Experience the Gurung culture of Ghandruk Village.
Annapurna region is located in the mid-north of the Kathmandu valley and the trek from Pokhara to Ghandruk region is the most beautiful route towards the base of Mt. Annapurna.
The expedition starts with a tour around Kathmandu valley, where you can visit the World Heritage Sites and later the tour continues to Annapurna where you will completely forget the busy streets of the city and get blended in the nature and a completely different lifestyle. This evergreen route takes you through picturesque villages inhabited by friendly and hospitable locals along with a closer view of the majestic Annapurna ranges, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Himchuli, Tukuche Peak, Lamjung Himal and Nilgiri, without having to reach high altitude.
The maximum elevation point of this trek is around 3200 meters making it one of the less challenging treks in the Annapurna Circuit and can be done easily by children and senior citizens as well- it is a perfectly designed family trek. The Annapurna Family Trek is a teahouse trek in which you will be facilitated with some of the best hotels in the region and enjoy some of the best authentic local food on offer. We will take along a few porters to help you carry your bags, a guide and the guide’s supporter to help you with anything throughout your journey. Also, we take an extra cook along with us to serve you anything you wish to eat. You will also get to witness and explore the typical Gurung? villages with traditional lifestyle. This trekking trail leads you to one of Nepal’s most beautiful and modern village, Ghandruk, where people carry their own culture and lifestyle. This trek is ideal for someone who is new to trekking and/or wants to trek with the family and has a time constraint. And watching the sun rise from behind the Dhaulagiri and the views of sunset over the Machhapuchre in the evening are the charmers of this all season trek.
Today, we will embark on a scenic drive to Pokhara (830m), departing from Kathmandu at 7:00 am via a tourist bus. The journey is expected to take 7 to 8 hours and will be an opportunity to take in the stunning views of the mountains, hills, verdant landscapes, and flowing rivers along the way. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you will be checked-in at a 3-star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, allowing you time to freshen up and relax. In the afternoon, we will explore the city's tourist areas and the picturesque lakeside region around Fewa Lake, offering a breathtaking view of the majestic Machapuchare Mountain (6,993m).
We will begin our day with a drive from Pokhara to Ulleri, which is situated at an elevation of 1960m. The journey to Ulleri will take approximately 4 to 5 hours, during which we will be treated to breathtaking views of the Annapurna south and Hiunchuli. Upon arrival, we will savor a delicious lunch and spend the night in Ulleri. During our stay, we will take the time to appreciate the stunning terrace fields of the village, as well as explore the cultural diversity of the local community, which includes the Magar, Kami, and Damai people.
Our trekking adventure commences with a journey from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2860m). After breakfast, we embark on a 5 to 6-hour trek, marveling at the untouched beauty of nature and charming Magar village en route. We walk through a forest of rhododendron, basket bamboo, and other vegetation, with views of the majestic Fishtail peak before us. The months of March and April offer the best experience, as the rhododendron blossoms in various colors. We pause for lunch en route to Ghorepani before retiring for the night.
Rise early and embark on a 40-minute hike to Poonhill (3,200 m), where, weather permitting, you will be treated to a stunning sunrise amidst the towering mountain ranges. En route, take in the diverse species of Rhododendron and be amazed by the sight of ranges such as the Gurju Himal, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Barha Sikhar, Annapurna South, Hiun Chuli, Fishtail, Annapurna II, Annapuran IV, Lamjung Himal, Manasolu and many more. Make a lasting impression in your travel diary with the breathtaking view from Poonhill. After relishing the moment, return to the hotel for breakfast and then proceed on a leisurely 6 to 7 hour walk to Tadapani (2,630 m), where you will spend the night.
After a hearty breakfast at Tadapani, we continue our trek downwards towards Ghandruk and Syauli Bazar(1220 m). The trek takes approximately 6 to 7 hours and offers stunning views of the Rhododendron forest. Ghandruk, which is home to the Gurung community, is one of the highlights of the journey. Here, we'll visit the Gurung museum to learn about their lifestyle, explore tea gardens, monasteries, and the Annapurna Conservation Areas where a slideshow of pictures will provide insight into the entire Annapurna region. After lunch in Ghandruk, we'll continue our descent to Syauli Bazar, where we'll spend the night.
After breakfast, we will leave Syauli Bazar and trek back to Nayapul (1070 m) where we will have lunch at Pokhara. Along the way, we will have the opportunity to admire the scenic riverbank of Modi Khola and the beautiful terrace fields of the farms. The drive from Nayapul to Pokhara will take around 1 to 2 hours. Once we arrive in Pokhara, we will check in at our hotel and spend the night there.
Today we begin our scenic journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu by vehicle. The trip will take approximately 7–8 hours, will provide panoramic views of the famous Madi River, Marshyangdi and Trishuli Rivers, and other landmarks. We'll have a short lunch break along the way, so we have a chance to recharge before continuing our journey.
Make it a private trip by taking over one of our dates, or you can choose your own date. Prices are sliding scale to suit the number of travellers.