Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Balcony Trek

This easy, non touristic and wild trek offers you off the beaten path of lower Dhaulagiri region at the beginning. You will explore the authentic and typical ethnic Magar villages. This region is very famous for wild honey hunters. Also second part of trek you will explore the Annapurna balcony regions. So, this mini trek gives you a chance to explore the balconies of two major trekking regions Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

You will enjoy with the spectacular views of Puta Himchuli (7246m), Churen Himal (7371m), Gurja Himal (7193m), Jirbang Himal (6062m), Dhaulagiri I (8167m) etc. Then, trek joins in Kaligandaki River to continue  for Ghorepani Poon Hill 3200m from where you can see sunrise views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan range. During this trek, you will be in the altitude bellow than 3300m. You can discover the two trekking regions Dhaulagiri and Annapurna at one time.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Annapurna & Dhaulagiri  Balcony Trek
Maximum Elevation: 3200 m.
Walking Level: 5-6 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 21 Days
Mode of Operation: tented camping + tea house lodge
Best Season: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.
Trip Grade: Moderate
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Annapurna & Dhaulagiri  Balcony Trek
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu international airport, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 02 : Kathmandu – Pokhara  by tourist bus 6 hours and transfer to hotel comfort bed and breakfast.
Day 03 : Pokhara – Beni by bus 5 hours and trek to Singa 2 hours 30mn  / +100m / -0m. Overnight camping
Day 04 : Trek Singa – Phedi  4 hours 30 mn / +400m / -100m. Overnight camping
Day 05 : Trek Phedi – Muna  5 hours  / +800m / -100m. Overnight camping
Day 06 : Trek Muna – Boghara 6 hours 30 mn/ +1000m / -700m. Overnight camping
Day 07 : Trek Boghara - Barun Duri kharka 6 hours  / +1100m / -200m. Overnight camping
Day 08 : Trek Barun Duri kharka – Kuinekhani  5 hours  / +200m / -900m. Overnight camping
Day 09 : Trek Kuinekhani – Jhii 6 hours  / +400m / -900m. Overnight camping
Day 10 : Trek Jhii - Galeswor - Beg Khola 5 hours  / +100m / -900m. Overnight camping
Day 11 : Trek Beg Khola – Shikha 4 hours 30 mn / +1000m / -150m. Overnight in Lodge
Day 12 : Trek Shikha – Ghorepani  4 hours  / +800m / -0m. Overnight in Lodge
Day 13 : Trek Ghorepani - A/R Poon Hill – Tadapani 6 hours  / +600m / -800m. Overnight in Lodge
Day 14 : Trek Tadapani – Chomrong 4 hours 30 mn / +450m / -1000m.Overnight in Lodge
Day 15 : Trek Chomrong – Ghandruk 4 hours / +600m / -800m.Overnight in Lodge
Day 16 : Trek Ghandruk - Austrian Camp 5 hours 30mn / +700m / -700m.Overnight in Lodge
Day 17 : Trek Austrian Camp – Sarangkot 5 hours  / +100m / -500m.Overnight in Lodge
Day 18 : Trek Sarangkot – Pokhara 3 hours  / +50m / -850m.Overnight at hotel comfort bed and breakfast.
Day 19 : Pokhara – Kathmandu 6 hours by tourist bus and 25mn by plane and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 20 : Kathmandu rest day visit optional hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 21 : International departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-3 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast except lunch and dinner.
-2 nights hotel comfort  with bed and breakfast in Pokhara.
-Trekking permits of Annapurna Conservation Area Project and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in tented camping  with foam mattress + Tea house Lodge.
-Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner with hot drinks) during the trek.
-Camping equipment: Tents, mattress, kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils etc.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook  and porters.
-Kathmandu to Pokhara round trip tourist bus & Pokhara to Beni  tourist bus as mentioned in above itinerary.
-13 % VAT compulsory government  tax and other  local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, cook and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, sleeping bag – 20 degree etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain..
-Tips for guide,chef cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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