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OFF THE BEATEN TREKS IN ANNAPURNA REGION

written by: Kanti Khadka   |   Oct 22, 2019   |   194 views

OFF THE BEATEN TREKS IN ANNAPURNA REGION

Nepal is a dream destination for trekkers worldwide. It’s iconic status, larger population and greater connection to the outside world brings in more trekkers overcrowding the major trails such as Everest region and Annapurna region.

Annapurna region is the perfect blend of culture and nature with varying landscapes. Considered one of the easy trails in Nepal, it is famous among the trekkers for its up-close breathtaking views of Annapurna mastiffs and relatively easy altitude sickness free routes. While the Annapurna region itself is very well known of the trails in this region are now being somewhat crowded and busier.

So if you are tired of seeing the same old Annapurna Base Camp itinerary then, here we present you fresh insight on some of the untrodden paths in the Annapurna region of Nepal with off the beaten treks in Annapurna region. 

Khopra Dada Trek - 14 days

Starts: Nayapul
Finishes: Nayapul
Duration: 14 days
Difficulty: Moderate
Seasons: Mar-May, Sep-Nov
Elevation: 3660m/ 12007.9ft

If you are looking for off the beaten trek with fewer tourists in Annapurna region then this community trek is the best alternative focusing on intimate villages and people, wildlife, and wide range of landscapes from forest to high alpine and panoramic view of mountains including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang, and Nilgiri.

Khopra Dada Trek

Short and rewarding Khopra Ridge community trek is the newly promoted community-based Eco-trail situated in the Annapurna region at an altitude of 3600m. This trek is also known as the Myagdi Parbat Eco-trek which was developed by the local communities to improve their economic condition and build a school to provide better opportunities to their children. 

This trek also leads to the holy lake ‘Kaire Lake’ which is a little far from the Khopra Ridge. Around the Annapurna region, Khopra ridge is famous for Yak farms. This region inhabited by Gurung and Magar ethnic communities starts from Pokhara and passes through many villages including Ghandruk which is the biggest Gurung village. 

Community trek is an amazing way to get familiar with the remote and cultural villages of Nepal. Grasp this chance to explore the untrodden trails in the famous Annapurna region with Khopra ridge trek!

Panchase Trek - 7 days

Starts:

Bijyapur

Finishes:

Chisapani

Duration:

9 Days

Difficulty:

Easy

Seasons:

Feb-May, Sep-Nov

Elevation:

1760m/ 5774.3ft

Panchase Village, a sacred religious site is a perfect blend of culture and biodiversity. This village is the epitome of the beautiful scenery and fascinating culture and like-minded people. Although this Panchase village trek is considered relatively easy and non-touristic, the village boasts a wide variety of flora and fauna.

This is a panoramic trek starts from Pokhara “City of Lakes” with brief boating in Phewa Lake and hike up to the World Peace Pagoda, through the forest observing the flora and fauna of Nepal and past a number of villages experiencing the daily lives of some ethnic mixes, such as Brahmin, Magar, and Gurung up close.

Altitude is less of the problem while on this trek. Thus, one need not worry about possible altitude sickness during the trek. Additionally, this venture is less strenuous and short in duration. Thus, anyone physically fit irrespective of age with limited time can be a part of it.

Relatively easy and forlorn, this trek is just the right choice for those seeking nature along with the closure to local people. 

The Royal Trek - 9 days

Starts:

Bijyapur

Finishes:

Chisapani

Duration:

9 Days

Difficulty:

Easy

Seasons:

Feb-May, Sep-Nov

Elevation:

1760m/ 5774.3ft

This trek route named the Royal trek since Prince Charles walked this trek route in the 1980s elevates up to 1700 m with no risk of altitude sickness at all. The beautiful scenery of white snow cladded Mt. Annapurna greets you from up close as you trek through the route.

The Royal Trek is one of the shortest treks along the foothills of Annapurna, north of the Pokhara valley. It is a less crowded trail among the other route in the Annapurna region, so this trek is suitable for people who love being around mountains but do not have time for long and strenuous hikes. 

Pokhara Nepal

 

This four-day trek starts from the north of Pokhara valley and passes through several Gurung villages providing opportunities for meaningful cultural experiences with a diverse mix of people and cultures in this region. 

Throughout the trek, one can enjoy stunning views of the eloquently built hillside rice terraces, the magnificent Annapurna range, Machapuchhre [fishtail] and the Langtang Mountain views. The Royal trekking trip is also an ideal trek for family traveling within a limited time frame. 

