Real People of Annapurna Trip Notes

At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

Trip code : GICL
Trip length : 11
Trip starts in : Kathmandu
Trip ends in : Kathmandu
Maximum group size : maximum 16


  • 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)




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 SquarePre-departure meeting and an optional group dinner in the evening



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 PokharaSee the Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges on a clear morningFree afternoon to explore Pokhara


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 Imaginative Travellers helped build) at Swanta, Chistibung, Bayeli and Kopra (our pick for best sunrise).Day 3Commence the trek from Naya PhulStay overnight in Ulleri(Walking time: approx 5 hours)Day 4Trek through new trails that see very few travellersStay in a lodges run by the local community in Swanta(Walking time: approx 6 hours)Day 5Journey through thick oak and rhododendron forestPass buffalo grazing pasturesStay in a temporary herders' settlement in Upper Chistibung(Walking time: approx 5 hours)Day 6Ascend above the tree lineKeep eyes peeled for Himalayan tahr and Danfe pheasantGain awesome panoramas of Annapurna South, Fang and Nilgiri to the north and Dhaulagiri Himal in the westSpend the night in the Kopra community lodge(Walking time: approx 6 hours)Day 7Enjoy views of the Annapurna rangeTake lunch by a small streamAscend through open countrysideSoak in views of Dhaulagiri Himal from the lodge in Bayeli Kharka(Walking time: approx 4 hours)Day 8Descend through an oak and rhododendron forestArrive in Ghandruk, a place known for it's menfolk who have served in the British Gurkha regimentsEnjoy mountain views from the lodge(Walking time: approx 5 hours)



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 trekUnwind back in Pokhara during free time(Walking time: approx 3.5 hours)



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 10Relax or explore during free time in KathmanduEnjoy a final optional group dinnerDay 11The trip ends this morning after breakfast, but there's plenty more to see and do for those who wish to stay on


While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.



Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.


Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures



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.


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.


Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.


The local payment is the final part of your overall tour cost. It MUST be paid in cash, in the currency indicated, to your tour leader at the start of your trip. Having a local payment helps us to pass cost savings on to you. Please note that the Local Payment is non-refundable.


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.

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