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South of Annapurnas

The Khopra Trek

Khopra Trek or South of Annapurna region is one of Nepal’s last Himalayan jewels; a glittering array of panoramas, gigantic peaks and peaceful nature awaits the adventurous explorer. However, as magnificent as the mountains are, it is perhaps the people of Nepal that are its greatest asset. Trekkers visiting South of Annapurnas (Moharedanda, Khopra Ridge, ABC, Poon hill and Mardi Himal) are sure to be smitten by the mystical cultures, quaint villages, massive glaciers, mysterious forests and beautiful exciting trails with vistas. All will leave with a renewed inspiration for life; there is something very uplifting about exploring some of nature’s most magical areas…

Flora: types of plant species reported in ACA region;

1135 species of Angiosperms (dicotyledons : 938 + monocotyledons 197) Gymnosperms : 15 species
Pteridophytes : 83 species
Total: 1233 species of plants found in ACA region.

Fauna:

102 species of mammals - from 23 different families
488 species of birds
40 species of reptiles
23 species of amphibians
20 species of fish

Butterfly:

347 species

Households and population residing in ACA region:

(Ghandruk, Lwang, Sikles, Bhujung, Manang, Jomsom and Lo Manthang)

Households : 18,680

Population:

Male : 43,142
Female : 45,245
Total: 88,387

How to get there?

Pokhara 820m to Nayapul 1070m (1.20 – 2 hrs)

There are two transport options; if you want a cheap drive then you would go to Baglung bus station (the new bus park) and catch a bus to Nayapul, which costs around 2.5 Euro, but sometimes it would take more than 2 or 3 hours , because the bus stops at many places to collect passengers. The other option is to hire a taxi or car; it would bring you to Nayapul in 1.20 hrs. Recently it cost around 16 to 20 Euros for a single drive. Contact person; MR. RANA BAHADUR PURJA, mobile 9847771337 or 990670001 Note: Book your rooms at Purnagaun at least one day ahead.

Nayapul to Deupur Maidan 1520m (3 hrs. approx)

On 18.01.2013, three of us; guide Bhim Kulung Rai, guide Sukraraj Rai and I started marking the Khopra trail at Nayapul. The trail starts at Tallo Chouk (lower junction) near the Hotel Buddha, where there are also some local restaurants and shops. This is about 300 meters west of the first Nayapul bazaar. Now, you turn right and will see the blue/ white signs painted on the wall of the road. Continue walking on the motorable dirt road for about 200 meters and then you will enter the bigger bazaar of Nayapul (a few hundred meters below the highway). Soon you will see another blue/ white sign on the electric pole. Now you turn left and descend steps through some houses, after which you cross a high suspension bridge over the Modi river. Continue to follow the blue /white signs. You gently climb up along the side of the wall protecting the fields against the Monsoon River and, in a few minutes, you connect with the dirt road. Follow it till you come to Aate village, 1030m., and keep following the road until you reach Kalyani Ridge, in 25 min., (1080m), then, in another 25 min.,Makha village (1170m.). From the last point of this village (1245m), you ascend steps to Deupur Maidan (1.20 hrs) through the scrubby forest, a few villages with beautiful surrounding views of forests, neighboring villages and farming landscapes. At Maidan there are a school, temple, electricity light, some local shops and a couple of basic homestays with outside, communal toilets. The Didi (Manageress) can cook Dal bhat, noodle soup and other local foods for you. There is a proper drinking water supply. The population here includes Gurung, Brahmin, Kami and Damai .

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Maidan to Purnagaun , 1705m (45 – 50 min., approx)

Near the public water fountain, you will find blue /white signals on the wall of a house. Follow them and, in the next 15 to 20 mins, you will reach Deupur Jogithum (1600m.), where a nice homestay is available. It can accommodate 10 to 14 people and has a communal toilet and shower outside. It is also possible to cook food yourself in the private kitchen if you want: for that, you need to contact MR. BISHNU PRASAD SUBEDI (mobile no. : 9756700217 or 9847623685). There is a proper supply of drinking water and electric light. After the next 30 to 40 mins, of following the dirt road you come to Purnagaun. Some minutes before reaching the village, you separate from the road and climb up steps till reaching a school, then next to it are a few teashops, grocery shops . One of the shop provides homestay, opened recently, where 8 or 9 people can sleep. There is a communal toilet and bucket hot shower provided on request. They can cook for you: Dal bhat, noodle soup, tea, boiled potato, egg, plain rice and nettle leaf soup (sisnu) and chapatti (sukka rotee). The owner of this lodge promised me to put up a signboard soon, “PURNAGAUN GUEST HOUSE & RESTAURANT. “ The contact is: MR. RANA BAHADUR PURJA, mobile number: 9847771337 or 990670001 (he is chairperson of this village). At Purnagaun, there are a health post, a higher secondary school, church, electric light and temples. Most people are Hindu and Buddhist, with some Christians. The people are Magar, Gurung, Kami and Damai. This is a beautiful village.

Note: Book your rooms at Lespar at least one day ahead. The contact; 9847717301 or 9805177583 (Mr. Narasing Pun) or LAXMI HOTEL & RESTAURANT (9847734200).

Purnagaun to Langdi 1810m. (1 hr. approx)

From the last house of this village you hike for 10 mins, on the dirt road and come to a Chautari (a resting place), where we put blue/ white signs. From here you can take the beautiful, lower, classic trail to Langdi. If, however, you are there in the Monsoon season, you would need to take the upper trail on the road to Langdi. At Langdi there is a basic homestay, sleeping a maximum of 5 people. The communal toilet is outside of the house. The Didi can cook you Dal bhat, chapatti, noodle soup and tea etc. There are 64 households at Langdi (24 Kamies, 22 Damaies and 18 Gurungs). There are a post office, temples, electric light and beautiful Gurung styled houses. There is farming on terraced land with high surrounding green hills and views of the neighboring villages.

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Langdi to Lespar 2015m. (5 - 6 hrs.)

The road crosses through the middle of Langdi village and it continues to Ghurunga, the next village. But at the trail junction, just below the temple and high trees in the middle of the village, you should look for the blue/ white signs we erected on the rock. There the trekking trail crosses over the road and you should continue climbing up the steps. After some minutes, you will come to a trail junction near the last house. Now you follow the lower flat trail instead of climbing the steps and, after 15 to 20 minutes, you gradually enter the forest and climb gently up, with a view of southern villages, landscapes and high green hills to the north. In 1.30 hrs, you come to Dhad Kharka (1970m.) with a little ruin. You continue further on the dense rhododendron forest trail, and reach Ghurungalek 2120m, in 2 hrs; there are two houses a few hundred meters below the trail. Now you can clearly see the beautiful Lespar village with its shining roofs and blue windows. Keep hiking at the same altitude in the dense forest, past some streams until you arrive at a little village called Chhupeni (2215m); there are 3 little empty houses. You go further on and gently descend, make a long contour and you reach the school or lower village of Lespar, both of which we marked in blue /white colors. The school is the centre point of both Lower and Upper Lespar. From the school if you turn left and walk for 5 minutes down steps, you come to LAXMI HOTEL & RESTAURANT (contact number: 9847734200). There is one lodge at Lespar currently but at Upper Lespar MR. NARASING PUN is going to provide a homestay, and if this accommodation is not sufficient, he will manage homestays in other houses. At LAXMI HOTEL, 10 people can sleep and there are 5 rooms. The beautiful smiley Didi can cook for you Dal bhat, noodles, boiled potato, egg, plain rice + nettle leaf soup (sisnu), chapatti and other local foods. Indeed, the vegetables, which she grows in her garden, are organic! The toilet and bucket hot shower is outside of the house. MR. PUN is a very well respected and an important personality of this village and neighboring villages too. He is the chairperson of this village and his contact numbers are: 9847717301 or 9805177583. Lespar is a huge and well- managed village. It is very clean and all the houses are beautiful, with slate roofs. There are 169 households, and with the exception of a few Kamies and Damaies, 98% of the population is Magar. Most of these people are Hindu but there are a few Buddhist and Christians as well. There are a higher secondary school, a basket ball playing field, a football ground, health post, post office, internet service, phone, proper drinking water supply and electricity. The surroundings are those of gorgeous landscapes, villages and views of high green hills.

