Eco-community cultural trek allows you to experience the majestic mountain peaks and the rich cultural heritage of the Annapurna region in western Nepal. This trek is a newly discovered trekking path of this region where you can enjoy accommodation at the community arranged homestay, along with the company of local people.
The trails take you to the center of the farming community accompanied by one of the world’s tallest mountains in the background. The chief appealing part of this trek is the serene trail with very less crowd. Trekkers can do this trek with any experience. The trek is suitable for beginner trekkers to experienced trekkers. The major attraction of this trip is the Mohare Danda, situated at 3300 meters. This spot offers a stunning panoramic view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre. Likewise, we will also get to enjoy the view of mesmerizing sunrise and sunset over the soaring mountain peaks.
The natural beauty, combined with the rich culture and warm hospitality of local people, makes it an experience you will never forget. The Eco-community cultural trek begins from Galeshwor of Parbat District. It passes through Banskharka to reach Nagi village and Mohare Danda.
The trek is best for those travelers with time constraints but wants to learn about the culture of Nepal while enjoying the natural beauty.
Sightseeing the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley
Picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Syangja and Pokhara to Kathmandu
Eco-community cultural trek in the Annapurna region
Nagi village, the wireless internet village
Pay a visit to the renowned Galeshwor Temple in Parbat district
feast your eyes on mesmerizing views of sunrise and sunset from Mohare Danda,one of the best vantage points in Nepal
Close-up view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range
Learn about the culture and tradition of the ethnic group; Magar
Experience eco-friendly community’s accommodation
Walkthrough the serene trail among nature
- Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Kathmandu city tours, including all entry fees, tour guide, and private transportation
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Most elegant twin sharing lodge available for lodging during the trek
- Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
- A highly experienced, supportive, well-informed, pleasant, well-trained Government License holder guide who speaks English fluently with all his salary, food and drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance paid for
- Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek, if required (to be returned after the trip)
- Duffle bag for trekking
- T-shirt, Trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medicine kit
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring two passport size photos for permit)
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa
- Beverages including water
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Personal trekking equipment
- WiFi internet and phone call unless it’s free
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
Upon arrival, our airport representative will welcome you and transfer you to the respective hotel. We have scheduled your trip meeting for the very day at the hotel in the evening. However, our airport representative will provide you with brief information about your further trip on your way to the hotel. After checking in your hotel, you can simply relax or roam around the streets of Thamel. In the evening, we will hold a welcome dinner for you where you will enjoy authentic Nepali meal. We will also introduce you to your guide for the trip. Do not hesitate to ask questions about your trip and your preference throughout the journey.
Trek Preparation and Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley
After a delicious breakfast, we will begin your sightseeing trip. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide. Kathmandu is a living history and a collage of various cultures and religions embodied by captivating monuments. We will be visiting Boudhanath Stupa – one of the largest stupas in the world, Swoyambhunath – the oldest stupa of Nepal, which is also known as Monkey Temple. Also, we will pay a visit to the largest Hindu temple of Nepal- Pashupatinath, which sits along the sacred Bagmati river. Here, we will see Hindu holy men meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral fires burning on the ghats. Then, we will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, located at Basantapur. This is a two-millennium old plaza and houses the medieval royal palace, temples in the signature pagoda styles, and many more beautiful traditional architectures. Walking through this area feels as walking to the ancient Nepal with its age-old structures all around. Although the earthquake of 2015 destroyerd most of these structures, there are still beautiful monuments left. After we finish the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, we will move towards Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the place where royals used to live and ruled the Kathmandu Valley. This whole place is such a beauty that UNESCO has selected the whole city as a World Heritage Site. Here, we will see lots of palaces and temples built in the pagoda and shikhara style. We will be visiting places like is the fifty-five window palace. Other attraction includes the Lion Gate, the Golden gate, art galleries and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla. Our last stop will be at Lalitpur, where we will learn about Nepalese history. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free so, you can shop or roam around the tourist streets of Thamel.
Kathmandu to Syangja
Departing from Kathmandu, we move towards the Syangja district located on the west side of Kathmandu valley. The city is famous for its delicious citrus fruits. Here, we will get the chance to converse with farmers and also observe their farming techniques. During the evening, we will drive to Pokhara, swinging through the gorgeous changing landscape. The drive will take overall six to seven hours. We will spend the night at Pokhara.
