Mohare Danda Trek

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  • Duration14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Activity Trekking/Hiking
  • Max. Altitude 4665 meters/15305 ft.
  • Starts Kathmandu/ Pokhara
  • Ends Pokhara/ Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-20
  • Best Season March to May and September to November
Group Discount Prices
1 paxUS$845
2 - 6 paxUS$745
7 - 10 paxUS$695
11 - 15 paxUS$645
16 - 20 paxUS$595
Mohare Danda Trek Highlights
  • The one & only Eco Community Lodge Trekking in Nepal
  • Newly opened, less explored, less crowded trekking route in Annapurna
  • The perfect alternative to the classic Poon Hill Trek
  • Visit local Orange farms and gardens in Banskharka
  • Forest pathways
  • Spectacular viewpoints of Mohare Danda, Khopra Ridge & Muldai are ideal for photography, particularly sunrise/sunset.
  • Visit the alpine sacred lake named Khayar Lake
  • The final opportunity to experience classic Ghandruk Gurung village, museum, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Fishtail, and many more beautiful vistas surrounding

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 meters, Annapurna South 7219 metersDhaulagiri 8167 meters (7th tallest mountain on the earth) and Nilgiri 7061 meters are never far away.

What can I expect on the Mohare Danda Hill Trek?

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 telemedicine. 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 to explore preserved culture, flora & fauna, nature, less touristy, less commercial, run by Local Community Lodge/Home Stay trekking route, contributing local community, and combining remarkable viewpoints Mohare Danda, Khopra Danda then why do not you contact to Nepal Trekking Experts? Our staff is always keen to arrange your life experience with us in no time.

How challenging is the Mohare Danda Trek?

The trek is suitable for novices, family groups, and solitary tourists, but Nepal Trekking Experts strongly advise training and a gym visit before visiting Nepal. Despite its lower elevation in the Annapurna region's lower foothills, the Mohare Danda walk is difficult for individuals without trekking expertise and fitness due to the rugged scenery, a lot of ascending and descending, and long-distance hiking.

How can I make a reservation for this trip?

To confirm your trek with us, please send us an email with a copy of your passport, a passport-size photo, and flight details (if available), as well as a 10% deposit of the total amount, using our online payment gateway. The remainder of the payment can be made upon our arrival. For more details, contact our local specialists right away.

Useful Information

Accommodation at the Mohare Danda Trek

In general, people understand there are plenty of tea houses to choose from in the famous Annapurna region of Nepal and that it is overcrowded, but in terms of the Mohare Danda trek, this is not true. It has a very limited number of community lodges on this trek, is less advertised, and fewer people have visited so far. Community lodge means it is run by the local people of the village, and the profit of the business goes directly to the local school, health post, maintaining trekking trails, and community. Moreover, there's no need to carry camping or cooking supplies nowadays. Bathrooms and toilets are shared, and a room generally has two beds. This trek is not for those who are looking for luxurious tea houses. A room costs, more or less, 600 rupees. The trek is absolutely for those hikers who want to avoid large crowds, learn about the rich Magar community and culture, and explore the best-exposing lower foothills of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya ranges. At these tea houses, you have to pay a small fee for services such as Wi-Fi and hot showers. We provide you with a clean, negative 10°C sleeping bag to keep you cozy and warm.

Meals at the Mohare Danda Trek

There are plenty of tea houses to choose from in the famous Annapurna region of Nepal, so there's no need to carry camping or cooking supplies. The Annapurna routes are well-loved and well-traveled, meaning that tea houses ranging in quality have been established to meet the range of needs of travelers. At lower elevations and busier areas, you can choose more fully equipped tea houses with electricity, Wi-Fi, and en suite bathrooms with hot showers and western toilets. There are also more rustic, basic community homestays (the money that you spend goes to the local community) and tea houses available, especially at higher elevations, that have simple rooms and basic services. Bathrooms might be shared and have a squat-style toilet. At these tea houses, you can pay a small fee for services such as Wi-Fi and hot showers. We provide you with a clean, negative 20°C sleeping bag to keep you cozy and warm.

Transportation at the Mohare Danda Trek

All transportation fees and arrangements are included in your trekking package when you book with Nepal Trekking Experts. To start your adventure on the Mohare Danda Trek, there are many transport options depending on your interest (by flight, by car, jeep, van, or tourist bus), time frame, and budget. A common route is to travel via tourist bus from Kathmandu (Sohrakhutte) to Pokhara (normally 7 hours, but it takes 10 hours now due to road construction and poor road conditions, which are already included in the package). If you take a flight, it takes 20 minutes. Common starting point is Galeshwor (Beni) by taxi, jeep or bus.

Bus rides can be part of the exciting, immersive experience of being in a foreign country, but they are not for everyone. If you would like a more comfortable alternative, we can arrange a private car, Jeep, or flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Private transportation shortens your travel time considerably, and you can stop for breaks at your leisure. With so many travel options, we'd be happy to talk things through with you to find what suits you best.

