Ghorepani- Ghandruk Trek – 9 Days

Western Nepal is one of the best trekking routes in Nepal. This route invites you to view the second largest Gurung village of Ghandruk and its unique variety of delicacies and drinks. The trek will give you the opportunity to see the dominating skyline of Annapurna range and different colors of rhododendron flowers in the forests.
Ghorepani meaning “Horse water” is a spot where the horses, mules and ponies carrying loads stop to refresh themselves which in itself is a delightful sight you would certainly want to capture.

It is recommended to take a break in Tadapani between the long trail from Ghorepani that leads to Ghandruk not only to make the trek easier but also for the excellent mountain views of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli and Machhapuchhare.

Skeleton Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at the Kathmandu International airport, you will be met by our representative outside the customs and immigration area for transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Hotel [-/-/-]

Day 2: Drive to Pokhara

Distance: 200kms/ 124 miles
Drive Time: 6 hours approx.
Altitude: 827 m / 2,713 ft – 1,740 m / 5,710 ft

Today we will drive through the scenic road to Pokhara. The drive will take approximately 6 hours.

Pokhara’s bewitching beauty has been the subject of many travel writers. Once you arrive in Pokhara, enjoy the serenity of the place and later enjoy boating at the Phewa Taal, the second largest lake in Nepal and visit Barahi Temple – the island temple situated in a small island in the Phewa lake surrounded by marvelous views.

Transfer to the hotel after the sightseeing.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 3: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tirkhedhunga

Trek Time: 4-5 hours approx.
Altitude: 1,570 m/ 5,150 ft

Early morning we take on an hour’s pleasant drive through the mountainous highway to Nayapul. Then we walk about 20 minutes on a level trail to Birethanti (1056) on the banks of Modi river where we reach the Annapurna Conservation area check post. From Birethanti the trail follows Bhurungdi river up to Tirkhedhunga (1577m) where we pass through several small villages on the way. It takes around 5 hours to reach Tirkhedhunga. There are several lodges and campsites.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Day 4: Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani

Trek Time: 6-7 hours approx.
Altitude: 2,874 m/ 9,427 ft

The next morning you need to climb through some stone steps for about 1.5 hours to Ulleri – a large Magar village. From Ulleri the trail moves gently through pastures and cultivated fields. The fields soon give way to deep forests as the trail climbs to Banthanti. Beyond Banthanti, there are magnificent oak and rhododendron forests. Then we pass through forests all the way to Ghorepani – a pleasant village on a ridge top with excellent views of several peaks such as Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Machhapuchre,Hiunchuli, Tukche etc. Ghorepani means ‘horse water’ in Nepali.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Day 5: Visit Poonhill - Trek Ghorepani - Tadapani

Trek Time: 7-8 hours approx.
Altitude: 2,610 m/ 8,561 ft

An early start and an hour’s hiking to Poon hill (3210m) lead us to a brilliant scene. This vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. After spending about 40 minutes on the hillside, we return to Ghorepani, have breakfast, and start walking to Tadapani. From Ghorepani the trail climbs along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2840 m). We descend to reach Banthanti, before winding our way to Tadapani (2610 m).

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Day 6: Trek Tadapani- Ghandruk

Trek Time: 4-5 hours approx.
Altitude: 1,940 m/ 6,363 ft

We walk through rhododendron forests all the way downhill which leads you to Ghandruk.
It is one of the most popular and beautiful villages of the Annapurna region. It is the largest Gurung village of Nepal and supplies a considerable number of British Gorkha soldiers. There is a headquarter of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) with two Gurung museums.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Day 7: Trek to Nayapul and back to Pokhara

Trek Time: 5-6 hours approx.
Altitude: 1,010 m

Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul via Birethanti which takes 3-4 hours. You begin your trail following a gentle flat path passing through forests, rocks and terraces. After Kimche (1638m.) the trail descends through human settlements and terraces up to Seuli bazaar. From here, the trail moves along the bank of Modi Khola to Birethanti. Walk for about twenty minutes up to Nayapul (New Bridge) where you board our private vehicle to drive back to your hotel in Pokhara which takes approximately a one and half hour and where you will be having a well deserved day rest.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 8: Fly to Kathmandu

Flight Duration (Domestic Flight): 20 minutes approx.

Fly back to Kathmandu. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 9: Final Departure

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

–End of Program–

Destination Nepal
Trip Duration 9 Days
Arrival In Kathmandu
Departure From Kathmandu
Meals BB in Kathmandu and Pokhara and Full Board during trek  (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Best Season September – April
Activity Trek
Grade Easy
Includes • 4 nights’ tea house/ lodge based trek at the best available simple tea house/Lodge trek with 1 porter and 1 Guide throughout the trek on full board basis
• 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in a single/ twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis
• 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Pokhara in a single/ twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis
• Necessary transfers for Pokhara- Nayapul- Pokhara by private vehicle as per the itinerary
• Annapurna Conservation Area fee and TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card
Excludes • Nepalese Visa fee
• International air fare and airport taxes
• Any meals which are not included on the above cost inclusion
• Refreshments, tips, bottled drinks and bar bills
• Insurance and rescue of any form
• Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides and reasons beyond our control
• Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost
• Gratuities, tipping to guides and drivers
• Personal insurance policy – suggested a comprehensive travel insurance covering tour and flight cancellations, loss of valuables, thefts, illness, accidents and hospitalization
• Any other cost that is not mentioned in the cost inclusion