Ghandruk/Ghorepani Trekking

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Extremely Popular

Trip Grading:
Moderate to Challenging
Max Elevation
3,210 meters
Major Attractions
Himalayan vistas, rhododendron forests
Best Season
Spring, Autumn.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouses, Hotel
Transportation options
Bus, jeep.
Trip Start/End


The Ghandruk/Ghorepani trek is a captivating journey through the majestic landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal. Beginning in the vibrant city of Pokhara, trekkers embark on an adventure that combines moderate to challenging trails with breathtaking natural beauty. As the trek progresses, hikers are treated to panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayas, including iconic peaks such as Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The route winds through lush rhododendron forests, charming villages, and terraced farmlands, providing an immersive experience in the rich cultural heritage of the region.

One of the highlights of the Ghandruk/Ghorepani trek is reaching the picturesque villages of Ghandruk and Ghorepani. These settlements offer a glimpse into traditional Gurung and Magar lifestyles, with intricately built stone houses and welcoming hospitality. Trekkers have the opportunity to interact with local communities, sample authentic Nepali cuisine, and witness colorful cultural ceremonies. The trek culminates in a memorable sunrise ascent to Poon Hill, where travelers are rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges bathed in golden light. With its blend of natural splendor and cultural immersion, the Ghandruk/Ghorepani trek is a truly unforgettable experience in the heart of the Himalayas.

Detail Itinerary

After early morning start, you will fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Prokhara is beautiful lakeside town. Upon your arrival you will drive for 30km. through the Tibetan refugee camp, the village of Brahmins & Chhetries. The drive ends at Dhampus phedi from where the trek begins. You will be served Lunch on the way at the roadside restaurant, Lunch is usually long & relaxing affair through out your trip, which gives you ample amount of time to write dairy, washing, exploring around the area or simply stretch your legs and enjoy the atmosphere. From the starting point the trail continues up to the ridge for another couple of hours to the Lodge, in the upper Gurung Village of Dhampus. This is your first mountain Lodge spot with dramatic view of Annapurna south (7219m.), Hinchuli (6441m.), Machhapuchre (6993m.), Annapurna III (7555m.) & IV (7525m.) so takes time to enjoy the magnificence.

As you wake up in the morning and peep through your room, you see the breathtaking views of the Annapurna range. The Fishtail Mt. is right in front of you. The wonderful spot for taking picture, After your breakfast you walk about an hour to reach the top of the Dhampus ridge called Pothana from where the mountain reappears. From Pothana you move along the ridge through the village of Bhichuk and Bherikharka. Descending steadily through the forest of tropical trees, fern, shrubs; you come across a stream where you might have a lunch break. The afternoon takes you down through the forest and small villages to Landrung. Along the way you pass by schools, people tending their stocks, working in the filed, presenting an opportunity to become acquainted with village life.
We go over the Modi Khola suspension bridge and then ascend above Modi valley along terraces climb up to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a large and prosperous Gurung Village and is home to many of Gurkha Solders. It is also first regional headquarters for the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).

The trail from Ghandrung climbs through the dense rhododendron and oak forest all the way to Ghorepani. Near about 3 hours the trail takes you to Bhainsi Kharka from here the trail climbs gently for another 1 hour to reach Tadapani on a ridge where most probably you will have lunch. The view from Tadapani is quite dramatic as you can see Annapurna (8091m.) and Machhapuchre (6993m.) at a close view. Another an hour and half from tadapani will take you to Banthanti for overnight.

After your breakfast you will head up to open ridge at 3250m. to Deurali in couple hours. Here you get the magnificent views of the giant western peaks of the northwest and Kaligandaki valley, the deepest one in the world. From Deurali pass you descend to Ghorepani at (2753m.) where you will encounter more travelers.
From on the way to Ghorepani village and also from village it self, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Nilgiri (7061m.), Fang (7062m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.) in the north and Annapurna I (8091m.) & Annapurna II (7937m.), in the northeast.

Early morning, you will be going up to the Pun Hill, about 40 minutes from Ghorepani, the view of the Thak Khola valley is unique and best views of all the mountains of this region.
After breakfast you will be descending for about 7-8 hours to Birethanti. The trail heads southeast through the dense evergreen forest and the terraces around the large Magar village of Ulleri at 2073m. Then the trail drops steeply to the river where you will have lunch. Below the lunch place is an excellent spot for wash and swim, if you are willing to dare the cold water. After the lunch the trail flattens out, and you follow the river to your Lodge at Birethanti.

After your morning breakfast you will be walking for 45 minutes to Naya Pul. The trek ends here. At Naya Pul you will meet our vehicle and transfer to your hotel, afternoon sightseeing around Pokhara.

What’s included?

What’s Excluded?

  • Personal trekking equipment (e.g., clothing, boots, sleeping bag).
  • Travel insurance (including medical and evacuation coverage).
  • Additional meals and beverages outside of those provided during the trek.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Optional activities or excursions.
  • Additional expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters or flight delays.

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