Annapurna dhaulagiri community trek

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The Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek lies on the West of the Annapurna Sanctuary route partly right on the Great Himalaya Lower Trail. This trail passes along the settlements of culturally rich Gurung and Magar community, entirely on off the beaten path in wilderness to the breathtaking hill of Kopra.The superb views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna massive, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare (Fishtail), Himal Chuli and Jugal range dominates the northern horizon from west to east. Besides this, the pristine and wonderful forest of Chilaune, Pines, Fir, Castanopsis, Quercus and Rhododendrons bestow a great scene and serenity of mind being in the real nature. The sound and song of beautiful mountain birds such as Grosbeak, Yuhina, Tits, Magpies, Pheasants area soothing and lively. At the same time an anticipation of encountering the wildlife such as Deer, Himalayan Bears, Monkey and Leopard makes the trail very exciting and intriguing.
The trek offers you a fabulous Nepal experience with a mixture of nature and culture in abundance.
 

 

  Itinerary

 

Day 1

Pick up in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel

Included:Welcome Drinks

 

 

Day 2

Drive Kathmandu - Pokhara

Included:  Breakfast

 

 

Day 3

Drive Pokhara to Nayapul  and trek to Ghandruk (1940m) 6 hrs

Included: Breakfast

 

Day 4

Trek Ghandruk (1940 m) to Tadapani (2590 m) 4 hrs

Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 5

Trek Tadapani (2590 m) - Bayali Kharka (3450m) 6 hrs

 Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 6

Trek Bayali Kharka (3450m) - Upper Chistibung (2990m) 4 hrs

Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 7

Trek Upper Chistibung (2990m) to Kopra Ridge (3650m) 3 hrs, 1/2 day hike in Kopra Ridge

Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 8

Trek Kopra Ridge (3650m) to Swanta (2195m) 5½ hrs

Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 9

 Trek Swanta (2195m) to Danda Kharka (2850m)

  Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 10

Trek Danda Kharka (2850 m) to Tikot (2278 m) via Poon Hill (3194 m) 8 hrs

Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

 

Day 11

 Trek Tikot (2278 m) to Beni (850 m) 4 hrs

  Included:Breakfast & Cultural Dinner

 

Day 12

Drive  Beni (850 m) - Kathmandu 10 hrs

Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

 

Day 13

Farewell

Included:Breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

  Price Includes

Money Matters so we would like to explain what you are paying for. We are local operator providing world class services to the travelers yearning to be foot on Himalayan trail. We provide you with the minimum price possible for fully inclusive trips .We are proud to guarantee NO HIDDEN COST.

  • Airport Pick up and drop.
  • Delux accomodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All surface transfer as per the itinerary.
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara city tour by English Speaking Guide on Private Vehicle.
  • All the standerd meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)  during trekking.
  • Safe and ozonated water throughout the trek.
  • Tea House / Homestay Acomodation during trekking.
  • Registered and trained Guide.
  • Required number of insured Porter.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area fees.
  • All Surface transfer for your guide, porter and necessary cargo.
  • Staff insurances.
  • Government taxes and official charges. Visa charge not included here.
  • Attractive First Aid Kits.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu. 

 

Price Excludes

This package doesnot cover following cost and should be  personally paid by the traveller. 

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Beverages and other hard drinks cost
  • Nepal Entry visa fee and airport taxes.
  • Expences of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks etc
  • Rescue and emergency cost/ Insurance cost but we will help to carry of the procedure.
  • Personal trekking equipments

 

 Trip Notes

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Your safety is our paramount concern while trekking with Wild Stone Adventure. Your Leader has full authority to amend any part of the itinenary due to safety reason. Every effort will be made to keep up with the above itinerary however it is the adventure in remote himalayan zone we cannot guarantee it! Wether condition, physical condition of trekkers and unexpected natural disasters can force to alter the itinerary.Your Leader will forward you with the alternatives so please be prepared to be flexible.

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Arrival

Upon your arrive at Tribhuban International Airport (TIA), Wild Stone Adventures' representative will greet you and transport you to your Hotel. The rest of the day depends on your interest and condition, you can either take a rest or visit our office.The next day you will be formally introduced to your Guide, brief about the trek and enjoy sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural and historical landmarks.

 

 

Accommodation

Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin sharing basis with private facilities which are of Western style.

Whilst trekking accommodation is in lodges and teahouses or Homestay  and is of a basic standard. Rooms may be twin or multi share with basic shared toilet facilities. Hot showers and Laundry facilities are available in some places for a small charge.

 

 

Transportation

Wild Stone Adventure use high quality private transportation to get in and off the trekking put in point and put out point.On longer routes, we use private or tourist buses, which provide a slightly higher degree of comfort and safety.For air transportation Wild Stone uses modern, comfortable and most - reliable airline operator.In trekking region, transportation mean is hiking and in some cases Yaks / horses / mules / donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this trekking route, hiking is the major mean of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters and/or animals.

 

 

Meals

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities during your trip period. Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek cost include breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses menu while on trek. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

 

 

Trekking Group

 

 For Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek , there will be one leader (5 trekkers:1 leader)and the required number of sherpa porter(2 trekkers:1 porter).As you will be travelling in the group you will be exposed to all the pleasure of travelling in group. We can run Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek for any group size but generally we have maximum of ten people, we we found this to be best group size for the optimal success.

 

Group Leader and Support Staffs

 

All our trips are accompanied out by one of our local group Leaders. The aim of the group leader is make your Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek successful, enjoyable, memorable and hassle free. Our leader will provide information on the culture, geography, ecosystem, flora and fauna of the place your are travelling. They will also offer suggestions for the optional activities and thing to do, recommend great places and introduce you to the local people. Our leader will also assist you to learn the local language.
All our outdoor guides are licensed from the Government of Nepal. Beside the license they have numbers of certificates including Wilderness First Aid, certificate from Kathmandu Education Projects, certificate from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, and Eco friendly guiding certificates.

 

 

Trip Grade 
Our Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek 13 days trek is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, we can accomplish this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital to consult a doctor before taking the trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Wild Stone Adventure before booking the trek.

 

Physical Preparation

For the Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek the general rule is you need to be very fit and the more preparation you have done for it, the more you will enjoy it. You will be walking at very high altitudes with your day pack, with the possibility of extreme variations in temperature. We recommend you to undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, to enhance your strength and stability. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to boost your fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trip to its fullest.

 

 

Best Season
Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek . The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views of the scenery but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing point. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek , only colder (obviously). The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during winter the routes are not packed and we could enjoy some alone time with nature.

 

Currency Exchange

The official currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupee (NRs)

It is best to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks in major currencies - USD, CAD, EUR, AUD - and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations. Money may easily be exchanged at Kathmandu airport on arrival and banks and licensed moneychangers in cities. Credit card cash advances and ATM withdrawals are in NPR only.

Before departing on your trek, make sure you have enough Nepalese currency in small denominations as change is hard to find in the villages ( 100 rupee are easy to trade )

 

 

Extra Pocket Money

While trekking with Wild Stone Adventure, all meals are included in your trip cost . You will need very little local currency for meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara extra snacks, soft drinks or souvenirs along the trail.

Extra money dependa upon your spending habit. Please consider your own spending habits when you count for extra pocket money.

 

 

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 as an emergency fund, to be used when circumstances beyond our control ( natural disaster, extreme weather, nepal strikes) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

 

 

Travel Insurence
Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable) and personal liability.

 

 

Etiquette

When visiting and entering temples and Nepalis house you must remove your shoes. In some temples, it is forbidden to wear any leather goods. Other temples, such as those in Pashupatinath, do not allow foreigner besides hindu to enter. These are normally marked with a sign in English, and we urge you to respect such practices.

Always ask permission before taking photos inside any temples, and before photographing any local people. When permission is granted, always be sensitive when photographing people, and non-intrusive when shooting inside temples when prayers are in progress. Generally, photography is allowed outside Buddhist and Hindu temples and at religious ceremonies and festivals.

 

You are guest in Nepal and it is appriciated if you behave like Nepali (Local):

  • Dress Respectfully (no short shorts or revealing clothes)
  • Do not show affection in public.
  • Do not buy antiques.
  • Do not 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 (red powder, flowers/rice)
  • Do not use your left hand (dirty)
  • Receive and give with two hands.
  • Ask permission before taking people's photographs.
  • Discourage begging, pay fair price
  • Take off your shoes before entering a monastery or Nepali house.
  • Go clockwise roung the stupas, temples etc
  • Avoid touching monks / lamas.

 

Clothing 
Dress respectfully with an awareness of local standards. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool during hiking. In many rural areas women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unaccepted. While visiting temples,monasteries and other religious sites men need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt.

 

 

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels and tea houses for a small charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your ownlaundry so we suggest you bring biodegradable soap.

 

 

Packing List

While packing for “ Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek” it essential to considered wether condition and time of year you are travelling.

Please Click here for the complete packing list for this trip.

 

 

Tipping

Tipping is expected but not compulsory and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your trip.

 

 

Responsible Tourism

Being a responsible trek operator is at the heart of what Wild Stone Adventures is all about. The beautiful environment of the Himalaya is also an extremely fragile one. At Wild Stone Adventure , we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize the detrimental impact as much as possible.We are committed to responsible tourism and it is implemented in every trip through the following means.

  • Leave no Trace
  • Discourage deforestation
  • Keep Water Source Clean
  • Plant Saplings
  • Plants Left in Their Natural Environment
  • Alternative Source of Energy for Fuel
  • Employ local leaders and supporting staffs
  • Use local tea house and home stay
  • Consume local food
  • Reduce, Reuse and Recyle

 

Suggested reading for the Royal Trek.

  • Annapurna – Maurice Herzog
  • Annapurna, A women's place- Arlene Blum
  • Nepal Travel Guide – Lonely Planet
  • Trekking in Annapurna Region -Bryn Thomas
  • Trekking in Nepal –Antoine d’ Abbundo
  • Rough guide to Nepal – David Reed
  • Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya – Stan Armington
  • Mountain sickness -Peter Hackett
  • Pocket first Aid and Wilderness Medicine -Dr. Jim Duff & Dr. Peter Gormly

 

 

 

 

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