Gandruk Trek is the perfect tour for those who want to have a contact with the Nepalese mountains entering the area of Annapurna and a taste of the culture, history, traditions, temples and shrines of the country. It is a relatively easy trek and one of the most popular and scenic trek that can be done from the city of Pokhara. The highest point is only 2000 meters, so there is no worry about altitude sickness. You will walk on stone steps up and downhill, enjoying beautiful villages, spectacular views of the mountains of Annapurna and Macchapucchare and the wonderful Gurung culture. A really Unforgettable, Unique Tour with Time in Nepal!
Best time for Nepal trek From September to November, the climate is perfect, not too cold and not too hot. The monsoons are over and the air is clean, so the view of the mountains is clear. From February to April, it is mildly warm at lower elevations and at higher elevation the mountain views are excellent and temperature is quite moderate. The plants are flowery and this adds magic to the trek. Different varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons make the hillside an enchanting paradise during this spring season.
Duration of the trek – 8 nights/9 days
Highlights – Majestic view of Annapurna Mountain, splendid sunrise and sunset, breathtaking scenery of foothills, ridge line vistas, greenery, dense forests and the wonderful Gurung culture
Hiking Hours per day – 4-7
Day 01 – Pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel
Day 02 – Visit of Pashupatinath, Boudha stupa and Swayembhu stupa.
Day 03 – Drive to Pokhara, also known as the second capital of Nepal and city of lakes. Overnight in hotel
Day 04 – Today our trek starts. We will have breakfast in Phedi and then we will hike to Tolka via Dhampus and Pothana.The trail till Pothana offers impressive views of Himalayan foot hills. Tolka is situated at an altitude of 1700 meters above sea level. Overnight in guesthouse
Day 05 – We leave Tolka to reach Ghandruk. The beautiful village is inhabited by Gurung community. Spectacular panorama of the Himalayas (Annapurna Range) can be spotted from Ghandruk. The village is 1939 meters high from sea level. Overnight in guesthouse
Day 06 – We leave Ghandruk for Nayapul, stopping for lunch in Birethanti. From Nayapul car ride to Pokhara. Overnight in hotel
Day 07 – Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 08 – Visit of Bhaktapur and free time
Day 09 – Drop off at the airport for departure
Brief information about the places we will visit during this tour:
Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu Temple in Nepal and is set on the banks of the sacred river Bagmati. It is not only a religious destination, but a mix of art, culture, peace and devotion. Hundreds of rituals are performed every day in its premises, which are considered an open, living museum. In the age of mythology, Lord Shiva and his consort lived here by this tributary of the holy Ganges.
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupa in the world and is the religious and cultural center of the broad community of Tibetan Refugees in Nepal. It is a holy place rich in Buddhist symbolism
Swayambhunath Stupa overlooks most part of the Kathmandu valley, offering to the visitors a panoramic view of the city, particularly enchanting at sunset. According to the legend, the hill on top of which the stupa rises, originated when the valley was created out of a primordial lake It is said that the great Emperor Ashoka visited this site more than 2,000 years ago.
Pokhara Nepal’s number 1 adventure and leisure destination, Pokhara is one of the most famous paradises for hikers who love trekking. It rises right at the foot of the mountains and is the second largest city in Nepal. The town is located in the Gandaki area, which is lush and green, rich in hills, valleys and lakes (even large ones) that develop along the valley bottom. Precisely these lakes have given Pokhara the friendly name of the City of 7 Lakes, a property thanks to which the area is full of itineraries, hiking trails and ideas for cultural visits.
Bhaktapur Bhaktapur is probably the most visited of the three historic cities of the Valley. It is a medieval town locked in centuries-old beliefs and traditions. The city is famous for its glorious architecture, sky-high temples, like the awesome Nyatapola Temple, Nepal’s tallest ancient structure, fine clay pottery and royal courtyards where devotees, still today celebrate their pre-historic festivals