Real People of Annapurna

Bodhnath Stupa of Kathmandu - one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world
Having a (eye)ball in Nepal
The cultural and physical diversity of Nepal's Annapurna region
Kathmandu’s hidden old town
Pokhara's lake and panoramic views
  • 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)




    Day 1 - 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.

    • If arriving early, why not explore Durbar Square
    • Pre-departure meeting and an optional group dinner in the evening
    Hotel Shakti or similar

    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.

    • Drive over the rim of the Kathmandu Valley to Pokhara
    • See the Ganesh and Lantang ranges on a clear morning
    • Free afternoon to explore Pokhara

    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

    • Commence the trek from Naya Phul
    • Stay overnight in Ulleri

    (Walking time: approx 5 hours)

    Day 4

    • Trek through new trails that see very few travellers
    • Stay in a lodges run by the local community in Swanta

    (Walking time: approx 6 hours)

    Day 5

    • Journey through thick oak and rhododendron forest
    • Pass buffalo grazing pastures
    • Stay in a temporary herders' settlement in Upper Chistibung

    (Walking time: approx 5 hours)

    Day 6

    • Ascend above the tree line
    • Keep eyes peeled for Himalayan tahr and Danfe pheasant
    • Gain awesome panoramas of Annapurna South,  Fang and Nilgiri to the north and  Dhaulagiri Himal in the west
    • Spend the night in the Kopra community lodge

    (Walking time: approx 6 hours)

    Day 7

    • Enjoy views of the Annapurna range
    • Take lunch by a small stream
    • Ascend through open countryside
    • Soak in views of Dhaulagiri Himal from the lodge in Bayeli Kharka

    (Walking time: approx 4 hours)

    Day 8

    • Descend through an oak and rhododendron forest
    • Arrive in Ghandruk, a place known for it's menfolk who have served in the British Gurkha regiments
    • Enjoy mountain views from the lodge

    (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.

    • Complete the last few hours of the trek
    • Unwind back in Pokhara during free time

    (Walking time: approx 3.5 hours)

    Day 10-11 - 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

    • Relax or explore during free time in Kathmandu
    • Enjoy a final optional group dinner

    Day 11

    • The trip ends this morning after breakfast, but there's plenty more to see and do for those who wish to stay on
    • At the end of your tour please consider donating to the KEEP Porters Clothing Bank. As you will have come to realise on your tour, porters play a vital role in the tourism industry enabling tourists to visit Nepal’s most picturesque and difficult terrain. The majority are subsistence farmers who travel from lower areas of Nepal to the higher elevated trekking routes to find employment. Contrary to the belief that porters are well-adjusted to the cold and altitude of the Himalayas, every year many porters suffer from a variety of illnesses such as altitude sickness, snow blindness, hypothermia and frostbite and some even die as a result. The Clothing Bank was set up in 2009 to provide ill-prepared porters with better clothing suitable for trekking in a mountain environment and reduce the number of unnecessary illnesses and fatalities which occur each year.
      Usually donations of used jackets and trousers/pants from Westerners do not fit Nepali porters who tend to be smaller. However donations of other clothing items such as socks, boots, sunglasses, warm gloves and sleeping bags are always welcome. Your leader can ensure that your donation is passed on.
      If you would like to make a financial contribution to KEEP please do so through the Intrepid Foundation and we will match your donation dollar for dollar.

    Hotel Shakti or similar
  • What's Included

    • 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.

    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.
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  • Trip Dates and Prices

    Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price
    18 Jan 2015 - 28 Jan 2015 Available US $735 Book Now
    10 May 2015 - 20 May 2015 Available US $715 Book Now
    08 Nov 2015 - 18 Nov 2015 Available US $715 Book Now
    17 Jan 2016 - 27 Jan 2016 Available US $715 Book Now
    08 May 2016 - 18 May 2016 Available US $715 Book Now
    06 Nov 2016 - 16 Nov 2016 Available US $715 Book Now
  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Real People of Annapurna

    Carol - Australia, 19 May, 2013
    Overall Rating

    The trip was very satisfying. I enjoyed our time in Kathmandu, the locals are friendly and the shopping is good. My travel companion and I found the trek challenging but rewarding. The team, guide and porters were wonderful. They really looked after us. We probably went a little late in the season and while this was good as far as the crowds go, we walked most of the week in the clouds so did not get that fantastic view of the mountains we were expecting to see. An excuse to return and do it all again.

    Real People of Annapurna

    lauren - Australia, 18 Nov, 2012
    Overall Rating

    I thought this trip was amazing. everything was organized so well, transport, accommodation etc. the trek itself was fantastic, especially how it was so secluded on the off-track, which really added to the experience. the entire crew was lovely, very helpful and keen to teach us about Nepalese culture and history which was appreciated. I can't recommend this tour enough!

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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.

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