The classical Ghandruk –Majgaon trek takes you to the heart of vibrant Gurung culture in Ghandruk, a big Gurung village at the foot of Annapurna Himalayan range.You can explore their lifestyle and customs by strolling around the village and visiting the museum and stay in 5-star category Lodge. Ghandruk is a model village in Nepal for promoting rural tourism with local resources.Ghandruk offers us mesmerizing view of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre ( Fishtail). A show about Annapurna Conservation Area, German Bakery, Gurung people and their culture and arganic foods items are the major highlights of Ghandruk village.
Landruk village is very famous as this community has very huge and legendary history as it is associated with the Gurkha soldiers. From scenic mountain views to the authentic local village lifestyle is the dominant attraction of Landruk village. This place is the best for the trekking amalgamated of the adventure, nature and culture.
After completing this trek, you will have experience of travelling through the terrace farming, drive along the ridge of the river, Nepali culture and history, which will be your great asset in a lifetime memory.
After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Luxury Holidays Nepal will pick up from the airport and take to your hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a rest or visit Luxury Holidays Nepal’s office. At evening, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your tour guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, one passport-size photo, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide for your sightseeing tour. You will visit the following sites.
Swyambunath Stupa - The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site):
You can watch over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. Swyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.
Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site):
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples of Nepal. It is located on the banks of Bagmati River on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to god Shiva.
Boudhanath Stupa is 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Patan Durbar Square (World Heritage Site):
Patan Durbar Square - located in central of city Lalitpur. It displays the Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla kings who were great builders and patrons of the arts.
The rest of your time is free for further exploration and some shopping nearby your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, leave Kathmandu for Pokhara (known as The Lake City owing to a large number of lakes in the city). As you leave Kathmandu, the landscape changes. You will see hills, small settlements and terraced farms. Drive to Nayapul which takes approximately one hour from Pokhara. Then start the first part of hiking to Birenthanti.
After breakfast, drive to Nayapul in a private vehicle for an hour and then begin your trek by ascending to Ghandruk for 5 to 6 hours. On the way, you pass through beautiful terraced fields, hamlets, and lush forest.
We will stay overnight at La Bee lodge- Ker and Downey Nepal. After breakfast regular day hike will commence again- first you will be drop down to the Modi Khola River bank nearby Bee Hive Teahouse lodge and cross the bridge then the trail goes through hill terraced field climb up to Landruk village. At Landruk we will stop for the lunch and continue up to the final stop place for overnight stay.
Following leisurely breakfast, we leave the La Bee lodge & trek to Majgaon: a gurung village. Trek time to the Majgaon is just 3 to 4 hours and much time is spent contouring round and through pretty villages that have remained unchanged for centuries. After lunch at the lodge, we take rest and enjoy the views of the region along with the mountains. During the evening time, should there be more than 6 guests, the children along with the mother group will visit your place and perform local dances and typical songs of the region.
After taking breakfast you will walk down to Lumle where we take our vehicle down to Pokhara. Pokhara is the major tourist destination since the advent of trekking in Nepal. Pokhara valley also has a beautiful lake, Phewa Lake. You have rest of the day as leisure and you can enjoy the roaming around the street.
Breakfast at the hotel. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. The places you visit are as below:
Lies in the center of religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.
Locally known as Patale Chhango and in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley is where the stream flowing from Fewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes.
The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 kms from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Devi’s fall and the cave is almost 3 kms long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four.
Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple:
Situated at an altitude of 800m above sea level, it is the second largest lake in the kingdom. With the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake it is the most important religious monument in Pokhara.
Seti River Gorges:
Carved by Seti-Gandaki is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool & Prithivi highway Bridge near bus park, provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.
Tibetan Refugee Camps:
The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.
After breakfats fly back to Kathmandu. The Pokhara-Kathmandu flight swifts along the Himalayas unveiling Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang ranges. After returning to Kathmandu, you have the afternoon and the evening to stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping. There is a farewell dinner in your hotel and you have the option to extend your trip to continue onto rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.
After a few days of fun and excitement, the day to bid farewell has arrived. Our representatives will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport as per your flight time.
After the wonderful opportunity to organize this tour for you we wish you a safe and happy journey ahead.
Luxury Holidays Nepal provides you 5-star hotels in throughout the trip. Accommodation In Kathmandu (The Dwarika’s Hotel or Hyatt Regency), In Pokhara (Temple Tree Resort or Fish Tail Lodge), in Chitwan (Temple Tiger Green Jungle Resort or similar category), in Ghandruk (Himalaya Lodge- Ker and Downey Nepal), in Landruk (La Bee lodge- Ker and Downey Nepal), in Majgaon (Gurung Lodge- Ker and Downey Nepal) and in Sarangkot (Himalayan Front Hotel).
You should carry the water bottle, sunscreen, camera, spare jacket, etc. in your daypack. You are provided with a free locker room in the hotel of Kathmandu. The weight allowance in domestic airlines of Nepal is up to 15kg and for more weight you have to pay US$1 per/kg depending on the area.
Transportation on Journey:
Luxury Holidays Nepal will offer you private AC vehicle throughout the trip.
Group Leader during the journey:
Luxury Holidays Nepal will facilitate you with the trained traveling guide in your group.
Payment of the Due Balance:
The rest amount of your trip can be paid in our office after your arrival. If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card, a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made. (Online payment link)
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour, please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. Also, please send us your redemption code and voucher number. (Voucher Redemption Link)
You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon arrival for $25 USD (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 day visa or $40 USD for a 30 day visa. Please bring 2 photos for the visa. Expect to have some waiting time in the queue for obtaining your visa. You can also get your visa prior to coming on the tour by contacting your closest Nepali embassy.(See the Visa & Entry Procedure of Nepal page)
Booking your international flight:
If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites.
www.makemytrip.com, www.kayak.com, www.vayama.com, www.expedia.com
They usually have good offers. (See the flight details page for more information)
When and where should you arrive?
Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu international airport. The tour starts with an orientation meeting at about 5 pm on the first night of the tour and ends on after the scheduled trip after the breakfast.
You will be received outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal by representatives holding a "Luxury Holidays Nepal" sign card and he will escort you to the Hotel.
If you plan to arrive early or depart late, please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting at: firstname.lastname@example.org
After you purchase your international air ticket, please contact us to give your flight details.
Currencies accepted in Nepal:
Some major currencies (USD, AUD, and EURO) are accepted for both visa and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in Kathmandu and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.
The altitude sickness will get from 3000 meters. Normally below three 3000 meters will not have altitude related problems usually for people for stable health. But above it can cause altitude-related sickness. If you have a health condition which might cause problems, please consult a doctor about the advisability of doing the trek.
We do not hope that there may arise any serious problem for you in your journey, but if you get caught by serious illness then we will do our best to take you to the nearest hospital possible. So, it is good for you to have insurance which will cover your cost. Be Insured. (See the travel insurance page)
Trip Extensions/ Add on trips:
If you like our service and you want to extend your trip, then we can further organize your trip to India, Bhutan and Tibet. And other trekking and activities of Nepal like Everest Trek, Annapurna Basecamp Trek, Langtang Trek, Manaslu Trek, Bunjee Jumping, Rafting, Peak Climbing, etc.
A general rule of thumb for tipping is to USD 40 to USD 70 per Traveler, depending on the length of the trek. Porters do appreciate a personal tip, although it is not uncommon for the Guide and his Porters to pool the tips they have collected before splitting it amongst themselves, with the Guide is getting a little more for overseeing the welfare and safety of both the Travelers and Porters as a whole. That said, this is just a guide and you may tip, however much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trip a memorable one.
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Note: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect.