Mohare Danda Khopra Trek

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USD $ 1,199 / per person

Trip Info

  • Duration

    14 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    3660 m m

  • Difficulty

    moderate

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private & Scheduled Vehicle

  • Region/Type

    Annapurna Treks
  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Mohare Danda Khopra trek is a 14-day long trek loved by many trekkers. Fit for seasoned trekkers, this trail is lush with pine forests, colorful rhododendrons amidst bamboo thickets, and majestic oak trees. This trek is truly a lifetime experience, not only in terms of natural beauty but also culturally.

A lot of local, tribal areas are located along the way, thus providing the opportunity to mingle with their unique lifestyles and traditions. In fact, not just culture but religion is also central to this trek. It passes through Khair Taal or what is commonly called Khayer lake, the waters of which are deemed to be sacred. However, due to its considerable height at 3600 meters above sea level, it is rather challenging to reach. Those who are not interested in visiting the lake can leave it out as it is not situated on the exact trek route. 

This trek is commonly hailed by the locals as Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Lodge trek with its first major destination being Mohare Danda at 3300 meters followed by the Kopra or more popularly Khopra ridge. One of the more recent trails, in this area, can be the perfect escapade from the chaos of regular trek routes. Flanked by the snowy peaks of the mesmerizing Himalayas on either side, this route is witness to mind-boggling views of some of the most beautiful mountains like Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machhapuchchhre, and of course the Nilgiris.

Trip Highlights of Mohare and Khopra Danda Trek

  • Trek along the newly-opened off the beaten track 
  • Breathtaking Snowcapped Mountain views such as Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 M), Tukuche peak (6,920 M), Nilgiri (7,061 M), etc.
  • Experience rural lifestyle and culture of Magar and Gurung Community
  • Stunning Sunrise from both Mohare and Khopra
  • Relish the fantastic views of Annapurna South (7,219 M), Hiunchuli (6,441 M), and Machhapuchhre/Fishtail (6,993 M) 
  • Walking through the dense Rhododendron, oak, and pine jungles
  • Discover the sacred Khayer Lake lying at the foot of the Annapurna South

 

How Difficult is Mohare and Khopra Danda Trek Route?

The Mohare and Khopra Danda Trek routes are moderately simple to moderately difficult. The most challenging part of this trek is the ascent to the ridge, which is incredibly steep and takes around 2-3 hours, and the first day from Galeshwor to Bes Khara as you will have to climb continuously on the stone steps. The trek requires an average of 5-6 hrs daily walks through the ascending and descending terrains along the off-road trails. However, with the proper equipment, and good physical fitness, you should be able to easily complete this challenge.

Another potential stumbling block could be the famously erratic Himalayan weather. Even though the weather is beautiful during the day, the nights can be very cold. The weather is continuously changing, especially during the monsoon and winter, and extreme climatic circumstances are a distinct possibility.

The highest point of this journey is at 4660 meters above sea level. As a result, one can face the high altitude effect, i.e. AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness). So, one has to be very cautious, keeping oneself hydrated, and taking proper rest. However, if you happen to see any symptoms, we highly suggest you inform your guide.

What are the best time for Mohare and Khopra Danda trek?

Although trekking to Mohare and Khopra Danda is accessible throughout the year, each season has its own set of benefits, attractions, and advantages. The temperature in the mountains varies depending on the altitude range - the higher the altitude, the cooler it is.

Autumn (September, October, and November) and spring (March, April, May) are considered to be the finest seasons for trekking to the Mohare and Khopra Danda. 

In the spring, the weather is cool with the crystal clear skies, and the White Mountains after winter is best to watch. The trails over the Himalayan regions will be full of diverse blooms of rhododendrons and other flowering plants. 

Autumn has bright sunny days, clear skies, and golden brown woodlands. The temperature is perfect for day treks and hikes with moderate temperatures. And, the villages and towns of Nepal would be colorful as it is the season of the biggest festivals of Nepal, Dashain, Tihar, and Chhat.

