Best weather months to trek the Moharey Danda:
There are however peak seasons and the following months have traditionally been used as a guide for preferred times of the year to trek the Moharey Danda.
September – November: This is the most peak season, in the context of Nepalese tourism industry, and considered as the best time to go to trekking.
March – May: This is the end of dry season and the second-best time of the year to go to trekking.
December to January/February: The skies are very clear and bluish, but it can be very cold and chances of heavy snow fall, which leads to landslides and obstruction in trekking route and during crossing passes. If you wish to avoid crowds, these months will also be the best time.
May – June: This is the hottest and pre- monsoon season of Nepal and it can get very warm indeed. Blooming flowers and green pastures of the valley will blow your mind.
June – September: This is the least popular time for trekker to go to trekking, as it is the monsoon season of Nepal and chances of getting rainfall, flood, landslides, along with leeches in the bush are frequent.
This trek lies under grade of easy to moderate. So, it is not necessary to be ultra-fit to trek here, but need to be cautious and mentally prepared to walk normal 5-7 hours per day.
YOU NEED A TREKKING PERMIT FOR THE MOHAREY DANDA
No matter when or how you're hiking the Annapurna region, you'll need to organize both a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) permit, and an Annapurna National Park Permit (sometimes also known as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit).
As of 2019, the permits should set you back about USD $50 total: the APC Permit is USD $30 / NPR 3,000 per person, while the TIMS Permit is USD $20 / NPR 2,000 per person.
These will need to be checked at various checkpoints along the trek.
If you're hiking with an organized tour group, your travel/trekking company will likely manage these for you.
If you're hiking by yourself, you'll need to organize these at either the Nepal Tourism Board based in Kathmandu, or the Pokhara tourist office before you begin the trek.
Make sure you bring a minimum of 4 passport photos for the trekking permit too!
In this case, the highest point of this trek is just 3313m, so it might be difficult for someone to walk, somewhere, but otherwise there is less chances of altitude sickness.
THE ACCOMMODATION IS MORE THAN DECENT
If you're expecting to stay at the Shangri-La, you'll be disappointed. If you apply a little common sense and realize the trekking is pretty remote, you'll be satisfied with the basic accommodation options available.
This trekking route is actually organized by a community, and the guest houses are also organized and managed by community.
Rooms at each community guests’ houses are generally twin share, with enough space to spread out.
As the altitude increases the accommodation becomes more basic, however, the higher you go the happier you'll be with any form of bedding! Each teahouse has a common area which is usually stoked with a fire in the evening. This is where you'll spend most of your time, eating dinner and meeting fellow travelers.
You are also able to charge your electronic devices, although this comes at a small cost. Alternatively, we always travel with our trusty solar charger to keep our devices charged throughout the day.
TAKE ONLY WHAT YOU NEED
The trekking days are also less, and even at those areas, you may not need all your stuffs to be carried out, whether you have separate porters to carry your bags, but it is our suggestion to carry only the needful, like mobile, camera, some pair of trekking clothes, chocolates, and valuables, and other stuffs, you can keep it in Pokhara hotel.
Essentials on Moharey Danda Trek
· A pair of good quality waterproof trekking boots
· spare pair of inside shoes
· 3 pairs of underwear and four pairs of socks (you can wash them as you go!).
· Two pairs of trekking pants
· One pair of shorts
· Two jumpers)
· Two thermal tops and bottoms
· One goose-down jacket
· One pair of waterproof pants
· 1 beanie
· 1 pair of thick gloves or mittens whichever you feel easy to wear
· Personal hygiene essentials
· Medical essentials
· Reusable water canteens
· Water purifier tablets
The most amazing part in this trek is, you might get almost everything, you can eat in major cities (exception in some cases), but the tastes cannot be similar. More frequently you get Nepali food, and other food products also. But I suggest you to carry chocolates and other important food stuffs carried by yourself, as if you get it in trekking route, also will be expensive enough.
TIPPING IS NOT COMPULSORY (BUT KIND OF EXPECTED)
Throughout Nepal generally, tipping isn't compulsory (particularly when it comes to restaurants and drivers), but it is kind of expected when it comes to guides and porters.
Many of the locals involved in the hiking industry here actually rely upon the tips they receive from leading groups, or carrying your gear.
As a guide, for your leader you should normally set aside some cash per person, per day.
For your porters, a recommended amount which is split amongst all the porters on your trek.
It is necessary for a traveler, either travel solo or in group, travel or medical insurance is essential and it can be done from your home country, before actually started travel to Nepal.
RESPECT THE LOCAL CULTURE
For many people, long treks are all about mountains and self-accomplishment, and that's totally ok.
But the Annapurna Circuit is upheld as a significant cultural and sacred trail by the Nepalese, so it's important that you as a visitor also a) behave accordingly, b) show respect for various sites along the way (dressing appropriately, not littering, etc), and c) take the time to chat with the locals and trying to understanding their way of life and beliefs up here.
After all, one of the best parts of travel is the total immersion in another culture, right?