Note: Book your rooms at Nangi at least one day ahead. The contact person is: MR. CHITRA PUN (mobile number: 9857622028)

Lespar to Nangi 2260m. (6 – 7 hrs approx)

From the middle part of the village, you hike on a well paved trail via the upper village, amidst scenic beauty. Slowly you bend towards the right and come up far above the school. Soon you reach a Chautari (a resting place) - cross it and, a few meters further on, you come to a trail junction. Now you have to take the upper trail (left) which leads you gently up into the forest. Later on you climb up more hills, sometimes steep, and then finally arrive at a little pass at Chautari (2450m.). (2 hrs. approx). Now, follow the flat left trail with blue /white signs and, in 30 to 40 minutes, you will reach Gaira Kharka (2495m.). Here there is a small house and a couple of buffalo shelters. You can already see a beautiful view of the Mt. Dhaulagiri range, the surrounding high and dense forest hills and Shalija village. You still have to go a long way to Thadako Danda, a little pass at the Chautari 2520m (2 to 3 hrs. approx). It is sometimes steep and confusing to find the right trail, but we did try to put blue/ white signs wherever possible. From this pass the view of Annapurna South, Himchuli and Nilgiri is breathtaking, especially if you are here in April with the rhododendron flowers in full bloom! Be careful not to turn left or right now, from whichever direction you arrived, from Lespar side. You just have to cross this pass through the Chautari and come down on the other side. Now the dense forest trail to Nangi is clear and well made and goes down the steps till the dirt road is reached, 1.5 km. before the main Nangi village. After reaching the road, you turn right and walk on it. Soon you come to a temple (looking like a chorten) at the first village of Nangi. Continue on the road and 8 to 10 minutes before main Nangi, you separate from the road and take the upper trail. Finally you reach Nangi Community Lodge with its red roof and windows. This lodge has 10 rooms and 20 beds with communal toilet and solar heated shower inside the same building. There is a big dining hall. Food is on a menu system. If these rooms are not sufficient, they can provide other cottage rooms nearby the school. A few basic homestays are also available. It is very important to reserve rooms by phone one or two days earlier. An official person to contact for this area (Nangi, Moharedanda, Danda Kharka, Swanta, Chistibang, Khopra Ridge and Bayeli) is: MR. CHITRA PUN (mobile number: 9857622028) and Nangi Community Lodge (mobile: 9847649801 or 9847703341). At Nangi, there are a higher secondary school, a handmade paper factory, women’s handicrafts, a group of women who make plum jam, a telephone service, proper drinking water supply, electric light and a “tele-teaching” service. The majority of the residents are Magars, Kamies and Damais. Most of these people are Hindu and some are Buddhist. Nangi is a beautiful place with views of the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna range, including vistas of high green hills and the surrounding villages. DR. MAHABIR PUN (Ramon Magsaysay Awardee) and his team have brought a new and very good concept in that they have built community lodges at a variety of different places such as Nangi, Moharedanda, Danda Kharka, Swanta, Chistibang, Khopra Ridge and Bayeli Kharka. Two years ago, they also brought 156 yaks into the Khopra region. They also established a cheese factory at Pawdar, so they can supply yak cheese and meat to the restaurants in Ghorepani, Tadapani, Ghandruk, Shikha, Tatopani etc. All profit made goes to support the schools of those areas.

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Brief information about “tele-teaching”

Today, the internet connectivity is changing Myand; using Dr. Pun’s “tele-teaching” network, the teachers in one school instruct students in others. Local health workers use Wi-Fi to consult specialists in Pokhara and Kathmandu. Once isolated students are now able to surf the Net and they are learning global skills. Among the villagers’ local products are buffalo meat, honey, tea, jams, women’s handicrafts, sold through the e-market and the web is used for drawing payments.
Note: Book your rooms at Moharedanda at least one day ahead. The contact person is: MR. CHITRA PUN (mobile number: 9857622028)

Nangi to Moharedanda 3300m. (7 hrs. approx)

The trail begins directly at the Community Lodge where you should also see the blue/ white signs and arrow. From the Chautari you climb up the steps and soon you will enter the forest. Flat at first, the gradient trails up in the dense forest. Continue climbing up more steeply until you reach a little pass (2 hrs approx). Go down the other side, where the trail is flat. Then there is a more strenuous climb up to Humpal pass (3098m.). (2 hrs approx.). Over the pass is a shelter with a red tin roof. Now you descend a bit on the other side, walk along a flat trail walk, then go up into the forest. There is a steep, grassy path along the ridge and finally you come to see the house of Moharedanda. Still continue hiking along the ridge with Dhaulagiri and Annapurna and Manaslu for sunset vistas! And views of the surrounding forest and the mysterious, southern landscapes! Moharedanda is a good place to take an extra day’s rest! Moharedanda itself is a perfect natural towering ridge. It offers a spectacular 360 degree mountain view through the Dhaulagiri range ((8167m.) high, Annapurna range (8091m.), Manaslu Himal ( 8163m .) vistas of deep magical landscapes and magnificent sunrises and sunsets over the mountains.To see all these views you don’t need to wake up at 4 o’clock as at Poon hill! You can even view them from your bedroom or fire- heated dining hall or you just can step out of the door to see them. There is a Community Lodge with 10 rooms and 20 beds. There are also a newly built porters’ house and two yak shelters. The Lodge has a fire- heated dining hall, the food is on the menu system, and Wi-Fi internet and solar light are available. There is a communal toilet and a hot bucket shower is available on request.

Note: Book your rooms at Swanta at least one day ahead. The contact person is: MR. CHITRA PUN (mobile number: 9857622028)

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Moharedanda to Phulbari 2835m. (1.30 – 2 hrs. maximum)

From Mohoredanda you gently descend into the dense rhododendron forest with vistas. Follow the blue/ white signs and, (45mins. to 1 hr), you come to Chautari with a small pond and a temple in the left corner (3040m.). Look carefully to find the arrow we put there, cross through for some minutes till you reach grassy open land, where the trail is more confusing. We tried to put bigger signs but did not find any large rocks or trees; still we did put some arrows and blue /white signs on some small rocks. You should not turn left or right, but cross here directly and enter the forest. Keep going down through the scrubby forest to some open grassy slopes. Again the trail becomes confusing: look carefully down and you should see the little red and white flag with a high wooden pole which has been placed there. Go down to it, more steeply, and you will reach Phulbari Guest House, a private lodge at Phulbari (2835m.). (45 mins, 1 hr). There are 5 rooms and 10 beds, a communal toilet and hot bucket shower, available on request. It has a fire- heated dining hall and the food is on the menu system. This is a beautiful place to stay, with gorgeous mountains views and peaceful green forest surroundings. The phone contact is: 069 680460 or 9746041157

Phulbari to Danda Kharka 2750m. (10 – 15 min)

After 10 – 15 minutes ‘ walk in the rhododendron forest, you will come down to Danda Kharka (2750m.); there is a Community Lodge with 8 rooms and 16 beds. The food is on the menu system, and there is a fire -heated dining hall, communal toilet and bucket shower outside. This place is a trail junction leading to Swanta/Khopra, Tatopani, Ramche/Nangi and Phulbari-Moharedanda.

