The Annapurna Eco-village - INTRODUCTION
The Annapurna Eco-village is a family run mountain resort providing a traditional Nepali cultural experience with the comfort of modern day western style amenities.
At the village you can enjoys a 360 panoramic views of annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges, Pokhara Valley and the surroundings countryside.
The eco village concept is to provide travelers with a traditional Nepali village experience, with an ecological base, yet providing some home comforts. Eco village Annapurna is composed of several cottages made of split stone with slate roof. Each room is spacious, has an attached bathroom with western toilet and comfortable beds. The cottages are set amongst an eco-farm within a traditional Nepali village.
The backdrop is the majestic Annapurna range. Fishtail mountain looms in all its glory!
Eco Village means that our cooking is mostly done on bio-gas pit which handles toilet waste and cattle dung. This reduce the use of firewood and gas cylinders and thus help reduce deforestation.
The remaining sludge is used as manure on the fields. Garbage is separeted and recycled or composted when possible.
The food is mostly grown in our garden without the use any chemicals and deliciously cooked in Nepali style.
When I'm at the eco village?
Stumble a few paces from your cosy bed & take in the serenity of a sunrise reflected in the Annapurna range a 360 degree view!
A cup of tea will arrive, almost by magic to help you greet the dawn.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast with most produce coming from the eco- village or sourced locally.
What do I fancy today? Banana pancakes? Omlette? Hash browns? Veg rosti?
At night, gather around the fire pit and enjoy a delicious meal. What about tonight? Pizza? Spring rolls? Pasta? Chow mein? Dal Bhat? Momos? BBQ?
The Annapurna Eco-village is a perfect base for bird watching, butterfly photography, walks to traditional villages or treks to Annapurna Base Camp or Mardi Himal. The perfect place for some meditation or reading a book.
Suggested itinerary (This can be tailor made to suit your needs)
Day 1 - Arrive at the eco village, settle in & simply relax in preparation for the sunset.
Day 2 - Village walk in the morning. Local school visit in the afternoon.
Stay as long as you like & perhaps read some English to the eager school children.
Day 3 - Visit the community medical clinic. A pleasant 1 hour walk through the village.
Day 4 - Bird watching (two hours walk through jungle)
Day 5 - Walk to the river & go for a swim or fish
Day 6 - Enjoy a rest day or even help Shiva (owner) chase the chickens and cows out of the organic vegetable garden!
Learn how to:
Weave bamboo baskets (doki) - Make flour from local seeds - Milk cow - Nepali cooking class and language.
Butterfly and Bird Watching
Are you interested in butterfly and birdwatching. to what you can see in the eco-village.
Want more action?
You can trek to Armala and Lowing Ghalel (Gurung villages) from the eco-village.
This takes about 5 hours & you can stay overnight with a Nepalise family.
Visit the tea gardens whilst you are there. Return to Astam or direct to Pokhara.
Start or finish your trek to Annapurna Base Camp or Poon hill from the eco-village.
Talk to the lads about the newly opened Mardi Himal trek
How do I get there?
Astam eco-village is easily reached by road and takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. However, it is more enjoyable to walk from the highway.
Option 1 (easiest): Drive to Astam (75 minutes) - Take a taxi (1200 nrp) - Take a jeep (2000 nrp)
Option 2 (medium): Drive to Hemja (40 minutes) & then walk to the eco-village via the mountain track (2 hours).
(Why not take your time and ask the lads to organize morning or afternoon tea on the way?)
From Annapurna Trek
You can walk from Dampus, 3 hours, and enjoy the beautiful 360 degrees scenery from our village
When you stay or trek with us you can be confident that your impact on the environment will me minimized and you will be supporting:
Upper and Lower Astam schools
Local environmental projects (Bi-gas, and recycling)
Astam medical clinic