Grade

Moderate

Geography

Mountain/Forest/Village

Location

Kaski

Max altitude

4,620m

Religions

Hotel/Teahouse/Lodge

Ethnic People

Gurung/Magar

Accommodation

Hotel/Lodge/Teahouse

Transportation

Flight/Tourist Bus/Private Vehicle

Minimum Pax

2pax

$950 $650

Khopra Danda Trek

This trial is a newly-opened and pristine trekking route in the Annapurna Region. One of the most adventurous trekking journeys, it offers astounding views of Annapurna I (8,091m) and the rest of Annapurna Range, Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Nilgiri (7,061m), and Dhaulagiri (8167m). From the serene blue water of beautiful Khayer Lake to the breathtaking sunrise view at Poon Hill. This trek never ceases to amaze the traveler. Get familiar with the Gurung lifestyle and culture, the biodiversity, and the Himalayas of the Annapurna region.

 

Khopra Danda Trek Highlights

  • Visit the breathing Khayer Lake at 4,620m
  • Stunning sunrise view and the Annapurna Himalayan Range from Poon Hill
  • Trek through charming Gurung villages and learn their way of life
  • Explore the biodiversity of the Annapurna Conservation Area

 

Khopra Danda Trek Overview

The Khopra Danda trek with start with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu. On the second day, you will be driving towards Pokhara via Prithvi Highway. You can also take a short flight of 30 mins. The long drive of 9 hours will take you through valleys, hills and forested area alongside the bank of Trishuli River. From Pokhara, you will again drive towards Nayapul from where our trekking to Khopra Danda starts by reaching Ghandruk. We shall provide you full khopra danda trek map to ensure your safety.

Walking along Modi Khola, you will cross Kimche enjoying a stunning view of Annapurna (8091m) and Machhapuchhre (6,997m) to arrive at Ghandruk. The village is astounding in terms of Gurung cultural display and scenes of the mountains in the background. The trail then passes through Tadapani and proceeds towards Dobato. Crossing Upper Chistibung you will reach Khopra Ridge where you will do some exploration and rest for a day.

After visiting Khayer Lake (4,620m) and taking in the magnificent view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range, you will descend towards Ghorepani via Swanta. Poon Hill, a famous vantage point, is a brilliant hiking destination to the west of the village. It breathtaking sunrise and sunset offers views of Annapurna (8,091m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (7061m), and Bharha Chuli  (7647m) to name a few. Retracing your steps, you will return to the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. The trail takes you through the forest of pine and rhododendron, small hamlets and sloppy landscapes. Spring and autumn are the best seasons for this trekking.

Khopra Danda Trek by Nepal Treks is an excellent trip that integrates great transport and accommodation services along with a great team of professional staff and guides. During the trip, we put our prime focus on safety, comfort, and satisfaction of our valued clients.

