Annapurna Base Camp via Ghandruk Trek

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The Annapurna base camp trek via Ghandruk is one of the best and most scenic treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek is ideal for those who are short on time but yet want to see the spectacular dawn and hike to the base camp of the world’s tenth-highest peak. Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Ghandruk offers you great views of Himalayan ranges, friendly villages, exotic flora and fauna, and beautiful landscapes.

Discover the beauty of the Annapurna region with the Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Ghandruk. It’s an amazing journey filled with nature and culture that anyone with a love for adventure can enjoy.

Highlights:

Ghandruk Village:
Start your trek in the charming village of Ghandruk. It’s famous for its friendly people and lovely views of the Annapurna mountains.

Colorful Forests:
Walk through pretty forests with colorful flowers, especially in spring. You’ll see lots of different plants and animals, making it a nature lover’s dream.

Villages Along the Way:
Pass through small villages like Pothana and Chommrong. Each one is unique and gives you a taste of the local way of life.

River and Hot Springs:
Follow the Modi Khola River, and listen to the sounds of waterfalls. You might even find natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda to relax in.

Machapuchare Base Camp (MBC):
Reach Machapuchare Base Camp, surrounded by big mountains. The views of Machapuchare, Hiunchuli, and Annapurna South are amazing.

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC):
Finally, get to Annapurna Base Camp. It’s high up in the mountains, and you’ll see breathtaking views all around.

Important Info:

Difficulty: Not too hard but challenging in some parts.
Best Time: March to May (spring) and September to November (autumn).
Permits: You need permits, so make sure to get them before starting.
Places to Stay: There are small hotels along the way where you can rest.
Take it Easy: We’ve planned breaks to help you get used to the altitude.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Ghandruk is more than just a walk. It’s a cool journey through different landscapes, interesting cultures, and some of the most beautiful mountains. So, put on your comfy shoes, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and enjoy the magic of the Himalayas!

Note: The hotel provided is of the 2-3 star category and can be tailored to meet the needs of tourists. Furthermore, an itinerary is a basic framework of a trek that you can update and modify as per your needs.

  • Trip Starts: Kathmandu-Pokhara
  • Trip Grade: Strenous
  • Transportation: Road
  • Trip Duration: 13 Days
  • Trip Activity: Trekking
  • Trekking Guide: Available (Male)
  • Group Size:2 - 20 pax
  • Fixed Departures: Yes
  • Min Age: 12 years or above
  • Security: 100% Guaranteed!
  • Customized Trip Route: Available
  • Best Season: Basanta Ritu (Spring),Sharad Ritu (Autumn)

Annapurna Base Camp via Ghandruk Trek Itinerary

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Once you land at Tribhuvan International Airport, our friendly representative will be there to greet you. Look out for a signboard with the Adventure White Himalaya logo. From the airport, we’ll escort you to your hotel in a comfortable private vehicle. At the hotel, we’ll provide you with a brief overview of the upcoming trek and answer any questions you may have. Take this day to relax and explore the vibrant surroundings of Kathmandu.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • driving-icon Driving Hours: 30 m.
  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Hotel
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast

Following breakfast, we’ll take you to the tourist bus station for a picturesque journey to Pokhara. The drive, covering approximately 200 km, takes around 6-7 hours. Along the way, you’ll be treated to scenic views of the Trishuli River and captivating landscapes. Upon reaching Pokhara, you can take a brief stroll around Lakeside Pokhara in the evening.

Overnight in Pokhara.

  • driving-icon Driving Hours: 7- 8 Hours
  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Hotel
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast

Begin your trek towards Ghandruk, a charming Gurung village nestled in the Himalayas. The trek offers stunning views of lush greenery, terraced fields, and distant mountain peaks. The trail takes you through rhododendron forests and traditional villages, providing a glimpse into the local culture.

Overnight at a local teahouse in Ghandruk .

