About Ghandruk Loop Trekking
Ghandruk Loop Trekking, though considered the easiest trek, offers superb mountain scenery. This trek doesn’t go very high, distances can be covered at a relaxed pace. It is a good Family Trek that even the younger children will enjoy. Each day you will be surrounded by nature, amazing mountain scenery and the traditional lifestyle of the mountain people. The Ghandruk Loop Trek begins from Pokhara. The first night is spent in the hilltop village of Dhampus, From Dhampus Hill, you will come face to face with spectacular views of the surrounding Himalayan maintain range, as well as some breathtaking sunrises and sunsets as well.
In addition to being a stunning mountain viewpoint, Dhampus is also an ethnic Gurung village, and this trip will give you an opportunity to observe the daily lives of villagers. From this vantage point we can see Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna South, 7195m, Annapurna I, 7647m and Annapurna IV, 7525m. You can also look down on the Pokhara Valley and its beautiful city.
We hike through terraced hillsides and typical Gurung villages with charming slate-roofed houses. The Gurungs are the predominant ethnic community in this area. They have earned world recognition as fearless and loyal Gurkha soldiers in the British and Indian armies. There are more amazing views of the snowcapped mountains from Pothana, 1990m, a small village on the path to Annapurna Base Camp.
The trail to Landruk, 1619m, leads through beautiful rhododendron and bamboo forests. From Landruk we can look across the valley to Ghandruk, 2012m, our next destination. Ghandruk is approximately 400m higher than Landruk, with a river in between which gives us an idea of what is ahead: a quick descent to the Kimlong Khola (river), over a bridge and then a pretty grueling climb up a steep stone stairway to Ghandruk. The final day descends to Nayapul where the vehicle will meet us to take us back to Pokhara.
This Trip can be enjoyed all year around. The departure dates depending upon the time and flexibility of the guests. Suggested as a Family Hiking Trip in Nepal.
Highlights of Ghandruk Loop Trekking
- enjoy incredible views of the Annapurna range
- experience Gurung culture
- easy Annapurna Trek
- typical Tea House Trek
- an ideal choice for those with limited time period
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Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day, you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped towering peaks. After completing the visa formalities in airport, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives carrying your name on our company’s’ signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. Moving forward, you’ll be taken to your hotel in our vehicle. Once you reach at hotel, you’ll be welcomed by them as well and after that you can relax in your room or go for a walk exploring the city.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara early in the morning by tourist bus or Private vehicle passing the River side of Trisuli. It takes about 7 hours to reach in Pokhara valley. We can visit some interesting places like Devi’s Fall, Guptswor Cave, Tal Barahi Temple and boating on Phewa Lake in Pokhara.
Option: We have not included the airfare Kathmandu- Pokhara (USD $125 Per Person). The exciting half hour flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara gives you the feeling of a mountain flight, high in the Himalayas where you can see the Langtang, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. If you chose to travel to Pokhara by flight, we give free Airport Drop and Pick up.
Today, we'll take an hour drive to Phedi from Pokhara and after reaching Phedi, we'll hike up the stone staircase and passing through few small village, we'll reach Dhampus village. It is a big village where people like Gurung, Brahman, Chhetri live together and the place is equally beautiful.
Today, we walk down to Tolka village and have our lunch there. After having a good lunch and good rest, we'll head towards Landruk.
From Landruk, the trail descends steeply towards the river for an hour then after crossing the river, there is a steep ascent for about 3 hours passing through few small Himalyan villages. And next, Ghandruk.
Today is the last day of trek. We walk through the villages of Syauli Bazaar, Siwai, Birenthanti, and finally, Nayapul. Our private vehicle will be there waiting for us to drive back to Pokhara.
Early morning, we depart from Pokhara Tourist Bus Station to travel back to Kathmandu. If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today.
Option: We have not included the airfare of Pokhara – Kathmandu (USD $120 Per Person). The exciting half hour flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu gives you the feeling of a mountain flight, high in the Himalaya where you can see the Langtang, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. If you chose to travel to Kathmandu by flight, we give free Airport Drop and Pick up. You need to book this flight before start the trek.
We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight. Check in at the Kathmandu international airport 3 hours prior to your flight time.
- Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
- Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
- Accommodation in Pokhara, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
- Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 3 days (With twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
- All standard meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
- English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
- One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
- Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis. (Max 25 KG per porter)
- Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
- Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
- Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
- Annapurna Foothill’s T-shirt.
- Energy Supplies (Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek
- First aid medicine kit.
- Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
- All ground transfers Kathmandu –Pokhara
- All government and local taxes.
- Your Personal Travel Insurance.
- Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
- Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
- Beverages (drinks, mineral water, Boiled Water and beer).
- Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
- Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.
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Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group.
Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.
Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join.
Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates.
The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
We have set dates for departure to the Amazing Ghandruk Loop Trekking. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin.
Ghandruk Loop Trekking is available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date.
We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.
Private Trips to Ghandruk Loop Trekking is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones.
Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the trek. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking.
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The Best Time to Visit the Annapurna Region
The best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). Winter trekking is also possible for Ghorepani, Poonhill, Ghandruk, Annapurna Base Camp, and Kali Gandki.
Tea Houses/Lodge Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Holy Himalaya before and after heading into the remote regions.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
Spending Money per Day
Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal in Kathmandu. On the trek, your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 - 15 a day should be enough.
While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. In the Annapurna Region there are Euro-guard filters, so all you need is your own water bottle and you can refill it easily. We suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets in case Euro-guard water is not available. We request that you avoid using bottled mineral water, as the bottles are not easily disposed of.
If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable.
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
My girlfriend and I recently returned from two amazing weeks in Nepal, and the highlight was this four-day trek arranged by Annapurna Foothills Treks. I can’t say enough about the company and the people who run it. No question went unanswered and no need went unaddressed, from the moment we first contacted them by email (on short notice, no less!) to the moment we returned stateside.Ngima, the founder-managing director, was an incredible help early on in selecting an itinerary that fit our abbreviated timeframe, and then remained readily accessible throughout. (His reliably prompt email responses were a needed salve to the anxiety that can accompany a big trip like this.) He and our guide, Dawa, also met us at our hotel once we arrived in Kathmandu to introduce themselves prior to the trek and answer any remaining questions in person—a particularly nice touch that put me at ease. (An even nicer one: Ngima and his wife had us over for dinner once we returned to the city!)Dawa was likewise incredible. He was knowledgeable (about the mountains, but also Nepali history and cultures), always considerate, unwaveringly cheerful, and genuinely nice. We had never hiked with a guide before this and, as two generally shy people, were a little unsure of what it would be like to spend so much time with a complete stranger—but those concerns quickly fell away after meeting Dawa. He struck the perfect balance between giving us our own space and yet still always looking out for our safety and comfort. Our time in the mountains would have gone considerably less smooth—and been significantly less fun—if we had gone it alone.The rates were more than fair (and there were no unexpected charges/etc at any point). The chosen accommodations were great. The food at the teahouses was delicious. The mountain scenery was stunning. And to top it all off, the transportation that was arranged for us—cars from Kathmandu to the start of the trek, from the end of it to Pokhara, and from Pokhara back to Kathmandu—was all top-notch. The roads in Nepal can be exciting to say the least, but all of the drivers were professional and safe, and their cars were clean, well maintained, and air-conditioned. We’ve been back for less than a week and we’re already talking about a return trip to do a longer trek. If we do, we will definitely go through Annapurna Foothills Treks again.