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Annapurna/Dhaulagiri Panorama trek

As a number of people have inquired about the Annapurna/Dhaulagiri Panorama trek, here’s a brief outline of the route:

You follow the exact same route to Ghorepani/Poon Hill but then you deviate from there.
 
As you head downhill from Ghorepani the next morning, after 30-45 min. you take a trail to your right that leads down into the valley instead of following the normal trail out toward the main Annapurna Circuit trail.
 
This trail descends down into the valley bottom through villages and rice fields from where you catch another trail that takes you zig-zagging up the ridge to Khopra Dande (3600m) on the opposite side of the valley.
 
At Khopra Dande, you’ll spend the night and have the option of doing a full-day hike the next day to a lake (Khayer Lake) at the foot of Annapurna South. If the weather is good and you have the time, I would take at least one full day at Khopra to enjoy the views and hike around farther up the ridge.
 
Leaving Khopra, there is a trail that follows the ridge line down (a different trail than the one you came up), passing through other villages and finally arriving at Tatopani, which is along the main Annapurna Circuit route.
 
From Tatopani, it’s easy to catch a bus back to Pokhara (although you’ll have to switch buses at some point and possibly share a microvan). Tatopani also has outdoor developed hot springs, but don’t get too excited.
 
Before you start your trek, best to have a local guide/agency .