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Real People of Annapurna

Trip Length

Trip Code

11 days GICL

Countries Visited


Start City

End City

Kathmandu Kathmandu
Real People of Annapurna

Leave Kathmandu and head for Pokhara before hitting the road for our five-day Community Lodge trek. You’ll get to see loads of amazeballs stuff… views of the Annapurna range, rad wildlife, forests. You’ll probably never want to leave. But you have to, so head back to Pokhara and Kathmandu before home time.

Like to toot your own horn? Well, this is the trek for you. Help support local schools and projects by staying in lodges run by the community. Geckos actually helped build these lodges so we're pretty proud of them too *pats own back*. Oh, and the views aren't half bad.

(Was Annapurna Community Lodge Trek)

Real People of Annapurna

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu

Accommodation: Hotel Shakti or similar, Kathmandu

If Kathmandu was a person, they'd have dreadlocks and smell like patchouli. It's the perfect place to sip on masala tea and load up on momos (dumplings) before the trek.

Day 2: Pokhara

It's a long bus trip to pokhara, but the arvo is free to explore. Take a boat onto Nepal's second biggest lake and walk around the village. You'll have giggling, smiling, singing kids hanging off every limb. Be prepared, they love having their photo taken.

Day 3-8: Community Lodge Trek

Each day we'll try and do about 4-6 hours of walking. We avoid all the usual trails which means you won't see many other trekkers. Stay in community lodges (which Geckos helped build) at Swanta, Chistibung, Bayeli and Kopra (our pick for best sunrise).

Day 3

(Walking time: approx 5 hours)

Day 4

(Walking time: approx 6 hours)

Day 5

(Walking time: approx 5 hours)

Day 6

(Walking time: approx 6 hours)

Day 7

(Walking time: approx 4 hours)

Day 8

(Walking time: approx 5 hours)

Day 9: Pokhara

We don't want to play favourites, but there's something special about Pokhara. It's a combination of the lake, the fresh baked pastries, the friendly locals and the coffee shops.

(Walking time: approx 3.5 hours)

Day 10-11: Kathmandu

Accommodation: Hotel Shakti or similar, Kathmandu

You can't leave without seeing the Bodhnath Stupa. A stupa is a round structure filled with Buddhist relics and this is the largest one in Nepal. You should probably also get a hot shave so you don't go home looking like a yeti.

Day 10

Day 11

Your Trip

What to know

A good level of fitness is required. you will trek on hilly terrain, generally on well-defined paths, walking between 4-5 hours per day. Altitude may exceed 3000 metres - check the trip notes for details.

Nuts and Bolts

All tours are led by an experienced regional Gecko's leader. The trek in the Annapurnas is inclusive of trekking staff and porters. All transportation, accommodation and meals as indicated in the detailed Trip Notes.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals



Not Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre or post tour accommodation, all other meals, optional tours sightseeing or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature, laundry and flights unless specified.

Optional Extras

Important Information

Local Emergency Contacts In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency Gecko’s Nepal office please contact +977 14371 927 during business hours or after hours on +977 9851 082 775

A good quality sleeping bag is required for this trip. These are available for hire in Kathmandu.


Please note that the optional Single Supplement (if you want your own room) applies ONLY to hotels.  Single rooms are not available while on trek.

INTERNAL FLIGHTS: EU clients please see our safety page for important information regarding internal flights in Nepal.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

28 March 2014

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