Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek

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  • Availability
    March to May & October to december

  • Trip Duration
    12 days

  • Trek Difficulty

  • Group Size
    Private & Group Tour

  • Maximum Altitude

  • Guide Language
    English, France , Germany & Hindi

Quick Overview

  • Start: Kathmandu
  • End: Pokhara
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Best Season: Sept-Dec, Feb-May


Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek is a combination of a rich variety of spectacular scenery, peace, and isolation which let you experience diverse Himalayan Culture. It allows you to visit scenic cultural villages that are off the beaten path with stunning viewpoints of the majestic mountains. The major attraction of Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek is the famous Khayar Lake (4,510m) along with the panoramic sunrise view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, etc. The trek takes you through traditional villages, colorful forests, and high alpine pastures with an enchanting view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Trekking through the traditional Gurung village of Ghandruk allows you to get close to local people and know about their culture, history, festival, and lifestyle. This route is less-visited and is best for those who want to break away from the crowded trails and enjoy the tranquility with stunning views.

The Annapurna Dhaulagiri trek starts with a sightseeing tour of the historic Kathmandu Valley. Next Day, we drive to Pokhara and to Nayapul from where the Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trekking trial begins and we reach Ghandruk through Birenthanti. We ascend gradually to Tadapani from Ghandruk walking through the colorful Rhododendron and Oak forests. Then we continue towards Chistibung and hike up to Kopra Ridge, which is also the main highlight of this trek. The next morning we hike up to Khayer Lake, which provides a panoramic view and beautiful scenery. After reaching the highest point of our trek, Khayer Lake, we trek in the direction of Ghorepani and take an early morning hike to Poon Hill to get the best sunrise view over snow-clad mountains. We leave Ghorepani behind and trek towards to Nayapul from where we drive back to Pokhara.

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek ends with a scenic drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara.

Trek Highlights

  • Beautiful Khayer Lake
  • Stunning Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
  • City of Lakes, Pokhara
  • Warm Hospitality
  • Gurung culture, tradition, and history
  • A peaceful walk through rhododendron and pine forest


 We're going to a higher elevation, so our body needs enough carbohydrates, protein, and nutrition.  Food is like fuel for the body to trek on such an adventurous trail. You'll find teahouses run by local people who provide delicious food such as local food, Eggs, Noodles,  Pasta, Cereals, Potatoes, Vegetables, Fried rice, Soup, etc, and other Nepali food, Indian food, Chinese Food, American food, Continental food and many more dishes you like to have from the menu card.


The higher you get you'll find fewer number of tea-houses as in mountain regions it's hard to provide all facilities like in the city area, most of the lodges have squat toilet systems up there and generally, twin and three Sharing rooms with mattresses, blanket, and pillows will be provided.

Day 1 : Arrive at Kathmandu , alt .1300m.
Day 2 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara ,(alt. 740m.) 6 to 7 hours.
Day 3 : Drive to Ghandruk ,(alt.2000m.), 3 hours
Day 4 : Trek to Tadapani ,(alt. 2600m.) 3 hours
Day 5 : Trek to Dobato ,(alt. 3300m.) 4 to 5 hours.
Day 6 : Trek to Chistibang ,(alt.3100m.), 4 hours.
Day 7 : Trek to Kopra Ridge ,(alt. 3800m.), 3 hours.
Day 8 : Trek to Khayer lake (alt.4600m.),and trek back to Kopra Ridge , 7 to 8 hours.
Day 9 : Trek back to Swata (alt.2100m.) 4 hours.
Day 10 : Trek to Ghorepani (alt. 2800m.), 5 hours.
Day 11: Sunrise view at Ponhill viewpoint (alt.3210 m), and trek back to Hille, 6 to 7 hours.
Day 12 : Trek from Hille to Nayapool (2 hours), and then drive to Pokhara 2 hours( total 4 hours.) , alt. 740m.
Day 1 : Arrive at Kathmandu , alt .1300m.

You'll be welcomed by our travel representative and transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu. After short refreshment and launch, we'll take you out for an excursion. A pre-trek briefing will be given before dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara ,(alt. 740m.) 6 to 7 hours.

