Mohare Danda Trek

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  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:10 Days
  • Trekking Duration:10 Days
  • Trip Grade:Moderate

Trip Highlights

The Mohare Danda trek will take you through peaceful off the beaten trail on the foothills of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges.
• Scenic drive along the bank of Trishuli and Kali Gandaki River.
• Introduction of Eco lodge community base trek in Annapurna region.
• Stunning Closer Mountain views from Mohare Danda.
• Exploration of village lifestyle and their livelihood

Trip Overview

Mohare Danda Trek or Rhododendron Trekking or Community-Eco Lodge Trekking is one of the newly introduced trekking routes in Myagdi district in Gandak Province, which is fast growing in popularity. The best time to take Mohare Danda trekking is from February to April that coincides with blossoming of Rhododendron making the forest colorful. It is the best alternative trekking trail for those who can and want to skip the busy Poon hill. Being newly opened route, it entertains limited tourists thus it is less crowded that any other popular destinations in Annapurna Region.
Similar to Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, it is a short trek in the foothills of the Himalayas suitable for the family package including children and old aged members looking for the perfect family outing for a quiet holiday away from the ruckus of city. The trek gives the families an opportunity to witness extraordinary vistas of sunrise and sunset over the high Himalayas.

Though off beaten trekking trail in Annapurna region the Mohare Trek is bounded by lush forests of oaks, bamboo, pines, and several varieties of rhododendrons along with ample waterfalls and rivers. You and your family is guaranteed have pleasant panoramic view of snow-capped mountains like Annapurna I (8091m), Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), Annapurna South (7219m), Nilgiri (6820m), and Hiunchuli (6441m), and many others mountains that can be seen from Mohare Hill (3300m). The area is inhabited by the Magar and Gurung communities and vibrates with their rich culture and way of life.

Mohare Danda Trek can also be easily customized and mixed with other popular trekking routes in Annapurna region. The trekking route of Mohare Danda offers a perfect combination of amazing landscapes and rich culture of one of the ethnic group of Magar people. Mohare Danda is the ‘high road’ alternative to the Ghorepani Trek, and follows an alternative trail up from Pokhara itself up to Banskharka, along to Nangi and Mohare. The treks are along scented forests of oak, rhododendron and spruce and sometimes along exposed ridges that offer exhilarating views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South dead ahead and the forked summit of Machapuchre to the east. You have a long circuit lasting a week to Dhankharka, or you can do a shorter five-day version fast-tracking through Tikot.
An initiative by Magsaysay winner Mahabir Pun an innovative concept to support developing of eco-trekking that benefits the environment and socio-economic development of the area, Mohare Danda trek was unknown for outsiders for a long period of time. The homestay is quite popular which gives the families an opportunity to learn and understand the lifestyle and culture of the Magar and Gurung people.

The journey to Mohare Danda begins from your arrival to Kathmandu and by visiting some of the landmarks here such as the Pashupatinath temple, the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Boudhanath stupa and the Swayambhunath temple (monkey temple). Next, you will take a scenic drive to Pokhara along the bank of Trishuli River. After relishing the evening and enjoying on lakeside Pokhara, the next morning we drive to Galeshwor and start trekking to Bas Kharka crossing Kali Gandaki River. We then head to Nagi and trekking for about 5-6 hrs from Nagi – we reach Mohare Danda which is the highest point of our trek. On the way back we can take any route as per your liking and duration of stay.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 03: Drive to Galeswor, Trek to Bas Kharka
  • Day 04: Trek to Nagi
  • Day 05: Trek to Mohare Danda
  • Day 06: Trek to Danda Kharka
  • Day 07: Trek to Tikot
  • Day 08: Trek to Tiplang and drive to Pokhara
  • Day 9: Drive/ Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 10: Final Departure

Detail Itinerary

Welcome to the land of Mountains. After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transfer to your respective hotel.

