During Dashain, Nepal's biggest religious festival, you'll find huge 20ft bamboo swings (pings) in most of the remote villages. They say your feet need to leave the ground at least once during Dashain, and swinging helps you feel youthful.
Real People of Annapurna
Everyone in the village gets a turn, that's if you can get past the kids.(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 Square Pre-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 take. 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 trials that see very few travellersStay in a lodges run by the local community in Swanta(Walking time: approx 6 hours)Day 5 Journey 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 8 Descend 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.
Key: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner