Ghandruk is a well-loved trekking destination that's an essential stop on the short Ghandruk Trek, as well as a fixture on other longer treks in the Annapurna Himalaya, such as the Annapurna Circuit. It's easily accessible from Pokhara through a combination of road travel and trekking.
By Private Transfer & On Foot
Duration: 2 days
There's more than one way of reaching Ghandruk from Pokhara, and depending on your trekking itinerary, you won't necessarily be taking the most direct route (for example, this 7-day Ghandruk trekking itinerary takes three days to get from Pokhara to Ghandruk as it makes overnight stops at other places en route). But, for the sake of this article, we're assuming you'll be wanting to get from Pokhara to Ghandruk at a comfortable pace that allows you to enjoy the journey, but without rushing.
From Pokhara, take a private vehicle west along the Pokhara-Baglung Rajmarg Road. Many trekkers setting off for treks in the Annapurna Himalaya ply this well-developed road. It's also possible to take a local bus, but these are not very comfortable (or safe) and take much longer than a private vehicle. Continue along this road for about an hour until you reach the turn-off to Dhampus. You'll leave the road behind here.
Continue by foot, hiking through Dhampus and the Australian Camp until you reach the small village of Pothana, which should take around four hours. The trail passes through some forests and past cultivated land, and is uphill in parts. Stay overnight in Pothana.
On day two, continue trekking towards Ghandruk. You'll pass through the villages of Deurali, Tolkha, and Landruk. The trail ascends and descends, and is steep in parts, but is more gradual after Landruk.