It is not impossible to trek in summer, monsoon, and winter seasons but the walk could get tough due to the scorching heat with the highest temperature, heavy rain, and thick snowfall with low temperatures. 

 

What Permits do I need to do the Mohare and Khopra Danda Trek?

1. TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)

2. ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) 

(Note:The package cost includes these permits.)

 

Itinerary in Details

1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive

Max Altitude: 1350 m

On arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by one of the representatives from Himalayan Trekkers. Then, you will be transferred to the hotel in the center of the city and helped till your check-in process. 
Later, we will meet to have a general chat as well as a brief discussion about the trek route and requirements for your upcoming adventures. If you don't have any trekking gear, equipment, or other essentials required for the trip, you can make a simple wander around the colorful Thamel market. Thamel is known to have a colorful evening. 


Note: In case of your early arrival, you can opt to visit Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. 
Boudhanath Stupa is a Tibetan Buddhism pilgrimage site that is considered the biggest in Nepal. The peacefulness, the aroma of the Himalayan Incense, and thousands of pilgrims making a kora (circumambulation) around the giant white dome with Big Buddha eyes make this symbol is must to discover once in Kathmandu. 

A 15 minutes drive from Boudhanath Stupa is Pashupatinath Temple. It is a Hindu site devoted to Lord Shiva. It is one of the oldest temples in Nepal and also one of the four important Hindu Sites in the world. Thousands of devotees are seen on daily basis. The evening aarti ceremony and the open cremation at the opposite will be new to the travelers and foreign visitors. 
O/N at a hotel.
 

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

2: City Tour in Kathmandu

🕑 6/7 Hours

Max Altitude: 1350 m

After a warm breakfast at the hotel, your city guide will pick you up from your hotel and assist you to the full-day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu. The capital of one of the oldest countries in South Asia, Kathmandu is a centuries-old city known for its cultural legacy, beautiful history, and fine arts carved on wooden and stone statues that it has preserved. The city itself houses 7 out of 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If Boudhanath and Pashupatinath have been covered on the previous day, we will explore the rest of the sites today. 


We will drive to Patan, the city of beautiful arts to explore Patan Durbar Square which is famous for its exquisite carvings. The square complex is full of ancient places, temples, and shrines and serves as the religious and social heart of Patan. It also has a museum with a collection of bronze statues and religious artifacts. The prime masterpieces of Patan are Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, Vishwanath Temple, and Taleju Bhawani Temple.
Then we will drive to Bhaktapur and discover the monuments with beautiful carvings on wood, metal, and stone. You will also get to feel the traditional Newari culture as you walk along the alleys there and try Juju Dhau (King of Yogurt). 55 window palace, Vatsala Temple, Statue of Bhupatindra Malla, Siddhi Lakshmi Temple, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Golden Gate, and Lion's Gate are the major attractions of Bhaktapur. 


Later, we will see one of the oldest and the most renowned Stupa of Swayambhunath, commonly known as "Monkey Temple," located at the hilltop overlooking the Kathmandu Valley surrounded by the hills. Apart from being a major tourist destination, it is also a place of pilgrimage and prayer for Buddhist and Hindu believers. As a result, it is one of the best sites on the planet to witness religious cooperation.


Finally, the tour will conclude with an afternoon visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Hanuman Dhoka or Basantapur by the locals. The living goddess Kumari, the freak street, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, and many other figures can be found in the Durbar Square.
After our full day of exploring the important landmarks of Kathmandu, we will take a walk or rickshaw ride from Basantapur to Thamel via the ancient markets of Indrachowk and Ason. 
O/N at a hotel.
 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

