Rich in culture, nature and remoteness this special and newly developed rural trek is 'off the beaten track' and enables close contact with several ethnic groups. One of them is the Pun-Magar ethnic group who have their own language, culture and customs. This trek offers 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 yaks. A strenuous 9-hour side trip can be made to the beautiful sacred lake of Khaire at 4700m.
From Lespar, we climb steep hills and forests, all the way up to Nangi village (2340m). Nangi village is a beautiful and famous village. Lespar has a high secondary school, telephone facilities and a Nepalese handicrafts center which is interesting to visit. 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. On the way from the pass to Mohare camp we can enjoy the view of the Annapurna range. From Mohare Camp, there 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 hear and see various species of birds on our way to the very famous view point of Poon Hill. We then continue down to Ghorepani for about an hour and have lunch. After lunch, we continue walking down through the forest to the Chitre village for about one and a half hours. 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 Kharka before we start to climb the steep Khopra Hill for another one and a half to two hours, reaching Chistibang at 3020m. We halt there for the night, among the rhododendron and oak trees.
There are two possible ways for Dobato: 1. 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 in some places. A good balance and no fear of heights is a priority. With rain or snow, it is absolutely dangerous to walk this way. Walking crampons are recommended in case of a quick weather change. 2. 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 hours of walking. After two hours we reach a junction and from there we continue to Tadapani, a touristy junction facing Mt. Annapurna South, Himchuli, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). From here, we take an easy and pleasant trail toward Ghandruk through a forest of rhododendrons. We are usually welcomed by grey monkeys (Langur) and will have sufficient time for viewing and photos.
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 (2100m) from where we descend to Pothana. Here, we enjoy our last night in the mountains.
We provide bagpacks, crampons, and maps. Price Includes: Guide, assistants, 3 meals per day, afternoon tea & snacks, accommodation for the duration of the trek(2 persons per room).
However, during high season one room per two clients may not be always available. If this should happen we request our clients to be flexible and share a triple or room with four beds. Annapurna Park entry and TIMS fees, staff insurance, transport to and from the trailhead, two nights' accommodation pre and post the trek and a complimentary massage after the trek from Seeing Hands, a blind organization. (proud to introduce one of our product) and can supply 75 liters backpack for the main trekking stuff, light crampons, gaiters and trekking map.
Assistant - (maximum weight to carry is 10 kg for female assistant guide and 13 kg for male assistant guide).
Doesn't include: Soft beverages, air tickets & client insurance.
Yak, Yak, Yak Nepal Trek (Nangi Khopra)
Difficulty level : moderate
This rural trek offers access to Nangi village between Beni and Poon Hill , 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
Sunday to Saturday 9.00am - 6.00pm