Mohare danda community home stay trek is off the beaten path in Nepal.This is an excellent trip to explore the hidden beauty and cultures of the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek is less touristic with nice and clean Eco-communities lodges along the trails. The trek reserves a good example of rural Eco tourism. Mahabir Pun, the famous social activist of Nepal, awarded by Magsaysay prize is newly explored and developed the Mohare danda trek in order to promote sustainable mountain Eco tourism in Nepal. You will stay in local run community tea houses at Bans Kharka, Nangi village and Mohare danda. The 6 days Mohare danda trek offers the close up view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. For last minute booking and any queries regarding this trip, please email us at [email protected] and call or message on Whats App at +977 9851023742.
Name: Mohare Danda Home Stay Trek
Duration: 6 Days
Season: March/June and Sep/December.
Altitude: 850m- 3300m
Cost: USD 450-USD 740
Size: 1 - 12 pax
Package: Lodge to Lodge Trek
Mohare Danda Trek 6 days is a community homestay trek famous for Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range with sunrise and sunset.
Mohare Danda Trek is off the beaten path in Nepal. This is a great option trek in the Annapurna region that takes you through picturesque villages, fruit orchards, and remote farms.The trail is so new if you like hiking but hate crowds, we suggest you the Mohare danda trek, the best option. Mohare Danda trek is one of the best things to do in Nepal for anyone looking to get off the beaten path and hike through picturesque villages in the countryside. Also the trek is fit for you if you are limited on time.The Mohare Danda trek is starting from the town of Galeshwor on the Kali Gandaki River. In order to get to the trailhead, it takes about 4-5 hours by van from Pokhara.
The trail will bring you through remote villages filled with orange trees, bamboo, and rice terraces. You’ll pass by yak herders and baby goats. You’ll journey through rhododendron forests and open alpine prairies. And each day, you’ll be spoiled with views of some of the tallest peaks in the world, like Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna, and the sacred Fishtail Mountain.If you plan to do the Mohare Danda Trek, you’ll need to first get to Pokhara. This is where your guides will meet you. You can leave your luggage that you aren’t bringing on the trek in your hotel so you don’t have to carry the extra weight.
Mohare Danda Trek Difficulty
Mohare Danda Trek is an easy to moderate difficult. It also depends on your fitness level and past trekking experience. It is not too day overall, it has a good mix of easy, moderate and hard.There are lots of stairs with steep uphill, and also a balance of uphill and flat sections of the trail. In short, we are ascending and descending on the villages and forest. The physical effort required, it clearly helps to be as fit as possible. Saying that, you don’t have to be an athlete, far from it. People of all ages and levels of fitness complete the Mohare danda trek. The key point to remember is to hike at your own pace. Over the course of the trek, you ascend in altitude from 700 m to 3300 m.
Mohare Danda Trek Permit
The two permits-TIMS card, the Trekkers information management card and the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) permit are necessary for the Mohare danda trek, it costs around USD 50. We will take care of your trek permit on your behalf once you book Mohare Danda Trek with us-The Mission Eco Trek & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. For this, we need your scanned passport copy and two passport size photos.TIMS card and permits are valid only for one entry.
Mohare Danda Trek Accommodation
Accommodation on the Mohare Danda Trek is quite good with community lodges providing clean and neat rooms. Most accommodation has shared bathrooms.During the trek, don’t expect luxury accommodation.You’ll be staying in remote rural villages.The rooms are simple usually with two single beds providing pillow,mattress and blanket. We recommend to take your own sleeping bag. Overall, you will have a nice experience to stay in a local’s home, and it is an opportunity to support them in a meaningful way.
Toilets are all shared and are outside the room on the Mohare Danda Trek. It can be a western style toilet or a squat. Things tend to become more basic in places at higher altitude. You’ll need to have your own toilet paper, and soap isn’t always provided so make sure you have hand sanitizer too. Generally speaking, used toilet paper goes in a bin next to the toilet. You flush the squat toilet by scooping water out of the nearby bucket with whatever receptacle is provided.
There’s always a dining room where meals are served, and it’s a good place to get to know your fellow trekkers. The higher you go, there will usually be a fire in the dining room around dinner time, although this is by no means guaranteed.
