Khopra Danda Trek - 10 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Group Size: +2
  • Trip Type: Tea-House Trek
  • Best Season: March - Jun | Sept - December
  • Transport: Flight & Private Vehicle
  • Food: As Per Itinerary
  • Max Elevation: 4,500m | 14,763ft

Highlights

  • Trek to off-the-beaten-path fresh and short trekking routes
  • Enjoy amazing 360-degree mountain views
  • Explore the cultural lifestyle of local ethnic people
  • Hike to sacred Khyer Holy Lake at the foot of Annapurna south
  • walking a typical rim of green hills and dense rhododendron forests
  • Feel real trek, staying at community lodge, teahouse around Khopra Ride
  • Fewer tourist crowds than on other trekking routes
  • 9 Breakfast, 7 Lunch, and 7 Dinner inclusive in the package

About Khopra Danda Trek - 10 Days

Khopra Danda trek (also well-known as the Khopra Ride trek) is one of the great alternative foothill trekking routes in Nepal's Annapurna Himalayas, This trip leads you through beautiful green hills villages, taking you to higher amazing viewpoints of the Annapurna hilltop.

The Khopra Danda trek provides wonderful views of Dhaulagiri 8167m, Annapurna! 8091m, Annapurna!! 7937m, Annapurna!!! 7555m, Gangapura 7455m, Annapurna South 7219m, Himchuli 6441m, Nilgiri Himal 7061m, Gurja Himal 7193m, Tukuche Peak 6920m, Dhampus Peak 6012m and, Machhapuchhre 6999m and more lovely mountains views offer during the Khopra Danda rim valley hike.

Nepal offers many trekking routes but this trail is different than others it is one of the vastly naturally beautiful and least trekked or untouched trekking trails and you can enjoy so much however the trek is newly open for adventure walking activities in the Annapurna region, you can also visit holy Khayer Lake that’s why this trip is named by Khopra Danda Khayer Lak trek.

LOCATED KHOPRA DANDA KHAYER LAKE TREK

The trekking route is located to the northeast of Pokhara city bordering the districts of Myagdi District and Kaski District, the Khopra Ridge itself is fairly near to the villages of Ghorepani Poon Hill in Dhaulagiri.

Naturally, this trekking is different from other popular trails in the Annapurna region. It takes you wilderness of mountains and dense woodland as well as hidden areas from typical paths beyond villages and human settlements.

WHY GO to KHOPRA DANDA TREKKING

This trekking trail must be your next pocket list for seeing the beautiful mountain visa and the hiking route is introducing tips in the Annapurna region as a community trek to help raise the economic standards of the villages lying on the Khopra Danda Hills. It is a unique beauty of Rim Valley and community teahouse trek while we trek there; the profit collected from these teahouses goes to fund local schools for better education and health clinics.

It is known as a community lodge-based While you deviate from the mainstream of the Annapurna trail, you will stay at the community lodge run by local communities, the local woman along the Khopa trek opened a community lodge in 2014. Nepal Spirit Adventure's crews provide highly secure conditions. Khopra Danda trek is an ideal journey around high-rim hills in the close shadow of the massive Annapurna range of mountains, where the hike takes you scenic rides to close between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya facing an exceptional panorama of snowy peaks.

The wildness highlights that you can feel at the beginning of the trek enjoying time within the tranquil environment, climbing up at Khopra ride a scenic spot with a breathtaking Himalayan vista. After reaching Khopra Ridge you take time to explore Khayer Holy Lake where once a year festival takes place and pilgrims come here for a dip in the sacred Lake, another highlight of this trek.

ARE YOU  PLANNING THIS TREK

If you’re looking for the perfect week-long trek, a little off-the-beaten path, and with the best mountain views, this trek would be the best choice. It combines the perfect of what Nepal has to offer: wonderful mountain views, rural villages, and rice fields layered on top of each other, descending into the valley. Surrounding beautiful landscape and without a doubt, one of the best short wilderness treks in Nepal which fewer trekkers visit and so few people know about it.

To organize your trek to Khopra Danda, get in touch with one of our local specialists in Nepal who can get everything organized for you. You’ll have an experienced licensed local trek guide, a well-thought-through customized trip itinerary, and the flexibility during the trek to move at your own pace. Connect with a local specialist

TRIP CONCLUSION

If you are looking for a similar experience trekking routes, we also have another Ghorepany Poon Hill Trek package similar to the Khopra Danda trek. You can have also an optional trip for the Annapurna Base Camp trek if you feel you need a trip to the tenth-highest mountain in the world. We prepare custom trips and itineraries that suit your needs and ensure you have the most fantastic time in the mountains. This trek is starting and ends in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.

