Want to go far from the crowded and polluted city of Kathmandu to a place like heaven where you can dive into nature? If yes, then the trekking paradise of Nepal, Ghandruk is the right place for you and it’s not so far from the Kathmandu City either.
Ghandruk, a small village in Nepal, located about 2012m above the sea level in the Kaski district of Gandaki zone, is one of the best destinations for trekking lovers.
You might be thinking ‘what’s there in Ghandruk? Why is it called the trekking paradise?’ Well, I’ll give you 5 reasons why Ghandruk is called Trekking Paradise and after you finish reading this article, I’m sure you’ll be making plans to Ghandruk with your friends.
So, let’s begin with the 5 reasons why Ghandruk is called the trekking paradise.
1) Gurungs and their culture
Ghandruk is the local residence of people of different descent, mostly Gurungs. You will get an insight into the culture, lifestyle, food, clothes, etc of the Gurungs there. People still live in their traditional homes and follow many of their traditional rituals and customs preserving them even till now. If you happen to go there at the time of their festivals, you will get a chance to see their cultural dances, varieties of foods, cultural dress, and jewelry. It would be wonderful if you choose to homestay. You can experience their indigenous hospitality and homely environment.
2) Shortest and easiest trek in Annapurna region
Ghandruk trek is probably the shortest trek in Annapurna region and the easiest too. So, the trek is suitable for people of different ages. While in other treks, you might get altitude sickness and get tired soon but you won’t feel uneasy and fatigue in Ghandruk trek. You can walk easily for hours and observe the natural beauty while trekking.
3) Exquisite mountain view from Ghandruk
Ghandruk village lies at the foot of the Annapurna region. So, the trek offers a majestic view of mountains like Hiuchuli, Annapurna mountain range, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, Nilgiri, and Machhapuchhre. It will be an enchanting experience to be surrounded by spectacular mountain views.
4) Get closer with mother nature
Ghandruk is the trekking trail to Annapurna Base Camp, Poonhill, Mustang, Lamjung, etc. The Annapurna Conservation Area covers world’s deepest river Kali Gandaki, various species of flowers, animals, birds, amphibians, etc. While trekking, your eyes will be treated with some exquisite flora and fauna including rhododendron, green forest, flat farm landscapes, bridge, lakes, caves, Buddhist temples and snow-capped mountains. You will get a closer look at the stunning views of mother nature which you would not want to miss. It will be a fresh breath of air for those living busy city lives.
5) A day far from busy streets
The lifestyle of Ghandruk is totally different from how we live in the city. We can see traditional stoned steep, two-story buildings made of stone, people here are earning their living from agriculture and animal husbandry, different people living in harmony, nearly 300 households responsibly maintaining eco-tourism, culture, tradition, and sanitation. Horses are still used as a means of transportation despite the availability of vehicles. It will be a new experience at such peaceful environment and peace is what we seek when we decide to go far from the crowded city. A morning cup of tea viewing beautiful mountain ranges, a majestic feeling when you walk into nature, that’s probably what Ghandruk has to offer.
These small but great things from Ghandruk make the village a favorite destination for tourists. No wonder Ghandruk is called the trekker’s paradise.