Some tea houses have showers, others don’t. We’d highly suggest packing wipes and not being too concerned with showering on your trek, because, well, you’re not always going to have the option.Being dirty and sweaty is part of trekking. It’s sometimes possible to get one paying an extra cost. Best to be prepared to keep yourself clean with wet wipes.
Food on Mohare Danda Trek
The food is often quite good.Your meal options will basically consist of: Dal Bhat rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, rice, dumplings, Chowmein, Rösti, Soups, Tea, coffee, coke, beer and bottle water.You have to eat dinner and breakfast at the tea houses you stay. Lunch will generally be at a different place somewhere along the trail.Think carefully before ordering meat. Refrigeration, storage and kitchen standards mean that eating veggie is the safest option.
Dal Bhat is a combination of dal (lentils), veg curry, pickle, rice and vegetables, this staple of the Nepali diet is a great option. It comes with a guaranteed refill of rice and curry, and usually some extra dal too. The vegetable component varies depending on what or if there’s anything growing in the garden (and it pretty much disappears the last few days before the Larke Pass). Dal Bhat is what all guides and porters eat so it’s constantly being prepared, unlike more western style dishes which always have to be made to order. And as the whole cooking process requires less energy, this means that it’s better for the environment too.
Breakfast include porridge, pancakes, omelettes, boiled eggs, pancake and various breads (Tibetan bread, buckwheat bread, chapatis, and so on).
Lunch and Dinner
Standard dishes on menus are soups, pasta dishes, various fried rice dishes, momos, a kind of dumpling, pizzas, and of course, Dal Bhat. Some dishes have meat options but this is something to be wary of. Lots of dishes have egg and some tuna from a can.
Hot drinks are on the menu at every guesthouse, with an often huge range of options stretching from regular black tea and coffee to masala tea, lemon ginger honey tea, and hot chocolate, bottle of water, beer, whisky for an extra cost.
Mohare Danda Trek Cost
Mohare Danda Trek package costs ranges from USD 550 to USD 850 and includes all transfers, accommodation, meals and permits. You could order any meal off the menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and at breakfast you will get one hot beverage (tea or coffee). If we want additional snacks or drinks, like a bowl of soup or a tea or coffee at lunch and dinner, you to pay for it yourselves.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara(850, 6 hours drive)
After breakfast, we leave our hotel early morning for a drive with scenic views along the road to Pokhara via Prithivi national highway. The drive could take roughly 7-8 hrs to reach Pokhara. There is also an option for a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara for 35 minutes. We then do an overnight at our hotel by the lake in the lovely ‘city of lakes.
Day 2: Pokhara to Baskharka(1525m, 3 hours trek)
Drive to Galeshwor and uphill trek to Baskharka.After breakfast, we take three and half hours drive to Galeshwor along bank of Kali Gandai river and take 1 hour break for lunch. After lunch, we begin our hike to Bans Kharka. It is about 3 hours ascend trek by crossing suspension bridge over deepest gorge "Kali Gandaki river" through green forest. Overnight at community lodge.
Day 3: Trek to Nagi village(2300m, 6-7 hours)
Half day uphill trek and gentle uphill forest walk. Day starts with hot breakfast and extends our trek to Nangi. It is about 6-7 hours walk from Bans Kharak which goes along beautiful villages, stunning views of mountains and impressive landscapes. We also visit organic farm school and Magar settlement on this day. Stay night at eco community lodge.
Day 4: Trek to Mohare Danda(3300m, 7-8 hours)
Jungle walk. Today’s trail goes through beautiful forests of Oak and Rhododendrons with magnificent views of mountains such as Mt. Fishtail, south Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tukche and many more. In the evening, we observe glorious sunset view from Mohare hill station and then overnight at eco community management lodge.
Day 5: Mohare Danda to Ulleri(1960m,5-6 hours)
Interesting about Mohare Danda is that you don’t need to wake up very early to walk to the top as you did for Poonhill because you will be sleeping right at the Mohare Danda top at one of the community lodge! Early morning you can even see the golden mountains from your bed, but these vistas will definitely drag a diehard lazy chap out of bed with his camera. After feasting the vista of the magnificent mountains, have breakfast and start our trek down to the village of Ulleri.