Nar Phu Valley Trek - 19 days

Starts:

Jagat

Finishes:

Jomsom

Duration:

19 Days

Difficulty:

Hard

Seasons:

Mar-Jun, Sep-Oct

Elevation:

5416m/ 17769ft

Nar Phu Valley Trek is suitable for the trekkers seeking serenity and escapes from day to day busy life. This particularly unfamous trek in the Annapurna region takes you along the deepest gorge in the world -Kaligandaki to one of the highest passes in Nepal- Thorung La Pass observing the serenity of Nar Phu Valley along with the charm of Annapurna circuit. 

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley trek begins in Pokhara, widely known as the ‘City of Seven Lakes’ and passes through cascading waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, and amazing mountain vistas before making a round of the mighty Annapurna.

Experience the cultural as well as the natural richness of unexplored Nepal with Nar Phu valley trek!

Mohare Danda Trek- 11 days

Starts:

Kathmandu

Finishes:

Kathmandu

Duration:

11 Days

Difficulty:

Easy

Seasons:

Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Elevation:

3300m/ 10826.8ft

Mohare Dada Trek within the Annapurna region is peaceful off the beaten path to Annapurna foothills. A ‘high road’ alternative route to Ghorepani Trek, Mohare danda also known as ‘Eco-Community Lodge trek’ focuses on creating sustainable economic stability by promoting tourism potentialities and possibilities in this area. 

Poon Hill Ghorepani Trek

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Exploring the unexplored region, trekkers with limited time and unlimited desire to explore culture and beauty of can enjoy the authentic culture, friendly people, wonderful nature, and a stunning view of one of the longest chains of mountains as Mohare Danda (3300m) is the closest point to view the massive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Glorious sunrises and sunsets, mesmerizing mountain views, unique Magar culture, and friendly people are sure to make your trip to Mohare danda an incredible experience.

Sikles trek- 7 days

Starts:

Bijyapur

Finishes:

Pokhara

Duration:

11 Days

Difficulty:

Easy

Seasons:

Mid Feb to May and Oct 63to mid-Dec.

Elevation:

2000m./6562ft.

One of the recently opened trails in the Annapurna region, Sikles trek is a socio-cultural journey into the traditional Gurung villages of this particular region. Untrodden and unknown of, the trails leading to this trek passes through rough and wild forests side by side to the fascinating views of Annapurna ranges and Fishtail mountain.

Annapurna Region

Annapurna Region

This trek short trek packed with scenery, culture, adventure, and history starts from Hemja village traversing through the rough terrains of the Annapurna region into the traditional villages of Sikles, Tang Ting and Bhujung at the end. 

Sikles trek is a camping adventure starting from the Southern Annapurna region of rural Nepal. This is an easy trek elevating up to the height of 2500m. Altitude sickness is less of the problem in this trek. Anyone physically fit irrespective of the age can be a part of this incredible experience. Spend a night out on nature, enjoying local delicacies and experiencing the authentic taste of rural Nepal with Skiles trek!

Karbakeli Eco trek

Starts:

Ulleri

Finishes:

Beni

Duration:

9 Days

Difficulty:

Easy

Seasons:

Feb- April, Oct-Dec

Elevation:

3210 m

The freshly discovered Annapurna trekking trails close to the famous viewpoint Poonhill, Karbakeli Eco trek is a complete blend of undisturbed nature and rich Pun culture. 

Perfect for trekkers preferring exotic and unspoiled environment, wildlife and support conservation efforts. Karbakeli Eco trek is an alternative to overcrowded Poonhill trek. 

Combining nature with indigenous culture, the major highlight of this trek is the Karbakeli Thaan (Temple) of Karbakeli baba (major deity of the indigenous community, Pun Magar). Magar community prays to Karbakeli Baba, the golden statue in the temple of Karbakeli Baba located at Kaphal Danda. Kaphal danda is also known as “Ramchan Kulchan Danda”. 

Dhaulagiri Trekking

Dhaulagiri Trekking

Besides, it also flaunts spectacular view of South Annapurna (7219 m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Nilgiri(7061 m), Tukuche Peak (6920 m) and others while walking through the rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) forest. 

Grasp this opportunity to explore this infamous nexus of biological diversity, flora and fauna, art and culture and rural lifestyle before anyone else with Karbakheli Eco trek. 

Did you know any of these treks? Have you been to any? Let us know about your experiences in the comment section below.


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