Ghandruk Village Trek

Ghandruk Village Trek 4 Days / 3 Nights

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Trip Type:
Nepal Easy Treks

Maximum Altitude:
1982m

Durations:
4 Days

Trip Starts:
Pokhara

Trip Ends:
Pokhara

Accomodation:
Local Guetshouses. Camping option available.

Best Time For Travel:
September-November, March-May

Trip Over View

This is a short and easy cultural trek, providing an insight to the lifestyles of the Gurung ethnic community as well as great views of the Himalayas including; Macchapuchre (Fishtail) and Annapurna South.

We walk through the river valleys, rhododendron and orchid bushes, make some gentle ascents and descents, stop in the villages of friendly locals and savor the great views of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and the holy Mount Machhapuchhre (6993m).

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Pokhara - Ghandruk (1982m).

Day 02: Ghandruk (Explore the Ghandruk Village).

Day 03: Ghandruk - Pothana.

Day 04: Pothana - Pokhara.

Day 01: Pokhara - Ghandruk (1982m)
You will leave Pokhara early in the morning by private vehicle along with your crew and travel to either New Bridge or to Phedi. The trail climbs steeply uphill to the right towards Dhampus. Walking along this ridge affords fantastic views of Annapurna and Manaslu. If we go to Birethati, we turn right after crossing the river (Modi) and we will aim to reach Ghandruk. This is about a 4-5 hours steep uphill trail where again awaiting us are good views of Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Annapurna South.

Day 02: Ghandruk (Explore the Ghandruk Village)
Ghandrung or Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung village in Annapurna - Siklesh being the largest. Farther to the south of Ghandruk there is another beautiful traditional Gurung village, Gairi Goun, with its orderly rows of neat slate- roofed houses. Gairi Goun is situated on the canyon wall amid a complicated network of terraces where wheat and barley are grown. We will get an opportunity to learn the lifestyle of locals in this village.

Day 03: Ghandruk - Pothana
There are a number of ascents and descents on this day. We descend down to Modi Khola and the trail again climbs to Landruk village. We walk through paddy fields followed by an uphill climb to Pothana via Deuralli Village.

Day 04: Pothana - Pokhara
Pothana is situated on the ridge of a hill and has spectacular views of Annapurna.We will walk along the ridge of a forested hill with a back drop of mountain views. We will then descend to Phedi through the village of Dhampus and drive to Pokhara.

Note: From Pokhara, you can extend the tour with a 2 Nights/3 Days trip to Chitwan National Park for a jungle safari or return to Kathmandu by road or flight.

  • Includes

    • Trekking permits.
    • Guesthouse accommodations.
    • Transportation to trail head and return transportation from finish point.
    • 3 meals a day.
    • English speaking licensed Trekking Guide.
    • 1 porter.
    • On camping option, all camping gears, kitchen utensils, food supplies, pack animals, Sherpas are included.

    Excludes

    • Accommodation in Pokhara.
    • Transportation to and return from Pokhara.
    • Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature.
    • Extra expenses caused due to nature and unforeseen events.
    • Travel Insurance.
  • This is an easy cultural trek with a maximum altitude of 1,982m (6,500ft), suitable for people of all ages having normal health conditions. On the trail, you will see the trekkers as young as 10 years and as old as 65 plus. In average, you will require to walk 5 to 6 hours a day with a small day pack. If you are not optimally conditioned, we recommend that you start a training program at least three months before departure, gradually increasing the intensity and duration. Check with your doctor before undertaking any new fitness program. Porters or pack animals, leaving members free to carry only a light daypack, will carry all gear and camp supplies. No technical climbing or other special abilities are required. Before you go, we provide you with an extensive pre-departure information, including clothing recommendations, suggested reading lists, up-to-date health advice, and other details from procuring visas to advice on local customs.

    Accommodation along the trail Camping or Tea House?

    So as for accommodation along the trail, you have two options to choose - camping or local tea house. Camping is traditional and in true sense the real way of trekking in Nepal Himalaya. You will be accompanied by a number of Sherpas with camping gears, kitchen utensils, cooking gas and food supplies, transported by pack animals or local porters. The camping gears include sleeping tents for two, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, shower tent, dinning table and chairs. Shower tent will be set up only if water source is in an easy access. The kitchen crews comprise a cook and 3-4 helpers, who cook 3 hot meals a day. The menu ranges Nepali, Indian and western cuisines. Individuals and small groups prefer rather inexpensive and easier way of Tea House or Lodge Trekking. You will be accompanied by English speaking Guide and a porter on the trail and you will sleep in the guesthouses or lodges run by local families. The accommodation is pretty basic, with twin or dorm style bed rooms, furnished with foam or futon style mattress with a layer of bed sheet on, pillow and blanket or a quilt. You will use common toilet. Few guesthouse also provide hot shower but at an additional price! You will eat your meals in the dinning hall of the guesthouse, the food is usually being cooked and served by the family. While it’s an opportunity to meet and interact with the locals, the guesthouses can be pretty cramped during peak season like October, November, March and April, but at the same time, you get an opportunity to meet people from different places. During high season, accommodation becomes very scarce and trekkers are compelled to sleep in the dinning room or even in the kitchen.In lodge style trekking, if you are in a small group, you will be allowed to choose your meal from the menu. You can order a soup, main course, desert and tea or coffee. If it’s a large group, the guide will fix a menu for everybody. You are advised to bring supplement foods like vitamins, energy bars, dry fruits, chocolates etc to supply enough calories.

    Life on the Trail

    The trekking day typically starts at 6:30 am with the appearance of smiling Sherpas or a local at the door bearing a mug of steaming tea. This is soon followed by a large bowl of hot water for washing. Then it's time to pack your bags and sit down to a hearty breakfast of porridge, eggs, and toast. By 7:30 or 8:00 you're off on the trail.For about three hours you'll walk through villages, forests, and up and down green hills and valleys. There's plenty of time to visit local teashops, stop for a view or a photo, and exchange a smile or greeting (Namaste!) with the friendly Nepali people who share the trail. A trailside lunch breaks up the day, giving you time to rest and refuel with a substantial hot meal prepared by the staff. After about an hour of eating, napping, and relaxing, it's time for the afternoon hike. You arrive in camp/lodge around 4:00 PM and have time to wash up and get settled in the lodge before enjoying tea and snacks. The next few hours are free to write in your journal, read a few pages in a novel, play cards, engage in conversation, walk around the neighborhood or simply relax. The day closes with a hot, multi-course dinner that often includes ethnic cuisine as well as western favorites. Yak cheese pizzas and momos-Tibetan pot-stickers are the local specialty to try. After dinner you can gaze at the stars and the moonlit peaks, recount the events of the day, or retire to your bed to read for a while or doze off to sleep.

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    Booking and Cancellation

    When you are sure that you are going on this trip, please, don’t delay in placing your booking. Confirmation of your booking is subject to the availability of seats on Druk Air Flights. Druk Air is the only carrier and operates with a small craft with a capacity of 100 passengers only and remains fully booked throughout the year. Particularly, during festival time, the demand is very high.

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