*Note – this trip was apart of the Himalaya Travel Mart (#HTM2019) pre-conference experiences. I did not financially pay for the trek, food along the trek or accommodation as these expenses were covered by HTM and partners. I did however pay for a butt tonne of stuff before and after this trek. The prices discussed below were ones taken from menus along the way, as well as post trek discussions with the tour company who provided guides and porters. I did also tip both the guides and porters for their services.
A brief glimpse into trekking along the community eco-trail to Mohare Danda
What was food like along the Mohare Danda community managed eco-trail?
Can you bring your own meals on the Mohare Danda community managed eco-trail?
The amazing accommodation along the Mohare Danda trek.
Along the way we stayed in a variety of teahouses, eco-lodges and homestays. These were exceptionally clean, well cared for and safe. At no point did I feel unsafe or that there was an hygeine issues. Though we were the only people on the trek, so I’m sure as the Mohare Danda trail gains popularity there is a risk of over tourism ruining what is currently a very good thing.
Do you need a lot of high tech gear to survive the Mohare Danda trek?
Not really. You can get away with the bare basics. Here’s a very simple packing list, though we will soon have a very indepth professional written list from James. It may seem like a lot but really it isn’t. Also remember that if you do have a porter (Sherpas are an ethnic group, not a job description) that the maximum weight limit you should dump on them is 15kgs or 33pounds. That’s the weight of a medium sized dog.
I’ve tried to give you the mid-ranged products in this list. Things that will survive your trek and be good to be used when you go home again. You can spend more or you can spend less. It’s totally up to you.
Don’t forget to pack appropriate travel insurance for Nepal
I know, I know, I harp on about this all the time. If you can’t afford travel insurance then you can’t afford to travel. Now we do eventually need to talk about travel insurance fraud and hiking at altitude and your responsibility as a traveller. That’s a whole other post coming up. You need to ensure that your travel insurance covers you to hike above 3,000mtrs or 10,000 ft. The average travel insurance company will not cover trekking in Nepal. You don’t need to be summiting the heights of Mt Everest to need altitude related travel insurance in Nepal. In April 2019 WorldNomads was responsible and covered 140 helicopter evacuations – that’s 4 a day. In the most recent 2019 trekking season, the percentage of travelers in Nepal who made a claim rose from 15% to 60%. You don’t want to be a GoFundMe statistic so do everyone a favour and
Is it worth hiking the Mohare Danda Community Managed Eco- Trek?
Without a doubt, this was one of the top 2 multi day treks I have ever done. Only topped by hiking the W Trek in Patagonia back in 2017. One thing I would say is that if you do want to trek to Mohare Danda Community Managed Eco-Trek I would suggest early March or late October for the best views. June is the start of monsoon season and the mountains played a rather frustrating game of peek-a-boo with us.
I would happily advise anyone considering a unique trekking adventure in Nepal, one of the beaten tourist path, to deep dive into this wonderful trek. And to do it now. Within 2-3 years I predict that this trail will be almost as popular as the Poonhill Circuit. Meaning more people, more rubbish and less natural beauty for you to enjoy.
Will we see you on the trails soon?
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