Ghandruk Circuit Trek - 8 days

Trip Overview

Duration: 8 days Country: Nepal
Max. Altitude: 1,940m/6,364ft. Walking Per Day: 4-5 hrs
Accommodation: N/A Grade: Strenuous
Best Season: Autumn and Spring Group Size: 1-15
Mode: Tea-House/Lodge Culture: Gurung Culture, Magar Culture, Brahmins and Kshetris

Eco-tourism or homestay treks are highly signified with Ghandruk Circuit Trek aka Ghandruk Cultural Trek. Ghandruk Circuit Trek is a short and easy trekking experience in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Ghandruk is a small village with lots of traditional houses where dwells the authentic lifestyle of people. Just like other treks in the Annapurna region, it also offers stunning panoramas of the Himalayas and a deep insight into the lifestyle and culture of various ethnic groups, especially Gurung. But what makes it unique and exceptional is homestay trekking and cultural treks.


Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
    • Meals :Lunch / Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :
      • Kathmandu
      • Tribhuvan International Airport
      • Thamel
    • Highlights :
      • Tribhuvan International Airport
      • Welcoming with Marigold Flower Garland
      • Group Photo
      • Introduction with group members and trekking crew
      • Evening Walk at Thamel
         

     

  • Day 2 Kathmandu – Naudanda(1,430m/4,691ft) via Pokhara(830m/2,725ft)
    • Duration :30Mins Flight and 45Min Drive(33Km)
    • Meals :Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
    • Transportation :Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Location :
      • Domestic Airport(Kathmandu-Pokhara)
      • Pokhara City
      • Naudanda
    • Highlights :
      • Scenic Flight
      • Amazing View from Plane
      • Adventure and Excitement
      • Stunning Close-up Views of Annapurna Ranges
      • Panoramic views of Annapurna
      • Machapuchare in the north, and Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east
      • Pokhara City
      • Lakes
      • Unique Culture and Lifestyle
      • Scenic Drive
      • Sightseeing Around Naudanda

     

  • Day 3 Naudanda – Ghandruk(1,940m/6,364ft) via Nayapul(1,100m/3,610ft)
    • Duration :3-4hrs Drive(60Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :840m/2,755ft
    • Location :
      • Naudanda
      • Nayapul
      • Birey Thanti
      • Syauli Bazaar
      • Ghandruk
    • Highlights :
      • Scenic Drive up to Nayapul
      • Cross the Modi River
      • Beautiful Village Syauli Bazaar
      • Climb Kimche until higher part after that flat uphill to Ghandruk Village
      • Beautiful and Very Close Views of Modi Khola, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail and Beautiful Landscapes
      • Blissful Nature, Waterfalls
      • Traditional and Typical Houses
      • Lifestyle and Culture
      • Gurung Museum
      • Sunset View from Ghandruk

     

  • Day 4 Ghandruk – Tolka(1,700m/5,577ft) via Landruk(1,565m/5,135ft)
    • Duration :5-6hrs Walk(9-10Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Descend :690m/2,265ft
    • Ascend :450m/ 1,476ft
    • Location :
      • Ghandruk
      • New Bridge
      • Landruk
      • Tolka
    • Highlights :
      • Descend down to Modi Khola
      • Climb Up to Landruk Village – a Pretty big village inhabited by a mixed community of Gurung
      • Magar and Brahmin as well
      • View of Different Mountain Peaks in Panorama
      • Oak Forest
      • Splendid View of Different Mountain Peaks from Pothana

     

  • Day 5 Tolka – Dhampus(1,650m/5,413ft)
    • Duration :5-6hrs Walk(9-10Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :400m/1,315ft
    • Descend :450m/1,477ft
    • Location :
      • Tolka
      • Bhaisi Kharka
      • Pitan Deurali
      • Pothana
      • Dhampus
    • Highlights :
      • Traditional Villages and Typical Houses
      • Wetlands
      • Suspension Bridges
      • Lush Forest
      • Stunning View of Mountains
      • Herbs and Vegetations
      • Greenery
      • View of Pokhara City
      • Wildlife
      • Blissful Nature

     

  • Day 6 Dhampus – Pokhara via Phedi(1,130m/3,710ft) and Pokhara Sightseeing
    • Duration :2hrs Walk(3-4Km) and 35Mins Drive(18Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Descend :520m/1,710ft
    • Location :
      • Dhampus
      • Phedi
      • Tibetan Refugee Camp
      • Lakeside-Pokhara
      • Pokhara City
    • Highlights :
      • Sunrise View from Dhampus
      • Terraced Fields
      • Unique Lifestyle and Culture of Gurung People
      • Close-Up View of: Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre
      • Small Forests
      • Scenic Drive from Phedi to Pokhara
      • Visit Tibetan Refugee Camp
      • Monasteries
      • Prayer Flags
      • Prayer Wheels
      • End of the Trek
      • Sightseeing around Pokhara and Other Activities like Boating
      • Mountain Museum Visit
      • David’s Fall
      • Mahendra Cave

