This spectacular adventure treks through the Annapurna foothills to the wild and remote Kopra Ridge – one of the best vantage points in the Himalaya. We stay in tea houses while on the main trail but after we leave the main trail at Tadapani we stay in the community lodges. The profits go directly to the local community thus helping them with village and school projects. we leave the popular main trail and for the next week head through remote alpine terrain to Bayeli, before ascending to Khopra Ridge. Here we view the mighty peaks of Nilgiri, Annapurna South,Vara Shikhar and Tukuche. Dhaulagiri dominates the western skyline across one of the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Ghandaki. Our return route descends through open alpine pastures, oak forest and rhododendrons to Swanta , Fulbari and then to Poonhill for the sunrise. We rejoin the main trail at Ghorepani and follow the Burungdi khola to Nayapool where we end the trek.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met by our Himalayan Hikers representative and transferred you to the hotel. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes.After your checkin the group leader will set a time for your trek briefing to discuss in regards to the trek. The evening is free but your trek leader will organise a welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant.
Today, you will visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world and Pashupatinath ,the main temple for the hindus. Here you will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The rest of your afternoon is free. In the late afternoon you will be issued with your trek pack. Departure information for the next morning will also be given. Meals included:B
You will have an early departure from the hotel today for your flight to Pokhara. The flight timeis about 30 minutes with spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain to the north. In Pokhara you will be transferred by road (private bus) to the starting point of the trek at Nayapul. We stop for a while to get the crew organise your load. You leave Nayapul following the Modi Khola River to Birethanti where you will have your trekking permits checked. From here you get great views of the ‘fish tail’ Machapuchhare (6993m). You will continue to hike on the dirt road following the Modi Khola passing through terraced fields and settlements inhabited by the Chettris ,Brahmins and Gurungs.Soon you will reach the small hamlet of Shyauli Bazaar where you will stop for the day. Meals included:B, L, D
Today you will start the climb to Ghandruk. The trail gradually climbs out of Shyauli, and you will cross a steel suspension bridge. From here the trail climbs more steeply up stone steps through settlements of Klieu and Kimche .You stop in for a rest and can enjoy a hot drink or maybe a soft drink.From the small village of Chane the trail traverses and then climbs up to the village of Ghandruk, where you will stop for lunch and spend the night. Ghandruk is one of the biggest Gurung villages in the area.Ghandruk is well known for the number of its men folk who have served and is still serving in the British Gurkha regiments.
You will have spectacular views of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Machapuchhare (6993m), and Hiunchuli (6434m). Meals included:breakfast/lunch/dinner
Todays walk will be easier with not many steep ascents to encounter.Once you leave Ghandruk,you enter into oak and rhododendron forest keeping you cool.The forest is comes alive with the sounds of birds,streams and small waterfalls.There are no villages on today’s walk,but there a few tea houses at Bhaisi kharka .we stop in for your morning tea and rest. There will be fine views of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7237m), Machhapuchhare (6993m) and Lamjung Himal (6931m) teasing you all along the way. Your lodge at Tadapani is perfectly located between the rhododendron forest.Sunrise and sunset views is a must to see from here. Meals included:B, L, D
You will leave now leave the main trail that leads to Ghorepani today and follow a rarely used trail –(mainly used by the local sheperds).you trek through thick rhododendron forest ,pine and bamboos and soon emerge above the tree line to superb views of the Annapurna range and the Fishtail mountain.There are little tea shops here and we stop for lunch.After lunch you will continue to climb gradually through rhododendron forest .to reach Dobato. From here you get great views of the ‘fish tail’ Machapuchhare (6993m) and Annapurna south.The trail descends for a while before making the final ascent to Bayli Kharka where you stop for the night.This is the first community lodge of the trek.From the lodge there are great views of Dhaulagiri Himal. Meals included:B, L, D
This morning you will descend through open ground ,forest and crossing the river to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung.You now make the climb from the river to reach a clearing and temporary herders settlement at Dhankharka or upper chistibung. Being off the beaten track, the villages haven’t previously enjoyed the benefits of tourism. Now with the construction of the Community Lodges, there are profits to benefit local projects and schools.This lodge supports the school at Kindu,a nearby village. Meals included:B, L, D
To reach the ridge at Khopra, you will embark on a steady climb that carries you above the tree line. The best way to tackle the climb is to ascend steadily, take your time and rest as often as you wish.You come across few herders with their Yaks grazing on the slopes. You will reach the lodge on Khopra Ridge in time for lunch and will be greeted by more awe-inspiring views. This extraordinary panorama includes Annapurna South, towering directly above you Varashikar and Nilgiri prominent to the north. Across the depths of the Kali Gandaki Valley, the Dhaulagiri Himal dominates the entire western skyline. Kopra Community Lodge supports the secondary school at Nangi. Sunset and Sunrise is spectacular from here. Meals included:B, L, D
From Kopra Ridge you will descend off the hillside and continue steeply downhill. You will retrace the route back to Chistibung. You will then head to the village of Swanta, where you will stay overnight in the newly constructed lodge.This lodge supports the school at Swanta.You have time to pay a quick visit the school and interact with the kids and the teaching staff. Meals included:B, L, D
From Swanta you will descend through the village fields to a small river and take a quick look at the local water mill. From here you will cross the suspension bridge and head upwards to the village of Chittre, where you’ll join the main trekking trail for a little while.You will now start heading through the terraced fields of Phalante and start enjoying the fresh aromas of the forest.You will get some fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and the sorrounding mountains.You will now start to make a gradual climb to get to the pass where we stop in for a rest and drink.From here on it’s a fairly easy walk to Fulbari (Garden of Flowers) and stop for the night.It is spectacular in the spring with all the flowers in bloom lighting up the whole valley. Meals included:B, L, D
In the morning we rise early to enjoy the sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from Pun Hill (3210m). If conditions are clear,the views from here are breathtaking. one can see Dhaulagiri ,Nilgiri,Varashikar,Annapurna,Hiunchuli,Fishtail,Manaslu and other snow capped mountains.This is a major highlight of the trip and it is really worthwhile making the effort to make an early start. We return to our lodge for breakfast and then make a liesurely start for the walk to Ulleri . From the lodge at Ulleri there is a very steep descent of 500 metres on a stone staircase to the Bhurungdi Khola River where you will cross a small suspension bridge to reach the village of Tirkedunga and then a short walk to Hile for the night. Meals included:B, L, D
Another early start today, to make the most of the day ahead. After giving your knees some time to recover, you will leave the lodge at Hile and continue a more gentle descent to the village of Birethanti, on the banks of the Modi Khola. Here you will stop in for a rest or enjoy some soft drinks and then cross the new bridge to the east bank, before following the river back to the pick-up point at Naya Pul.After saying farewell to your porters, you will be transferred by coach back to Pokhara and checkin at the Hotel located in the lakeside.The afternoon is free for you to relax or do some exploring.In the evening there is iption to dine out at one of the many lakeside restaurants. Meals included:B, L, D
A free day in Pokhara to explore, shop or just take it easy. Your trek leader will be there to assist you for further sightseeing’s in Pokhara. Meals included: B
After breakfast we drive back to kathmandu to our starting hotel. The rest of the day is free to do shopping or further sightseeing.Our final night in Kathmandu gives us a chance to go out on the town and enjoy a final dinner (optional) with our travelling companions and new-found friends. Meals included: B
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements.
SUGGESTED CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
Swimming costume (for Kathmandu & Pokhara)
The gears with an asterisk (*) sign are handed out by Himalayan Hikers as a part of service You can use your personal gears if you prefer to do so i.e. sleeping bag, liner, down jacket