Ultimate Annapurna Dhaulagiri

Ultimate Annapurna Dhaulagiri information and booking

from
$2090
  • Duration
    16 days
    Days
  • Group size
    4-16
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 16 day trip
  • 11 day trek
  • 3 nights hotels
  • 9 nights camping
  • 2 nights lodge
  • 1 night guesthouse
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Stunning views of Dhaulagiri & Annapurna ranges throughout the trek
  • Kopra Ridge & optional Kaire Lake trek
  • Trek via Poon Hill
  • Private and secluded camp with views that rival those from Poon Hill for stunning sunrise photo opportunities
  • Fully supported camping based trek including 3 hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath
  • Himalayan mountain flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

This popular circuit trek in the Annapurna region offers incomparable views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Our carefully researched 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 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 Kaire Lake. Our route offers a broad experience of the Annapurnas 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.

What's included

  • 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • Flight pokhara/kathmandu/pokhara us$214 approx.
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Group medical kit
  • Good quality accommodation in kathmandu
  • The use of a world expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over us$500)
  • Souvenir world expeditions kit bag
  • Private transportation
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment
  • Porter's insurance
  • Site entry fees and sightseeing in kathmandu
  • Accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites

Itinerary

Day 1 Join Kathmandu
You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. Evening drinks are held in the hotel for all World Expeditions clients arriving today. Drinks and snacks will generally be served from 6:30 pm until 7:15pm, and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.
Day 2 In Kathmandu (1330m)
This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Durbar Square, Patan, Swayambhunath or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.
Day 3 Fly to Pokhara, commence trek to Dhampus (1990m) - walk approx. 2 hrs
This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest town (820m). In good weather we are greeted with sights of the entire Annapurna Range. From here we drive for an hour to a pass between two river valleys to the village of Khare, where we commence our trek. There is no need to rush as this is a short day with plenty of time to reach our overnight stop. The trail ascends for the first hour, following a ridge through fields of bamboo clusters to magnificent rhododendron forest. Villagers greet us with “Namaste”, the traditional Nepalese greeting, as we pass their homes and continue to the ridge top where at the crest the scale of the mountains astounds us. Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m) can be seen from our immediate viewpoint. Overnight eco lodge.
Day 4 Trek to Landruk (1640m). Walk approx. 5 hrs
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 camp for the night. Our camp affords dramatic views of Annapurna South.
Day 5 To Gandruk (2050m). Walk approx. 4 hrs.
Our destination today is easily seen across the valley, the attractive Gurung village of Gandruk. 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 really is a magnificent location and a photographer's delight. Our leisurely approach along these ridges with their fine mountain views ensures proper acclimatisation and the un-hurried opportunity to fully savour this magnificent scenery.
Day 6 To Tadapani (2650m). Walk approx. 4 hrs.
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. Tadapani is a small village with limited campsites, our overnight accommodation will be in a lodge. This is the last stop before we head into the more uninhabited regions of our trek.
Day 7 To Bhaisi Kharka (3420m), walk approx. 6/7hrs.
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 our lunch break we ascend steeply to the ridge where spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and it's surrounding peaks unfold before us. 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 To Kopra (3660m), walk approx. 6/7hrs.
Setting off early today we make our way downward towards the valley floor, eventually entering the old growth forest once more where the small trail leads to a pleasant lunch stop in a grassy clearing surrounded by colourful 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 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 Gandakhi. Today is a challenging day of trekking and well worth the effort as we relax and take in the views in this very special and exclusive campsite.
Day 9 Kopra Camp and Kaire Lake (3880m)
For those who are feeling fit and enthusiastic, the trip to Kaire Lake high above us is well worth the effort, not only for views and the feeling of exhilaration after your achievement but to also see shrines that are the site of the annual Badau Purnima 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 our campsite above Kopra.
Day 10 To Swantha (2400m). Walk approx. 6/7 hours.
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 To Upper Phulbari (3210m), via Ghorepani & Poon Hill (3200m), walk approx 5/6 hrs.
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 to Ghorepani take a a 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 Upper Phulbari, which is set above the level of Poon Hill. The location affords even more spectacular views, with the luxury of no pre-dawn start, unless of course you chose to photograph the stunning views at sunrise. Overnight guesthouse.
Day 12 To Jaljala Dil (2600m), walk approx. 5/6hrs.
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 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 our campsite at Jaljala Dil.
Day 13 To Ghibrang (2000m), walk approx. 4/5 hrs.
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 campsite offers yet more stunning views in a peaceful terraced setting amidst this pretty village.
Day 14 To Nayapul (1340m) walk approx. 3/4 hrs 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 and our private permanent 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.
Day 15 Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu
This morning we transfer to the airport for the spectacular 40 minute flight back to Kathmandu. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 16 Trip concludes Kathmandu
After breakfast arrangements cease unless further arrangements have been made. Those people travelling by aircraft to further destinations will be transferred to the airport.