Mohare Danda & Khayar Lake Community Trek -13 days

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  • Duration 13 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Type Lodge Based Community Trek
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn
  • Group Size 1 to 16
  • Maximum Altitude 4,827 m

Highlights

  • Short, easy, and adventurous trek in the Annapurna region
  • Beginner-friendly trail, also perfect for family trek
  • It's a community trek, so you'll be directly contributing to the betterment of the locals along the route
  • Trek through lush forests or rhododendron, pine, oak, etc and cross streams, waterfalls & terraced fields on the way
  • Spend nights in beautiful villages and get to see the daily lifestyle of the locals
  • Enjoy stunning mountain views from Mohare Danda with a gorgeous sunrise
  • Explore Khayar Lake and visit an ancient temple called Khair Barah

Mohare Danda & Khayar Lake trek is a community trek located near Pokhara. This trek is also known as the Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Eco Lodge Trek. It explores the hidden corners of the beautiful Annapurna region. Mohare Danda trek is a great alternative to the famous Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. The trail is easy, and the journey is short. And unlike other treks in the Annapurna region, Mohare Danda & Khayar Lake trekking route is less crowded and offers a tranquil trekking experience. 

"If you are looking for an adventurous but easy trek and want to experience village life then we highly recommend our Mohare Danda & Khayar Lake Community trek package. It's a relatively new trek, so the trail is less crowded and offers excellent views of the Annapurna Himalayas."

Mohare Danda & Khayar Lake trek is a perfect family trek package. The trail winds through the lush rhododendron forests to the Mohare Danda at 3,300 meters and lets you explore the holy Khayer Lake. The Khayar lake trek is a relatively new trek, so not many trekkers have done this trek and know about the adventure it holds. The trail is extremely rich in flora & fauna, breathtaking mountain views, and diverse scenery. 

Views during Mohare Danda & Khayar Lake Community trek

During the trek, you get to witness a very unique perspective of the western Himalayan mountains like Annapurna (8,091 m), Nilgiri (7,061 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Machhapuchhare (6,993 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), etc. Upon reaching the Mohare Danda, you get to witness gorgeous sunrise views along with a stunning mountain panorama. 

The trail then further extends to Khayar Lake, where you'll also get to visit an ancient temple, Khair Barah. The landscape at this point is phenomenal too. Locals believe that if you pray at the lake, your wishes will be fulfilled. Along the trekking route, you'll meet with people of several indigenous groups of Nepal, such as Gurung, Magar, Kami, Chettri, Brahmins, and Kami. The locals are friendly and very welcoming. 

Mohare Danda & Khayar Lake Trek teaches a lot about the mountain lifestyle and lets you see the authentic rural part of Nepal. You'll get the opportunity to directly contribute to the betterment of the communities along the trail on this specific trek. As a homestay (guesthouse) is the main accommodation during the trek, you can respect close interactions with the villagers. Mohare Danda & Khayar Lake trek is designed to uplift the locals of this area and promote tourism here. 

Mohare Danda & Khayar Lake trek difficulty

Mohare Danda & Khayar Lake trekking is a moderate trek. This is a beginner-friendly easy trek. What makes this trek easy is the gradual ascent. Therefore, anyone can join Mohare Danda & Khayar Lake trek. The trekkers only have to be healthy and fit enough to walk 5-6 hours a day. 

The trail is rough, and some sections are a little bit offbeat. You'll mostly walk along the verdant foothills and pass by dense forests. As not many travellers visit this place, you are less likely to see any other fellow trekkers on the way. So, you'll get many opportunities to unwind and enjoy the serenity of the Himalayas. 

What do we offer?

With Nepal Gateway Trekking, you'll get the best Mohare Danda & Khayar lake community trek itinerary. Our package cost beats the service we offer. We make sure our guests have a safe journey in the Himalayas and enjoy the trek to the fullest. While trekking, the best guides from our team will be there with you on the trail to accompany you. You'll learn a lot about the region, villages, and locals while trekking with us. 