We are driving to Pokhara today. The drive by tourist bus that starts early morning will be of more or less 7 hours before we reach Pokhara. Driving along beautiful glacial rivers, local towns and enjoying greenery and surrounding middle hills is an incredible experience. Pokhara will welcome us with jaw-dropping view of Annapurna range of the Himalayas, beautiful and peaceful green surroundings and a serene lake.

Today we start the trekking. We will first drive to Galeshwor in Myagdi district to start the trekking on this new trekking trail. About 4 hours of drive to Galeshwor will take us past Nayapul and along the Modi River heading towards Kushma, Beni Bazar and finally to Galeshwor. Then we take a short trek to Bas Kharka through beautifully terraced rice and corn fields.

We are going to experience a pristine nature and culture on our adventure walk today on the trekking trail to wards Nagi Villlage. Mohare Danda Trekking experience starts to show its magical charm and leave some overwhelming impressions upon us. The day is a beautiful mixture of nature and culture walk through beautiful village of Suntala Kharka and lush forested area while heading towards Nagi village as our destination for today.

Today we reach our destination Mohare Danda. We walk past beautiful trekking trail that brings awesome views of surroundings. A beautiful view point along the trail, Him Pal Pass that stands at 3098 m, provides a magnificent view of natural surroundings. We eventually reach Mohare Danda to enjoy, usually, a spectacular sunset view.

We are at the highest elevation of this trip at Mohare Danda that lies at the elevation of 3,300 meters above sea level. Enjoy the beautiful sunrise and the Himalayan views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. On top of the Himalayan views, Mohare Danda provides breathtaking views of the green surroundings. We take breakfast after the sunrise and get ready to embark on the trekking trail that takes us to Danda Kharka to stay overnight today.

Today we trek to Tikot village,a beautiful ethnic Magar settlement. We walk past different beautiful view points of Thula Kharka and Sikha Danda and enjoy the views of wonderful Ramche and Sikha valleys. The trail today winds up and down the hill making the trekking trail an interesting traverse through beautiful surroundings. On reaching Tikot, we can explore the cultural magnificence of this beautiful village.

Today it is mostly descending trekking way to Tipling for 3 hours and to get transportation back to Pokhara. You will have to take 4 hours driving to reach Pokhara. Take time to relax at Pokhara after your trekking days.

You have option either to take bus ride or take a flight fly back to Kathmandu, which only takes 25 minutes.

Our Mohare Danda trekking in Nepal ends today. Our representative will drop us off at the Tribhuwan International Airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight.

" Dolma Treks covered all aspects of my dream trip: hotels, logistics, food, permits.
Tsering Lama is a very seasoned trip organizer and guide that knows the way things work locally, which means a hassle-free, pure joy adventure. I have traveled to Nepal 5 times so far, always with Dolma Treks. Have done a bit of everything: culture, trekking, yoga retreat, educational visits, rescue visits (Earthquake 2015). I have been solo, with friends, and even with my young son since he was 7. Everything was perfect, every single time.

I loved every second of my trips to Nepal and I simply can't wait to be back" 

M/s C. Kasper,

I would just like to say that our trekking holiday in Langtang National Park & our Bridim homestay with Tsering Lama and his wonderful porters "Lale and Mingmar" was the most memorable, amazing holiday I have ever experienced. The guidance and support given were just so great. My wish is that my Aussie friends join a trek with Dolma Tours one day to experience this amazing country of Nepal. Thank you, Tsering. Your Aussie friends, Tania, Steve & Jesse Pitt

Tania,Steve & Jesse Pitt,

I recently went on Tsering's 17-day tour of Nepal, in Oct/Nov 2013.
Tsering is an exceptional tour leader, very organized and a welcoming host. 
He paid much attention to detail both in the planning of the itinerary and throughout the course of the trip.  Right from the beginning, the pre-departure information was excellent and I felt very well-prepared.  Any questions I had about the trekking were answered promptly by email.
Tsering's itinerary has a lovely variety of places to visit: in Kathmandu, trekking in the Annapurna mountains, visiting the Chitwan National Park, and a stunning flight over Mount Everest.  On our trek, the porters were very helpful, friendly and spoke a little English.
Tsering was always professional and timely. We were also given great insight into the generosity of the Nepali people by being invited into his family home.
Heartfelt thanks again from me for a wonderful trip!

