At 1950 m Ghandruk is by far the biggest village in the ACAP. The village offers fascinating views of the Annapurna massif and apart from trekkers a traveler looking out for relaxation Ghandruk is a great option. We checked into a homestay for some refreshment. We had undoubtedly the best soup noodles here on the entire trek. Moving on and the nightmarish stairs continued. Ghandruk has plethora of stay options, each offering a slightly different angle views of the mountains and the valley. Looking back on our trail Landruk now looks so far and tiny.
Sunday: [Pokhara to Ghandruk] After breakfast head to Damside to get a permit for the trek. You can find a lot of buses to reach there from Lakeside and it will cost you only NPR 20(₹12). The permit will cost you NPR 1,600(₹1,000), after getting the permit you should head to Baglung Bus Park. Getting there by bus would involve going via Prithvi Chowk and it will cost you NPR 70(₹45). Buses to Gandhruk run every hour from the bus park till 1:00 pm and it will cost you NPR 350(₹220). You will have to trek for about an hour from the point where the bus will drop you and you can get places to stay in lodges at Ghandruk at NPR 1,100(₹690) including, dinner and breakfast.Total expense at the end of day: ₹4,186 Monday: [Ghandruk to Chhomrong] The real trek begins on this day, you trek for 6-7 hours. From Ghandruk to trek till Chhomrong, if you wish you can trek farther till the next hamlet Sinuwa. You will get accommodation in lodges for NPR 200(₹125) and two meals for around NPR 1,100(₹690).
Gandhruk - Chhomrong - Sinuwa (2,335 metres/17km) Once you have reached Ghandhruk you should rest for the day and start your journey the next morning. It will take 4-5 hours for you to reach Chhomrong from Gandhruk, the trail will cross mountains, rivers and forests. You will start getting views of Annapurna South, Annapurna 1 and Mount Fishtail from Gandhruk itself. The view gets better once you reach Chhomrong. There is a check post here, you will have to get your permit checked before going farther. It is totally up to you now to trek farther or you can break your journey here as well, Sinuwa is 1.5 hours away from Chhomrong.
Day 05: Gandruk village trek: