Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek is the extended version of the Khopra Ridge Trek. This trek takes you through the rural communities of Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri Region. At the same time, you get the opportunity to visit scenic villages with astonishing views of the majestic mountains. Also, the views from Khopra Ridge (3660m) are stunningly beautiful. Furthermore, we interact with the friendly villagers and gain insight into their culture and living style. Above all, this trek is an experience with a mixture of nature and culture in abundance.
The Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek is a pleasant hike through the exhilarating landscape of the Himalayan foothills. The trail passes through lush forests and picturesque villages surrounded by terraced fields with breathtaking mountain landscapes. Although the trek begins from Pokhara, the hiking trail is the least touristic. Once we leave Tadapani, the path goes through the remote and less trekked high alpine settlements of Bayeli and Dobato. Which probably means more of a chance to interact with the local community.
The journey in this area offers a window into the traditional culture and lifestyles of the hills. Mountain views include the Annapurnas, the Dhaulagiri, Lamjung ranges, Machhapuchhre, and others. Moreover, we have a full day for exploration in Khopra ridge. Furthermore, we climb along the ancient pilgrim trails to the sacred pristine holy Khayer Lake. As a result, this trek is a unique mixture of spectacular panorama and diverse Himalayan culture.
- Stunning close-up views of Dhaulagiri, Mt.Machhapuchre & Annapurna ranges.
- Visit Khopra Ridge with an optional hike to Khayer Lake.
- Trek via Poon Hill with spectacular mountain views, including sunrise and sunset views.
- Impressive mountain views that rival those of Poon Hill.
- Explore Ghandruk village with a rich cultural heritage, tradition, and living style of local people.
- Outstanding view of Mt. Machhapuchre from Dhampus and Pothana.
- Captivating mountain views, traditional villages, and landscapes.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have the option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
After breakfast, we will have a half-day sightseeing tour covering some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, including the Kathmandu Durbar Square and the Swyambhunath Stupa. Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over Kathmandu. We will also explore various temples and art and crafts along with the museum. Then move towards Swambhunath Stupa. Swayambhu is popular among the foreigners as Monkey Temple, owing to a large monkey population residing in this area. In the afternoon, we will have a short briefing regarding the preparation and planning of the trek.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara(208km/6hrs)
This morning we will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The drive goes along scenic spots, villages, and small settlements. We shall stop at several places to observe the scenic beauty and get fresh. Upon arrival in Pokhara, transfer and check in to the hotel. In the afternoon, we will go boating in Phewa Lake.
The evening is free to stroll around the lakeside area and the local market.
Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 4: Drive to Phedi (1130m/1 hr)-Trek to Dhampus(1650m/3-4hrs)
After breakfast, drive for about an hour to Phedi (1130m) and begin our trek. Along the way will have the opportunity to explore and interact with the local communities in Dhampus regarding their culture, tradition, and living style. Enjoy the view of the mountains, including Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m), and Annapurna South (7219m). Overnight in Dhampus.
Day 5: Dhampus to Landruk (1628m/5hrs)
Today the trail goes through rhododendron forests and past a series of Gurung villages. En route, we will explore the villages and learn about the tradition, culture, and lifestyles of the Gurung people. After about an hour or more from Dhampus, we reach the village of Pothana, from where we can have an excellent view of Mt. Machhapuchre. After an hour's steep uphill hike through rhododendron forest with the views of Annapurna to the south and the Hiunchuli to the north and the Phewa lake to the southeast, we will finally arrive at the village of Deurali. After lunch, we will follow a well-marked trail to the Gurung village of Landruk. Overnight in Landruk.
Day 6: Landruk to Ghandruk (2012m/4-5hrs)
Today we leave Landuk and continue our trek to Ghandruk. The trail descends through terraced rice fields. We cross over the Modi Khola and then ascend over stone steps to the village of Ghandruk. In Ghandruk, visit the Gurung museum and the village monastery. Overnight in Ghandruk.
Day 7: Ghandruk to Tadapani (2610m/4 hrs)
Ghandruk offers an excellent view of Annapurna south, Hiundchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna, and Machhapuchre. Enjoy your breakfast with the spectacular golden view of the Himalayan range. After breakfast, we will continue our journey towards Tadapani. The trail traverses through rhododendron and oak forests, with the opportunity to spot different species of birds. Tadapani will be our last stop before heading towards the least populated area of the Annapurna Conservation area. Overnight in Tadapani.
