Your Ultimate Guide To Ghandruk Trek In Nepal

Waquar Habib

Ghandruk Trek

The Ghandruk Trek is a moderately easy and short trek located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek starts from Phedi and takes you through rhododendron forests, paddy fields, and villages, with stone-slab steps leading the way. During the trek, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range, including Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchre, and Hiunchuli.

View from the Ghandruk Trek | Shutterstock


On the Ghandruk trek, you will get the chance to learn about the cultural and culinary background of Kathmandu; brushing against the quaint villages of Gurung and forests of rhododendron, sandalwood and pine. You will find yourself amid the comfortable teahouses and in view of pristine alpine lakes, fields and mountains.

Gurung village | Shutterstock

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you can start prepping up for the trek. You can also explore landmarks such as Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple, sample local and international cuisine in Thamel, and experience the bustling bazaar of Asan Tole.

The famous Swayambhunath Temple | Shutterstock

Day 2: Exploring Kathmandu

Explore the early morning ambience of Kathmandu and immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley. Enjoy a private jeep tour with an English-speaking guide. Return to your hotel and end your day with a delicious dinner at a local eatery or a home-cooked meal.

Area around the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu | Shutterstock

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara; Trek to Pothana

Fly or drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara on day 3. Start from Phedi and trek for 4-5 hours towards Pothana at 6,102 ft. Enjoy the scenic views of the Annapurna ranges and peaks like Lamjung Himal from Dhampus. The trail takes you through rhododendron, magnolia, oak, sandalwood, and pine forests.

An evening in Pothana | Shutterstock

Day 4:  Pothana to Landruk

From Pothana, trek towards Landruk via Deurali through lush forests and charming Gurung villages like Chandrakot, Tolka, and Bheri Kharka. Spot a lake and breathtaking views of Annapurna South as you ascend. The trek takes 2-3 hours, covering 7 km, reaching 5,135 feet.

A view from Landruk | Shutterstock

Day 5: Landruk to Ghandruk

After breakfast, trek 4-5 hours, covering 4 km from Landruk to Ghandruk. In Ghandruk, take in the majestic landscapes and visit the Annapurna Mountain Conservation Area Project (ACAP) headquarters to learn about sustainable tourism practices. The place is rich in biodiversity, offering over 1,000 species of flowering plants, mammals, amphibians, and birds.

A stupa with Annapurna Chain as a backdrop | Shutterstock

Day 6: Ghandruk to Nayapul; Pokhara to Kathmandu

Enjoy a hearty breakfast in Ghandruk, trek through scenic villages and rice fields to Nayapul, and then take local transport to Pokhara for a flight or bus to Kathmandu. Explore the city on foot, bike, or rickshaw.

Colourful boats in Pokhara | Shutterstock

Day 7: Depart Kathmandu

Recollect your memories and highlights from the adventure and prepare to bid farewell to Nepal. Enjoy breakfast, stroll around the city, and shop for souvenirs. Arrive at least 2 hours early to the airport for departure.

Souvenirs at Kathmandu | Shutterstock

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