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Ghandruk Village Trek

Have you wanted to wander around in a welcoming village surrounded by the beauty of nature? This is your chance to experience the life of a villager through an eight days refreshing trek. You can relish in the views of hills and mountains around you with the traditional Thakalis, Gurungs, and Magars that reside in the village. You are sure to share some of your adventure with the people around and amaze yourself by hearing theirs too.

Group size: 2 to 12 Max-Altitude: 1940 m
Destination: Nepal Fitness level: Low 
Arrival on: Kathmandu Departure from: Kathmandu
Meals: Welcome Dinner and Breakfast During City Tours
Accommodation: Teahouses during trek and 3 – star hotels during a city tour

Trip Introduction

Many holidays are driven to the amount of regain and recreation. Nepal Big Mountain wants you to join the eight days easy trek to Ghandruk village. This trek will get you to interact with new people and belong to a different lifestyle both ethnic groups wise and away from the city life. It is really endearing to be near to the mesmerizing natural beauty to cool off.

You have the ultimate chance to engage yourself in sightseeing in Kathmandu that calms you for the trek further. You can tell by the temple, stupa and the durbar square area that Nepal is rich in the beauty and history, which will gather your worth for your visit.

Next, you move to the city Pokhara where you can enjoy your moments in the lakeside. Pokhara rich in its water resources utilizes its gift of nature as a major tourist attraction. Prospects for boating are provided to tourists in the rich Fewa Lake. It could be your next possible destination. A religious place, Tal Barahi situated in the middle of the lake amazes native as well as international tourists.

Furthermore, Phedi and Dhampus assist you to view the two top 10 highest mountain peaks in the world, Annapurna and Macchapuchre. Along with enjoying the scenery, you will also be able to observe the forests and countryside of traditional Nepal. It is a short hike that could raise the interest of many tourists.

Moreover, the main attraction of this trek is the Ghandruk village. Ghandruk village tour is the most sought tour in the Pokhara as it covers the extravagant nature and the rich cultures of various ethnic groups of Nepal. The lifestyle of the people living in the area attracts a lot of tourists every year. This is your chance to go for the trekking area famous for its undeniable beauty. You can interact with the inhabitants and try out their cultural dresses as well as their food.

With this, you can say that this trek is the shortest trek with the least difficulty and great views as well as perfect utilization of your time for holidays to explore. Nepal Big Mountain waits for your decision to be a part of it.

Do check out our packages for Langtang and Manaslu Regions trekking.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (Altitude 1400 m)

Nepal Big Mountain Travel believes in persistence and belongingness. On day 1, arrival day, a representative in formal attire with garlands (Mala) and traditional Buddhist ceremonial scarf (Khata) will welcome you. This is a traditional welcoming gesture of Nepalese. The representative will guide you to the hotel. You can wander around the streets of Thamel and explore shops during the late afternoon. Then, a cultural dinner is presented overnight at Tourist Standard hotel in Kathmandu or similar class.

Main attractions:

  • Unique and traditional welcome
  • Welcome dinner- traditional Nepali cuisine
  • The inception of your trip
  • Wander around streets of Thamel
  • Explore shops of traditional Thankas, restaurants, handmade art crafts, street foods and many more         

Included meals: Dinner

Day 2: Drive to Pokhara (5-6 hours ride)

New daylight begins the day and you devour your breakfast early in the morning. Then, you go on an interesting long drive of 5-6 hours to Pokhara from Kathmandu. You will engage in observing the beauty of Pokhara passing through Himalayan Rivers – Trishuli, Marsyangdi, and Seti. The high current of the rivers offers you a prospect of rafting which can be your next possible destination of another package we offer. During the afternoon, you can go boating in Fewa Lake. You observe the panoramic view of Macchapuchre, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu ranges. At evening, you can see the pleasant view of the sunset as well and capture the moment in your camera. You stay the night at tourist standard hotel in Pokhara.

Major attractions:

  • The magnificent sight of high current Himalayan Rivers- Trishuli, Marsyangdi, and Seti
  • You can go boating in Fewa Lake
  • Observe the panoramic view of Macchapuchre, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu ranges
  • Set your eyes at the pleasant view of the sunset
  • Capture the beautiful scenery in your camera for future reference

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Drive to Nayapul and hike to Ghandruk

Today you start with an easy trek. With the morning light, you have your breakfast and drive to Nayapul. On the way, you see the beautiful scenery of the trees on the sides and other streams following your way. Then, you start your hike once you reach Nayapul. Since the road is not rough, it is not that exhaustive for your day. Ghandruk village tour is very interesting to discover, amazing nature, rich culture of the ethnic group, Gurung and their lifestyle, which attracts many tourists every year from around the world. Ghandruk is the most visited trekking area of Nepal for its unique beauty and identity.

