12 days Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trekking

Extermly Popular
Name Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trekking/Ghorepani Ghandruk Trekking
Transportation options Flight/Private vehicle/Tourist Bus/Local Transportation as per requirement & budget
Maximum Altitude Poon Hill (3210m)
Best Season February-May & September-December
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara Brakfast, Lunch and Dinner during Trekking
Accommodation Hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara Tea Houses in Trekking
Trekking hours Approximately 6-7 hr a day
Protected Area Annapurna Conservation Area
Major Attractions Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mount Annapurna (8091m), Mount Nilgiri (7061m) Machhapuchre/Fishatil (6993m) & numerous snow capped peaks.Mixed cultural community dominated by Gurung.
Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trekking

Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit trekking is one of the most popular lower region trek of Nepal.Equally, ideal for both amateur and experienced trekkers. The trekking can be perfect for experienced trekkers who have limited time and budget to trek in Nepal. Especially, this easy trekking itinerary is the first choice of beginners who want to see a fraction of diversified Nepali culture and landscape. Ghorepani and Ghandruk are two famous countryside villages of Nepal dominated by the Gurung community.

Mount  Annapurna & Mount Dhaulagiri, both of them above 8000m are the highlights of Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit trekking. With numerous snow-capped peaks. The trekking starts in the tropical region with the terraced farming land at Birethanti. However, most of the trekking day ends in between lower temperate and upper temperate climatic regions. Mostly, trekker treks through the damp and dense forest of rhododendron, juniper, maple, and bamboo. Natural waterfalls and numerous streams in the trekking path makes the trekking fun.

Poon hill at Ghorepani ridge is the best spot to see Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Fishtail ranges. Early view of sunrise along with numerous peaks attracts lots of people for Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit trekking. In addition to that, trekking around villages like Tadapani, Chhomrong, Ghandruk is the best possible way to see Gurung cultures and traditions.

After all, we designed this particular Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit trekking itinerary covering most of the countryside landscape. Especially, around lower trekking region of Annapurna. Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit trekking itinerary is highly flexible and has a lot of itineraries options. The itinerary is a great example that Nepal has numerous trekking options around lower trekking region, besides well known deep Himalaya ranges. Moreover, a trekker can complete this trekking in three days.

Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit trekking is a hub for other many trekking itineraries. Easy to include this section of trekking to any other itineraries. Trekking through these beautiful countryside villages, a trekker can properly acclimatize to continue to Annapurna Base Camp. This trekking itinerary also continues to popular Kaligandaki valley trekking, subsequently, that continues to Upper Mustang.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 International Arrival in Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Permit preparation day, briefing by official executive, handing assignment to guide
Day 3 Drive/ Flight to Pokhara(850m)
Day 4 Drive to Birethanti from Pokhara & Trek to Ulleri(2070m)
Day 5 Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani(2850m)
Day 6 Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani(2700m)
Day 7 Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong(2170m)
Day 8 Trek from Chhomrong to Ghandruk(1940m)
Day 9 Trek from Ghandruk to Pothana(1900m)
Day 10 Trek from Pothana to Phedi & drive to Pokhara(850m)
Day 11 Drive/Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 12 International Departure

Note: This is a standard itinerary proposed for general trekkers which can be modified until then, that do not violate our business ethics and norms. We will always seek verification from our field experts before approving your itinerary.

Detailed Day to Day Itinerary

30 Min. Hotel

We will drive you straight to your hotel in private vehicle as soon as you land at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We will give you short briefing on our final agreed program. And if you are the first time traveler in Nepal we will give information about restaurant, ATM, money exchanges and other useful information until we meet for next day.

There are various major cultural historical and religious places around Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur for sightseeing. Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar square are our top lists. Most of them are listed on UNESCO world heritage sites. Later in the evening we will arrange dinner with your trekking guide so you can know each other and talk about your trekking itineraries .

If you want to drive to Pokhara it is always better to start in the morning after your breakfast, it will be little tiring day due to 6-7 hour drive. Driving from Kathmandu offers you to enjoy interesting zigzag road of hilly part of Nepal along with diversified culture, landscape and people all the way to Pokhara. The flight is short from Kathmandu to Pokhara but you can have leisure time to spend around lake-side of Pokhara, which is always a happening place for the visitors.

