Day 16 (b) Ghorepani to Ghandruk

Annapurna Sanctuary trek

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Day 16b

Ghorepani

Ghandruk

North

28°24.17'

28°22.55'

East

83°42.25'

83°48.58'

Altitude

2,874m

1,943m

Ascent

500m

Time

4 hours 30 minutes

Distance

14 kilometres

Before leaving Ghorepani don't forget to visit the police post. From the saddle of the col, walk due east (with the sun in front of you in the morning) up the ridge until you reach another village on a col (estimate - 1 hour 15 minutes). Descend from the col, following a path by a stream, dropping more steeply to the valley below. (estimate - 2 hours) Climb steeply up the hill to Tadapani (estimate - 2 hours 30 minutes). Take the right hand easterly fork out of Tadapani to Ghandruk (estimate - 4 hours 30 minutes) . There are abundant hotels in Ghandruk. There is a magnificent view up the valley to Machhupuchhare and the Annapurna Sanctuary.

N.B. This is the one path the author has not actually walked. The walking times were estimated using a version of Naismith's rule. The rule assumes that a 'standard' trekker travels at 5 kilometres per hour plus half an hour per 300 metres of ascent.

Copyright Ian P Johnson October 1998