A short journey into the lap of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif is Ghorepani- Ghandruk Trek.
The Ghorepani-Ghandruk trek is a pristine journey in one of the most popular trekking destinations of the world also known as the Annapurna region. This is also one of the shortest and easiest trekking trails in the Annapurna region, as the trail will lead us to the three popular destinations which are Ghorepani (2869m), Poonhill (3210m), and Ghandruk (1940m).
This Ghorepani- Ghandruk trail is blessed with diverse vegetation, culture, and religion. Despite all this diversity people live together sharing a common bond of love and help. Rich in flora and fauna the trail of Ghorepani- Ghandruk is one of the most visited areas by indoor and outdoor trekkers.
Due to its easy-going to the low altitude, Ghorepani-Ghandruk Trek can be done by any age group and gender. Starting from beginners to senior citizens Ghorepani- Ghandruk is the choice for all trekkers who lack time and stamina to explore the Annapurna region of Nepal.
Trekking from a small town known as Nayapul, the journey will lead us further crossing by suspension bridge upon Modi Khola (river) into the village of Hile. The lowland is covered with terraced farmland and the typical rural life of Nepal until we reach Tikhedhuga (1540m) for an overnight stay.
Further crossing by a stream through a suspension bridge, one can experience their fitness level when we pass by 3400 steps into Ulleri. This will be a magnificent trail to view the lowlands, green hills, and the Himalayas. The trail then will lead us toward lush green vegetation into the wood of rhododendrons.
Trekking during the spring season will bless us with the beauty of this forest, when the rhododendron flowers bloom all around, making the trail a real paradise in the Annapurna region.
Almost 6 hours of the journey will take us to Ghorepani, a popular hill station for trekkers with massif views of large ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. This includes Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Fishtail, Hiunchuli, Tukuche Peak, Barasikha, Gangapurna, and many more.
Apart from all these Himalayas Mt. Annapurna (8091m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) are two popular 8000m+ Himalayas. Far through the lane between the hills there flows the Kaligandaki River a very popular river carrying religious importance both for Hindu and Buddhist followers.
Kaligandaki is one of the deepest river gorges, is a snow-melted river from the high Himalayas, and is also a river with an abundance of fossil/ammonite.
Spending a night in Ghorepani, the very next early morning we will be heading towards Poonhill (3210m) the highest elevation of the entire trek for the magnificent views of the Himalayas and the sunrise view. This will be just an hour's hike from Ghorepani but the views are majestic.
Descending for our breakfast we will trek towards Ghandruk a popular Gurung settlement village. The trail to Tadapani will be easy going up and down, as we pass by Tadapani the junction point for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. We will head towards a forest trail downhill to reach Ghandruk.
Visiting some museums and exploring the small Ghandruk village, in the evening we can enjoy the sunset view over the Himalayas making the mountain golden bright, we spend our night in Ghandruk.
The trail will descend the very next day towards Nayapul, the very same entry point of our trek, making a circular round of the Ghorepani-Ghandruk areas to accomplish our 3-night - 4-day trek.
Discover Altitude has developed numerous selected Annapurna region trekking itineraries if you are interested to explore other areas of the Annapurna region in a short or long period, consider our Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek; Short Trek around Pokhara- 6 Days; Muktinath Trekking; Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek- 6 Days; Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour or for some two-weeks and more trek itineraries you can consider Annapurna Circuit Trek- 17 Days and Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake