Nagi, Khopra, Narchyang Rural Trek : 11 Days

Type of trek : Tea House

Best season : sep, oct-March, April

Annapurna Regions is considered one of the busiest trekking regions due to its popularity due to series of Annapurna massifs, unique culture, lifestyle, traditional and stunning  landscapes since long but now mostly trail is in risk due to there has been building the road through most of the popular trekking trails.  So it is essentially necessary to identify, explore and promote alternative trekking trails one after another.  
So if you want a trek with little or no other trekkers, intact villages (rather than collection of tea houses) with friendly villagers, pristine forest and magnificent views then this is the trek for you.
Nagi ,khopra Narchyang Rural trek is newly opened trekking route expected to offer/ explore something new to the trekkers.
 It is community based trekking trail, developed as per Eco-friendly concept. This trek will take you to off-the beaten track villagers, where you will feel Nature and stay in village communities sometime even in local people’s home giving firsthand experience of the real Nepal. This trek is good mixture of panoramic mountains views, magnificent sunrise and sunset, scenic forest, interaction with the locals via village homestay. The trek passes through beautiful Magar villages, high passes and stunning landscapes. The region is also rich in terms of unique culture, tradition and lifestyle of real Nepali peoples in the country side. Nagi village is widely known as “the Internet Village” Mahabir Pun is the pioneer to contribute this remote village after he studied in USA. The highest elevation for this trek would be visit to the sacred lake (Khayer Lake 4,600m/15,088ft) surrounded by mountains, peaks. 
The entire trek highlights are the magnificent sunrise, sunset and panoramic mountains views especially from Mohare Danda and  Khopra Danda. As well as the colorful Rhododendron are welcoming you especially if you trek during spring (March/April). The holy lake (Khayer), stunning waterfall at the side of Narchyang village, the cultural program from mother community of Narchyang village.  
Note: This trek can customize as per your interest. The trek can be combine with Ghorepani Poonhill trek as well as with famous Annapurna Basecamp trek too.

ITINERARY

   DAY- 1 POKHARA-BANSKHARKA (1,526m/5005ft)
         3.30 hrs drives takes us to Beni the starting point of our trek. Then we gradually climb up to beautiful village called Mallaj. After passing the Mallaj, we continue walk through beautiful scenery and landscape. Also we pass lots of rice, millet field, terrace and lots of orange trees along the way to Banskharka. Banskharka is beautiful little hamlet which is belong to Magar peoples. The Magar is one of the ethnic groups of Nepal. Here is  where our unique trek takes on an interesting dimension as we are now travelling in an area that has only recently opened up for tourism and still seems very few travelers. Stop for overnight. (Approx 3.30 hrs drive/ 4hrs hikes)

DAY- 2 BANSKHARKA- NAGI VILLGE (2,300m/7,544ft)
As we leave Banskharka, we make steep climb through beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine trees to Danda kateri where we stop for lunch. Danda kateri offer spectacular mountain views of mt, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna South etc.  After lunch we make gentle flat through typical Nepali houses to Nagi village.  Nagi is very well organizing village. This is the vantage point for the wonderful mountain views of mt,Dhaulagiri, Gurga peak,Annapurna South, Nilgiri , tukuche peak and others. Also the village has other attractions like Barahi Temple, organic farming, and hand- made paper production etc. overnight at the community lodge. (Approx 5.30 hrs hike/ 774m ascend)

DAY-3 NAGI –MOHARE DANDA (3,300m/10,824ft)
     Today we have longer day then our previously. Most of the time we will be walking in to the shadow. It means we going to walk through very solitary, dense rhododendron and high alpine trees until we reach to Mohare Danda. This is one of the best view points for this trek. From here you can explore panoramic Himalayan Ranges and magnificent sunrise &sunset views. It lies on the ridge at 3,300m elevation. Over night at the community lodge. (Approx 7hrs hike/ 1,000m ascend)

