Mahabir Pun, from Nangi Village in the foothills of the Annapurna Range, had a hard time getting the right information to pursue his education. After perservering, he managed and eventually went all the way to the USA to get his higher education. However, the fact that he was from a village in Nepal and unable to access information kept nagging him. He eventually came back to Nepal and started a foundation that worked exclusively to make information accessible in villages in Nepal, via the internet. This became so successful that he was awarded the Magsaysay Award, considered by some to be the Nobel Prize of Asia, in recognition of outstanding work for his community.
This trek has been developed to pass through some of the first villages to come under this scheme, and income derived from trekking is used to fund various projects. The homestays and community eco-lodges support education, technology, farming and other projects that benefit the community, giving your adventure fantastic ‘feel good’ factor. You’ll enjoy the amazing views of Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world; Annapurna 1, the tenth highest mountain in the world; and the wonderful, warm, Nepali hospitality in the villages. Definitely a trek to create great memories!
Costs & dates
|TRIP DURATION||16 days from Kathmandu|
|2019 COST^ & DATE||05 – 20 December 2019
|TRIP LEADER||Ray Baker|
|TRIP HIGHLIGHTS||Annapurna Community Lodge Trek is a trek through Himalayan rural communities offering a fabulous experience with a mixture of nature and culture in abundance. As well as contributing to the villages we visit—the income they derive from trekking is used to fund various projects—you will be moved by the scenery, peace and isolation of this amazing region.|
Back Track is one of only a few companies worldwide that operates its own fulltime office in Kathmandu, ensuring our trekkers a professional, well organised and safe holiday in the best trekking destination in the world.
^Though we are not expecting any price increases from our suppliers, airline prices and/or taxes could increase. These increases will be added to our quoted holiday costs.
Day 1: KATHMANDU 1300m
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Free time to explore Kathmandu. This evening we invite you to be our guest for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2 KATHMANDU 1300m
This morning you will be taken on a guided walk through the old city of Kathmandu for a glimpse into the lifestyles of the local inhabitants. A pre-trek briefing will be held in our hotel in the early afternoon (B)
DAY 3 POKHARA 875m, drive for 7hrs
Meet in the foyer of the hotel at a time to be advised. We board our bus for the 200km journey along the Prithvi Highway. There are occasional mountain views although most of the road follows deep gorges along river valleys. We will stop for a traditional Nepali meal for lunch before entering a broad valley situated at the foot of the Annapurna Range. The large town of Pokhara is reached mid-afternoon. Our hotel is situated near Phewa Lake and we have time to explore lakeside before dinner. (B)
Day 4 BAS KHARKA 1750m, drive 4hrs, trek 2.5hrs approx.
After breakfast we are collected at our hotel and driven to Galeshwor village, the trek start point. We cross the suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki River and commence a long ascent to our first overnight stop at Bas Kharka village and enjoy the amazing hospitality of the Pun, the inhabitants of the area. (B)
Day 5 NANGI 2300m, trek 5hrs approx.
After an early breakfast, we say goodbye to our hosts in Bas Kharka to start our uphill journey toward Nagi, stopping for a delicious lunch prepared by the community at Dandakateri. Upon arrival at Nangi, we check into the community eco-lodge there and have time to appreciate the village of the beautiful vistas. (B)
Day 6 MOHARE DANDA 3300m, trek 5hrs approx.
We have an early start again, as we move uphill from our community lodge in Nagi. We start through beautiful forests, and a stiff uphill that brings us out to a small pass where we stop for lunch. After relaxing there for a while, we continue for another two to three hours to trek a ridgeline and uphill to reach our first highlight of Mohare Danda, where we are going to stay in a community lodge. (B)
Day 7 SWANTHA 2400m, trek 7hrs approx.
An early rise at Mohare Danda will reveal a brilliant sunrise (weather permitting) and views of some of the highest mountains ranges in the world. Enjoying this with a cup of coffee or tea is magical. After breakfast, we descend to cross the main trail and reach a small village of Swantha deep down in the valley. Here we stay in a private lodge run by a wonderful family. (B)
Day 8 DHANKHARKA 3026m, trek 5hrs approx.
We start through agricultural fields and then enter a beautiful alpine forest trail. The way ahead gets increasingly steeper and the forest thins out as we approach our next overnight stay. (B)
Day 9 KHOPRA DANDA 3600m, trek 2hrs approx.
