The Ghandruk Pokhara Hike is one of the most popular trekking trail in Nepal. Ghandruk is a picturesque Gurung village packed with cultures and tradition, and has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Annapurna region. Ghandruk is an ideal destination for a short get-away from Pokhara and is best known for the breathtaking views of towering peaks like Annapurna, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchare.
The journey towards Ghandruk starts with a drive to Nayapul on the outskirts of Pokhara. From here, the Ghandruk Pokhara hike moves through muddy and off-the-beaten paths right next to Modi Khola. Moving through the lush green forests, paddy fields, steep stone steps and traditional villages, Ghandruk can be reached in a day. The indigenous locals from the village welcome their guest with a warm sense of hospitality. The accommodations are usually arranged in a local lodge.
The village is often covered with Rhododendron during the spring season. The traditional village and the typical lifestyle of the inhabitants is one of the most recognizable attractions of the village apart from the stunning views of the Himalayan range. Along with the memorable scenery, the visitors also get to experience the local food and delicacies. If you are lucky, you will also get the opportunity to taste the Himalayan wild mushrooms found in the forests around the village.,
Ghandruk Pokhara hike is a perfect short holiday package from Pokhara. The hike passes through serene forests alongside the enchanting river, Modi Khola. This beautiful village falls within the Annapurna region and also marks an overnight destination en-route to the famous Annapurna Base Camp trek. This traditional village offers mesmerizing views of the Himalayas like Machhapuchare, Annapurna, and Hiunchuli. Ghandruk village is an ideal destination to experience the traditional lifestyle of Gurung people and their rich heritage. One can also visit the well maintained museums of the village that are packed with local cultures and traditions.
You can expect panoramic views of Himalayan ranges close from your eyes. Accommodation in the local lodges is owned by indigenous locals. Cultures and landscapes with views of peaks, visiting traditional villages in the rich Buddhist culture with old monasteries of ancient Buddhist cultures and custom.
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We begin our journey with an hour-long drive to Nayapul. From here, the route ascends to Ghandruk with en-route views of the towering peaks including Annapurna range and Manaslu. We can also enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains like Annapurna South, Annapurna II, Hiunchuli, Macchapuchre, and Gangapurna.
Early in the morning, enjoy the sunrise over the mountains as the first ray of the sun hits the Himalayas. Then, after the breakfast, we begin our trek to Pothana which descends towards Modi Khola. From here, the routes ascend towards Landruk village passing through Deuarli to reach Pothana.
The trek descends towards Phedi moving through lush forests and views of towering peaks. From Phedi, Pokhara is only 30 minutes drive away.
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