Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek

Duration: 4 Days5/5(1 review)
At a Glance
  • Duration 4 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Pokhara/Pokhara
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 3210m

Highlights

  • Perfect short trek in the lower Annapurna region for people of all ages
  • Trek in the Annapurna Conservation Area and may get to see wildlife
  • Cross suspension bridges over beautiful rivers and walk past lovely waterfalls
  • Stay overnights in beautiful villages like Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, and Tadapani
  • Witness the daily lifestyle and culture of mountain people
  • Enjoy a gorgeous sunrise from the Poon hill viewpoint
  • Explore picturesque Ghandruk village
  • Get to see many western Himalayan mountains and stunning landscapes during the trek

Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek Overview

Ghorepani Ghandruk trek is a 4 days short program that explores the lower Annapurna region and lets you meet with the people of different communities. An excellent trekking package to enjoy nature and rejuvenate.

We are glad to introduce you to our short 4 days Ghorepani Ghandruk trek in the Annapurna region. It is a perfect itinerary for travelers looking for a quick adventurous trip in the Himalayas of Nepal. This program fits people of all ages and previous trekking experience. Ghorepani Ghandruk trek also makes a great option for a family holiday or a school trip.

The trail is inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, so you'll come across diverse vegetation & wildlife. One of our experienced mountain guides will trek with you, making sure you are safe in the mountains. Annapurna region is very loved by backpackers, and thousands of them explore this part of the Himalayas every year.

Among all the trekking packages in the Annapurna region, we love the Ghorepani Ghandruk trek because this trek offers a lot in a very short period and under 3,500 meters. Therefore, Ghorepani Ghandruk trekking is also a fantastic opportunity for trekkers looking for a low-altitude trek.

Major attractions of Ghorepani Ghandruk trek

A short trekking package in the famous Annapurna region

There are only a handful of short treks in Nepal that are equally adventurous as two-week-long treks. And Ghorepani Ghandruk trekking is one of them. A four days trip that lets you make lifelong memories and presents an unbelievable mountain panorama. What makes this trek even more special is its trail, which is gentle yet adventurous.

Trek in the Annapurna Conservation Area

The Annapurna Conservation Area is one of the biggest protected areas in Nepal. Home to an uncountable number of flora and fauna species, the trail encompasses some sections of this conservation. Encounters with wildlife are high too. Likewise, other elements like rushing rivers, cascading waterfalls, streams, dense forests, rough foothills, terraces, etc make the walk pleasing.

Spend nights in beautiful villages

We have the most beautiful overnight stays during the Ghorepani and Ghandruk trek. You'll spend nights in the villages like Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, and Tadapani. The Ghorepani village is particularly known for its beauty. Located amidst rhododendron forests, the village offers a sensational mountain panorama.

Witness the gorgeous sunrise from Poon Hill

Poon hill is a famous viewpoint in the lower Annapurna region and is often visited by travelers. Located above Ghorepani village at 3,210 meters, the viewpoint lets you see a glorious sunrise with Himalayan mountains in the backdrop. A kind of scenery that will melt your heart and spark brilliance inside you.

Have a peek into rich mountain culture & lifestyle

Another incredible thing about this trek is all the interactions with the locals along the way. The trail goes through many villages resided by people of several communities. So, you have a chance to see the diverse culture and traditions.

Similarly, you often come across stupas and temples on the way. The lifestyle of the people in mountains and the way they have made it fulfilling in the absence of modern advancement will teach you a lot about simple living.

Walk past the popular Ghandruk village

Suited 32 km west of Pokhara at 2,012 meters, Ghandruk is a beautiful village. It is mostly resided by Gurung and Magars. The rural lifestyle and unspoiled culture with mesmerizing mountain views attract lots of visitors to this village. Locals love to visit this village to unwind from the daily chaos of their life.

Enjoy breathtaking mountain panorama

We love the Ghorepani Ghandruk trek for its pleasant views. Mountains like Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Nilgiri (7,061 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Tukuche (6,920 m), Fishtail (6,993 m), etc, are seen during the trek. The Poon hill viewpoint lets you enjoy a complete panorama of most of these mountains at once. Similarly, you get to enjoy diverse sceneries at every bend in the trail.

