Journeys

Annapurna Gurung Trail

8 days Duration
2,012m Maximum Altitude
2-8 Group Size

This short circuit, that balances trekking with sightseeing, immerses you in the unique culture, music and dance of the scenic villages and lively hospitality of the Gurung people.

Overview

After a pretty drive from Pokhara, your trek starts at Birethanti before encountering a gentle climb to the Gurung heartland town of Ghandruk. After a day exploring this sprawling, traditional town, the main base of the Annapurna Conservation Area, your path drops steeply to the Modi Khola gorge then up to honeyed Landruk, before winding on to Majhgaon and Dhampus, each night staying in the comfort of a Mountain Lodge of Nepal. With additional nights in Pokhara and Kathmandu, more adventures await after your trek.

Day by Day Itinerary

Trip Info

Included

  • Airport/Hotel/Airport Transfers
  • 3 night Gokarna Forest Resort on Bed and Breakfast in Twin Room
  • 1 night Temple Tree Resort & Spa on Bed and Breakfast in Twin Room
  • Trekking Guide and Porters
  • All staff daily wages/Insurance
  • 5 nights at MLN lodges, per program, on full board
  • National Park & TIMS Permit Fee
  • Flight: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu with airport tax
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Not included: 

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal equipment & Insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages & soft drinks outside of Happy Hours
  • Nepal Visa Fee US$ 40 Per person
  • Tips for staff
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed

Late-March to late April offers clear weather and relative calm before Everest expedition teams descend on the region and then the days start to become rainy and overcast in May.

October and November may be the most ideal time to visit, with most of the tourists gone and the monsoon season over, making way for crisp, pre-winter days. During these four months expect comfortable temperatures and blue skies during the day and opportunities for some exceptional long exposure photography and many shooting stars at night.

If traveling between May and September, expect damp and overcast weather on the trail, and with it weather-related delays for flights in and out of Kathmandu.

This well-loved trail threads through millet and maize fields, farmlands and forests, beneath the revered peaks of Machapuchare and the Annapurnas. You’ll cross suspension bridges over roaring rivers, mount stone steps, follow ridge lines, to be delivered each day to another friendly stone village to bathe in the warm mountain welcome of the Gurung. Accept a glass of chai outside a tiled-roof teahouse as you drink in the stunning views. Sample fresh local produce. Dive into local stores, tranquil monasteries, and farms full of children and chickens. Connect with fellow travelers. And end each day’s hike in pure MLN comfort.
The Gurungs’ northern origins shine through the broad faces and strong cheekbones of this Tibeto Burman ethnic group who for thousands of years have settled Nepal’s mid-hill slopes and welcomed passing travellers. In their own language they are Tamu (“Ta” means thunder, “mu” is sky), followers of a tolerant combination of Buddhist, Hindu and animist religions.
Emanating such warmth, it’s interesting to know the Gurungs are also proud soldiers who served the early Shah kings during their expansionist military conquests. These are the men who compete each year to join the British and Indian fighting force, the Gurkhas. Veterans, still wearing their medals, will be keen to share stories. The capable women (equal to men in this culture) will be bantering together in the sunshine, or preparing their local specialities, and the children, too, will delight you with their energy and curiosity.

Lodges on This Journey

lodge exterior

Birethanti Lodge

1097m (3,599ft)

outdoor seating with mountain view

Ghandruk Lodge

1981m (6,499ft)

outdoor seating with mountain view

Landruk Lodge

1639m (5,377ft)

lodge with mountain view

Majhgaon Lodge

1408m (4,619ft)

front garden with mountain view

Tomijong Lodge

1432m (4,698ft)

outdoor seating with mountain view

Dhampus Lodge

1500m (4,921ft)

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