- Encounters with locals
- Hiking / Trekking
- Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
- Sustainable Tourism
Situated on the mountain's flank, in the middle of terraced rice fields that sculpt the landscape, the little village of Landruk has spectacular views over the countryside that forms part of the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. As you round the corner, you're met by a view of immense snowy peaks, so big that you think they're only a few kilometres away. Which is not the case - you've still got several days walk ahead of you.
By heading north, you'll reach the base camp of Machapuchare followed by Annapurna. If you decide to go west, the trail will lead you to the Modi Khola River, with a suspended bridge that leads to Ghandruk and, further on, Poon Hill. It's up to you to choose which way to head during your holiday in Nepal!
*After the devastating earthquakes that shook Nepal in April and May 2015 the country is slowly getting back on its feet. This article was written before these catastrophic events occurred.
I really liked my stay in Landruk. After going down a lot of steps from Ghandruk, you reach the riverbed in the middle of terrace crops. Then you start climbing again to reach Landruk, on the mountainside, still in the middle of fields. The countryside is a pretty combination of mother nature's amazing mountains and the incredibly pretty man-made terraces.
If you are at the end of your trek, you have finished some difficult climbs with increasingly large numbers of steps. So make the most of your climb to Landruk to rest your knees which have seen nothing yet!
The lodges decorated with flowers in Landruk are welcoming, built out of traditional stone, and I was able to profit from this stage of the trip by conversing with my hosts and better understanding the local customs that I had discovered since the beginning of my stay in Nepal.