Mohare Danda Trek provides just about everything an inquisitive traveler would expect from a trekking experience in the Himalayas, Magnificent peaks, an abundance of pristine nature and the friendliest mountain people you are ever likely to meet. This relatively newly established route lies far away from the more busy trails around Poon Hill to the south yet provides mountain scenery to equal if not better than its southerly neighbor. The magnificent peaks of Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) 6997 meter, Annapurna South 7219 meter, Dhaulagiri 8167 meter (7th tallest mountain in the earth) and Nilgiri 7061 meter are never far away.
Trekking along Mohare Danda is a pure virgin trail, you are unlikely to meet many others on the way. Instead, your time is spent with the local farmers, yak herders, and the local communities where you are welcomed for who you are and not just another tourist. In fact, the whole concept of this new trail is participation by everybody, with the wealth travelers provide being plowed back locally for the improvement of village schools for example as well as settlement infrastructure such as the internet relay station that has been assembled near Mohare Hill which at present is the highest relay station in Nepal providing internet to the remote villages for local schools and health posts that use tele-medicine. The system links up with hospitals in Kathmandu to provide better healthcare in the villages, as well as providing free internet facilities for trekkers throughout the trail. In this respect, it is very much a “hands-on” trek where people are positively encouraged to participate in local life. With so much biodiversity at hand along with the mighty backbone of the Himalayas never far away, the rewards are clear to see. The sensational mountain vistas from Mohare Danda and Khopra Ridge are exceptional highlights.
The final destination could not be more alluring; the sacred lake named Khayar Lake, the lake according to local people, was placed there tenderly by the Gods and has over the centuries become a pilgrimage destination for them, especially on the occasion of sacred-thread replacement day (Full Moon in August). People believe that all their wishes will be fulfilled after praying at the lake. They also believe that if they bathe in the water, they will be granted salvation after death. Married women who have yet to conceive also visit the lake to ask for fertility.
Mohare Danda Trek appeals to those looking for an eco-friendly moderate trek experience that offers them not only the whole splendor the Himalayas provides but also a more intimate glimpse into Nepal and its people.
Ultimately if you are seeking for exploring preserved culture, flora & fauna, nature, less touristy, less commercial, run by Local Community Lodge/Home Stay trekking route, contributing local community, combining remarkable viewpoints Mohare Danda, Khopra Danda then why do not you contact to Nepal Trekking Experts? Our staff are always keen to arrange your lifetime experience with us in no time.
Day 01: Welcome at Tribhuvan International Airport, then transfer to your hotel
Day 02: Free day for trekking preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara drive by tourist bus(7 hour)
Day 04: Pokhara to Bans Kharka (3 hour Drive 2/3 hour trek 1526 m)
Day 05: Bans Kharka to Nangi (5 hour 2260 m)
Day 06: Nangi to Mohare Danda (Packed lunch 4/5 hour, 3313 m)
Day 07: Mohare Danda to Swanta (5/6 hour, 2270 m)
Day 08: Swanta to Khopra Danda (6/7 hour, 3660 m)
Day 09: Hike to Khayar Lake (sacred lake 4665m) return to Khopra Danda (7/8 hour.)
Day 10: Khopra Danda to Dobato (5/6 hour, 3349 m)
Day 11: Dobato to Ghandruk via Tadapani (6 hour, 1940m)
Day 12: Ghandruk to Pokhara (3 hour)
Day 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus or stay in Pokhara if you have enough time.
Day 14: Join with different program or Transfer to international airport
Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free to customize your own.
Welcome at Airport then transfer to your Hotel.
Free day for final trekking preparation and spend the way you prefer.
A 7:00 am departure by bus sees us arrive in Pokhara in the early afternoon, with plenty of time to walk around the lovely lakeside town before settling down for the evening in anticipation of the trek starting on the following day.
