Annapurna Ghandruk Loop Trekking - 3 days Ghandruk Trek with Kathmandu and Pokhara

Annapurna Ghandruk Loop TrekkingAnnapurna Ghandruk loop trekking is a short, easy, beautiful and culturally rich trek in Annapurna region. A pleasant trekking, no issue with the high altitude sickness, this trek offers a stunning view of Mt Annapurna south, Mt Fishtail and Mt Hinchuli as well as breathtaking landscapes with a chance to explore the unique culture, traditions and lifestyle of Gurung people of Ghandruk village. Annapurna Ghandruk Loop trekking is a complete introduction to trekking in the Himalayas passes through the stunning foothills of Annapurna ranges, lush rhododendron forests, fascinating villages and terrace farmlands.

Annapurna Ghandruk Loop trekking begins in the vibrant city of Pokhara. This trek is suitable also for children or weary trekkers as it doesn’t not require any particularly long hiking days and there is always a lot to see. During the trek we will spend the nights at locally owned mountain lodges. The trek offers breathtaking views of Annapurna ranges such as Annapurna south, Hiunchuli, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Fishtail, Mardhi Himal, etc…

Attraction of Annapurna Region

Annapurna conservation Area Project
Annapurna Region is one of the captivating lands of bio diversity in the world. The region is the largest reserved and protected area of Nepal. The unique biodiversity, the scenic grandeur in combination with the multi cultural and multi ethnic diversity make it the world's most popular trekking destinations. With the objectives of achieving a balance between the environment conservation and socio economic development, through people's participation, the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) was launched from 1986 under the aegis of the national trust for nature conservation... See more.

The trust is governed by a board of trustees. Tourism is an essential for locals and the fastest growing industries in the Annapurna conservation area. The project serves as a new approach in the protected area management with its modalities based on the integrated conservation and development programs. Owing to its fame that it has gained in the history of the protected area management, the government of Nepal has given the trust the mandate for the management of the Annapurna conservation area.

Meaning of Annapurna
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means full of food (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is Devi, the universal and timeless Kitchen goddess, the mother who feeds her kids. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: this makes Annapurna a universal goddess. Her most popular shrine is located in Kasi, on the banks of the Ghats. Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

List of mountains we can see in the Annapurna region trekking
Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m),
Mt. Annapurna I (8091m),
Mt. Manaslu (8163 m),
Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) ,
Mt. Annapurna III (7555m),
Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m),
Mt. Annapurna south (7219m),
Mt. Nilgiri (7041m),
Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m),
Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m),
Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),
Tukuche peak (6920m),
Tilicho peak (7134m).

Culture and People of the Annapurna Region
One of the unforgettable experience of this region is culture and life style of local people. During trekking, trekkers encounter villages of different ethnic people. According to last census over 45,000 thousand people of different ethnic and tribal backgrounds with various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon Po, Shamanism and Animism represented live in the Annapurna region. The dominant groups are Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Manangi. Generally, these people are subsistence farmers who depend on the forests for fuel, fodder and timber. Almost each of group have their own dialect and own cultures and traditions. Trekkers who go for trekking in Annapurna region are fascinated by the local people's culture and tradition.

Flora and Fauna
In Annapurna region, we can see the diverse flora and fauna. The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to this diversity. Below 1000 m in altitude the climate is tropical. These areas are heavily cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields for most of the year. As we  go to higher the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. These finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately, juniper just below the tree line.

Annapurna conservation area is the home of 102 species of mammals, 488 species of birds and 40 species of reptiles.  In this region, we can see pheasants named Danphe, Monal, Kaliz, Cheer, Kokilas, and Blood Pheasants, etc. Among mammals, blue sheep and Himalayan Thar can be seen in the area.

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Annapurna Ghandruk Loop Trekking short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Day 02: Rest, Shopping and packing or sightseeing of Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara, stroll round Lakeside.
Day 04: Drive to New Bridge and trek to Ghandruk, 1 hour 30 minutes drive and 4 hrs walkking. 
Day 05: Trek from Ghandruk to Pothana, 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 06: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus and drive to Pokhara.
Day 07: Drive or flight from Pokhara to Kathamndu.
Day 08: Kathmandu free day or if you would like to spend this day in Pokhara also possible.
Day 09: Final departure.

Trip cost: please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Annapurna Ghandruk Loop Trekking - Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, meet one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. Rest and relax till evening, join the welcome dinner and enjoy a local meal with culture show and short brief about your trek. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 02: Rest, Shopping and packing or sightseeing of Kathmandu.
After breakfast, rest, shopping and packing OR the day can be spent doing sightseeing of Kathmandu valley, as per your request we can organize a tour including a tour guide and private transportation. The major places to see are Kathmandu Durbar square, Monkey temple, Buddhanath Stupa, Pasupatinath temple, these all are world heritage sites. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara, stroll round Lakeside.
If we are driving, we will leave hotel early in the morning at 6:30 and if we are flying we will leave hotel after breakfast. It is a 35 minute scenic flight. Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara is 200km which takes about 6 hours to reach Pokhara. This is a scenic drive through the villages, rivers, green hills and beautiful lowlands. Pokhara is a fascinating city which provides a breathtaking view of Annapurna ranges including Annapurna I and Fist tail.  The city is famous for its Lake and caves. Upon reaching Pokhara, we check in to the hotel. Rest and relax on your own. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Drive to New Bridge and trek to Ghandruk, 1 hour 30 minutes drive and 4 hrs walkking.  
After breakfast, we take an hour and half drive to Nayapul, we start our walking from berythati along the terraced fields beneath the splendid panorama of awe-inspiring glaciated Himalayan mountain ranges. After passing a flatland, forest, cultivated lands and a suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, we arrive at the beautiful village of Ghandruk after walking for 3 to 4 hours. An ideal vantage point in this pristine village offers breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli. Overnight at guest house.  

Day 05: Trek from Ghandruk to Pothana, 5 to 6 hrs walking.
After breakfast, we descent down through the paved courtyards of Ghandruk village past several tea houses, After crossing a stream on a suspension bridge the trail emerges in to the main Main Modi Khola valley and reaches Tolkha. After that continue working to Pothana, we will have a excellent view of Mt Fish tail (Machhapuchhare 6697m) from here. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus and drive to Pokhara.
After breakfast, we will follow the trail with paved stones through rhododendron forest. We will arrive Dhampus, This area is inhabited by a mix of people: Gurung, Brahman, Magar communities. From here we take a jeep ride to Pokhara, one hour drive. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Drive or flight from Pokhara to Kathamndu.
After an early breakfast at hotel, we leave pokhara on a tourist bus, 6 hours drive to Kathmandu will an exciting journey. Enjoy the views of countryside. Or if we are flying to Kathmandu then we can explore Pokhara till late afternoon and fly to Kathmandu in the evening. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 08: Kathmandu free day.
Kathmandu free day or if you would like to spend this day in Pokhara also possible.
This day is a free day for rest, relax and final shopping. In the evening join the farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant, celebrate your trek and enjoy the local meal and drink with a live culture show. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 09: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your flight back to home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight and see you again in the future.

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Annapurna Ghandruk Loop Trekking Facts:

 Activities: Trekking & Hiking

Start/End: Kathmandu/Pokhara

Destination: Annapurna Ghandruk

Trip Duration: 09 days

Max. Altitude: 2000 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.20

Best Season: This trek is best for all season

Trip Grade: Leisurely plus

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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