The Ghandruk Village trek is one of the popular Short treks in Annapurna Himalayas, near Pokhara.
The poonhill Ghandruk village trek trail offers the picturesque landscapes of spectacular mountain ranges standing above 8000meters as – Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Annapurna I 8091m, Fishtail / Machhapuchhre 6991m, Nilgiri 7041m, Annapurna south 7219m, Annapurna II 7939m, Annapurna III 7555m, Annapurna IV 7525m, LamjungHimal 6988m and many more above 5000m, Poon hill, Gurung and Magar’s charming village dense forest of rhododendrons and magnolia, passing through the deep gorge, Phewa and Begnas Lake.
Trek along the Local Villages
Ghorepani and Ghandruk village of are both famous for splendid view of rhododendron forest with thirteen spices & several varieties of Orchids which blossom in the spring season. The unobstructed view of Sunset and Sunrise from the POON HILL (3210) meter is mesmerizing; poonhill is accessible from Ghorepani Village.
The trail passes through the picturesque landscapes of spectacular mountain ranges from the low land (rice fields) to thrilling thick jungles near Ghorepani village.
How Difficult is Poonhill trek?
If you are outdoor person and do ample of hiking or running; Poonhill Ghandruk trek will be very eaasy. However, for the first time trekkers as well – this trekking is regarded as easy trekking in Nepal.
Short holiday, best view of the mountains, walking through the villages on the trail and in the destinations – Poonhill Ghandruk village trek is perfect to spend your nature time in Nepal for short span of time.
Which is hard part? Well, if you hate uphill – second day of trekking can be considered as difficult. IN second day – we have to walk uphill from Tilhedunga to Ulleri. But if its your problem – solve it by taking jeep all the way to Ulleri. It is possible to skip Tikhedunga-Ulleri trail section. But the trail is nice with beautiful landscape view. You will love walking uphill, if you don’t skip the uphill, intentionally.
Trekking trail is wide & well maintained with stairs to walk on. Uphill or downhill – both of these trail type has been simplified with proper trail maintenance.
Poonhill trek is an easy trek in Nepal for the excellent view. Thus, few uphill’s surely worth the trip for mixed feeling and unforgotten memories.
What to expect in Poonhill Ghandruk Village Trek?
Poonhill Ghandruk trek is best mixed experience of village trek & excellent mountain view. From the hill station of poonhill – you can get the most amazing view of wide range of Mt Dhaulagiri and range of Annapurna himalay.
Whereas, walking along the villages of Banthati, Ulleri, Ghandruk, Tadapani and Ghandruk has amazing mixed cultural excursion. Ghandruk village is famous as a typical Gurung village. Ghandruk village is famous to be village of Ghurkas.These people are mostly ex-Gurkhas and there are many youth from this village still serving in Gurkhas with different Battalion.
Climbing the uphill tracks with more than 4100 rocky steps on the way to the Ghorepani at Ulleri is another thrilling lifelong experience to collect in the Poonhill Hike. Did it sound weird? Do not wonder – but yes; you will love this weird experience.
The trail also provides you the diversity of flora and fauna and wildlife as monkey and mountain goats are easy to watch. The Ghorepani Ghandruk Village trekking provides the chance to haunt the typical tradition and culture with life style of Gurung and Magar along with the diversity. This Poonhill Ghandruk village Trek takes you mostly through the village and little jungle, and last destination of trek, Ghandruk is a famous village of Gurung People with interesting history as well as it is one of the best destination to indulge the Gurung settlement.
During your stay in Ghandruk village, you will be offered to explore the culture and tradition of local Gurung community, their dress, food and so on. The settlement of Gurung community “Ghandruk” is situated or has an altitude of 1940 meters.
This is an example itinerary for Ghorepani Ghandruk village Trekking; if you want to customize as per your interest, we are happy to help you.
