Ghorepani Trek via Mohare danda

Sustainable trek in Annapurna
Dhaulagiri (8,167m) seen from Pun Hill

Ghorepani trek via Mohare danda is a new alternate route through traditional charming villages and pristine forests. The trek gives opportunities of spending more days at highest viewpoints like Ghorepani, Mohare danda and Muldai.
The trek at the beginning follows the classic trail and then deviates to go to Mohare danda. The trail then passes through charming villages and rhododendron forest in the forefront of the giants of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. One can still see pristine water falls, cross streams over plank bridges, stay in a teahouse run by a local family and eat organic food mostly grown in their garden. The viewpoints unveils majestic views of over 15 snow peaks including 3 of the ten highest mountains in the world. The lodges in the new route are managed by the local community under the supervision of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) for sustainable and eco trek.
Ghorepani Poon Hill trek via Mohare danda is moderate in difficulty. It involves continuous climbing for about two days. The trail first climbs gradually and then steeply on 3,000 stone steps. The second part of the walk is pleasant climbing gradually through the Rhododendron forest. The trail is well maintained beaten path but is still rugged at several points.
Ghorepani is the village on the classic salt trading route. The village is located northwest of Pokhara, in the vicinity of ‘Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range’. The mountain pass was used by caravans as a resting place after a big climb from the Kali Gandaki valley. Hence the place got its name after the water drinking place for horses.

Did the Poonhill-Ghorepani 4 day trek last week and it was such a good trek. The scenery you trek through is really nice and the views you see are amazing especially of the mountains. The lodges I stayed in during the trek were good and the hotel in Pokhara I stayed in before and after the trek was really nice. Everything was included in the price include meals which weren’t limited to just 1 item which was good as trekking makes you pretty hungry. The guide basanta was a good guide and had a good knowledge of the route and the area. The trek was a good starter trek as it was the first time I done a hike that’s lasts longer than a day. I only booked the trek the day before it started as I only had a limited timeframe to do it before my flight and the other company I was trying to book with weren’t very slow at reply to emails. But Rabi was very quick to reply to my emails and to sort everything out such as permits. Very grateful for that as the trek was something I really wanted to do. Would definitely book with itournepal again in the future. - Mark P - UK - 5 Nov More reviews >

: 7 days
: August - May
Being in the foothills of the Annapurna, this trek could be done throughout the winter.
: Moderate to difficult with continuous climb of about 1,700 m within two days.
: Flight | Private vehicle
: Teahouse trek | Standard hotel in Pokhara & Kathmandu

Only US 680 Includes

  • All pick up and drop
  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara in three star standard hotel with breakfast and taxes included.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu flight
  • Necessary trekking permits.
  • 4 nights 5 days trekking package from Pokhara to Pokhara
  • Trekking with a guide and a porter.
  • Teahouse accommodaiton with three meals a day.
  • Private transportation to and from the trekking trail head - Pokhara.
  • Guided sightseeing of Kathmandu with all entrance fees included.
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Mohare Danda - Ghorepani Trek Itinerary

DAY 1: Kathmandu arrival | Transfer to Hotel

DAY 2: Fly to Pokhara | Trek to Ulleri village

Drive to the airport and fly to Pokhara. Your guide will pick you up from the Pokhara airport and together you will drive about 1.5 hours to Nayapul. A 6 hours trek following the Burungdi River will take you to the village of Ulleri at 2,100 m.

DAY 3: Trek to Mohare Danda

Enjoy breakfast with a view of Annapurna South and Mt Fishtail. The climb continues through the Rhododendron forest to the ridgetop view point of Mohare danda at 3,313 m. This is a new route with few tourists and only a community lodge for accommodation. However the walking 'off the beaten path' and less touristic ambiance make the authentic Himalayan trekking experience.

DAY 4: Trek Ghorepani - Deurali (2,800 m / 6 hrs)

After enjoying a beautiful morning at Mohare danda, walk along the ridgetop pastures and alpine woods to Ghorepani village via Poon Hill. Follow the ridge through the Rhododendron forest and climb down to Deurali for night stay.

DAY 5: View from Gurung Hill | Trek to Kot Danda - Ghandruk (1900 m / 6 hrs)

Gurung Hill at 3,150 m offers another opportunity of looking at peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Trek to Tadapani and further down to the Ghandruk village. Kot Danda is about one hour east of Ghandruk. (closer to the Annapurna South and Fishtail).

DAY 6: Trek down to Ghandruk | Drive back to Pokhara

Kot Danda offers the best view of the Annapurna South and Mt Fishtail. Enjoy another morning in the foothill of the Annapurna and later walk back to Ghandruk. Ghandruk village is interesting as the Gurungs here maintain their age-old tradition, animistic practice mixed with Buddhism. You can walk down as long as you enjoy and take a 4WD back to Pokhara.

DAY 7: Fly back to Kathmandu and visit Bhaktapur, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath.

DAY 8: Drive to the airprot for final departure.

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Trek via Muldai view point

Dhaulagiri seen from Muldai view point

An extended trek to Muldai view point gives you an opportunity to go off the beaten path. This detour goes off from the classic Ghorepani - Tadapani trail and traverses the highland grazings of the local 'Gurung' and Magar people. At Muldai at 3,637 m we come above the treeline which offers an undisturbed view of Dhaulagiri range. A trek from Mohare danda - Ghorepani - Muldai view point takes about 5 days from Pokhara to Pokhara

US 750
Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu | Pick up and transfer to hotel.
Day 2 : Fly to Pokhara | Pick up and drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri village. 6 hrs / 2,100 m
Day 3 : Trek to Mohare danda - 6 hrs 3,300 m
Day 4 : Trek to Muldai view point via Poon Hill. 7 hrs / 3,637 m
Day 5 : Trek down to Tadapani. 6 hrs / 2,500 m
Day 6 : Trek down to Ghandruk and drive back to Pokhara.
Day 7 : Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 8 : Drive to the airport for final departure.

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek

Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range seen from Mohare danda.

Ghorepani trek could be done through alternate routes based on Community Eco-lodge. Recently Annapurna community Eco-lodge trek have been developed to avoid the crowded main trail and the road extension. The alternate route passes through pristine villages and nature with fewer tourists and great views of the Himalayas. The trail passes through Mohare hill (Mohare Danda) at 3,300 m offering the panoramic view of snow peaks of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu range. The community lodges and homestay have been established along the trail to facilitate trekkers. Homestay and community lodges are simple but meet the basic standards of hygiene and comfort as alpine lodges. Mohare danda trek route is a more pristine route to Ghorepani Ghandruk villages and is the best example of community based sustainable tourism.

US 550

Day 01: Drive to Galeshower from Pokhara. ( 122 km ) and trek to Baskharka. 3 hrs

Day 02: Trek to Nangi. 2,300 m / 5 hrs

Day 03: Trek to Mohare Danda (Hill). 3,300 m / 7 hrs

Day 04: Trek to Deurali past Ghorepani. 5 hrs.

Day 05: Hike to Gurung Hill in the morning for another view of the Himalayas and then trek down to Ghandruk.

Day 06: Trek down to Syauli bazaar and drive back to Pokhara

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Ghandruk still retains their age-old animistic and Shamanism (Jhankri) practices. Here, the modern Tibetan Buddhism and ancient ‘Bon’ practices come together. Even though Ghandruk village has significant income from remittance, the village remained untouched by modern bizarre. The village is highly self-sufficient. Beside regular farming, villagers spend their leisure weaving clothes, baskets and managing their resources.

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