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Annapurna Community Trek

Nepal

Annapurna Community Trek

Nepal

Trip Overview: Annapurna Community Trek

The Annapurna Community Trek is a unique and immersive experience that provides an intimate glimpse into village life in the stunning and scenic Himalayan region. At Mohare Hill (3,300m), trekkers are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of peaks like Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhare. This trek stands out for its pristine and unspoiled nature, where encounters with fellow trekkers are rare, but interactions with local farmers, yak herders, and villagers are abundant. Trekkers are warmly welcomed in homestays and community as guests rather than tourists, fostering a genuine, intimate cultural exchange. This trek not only showcases the natural beauty of the Himalayas, terraced farmlands, and rhododendron forests but also immerses travelers in the rich culture and traditions of local ethnic groups. 

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the unspoiled natural landscapes
  • Experience the local culture by staying together with the community
  • Panoramic views of the Annapurna’s; close up views of Dhaulagiri and Macchapucchre
  • Mesmerizing sunrise and sunset from Mohare Danda
  • Witness the diverse culture, topography, flora, fauna of the Annapurna Region

Itinerary

International Airport Arrival Transfer, Sound Healing and Dinner at Avata

Welcome to Nepal! On your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu, you will be received with a placard having your name in the arrival hall. The luggage will be loaded in the car and you will be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu. After check-in you can take the time to freshen up before you move to Avata, for a sound healing session to recover from the jet lag followed by a healthy dinner at Nourish by Avata. 

Thereafter, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Traditional Comfort or Similar

Flight to Pokhara

Today, shortly after breakfast, you will be leaving Kathmandu Valley with a flight to Pokhara, a popular getaway to the infamous Annapurna ranges. You will be able to see the mountain ranges as you approach Pokhara during your flight. Once at Pokhara, a vehicle will be ready to transfer you to the Hotel. Explore Pokhara which is best known for its beautiful lakes and a gateway to numerous treks. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the mountains like Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range rising behind creates a great ambience and the night life is a great attraction as well.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Transfer from Pokhara to Galeshwor (1170 m). Trek to Bas Kharka (1525 m)

Starting from Pokhara, you are driven to Galeshwar via Beni for approximately 3 hours. Head up to Bas Kharka from Galeshwar where you will pass by farmhouses, through the forest and then orange groves as you approach the attractive village. Most of the route follows stone paths and stairways leading up and down. Visit the nearby school or health post and in November-December, enjoy the sweet oranges that grow on the hillsides. Upon arrival in Bas Kharka, you will be greeted with the beautiful view of the surroundings and when the weather is clear you will also see as far as Nilgiri, and Dhauligiri ranges.

Notes:
  • Drive Duration : 3 hours approx
  • Trek Duration: 3-4 hours approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Bas Kharka to Nangi (2300 m)

Today will be a comparatively easy day with a hike of 2-3 hours downhill to Dandakharka community lodge – a lovely, but basic community lodge set in an open field. Emerging from the rhododendron forest into clearer valleys we stop by for lunch in a beautiful spot then it is a leisurely walk on to Nangi, the main village where you will spend the night. You can also visit local cottage industries where villagers make paper from locally grown plants..

*** (Please note: these visits depend on weather, seasonality and local holidays).

Notes:
  • Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Nangi to Mohare Hill (3300 m)

Today, you will be climbing through the forest  to reach Mohare Hill with stunning views of the mountains. From the  top of Mohare Hill (3300m), you can see a close-up views of Mt. Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Mountain), Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri on a clear day. You may even see yaks grazing nearby. It is the highest wireless internet relay station in Nepal, providing internet to remote villages for schools and health posts that use telemedicine, linking up with hospitals in Kathmandu to provide better healthcare in the villages.

Notes:
  • Trek Duration: 6-7 hours approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Mohare Hill to Sikha

Today, you can witness a stunning sunrise over the mountain ranges, including the renowned Mount Fishtail, Dhaulagiri I, Dhaulagiri II, Tukuche, South Annapurna, and Nilgiri, among others.

After breakfast, you will gradually descend through a lush rhododendron forest, with a scenic backdrop and an opportunity to explore the local flora and fauna. The forest is home to the national flower of Nepal, Rhododendron, which are indigenous to the Himalayan region, in addition to other plant species such as Oak and Bamboo.

Notes:
  • Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Sikha to Narchyang (1400 m), Hike to Waterfalls

On this last day of your trek, you will descend through pastoral lands adorned with beautiful landscapes and lush vegetation. After a pleasant trek, you will arrive at Narchyang Community Homestay, where you’ll be warmly welcomed by the locals and a delicious lunch will be served by local families. Narchyang is a Magar village situated in the foothills of the Annapurna range who follow their own culture and speak their own language- Magar Kura. Magar people are recognized for their simplicity, innocence, and bravery. After you are assigned to your host family and a short break the host family will take you on a short hike to Narchyang Waterfall which is just opposite to the homestays.

Notes:
  • Trek Duration: 4-5 hours approx
  • Accommodation: Narchyang Community Homestay

Village Excursion,Transfer from Narchyang to Pokhara

Wake up to a warm breakfast, prepared by your host family before you move to a short tour of the village with the hosts. Most of the houses are surrounded by their own vegetable gardens and farm fields from where they source their ingredients directly for meals. The mountains can still be seen closely from the village and you can see the locals being busy with their daily activities.

Shortly thereafter, you will be transferred to Pokhara  driving along the Beni-Jomsom highway, which runs alongside the rapidly flowing Kali Gandaki River. You can take the rest of the day off or you can choose to walk along the nearby lake.

Notes:
  • Drive Duration: 04 hours approx
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Flight to Kathmandu

Today you will be returning back to the Kathmandu Valley through a flight. You will be having a free day once you reach the hotel.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Traditional Comfort or Similar

International Airport Departure Transfer

Check-in is 3 hours prior to departure, and it is best not to skim on time as queues can be long and slow. Your booked airport transfer will be at your hotel ready to take you to the airport in time, allowing approximately 30mins driving time depending on time of day. At the airport security will check your flight ticket – either hard copy or on your mobile – along with your passport before you are allowed to enter the departure hall.

 

Notes:
  • Accommodation: None

Impact Footprints

  • Promotes ecotourism by emphasising low-impact travel and sustainability in natural areas
  • Supports local conservation projects, helping preserve local flora, fauna, and natural landscapes
  • Helps reduce over-tourism by diversifying tourist paths and destinations within the Annapurna region
  • Aids in cultural preservation through community homestays that showcase local traditions and lifestyles
  • Facilitates cultural exchanges that enrich both visitors and local communities, promoting mutual respect and understanding
  • Directly supports the local economy through expenditures on accommodations, food, and local guides
  • Creates employment opportunities for local residents as guides, porters, and lodge operators
  • Contributes to community development through enhanced social cohesion and community pride
  • Channels some tourism proceeds into local educational and health projects, improving overall community welfare
  • Empowers local communities by involving them in tourism management and decision-making processes