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.)