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Danda Kharka to Phalante 2270m (4 hrs approx)

  Now you hike on the flat and clear trail in the dense forest and, in 20 minutes, you come to a shelter for buffalo herders. Continue on a long hike and you will arrive at a little pass with chautari (Nakako Bisaune) (2670m.). Cross it and come down on the other side and continue further into the dense forest. After a flat walk, you go gently down and reach a house with well protected fields and a view of Dhaulagiri in the background. From here, you straight away descend by a grassy slope to a Chautari, entering a scrubby forest: now the trail is more confusing. You already see the Phalante, still continue downhill, come to another Chautari, and descend the steps. Finally you will reach a big wall protecting fields. Cross it by the wooden ladder, follow the blue/ white signs on an electric pole and house wall. Go through the fields and join the dirt road near the Sharada primary school of Phalante.

Phalante to Swanta 2260m (1 hr approx.)

The school is a very important landmark as it marks the trail junction leading to Swanta/Khopra, Tatopani/Jomsom, Ghorepani/ABC, Moharedanda/Nangi and Nayapul. There are a couple of basic lodges and restaurants. After the gate of this school, you still descend and continually follow the trail marked with blue/ white signs, through villages, forest and steps leading steeply down to the suspension bridge over Kholang Khola (30 – 40 min.), then you climb steps on the other side to Swanta village which takes about 30 min. At Swanta, there are two nice lodges: Swanta Guest House with 10 rooms and 21 beds, and Hotel Trekker’s Sanctuary Lodges with 7 rooms and 15 beds. Both lodges have a communal toilet, hot bucket shower, menu system food, a warm dining hall and electric light. Swanta is a very beautiful village with its farmed terraced fields, beautiful surrounding high green hills and villages, and views of the Dhaulagiri mountain range, Tukuche peak and Annapurna South. At Swanta, the residents are 100% Pun Magars. According to the data, the households total 72. Most of the men are working in the British and Indian Gurkha Army and Singapore police. These people are kind and friendly; they are mostly Hindu with a few Buddhists too. There is a primary school and temple in the middle part of the village. The phone contact is: 9846200616 or 9745037663 (Swanta Guest House) and 9847675240 (Hotel Trekker’s Sanctuary). Note: Book your rooms at Chistibang (Dhan Kharka) at least one day ahead. The contact person is: MR. CHITRA PUN (mobile number: 9857622028).

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Swanta to Aahal Kharka 2600m (3 – 4 hrs, maximum)

  Begin hiking through the school’s grounds and go behind it, and then follow the blue/ white signs alongside the fields. Cross by a big house and enter the forest trail. The gradient slopes up into the dense forest, and then climbs more steeply up. Then there is a gentle descent to the beautiful Dhaste Khore Khola. Cross over a well built wooden bridge (2.30 – 3 hrs). Now turn a bit to the right hand side and climb up the hill, reaching Aahal Kharka 2600m, (30 – 45 min). There is a beautiful cottage, Ever Green Rest Cottage, with a nice terrace, dining hall and kitchen and a communal toilet. The cottage owner (Mr. Hem Bahadur Pun) is a very good, energetic and open minded person. He serves you Dal bhat, boiled potato, mushroom items, plain rice + nettle leaf soup (sisnu) , ginger tea, tea, coffee and mint tea etc. This is a perfect place to have lunch. All vegetables are fresh and organic from his garden. Accommodation is not available yet, but we did sleep in a buffalo shelter belonging to this man. The phone contact is: 9846288449 (Mr. Hem Bahadur Pun). The trail climbs up via a steep hill into the oak and rhododendron forest. It is easy to find but you have to look for the blue/ white signs as well. Chistibang is a nice and peaceful place with surrounding green forest and a view of high grassy hills. At Chistibang, there are two lodges: Hotel Rockland & Restaurant is a private lodge with 9 rooms and 18 beds. Another Community Lodge has 10 rooms and 20 beds. Both lodges have menu system food, fire -heated dining hall, communal toilet and hot bucket shower available on request. Solar light is available. The phone contact is: 9847603971 (Hotel Rockland). Note: Book your rooms at Khopra Ridge at least one day ahead. The contact person is: MR. CHITRA PUN (mobile number: 9857622028).

