Mohare Danda Community Trek
This very beautiful, yet not too arduous, 7-8 day trek is our portfolio’s most recent addition, which aims to help both the environment and the development of the Mohare Danda trekking area.
The trekking trail moves away from the better-known, and over-used routes within the world’s deepest gorge, between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, by gently veering off into a side valley, where conventional lodges and camping places are so far unknown. The route offers everything to be hoped for in a classic Nepal trekking experience, including traditional villages with low-roofed stone houses, unique mountain wildlife, and panoramic Himalayan views. Scenery includes a range of landscape from sub-tropical rice terraces to alpine meadows, and the trek itself passes through scented forests of oak, rhododendron and spruce, with some trails along exposed ridges which offer unsurpassed views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range. One particularly impressive and unforgettable view is that of the impeccable, forked summit of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail); an archetypal mountain, standing alone, and representing the idyllic expectation of visitors to this small, Himalayan country.
We wish to have a positive impact on Nepal’s environment, communities and economy, by spreading the benefits of trekking tourism among villages beyond the main routes. We will enjoy overnight accommodation in simple community lodges along the Khopra and Mohare Danda route, which belong to the villages, rather than to individual owners, with profits contributing to neighbourhood projects such as funding local schools.
This special trekking experience is flanked by a few days in the bustlingly exciting capital, Kathmandu. There, you may enjoy a comfortable Nepalese-owned hotel, visit World Heritage sites such as Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambunath ‘Monkey Temple’, and enjoy Thamel’s curious and narrow streets and alleys with their enticing shops and street vendors. In addition you will have the option of a visit to our various Jamarko projects for disadvantaged women and children, where you may meet some of our sponsored schoolchildren, and our women weavers at the craft village.
A final mention must be of another, often-overlooked, memorable experience; the tourist bus ride to Pokhara. The bus route follows an elevated mountain road overlooking the mighty Trisuli and Marsghyangdi Rivers, which bends its way through the many small villages lining the route, where you may observe Nepalese families enjoying their colourful, daily lives. This extraordinary road rises out of the Kathmandu valley, and then descends gradually around hard-hewn bends, which hug the hillsides, until arriving in the flatlands of rice paddies and the sub-tropical, photogenic lakeside town of Pokhara, for overnight rest and relaxation prior to the start of this quite amazing Khopra and Mohare Danda trek.
Itinerary at a glance
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transport to Hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu world heritage sightseeing (Monkey temple and Patan/Bhaktapur), and preparing for trek. Overnight at hotel [B]
Day 03: Early morning fly to Pokhara (820m.), Overnight at hotel. 25 mins flight; Overnight at lodge [B]
Day 04: Early morning drive to Galeshwor (1170m) and trek to Bans Kharka (1525m). 4 hrs walk; Overnight at lodge [BLD]
Day 05: Trek to Nagi (2300m). 7 hrs walk. Overnight at lodge [BLD]
Day 06: Trek to Mohare Danda (3300m). 5 hrs walk; Overnight at lodge [BLD]
Day 07: Trek to Ghodepani (2870m) via Dadakharka (2850m). 5 hrs walk; Overnight at lodge [BLD]
Day 08: Very early morning ascend to Pun Hill (3210m) for sunrise view, and trek to Tadapani(2520m). 5 hrs walk; Overnight at lodge [BLD]
Day 09: Trek to Chomrong (2170m) or Jhinu Danda (1780m) - visit hot spring (tatopani). 5 hrs walk. Overnight at lodge [BLD]
Day 10: Trek to Pothana (1900m). 5 hrs walk. Overnight at lodge [BLD]
Day 11: Trek to Kande (1770m), and drive to Pokhara. 1½ hrs walk & 1 hrs drive. Overnight at hotel [BL]
Day 12: Pokhara: Leisure time/optional visit to our charitable projects [B]
Day 13: Early morning fly or drive back to Kathmandu. 6 hrs drive or 25mins flight; Overnight at hotel. [B]
Day 14: Transport to international airport for departure [B]
B – Breakfast
L – Lunch
D - Dinner
Date & Price
All ACCESS-HIMALAYA adventure travel trips are small group departures and therefore places can fill quickly. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you book your trip as soon as possible.
... in Lodge TrekAccommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, bed & breakfast basis, (accommodation in twin room unless otherwise arranged) – see itinerary above for dates - accommodation facilities/details outlined below
All three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
All internal transportation as stated in itinerary (see itinerary above)
All lodge accommodation on trek – twin room with clean beds and mattresses, toilet facilities may be outside – no attached bathroom, unless specifically arranged, and where available.
Annapurna Conservation Area entrance permit
Trekking Permits (TIMS) for Annapurna area
Experienced English speaking government licensed guide/s
The required number of local porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests on lodge treks)
Staff and porter insurance
Guided world heritage sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with private tourist vehicle (2 or 3 sites - Durbar Square/s and Swayambunath (Monkey temple)) (English speaking licensed guide & private transport only)
Lunch on the overland travel (see itinerary)
Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
Free gift of Access-Himalaya trekking kit bag for each member of group (to be distributed on arrival in Kathmandu)
Free hire of four seasons Sleeping Bag and fleece liner for trek (should be returned after the trek).
Free airport pick and drop
... in Lodge TrekYour personal equipment
Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control
Your travel insurance, (Make sure the policy covers helicopter rescue and evacuation service)
Medical examination and vaccination costs
Personal expenditure, including bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, tips, shower/bathroom facilities on the trek etc.
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and elsewhere-apart from trek (see itinerary)
Heritage sights/Monastery/Temple entrance fees
Trek and Tour crew and driver gratuity/tips at end of tour/trek
Any others expenses which are not mentioned in 'Price Includes' section
- A AVAILABLE - Trip date is available and open for bookings. Go for it!
- G GUARANTEED - Trip is reached minimum numbers and this is 'Guaranteed to Run'
- L LIMITED - Trip is 'Guaranteed to Run' and there are a very limited number of available places remaining. Immediate booking is recommended.
- C CLOSED - Trip has reached maximum numbers and it is unavailable. Please Contact Us to enquire about other trip departure dates or booking this trip as a private departure
Trip Info (Tour/Trek Styles) Explained
- PG Private Group: This style of trip is organized for specific groups of people (families, friends,school and college students, colleagues, business associates etc.), and is closed to outsiders. If you are interested in this particular trip departure date then please get in touch with us.
- OA Open to All: This trip departure is open to all. However, if you are interested in this particular trip departure date but want your own private group, then please get in touch with us.
- LT Lodge Based Trip/Trek: This trip/trek is lodge (teahouse) based. All accommodation, including food, is provided in local lodges. Occasionally however, where a large group is concerned we may choose to send our own cook along, as well, to take care of your food hygiene and to cook some special additional items.We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s) and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.
- CT Camping Based Trip/Trek: This trip/trek is camping (tent) based. We will provide one 3-man tent for every two people, also single tents, where requested, on payment of supplementary costs. All food and drinks are provided by our experienced cook and his kitchen team. We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s), cook, kitchen crew, food and drink, and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.
- GAP Guide, Accommodation & Porter only: In this trip neither food nor transportation is included. Clients are responsible for food and local transportation, and our responsibility is to provide insured guide, insured porter, and all necessary permits. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Clients pay for their own accommodation. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, We can arrange hotels and international airport transfer, on request.
- SG Self Guided/Budget Trip: This trip is specially designed for low-budget travellers who prefer fairly basic facilities with reduced services. It is a pre-requisite that a porter is hired for any self-guided trip, which is an ideal set-up for those who enjoy independent travel with minimum cost. We have added support to minimise the hard work of planning and costing, and we will be available to help in the unlikely event of an emergency. We will arrange all documentation (including permits), before you arrive in Nepal, so that you are free to get on with your adventure, relying only on your porter to help you on your way. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Hotel accommodation, local transportation and international airport transfers may be arranged, on request.
Food on LodgeTrek
On lodge treks clients are provided with three meals a day - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menus will be fairly standard, according to the region visited, but will vary in style from place to place, according to availability of ingredients, and in more remote areas choice will be relatively restricted ... read more..
It is a strict condition of joining an Access-Himalaya adventure holiday that you must be insured against all medical and personal accident risks, including repatriation if necessary. Helicopter evacuation, in the unlikely event of your being injured or taken seriously ill on trek, is very costly - an average rescue ... read more..
Nepal Visa and Passport
All visitors to Nepal require a passport (valid for at least 6 months after your return to your home country) and an entry visa. A visa application should be obtained from the Nepalese Embassy, in London (click here to download Nepal visa application form ), or in your own country ... read more..
Travellers' cheques are no longer accepted in Nepal, so please do not bring these as your currency. However, ATM facilities are widely available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other large towns, so a Visa, or other internationally-recognized credit/debit card, would be useful. Larger shops accept payment by credit/debit card, although they ... read more..
Arrival in Nepal
At Kathmandu airport you should proceed through Immigration (you apply for your Visa here) to the baggage collection area. Once you have collected your baggage you should move on to the Customs officers to have your baggage cleared and chalked up, before leaving the Arrivals lounge. Immediately outside, you will ... read more..
Tipping and Service Charges
Tipping is an entirely personal and optional matter and at the discretion of the individual. Should you wish to give a tip in a restaurant, if there is not already a service charge included you may consider a tip of 10%. Recently there has been a recommendation for 10% charge ... read more..
Accommodation on lodge treks
Accommodation will be in simple lodges offering twin-bedded rooms with standard foam mattresses (if you require additional comfort you might consider taking along Thermarest or similar self-inflating mattresses). Toilets are mostly of the squat type, situated outside the main building. Toilet paper is not provided, so you should bring this ... read more..
Getting Around in Kathmandu
Your first day in Kathmandu is usually dedicated to settling in, and exploring the city. The next morning may include a sightseeing tour to Pashupatinath, Boudanath or the Monkey Temple (Swayambunath). During your free time, the best way to explore your environs is to walk, as this enables you to ... read more..
Accommodation in Kathmandu
It is our policy to use Nepali-owned accommodation, always, as we feel this is an aspect of fair trade, and the hotels we use in Kathmandu are comfortable, clean, efficient and friendly. Most hotels are also family-run; we visit, and stay in the hotels ourselves, to ensure that facilities are ... read more..
Accommodation in Pokhara
It is our policy to use Nepali-owned accommodation, always, as we feel this is an aspect of fair trade, and most of the hotels are also family-run.. The hotels we use in Pokhara are no more than 20 minutes away from the airport and are very close to the beautiful ... read more..
Trekking Clothing & Equipment Guideline
The following is a guideline, not a prescription: we hope it will help you find your way through the minefield of items of clothing and equipment which fill the catalogues of outdoor adventure outfitters! Jacket x 1This should be breathable, wind-proof and waterproof (not showerproof), with attached hood. Suitable fabrics to ... read more..
If our fixed departure dates are not convenient for you or your group, we can also arrange private departures on all of our small group tours. Private group departures will follow the same itineraries as our usual small group tours, or itineraries may be tailormade to suit your own convenient tour date/budgets.
Itineraries may be tailor-made to suit your dates. So if you can’t find a date to suit you or if you want to have your very own tour just with your friends or family then we can help you.
Customised Private Groups:
For most of our usual tours, or itineraries, where there is a group numbering 2 or more, we can customise and organise private group trip(s) where we design the itinerary and activities exclusively for you, according to your requirements and budgets, such as Honeymoon, Anniversary, Family, Scouts, School, College, Fundraising or Charity trips. Find out more about our private group tours.
To enquire about booking a private departure of this tour or about organising your own private group tour, please fill in the form below and we will get back to you shortly with details.