Mrs. M. Barnett,
Auckland, NZ

We joined one of Tsering's trips to Annapurna and Chitwan in October 2013, where Tsering warmly welcomed us at the airport and confidently and efficiently organized everything for us from the moment we arrived until our departure 17 days later, making the entire trip extremely relaxing and enjoyable.
His guidance with local customs and his ability to communicate clearly in English was invaluable in ensuring we were completely informed at all times of our programme.  His command of local languages meant we were afforded the best treatment at the local hotels, lodges, and restaurants throughout our trip.
The trip was a wonderful balanced mix of the frantic bustle of Kathmandu, the grandeur of the Annapurna mountains, and the thrill of the Chitwan jungle, all complemented by a style of travel that exposes you to, and allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture to the extent you are personally willing and comfortable with.
The local guides Tsering organized were very competent and knowledgeable, giving us a great opportunity to absorb, understand and appreciate the breadth and depth of Nepal's history and the many cultures that make up its friendly people. Tsering gave us a marvelous insight into the recent history and of current events that gave us a wonderful context and appreciation of what makes the nation of Nepal what it is today and influences its future.
For the trek, Tsering organized a friendly team of local porters and guides who worked so hard carrying our gear over the often steep terrain of the mountains. Special mention goes to our lead guide Lale, who ensured the trek was perfectly paced to match the abilities of our relatively senior group. The guides and porters always had a friendly and smiling disposition, and we had a marvelous party with them on our last night, sharing cultural song and dance.
Tsering is generous of both time and nature, we were privileged to meet his family, and we particularly enjoyed the company of his enchanting 11yo son Jigme on our trip, and of his young friend Amod.
I would unreservedly recommend Tsering as a guide to anyone travelling to Nepal who is wanting to get to know this intriguing and beautiful country and its friendly people, and who enjoys knowing everything is confidently organized for you in a relaxed and efficient manner by a knowledgeable local who is a marvelous ambassador for his people and his country.
Thank you, Tsering, I sincerely hope we have the opportunity to visit Nepal again someday and enjoy your friendly and proficient service.

Mr. G. Clark,
Auckland NZ

Tsering and his trekking company were brought to my attention by my daughter who had trekked with friends in Nepal. That trip was led by Tsering who was already known to one of the group. This group so recommended Tsering, that my wife and I decided upon a trekking tour under his guidance.
We were not any stage disappointed. Tsering contacted us and after considering age, fitness and wishes, designed what he thought was an appropriate tour. He emailed a comprehensive programme with some beautiful pictures and suggested dates. We arranged the flights to and from Kathmandu and brought in a couple of friends.
From our arrival until our departure, every detail was arranged. All accommodation, transport guides, porters, and dining was minutely cared for leaving us the freedom to simply enjoy ourselves. The team he engaged were known to him and endlessly strived to assist. Friendliness and honesty were so obvious.
Westerners are usually apprehensive about local cooking and food hygiene. Tsering always stationed one of the porters in the kitchens of the tea houses to oversee the cleanliness of food preparation. Some of his team are also chefs. It is a matter of pride for him that virtually all his tourists complete their trips without gastric upset.
Tsering is very kind, caring and attentive to detail. He is great fun, has a keen political insight as well as concern for the education of his young countrymen. He is honest and generous to a fault - as are his lovely family whom we met. We also enjoyed their hospitality.
If we return to Nepal there is absolutely no doubt we would ask Tsering to undertake our planning and if possible accompany us. He was faultless and thus I have no hesitation in recommending his company to your favorable attention.

Mr. & Mrs. Peters from Poole,
Poole, UK

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