Ghandruk Loop Trek for families, 9 Days
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Ghandruk Loop Trek for families, 9 Days

Days: 9 / Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate)

Ghandruk Loop Trek is a famous short trek in the Annapurna area. It is a rather easy and peaceful trek. Ghandruk Loop Trekking is perfect and nice for children with their parents. It is famous for its culture, geographical diversity and spectacular views of mountains, stone built villages and Rhododendron flowers in the spring season. We can see various high mountains such as Annapurna South 7219m, Machhapuchre 6993m, Hiun Chuli 6441m,  Annapurna III 7555m and Gandarba chuli 6248m etc.

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Fact of the Ghandruk Loop TrekGhandruk Loop Trek Route Map
Trip Region: Annapurna Region
Types of Trip: Trekking 
Duration: 9 Days
Highest Elevation: 2170m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house
Grade: Moderate 
Average Walking: 4-5 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and normal tea-houses/lodges during the trek
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May) 
Transportation by: Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Gurung
Major Himalayan Sights:  Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) 6993m, Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Hiun Chuli 6441m, Mardi Himal 5553m, Annapurna III 7555m
Highlights of the Trip:  Exploring the Kathmandu city and its heritage sites, Panoramic and closed views of Annapurna massif, explore in the valley, unobstructed sunrise and sunset view, pictureaque villages, experiencing with life style and culture of Gurung people who is very famous for Gorkha arm, walking in the narrow and stone paved trail, ancient Monastery, old tradition Gurung Museum, waterfalls, scenic mountain flight to and from Pokhara, explore lake city of Pokhara, walking through dense Rhododendron forest and even more beautiful in Spring and hot spring.

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Ghandruk Loop Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m by flight and drive from Pokhara to Kimche via Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk 1940m (2/3 hours).
In the morning flight with scenic mountain views including Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna Massif and once reach the Pokhara, drive 2 and half hour by private car/jeep to Kimche via Nayapul and begin your trek from Kimche with gently climbing many many stone steps till you reach the large Ghandruk village (2h). You have a very good view of Fish Tail, Annapurna South and other smaller snow peaks. In the evening time you should go with your guide to visit the monastery and the old Gurung museum. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 4: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhumrong 2170m (4/5 hours).
Morning after breakfast with the spectacular views of Annapurna South, Hiun Chuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre, The you will walk through the village for a while and leave the village passing several water mills to the small stream which takes just 30 minutes. Then you will gently climb on stonestaircase until reaching Kimrung Danda from where you still can be seen all the mountain very closely. It takes about 45 minutes to reach then. Now you will climb down to Kimrung Khola through the forest of oak and firs for an hour. You will cross the suspension bridge and start steep climbing up to the ridge which takes about 1 and half hour. Then after you walk on the level trail to Chhumrong and it takes about an hour. The views of mountain will be very closed from this large settlement of Gurung people. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 5: Trek from Chhumrong to Landruk 1565m (5/6 hours).
In the morning after breakfast, you'll leave this unique village. The trail descents steeply to Jhinu Danda about 1 and half hours. This place also known as Hot Spring due to it has small natural hot spring just down to the river which takes about 25 minutes walk down where you can take natural hot bathe in the ponds and back. Then after you will again steep walk down to the small stream and gntly walk through the bushes of nettle until reaching at New Bridge which takes about an hour. You will make your lunch break here. After lunch, you will walk for a while and cross above the Modi Khola and walk along the Modi Khola passing small water fall and several hanging bridge. until reaching Landruk Village. It takes about 1 and half hour. During the walk you can see hanging bee hives in the Rock walls. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 6: Trek from Landruk to Dhampus 1650m (5/6 hours).
The trail ascends gradually up until Tolka and you will climb the steep slope and zigzag up through the forests until you reach Deurali village. It takes about 3 hours, you have lunch there. After lunch, you descend the gentle ridge to Pothana. You keep descending the stone stepped path and you will reach in Dhampus village after 2 hours. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 7: Trek from Dampus to Phedi and drive back to Pokhara 820m (2/3 hours).
Today, you will get back to the Pokhara valley, descending the stone steps again. Finnaly you will arrive in Phedi, after about 3 hours. From there you return back to Pokhara by private car. Overnight in hotel.

Day 8: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. 
Morning after breakfast, our car will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Pokhara airport and flight back to Kathmandu with scenic views of Annapurna massif, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range and Langtang Himal for 25 minutes flight time and transfer to Hotel.

Day 9: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination. 

Note: Depending on the ages of children, they get discount in trek cost and domestic flight ticket cost accordingly. Also Horse renting in Annapurna Region is USD 75 per day per horse including horse man, his food, accommodation, salary and insurance. 

Booking open now: Join with Us on a Ghandruk Loop Trek for families in 2018/2019

Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 5 nights deluxe accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
* Sightseeing Tour as per above itinerary and all entrance fees.
* Domestic flight ticket and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter  for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle/Tourist Bus.
* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.

Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...

                                Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at

Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will by arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH.The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.