Itinerary

Find the detailed itinerary of the Ghorepani-Ghandruk Trek for 4 Days. The 4-day Ghorepani-Ghandruk Trek starts and ends in Pokhara. However, we have another Ghorepani trek program with arrival & departure days, a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, and travel days between Kathmandu to Pokhara. Furthermore, if you have an even shorter time, we also have a short Poon Hill Trek.

The trek begins from Pokhara. If you are not in Pokhara, then you can also join this trek from Kathmandu or any other place in Nepal. Our team will pick you up from your location and help you commute to Pokhara. Adding this service will bring change in our package costing, so be mindful of that.

From Pokhara, it's around an hour-long drive to Nayapul, the starting point of the Ghorepani Ghandruk trek. The trail ascends and descends through dense forests of oak, pine, rhododendron, etc. You'll walk by many villages and small settlements. On the first day, the trail ascends to Tikhedhunga (1,480 m). It's a relatively gentle walk via terraces, waterfalls, and rivers.

Then comes the hike to Ghorepani village (2,874 m). This part of the trail is challenging because you have to climb a long staircase that is said to be around three thousand something. You'll cross suspension bridges and walk past villages like Ulleri (2,070 m) and Nangethanti (2,510 m). The next day brings the exciting hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m), the major highlight of the Ghorepani Ghandruk trek.

The hike is not that long, but the terrain is steep and rough. Once reaching Poon hill, spectacular stretching views of the western Himalayas and gorgeous sunrise will bless your eyes. After enjoying the views, the trail descends to Tadapani (2,630 m) for a night stay.

Now, you are at the end phase of the trek. It's time to walk to Ghandruk village, following the gentle slopes of Bhise Kharka. We spend some time in this village and continue the walk to Kimche (1,550 m), where the trek ends, and you'll drive back to Pokhara.

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We pick you up from your hotel lobby and begin a short one-hour ride to Nayapul, the starting point of the trek. The trail ascends uphill through farms of maize, rice & millet. Walking past villages like Birethanti and Sudami, we gradually walk to Tikhedhunga village.

On the way, we will walk past beautiful waterfalls and streams. The trail is forested. We get to enjoy the pretty landscape and daily lifestyle of the locals too.

  • MealsL, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1540

Today, we will wake up early in the morning and do our daily rituals before leaving Tikhedhunga. The trail ascends to Ulleri. We climb a long steep stone stairway amidst lush woodlands up the ridgeline.

Further, trekking through beautiful rhododendron and oak forests, we will reach Nangethanti. From here, it is a gentle ascend to Ghorepani village.

Ghorepani is a famous village resided by Gurung mostly. We can see views of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Nilgiri, etc from Ghorepani village.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2860

Today is the highlight of our trek. Before the sunrises, we will hike to the Poon Hill viewpoint. It's a one-hour walk from Ghorepani village. The gorgeous sunrise, along with 270-degree views of snow-capped views of the western Himalayan mountains will leave you in awe.

We get to see several mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Fishtail, etc. The morning glory, freshness in the air, and chirping of birds overall make the experience phenomenal.

After enjoying the scenery, we will descend to Ghorepani and have breakfast. The trail then descends to Tadapani village through numerous small settlements and dense forests.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3210

Leaving Tadapani village, we then walk to another quiet famous village, Ghandruk. The trail descends following gentle slopes to Bhise Kharka. We then follow a forest trail to Ghandruk village.

The mountains like Annapurna South, Fishtail, and Himchuli on the way will make the walk soothing. Upon reaching Ghandruk, we will explore the village and continue our trek toward Kimche. It is a downhill walk through lush forests and some small villages.

From Kimche, drive to Pokhara. The evening is free. You can explore the Lakeside market and catch a stunning sunset at Phewa Lake.

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Map & Altitude Graph

Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek map

Inclusions

  • Private transfers from Pokhara to Nayapul and return
  • Three nights of guest house accommodation on trek
  • Annapurna conservation and TIMS permits
  • A guide
  • Meals (3 breakfast, four lunches, and three dinners)
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by travel insurance company)
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary and return after the trek

Exclusions

  • Your personnel expenses, water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
  • Tips for the guide
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Essential Info

Ghorepani Ghandruk trek difficulty

The Ghorepani Ghandruk trail has easy to moderate levels of difficulty. It is a beginner-friendly trek and suits people of all ages, including senior citizens and kids. The trail has a fair share of hurdles, which makes the journey memorable but not super difficult. If you are in good health and shape, then Ghorepani Ghandruk trekking will give you a great trekking experience.

