• Duration: 14 Days
  • Diffculty: Leisurely Plus 
  • Best Time: Oct -May
  • Max. Altitude: 4500 m

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek: Two Weeks Hiking Adventure

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek is locally known as Khopra Ridge Trekking. It is one of the best scenic two weeks of Nepal's finest tea house treks. No other hikes offer such a wide variety of spectacular scenery, peaceful isolation. The experience of so many diverse Himalayan cultures on a short walk. We stayed at community-run and managed lodges. Such Lodges' profits directly benefit local schools and people. The Khopra Ridge Trail passes through many traditional villages, oak and rhododendron forests, to high alpine pastures. Truly a magnificent view of the spectacular Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. 

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek is a community-based lodge trekking. It explores the less-trodden remote trails into the heart of the Annapurna.

Khopra Ridge Trek: Less Trodden Tail

On your arrival in bustling Kathmandu, We organize a local group dinner. We explore the sights and sounds of cultural sites in Kathmandu before we drive to Pokhara. We take a short drive to Nayapul, the trek starting point. We ascend slowly through the lust forest to Ghandruk and then to Tadapani. This is a traditional settlement of the Gurung ethnic group. 
The tiny thatched roofed houses set among the narrow terraced fields next to stunning peaks amaze you. From Tadapani, we go off the beaten trail to Khopra Danda. We hike via the high alpine settlement of Bayeli and Dobato.

Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake

Khopra Ridge offers the most incredible views of the colossal ramparts of Dhaulagiri. It plunges into the misty depths of the Kali Gandaki. This is the deepest gorge in the world. The spectacular lofty peaks of Nilgiri, Annapurna I, and Annapurna South surround it. Finally, we do an exploration day hike to Khayer Lake. This is an ancient pilgrimage temple beneath the remarkable face of Annapurna Fang.

We descend with a different trail to Ghorepani via Swanta. We hike to the famous viewpoint of Pooh Hill on our way out to Pokhara. This route allows us to explore more. Thus, this Annapurna Dhaulagiri trek is a fantastic, isolated adventure journey in Nepal.

Trip in Nutshell

  • Less trodden two weeks Khopra Danda trek into the heart of Annapurnas
  • Community base teahouse trek to Best of Annapurna Dhaulagiri
  • Explore the diverse cultural and topography 
  • Witness the Himalayan vista from the famed Poon hill
  • Medically trained trek guide with a supplementary Oxygen tank
  • Full board meals on the trek with tea and coffee
  • Exploration of sights and sounds of Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Hotel, transportation, and all permits looked after

Trip map

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek map

Itinerary

  • Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel and check-in room.
  • Welcome group dinner with the guide. 
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Altitude1340 m

  • Half-day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.
  • PM trek preparation with a briefing and gear distribution.
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

  • 7 Hours drive on Prithibi Highway to Pokhara.
  • Free afternoon to explore this Lake City.
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude920 m

  • Walk to Ghandruk after a short drive to Nayapual 
  • The MMA crew will wait to organize the load before we set off. 
  • We enter and endorse the Annapurna Conservation Trek Permit.
  • Lunch on the way to Ghandrek for a night stay at a local teahouse.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Altitude2000 m

  • Gradual climb primarily rain forest throughout the day.
  • Beautiful Campsites middle of the forest with spectacular Mountain Views.
  • Many Tibetan Vendors in Town.
  • Being off the beaten track barely could see other trekkers on the trail. Keep your eyes open for chances to encounter wildlife.
  • We take a morning hike to the view tower above Dobato to observe panoramic views.
  • After breakfast, follows the sharp ridge towards the north initially.
  • After lunch, trek down to Chistebung Khola. We hike through thick bamboo and subtropical forest. The trail ascends steeply through grazing pasture and reaches an open clearing area in Chistibung.
  • Khopra is the last designated and most highlighted camp at 3760 meters. We initially have a steep climb that takes us above the tree line.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D
  • Altitude3820 m

  • Early morning starts walking to the holy Khaire Lake.
  • We witness the closes magnificent Mountain View on the way to Khair Lake. It is the highest point on the trek.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D
  • Altitude3820 m