In case you are looking for a reliable and trustworthy local trekking partner for your trip to Nepal, then no doubt we are the best. Our team is very friendly and will be there for you all the time. The booking for Mohare Danda & Khayar Lake trek 2023/2024 is open. If you have any other questions regarding the trek, feel free to contact us. We'll be more than happy to answer your queries. 

These are some other less famous but adventurous trekking routes around the Himalayas- Pikey Peak Trek, Lower Dolpo Trek,Tamang Heritage Trek, Annapurna Panorama Trek, etc.

Itinerary

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Once you land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, do all the visa formalities and meet our company representatives at the terminal gate. They will welcome you and take you to the hotel in a private vehicle. Meet us late in the evening over a welcome dinner, and we'll end the day exploring the bustling streets of Thamel.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1310m

After having breakfast, we get ready to leave Kathmandu. The drive between Kathmandu and Pokhara is comfortable and offers stunning scenery. We drive along rushing rivers and rolling green hills followed by waterfalls, terraced fields, and small settlement areas. 

In Pokhara, we stay overnight in a nice hotel. The evening is leisure. Explore the tranquil views of Phewa Lake. You can go boating too if you want.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfsat
  • Maximum Altitude820m

Our trek begins from Galeshwor. From Kathmandu, we drive to this place in a private vehicle. The trail to Bans Kharka ascends through the forested path. It will be a peaceful walk.

  • AccommodationCommunity Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1525m

We begin the day with a delicious breakfast. The trail from Bans Kharka goes through picturesque villages. Likewise, the views along the way are fantastic too. On the way, we visit an organic farm school and gradually make our way to Nangi village.

  • AccommodationCommunity Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2250m

Leaving Nangi village, we begin trekking through forests of rhododendron and oak. The route is impressive and offers a stunning panorama of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Fishtail, and Annapurna South. From Mohare Danda, we get to enjoy the gorgeous sunset and end the day chit-chatting with locals.

  • AccommodationCommunity Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3315m

We wake up early in the morning to witness a gorgeous sunrise over the snow-capped mountains and have breakfast before leaving Mohare Danda. The trail descends to Tikot village (2,300 m), and then we trek through a lush forest of rhododendrons to Khibang (2,060 m). From here, the trail goes through remote villages and crosses a stream. Further, we walk on an uphill route that leads to Swata village. 

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2270m

The trail from Swata village passes through damp and cold forests to Chistibung (3,000 m). If we are lucky, we may get to see the Himalayan tahr and danfe (national bird of Nepal) on the way. We then ascend to a ridgeline and trek towards Khayar Danda. This place offers excellent mountain views. 

  • AccommodationCommunity Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4020m

Today, we’ll wake up early in the morning and hike to Khayar lake. The walk is steep and rough. Upon reaching the lake, we get rewarded with a serene landscape and breathtaking mountain view. Khayar Lake is a holy lake. Later, we’ll visit the Baraha temple and descend to Khayar Danda to spend the night. 

  • AccommodationCommunity Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4830m

There are two routes to Dobato from Khayar Danda. We take the upper route that goes through a narrow trail and offers fantastic views of the snowy mountains. It is going to be a scenic walk today. 

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3550m

From Dobato, we walk through lush forests to the famous Ghandruk village. This village is mostly resided by Gurungs. The trail descends to Tadapani. From here, we trek through rhododendron forests to Ghandruk. Again, the views along the way are phenomenal.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1950m

We descend to Kimche. It's an hour-long downhill walk through lush forests. From here, we drive to Pokhara. The drive will be along the dirt road for the first few minutes. We have the rest of the day free in Pokhara. Take your time and visit tourist sites like Davis Falls, Bat Cave, etc.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude820m

After breakfast, we’ll drive back to Kathmandu. The ride will be stress-free. We follow the same route back to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, we will have the remaining day free. You can do the shopping and explore the local market. In the late evening, we meet over farewell dinner. 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1310m

It's always tough to say goodbyes, but as our trip ends, we have to do so. Our airport team will drop you at the international airport as per your flight departure time. 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1310m

This is our regular and recommended itinerary. If this itinerary doesn’t suit your time frame and requirements, please click here for a tailor-made program.

