Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trekking
Activities: Trekking, Hiking & Sightseeing
Max altitude: 4600m
Trip Duration: 17 N / 18 D
Group Size: Min 2 pax
Trip route: Kathmandu – Pokhara –Phedi – Dhampus – Landruk – Ghandruk – Tadapani – Bhaisi Kharka – Khopra – Khayer Lake – Swantha – Phulbari – Les Par – Ghibrang – Nayapul – Pokhara – Kathmandu
Annapurna Dhaulagiri trekking is one of the best off the beaten scenic two weeks community based tea house treks which is completely different test of Nepal. No other treks offer such a rich variety of spectacular scenery, peace and isolation and experience of so many diverse Himalayan culture. We stay at community run and managed lodges,which support remote, underdeveloped villages, follow the footsteps of ethical Nepalese origin and connected to modern civilization, education and medical awareness and for better life.The trail passes through many interesting traditional villages, beautiful forests and rarely trekked high alpine pastures offers magnificent views of the spectacular Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Highlights of the Trip
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu & Patan
Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trekking
Breath taking Himalayas and natural beauty
Local lifestyle and culture
Stunning landscapes, sunrise, sunset views over the Himalayas
Green terraced farm different waterfalls, swift flowing rivers, and traditional villages
Beautiful rhododendron and pine forest, numerous ethnic settlements
Breath taking views of Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m), Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu- D
Welcome to Nepal. At your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Himalayan Namobuddha Travel and Treks’ representative will be there to welcome you. The representative will help you to check in your hotel rooms. In the hotel, you will be briefed about your activities during the trip. In the evening you will be welcomed with a dinner in one of the typical Nepali restaurant with cultural programs. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu & Patan- B
After breakfast in the hotel, we do sightseeing around Kathmandu City. We start our day trip from Thamel, this is the famous tourist street of Kathmandu city. You can shop your needy equipments, then to the famous historical place Kathmandu Durbar Square along with tour of local market and local lifestyle of Nepal. And then we will be visiting Patan Durbar Square and living goddess of Nepal – KUMARI of Patan. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (about 7 hrs)- B
After breakfast in the hotel, we will drive to Pokhara. The first day of our journey begins through drive up to Pokhara, a beautiful lake city. Enjoying the beautiful scenario of greenery hills and villages we will reach to Pokhara. Reaching there you have free time on your own. Overnight at Lakeside, Pokhara.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi (about 45 min) and trek to Dhampus (1990m) (3-4 hrs)- B,L,D
Today morning after breakfast we drive to a pass between two river valleys to the village of Phedi, where we commence our trek. The trail ascends for the first hour, following a ridge through fields of bamboo clusters to magnificent rhododendron forest. Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m) can be seen from our immediate viewpoint. Overnight at Dhampus.
Day 05: Trek from Dhampus to Landruk (1640m) (4-5 hrs)- B,L,D
The trail passes through rhododendron forest before continuing through a series of Gurung villages where lifestyles have not changed substantially over the centuries. After lunch we follow a well-marked trail to the prosperous village of Landruk where we camp for the night. Our private eco campsite affords dramatic views of Annapurna South. Overnight at Landruk.
Day 06: Trek from Landruk to Ghandruk (2050m) (4-5 hrs)- B,L,D
Our destination today is easily seen across the valley, the attractive Gurung village of Ghandruk. We exit the village and slowly descend through rice terraces, crossing a steel bridge that spans the glacial river of the Modi Khola and commence our ascent. As we trek up the many staircases, we enjoy the beauty of the Himalaya at a relatively close range and observe the glaciers flowing from them to form the rivers below us. Overnight at Ghandruk.
Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani (2650m) (4-5 hrs)- B,L,D
Our trail meanders uphill through fields and into forest of rhododendron, magnolia and lichen covered fig. We pass by waterfalls that cascade down narrow gullies that provide the perfect home for many small ferns and delicate plants such as exotic orchids bursting with colour.This is the last stop before we head into the more uninhabited regions of our trek. Overnight at Tadapani.
Day 08: Trek from Tadapani to Bhaisi Kharka (3420m) (6-7hrs)- B,L,D
Leaving the main trekking trail we continue to ascend on a less defined path through old growth forest where we may be fortunate enough to see Himalayan Thar, Hyrax or Ressus and Langur monkeys. Eventually we rise above the tree line and gain stunning views of the Annapurna Himal, our lunch spot will most likely be a yak pasture at Timuje perched high on the hillside with fantastic views of Annapurna South and Himul Chuli. Following the trail we ascend steeply to the ridge where spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and its surrounding peaks unfold before us. Continuing down the opposite side of the ridge we drop into smaller rhododendron forest and arrive at our remote campsite high on the hillside overlooking the valley. Overnight at Bhaisi Kharka.
