Ghandruk Trekking takes you for one of the best and most scenic trekking destinations in the Annapurna region. An excellent introduction into trekking for beginners, Ghandruk Trekking has in store for you wonderful views of unique and sacred Fishtail Peak, Annapurna South and other snowy peaks, indigenous and well preserved culture and tradition of legendary Gurung community, diverse and rich floral and faunal diversity of conservation area and deep insight of the mountain life. If you are short on time and seek to experience the beautiful Nepal, this fits perfectly for you. Traverse through rhododendron forests and terraced fields, walk on stone steps and experience the warm welcome by ever smiling hosts in this trek. Stay in the home of legendary Gurung community, visit the Gurung Museum and marvel at the picturesque landscape of the scenic Ghandruk village when you embark the Ghandruk Trekking.

Exploring the ancient heritages of Kathmandu, Ghandruk Trekking announces its beginning. After the sightseeing of World Heritages, our journey heads on for Pokhara and to the trailhead of Phedi after which our walk on the picturesque landscape commences. Traverse through the forest dotted with rhododendron, oak trees and some scenic and lively settlements such as Dhampus and Tolka, we reach to our ultimate destination of this journey. The perennial and roaring Modi River, suspension bridges clad with prayer flags, uniquely arranged houses and raw rural life are the attractions of your trekking to Ghandruk village. On reaching this destination, you shall realize that the effort made was worth the destination. One of the best places to view the best of Annapurna, Hiuchuli and Fishtail peaks up close, Ghandruk is well known for well preserved Gurung culture and traditions. The Museum, village with traditional houses weaved by stone paved yet narrow streets and excellent hospitality exhibited by the locals shall give you wonderful experience. Experiencing one of the best days of life, you shall then descend to Nayapul along the trail accompanied by Modi River and other small streams, several rural settlements before heading to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu to complete the Ghandruk Trekking.

Ghandruk Trekking is an easy trekking experience involving trekking and excursion of historical and cultural heritages. With February to May and September to December as the most preferred season for trekking, you need to have an average fitness level to go for this trek. Whether you want to go solo or with your family, join this trek without the risk of altitude sickness. At Nepal Trekking Planner we are committed to make this trip even more comfortable for you.

Outline Itinerary;

Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu-Hotel (D)

Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu-Hotel (B/B)

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820m) about 07 hrs drive-Hotel (B/B)

Day 04: Drive to Phedi (30min) and trek to Tolka (1810m) 4-5 hrs walk-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day05: Trek to Ghandruk (1970m) 4-5 hrs walk-Lodge(B/L/D)

Day 06: Trek to Nayapul-Pokhara (4-5 hrs walk and 2 hrs drive)-Hotel(B/L)

Day 07: Drive back to Kathmandu-Hotel (B/B)

Day 08: Fly to destination-(B)

B/B = Bed & Breakfast, B = Breakfast, B/L/D = Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner 

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The itinerary had arranged by Mr. Dipak was great and suitable to our needs . Its was also reasonable to our quotation. Appointed guides , Mr.Siva on Kathmandu City Tour and Mr . Ganesh on Ghandruk Loop Trekking were great . Their knowledge were meaningful to us. Along 3 day in Ghanruk Loop, we experienced beautiful view of Annapurna in every morning. The weather was raining in evening. And thank God in the morning was bright morning shine.

“Ready-Made itinerary presented in website can be operated for individuals, couples and small groups on a private tailor-made basis, starting on a date of your choice. Itinerary is on the basis of tea-house trekking but it can be operated as Camp Trek. Please contact Trekking Planner to discuss about your tour plan.”

Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu

On arrival you will be picked up at the international airport of Nepal and transfer to the hotel by our airport representative. Check in and rest for well. After refreshment tour guide will take you to the Kathmandu Durbar Square for half day sightseeing. This is one of the famous Sightseeing sport in the Kathmandu which is listed UNESCO world heritage site. Tonight w e will take you to the cultural restaurant for dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu

Today you have full day guided sightseeing tours to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath; combination Hinduism and Buddhism known as monkey temple as there are many holy monkey living in the north-west part of the temple. Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. Then drive to Buddhanath stupa one of the biggest and oldest stupa in the world. Later in the afternoon there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in hotel. Our office representative will brief you regarding our trek as well as provides you opportunity to ask any question of upcoming trip with guide. And sty over night in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820m) about 07 hrs drive

Today an early morning your guide will come to pick you up and transfer to the tourist bus station for your day drive to lakeside city of Pikhara through the scenic countryside. On arrival in Pokhara bus station our hotel representative of Pokhara will pick you up and transfer to the hotel. After refreshment in the hotel your guide will take you to the walking tours around the lake. Stay over night at the hotel in Pokhara.

Day 04: Drive to Phedi (30min) and trek to Tolka (1810m) 4-5 hrs walk

Today after breakfast you will drive up to Phedi from where the trek begins. You will be rewarded with great views of the mountains that continue to improve as you ascend along the ridge to Dhampus (1750m at the top), from where you will have magnificent view of Fishtail and Annapurna mountain. Continues trek to Pothana where you will have lunch break. After lunch you will have up and down trek to Small settlement Tolka. Stay overnight at the tea house.