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Ghandruk Loop Trek for families, 9 Days


Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH, Switzerland
Swiss Himalayan Family Treks & Expedition P. Ltd

Ganeshtan-6, Pharping Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone +977 4710390
Cell +977 9803200543 Stephan
Cell +977 9849193453 Ashta

  • Ghandruk Circuit (Loop) Family Lodge Trek and Chitwan Tour, 10 Days 28 December 2013 to 06 January 2014

"Swiss Family Treks and Expedition was our partner for the trip to Nepal from the beginning. Their advice on where to go, how long to stay and the trek stays were invaluable. As was the service when we go to Nepal. From their driver, ever so patient and smiling, to our trek guide, Lalu, who became our friend away from home, with our two porters, we had wonderful support since the day we landed to the day we left Nepal.”
“While we were planning the trip and trek, Swiss Family Treks was of great help. They understood exactly what we were looking for and were not afraid of reworking the trip plan a few times until we got what we wanted. We made a fantastic trip, including a few days in Kathmandu, a challenging enough trekking, a couple of days in Pokhara, so beautiful with its lake, a few days in Chitwan, a great National Park worth visiting."
“We started exchanging emails months before the trip. The advice regarding hotels, such as the Pokhara Temple Tree Resort, was excellent. The lodges chosen in our 4 day trek, the Gandhruk Loop, were all good, some better than others, but all full of character and fun.”
“This trek, the Gandhruk Loop, is just amazing. Every corner of the dirt roads so staircases bring a new flash of wonderful mountains. The Annapurna massif is just a marvel to the eyes. Waking up at a lodge and having a peak to one of this mountains is a bless from heaven.”
“We went in January; it was very cold, but dry and sunny. We really enjoyed it, but be prepared for very very cold nights.”
Warm regards,
Ana, Ronaldo and Gabi - from São Paulo, Brazil

  • Ghandruk Circuit Family Lodge Trek 6 Days 15 May to 20 May 2014

With two young children (6 and 10 years old) the potential for a seven day trek in Nepal to go seriously wrong is fairly high. However, with Swiss-Nepal family organising the trek, our holiday in Nepal turned out to be a great outdoor adventure that our family will remember fondly for a long time.
The fact that Stephan, a Swiss national and one of the two owners of Swiss Family Treks, has lived in Nepal for many years and has four children of his own means that guests get a service which is perfect for families with young children.  He and his partner's Nepalese national, backgrounds mean that they understand the needs and expectations of Western families travelling in Nepal and are able to offer a fun, safe, and exciting outdoor experience in Nepal. We undertook a six day trek, starting near Pokhara across the Annupurna mountain range (4-7 hours trekking each day) followed by two days of water rafting on the Trishuli river.  Stephan and his team allocated a terrific guide (excellent English and a very patient and flexible attitude) along with two porters who were also very capable and strong!  My wife and I wanted to carry our own backpacks, and initially thought that a guide plus two porters was overkill. However, when my wife came down with a fever, she had to hand her back pack to one of the porters, and we were grateful that we had the extra person to help carry the load.  We thought that the 6 year old might struggle with the trek and would need a bit of carrying herself, but she turned into quite the trooper and walked every inch of the way. With two young children, one of my wife's main concerns was safety; our porter had been trained in basic first aid and was very conscious of safety during the trek. He stayed with us, never walking ahead.  My wife quizzed him, and he explained what they would do in the event of an emergency (broken bone, altitude sickness, etc).  Moreover, the group that Swiss Family Treks organized to take us rafting was again very safety conscious, and at one point had us leave the raft to walk around a particularly dangerous set of rapids. Another great thing about Swiss Family Treks was the routes they chose were “spot-on” for our abilities, and I got the sense that they knew the mountain passes inside out and could vary the route accordingly.  They also picked excellent spots for lunch and for the overnight stays.  This is a real advantage; spending time trying to pick a good lunch option or a good overnight place (from all tea houses on offer) is really ‘pot luck’ for most travellers, and one is bound to make some bad choices.  With Swiss Family Treks, the places chosen were universally the best on offer as far as we could tell (although I hope the team does review new options that arise, and continue to evaluate existing places). All of this made everything so much smoother and gave us the ability to just relax and not worry about logistics at all during the trek. We could take our ease and mentally relax without having to organise anything (we have enough organising to do at home and in our day-jobs!). One might do this experience somewhat cheaper, but for the extra cost involved, choosing Swiss-Nepal family was more than well worth it.  A brilliant team and a great overall experience. The Green bus service to Pokhara is really good by the way, if you don’t like flying on those tiny airplanes.  The green-line bus driver was punctual and safe and not taking the crazy risks that everybody else is taking. Better than a car and ten times cheaper.
Natasha Conlon and Family
4 persons (2 Adults and 2 Children)

  • Horse-Riding in Ghandruk Circuit Family Lodge Trek, 9 Days 27 Oct to 04 Nov 2012

Dear Stephan
We had a great trek in Nepal thanks to your good team and organization. Lalu was a very good guide, and had done a great job getting us rooms with attached bathroom and hot water in all the lodges! We also really enjoyed the porters' company - especially Ronik - He has a special ability to be with children and Paul just loved walking with him. We would very much like to come back for another trek next year - and we would love to go with these guys again.
The horse and the horseman (Vijay) were also very good and Paul really enjoyed riding it. We also really enjoyed the sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley and we had a good guide for this too.
Our general impression is however that your agency is very well run and that you offer quality services which gave us an experience for life. We will come back and do treks in Nepal in the future, and will recommend Swiss Family Treks to everybody we meet who want to do family trekking in Nepal!
All the best,
Dagny, Giuseppe and Paul
2 Adults and 1 Child