Includes

  • All grounded transportation as per the program.
  • 2-night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast.
  • 2-night hotel accommodation in Pokhara inclusive of breakfast.
  • Your three times meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) and accommodations during the trekking.
  • A highly experience well trained government license holder English speaking trekking guide and required porters and their meals, accommodations, salaries, insurance and equipment.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit
  • TIMs card (Trekkers information management system)
  • Mohare Danda & Khayar Lake  Trekking map
  • Nepal Gateway Trekking company T-shirt and achievement certificate
  • First Aid kit.
  • Fresh local fruits.
  • All government taxes.

Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International flight tickets to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, which is easily issued upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Your personal first aid kit, equipment and items of personal nature.
  • All kinds of drinks (Water/Coke/alcoholic beverages and hot drinks).
  • Tips for trekking staff and drivers. (Tipping is expected)

Useful Info

Altitude Sickness

The altitude sickness risk during Mohare Danda & Khayar lake trekking is minimal. Still, you have to be careful and make sure to acclimatize. The trail ascends over 4,000 meters, therefore you may see an influx in air pressure. Our guide will help you in case of any medical emergency. They are very experienced and know how to deal with the symptoms of altitude sickness. It is also known as acute mountain sickness, these are some of the early symptoms- loss of breathing, headache, nausea, insomnia, and loss of appetite. 

We use travel insurance to air evacuate you in case of any medical emergency that cannot be controlled through first aid. The region you'll be traversing is remote and does not have a nice healthcare infrastructure, so we have to airlift you to a hospital in Pokhara or Kathmandu (if needed). And providing an emergency air evacuation is only possible if you have travel insurance that covers the expenses. 

Mohare Danda & Khayar Lake Community Trek Solo/Group

You can do the Khayar lake trek in a group with your friends and family, or join our fixed departure as a solo traveller to trek in a group. If not, you can also do a private trek with our guide. We'll do all the arrangements as per usual and provide you with a reliable crew to support you during the trek. To join the Mohare Danda & Khayar Lake trek in a large group, we suggest you contact us. As per the group size, we also give assistant guides. 

Best time to do Mohare Danda & Khayar Lake Trekking

Spring and autumn is the best season to travel in the Himalayas. In Nepal, we have spring in March and April, whereas autumn is in October and November. These months are the perfect time of the year to do the Mohare danda trek. You'll get to enjoy the lush vegetation and excellent mountain views. 

Depending upon the season, the air will have a distinct freshness and vibe to it. Of course, the journey will be very smooth. The weather is mostly stable, and the climate is pleasant. Because these are the peak travelling seasons in Nepal, people from all over the world are seen at Thamel and on different trekking routes. 

Now, let's talk about off-season Mohare danda trekking. If you plan properly, you may have an adventurous trip in the winter season to Mohare danda. However, the cold and the snowfall may make the venture challenging. Likewise, trekking in monsoon/summer is not pleasant because of muddy trails and bugs. The views are not clear as well. 

Permits

Mohare danda & Khayar lake community trek requires an Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit and TIMS card. We have included both permits in our package cost. Our team acquires the permits on your behalf, which will save you a lot of leg work and hassle. 

ACAP permit fee for foreigners: 3,000 NPR per head (Approx. USD 30)

ACAP permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR per head

TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR per head (Approx. USD 10)

Travel Tips 

Accommodation: It is a guest house trek with simple yet comfortable accommodation. Guest houses offer the closest interaction with the locals because you'll be leaving with the local family. The rooms are double occupancy with a shared washroom.

Food: At the time of trekking, you get breakfast, lunch & dinner. All the meals are given as per the menu of the guesthouse. Dal Bhat is the staple meal. The menu consists of Nepali and Continental dishes. In Kathmandu & Pokhara, breakfast is given, with welcome & farewell dinners. 