  • Retrace to Chistebong and follow the southward track. It leads us to the camp Swanta village.
  • After lunch, it is an easygoing trek through the bamboo forest to camp.
  • Ghorepani is a popular touristic place on a ridge top at 2860 meters.
  • We see bookshops, souvenir shops, mini-departmental stores, bakeries, snooker houses, etc.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D
  • Altitude2820 m

  • Morning hike to Poon Hill at 3,220 meters. Wonderful sunrise on Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • We take breakfast at Ghorepani and descend to Hile and then Nayapul. We take a short drive to Pokhara and stay at a hotel.
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Lunch
  • Altitude920 m

  • Around 7 hour's drive to Kathmandu. The afternoon is free to explore this bustling city.
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

Your trip to Annapurna Dhaulagiri ends today. We customize the airport transfer.

  • MealsBreakfast
What's Included
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a twin share BB basis.
  • Airport Transportation
  • Full board meals on trekking (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner).
  • Accommodation at a local tea house on a trek.
  • Welcome dinner on arrival in Kathmandu.
  • Half-day guided city tour with world heritage entrance fees.
  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
  • Mountain Monarch Trip Gears - sleeping bag and warm jacket for use.
  • Medically trained and reliable trek guide with a medical kit
  • Support trek crew, including trek porter, with proper insurance and gear
  • Complementary trek Duffle bag, T-shirts, and trek map.
  • TIMS / Trekking permit, Annapurna conservation entry fees.
What's Excluded
  • Nepal Visa fees
  • Your travel insurance of any kind.
  • International Airfare
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Beverage drinks on the trek
  • Tips and Items of personal expenses like the hot shower, Wi-Fi, etc.

Dates & Availability

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek Dates

We have pre-set departure dates for 2023 and 2024. Join this less-trodden route of the Khopra Ridge Trek in Nepal.

March Departure
     
Start DateStart DateMarch 16, 2024End DateEnd DateMarch 29, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS$1290
Start DateStart DateMarch 30, 2024End DateEnd DateApril 12, 2024StatusStatusGuaranteedPricePriceUS$1290
Customer Reviews
  • paul cownley
    paul cownley 5.0United KingdomMarch 27, 2022logo
    WOW, WOW, WOW !! best ever !

    Mountain Monarch was recommended to me by a friend, and I am so glad we used them! Pradip was very helpful on the run-up, answering all our questions and ensuring it was all straightforward. The route we took was quiet, which is what we wanted. Although at the remoter tea houses we stayed in, we were often on our own, our guides CP and Yam made the trip extra special by giving us information as we went along and generally talking to us about what we were seeing, and then when we arrived at our overnight stop, they would do everything to ensure we were happy comfortable well-fed and watered. The experience was unbelievable, with great views that were well worth an early start. From when we arrived at Kathmandu airport and were greeted by CP until Pradip said goodbye as we left, we couldn't have felt more part of the Mountain Monarch family and can't recommend them and the team highly enough; we will be using them again!

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    Maureen E 5.0AustraliaSeptember 17, 2016logo
    Well managed company

    A well-managed company with Pradip at the helm, who has excellent communication and organizational abilities. We had such capable and exciting leaders in Dipen and Prakash who were a constant support and amusement to us on our trekking journey. It was an enhanced experience walking with the Mountain Monarch Nepalese team, and I particularly enjoyed learning Nepalese and playing UNO with them all. Any concerns we had were worked out, and options were offered. I would travel with Mountain Monarch again and hope to do so in the next few years.
With thanks to the M. Monarch TEAM

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    Murray Lonsdale 5.0United KingdomJune 12, 2016logo
    Excellent adventure in Nepal and Himalaya

    Vicky and I would like to thank Mountain Monarch for an excellent 2-week adventure in Nepal and the Himalayas in March 2016. From our pickup at the airport to departure, we were looked after really well. Our guide Dawa and our porter, Ram, were courteous and kind. The trip was a great mix of a cultural tour (1 day), rafting (1 day), and trekking (10 days). I will always remember our rafting day, “please, Sir, swim for pleasure !?” and the generosity of Dawa, Ram, and Pradip. You probably cannot find a better value package for a Nepali adventure.

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