Itinerary

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Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan international airport, you will be picked up by our tour officer and then transfer to the hotel located in the best prime location in the Thamel area overnight in Kathmandu stay at hotel.

    Morning breakfast, take a flight to Pokhara, during the flight offers amazing views of the Himalayas. Once your reach Pokhara airport board a vehicle and take 3 hour (approximately) drive to Kimchi, a small traditional settlement then your trek starts from here (Kimchi) it is a lovely short trek approximately two hours (depending on your pace pleasure walk) leading you on a well- maintained trail. You climb up a series of stone steps to reach Ghandruk a traditional Gurung village surrounding a beautiful landscape. Check in the teahouse take refreshments then explore the villages and interact with the locals as well as you will have more time to learn about this community by visiting the Gurung Museum and a Buddhist monastery that lies at the edge of the village.

    This place falls on the Gurung heritage trails and is one of the most famous Gurung villages that has preserved the culture and traditions of the Gurung, an ethnic mountain community. Most of the men from this village and other Gurung villages on the Annapurna serve in the British Indian Army overnight in the lodge.
    Included standard meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    • Meals: B L D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse
    • Location: Ghandruk
    • Altitude: 1,940m | 6,365ft
    • Walking Hours: 2 Hours

    Morning breakfast we begin to trek through beautiful Ghandruk village and see Annapurna South, Mchhapuchhre, and Himchuli crossing lush Rhododendron, primula, you will meet only one teahouse called Bhainsi Kharka before reaching the Tadapani surrounding and welcoming by colorful Buddhist prayer flags.

    Lunch break at Tadapani then we will continue trekking through the open countryside to reach a small pass. From this pass, the walking trail goes descends through dense rhododendron trees to a clearing known as Bayeli Khara- where we will be spending the night. At this place, you can enjoy splendid views of Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m) the seventh-highest mountain in the world. Overnight in the community teahouse of Bayeli Kharka.
    Included standard meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    • Meals: B L D
    • Accommodation: Community Lodge
    • Location: Bayeli Kharka
    • Altitude: 3,450m | 11,318ft
    • Walking Hours: 6-7 Hours

    Breakfast at the community lodge starts the day trek from Bayeli Kharka, first session we descend through forests to reach Chistibangpastures and walk for approximately two hours then ascending above the timberlines to reach Khopra Danda. On the way, you might be able to get glimpses of wild animals Himalayan Tahr (goat) and bird-Danfe (pheasant). While you look above the horizon, you will see amazing views of Dhaulagiri,Tukuchi Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna!, Annapurna South, and, Dampus Peak, you can see down Sikha village. Late afternoon arrives at Khopra Ridge check-in community lodge for an overnight stop. In fact, Khopra Danda also provides wonderful views of Kaligandaki Gorge- the deepest gorge in the world.  
    Included standard meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    • Meals: B L D
    • Accommodation: Community Lodge
    • Location: Khopra Danda
    • Altitude: 3,660m | 12,007ft
    • Walking Hours: 5 - 6 Hours

    Today is a big day on this walking adventure, wake up early in the morning for magnificent Himalayan sunrise, the sun rising over the snow-covered Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Nilgiri and other snowy peak is a sight to behold. In the time while, you could be ready with your camera to capture this glorious Mountain View, breakfast then start your long day hike to Khayer Lake, this walk can be one of the highlights of your Khopa Danda trek.

     In order to reach the lake, you require making the hike up to the slopes of Annapurna MassifYou may feel this placegift from god as a paradise because you will be surrounded by so many mountains and glaciers, Khayer Lake is a sacred high-altitude mountain lake. Hindu shrines dot the periphery of the lake, locals believe that a dip in this lake purifies you and cleanses your sins; the holy Khayer Lake is about 6km far from Khopra Danda

    You can see a very close view of Annapurna South from the lake, after explore this beautiful lake, and retrace your steps back to your local community lodge at Khopra Danda for overnight stay. Overall, today is a big day but you can enjoy with maximum seeing the mountain scenery and lake HOLY KHAYER.
    Included standard meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    • Meals: B L D
    • Accommodation: Community Lodge
    • Location: Khopra Danda
    • Altitude: 3,660m | 12,007ft
    • Walking Hours: 8 - 9 Hours

    In the morning breakfast with a breathtaking mountain vista from Khopra Ridge, starts walking the downward trail to Swanta Village. Require trek carefully as it is a steep downhill, while you walk down, the chunky spire Dhaulagiri looms majestically on the horizon. Enjoy the typical Nepalese mountain landscape filled with terraced fields and ridge-top villages, reach at Swanta head to a teahouse, and take a rest.

