Khopra Danda Trek

13 Days Days

starting from $950

$ 875

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Grade:

Moderate

Group Size:

Minimum 1 Pax

Transport:

Car, Bus, Jeep

Altitude:

4460m (Khayar Lake)

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Khopra Danda Trek Highlights:

Khopra Danda: The trek’s namesake and most mesmerizing destination, Khopra Danda, stands at an elevation of approximately 3,660 meters. From this vantage point, you can witness a breathtaking sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, making it a photographer’s paradise.

Ghorepani and Poon Hill: After reaching Khopra Danda, you’ll pass through Ghorepani and have the opportunity to hike to Poon Hill for a sunrise view. Poon Hill is famous for its sweeping views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs, and the spectacle of the sun’s first rays illuminating these giants is a sight to behold.

Khaire Lake: While the Khopra Danda trek offers numerous fantastic mountain views, it also provides the chance to explore Khaire Lake, a serene alpine lake surrounded by green meadows. This natural oasis is perfect for a rest spot during your trek.

Local Culture: The Khopra Danda trek also offers a unique cultural experience as you pass through authentic Magar and Gurung villages. These communities are known for their warm hospitality, and you can interact with the locals to learn about their traditional way of life.

Trip Overview

The Khopra Danda trek is a hidden gem of the Annapurna Conservation Area that offers a unique and less-traveled trekking experience for adventurous souls. This trek is a perfect alternative for those seeking to escape the crowded trails of the more popular routes, like the Annapurna Base Camp or Everest Base Camp treks. With its pristine landscapes, serene villages, and breathtaking mountain vistas, the Khopra Danda trek promises an unforgettable journey for those willing to explore its beauty.

The Khopra Danda trek typically takes about 10 to 13 days to complete, depending on the specific route and pace. The adventure begins in Nayapul, a small town accessible by road from Pokhara, and then leads you through various landscapes, including lush rhododendron forests, terraced fields, charming villages, and alpine meadows. The highlight of this trek is undoubtedly Khopra Danda, a high ridge offering stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

 

Challenges and Considerations:

While the Khopra Danda trek is less crowded and more off the beaten path, it’s important to be prepared for the challenges it presents:

Altitude: This trek reaches altitudes above 3,500 meters, so proper acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude sickness. It’s advisable to spend at least a night at lower elevations like Ghorepani before ascending to Khopra Danda.

Weather: The Annapurna region experiences varying weather conditions. Depending on the season, you might encounter rain, snow, or chilly temperatures. It’s essential to check the weather forecast and be prepared with appropriate clothing and gear.

Basic Teahouses: Accommodation on the Khopra Danda trek is basic, with teahouses providing simple facilities. While this enhances the authenticity of the experience, it also means you should be prepared for rustic conditions.

Physical Fitness: Although this trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty, it’s essential to be physically prepared for long walks and steep ascents. Regular exercise and cardio training in the months leading up to your trip will prove beneficial.

Best Time to Trek:

The optimal time to embark on the Khopra Danda trek is during Nepal’s peak trekking seasons. Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) offer the best weather conditions and the clearest mountain views. During these times, the rhododendron forests burst into color, further enhancing the trek’s beauty.

Khopra Danda Trek Itinerary

01 DAY

Arrive at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to the hotel.

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Glorious Himalaya Trekking Company will be there to greet you. They will assist you with the transfer to your hotel, ensuring a smooth and comfortable start to your adventure.

Once you reach the hotel, take some time to relax and settle into your accommodation. Later in the evening, typically around 6:00 PM, your assigned trekking guide will meet you at the hotel. He will introduce himself and check your essential trekking gear. This is when you’ll receive a detailed briefing about your Khopra Danda Trek.

02 DAY

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. – 7 hrs drive

Your Khopra Danda Trek begins with an early start as your guide picks you up at 6:30 a.m. from your hotel. From there, you’ll be transferred to the tourist bus station for a scenic 7-hour drive to Pokhara, following the picturesque route along the Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers. Amidst the journey, there will be a break for a refreshing lunch.

Upon reaching Pokhara, you’ll be transferred to your hotel, where you can unwind and prepare for the exciting trek ahead. This initial leg offers not only a glimpse of Nepal’s stunning landscapes but also sets the stage for the adventure that awaits in the heart of the Himalayas.

We will stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara inclusive of breakfast.

03 DAY

Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and then trek to Ghandruk (1940m) – 6 hrs trek.