Early morning drive of 6-7 Hours via Prithiviraj Marg Highway to reach Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, you can use your spare time to explore the beautiful surroundings of Lakeside and also enjoy boating on the Fewa Lake. Overnight stay.

Day 3 : Drive to Ghandruk ,(alt.2000m.), 3 hours

Today after breakfas, we will drive to Ghandruk via Nayapool about 3 hours. Ghandruk is one of the most popular village in annapurna region. once you reach in Ghandruk you will have lunch and free time for explore the Ghandruk village. Overnight stay in Ghandruk.

Day 4 : Trek to Tadapani ,(alt. 2600m.) 3 hours

In Ghandruk, you can enjoy and learn Gurung culture and tradition. Following beautiful surroundings and enjoying mountain views, kick off early morning journey to Tadapani from Ghandruk. We pass by waterfalls and small villages to today's stop, Tadapani and spend overnight there.

Day 5 : Trek to Dobato ,(alt. 3300m.) 4 to 5 hours.

Early morning after breakfast, we start our walk uphill through the steep trail to Dobato. On the way to Dobato, one can have the best mountain views of the Annapurna Region. Overnight in Dobato.

Day 6 : Trek to Chistibang ,(alt.3100m.), 4 hours.

From Dobato, 5-6 hours of continuous and descent walk brings us to Chistibang. We rest for a day here before heading towards Khopra Ridge. Overnight at Chistibang.

Day 7 : Trek to Kopra Ridge ,(alt. 3800m.), 3 hours.

Khopra Ridge is one of the main highlights of this trek where one can have the best mountain and natural views from the top of the ridge. By passing steeply trail through grazing pasture, we reach Khopra Ridge for an overnight stay

Day 8 : Trek to Khayer lake (alt.4600m.),and trek back to Kopra Ridge , 7 to 8 hours.

Today we will visit tranquil Khayer Lake. The view of Khayer Lake and its surroundings is just mesmerizing. After enjoying the best of Khayer Lake, we descend back to Khopra Ridge for an overnight stay.

Day 9 : Trek back to Swata (alt.2100m.) 4 hours.

From here onwards, our descend back journey starts. The trail will be full of ups and downs but it will be rewarding at the same time. After a few hours of walk, we reach Swata to spend a night there.

Day 10 : Trek to Ghorepani (alt. 2800m.), 5 hours.

Early morning walk takes us to the most beautiful Gurung and Magar village. This is the best opportunity to know about their lifestyle, taste their cuisines and try their attire. Overnight at Ghorepani.

Day 11: Sunrise view at Ponhill viewpoint (alt.3210 m), and trek back to Hille, 6 to 7 hours.

By waking up earlier than usual, we hike up to the famous viewpoint, Poon Hill and have the best sunrise view along with white mountains. Then we descend down to the guest house, have breakfast and continue our trek towards Hille for an overnight stay.

Day 12 : Trek from Hille to Nayapool (2 hours), and then drive to Pokhara 2 hours( total 4 hours.) , alt. 740m.

Last day of our trek, we move downhill to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara to end our trek.

Cost Includes


  • Airport peak and drop by private (Car/ Jeep /Bud as a group size.)
  • Three nights Hotel in Kathmandu 3- starter level before trek and ends of the trek including breakfast.
  • 2 nights Hotel in Pokhara (Before trek ,and after trek)
  • Three times meals a day on the trek ( Breakfast, Lunch, and  Dinner)
  • Hot drinks (Tea or Coffee)
  • Seasonal fresh fruits 
  • All the necessary airport pick-up and drop
  • All necessary ground transportation during the trip
  • Accommodation on trek normal twine sharing basic rooms.
  • Professional  guide 
  • Porter (each 2 people 1 porter and  weight limited is max 25kg) 
  •  Annapurna Conservations permits,   and TIMS card as required from Nepal Gov.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara – rerun Kathmandu tourist bus services 
  • Duffle bag for keeping your goods during the trek (refundable after the trek)
  • Down Jacket for a cold place (Refundable after trek )
  • Nature Explore Trek T-shirt gift
  • Basic medical Kid bag  
  • Treat drinking water
  • Trekking  Map.
  • All trip necessary trip arrangements. 