After your breakfast in Pokhara hotel, you will drive to Birethanti by a private car for about one and half hour. Reaching upon Birethanti, you can take a short tea break while porter arranges his equipment to carry your baggage. You will climb gentle up seeing small houses and tea houses passing terraced crop fields. Relatively it is easy climb until you reach Tikhedhunga (1495m).You can discuss with your guide whether to trek to Ulleri or tostay in Tikhedhunga beforehand ,since both options are available . After crossing the suspension bridge and 2 hr steep climbing on stone stairs which is about 2 hour steep walking, you can reach small settlement of Magar, Ulleri. You can see small glimpse Annapurna South on the way.

From Ulleri the climb is gentle ,yet more stone stairs which some trekkers find monotonous and boring .After walking about one hour you will reach another small settlement ,Banthanti from where damp and very dense rhododendron forest starts making you feel the gradual increase in altitude and decrease in temperature for the first time during trekking. Small natural waterfalls and streams are seen around as your trekking continues uphill. It will take around 5 to 6 hr to reach you to Ghorepani from Ulleri which is the settlement of ethnic group Gurung.

Today we climb to Poonhill early in the morning to see magnificent sunrise which is about one and half hour uphill walk. The earliest sun ray that strikes the mountain and peaks makes them to appear cluster of orange gemstones; Mount Dhaulagiri ,Mount Annapurna, Fishtail and other snow capped peaks looks really glamorous .After spending your excellent moment in Poonhill you will descend down to Ghorepani. After your breakfast in Ghorepani, the trail is fairly easy and gentle. The dry and narrow trekking trail starts to appear damp and slippery as you trek down to Banthanti, a small habitat in the middle of forest by the side of small stream. The trek continues by the bank of same stream; climb up about an hour crossing small bridge into dense upper temperate forest of oak, and rhododendron broken by lower alpine trees to reach Tadapani.

The trekking trail is downhill in between lush green forest of rhododendron, oak and pine. Downhill 45 mins you reach Chuile .You trek downhill to reach Gurjung crossing a suspension bridge. The path seems to be more or less easy and fair with small ups and downs till you reach Chhomrong from Gurjung which is about approximately 2 hr walk. Chhomrong is the only gateway to Annapurna Base Camp or Annapurna sanctuary trekking.You can enjoy the beautiful sight of Annapurna South and Himchuli from Chhomrong.

From Chhomrong trekker can see really adorable view of Annapurna south (7219m) Himchuli(6441m) and Fishtail(6993m).Your day starts after breakfast retracing the same trail you took on previous day for about an hour and after descending an hour you will reach down to Kimrong Khola. Most of the people engage themselves in farming few catering services for tourist. After crossing the bridge you will climb steep up in between forest to reach Kimrong Danda. Mules are the main means of transportation around here so always be careful to give them side. Now the trial is more or less flat and you can see identical clustered houses from far away. This beautiful village is Ghandruk, typically settlement of Gurung.

Steep climb down from Ghandruk for an hour you will reach Kyumi. After crossing the Modi river you will gently climb to Landruk. The flat trail from Landruk gradually starts to rise steeply before reaching Deurali. It is worth to rest in Deurali for a tea break. If the weather is not foggy the place is beautiful allowing you to have magnificent view around. From here the trail is gentle and easy down. Rhododendron forest is the major vegetation seen around.You can enjoy the last trekking dinner with your guide and porter as a tribute to their hard work for making your trekking successful.

Today is the last day of trekking. You will walk easy and flat trail enjoying rhododendron forest. You will reach Dhampus and after couple of hour walking down from Dhampus you will reach Phedi. From phedi you will take a private car to Pokhara which takes about an hour to reach.In the evening you can walk around lake side which is always happening place for tourists.

From Pokhara either you can take a short flight or take a private transportation to Kathmandu accordingly to the agreement we made before the start of trek.

Our office representative will be in your hotel 3 hour prior your flight time in order to drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport.

what's included?

  • All Airport Transfers.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with Bed and Breakfast.
  • Tea House Accommodation during Trekking.
  • 3 Meals in Trekking Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
  • Air and Road transportation as per the agreement made.
  • All the necessary trekking staffs and porters for the trekking including 1 English speaking guide.
  • All the paper works and documents required for the trekking including all the permits.
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • Salary, wages, food, accommodation and transportation of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
  • Insurance of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
  • First Aid Kit Bag(specially for Nepali staffs).
  • All local taxes and fares.

What's not included?

