Ghandruk is quite a big village in the Annapurna, Nepal.
Ghandruk is a popular place for treks in the Annapurna range of Nepal, with easy trails and various accommodation possibilities. From Ghandruk there are views to the mountains of Annapurna including Machapuchare. It is the second biggest village in Annapurna region.
You can only get to Ghandruk on foot. Buses and jeeps move between Pokhara and Kimche, 1-2hrs walk from Ghandruk. See Get Out section for information on Kimche and other nearby villages. Update 2019, bus service goes now all the way to Ghandruk from Pokhara. Rough road still.
In the village it is only possible to get by on foot, due to the stairs that lead through the village. It is possible to get to and from Ghandruk by bus or jeep. Busses leave around 9 in the morning, and leave whenever they’re full. It costs about 600Rs per person, and takes about 6 hours. It’s a great way to start your hike, as it saves a lot of time.
- Traditional Gurung Museum. It displays the local traditional clothes and equipment used by the Gurung people. Rs75. edit
- Temple, (Located in the most upper part of Ghandruk.). Long stairs of 670 steps leading to a temple with a beautiful view. edit
You can buy traditional costumes and clothes from the factory located in upper Ghandruk.
All hotels and guesthouses have attached restaurants.
- German Bakery, (on the upper street, near Annapurna Lodge and Gurung Cottage. Not to confuse with the German bakery in Sakura hotel). Quite tasty baked goods. Besides, you can imagine you're in cinema and watch a movie there, eat pop corn and drink Coca Cola. Quite good coffee. WiFi available. edit
500 meters before Ghandruk there is 2 hotels:
Once you enter Ghandruk from the Nayapul side there will be 2 streets, lower and upper ones.
At the upper one there are:
- Sakura Hotel. edit
- Manisha Hotel. edit
- Trekkers' Inn. edit
- Milan Hotel. edit
- Gurung Cottage. Very popular on tripadvisor. Rs500-700. edit
- Peacefull Lodge. edit
- Sunrise Guesthouse. edit
- Breeze Guesthouse. edit
- Annapurna Lodge. Proper budget hotel with far better amenities than on average in Annapurna region. Please note they change only bed sheets not pillowcases nor blanket covers. Quite OK food. Fantastic views. Rs400 double with shared bathroom, Rs600 double with attached bathroom, triple room available. edit
- Hilltop Lodge. edit
- Hotel Lonely Planet. edit
and on the lower street there are:
- Hotel Everest. edit
- Hotel Mountain View. edit
- Eco Guesthouse. edit
Some of the guesthouses have internet access.
As for mobile operators: NTC offers GPRS internet, NCell - EDGE one (which somehow gets very poor in the evenings).
- To Seuli Bazaar descend for about two hours and then an easy walk for another hour to reach Birethanti. After that it will take another 1hr to reach Nayapul.
- Landruk 3 to 4 hours walking. First go down towards the river for about 2-3hrs through scattered villages, then there is a steep ascent for about 1hr.
- Tadapani 4hrs trek. From where it's possible to continue to Ghorepani.
- Chomrong 4-5hrs trek. Go through the forest, descend for 500meters to the river, from where you need to ascend for another 500meters to reach Chomrong.
- Kimche 1-2hr trek. South on a stone path down the mountain. Not too stressful, about 300 meters elevation change. Buses leave/arrive Kimche hourly-ish to/from Baglung bus station in Pokhara, via Nayapul, 3-5hr ride, longer coming up, as many supplies are loaded/unloaded en route. Cost 350rps. ACAP and TIMS permit checks are handled quickly by bus assistant in Birethanti. No need to exit the bus. Shared and private jeeps are also available at Baglung, Nayapul and Kimche. Private jeeps can cover the 1st half of the distance Kimche-Ghandruk going up, buses, however, only go up as far as Kimche.