Mohare Danda Trek - 8 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-10
  • Max. Altitude 3300 M.
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November, December

Highlights

  • Rewarding drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and vice versa.
  • The best eco-friendly trekking experience in the Annapurna region.
  • Walk across the glorious organic farms, historical villages, and many other social project hubs in Mohare.
  • Catch the magical sunrise over Annapurna South, Machhapuchhare, Dhaulagiri, and Tukuche from Mohare Danda.
  • An incredible opportunity to get yourself blessed in the Galeshwor Temple at Galeshwor.
  • Unwind yourself in the untouched orange farms and natural gardens of Bans Kharka.
  • Visit the Naangi Barahi Temple, cherished by the locals of Magar ethnic communities and revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Get insider insight into the lifestyle of Gurkhas in the village of Ghandruk, etc.

The Mohare Danda Trek is relatively a lesser-known route located in between the gorges of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. It is one of the best trails to expedite the Annapurna Himalayan region in a short amount of time in comparison to some of the other most popular paths such as the Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, or the Ghoreapani Poon Hill Trek, offering the most unspoiled natural and cultural gem.

Elevated at an altitude of 3,300 m/10,827 ft above sea level and protected under the Annapurna conservation area, Mohare Danda is the name of another magnificent vantage point that is easily accessible off the beaten Himalayan route to observe the unique tapestry of culture and tradition walking along the several typical Himalayan settlements such as Ghandruk, Bans Kharka, Nangi, and Mohare Danda itself.

As the trekking trail is relatively easy to access and can be completed in 8 days while covering most of the significant highlights of the Annapurna region, it stands out as one of the best family-friendly and budget-friendly voyages to undertake. It must commence with your family members, consisting of children and older people who are physically fit to enjoy everyday life beyond the hustle and bustle of city life, serving as an incredible alternative trip to the well-traversed Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.

In addition, the Mohare Danda hiking route was crafted by well-known Nepali social entrepreneur Mahabir Pun in the hope of uplifting the living standard of this part of the Annapurna Himalayan region, which is inhabited primarily by indigenous people of the Magar and Gurung communities, and hence trekkers and travelers can experience the memerizing amalgamation of vibrant culture and traditional way of life.

Therefore, the Mohare Danda Trek is one of the greatest short-duration cultural odysseys to treat yourself to in the holidays to witness the most expansive ranges of the Annapurna region in the early mornings, specifically from the ridge itself, including the serene natural scenery suited for all sorts of travelers ideal throughout the year to experience the best less trodden Himalayan trekking trail to must embark in 2024 and 2025.

What makes the journey to the Mohare Danda Special?

The 8-day walk to the Mohare Danda is an enriching and unforgettable journey to the Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal, offering a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and sustainable tourism initiatives rambling each day through the pristine landscapes and multicultural beauty of the Annapurna region.

If you are planning to trek Mohare Danda this year in 2024 or 2025, here are some factors that make it an extra special excursion that is bound to leave you with a deep appreciation for Nepal’s serene beauty, hospitality, and surreal fusion of several cultures:

The thrilling off-the-beaten route of the Mohare Danda

In comparison to some other extremely popular and tourist-influx trekking routes in Nepal, along with the Everest Base Camp and back to Lukla by Helicopter Trek and others in the Annapurna trekking region itself, the Mohare Danda trail is less frequented by trekkers and travelers, offering a more tranquil experience of the raw Himalayas, and hence is also regarded as the first-time backpacker's dreamland.

Therefore, Mohare Danda is a must-trek for first-hand, unspoiled Himalayan involvement, offering an intimate tea house trekking experience with fewer crowds and a closer embracement of nature.

The mind-blowing mountain scenery from the Mohare Danda

From the very beginning of the expedition to the Mohare Danda, starting from the city of Pokhara, famous for uncountable tourist activities such as boating, rafting, kayaking, paragliding, and many others, you will be followed by the never-ending vistas of the Annapurna Himalayan ranges, along with the everlasting views of Dhaulagiri.

They look specifically magnificent from the Mohare Danda, especially early in the morning and in the evening when the sun paints the sky in colorful hues over the Himalayan peaks, giving birth to the most unparalleled landscapes to come across from the elevation of just 3,300 m, creating the most unbelievable thrill to the overall journey, unlike other long, strenuous treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal.

As one of the awesome vantage points of the Annapurna region, you will be granted the most satisfying exclusive insight view of several other peaks as well, including Nilgiri, and Machhapuchhare, beside the above-mentioned two of the highest skyline-dominating snow-capped mountains in the world.

The spiritually and culturally awakening call to the Galeshwor and Manakamana Temple

Situated at an altitude of 2,551m in the Myagdi district of the Annapurna region along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, the Galshwor Temple is dedicated to the Hindu lord Shiva, lying on the trekking route to the Jomsom cultural tour, where you can seek blessing on the second day of the adventurous journey to the Mohare Danda and later, almost at the end, during your drive back to Kathmandu at the Manakamana temple at an elevation of 1,302m above sea level.

Both of these temples hold important spiritual and cultural significance for Hindu devotees while you walk through the stunning landscapes, tiny yet picturesque villages, and several verdant hillsides, providing you the much-awaited moment of serenity and contemplation, which can also be undertaken as an ultimate opportunity to connect with the divine presence and use it for personal transformation, spiritual growth, and inner peace. Hence, pilgrims and travelers often refer to the hike to the Mohare Danda as a journey of the soul rather than just a physical undertaking.

A deeper look out at the traditional lifestyle of Himalayan locals

The Mohare Danda can be taken as a cultural odyssey in the Himalayas that passes by numerous traditional mountain villages such as Bans Kharka, Naangi, and Ghandruk, which are home to a diverse array of Nepalese ethnic groups residing along the trekking route with their distinctive cultural traditions, dialects, and customs, the majority of which may belong to Gurung, Magar, and Thakali communities, producing a refined amount of Gurkhas famed around the globe for their bravery and loyalty.

Along the trekking trail, you will be exposed to several chances to build a strong bond with the locals by interacting with them and learning about the customary life still untouched by the hazardous modern life while you make your way from one traditional settlement and monasteries to another.

Best Family friendly and budgeted voyage in the Annapurna region

Mohare Danda indeed is an excellent, affordable, family-friendly classic tea house trekking experience, which is now a part of the community eco-touristy project focusing on promoting eco-travel and tourism, where you can also help in making changes to the livelihoods of villagers and conservation efforts in the region.

The route to this part of the Annapurna Conservation Area is locally trodden, well established, and comparatively easy, with rare chances of acute mountain sickness, making it convenient for all ages, involving healthy children and elderly family members seeking an adventure to never forget in a lifetime at the heart of the Annapurna region in a home away from home atmosphere.

8 Days Itinerary Route Mohare Danda

Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks can create multiple itineraries to voyage the Mohare Danda, prioritizing the preferences, schedules, and areas of interest of our clients. An 8-day route is our standard package at an affordable cost, beginning with an awesome drive from Kathmandu to the city of lakes in Nepal, Pokhara.

On relishing the panoramic backdrop of various radiant peaks at some of the top of the world, including the eighth and tenth highest mountain giant in the earth, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), along with the unique mountain with the tail of a fish-like structure, Mt. Machhapuchhare, you will be heading the very next day to Bans Kharka via Galeshwor.

From Bans Kharka, the trek is to meet another classic mountain village, Naangi, dominated by one of the Nepalese ethnic communities, Magar, to have closer involvement and interaction with the locals, providing exclusive knowledge on the daily life in the Himalayas, which is basic outside but deep rooted in nature and its people inside, to sense the true essence of mother nature and its creation.

Nonetheless, on the special day when you will clamber the famous hilltop by yourself, Mohare Danda approaches you as soon as you leave the Bans Kharka behind to enjoy the most heavenly sight of the Annapurna ranges along with Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhare when the first ray of sunlight fills the whole ambiance with the vibrant colors of pink, purple, red, orange, and golden in the contrasting blue sky and whitewashed snow-capped mountains.

The following day, you will hike to Deurali, which still promises you further expanded views of the previous mountains seen from Mohare Danda. After spending the night at a typical tea house, you will move forward to another cultural highlight of the whole Annapurna region, where you can even put on traditional Gurung wear and take some pictures while delving into the mountainous life connected to nature and its people, Ghandruk.

From Ghandruk onwards, our best itinerary to trek the Mohare Danda begins to descend to Nayapul to take a drive back to Pokhara, where you can accumulate yourself in various top-notch adventurous activities, and the next day drive back to Kathmandu.

