Mohare Danda to Mardi Himal via Khopra Ridge and Khaire Lake is a new trekking route in Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) Nepal. The walking trail is more scenic and unspoiled comparing other treks in Annapurna. Mohare Danda to Khopra Ridge and Mardi Himal Trek is passing pastoral villages, paddy fields and jungles enjoying wildlife and the Himalayan Panoramas. So, you will trek into a hidden paradise and peaceful environments of Annapurna areas, staying at community run home stay and Eco lodges/tea houses.This is an ideal trek to get a different taste of trekking in Nepal. Please email us at [email protected] and call or message on Whats App at +977 9851023742 for booking this trek on our small group departure dates for 2022, 2023.
Trek Name: Mohare Khopra Mardi Himal Trek
Trek Duration: 19 Days
Trek Difficulty: Easy
Trek Season: Aug to Nov, Feb to June
Trek Altitude: 850m-4500m
Trek Cost: USD 1015- USD 1795
Group Size: 01 - 12 people
Trek Package: Full Package
Mode of Transfer: Bus/Jeep
Start/End of Trek: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Mohare Danda Khopra Ridge Mardi Himal Trek is the best community eco trek in Annapurna region of Nepal.
19 days Mohare Danda Khopra Ridge Mardi Himal Trek is suitable for all trekkers. The trek passes through thick pine, oak, rhododendron and bamboo woods as well as the delightful ethnic tribes of Magar, Gurung, Kami, Damai, Chetri and Brahmin villages with terraces cultivating terrains. This trek is also famous for village tourism. We will stay in the local family run home stay, community lodges and tea houses during the trek.
Mohare Danda Khopra Danda Mardi Himal Trek takes you through the peaceful off the beaten track in the foothills of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan Ranges. A newly explore short trek is perfect if you are looking for a quiet trekking in a less crowded area. The trekking route of Mohare, Khopra Danda Mardi Himal offers a perfect view of snow-capped peaks and green hills including terraced fields, pastureland and rich culture of Magar and Gurung communities. So, we also call this trek community Eco lodge and home stay trekking in Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
During the trek, don’t expect luxury accommodation. You’ll be staying in remote rural villages. You’ll stay in tea houses for most of the trek, which are humble yet cozy. The rooms are simple — usually just 2 single beds. There might be a small table with some hooks on the wall from which you can hang your trekking clothes to air out. Toilets are all shared and are outside the room. So yeah, if you wake up in the middle of the night, you’ll want to grab your headlamp because you’ll have to walk a ways to get there.
Food on trekking basically consist of rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, rice, dumplings, and more rice for lunch and dinner. For breakfast will be set breakfast consist of fried eggs, spiced potatoes with onions and peppers and Chapati, and also masala omelet, pancakes, Tibetan bread, and masala milk tea and milk coffee.
As part of the cost for Mohare Danda Trek, you could order any meal off the menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and at breakfast you will get a cup of tea or coffee. If you want additional snacks and drinks like a bowl of soup and a cup of tea or coffee at night and day you have to pay for it yourselves. You also have to buy your own water throughout the trek. It typically costs around 150 rupees a bottle. 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 and waste unnecessary plastic.
The best times of the year for trekking in Mohare Danda are in the spring and the Autumn. These times of year have comfortable temperatures, clear skies, and less chance of rain. Spring time: March - mid-June, and Autumn time: September - December. If you trek during the winter months, be prepare with warmer layers. And if you hike during the summer monsoon months, be sure you have waterproof layers.
If you plan to do the Mohare Danda Trek, you’ll need to first get to Pokhara by drive or by flight. This is where your guides will meet you at your hotel in Pokhara. 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. From Pokhara, it is a 5-hour bumpy road drive by van to the starting point of this trek.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport, receive you there and drive to hotel. Free day on your preparing for trekking and meeting with guide. Stay night at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara(200km, 6 hours drive)
Breakfast and get tourist bus drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara that takes for 6 hours scenic drive. Stay night at standard twin sharing hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
Day 3: Pokhara - Galeshwor ( 5 hours drive) - Banskharka( 3 hours trek)
Climb up 3 hours almost only on stairs. You’ll make your way past a couple small villages until you reach Baskharka Community Lodge. Breakfast and start drive early in the morning from Pokhara for 5 hours passing through corn fields and hydro-electric dams until the village of Galeshwor. We geared up there and start the trek through little farming communities who were growing oranges, lemons, corn, and plums. We stop to catch our breathe many times during the nearly all vertical climb, and one time we look up and the clouds parted enough for us to see Dhaulagiri, the 7th highest peak in the world. After three hours of sweat and wobbly legs, we reach to Banskharka Community dining hall, where we would have dinner that night. If you are lucky to watch the sunset over the vast valley below the dining hall.
Day 4: Banskharka - Nangi Community Lodge(5 to 6 hours trek)
The morning is another 3 hour climb up steps and passing through villages. But after lunch, the trail levels out a bit so you can enjoy the views more. Breakfast and the next 3 hours is pretty tough trekking similar to the day before up the mountain past rice and corn fields. After lunch, the hike is much easier as the trail leveled off and we walk across a few race fields and through local communities. Walk around Nangi village and enjoy the view of Annapurna South and Dhaulagiri with sunset.