3: Drive to Pokhara

🕑 7 Hours

Max Altitude: 850 m

We get up early and embark on a long journey to Pokhara through the Prithivi Highway in the west of Kathmandu. We get to see and hear the lively flow of the twisting rivers of Trishuli and Marsyangdi along the route, which offers a beautiful view of the snow-capped peaks of Manaslu, Lamjung, Hiunchuli, Ganesh, and much of the Annapurna range. We'll stop for lunch on the way. Also, the stunning sceneries of green and yellow terraced farms, huge hills, and small villages and towns will delight you. 
We will check into the hotel after arriving in Pokhara and rest for a while. Then, we will visit Phewa Lake do boating and pay our visit to Tal Barahi Temple in the middle of the lake. We will be delighted with the shadow view of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre along with other hills and the sunset on the lake
 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

4: Drive to Galeshwor & Trek to Baas Kharka

🕑 6 Hours

Max Altitude: 1525 m

We begin by our 3 hours drive from Pokhara to Galeshwor after breakfast. We take our lunch there and start the trekking journey. We cross the Suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki River and continue passing through breathtaking scenery and traditional Nepalese villages. After three hours of our leg exercise, we will reach our destination, Bas Kharka. It is a Magar settlement with few other ethnic groups and the village is famous for orange farming.

Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay/Local Lodge

5: Trek to Nangi

🕑 6 Hours

Max Altitude: 2320 m

Today, our trail leads us towards Nangi village early in the morning. We make our way through dense rhododendron and pine forests along with a breathtaking view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Peaks to the Danda Kateri Village. We eat our lunch en route and after long continuous walking, we reach Nangi village which is surrounded by verdant hills. It is a lovely Magar Village. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Accommodation: Community Homestay

6: Trek to Mohare Danda

🕑 6 Hours

Max Altitude: 3320 m

Our day starts with a beautiful morning in Nangi village and after breakfast, we begin our climb towards the Mohare Danda, one of the two ultimate destinations of this trek. Our trail goes through the dense forests and high terrains with spectacular Himalaya views and comes across a Him Pal Pass (3098m), which offers a panoramic view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges and many other snow-capped peaks. We then make several bridge crosses and continue till we make it to the Mohare Danda (Mohare Hill) admiring the spectacular waterfalls. Mohare Hill is on the south of Poonhill and is known for its stunning sunrise and sunset views as well as spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and other peaks.

Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Accommodation: Community Homestay

7: Trek to Swanta

🕑 7 Hours

Max Altitude: 2270 m

Leaving Mohare Hill behind, we will make a descent towards the Swanta village today. We make our brief stop at Phulbari and continue along with the pine and oak forests. We then make a short ascend from Dandako Naak to the Phalate village. The trail leads us through woodlands and sparsely populated communities, initially downwards and then uphill after crossing the bridge, to the little community of Swanta at 2200 meters.
(Note: Swanta can be reached in two ways: one via Poonhill and Ghorepani, and the other by Dandako Naak (Nose of the hill). The guide will review the route and choose the most practical route.) 
 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Accommodation: Community Lodge

8: Trek to Chistibung (3025 m) – Khopra Danda

🕑 8 Hours

Max Altitude: 3660 m

We will continue our journey towards Chistibang after enjoying a nice meal in the morning at Swanta. Our trail leads us along the ridge and drops down the valley and reaches Shikha Hill. We further continue until we reach Chistibung where we will take a short lunch break. Always keep an eye out for the Himalayan Tahr and the national bird, the Lophophorus or Danfe Pheasant en route. 


Then, we will continue our gradual ascent up the ridgeline and reach the destination, Khopra Danda where we will settle down for the night. Located at the base of Annapurna South, the ridge is a wonderful vantage point with spectacular views of the mighty Himalayas of the west, including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri South, and others. Also, we can see the unending intriguing landscapes, hills, villages and communities, the Kali Gandaki River, and so on. Aside from the spectacular Himalayas and dawn and sunset views, one can also observe the local yaks grazing on the slopes below.
 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Accommodation: Community Lodge

