Walking the Annpurna Dhaulagiri Eco Trail

In the Annapurna Region, one can enjoy views of numerous peaks like Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, and Twelve Peak, among others.

 

— Ras Dhan Rai

When you are in Nepal, you can see magnificent views of snow-capped mountains in whichever part of the country you are. Many people in the world have one desire – to see snow-capped mountains in the Himalayas. Many places in Nepal offer magnificent views of mountains as well as rivers, deep valleys, and lush green forests, among others.

Take my breath away
Take my breath away — Resting at 3500 meters above sea level during the trek in western Nepal.

 

In the Annapurna Region, one can enjoy views of numerous peaks like Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, and Twelve Peak, among others. Many trekking trails in the region begin from Pokhara. Apart from natural beauty, culture, tradition, and lifestyle of different ethnic groups like Magar, Gurung, and Thakali enthrall foreign trekkers.

Take me to the Mountains
Take me to the Mountains — Sky and Mount Annapurna South (7219 masl ) conspiring for this great view. Nepal is the country you should visit once in life.

 

Annapurna-Dhaulagiri Eco Trek is one of the popular trekking trails in the Annapurna Region. The trek begins from Baskharka village of Myagdi district. The place can be reached after a hike of about one kilometer from Galteshwar near Beni. After a walk of about one kilometer, you cross the Kali Gandaki River, and after a trek of about three-four hours, you reach Baskharka. At Baskharka, you spend the night with local families. You eat what your hosts eat. Most of the people in the village are into farming. Orange farming is a favored occupation here. The place offers beautiful views of mountains and beautiful sceneries.

Sunrays
Sunrays — Trekking towards Khayer Lake from Khopra Danda early in the morning. Captured the beautiful sun rays as the sun rises…

Trekking on the second day takes you to Nagi. The trek can be completed in around six-seven hours. People in Nagi village are very hospitable. Their language, culture, and behavior will attract you. From the village, you can see various mountain peaks like Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, and Twelve Peak. Though the village is mostly undeveloped, you can buy souvenirs like a bag, cap, socks, and gloves prepared by local women.

Sunny Mountains
Sunny Mountains — Somewhere above the fantastic location Khopra Danda – around 4200m – on the lower slopes of Annapurna South in the Annapurna Himal, Nepal.

Mohare is our destination for the third day. We see different vegetations as the trial progresses. Many wildflowers in their full bloom greet you. You reach Mohare Danda after crossing Hampal Danda and this place, you can see the beautiful view of the sunrise. The place provides perhaps the most beautiful mountain views. You can see various peaks like Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and Twelve Peak, among others, glittering in the morning sun. You can even see Pokhara Valley far in the horizon. All lodges in Mohare Danda have Wi-Fi facilities.

Something Heavens
Something Heavens — This is a result of a stack of 94 exposures plus one with me. Cold December in the Himalayas usually shows off the beauty of the cloud-free dark sky. That time I had a challenge with other conditions like Moon, which was far above the horizon . Thanks blending many exposures I got back Milky Way to the image. This session took me over an hour and I have done some other single shots with Moon which was my personal torch to bright the mountains and the deepest in the Earth valley Kali Gandaki

 

From Mohare, your trek progresses toward Tikot village and it is a beautiful village of Magar people. We can see many old houses in Tikot. In the village, one can experience the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of Magar people. You can see traditional Magar dances during major festivals like Dashain and Tihar. After reaching Kopra Danda (3,600 meters) on the seventh day of trekking. There are good hotels in Kopra Danda. The place offers magnificent views of different mountain peaks like Annapurna South, Twelve Peak, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri, as well as beautiful villages. From Tikot, you descend to Beni via Bayale from where you can catch buses to Pokhara.

RESTING BESIDE KHAYER LAKE
RESTING BESIDE KHAYER LAKE — A resting place or a shrine beside Khayer Lake in Nepal. This place is famous for its pilgrimage for Hindu devotees

 

KHAYER LAKE
KHAYER LAKE — Khayer Lake in Nepal. Trekked here from Khopra, took us 5 hours to reach here. As there are no tea houses around or near the lake, a fast trek is needed to return back to Khopra on the same day itself. Such a beautiful lake up at 4600m.

 

Idyllic Mountains cape
Idyllic Mountains cape — The Dhaulagiri (8167m) range seen from Khopra Danda (~3660m)

 

ICE IN THE FIRE II
ICE IN THE FIRE II — Annapurna I and Annapurna South behind Khopra Ridge which I made solo traverse with the first polish ascent on Mt.Muldei

 

Flow like the water
Flow like the water

 

Before sunset in Khopra Danda
Before sunset in Khopra Danda

 

A dream sequence
A dream sequence — Resting at 3500m above sea level during the trek in Western Nepal.

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