Day05: Trek to Ghandruk (1970m) 4-5 hrs walk

After an early morning breakfast at the lodge, you will trek slowly down hill to Landruk from where the trail descends all the way to Modi Khola.  After crossing Modi Khola stream on a suspension bridge with a view of wild honey bee hives on the rocky cliff, from here the trail leads all the way up to a Ghandruk village. Ghandruk village is a big Gurung Settlement, kind of modern town of this trek where you can see local museum and Buddhist Monasteries. Stay overnight at the lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Nayapul-Pokhara (4-5 hrs walk and 2 hrs drive)

Ghandruk village is one of the best places from where you can have best view of the Annapurna, Hiunchuli and Fishtail very close by. After wonderful short time in the Ghandruk village, trek down all the way to Nayapul via Birethanti. Nayapul is the ending point of the trek, drive back to Pokhara. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Drive back to Kathmandu

After fantastic time in and around Pokhara, today after breakfast you will transfer to the tourist bus station for day scenic countryside drive to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Note: You can fly to Pokhara which takes 35 minute.

Day 08: Fly to destination

After wonderful time in Nepal, today you will timely pick up from hotel and transfer to the airport for your next destination.

“Trekking Planner will try to keep day-to-day schedule as per the detailed itinerary but there might be some flexibility due to other factors beyond our control. A variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, difficulty with transportation and politics can lead to enforced changes. So, it is not possible to guarantee as per the itinerary. In the case, trip leader will manage it to minimize your inconvenience.”

We wish you have a wonderful time with us!

Trip Cost:

USD $478.00 per person(3 star category hotel in KTM)
USD $601.00 per person(4 star category hotel in KTM)
USD $899.00 per person(5 star category hotel in KTM)
Single Supplement US $120.00

Cost Includes:

  • All airport pick drop by private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
  • 03 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmadnu
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with private vehicle and necessary entrance fee
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu Tourist bus(if you want both way flight or private vehicle or tourist bus also aviable on aditional cost)
  • 02 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Pokhara
  • Pokhara to Phedi and Nayapul to Pokhara to by private vehicle
  • Annapura Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
  • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment(Luggage per porter carries about 20kg).
  • We provide assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size
  • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • First add kid box
  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets,Ti-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • All applicable government and local taxes as per the itinerary

Cost Excludes:

  • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Lunch and Dinner  in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Meals during the traveling time
  • Personal  travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • In case of extra more night accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary
  • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
  •  The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Anything not included in service includes column 

Suggested Equipment list for this trip;

  • Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We will provide one complimentary Trekking Planner duffel bag but is to be returned after the trip)
  • Day bag.( Small handbag)
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sports shoes or sandal.
  • Sun Hat/cap
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket
  • Pullover or warm sweeter
  • Raincoat
  • 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
  • Hand gloves
  • 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
  • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
  • 3/4 pairs of Underwear
  • Eye glass
  • Water bottle
  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trip)
  •  Flash or Torch light
  • Camera and batteries.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?
The trekking trails in Nepal range from easy to moderate, difficult and very difficult. However, this perception of difficulty depends on preference of those who are trekking. Consider the trekking grades we have mentioned in our website for references. So, if you are reasonably fit i.e. you like to walk whenever possible and do some form of mild exercises regularly, trekking in Nepal may be bit challenging in higher altitudes but not exhausting.
How fit do I need to be for trekking in Nepal?
Generally speaking trekkers need to have good overall fitness and ability to walk for some hours on a hilly terrain and flexible to adjust with the conditions in the trail. If you are suffering from some form of chronic disease or some serious ailments, consider your physician before going for the trek. It’s better not to go for a trek than being seriously ill during the trek. Also, develop the mental endurance to complete the trek in new trekking destination.
Do I require previous trekking experience?
Not really. Many people without previous trekking experiences have completed their trekking in Nepal. Anyone with strong cardiovascular ability and good stamina can overcome the odds during trekking. However, previous experience makes your trekking more comfortable. Also consider that some trekking trails require you to have previous trekking experience; though the trails with this requirement are less in number.
What is the best trekking season for trekking in Nepal?
Except that you are going for trekking in the rain shadow areas of Upper Mustang during monsoon season, the best season for trekking in Nepal are the months of February to May and September to December. During winter many high passes are difficult to cross due to heavy snowfall. Lower elevations are generally open to trekking round the year.
Is Travel insurance mandatory for my trekking?
Yes. Travel insurance is mandatory and you are required to obtain it before you begin your trekking. Go for the travel insurance that covers helicopter rescue and medical evacuation even up to 6000 meters. Many insurance policies are limited to 4000 meters only. You must confirm with your insurance company about the nature of coverage your travel insurance policy shall cover. If you are already in Nepal without travel insurance, you need to consult with your travel company in Nepal for assistance in this regard.
What about the packing list for my trekking?
You can look at our comprehensive list for the detailed materials to be included in your packing list. But in general you can include a trekking pole, t-shirts, Khaki cargo pants, sturdy trekking boots, down jacket, waterproof poncho, warm fleece jacket, thermal underwear, wet wipes and thermal sleeping bags. Make sure you are not short of trekking gears and equipments in the mountains. For detailed list, contact us. We love to hear from you.
What kind of permits do I need for trekking?
You require any two of the three kinds of permits- Trekking Information Management System or TIMS, permits to enter national parks or conservation areas, and special permit are the permits we have for trekking in Nepal. Your trekking company shall take care of the kind of permits you shall need during your trek.
What kind of accommodation do we have during our trekking?
Unless you opt for deluxe trekking, the accommodation you shall be utilizing during the trekking is a decent teahouse. In few trekking destinations you may have to go for camping or sleeping in tents. In teahouse trekking we enjoy full board meals prepared by the lodge owners, running water (if not hot water), decent beds to sleep with blankets, and quilts being provided by them. In camping trekking you shall enjoy meals prepared by professional cooks and support staffs, and have a good quality tents to sleep in. Trekker s may also opt for home-stays in villages where such facilities are available to them. For better information on home-stays you need to contact with your trekking company.
How will we tackle with the problem of altitude sickness?
For altitude sickness, you shall be walking at normal pace, slowly and gradually (listen to your body!) while you ascent to higher altitude. Be properly hydrated and follow the standard itinerary and instructions provided by your guides. If symptoms like headache, difficulty in breathing and others occur (be informed about the symptoms and precautions about altitude sickness), convey it to your guide who will assess your condition. If symptoms worsen immediately descend to lower altitude and reach to nearby hospital.
Do I have to face flight delay or cancellation?
May be yes. Because the Himalayan weather can’t be reliable always, you may face flight delay. In monsoon season the problem is more often than in other seasons. To overcome this separate some extra days and prepare accordingly, identify other alternatives to enter and exit a particular trekking destination, and carry some cash to bear expenses in case of emergency.
What about carrying my stuffs during the trek?
If you hire a porter for trekking, you needn’t carry your stuffs. A porter and guide are generally arranged by your trekking company, though you may negotiate for only porter with your trekking company. You may have donkey or yaks to carry your baggage
How will I communicate with my people back in my native place?
The options for communication vary depending upon the trekking route you will be going for. In popular destinations like the Everest region you can find cyber cafes, mobile coverage and local VHF phones for communication. However, if you are going for some more remote destinations, you may have satellite phones as the only option for communication.
Is tipping the guide and porters necessary?
No. Giving tip to the guide and porters is not mandatory, though tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal. Your guides and porters will gladly appreciate this gratuity at the end of your trek, which helps them help their families in return. Providing tip to your trekking team is a good way to show your appreciation for their hard work and support to you.

Difficulties rating of Ghandruk Circuit Trek
A trekkers have to fit to do this trekking. Maximum altitude of the trek is 2130m. You must take care of your health.

Safe drinking water on Ghandruk Circuit Trek
Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but as we go higher cannot find it. In that case we suggest you to drink boiled water which may charge small fee, found in tea houses and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Due to no provision of plastic bottles better to use boiled rather than mineral water, helpful for protection of environment.

Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items On the Trek
Hydro electricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, phone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities. Better to buy adaptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal
Use a dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbage’s in the way where dustbin facilities are not available and conserve the environment.

Spending Money per Day
It mainly depends upon spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-14 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.

Travel Insurance for Ghandruk Circuit Trek
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities for Ghandruk Circuit Trek:
All the guest houses offers hot showers, which can be in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason.
Toilets are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses
On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services.

How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?

Trekking Planner is a government licensed trekking company in Nepal. You can see photos of legal documents in about us section. We accept your booking under following terms and conditions:

  • Bookings must be done 48 hrs. in advance
  • Free Cancellation
  • No Down payment
  • No Deposit
  • Accept Cash Payment, Bank Transfer, Western Union, Money Gram, or a Credit Card.

For more information see our Terms and Conditions page.

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The itinerary had arranged by Mr. Dipak was great and suitable to our needs . Its was also reasonable to our quotation. Appointed guides , Mr.Siva on Kathmandu City Tour and Mr . Ganesh on Ghandruk Loop Trekking were great . Their knowledge were meaningful to us. Along 3 day in Ghanruk Loop, we experienced beautiful view of Annapurna in every morning. The weather was raining in evening. And thank God in the morning was bright morning shine.

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The itinerary had arranged by Mr. Dipak was great and suitable to our needs . Its was also reasonable to our quotation. Appointed guides , Mr.Siva on Kathmandu City Tour and Mr . Ganesh on Ghandruk Loop Trekking were great . Their knowledge were meaningful to us. Along 3 day in Ghanruk Loop, we experienced beautiful view of Annapurna in every morning. The weather was raining in evening. And thank God in the morning was bright morning shine.

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