Cost Excludes

·         International airfare 

·         Personal insurance (encase for emergency only)

·         Trekking equipment

·         Extra nights Hotels, lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara

·         Extra cold drinks like

·         Personal expenses such as WI-fi, extra snacks, laundry, buttery charges etc…

·         Not mentioned in the Itinerary or included section.

·         Tipping for Guide and Porter.


    Yes, you can get an arrival visa at Trivubhan international airport. Visa cost per person US$25 for 15 days of single/multiple entries, US$40 for 30 days of single/multiple entries, US$100 for 90 days of single/multiple entries. Those individual passport holders from the member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) do not need to pay a visa fee for 30 days

  • 2. Does your company provide pickup and drop-off services from the airport?

    Yes, we pick up and drop off from the airport. One of our nature explore trek's staff shall be weighing you at the arrival gate with your name details and transfer you to the hotel by private car/jeep and bus accordingly to group size.


    Nepal has a diverse weather and climatic variation, to four different seasons: autumn (or fall), winter, spring, and summer (also monsoon). The seasons in Nepal are comparable to those seen in Europe but really quite unique from those in Australia. It is cold in December and January, but you can get away with shorts and T-shirts in June and July. Nepal has a temperate climate, which means that the winters are dry and the summers are hot. Overall, autumn or fall is the best tourist season in Nepal after summer and before the arrival of winter. Autumn Season (fall) Mid - September to end of the November every year. Autumn season start after monsoon end in Nepal. It will be mid-September to end of the November. During these months the weather will be pleasant and clear sky, sunshine day and warm temperature during the day. And these months it will be less chance to rain and snowing in mountain, you will have great holidays in these months in Nepal. Spring season (March to May) Spring season is second biggest and clear weather season in Nepal after autumn season. During the spring season you will have a lots chance to have breathtaking view of Himalaya from close distance. Spring season also suitable season for big expeditions climb in Nepal. Winter season in Nepal (December to February) Winter season is start during the months of December to February. In these months it will more colder and snowing in mountains and less visibility and very fewer chance to see mountains so comparatively in the winter less tourist and more quiet and peace in mountain . If someone preferred to go trekking then for short and easy treks winter also well time to visit Nepal. Monsoon (summer) season in Nepal (June to mid-September) Summer or monsoon season starts after the spring season ends between June to mid-September. In these months in Nepal the climate will be very hot, and most of the time it will be raining and cloudy. We don’t recommend in summer for trekking and climbing in Nepal for all travelers from around the world. Summer or monsoon season is the best time for farming in Nepal.


    Trekkers need to walk at a high altitude for 6 – 7 hours a day on average. The trail is uphill and downhill in the rugged trail. Therefore, the stamina level needs to be in good condition. To increase the stamina to hike in the Annapurna region Trekking trail, trekkers need to develop the cardiovascular condition of the body. For this to happen, they need to perform various exercises like walking, running, and cycling. Be prepared for all kinds of scenarios both mentally and physically. The trail of the Annapurna region Trek is easy to challenging. The most difficult and adventure treks route in the Annapurna region are (1) Annapurna circuit trek (2) Thorong La Pass trek (3) Annapurna circuit with Tilicho lake trek, (4) Annapurna base camp trek. These difficult treks routes are not hard to walk every day, but you will feel hard after you reach the highest part of the trek like Thorong la pass (alt.5416m), Tilicho lake (alt.4900m) , Annapurna base camp trek (alt.4130m) , Khayer lake visit (alt.4600m) These few days of trekking are the most arduous as trekkers will embark on the pass ascent early in the morning. Besides that, most of the trail is easy to moderate to walk on. However, the trekker needs to heed the instruction of the trekking guide for the safety and successful completion of the trek without hassles. Also an Annapurna region there are few treks route are easy treks route like (1) Ghorepani Poonhill trek, (2) Mardi Himal trek , (3) Ghandruk trek. For these short and easy treks route no need for much physical requirement, normal exercise is enough.


