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Ghandruk: A gem of Kaski

Ghandruk is a traditional Gurung village in Kaski Gandaki Province.

By Prashant khadkaPublished 2 months ago 2 min read

Ghandruk is a picturesque village in the Kaski district of Nepal. With its breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality, Ghandruk attracts visitors from all around the globe. Ghandruk is a common place for treks in the Annapurna range of Nepal (Annapurna Base camp and Annapurna Circuit treks, in particular). The peaks of Mt Annapurna, Mt Machapuchare, Gangapurna and Mt Hiunchuli can be seen from the village, and it is also the gateway to the Poon hill.

It is home to a Gurung museum and has one of the best views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre. There is also a trek from Ghorekhani to Ghandruk that can also be done in one day. Ghandruk is situated at an altitude of 1,950 m above the sea level, is a trekker's paradise and one of the most famous Gurung settlements in Nepal.

Ghandruk is also famous for it's culture and festival of gurung culture. Some of the festivals celebrated in the village are Dashain, Tihar, and Gurung New Year. During these festivals, the village comes alive with music, dance, and food, and visitors can immerse themselves in the local culture. The local cuisine, the unique culture of the Gurungs, the beautiful landscapes with the spectacular views of the majestic mountains are the major attractions of Ghandruk. One can even have horse-riding experiences.

Why we should visit there? Visitors to Ghandruk can take a tour of the local museum, which showcases the history and culture of the Gurung people. Several traditional Gurung houses in the village can be explored, along with the beautiful temples and monasteries & Ghandruk is situated at an altitude of 1,950 m above the sea level, is a trekker's paradise and one of the most famous Gurung settlements in Nepal. Ghandruk's ancestors came from Mongolia to Tibet, Mustang, Lamjung, and Kobang, and then settled down in Ghandruk. The people of Ghandruk are concerned with preserving their traditional attire, instruments, settlement form, and society.

October and November see the best conditions for trekking to Ghandruk, with clear skies and temperate, comfortable days. In second place, there's April and early May, when days begin to lengthen again after Nepal's winter. The Ghandruk Trek starts from Nayapul, which serves as the gateway to the trek. It takes 2 hours by bus or 1 hour by taxi to reach Nayapul from Pokhara. The altitude of Nayapul is 1070 meters, while that of Ghandruk is 2000 meters. Ghandruk is the most scenic and popular trek that can be done from Pokhara.

After having a pleasant stay at Ghandruk village, this scenic trek leads you through other charming towns of Pothana and Dhampus. So, this 6-day itinerary of Ghandruk Village trek will give you plenty of time to stop the enjoy the scenery, interact with the locals, and take time to explore these pristine villages.

Why we should visit there? Visitors to Ghandruk can take a tour of the local museum, which showcases the history and culture of the Gurung people. Several traditional Gurung houses in the village can be explored, along with the beautiful temples and monasteries. That's why ghanderuk is beautiful place to visit for those who want to lost in nature and love the religion of others.

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