Ghandruk Circuit Trek
Ghandruk Circuit Trek offers you the snowy tapestry of the mighty Himalayas, incredibly diverse scenery and the warm hospitality of the people from diverse ethnic backgrounds as you amble through delightful oak and rhododendron forests. The dense sub-tropical valleys dotted with Gurung Villages makes this trek a treasure for anyone interested in seeing new and different cultures. Ghandruk circuit trek is less rigorous and slightly shorter trek than many other Himalayan adventures, yet it has no lack in natural and cultural wonders.
Ghandruk Circuit Trek can be in length from 6-8 days. It begins with enjoying a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Even from the onset of the flight, this region shows incredible scenery of the Himalayas. Ghandruk Circuit Trek showcases mighty peaks such as Dhaulagiri (8167M,) Manaslu (8163 m,) and Annapurna I (8091m),Gangapurna(7455 m), Lamjung Himal(6931m), Baraha Shikhar (7847m), Nilgiri(7061m), Tukuche Peak(6920m), and Hiunchuli(6441 m). The magic of this trek is not relegated to scenery alone, though this is more breathtaking than one could imagine. This area is also known for its distinct cultures that call the Annapurna region home. Among the ethnic groups, the Gurung are largely represented as you pass through small quaint settlements with smiling faces greeting you along the way. The trek overnights in lovely teahouses owned by locals, which offers lots of opportunities to enjoy talking with and learning about their way of life.
Nepal Himalayan Forbidden Treks & Expedition is one of the best trekking and hiking organizers in Nepal. We are an experienced team serving our clients with a full suite of services. We offer a number of tour packages to make our clients trek safe, easy and exciting.
Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport 1340m,
Day 2 - Full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley,
Day 3 - Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, drive to Kande and trek to Australia camp 1990m
Day 4 - Trek from Australian Camp to Landruk 1640m
Day 5 - Trek from Landruk to Ghandruk 1740m
Day 6 - Trek from Ghandruk to Birethanti and return back to Pokhara
Day 7 - Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 8 - Final Departure from Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport 1300m
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our team representative will meet you at the airport and transfers you to the hotel by private vehicle.
Full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley,
Kathmandu is an ancient city with many layers of cultures and traditions each as unique as the next. We will start our visit from Pashupatinath one of the most famous sacred Hindu temples then continue on our visit to Patan Durbar square, Naytapola Temple, Basantapur Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple. We will return back to the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, drive to Kande and trek to Australia camp 1990m
A scenic flight of 30 minutes will lead us to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Pokhara is also known as the gateway to the Annapurna region considered as a trekking paradise with numerous trekking and hiking opportunities. From Pokhara, we will head to Kande by private jeep and once we reach Kande, we will trek to the Australian camp. From there, we can enjoy the most beautiful views of Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Annapurna South (7219m).
Trek from Australian Camp to Landruk 1565m
The days’ trek will be from Australian Camp to Landruk. It may prove to be one of the most beautiful trekking days for us, as we pass through many beautiful and dense forests of oak and rhododendron which is home to a wide variety of wildlife. As we pass through these primeval forests, listen for the exotic calls of the many birds that inhabit the treetops. The path along the forests will finally lead us to the fields of Landruk Village (1565m). Here we can feel and see we are closer to Annapurna South (7219m). Delicious local food awaits us, prepared by the gracious and hospitable Gurung people.
Trek from Landruk to Ghandruk 1940m
On this day, we will head to one of the most beautiful and famous Gurung villages, Ghandruk. We will descend to Modi Khola and cross a suspension bridge. After we ascend a series of stone staircases leading us to Ghandruk. After arriving in Ghandruk, watch for the setting sun from between the mountain ranges. Here we may also visit the famous Ghandruk Museum for more information about the Gurung culture and traditions. In the evening a traditional dance is held in your honor by the local girls while we enjoy local foods.
Trek from Ghandruk to Birethanti and return back to Pokhara
Enjoying the beautiful views of the rising sun before breakfast, and after we begin to trek to our destination of Birethanti. The trek is marked by mostly continual descent with a stop in Syauli Bazaar which is situated on the banks of the Modi Khola. We will have our lunch and then continue on to reach Birethanti. Birethanti is also famous for the tradition and cultures of Gurung. From Birethanti, we will head toward a busy market called Nayapul. It is our final town on the trek, and it is here we board our private transport and drive back to Pokhara where we will spend the night.
Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
In the early morning, we will fly back to Kathmandu bidding goodbye to the Ghandruk Circuit Trek. Once in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your pre-arranged hotel in Thamel.
Final Departure from Kathmandu
One of our representatives will greet you at your hotel and transfer you to the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight home or your next destination.
Int’l/Dom Airport/Hotel/Airport picks up and transfers by private car/van on arrival and departure.
3 nights accommodations in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3* Hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara.
Sightseeing Tour as per above mentioned itinerary and all kind of entry fees.
Round Trip domestic flight tickets cost and airport tax.
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea or coffee are included during the lodge/tea-house trek.
Lodge-lodge accommodation during the lodge trek.
1 Experienced, helpful, friendly and well trained English speaking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples) during the trek and their food, accommodation, equipments, salary and insurance.
All ground transportation by private vehicle.
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
All necessary permits.
Office Service Charge.
All government tax.
First Aid Medical Kit box.
Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
International Airfare to and from Nepal.
Nepal Tourist Visa Fees.
Items and expenses of personal nature.
All kind of alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, whisky), cold drink (mineral water, coke, fanta, sprite, juice), laundry service, postage, phone calls, internet, donations, museum entry fees etc during the trip.
Personal Trekking Equipments such as sleeping bags, walking poles, down jackets, walking boots. (It can be hired/bought in Kathmandu).
Emergency Evacuation (Medical Insurance and Helicopter Rescue in case of accident and can be paid either insurance company or clients themselves).
Any cost arises due to a change of the program/itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, strike and some accidental problems.
Horse/Pony renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost inclusive.
Tipping Tips for guide, porters, drivers and horse man.