Main attractions:

  • The inception of your journey on foot
  • Prominent view if Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Macchapuchre peaks
  • Familiarize with the Gurung culture
  • Enrichment by rural lifestyle, unspoiled culture, reception of guests, the local food
  • Explore the most visited trekking area of Nepal for its unique beauty and identity

Included meals:

Day 4: Trek back to Pokhara

New daylight starts your trek to Ghandruk today. You will come across another ethnic group of Nepal, the Gurungs. You blossom in the Gurung village with the feeling of belongingness. Then you trek back through a steep hill to Nayapul. You can also meet some Gurkhas who had served in the British Army during World War II. From there, you will take a drive to Pokhara and spent time in the lakeside to lighten up. You can also shop a souvenir of your trip. You spend the night at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara or similar class.

Main attractions:

  • Come across another ethnic group of Nepal, the Gurungs
  • Blossom in the Gurung village with the feeling of belongingness
  • Meet some Gurkhas who had served in the British Army during World War II
  • Spent time in the lakeside to lighten up
  • Shop a souvenir of your trip

Included meals:

Day 5: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi and trek to Dhampus (Altitude 800 m)

You begin with your breakfast, then, you go on a 30-minute ride to Phedi on a private vehicle. Your day in Phedi will be an adventurous hike to the scenic views. That is climbing through beautiful forest and countryside for the next 3 hours to reach the hilltop named Dhampus.

The quiet, serene and amazingly beautiful Dhampus provides a view of gorgeous peaks. This shall include the Annapurna range, the Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal and other peaks. The mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri are kept under top 10 highest peaks in the world. You will spend overnight at Dhampus.

Major attractions:

  • An adventurous hike to the scenic views
  • The freshness of the climb from forests and countryside of Dhampus
  • Quiet, serene and amazing view of the gorgeous peaks
  • Have the delight to view two of the 10 highest peaks in the world
  • You have the adrenaline rush of watching the snowcapped Himalayan range

Included meals:

Day 6: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Today lies ahead of you with a breakfast and a beautiful view of sunrise. You drive back from Kathmandu to Pokhara in a tourist bus. The 5-hour route, you will be engaged observe the beauty of Pokhara passing through Himalayan Rivers – Trishuli, Marsyangdi, and Seti. The high current of the rivers offers you a prospect of rafting which can be your next possible destination of another package we offer. You can collaborate with our other package of sightseeing in Kathmandu, a day trip. You will spend overnight in the tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.

Major attractions:

  • The magnificent sight of high current Himalayan Rivers- Trishuli, Marsyangdi, and Seti
  • A chance to collaborate with our other package of sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Have a conversation with the guide about a prospective destination to visit on your next visit to Nepal
  • Prospect of rafting which can be your next possible destination of another package we offer
  • Rest in your tourist standard hotel and rejuvenate yourself by the alluring facilities

Included meals:

Day 7: Departure Day

You have breakfast early in the morning. With the conclusion of necessary steps for departure, a representative of Nepal Big Mountain Travel will drop you to Tribhuvan International Airport. Nepal Big Mountain expects a happy customer to travel again.

Major attractions:

  • Departure day
  • Concluding breakfast early in the morning
  • Depart with beautiful memories
  • A representative of Nepal Big Mountain Travel will see you off to Tribhuvan International Airport
  • You are associated with your spirit smile with the end of an adventurous and memorable journey of Ghandruk Village tour

Included meals: Breakfast

Important Note

Nepal Big Mountain Travel prioritizes your safety first. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required. Availability of guides depends on the high seasons.

In any case, specified guides are unavailable, Nepal Big Mountain provides an English guide for your meaningful travel.