Outline Itinerary for Ghorepani Ghandruk Village Trek
- Day 1 – Drive to Nayapul and trek to Hile 1450meters
- Day 2 – Trek to Ghorepani
- Day 3 – Sunrise Hike to Poonhill, and continue trek to Tadapani 2610meters
- Day 4 – Trek to Ghandruk village 1940 meters
- Day 5 – Trek down to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara
Download Detail Itinerary of Poonhill Ghandruk Village Trek
Cost of Ghandruk Village trek – Nepalgram Adventure
|1||Cost (in USD $) Details||630||370||260|
|3||Accommodation during trek||Standard||Private||Shared|
|4||Transportation to trek start point||Private||Shared||Shared|
|6||Airport/bus terminal Shuttle service||Private||Private||×|
|7||Hotel at KTM/Pokhara||5 Star||Standard||×|
|8||Food on trek(BLD)||Unlimited Meal||3 Meal||×|
|9||Desert||From Menu||Fresh Fruit||×|
|12||Company Cap & T-shirt||√||√||×|
|13||Dawn Jacket & Sleeping – bag to be returned||√||√||×|
|14||Hard drink||Local Brand||×||×|
|15||Warm up hike||√||×||×|
|17||Buffer day for trek||√||×||×|
|18||Food in the city||×||×||×|
Note – Minimum people in group must be 02 so as to apply above price range.
Derailed Itinerary for Ghorepani Ghandruk Village Trek
• Altitude – 1450 meters
• Special – Scenery view, Bhurungdi Khola and chirping of birds
• Time – 2 hours drive and 3 hours trek
• Activity – Travelling in jeep and trekking
It is the real beginning of the trek you have been waiting. However, we will drive for about 2 hours in 50 km, till we reach Nayapul. The Ghorepani Ghandruk Village trekking officially begins after checking in your permit and TIMS at ACAP office in Birethanti. From here we walk for about 3 hours till today's destination Hile or Tikhedhunga; enjoying the scenery, soaking in the nature, listening to the flowing Bhurungdi Khola and chirping of birds until we reach Hile.
• Altitude – 2874 meters
• Special – View of mountains and exploration of local village culture and tradition
• Time – 7/8 hours
• Activity – Walking through the rhododendron forest
The day starts passing across few suspension bridges at Tikhedhunga and then the steep climbs of Ulleri is beautiful and tiring. The glorious views of the mountains make the walk a spectacular one, as we can see mountains including Annapurna south 7219m from vantage points. The mixture of culture and nature seen in the local villages along with the farms, streams and springs provide a serene experience. After we pass through the Rhododendron forests, we reach Ghorepani where we spend the night. Ghorepani has a unreal view of mountains and valley. If you are here in spring contrast of bloomed rhododendron makes scenery even more amazing.
• Altitude – 3210/2610 meters
• Special – View of sunrise along with panoramic views of mountains
• Time – 6/7 hours
• Activity – Trekking
This day’s trek starts super early than other days’ as our main goal is to witness the sunrise in the majestic mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The walk to Poonhill is about 45 minutes which is one of the most enriching walk. We get to witness the unparalleled views of the golden rays of the sun shining the snow capped peaks of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Dhampus, Tukuche, Mardi and many. After relishing in the wonderful views with scattered sun rays, we return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast we continue our walk for about 5-6 hours to reach Tadapani.
• Altitude – 1940 meters
• Special – Exploration of gurung settlement and mountains
• Time – 2/3 hours
• Activity – Walking through jungle and rhododendron forest
The trek to Ghandruk Village is about 2-3 hours, which includes mostly of steep descents inside the jungle full of birds. We pass through Rhododendron forests, streams, ridges and finally stone steps to reach the beautiful and historic village of Ghandruk. The main inhabitants are the Gurkhas. The village surrounded by Annapurna and Machchhapuchhre along with beautiful green hills. This village is one of the largest and oldest Gurung settlements in the country. The highlight of the trek is, the welcoming people and hospitality which allows to have a traditional experience in a natural setting.
• Altitude – 1400 meters
• Special – View of mountains and greenery
• Time – 4 hours trek and 2 hours drive
• Activity – Walking through stone steps and travelling in jeep
It is the last day; we will be descending around 1000 meters today. We walk through stone steps, amidst terraces, antique houses and paddy fields leading to Syaulibazaar 1100 meters. The trip down is enjoyable; with the changing views of Mt. Fishtail, and Annapurna south with green and gray contrast. We end our trek at Nayapul 1050 meters, and take a drive back to Pokhara. You will have options, either to rest or walk or chill in one of the restaurants or pubs in the lakeside area.
Poon hill is a famous hill station to see very wide mountain range of both Dhaulagiri range and Annapurna range. To get to the Poonhill we have to walk through the village and jungle. This has made Poonhill trekking itself a best short trek in Nepal.
And, Ghandruk is one of the famous villages of the whole Annapurna region. Famous as Gurkha's settlement, Ghandruk village is dominated with Gurung people. Culture, tradition and local life of the villagers are beautiful in the lap of Mt Annapurna and fishtail.