  • driving-icon Driving Hours: 2 Hour's
  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Guest House
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Starting from Ghandruk, the trail descends through terraced fields until we cross the river. After crossing the river, the path gradually ascends to Chhomrong, where we’ll stop for lunch. Chhomrung is a Gurung Village, the highest permanent settlement in the valley, offering incredible views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. After lunch, we descend to cross another suspension bridge and then ascend to Sinuwa.

Overnight at a local teahouse in Sinuwa.

  • duration-icon Treks Duration:4 / 5 Hours
  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Guest House
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Continuing our journey, we soon reach Dovan. The trek begins with a gentle, gradual ascent through lush forests of oak, pines, and rhododendron. Passing by Hotel Himalayan and crossing two streams on bridges, we may catch glimpses of wildlife such as wild pigs, deer, and possibly even snow leopards. Progressing towards Hinko Cave, which used to serve as a shelter for porters in the past, we finally arrive at Deurali.

Overnight at a local teahouse in Deurali.

  • duration-icon Treks Duration:5-6 hours
  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Guest House
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This beautiful day starts with the fresh morning light. As we climb gradually, we pass through areas prone to avalanches, requiring us to be cautious and careful along the way. We soon reach Bagar and make our way to the ultimate destination, Annapurna Base Camp. This vantage point offers breathtaking views of Mount Machhapuchhre. Beyond Machhapuchhre Base Camp, the vegetation disappears, marking our entry into the snowy landscape. Following the moraines of South Annapurna Glacier, we reach the base camp of Annapurna South (7,219 m).

Overnight at a local teahouse in Annapurna Base Camp.

  • duration-icon Treks Duration:5-6 hours
  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Guest House
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We begin the day by descending rapidly from the magnificent ABC, passing through Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel, and Dovan until we reach Bamboo. The downhill trek can be as demanding as the uphill, so the descent should be fairly easy.

Overnight at a local teahouse in Bamboo.

  • duration-icon Treks Duration:7-8 hours
  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Guest House
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Starting today’s trek, we ascend to lower Chhomrong through Kuldi Ghar and Sinuwa. From there, we descend steeply on stone steps to the Modi Khola valley. After further descent, we reach Jhinu Danda, where we can spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying a warm bath in the natural hot spring to relax our sore muscles.

Overnight at a local teahouse in Jhinu Danda.

  • duration-icon Treks Duration:5-6 hours
  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Guest House
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

After breakfast, we head to Kyumi village for lunch. Following lunch, we trek towards Sauli Bazaar and Birethanti. Descending to Nayapul along the Modi Khola trails, we enjoy the scenic landscapes. Upon reaching Nayapul, we conclude our trek and take a tourist bus to Pokhara.

Overnight in Pokhara.

  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast

We leave the picturesque city of Pokhara and embark on a comfortable tourist bus journey back to Kathmandu. The scenic road takes us along twisting rivers and through rock gorges, making it a 6 to 7-hour drive.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • accomodation-icon Accommodation:Guest House
  • meal-icon Meals: Breakfast

As our adventure concludes today, our team ensures a smooth and comfortable departure for you. Before heading to the airport, you can take a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories created during your time in Nepal. If you have any last-minute questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to our team. We appreciate you choosing us for your journey, and we hope you carry the spirit of Nepal with you on your way back home. Safe travels!

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Annapurna Base Camp via Ghandruk Trek Includes/Exclude

Cost Include

  • All the Ground Transportation from airport pick up to airport drop.
  • All Ground Transport.
  • 2 nights Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 2 nights Hotel in Pokhara.
  • Guest house on Trekking. 1 main course meal 3 times a day during the trek.
  • All trekking and climbing related permit & fees, (Entry Permit Annapurna conservation fees and TIMS Card).
  • Adventure White Himalaya Treks Dufalbage
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests below 25 kg.)
  • Nepal Government license on holder English speaking trekking guide.
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes and VAT
  • Guide & porter’s insurance
  • Trekking/climbing certificate from the agency
  • Company T-shirt (Adventure White Himalaya Treks)

