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Ghandruk Trek

Ghandruk Trek

Annapurna Region
Ghandruk Village trekking
Ghandruk Village trekking
Ghandruk Village trekking

Trip Facts

Duration : 4 Days Max-Altitude : 2120m Program Type : Tea House Best Season : 12 Months Per Day Walking : 5/6 Hours Trek Grade : Grade 2:

These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.

Mode of Travel : Land/Hiking

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$ 340 $ 300
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Group Price

No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $340
2 Paxes $300
2-4 Paxes $280
4-6 Paxes $260
6-10 Paxes $240
10-15 Paxes $200
15+Paxes $200

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Overview

Pokhara To Ghandruk Trek 4 days Itinerary

The Ghandruk Trek offers an extraordinary journey through the cultural heritage of the Gurung tribe, renowned for preserving their unique linguistic traditions, including the Gurung language spoken in its distinct dialect. This village, once a settlement for retired Gurkha soldiers from the British Army, resonates with tales of bravery and valor. Nestled amidst the majestic Annapurna range, Ghandruk village stands as a testament to natural beauty, captivating visitors with its picturesque charm.

The Ghandruk trek leads to one of the most developed villages in the Kaski district, situated within the Annapurna Rural Municipality, nestled between Lumle and Chhomrong villages. It stands as the closest trekking destination to Pokhara, accessible with just a 1-hour bus or taxi ride from the city to Nayapul. From Nayapul, the trail to Ghandruk village spans approximately 11 kilometers and takes about 4 hours and 40 minutes to hike, factoring in occasional stops along the way.

Gurungs culture of Garhdruk villages

The Gurungs of Ghandruk village preserve their unique cultural identity and traditions, drawing from both Pye-Tan Lhu-Tan and Hinduism, with reverence for natural deities. Originally practitioners of the ancient Bon religion, a pre-Buddhist tradition of Tibet characterized by shamanism and animism, the Gurung people later embraced Tibetan Buddhism. The Gurung Museum in Ghandruk offers a fascinating insight into their way of life, rich history, and vibrant culture. Visiting the Gurung Museum provides a prime opportunity to delve deeper into the essence of the Ghandruk trek and learn more about the Gurung people.

The Ghandruk village loop trek Itinerary is the best option for those who are searching for a relatively short trek and less altitude hike with equally magnificent Annapurna Himalayan View, and who Avoid long lengths and harder Treks like an Annapurna base camp, Ghandruk to Mardi Himal Trek is also possible if you have 4 more days extra during your Ghandruk trek, the Mardi Himal trek trail divide from Tolkha and ending to the Siden village after the Mardi base camp.

The 4 days Ghandruk trek captures excellent mountain views of the Annapurna Range, a mirror view of Himchuli 6,441 m. Fishtail 6,993 m. Gangapurna 7,455 m. Singu Chuli 6,501 m. And Gandharva Chuli 6997 m. from the Patio of the tea house. 

Ghandruk Village is dominated by the Gurung ethnic society, also there are a few other casts, Brahmin, Magar, Chhetri, Kami, Damai, and Sarki. they all respect and follow the Gurung culture.

Ghandruk Village is 2,010 m above sea level, most of the villages involve successful capital tourist lodges, and a short Ghandruk trek is doable with family, kids, solo, and with a group. 

Ghandruk trek Itinerary

Ghandruk village trekking 4 days itinerary starting from Pokhara city Driving to Nayapuland hike began from Birethanti Annapurna Conservations Area Project (ACAP) Checkpost, the Birethanti is the trail separated for popular Trek Poon Hill and Ghandruk village. In addition, the Itinerary covers Jhinu Danda Hot Spring, Tolkha, Dhampus village, and the drive back to Pokhara city at the end.

We lead Ghandruk Treks with a professional Expert guide and strong porters who are locally from the Annapurna region, they are experienced and familiar guides with peoples, Cultures, histories, and natures, our trip prices are very competitive for the Gurung villages who explore short trek package. 

Ghandruk villages Gurung Culture, peoples, and languages

The Gurung people are one of the indigenous ethnic groups from Nepal. They live mostly in the mountain region and Ghandruk villages are also one of them, These villages are known for their unique culture and traditions. One of the most important aspects of Gurung culture is their respect for nature. They believe that all beings are connected and must coexist in harmony. This is reflected in their traditional architecture, which is designed to fit seamlessly into the landscape. The Gurung also has a rich history of folk music and dance. Their music is often based on stories of history and legend, and their dances are a way to express joy and celebrate important events.

Ghandruk village Gurungs class are one of 59 indigenous nationalities in Nepal, mainly residing in the Annapurna and Machhapuchre mountain ranges. The name Gurung comes from the Tibetan word “Grong” which means farmer in English. In the Tibetan language, Gurung is also known as Tamu, which translates to the horseman in English.

The language of the Gurung people is Tamukwyi, which belongs to the Tibeto-Burman family. Gurung has a distinct culture, customs, and practices that include a range of belief systems, festivals, birth and marriage rituals, and death rates. There are also other dances distinctive to it such as Kauda, Salaijo, Ghatu: a dance drama performed by virgin girls during the spring, and Rodhi: a gathering place where the young gather to dance and sing together as a company.

The Ghandruk trek provides a deep dive into the rich tapestry of Gurung culture, offering travelers an immersive experience amidst stunning natural landscapes and authentic cultural encounters. There is a traditional religious scripture known as Pye-ta Lhu-ta, which contains oral accounts of their tradition’s history, which they refer to as Pye-ta Lhu-ta. As a part of their tradition, they celebrate their feasts and festivals and perform ceremonies and practices related to worship, birth, death, and marriage according to the Bon and Buddhist religions.

Trip Highlights:

  • One of the cleanest and most developed a village in Nepal.
  •  the popular tourist destination of the Annapurna region.
  • historical Gurung culture hub.
  • best honey-hunting beehive bottom of the Ghandruk village.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: your guide and porter will pick you up at 8 am in your hotel and drive to Nayapul (42 km.1 hour driving by taxi) and trek to Ghandruk village (2020 meter. 3 / 4 hours walking) stay overnight at lodge.
  • Day 02: Trek to Jhinu danda hot spring 6 hours hike Stay overnight at lodge.
  • Day 03: Trek back to Tolkha, 4 /5 hour stay overnight at lodge.
  • Day 04: Trek back to Dhampus village and drive back to Pokhara.

Cost Included

  • Pokhara - Nayapul -Pokhara by private car or van
  • Clean Lodge accommodation is on the way.
  • Italian, Chinese, Nepali, Indian, and many other European Delicious Meals three times a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner chosen by Menu).
  • ACAP permit and TIMS card permit.
  • Experienced English-speaking trekking guide licensed by the government, familiar with the area.
  • One porter for every two to three participants. (Note: An additional cost applies for solo clients requiring a porter.)
  • Guides/Porter's: food, accommodations, bus transportation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc.

Cost Excluded

  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal equipment
  • all beverage, Soft and hard table drinks such as coke, beer, 
  • drinking water/mineral water, etc. during the trek.
  • dessert, etc
  • Hot shower, laundry  
  • personal insurance
  • Tip for guide and porter.

Reviews

From Canada
My friend and I just completed the 4-day Poon Hill trek - a loop from Nayapul to Syauli Bazaar (via Ulleri, Ghorepani and Ghandruk) with...
From Netherlands
We did  4-day Ghandruk trek as a first initiation into trekking with our children (8 & 10 years). Our guide Yakub was a gem, very...

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