Continue ascending steeply on an open ridge. The views of the nearby peaks from this section of trail are outstanding. We expect to arrive at our lodge on Khopra Danda in time for lunch. Khopra Danda has a community eco lodge that funds girl’s education. There is also a nearby yak farm! (B)
Day 10 KHOPRA DANDA 3600m, side trek to Thayer Lake, 8hrs approx. Weather permitting, and if you have the energy, there is a challenging side trek to the sacred lake of Thayer, situated at 4200m. Return to sleep at Khopra Danda. (B)
Day 11 BAYALI 3100m, trek 6hrs approx.
At this altitude the terrain is mainly devoid of trees so there are uninterrupted views. As we walk today towards the lodges in Bayali, we are going through mostly high pastureland, where Yaks are left to roam in the summers. After about five to six hours of walking we will reach our lodge for the night. (B)
Day 12 TADAPANI 2700m, trek 5hrs approx.
After setting out today, we soon arrive at the main trail that is part of the Annapurna Circuit route; quite a difference from the quiet and remote trails of previous days. We reach a collection of lodges surrounded by forest. This is Tadapani, our overnight stop. (B)
Day 13 POKHARA 990m trek 2hrs approx., drive 3hrs
This is our last day on the trail. We start off to reach Ghandruk for lunch and then walk down about one hour to reach awaiting vehicles to take us back the two to three hours to Pokhara. Upon arrival, we check into our hotel and prepare to celebrate the completion of a great adventure. (B)
Day 14 POKHARA 990m
A free day for rest and exploration. There are numerous activities to enjoy in Pokhara; a pre-dawn drive up to Sarankot to witness the sunrise over a majestic Himalayan panorama, hire a row boat for an excursion out onto Phewa Lake, a leisurely stroll through forest up to the Nepal Peace Pagoda, visit a nearby coffee plantation for an introduction into coffee farming methods…and much more. (B)
Day 15 KATHMANDU 1350m
We have an early flight to Kathmandu. Flying from Pokhara to Kathmandu, the mountain views are unequalled anywhere else in the world. Met on arrival in Kathmandu and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for shopping and sightseeing. This exciting, vibrant city is a favourite destination of travellers from all over the world. Kathmandu is a giant, living museum of Hindu and Buddhist art with more shrines and temples than anywhere else in the world. Our hotel is located a short walk from the narrow, winding streets of the old city. (B)
Day 16 Tour ends in KATHMANDU
You will be transferred to Kathmandu Airport for your onward flight. (B)
Meals included as indicated: B – Breakfast, D – Dinner
|Trek Inclusions||Not Included|
|GROUP SIZE: minimum 6, maximum 14 people, plus trek leader.|
Thank you to our Back Track trekkers who have travelled with us in Nepal and shared their feedback:
I would just like to thank Ray (Australian Trek Leader) and his crew for the exceptional support and care given to all of the members of the trek group. Making decisions on a trek with such exceptional circumstances (Nepal Earthquake), is always going to be very difficult. But I was always confident that Ray and the crew had the safety of trek and crew members as the first priority.
Paul, Everest High Passes, April 2015
I cannot even begin to explain how eye-opening this trip ahs been. Back Track ahs been AMAZING in organising and preparing us all for this incredible experience. I also have to say a huge thank you to all of the thoughtful, caring crew we’ve spent the last 2 weeks with. Always happy to help even if its not needed. The situation that happened with the Earthquake was handled amazingly and positively! Ray kept us all so positive. I’ll be back to trek with Back Track again for sure.
Anna, Everest High Passes, April 2015
Kylie was the perfect trek leader. Her knowledge and obvious passion for Nepal and its people was infectious. She guided us through each day with confidence, humour, warmth and energy. We were lucky to have her in charge!
Carolyn, Everest & Gokyo Lakes November 2014
A fantastic experience!!!! Kylie was a fabulous leader. Her passion and enthusiasm for Nepal is highly contagious. Kylie took care of all our needs no matter what was asked of her. She is an asset to Back Track. Food was awesome! Accommodation was very comfortable. Mila and Ram our local guides were great to have on board.
Jo, Everest & Gokyo Lakes November 2014
Kylie was an awesome trek leader. I can’t sing her praises enough. She was the consummate caring professional. I would travel with her again anytime. Kylie was also good for a chat and a laugh, she really made the trip enjoyable for me. I loved Nepal, I’m so glad I have had the opportunity to experience the culture, weather, food and those magnificent mountains which I will miss gazing at constantly. Our local crew were lots of fun and generous with their time and knowledge too. Thanks again and you know I’ll be boring all my friends, family, staff and patients silly with my photos and stories.
