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.

By Ras Dhan Rai

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

In the Annapurna Region, one can enjoy views of numerous peaks like Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Annapurna South and Twelve Peak among others. Many trekking trials in the region begin from Pokhara. Apart from natural beauty, the culture, tradition and lifestyle of different ethnic groups like Magar, Gurung and Thakali enthralls foreign trekkers.
annapurna dhaulagiriAnnapurna-Dhaulagiri Eco Trek is one of the popular trekking trials 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 Galeshwar near Beni. After a walk of about one kilometer, you cross 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.

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. You will be attracted by their language, culture and behavior. From the village, you can see various mountain peaks like Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri and Twelve Peak. Though the village is largely undeveloped, you can buy souvenirs like bag, cap, socks and gloves prepared by local women.

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

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From Mohare, your trek progresses toward Tikot village. Tikot is a beautiful village of Magar people. We can see many old houses in Tikot. In the village, one can experience culture, tradition and lifestyle of Magar people. You can see traditional Magar dances during major festivals like Dashain and Tihar.You reach 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.

(The author, who hails from solukhumbu, is a trekking guide)

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