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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Chitwan National Park is home to many endangered mammals including one horned rhinoceros.