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Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking

Trekking  +  walking
Trekking + walking
Tour details
Destinations: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Ghandruk
Guide language: English
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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Departures
  • Details

Overview

This popular trek in the Annapurna region offers unparalleled views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges along with the diversity of Nepal. Within a few days we gain a sense of serenity as we gradually ascend through hamlets and pristine forests to the alpine heights of Kobra Ridge. The views are incredible with the sheer walls of the magnificent Dhaulagiri plunging to the misty depths of the Kali Gandakhi – the deepest gorge in the world.

We are further graced with the high pastures above Kobra Ridge beneath the amazing Annapurna South and Bharha Shikha – more commonly known as Annapurna Fang, and where ancient pilgrim trails lead to the sacred waters of Khaire Lake. Our route also offers staggering views of Annapurna South and other surrounding peaks. Cocooned by stunning mountains and peaks and hiking past lakes formed by the glaciers and ice falls of Annapurna South, perception and time subtly shift and one feels like a pioneer on a completely different planet.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu. Alt: 1,350m.
At Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by a Trek Nepal representative and transferred to your hotel. There will be a full tour briefing in the evening.

Day 2 Drive Pokhara, Overnight Hotel. Alt. 820m. Drive 7 hours.
We drive out of the Kathmandu valley following the Prithvi highway, which descends to the scenic and tranquil town of Pokhara. En route we will have outstanding views of the Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges of the Himalayas, along with river valleys, terraced fields and local villages. Pokhara is set on the banks of Phewa Tal (lake) beneath the Annapurna range, which creates a spectacular backdrop for this serene town. On arriving you are free to explore the town, take a boat out on to the lake, walk up to the peace pagoda, or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere by the lake.

Day 3 Trek to Ghandruk, Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Alt. 1,940. Trek 6 ½ hours.
Following breakfast we depart for our trek’s starting point Nayapul, a drive of approx. 45 minutes; and then walk up to Syauli Bazaar. The trail then heads steeply up to the attractive Gurung village of Ghandruk taking us along ridges with spectacular views, which allow us to acclimatize within them. At our first teahouse we have views of Annapurna South (7,219m), Machhapuchhre (6,997m) and the Mardi Himal south ridge; and looking across the Modi Valley we see the villages of Landruk and Tolka.

Day 4 Tadapani, Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Alt. 2,630m. Trek 3 hours.
First the trail ascends through the spread-out village of Ghandruk and later climbs through the forest following a watercourse ravine up to Tadapani, which translates to ‘distance waters’. The trail is home to
outstanding flora such as small ferns and exotic orchids. We lunch on the way at Bhaisi Kharka. All around us are magnificent views of the Annapurnas.

Day 5 Dobato, Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Alt. 3,460m. Trek 6 hours
The trail takes us gently uphill through the rhododendron and magnolia forest, with daphne bushes and orchids hosted by the bigger trees. After two hours we reach storm-torn trees broken by the winter snows and wind, and after a further two hours we picnic in the little meadow with its tumbling stream. Following lunch the trail goes gently upward through clumps of bamboo before reaching Dobato

Day 6 Chhistibang, Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Alt. 3,100m. Trek 4 hours.
For the first hour the trail follows the 3,100m contour then breaks out of the forest onto the grass moorlands. To the west are breathtaking views of the lovely Kali Gandakhi Valley far below, whilst the great massif of Dhaulagiri (8,167m) is above and beyond. The route then leads on upwards to Bhaise Kharka at 3,330m. The trail from here takes us gently downhill to an ideal lunch spot with plenty of shade beside one of the clear streams, which courses its way down to join the holy Kali Gandakhi. For us too, after lunch, it is downwards to Chhistibang.

Day 7 Kobra Ridge, Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Alt. 3,650m. Trek 3 hours.
Just four hours walking today. The trail again breaks through the tree line as we climb uphill to the Kobra Ridge. Today it is necessary to prepare a packed lunch for there is very little water en route for food preparation. Kobra Ridge is incredibly beautiful, for some it is their Shangri-La, it has the most awe- inspiring mountain views our planet offers with Annapurna South (7,219m) and Bharha Shikhar – also known as Annapurna Fang (7,647m), in the foreground, the peaks of the Nilgiri away towards Mustang and westward lies the dominance of the majestic Dhaulagiri (8,167m) as we see her in her entirety, from base to summit, and where later the sun will set.