     

  • Day 7 Pokhara to Kathmandu
    • Duration :200Km (5-6hrs)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Descend :710m/2,329ft
    • Location :
      • Pokhara
      • Malekhu
      • Dhading
      • Kathmandu
    • Highlights :
      • Scenic Drive
      • Farewell Dinner in the evening

     

  • Day 8 Departure Day
    • Meals :Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Location :
      • Thamel
      • Tribhuvan International Airport
    • Highlights :
      • Souvenir Shopping
      • Airport Drop with Khata/Khatag as a Symbol of Wishing Safe Journey
      • Group Photo

     

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Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon or Similar Standard)
  • 1-night Hotel in Pokhara
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; any items in the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you to not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group.
  • All required land transportation
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade in working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kind of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staffs.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belongs to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking Permits: Trekkers’ Information Management System(TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jacket made available on rent
  • T-shirt of Nepal Mountain Trekkers, Duffel bag and Trekking Map
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • First aid medical box
  • All Government Taxes(13% VAT) and 10% Service Charge
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon or Similar Standard)
  • 1-night Hotel in Pokhara
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • Breakfast during the trek
  • All required land transportation
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade in working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kind of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staffs.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belongs to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking Permits: Trekkers’ Information Management System(TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jacket made available on rent
  • T-shirt of Nepal Mountain Trekkers, Duffel bag and Trekking Map
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • First aid medical box
  • All Government Taxes(13% VAT) and 10% Service Charge

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses (Laundries, Electric accessories, Internet, and so on)
  • All Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All meals during the trek except for breakfast
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses (Laundries, Electric accessories, Internet, and so on)
  • All Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages
  • Tips for guide and porters

Route Map

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for 8 days Ghandruk Circuit Trek

HEAD

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses
Head Torch
Lip Balm
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

UPPER BODY

Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Fleece jacket
Waterproof jacket
Down jacket (Light-weighted)

LOWER BODY

Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Waterproof pants
Underwear and Half pants

FEET

Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Light-weighted sandals

HANDS

Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Creams
Sanitizer

ACCESSORIES

Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Duffel bag
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits 

Personal Regular Medicines
Knee Caps
Bandages
Ointments
Blister Tape

MISCELLANEOUS

Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Light-weighted Towel
Swiss Knife
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

 

Review

You can definitely count on them for a hassel free trip

Dyingforaholiday
Dyingforaholiday
Source:Trip Advisor

 

Did a 10 days trip,trek for 7 days ( poonhill, ghorepani , ghandruk circuit) with 5 kids and 3 mummies.Mr Ramesh ( the owner) is very accommodating and welcoming.He specifically assigned Min ,who is very patient , knowledgeable and experienced in handling family with young children.He has managed to handle the hiccups faced and unforseen circumstances well,not forgetting going all way out to arrange a freshly baked birthday cake for our boy in Ghorepani.We have enjoyed trekking with the awesome team comprising Mr Min, Mr Krishna,Mr Sangame,Mr Manish and Mr Bikash,who constantly ensured our safety and welfare. We are glad we made the right choice in engaging their service.Thumbs up!

Great service, worth the price

Špela G
Špela G
Source:Trip Advisor

 

My friend and I wanted to do a short trek because we're a bit out of shape so Ramesh suggested the Ghandruk loop and we were not disappointed. It was just the right amount of physical activity. The views were wonderful and the lodges clean and each of them offered good food and hot water. The villages were authentic and small. Our guide (Sabin) was amazing. He told us everything we asked about Nepal and the mountains and was very helpful when on the last day my friend got sick. He also had many recommendations for what to do in Pokhara. I definitely recommend this trekking agency.

Fantastic trip!

Aine C
Aine C
Source:Trip Advisor

 

Went to Nepal for a few days on the way back to the UAE from India. Weren't sure what to do as we only had a few days but we wanted to see a lot of different areas. My friend got in touch with this company and I have to say they were absolutely amazing. Looked after my friends and I so well and for a reasonable price. Got to see all over Nepal and even had our own personalised driver. Ramesh was also so friendly and made sure we felt so welcome. If you are looking for a guide for Nepal I would highly recommend this company.

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