The Annapurna Community Ecolodge Trek
Although most people recommend Poon Hill to beginners, the hundreds of steps at the end of the first day can be exhausting. A better option for those less experienced is the nearby Annapurna Community Ecolodge Trek. This offers some very similar views but without the crowds – or the relentless steps. The five-day journey (which can be extended) starts at Galeshwor, 5km (3mi) from the town of Beni, and passes through Bhanskharka, Nangi, Mohare Danda and Tikot. At 3,300m (10,827ft), Mohare Danda is the highest point, and a panorama of peaks is visible from here, including Machhapuchchhre, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Trekkers normally rest in homestays or community-run lodges along the way.