Trekking in Nepal

Ghandruk Circuit Trek

Ghandruk Circuit Trek
  • Total Duration

    08 days
  • Trek Grade

    Moderate
  • Trek Duration

    03 days
  • Max Elevation

    2100m at Deurali
  • Mode of Trek

    Teahouse
  • Trek Starts

    Nayapul
  • Trek Ends

    Phedi
“On the mid hills in the shade of the mighty Annapurna range”

Overview

This is a classic route, as well one of the most popular treks in Nepal. It passes through beautiful country side inhabited by a wide diversity of peoples. It offers spectacular mountain scenery and it goes to the North of main Himalaya of Annapurna, Fishtail & Dhaulagiri ranges, these region are heavily settled by the mid hills tribe "Gurungs", Gurungs are famous as Gurkha soldier in the British, Indian and in Nepal Army, back home in the high hills they are Shepherd and farmers.

This trek offers excellent scenery of the snow capped mountain, such as Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III and Annapurna IV including the towering majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail). The southern part stretches as far to Pokhara Valley with miles of terrace farm landscapes.


Departures

SPRING - AUTUMN

January to May
August to December

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and Transfer to Hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus. Overnight in Hotel
Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of the Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure. Overnight in Hotel
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820m) 06 Hrs
After an early breakfast, you will then travel by a Tourist Coach towards the scenic Pokhara highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. The drive continues with several stops on route before Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara transfer to the Hotel with enough time in the afternoon for a stroll around the beautiful Phewa Lake side. Overnight in Hotel
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul (1070m) 1.5 Hrs and trek to Ghandruk (1940m) 04 Hrs
About 25 Km. drives from Pokhara via Naudanda, Kanre, and Lumle village up to Nayapool. From where the trail follows up stream to Birethanti, and continues to follow the Modi River with scenery of high green forest as it follows pleasant trails. After lunch at Syauli bazaar, trek up to Ghandruk (Often spelled as Ghandrung). Overnight at Tea house
Day 05: Trek to Tolkha (1700m) 05 Hrs
After a great Himalayan breakfast complete with the splendid mountain views; trek down towards the paved courtyards of Ghandruk village past the farm houses and terrace fields. At which point you will reach the Modi River at Phedi between Landruk and Ghandruk. You will cross the Modi Khola (stream), on an exciting suspension bridge with a great view of wild honey bee hives on the rocky cliff. From here, the trail is a slow climb all the way to Landruk village where you will stop for lunch. From here, the path leads to a gradual walk on the winding trail for an hour to a small settlement at Tolkha an overnight stay. Overnight at Tea house
Day 06: Trek to Dhampus Phedi (1130m) 05 Hrs and drive to Pokhara 20 min
From Tolkha grand view of Annapurna south and Hiunchuli can be seen right from your room. With the lovely morning at Tolkha, our journey continues on the gradual winding path towards Bhaise Kharka a small settlement at the base of the hill, from here less than an hour climb through the beautiful rain forest brings you at the top of the ridge at Deurali the highest point of this trek. From here one can view Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Mt. Machhapuchhre. After Deurali trek down through the lovely forest on the good wide path with wonderful scenery, an hour reaches you at Pothana village situated in the midst of the forest with awesome views of the Annapurna and Manaslu range. After having lunch, trek down to the village at Dhampus with fabulous mountain scenery. From Dhampus an hour descend brings you at Phedi for the smooth drive to Pokhara, on reaching Pokhara by the Phewa Lake side. Overnight at Hotel
Day 07: Drive back to Kathmandu
After a wonderful time in the mountains, Pokhara is certainly great spot to relax after the trek and swap stories with fellow trekkers. After breakfast, we will board the bus for about 06 hour’s scenic journey back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel
Day 08: Drop to airport for final departure
Keep the departure time of international flight in mind, and make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and passport handy! Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from beautiful Nepal.

Useful Information

Tea House Trekking

On the more popular treks in Nepal, particularly in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges, similar to European style alpine lodges offering simple but comfortable accommodation and food. We offer a selection of single/twin sharing rooms in the best available lodges run to a high level of service. We also supply a four season sleeping bag and cotton liner free of charge on our teahouse treks. Hire of other key items if needed can be arranged in advance. During the trek you’ll have 3 meals a day, with a mixture of European and Asian style dishes and large portions. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals,to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools,lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses and all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nights. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Small Group Travel

Most of our trips, treks and tours are organized on a small group basis, usually with a maximum of 16 persons in a group. On family holidays the maximum number is 20 to allow a number of families to join a group. By keeping numbers small we are able to offer a friendly, personal and high quality service.

Tailor Made Private Charter Adventures

We offer a very competitive complete tailor made service and are happy to design private charter programs for individuals and for groups as well as to tailor any of our packages to more closely meet your requirements. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges, fundraising programs,student programs to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We don’t charge a fortune to tailor make a trip for you and we have plenty of ideas, suggestions and experience we’re happy to share. We’ll work closely with you to design your adventure. Our advertised brochure prices will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay but we’ll provide individual quotes based upon your itinerary, requirements,budget and number of people traveling. Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your flights, accommodation,guides,transport,permits,peak fees,equipment requirements,food and all ground handling service for treks, expeditions or tours, using our local knowledge, expertise and contacts. And you can get on with enjoying yourself.

Group and Club Organizers

If you are organizing a trip for a group or a club we will offer one free* additional place for every 10 bookings made. You can use this for your own travel, use it to reduce the overall cost of the trip for everyone or perhaps offer it as a fantastic prize for your group members or for a charity. Contact us for more details and for conditions (*permit fees, national park entry fees, airfares and departure taxes not included).

Grading System

In Nepal, the trails often zigzag with plenty of ascents and descents and it is better to think in terms of hours spent walking rather than miles covered. A typical day’s walking is from five to seven hours with a number of ascents and descents. This includes a one hour lunch stop, a comfortable pace of walking and time to enjoy your surroundings. We use four grades for our treks, intended to give you a general sense of what to expect and to help you choose which adventure will suit you best. Factors such as weather conditions, altitude, fitness level, experience, interests and how you feel on a particular day all contribute to how easy or strenuous you find a trip. If you’re unsure of whether a trek is suitable for you just contact us before making your booking.

Equipment Checklist

A pair of light hiking boots
A pair of sandals
2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
1 medium poly pro shirt
1 pile jacket
1 down jacket
1 woolen hat
A pair of sunglasses
A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (opt.)
A pair of woolen gloves
One Trekking pack 3000 cubic inches capacity
One Sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and One Sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30
Two Reading books (Optional)
One Walkman (Opt) and Music tapes (Opt) iPods Digi Camera and its Charger
A one liter water bottle
A pair of trekking poles
One flash light with 4 sets of batteries one -5 to -20 sleeping bag
Two T-shirts and one long sleeve T/city shirt
Two Trekking baggy pants

Toiletry Items

Towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc.

Miscellaneous Items

Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries, reading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items.

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