Take a bus from Pokhara to Nayapul on Day 1 and begin your trek, ending in Ghandruk. Climb a steep stone staircase to Jhinu Danda on Day 2. Descend to Nayapul on Day 3 and return to Pokhara by bus, where your journey ends.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Bus Pokhara to Nayapul, Trek to Ghandruk (1950m) approx. 5.5 hours
Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul by bus (approx. 1.5 hours) to begin your trekking experience in Nayapul (1050m). Make your ascent along stone stairways and a manmade pathway to Ghandruk, a popular tourist destination and Gurung village with a breathtaking backdrop of Himalayan peaks. Take some time to visit the Gurung museum and rest up overnight here.
Day 2: Ghandruk to Jhinu Danda (1780m) approx. 5.5 hours
Take an easy trek today through cultivated terraces crossing villages and greeting villagers tending to their crops along the way with a friendly smile. Climb a steep stone staircase to reach Jhinu Danda where you can take a break at your teahouse before making the 30-minute walk down to the hot-springs for a well deserved soak to relax your sore muscles.
Day 3: Jhinu Danda to Nayapul (1050m), Bus to Pokhara approx. 7.5 hours
Return back to Nayapul descending nearly 1,000 meters as you admire your last few glimpses of the majestic Himalayan peaks in the distance. Breathe in the fresh mountain air along the way as you hike back. Hop in a bus to return to Pokhara, to rest up in your cozy guesthouse at this scenic lakeside town by evening.
Physical rating: You must have a good level of fitness to take part in this trek. You will be walking at high altitudes every day and it will be physically demanding. In the months leading up to your trek, try walking with your daypack, climbing long staircases. Undertake regular aerobic exercise such as walking, jogging, swimming or cycling. The more preparation you have done in advance, the more you will enjoy it.
Suggested Packing List: Backpack (10 - 15 liters), sleeping bag (if desired-- sheets & blankets are provided), hiking poles, rain pants, plastic rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals/flip flops, thermals (socks, t-shirts, sweater), windbreaker, hiking trousers, shorts, wool hat/beanie, gloves, sun hat, sun block, sunglasses, flashlight/torch, camera (with extra batteries & memory card), personal medications, reusable water bottle, water purification tablets, toiletries (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toilet paper, towel)
Food Budget: Please expect to spend at least 20 USD per day on food and beverages. Please note that food costs will vary depending on the number of portions consumed, location and availability