8 Best Tips For Kathmandu To Ghandruk Trek

10 April, 2024 By Dambar Khadka


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Kathmandu to Ghandruk Trek in Nepal promises breathtaking views of the Himalayas and a thrilling adventure. It is one of the most popular tour packages among domestic and international travelers. If you are looking for a short and perfect place to visit outside Kathmandu Valley during your free time, the journey to Ghandruk is a go-to. This guide will provide detailed information about the Kathmandu to Ghandruk tour.

Overview of Kathmandu and Ghandruk

The trek to Ghandruk from Kathmandu usually takes 5 to 7 days, depending on your itinerary and pace. Located in the Kaski District of the Gandaki Province, Ghandruk is 32 km northwest of Pokhara.

Photo of Ghandruk village

Situated at an altitude of 2012 meters above sea level, the trek usually starts with a drive or flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You can book a taxi or take a bus to Nayapul from there, which is the starting point of the trek.

Whether you hike towards Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Muldai View Point Trek, or more, you will stay in Ghandruk for a day. The village offers views of Annapurna, Machapuchare, Gangapurna, and Mt Hiunchuli.

The majority of the people who inhabit the place are Gurung. This traditional Gurung town of Ghandruk earns its reputation for hospitality and stunning mountain vistas. However, check the weather conditions and permits required before embarking on the trek.

Preparing for the Trek

If you plan on trekking to the beautiful village of Ghandruk, you should make proper planning. With thorough planning and preparation, you will enhance your chance to have a safe and enjoyable adventure. Before embarking on the best short trek in Nepal, here’s what you can check and prepare for.

Planning and Research

Determine the best time to reach Ghandruk from Pokhara with clear planning and research. The ideal seasons are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). During these months, you will encounter a blooming rhododendron forest. These months also offer stable weather, clear skies, and comfortable temperatures. So, plan your trek this month to experience the best scenic views of Gandruk.

Ensure you get all the necessary permits if you trek in the Annapurna region in Nepal. You should get the Annapurna Conservation Area permit from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Always prepare yourself with the proper care and equipment for a successful trek. Carry waterproof jackets, gloves, trekking boots, sunglasses, a first aid kit, a flashlight, and other necessary items that you require during your trek.

Physical Fitness

To reach Ghandruk, you must be physically fit. Although this trekking trail is relatively easy, you may require some strength and fitness. You can engage in aerobic exercise such as walking, jogging, or hiking to build stamina. Climbing to higher altitudes can cause altitude sickness to some people. So, as a preventive measure, you should take some time and plan your itinerary. Also, you can do some breathing exercises that are useful during your hike.

Kathmandu to Pokhara: The Starting Point

Before getting to Ghandruk from Kathmandu, you must get to Pokhara. You have different options to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu, including tourist buses, private vehicles, or flights. If you are looking for the cheapest option (NPR 800- NPR 1500), taking a tourist bus is the best option. However, it takes around 7 to 8 hours to reach, and the buses are often crowded and unaffordable.

Private vehicles are much faster and more comfortable, costing around NPR 1500 to NPR 2000. The journey takes 5-6 hours. For the quickest option, you can go for flights. Costing around NPR 5000, the flight takes around 30 minutes, and you can see stunning views of the Himalayas as you fly.

Upon arriving at Pokhara, the serene Phewa Lake welcomes you with views of the Annapurna Range. Explore some beautiful places in Pokhara, such as Phewa Lake, World Peace Pagoda, Sarangkot, Davis Fall, and Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave.

In just two days, you can explore Pokhara’s beauty. Also, make final preparations and check for anything you may have overlooked. Cross-check your permit and trekking gear. With all your preparations, you can enjoy your vacation from Pokhara to Ghandruk.

Pokhara to Nayapul: The Trek Begins

Nayapul is the starting point for the trek to Ghandruk. It is a small town at the trailhead for the trek to Ghandruk. In this location, you can find some restaurants, teahouses, and shops where you can stock up on supplies for your trek.

Transportation to Nayapul

You can take a short drive to Nayapul from Pokhara by hiring a private car, peep, or bus. Your route offers the best views of Phedi, Naudanda, Kande, and Lumle. The drive from Pokhara takes about 1 to 1.5 hours and is inexpensive. If you are searching for local bus transportation and schedules from Pokhara to Nayapul, go to Baglung Bus Park. You will get a bus and jeep for each 30-minute difference.

However, most trekkers prefer private cars as they are more comfortable. The roads are in good condition and offer beautiful views of hills and mountains. Stop at various viewpoints to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Renting a vehicle is a great way to explore the area’s culture.

Nayapul to Tikhedhunga

The real trekking journey starts here. On the first day, you will pass through a well-established path. The distance from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga is approximately 9.2 kilometers. It typically takes 4 to 5 hours to complete the trek depending on your walking pace.

From Nayapul, you start walking towards Tikhedhunga Nepal or Ulleri. Along the Bhurungdi Khola, you can enjoy beautiful aerial views of the majestic Himalayan peaks, historical villages, green pastures, waterfalls, and enchanting terraced fields.