Chistibang to Khopra Ridge 3660m (3 – 4 hrs)

You begin to hike near the Community Lodge and follow the blue white signs. Walk some way on the flat trail, and then follow the gradient up into the forest, which gets steeper until you reach a Kharka (pasture). Cross it, entering a scrubby forest; again climb steeply up and you come to a trail junction with a small, man- made pond for animals to drink water from. This leads to Khopra Ridge, or Bayeli Kharka and Chistibang, coming from the other direction. There are many blue /white signs and arrows which we put on the rocks. Now veer towards the left and continue further on. You first climb up steeply on a grassy slope with a view of beautiful mountains and landscapes. Soon you cross the ridge and come to a chautari, then you hike at a similar altitude to Khopra Ridge! This is what you had been dreaming of for a long time!! This is the last point for lodging on this trek, at the time of writing. Mountain views are stunning: they include the Dhaulagiri range (8167m.), Tukuche peak, Thapa peak, Nilgiris, Baraha Shikhar and Annapurna South. We had beautiful sunset and sunrise views of them and the landscapes to the south are breathtaking! At Khopra Ridge, there is a Community Lodge with 10 rooms and 20 beds. If these rooms are not sufficient, they provide you with tents to sleep in. It has a nice dining hall, communal toilet and bathroom inside the building and a hot bucket shower available on request. Food is on the menu system. Wi-Fi internet service and solar light are available. The lodge is open the whole year round. There are also a couple of yak shelters. At Khopra hundreds of internal tourists come to join a special festival in July, called “Yak Fresh Blood Drinking Festival!” These people believe drinking fresh blood of living yak is a very good treatment for gastritis and increasing energy and sex power and has many other advantages. If you drink it once or twice a year it is thought to be very good. This festival lasts for five days.

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Khopra excursion trip

It is a very good idea to stay here at least two days; you can take a beautiful day’s hiking trip to Khayar lake at 4600m. This, however, is not recommended for every trekker, because it is a very long way to trek to the lake and come back the same way to Khopra. It takes a minimum of 9 to 11 hours as a round trip. But it is good idea to go as far as Thanti (around 4200m. high) and come back. At Thanti, there are some shelters for yak herders and shepherds to stay in during the monsoon. Khayar Lake is very famous for Hindu belief; on the occasion of Janai Purnima , around the full moon of Saaun (July-August) the high caste men, Brahmin and Kshetri , must change the janai, which they wear looped over their left shoulder. So Janai Purnima brings crowds of pilgrims to this sacred Khayar lake and many pilgrims come from India as well. There they garland a statue of Shiva and throw coins at a temple and into the lake. There are two places to make pooja, seven minutes before this lake and a temple, where hundreds of sheep and goats are sacrificed on the same occasion. The pilgrims sleep one or two nights at Thanti, where the yak herders’ shelters are used to sleep in, but those are not enough for all these people. They bring large tents and set them up as shelter for many people and then they go up to the lake, making pooja, and come back to Thanti and stay overnight. If you don’t mind bringing a light tent, cooking gear, some noodles and dry food and a warm sleeping bag, it would be fantastic to take the Khayar lake trip. The views of nature’s beauty are mesmerizing!! Unfortunately, we could not mark the trail between Khopra and Khayar Lake, because there was too much snow at the moment we were there. But it is a clear and not confusing trail. From Khopra Ridge, some tourists go down to Tatopani (1200m) as well; there are two trail options to take, either via Pawdar village and Tatopani or Upper Narchyang - Narchyang besi and Tatopani. It is a long descent! The phone contact is: 9745039392 (Khopra Ridge). Note: Book your rooms at Bayeli Kharka at least one day ahead. The contact person is: MR. CHITRA PUN (mobile number: 9857622028).

