Discovering enchanting village of Ghandruk, A trekker’s memoir

The Ghandruk Trek in Nepal is an incredibly scenic and enchanting journey that takes you through lush green forests, snow-capped mountains, and traditional villages. The route is visually stunning and offers breathtaking views that are similar to paradise. As you traverse the path, you’ll encounter dense forests, terraced fields, and charming villages, as well as the welcoming locals who inhabit them.

One of the most unique aspects of this trek is the sense of belongingness and warmth that visitors experience. The Gurung people, who are known for their cheerfulness, hospitality, and helpfulness, make visitors feel right at home. It’s no wonder that nobody who takes this trek feels homesick because of the welcoming nature of the Gurungs.

Ghandruk Trek
Ghandruk Trek

In addition to the cultural experiences, the Ghandruk trip offers the opportunity to witness the majestic Himalayas, exotic flora, and fauna, and the glorious view of sunrise that rejuvenates your entire mind and body. This trek is perfect for those who are seeking to explore nature and culture alike. All of these factors make the Ghandruk Trek an unforgettable experience that has the potential to become a cherished memory for years to come.

Highlights of the trek

  • Budget Friendly Trek
  • Easy Trail
  • Short Trail
  • The best option for families
  • Enticing forest walks
  • Exotic flora and fauna
  • Warm nature of the locals
  • Rich cultural diversity


Daily Itinerary of the trek:

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu (1400 m)

Upon reaching Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will take you to your hotel. You can have some rest and freshen yourself up. After this, you can set out of the hotel and explore the busy streets of Kathmandu. You can treat yourself to some local cuisines as well. You will get back to your hotel and spend the night there.

Day 2: Explore Kathmandu (1400 m)

On the second day, you will visit the major tourist attractions of Kathmandu. You will start your day by paying a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which used to be a significant site back in those days for royal events and holy ceremonies.

Then, you will be taken to Patan Durbar Square, a place that was the royal palace of the Malla Kings who ruled over Patan throughout history. You will get to see the Newari culture here through the food available around Patan. You can treat yourself to food items such as Chhoila, Bara, Kachela, and so on. Patan also offers you to visit museums that show you Nepal’s ancient culture and history.

Finally, you will visit Boudhanath Stupa where you will again regain your spiritual energy and positive vibes. This stupa allows you to observe five purified elements earth, water, fire, air, and wisdom through its construction. This place is colorful and charming. When you are in Boudha, you can again try some local food items such as Tea Momo, Big Momo, Laphing, Thenduk, etc.

After this tiring day, you will be taken back to the hotel where you will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara (822 m)

On the third day, you will be traveling to Pokhara. You will have to get through the drive of 7-8 hours to reach Pokhara. On the way, you can enjoy all the stunning views from the seat of the vehicle. After you reach Pokhara, you will be taken to your hotel on the lakeside where you will be accommodated. You can freshen up at the hotel and set out to explore the night view of Phewa Lake. There are stunning restaurants by the lakeside where you can enjoy the rest of your evening.

Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi (1130m) and trek towards Tolka (1700 m)

You will have your breakfast and prepare yourself for the journey you will be going on. First, you will be driven to Phedi, a 45-60 minute drive from Pokhara. The trek will start from Phedi. You will trek towards Tolka from Phedi. Tolka is a Gurung village that will allow you to witness the daily life of the locals. You will see them farming, doing household tasks, and cattle grazing, all while enjoying breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

After a total of 5-6 hours of trek, you will reach Tolka where you will rest for the night.

Day 5: Trek to Ghandruk (1940 m)

On the fifth day, you will enjoy a delicious local breakfast at Tolka. Then, you will start your 5-6 hour trek towards Ghandruk. You will pass Modikhola, a beautiful river. When you arrive in Ghandruk, you will walk through the village where you will come across terraced fields and local culture. You will visit the Old Gurung Museum where you can put on Gurung dresses and pieces of jewellery and click pictures for your memory. In addition, you will visit a Buddhist monastery and end the day with a local dinner.

Day 6: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070 m)

On the sixth day of the trek, after a delicious breakfast, you’ll embark on a 5-hour trek towards Nayapul. The trek will offer stunning views and natural beauty, creating a memorable experience. Upon reaching Nayapul, a one-hour ride will take you back to Pokhara. Rest at the hotel or explore the nightlife of Pokhara, which offers entertainment options such as bars, clubs, and live music venues.

Day 7: Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara (822 m)

After breakfast, you’ll head back to Kathmandu with a 7-8 hour drive. Once you reach, you can rest and enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening before spending your last night in Nepal.

Day 8: Final Departure

On the eighth and final day of your trip, our team will arrange transportation to take you to Tribhuvan International Airport. Our representative will accompany you to ensure that you’re comfortable and that all your needs are taken care of until you board your flight. We understand that traveling can be stressful, especially when departing a foreign country, and we want to make sure that your departure experience is as smooth and stress-free as possible.