Ghandruk Village Trek is the short trek that furnishes the better introduction to trekking providing the majestic view of the most beautiful and sacred mountains Fishtail and Annapurna (south). It is second largest villages of Nepal, which takes 3 days to 5 days trek from Pokhara or Kathmandu including the drive. It also offers the lifetime opportunity to discern the beautiful and ostentatious village of Ghandruk, with an insight into mountain life, cultures and traditions. Ghandruk, typically known as the model village of Nepal, is a Gurung village that lies in Kaski district in Western Development Region. It lies at the altitude of 1939m, below Annapurna mountain range.
Ghandruk village is famous among Nepalese as well as the international tourists not because it is below the Annapurna Conservation Area, but also because it has plenty of natural beauty and its people, housing style, culture, and tradition. The views of mountains in the south like Himchuli and Machhapuchhre makes it a purely natural setting. It is also a route for Annapurna round trek, Jomsom and Mustang trek. Tourists are seen throughout the year in Ghandruk. The village is full of biodiversity. According to the survey, it is found that there are:
So, it is also known as the open study area for the students. It is also stated that there are 87 hotels & lodges having 1032 bedrooms in Ghandruk. The number of hotels and lodges proves Ghandruk as a major tourist destination. Away from the motor road & at the close of the majestic Himalayan peaks, village settlement of Ghandruk presents unforgettable charm to tourists as there is a serene environment.
Settlements of the village are located below the upper altitudinal limits of the arable agricultural land. The houses are two storied and linked to each other as in Kathmandu. Previously, all the people used to live with their whole family but nowadays the trend of joining British and Indian army has reached the peak so the young and energetic youths are flying away from home and family to get involved in Regime to
earn good and gratified living.
The inhabitants’ unique dressing pattern and customs are also the major attractions of the place. Rodhi, Ghatu & Krishna Charitra are some of the cultural activities -performed in Ghandruk area. Ghandruk is the trek that can be done throughout the year by any trekkers no matter what their age, interest and fitness level are. It is one of the easiest one which can be done with kids and elderly too. So, come and join Nepal Trek Adventure for being part of this pleasing and comfortable short trek to make your holidays beautiful in Nepal.
NTA gave the prospect of traveling in best places of Nepal with the finest team and judicious prices. I have been with NTA for greater treks and the shortest treks as well and NTA has been with me in all the ups and downs. There was always the same caring and friendly environment with any Guide provided and they provide the best hospitality as well. So I went for the Ghandruk short trek with NTA team and again the experience was wonderful as always. Nepal never disappoints with its natural beauty of the Himalayan region and cultural diversity. The majestic view of Annapurna range was gorgeous and the path with many flora and fauna was also very great. Hope NTA will always support their client like this and go further in their trekking business.
During the time interval of five days, I got many beautiful experiences. The experiences of having the gorgeous view of mountains, being welcomed by Gurung people, village lifestyle in the mountainous region, following a path with dense rhododendron and orchids, hospitality of one of the best trekking agency, and also a guide being professionally informative and creating a friendly environment at the same time. Had the 5 most beautiful days of my life with NTA. The team management and hospitality were perfect without any fault. Will surely refer your agency to many of my friends.
With many species of plants and animals in this region, my research was successful due to the Ghandruk short trek in a short time. I got to view the beautiful plant's species and rare species of animals which were my main motive to go for this trek. The team helped me a lot throughout the project. I wanted to stop at many places and get the knowledge about the places and the famous flora and fauna of that area and they fully supported me and explained me with full activeness and confidence. Other than that I wanted to know about the culture residing in such regions of Nepal and I got to interact with the local Gurung community people through this trek. The view from the Ghandruk trek was unbelievable. The snowy Annapurna Himalayan range and other mountains with the path full of rhododendron flowers was an amazing experience. Thank you, NTA for supporting me in my interest field and for all the information about the culture and places in Nepal.
The best part of this trek is that it can be done by any people having a normal physical condition. I had to think twice before going to any trek as my fitness is just average. I had heard a lot about the adventurous trekking in Annapurna region. So I decided to go for one of the short treks in the Annapurna region. The Ghandruk trek was 5 days with three trekking days and there was the team to build up confidence in me. Due to them, I could do a task I never thought I could. And I lost some weight as well. Next time I will try for greater treks in Nepal to explore its natural beauty. This self-assurance is given by the NTA team so thank you very much for all the care and support during the journey and I’ll surely contact NTA again for any tour in Nepal.
Size of Trekking Group
For Ghandruk Trek, there will be one leader and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement is done for the smooth running of the campaign. It ensures that the trip will carry on as per plan even if anybody in a group gets sick. NTA can operate this trek for a group of any size. But, a group of 12 are considered as optimum size. However, if you have a group of more than 12, NTA can arrange this too.
We will spend three nights at a luxury hotel in Kathmandu. While on trek, we will spend three nights at local tea houses. All accommodations for this trek will be on twin sharing basis. However, on request, single rooms can also be made available but it costs additional $ 200 US.
During our Ghandruk Trek, we will enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine like Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, slices of bread and drinks of different variety and snacks.
Breakfast of a day will be served at the same teahouse or lodge where we spent the night, as per its menu. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner will be served at the tea house where you spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner, and breakfasts will be served during our stay in Kathmandu.
Getting Visa for Nepal
You will get on arrival visa for Nepal. On arriving Nepal you will get a tourist visa for 15 to five months. It depends upon your purpose of a visit but regarding the tour, you will get the visa for 15 to three months. For trekking, you need to submit a photocopy of passport and two pp size photo of yours.