Khopra Ridge to Bayeli ( Bayeli Kharka) 3460m (4 – 5 hrs.)

From Khopra you return down to the trail junction with a small pond, where you have to follow the blue/ white signs and arrows pointing towards Bayeli. 80% of the hiking is at the same altitude on the grassy steep, bamboo scrubby and rhododendron forest, and the remaining 20% of the hike is a mixture of down and uphill trail with southern green slopes and sky touching grassy mountain view in the north. The trail is somewhat narrower than normal, but it is beautiful to walk on it. Today you cross mainly through three different pastures; there are two shelters for yak herders at the first and second pastures. The last pasture has a ruin, and just before and after this point it is quite confusing to find the trail. We did put an arrow and blue /white signs right near this ruin. Make your way straight through and enter the rhododendron forest, walk some way on the flat and in a few minutes you will come to a Chautari, trail junction. This leads up to Bayeli, then down to Chistibang in the opposite direction to Khopra. After crossing through this chautari, you gently climb up in the rhododendron forest and arrive at Bayeli. At Bayeli, there is a Community Lodge with 8 beautiful rooms and 16 beds. Mt. Dhaulagiri and the view of the landscape through your window are awesome! If those rooms are not sufficient, they provide you with tents to sleep in. There is a warm fire- heated dining room and a nice kitchen. The toilet and bathroom are communal and hot bucket showers are available on request. Bayeli is a very beautiful and peaceful place to stay and, if you have an extra day to rest, it would be absolutely worthwhile to do so. From here you can also trek to Hidden Lake (Toji Baraha taal) as a day trip. It takes 4 to 5 hrs, to get there and coming back the same way to Bayeli would take an extra 3 to 4 hrs. We could not mark the trail between Bayeli and Hidden Lake because there was too much snow. The phone contact is: 9846208067 or 9846200799 (Mr. Lok Bahadur Pun).

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Bayeli Kharka to Dobato 3426m (2 hrs. maximum)

From the lodge, you first go up to the ridge for 10 minutes, then descend down a steep, grassy slope on the other side and continue further on the flat until you come to a high ridge. You bend down along this ridge with breathtaking views of mountains and landscapes. Soon you enter the forest, on a path varying between flat and steep, until you reach Dobato. There are three lodges: Hotel Lucky Guest House (5 rooms and 10 beds) is already running. The other two lodges, of similar capacity, are about to open soon. All lodges have communal toilets outside of the building and hot bucket showers available on request. They have warm dining rooms and the food is menu system. Mt. Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machhapuchre, Annapurna II and IV, Lamjung Himal and surrounding high green hills, with wide landscape views, are an extra attraction. People of Dobato may suggest you trek to another viewpoint called Mulday Ridge (3600m.) (4 hrs. approx to get there and 3 hrs. minimum to get back ). Some may find this wonderful to do, but in my opinion, after making Moharedanda and Khopra Ridge, it is not necessary: still if you want to do this, it is up to you. The phone contact: 9746064385

Dobato to Isharu 3137m (1.30 hrs. approx)

The trail in the beginning is flat, and then it goes gently down into the rhododendron, bamboo and pine forest. Keep descending further and enter a narrower gorge, following blue/ white signs. Then come out of the forest and bend a bit towards the left, for a few minutes, climb up to cross a little pass with a tin roofed temple and come down a grassy steep, and soon you reach at Isharu. There are two lodges already open and another one is about to be built soon. Hotel Isharu Green Hill Point has 6 rooms and 12 beds and the other lodge has 4 rooms and 8 beds. Both lodges have communal toilets, a warm dining room and bucket showers available on request. The food is on menu system. This place is located on a warm sunny side. People here also may advise you to make it to Mulday Ridge viewpoint, but my advice to you is the same as for Dobato. The phone contact is: 9746064649 or 9846258589 or 9816127074 (Mr. Bishal Rai).

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