Gurung Villages Cultural Trek

Ghandruk is a village development committee which lies in the Kaski District of Gandaki Zone. It’s a popular trek in the Annapurna range of Nepal. From Ghandruk we can see the views of Mountain of Annapurna, Machapuchare and Himchuli. This is the short day trek where tea houses and homestay are popular and villagers offer their sincere respect and love towards the visitors in the form of hospitality. Ghandruk is a cultural village residing in an ethnic group of Gurung people. Gurung museum, typical Gurung style houses, lovely hospitality and traditions followed by the people are still evident in this village. We will start our trek from Phedi and ends at Kande. During this trek, we can see the beautiful views of mountains, lush forest, scenic villages and the love, respect through their culture.
Trip Code: GVCT41
Starts: Nayapul
Finishes: Kande
Duration: 10 Days
Difficulty: Easy
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Feb-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 2006m/ 6581.4ft
Trip Views: 857
Activities: Trekking Cultural Tours
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Travel Style: Budget Comfortablecheck Luxury


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Breakfast: 9
Lunch: 5
Dinner: 5
Car
Jeep
Hotel: 6 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 3 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Ghandruk is the biggest Gurung Village on the way to Annapurna Base Camp.
  • It is a popular place for treks in the Annapurna Range of Nepal with easy trails.
  • Traditional Gurung Museums and temples and cultures are the major attractions.
  • Views of Annapurna South (7,219m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Himchuli (6,441m), Gangapurna (7,455m) and many other mountains can be seen.

Why this Trip

  • If you need to see the amazing views of the mountains in the short trek and also want to see the culture of Gurung then this is the trek for you.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
    As you land in Kathmandu airport you will be received by our representative and welcomed in Nepali Style. With the help of our representative, you will be transferred to the hotel. At evening we will meet for hearty Nepali Dinner in a Cultural program where we discuss the itinerary for the trip.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick Up
    • Thamel Tour
    • Cultural Dinner Program
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU
    You will be exploring the valley where nature and culture meets that warm up your hearts. Morning relaxation and refinement of the soul will take place from the tour to those peaceful temples and monuments. We will visit the Hanumandhoka Durbar Square first and then the exploration of other sites will take place according to your desire and time.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing
    • Delicious Momo
    • Bouddhanath Stupa
    • Monkey Temple tour
    • Food and wine tour (Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE TO POKHARA
    After the breakfast, we will drive towards the Pokhara which is 200 km far from the Kathmandu on a private car. it will take 6 hr. to reach the Pokhara from Kathmandu. Today we will go for boating at Phewa Lake and relax near the lakeside before we commence our trek from tomorrow.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Pokhara
    • Boat ride on lake
  • placeDAY 4 : DRIVE TO NAYAPUL AND TREK TO GHANDRUK
    Early morning after having the breakfast we leave the Pokhara and drive to Nayapul.Nayapul is an entrance to Ghandruk village. After reaching Nayapul we take short refreshment break and start our trek towards Ghandruk. After walking for quite a while we reach the Ghandruk village. Upon reaching the fascinating Ghandruk village local people come to welcome and offer their hearty hospitality. At night local people gather up and entertain the guest with unique folk songs and typical dance of Gurung community.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Nayapul
    • Cultural show by villagers
  • placeDAY 5 : EXPLORE GHANDRUK
    Ghandruk is a cultural and beautiful village of the Gurung committee. The typical Gurung houses and clear view of Annapurna Range makes this village one of the most sought after village among the tourists. We enjoy the beautiful weather and hospitality offered by the people and hike near by the village and explore the nature.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO POTHANA
    Pothana is a small yet beautiful village resided by Gurung and Magar people.We leave Ghandruk after the breakfast and start walking towards the river(Modi Khola), after crossing the Modi Khola we pass through Landruk village before we climb to Pothana. 4 to 5 hours walk to reach the Pothana.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO KANDE, DRIVE TO POKHARA
    Today we rise early in the morning and trek to Australian camp to see the glorious sunrise in the Annapurna range. We trek for an hour before we reach Australian camp.You can see the magnificent view of Annapurna range from the cliff and during the sunrise it looks just unreal. After having breakfast we trek for another hour and reach Kande where our car will be waiting for us. We drive for an hour to reach Pokhara.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Pokhara
  • placeDAY 8 : DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU
    Today bid farewell to the beautiful city of Pokhara and return back to Kathmandu. 6 hr. drive from Pokhara and we reach the Kathmandu.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 9 : FREE DAY AT KATHMANDU
    Due to trek, you might get tired so today the whole day will be free for you. You have a great option to roam around the city and take spa and trekkers' massage to help relieve your body stiffness and pain. Today is also a great day for souvenir shopping and other essential things you might want to do before you leave the country.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Spa and Trekkers' Massage
    • Shopping arrangements
    • Food and wine tour(Optional) Yoga Retreat (Optional)
  • placeDAY 10 : DEPARTURE
    Today we’ll have lunch together and leave to the Airport on time for your departure to your homeland.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport drop up
    • Farewell meetup and souvenirs
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle.
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast.
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need).
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
    • Authorized English-speaking guide along with required Porters for the trek.
    • Round Kathmandu to Pokhara transfer by private transportation.
    • All applicable government tax.
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation.
    • All necessary paperwork and Annapurna Conservation Area permit fees (ACAP), Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS).
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • Complimentary
    • Map of Ghandruk village.
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek.
    • Sim card service(zero balance).
    • Souvenir from Nepal.
    • Photos and videos of the trip(if requested).
    • Certificate of appreciation(if requested).
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee.
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary.
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
    • Travel and rescue insurance.
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s).