Cost Exclude

  • International air fare to/ from Nepal
  • Entry Visa fees – at present $25 for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days, and US$ 100 for three-month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses
  • Meals while not on the trek. (Kathmandu & Pokhara)
  • Personal Porter Personal expenses such as snacks, all drink, Wi-Fi, hot shower, gear, laundry, phone calls, etc.
  • Personal gear and expenses
  • Tips for the guide and porter.
Note:  
  • Travel insurance: Travel Insurance covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (you can buy it in your country you can’t buy it in Nepal)
  • Nepal entry visa: You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Tourist Visa with Multiple entries for 30 days: This VISA can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency.
  • Tourist Visa with Multiple entries for 90 days: This VISA can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

Hint: Tips for the guide and porter (tips are not compulsory but this is your satisfaction with them if you are really happy with them service of them you can give as respect as tips).

Annapurna Base Camp via Ghandruk Trek Information

Physical Level and Preparation

The long, strenuous ascent via Ghandruk to Annapurna Base Camp requires a lot of preparation. The trek involves walking for extended periods and going to high altitudes, thus a moderate to high degree of fitness is required.

Preparation Tips:

  • Cardiovascular Fitness: Trekking, jogging, and cycling are regular aerobic exercises that improve endurance.
  • Strength Training: For difficult terrain, strengthen your legs, core, and upper body.
  • Altitude Acclimatization: To prevent altitude sickness, consider rest days in your plan for acclimatization.
  • Pack Light: Make sure your backpack is as light as it gets. Bring only what you need.
  • Mental Preparedness: It’s a mental as well as a physical trip, so mentally prepare yourself for the hardships.

Group Size

With the help of local laborers, parties of two to twenty persons are led by a licensed guide to the Annapurna Base Camp via Ghandruk. The small group size encourages one-on-one conversations and connections.

Accommodation

You can choose to stay wherever along the trail, from opulent hotels to reasonably priced teahouses, based on your interests and what is offered. Here’s a selection of well-liked accommodations:

  • Teahouses: These are simple, family-run lodges offering a bed, simple food, and a cozy setting.
  • Lodges: There are communities with resorts along the route that provide extra amenities like hot showers and adjoining restrooms.
  • Tented Camps: Another choice for staying in far-off places is a tent camp; these offer a more adventurous experience.

Luggage

Packing light is crucial when trekking. You only need to bring a small daypack with the necessities (clothes, drink, food, and a camera); your heavy equipment will be transported between the lodges by a porter or yak.

Spirit of Travel

The goal is to enjoy the route and the experience, not to go to Annapurna Base Camp via Ghandruk. Along the way, you will witness Sherpa culture, be in awe of the stunning scenery, and create lifelong friendships with fellow hikers. Throughout this journey, the natural world’s beauty and resilience will never fail to astound and inspire you as you push your physical boundaries and uplift your soul.

Season of trekking, distance traveled, services selected, and guide availability all affect the price.

Guided Trek: usually includes a guide, lodging, food, and permissions. It ranges in price from $1,000 to $1,500.

Independent Trek: Budget-conscious hikers can complete the trek for about $700 to $1,200 without permits and equipment.

Peak vs. Off Season: Trekking gives better weather during peak seasons (spring, autumn), but it is more expensive during off-peak seasons (winter, monsoon).

Cancellation Fees:

It’s important to know about any possible cancellation fees before starting the Annapurna Base Camp via Ghandruk in case your plans change. Because different tour operators may charge different cancellation costs, you must read and comprehend the cancellation policy before making a reservation. Generally speaking, the closer your departure date is, the more likely it is that you may incur greater cancellation fees. If you buy travel insurance, think about getting cancellation coverage to lessen any losses.

