Dhaulagiri Eco Community Trail is a complete blend of culture and landscapes, visiting both popular and remote section of Annapurna region, while participating in the community activities and witnessing an array of the high Himalayas from many vantage points in different shapes and direction.
The major attractions of Dhaulagiri Eco Community Trekking is to explore the yet to be spoiled area of Annapurna which includes new destination like Mohare Danda, Khopra Ridge and Khayer Lake, only opened for foreigners after 2010. These community based trails are introduced to promote the sustainable eco-tourism and support the local lives of the people.
Mohare Danda and Khopra Ridge also provides awesome mountain views, as much as like popular Poon Hill (3210m). We shall also be rewarded to view the Trans-Himalayan area of Lower Mustang region spreading over the world's deepest gorge – Kali Gandaki and towering peaks of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Mt. Nilgiri (6940m). As walking down through gorgeous rhododendron forest enjoying wonderful scenario of eight thousanders towards the lustrous landscapes encountering Magar & Gurung people and their impressive local settlement, we will reach sacred Khayer Lake, our final destination.
We descend to our final teahouse at Tatopani, and take bus or jeep drive in uneven roads of Jomsom-Pokhara highway. But before we say good bye to Annapurna community trail, we shall enjoy a natural hot-spring (“Tatopani” literally meaning hot “Tato” and Pani “water”) and take a dip to rest our bones before heading back to Pokhara.
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu: Picked Up from the airport and transfer to the Hotel Drive: 30 minutes | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2Free Day in Kathmandu Optional: Join our free walking tours – starts at 10am – Walk to Monkey Temple (Rs 200 Entrance Fee) – Visit National Museum (Rs 500) – Kathmandu Durbar Square (Rs 1000) – finish at 4pm
Walk: 2 – 3 hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and transfer to HotelDrive: 7-8 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, L, D
Day 4Drive from Pokhara to Galeshwor and trek to Bas Kharka (1525m / 5002 ft)Drive: 3 – 4 hrs | Walk: 2 – 3 hrs | Accommodation: Homestay/Community Lodge | Meals: B, L, D
Day 5Trek from Bas Kharka to Nagi (2230m / 7314 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Homestay/Community Lodge | Meals: B, L, D
Day 6Community Day – Explore Nagi Accommodation: Homestay/Community Lodge | Meals: B, L, D
Day 7Trek from Nagi to Mohare Danda (3300m / 10824 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Homestay/Community Lodge | Meals: B, L, D
Day 8Trek from Mohare Danda to Danda Kharka (2800m / 9184 ft)Walk: 2 – 3 hrs | Accommodation: Homestay/Community Lodge | Meals: B, L, D
Day 9Trek from Danda Kharka to Swanta (2200m / 7216 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Homestay/Community Lodge | Meals: B, L, D
Day 10Trek from Swanta to Upper Chistibung (2975m / 9758 ft)Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Homestay/Community Lodge | Meals: B, L, D
Day 11Trek from Upper Chistibung to Khopra Ridge (3660m / 12004 ft)Walk: 3 – 4 hrs | Accommodation: Homestay/Community Lodge | Meals: B, L, D
Day 12Day Trip to Khayer Lake (4500m / 14760 ft)Walk: 8 – 9 hrs | Accommodation: Homestay/Community Lodge | Meals: B, L, D
Day 13Trek from Khopra Ridge to Narchyang (1510m / 4952 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 14Trek from Narchyang to Tatopani (1190m / 3903 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 15Drive from Tatopani to Beni to PokharaDrive: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, L, D
Day 16Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer to HotelDrive: 7 - 8 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Included: B, L, D
Day 17Free Day in Kathmandu (Contingency Day)Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 18Final Departure | Other Travel Plan
FREE WALKING TOUR: This is an optional walking adventure on the outskirts of Thamel area, which will surprisingly take you to popular Buddhist shrine – Monkey Temple (original name Swayambunath Stupa) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (House of Virgin Living Goddess) after a quick peek at the National Museum. It is around 6km walk, takes 1.5 hrs walk starting and ending from/to Thamel. It is a guided tour; however the entrance fees to these heritage sites must be pay by travelers themselves. [Monkey Temple – Rs 200, Kathmandu Durbar Square – Rs 1000, National Museum – Rs 150]. We start at 10am in the morning (after breakfast) and finish before 4pm (time can vary).
SAFETY CONCERN: Your safety is our top concern while organizing outdoor and adventure plans. Our leaders and crew members are experienced professionals who will make sure that the trip is safely in course. We truly understand the need of information flow and risk management to provide the best experience. Our trekking arrangement includes the proper clothing, supplies of equipment and gears, high altitude prevention measures and remedies to provide the carefree adventure in the Himalayas.
STANDARD TRIP: Standard itinerary and route plans are typically designed considering the necessary number of days to complete the trek for average fit travelers and level of altitude gain on the trek (and multiple other factors) which can be modified as per the interest, time, experience and budget plan of travelers. On the given adventure plan, we have included the most important items necessary for the trip and the cost for it and quoted to provide a general idea of the cost of the trip with minimum number of days required to complete the trip.
CUSTOMIZE TRIP: We can organize a trip to every style and provide our service as required by the travelers. There are few items like leader, permits etc, which are mandatory to provide from the agency whereas there are also several alternatives to design the trip as suited. Any customization of the standard itinerary will change the trip price accordingly. We always like to hear what you have to say. We are always happy to assist your valuable travel holidays in your manner with the best information that suits your way of traveling.
ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU
We need to have 4 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (before and after the trip) for preparation, rest, and contingency. We provide twin sharing room at Hotel Nepalaya on BB Plan for your trip. If you choose to book your own accommodation in Kathmandu, 50 USD per person is discounted from trip price.
If you prefer to select your own accommodation, then you are free to do so and find a place suitable to your interest. Alternatively, you can suggest a name, and we shall book that place for you.
GROUP SIZE: All of our adventure trips are accompanied by specialized local leaders, guides, porters and assistant guides (as required) who will always ensure your safety and comfort at every part of the journey. We found that the group size of 8 is the optimal size to run these trips, however we can organize a trip plan for any group size upon the request.
Group of More than 8: We also have a good experience of handling big groups of volunteers, employees, students, and able to organize a trip plan upon request. Please kindly submit your group size information, and we will garnish a proper trip plan and price for you.
It is your travel plan; you can choose what you want to do, of course with a lot of information first. Feel free to submit and share your travel ideas, and we shall get back to you with more thoughts in no time.