Altitude sickness

Poon hill is the highest point one touches during the Ghorepani Ghandruk trekking. It is situated at 3,210 meters (10,530 ft) above sea level. Compared to usual trekking routes in the Himalayas, this elevation gain is very minimal, and the chances of altitude sickness are very low.

The Ghorepani Ghandruk trek itinerary has a steady increase in elevation that gives trekkers ample time to acclimatize as they walk. The trek does not see any huge drastic change in altitude abruptly, so it's safe to hike to Poon hill. Along with that our expert team will be there to assure your safety.

Ghorepani Ghandruk trek Preparation

The best way to prepare for the Ghorepani Poon hill trek with Ghandruk is by having four to six weeks on hand to get your body ready for the venture. You'll not have to do any serious training for this trek. Regular 5 to 6 hours of walking (on the rough trail if possible) is good enough to prepare your legs.

You can also do other cardio activities like swimming, cycling, jogging, day hikes, etc if you wish. If you already go to the gym, then involve cardio at the end of your routine. Then comes the packing part, which you can do by following our packing list.

Best time to do Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek

The 4-Day Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek is available and doable throughout the year. However, autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until May end) are the best time.

Fitness level required for Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek

A moderate level of fitness is compulsory with daily walking/trekking between 3 hours to 8 hours for a short four-day Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek. You will reach an altitude of 3210m above sea level on this trek. You do not need to have previous trekking experience. However, you need to be healthy and have a strong desire and stamina to complete the trekking.

Meals & drinks on Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek

We provide a total of 10 meals (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, & 3 dinners) on the four days of Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek, and these meals are provided in the lodges. The breakfasts and dinners are at the Lodges, where we stay overnights, and lunch at the lodge is available along the trail. The guide will stop along the trail to provide lunch at lunchtime.

You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals on this trail and Nepali set meals (Dal Bhat is available everywhere). Drinks like coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer are also available in all places, and note that these drinks are not included in our price.

We suggest you bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the short 4 days Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek as you can have normal water for free. So, you use the medicine and drink, or you have the option to buy bottled or boiled/safe water to drink.

Children on Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek

Children are allowed to go on 4 Days Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek in Nepal. However, they should be healthy and fit enough to do Trek. The Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek is child friendly and one of the best treks in Nepal for children and students.

However, We at Outfitter Himalaya allowed only ten or above-aged children to join our group trek of 4 days Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek. Thus, when you plan the trekking with children under ten years then, we suggest you do the private Trek without other strangers as different people may have different trekking paces. So, when you take a private journey, then the children get extra care and can trek at their pace.

Similar short and comfortable trekking packages

Tailor-make the Ghorepani Ghandruk trek as per your requirements if the proposed itinerary or services does not suit you. These are some short treks in Nepal- Ghorepani Poon hill trek, Langtang Valley trek, Dhampus Sarangkot trek, Everest Panorama trek, Helambu trekking, and Chisapani Nagarkot Trek.

We also have a range of luxury trekking packages if you are in search of comfortable trips. Our top picks are the Everest base camp helicopter tour and the deluxe Everet base camp trek.

Client Reviews

  • 5/5

    Well Organized 4-Day Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

    Nepal is an absolutely beautiful country and the trekking is the best things to do. The whole tour/trekking was well organized from Outfitter Himalaya. The guide and porter are very professional and always had a smile on their faces. Would love to do such a wonderful trip again.

    We had one of the memorable trips in our life experience.
     

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    CamberFrom: Australia,May 02, 2022
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    Dear Camber,

    Thank you for joining us for short 4-day Ghorepani Ghandruk trek in Nepal and thank you for a great review about the trekking. Good to know that you are happy with the guide and all the services provided in the trekking.

    We wish you all the best and wish to serve you again.

    Have a good day.

    Arjun
    Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd

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