The trail has a small, steeper section that is much less difficult. The main challenge of this trek is the uphill trek. However, you will find plenty of rest stops where you can catch your breath and enjoy the scenery. After reaching Tikhedhunga, you can find many accommodation options, from basic treehouses to comfortable lodges. You can also eat and rest while enjoying the beautiful mountain view.

Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

Offering an excellent view of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri range, the distance between Tikhedhunga and Ghorepani is 12.9 km/ 8 miles. The journey takes 6 to 7 hours to reach. You pass through small villages like Ulleri, Banthati, and Nangge Thanti. 

The second-day trek starts from Tikhedhunga, 1480 m, and you need to reach Ghorepani, 2860m. It is the toughest part of the Ghandruk trek. The weather in this region is best from March to May and September to December. The temperature drops During the night but at all locations. There are tea houses or hotels where you can spend the night nicely.

The Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani trip is an ideal way to begin your Himalayan trekking experience. Along the walk, you will encounter many landscapes, including dense forests, difficult mountains, and charming villages. Trekkers of various skill and fitness levels can also reach this trek. If you’re searching for an experience in the Himalayas, this trek should be on your bucket list.

Ghorepani to Tadapani

Located at 2630 meters above sea level, the trek offers eye-catching sunrise views in the Himalayas. It covers 9.7 km and takes 5 to 6 hours to reach Tadapani. You will pass through Deurali Danda (3090 m), the highest point between Ban Thanti, Thulo Odar, and Liui Kahrka.

The hike starts with a moderate ascent through rhododendrons, oak, and pine forests covered in beautiful greenery. The woodland opens up as you go higher, revealing breathtaking views of the snow-capped Alps. Although the walk is not too difficult, a few steep ascents and descents call for fitness. 

This walk has a moderate difficulty level, but you must be physically active because there are a lot of stairs to climb. Anyone who wants to see the Himalayas and the traditional way of life of the Nepalese people must go on this trek. It is the ideal fusion of adventure, scenic beauty, and cultural exposure.

Tadapani to Ghandruk

This is the shortest and most accessible part of the trek. It is 6.5 km long and includes some cross-flat and downhill trails. It takes about 3 to 4 hours by foot. The trek passes through dense forest and Bjaisi Kharkha, with Ghandruk at 2012 meters above sea level. Throughout the trial, you will have an immersive view of the Annapurna range and fascinating Gurung community villages surrounded by mystic clouds.

Shortly after leaving the Tadapani, you will pass through Modi Khola through a suspension bridge. This scenic trek spot is popular among visitors for photos. Modi River is the region’s major attraction and provides water for irrigation and hydropower generation. 

Reaching Ghandruk, you can see significant peaks like Himchuli, Annapurna South, and Fishtail. In the place, you can find basic camping and tea house packages. However, organizing camping is more expensive than a tea house or lodge option.

Ghandruk is a predominantly Gurung village. It offers a window into their unique way of life. You can visit their traditional houses and interact with the locals to learn more about their customs and traditions. The typical culture, Gurung village life, and cuisine made enjoyable memories throughout the trip.

Besides, the place also offers a variety of activities. You can explore the small village on foot, go for a nature walk in the surrounding area, or even visit the Guring Hill Museum, located at the highest point of Ghandruk. The museum showcases the rich heritage of the Gurung people. You can find clothing, artifacts, and traditional tools depicting the community’s people.

The hike from Tadapani to Ghandruk is the ideal fusion of culture and environment. It allows you to witness the Gurung people’s traditional way of life while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Annapurna region. Anyone who wants to see Nepal’s distinctive culture and stunning natural beauty must go on this journey.

Best Time To Visit Ghandruk

If you are ever planning to visit Ghandruk, traveling between September and November and March and June is perfect. To explore the village’s culture more, you can trek during Dashain and Tihar, which fall in autumn.

Hotel in Ghandruk

Ghandruk is also open all year round, except during the monsoon season (June to August). Although tourists like to go in the spring and fall, those who value quieter visitation times are likelier to visit the town in the off-season.

Conclusion

Overall, your trek from Kathmandu to Ghandruk village can be unforgettable. You will see some captivating landscapes on your journey. The Gurung village of Ghandruk in the Annapurna region welcomes you with open arms. Explore the stunning scenery, meet friendly locals, and experience Nepal’s culture. 

Always prepare and obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area permit if you are trekking to Ghandruk via Nayapul. This short and easy trek is a journey and a transformative experience. It offers a glimpse into Nepal’s natural and cultural wonders that will stay with you long after you return to Kathmandu.

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Dambar Khadka

Dambar Khadka, a passionate adventurer and the founder of Boundless Adventure Nepal, has spent his entire life writing about nature and Nepal's developing tourism business. Dambar's passion with nature and its different cultures began as a child in Nepal's stunning landscapes. He began writing following successful treks and expeditions across Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Dambar Khadka created Boundless Adventure Nepal in 1992 to share the majesty of the Nepal Himalayas with the rest of the planet. As an explorer and writer, he is committed to responsible tourism and cultural connection, allowing readers and adventurers to immerse themselves in Nepal's enchantment through his works.

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