Group Cost for the Trek to Mohare Danda

At Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks, we are offering a group discounted price in our 8-day service package to trek the Mohare Danda that covers most of the expenses related to travel and trek logistics, such as food, accommodations, permits, necessary guides, and porters. Which is as given below:

  • USD 755 for 1 pax
  • USD 665 for 2-3 pax
  • USD 625 for 4-6 pax
  • USD 585 for 7-10 pax

On a group expedition consisting of more than 10 members, you will be provided a special discount, which can still vary depending on extending or reducing the trek days and the changes in services provided by the company, which are determined in the cost and exclude section.

Itinerary
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The day begins early with breakfast to begin a drive away from the city of Kathmandu towards the tourist hub of Nepal, Pokhara, which provides a stunning backdrop of Mt. Annapurna, Machhapuchhare, and Dhaulagiri.

In around 6-7 hours, you would have it to the lakeside by bus, private jeep, or local bus that takes just 35 minutes by air to stroll around in the evening and later on spend a night at the hotel.

  • AccommodationThree-Star-Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude1,400m

Following the morning breakfast, you will drive for three and a half hours along the bank of the Kali Gandaki River to arrive at Galeshwor for lunch before reaching the destination of the day.

After lunch, you will begin an uphill climb to Bans Kharka, which crosses a suspension bridge across the deepest valleys, making your way through several verdant forests to finally spend the night at the communal lodge.

  • AccommodationCommunal-Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,526m/4,990ft

The day starts with a delicious freshly cooked breakfast to commence the day's hike to Nangi, which is about a 5–6 hour walk from Bans Kharak, passing by beautiful, tiny traditional villages with stunning backdrops of towering mountain ranges.

You can visit the nearby organic farm, school, and Magar community settlements in your spare time and later stay overnight at the eco-friendly lodge.

  • AccommodationEco-Friendly-Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,260 m/7,345 ft

The trail today goes through lovely forests of oak, rhododendron, and pine, accompanied by awe-inspiring views of numerous summits such as Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and several others.

The sunset from Mohare Danda in the evening is going to be epic when the sun hides behind the hill station, providing expansive views of the surrounding peaks covered in golden hue. Call it a day at the close community management lodge.

  • AccommodationCommunity-Managed-Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,300m

Mesmerising day to witness the panoramic sunrise over the magnificent Mt. Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri ranges, Tukuche, South Annapurna, Nilgiri, and others while having hot tea in a crispy environment.

Then, right after filling breakfast, the trail leads you through simultaneous steep ups and downs to finally reach Deurali via Ghorepani from Mohare Danda in about 5 hours of walking to spend the night at a local lodge.

  • AccommodationLocal-Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,200m/10,500 ft

The trekking trail of the day ascends for five hours, passing through flatlands, stunning woodlands, and highly cultivated lands before reaching Ghandruk and crossing an adventurous bridge over the Khumbu Khola.

The charming settlement serves as a supreme vantage point in a pristine location, providing extraordinary views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Macchapuchhare, Hiunchuli, and many others. Later on, spend the scenic night at the traditional local lodge.

  • AccommodationLocal-Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,200m/10,500 ft

Today is the last day of this trek. After breakfast, we ascend to Nayapul about 5 hours walk, following the trial paved by stones; we walk through some beautiful villages and terrace framings. After crossing Modi khola, we reach Birethanti. And then half an hour walk from Birethanti, we enter Nayapool. From here, we can easily access any means of transportation to drive to Pokhara. In the evening, you are free to wander by the lakes of Pokhara. Overnight at hotel inclusive breakfast.

  • AccommodationThree-Star-Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch
  • Max. Altitude2,012m

On spending yet another joyous night at Pokhara, the following morning, you will ride a local bus, private jeep, or car back to the capital city, Kathmandu, by Damauli, Dumre, Mugling, and Kurintar.

In Kurintar, where Nepal’s first cable car operates, you will head forward from here to visit the holy shrine of Manakamana Temple to seek blessings. Nepalese believe that before leaving home or getting married if you pay respect to the temple, you are likely to be fortunate.

Lastly, the drive ascends from Naubise to climb Thankot as the gateway to Kathmandu to spend the night at the hotel and enjoy the next morning's breakfast.

  • AccommodationThree-Star-Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast-farewell Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,400m

This itinerary is not suited for you? Plan your own trip.

