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Annapurna Eco-Community Trek is an offbeat alternative trek to Poonhill Trek. The trekking trail in this route is less explored. This rarely visited tourist destination introduces you to the local Nepal culture. This trek is not luxurious. However, you can explore the pristine & unspoiled area of Annapurnas. The fantastic panoramic view of Annapurnas captivates the heart of every traveller. The close-up view of Dhaulagiri and Machhapurchre (Mt Fishtail) is notably beautiful.
Annapurna Eco-Community Trek is a lesser-explored trekking route in the Annapurna Region of Nepal. You will hardly encounter any other trekkers in the route. This trek mainly focuses on sustainable tourism. The locally produced resources are highly used. This trek takes you for a unique close-up glimpse of village life. The villagers treat you as one of their own. So, it is a rare opportunity, to get immerse yourself in a rural village lifestyle. Interaction with local people is the best way to know more about them and their traditions. Get engage in community projects.
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Annapurna Eco-Community Trek is an exclusive trek in the Annapurnas. The interested travellers can undertake this eco-friendly trek. This is the best chance to explore Kathmandu Heritage. You can get acquainted with the rural lifestyle of Nepal too.
While entering the border of Nepal, you see the Terai Plain and the everlasting green hills. The Himalayas at the horizon smile over your arrival in Nepal. After Customs clearance, proceed toward the arrival terminal (gate). Our company’s representative receives you and transfers to the hotel as assigned.
The exploration of Kathmandu valley starts after taking breakfast. You will visit some of the ancient UNESCO heritage which is an important destination. Our tour guide will take you to Pashupatinath Temple and its surroundings to explore. This temple is the holiest destination on Earth for Hindu. The temple’s architecture is a masterpiece to behold. After this, you will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is the largest stupa in Nepal. After exploration, visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, the monkey temple of Nepal. These two stupas are a pious destination for Buddhists. The vibes you get from these places are unworldly and divine. As time goes by, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the oldest squares in the valley. From here, you can walk up to the Thamel market if you have some shopping left to do for trekking.
After having breakfast, you drive to Pokhara. The drive to Pokhara is like escaping from concrete jungle Kathmandu. You can see beautiful mountainscapes and mountain villages. The Trishuli River and the Marshyangdi River flows side to the highway. The mountain villages and small local market on the way excite your journey to Pokhara. The surrounding hills are always there to distract you from falling asleep.
Exiting from Pokhara, the smooth road turns to a bumpy and rocky one. Enroute to Galeshwor via Beni, you can see pristine green sloped backdrop. At Galeshwor, you stop for Lunch.
From Galeshwor, your amazing trek starts crossing the suspension bridge. The Kaligandaki River flows underneath the bridge. The trek to Bas Kharka is uphill climb over the stone steps. The hike continues to orange grooves through small villages. Bas Kharka is a beautiful Magar village. If you have enough time, you can explore the village, local school, and a health post.
Accommodation at Community Lodge & Meals at Community Hall
Having breakfast, you trek toward Nangi; your next stopover. Enroute, there is a place called Danda Kaske where you stop for lunch. The local people are very enthusiastic and friendly to every travellers. Having some friendly chatters increase mutual bonding with locals.
The onward journey to Nangi is a short beautiful walk. You can see the beautiful close view of Nilgiri and Mt Dhaulagiri (8,167m), the 7th highest mountain in the world. Nangi is the main Magar village in the area. There are various projects for empowering women in this village. There is a local cottage industry of paper factor. They use an available local resource called Lokta which is eco-friendly. This project helps in generating income at the local level.
Accommodation at Community Lodge
Your trek starts with an uphill climb through a beautiful pristine forest. The forest comprises the tree of Oak, Bamboo, and Rhododendron. At the backdrop, you can see a stunning view of a mountain range stretching as far as the eye can see. The close-up view of Mt Machhapuchre (Mt Fishtail) and Mt Dhaulagiri is the best view you can see. This excites your journey even more.
On the way to Mohare Danda, you might encounter yak grazing in the meadow. Alongside the meadow, the mountain view on the horizon looks amazing. At Mohare Danda, there is the highest Wireless Internet Relay Station. They are providing free internet service to surrounding remote villages. This facility has benefited the health sector. The local health post can contact major hospitals in Kathmandu and Pokhara. They get counseling and medical help which saves lots of life and time of villagers.
Accommodation at Community Lodge & Meals at Community Hall
The trek from Mohare Danda to Tikot is beautiful as you will walk through ridges. The panoramic view of mountain ranges is heart-warming. You descend passing through a green forest. You reach the secluded community lodge at Danda Kharka.
You descend further toward Tikot through Rhododendron and Oak forest. The stunning terraced hillside beyond the hills is great to behold. Tikot lies at the smooth ridge above the Kaligandaki River and in front of Annapurna. The indigenous group of this village is Pun Magar. The stone slate houses made of mud & stone add up the beauty of a village. This kind of Nepalese style house captivates the heart of every travellers. Our overnight will at Homestay. The kitchen can share while having dinner and exchange talks.
Accommodation at Community Homestay
From Tikot, the trail to Tipling is steep. The scenic view of the Kali Gandaki River from the top is beautiful. As you approach the river, the trekking journey is coming to an end. We trek down for 2 hours before reaching Tipling. From Tipling we drive to Pokhara.
After breakfast, you drive to Kathmandu retracing the same route. You enjoy the natural landscape and scenery on the way.
Enjoy your final day at Kathmandu. Free till final departure. Transfer to the airport 3 hours before the flight time.