Dhampus- Ghandruk Trekking– 8 Days encompasses famous settlements Dhampus and Ghandruk in the Annapurna Region inhabited by the Gurung people who are in the majority. Dhampus-Ghandruk Trekking- 8 Days Cost differs agency to agency. Some local and international trekking agncies charge USD$580 to USD$1100 while Himalayan Wild Treks has limited it to USD$560 per person In addition, Himalayan Wild Treks offers the traveler-friendly stretchable Dhampus-Ghandruk Trekkking- 8 Days Itinerary and latest updated Dhampus- Ghandruk Trekking- 8 Days Map.
Dhampus- Ghandruk Trekking- 8 Days is a low-altitude comfortable trekking, it is best suggested package for trekkers who have limited amount of time which they want to spend recreationally in the outskirts of modern settlements, in close touch with beautiful nature and diverse culture, mountain views, flora and fauna. Dhampus (1130m), settled by Gurung people, is located at North from Pokhara Valley (800m). Dampus is reputed for the exclusive view of Mount Machhapurchhre (6993) known in English as Fish Tail as its summit has forked like the tail of a fish. From Dhampus, we can also view Pokhara valley and other beautiful places in the proximity.
Ghandruk (2010m), that can be reachable from Birethati (1100m), is known as the Gateway to Annapurna Base Camp and it is a famous Gurung settlement in the Annapurna Region. Ghandruk is an extraordinarily cherished tourist destination in Nepal and it offers the view of Annapurna Range including Machhapuchhre with ease and comfort. Ghandruk is home to a wide range of natural beauty, flora, fauna, traditional rustic settlements, and retired Gurkhas and it is a precious part of the Earth where natural and spiritual beauty seem to be aestheticallsy blended.
Dhampus- Ghandruk Trekking - 8 Days starts with a brief sightseeing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu prior to a drive or flight to Pokhara. (800m). Continuing ahead, we drive to Phedi (843m), from where ascend to Dhampus (1130m) hiking through terraced fields and forested zone en route to Ghandruk (1940m) via Landrung (1628m). Then onwards, we follow the trail that meanders towards Birethati (1100m) via Nayapul (3510m) en route to Pokhara (800m), where the trekking ends.
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Outline Itinerary fo Dhampus- Ghandruk Trekking
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport and tranfer to hotel
Day 02: Drive west to Pokhara (215Km. /7 hours) by bus and than transfer to the Hotel.
Day 03: Pokhara to Phedi and start trek to Dhampus.
Day 04: Dhamphus/Landrung. (5100 feet and 5/6 hours)
Day 05: Landrung/Ghandrung. (6500 feet and 3 to 4 hours)
Day 06: Ghandrung/Birethanti/Nayapul/Pokhara. (3 hours)
Day 07: Back to Kathmandu by flight/ Bus
Day 08: Tranfer to International airport for Final Departure
Note:-If above program itinerary that don't suit to you and wish to modify above itinerary then please let us know and we'll be happy to create a tailor made itinerary especially for you.
Accommodations in Kathamandu and trekking
We will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and teahouses during the trek. We will stay at Nirvana Hotel in Kathmandu and Snow Hill Lodge in Pokhara. All accommodations are on double-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Himalayan Wild Treks will arrange rooms with attached bathrooms with 24 hours running cold and hot water however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
This trek being a moderate of sort requires a good health of a person with ability to walk on the trail for at least five to seven hours carrying a light backpack. Walking at higher elevations require more physical stamina than at lower elevations but since this is an average route anyone with good health, willingness to walk and passion for travel can enjoy it. For the warm up, physical orientation needed for this elevation can be gained through various exercises that can be done prior to the commencement of the journey. In addition to the sound condition of heart, lung and entire setting of a body, past hiking experiences will be a plus point. Besides, it is advisable that those with any past health problems have to make sure that are medically able to walk on the trail. It is also advised that you inform Himalayan Wild Treks of any conditions before booking the trek.
Meals in Trekking
Typical Nepalese food is the specialty we will relish on our journey in addition to the international cuisine that is Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian and so on. Breakfast and dinner will be provided according to menu that is in the lodge or a guest house. As for the lunch, it will be provided on the way to the next destination. All mealsincluding breakfast, lunch and dinner, will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners.
Best Time to Travel
As for the propitious seasons to carry out the trekking in the Annapurna Region, the suggestable time would be September to November and March to May. During these times, the visit will be showered with the arcane beauty of the nature and the outstanding landscape views. To avoid the traffic, you can choose any of the times from December to February. It is also to be informed that during the winter the temperature here goes down low that poses challenges to the travelers. Except for botanists, the trekking in this region in monsoon or summer that is from June to August can be impacted by the rain.
Highlights of Dhampus Ghandruk Trekking – 8 Days
Sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu initiates the trekking with a scenic flight to Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful valley where beautiful Phewa Lake ripples with a heavenly reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre, known as the Mount Fishtail. Dhampus, a rustic traditional settlement is a Gurung village where the warm hospitality they offer makes you feel at home. Additionally, Gurung stronghold Ghandruk village unveils an enchanting view of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, and Machhapuchhre. Ghandruk museum known a Gurung Cultural Museum showcases traditional and cultural apparatuses related to Gurung community in the region. This trek offers a plethora of flora and fauna in the ridges forested with rhododendron and magnolia in the lower belt of Annapurna Region.
Included in the Cost
✅ Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
✅ 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
✅ Teahouse accommodation during the trek
✅ All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
✅ Welcome and farewell dinners
✅ All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
✅ Domestic flights (Pokhara-Kathmandu)
✅ Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
✅ Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
✅ An experienced, English-speaking and government licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
✅ Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
✅ Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
✅ Himalayan Wild Treks trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
✅ All necessary paperwork and trekking permits -(National Park Permit, TIMS)
✅ Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
✅ All government and local taxes
Not Included in the Cost
❌Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
❌Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
❌Travel and rescue insurance
❌Cold Drinks and Alcohol
❌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
What to Bring ?
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it. NOTES Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.