Khopra Danda Trek

Trip Duration

12 Days

Trip Grade

Easy

Highest Altitude

3660 m

Accommodation

Hotel/Lodge/Teahouse

Transportation

Flight/Tourist Bus/Private Vehicle

Group Size

2

Best Season

Autumn and Spring

Khopra Danda Trek Brief Insight

Khopra Danda Trek Highlights:

  • Secluded and peaceful trek in the Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Mesmerizing views of the Himalayas in the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri (8167m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), and other mountains from Khopra Danda and Poonhill
  • Visit Khayer Lake and explore the graceful vicinity around the lake
  • Remarkable opportunity to learn about the lifestyle and culture of Gurung and Magar communities

Khopra Danda Trek is a recently opened exotic trekking route in the Annapurna region that explores the southern skirts of the Annapurna Massif. Concluding at Khayer Lake, the trek is famed for offering enchanting views of the Himalayas in Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri ranges. The trek navigates around the Annapurna Conservation Area to reach two of the best viewpoints in the region: Khopra Danda and Poon hill. Khopra Danda Trek is the best route for you if you are looking for a peaceful and secluded one.

Khopra Danda begins after your arrival in Kathmandu and scenic drive to Pokhara. Your trekking starts from Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung Village. The village is popular for its captivating setting with the Himalayan backdrop and immersing Gurung culture and practices. From here, the trekking route goes through beautiful villages of Tadapani, Dobato, and Chistibung to reach Khopra Danda.

You will spend a day in Khopra Danda. You can either explore the village or visit Khayer Lake. Situated at the elevation of 4620 m, the lake is surrounded by hills with great views of Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri ranges. From Khopra, you start to descend and head towards Ghorepani via Santa village.

A short hike from Ghorepani settles at the vantage point of Poonhill with the delightful Annapurna Himalayas and Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m) decorating the background. After a great view of sunrise from Poonhill, you will hike back to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara. These regions are mostly inhabited by Gurung and Magar, which provides you a wonderful opportunity to learn about their lifestyle and cultures. The best months for the Khopra Danda trek are March to May and September to December when the weather is clear and dry, providing the best views of the mountains.

Nepal Alibaba Treks helps you plan your dream vacation and makes the journey more pleasant by providing all the necessary facilities on the trips. We have experienced staff and guides who will assist you with every step of the trip. We also allow you to plan your trips as per your preferences.

Detailed Itinerary

Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to a hotel. Following your arrival at the hotel, you can rest in your room. You can also prepare for the trek or explore the nearby locales.

Day02: Kathmandu to Pokhara Drive/ Fly (6 to 7 hours/ 30 min)

On this day, you will leave Kathmandu and head to Pokhara, the City of Lakes. You can either drive to Pokhara which takes around 9 hours or fly there which only takes around 30 minutes. If you choose to fly to Pokhara, you will have ample time to roam around Pokhara. You can go boating in Phewa Lake or visit other destinations in the city. Mahendra Cave, Davis Falls, and World Peace Pagoda are ideal sites for the tour.

Day03: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1070m/1 hr and 30 min) and trek to Ghandruk (1940 m/3 hours)

To reach Ghandruk you will first drive to Nayapul from Pokhara. The trail to Ghandruk passes alongside Modi River through beautiful rice terraces and stunning waterfalls. The trail is smooth initially and ascends rather steeply as you head to Kimche. Thereon, you continue on the forested trail to arrive at Ghandruk. Here, you can explore the unique lifestyle of Gurung people whilst enjoying the stunning views of Annapurna (8091m) and Machhapuchhre (6993m).

Day04: Ghandruk to Tadapani (2710m/3 hours)

After enjoying striking views of the sunrise over the Himalayas in Annapurna range, you will start your trek to Tadapani. Along the trail, you will pass through a dense rhododendron forest inhibited by Langur and various birds. Tadapani offers a stunning panoramic view of Annapurna range and Machhapuchhre (6993m). This Gurung Village is an excellent place to view sunrise and sunset over these mountains.

Day05: Tadapani to Dobato (3350m/5 hours)

The trail uphill to Dobato mostly goes through dense rhododendron forest. Along the path, you will come across numerous pastures and viewpoints where you can rest. Along the way, you can also enjoy the stunning panoramic views of Hiunchuli (6441m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. If you want to get a closer and clear view of these mountains then you can visit Muldai viewpoint which is about half an hour climb from Dobato.

