Annapurna Ghandruk Trek

Ghandruk village with the Annapurna South and the Hiunchuli in the background, Nepal

A bit of Annapurna Ghandruk Circuit Trek

Annapurna Ghandruk Village Trek is one of the most beautiful trekking journeys in the Annapurna Region. It is an easy walk to the famous Gurung Village named Ghandruk located at 2010m/6600ft elevation to the northwest of the lake city Pokhara. After a short ride from the city, we can easily reach over there.

Quick Facts

Trip Code: HTANGT 05 Duration: 02N/03D Trekking
Region: Annapurna Maximum Altitude:2010m/6600ft
Start: Kathmandu End: Kathmandu
Best Season: Sept-Nov, March-April Trekking Type: Tea House
Group Size: Min 2 Price: U$ 50 P/P/Day
Grade: Easy Major Activity: Trekking


Ghandruk claims to be the most visited trekking area in Nepal and is widely known and popular among both local and international visitors. It is one of the most developed communities in the Kaski area which is also known as the Gorkha Ex-British Army settlement and is home to the Gurung Tribe where the safe linguistic environment is still present.

This three-day cultural heritage village trek offers spectacular vistas of the Annapurna Range, including a mirror image of Himchuli (6,441 m), fishtail (6,993 m) tall Gangapurna (7,455 m), Singu Chuli (6,501 m), and many others.

The Ghandruk village trek 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 length and harder treks like the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

The trekking journey to Ghandruk village starts from Nayapul which is reached after around 2 hours of scenic drive from Pokhara. Then the walking route runs through woods of greenery and crimson Rhododendrons in season. You will also walk through beautiful small settlements, and terraced fields and encounter many friendly locals. Your walk will be accompanied by the fantastic views of the Annapurna Mountain Ranges. After ascending and enjoying the walk by the mountainside for around 5 hours, you reach your ultimate destination Ghandruk Village.

The maximum altitude you will gain during this trek is 2010 meters above sea level. So there is no risk of altitude sickness. It is easily achievable by kids, the elderly, family, solitary, and any kind of group.

If you want to add some nearby places to your Ghandruk Trek then you can spend extra two days in the region and go for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek to take more personal views of the mountains.

Trip Highlights

  • Panoramic views of Himalayans like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, and Fishtail.
  • Experience in different cultures mainly with the Gurung community.
  • Interactions with local peoples and local foods
  • Easy and scenic walking trail

Best Time to do Annapurna Ghandruk Trek

Nepal has four distinct seasons and each season has its beauty when traveling to the Himalayas. Being a low-altitude trekking journey, this Ghandruk Village Trek is available any time of the year but the Spring months of March, April, May, and autumn months of September, October, and November are considered the best in terms of weather stability, clear views, and dry walking trails. Winter is also a great time of the year for this trip as you will get the opportunity to view the freshly snowed mountains without many tourist crowds. You can go for this easy and short trek in the summer/monsoon months too with full-on preparation.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01:Pokhara to Nayapul (1:20minutes) then walk to Ghandruk (Approx.5 hours)

After having a light breakfast in Pokhara, we head towards Nayapul by private transportation which takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Then finally we reach our final destination Ghandrukafter walking for about 5 hours. On the way, you can observe many mesmerizing views of Mountains, greenery, and local surrounding.  After reaching Ghandruk village, you will be welcomed by local people with their warm hospitality. Stay overnight in the lodge.

Day 02:Explore Ghandruk Village

We rise early to witness the beautiful sunrise view over the snow-clad Himalayas. And after breakfast, we proceed with the exploration of this beautiful Gurung Village. Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal after Sikles. In the south of Ghandruk, there is a beautiful village GairiGounwhich holds great natural and traditional importance with orderly rows of neat slate-roofed houses.  We will explore this typical village to observe the lifestyle of the local people.In the evening, the locals of the Ghandruk village will entertain you by singing and dancing in their cultural way. Overnight in lodge.

Day 03: Ghandruk to Nayapul& Drive to Pokhara

Early in the morning, after having breakfast, we will pass small villages and picturesque terraced fields to reach Nayapul. Once we are there, we will meet our private jeep which is ready to take us back to Pokhara. In Pokhara, you can spend the day sightseeing or relaxing. Or you can catch a flight to Kathmandu.

If you want to explore more in the Annapurna Region and extend this Ghandruk journey then you can add to Khopra Danda Trek on this trip which is just 3 days journey from Ghandruk. It is a great alternative to the crowded trails nearby but offers some of the best views of the Himalayas.

Cost Includes:

  • Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara on a private vehicle
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Fee
  • TIMS fee
  • Best available guest house accommodation
  • All three meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Service of English-speaking trekking guide
  • Allowance, all food& accommodation of guide
  • All applicable government taxes and service charges

Cost Excludes:

  • International Flights
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Any accommodation, meals, and other services in Kathmandu& Pokhara
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature such aslaundry, bar bills, telephone calls, etc.
  • Tips for guide, and driver
  • Anything not mentioned in the includes


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