Day 6: Ulleri to Pokhara(850m)
Knee hurting climb down through 3280 stone steps. You will be regularly visited by groups of monkeys as you travel through the narrow valley. The trail continues on an increasingly crowded inhabited mountain ridge, through Hille, Sudame, Matathanti, Birethanti, where a variety of lodges and souvenir vendors as well as a police presence will greet you. From Nayapul we take a cab or car for about an hour to get to Pokhara. Once in Pokhara again you can feast on a variety of delicious meals. Pokhara is a beautiful place to spend time to relax after a trek. If you have buffer time after trek, we suggest you to spend a day in Pokhara instead of hurrying back to Kathmandu. The Trek ends here.
Internet, Wifi, Sim cards and staying Charged
If you’re looking to stay connected while trekking in the Mardi Himal, the options are fairly limited.
Wifi: Wifi is available in the tea houses along the trail. There is however normally a charge for using the internet,WiFi and with slow speeds, you may end up wishing you hadn’t bothered. If there’s nothing urgent, our advice would be to wait until you get back from the mountains. Costs anywhere from $4 to $6 to use WiFi at the guesthouses.
4G sim cards and packages can be bought at the airport, or from numerous vendors in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. They’re great in the city but as soon as you leave the coverage is patchy. We recommend Nepal Telecom and Ncell for 3G/4G coverage. It’s safe to say that in the mountains, neither are really any good.
There are electricity available along the trail to charge your power banks, cameras, and phones. The key is to get a fat power bank. Pay to charge that then charge everything from your power bank.Your power bank lets you charge your phone and camera batteries. Most of the places you stay let you charge your gear for an extra cost.
Best time Trek to Mohara Danda
The best time to go trekking in Mohare Danda is Spring, Autumn and Winter.March/April and October/November is the peak hiking season in Nepal due to best weather conditions as the result all trekking routes get very busy.The highest elevation you’ll reach on this trek is 3,300 meters. This means you won’t have to worry as much about cold temperatures.
September, October and November are the most popular months for trekking in Mohare Danda. Autumn brings clear blue skies and mild temperatures before the cold sets in in December.Autumn is also a festive season with the celebration of Dashain and Tihar. Nepal’s biggest festivals.The weather is generally dry and clear, with warm sunny days and excellent visibility. Regardless of the seasons, the weather conditions can change rapidly and there is always a chance of unstable weather, cold and snow storms. It is important to check the weather forecast.
The spring season from March to May is considered to be the next best option. The weather is generally clear although a little colder. Mornings are sunny and flowers are in bloom. There is however a higher chance of rain, or even snow, and melting ice increases the chances of landslides or avalanches.
June, July and August are the monsoon months.There is a lot of rain falls, the roads and trails get very muddy not nice weather for hiking in the Mardi Himal. The Marsyangdi valley up to Manang sees lots of rainfalls.The monsoon is responsible for warm and wet weather, with cloud and mist making visibility extremely poor. You can hardly see a mountain. Leeches are a big problem at this time of year, as is the risk of landslides.
January and February are too cold with lots of snow on the trail.There are very few people on the routes like Mardi Himal where there are no local villages it might be difficult to find accommodation and food because the places are closed for off season.
