Ghandruk Circuit Trek - 8 Days

Hiking, Trekking, Sightseeing, Sunrise and Sunset Views, Cultural Insight, Food and Cuisine, Meditation Tour, Honeymoon Tour, Family Tour, Solo Trekking, Homestay Tour and many more
Group size
8 Days Days
Daily Walking
4-5 hrs
Gurung Culture, Magar Culture, Brahmins and Kshetris
Best season
Autumn and Spring
Best season
Autumn and Spring

Eco-tourism or homestay treks are highly signified with Ghandruk Circuit Trek aka Ghandruk Cultural Trek. Ghandruk Circuit Trek is a short and easy trekking experience in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Ghandruk is a small village with lots of traditional houses where dwells the authentic lifestyle of people. Just like other treks in the Annapurna region, it also offers stunning panoramas of the Himalayas and a deep insight into the lifestyle and culture of various ethnic groups, especially Gurung. But what makes it unique and exceptional is homestay trekking and cultural treks.

1. Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

  • Meals:Lunch / Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Kathmandu
  • Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Thamel


  • Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Evening Walk at Thamel

2. Kathmandu – Naudanda(1,430m/4,691ft) via Pokhara(830m/2,725ft)

  • Duration:30Mins Flight and 45Min Drive(33Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Transportation:Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel

  • Domestic Airport(Kathmandu-Pokhara)
  • Pokhara City
  • Naudanda


  • Scenic Flight
  • Amazing View from Plane
  • Adventure and Excitement
  • Stunning Close-up Views of Annapurna Ranges
  • Panoramic views of Annapurna
  • Machapuchare in the north, and Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east
  • Pokhara City
  • Lakes
  • Unique Culture and Lifestyle
  • Scenic Drive
  • Sightseeing Around Naudanda

3. Naudanda – Ghandruk(1,940m/6,364ft) via Nayapul(1,100m/3,610ft)

  • Duration:3-4hrs Drive(60Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Ascend:840m/2,755ft

  • Naudanda
  • Nayapul
  • Birey Thanti
  • Syauli Bazaar
  • Ghandruk


  • Scenic Drive up to Nayapul
  • Cross the Modi River
  • Beautiful Village Syauli Bazaar
  • Climb Kimche until higher part after that flat uphill to Ghandruk Village
  • Beautiful and Very Close Views of Modi Khola, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail and Beautiful Landscapes
  • Blissful Nature, Waterfalls
  • Traditional and Typical Houses
  • Lifestyle and Culture
  • Gurung Museum
  • Sunset View from Ghandruk

4. Ghandruk – Tolka(1,700m/5,577ft) via Landruk(1,565m/5,135ft)

  • Duration:5-6hrs Walk(9-10Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Descend:690m/2,265ft
  • Ascend:450m/ 1,476ft

  • Ghandruk
  • New Bridge
  • Landruk
  • Tolka


  • Descend down to Modi Khola
  • Climb Up to Landruk Village – a Pretty big village inhabited by a mixed community of Gurung
  • Magar and Brahmin as well
  • View of Different Mountain Peaks in Panorama
  • Oak Forest
  • Splendid View of Different Mountain Peaks from Pothana

5. Tolka – Dhampus(1,650m/5,413ft)

  • Duration:5-6hrs Walk(9-10Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Ascend:400m/1,315ft
  • Descend:450m/1,477ft

  • Tolka
  • Bhaisi Kharka
  • Pitan Deurali
  • Pothana
  • Dhampus


  • Traditional Villages and Typical Houses
  • Wetlands
  • Suspension Bridges
  • Lush Forest
  • Stunning View of Mountains
  • Herbs and Vegetations
  • Greenery
  • View of Pokhara City
  • Wildlife
  • Blissful Nature

6. Dhampus – Pokhara via Phedi(1,130m/3,710ft) and Pokhara Sightseeing

  • Duration:2hrs Walk(3-4Km) and 35Mins Drive(18Km)
  • Meals:Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:520m/1,710ft

Dhampus, Phedi, Tibetan Refugee Camp, Lakeside-Pokhara, Pokhara City


Sunrise View from Dhampus, Terraced Fields, Unique Lifestyle and Culture of Gurung People, Close-Up View of: Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, Small Forests, Scenic Drive from Phedi to Pokhara, Visit Tibetan Refugee Camp, Monasteries, Prayer Flags, Prayer Wheels, End of the Trek, Sightseeing around Pokhara and Other Activities like Boating, Mountain Museum Visit, David’s Fall, Mahendra Cave


7. Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • Duration:200Km (5-6hrs)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:710m/2,329ft

  • Pokhara
  • Malekhu
  • Dhading
  • Kathmandu


  • Scenic Drive
  • Farewell Dinner in the evening

8. Departure Day


  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Horizon Kathmandu or Similar Standard)
  • 1-night Hotel in Pokhara
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; any items in the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you to not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group.
  • All required land transportation
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade in working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kind of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staffs.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belongs to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking Permits: Trekkers’ Information Management System(TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jacket made available on rent
  • T-shirt of Nepal Mountain Trekkers, Duffel bag and Trekking Map
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • First aid medical box
  • All Government Taxes(13% VAT) and 10% Service Charge
  • Farewell Dinner


  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses (Laundries, Electric accessories, Internet, and so on)
  • All Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages
  • Tips for guide and porters

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Regarding the wise decision about time-frame, we will highly recommend the months of Spring and Autumn season for this trek. During then, the weather is favourable and sceneries are vivid as well as the blossoming of herbs and vegetations adds more charm on the trek. Since the winter is very cold and the trail might get snow-falls whereas, the summer receives much rainfall and it results into several streams blocking the trail along with the leeches; we don’t recommend summer and winter for a proper trekking experience of Ghandruk.

