Best of Annapurna and Dhualagiri is one of the most popular and happening trek in the Annapurna region offering panoramic Mountain View of Annpurna and Dhualagiri range in western Himalayas. Popular among the trekkers as one of the best two weeks tea house trek in Nepal that gives abundant dose of spectacular mountain scenery and varied Himalayan Culture.
The trail goes through many culturally blessed isolated villages, dense forest with diverse range of flora and fauna and rarely trekked alpine meadows that offers jaw dropping vista of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range accompanied by many others.
We will start this immensely gratifying trek with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Lake City Pokhara. From Pokhara we will gradually ascend through the lust forest to the traditional Gurung settlements of Ghandruk and Tadapani. The view of small thatched roofed houses within the terraced fields accompanied by majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri in the backdrop instigates the adrenaline rush. Leaving Tadapani behind us we will walk through the isolated and less trekked high alpine settlement of Bayeli and Dobato which ultimately lead us to Kopra ridge. The view of massive Dhaulagiri dipping in to the hazy depths of Kali Gandaki (deepest gorge in the world) along with peaks like Nilgiri, Annpurna I, and Annapurna south dominating the whole skyline is miraculous. From here we will further walk towards the Holy Kaire Lake which is situated in the lap of Fang face of Annapurna I. From here we return back through the main trekking route to Ghorepani by trekking through open alpine pastures, oak and Rhododendron forest. We too will hike to Poon Hill to witness the magical view of sunrise over the 8000m peaks like Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu along with many other. From here we trek down to Tikledhunga and Nayapool and catch a ride back to Pokhara to celebrate this thrilling yet soothing trek that introduces us to the best assets of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.
Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.
Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.
Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)”
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Today we will indulge ourselves in the surreal of Kathmandu valley. We will pay our visit to BouddhanathStupa, Pashupatinath temple and Bhaktapur Durbar square. In the evening we will meet in our office and conduct briefing on our Dhaulagiri trek by trekking guide.
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and prepare for the trek
Early in the morning we will enjoy a short airstrip from Kathmandu to Pokhara through the Himalayas. As soon as we land in Pokhara we will have our lunch. In pokhara we will do some sightseeing and prepare ourselves for the trek.
Day 04-06: Trek to Ghandruk
Following the well established trail we will trek through the dense forest of pine, juniper and rhododendron, pristine rivers and serene hamlets to the traditionally Gurung settlement of Ghandruk via Dhampus and Landruk.
Day 07-10: Ascend to Kopra ridge and Khayer Lake
Leaving Ghandruk behind us the trail ascends to the small settlement of Tadapani. From here we enter to Rhododendron forest and and then the trail goes above the tree line into lush alpine pastures offering the magnificent vista of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Ascend to Kopra ridge is the main highlight of this trek granting close-up views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Fang, Annapurna South and Nilgiri. We make a high camp at Khayer Lake.
Day 11-14: Follow the trail back to Pokhara
Now the trail gradually descends to Chitre and back to Pokhara via Naya Pool.
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu
We will have a morning flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arriving here we will check in to our hotel room and have rest or do some family shopping.
Day 16: Farewell
You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey.
My tour guide, Binod, from Actual Adventure was a very knowledgeable companion during my trip through the Himalayas. He always kept a close eye on me to ensure my well-being and safe return. He did a really great job and I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in trekking the Himalayas.
April , 2013