Day 5: Nangi - Mohare Danda(5 to 6 hours)
Even though we gain 1,000 meters this day, it didn’t feel like it. The trail is mostly uphill, with intervals of flat trail in between the climbs. We pass through an evergreen forest and past the tree line with epic views of the valleys below. Also, we have to carry all the water we’d be needing with us, as there are no villages on this section of the trek. After breakfast, continue trek uphill until the lunch spot around 12 pm, which is a hut in the middle of the path. After lunch, continue trek again another 2 hours on a Nepalese flat trail up and down, up and down, until to the top at Mohare Danda Lodge( 3,300m), this is the highest point of the trek. On a clear day you can see the peaks of Dhaulagiri (8,172m), Nilgiri (7,061m), Annapurna 1 (8,091m), Annapurna South (7,219m), and Fish Tail Mountain (6,997m) which is sacred and no one permit to the summit.
Mohare Danda is the highest wireless internet relay station in Nepal, which allows the schools and hospitals in remote villages to connect to Kathmandu providing better healthcare to the region.
Day 6: Mohare Danda -Swantha(2200m, 9 kms, 5-6 hrs walk)
After enjoying the magnificent mountain views, we start our journey slowly by walking downhill through a trail surrounded by rhododendron, pine, oak and Juniper trees. We will hear and see various species of birds on our way to the very famous view point of Poonhill. We will then continue down to Ghorepani for about two hours and have lunch. After lunch we continue walking down through the forest to the Chitre village for about one and half hour. From Chitre village, we take a new path to Swanta village (2260m), which is the gateway to the Khopra trek.
Day 7: Trek to Chistibung((2975m, 7 kms, 3-4 hrs walk)
Immediately after leaving Swanta we enter the forest and walk through a very cool and pleasant path, hearing the sound of the river and the birds singing. After two hours, we cross a stream and we have a lunch at the Kharka before we start to climb the steep Khopra Hill for another one and a half to two hours, reaching Chhistibang at 3020m. We halt there for the night, among the rhododendron and oak trees.
Day 8: Trek to Kopra ridge(3660m, 4 kms, 3 hrs walk)
We continue climbing uphill to Khopra (3660m) and spend the night there. Khopra provides internet and telephone facilities.
Day 9: Khopra to Khayer Lake-Khopra Ridge
Breakfast and exploration hiking to Khayer lake for 6 to 7 hour and back to Khopra ridge for stay night at tea house lodge.
Day 10: Khopra Danda to Dobato(3420m, 6 kms,5-6 hrs walk)
There are two possible ways for Dobato high route. In spring or during the dry season, we take the high route straight above Khopra, enjoying the views of the fully bloomed rhododendron forest and admiring the landscapes of the Kali Gandaki valley and the spectacular mountains. The path is very narrow and can be slippery at some parts. A good balance and no fear of heights is a priority. With rain or snow it is absolute dangerous to walk this way. Walking crampons are recommended in case of quick weather change. In winter or during the snow season, we take the lower route to avoid icy paths. The lower path is a little longer, and goes uphill and downhill through the forest but is much safer.
Day 11: Dobato to Ghandruk via Tadapani(2610m, 12 kms, 6-7 hrs walk)
From the lodge in Dobato we first follow the forest trail to Isaru where there are two lodges after one hour and another after one and a half hour of walking. After two hours we reach a junction and from there we continue to Tadapani, a touristy junction facing Mt. Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machhapuchre (Fishtail). From here, we take an easy and a pleasant trail toward Ghandruk through a trunk of rhododendrons. We will be welcomed by the grey monkeys (Langur) and will have sufficient time to interact with them.
Day 12: Ghandruk to Landruk/Deurali(2100m, 15km, 6 hours)
Breakfast and trek downhill to Kimche and trek again uphill to Landruk. It is also possible further trek to Pitam Deuarli too. Stay night at guest house.
Day 13: Pitam Deurali to Low Camp(2990m, 12 km, 6 to 7 hours)
Breakfast and trek uphill through the forest for 5 to 6 hours via forest camp. Stay night at guest house.
Day 14: Low Camp to High Camp(3580m, 10km, 5 hours)
Breakfast and trek uphill through the ridge on the alpine trail. Stay night at guest house.
Day 15: High Camp -Mardi Himal Base Camp(4500m) -Badal Danda(3580m, 13km, 5 to 6 hours)
Breakfast and exploration hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp and back to High camp for stay night.
Day 16: Badal Danda to Sidding Village(1850m, 16km, 6 hours)
Breakfast and all downhill trek to Sidding village for 6 hours. Stay night at home stay.
Day 17: Sidding to Pokhara(950m, 3 hours drive)
Breakfast and get sharing jeep drive to Pokhara, and free day on your own walking around lakeside. Stay night at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu(200km, 6 hours)
Breakfast and get tourist drive back to Kathmandu that takes 6 hours scenic drive. It is also possible to get flight back to Kathmandu, but the flight cost will be additional.
Day 19: Kathmandu airport
Breakfast and free day on your own, walking around Thamel market for the last minutes shopping. Final transfer to Kathmandu airport to get your flight back to home.