Battery Charging at the Mohare Danda Trek

Despite trekking deep into the Himalayas, most of the tea houses have either electricity or solar power. Depending on the tea house, you might be able to charge your devices in your rooms. Otherwise, you can pay a few dollars (paid in local rupees) to charge your battery in the main dining hall. Carrying a power bank is recommended during your trek in the Mohare Danda region.

Telephone availability at the Mohare Danda Trek

Nowadays, most villages have phone service and mobile reception, although it can be quite unpredictable. NCELL and Nepal Telecom are the two major SIM card providers. Nepal Telecom is recommended by the NTE for better reception in the Annapurna region. You can purchase a SIM card in Kathmandu when you arrive.

Internet at the Mohare Danda Trek

Many tea houses have wifi to purchase for around 2-3 dollars per night, which is paid in local Nepali rupees. Please be aware that internet services may not be completely reliable due to weather and other issues.


Our tailor-made packages do not include a porter, so you can make the decision based on your own needs and preferences. Although not necessary, having a porter can make a massive difference in the enjoyment of your trek. If you are new to trekking at high altitudes, then we would recommend having a porter in the Annapurna region carry your bag across the rugged terrain. One porter carries the bags of two people (around 20kg) so that you can carry a small daypack. If you are undecided, we would be happy to discuss porters in more detail when you book your trek.

Mohare Danda Trekking Permits

When trekking with Nepal Trekking Experts, the permit fees are included in your package. Your experienced guide will obtain all required permits on your behalf with your passport. To enter the Annapurna region, you will require two permits, which can both be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara before commencing your trek.

  • The TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card costs 2000 Nepali rupees, and as per the latest rule, it will be obtained through the trekking agencies only.
  • The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), which costs 3000 Nepali rupees, is available through the Nepal Tourism Board, Bhirkutimandap Kathmandu, or Pokhara.

Mohare Danda Trekking Gear Checklist


  • Raincoat, poncho, or combination jacket/trousers
  • One-down jacket/Gore-Tex jacket
  • Two pairs of hiking pants (depending on the duration of the trek)
  • One pair of shorts
  • Three or four T-shirts (depending on the duration of the trek)
  • One MIT/fleece jacket
  • One pair of base layers (merino wool or similar thermal ware)
  • Three to four pairs of hiking socks
  • A pair of waterproof or windproof gloves
  • Undergarments


  • Trekking boots (water resistance, ankle support)
  • Flip-flops for leisure time around camp or one pair of sneakers

Other equipment

  • Sunglass, sunscreen, lip balm, sun hat, woolen/fleece hat/beanie, neck gaiter, first aid kit, Swiss army knife (optional), luggage cover, headlamp, trekking poles, water purification tablets or steripen, extra batteries, adapter, power bank, water bottles/camel bags/thermos, washing powder/multi-purpose soap, shampoo, a small towel, antiseptic hand wash, toiletries, female hygiene products, wet wipes, mosquito spray (optional), whistle, earplugs, reading books, playing cards/chess
  • Sleeping bag rating: -5 degrees Celsius comfort depending on trekking route and season
  • Backpack (60 liters)
  • Daypack (25 to 30 liters)

Travel Insurance

It is one of the most important things you'll need overseas, particularly when trekking in Nepal. A policy that covers loss and theft, medical and hospitalization, evacuation from high altitude, and adventure activity coverage are among the basics you'll need. A wide variety of policies are available, so make sure to shop for the best possible options. You need to have a policy that's specific to the maximum height on your trek, bearing in mind that several companies place restrictions on that score—look closely at the fine print so that you're sure to get the right coverage, especially in the event of an emergency such as altitude sickness—helicopter evacuations are horrendously expensive.

Also note that most medical treatment and facilities in Nepal, such as hospitals, require payment upfront or approval from your insurance company, so it’s wise to choose a policy that pays the bills directly rather than lumping the burden on you and leaving it till later for the insurer to reimburse you.

Nepalese currency and payment

The currency of Nepal is the rupee. The ideal currencies for exchange are those of the USA, Australia, Great Britain, Canada, and Singapore, as well as the Euro, any of which can be readily exchanged in either Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Credit and debit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted in major tourist-class hotels, restaurants, airlines, and larger stores in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan, Pokhara, etc. A surcharge of 3.5% is typically levied on all purchases or payments.

ATMs are also very common in Kathmandu and Pokhara, with Thamel being a particular area of focus for their use. Some ATMs only allow a daily maximum of Rs 20, 000 to be withdrawn, while others allow for as much as Rs 35, 000. A charge of USD 4 is usually applied per transaction, on top of which your bank may also apply a fee of its own.

Can I get an on-arrival visa in Nepal?