9: Hike to Khayer Lake & back to Khopra Danda

🕑 7 Hours

Max Altitude: 4660 m

Rise early to observe the lovely sun rising above the snow-covered peaks and start the day with full-on energy. After breakfast, we make a day hike to Khayer Lake at 4700 meters above sea level.  
The hike to the high-altitude lake is tough, but reaching the top is a victory in itself. The glaciers of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, and Annapurna Fang form the sacred lake for Hindus, where people come from all around to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. After spending a good amount of time around the lake, we will descend back to Khopra Danda and end our day with a wonderful dinner
 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Accommodation: Community Homestay

10: Trek to Dobato

🕑 7 Hours

Max Altitude: 3420 m

There are two routes (the upper and lower) to Dobato that depend upon the season. The upper route is taken during the spring and autumn seasons that go through the narrow track with the spectacular view on the backdrop and the breathtaking scenery of the Kali Gandaki Valley.  We take the lower track during the winter and monsoon months to avoid poor weather conditions, which takes a little longer than the upper trail.

Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

11: Trek to Ghandruk via Tadapani (2630 m)

🕑 6/7 Hours

Max Altitude: 2000 m

We hike to Muldai View Point for the stunning sunrise view early in the morning and return to Dobato, have breakfast, and make our way towards Ghandruk Village. Make many ascends and descends through the valleys, dense forests, and many settlements, we will reach Tadapani where we will take a short lunch break. While enjoying our lunch, we also get to relish the dramatic views of the peaks such as Annapurna (8091m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), and Hiunchuli (6441m). 
We then start descending and resume once we reach our destination, Ghandruk.  Also known as Ghandrung, the village is one of the biggest Gurung (ethnic group of Nepal) Villages in Nepal where locals have preserved their traditional old culture to the date. The village is also a spectacular viewpoint for the Annapurna, Gangapura, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and other many peaks. 
We check-in our guesthouse and take a walk around the village. If time permits, you can also visit a small museum there reflects the culture of the Gurung people. 
 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

12: Trek & Drive to Pokhara

🕑 6/7 Hours

Max Altitude: 850 m

Option 1: 

Trek to Nayapul (1000 m) & drive to Pokhara (850 m) 5 hrs + 2 hrs
Leaving Ghandruk, we begin our last day of trekking towards Nayapul along the edge of the Modi Khola. We walk via Kimche village and reach Nayapul where we will have a little break before driving back to Pokhara via Lumle village.


Option 2: 

Trek to Kimche & drive to Pokhara 
If you want to skip the trekking part as much as possible today, you can opt to take a drive from Kimche Village to Pokhara. You will have to walk 30 minutes from Ghandruk if you hire a jeep or if you happen to encounter the jeep. But, if you are taking the local bus, you will have to walk ½ hours from Ghandruk to Kimche Village. You will then reach Pokhara in 2-3 hours. 
Once in Pokhara, we will check-in at the hotel and get some rest. The evening can be spent walking along the bank of Fewa Lake and enjoying the bustling city of Pokhara and its warm ambiance. 
 

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

13: Drive to Kathmandu

🕑 7 Hours

Max Altitude: 1350 m

We bid farewell to Pokhara city and get ready for our return trip to Kathmandu. We drive via the same route, the same highway that we took earlier with the same scenery that we saw before. Again, we take lunch on the way. 
Once in Kathmandu, spend the day as you like. Evenings can be spent meandering through the streets and picking up a few souvenirs for friends and family back home. 
 

Meals: Breakfast Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

14: Final Departure

🕑 30 Min

Max Altitude: 1350 m

With our successful Mohare Danda and Khopra Danda Trek, it the time to bid farewell to each other. We will transfer you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight back to your home.

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • All airport transfers on a private vehicle
  • All required ground transportation on a private vehicle
  • Standard accommodation (hotel/resort) with breakfast on twin sharing basis in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Guesthouse/Community Eco-lodge/homestay accommodations as per the itinerary
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with tea/coffee) as per the itinerary
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • English speaking city guide
  • Kathmandu heritage sites entrance fees
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit)
  • English speaking trekking guide and supporting team
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All applicable government taxes

Excludes

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, and others
  • Extra accommodation or additional activities in Pokhara 
  • Tips and gratitude to guide, porter & driver
  • Any cost that occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslides, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the cost includes

 

FAQ'S

Q. 1. How difficult are the Mohare and Khopra Danda Trek?

The route to Mohare and Khopra Danda ranges from easy to moderately difficult on off-road terrain requiring many ascends and descends. 

