Annapurna Dhaulagiri Panorama Trek

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Annapurna Dhaulagiri Panorama Trek is starting from Nayapul to the first day a relatively easy hike till Gandruk. Where we spend the over night than next day hiking to Ghorepani considerably more challenging due to the significantly steep line itself followed of the way. I believe many peoples choose this route the opposite way but its difficulty is a good warm up to the day.

The well mark path journey through the scenic Rhododendron forest over a number of smaller streams and around a few home-sites off slightly late we departure from Ghorepani to the base of the Khopra Dande ridge. After a minor deviation from the trail we began our ascent through despite the season the weather is mostly mild with occasional breaks in the clouds giving us opportunities to fully take in our surroundings. After some improvising up the ridges face Annapurna Dhaulagiri Panorama Trek trail here is a little harder to decipher but is self explanatory. If you pay attention to the terrain the forest here feels mostly untouched and weaves between large treed areas. After another hour and not too much daylight left. We spotted the Khopra Tea-house. (It was a little more than a nine hour day so choosing a closer starting point or leaving earlier will make the day somewhat easier. We will spend the evening around the fire with a group of locals who were visiting the camp. They were all very friendly, generous. The views of Dhaulagiri Annapurna others surrounding valleys were absolutely phenomenal.

We decide to start making our descent towards Tatopani. The path down the opposite side of the ridge is full of its own amazing views.It’s well marked with numerous shrines and small homes along the route. Stopping in the village Paudwar for lunch at small guest house /restaurant that’s adjacent to the school is well worth the wait then continuing on towards Tatopani. Annapurna Dhaulagiri Panorama Trek next day. We will take Local bus into Beni then back to Pokhara. Travels take a good a part of the day and expect an “exciting” ride especially on the first section of road. The entire experience is one of memorable and you couldn’t have hoped for better for your first trek in the Himalayas. I would definitely recommend this trek to anyone who’s looking for a good variety of what the area has to offer in a shorter period of time.

Trekking Name:Annapurna Dhaulagiri Panorama
Hotels:(in Kathmandu/Pokhara)Budget Hotel, start to 5 stars Hotel as per Guest’s request
Accommodation:Mountains Lodges (Guest House)
Transportation:Land transportation (Car, Van, Local bus, Tourist Bus) or (Domestic flights)
Attractions:Sarangkot will be the most spectacular place from where you can observe the panoramic views of the massive Annapurna Region above 7000m i.e. Annapurna, Manaslu, Machhapuchre, Ganesh Himal, Dhaulagiri and Lake of Pokhara.
Location:Annapurna Conservation Area project (ACAP)
Grade:Easy & Moderate
Best Season:Feb, March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov & Dec
Walking hours:per day 5 to 7 hours
Group size:2 to 14 members or (we can organize solo travelers private group & Family group as well
Duration:10 Days

Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu 1,350m Welcome by Himalayan Magic Treks member and direct transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with Bed & Breakfast plan.1
Day 02 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by Tourist bus, it takes 6 hours and overnight at Pokhara nearby lakeside Hotel on B / B plan
Day 03
 Pokhara to Nayapul by vehicle the trek to Gandruk
Day 04  Trek from Gandruk to Ghorepani
Day 05
Trek from Ghorepani to Khopra Dande Ridge
Day 06
Day hike around Ridge
Day 07
Trek from Khopra to Tatopani
Day 08
Tatopani to Beni to Pokhara overnight at Hotel on B / B plan
Day 09Drive back to Kathmandu by Tourist bus overnight at Hotel on B / B plan
Day 10
Departure transport from your hotel to Airport for your onward destination

The Trip cost will Vary Depending on the Group Size Duration of days and Services required please contact Us Via Our email info@himalayanmagictreks.com with your Details to Obtain a Quote.

