Ghandruk Trek - Scenic 3-4 day trek through the Annapurna Foothills

The Ghandruk Trek (sometimes also referred to as the Ghandrung Trek) is a great trekking option for those who are in Nepal for a shorter time, or want to combine a relatively short trek with other activities in Nepal. The trek is typically done in 3 or 4 days.

Overview

Fast facts
Min. duration 4 days
Max. elevation 1940m (Ghandruk)
Start/finish Phedi/Tikhedhunga
Difficulty Easy
Trek style Teahouse

The trailhead of the Ghandruk Trek is located in Phedi, a less than 1-hour drive from Pokhara. The trail takes you through dense rhododendron forests, paddy fields and up steep stone-slab steps through picturesque villages of the lower Annapurna region, while snowy mountains are towering over you.

The main attraction of this 3-day trek is the bustling heritage village of Ghandruk, with its a relatively prosperous Gurung population. Staying in Ghandruk is a wonderful experience, as the village has a friendly vibe to it and offers amazing views of Himalayan giants Annapurna, Hiunchuli and Machapuchare (Fishtail).  

Highlights

  • Trek through the beautiful rhododendron forests of the lower Annapurna Region
  • This is one of Nepal's best short treks, taking you through picturesque villages while offering epic Himalayan views
  • Visit the Gurung village of Ghandruk, with views of Annapurna and Fishtail
Ghandruk
The village of Ghandruk surrounded by paddy fields

Suggested Itinerary

The Ghandruk trek is typically done in 3 or 4 days. Here we describe the 4-day itinerary which will give you plenty of time to stop to enjoy the scenery, chat with locals and take your time to explore the picturesque villages. 

Day Destination Altitude Duration
Day 01 Drive to Phedi, Trek to Pothana 1890m / 6,200ft 1 hour drive / 3-4 hours trek 
Day 02 Landruk 1590m / 5,200ft 4 hours 
Day 03 Ghandruk 1940m / 6,300ft 3-4 hours 
Day 04 Trek to Nayapul / Drive to Pokhara  1070m / 3,500ft 2.5 hours trek / 2 hour drive 

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Sherpas were extremely kind, patient and helpful. Trail was perfectly adapted for our group age (family travelers). The view and landscape was stunning. Teahouses were welcoming and friendly.

Reactive, helpful and super professional. Before traveling, Mads exactly understood our needs and expectations, and suggested the best trek for our family. On site, we had weather condition that needed our trek to be changed. It was rescheduled and re-planned for us to enjoy as much as possible without... read more

Sherpas were extremely kind, patient and helpful. Trail was perfectly adapted for our group age (family travelers). The view and landscape was stunning. Teahouses were welcoming and friendly.

Reactive, helpful and super professional. Before traveling, Mads exactly understood our needs and expectations, and suggested the best trek for our family. On site, we had weather condition that needed our trek to be changed. It was rescheduled and re-planned for us to enjoy as much as possible without missing trek length. At all time, he was reachable through kimkim conversation, and he was liaising with his people on site (office with Angkit and our guide Pasang) who took really good care of us.