  • Location
  • Days
    12
  • Nights
    11
  • Geography
    Mountain/Forest/Village
  • Location
    Kaski
  • Max altitude
    4,620m
  • Religions
    Hotel/Teahouse/Lodge
  • Ethnic People
    Gurung/Magar
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Lodge/Teahouse
  • Transportation
    Flight/Tourist Bus/Private Vehicle
  • Minimum Pax
    2pax
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m).
After landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by one of our staff members. They will take you to your hotel. Nothing is planned for this day. So, if you have some time after your arrival, feel free to explore the city.
Day 2
Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive 9 hours/Flight 30 min) | 820m
Today, you drive towards Pokhara via Prithvi Highway. You can also take a 30 min short scenic flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu. The 9-hour drive will take you through green hills and valleys alongside Trishuli River. You will drive past Mugling and Dumre to reach Pokhara. As you get closer, you will start to see Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. In Pokhara, you can walk around Phewa Lake and enjoy this vibrant tourist hub.
Day 3
Drive to Nayapul & Trek to Ghandruk | 1,940m
After a short drive to Nayapul, your trekking begins. Alongside the bank of Modi Khola, you will trek towards the settlement of Kimche via Syaule bazaar. The trek is smooth in the beginning. As you start taking the stone steps closer to the village, the path gets steep. Though tough towards the end, you will reach the very charming village of Ghandruk with the stunning view of Annapurna (8,091m), Hiunchuli (6,434m), and Machhapuchhre (6,993m) along the way.
Day 4
Ghandruk to Tadapani | 2,650m, 3 hours
You will start your uphill trek early in the morning towards Tadapani. Walking past the pine and rhododendron forest, you will slowly ascend to the settlement of Deurali. As you walk further, the trail passes through small passes, meadows, and rough landscapes. Tadapani is an excellent place to view the panoramic vistas of Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Annapurna IV (7,525m) and Lamjung Himal (6,931m).
Day 5
Tadapani to Dobato | 3,350m, 5 hours
Leaving Tadapani behind, the trail proceeds towards the settlement of Meshar through the tree line and oak forest of the Annapurna region. Along the way, you will cross-terraced farmlands and small hamlets. Upon reaching Bayeli Kharka via Isharu, you will stop for a quick lunch. From here, you get a breathtaking view of Dhaulagiri (8,167m). Walking uphill past beautiful waterfalls and crossing a suspension bridge, you will finally reach Dobato.
Day 6
Dobato to Upper Chistibung | 2,975m, 5 Hours
The trek to Upper Chistibung is quite adventurous. The trail goes uphill and downhill through grassy lands and rhododendron forest. You will take a steep climb to the top of a ridge. From here, you might be able to spot Danphe- the national bird of Nepal, and also encounter Dzos- a cross between cows and yaks. Crossing old huts and few farm villages on the way, you will reach Chistibung.
Day 7
Upper Chistibung to Khopra Ridge | 3660m, 4 Hours
The trek is uphill but relatively short and easy. The trail gives you lush vegetation and alpine meadows along with a splendid view of snow-capped mountains. You can also spot Himalayan Thar and Danphe on the trail if you are lucky. Upon reaching Khopra Ridge, you get a close view of Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri (7,061m), and Annapurna I (8,091m). You can also take a short hike to the viewpoint overlooking the Kali Gandaki Gorge.
Day 8
Khopra Rest and Exploration of Khayer Lake.
Today you do a little exploration around Khayer Lake and rest. Khayer Lake is the main attraction of Khopra Ridge. At Khayer Lake, you are rewarded with the stunning vista of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas. The mountains are almost at a touching distance from the lake premise. The lake’s surface gleams with the reflection of this majestic Himalayan range. With a content heart, you will return to Khopra Ridge where you will spend the night.
Day 9
Khopra Danda to Swanta | 2,214m, 6 Hours
Leaving Khopra Ridge behind, you will gradually descend down to Upper Chistibung. The trail moves through the forest of pine and rhododendron. Along the way, you will get a stunning view of Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Bharha Chuli (7,647m) Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna II (7,937m), and other peaks. Finally, crossing several small hamlets and narrow stony paths, you will reach the village of Swanta.
Day 10
Swanta to Ghorepani | 2,880m, 6 Hours
Soon after breakfast, you will start your trek towards Ghorepani. After a steep climb to the top of a ridge, you will slowly descend downhill along the forested trail. You might get lucky and encounter musk deer, wild monkey, leopards, and other wildlife along the way. Ghorepani is a primarily Gurung settlement and popular rest stop for trekkers and climbers. From Ghorepani, you get a distant view of the Annapurna Range.
Day 11
Morning Hike to Poon Hill (3,210m), Trek back to Nayapul & Drive Back to Pokhara | 8 hours
Early in the morning, you will hike towards Poon Hill passing through narrow and stony paths. At the top, you will get a panoramic view of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna ranges along with the glorious Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m) decorating the horizon. Later, you descend back to Ghorepani. From here, the trail goes downhill passing through the settlement of Banthanti and proceeds towards Hille, which finally leads the way towards Nayapul. After a quick lunch in Nayapul, you will take a drive back to Pokhara.
Day 12
Back to Kathmandu (Flight / Drive)
Bidding farewell to the Himalayas, you will drive towards the capital city from Pokhara. You can also fly back. Your trip comes to an end in Kathmandu. We hope to take you on many more adventurous trips in the future.


Included
  • Both way transportation for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
  • Both way private transportation service between Pokhara and Nayapul (trek start and end point)
  • Two night accommodation in selected hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast.
  • Best Possible Teahouse, lodge accommodation (Generally twin Sharing room)- 6 Nights
  • All Standard Meals (7 Lunches, 6 Dinners and 7 Breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Government License holder English Speaking Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader (8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment.
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - A company's T-shirt & Cap
  • Appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek
 
 
Not Included
  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport- (15       days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after  we start our journey
  • Lunch and Dinner in pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense  (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee),  extra porters etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes
 
   

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