Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Home Stay Tour & Trek
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Group Size: 1
  • Max Elevation: 3300

Highlights

  • View of Mountain Ranges: Annapurna I 8091m, Annpurna South 7219m, Machhapuchhre 6993m, Annapurna II 7937 m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Dhaulagiri 8167m, Nilgiri 7061m, Lamjung Himal 6983 m, Manaslu 8163m, Gurja Himal, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak
  • Community Homestay experience
  • Closeness to lifestyle, culture, and tradition of Annapurna Community Trails
  • Diverse flora, fauna, and landscape
  • Initiative for inclusive community development
  • Path of sustainable development and eco-tourism

Annapurna Community Trek is one of the exemplary trekking trails of Nepal promoting Eco-tourism as well as inclusive community development. Annapurna Community Trek was initiated and encouraged by Dr. Mahabir Pun, a local villager, activist, social entrepreneur.

Annapurna Community Trek traverses trekkers through the elegant nature and its tranquility along with the beautiful blend of culture, eco-tourism concept, and information technology in rural areas. Trekkers can enjoy the Himalayas, terrace farmland, rhododendron forest, village lifestyle, ethnic group culture, and tradition as well as the local effort to incorporate information technology in education, health, and community development. Annapurna Community Trek leads you to the villages cooperating together to have sustainable development of the community by balancing modern technology and preservation of nature.

Story of Annapurna Community Trek

Annapurna Community Trek was initiated by Dr. Mahabir Pun. Dr. Mahabhir Pun has won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2007 for Community Leadership and highly dedicated to developing information communication technology in rural areas of Nepal.

Mahabir Pun is the habitat of Nagi village which comes along the Annapurna Community Trek. He faced a hard time getting the right information to pursue his education and saw the struggles of rural life in Nepal. Eventually, he managed to pursue higher education in the USA and returned to his village to overcome such a hard time and struggle for the coming generation. He exclusively made information technology accessible in villages and encourage the community to utilize it in education, farming, healthcare, and information.

Annapurna Community Trek has been developed offbeat through some of the first villages to come under Mahabir Pun’s project and used to fund the project. While choosing Annapurna Community Trek, trekkers not just enjoy the trekking, Himalayas, nature, and Nepali villages but also contribute to an inclusive community development project.

Annapurna Community Trek

Annapurna Community Trek takes trekkers through the lap of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. It has already been mentioned that Annapurna Community Trek focuses on supplying closeness to nature and community. Homestay experiences are gained in Annapurna Community Trek along with communicating with locals and locals’ plans for sustainable development. The villages and communities involved in Annapurna Community Trek are focused to promote eco-tourism, inclusive community improvement, and sustainable development. The trekking of every visitor through Annapurna Community Trek contributes to their plans and encourages them to stick with it.

From Kathmandu, you will drive to Pokhara through Prithivi Highway and drive to Beni-Baglung Highway to reach Beni from Pokhara. The road trip will be filled with rivers, hills, forests, farmlands, and the Himalayas.

The walk for Annapurna Community Trek begins from Galeshwor. Galeshwor is also famous for Lord Shiva Temple. You will be staying at the villages as Bans Kharka, Nangi, Mohare Danda, Danda Kahrka, Tikot which will give you the lifetime experience of simplicity and togetherness.

The trail is filled with woods, tranquility, and Himalayan views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Nagi, the village of Dr. Mahabir Pun, is a tiny village with great wonders. Nangi has been working for inclusive development through education, technology, and the practice of eco-tourism. They promote local handicrafts, Lokta paper products, fish farming, mushroom farming as well as preserve traditions and culture. Nagi village is an exceptional example of hardship and unity of community decorated by Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Besides, Mohare Danda is also considered to be an alternative to Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. Trails are scented by diverse vegetation as well as leading to the ridges offering an enhancing view of Dhaulagiri, Gurja Himal, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Barha Shikhar, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, and many peaks.

Another amazing thing about this trail is that it has a wireless internet relay station providing internet to remote villages for education, health service, and communication. The magical moment of sunrise at Mohare Danda adds energy and pleasure among trekkers.