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small, intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their will so we try to keep group as small as a group of 14 but it can be increased with the special request of the clients.
  • 5. Can I do solo trek ?
    Nepal is a safe country for anyone who wants to explore on their own although professional guidance is highly recommended by our team for the safety.
  • 6. For what purpose this trek is Popular ?
    This trek is popular for the Gurung village with splendid views of mountains and joyful short trek.
  • 7. Is Travelling in Cultural Village Trek is safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can boat as the one of the safest country in South Asia for women; you will find people very friendly and respectful towards foreigners especially towards women. Cultural Village Trek is one of the most visited areas by people so the service providers are professional and local people are respectful with welcoming hospitality towards the trekkers.
  • 8. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 9. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    Cultural Trek is one of the popular trekking regions for cultural, lifestyle and tradition of Gurung people hence this region provides wide range of traditional meals. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek.
  • 10. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 11. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Pokhara on car, van and deluxe minibus with A/C depending on the size of the group. We also do pick up and drop from the starting and ending point of trek on private car or jeep.
  • 12. What is the best season for trekking ?
    February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do this trek.
  • 13. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    In case of emergency like altitude sickness or any medical condition ask your tour leader to contact us so that we can transfer you to hospital for the treatment.
  • 14. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal innerwear t to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 15. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 16. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse/tea house/home stay owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
  • 17. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety.
  • 18. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    You need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your own power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 19. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    In same village, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse/lodge/tea house/home stay owner after paying the price directly.
  • 20. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide's schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 21. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 22. How many hours do I have to trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 6-8 hours a day. But it should not be taken as certain thing because the hours of walk depends on client’s speed. So it is really relative.
  • 23. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 24. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the trek. You have to withdraw the money before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 25. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG. .

Optional Activities

Paragliding

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Flying up above the sky is the dream of most of us. Paragliding, one of the most exciting and mind-blowing activities that take you towards the height and make you feel like a bird. Paragliding in Pokhara presents the splendid views of nature from up above. It is also known as a free-flying and foot-launched aircraft in which Pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing, whose shape is formed by the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing. 

Mountain Flight

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Taking a mountain flight is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in Nepal. You can experience the beauty of those gigantic Himalayas within a minute through a mountain fight. Nepal is famous for the presence of an enormous number of mountain ranges and many visitors come to Nepal to conquer those vast mountains.

Ultra-light

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Nepal is not only the trekker’s destination but also a destination for an adventure lover. Ultra-light flight is one of the best things you can do in Nepal. Where you can take a peek of magnificent snow-capped Himalayas, Kathmandu and Pokhara city. The choice of Pokhara Valley for ultra-light aircraft is appropriate because Pokhara is known for its extensive beauty. Without a trip to Pokhara, your Nepal tour is incomplete because the beautiful nature, green forest, and lakes are worth to take a glance of.  

Skydiving

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Sky diving is an amazing blend of elegance and excitement that can be performed in Nepal. It is a dive from high above the peak, right into the vast mountains to experience the adventure and thrill. Skydiving is an extreme sport which provides the best thrilling experience.

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