    This village filled with traditional houses lies on a gentle hill slope surrounded by paddy and potato fields. If you are not feeling tired, can explore this picturesque village and enjoy the grand view of the neighboring hills. overnight in Swanta village.
    Included standard meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    • Meals: B L D
    • Accommodation: Community Lodge
    • Location: Swanta Village
    • Altitude: 2,214m | 7263ft
    • Walking Hours: 5 - 6 Hours

    Breakfast then we will leave the attractive village of Swanta and head to Ghorepani. First session our destination for the day, we will descend through the village past paddy fields and a lush jungle. When you reach the river close to the river, there’s a local water mill that you can also visit. Walk on a swaying suspension bridge and get to the other side of the river. From there, head up to the village of Chittre from where we will join the classic Annapurna Circuit trekking trail and continue ascending trek for a while to reach the Ghorepani mean “Horse Water” in Nepali.
    Included standard meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    • Meals: B L D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse
    • Location: Ghorepani
    • Altitude: 2,850m | 9,350ft
    • Walking Hours: 4 - 5 Hours

    Today will be also a beautiful day, an early wake-up hike to Poon Hill 3,210m for one of the most magical Himalayan sunrise. Poon Hill is one of the most popular mountain viewpoints in the Annapurna region, Nepal. 

    From here you get a 360-degree view of the Himalayan giants- Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Massif, Himchuli, and Gangapuran and many more snowing peaks, catch the dramatic view of the golden sun rising over the snow-covered Himalayan peaks lighting them up in pink, red and golden colors. It is a magical sight, one you will cherish forever.

     Re-hike down to the lodge for breakfast then pack your bag and proceed towards Hile it is a steep downhill walk filled with inspiring nature views once you reach Hile, board a vehicle about 3 hours scenic drive to Pokhara, transfer to the hotel lies close to Phewa Lake rest of the time for a stroll around beautiful city Pokhara lakeside.

    • Meals: Breakfast + Lunche
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Location: Pokhara
    • Altitude: 8,20m

    In the morning session, you will have time to explore Pokhara sight a boat ride by yourself or you can also visit the major sightseeing spots such as Davit Falls, Gupteshwar Cave, and Seti RiverGorge. Late afternoon scenic flight to Pokhara about a 25-minute transfer to your hotel overnight in Kathmandu.
    Included standard  meals: Only Breakfast

      As per your international flight schedule, our representative will drive you to the international airport on time (3 hours before your flight departs) to catch your homeward-bound flight. If you want to explore more of Nepal or Bhutan and Tibet do let us know. We have a selection of exciting itineraries that might interest you. 
      Included standard meals: Only breakfast

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        Cost Details

        • Kathmandu international airport arrival pickup and departure transfer by private vehicle.
        • Two night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (one before and one night after the trek).
        • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by air including departure taxes.
        • Pokhara to Kimchi (trek beginning point) by private vehicle.
        • Annapurna conservation entry permits fees.
        • Tea house and community lodge along the trekking session.
        • An experienced local trek guide including his daily wages: Meals, salary, transportation, lodge, and, insurance.
        • Honest-strong porter his daily wages: Meals, salary, transportation, lodge, and, insurance. (one porter for 2 trekkers)
        • Your trekking meals are includes 3 times a day breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a cup of tea and coffee.
        • Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, down jacket, and duffel bag (return after the trek)
        • Travel rescue arrangements may require during the trekking period.
        • General first aid medicine.
        • Company service charges and government taxes.
        • One-night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
        • Ending point of trek place (hile) to Pokhara by private transfer.
        • Nepal visa fee, you can receive a visa on arrival in Kathmandu and it cost you: USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days, and USD 125 for 90 days.
        • Personal trekking equipment.
        • Your daily personal expenses such as soft drinks: Coca-cola, sprite, mineral water, juice, chocolate biscuit, hot shower, telephone, and alcoholic bar bill.
        • Rescue operation & travel insurance may happen along the trek.
        • Extra night hotel and food (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu | Pokhara (due to an early return from a trek, of an extended stay in Nepal).
        • International flight ticket.