    1. 1 trekking walking boots 2. 1 Medium size backpack 3. 1 Day pack 4. 1 Sleeping bag (15 - 20C) 5. 1 Down Jacket/Gore tax Jacket 6. 1 Light wind & water proof jacket 7. 1 Inner sleeping sheet 8. 2 Long sleeve T-shirts 9. 1 Water bottle 10. 1 Pair gaiters/over trousers 11. 1 Pair sport shoes or sandal 12. 2 Pairs light weight trousers 13. 1 Pair shorts 14. 1 Fleece / warm sweater 15. 2 T-shirts 16. 2 Pair’ light socks 17. 3 Pairs heavy wool socks 18. 1 Sweatshirts / light sweater 19. 1 Torch & spear batteries 20. 1 Swimming costume / bathing suits (not for Everest region) 21. 1 Medium size towel 22. 1 Washing kit including washing powder, small clothesline and pegs, insect repellents etc. & personal toiletries 23. Moleskin for blister 24. Toilet paper, biodegradable soap/shampoo (toilet paper you can buy every place in Nepal) 25. Personal medication. (if you are taking rebury otherwise for high altitude we provide) 26. Underwear (including thermals) 27. Warm hat/ gloves 28. Sunglasses, sun hat and sun cream 29. Spear plastic bags for wrapping clothes 30. Swimming customs. Note: even high altitude medication you can bring in your favor like Diamox otherwise Nepalese taste we do have always (but we treat naturally all the time go slowly and drink lots of water)


    It depends which trek you want to go: if you chose shorter treks in Nepal and you already have physical fitness then you do not need to worry about fitness, but if you are planning to go longer treks in Nepal then obviously you need to have the good fitness level and longer hikers before you go to trekking in Nepal. Definitely, shorter treks are easier than longer and more adventurous treks in Nepal. If you planning to go on long treks in Nepal then you need a better fitness level and if you are planning for shorter treks then not required a long hike and fitness level.


    Tea house treks in Nepal: while we are on trekking in mountains we sleep in the tea house (belongs to someone's house) provide trekkers a private room and bed with food from their own restaurants. Sleep in someone's small and simple guest house in mountains. Camping treks in Nepal: carry all tents, food, and kitchen crews in a big team and cook ourselves and sleep in a tent while we are on the trek. It is called camping trekking in Nepal. But nowadays camping treks are very less used because tea house treks in easier and comfortable, and cheaper. But still, in a remote area of mountain regions of Nepal, we must have to take tents where we can’t get tea houses to sleep and eat.


    Accommodation during Annapurna Dhaulagiri trek is typically in basic tea houses or lodges. These facilities offer basic dormitory-style rooms with shared bathrooms, and sometimes offer hot showers for an additional fee. Many of the tea houses also serve meals, which usually consist of traditional Nepalese and Tibetan dishes, such as dal bhat (lentil soup and rice), momos (dumplings), and various types of noodle soup. Most trekkers will also have the opportunity to purchase snacks, energy bars, and other food items along the way. Some of the tea houses offer more comfortable and better-equipped rooms for a higher price, and it's recommended to book in advance, especially during the peak trekking season from September to November. It's important to note that the quality of accommodation and food can vary greatly along the trek, but trekkers can expect basic and functional facilities in most places.


    Yes, we organized all types of domestic flights, Hotel bookings, side tours, a day trips, and other services according to your budget and interest during you’re staying in Nepal.


