Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Trip Start and End: Pokhara/Pokhara
  • Trip Area: Ghorepani - Ghandruk
  • Trip Style: Active
  • Age Group: Above 4 years
  • Trip Type: Private and Group Trek
  • Trip Method: Guided
  • Booking Type: Instant Confirmation
  • Max. Altitude: 3210m
  • Best Season: All Season
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The Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek is a perfect trekking experience in the Annapurna region as you tread through mossy trails and lush rhododendron forests. On offer are meditative stone steps, epic mountain views, and a look into the indigenous Magar and Gurung people's warm hospitality and rich culture.

The trekking itinerary isn’t too long for travelers short on time, and it isn’t too short to feel like you’ve missed out on something. All in all, this Ghandruk circuit trek brings together the best highlights of the lower Annapurna region.

Each stop on this trek is a highlight in itself, whether you are admiring colorful rhododendron blooms in Ghorepani, witnessing the sunrise at Poon Hill, or relishing beautiful mountain views from Ghandruk.

Unlike other demanding treks in Nepal, the Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek doesn’t pose risks of altitude sickness or cold weather. One of the popular 5-day treks in Nepal, it is perfect for students, couples, families with kids, or last-minute backpackers who want to complement their overall visit to Nepal.

Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek
Poon Hill

Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek Highlights

  • Tour the lower heartland of the Annapurna region
  • Admire spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Mt. Fishtail, and more
  • Trek through oak and rhododendron woodland
  • Explore beautiful Gurung and Magar community villages throughout the trail
  • Relish the dreamy mountain views from Ghandruk, a wonderland in itself
  • Majestic mountain and sunrise views from Poon Hill
  • Tread through marvelous waterfalls and terraced fields of rice, maize, and millet
  • Enjoy seasonal specialties (snow, major festivals, rhododendron blooms, etc.)

Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek Weather and Best Time to Go

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Mount Machhapuchre ( Fishtail) View from Poon Hill

Spring season (March, April) is the best time for the Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek. You’ll trek through entire hills embellished with colorful rhododendron blooms. Weather conditions are near-perfect in Nepal during spring, and spectacular mountain views under the blue sky are a sight to behold.

Autumn in Nepal (mid-September to the end of November) is another best time to trek to Ghandruk through Ghorepani. This is a festive season in Nepal - the Gurung and Magar communities leave no stone unturned to mark it.

Nevertheless, it’s not like summer and winter aren’t hospitable to the adventurous soul. If you prepare for the occasional drizzle, you can avoid the crowd by trekking during the summer (July till August) and get a unique perspective most trekkers don’t.

Winter has its own charm too. The trails and the peaks look more majestic with a perfect-white layer of snow. Don’t even get us started about when it snows on the dense vegetation and stone-slabbed roofs of the local houses. All this makes the Ghandruk Trek an ever-green trek, like most treks in the lower Annapurna region.

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Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trek Difficulty

The Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trek isn’t very difficult and is a fairly comfortable trek to do in Nepal. The more adventurous can couple this trek with the Mardi Himal Trek.

The highest point of the trek is Poon Hill (3210m / 10,532 ft), which is not a critical altitude. Most people can get away without experiencing any altitude-related complications. Additionally, you will descend after touring Poon Hill and sleep at a much lower altitude. This eliminates all concerns for most.

Furthermore, most of the trekking trail is beautifully installed with stone slabs/steps. There is no danger on the trail in terms of terrain and landscape. With a good pair of hiking shoes, you will tread up and down the beautiful trails with ease.

Nonetheless, look forward to trekking for 5 to 6 hours a day. A certain level of fitness is certainly required to complete the trek and get a good experience out of it. Our considerate trekking guides will help you set the right pace according to your fitness level so you get an immersive experience throughout the trek.

Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek Cost

This includes food, accommodation, and transport, among other things. The cost of hiring a guide and porter is also included. Also, note that Sublime Trails makes all trekking permit arrangements for you.

The cost per individual keeps going down if you choose to trek with a larger group. This is because the economy of scale helps us maximize the utility of trekking resources at a lower cost.

However, we do not take too large a group just to bring costs down. We firmly stand by our belief that each trip should serve as a unique, tranquil experience for trekkers. This belief gets challenged if the group size is too large.

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Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1:Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga
  • Day 2:Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani
  • Day 3:Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m) and then to Tadapani
  • Day 4:Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk
  • Day 5:Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

Day 1:Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga

Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga

    The bus journey from Pokhara to Nayapul is a two-hour drive. Your actual trek begins at Nayapul, from where you will hike through a suspension bridge to reach Birethanti. You’ll get a great view of the mountain range and the surrounding area.

    After ascending numerous suspension bridges and trekking through farmed villages and terraces, you will finally reach Tikhedhunga. Modi Khola is also one of the highlights of the day.

    The total trek takes anywhere from 6 to 7 hours.

    Day 2:Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

    Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

      The trekking trail today is beautifully laid with stone slabs as steps, so trekking isn’t too uncomfortable. Look forward to trekking through lush green forests of oak and rhododendron.

