Ghandruk Loop trek is a short three day hike in which you get to walk to the Gurung village of Ghandruk from where you get astonishing views of various Annapurna peaks, Machhapuchhre and other peaks and then head to Pothana and then back home to Pokhara. It is a short trek that is most suitable for family and friends in need of a short eco-friendly trip that could also include children.
Ghandruk is a village atop a hill that is mostly habituated by the Gurung Community. It also houses a village museum depicting the culture and heritage of the community. This village has some of the most tantalizing scenic views of the Himalayan peaks such as south Annapurna, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre. The trek gives you time to take in the view of the various mentioned Himalayan peaks over breakfast and then hike to Pothana, another model village in this short trek. In this part of the trek, you are given a taste of what you would find in other treks in the Annapurna Region with the rivers, suspension bridges, lasting views of mountain peaks and ranges and a glimpse into the culture, religion and rural lifestyles. Plus, it is a short trek to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Though the trek might be short, there is much that you can gain on this trip apart from it being done in such a short span of time. First of all, it is just three days, but in those three days, it is a bridge for what the long treks such as Annapurna Circuit trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek and Poon Hill Hot Spring Trek would look and feel like. This Ghandruk Loop Trek shows you how a model village in Nepal is with the backdrop having the Himalayan with their snow-capped peaks. Then the trails are meant for all class of people walk on, especially those being introduced for the first time into trekking and hiking. So much so, it would build interest in doing the longer ones. Then there is the cultural aspect of this trek where one gets to learn about the social norms in the rural areas of the country. In all, this short trek is an eco-trek as well as a cultural trek with a village museum in one to show you precisely it. Then there are the agricultural practices that one would get to learn of while on the trek from Ghandruk to Pothana and the way it is done while walking through the terraced farmlands. Not forgetting the verdure and wonderful woodlands that you would pass getting to see the flora and fauna and bird species of the country in the mid-Himalayan Range.
Is this an easy trek?
Yes, it is one of the easiest treks among the many that hiking in Nepal has to offer. So much so, that you can take children on this trek. The lodging at both the day’s stops has some of the best that can be found at the village level, with attached toilets and hygiene food to cater to all tummies – plus the local food, made more palatable for westerners. The walking levels are easy with not that many ascends and descends. Those that are there, are not of elevated slops. In all, one can say it is an easy short trek away from some hectic life within the comforts of unpolluted nature.
Outline Trekking Itinerary for Ghandruk Loop Trek
Day 01 : Arrival at 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 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination
- 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