Pokhara to Galeshwor Temple, walk to Banskharka
We will move from Pokhara to Galeshwor Temple. The Goleshwor Temple stands proudly on a single rock and is dedicated to the Hindu God of destruction, Lord Shiva. Then, we walk to Banskharka along the Annapurna trail. Banskharka is a gorgeous village with Magar as its significant inhabitants. The town is bounded with fragrant rhododendron forests and with streams flowing through it. The product has been producing mandarins, oranges, and honey, for hundreds of years. Inhabitants boast about the taste of mandarins, oranges, and honey, as it is considered to be among the best in the world. You can try these while visiting here. We stay in a community managed lodge at Banskharka and enjoy delicious local cuisine. Overall, the trek takes about four to five hours.
Today, we will go sightseeing in Banskharka village. We will stroll around the citrus farm, meet the farmers, and observe their farming practice. Moreover, we can chat with retired British Gurkhas and hear their stories. Afterwards around evening, there will be cultural program where we can enjoy the cultural songs and dances with mouthwatering authentic rural Nepali food. We will spend the night at Banskharka.
Trek to Dandakateri
The trek from Banskharka to Dandakateri takes approximately six hours. Along the route, we will get glimpses of the majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Both of them are among the tallest mountains in the world. Also, we will get to experience the local culture, tradition, and lifestyle of these regions.
Dandakateri to Nagi Village
There are two routes from Dandakateri to Nagi village. We can either follow a trail that passes through the Banmare village or walk through the dense high altitude pine and rhododendron forests. The first routes will take us through the path surrounded by spectacular hill terrains with bench terraces in every corner. And, the second trail takes us through dense forest. If you are lucky, you might get a chance to see some wild deer and a wide variety of birds and butterflies on the way. Whichever route we choose, we will reach Nagi village by late afternoon. We will enjoy another cultural show tonight and also relish local foods, and local liquor. We stay overnight at a community managed lodge in Nagi. The whole trip today takes about three hours.
Day Eight :
Tour of Nagi village
Situated at the height of 2330 meters, Nagi village lies in a valley surrounded by sacred forests that host many Hindu temples. While taking a tour around the town, we will see high altitude sustenance farming system. Along with a few cottage industries like handmade Nepali paper, Sitka mushroom cultivation, and vegetable seed production. We will also get to visit lots of cultural heritage of this village. We will spend the night at Nagi village.
Trek to Mahare/Bhuwane Danda
While climbing up the slope in a stone-paved trail that leads to Mahare Danda, we will enjoy some bewitching mountain scenery. Mahare Danda stands at an altitude of 3330 meters and a distance of approximately seven hours on foot. We will spend the night at a community managed lodge and enjoy delicious local food. As Mahare Danda is our destination for the day, we will be spending the night here.
Retrace from Mahare Danda to Nagi
Mahare Danda stands tall above deep gorges and valleys on the edge of a steep ridge. From here we can get astounding views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, and Machhapuchhre. Today, we will be departing from this place and descend towards our previous point, Nagi village.
Nagi to Pokhara through Mallaj Lekhphant
Today, we will leave from Nagi to Pokhara via Mallaj Lekhphant in Parbat District. Along the way, we will witness some scenic hilly landscape views and take a short lunch break at Ratamata. We then participate in a 2/3 hours long interaction program with teachers and students in Gram Prakash Higher Secondary School. We will be spending the night at Pokhara today.
Sightseeing in Pokhara
We will leave for Sarangkot, early in the morning.Sarangkot is a hill overlooking the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the north and Pokhara city in the south. We can also get mesmerizing view of the sun as it rises above the mighty Himalayas. Then, we head back to Pokhara and get some delicious breakfast. After breakfast, we will continue our trip towards some of the major tourist destinations of this beautiful lake city. There are lots of alternatives around Pokhara. We can visit Davis fall, a unique waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canal that has no end. Near Davis fall, there is also another cave named Shiva Cave, and here resides a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. We might even do boating in Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara. Likewise, we can visit the Bindyabasini Temple situated in the center of the lake. Furthermore, we can visit the famous International Mountain Museum (IMM) that records, documents, and chronicles the development of mountaineering activities in the world, especially Himalayas. Also, we can visit the Tibetan refugee camp and see how they work to produce and trade woolen carpets and lots of other handicraft items. Besides, we can engage in adventurous activities like bungee jumping, kayaking, zip-flying, paragliding, sky diving, etc. From enjoying nature to thrilling activities, this city can provide for your every need.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we bid goodbye to this beautiful lake city and drive towards Kathmandu. We will be traveling beside the rivers with a gorgeous sight of hills and see the rural lifestyle of Nepal. We will reach Kathmandu within five to six hours. As it is the last day of your trip, you can enjoy roaming around the streets of Thamel, drink, and dance inside the pubs, bars, or go for shopping around the town.
Today, we will bid you goodbye. Our airport representative will take you to the Tribhuwan International Airport before three hours of your scheduled flight.