Day 8 Kobra Ridge – Trek to High Camp, Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Alt. 3,650m. Trek 6 hours.
Dawn, and sunrise has set Dhaulagiri aflame. Complete with packed lunch we head north climbing upwards across high pastures, a stunning wilderness that is home to wild yaks – sometimes grazing in herds, other times lone rogue males, towards the mountains. Initially, the trail ascends gradually then steepens. As we approach High Camp we pass Kalibaraha Lake that is the higher and smaller of two lakes formed by the glaciers and icefalls of Annapurna South that towers above us. Continuing along the trail ahead of us are breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Bharha Shikhar, if you look behind there are tremendous views of the lower lying villages. As we advance crossing streams, traversing spurs and passing chautaras and shepherd huts the trail opens up to a large wilderness plain where High Camp is located lying at the base of Annapurna South (7,219m) and Bharha Shikhar (7,467m), which are close enough to touch. In the summertime herders bring their livestock to graze here. There is an optional trek to the sacred Khaire Lake, a place of pilgrimage with its lone stone-piled temple to lord Shiva, which is usually mist-shrouded. Here the wall and summit of Annapurna South is so close it strains the neck muscles as you take in all that is in front of you, and for completeness Bharha Shikhar, Annapurna I’s great southern spur, fills the space beyond. This is a 3 hour round trip. Whatever the decision we return to Kobra Ridge in the same direction we came.

Day 9 Chitre, Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Alt. 2,390m. Trek 6 hours.
Retracing our steps, we reach Chhistibang and then head due south following the steep trail to the Teuche Khola (1,800m) before climbing to the old Tibet-Nepal trade route which is now the busy trekking trail that passes through Chitre. This is a marked contrast to the last several days of trekking we have enjoyed.

Day 10 Tikhedhungga, Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Alt. 1,540m. Trek 7 hours.
Back now among the ‘guide-book’ trekkers, we climb to Ghorepani the village that sits astride the saddle that takes the trail over and down to the Pokhara Valley. The walk to Ghorepani continues to offer excellent views of the Dhaulagiri. As we commence our return to Pokhara we head down via Ulleri, bracing up the high pummeling steps that lead to our final teahouse at Tikhedhungga.

Day 11 Pokhara, Alt. 820m. Trek 3 ½ hours.
The trek’s last day takes us down to and over the bridge at Birethanti and a short walk to the road for the journey back to Pokhara.

Departures

Start DateEnd Date
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking6 Feb 201816 Feb 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking16 Feb 201826 Feb 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking26 Feb 20188 Mar 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking2nd Mar 201812 Mar 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking10 Mar 201820 Mar 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking20 Mar 201830 Mar 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking29 Mar 20188 Apr 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking3rd Apr 201813 Apr 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking13 Apr 201823rd Apr 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking21st Apr 20181st May 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking28 Apr 20188 May 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking5 May 201815 May 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking14 May 201824 May 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking23rd May 20182nd Jun 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking1st Sep 201811 Sep 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking9 Sep 201819 Sep 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking18 Sep 201828 Sep 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking27 Sep 20187 Oct 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking2nd Oct 201812 Oct 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking12 Oct 201822nd Oct 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking20 Oct 201830 Oct 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking29 Oct 20188 Nov 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking3rd Nov 201813rd Nov 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking13rd Nov 201823rd Nov 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking22nd Nov 20182nd Dec 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking5 Dec 201815 Dec 2018
Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trekking15 Dec 201825 Dec 2018

Details

Add-On Trips:

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Price Includes

  • All transfers to and from the airport accompanied by an English speaking representative
  • Accommodation based on twin sharing as detailed in the itinerary. Twin rooms are provided for non-couples as well as couples
  • Activities as shown in the itinerary, note this may vary from day to day
  • Sterilized drinking water during trek
  • All necessary transportation, whether private or public
  • All trekking related permits and fees
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Assistant guides and porters to support the group size
  • Trek Nepal T-shirt
  • 13% VAT

Price Excludes

  • International airfare, airport taxes, visa fees, passport costs, insurance premiums of any kind and excess baggage charges
  • Accommodation and Meals In Kathmandu
  • Any Meals
  • Personal Travel Insurance (cover your adventure activity as well as medical, emergency evacuation and personal belongings). It is imperative to be insured with suitable cover
  • Personal clothing and footwear such as down jackets, waterproofs, hat, gloves, hiking boots
  • Personal equipment, for example rucksack, day backpack, torch, water bottle, sleeping bag and mat
  • Personal medical supplies and vaccinations
  • Optional single accommodation supplement
  • Personal expenses such as phone bills, room service charges, porterage, bar bills (meals exclude bottle and alcohol drinks), tips to guides, porters and drivers, laundry
  • Expenses incurred during emergency evacuation due to any reason
  • Optional tours, excursions and activities
  • Any item not detailed in the “What Is Included”
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of TrekNepal
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