Sharlene, Everest & Gokyo November 2014
OMG what a fantastic experience. Everyone was in great shape physically and mentally – great group. The local crew where exceptional Ram, JB, Biru and Mila what a great crew. Learnt a lot from Damian. Thanks to all the staff at Back Track Adventures – it’s great to travel with you!
Chris, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Your Nepal trekking crew were sensational. Ram, Mila, JB and Biru were professional, fun and extremely supportive to al participants. Their efforts in getting everyone down the glacier were indeed outstanding. Lots of fun to be around.
Peter, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Damian was a fantastic leader. made the journey a lot of fun. Would love to do another tour with him. Our local crew Ram, Mila, Biru & JB were fantastic also. Altogether a memorable trip that will be remembered forever. Thanks Back Track.
Jim, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Our Trek leader Damian was sensational in all aspects of the track. Made our trek informative, safe and enjoyable.
Anon, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
As usual all guides and porters were fantastic. Damian’s advice, knowledge, help and support was very helpful/ A wonderful person to have shared this trip with. 10/10.
Allan, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Thank you for a wonderful holiday. Damian’s knowledge of the Himalaya’s was amazing. The crew were fantastic – always looking out for us. Such a beautiful part of the world!
Lyn, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Particularly impressed with the planning of the Itinerary which gave max. opportunity to achieve the goal of reaching Base Camp. All staff were sensational.
David, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Greatly appreciated Damien’s Leadership! Herding us ‘cats’ is no easy feat but Damien did it with Humour, Grace and Patience. I also appreciated that the Itinerary gave everyone as much time/opponity as possible to acclimatise and as a consequence, achieve all 4 major goals. A Big Thank you for the Birthday Wishes – the effort and fuss was a delightful surprise.
Rosemary, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
An excellent well-run trek. The support crew were amazing and Damian was also excellent and knowledgeable. The training program before going was well created, but nothing really readys you for trekking at altitude. Challenging but rewarding – Thank you.
David, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
The trip was absolutely amazing. Damian was an amazing trek leader who managed the group incredibly well and also kept everyone laughing. The trek crew were amazing and provided fantastic support as well. Overall it was an incredible experience that I would recommend to anyone.
Sam, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
The trekkers, the guide, Ram and crew all combined to make a very enjoyable holiday – even it was ‘bloody hard’ work on quite a few days! Thanks for the experience – Again.
Warren, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
A very well organised trip – very professional (as usual!). Great bunch of people, everyones needs and desires met. Bhaktapur and Patan excursion was fantastic. Mind blown to see the real people and environs as the city stirred from its slumber. I rate the whole package AAA. Thank you Back Track.
Steve, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Our Trek Leader Damian was exemplary in his performance. I love the trek and experience and will cherish it for a long time. I loved every second and would gladly travel with Back Track in the future.
Mathew, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
This Everest trip changed my life. Spencer was an amazing leader who was just there every step of the way! Words can’t describe the real experiences I’ve had in Nepal and I look forward to going back as soon as I can. Spencer was extremely knowledegeable, kind, uplifting and occasionally pushy – but that’s exactly what I needed!!! I want do so much more with Backtrack. Their service and knowledge is world class and so perfectly intimate! Thanks
Sheridan, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2012
Just a quick note to say loved the trip. Struggled with the altitude from Namche and probably the odd day of not drinking enough. Everyone I have spoken to is so impressed that everyone in our group who wanted to get to base camp made it, as we heard that on other companies, a fair number struggling with the altitude don’t get there. Heather was great with managing each of us and our trekking family. If it wasn’t for her I don’t know whether I would have made it and enjoyed my time away. Do feel a real sense of achievement. Your other staff in Nepal also all worked well together and made life on the trail easier. Have passed your details onto those who ask along with a high recommendation.
K.A., Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes
For us at Back Track, trekking is our way of life. We always prepare well and are dedicated to ensuring that our trekkers have the holiday of a lifetime. Our trekking itineraries are arranged so we can meet each day’s objective in a leisurely fashion.
As well, a program for acclimatisation is built into each itinerary so everyone will have the maximum chance to acclimatise to the altitudes in which they are trekking. There is plenty of time to stop and take photographs, rest, or just have a cup of tea with the locals in a village tea house.
Our group size is limited to a maximum of 14 trekkers plus our Back Track trekking crew. Having only small groups ensures all trekkers are given maximum attention and assistance when required. Once booked, you will be issued with comprehensive Pre-Departure Information detailing your gear and clothing requirements and everything you need to know to ensure you are professionally prepared. In addition, you have access to a trekking expert at any time by calling us on our ’1300′ Trekkers Assist line.