Cost includes:

  • Airport Pick Up & Drops
  •  Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu by Tourist bus 
  •  Pokhara to Nayapul by private car 
  •  Beni to Pokhara by Local Bus 
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch Dinner) including cup of Tea or coffee each meals time
  • All the night’s accommodation on Guest House (Lodge) during the Trek
  • 2 nights accommodation Hotel in Kathmandu/Pokhara  on Bed & breakfast basis
  • Experienced English Speaking Guide
  •  Necessary Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest)
  •  All Government local Taxes
  • National park Fees
  • (TIMS)Trekker’s information Management System
  • First Aid kit 
  • General equipment for Porter during the Adventure trip
  • Guide and porter salary
  •  All Nepali Staff insurance during the trekking and extra services according to the guest per demand
  •  Company T-shirt as a Gift 
  • Duffle Bags free using (refundable)
  • Tour Certificate
  • Farewell dinner with Typical Nepali restaurant 

Cost excludes:

  •  Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Trekking equipment any type of personal expenses such as Alcoholic Beverage drinks,phone and Laundry.
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance.
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects.
  • Entrance Fees any kind of Monastery, Temples etc
  •  Tips 
Acute Mountains Sickness (AMS) sign:

Headache, often with the loss of appetite, nausea vomiting, tiredness, dizziness, distributed sleep. What to do? Stay at height for 1-2 days in lower place to acclimatization, descend or use diamox  (250mg every 12 hours).

HACE signs:

Severe headache, loss of balance/coordination, staggering, irrational behavior, confusion, drowsiness, coma, death (Sometimes in a few hours)
What to do? Check with straight-line heel-to-toe walking.  HACE victims cannot do it. DESCEND immediately , even at night, at least 1000m with someone else, oxygen, Gamow bag, keep patient warm, diamox to be safe also take hot garlic soup

HAPE Signs:

Breath (even at rest), dry cough/pink or rusty spit, blue lips/nails, very tired, low fever, gurgling breath, drowsy, coma, death.
What to do? See HACE + Nifedipine

PREVENTION:

Ascend slow (300-500m/day) don’t exert yourself, eat high carbohydrate foods, drink lots of water and locals recommend garlic soup avoid alcohol and caffeine.
For information in Manag / at least Listen Guide suggestion
Visit HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) doctors’ talk at 3pm( Mar-Apr, Oct-Nov)

Safety FIRST:

Sprains and stains

Probably the most common accident in the area, Steep terrain and rough trails may cause many people strain their knees and ankles. Remember stretch before you start walking, take your time avoid trekking in the night time, and bring joint support bandages if you require hem.
Health posts. There are at least one health post in every VDC of the Area. This facility is open to trekkers who require medical attention. A novel a you can help the Health post is to leave any unwanted medicines at the center at the end of your trek. This may help other fellow trekkers ho need urgent medical care.
Rescue operation- how to be prepared?
We will be serious in this case to protect our clients in the Mountain and it should be able to organize a rescue evacuation for you quickly in your critical situation. If not the following precautions may prevent a long wait for a helicopter for rescues during emergency.
  Have travel insurance and carry your insurance policy number with you.
  Carry a credit card with you.
  Do the coordination with your Tour Guide to connection with responsible person of HMT to quick Rescue services to safe your Life
  Clients should Keep in touch with Company Manager during your travel time and Do not trust only Guide for this Emergency case
  Guest should be able to check First aid kit with your Guide , who goes to Mountains to guiding you and avoid trekking on your own.

Other problems:

•    Sick, Doctors at VDC health posts, Foreign doctors in Manang ( March-April,  Sept-early December)
•    Helicopter evacuation, You have to call in Kathmandu HMT Office 01-4378206 or 9849166578 (Nabin) directly with your guide support
-    Have a credit card and travel insurance number
•    Donkeys/Mules/yak: stay on the uphill side of these beasts.
•    Leeches: stay on trail use salt to get rid of them, avoid the monsoon season.
•    Full lodges: stop early don’t arrive in a place with 1-2 lodges at dusk, carry a tent
•    Hypothermia: when cold and or wet. Starts with shivering, progressing to slurred speech, stumbling, confusion, death.