What's Included
Includes
  • 5 nights and 6 days of food (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and accommodation during trek (local lodge)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to trekking departure point, and back to Kathmandu after trek
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters( porter carry 20 to 24 k.g and one porter between two person)
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
  • Annapurna Conservation permit
  • Two nights accommodation in Pokhara at bed and breakfast
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Equipment & clothing for porter & staffs
  • Equipment (sleeping bag, first aid kit, oximeter etc.)
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Trekking achievement certificate
  • Adventure Himalayan Tshirt
Excludes
  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entry 30 days - USD 50  (Details in Visa Page)
  • International flight & all domestic departure tax
  • Insurance for clients (i.e. helicopter evacuation, etc.)
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel Pokhara
  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
  • Alcoholic drinks, candies, etc.
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking. 
Dates and Prices
Date PriceAvailability 
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 22, 2024End DateEnds: MondayJul 29, 2024PricePriceUS$665StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 29, 2024End DateEnds: MondayAug 05, 2024PricePriceUS$665StatusStatusAvailable
Useful Info

When is the best time to visit Mohare Danda?

Mohare Danda is a relatively short hike in the Annapurna region that does not exceed the altitude gain of more than 3,300 m at Mohare Danda itself, making it an ideal trekking destination throughout the year. Therefore, the best time to venture to Mohare Danda usually depends on the preferences and experiences trekkers and travelers are looking forward to, be it spring, autumn, summer, or winter.

The months of spring are generally noted for their incredibly scenic landscape, dotted with several wildflowers and especially different species of rhododendron in full bloom, and the time of autumn is admired for its beautiful clear skies and suitable temperatures to enjoy the trek to its fullest due to stable weather conditions.

How difficult is it to hike the Mohare Danda?

While the trekking route to Mohare Danda is technically taken as one of the easiest family hiking spots, including children, as Mohare Danda itself is not very high altitude compared to some other hiking paths, it still has several steep ascents and descents to overcome, along with the spotting of symptoms of altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness, and hence it is essential to be physically fit, mentally prepared and acclimatized adequately.

What are food, accommodation, communication, and drinking water services like on the way to Mohare Danda?

Generally, eco-friendly community lodges are where you will stay throughout your journey to the Mohare Danda, which will also serve you meals throughout the trek days along with the facilitation of drinking water and wifi, either complimentary or at an additional cost.

However, food options and wifi availability can get limited once you reach a significant height, so it is advisable to get an Ncell or NTC SIM card from Kathmandu or Pokhara to keep an update on your loved ones whenever you receive cellphone connectivity.

Must you get travel insurance and guides or porters for Mohare Danda Trek?

While it is not mandatory to hire guides or porters or get travel insurance for a more enhanced experience without having to deal with any hectic legal procedure, trekking logistics, or financial protection in the unfortunate event of a medical emergency or the loss or theft of goods, travel insurance, guides, and porters are the best travel companions, which is also one of the best ways to contribute to sustainable tourism practices while you enjoy the hassle-free experience of Mohare Danda in the Annapurna region of Nepal or anywhere else in the world.

Do you need permits to pilgrimage the Mohare Danda?

Yes, the Mohare Danda trekking trail comes under the Annapurna Conservation Area, and hence you are obligated to obtain two of the main entrance permits, which are the TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.

Both of these permits are issued by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and can be easily arranged by any of the Nepalese government-authorized travel, trek, and tour agencies, such as Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks, including the professional local Sherpa guide for the solo trek if you are in search of more solitude and a one-to-one experience with the Annapurna Himalayas of Nepal in our 8-day itinerary to tour the Mohare Danda.

Client Reviews
  • Mohare Danda Trek

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    We went on the Mohare Dande trek which had just opened quite recently. The route is beautiful with a view of the lake in Pokhara, through rhododendron rainforests and sights of mountain ranges. It’s not crowded like the other routes to Everest which made it feel more special. If you’re particularly keen on parts of the itinerary that don’t involve trekking, such as the visit to the school then double check with the tour provider that’s on.

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    Babs SUnited Kingdom,May 27, 2024
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    "I had 8 days time in Nepal. In 8 days I did Pokhara sightseeing as well the trekking in Mohare dada trek. There was a great view of Mt.Machapuchare and Annapurna range. I was very pleased with the service. Everything was delivered according to the itinerary. The guide Tenzi Sherpa and porter Malpa Lama were great. Mr Rana from Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks was very attentive to our needs. All the services were excellent." I would love to vist Nepal again and explore some other fantastic places as well. I would like to than you all the members from Adventure Himalaya Travels and Treks. Thank you for your unforgetable gesture.

    Ravi
    RaviGermany,Jul 07, 2019

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