During March-May, the rhododendron blooms at its fullest and spread the pinkish color throughout the hills. The mountains seem to be closer and bigger. Tikot is another pleasant village filled with Magar ethnic groups entertaining the trekkers with cultural dance and music.

The homestay during the Annapurna Community trek will offer you closeness to the local community, lifestyle, and culture. Additionally, the village has old traditional stone walls houses with eco-cottage features and slate roofs with satellites to connect wireless wifi. You can also enjoy the traditional Magar dance.

Nepal Adventure Team has been organizing and arranging Annapurna Community Trek for the enthusiastic trekkers as well as customizing and combing Annapurna Community Trek as per the trekkers’ requirement.

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m / 4264 ft)
  • Day 2Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m/2700ft), 6-7 hours
  • Day 3Drive from Pokhara to Galeshwor and Trek to Bans Kharka (1450m)- 2-3 hours
  • Day 4Trek from Bans Kharka to Nagi ( 2250m), 4-5 hours
  • Day 5Trek from Nagi to Mohare Danda (3300m) via Hampal Danda 5-6 hours
  • Day 6Trek from Mohare Danda to Danda Kharka( 2800m),3-4 hours
  • Day 7Trek from Danda Kharka to Tikot (2250m), 4-5 hours
  • Day 8Trek from Tikot to Beni( 830m) 4 hours walk and Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 9Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 6-7 hours
  • Day 10Departure from Kathmandu

What's Included

  • Airport picks up and drops by private jeep/car
  • 2 night’s (3 stars) hotel in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara on BB plan, twin sharing basis
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant with cultural program
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara – Kathmandu both ways by deluxe tourist bus
  • Pokhara – Galeswor – and pick up from Beni, both ways by car
  • 05 night’s teahouse Lodge accommodation throughout the trek
  • Full board meals breakfast, lunch, dinner, and tea/coffee in the cup during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits and salads on a daily basis
  • ACAP permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project)
  • TIMS Card (Trekkers Information management system)
  • An experienced English speaking trekking guide and his expenses, insurance
  • A porter for 2 trekkers and his expenses, insurance
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket, and a duffel bag (provided if required but to be returned after)
  • First Aid medical Kitbag
  • Certificate of appreciation after completion of Annapurna sanctuary Trek
  • Nepal Adventure Team (NAT) Company T-shirt
  • Government VAT, and Local Taxes
  • Nepal visa fee and international flight
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra accommodation and meals behind schedule
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Gratitude to the staffs

Useful Information

Passport and Visa

All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. Getting a visa must be the easiest one though. You just have to go to the Nepalese Embassy/consulate in your country or it can also be obtained upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport. To get a visa, you need to bring 2 pp size photos, visa fees, and a valid passport.

Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost

15 Days – 30 USD

30 Days – 50 USD

90 Days – 125 USD

For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration.
Kalikasthan, Kathmandu
Tel: 00977-1- 4429660 | 4438862 | 4438868 | 4433934
E-mail: mail@immi.gov.np.
Website: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/

Means of Transport

Tourist bus or private vehicle and walking. All the cost is already included unless otherwise noted.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must when you travel abroad. Therefore before you come to Nepal, please make sure you have your insurance documents with you since our insurance companies cannot insure foreign nationals. Because of the reason that they cover all the expenses if you face some unfortunate happenings and you have to be rescued or medically assisted during the trip or if your belongings are lost or stolen.

Solo Travellers

We have arranged for a single traveler to pay for a single trip only. He has to share the accommodation with other people of same-sex though while he can also join the other groups.

Foods and Accommodations

All meals are provided during the trek while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Generally, traditional Nepalese(daal, Bhat, curry, and pickle), Tibetan, Continental, Indian and other cuisines are available in the local lodges/teahouses. There will also be a welcome and farewell dinner for guests in Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you'll be staying in the best quality standard hotel, on a twin-sharing basis. On trekking, accommodations are simple yet comfortable on-mountain lodges. Toilets and bathrooms need to be shared in some teahouses.
Note: Single room is always available but only on special requests and spending extra bucks.