Tips

  • Pack Light: You can avoid paying porter costs by packing lightly. Bring only clothing and necessities.
  • Local Currency: For modest purchases along the trail, bringing small quantities of Nepalese Rupees is advised. There are ATMs in larger towns like Pokhara.
  • Split Costs: To cut down on individual spending, if you’re traveling in a group, think about splitting the cost of lodging, food, and guides.

What Justifies Getting Insurance?

When starting an adventurous journey, like the climb via Ghandruk to Annapurna Base Camp, insurance is a must. Although it could seem like an additional expense, the security and comfort it offers are invaluable. The following are strong justifications for considering hiking insurance:

  • Emergency Medical Coverage: As the Annapurna base camp expedition demonstrated, hiking to high altitudes has some risks, including the potential for altitude sickness and injuries. However, in the event of a medical emergency, travel insurance pays for helicopter evacuation as well as emergency medical costs.
  • Lost or Stolen Property: Personal belongings can be lost or stolen anywhere, even on a hiking trip. Insurance may pay for the cost of replacing lost or stolen property, including electronics, equipment, and passports.
  • Emergency Evacuation: If you have a critical illness or injury, you may need to be transported to a medical center via helicopter. Travel insurance often covers these evacuation costs, although they can be costly.
  • Search and Rescue: In rare, unusual situations, insurance could be able to help with the costs of carrying out a search and rescue effort.

A thrilling journey that takes you through a variety of landscapes with unpredictable weather is trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. You need to have the right gear if you want to enjoy, stay safe, and feel comfortable during the journey. The whole list of instruments you’ll need is as follows:

Small Personal Equipment

  • Backpack: A comfortable, well-fitting backpack (30–40 liters) that can accommodate daily essentials including water, snacks, extra clothing, and personal items.
  • Trekking Boots: Well-made, warm, waterproof boots with supporting ankles.
  • Hiking Socks: Warm, moisture-wicking socks that keep your feet dry and blister-free.
  • Headlamp: For usage at night and in lodges with low lighting, a headlamp with additional batteries.

 

Personal Pharmacy

  • Prescription Drugs: Please include a copy of your prescription for any prescription drugs you may require.
  • Painkillers: Over-the-counter analgesics such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Antibiotics: Wide-spectrum drugs to treat common ailments.
  • Medication to prevent diarrhea: Imodium or a comparable drug.
  • First Aid Kit: Contains tweezers, gauze pads, adhesive tape, and antiseptic wipes.
  • Personal Prescriptions: Any other prescription drugs you may need.

 

Trekking Gear and Clothing

  • Base Layers: Breathable, moisture-wicking base layers for insulation and control of moisture.
  • Insulation: For lower temperatures, a cozy fleece or down jacket.
  • Outer Layer: A windproof, waterproof jacket with a hood to ward off the weather.
  • Trekking Pants: Versatile trekking pants with zip-off legs that are lightweight and quick to dry.
  • Gloves: For cold weather, mittens or gloves with insulation.
  • Hat: For protection from the heat, wear a sun hat or a thick beanie in chilly weather.

Passport

Validity of Passport: Verify that your passport is valid.

Nepal visa: Most visitors to Nepal must have a valid visa to enter the nation. Visas are available at various border crossings as well as at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport. Since visa requirements and prices might change often, you can get the most recent information from the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate in your home nation.

Medications

  • Altitude Sickness Medications: Consult a healthcare provider about taking drugs like acetazolamide, or Diamox, to prevent or cure altitude sickness. It’s critical to talk about the right dosage and any possible negative effects.
  • Personal Prescriptions: Make sure you always have a sufficient amount of prescription medications on hand, as well as a copy of the prescription.
  • First Aid Kit: Always have a basic first aid kit with you that contains bandages, sterile wipes, pain relievers, and any prescription medications you may need.
  • Water Purification: To guarantee that you have safe drinking water while on the trek, pack tablets or portable water filtration equipment.

