Annapurna Dhaulagiri trekking is a remote trekking into the heart of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. This trek offers incomparable views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Our carefully research itinerary is impressive, as within a few days we gain a sense of serenity as we gradually ascend through tiny settlements and pristine forests to the alpine heights of Kopra Ridge. The views from our camp are incredible with the colossal ramparts of Dhaulagiri plunging to the misty depths of the Kali Gandakhi - the deepest gorge in the world.
A further highlight of trekking to Annapurna Dhaulagiri are the high pastures above Kopra Ridge beneath the awesome Fang Face of Annapurna 1, where ancient pilgrim trails lead to the sacred waters of Kayar Lake. Our route offers a broad experience of the Annapurna today, as we pass through prosperous villages where western influence is minimal, traverse grassy ridges, pass through old growth forests with 1000 year old rhododendrons and camp underneath some of the most awe inspiring mountain scenery on earth.
A special trekking gear is required for Annapurna Dhaulagiri trekking includes walking boots and day pack -a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking. In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, film and camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip guard etc. Porters carry all group gear and your trek pack.
This is a tea house trekking; this is no well developed tea house accommodation on the entire trekking route to Annapurna Dhaulagiri. In particular places there are basic home stay type of guest house. A good guide who has been there is necessary for this trekking since we walk on a wild trail for some days in the jungle.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal.
On arrival at Kathmandu airport, meet and get warm reception by us, then transfer to hotel. Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given in the evening with your fellow group members.
Day 2: Kathmandu tour (1330m)
Kathmandu tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centre of cultural and spiritual significance. Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.
Day 3: Kathmandu –Australian camp (1990m, 2 hours) trek.
This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, is second largest town (820 m) of Nepal. On arrival we are greeted with sights of the entire Annapurna Range. Then drive to Khade takes around one hour. Our trail then winds uphill through terraced fields and mixed oak and rhododendron forest. There is no need to rush. This is a short day with plenty of time to reach camp. Australia Camp is located on a grassy ridge that affords inspiring views of the huge snowy face of Annapurna South and the sacred peak of Machapuchare. At dusk we can appreciate the lights of Pokhara over a thousand meters below our camp.
Day 4: Trek to Landruk (1640m, 5 hrs trek)
After a glorious mountain sunrise we follow the trail 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 spend overnight. Our camp affords dramatic views of Annapurna South.
Day 5: Ghandruk (2050m, 4 hours) trek.
Ghandruk is easily seen across the valley, the attractive Gurung village. 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. It is really a magnificent location and a photographer delight. Our leisurely approach along these ridges with their fine mountain views ensures proper acclimatization and the un-hurried opportunity to fully savor this magnificent scenery.
Day 6: Ghandruk Tadapani (2650m, 4 hours) trek.
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 color. Tadapani is a small village with limited campsites, and the last stop before we head into the more uninhabited regions of our trek.
Day 7: Trekking to Bhaisi Kharka (3420m, 6/7 hours trek)
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 Rhesus and Langur monkeys. This section of the trek is magnificent and we are now well off the main trail. 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.
Day 8: Bhaisi Kharka -Khopra (3660m, 6/7 hours) Trek.
Trek downward towards the valley floor, eventually entering the old growth forest once more where the small trail leads to a pleasant grassy clearing surrounded by colorful rhododendron. We glimpse a small settlement lower down at Chistibung before we divert directly up the ridge for a few hours before we level out and contour grassy hillsides before our final ascent to our stunning wilderness campsite above Khopra. The views here are truly amazing and some of the best in the entire Annapurna. Dhaulagiri dominates the scene and towers above the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandakhi. Today is a challenging day of trekking and well worth.
Day 9: Khopra Khayar Lake (3880m) trek
For those who are feeling fit and enthusiastic, the trip to Khayar Lake high above us is well worth the effort, not only for views and the feeling of exhilaration after your achievement but also to see shrines that are the site of the annual August full moon festival. Weather dependent, the optional walk can take up to 11 hrs, and contours the steep hillsides and takes us even closer to the impressively sheer cliff face of Fang. In the early afternoon, we will descend back to Kopra.
Day 10: Khopra - Swantha (2400m, 6/7 hours) trek.
We descend steeply from our camp, following the ridge line towards the Kali Gandaki and pass shrines used by pilgrims on their annual visit to the sacred lakes. There may be shepherds on the trail, as well as villagers going about their daily activities as we descend. There is more activity and signs of settlement, a marked contrast to the trekking we have enjoyed on the high ridges.
Day 11: Swanta - Upper Phulbari (210m, 5/6 hours trek) via Ghorepani & Poon Hill (3200m).
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 sizeable town which is on the main tourist trail. You may wish to wander through the bazaar for a short period following lunch, as there are many Tibetan wares on display, and also a bakery or two. Most trekkers take pre dawn 45 minute climb to the summit of Poon Hill (3200m), which is a highlight of trekking in the Annapurnas. 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 camp at Upper Phulbari, which is set above the level of Poon Hill. The location affords even more spectacular views which we enjoy from the comfort of our campsite and with the luxury of no pre-dawn start, unless of course you chose to photograph the stunning views at sunrise.
Day 12: Phulbari - Jaljala Dil (2600m,5/6 hours) trek
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. If you are up early enough, the glow of the 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 lunch spot in a narrow valley skirted by multicolored rhododendron bushes. From here there are three trails; we take the south trail which leads us to our campsite at Jaljala Dil.
Day 13: Jaljala Dil - Ghibrang (2000m, 4/5 hours)
Trekking along the ridge of Bharmakot Danda 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 campsite offers yet more stunning views in a peaceful terraced setting amidst this pretty village.
Day 14: Trek to Nayapul (1340m, 3/4 hours) trek and transfer to Pokhara
Have your trekking poles at the ready today as our descent is approx. 1000m. We pass 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. 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.
Day 15: Pokhara Kathmandu
This morning we come back to Kathmandu either by flight or by bus. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 16: Kathmandu Airport
After breakfast, free until airport time, transfer to airport to get your onward destination fight.