After having a hearty breakfast at your hotel in Pokhara, the next phase of your adventure kicks off with a private car or jeep ride to Nayapul. This serves as the starting point for your actual trek. From Nayapul, the trail leads you on an invigorating uphill trek to the charming Ghandruk village.

Our initial journey offers a taste of the diverse landscapes and cultural richness that characterize the trek, setting the tone for the days ahead amidst the scenic beauty of the Himalayan foothills.

We will stay overnight at a local lodge in Ghandruk village with breakfast, lunch & dinner.

04 DAY

Trek to Tadapani (2630m) – 3-4 hrs trek

Our journey starts after a hot breakfast. Today’s trek spans about 3-4 hours, offering a relatively easy hike through the enchanting oak and rhododendron woods. Amidst the soothing sounds of waterfalls and the melodious chirping of birds, the trail leads to Tadapani at an elevation of 2,630 meters. Along the way, we will take a lunch break at Bherikharka, a restful spot with common tea shops for a well-deserved break.

Tadapani proves to be an idyllic location for soaking in panoramic views of majestic snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, and Lamjung Himal. Additionally, the site promises breathtaking sunrise and sunset vistas over these towering mountains, providing an unforgettable experience amidst nature’s wonders.

We will stay overnight at a local lodge in Tadapani with breakfast, lunch & dinner.

05 DAY

Trek to Dobato (3420m) - 6 hrs trek

On this day, our trail diverts us through a less touristic path from the busy Annapurna base camp trek route. Meandering through rhododendron forests, the route unveils buffalo pastures and small clearings, creating a serene and less-traveled ambiance. We’ll reach Isharu after about 3 hours of uphill walking and take a rest for a refreshing lunch break. The journey then continues through rhododendron forests for another two and a half hours, culminating in Dobato.

Next morning, we will visit Muldai View Point, just a half-hour ascent from Dobato. This vantage point offers an outstanding panorama of the Himalayan ranges, including Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna. The viewpoint provides an exceptional opportunity for a sunrise spectacle over these majestic mountains in the morning.

We will stay overnight at a local lodge in Dobato with breakfast, lunch & dinner.

06 DAY

Trek to Chistibung (3,026m) - 5 hrs trek

Today, a 30-minute uphill hike to Muldai View Point early in the morning offers a mesmerizing sunrise spectacle. After spending some moments at Muldai, we will return to Dobato for breakfast. And our journey continues with a mix of uphill and downhill trails through enchanting rhododendron forests.

The path leads us to Bayli Kharka, a picturesque pasture providing close-up views of the Dhaulagiri range. From here, we enter the land of rural Nepal, with approximately 3 hour’s walk bringing you to Chistibung.

This charming village, adorned with a small community and private lodges, offers reasonably satisfactory accommodation, marking the beginning of a more authentic and immersive experience in the Nepalese countryside.

We will stay overnight at a local lodge in Chistibung with breakfast, lunch & dinner.

07 DAY

Trek to Khopra Ridge (Danda) (3660m) - 4 hrs trek

Today is the most important day of our Khopra Danda Trek, as we are moving towards Khopra Danda. Our today’s journey to Khopra Ridge involves a gradual climb above the tree line, offering a chance to spot Himalayan tahr and Danfe pheasant en route. We will walk uphill steadily, allowing time for rest frequently.

We will reach Khopra Ridge (Danda) at lunchtime. You will be greeted by breathtaking mountain views. The panorama includes the impressive Mt. Annapurna South, towering just six kilometers away, with Fang and Nilgiri prominent to the north. Across the expanse of the Kali Gandaki Valley, Mount Dhaulagiri dominates the entire western skyline. A night spent at Khopra Ridge promises an extraordinary experience amidst these awe-inspiring vistas.

We will stay overnight at a local lodge in Khopra Ridge with breakfast, lunch & dinner.

08 DAY

Excursion to Khayar Lake (4700m) - 6 to 7 hrs hike

After breakfast, we pack our lunch and hike towards Khayer Lake for a day trip.  It offers superb views of the Fang and the surrounding mountainous landscapes. Traversing the ridge provides perspectives on both sides of the mountains.

Khayer Lake is a sacred place. It is believed to grant spiritual benefits, including the attainment of Nirvana, through bathing in its waters. The lakeside is adorned with shrines from both Buddhism and Hinduism religions, creating a serene and spiritually significant atmosphere.

After spending some quality time at Khayer Lake, we retrace our trail to Khopra Ridge.

We will stay overnight at a local lodge in Khopra Ridge with breakfast, lunch & dinner.

09 DAY

Trek to Swanta (2214m) - 5 to 6 hrs trek

Descending from Kopra Ridge, the trail leads steeply downhill, retracing the route back to Chistibung. We will take a lunch break at Kharka, approximately an hour’s journey down from Chistibung. The trail then features a series of ascents and descents until reaching Swanta, a charming yet less-known Magar settlement.

We will stay overnight at a local lodge in Swanta with breakfast, lunch & dinner.

10 DAY

Trek to Ghorepani (2860m) - 4 to 5 hrs trek

Descending from Swanta through the village fields, the trail leads to a small river, providing an opportunity to observe the local watermill. Crossing a suspension bridge, you’ll ascend towards the village of Chittre, joining the main trekking trail. Further uphill is the village of Ghorepani, where you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Dhaulagiri massif. A well-deserved rest awaits as you stay overnight in Ghorepani, marking a significant point in the trek.

We will stay overnight at a local lodge in Ghorepani with breakfast, lunch & dinner.

11 DAY

Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210m) & trek to Ulleri then drive to Pokhara -2 hrs trek

Begin your day with an early morning hike to Poon Hill at 3,210 meters, offering a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding mountains and a captivating sunrise. After soaking in the views, trek down to Ghorepani for a hearty breakfast. Following the descent, continue the journey towards Ulleri, a relatively short walk from Ghorepani.

Upon reaching Ulleri, embark on a private jeep drive to the tranquil city of Pokhara. The afternoon in Pokhara invites you to savor the serene ambiance around Lakeside, where you can relax and enjoy the picturesque surroundings by the lake. It marks the perfect conclusion to your trek, providing a blend of natural beauty and the peaceful charm of Pokhara.

We will stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara inclusive of breakfast.

12 DAY

Drive back to Kathmandu – 7 hrs drive

After an enchanting experience amidst the majestic mountains and hills, embark on a scenic morning drive back to Kathmandu. After 7 hours of delightful and captivating journeying, you will arrive in Kathmandu. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to the hotel.

You will stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast.

13 DAY

Departure from Nepal

After breakfast and your last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle and escorts will be on standby to drop you at the international airport three hours before our scheduled flight back home.

At Glorious Adventure, meeting you has been a great honor and we pray for your Safe journey home and will reflect on the wonderful times we spent together. Bon Voyage!!! We hope to see you again someday…

Your Khopra Danda Trek ends here.

Price Includes

  • Airport pick-ups and drop-offs by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights of 3-star category twin-sharing hotel accommodations in Kathmandu city, including breakfast.
  • 2 nights of deluxe twin-sharing hotel accommodations in Pokhara city inclusive of breakfast.
  • 7 nights twin sharing best local lodges accommodations during the trek.
  • Meals on full board during the trek. (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner)
  • Serve available seasonal fruits every evening after dinner.
  • 1 complimentary welcome dinner at a typical local restaurant with a cultural dance show in Kathmandu.
  • Government-certified and experienced guide for the trek.
  • Porters to carry your loads during the trek. (1 porter for 2 customer)
  • Luxury tourist bus transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • All the essential trekking permits for the trek.
  • Private car/jeep transport from and to the trekking starting point Nayapul.
  • Waterproof company duffel bags and sleeping bags to use for the trek.
  • First aid medicine with oximeter in an emergency case for the trek. (will be carried by our local guide)
  • Emergency helicopter evacuation if you have any health issues while on the trek. (You should have travel insurance in this case)
  • All government taxes and company service charges.
  • Trip achievement certificate after trip completion.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares and Nepal travel visa fees. (Please bring 4 passport-size photos for the visa upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport along with you.)
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel.
  • Your personal expenses such as the use of WIFI, hot shower, battery charging, etc in the mountain regions.
  • Tips to the trekking guide and porters.

Traveller’s Review


What a great adventure in Nepal.
My partner and I certainly completed the Khopra Danda trek with the Glorious Himalaya team. Everything such as accommodations, transportation, guide, porter, and meals they managed properly.

They booked nice hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. We are very happy with their service. We don’t have any words to thank our guide Prakash and porter Rajesh. They were truly experienced and supportive people.

We will visit Nepal and meet you again.
Thank you.

Khopra Danda

Yen and Sici
Taiwan

13 Days Days starting from $950

$ 875

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