Safe and non-pollution drinking water

Please do not buy bottled water as most bottles end up polluting the environment. Using untreated rive and tap water is a sure bet to get diarrhea, giardia etc. Use:

Safe drinking water stations:

To reduce plastic after, ACAP & New Zealand Overseas Development Assistance have established these station. Refill your bottle with this Ozonated water, safer and cheaper than mineral water (mostly NRs 60-70)Settlement Price NRs/Liter

Stations

Settlement 

Price NRs/Liter

Settlement 

Price NRs/Liter

Muktinath

70

Pisang

70

Kagbeni

70

Chame

70

Jomsom

 70

Bagarchhap

70

Marpha

70

Tal

70

Tukuche

70

Jhinu Danda

70

Larjung

70

Ghorepani

70

Lete

70

Ulleri

70

Ghasa

70

Ghandruk

60

Letdar

70

 Tadapani

70

Manang

70

Landruk

70

Yakharka

70

Chhomorong

70

•    Iodine tablets: Use 1 tablet per liter and wait 30 min. Hide foul taste with lemon or orange flavored powder.
•    Boiled and filtered water  fairly safe but not so good if boiled with firewood
•    Your own water filter would be recommended during the Trek

Reducing pollution and environmental impacts

•    Carry out what you carry in
•    Take your empty batteries home stay / eat in loges than cook in gas/kerosene and have solar showers
•    Order the same  food for several people at the same time to cooking easily to saving time to reach for destination on time without any risk
•    Wear warm clothes rather than having the rooms heated
•    Don’t defecate new after sources
•    Dump garbage only at proper bins or pits
•    A high altitudes (4000m) do not even throw way biodegradable junk
•    Do not disturb wildlife
•    Do not hurt or remove animals and plants in the protected areas
•    Do not buy items made from wildlife parts, It will be illegal in the sum of dangerous case
•    Don’t accept “free” plastic bags.

Important to take along

•     Copy of passport , travel insurance and entry permit should have always with you or Guide
•    Credit card ( in case of evacuation)
•    Iodine tablets, water bottle sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt, ha sun glasses, lip balm, insect repent.
•    Warm clothes, thermal underwear, gloves, good boos, trekking pole( optional)

Culturally acceptable behavior

You are a guest In Nepal and it is appreciated if you behave like one:
•    Dress decently( no short shorts or revealing clothes)
•    Do not show affection in public
•    Do not buy antiques
•    Do no point your feet(unclean) to people and point with full hand not with one  finger
•    Do not step over persons
•    Do not touch or step over offerings(re powder, flowers/rice)
•    Do not use your left hand( dirty)
•    Receive and give with two hands
•    Ask permission before taking people’s photographs.
•    Do  not ask local kids for school pens or sweets( don’t give either)
•    Discourage begging, pay fair prices
•    Take off your shoes before entering a monastery
•    Go clockwise around Stupas,  Temples or world Heritage sides etc
•    Do not eat smoke or be loud a religious sites
•    Women should avoid touching monks/lamas

Some ACAP activities:

Together with local communities
•    Visitor centers:  info + leaflets on local villages and culture, local guided tours, festival dates. In Bhulbhule- Check post, Koto-Check post, Manang-informaion center, Jomsom- Check post.
•    Mustang Eco Museum at S-end of Jomsom: Local culture, nature, geology
•    Garbage/pollution control: awareness, incinerators clean-up campaigns, toilets.
•    Conservation: tree planting oil conservation river bank protection biodiversity surveys n projection.
•    Alternative emery; micro Hyde plans, solar water heaters, light etc.
•    Trail improvement: widening, paving, bridges, signs.
•    Agriculture and endear development community infrastructure.
•    Health services support
•    Conservation education
•    Heritage conservation
•    Lodge management and training
•    Training of guides and porters
•    Signs and notice boards
•    Safe drinking water stations