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Annapurna Gurung Trail

6 days Duration
2,012 m Maximum Altitude
2-8 Group Size
USD 1,160 per person on twin sharing Starting From

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 Dhawa before heading to Birethanti. 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 Majgaon, Tomijong 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.

Route

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 forces, 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 specialties, and the children, too, will delight you with their energy and curiosity.

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Trip Info & Details

  • 5 nights at MLN Annapurna Region as per program.
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Standard room amenities (Ensuite bathroom, Hot shower, Heated bed, Unlimited boiled & filtered drinking water, Bathroom slippers, Hair dryer on request).
  • 1 English Speaking Guide.
  • 1 Porter for every two clients, with a luggage allowance of 13kg per person.
  • Insurance coverage and daily wages for trekking staffs.
  • Roundtrip ground transfer from Pokhara International Airport to trekking point.
  • ACAP & TIMS Permit Fee
  • Personal Equipment & Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Nepal Visa fee-UDS 50 per person for 30 days
  • Emergency Evacuation if required
  • Tips for Staffs
  • Insurance: Travel/Accident/ Medical/ Emergency Evacuation

March to May 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.

September to 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.

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

Note:
In case of flight cancellation due to weather, dates can be postponed based on availability.

Footwear

  • Walking boots with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek, and which are waterproof
  • Trainer or casual shoes, for trekking and/or for traveling
  • Warm socks for colder areas

Leg wear

  • Loose, casual trousers for trekking
  • Waterproof trousers

Body

  • Selection of T-shirts, and long-sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Warm shirt, possibly fleece, for colder areas
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Windproof, waterproof outer shell garment for Higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights & mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)

Head/Hands

  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Sunscreen lotion and lip balm
  • Warm gloves
  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters

Other items

  • Day sack to be carried personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear

Inside your main bag

  • One liter water bottle
  • Torch, ideally head torch
  • Camera and film! – for those not to be forgotten shots of the Himalaya

Optional items

  • Binoculars
  • Books (see Recommended Reading)
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set

ITEMS PROVIDED (On Borrow)

  • Duffel Bag
  • Day Bag Pack
  • Walking Stick
  • Poncho (rain jacket)
  • Thermal Bottle
  • Sun Hat/ Cap
  • Khada/ Scarf
  • Umbrella
  • Buff

 

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Lodges on This Journey

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)

Majgaon Lodge

1408m (4,619ft)

Tomijong Lodge

1432m (4,698ft)

outdoor seating with mountain view

Dhampus Lodge

1500m (4,921ft)

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