On arrival in Nepal, you can obtain the requisite visa at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, or you can choose the alternative of applying for it at the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate in your home country before departure. The visa is also available at land-based points of entry such as Birgunj, Kakarbhitta, Bhairawa, Belhiya, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi, and Mahendranagar. The Kodari Pass is the access point from Tibet where the visa can be obtained.

While you can use different modes of payment at the visa fee counter, we advise you to bring cash in the following currencies: US dollars, euros, Swiss francs, pound sterling, Australian dollars, Canadian dollars, Hong Kong dollars, Singapore dollars, and Japanese yen. Credit card payments are also available nowadays.

As per a recent update, the visa fee costs you the following amounts:

  • Multiple entries for 15 days—USD 30 or equivalent
  • Multiple entries for 30 days—USD 50 or equivalent
  • Multiple entries for 90 days—USD 125 or equivalent
  • You should also have a minimum of six months of validity remaining on your passport.
  • Visa extensions are available from the offices of Nepal Immigration in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • For more details, please go through the Nepal Immigration website or contact us.
  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Accommodation:3 star hotel

Welcome at Airport then transfer to your Hotel.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:3 star hotel

Free day for final trekking preparation and spend the way you prefer.

  • Max. Altitude:822m/2697ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:3 star hotel

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.

  • Max. Altitude:1526m/5006ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

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)

  • Max. Altitude:2260m/7415ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

We climb around 700 meters today to the village of Nangi. We head up through a 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 admire the splendid views overlooking the valleys.  After lunch, it is a leisurely walk to Nangi, and overnight. The local school is nearby, and the villagers here make Nepali paper from locally grown plants with a medicinal plant nursery nearby. There are several other income-generating projects to visit. (Overnight Community Lodge twin share)

  • Max. Altitude:3313m/10869ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

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)

  • Max. Altitude:2270m/7447ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

We are out of beds before sunrise today to watch the sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, something many folks 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, dzo pas, horses, and sheep all vying to keep us company on the trail. (Overnight Community Lodge twin share)

  • Max. Altitude:3660m/11024ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

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)

  • Max. Altitude:3660m/11024ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

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.

  • Max. Altitude:3349m/10987ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

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, and 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).

  • Max. Altitude:1940m/6365ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

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 the 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).

  • Max. Altitude:822m/2697ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:2/3 star hotel

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, and 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 downtime just chilling out around the lake.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast

A long day's drive by bus that gives provides numerous scenic opportunities - and thrills - along the way.

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    What's Included
    Cost Includes
    • Complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off
    • complimentary welcome dinner
    • Stay in Kathmandu for two nights, including breakfast.
    • Stay in Pokhara for two nights, including Breakfast.
    • All necessary trekking permits, such as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, the TIMS Card, etc.
    • All accommodations during the trek.
    • Three meals a day during the trek.
    • A cup of tea or coffee each time with the meal
    • If and when available, fresh fruit should be eaten every day.
    • Complimentary duffel bag, agency T-shirt, trekking map, and sleeping bag
    • Professional English-speaking, government-registered, and first-aid-trained local guide
    • First-aid kit
    • Return travel by tourist bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Return travel by private taxi from Pokhara to Beni/Ghandruk
    • Staff insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
    • Rescue arrangements, if necessary
    • Agency service charge and government tax, or VAT
    • Certificate of Achievement
    Cost Excludes
    • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara
    • Porters to carry your backpacks (we provide porters on request)
    • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft etc.
    • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries entrance ticket, etc.)
    • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc.
    • Tips to staff
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    Dates & Availability
    Start:ThursdayAug 01, 2024
    End:WednesdayAug 14, 2024
    Start:ThursdayAug 15, 2024
    End:WednesdayAug 28, 2024
    Start:SundayAug 25, 2024
    End:SaturdaySep 07, 2024


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    2Travelers' Reviews
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      Nov 2022 • Solo

      Nepal is a wonderful country and if you want to explore it these are the guys to help you do it . This year they organised a complicated trip both trekking to Khopra Danda and Mohare Danda then flights to Pokhara and onward to Nepalgunj and to Bardya National Park. We had to make lots of changes both up the mountain and with activities die to flight delays etc . This is where these guys are great they are flexible and always coming up with solutions to problems beyond their control and they looked after me as a solo traveller like I was one of their family. They have also helped me greatly in Kathmandu and Pokhara with last minute side trips and buying gifts etc. I cannot recommend these people more highly. Rajesh is my friend now and I trek with the same guide Prakash who is excellent and use the same family as Porters. If you want to really experience Nepal and be sure that if you have any issues , with weather , transport , mountain conditions etc then these are the guys to use . please please don’t use an ( expensive ) international firm use a local firm that can tailor something specifically for you and your party if you are part of one. Undoubtedly the best in Nepal who offer you a completely bespoke service that suits you at a far keener price than you get by booking internationally where most of the money leaves the country.

      barcarangerNov 29, 2022United Kingdom
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      What an amazing experience!

      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.

      Christian ThomasDec 10, 2021United States
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