Annapurna South from Ghandruk

Annapurna & Dhaulagiri 13-Day Trek

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Duration
13 days
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What You'll Do
  • Walk on the roof of the world along remote trails of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri
  • See the Himalaya ablaze at sunset and sunrise
  • Stay in isolated mountain lodges and camps
  • Enjoy dawn views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and the Mardi Himal South Ridge
  • Visit the traditional Gurung village of Ghandruk
  • See yaks grazing in mountaintop meadows
  • Discover the Shangri-La of Kobra Ridge
  • See lakes formed by the glaciers and icefalls of Annapurna South.
  • Get close enough to Annapurna South and Bharha Shikhar to feel you can touch them
  • Watch the sunrise on Poon Hill
Overview
Walk on the roof of the world on a 13-day trekking adventure in Annapurna, with unparalleled views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges. See the deepest gorge in the world at Dhaulagiri, and discover remote mountain settlements.
What to Expect
Go to the mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and experience a breathtaking 13-day trekking adventure across Nepal. See stunning river valleys and terraced fields. Stay at remote mountain lodges or camp under stars. Walk through forests of magnolia and rhodedendron. Encounter Himalayan yaks, and much more.

Day 1: Arrival - Kathmandu
On arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by a trek representative for the transfer to your hotel, where you will get a full tour briefing and sort out your permits.

Day 2: Drive to Pokhara Altitude: 820 meters / 2,689 feet (6-7 hours)
Drive out of the Kathmandu Valley following the Prithvi Highway down to scenic Pokhara. En route, enjoy outstanding views of the Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna Mountain ranges of the Himalayas, as well as river valleys, terraced fields and local villages. On arrival in Pokhara, you are free to explore on your own. Take a boat out onto the lake, walk up to the peace pagoda, or simply relax and soak up the tranquility of the lake.

Day 3: Drive to Nayapul - Trek to Ghandruk Altitude: 1,940 meters / 6,363 feet (5 hours)
Depart after breakfast for the starting point of your trek in Nayapul, a journey of approximately 45 minutes. Then, walk up to Syauli Bazaar, passing the picturesque Gurung village of Ghandruk. Hike along mountain ridges with spectacular views, acclimatizing to the terrain and climate.

Day 4: Trek to Tadapani Altitude: 2,630 meters / 8,626 feet (4.5 hours)
The trail ascends through the spreadeagled village of Ghandruk, then climbs through lush forest, following a watercourse ravine up to Tadapani (Distance Waters), where your reward is great views of Annapurna South.

Day 5: Trek to Dobato Altitude: 3,460 meters / 11,348 feet (5.5 hours)
Today’s trek starts with a gentle uphill hike through rhododendron and magnolia forest, with daphne bushes and orchids clustered around the larger trees. See trees broken by winter storms and meadows with small streams. Following lunch, continue gently up through clumps of bamboo before you reach Dobato.

Day 6: Trek to Chhistibang Altitude 3,100 meters / 10,168 feet (4 hours)
Heads on upwards to Bhaise Kharka, from where the trail gently descends down to an ideal spot for lunch, with plenty of shade beside one of the clear streams. The stream courses its way down to join the Holy Kali Gandakhi, and after lunch you will follow downwards to Chhistibang.

Day 7: Trek to Kobra Ridge Altitude 3,650 meters / 11,972 feet (4 hours)
Break through the tree line as you climb uphill to Kobra Ridge, an incredibly beautiful spot that some call their “Shangri-La.” It has the most awe-inspiring mountain views on the planet, with Annapurna South (7,219 meters / 23,684 feet) and Bharha Shikhar (7,647 meters / 25,088 feet) - also known as Annapurna Fang - in the foreground.

The peaks of Nilgiri stretch out towards Mustang, while westward lies majestic Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters / 26,794 feet), revealing itself from base to summit. Sit here and watch the sunset; perhaps the finest sunset you will ever see.

Day 8: Trek to High Camp and back to Kobra Ridge Altitude: 3,650 meters / 11,972 feet (6 hours)
Initially, the trail takes a gradual ascent before getting steeper. You will approach High Camp passing Kalibaraha Lake, the higher and smaller of 2 lakes formed by the glaciers and icefalls of Annapurna South.

Continue along the trail for more breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Bharha Shikhar. If you look behind, you will see tremendous views of the lower lying villages. Advance crossing streams, traversing spurs, and passing chautaras and shepherd huts. The trail opens up on a large wilderness plain, where High Camp is located at the base of Annapurna South and Bharha Shikhar. You are close enough to feel you can touch them. Return to Kobra Ridge retracing your steps.

Day 9: Trek to Chitre Altitude: 2,390 meters / 7,839 feet (6 hours)
Retracing your steps, trek back to Chhistibang. You will then head due south, following the steep trail to Teuche Khola (1,800 meters / 5,905 feet), before climbing to the old Tibet-Nepal trade route, which is now a busy trekking trail that passes through Chitre.

Day 10: Sunrise on Poon Hill - Trek to Tikhedhungga Altitude: 1,540 meters / 5,051 feet (5 hours)
Back now among the guide-book trekkers, climb to Ghorepani village, which sits astride the saddle of the trail over and down to Pokhara Valley. As you commence your return to Pokhara, head down via Ulleri, bracing up the high pummeling steps that lead to your final teahouse at Tikhedhungga.

Day 11: Trek to Birethanti - Drive to Pokhara Altitude: 820 meters / 2,689 feet (3.5 hour trek / 1.5 hour drive)
Your last day of trekking takes you down and over the bridge at Birethanti, for a short walk back to the road that will take you back to Pokhara by vehicle.

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu
Leave Pokhara behind and drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, your time is free to either explore Kathmandu further, do a spot of souvenir shopping, or rest your legs!

Day 13: Departure
What's Included
  • International and domestic airport transfers as per itinerary
  • 1 night in Pokhara hotel accommodation on a twin share basis, with breakfast
  • 3 meals a day during trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Trek accommodation for 2 people, in tents or local lodges/guesthouses
  • All trekking and climbing related permits and fees
  • English-speaking and experienced guides
What's Not Included
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner prior to the trek - allow USD 20 per day
  • Meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara - allow USD 20 per day
  • Insurance (medical, emergency evacuation, loss, theft)
  • Drinks (alcoholic and bottled, other then sterilized drinking water)
  • Laundry fee
  • All food and drink, other than per itinerary
  • Personal gear and expenses
  • Tips
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu, or Kathmandu-Pokhara flight ticket each way - USD 110 per person
Meeting Point

Trek Nepal International Sales Office, Thamel, Kathmandu. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• Cancellation policy: within 7 days prior to tour departure - 50% of paid deposit refunded; less than 7 days - no refund. • Transfer to an alternative departure date will not be refunded

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