        Dates & Prices

        Departure note

        All trip departure date is guaranteed, if it is not working do contact us to set another departure date as per your suitable trip departure date, a private trek can be organized any time in the year.

         

         

        Departure DateStatusPriceNote  
        24 Apr, 2024 - 03 May, 2024AvailableUS$950Confirm
        29 Apr, 2024 - 08 May, 2024AvailableUS$950Confirm

        Useful Information

        What is the best season for the Khopra Danda trek? 

        The best time trekking to Khopra Danda: Spring (March to May and autumn (mid-September to November) seasons are considered the best seasons to trek to Khopra Ridge. The weather stays dry and clear during these times, which makes it ideal for trekking and enjoying unobstructed views of mountains. The days are warm and the nights chilly. On the downside, however, these are peak seasons, and the trails get crowded and busy.

        The trail to Khopra Danda passes through a thick forest filled with rhododendron trees which get covered with a burst of colorful pink, white, and red blooms during spring. Walking past the hills covered with wildflowers and rhododendron blooms against the backdrop of the snowy Himalayas will seem heavenly.

        Autumn is the most popular season for the Khopra Danda trek. With the end of the wet monsoon season, which clears the skies of dust and impurities, you can enjoy crystal clear views during this season. Timing your trek around late September or October will allow you to experience the most important festivals of the Nepalese, Dashain, and Tihar. These festivals celebrated by Hindus last for several days. Expect good food, merry-making, dance, and music at the villages along the trail.

        Do you provide an equipment packing checklist for the Khopra Danda trek?

        It is not a difficult trek route in the Annapurna region, Nepal, you do not need a lot of complicated trek equipment for this adventure however, safety comes first, and here’s a basic checklist of the essential items that you should bring with you during your trekking to Khopa Dada- ridge.

        • A pair of trekking boots or trek shoes suitable for off-road walking
        • Wind/ waterproof light jacket
        • Rucksack or daypack (30 liters) with waterproof cover
        • Down jacket
        • Sleeping bags
        • Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
        • Long sleeve shirts
        • Water bottles and water purification tablets
        • Socks and underwear
        • Rubber sandals
        • Trekking poles
        • Headlamp, power bank, and extra batteries
        • Sun protection cream, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer
        • Towel, flip-flop, and toiletries items
        • Sunglasses

        Travel Note: Most of the trekking equipment is available for hire in Kathmandu. You can keep your baggage light by only packing the essential items and renting or buying the rest in Kathmandu. Shops in Thamel offer branded as well as locally made gear and equipment.

        Could leave your spare luggage in your hotel’s storage room. It is completely safe and free. But do make sure to lock your luggage before leaving it at the storage unit.

        Can we get internet connectivity on trek?

        Internet connection (though erratic and irregular in some places) is available in the Annapurna Region. You can connect with your loved ones while trekking, post updates, and upload pictures on social media. Wi-Fi is available at all teahouses. Teahouses charge extra for using their Wi-Fi hotspot, but you can enjoy free Wi-Fi at Khopra Danda Lodge in Khopra Ridge.

        You can also buy a local SIM card (Ncell or NTC) in Kathmandu and purchase internet data to use on your trek.

        How can we make this trip safe?

        We ensure the safety of our clients by following all safety protocols during the trek. The trip itinerary has been designed by travel experts and veteran guides who have trekked on this route innumerable times.

        To prevent AMS, the required number of rest days has been added to the itinerary. Our guides always carry a first-aid kit and pulse oximeter (to measure the oxygen level in your blood) with them. The guides assigned to you have more than 10 years of experience and know what steps to take during an emergency. They are well-trained in wilderness first aid and crisis management.

        If a client shows symptoms of AMS and needs to descend to a lower elevation, an assistant guide will escort him/her and will follow the safety protocol. He will closely monitor the client’s condition and take the required steps needed for the client's well-being.

        If they feel alright after a night’s rest, the guide will escort the client back to join the group. But if the condition worsens, the client will be escorted down to a lower elevation or get airlifted to Pokhara or Kathmandu for expert medical aid.

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