Day 09: Trek from Bhaisi Kharka to Khopra (3660m) (7-8hrs)- B,L,D
Today we make our way downward towards the valley floor, eventually entering the old growth forest, surrounded by colourful rhododendron. We glimpse a small settlement lower down at Chistibung, which will be our lunch spot. After a relaxing lunch we begin our ascent to the stunning location of the eco lodge at Kopra. The views here are truly amazing and some of the best in the entire Annapurnas. Dhaulagiri dominates the scene and towers above the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki. Overnight at Khopra
Day 10: Exploration Day to Khayer Lake (4600m) (9-10 hrs)- B,L,D
Today for the exploration we hike to the Khayer Lake. The views are outstanding and you will trekking along an ancient pilgrimage trail to the site of the annual Badau Purnima Festival. The trail contours the steep hillsides and takes us even closer to the impressively sheer cliff face of Annapurna’s Fang Face. Overnight at Khopra.
Day 11: Trek from Khopra to Swantha (2400m) (6-7 hrs)- B,L,D
Today we descend steeply from our lodge towards a stream and pass through the village of Chistibung. Today’s route takes us through heavily forested terrain. Overnight at Swantha.
Day 12: Trek from Swantha to Upper Phulbari (3210m), via Ghorepani & Poon Hill (3200m) (5-6 hrs)- B,L,D
A short walk brings us to Chitre where we join the old Tibet-Nepal trade route. The walk this morning offers excellent views of the Dhaulagiri range as the trail zigzags until we reach our lunch stop at Ghorepani. This is a large village which is on the main tourist trail. We will make the climb in the afternoon, when there are no crowds. From Poon Hill we leave the main trail and traverse on old yak herder trails to Upper Phulbari. The location affords even more spectacular views, with the luxury of no pre-dawn start. Overnight at upper Phulbari.
Day 13: Trek from Phulbari to Les Par via Jaljala Dil (2600m) (6/7hrs)- B,L,D
The views in the early morning are tremendous, with forested foot hills as a fore ground and some of the world’s greatest mountain ranges surrounding us. Early rising sun catches Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna. Our trail takes us through beautiful forests of rhododendrons, fir, pine, cedar and bamboo, there are many small trails through the forest, and we are unlikely to see any other westerners in this section of the trek. Eventually we emerge to open grassland ridges that offer a particularly pleasant trekking experience, before descending to a pretty lunchspot in a narrow valley skirted by multicoloured rhododendron bushes. From here there are three trails, we take the south trail which leads us to Les Par (Swarga). Overnight at Les Par.
Day 14: Trek from Les Par to Ghibrang (2000m) (4-5 hrs)- B,L,D
Trekking along the ridge of Bharmakot Dhanda we gain excellent views of Annapurna South, Machapuchare, Hiunchuli and the Manaslu ranges. Ghibrang is a delightful village, largely untouched by western influence, and our private eco campsite offers yet more stunning views in a peaceful terraced setting amidst this pretty village. Overnight at Ghibrang.
Day 15: Trek from Ghibrang to Nayapul (1340m) (3/4 hrs) and drive to Pokhara (45 min)- B,L
Today our trail passes through interesting villages situated on steep rocky hills and terraces. The villages we pass are mixed communities of predominantly Gurung, Brahmin & Chettri. The final descent into Nayapul is 20 minutes on stone stairs. Here we will have a quick lunch break and then board the bus for Pokhara and our private eco camp. Once settled in we highly recommend you take a stroll down to the lake at Pokhara, there are many stores selling Tibetan wares which are less expensive than Kathmandu. The main street running along the lake is vibrant and an interesting place to sit and watch the world go by. Overnight at Pokhara
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (about 7 hrs)- B
You will reach Kathmandu by 7 hrs. Upon your arrival transfer to hotel and relax. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu- B, D
This day you will have free day on your own. In the evening, Himalayan Namobuddha Travel and Trek will take you for a farewell lunch or dinner in one of the finest restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Departure day- B
Today is your departure day. Himalayan Namobuddha’s representative will drop you to Airport 3 hours before scheduled flight. It’s time to bid Nepal farewell visit and appreciate your visit to our country Nepal. Hopefully we shall meet again.
*Note: Above itinerary can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Please let us know whether you would like to make shorter or longer or any other further changes in above itinerary. We will provide you details accordingly.
1. Airport drop + Pick up by private transportation
2. Standard Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
3. Welcome dinner in typical cultural restaurant in Kathmandu.
4. Private transportation during sightseeing in Kathmandu.
5. License holder experienced tour guide during sightseeing and his salary, meal, transportation etc.
6. Local License holder trekking guide during the trek and his salary, accommodation, food, transportation, insurance etc
7. Local trekking porter and his salary, transportation , meal, accommodation and insurance
8. During the trek: accommodation with full meals (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch and D-Dinner)
9. All necessary ground transportation during the trek.
10. All necessary trekking permit and paper works.
11. Farewell lunch / dinner in Kathmandu.
12. Guided trekking map.
1. Entrance fees for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
2. Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara which are not mentioned
3. All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverage, snacks etc.
4. Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
5. Personal clothing and gears.
6. Tips to guide (Expected but not mandatory)
7. Cost raised by cancelation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness which are not under our control.
8. Emergency Helicopter rescue (to be covered by your insurance company)
9. Other things which are not mentioned above.
Wish you a wonderful Himalayan experience with us!!!