    Yes, a guide is required for your safety and security while on the trek. And if you want to make your trip memorable by learning a lot about the trekking region of Nepal, this is the place to be. A professional guide is essential for any trek in Nepal. Your guide will not only show you the walking trail during the trek, but he will also manage the accommodation ahead of time, recommend the best restaurants, and eat organic and hygienic food in the mountains. Which allows you to finish your trip without worrying about food? Most of the time, your guide will walk alongside you, and if you need them, you can ask them any questions about the culture, religions, nature, and landscapes of the area where you are. In addition, the guide will assist you in communicating with the locals. The majority of the locals do not speak your language. Another reason why having a guide is important is that if we get sick in the mountains, such as altitude sickness, stomach sickness, or injury from a ruck fall from the mountain, or if you fall somewhere in the stone and break your ankle or any part of your buddy, how will we be safe? If you have a guide with you in this situation, he or she will undoubtedly assist you in getting to a safe location quickly. So we strongly advise all trekkers to any region of Nepal to go with a guide, who will play a key role in making your trip in Nepal a success. You are not only hiring a guide for your trip to Nepal, but you are also helping him or her with economic support. For example, one guide (man) works at a house for a whole family who has to take care of their food, education, health, and all basic expenses, so your visit to Nepal is helping local people a lot and giving a big opportunity to work and protect his or her family and life from his or job.


    Yes, Nepal is always safe for trekking and travel. But you have to choose the Wright Company, and good season and a professional team. If you book your holiday with good hands definitely your holiday shall be perfect and no doubt for anything. If some people go trek individually without a guide and porter sometimes it’s not safe also. So we highly recommend taking an experienced guide from Nepal Gov. Resisted company.


    Travel insurance is highly recommended for the Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek, as the region is remote and the trek can be physically demanding. A good travel insurance policy will provide coverage for unexpected medical expenses, evacuation, trip cancellations, and lost or stolen gear, among other things. When choosing a travel insurance policy, it is important to select a policy that provides comprehensive coverage, including high-altitude trekking and adventure sports. Some policies may exclude coverage for activities such as climbing or mountaineering, so it's important to carefully read the policy details and understand what is covered and what is not. In addition to travel insurance, it is also a good idea to carry a comprehensive first-aid kit, as well as any necessary medications and other personal items, such as sunscreen, insect repellent, and water purification tablets. Trekkers should also be prepared for unexpected weather conditions and be equipped with warm, waterproof clothing and gear. With proper planning and preparation, a trek to Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek can be a safe and rewarding adventure, and travel insurance can provide peace of mind and protection in the event of an emergency.


    Yes, telephone, internet – wifi are available in most of the places in Nepal like Everest region, Annapurna region, Langtang region, Manaslu region. But far west Nepal and remote areas of the country still there is no internet so you should prepare if you are going on such a trip.


    Normally altitude sickness starts from 2500 to 3000m. During the trek if encase you have received an altitude sickness then first you will received several symptoms like fast breathing, tired, headache, vomiting, and can’t sleep properly at night, can’t eat enough so then after your guide shall give you a lot of positive suggestion, advice, and our guide are well training about first aid kit. normally our guide carries a first aid kid bag with him during the trek, and the guide will give you altitude sickness medicine like Diamox, and as much as possible your guide shall take you to descend 400 to 500m. And if encase this altitude sickness is not controlled and makes it more serious then we will call the evacuation and take you to the hospital nearby or Kathmandu.


    Yes, you can easily avoid altitude sickness during trekking in Nepal. Before you plan to come to Nepal for trekking any region of Himalaya you should be prepared both physically and mentally well. And do good training at least 3 to 6 months before your trip start. Here is the some advice for avoiding altitude sickness. 1. Avoid Alcohol & Nicotine 2. Get rid of Caffeine & Oily Foods 3. Consume Plenty of Liquids & Water 4. Eat Starchy Food full of Carbohydrate 5. Have Enough Acclimatization Days 6. Physical Fitness Level 7. Slow & Uniform Ascent 8. Get Full Insurance. If you follow above mentions suggestions list you will not feel the altitude and you can succeed in your trip.


    Well, if you are going to do the big expeditions or adventure high passes treks then you should book at list 2 to 3 months period but if you are planning to do short and small treks in Everest region, Annapurna region, Langtang region and Manaslu region Minimum one months is a good time for book an advance your trip.


