Dec 14 - Dec 18, 2019 | Change

Ghandruk Loop Australian Camp Out and Back trek (5 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

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Highlights: Australian Camp and Ghandruk

Difficulty: easy
Ghandruk Loop
Starting at $251 usd
For 1 person -Guide & Permits
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees
$31.06 /day per person for guide
+ $30 per person for guide's insurance
+ $16.25 per person for vat tax
+ $48 per person for permits

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

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Included Services
  • Permits ACAP and TIMS Card
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance
  • VAT Tax 13% Nepal Government Tax
Optional Services (Porter)
  • Porter Each porter may carry no more than 20 kg (44 lb). One porter is usually enough for 2 people's gear. Government required insurance covers the porter in case of an accident while on the trip.
    $20 per day per porter

    + $30 per porter for porter's insurance
    + $2.21 per day per porter for vat tax (porter)

This trip has optional side trips. Would you like to see the options?

If you’re looking for a short relatively easy trek that gives you a taste of the Nepal trekking experience this might be the trek for you. The trek boasts excellent views of the Annapurna Range including such iconic peaks as Gangapura, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Annapurna. The trail passes through forests, paddy fields, and villages, traversing rivers and streams before reaching the beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk.

Side trip Australian Camp Out and Back: An option with a more gradual start to go to Australian Camp but requires an out and back over the same trail from Pothana. This small clearing At 2165 m (7,103 ft) offers a spectacular panorama of the Annapurna Range. An overnight here will deliver a sunrise to remember.

Weather Conditions in December

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December is probably the most underrated month to trek, one of the driest months of the year skies are often clear from sunrise to sunset. The trails and teahouses are less crowded than in November.

At a glance
On average there are 1 day with precipitation in December. The highest point on the trek is Australian Camp at 2165 m. During December, expect high temperatures of around 15.4°C (60°F) and lows down to -0.6°C (31°F) at Australian Camp.

Ghandruk Loop Australian Camp Out and Back Trek
(Elevation Profile)

Available Side Trips

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Extra rest days and overnights can be added once the itinerary is created. However any side trips must be added in this step before the itinerary is created.

Sat Dec 14 (day 1)

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 23.4°C (74°F) and lows of about 7.4°C (45°F) in December.

Pokhara

Highlights: Australian Camp
Difficulty: easy
The small clearing At 2165 m (7,103 ft) known as Australian Camp offers a spectacular panorama of the Annapurna Range. An overnight here will deliver a sunrise to remember.

Public bus from Pokhara to Dhampus Phedi (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $2.00
Travel time: about 1 hour
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Private vehicle from Pokhara to Dhampus Phedi (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $15.00
Travel time: 40 minutes

Dhampus Phedi (1130 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 21.6°C (71°F) and lows of about 5.6°C (42°F) in December.

Dhampus (1650 m)

About 1.5 to 2 hours from Phedi (trail climbs steeply through forest and then paddy fields)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.5°C (65°F) and lows of about 2.5°C (37°F) in December.

Sun Dec 15 (day 2)

Pothana (1890 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.1°C (63°F) and lows of about 1.1°C (34°F) in December.

Australian Camp (2165 m)

About 1-2 hours from Pothana
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.4°C (60°F) and lows of about -0.6°C (31°F) in December.

Australian Camp
Nirmala Subedi
Mon Dec 16 (day 3)

Pothana (1890 m)

About 1 hour from Australian Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.1°C (63°F) and lows of about 1.1°C (34°F) in December.

Deurali, Kaski (2100 m)

About 1 hour from Pothana (trail follows the ridge)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.8°C (60°F) and lows of about -0.2°C (32°F) in December.

Tolka (1700 m)

About 2 hours from Pothana or 1 hour from Deurali (trail descends through forest after Deurali)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.2°C (65°F) and lows of about 2.2°C (36°F) in December.

Landruk (1565 m)

About 4.5 to 5 hours from Dhampus, or about 1 hour from Tolka (trail descends further through forests and villages)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.0°C (66°F) and lows of about 3.0°C (37°F) in December.