Health and Fitness Required

No previous experience is required since it's a moderate trek. But you being a healthy person, physically and mentally is very important. It is better if we prepare ourselves a few days/weeks prior to the start of the trek by jogging and running regularly since will be walking a lot of ups and downs in the hills, ridges, villages, and mountains. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions should inform us beforehand.

First Aid Kit/High Altitude Sickness

Nepal Adventure Team strongly suggests that you have your own personal first aid or medical kit. This trip takes you to some high altitudes though not much but the slow walks and regular stops between the walks will help you acclimatize to high altitude saving you from the high altitude sickness called AMS(acute mountain sickness). Gaining altitude without proper consideration of AMS is fatal.

Your Guide and Porter

Since mountain trekking takes you to remote places over high altitudes, the leader should have a piece of significant knowledge in the field so that he can wonderfully and safely lead you there clearing any obstacles on the way. We, Nepal Adventure Team can proudly say that our guides are highly qualified for the role. They are fully trained, experienced, and licensed. They have undergone a whole lot of training to make themselves useful in various situations and to make your journey a smooth and pleasant one.
Our porters are always fully equipped with the gears they need and as per the company policy, they are always insured and completely looked after. They are our backbone. We allow a maximum weight of 25kg to be carried by one porter. We make sure that they are well paid and well treated.

Best Time to Travel

The best time for trekking to the Annapurna community trek is Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) because the weather is warm and moderate while the view and visibility are the best. The winter is also somehow fine but the monsoon is the less frequented time because of the occasional heavy rain and when the roads might be troublesome.

Equipment and Packing Lists

After booking with Nepal Adventure Team, please pack necessary items as listed:

  1. Travel documents: passport, visa(if you have), travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, passport photo (x 2)
  2. Bank card or credit cards, travelers' cheque, etc
  3. Comfortable boots and runners/sports shoes.
  4. 6-8 pairs of socks woolen/cotton.
  5. Fleece jacket, Down / Duvet Jacket, and Rain / windproof jacket.
  6. Gloves- 2 pairs.
  7. T-shirts 4-6 pcs, shirts(woolen/cotton).
  8. A cap for the day and a woolen hat or Balaclava for evening/morning wear.
  9. Trousers.
  10. Short and tracksuits.
  11. Sleeping bag (4 seasons) with inner liner.
  12. Large and small towels.
  13. Toiletries.
  14. Water bottle.
  15. Sun /snow glass.
  16. Ski / walking poles(optional but useful).
  17. First Aid/medical kit.
  18. Rucksack/backpack.
  19. Duffel Bags(carried by porters or animals).
  20. Torch / Flashlights with spare batteries.
  21. Pen knife/ Swiss knife.
  22. Scarf/mask (for dust and wind).
  23. Personal hygiene stuff.
  24. Any other extras you feel are necessary like binocular, cameras, books, journals, and more.

Precautionary Note:

Trekking has been long established in Nepal, so the itineraries are modified and moderated in such a way that you can take it easy and slow. DO NOT RUSH AND ENJOY. There is plenty of time and the guide will keep track of you all the time. It might be a bit harder or a bit colder but you will get used to it.

Additional Money

Every traveler is different and they spend their own way. Some spend on food and drinks while others on souvenirs. Either way, consider your own spending habits and also tipping, emergency fund ($200), etc before you pack up and leave.

Trip Specific Safety

Your guide is always there for your safety concerns and looking after your valuables. But you have to be equally careful. Carry some sort of wallet or belt for your important documents and money. The hotels have a safety deposit box where the lock is recommended before passing the luggage.

A Couple of Rules

Possession or use of any illegal drugs is totally intolerable. It is because of the law that respects the local people and their culture. The group will be expelled in such a case.

Responsible Tourism

Nepal Adventure Team strongly believes that we all are equally responsible to act in favor of the local people and the surrounding environment. Our clients too have an important role to

  • Respect the local laws, custom, and their beliefs
  • Always ask for permission before doing something in the local or consult to the leader
  • Keep the area the same as you found it as, wherever you go and dispose of rubbish
  • Support local skills to encourage positive sides of tourism.

Feedback and Reviews

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Additional Information

For all the additional information, go to contact us by message, and call Mr. Jeevan Thapa Magar +977 9851234322 (Viber/WhatsApp)