    When you book your trip with us in advance we ask you to deposit a 25% deposit in our nature explore trek officially USD dollar account in Himalayan bank limited. Your advance is to ensure your trip with us 100% and we also have to pay an advance for accommodation, transportation. Then rest of the payment you can bring with you in cash or card payment. If you want to pay by your visa or master card 3.5% bank charge will add on top of your total rest of the your trip payment. So if possible from you then we suggest paying in cash rest of the amount on arrival in Kathmandu before your trip starts. We only accept USD dollars, Euro, and Indian currency for Indian trekkers. If encase if you need to cancel the trip then you let us know within one month then we refund 100% of the deposit, and in 15 days 50%, in the last week of the trip start 20% only because of the rest of your deposit will we will also pay for accommodation, transportation or airline ticket, etc.

  • 18. Is insurance provided for Nature Explore trek guides and porters?

    Yes, our guide and porter will have insurance from our company which will cover expenses of emergency altitude sickness, injury, snow frostbite, falling from a mountain or any things happen during the trip.


    For domestic airplanes minimum limit weight is 15kg +7 kg handbag for the Everest region Lukla flight, Jomsom flight, in the small 17-seat airplane, and if you are traveling to Pokhara, Nepalgunj, Bharatpur, Biratnagar in tourist places there is a big airport available and 70 to 75 seater airplane can go so you can carry 30kg+10. Is possible to carry. If encased your bags are more than limited weight then still you can take them with you but you have to pay for extra weight as per kg.


    Trekking with Nepal Explore Trekking agency offers several benefits, such as: 1. Expertise: The agency has a team of experienced guides who have in-depth knowledge of the trekking routes, local culture, and customs. 2. Safety: The agency prioritizes the safety of its clients and has strict safety measures in place for all treks. 3. Comfort: The agency provides comfortable accommodation, hygienic food, and necessary equipment for a successful and enjoyable trek. 4. Customizable itineraries: The agency offers customizable trekking itineraries to meet the specific needs and interests of its clients. 5. Support for local communities: The agency supports local communities by promoting sustainable tourism practices and contributing to local economic development. 6. 100 % positive feedback from our previous clients, and 99% excellent review on trip adviser. 7. We offer Reliable cost and 100 % guarantee: here are 100s of the local trekking company in Kathmandu, everyone has a won price and they offer accordingly, but nature explore trek is one of the most reliable and trusted local trekking agencies in Kathmandu since 2015. We deliver the same things in the mountain that we talked about in conversation in the computer with our clients.


    It is mandatory to hire a licensed trekking guide and a porter when you are trekking in the Manaslu Circuit, Tsum Valley Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Dolpa Region Trek, Kanchenjunga region, and Makalu region. This is because the routes can be challenging, and navigation may be difficult at times. While shorter and easier treks can be undertaken independently, doing so is not one hundred percent safe and secure. Therefore, having a guide is crucial for all trekking routes in Nepal. Additionally, it is advisable to travel with a reputable trekking company that has experience operating in the region. Such a company can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the trek.


Published: Feb 19, 2020


The Best Choice For Trekking. I don’t have enough good things to say about Nature Explore. My wife and I decided to honeymoon in Nepal, and contacted Nature Explore on the recommendation of my wife's uncle. He was right on the money. Dinesh took great care of us from the very start, guiding us through the process, answering all of our questions and getting us prepared. Even more than a week after the trek was over, we were made to feel like special guests back in Kathmandu. Meanwhile, our guide on the trek itself was Chhabin, and you just can't ask for any better - a warm, genuine, fun and intelligent guide who knows the land and its people, and is always happy and eager to answer questions. I now consider him and Dinesh my friends and look forward to staying in touch with them over time. My wife and I came back to the U.S. with nothing but warm memories and positive impressions, and I really hope Nature Explore continues to grow and flourish because they deserve it. If you are looking for adventure and have an open mind, give them a chance because I promise they will take great care of you. (By the way: we did the 8-day Annapurna-Dhaulagiri trek, culminating in a walk on the Khopra Ridge and the climb up to Poon Hill from Ghorepani for sunrise the next day... and it was perfect. Again, all suggested and planned by Dinesh and team.) Thank you Nature Explore for all of your hard work and for making us feel like VIPs. Already looking forward to the next trip.

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