Bike Aways

A Slice of the Annapurnas – 
Ghorepani to Dhampus 4 day trek

This trek is designed as an add on to the  Kathmandu-Ghorka- Pokhara Ride.  Pokhrara is the gateway to Annapurna, and it’d be a shame  not to trek the circuit, or opt for  at least a slice of it.

Annapurna from Poon Hill.

Annapurna from Poon Hill.


  • Pokhara’s Lake Phewa and the reflections of Fishtail in its tranquil waters.
  • Terraced farms and Hillsides covered in Rhododendrons.
  • The famous Poon Hill Panorama including Dhaulagiri 8167m, Annapurna  8091m, Fishtail / Machhapuchhre 6998m, Nilgiri 7041m, Annapurna south 7219m, Annapurna II 7939m, Annapurna III 7555m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Lamjung Himal 6988m 
  • Gurung and Magar Villages and the wonderful tea-house hospitality along the trail.
  • Soaking your muscles in Tatopani Hot Springs
  • Dhampus Village, a famous Gurung villages on the trail.

Pick up point is your hotel in Pokhara
Cost: USD 399 – 499 per person
Trip length 4 days / 3 nights
Min  2 (499 pp) Max 12 (USD 399 pp)
Single supplement USD 89

March and April are the months for Rhododendrons.

March and April see the landscape transform with the flowering of the brilliant crimson Rhododendrons.

Watch the sun rise from Poon Hill over the best view of the high Himalaya in Western Nepal.
Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre – the iconic fishtail peak – are revered  peaks and your companions for this trek. Late March and early April is springtime in Nepal. Between Ghorepani and Gandruk, the hills are crimson with Rhododendrons. Hike through ancient forests into the terraced hillside farmlands of the Gurung and Chhetri people and enjoy the tea house hospitality of the Western Himalaya.

Alive with a very rich and hands-on farming culture in the valleys between these stunning mountain ranges, the Annapurna circuit is consistently listed as one of the worlds best walks. The entire circuit takes about 14 days to walk, with many variations such as the trek to Annapurna Base Camp.

We have taken just a slice, but one with stunning mountain vistas, rich and luscious Rhododendron forests, hots springs and charming Gurung villages. Whilst still challenging – on the scale of Nepal trekking, this is a relatively easy trek with basic but comfortable accommodation in tea houses along the way.

Gurung women on the trail to Gandrung.

Gurung women on the trail to Gandrung.

On a typical day, you will pack your duffle bag for the porters to set off before breakfast, hitting the trail at around 8 am, breaking at noon for two 2 hours, allowing time to explore the village or siesta, if thats your style. The afternoon walk is shorter. Check in to your tea house accommodation at around 4pm leaving time to explore the villages, nearby monasteries, or relaxing with a book.

Trekking out of Gandruk with Fishtail  in the background.

Trekking out of Gandruk with Fishtail in the background.


Day 01 Drive Pokhara to Tirkhedhunga (1540m) 2.5hr drive, 6 hrs trek to Ghorepani (2987m, 6 hrs)

Day 02 Morning trek to Poonhill (3190m, 1 hr) then hike to Tadapani (2600m, 4hrs)

Day 03 Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m, 2.5 hrs)

Day 04 Gandruk to Dhampus (1640m, 6 hrs) Drive to Pokhara (915m 2hr drive)

Into the forest. Anchient Rhodendrons.

Into the forest. Anchient Rhodendrons.


Transportation from Pokhara to start of trek and back
3 Nights  Twin Share Accommodation whilst on trek.
English speaking trekking guide while on trek
Asst. guide while on trek
Porters to carry luggage
National park permits

Does not include

Travel insurance
Emergency evacuation
Tips and gratuities
Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Bike Aways or our partners.

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Getting There and Away

  • Arrive by Bike via Ghorka on our Kathmandu to Pokhara Bike Ride.
  • Pokhara is a 50 minute flight from Kathmandu.
    Tickets cost USD124 each way, and there are  relatively flights throughout the day.
  • Catch a tourist bus for nine scary hours down the Privthi Highway.  Its cheap but much scarier than flying.

Kathmandu is an exciting airport to fly into. If you have a day flight. Sit on the right side of the plane going in for stunning views of the Himalaya from Kanchenjunga and Everest in the East and  to the Central Himalayas around Kathmandu.

Dragon Air has five flights a week from Hong Kong to Kathmandu ( Sun, Tue, wed, Fri, Sat) departing HKG at 17.35 and arriving in Kathmandu at 10 pm the same evening.
This is brilliant for those trying to minimise time off work. The return flight departs from kathmandu at 11pm and lands in HKG the following day at 5 am in the morning. Return Ticket prices average out at HKD 5800.

Thai Airways departs from Bangkok at 10.30 am and arrives in Kathmandu at 12.45pm  (seven days a week). The return flight is at 13.30 pm arriving in Bangkok at 18.30 ( 3.5 house flight). This flight is usually around THB 15500 ( 450 USD). The tickets are very flexible and you fly in the day light hours – brilliant for viewing the Himalayas ( book your seat for right side in and left side out).

Malaysian Airlines are cheaper still if you are arriving from the South East Asia or Australia.

Air China flies via Lhasa. We have good connections in Lhasa for travel and can organise a fantastic three day Lhasa trip (with permits) for those who are flying from Beijing. It would be a pity not to stop if you are crossing over the top anyway!

From wikipedia: International Airlines that fly to Kathmandu.
Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Ras al KhaimahSharjah
AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur–International
Air China ChengduLhasa
Air India DelhiKolkataVaranasi
Bhutan Airlines DelhiParo
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Dhaka
Buddha Air Varanasi
Cathay Dragon Hong KongDhaka
China Eastern Airlines Kunming
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou
Druk Air DelhiThimphu/Paro
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
flydubai Dubai-Al MaktoumDubai-International
Himalaya Airlines ColomboDoha
IndiGo Delhi
Jet Airways DelhiMumbai
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International
Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur–International
Nepal Airlines BangaloreBangkok-SuvarnabhumiDelhiDohaDubai–InternationalHong KongKuala Lumpur–InternationalMumbai
Oman Air Muscat
Qatar Airways Doha
Regent Airways Dhaka[10]
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu
SilkAir Singapore
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
US-Bangla Airlines Dhaka











Bike Aways Ghorepani to Gandruk  and Dampus Extension TRek in Rhododendron season

Gandruk , also known as Gandrunk is a traditional Gurung village and a popular stop on the Annapurna circuit.


Marigolds are a sacred flower in Nepal and used on a daily basis for prayer and other rituals.

Gurung women on the trail to Gandrung.

Gurung women on the trail to Gandrung.


marigolds are woven around handmade hemp rope for a Festival in Swantai Village.


Ghorepani, cross roads on the ancient Pokhara to Tibet salt trading route, is now a popular stop on the Annapuna Circuit.


Sunrise is the event at Poon Hill, one of the best panoramas in the Western Himalaya.


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