  • International Flight Fare.
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory) of all the clients that needs to cover medical and Helicopter evacuation.
  • Expenses of Personal nature (Laundry bill/Telephone bill/Equipment Charging Bill/Bar bill etc).
  • Expenses incurred due to the unexpected situation (Strike/Natural calamities).
  • Tip to trekking staffs.
  • All Expenses not mentioned on Cost Includes section.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trekking

1. What is Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trekking?
Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trekking is named after two famous Gurung villages of Nepal Ghorepani and Ghandruk. Generally, circuit means encircling these villages while we trek.

2. How can I go to Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trekking?
You can drive or take short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara .Next day drive to Birethanti from Pokhara and start trekking.

3. What is the landscape features of Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trekking in general?
The trekking that starts from tropical region with dense forest, terraced crop fields, beautiful human settlement takes you to Ghorepani village famous for Poon hill(3210m).The trekking is blend of perfect cultural and natural beauty mostly on upper temperate region.

4. Why Ghorepani Ghandruk Trekking is so popular?
The easy access, low belt trekking region, dense forest, terraced farm, mixed Nepali culture and tradition with numerous closeup views of mountains and peaks has kept this trekking extremely busy especially for amateur trekkers.

5. What kind of weather and temperature can I expect during trekking?
Generally during March April May(spring) and September October November(autumn) you can expect clear calm and warm day while evening will be cloudy and cold.

6. What equipments do I need to trek to Annapurna Round?
Good pair of trekking boots, thermal wear, fleece jacket, Down jacket, light weight wind cheater, trekking pants and shorts, long sleeve and short sleeves T-shirts, rug sack or duffle bag, personal day bag, gloves, enough pair of socks, sunglasses, headlight, woolen beanie caps, water bottle, personal toiletries , gadgets and books depending on number of days.

7. I am amateur trekker in Nepal, is this trekking suitable for me?
Yes amateur trekker can trek to Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit without any difficulties.This can be the ideal itinerary for the amateur trekkers.

8. How flexible is Ghorepani Ghandruk trekking itinerary?
This trekking can be completed in 5 days and you may explore for 12 days depending upon the number of days you have.

9. What if I finish Ghorepani Ghandruk trekking before schedule date?
We strongly advise you to follow the agreed final itinerary since we do not refund the trekking money, but somehow if you finish earlier we will always try our best to adjust the reservation of your accommodation and flight but cannot be guaranteed.

10. What permits and documents do I need to trek to Ghorepani Ghandruk trekking?
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card is required to trek on this region.

11. What kind of food and Room can I expect during Ghorepani Ghandruk trekking?
Generally the food is fresh, tasty and can choose wide range of dishes from menu cooked by moderately professional cooks. You will get comfortable and clean common twin bed room throughout trekking.

12. What about drinking water during trekking?
Plastic water bottle are available in tea houses but it is highly recommended to avoid plastic bottles and use boil water instead. As well you may buy high grade water purification tablets on your home country or in Nepal.

13. What can I expect from Nepali staff?
Guide speaks good English so there will be no any problem for communication while porter might or might not speak English but you can always speak with your guide to know more about the porter. Nepalese trekking guide are friendly and responsible with good sense of humor so you can open up for any conversation you like.

14. Do I need to buy Medical and evacuation Insurance?
Yes this is mandatory. You can purchase the insurance policy on your home country or we can assist you to buy the policy in Nepal.

15. Do I need special vaccination or Medical assessment before starting Annapurna Round trekking?
Generally any kind of vaccination is not required. But,if you have long term health problem and under regular surveillance of your doctor it is recommended to consult your doctor. Though we provide basic medicines to our Nepalese staff but for you we advise to bring the general medicine from your own country.

16. Is there risk of Acute Mountain sickness (AMS)?
There is minimal risk of Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS)during this trekking however you need to be alert.

17. What should I do if I get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
Although, there is minimal risk of Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS) we are always concerned with your safety. We suggest talking with your guide ASAP and descend to safe altitude. And if the situation doesn’t get any better we evacuate you immediately with helicopter. Hence, take you for further medical examination on designated hospitals and clinics.

18. What is the price of Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trekking?
We have provided you various options on our website homepage to know approximate price regarding the trekking in Nepal; however there is always room to reach final agreement through private emails if there is any. And we assure you there will be no any extra cost once we reach the agreement.

You are always welcome to send us private messages for the information that you could not find in this section regarding Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trekking. We will always provide the accurate information within 12 hours upon receiving your messages.


Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.