You can experience Nepal’s stunning splendor when trekking the Upper Mustang. Nepal is well known for its gracious people, rich cultural legacy, and stunning Himalayan peaks. For your hike, this country guide offers information on legislation, customs, wildlife, the environment, safety precautions, and other pertinent topics:

Usages & Customs

Honor Local Culture: Nepal is a multicultural country where Hindu and Buddhist traditions coexist. It’s important to honor local customs, which include removing your shoes before entering homes or temples and wearing modestly.

Namaste: In Nepal, a short bow and a courteous “Namaste” are customary ways to welcome someone. Learn a few basic words in Nepali to facilitate conversations with locals.

Regarding Your Strolls:

Teahouse Lodging: Throughout the hike, some teahouses provide food and lodging. It is customary to place food orders at your lodging because these businesses depend on the business of hikers.

Fauna and Flora

Biodiversity: Snow leopards, Red pandas, Himalayan tahr, Musk deer, Himalayan monals, and several bird species are among the many species of animals that inhabit the Upper Mustang region. Traveling requires respect for the local wildlife and habitat.

Environmental Situation:

Leave No Trace: Follow the Leave No Trace guidelines to lessen your impact on the environment. This entails getting rid of single-use plastics and disposing of trash correctly.

Local Initiatives: To improve the sustainability of the area, and support neighborhood environmental and conservation efforts.

Minimize Our Carbon Footprint

Hikers are recommended to steer clear of single-use plastics and to use reusable water bottles.

We recommend using as little gasoline as possible when trekking and lodging in energy-efficient buildings.

When feasible, we advise using public transportation as an environmentally friendly form of mobility.

Preserve Wildlife:

We prohibit harming or endangering animals while on the walk and place a major emphasis on its conservation.

The biodiversity of the region is preserved thanks to our support of regional conservation initiatives.

 

The Commandments of Responsible Travel:

Before the trip

Respect and Research: Get as much knowledge as you can about the local way of life, ecology, and culture. Recognize and abide by regional traditions out of respect for them.

Pick Ethical Operators: Make sure that the hotels, tour companies, and other services you choose are firmly committed to sustainable tourism and ethical travel.

Pack With Thought: Bring only the essentials; avoid overstuffing your luggage. Avoid single-use plastics and throwaway things to reduce waste.

During the trip

Respect local culture: When taking pictures in locations with religious or cultural values, get permission beforehand, dress modestly, and engage in friendly conversation with the residents.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: To cut down on waste, use reusable items and recycle as much as you can. Place trash in the proper container.

Energy and Resource Conservation: When not in use, turn off the lights, heaters, and air conditioners to conserve electricity. Take longer showers and use less water.

After the trip

Exchange Knowledge: To encourage moral behavior when traveling, impart to others your knowledge of and experiences with responsible travel.

Think and Learn: After this event, think about how you can travel more responsibly going forward.

When it comes to the responsible tourism initiatives of hotels and tour operators, constructive criticism should be addressed in a positive direction.

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Annapurna Base Camp via Ghandruk Trek Reviews

5.0 Based on 3 Reviews
Chai HH

Very Good Trekking Experience with Adventure White Himalaya

Did Annapurna Base Camp Trek via PoonHill with Adventure White Himalaya. Overall good experiences with Aventure White Himalaya, Ganesh and Raj are accommodating our requests throughout the duration. Though there are some miscommunication along the ways, they are able to solve it professionally. Good job!!

rtcmore (Frisco, CO)

Amazing life experience!

Trekking for 4 days in a rhododendron forest, waking up to fresh snow and the sunrise at Poon Hill, amazing adventure!!!! I will go back, I will most definitely contact Ganesh to schedule another adventure in the Nepal. He is a hard worker with great knowledge of the area.

AD923

Friendly guide and great service

We climb up to Poonhill with Vivek and Jiban who were very kind n considerate even though we were beginner hikers! Had fun chatting and playing cards on days that we weren’t hiking. Kind service from Ganesh who also helped organize some day tours. Thank you!

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