DAY-4 MOHARE DANDA- GHOREPANI (2,860m/ 9,380ft)
       We get up an early morning for reward and enjoy magnificent views of the Himalaya and sun rising.  Today we have short and enjoyable walk to ghorepani. We make gradual descend through dense rhododendron forest. Also we pass some yak &buffalo pasture along the way. Ghorepani is one of the tourist hubs because of its panoramic views as well as because of poonhill. Since we get there, we start seeing other more tourists as well because, it lies in the main trekking trail so. Stop for overnight. (Approx 4hrs hikes/440m descend)

DAY-5 GHOREPANI- SWANTA (2,270m/7,445ft)
 An early morning we climb to summit of poonhill (3,210m) to have great views of sunrise and the mountains. But the view from Mohare Danda is even better than from poonhill that we will be already rewarded. After breakfast we descend to village of chitre. Here we leave the main trekking trail and continue descending through terraced, Hillside to Swanta khola before ascending again to the village of swanta.  Where we stop for overnight in the newly constructed lodge. (Approx 4hrs trek/ 590m descend)

DAY – 6 SWANTA- UPPER CHISTIBUNG (3,026m/9,925ft)
     As we leave to the village of swanta,we enter a thick oak and rhododendron forest. We keep ascending gradually and passing throufh several buffalo grazing pastures to reach a clearing and temporary herders settlement known as upper chhistibung. We stay in the community lodge. (Approx 6 hrs hike/ 756m ascend)

DAY-7 CHHISTIBUNG- KHOPRA RIDGE (3,660m/12004ft)
     From chhistibung we continue along the side of a hill and ascend for most of the way with a few downhill en route. To reach the ridge at khopra we have a steady climb that takes us above the tree line. This area is noted for wildlife so we should keep our eyes open for Himalayan thar and Danfe (Pheasant). The best way to tackle the climb is to ascend steadily. Khopra itself is view point, will be seen massive Kaligandaki valley with mt, Dhaulagiri range and world deepest gorge at bottom because of massive Mt Dhaulagiri and Annapurna on both side. Khopra Ridge is the gateway to Barahi Temple (Khayer Lake). Overnight at community lodge. (Approx 4.30hrs/ 634m ascend)
DAY-8HIKES TO THE KHAYEAR LAKE (4,600m)
Today we have special day because we conquer to the holy lake, Temple where many Hindu people wishes with the God for their good luck. We have long hikes about 10hrs; get to the lake and back to hotel. The hike to lake is somewhat strenuous but the unfolding views of the majestic Dhaulagiri,Nirligi,Annapurna South etc.

DAY- 9 KHOPRA RIDGE- NARCHYANG (1,510m/4952ft)
     The trail leads on gradual down on the pasture of animals, jungle and cultivate landscape. The Narchyang is the largest village situated at an altitude of 1,510m. The village has two part (upper/lower).it is very massive and impressive because of all the houses are made by stone and mud. This village lies in Annapurna Conservation Area and is rich in terms of its bio- diversity. also  the village offer beautiful mountains views and stunning waterfalls.  (Approx 6 hors/ 2,150m descend)

DAY- 10 NARCHYANG- TATOPANI (1190m/ 3903ft)
    We make steep descent to beautiful village lower Narchyang. There is stunning waterfall on the side of the village. So we can enjoy seeing it.  After then we walk through rest of the village and houses. Then we cross the bridge on the Kaligandaki River then we follow the road to Tatopani.  Which is final destination of this trek. now we back to the main trekking destination again so we can enjoy being around other more trekkers and you have choice to have whatever dishes /drinks you like.  After we get there we have opportunity to enjoy hot spring, laying just a 2-min walk for the hotel. Overnight in the lodge. ( approx 2.30hrs)

DAY- 11 TATAPANI – POKHARA (5-6hrs drive)
The drive goes along the kaligandaki river. The road from Tatopani until we reach to Beni is bit bumpy because of it is off road. After Beni the road is fine until we return to pokhara.

   NOTE: This itinerary is meant only as a guideline and is subject to change to suit the local condition. Walking hours are based on an average, so walking pace may change as per individual pace. Everything can be change according to your health condition. Thank you very much!!!!!

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