      You will first reach the Magar village of Ulleri, which is one of the most beautiful villages on this trail. The cool breeze and the beautiful pine and rhododendron forest make for the perfect trekking trail.

      Additionally, the trail is embellished with amazing panoramic views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges even from lower elevations. After almost 6 hours of trekking, you will reach Ghorepani and stay there enjoying the warm hospitality of the Magars.

      Day 3:Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m) and then to Tadapani

      Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m) and then to Tadapani

        You will embark on an early morning climb to Poon Hill (an hour's walk) to watch the sunrise over the majestic Himalayan peaks. You'll be able to marvel at Dhaulagiri (the 7th highest peak), Annapurna (the 10th highest peak), Manaslu (the 8th highest peak), and the stunning Machhapuchare "Fish Tail" peak.

        Other spectacular mountain views on offer are Annapurna South (7219 m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar Annapurna IV (7525 m), Annapurna II (7937 m) and Lamjung Himal (6931 m).

        After enjoying the scenic beauty from Poon Hill, you will descend for 3-4 hours towards Tadapani.

        Day 4:Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk

        Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk

          The fourth day of the Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trek itinerary takes you to the wonderland that is Ghandruk. Although you’ll descend in altitude on the trek to Ghandruk, you will be able to get amazing views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhre.

          Apart from the usual highlights, the Ghandruk Gurung Museum provides unique insights into the Gurung culture and customs.

          This is a short hike and takes 3 to 4 hours to reach Ghandruk. You'll get time to explore Ghandruk, the spectacular mountain views, and fraternize with the all-welcoming Gurung community.

          Day 5:Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

          Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

            The Ghorepani Ghandruk trekking itinerary is a circuit trekking plan. This means that you’ll descend to Nayapul from a different route. Hence, at no point will the trek feel boring or predictive.

            The trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul takes around 7 hours. You’ll then bid farewell to the incredible trail that guided you all these days. You’ll then board a vehicle from Nayapul and breeze back to Pokhara., famous for traveler-centric bars, spas, and the bustling “Lakeside”.

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            Cost Details


            • 4 nights of comfortable accommodation during the trek (Attached bathroom 2 nights, Common Bathroom 2 nights)
            • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek
            • Permit fees
            • experienced and friendly Guide and porter
            • Private transport from Pokhara to Nayapul and return to Pokhara
            • Fresh fruits service


            • Internet, phone calls, and laundry bills 
            • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
            • Travel Insurance



            • The entire Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trail has good internet connectivity. After you buy a Nepali SIM card in Pokhara or any other city area, internet connectivity shouldn’t be a problem.

            • All teahouses on the trek have electricity and provide charging facilities. They also support American-type power plug sockets.

            • You can withdraw money in Pokhara but routes further than Nayapul do not have ATM machines. We recommend carrying the Nepalese equivalent of US$100 in cash for the trek duration.

            • Yes, there are local drinking water taps in all village areas you’ll encounter on the trekking trail to Ghandruk. Nonetheless, consider carrying water purification tablets if you’re concerned about hygiene.

            • The Ghorepani Ghandru Circuit Trekking trail has local villages of the Gurung and Magar communities which are predominantly Hindu and Buddhist. Your guide will keep informing you of expected customs if he needs to. But don’t fret about it, being respectful and kind will work in any corner of the world.

            • You can buy trekking poles in all major cities of Nepal, including Kathmandu and Pokhara. However, Nayapul and places higher up don’t have such stores.

            • This is a relatively easy trek and is suitable for people of all ages, including kids and people who’re not regular trekkers.

            Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek Reviews

            5.0based on 6 reviews
            • Leylla
              LeyllaJune 17, 2022

              The foothills of Annapurna immersed into my soul

              Thank you to Mr. Ram, tour manager from Sublime Trails for being a true professional on this trip. Also, I want to thank Mr. Shiva, my guide for being a wonderful guide and companion throughout this trip.
              I literally enjoyed every bit of this trip. The Annapurna Base Camp was quite covered with clouds, but I also enjoyed being in nature. It was a wonderful two weeks long stay in Nepal. Such a beautiful country. If I had time, I was planning for other trips in the monsoon. But, I'm saving for a future trip to Nepal. Stay blessed.

            • R
              ReanatoJune 06, 2022

              Annapurna Trekking was wow! Enjoyed every bit of it.

              With my friends, I enjoyed Annapurna trekking. The best guide, best food, best accommodation and complementary Kathmandu sightseeing was best. All credit goes to Mr. Ram Khadka and our tour guide Mr. Shiva for their best efforts making this tour wholesome. I was susceptible to getting altitude sickness but my guide took my proper care, gave me medicines and enough rest to acclimatise.

              I also want to write something about the tour and other people from other trips. At high altitude, everyone was friendly. I was overwhelmed by the warm smile and hospitality we got throughout this trip. A true professional trip. Enjoyed every bit of it. Thank you for the trip.

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