also suitable for people of every age group as the trials are relatively simple.
You will have a short drive to Nayapul from where the original trek begins. After then the trials follows a steep climb towards Birethanti. From there you can see the spectacular views of mountains framed with rhododendron trees and it looks even amusing with blooming rhododendrons if you are trekking during autumn. After crossing some other villages like Chumurung, Sayuli Bazaar, Kimche and Chane you will find your destination ‘Ghandruk’ with a backdrop of Machhapuchre Mountain next to you waiting to offer you the best experience.
Best Time to Trek Ghandruk
One best thing about Ghandruk Trek is that it can be done all year around. It is better to avoid the rainy seasons because you may not have enjoyable trekking experience during rainy season. The best time for Ghandruk can be in between September to May. This time of the year gives the best views and the most favorable environment for trekking.
Day 01: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk.
Day 02: Trek to Pothana.
Day 03: Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara.
Local time: 5.45GMT
Weather in March : 16°C, Wind S at 6 km/h, 68% Humidity
Zone: Gandaki Zone
District: Kaski District
Ghandruk:land Of The Gurungs
Ghandruk, the famous Gurung village at 2,010m (6,600ft), is located northwest of the lakeside city of Pokhara. It is accessible in one day, with a four to five hour walk after a short ride from the city. Given that the small village is on the much used trail to the Annapurna Sanctuary or the Annapurna Base Camp (also called ‘ABC’ by trekkers), it claims to be the most visited trekking area in Nepal, and is widely known and popular among international visitors. After opening the Pokhara-Baglung highway in the mid 1990s, Ghandruk (Ghandrung on some maps) has seen a gradual increase in domestic tourists as well.
Mountain view from Ghandruk
You can see a beautiful mountain view of Annapurna range includes Annapaurna South(far left), Himchuli(Heuchuli), Gangapurna and Macchapucchre (Fishtail,dog or tiger) on far right from Ghandruk, which is best view point with short walking, culture with Gurung peeoples
After having breakfast in Pokhara we will start our drive to Nayapul. It takes about 2 hours from Pokhara to reach Nayapul. After then the trial goes through a steep climb and then ascends to the Modi Khola which takes you to Birethanti. The trial passes by forests, terraced fields, rivers and few other small settlements. On your trial you will encounter the rich flora and fauna that this region has been blessed with. The Ghandruk village gives you the picturesque of typical Nepalese lifestyles and gurung cultures.
We will have our breakfast at Ghandruk. After then we will start our trek to Pothana. The trek at first goes downhill through uneven stone steps. Going downhill seems easy but can be harder than climbing uphill so you need to be careful. The trials offers breath taking sceneries along the way with is worth the trials. The stairs takes you to Kimbu village on the bank of Modi Khola. The trial again ascends to Landruk village which is also a famous trekking destination. We will stop there for lunch and take a short break. After then we will again begin our trial and pass several villages like Deurali and Tolkha which offers spectacular views of the mountains like Annapurna south, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli and many other and then a short descend will take you to Pothana. Overnight at Pothana.
Today is the final day of our trek. After having breakfast at Pothana we will begin our trial to Phhedi. The trial today is almost a downhill trial. We will pass to several villages on our way. After trekking about 3 hours we will reach to Phedi. From there about 30 minutes drive will take us to the city of lakes Pokhara.