Community Eco-Lodge Trek

This trek goes offbeat in the famous Annapurnas, combining stays in homestays and community eco-lodges, before coming out into the main trail and back to Pokhara!


Mahabir Pun had a hard time getting the right information to pursue his education. Eventually, after several tries, he managed and eventually went all the way to the USA to get his higher education. However, the fact that he was from a village in Nepal and unable to access information kept nagging him.

He eventually came back to Nepal and started a foundation that worked exclusively to make information accessible in villages in Nepal, via the internet. This has become so successful now that he even won the Magsaysay Award.

This trek has been developed offbeat through some of the first villages to come under this project, and it was used to fund the projects coming under this scheme. The homestays and community eco-lodges support education, technology etc... giving a fantastic feel good factor as you enjoy the amazing views of Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world, Annapurna I, the tenth highest mountain in the world, and the wonderful, warm, Nepali hospitality in the villages.

Definitely a trek to create great memories!

HIGHEST POINT: 3600m at Khopra Danda, unless you take an extra day to go to the Khayer Lake.


  • Pick up and drop off service on your arrival and departure flights.
  • Hotel with BB plan in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)
  • Tea house/lodge accommodation during trek.
  • Guide and Helpers (porters) assistance, according to the group size.
  • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipments, all transport for guide, and porters.
  • All land transportation (based upon itinerary).
  • Flight to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu
  • TIMS (Trekking information Management System) card.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permit.
  • Sightseeing with guide, transport and monument entry fees.
  • All government Taxes


  • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control. 
  • Tips for Guide and Porter (Tips are not compulsory but expected).
  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Any other personal expenses
Day 1 | BAS KHARKA | 1750M

We take an early, 25 minute flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Upon arrival at the airport, we are met with our trek leader and a ready vehicle to take us to the trailhead at Galeshwor about five hours away. When all goes according to plan, we walk about two and half hours to reach the homestays at Bas Kharka, the first day we experience the amazing Pun hospitality!

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  • homestay
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Day 2 | NAGI | 2300M

After an early breakfast, we say goodbye to our hosts in BasKharka to start our uphill journey toward Nagi, stopping for a delicious lunch prepared by the community at Dandakateri. Upon arrival at Nagi, we check into the community eco-lodge there and have time to appreciate the village of the beautiful vistas.

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  • lodge
Day 3 | MOHARE DANDA | 3300M

We have an early start again, as we move uphill from our community lodge in Nagi. We start through beautiful forests, and a stiff uphill that brings us out to a small pass where we stop for lunch. After relaxing there for a while, we continue for another two to three hours to trek a ridgeline and uphill to reach our first highlight of Mohare Danda, where we are going to stay in a community lodge.

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Day 4 | SWANTHA | 2400M

An early rise at Mohare Danda will reveal a brilliant sunrise (weather permitting) and views of some of the highest mountains ranges in the world. Enjoying this with a cup of coffee or tea is magical. After breakfast, we unwilling go down the trail to cross the main trail and reach a small village of Swantha deep down in the valley side. Here we stay in a private lodge run by a wonderful family.

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Day 5 | KHOPRA DANDA | 3600M

We start through agricultural fields and then enter a forest till about lunch time. After lunchtime, the trail gets progressively steeper as we have to walk all the way up to the ridge at 3600m. Khopra Danda has a community eco lodge that funds girl child education, and also a yak farm. Situated on a ridge, it provides unparelled view of Dhaulagiri

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Day 6 | BAYALI | 3100M

At this height there are not many trees and so as we walk today towards the lodges in Bayali, we are going through mostly high pastureland, where Yaks are left to roam in the summers. After about five to six hours of walking we will reach our lodge for the night!

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Day 7 | TADAPANI | 2700M

As we set out today, we are soon coming to the main trail that is part of the Ghandruk and the Poon Hill Trails. Quite a difference from the trails we were on, we reach a collection of lodges at Tadapani. We will stay here for the night!

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Day 8 | POKHARA | 990M

Alas, today is our last day on the trail. We start off to reach Ghandruk for lunch and after a lazy lunch, walk down about one hour to reach awaiting vehicles to take us back the two to three hours to Pokhara. Upon arrival, we get into our hotel and go find a drink!

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Day 9 | KATHMANDU | 1350M

Today we set off to learn more about the projects we are interested in Pokhara in the morning. In the afternoon, we fly to Kathmandu!

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Day Location Activity Transport Hotel Meals
1 Baskharka BAS KHARKA | 1750m air | jeep homestay L | D
2 Nagi NAGI | 2300m - lodge B | L | D
3 Mohare Danda MOHARE DANDA | 3300m - lodge B | L | D
4 Swatha SWANTHA | 2400m - lodge B | L | D
5 Khopra Danda KHOPRA DANDA | 3600m - lodge B | L | D
6 Bayali BAYALI | 3100m - lodge B | L | D
7 Tadapani TADAPANI | 2700m - lodge B | L | D
8 Pokhara POKHARA | 990m jeep hotel karuna B | L
9 Kathmandu KATHMANDU | 1350m air - B
Brief Itinerary Detailed Itinerary


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  • Mom trying to explain the names of mountain to his son outside their hotel early morning at Tadapani


GEAR LIST | What to bring on this Trek?

Think only safety. Safety from the rain, the cold, the heat and the altitude. So simply put the bare essentials would be

  • RAIN - a rain jacket and if required during monsoon, rainproof pants
  • COLD - layers of clothings - thermals, tee shirt, fleece, windstoppers and down. Sleeping bag and liner for the night
  • HEAT - Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • ALTITUDE - Water bottle, snacks and a great Attitude! The rest is all about building an itinerary thats going up slow!

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