Come join Responsible Adventures on one of the most scenic and diverse treks in the world. The complete circuit of Annapurna is an estimated 300km with different scenery daily.
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Book this Nepal trek and get a complimentary one hour Trekker’s’ massage after the trek is over. The masseuses will be from a marginalized community. This is part of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Eco community lodge trek and Popular trail combination.
The Mohare Danda trek is a combination of hiking on a less trodden part and a popular trail of the Annapurna range. The first half is a lovely alternate Annapurna trek that is off the beaten path. Compared to the Ghorepani tour, the first part of the trail is relatively new and still unknown to many other trekkers.
It is a great way to promote sustainable eco-tourism in Nepal while supporting local community projects. The community projects are designed to play a vital role in the inhabitants’ lifestyle’s overall upliftment.
This trek is also known as the Eco-Community Lodge trek. It is an excellent choice for those enthusiastic travelers who have a short amount of time. It is a perfect combination of experiencing the absolute cultural and natural beauties of Nepal. You get to admire the close views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from Mohare Danda, which is at an elevation of 3,300m.
An added advantage of this trek is that you can enjoy the sunrise and sunset views over the glittering mountains right with the comfort of the lodge’s dining room.
Food and nutrition on the trek
We are pioneers in gastronome trekking in the Himalayas. We provide a varied, interesting menu on treks throughout the Himalayas. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals can be catered for upon request, and other special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
Trekking is not only fun, but it is beneficial for you. It helps in detoxifying the body while also nourishing the soul. Although to provide a better experience, we also tailor our meals to include superfoods as part of the ingredients to keep you fit and healthy while also assisting in acclimatization to high altitude. The combination of hiking in the pristine mountain air and healthy food makes trekking with us a complete adventure. Read More on Food and nutrition on our treks.
Why Choose Us?
- Our expert trek leader will ensure your safety at all times while enhancing your trekking experience.
- Your private social bubble by staying in less busy lodges and trekking away from the crowded trails where possible.
- Experience the beauty of the people and land.
- Your food is prepared with superfood as ingredients to give the best nourishment, recovery, and acclimatization to high altitude for our culinary and wellness factors.
Arrive in Kathmandu. You will be met by our representative and brought to your hotel. You will meet the rest of the group during your briefing for the trek.
This morning you check out of the hotel and go on the walking tour of Swayambhunath Stupa, Basantapur Durbar Square – World Heritage site, and Ason. You are transferred to the domestic airport, in the afternoon, for the short flight to Pokhara, 827 meters. Nepal’s third city. The flight is exciting as it passes over the terraced foothills, with views of the prominent Himalayan peaks to the north or the aircraft’s right side. The city of Pokhara is the starting point for many treks to the Annapurna region, Mustang, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and even Dolpo.
We start our drive to our starting point of the trek early after breakfast. The journey takes you through small villages and towns such as Beni along a beautiful scenic drive that follows the Kali Gandaki River. It will take us around 4 hours to reach Galeshwor, where we will have lunch. Your trek begins after lunch. You start by crossing the suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki River. The Kali Gandaki is known as the world’s deepest gorge, with Dhaulagiri towering to the west of the valley, 8,167m, and Annapurna I to the east. You start ascending into the hills after crossing the bridge on a well-kept trail and steps. You will be kept at a nice and steady pace by your trek leader and support crew.
You can observe and absorb the sounds, the scenery and fully immerse yourself throughout this trek. You will be heartily welcomed and greeted by the villagers as Bans Kharka is off the main tourist trail.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure until dinner. The villagers will prepare and serve freshly made food, a perfect way to rebuild your strength for the following day. You will be staying in a homestay with clean, comfortable rooms with warm blankets on your bed and solar-powered lights. This is an excellent insight into the way locals live here.
After your meal, you will head to your homestay, only a short walk away. Rooms are clean and comfortable, with proper beds, warm blankets, and solar-powered lights; they give a great insight into local living.
You will begin today’s hike after a hot breakfast. You will continue on the Mohara community trail, passing through pretty villages and perhaps even getting a glimpse of the towering peaks behind. You will see many locals carrying heavy loads of firewood, fodder, and even farm animals on the trail. You will be staying in another small village called Nagi, where the villagers welcome you with open arms and lead you to the community hall.
You have the chance to visit an organic farm school and a Magar settlement in the afternoon. The Magar people are famed for their bravery as infantrymen. They helped to extend modern Nepal’s borders to where they lie today. The then rulers rewarded them with land for arable produce and livestock for their efforts. The village men and women can be seen out in the fields tending to their crops or animals.
You will experience your first stay in a community eco-lodge. It is similar to a traditional tea house. The village set up the lodge, and the income generated supports the people of Nagi. You can watch the sunset over the valley. You will be invited to the dining hall for dinner.
You will wake up to see the snow-capped mountains as they reveal themselves in the morning. Today’s hike is an excellent, challenging climb to the highest altitude of this trip. You will start to ascend as soon as you leave the village. You will trek through beautiful oak and Rhododendron (Nepal’s national flower) forest to Mahare Danda. The forest opens up toward the top as you now walk in meadows. You can look down and see how far you have come with a sense of achievement.
You will be greeted with genuinely breathtaking panoramic views. Mount Machapuchare, Hiunchuli, Barahi Shikhar, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, and Dhaulagiri are some of the many Himalayan giants that loom above you when you reach the stop for the night. The big climb and early sunrise start at dawn give you an excuse to turn in early tonight.
It is worth the early morning. Weather permitting., the sunrise colors are spectacular. You begin the walk after breakfast towards Banthanti. You start with an ascent to Poonhill for more panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Annapurna South and Machapuchare, and beyond.
We descend to Ghorepani, a popular place for trekkers. We start climbing in a thick Rhododendron and Oak forest to a small hilltop before we descend to Deurali (pass in Nepali). We have another hour of steep descent in a pretty forest with a meandering stream to our final stop for the night at Banthanti.
We start the morning on a flattish trail in the Rhododendron forest for twenty minutes. You have a steep descend of twenty minutes to small steam and a forty-five-minute climb to Tadapani village.
From Tadapani, the trail will take you across flatlands, forest, cultivated farmlands, and steps close to Ghandruk. We will reach Ghandruk after about 6 hours with a lunch stop in one of the teahouses on the way. Ghandruk is a busy and prosperous place. It is well known for the many people from here who have served as Gurkha soldiers.
You can explore the village in the afternoon, perhaps visiting the small temple or the cultural museum.
Trek to the road ahead and get on our waiting vehicle and drive to Pokhara. We move on a jeep track for about two and a half hours until we reach the blacktopped road (which was under repair at many places in 2019) to Pokhara. You will bet to Pokhara in time for late lunch.
This morning you fly back to Kathmandu. You will have the afternoon at leisure. You may like to visit Boudhanath stupa, an important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists, and Pashupatinath Temple, an important temple dedicated to the God Shiva, which is a short way from the stupa.
You will be brought to the airport three hours before your international flight.
- Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast basis
- Boutique hotel in Pokhara on a bed and breakfast basis
- Hotel/lodges on twin sharing basis
- All transportation
- Responsible Adventures’ expert trek leader or Trek with Raj
- Complimentary T-shirt
- Use of trekking kit bag during the trek
- One assistant guide between 4 trekkers
- Trekking Chef
- One porter between two trekkers
- Proper clothing for porters and crew
- Food for porters & crew members (we are less than a handful of trekking companies that provide this facility)
- Insurance for team and porters
- All permits
- Twin sharing room on the trek
- All meals on the trek (healthiest and varied trekking meals in the whole of the Himalaya)
- Domestic airfare
- International airport taxes
- All optional additional tours or activities during free time
- Transportation outside of the tour program
- Travel insurance (compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
- Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only); Leader’s tips at your discretion
- Items of a personal nature, e.g., alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
From 3 years old to some in their 70s, most of our clients have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel name.
Do I need a Visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border, and Kerung on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information, go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
What should I bring on a Trek?
Being adequately equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.
If you have more questions, please check this article to reference equipment to pack or contact us.
Is this trip safe for solo/female/LGBT+/minority/POC travelers?
You are safe as long as you are respectful of the culture, do not show affection in public, and dress decently(this won’t pose too much problem as you will be covered up in layers to stay warm).
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High altitude myths.
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For more articles, you can go to our blogs.