ATM: There's no ATM on the Mohare danda trekking trail. You can withdraw Nepali cash in Kathmandu and Pokhara to use while trekking. Additional services like hot shower, internet, charging, etc, are not included in the package cost. The travellers have to bear it by themselves. 

Charging: The guest houses have separate charging slots where travellers are allowed to charge their devices. It can be paid or free. If you frequently need to charge your device, you can carry spare batteries. 

Luggage: During the trek, you can pack up to 10 kg in a duffel bag. This bag is carried by a porter. Likewise, you can carry a day pack by yourself. If you are left with any additional luggage, you can store it in the hotel's locker room. 

Personal Expenses: While creating the budget for the trip, make sure to include emergency funds and personal expenses in it. You have to bear international flights, travel insurance, tips, shopping, or any other expenses out of our cost include section. 

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is recommended for any trek in the Himalayas for your safety in an emergency. You need to get travel insurance that covers air evacuation up to 5,000 meters for Mohare danda trekking. 

Tipping: If you are satisfied with the service provided by our on-field team (driver, tour guide, trek guide & porter), then we highly recommend you tip them. It's the best way to say thank you. 

FAQs

  • Q1. How long is Mohare Danda trek?

    Mohare danda trek is 13 days long. You can extend the trek or make it short as per your requirements. We offer a tailor-made Mohare danda itinerary for those who want to customize the journey. 

  • Yes, Mohare danda and Khayar lake trekking are one of the best trekking packages in the Annapurna region, especially if you want to trek in the less crowded area. Anyone with good fitness and health can join the Mohare danda trek.

  • The Mohare danda trek cost starts at USD 650 to USD 850 per head, depending upon the group size. The bigger the group size, the less cost will get. For more information get in touch with us.

  • Yes, there are no restrictions from the government for solo trekking to Mohare danda. But we recommend doing this trek with a guide. First of all, this is a community trek, so you'll spend a night in the local's houses. The guide will help you communicate with them. Similarly, the trail is not crowded at all, so there might not be anyone to help you in case of an emergency.

  • No, the Mohare danda trail has no ATM. You can withdraw money in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Do know that the locals do not accept foreign currency along the trail.

  • Mohare danda is a hilltop near the famous Annapurna Ghorepani trekking trail. 

  • Yes, the Mohare danda trek is a community trek. It means you'll have close interaction with locals along the way and can directly contribute to their betterment. 

  • A native who knows the Mohare danda and the community residing along the trail will be your guide. He'll be a trained and experienced individual who will maintain the standard of the venture and keep you safe. 

  • Yes, we'll pick you up from the airport on your arrival day. Likewise, our team will also drop you at the airport. 

Client Reviews

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  • Annapurna Khayer Lake Trekking with my family

    I was looking less clouded trekking trail in the Annapurna region with my daughter and husband. I was looking for different options with different trekking tours. After final taking through what’s app, Raj from Nepal Gateway Trekking company makes us 17 days itinerary including Kathmandu valley sightseeing, trekking, and free days in Pokhara.

    We had a good guide Ajit and porter Manoj make our trip more fun. Every day my daughter can play cards game when we reach at the camp. Some days we had rain and snow with clouds but the trail was not so crowded. We couldn’t see a great view of Annapurna due to bad weather every day. One day when we were at Khayer Lake, we saw a nice view of the snow Peak Mountains. We also visited some local villages and schools where my daughter had a chance to learn about Nepal's traditional culture and lifestyle. Pokhara is also another beautiful lake city for rest and looking around after trekking in the mountain region.

    Drive by bus to Pokhara was beautiful but longer than we expected so that we took a plane to Kathmandu. We had a chance to see all the historical and cultural places with city guide Lil. We are happy to recommend Nepal Gateway trekking who are going to Nepal and looking local guide. You can ask us if you want to more about this trip.

    Carolin Suhayda
    Carolin SuhaydaGermany, Travel Date: 27/01/2019

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