Rich in culture, nature and remoteness This special and newly developed rural trek is 'off the beaten track' and enables close contact with several indigenous groups. One of them is the Pun-Magar ethnic group who have their own language, culture and customs. This trek offers you a variety of accommodation, ranging from staying with local families, lodges and community-run lodges specifically built to encourage eco-tourism in this remote area. You will have the great opportunity to experience rural life in the villages of Nepal and the contrast of hiking two days in terrain populated only by wild yaks. A strenuous 9-hour side trip can be made to the beautiful sacred lake of Khaire at 4,700m.
An one hour and half drive takes us to Nayapul ~ the starting point of our trek. From Nayapul, we take the West-Northward path and cross a suspension bridge over the Modi river. We walk through Deupur village. The trail is gently uphill until we reach Purna Gaun where we spend our first night.
From Purna Gaun, we walk through villages and farming fields for about one hour, before entering a forest and continuing to Lespar. We spend the night in a basic hotel.
From Lespar, we climb steep hills and forests, all the way up to Nangi village. Nangi village is a beautiful and famous village. It is well known for its Wireless Internet Service introduced by Mr. Mahabir Pun who received the Magasese International Award. Lespar has a High Secondary school, telephone facilities and a Nepalese brown paper factory which you can visit if you wish to. The Dhaulagiri Mountain range is visible from the village.
Today we climb uphill via Hampal pass to Mohare Camp (3300m) through a wild forest and we stay in the community lodge. Already on the way from the pass to Mohare camp we can enjoy the view on the Annapurna range. From Mohari Camp, the is an amazing panoramic view of the Mountains. We will wake up early the next morning to admire the beautiful sunrise on the mountains
After enjoying the magnificent mountain views, we start our journey slowly by walking downhill through a trail surrounded by rhododendron, pine, oak and Juniper trees. We will hear and see various species of birds on our way to the very famous view point of Poonhill. We will then continue down to Ghorepani for about two hours and have lunch. After lunch we continue walking down through the forest to the Chitre village for about one and half hour. From Chitre village, we take a new path to Swanta village (2260m), which is the gateway to the Khopra trek.
Immediately after leaving Swanta we enter the forest and walk through a very cool and pleasant path, hearing the sound of the river and the birds singing. After two hours, we cross a stream and we have a lunch at the Kharka before we start to climb the steep Khopra Hill for another one and a half to two hours, reaching Chhistibang at 3020m. We halt there for the night, among the rhododendron and oak trees.
We continue climbing uphill to Khopra (3660m) and spend the night there. Khopra provides internet and telephone facilities.
If weather conditions are not too good or the trip to the secret lake is considered too long, it is worthwhile to have a hike to the first lake near the yak sheds and have a splendid view of Annapurna south, Dhaulagiri and surrounding peaks.
There are two possible ways for Dobato HIGH ROUTE In spring or during the dry season, we take the high route straight above Khopra, enjoying the views of the fully bloomed rhododendron forest and admiring the landscapes of the Kali Gandaki valley and the spectacular mountains. The path is very narrow and can be slippery at some parts. A good balance and no fear of heights is a priority. With rain or snow it is absolute dangerous to walk this way. Walking crampons are recommended in case of quick weather change. LOW ROUTE In winter or during the snow season, we take the lower route to avoid icy paths. The lower path is a little longer, and goes uphill and downhill through the forest but is much safer.
From the lodge in Dobato we first follow the forest trail to Isaru where there are two lodges after one hour and another after one and a half hour of walking. After two hours we reach a junction and from there we continue to Tadapani, a touristy junction facing Mt. Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machhapuchre (Fishtail). From here, we take an easy and a pleasant trail toward Ghandruk through a trunk of rhododendrons. We will be welcomed by the grey monkeys (Langur) and will have sufficient time to interact with them.
From Ghandruk we walk down to the steel bridge across the Modi Khola and have a short steep climb up to Landruk. From here we walk gently up through the beautiful village of Tolka and continue our way up to Deurali (2100 mtr) from where we descent Pothana, where we enjoy our last night in the mountains.
For our last day, we hike just for a few hours and completing our 12 day trek. After a good breakfast we descend toward the village of Dhampus and have the last view at the Annapurna’s before heading down to Phedi. Here our transport back to Pokhara will be waiting.
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This rural trek offers access to Nangi village between Beni and Poon Hill, and Khopra to the north of Ghorepani in the Annapurna region. Nangi Village is the location of a vibrant development project providing formal and vocational schooling as well as wireless internet access to the community. Khopra is a remote, isolated village offering panoramic mountain views of the Annapurna range.
Trek Duration : 5 – 14 days
Trail Open : Oct – Nov and Apr – May
Level of Difficulty : Moderate / Challenging
Highest Point : 3700m