Day06: Dobato to Upper Chistibung (2975m/4 hours)

From Dobato, you ascend to Upper Chistibung through the dense rhododendron forest. The trail goes uphill and downhill quite often and follows the adventurous trail through the Annapurna Conservation Area. Once in Chistibung, the views of Annapurna and Nilgiri ranges allow you to enjoy a blissful moment in the company of the Himalayas. You will also be able to witness the rural life of Nepalese people here and stay overnight in a community lodge.

Day07: Upper Chistibung to Khopra Ridge (3660m/4 hours)

After breakfast, you will begin the trek to Khopra Ridge. Trekking through the alpine meadows and forested trails, you head to Khopra Ridge. Along the way, you will witness Himalayan Thar, yak, and some Himalayan birds like Danphe and Monal. The trek is an easy one, even if it is mostly uphill. The close-up views of Annapurna South (7219m), Nilgiri (7061m), and Dhaulagiri (8167m) from the vantage point is quite enchanting.

Day08: Khopra Rest Day

After a breath-taking view of the sunrise, you can either stay in Khopra and rest or hike up to Khayer Lake. This holy lake situated in the foothills of Annapurna South (7219m), is also famous for offering viewpoints which grant sublime sceneries of the surrounding landscapes. If you decide to rest in Khopra, you can spend the day exploring the lifestyle and culture of the locals.

Day09: Khopra Danda to Swanta (2214m/6 hours)

After early morning breakfast, you will descend from Khopra Danda to Swanta village. On the way, you will pass dense forest of pine, oak, and rhododendron trees. The trails to Swanta are inhabited by a variety of wildlife and birds to the terraced fields and traditional houses. Passing Dikure and a series of ancient ruins, the trail reaches Chistibang and descends to Swanta.

Day10: Swanta to Ghorepani (2880m/6 hours)

Today, you will trek downhill to Ghorepani, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by Gurung. You walk through dense rhododendron forest, terraced fields, and beautiful villages. The rhododendron forest en route to Ghorepani is said to one of the biggest most beautiful in the region. The trek also offers stunning views of the Annapurna range. In Ghorepani, you can explore the village and learn about their lifestyle and culture whilst enjoying the beauty of the Himalayas.

Day11: Morning Hike to Poon Hill (3210m/1 hour) and drive back to Pokhara (4 hours and 30 min)

The day begins with an early morning hike to Poon Hill. The vantage point offers spectacular views of Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna I (8091m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Nilgiri (7061m), and Gangapurna (7454m). After witnessing the panorama of the mountains, you will descend to Nayapul, From Nayapul, you drive back to Pokhara where you can do souvenir shopping or exploration around the city.

Day12: Back to Kathmandu Fly / Drive (30min/7hours)

Your trip has come to an end. Today you will return back to back to Kathmandu with new experiences and memories that last a lifetime. You can either fly or drive back to Kathmandu. Both options will give you enough opportunity to rest after your many days of trekking.

What is included in Khopra Danda Trek

Cost Includes

  • All Airports/Hotel transfers by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in 3 stars category Hotels in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in Tea Houses or Local Lodges or Local Hotels on twin sharing basis during your trekking days.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during your trekking days.
  • Permit fees for National Parks and Conservation Area entry as well as Trekkers Management Information Service (TIMS) Permit. Visit: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/about-trekking-permit
  • All government officials and authorization necessary fees for your travel purpose.
  • Local tourist guide (according to your need) and Local Porter during your treks: – 1 Porter for 2 Tourists.
  • All your travel and rescue arrangements. (during any emergencies)
  • First Aid Kits and Medical supplies.
  • Welcome or Farewell dinner programs.

What is Excluded

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa fee and charges in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu. Visit http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa
  • International Air Fare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Extra Night accommodation and meals during your early arrival, late departure as well as any domestic flight delays (due to any specified reasons) especially in Everest Region than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Extra luggage charges.
  • Other any your personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, extra porters, bottled/boiled waters, hot shower, etc.
  • Other food items than normal meals as specified.
  • All your travel and rescue insurance in emergency situations.
  • Personal buying and souvenirs.
  • Tips during your hotels and restaurant visit.
  • To purchase or rent any type of equipment or gears for personal use.
  • To purchase special medicines and kits.
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