Included in the Cost

  • Experienced English/Chinese/Spanish/Hindi speaking tour guide
  • Guide fees, government taxes and office service charges
  • Welcome dinner – Nepali cultural cuisine with a cultural dance performance
  • All entrance fees
  • Sim Card
  • Airport pickups, transfers to hotel and drops in a private vehicle
  • All transportation charges as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 1 porter per 2 pax
  • One bottle of mineral water daily during a city tour
  • All accommodations throughout the journey in twin sharing basis
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) and National Park Entry Permits
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis
  • General first aid kits

Not Included in the Cost

  • Personal expenses
  • Tips (Tipping is expected)
  • All other services not included in the itinerary
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Extra Food and Beverages
  • Optional: USD 25 per person per day for the provision of lunch and dinner in city tours
  • Optional: USD 40 per person per day for the provision of breakfast, lunch, and dinner during trekking periods

The Trekking Group

The trek includes a trekking group of 2-12 members. As a member of the trekking group, you will receive the reward of one assistant guide with the addition to one main guide or leader to gain as much information from the trekking route possible. The group can be customized as per your need by providing the necessary information. For the details, please refer to the additional information.

The group is under the supervision of the main guide. The main guide considers the directions information and safety concerns. This will make your trip safer.

Important points under trekking group:

  • 1 guide cum porter for 1 pax (Need to email us)
  • 1 assistant guide per 4 pax
  • 1 main guide or leader
  • 1 porter per 2 pax
  • 2-12 members in a group(customizing is considered with due information)

Accommodations

You stay at the 3-star hotel in all cities and teahouses throughout the tour. All accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis. After the tour, you can take a hot water bath in the hotel and recreate yourself for the amazing tour that awaits you the next day. Activities may include enjoying a drink in the bar with your new travel friends and exploring the unique service every hotel provides. The stay in teahouses will be in a calm and cosy lodge with Wi-Fi so that you can watch YouTube vlogs and other sites of your choice. The bakery is the attraction of teahouses where you can choose from various sweet dishes. You can feel the natural beauty of the place through the serene hotel in a quiet environment away from the city pollution. You can upgrade your room and hotel with a reasonable extra charge. However, it might be difficult to find a single room at higher elevations.

Meals

The meals also provide you with a slight pinch of cultural taste. It comprises of welcome dinner and breakfast. Firstly, welcome embraces the refreshments after you reach the arrival destination, Kathmandu. Secondly, you can enjoy the traditional Nepali cuisine that is a blend of rice, lentils, vegetables, and pickle. We respect and provide the choice of vegetarian or non-vegetarian food. Lastly, breakfast consists of organic tea or fresh plump of organic fruits. You are given a choice of a range of bakeries and cookies. Breakfasts are only provided in the city tours.

The trip excludes lunch and dinner so that you can explore the multiple choices of cuisines in Nepal without being bound by the travel agency. However, you can choose meals according to your preferences excluding the provision at your own expense.

Nepal Big Mountain also provides a provision of lunch and dinner for the minimum amount of extra USD 25 per person per day for city tours. In addition to it, during the trekking period, for the prerequisites of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the minimum amount of extra USD 40 per person per day is provided such that you have the convenience of easy access to meals throughout the trek.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Any interested aspirant can join the trip since it includes a short distance walk only. There is maximum convenience for the people who travel. Main pros of this trip are that it is suitable for any being who is an enthusiast on the tour for a meaningful trip. However, the traveller must specify any kinds of sickness, diseases or phobias before the trip because Nepal Big Mountain believes every traveller needs to be under perfect care and guidance to enjoy the trip with the best convenience possible. Children above 5 years, youngsters, adults, or elders, anyone is welcomed with open arms. In spite of this, the children and elders are to be under the guidance of their guardian.

People with severe premedical conditions must consult their doctors and inform Nepal Big Mountain before the trip.

Best Time to Travel

The trip is a blend of adventure and culture in a short with great comfort. There is a rush of tourists during their vacations. It is recommended that you visit in the month of September- November as you can enjoy the spring weather with the biggest occasion of Nepal that lasts a month, Dashain and Tihar. The months of December- January will help you to connect more with the Gurung community and celebrate the upcoming New Year, Tamu Lhosar with them.

The choice of these months will give you a great chance to view the beauty of Himalayas at their best. There are blooming flowers in this season. The trail will be colourful and eye-catching giving you a different level of energy during these months.

Additional Information

Altogether, this is a trip of eight days eight nights. However, if you are interested in customized trips, contact us. You can get some concession for group booking. Please contact Nepal Big Mountain for the group rates via email to info@nbmtravel.com. You must specify any kinds of a health condition that may have a negative effect on the traveller at an earlier stage before booking.

This trip will provide you with the opportunity to wander around the wonderful city – Pokhara. You will be able to view the world’s tenth highest peak, Annapurna during the trip. Along with it, you will be associated with the wonderful Ghandruk village where you can encounter the Gurungs, Magars, and Thakalis.