Contact Nepal Mountain Trekkers for more precise information and queries about Ghandruk Circuit Trek to plan one of the most memorable travelling experiences of your lifetime.

“Namaste” is the common form of greeting in Nepal which is often spoken as Namaskar. It is a traditional Hindu greeting and it is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.

While you are on Ghandruk Circuit Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses or home-stays but you might only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring conversion plug or another converter if your device charger is not suitable with two-pin plug.

Yes, you can certainly get access to WiFi in lodges and also mobile data during Ghandruk Circuit Trek for the Internet and to communicate with your friends and family.

The trails of Ghandruk Circuit Trek are not so crowded as well as not deserted. During the off-season, there will be only a few trekkers but during the pick-season, the trail will be full of trekkers from different parts of the world. 

Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.

ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Ghandruk Circuit Trek, you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Ghandruk Circuit Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.

Yes, you will need a special permit for Ghandruk Circuit Trek because of its existence within the Annapurna Conservation Area, you would need to request for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).

Of course, since Ghandruk Trek is one of the most accessible treks and very popular among the trekkers, one can go for solo trekking without any worries. Because the people in there are very friendly and co-operative and you can also meet other trekkers along the way so that there won’t be any risk for solo trekkers or solo female trekkers to go for Ghandruk Circuit Trek. Furthermore, our trekking staffs (guides) are highly experienced and dedicated to their job, so our company will be fully responsible for that note.

Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.

Yes, it is possible to get hot showers during Ghandruk Circuit Trek on the hotels/lodges you would be staying overnight or during acclimatization.

Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Head Torch
Lip Balm
Sun’s Cream ( 40+)

Cotton t-shirts or thermals
Fleece jacket
Waterproof and windproof jacket
Down jacket (Light-weighted)

Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Waterproof pants
Underwear and Half pants

Thin inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Light-weighted sandals


Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
Trekking bag/duffel bag
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag

Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Light-weighted Towel
Swiss Knife
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drink them. Hence, you should buy bottle waters or should have a water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.

It is necessary to take a highly experienced and licensed guide to instruct you and help you explore the best of this trek as well as to take care of you during the trek. If you go trekking without a guide then you won't get to know the things you ought to explore as well as there might arise several problems on the trail. On the other hand, to enhance the comfort of trekking, you might need porters to carry your loads. 

Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than two decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with us as our other clients.

During Ghandruk Circuit Trek, you would be staying hotels or lodges and even home-stays and you will be served with traditional Nepali dishes like Dal-Bhat or with the food of your choice available on the menu.

In the case of emergency, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek.

Ghandruk Circuit Trek is short and easy trekking which can be joined anytime around the year. 

The earthquake of 2015 had an adverse effect on the trekking trails and the local inhabitants back then but now after the patience and positive attitude of the people along with their effort and collaboration from several donors, the trails are totally recovered and fine for trekking again. Though the lifestyle of people is somehow still lagged behind in some reasons because of trekkers and their contributions, they’ve got a light of hope that they will rise again.

Ghandruk Circuit Trek is short and easy trekking trip at Annapurna region of Nepal that can be joined by any traveller; regardless of their age, interest and fitness level during any time of the year.

Ghandruk Trek is an ideal short and easy trekking in Nepal holiday at popular Annapurna region for family trekking with kids and elderly. This trek offers spectacular views of Annapurna Himalayas with a deep insight into local Gurung cultures and traditions. As well as, various flora and fauna can also be spotted along the trail.

Generally, Ghandruk Circuit Trek is a week-long but you can customize/personalize the trekking days and the itinerary according to your requirement with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.

Source:Trip Advisor


Did a 10 days trip,trek for 7 days ( poonhill, ghorepani , ghandruk circuit) with 5 kids and 3 mummies.Mr Ramesh ( the owner) is very accommodating and welcoming.He specifically assigned Min ,who is very patient , knowledgeable and experienced in handling family with young children.He has managed to handle the hiccups faced and unforseen circumstances well,not forgetting going all way out to arrange a freshly baked birthday cake for our boy in Ghorepani.We have enjoyed trekking with the awesome team comprising Mr Min, Mr Krishna,Mr Sangame,Mr Manish and Mr Bikash,who constantly ensured our safety and welfare. We are glad we made the right choice in engaging their service.Thumbs up!

Špela G
Špela G
Source:Trip Advisor


My friend and I wanted to do a short trek because we're a bit out of shape so Ramesh suggested the Ghandruk loop and we were not disappointed. It was just the right amount of physical activity. The views were wonderful and the lodges clean and each of them offered good food and hot water. The villages were authentic and small. Our guide (Sabin) was amazing. He told us everything we asked about Nepal and the mountains and was very helpful when on the last day my friend got sick. He also had many recommendations for what to do in Pokhara. I definitely recommend this trekking agency.

Aine C
Aine C
Source:Trip Advisor


Went to Nepal for a few days on the way back to the UAE from India. Weren't sure what to do as we only had a few days but we wanted to see a lot of different areas. My friend got in touch with this company and I have to say they were absolutely amazing. Looked after my friends and I so well and for a reasonable price. Got to see all over Nepal and even had our own personalised driver. Ramesh was also so friendly and made sure we felt so welcome. If you are looking for a guide for Nepal I would highly recommend this company.

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