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.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Drive Pokhara
Day 3: Trek to Ghandruk
Day 4: Trek to Tadapani
Day 5: Trek to Dobato
Day 6: Trek to Chhistibang
Day 7: Trek to Kobra Ridge
Day 8: Kobra Ridge – Trek to High Camp
Day 9: Trek to Chitre
Day 10: Trek to Tikhedhungga
Day 11: Drive to Pokhara
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.
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|Jungle Safari||Mountain Flight||Paragliding 1 hour|
|Multi/day Rafting||Day sightseeing||Bungy Jump + Canyoning|
|Riepe Homstay||Volunteering Travel||Everest day tour by Heli|
|Rafting day tour||Shivapuri Day Hike||Day hike to Namobuddha|
We booked the 10 days Annapurna&Daulaghiri trek at "Trek Nepal Int'l" in Kathmandu. We can defintely recommend this trekkingroute because it was doable for Medium-sporty people, nice and quiet in the beginning and a bit more crowded in the end, but still very very nice.There a some hard parts in between, but that belongs to trekking too (take a warm sleepingbag!). We mostly had different paths and changing beautiful views. The lodges/tea houses we stayed at, were very different.Sometimes we had electricity, (warm) water and wifi, and sometimes we did 'n t have it. It is just different in every area of the mountains.As we were only 2 friends with guide and porter, there was some flexibilty possible. That was especially good because one of us felt sick at the beginning of the trek. It was a pleasure having Pramod as a guide and Dinesh as a porter. Both were so nice, funny,chatty and attentive. Their english was quite good too and we could ask them anything. They were well prepared, experienced in the mountains, and professionell. Furthermore, they always took a lot of care of us and made us feel comfortable.
The Company in Kathmandu advised us very well too, we could ask anything and they would respond. It is probably a medium-to- expensive agency but it is definetely worth the money. We would especially like to thank pramod and dinesh for keeping up a good mood, taking so much care of us and having good conversations.
It was an absoultely amazing experience !
“Khopra Ridge Trek”
My third trek with trek Nepal International, and another huge success. Superbly organised logistically and executed with a high level of professionalism.
There were 6 members in our trekking team, and the guiding staff and porters took all of our varying capabilities into consideration. With plenty of humour, knowledge of the local area and hospitality skills that stretch above and beyond, Trek Nepal staff deliver an exceptional experience for all. We leave Nepal yet again with a huge amount of appreciation for the work these guys do (and that includes the behind the scenes work by the girls back in the office in Kathmandu).
The trek itself delivered phenomenal views, and allowed us to deviate from the more populated standard routes through the Annapurna Region. We had days without coming in contact with other trekkers which we believe allows a far more authentic experience of the area and the country in general.
See you all again in 2015
“Great Trip – Very Accommodating!”
We had scheduled a trek in Bhutan that fell through at the last minute when we arrived in Bangkok from New York. It was after midnight in Bangkok, so we quickly searched on the Internet for treks in Nepal. We reached Trek Nepal by phone at 2:00 a.m. and they made arrangements for us to be met in Kathmandu to arrange a custom trek for our group of four. Based on our time frame, they were able to construct a perfect 7 day trek for us on the Annapurna route with views of the Annapurna and Dhauligiri ranges. They arranged for us to fly to Pokhara.
Our guide, Ganesh, was extremely accommodating, especially on the first day when some of us were experiencing leg cramps from the heat. Our plans for staying in specific guest houses were altered based on how far we traveled. Some days we added to the length of our hike, in an effort to cram an 8 day hike into 7 days. Ganesh would listen to our requests and provide feedback based on his experience. He provided lots of interesting insights into the Nepali culture – and he played a mean game of cards! All in all, we were impressed by Trek Nepal's ability to be so responsive and flexible. On the last day, Ganesh was even able to arrange ParaGliding in Pokhara for my daughter & friend, to top off a perfect vacation.