The Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek is a tour of Magar villages that give you the opportunity, through homestays, to experience the lifestyle of this proud and friendly ethnic group. The Magar people are rich in their traditional values, customs, dress and jewellery, and are particularly well known for their hospitality.
The community trail was established in 2010 to promote local products, culture and support for village development through tourism. Scenically, the trail goes through forests, gorges and streams, while offering beautiful, open Himalayan views, including the peaks of Dhampus, Tukuche, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Gangapurna, Fishtail and Manaslu. The trail starts in Galeshor following a drive from Pokhara. Over the next several days, we stay in Banskharka, Nagi, Mohore, Danda Kharka and Tilkot. You will help develop the local education system while enjoying their wonderful hospitality and homestay facilities.
The Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek is a perfect foothill excursion with trekking in lower altitude. Nonetheless, two of the days involve elevation gains of about 1,000 meters. Feel free to contact us for more information.
Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu (1,350m).
Day 02:City tour or free day to explore and shop on your own.
Day 03:Drive to Pokhara (900m).
Day 04:Pokhara to Banskharka (1,300m).
Day 05:Basikharka to Nagi (2,300m).
Day 06:Nagi to Mohare (3,300m).
Day 07:Mohare to Danda Kharka (2,800m).
Day 08:Danda Kharka to Tilkot (1,500m).
Day 09:Tilkot to Beni (850m), drive to Pokhara.
Day 10:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, farewell dinner.
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu (1,350m). Namaste and welcome to Nepal! A Nepal Hiking Trek representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel. Bed and breakfast plan (BB).
Day 02City tour or free day to explore and shop on your own. The tour includes the Kathmandu valley, Pashupatinath temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Boudhanath. We offer an expert tour guide for this day excursion. BB.
Day 03Drive to Pokhara (900m). In the morning, we drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which takes about 6 hours. There's also an option to fly, at an additional cost. At Pokhara, you can enjoy a boat ride or walk around the lake. Pokhara is a trekker’s mecca, with excellent shopping and restaurants. BB.
Day 04Pokhara to Banskharka (1,300m).We drive to Galeshor, which takes about 5 hours. Then we walk for about two hours to Banskharka, a picturesque Magar village renowned for its production of mandarins, oranges and honey. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included (BLD).
Day 05Basikharka to Nagi (2,300m). Today we have a long uphill walk, but move at a relaxed pace. We stop for lunch at Dandakatei before walking up again, though not as steeply. Soon the grade flattens out on a wide trail to Nagi. Here you will get to see the rapid growth of internet connections in the village. Mahabir Pun, a man known for bringing the Internet to local remote areas, lives here. BLD
Day 06Nagi to Mohare (3,300m).Another long day of steep walking but we get to enjoy greenhill forests of rhododendrons as well as views of Dhampus, Tukuche, Fishtail, Manaslu and other peaks. After several hours, we reach a flat trail that we use for about four hours. We arrive at Mohare and enjoy another evening of Magar hospitality. BLD
Day 07Mohare to Danda Kharka (2,800m).From now on, the trekking is much easier with gentle grades and descents. Today we walk through rhododendron forests and visit a buffalo farm before arriving in Danda Kharka. BLD
Day 08Danda Kharka to Tilkot (1,500m). After breakfast, we head all the way downhill to Tilkot. We see a small stream, terraced farm lands and ethnic villages along the way. Gradually we reach Tilkot, which is in front of Annapurna mountain. BLD
Day 09Tilkot to Beni (850m), drive to Pokhara.We walk about 3 hours down to Beni, enjoying the cultural diversity and beautiful scenery. Concluding the trek, we drive to Pokhara. BLD
Day 10Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, farewell dinner.From Pokhara, we take a bus for about 6 hours to Kathmandu. You have the option to fly for an added cost. Arriving at Kathmandu, we transfer you to your hotel. To celebrate your successful trek, we take you out for a farewell dinner. BB.
Day 11Departure.After a memorable experience, we take you to the airport for your departure. Thank you for your journey with us.