Q. 2. When to do the Mohare and Khopra Danda Trek?

The ideal time to go for the Mohare and Khopra Trek in the Annapurna region is the autumn and spring seasons. You can also go in summer and winter if you are an adventure seeker. But, the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and changes frequently

Q. 3. Where are Mohare Danda and Khopra Danda?

Both Mohare Danda and Khopra Danda are the recently opened trekking routes in the Annapurna regions which are the great alternative to the crowded Ghorepani Poonhill trail.

Q. 4. Can beginners’ do Mohare Danda and Khopra Danda Trek?

The Mohare Danda and Khopra Danda Trek are for every age traveler. As, a result, a beginner can complete the trek successfully with the proper gear and equipment and a good level of mental and physical fitness. However, it is always best to consult with the doctor if you are a beginner before going on a high-altitude trek. 

Q. 5. What mountains can I see during Mohare and Khopra Danda trek?

Breathtaking Snowcapped Mountain views such as Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 M), Tukuche peak (6,920 M), Nilgiri (7,061 M), Annapurna South (7,219 M), Hiunchuli (6,441 M), Machhapuchhre/Fishtail (6,993 M), etc, can be seen from the Mohare and Khopra Danda Route. 

We offer standard accommodations (hotels/resorts) with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a twin/double sharing basis. Single supplementary is also available at extra cost. And, according to your interest and requirements, the accommodation facilities can be customized. 

We will be spending our nights at clean and welcoming local community houses, tea houses, and guest houses during our trekking journey. Most of the lodgings have decent rooms with comfortable beds and beddings, clean and nice squat toilets, electricity or solar system, and a bucket of hot water facilities for the showers. 

Meals available in Mohare Danda Khopra Trek

The provided lodging facilities in Kathmandu and Pokhara include breakfasts. For lunches and dinners, you can visit one of the thousand restaurants in the Thamel area in Kathmandu and around Lakeside in Pokhara. 

In the trail of Mohare and Khopra Danda Trek, you will be served local and a few continental foods. The most popular meal is the authentic Nepali meal, Dal Bhat set (rice, seasonal vegetable, lentils, and pickle). Besides this, you also can enjoy garlic soup, French Fries, Tibetan bread, eggs/omelet, Pasta, Momo (stuffed dumplings), Thukpa (noodle soup), Chowmein (fried noodles), pancake, and more. Besides that, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are also available to purchase. However, the package cost does not cover the bar and beverage items be it a non-alcoholic drink or an alcoholic drink. 

 

Reviews

Tereza Karas

Czech Rep

A month back, I was there at Mohare Danda feeling the freshness, and tranquility. The sunrise view from the Khopra was to die for. And the trek to Khayer Lake was strenuous but worthy. It was one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen. I was traveling with a guide named Sandip from Himalayan Trekkers after searching for the alternative of Poonhill Trek. 

Francis Reid

Australia

It was a fantastic 2 weeks’ vacation in Annapurna Region with my family. The first section was quite challenging but we got used to it and completed the trek with satisfaction. All accommodations were decent and the foods were delicious. Highly suggested if you want to skip the crowded trails in the Annapurna region. 

Gerlinde friedel

Germany

Our original itinerary only had a journey to Mohare Danda but after meeting a few trekkers who trekked that region suggested we add Khopra Danda too. So, we trekked to Mohare Danda first then we walked to Khopra Danda. The views from both the Dandas were stunning equally. The guide Suman was wonderful as well. He helped us a lot with this journey so our big gratitude to him and also thanks to the Himalayan Trekkers for organizing this journey. 

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