Day 8: Tadapani to Muldai (3637m/6-7hrs)
We leave the main trekking trail and continue to ascend on a less-defined path through the old-growth forests. We might be to see Himalayan Thar, Hyrax, and Langur monkeys. Finally, we rise above the tree line with stunning views of the Annapurna and reach the yak pastures at Timuje. Timuje perched high on the hillside with fantastic views of Annapurna South and Himulchuli. After lunch, we ascend to the ridge, which provides spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and its surrounding peaks. This section is magnificent, and we are now well off the main trail. We continue down the opposite side of the ridge through a small rhododendron forest and arrive at Muldai. Overnight in Muldai.
Day 9: Muldai to Khopra (3660m/6-7hrs)
We start early in the morning as the views will be clear. In the beginning, It is a slight uphill hike, and then it is a gradual descent to Dhankharka. After a relaxing lunch, we begin our ascent to the stunning location of the lodge at Kopra. The views here are amazing and some of the best. Dhaulagiri dominates the scene and towers in the background. Overnight in Khopra.
Day 10: Explore Khopra-Hike to Khayer Lake (4660m/7-8 hrs)
After breakfast, we hike towards Mt. Annapurna South for the best views of Himalayan peaks, including Machhapuchhre, Huinchuli, Annapurna South, Nilgiri South to the north, and Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Dhampus Peak in the west. Those who seem fit enough and motivated for a big day hike can hike to the sacred Khayer Lake. The views are outstanding, and we will trek along an ancient pilgrimage trail to the site of the annual Bhadau Purnima Festival. The trail contours the steep hillsides and takes us even closer to the impressively sheer cliff face of the Annapurna. In the late afternoon, we will descend back to our community lodge at Khopra. Overnight in Khopra.
Day 11: Khopra ridge to Swantha (2400m/6-7hrs)
Today we shall descend from the lodge at Khopra, following the ridgeline towards the Kali Gandaki, past shrines used by pilgrims on their annual visit to the sacred lake. We may come across some sheepherders and the villagers going about their daily activities along the way. We will come across more activity and signs of settlement, a marked contrast to the trekking we have enjoyed on the high ridges. Overnight in Swantha.
Day 12: Swantha to Upper Phulbari (3210m), via Ghorepani & Poon Hill (3210m/5-6hrs)
A short hike from Swantha will bring us to Chitre where we join the old trade route between Nepal and Tibet. The trail offers excellent views of the Dhaulagiri range as the trail crisscrosses until we reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a large village, which is on the main trekking trail. Most trekkers take a pre-dawn excursion to Poon Hill(3210m) to observe the sunrise and the mountain view. But we will climb in the afternoon when there are no crowds. From Poon Hill, we leave the main trail and traverse through an old yak herders trail to Upper Phulbari. The location provides even more spectacular views.
Overnight in Phulbari.
Day 13: Upper Phulbari to Lespar via Jaljala Dil (2600m/6-7hrs)
The views in the early morning are remarkable, with forested foothills in the foreground and some of the world's largest mountain ranges surrounding us. If you are up early enough, you can see the glow of the sunrise catching the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna. Today's hike goes through beautiful forests of rhododendrons, fir, pine, cedar, and bamboo. The trail emerges at an open grassland ridge. We then descend to a narrow valley where three paths converge. We take the path to the south leading towards Lespar. Overnight in Lespar.
Day 14: Lespar to Ghibrang (2000m/4-5hrs)
Today we trek along the ridge Bharmakot Danda with excellent views of Annapurna South, Machapuchare, Hiunchuli, and the Manaslu ranges to Ghibrang. Ghibrang is a delightful village, largely untouched by western influence, and offers stunning views in a peaceful setting. Overnight in Ghibrang.
Day 15: Ghibrang to Nayapul (1100m/3-4hrs) - Drive to Pokhara
Today, we descend past several villages situated on steep rocky hills to Nayapul. We will have lunch at Nayapul and then board a vehicle and drive to Pokhara. The rest of the afternoon is free to rest or relax. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we retrace our drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. You can spend the evening in leisure or maybe catch up on some last-minute souvenir shopping.
Overnight in Kathmandu. After breakfast, we shall retrace our drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (200km/6-7hrs). Better to hold on to the left panel of the vehicle to enjoy the diverse landscape and scenery en route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. You can spend the evening in leisure or maybe catch up on some last-minute souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Accommodation in 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and local village lodges/tea house during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals during the trek.
- English speaking local guide along with porter (one porter for every two member).
- Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
- All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/ACAP)
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry visa.
- International flight to and from Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
- Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
- Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, etc.
- Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to natural forces, political situation or early return from the trek.
- All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.