Soon after Breakfast we leave our lakeside hotel for the three-hour drive to Beni, a small market town deep into the Annapurna. There are some great views on the way, soon after leaving Pokhara we are climbing to a spectacular ridge where to the right the Holy mountain of Machhapuchhre (known as Fishtail) along with the great peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli are there to invite us into the journey to come. To the left, way down below Lake Phewa Tal and Pokhara slowly disappear into the distance. The drive is pleasant following the banks of the Modi Khola (river) to our start point. We will take lunch at Beni before commencing our trek to the overnight destination of Bans Kharka. Heading up the trail we pass scattered farmhouses before climbing through forest and then orange groves on our approach to this attractive village. On arrival, we have plenty of time to explore, perhaps visit the local school and health post, in season, and enjoy the sweet oranges that grow on the surrounding hillside. (Overnight at Community lodge twin share)
We climb around 700 meters today to the village of Nangi. We head up through beautiful mixed forest of Pine, Oak and Rhododendron to a small village where we take lunch. This is a good place to meet some of the local people and to admire the splendid views overlooking the valleys. After lunch, it is a leisurely walk to Nangi, and overnight. The local school is nearby, the villagers here make Nepali paper from the locally grown plants with a medicinal plant nursery nearby. There are a number of other income-generating projects to visit. (Overnight Community Lodge twin share)
Today is yet another spectacular day as we head up through more lush forest towards one of the two major viewpoints on the trail Mohare Danda. Our reward for reaching Hampal pass is one of the most dramatic skylines of the entire region as the mountains emerge magically just above the tree line. These views remain with us all the way to our overnight destination of Mohare Danda. From here there is an almost mirage-like view of the unbelievable giant peaks of Dhaulagiri Mt, Fishtail, Tukuche Peak, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Nilgiri, and many others. It is noticeably colder now, piping hot food is a must. (Overnight Community Lodge twin share)
We are out of beds before sunrise today to watch the sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, something many folk would like to do the world over. Stunning dramatic, sensational, no superlative can fully portray this daily ritual of sublime nature. Color change dramatically as the sun begins to highlight these giants all in a row. The whole day we are gifted more of the same on our way as we descend to Swanta. There are some very special spots along this trail with great mountain views mingled together with more down-to-earth distractions of yaks, dzopas, horses and sheep all vying to keep us company on the trail. (Overnight Community Lodge twin share)
Another great day passing ice-fed waterfalls on the way. It is a fair push up but now with the energy the mountains have provided and with a good pair of hiking boots along with a growing anticipation of what is to come, nothing much seems to be a problem now. The views from Khopra are once-in-a-lifetime emotional moments, standing there feeling the chilled wind on our faces, looking at the massive expanse of mounts before us, it is hard not to feel humbled. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6800m), Nilgiri (6600m), with close up views of Annapurna South face (7219m), Hiuchuli (6441m) (Overnight at Community Lodge twin share)
As mentioned in the Overview Khayar Lake is a sacred lake and pilgrimage point of great significance for people throughout the region. Depending on the time of year conditions vary. Later during the autumn trekking season, it is likely to have snowed and can be quite icy, however generally during both the spring and autumn trekking seasons Khayar Lake is attainable. If people choose not to venture to the lake, they can remain at Khopra Danda.
We begin our homeward journey back along the trail making a short detour to Muldai View Point on the way. Muldai is yet another gem on the trail providing a 360 degree extravaganza of the best of just what Nepal has to offer. Mounts, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung, Fishtail, Gangapurna tower above the diversity of landscapes of surrounding valleys. A beautiful day along ridges, past cascading waterfalls and through lush rhododendron forests. The skyline is often dominated by the Himalayas today. (Overnight Community Lodge twin share).
The ornate village of Ghandruk awaits us today, mentioned by C.N.N. to be one of Asia’s more ornate villages, this well-laid out working village is a great place to relax and unwind amongst wonderful stone throw views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and Hinuchuli. The route to Tadapani leads through hill pasture and up through forest to reach the small settlement. On reaching Tadapani the trail is noticeably busier as it is situated on the main Poon Hill circuit. From here it is a very pleasant descending trail initially through a forest before entering a small valley and on to pastureland, continuing down to Ghandruk. (Overnight at local tea house twin share).
We drive back to Pokhara today, arriving at our lakeside hotel around lunchtime. Pokhara you will have already discovered is a beautiful lakeside town with perhaps the most spectacular mountain backdrop anywhere in the world. The town has developed into an adventure tourism destination over the last decade, offering everything from Paragliding, skydiving ultra-light flights to zip lining and bungee jumping. Many of our guests choose to take a few days here after the trek to relax and enjoy some down time just chilling out around the lake.
A long day's drive by bus that gives provides numerous scenic opportunities - and thrills - along the way.
Farewell and drop-off at the airport, or the opportunity to join another of our programs.
We contacted more than 10 agencies in Nepal and fortunately we chose Nepal Trekking Experts just because of their excellent reviews and very smooth communication. By exchanging some emails with Rajesh, we got a nice feeling with him and his agency. So finally we chose Nepal Trekking Experts who turned our dream into a reality.
Since we read a lot about Annapurna being overcrowded, Rajesh recommended Mohare Danda with Khopra Danda Trek which was a lifetime experience for us. Again we appreciated his knowledge and professionalism. The trek was a bit challenging for us but very worth it. The Mohare Danda Trek with Khopra ridge is a perfect way of contributing to the local community, avoiding the crowds and enjoying the peaceful nature. The views from Mohare danda and Khopra ridge were just an outstanding.
We hired a guide, Rabin and a porter Ram. They were very supportive, informative, hardworking and just fabulous. The trek was effortless while trekking with them. We can’t wait to trek with Nepal Trekking Experts soon.