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Ghandruk Loop Trek

Ghandruk Loop Trek

Ghandruk Loop Trek is yet another popular trekking trail in the Annapurna region. Ghandruk Loop trek takes you to the naturally embodied village of Ghandruk in western Nepal. Ghandruk is a beautiful village with Gurung settlement. We can see the old Gurung museum in Ghandruk. Ghandruk offers a great view of Annapurna south, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre Himal. Ghandruk Loop trek is ideal trekking package for people who would opt to grab the trekking adventure in a short period of time. Ghandruk Loop trek is ideal for all kind of trekkers as it offers an easy trekking trail with no difficult climbing or ascents to the high altitude. Ghandruk Loop Trek further entices you with rich Gurung culture and tradition of people living in this exotic place.

Breakfree Adventures 7-Days Ghandruk Loop Trek commences with a scenic drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Our trekking expedition kicks off from next day and we trek to reach the wonderful village of Ghandruk. From Pokhara we drive to Phedi and trek to Ghandruk via Dhampus. We will explore Ghandruk and next day we trace back to Pothana. We have to cross Modi Khola and climb to Landruk village before reaching Pothana. Next morning we get back to pokhara enjoying the exotic beauty of nature and high raising Himalayas. We wrap up our 7 days Ghandruk Loop Trek by driving back to Kathmandu. Our professionally designed itinerary ensures maximum comfort and security throughout the trekking endeavor. 

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy scenic drive from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Carry out Adventure Trekking in the Annapurna Region
  • View of beautiful Himalayas including Annapurna south, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre Himal
  • Witness exotic landscape and geography
  • Explore local culture and tradition of Gurung community in Ghandruk
  • Visit Gurung Museum in Ghandruk
  • Enjoy fascinating and easy trekking trail

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu to Pokhara (6 Hour’s drive)

Day 03 : Pokhara to Ghandruk (1540m)

Day 04 : Ghandruk to Pothana (2870m)

Day 05 : Pothana to Pokhara

Day 06 : Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 07 : Final Departure

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast as per the itienrary.
  • Pokhara - Nayapul and Phedi- Pokhara by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Annapurna Conservation area entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara if needed
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later transfer you to the hotel. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel or hang around the streets of Kathmandu (If you have leisure time). You will be briefed about our next day’s travel plan by our company representative. O/N you stay at the hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu to Pokhara (6 Hour’s drive)

We are all set to set off to the magical city of Pokhara today. We will either board a flight or drive to Pokhara in a private vehicle. The flight to Pokhara offers a great view of Himalayan range and mystical landscape of Nepal. If we drive to Pokhara we will have a great opportunity to discover the beautiful rivers, green forests, hills and magnificent Himalayas. It will take us approximately five hours to reach Pokhara by a private vehicle. Upon reaching Pokhara our representative will escort you to the hotel where you stay for the night.

Day 03 : Pokhara to Ghandruk (1540m)

Our trekking expedition begins today. We leave Pokhara early in the morning and catch a bus or a private vehicle that will drive us to Nayapul or Phedi. From Phedi we take the trail that steeply ascends up the hill to reach Dhampus. On the way we enjoy the magnetic views of Annapurna range and Mount Manaslu along with other Himalayas. It will take us approximately five hours to reach the wonderful village of Ghandruk. We will pay our visit to the old Gurung museum in Ghandruk. Ghandruk offers a great view of Annapurna south, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre Himal. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Ghandruk.

Day 04 : Ghandruk to Pothana (2870m)

Today we will be trekking to reach Pothana. We wake up in the morning and spend some time in Ghandruk enjoying the magical views of ever glowing Himalayas with the first ray of the sun. We will spend some time capturing the magical moments in our cameras. We will later descend down to Modi Khola and start climbing up to reach the village of Landruk. The trail then passes through the paddy fields and reached Deurali. Trekking further we will reach Pothana where we stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 05 : Pothana to Pokhara

We wake in the morning and spend some time in Pothana. Pothana is situated on the ridge and it offers spectacular views of Annapurna Massif, Mt. Fishtail along with other Himalayas. We will then start our trekking adventure to reach Phedi. It will take us approximately three hours to reach Phedi from Pothana. On the way we will be greeted by the superb view of lush forests and beautiful Himalayas. From Phedi we will catch a private vehicle that will drive us to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara you may choose to walk around the lakeside or spend couple of time buying token of love to your loved ones. Overnight, we stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 06 : Pokhara to Kathmandu

