- Trip Outline
- Trip Includes
- Trip Excludes
Mahabir Pun, from Nangi Village in the foothills of the Annapurna Range, had a hard time getting the right information to pursue his education. Eventually, after several tries, 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 a 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
Day 1You 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 2This 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 3Meet in the foyer of the hotel at a time to be advised. We board our bus for the 200km journey along the Prithvi Highway. We get 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)
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 and the beautiful vistas. (B)
MOHARE DANDA 3300m
Day 6(7 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.
DANDA KHARKA 2800m
Day 7(2 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 commence a sensational walk along a ridge while enjoying fine mountain views. The trail descends to reach a small village of Danda Kharka. Here we stay in a private lodge run by a wonderful family.
Day 8(5-6 hours trekking) The trail continues to descend through every changing countryside to the quaint village of Tikot. The authentic Magar culture of the village inhabitants can be experienced close-up. Hopefully, you’ll get to enjoy traditional singing and dancing.
Day 9(2 hours trekking) This is our last day on the trail. Continuing to descend, we reach the floor of the Kali Ghandaki river valley and the town of Tiplyang to reach awaiting vehicles to take us back the three to four hours drive to Pokhara. Upon arrival, we check into our hotel and prepare to celebrate the completion of a great adventure. (B)
Day 10We 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. (B)
Tour ends in KATHMANDU 1300m
Day 11You will be transferred to Kathmandu Airport for your onward flight. (B)
- Trek crew consisting of local guides and porters
- Airfare Pokhara to Kathmandu
- All accommodation – 5 nights in a comfortable hotel with breakfast daily plus 5 nights in Lodges on the trek
- Walking tour of Kathmandu
- Kathmandu Airport transfers
- First-night welcome dinner (food only) in Kathmandu
- All land transport for the trek
- Down sleeping bag and kit bag for use on the trek
- All trek permit fees & National Park entrance fees
- International flights
- Visa and any passport costs
- Personal clothing
- Medical expenses
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
- All items of a personal nature
- Tips for trekking crew.