Where is Gre?
Gre is a small village in the Rasuwa region of Nepal on the western edge of the Langtang National Park. It’s 128km (80mi) from Kathmandu and just 22km (13.6mi) from Nepal’s border with Tibet.
Gre is centrally located among many key trekking towns. It’s a 2-3 hour hike from Syabru Besi, Dunche, and Gatlang.
Elevation: 2001 m. (6565 ft)
GPS Coordinates: N 28° 8′ 36.615” E 85° 17′ 42.31”
Getting to Gre
Gre is truly a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life! Although you will see a road under construction, the only vehicles that currently reach Gre are brave locals on motorbike and the occasional 4×4 supply truck.
From Rasuwa / Langtang region:
Gre is well connected by footpath to many popular trekking towns. Average hiking times are below:
- Sayabru Besi: 2-3 hours
- Dhunche: 2-3 hours
- Gatlang: 3-4 hours
Most visitors take a public bus or shared Jeep to Sayabru Besi, then hike to Gre from there.
- Public bus from Kathmandu Machhapokhari New Buspark (~9hr / ~700 rupee)
- Shared “Local” Jeep from (~7hr / ~800-1000 rupee)
A private chartered Jeep is faster, more comfortable, and still a good deal for groups. In this case the driver should drop you at the trailhead just North of Dhunche.
- Private Jeep from custom location (~6hr / ~15,000 rupee total, up to 7 people)
Making a Reservation
We recommend working with a local trekking agency to book your trip. Here’s why:
- Wayfinding: The trails around Gre are indigenous footpaths, used by locals for generations. They weren’t originally built for recreation, are often unmarked, and side trails may lead off to other villages, remote homesteads, grazing land for cattle…who knows. Wayfinding is enough reason in itself to work with a local guide! But if you’re not convinced, here are several more…
- Expertise: Certified trekking guides in Nepal must complete extensive training and pass rigorous exams. They’re trained to help you create an unforgettable experience — and stay safe!
- Reliable information: You might be able to plan a trip to Paris or Sydney entirely online, but Nepal is different! A local guide will have the most up-to-date information on road closures, fee changes, permit requirements, and more.
- Ease of communication: There is no wifi in Gre, power cuts do happen, and most homestay owners use credit-based cell phone plans. A local guide is able to make calls, gather information, and negotiate rates without the hassles of language barrier, time difference, or expensive international calling rates.
- Safety: Your guide is there to keep you safe — from basic first aid, to altitude sickness, to emergency rescue and evacuation. That’s a reassuring prospect when you’re facing the rugged terrain of the Himalayas!
- Local perspective: Remember, a guide is a local too! They’ll be able to act as translator, point out native plants, share local lore and tales of their adventures, and serve as another window into Nepali culture.
- Less stress: It’s your vacation! Don’t waste time and energy stressing over the details. Your guide will help you design your dream trip — while leaving all the painful logistics to them.
- Economic Impact: Booking your trip through a local trekking agency (instead of an international hotel or overseas chain) ensures your money supports the local economy.