We will drive back to Kathmandu on a private vehicle today. Driving back to Kathmandu is a great fun as it offers wonderful views of beautiful rivers, landscapes and traditional villages on our way back. Upon reaching Kathmandu we will organize a farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant. The traditional dances and cultural shows at the restaurants would be a great opportunity to understand the Nepali culture and tradition. After the dinner we will get back to the hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 07 : Final Departure

Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the Superb Ghandruk Loop trekking. We hope you had a lovely experience with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure trip to Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go: 
Spring (mid-February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Ghandruk Loop Trek. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. 

Travel Insurance: 
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation: 
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Ghandruk Loop Trek, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Ghandruk Loop Trek, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 08 days Ghandruk Loop Trek is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-5 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 08 days Ghandruk Loop Trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group: 
For the Ghandruk Loop Trek, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Ghandruk Loop Trek for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as weve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff: 
The most significant thing that makes your Ghandruk Loop Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

• Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language - KEEP(Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather: 
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security: 
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel: 
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

What do we mean by trekking?
Trekking is an enjoyable and accessible adventure.  In an area like the Annapurna Region this activity will blow your mind.  It generally involves days on foot and multi-day walks through parks and wilderness areas.  The Annapurna region mainly consists of teahouse treks.  The terrain can often be steep, and we will likely encounter cold weather and possibly snow at higher altitudes above 3 700m.

Is trekking an activity for me?
If you love spending time in the outdoors and going to magnificent places offering spectacular views, then trekking is most certainly for you.  It fills the gap between luxury travel and tented tours at a price that makes sense to most people.

How difficult is trekking in the Annapurna Region?
This will normally depend on the specific trek you are booked on, and to some extent on the preferences of those trekking.  The Annapurna Region is very accessible as one of the classic Nepal trekking areas and is manageable by almost anyone. 

Do I need prior trekking experience before setting out here?
No previous trekking experience is needed but it will certainly help.  Anyone with decent fitness and good stamina should be able to cope with the trekking days and higher elevations.  Hiking experience anywhere in the world is recommended for maximum enjoyment, but certainly not needed.

What permits are required for my trek?
This will depend on your specific trek but all regions have some form of permit system.  Some trekking areas require a special permit for the trekking activity and other areas may only require permits to enter conservation areas or national parks.  Often it is a combination of both.  Nearly all trekking areas require a Trekking Information Management System TIMS card.  As part of your package we obtain all permits on your behalf.

What is the average walking time per day?
On average you will walk about 5 to 8 hours daily.  Distances vary and will depend on trail conditions, weather conditions and the fitness of the group.

What is meant by teahouse trekking?
Teahouse trekking refers to the type of accommodation that is so unique to these mountain treks.  Lodging and meals are mostly at teahouses operated by local people and on a full-board basis.

Where do we get our drinking water from?
Bottled water is available in many places on the more established trekking routes but this will be for your own account. Most villages have a clean and reliable water source and we will utilise locally purified water mostly.  The teahouses can supply you with boiled water at a small fee.  You are encouraged to carry your own purification tablets or drops for your own peace of mind.

How much can a porter carry?
This will often depend on the trekking route and maximum altitude gain.  On average for trekking in the Annapurna Region every porter carries between 15 and 30kg.  A camping porter carries up to 40kg.  For our packages we normally assign one porter for every two travellers.  What this means to you is that on the trek you will be allowed 15kg luggage. This is strictly enforced to ensure the wellbeing of our porter crew. 

Should I tip my guides and porters?
Yes please do!  This is not mandatory but widely accepted as for anywhere else in the world.  Tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks.  

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 07 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Easy

Activities: Trekking

Best Season: All year around

Max Altitude: 2870m

Daily Walking: 3 - 5 hours each day

Transportation: Private vehicles, Tourist bus as per the Itinerary

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/resort in Kathmandu and Pokhara, lodge/teahouse during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge/Teahouse trek

Starts/Ends: Nayapul / Phedi

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

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