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Mahabir Pun, from Nangi Village in the foothills of the Annapurna Range in Nepal, had a hard time getting the right information to pursue his education. After persevering, 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 the 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!

Meals included as indicated: B – Breakfast, D – Dinner

Itineraries

KATHMANDU 1300m

Day 1

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)

KATHMANDU 1300m

Day 2

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)

POKHARA 875m

Day 3

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)

BAS KHARKA 1750m

Day 4

(2.5 hours trekking) 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)

NANGI 2300m

Day 5

(5 hours trekking) 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)

MOHARE DANDA 3300m

Day 6

(5 hours trekking) 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)

SWANTHA 2400m

Day 7

(7 hours trekking) 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)

DHANKHARKA 3026m

Day 8

(5 hours trekking) 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)

KHOPRA DANDA 3600m

Day 9

(2 hours trekking) 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 girls' education. There is also a nearby yak farm! (B)

KHOPRA DANDA 3600m

Day 10

(8 hours trekking on side trek to Thayer Lake) 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)

BAYALI 3100m

Day 11

(6 hours trekking) 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)

TADAPANI 2700m

Day 12

(5 hours trekking) 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)

POKHARA 990m

Day 13

(2 hours trekking) This is our last day on the trail. We start off to reach Ghandruk for lunch and then walk down for 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)

POKHARA 990m

Day 14

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 rowboat 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)

KATHMANDU 1350m

Day 15

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)

Tour ends in KATHMANDU

Day 16

You will be transferred to Kathmandu Airport for your onward flight. (B)
  •  Australian trek leader & trek crew consisting of local guides and porters
  • Airfare Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • All accommodation – 6 nights in comfortable hotel with breakfast daily plus 9 nights in Lodges on the trek
  • Every breakfasts whilst trekking
  • All tips for trekking crew
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • First night welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • All land transport for trek
  • Down sleeping bag and kit bag for use on trek
  • All trek permit fees.
  •  International flights
  • Visa and any passport costs
  • Personal clothing
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • All items of a personal nature.
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  • start: Thursday December 5, 2019
    end: Friday December 20, 2019
    Group Size: 14 pax
    Status: N/A
    price: $3,490.00 /Person

    Trip Extras:

    Annapurna Single Supplement
    $ 220 / unit