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Mohare Danda

Mohare Danda Trek

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Trek the stunning Mohare Donda route on this 10-day adventure into the wilderness of the central Nepalese mountain ranges. The Annapurna and Dhaulagiri regions combine some of Nepal's most famous mountains, charming cities, and the best panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Discover the mountain culture of the Himalayas, the hospitable locals, and the breathtaking views of the world's longest mountain range while supporting local communities along the way. Explore the history, art, culture, and diverse spirituality of Nepal on this shorter, yet off-the-beaten path trek.
Jumping for joy - We made it!Mount DhaulagiriLocal VillagePorter Donkey in Annapurna RegionTrail map on the Annapurna TrekTrekkers and the support crewLocal PeopleBoudhanath StupaNepal's Traditional RoofsMohare Danda
Highlights
  • Visit Kathmandu, the temple city and capital of the Kingdom of Nepal
  • Trek the Annapurna ranges of central Nepal
  • Enjoy backcountry glamping and local village visits
  • Hike the Mohare Danda route through picturesque villages
  • Meet village locals and support Nepal communities
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Activity Level: Moderate
Activities that provide a reasonable level of physical challenge and elevate the heart rate. Focused on more active pursuits including multisport tours. Travelers may be active 5-7 hours total each day. Recommended for travelers with active lifestyles.
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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal

On your arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu and after clearing customs & immigration, a representative will escort you to your hotel. 

Day 2: Kathmandu | Fly to Pokhara

Take a drive to Swayambhunath, one of the most respected Buddhist Stupas in the World. Set majestically high on a hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley, popularly known as the monkey temple, after the tribe of monkeys that inhabits the hills. With the symbolic all-seeing eyes of the Buddha, 17th Century frescoes help you understand why Kathmandu is a meeting point of ancient religions and cultures. 

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your journey to Pokhara. This picturesque lakeside town is Nepal's second most important tourist destination after Kathmandu. Visit the Gurkha museum, which explains the Bindabasini temple and famous warrior history; the important Hindu temple of Pokhara; and Devi Falls.
 

Day 3: Galeshwor | Banskharka

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, your journey takes you through tiny towns and villages along a lovely scenic drive that follows the Kali Gandaki River. You will travel for around 4 hours to get to Galeshwor, where you will eat lunch. Your trek begins after lunch. You start by crossing the suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki River. The Kali Gandaki is known as the world’s deepest gorge, with Dhaulagiri towering to the west of the valley at 8,167 meters and Annapurna I to the east. You start ascending into the hills after crossing the bridge on a well-kept trail and steps. Your trek leader and support team will maintain a comfortable and steady pace for you.

You can observe and absorb the sounds and scenery and fully immerse yourself throughout this trek. You will be heartily welcomed and greeted by the villagers as Bans Kharka is off the main tourist trail. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure until dinner. The villagers will prepare and serve freshly made food, a perfect way to rebuild your strength for the following day. You will experience local living firsthand by sleeping in a homestay with spotless, cozy rooms, warm blankets on the beds, and solar-powered lights.

Distance: 8 km 
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Driving Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Challenging
Max. Altitude: 1,526
Approximate Elevation gain: 350 meters

Day 4: Banskharka | Nangi

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will begin today’s hike after a hot breakfast. As you travel further along the Mohare community trail, you will pass through charming towns and perhaps catch a glimpse of the mighty peaks in the distance. On the journey, you will see a lot of locals hauling hefty loads of farm animals, firewood, and feed. You will be staying in another small village called Nagi, where the villagers welcome you with open arms and lead you to the community hall.
 
In the afternoon, you have the chance to visit an organic farm school and a Magar settlement. The Magar people are famed for their bravery as infantrymen. They helped to extend modern Nepal’s borders to where they lie today. Then the rulers rewarded them with land for arable produce and livestock for their efforts. The village men and women can be seen in the fields tending to their crops or animals.
 
You will experience your first stay in a community eco-lodge. It is similar to a traditional tea house. The village set up the lodge, and the income generated supports the people of Nagi. You can watch the sunset over the valley and enjoy your dinner with the locals.

Distance: 9 km 
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Challenging
Max. Altitude: 2,320
Approximate Elevation gain: 775 meters

Day 5: Nangi | Mohare Danda

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The mountains will start to show themselves in the morning when you awaken. The hike today is a fantastic, challenging hike to the highest elevation of the journey. You will start to ascend as soon as you leave the village. You will trek through beautiful oak and rhododendron (Nepal’s national flower) forests to Mohare Danda. The forest opens up toward the top as you now walk in meadows. With a sense of accomplishment, you may look down and see how far you have come.
 
Genuinely breathtaking panoramic views will welcome you. When you get to the overnight stop, a range of the Himalayan giants that tower above you, like Mount Machapuchare, Hiunchuli, Barahi Shikhar, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, and Dhaulagiri. The big climb and early sunrise start at dawn give you an excuse to turn in early tonight.

Distance: 7.7 km 
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Challenging
Max. Altitude: 3,320
Approximate Elevation gain: 1,000 meters

Day 6: Poon Hill | Banthanti

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
It is worth the effort to get up early. If the conditions are favorable, the sunrise's colors are breathtaking. After breakfast, you start walking in the direction of Banthanti. For more expansive vistas of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Annapurna South, Machapuchare, and beyond, you begin by ascending Poonhill.
 
Hike down to Ghorepani, a well-liked trekking location. Before you descend to Deurali, you will begin to ascend through a dense rhododendron and oak woodland to a tiny mountaintop (pass in Nepali). The final overnight stop is in Banthanti, which requires another hour of a steep descent through a lovely woodland with a meandering stream.

Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Challenging
Max. Altitude: 3,090

Day 7: Ghandruk Village

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the morning on a flattish trail in the Rhododendron forest for twenty minutes. After that, you have a steep descent of twenty minutes to a small stream and a forty-five-minute climb to Tadapani village.
 
The trail will lead you from Tadapani through level terrain, woodlands, cultivated farmland, and steps close to Ghandruk. After traveling for around 6 hours, stop for lunch at one of the teahouses along the route. Ghandruk is a lively, prosperous city. It is well known for having a sizable local population of people who have served in the Gurkha military.
 
You can explore the village in the afternoon, perhaps visiting the small temple or the cultural museum.

Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Challenging
Max. Altitude: 1,940

Day 8: Pokhara

You are about to end the trekking part of this Mohare Danda Trekking adventure. On the last day of the mountain trekking trail, trek to the road and take a jeep ride through the Kaligandaki River valley towards Pokhara. You will eventually reach Pokhara and check in to your hotel, where you can rest.

Day 9: Fly to Kathmandu

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your journey to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, check in to your hotel, where you can rest.

In the afternoon, you are free to explore Kathmandu. You can visit Boudhanath Stupa, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or Pashupatinath (UNESCO World Heritage Site), situated on the River Bagmati banks around 8 km from the city, which is one of the holiest Hindu shrines. The Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu.

Day 10: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to the airport on time for your trip back home.

Accommodations

Kathmandu - Hotels

Pokhara - Hotels

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Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • 6 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • An English-Speaking trekking guide and a porter
  • Domestic Flight: Kathmandu to and from Pokhara
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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Electronic Visa upon Entry

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