Insurance for Mohare Danda Trek
Travel insurance is highly recommended for Mohare Danda Trek because the high altitude can lead to many illnesses, weakness in trekkers, and misjudgments. There is also a risk on trails for falls, avalanches, or other mishaps. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
Mardi Himal Trek Packing List
We would suggest to take what you need and make your bag as light as possible.You can expect to need more warm clothes in the colder months.If you plan to trek with a porter then this will make choosing what to take a bit easier – just don’t overload your porter of course. Each person gets an allotment of 9 kilograms that they can give to a porter to carry. Don’t feel like you need to pack a whole 9 kgs though — that’s just the limit. Each porter will be carrying 2 people’s belongings which they carry from a strap on their head), so be mindful and considerate as you pack. Also, bear in mind that it’s very common to leave excess baggage at hotels and guesthouses in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Sleeping Bag (NPR 200 - 300 NPR per day) is available to rent in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
1 pair of pants that maybe convert to shorts
1 pair of shorts
1 Warm or thicker pair of hiking pants
1 Long sleeve quick-dry shirt
1 Long-sleeve thermal shirt
2 Short-sleeve t-shirts
1 Thermal long underwear
4 pairs of quick-dry underwear
1 Lightweight down jacket
1 Heavy-duty summit down jacket
1 Neck Buff
1 pair of Gloves
1 pair of Hiking boots
1 pair of sandals/running shoes
1 Head torch
1 pair of warm summit socks
2-3 pairs of regular socks
1 pair of trekking poles
1 Water filter
1 Power bank
1 Poncho/rain coat
Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
Passport (required) (With photocopies)
Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
Cash, credit and debit cards
Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes,
antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra
Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
Reusable water bottle
Watch and alarm clock
Waterproof backpack cover
Windproof rain jacket
Health and Safety:
Face masks (required)
Hand sanitizer (required)
Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
Drinking plenty of water is a must.Please drink at least three litres of water while trekking each day.Bottled water and hot water is available to buy throughout the trek. You have to purchase your water throughout the trek. It is typically around 100 to 200 rupees. That’s why packing a Steripen is a fantastic idea — you can fill up at the taps, and you won’t have to buy any water or waste unnecessary plastic!
Mohare Danda Guided Trek
Guided trek is the best option if you want a stress-free hiking holiday. The guide manages all of the logistics, distances, directions, and tea houses. The directions are not always very clear like on the Everest Base Camp trek and having the guide manages all of the logistics. Experience hikers can be done Mardi Himal Trek independently as well.
You’ll need cash to pay for extra food and beverages, water, and showers along the way. You’ll also need to budget for tips for your guides and porters as well. Since there are no ATM along the way, we’d suggest to be over-prepared so you don’t run out of money. We suggest to bring 25,000 rupees (around $250 USD) with you for the trek. The amount of money you need to take Mohare danda trek will depend on whether you’re on an inclusive tour or not. If you are on an inclusive tour then you’ll only need money for any snacks or drinks over and above what’s included in your package. If you are paying as you go, then you’ll need to have enough cash to cover all costs: accommodation, food, drink, etc.
Tourist visas are available on arrival at Kathmandu-Tribhuvan International Airport and at all land border crossings that are open to foreign travellers. While this is available for most foreigners, citizens of some countries are required to get a visa prior to arrival, while those from SAARC countries can get their visa free of charge.There are three different visa options and prices: Multiple Entry 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD and 90 Days – 125 USD. In order to get a visa on arrival you’ll need four things:
One passport size photo
A passport valid for at least six months
At least one blank page in your passport
The visa fee in cash (US Dollars is best)
We recommend tipping for guide: $10-$12 USD per day per person and porter: $8-$10 USD per day per person. If you want to give more you can it depends on their services to you.
As a general rule, your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Please ensure the passport details you provide are accurate. Any errors provided may result in extra fees for making corrections in bookings. We recommend taking copies of the main passport pages and other important documents with you as well as leave copies at home with family or friends.
Travellers to altitudes higher than 2,500m are at risk of altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS). This can be life-threatening and affect anyone, even people who are very physically fit. There is a higher risk for those who have had altitude sickness before, who exercise or drink alcohol before adjusting to the altitude, or who have health problems that affect breathing. If your tour travels to high altitude, see your doctor for advice specific to you and your situation before you depart. It is important to be aware of the normal altitude symptoms that you may encounter BUT NOT worry about:
1.Periods of sleeplessness
2.Occasional loss of appetite
3.Vivid, wild dreams at around 2500-3800m in altitude
4.Unexpected momentary shortness of breath, day and night
5.Periodic breathing that wakes you occasionally
If you are feeling nauseous, dizzy, or experience other symptoms, please be sure to let your guide know immediately so that we can monitor your condition. Please be aware that should your guide deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, they will arrange for you to descend to a lower altitude.
Medical Facilities and Treatment:
Medical facilities in Nepal are very limited, particularly outside Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, treatment at international-standard clinics is expensive and up-front payment for services is generally required. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment, including evacuation by helicopter.
Alcohol and Caffeine
Alcohol and trekking don't mix. We highly recommend that you limit your alcohol consumption in Kathmandu prior to your trip. Celebrate your achievements after your trek. Both alcohol and caffeine increase dehydration. Limit your intake of both when hiking at high altitudes.