The Annapurna region of Nepal is a land so beautiful, it has long been the ultimate trekking dream for hikers. Here, the sacred peaks of Annapurna, Machapuchare and Dhaulagiri, shining with snow year round, tower over ancient rhododendron forests, icy rivers and temperate jungles where tigers still roam. Plenty of trekkers come here for all this beauty – but few stray off the tourist routes. This trek will take you to off-the-beaten-track villages, where you will stay in village communities, sometimes even in people’s homes, giving you firsthand experience of the real Nepal. Along the way we can visit a village weaving workshop, paper making workshop and cheese making factory. We will spend a night at a yak farming project on the flanks of Annapurna range. The high point of this trek (quite literally), is a visit to the sacred Khayer Lake (4,500m) surrounded with shrines and the peak of Annapurna towering above.
This is a trek for those with a real sense of adventure, who are happy to embrace basic living conditions in order to experience rural, mountain people’s life in Nepal.
This trek can be qualified as moderate, with occasional strenuous days and thus a reasonable level of fitness is required. Accommodation on this trek is basic and on a shared basis, with little opportunity to wash either yourselves or your clothes unless, you wish to brave the cold communal village tap!
A set of well-worn hiking boots, with a few pairs of good hiking socks are an absolute necessity. No technical experience or mountaineering gear is necessary. While porters will carry the majority of your luggage, you will need to bring a durable daypack to carry necessary items for quick access during the trek, such as water, toilet paper, camera, a warm layer, snacks etc. A full kit list will be sent to you upon confirmation of your participation on the trek.