Just to the West of the Annapurna Sanctuary route, one of Nepal’s most visited areas, lies the Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek. Until recently only self-sufficient camping expeditions were possible in this area, but with the establishment of 5 community lodges and a homestay program this beautiful landscape has been opened up for off the beaten track “teahouse trekking”.
The trail is also called the Myagdi Parbat Eco-trek and is located near the Poon Hill area. This is one of several new community-managed projects in Nepal where the benefits from tourism reaches the whole community.
The trek offers a unique Nepal experience with a mixture of nature and culture. The views from Khopra, the highest point of the trek (3,650 m), are far better than from the frequently visited Poon Hill with panoramas of both the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. In addition you’ll have plenty of opportunity to engage with the friendly villagers you’ll meet along the trail. Tip: Don’t miss the yak farm in Kopra Ridge. The only place in the Annapurnas where you can encounter the famous yaks.
Variations of the suggested trail in this itinerary are possible. For additional information visit the Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trail on Facebook. If you plan on trekking in the winter months please find out from a local tour operator which teahouses are open.
Duration: 10 Days
Max Attitude: 3650 m.
Seasons: January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December
Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge, Homestay
Start Point: Kimche
End Point: Beni
Level of Difficulty: Medium
Group Size: Min. 1 & Max.15
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Permit. Issued in Kathmandu.
Day 1: Flight Kathmandu - Pokhara and drive to Kimche (1 1/2 hrs), trek to Ghandruk (1940 m) 1 hrs
Day 2: Ghandruk (1940 m) - Tadapani (2590 m) 4 hrs
Day 3: Tadapani (2590 m) - Bayali Kharka (3450 m) 6 hrs
Day 4: Bayali Kharka (3450 m) - Upper Chistibung (2990 m) 4 hrs
Day 5: Upper Chistibung (2990 m) - Khopra Ridge (3650 m) 3 hrs, 1/2 day hike in Khopra Ridge optional
Day 6: Khopra Ridge (3650 m) - Swanta (2195 m) 6 hrs
Day 7: Swanta (2195 m) - Danda Kharka (2850 m) 6 hrs
Day 8: Danda Kharka (2850 m) - Tikot (2278 m) via Poon Hill (3210 m) 8 hrs
Day 9: Tikot (2278 m) - Beni (850 m) 5 hrs trek or 2 hrs drive on dusty road during the dry months
Day 10: Beni (850 m) - Pokhara (4 hr bus ride) or to Kathmandu (9 hr bus ride)
Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with GHUMNAJAU.COM. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
02 Sep 2018
11 Sep 2018
- 1 Nights accommodation at Tourist standard Hotel in Beni
- 8 Nights accommodation All meals during trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Tea/coffee break & Dinner).
- Internal flight Kathmandu- Pokhara Roundtrip.
- All surface transportation on Private vehicle.
- All Travel permits (ACAP Permits & TIMS)
- English speaking guide & his/her Guide fees. (if requires other language as well)
- Comprehensive first aid kits
- Insurance for the staff
- All applicable government taxes.
- Meal in Pokhara (Only included Breakfast)
- Personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
- International airfare and VISA (On Arrival)
- Gratuities for Staff