Tue Dec 17 (day 4)

Ghandruk (2000 m)

About 3-4 hours from Landruk (trail descends steeply towards the river for an hour then after crossing the river there is a steep ascent for about 2-3 hours with Himalayan views passing through several small villages)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.4°C (62°F) and lows of about 0.4°C (33°F) in December.

Ghandruk

Rating: | 5 reviews
Highlights: Ghandruk and Poon Hill
Difficulty: moderate
A moderate hike in the Annapurna region for those who want a taste of trekking without the high altitude. While relatively easy by Nepal standards, this trek still packs a punch, with some steep climbs and awesome views, including the famed Himalayan panorama from atop Poon Hill. Images from via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) Side Trek

Wed Dec 18 (day 5)

Syauli Bazaar (1170 m)

About 2 hours down from Ghandruk
Expect typical high termperatures of about 21.4°C (71°F) and lows of about 5.4°C (42°F) in December.

Birethanti (1025 m)

About 3 hours from Ghandruk (1 hour easy walk from Syauli Bazaar)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.3°C (72°F) and lows of about 6.3°C (43°F) in December.

Naya Pul (1000 m)

About 45 minutes from Birethanti
Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.4°C (72°F) and lows of about 6.4°C (44°F) in December.

Public bus from Naya Pul to Pokhara (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $2.00
Travel time: about 2 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Private vehicle from Naya Pul to Pokhara (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $20.00
Travel time: about 1 hour

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 23.4°C (74°F) and lows of about 7.4°C (45°F) in December.

Pokhara
you can add extra rest days after the itinerary is created

by Elizabeth (Canada) on Apr 22, 2019

Ghandruk Loop led by Nirmala Subedi

Heart stopping vistas of the Annapurna mountain range and quaint villages throughout the trek. The scenery is spectacular.

by Shenpaha (Australia) on Jan 17, 2019

Ghandruk Loop led by Pasang Dawa Sherpa

by Chris (Australia) on Dec 26, 2018

Ghandruk Loop via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) led by Mingma Nuru Sherpa

by Michael (United Kingdom) on Dec 8, 2018

Ghandruk Loop Australian Camp Out and Back and via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) led by Samikshya Chaudhary

A good introduction to trekking in Nepal - not as difficult as some of the classic treks, but it gives you a chance to sample life on the trail while enjoying spectacular scenery and interesting wildlife.

by Brenda (United States) on Oct 20, 2018

Ghandruk Loop led by Pema Futi Sherpa

Did the four day trek. The scenery is beautiful and the accommodation during the trek are comfortable. The difficulty is a bit higher than easy, more closer to an intermediate level. I would certainly return for a longer trek.

by Marie (United States of America) on Sep 29, 2017

Ghandruk Loop led by Nirmala Subedi

Ghandruk village is the highlight of this trek-- with absolutely STUNNING views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail. If you want to beat the crazy crowds at Ghorepani-Poon Hill and the very slim chance of seeing the Annapurnas on a cloudy day from the Poon Hill viewpoint, take this trek! We saw hardly any tourists on our 4 day journey.

by Israel (Germany) on Jul 28, 2019

Mardi Himal led by Pema Futi Sherpa

by Brian (Australia) on Mar 28, 2019

Annapurna Sanctuary via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) led by Ang Tsering Sherpa

The side trip to Poon Hill was beautiful although the view at Khopra was more dramatic and far less crowded. If we did the Khopra trek again, I probably would not go to Poon Hill as well.

by Chris (Australia) on Dec 26, 2018

Ghandruk Loop via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) led by Mingma Nuru Sherpa

by Michael (United Kingdom) on Dec 8, 2018

Ghandruk Loop Australian Camp Out and Back and via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) led by Samikshya Chaudhary

The final ascent from Ghorepani to Poon Hill is not as difficult as some other parts of the trek, and is certainly worth doing for the spectacular views of the sunrise over the Annapurna range from the top.

by Chong fah (malaysia) on Nov 11, 2018

Annapurna Sanctuary via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) led by Ang Tsering Sherpa

by Michael (United Kingdom) on Dec 8, 2018

Ghandruk Loop Australian Camp Out and Back and via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) led by Samikshya Chaudhary

Australian Camp is worth the detour for the excellent views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare (Fish Tail).