The Annapurna Ghandruk Trek is an extraordinary journey through the heart of the Annapurna region in Nepal, offering trekkers a unique opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage and breathtaking natural beauty of this Himalayan wonderland. Unlike any other trekking experience, this adventure takes you deep into the pristine landscapes of the Annapurna Sanctuary while immersing you in the fascinating traditions of the local Gurung and Magar communities.
As you embark on this trek, you’ll begin your expedition from the vibrant city of Pokhara, which serves as the gateway to the Annapurna region. The trail winds through lush forests, terraced fields, and charming villages, offering you a chance to witness the daily lives of the hospitable Gurung and Magar people. The Ghandruk village, in particular, is a highlight of the trek, known for its traditional houses, warm-hearted locals, and panoramic mountain vistas.
Throughout the journey, the towering peaks of the Annapurna Massif, including Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare, will dominate your surroundings, providing awe-inspiring moments at every turn. The trek culminates at the Annapurna Base Camp, where you’ll be rewarded with an up-close view of the majestic Annapurna I, the tenth-highest mountain in the world.
The Annapurna Ghandruk Trek offers trekkers moderate difficulty, making it accessible to a wide range of adventurers, from beginners to experienced hikers. The well-maintained trails and comfortable teahouse accommodations along the way ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
This trek is about the natural wonders and the opportunity to connect with the local culture. You’ll have the chance to interact with the Gurung and Magar communities, sample their delicious cuisine, and learn about their unique traditions and customs, making for a truly immersive and enriching experience.
Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Pokhara is tourist’s paradise full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains.
Day 02: Drive to Nayapul (1010 m) and trek to Tikhedunga. (1570 m)
After our breakfast, we take an early morning drive to Nayapul and the starting point of our trek. We follow the River Bhurungdi east, passing lowland rice fields, local villages and a small waterfall. We reach Tikhedunga at night.
Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani (2860 m)
We climb 3300 stone steps to Ulleri, from here we will have magnificent views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Later in the trek we will also see Fishtail Mountain. After you have walked thousands of steps, the trail becomes easier as we pass Banthati and walk through the rhododendron forest.
Day 04: Hike up to Poon Hill (3210 m) and trek to Tadapani. (2660 m)
We hike to the top of Poonhill where we will look at a spectacular sunrise over Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Then, we descend to Tadapani through pine and rhododendron forests.
Day 05: Trek to Ghandruk. (1940 m)
We start the day on flat ground to Bhaisi Kharka before a steep descent to Ghandruk. Ghandruk offers sensational views of Fishtail Mountain, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Annapurna South and Himchuli. While you are staying in Ghundruk, a trip to the local monastery and Gurung meseum are worth a visit.
Day 06: Trek to Nayapul (1010 m) and drive to Pokhara. (850 m)
A gentle descent back to Nayapul following the Modi River and a short drive to Pokhara.
Day 07: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
En route, you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city.
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