Khopra Danda Trek - 12 Days

Duration: 12 Days   |  
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Easy
  • Style: Trekking and Tour
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge to Lodge
  • Group Size: 2+
  • Max Altitude: 2860m

The Khopra Danda (Ridge) Trek is yet another new and exciting trail in the Annapurna region. It is unlisted in most guidebooks and few companies even offer the package. Hike through thick forests up to a ridge that opens to an astonishing panoramic view of the Himalayas. Throughout the trail, let the views of Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and others take your breath away. The mountain views come after an already wonderful foothill journey.

The trail starts as most in the Annapurna region do – with a short drive to Nayapul. Admire the forested hills, terraced fields, and charming villages. Observe bird species you have never seen before and perhaps some langurs swinging from tree to tree. Soon, the trail departs from the Annapurna Base Camp trail into a more remote area. From Khopra Ridge (3,660 meters), on the flanks of Annapurna South, an unobstructed view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks is seen.

If you have time and energy, it is highly recommended to spend another day to move up to Khayer Lake (4,600 meters). It’s a strenuous, but very rewarding journey. There are no places to sleep up there, so we camp at or nearby the majestic lake.

One awesome part of the Khopra Danda trail is that trekkers stay in community lodges and homestays along most parts of the trail. While staying here, gain knowledge about the local culture and customs, while learning about their eco-friendly practices.

Returning from Khopra Danda, we take a different path. Instead of backtracking to Dhan Kharka and Swanta, we move forward to Bayeli and Tadapani, finishing the (nearly) loop trail. Each day is different on the KhopraDanda Trek, so let your eyes enjoy the delightful scenery at all times.

The total length of the Khopra Danda Trek is only about 5-6 days. It is a perfect quick getaway from Kathmandu, and just an overall refresher to the business of everyday life. Take a refreshing trip and find joy in the little things. Take pleasure in a cool mountain breeze and the sound of bird’s chirping. You will not regret it!

Adventurers of all ages and experience levels should take the Khopra Danda Trek! This spectacular journey can even be your first trek – and a memorable one at that. The trail reaches a maximum altitude 3,660 meters (or 4,600 meters with a side trip to Khayer Lake). With several days to acclimatize, this altitude should be no problem.

You can take the Khopra Danda Trek all throughout the year. The best times to make the trip, though, are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These seasons provide the best weather and clearest skies, not to mention that during the springtime, rhododendron and other alpine flowers are in bloom. Third Eye Adventure Pvt. Ltd. handles the trek with complete management. If you have any questions about the trek, do ask!

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Day 02Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek preparation.
  • Day 03Drive to Pokhara by deluxe tourist bus about 7 hours.
  • Day 04Pokhara to Tadapani about 3 hours drive and 4 hours hike.
  • Day 05Trek from Tadapani to Dobato having lunch in Isaru about 5 hours.
  • Day 06Trek from Dobato to Khopra danda about 7 hours.
  • Day 07Visit Khayer Lake (4,650m) and return back 8 hours.
  • Day 08Trek from Khopra danda to Swanta about 6 hours.
  • Day 09Trek from Swanta to Ghorepani about 4 hours.
  • Day 10Sunrise hike to Poon Hill and trek down to Tikhedhunga then drive to Pokhara 5 hours trek and 3 hour drive.
  • Day 11Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus, about 7 hours.
  • Day 12Fly back to home Country.

Inclusion

  • All transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers.
  • Three night’s accommodation with breakfast at 2-3 star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu city tours with a tour with a experienced tour guide and a vehicle.
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Best available tea houses lodge during the trek.
  • A highly Experienced professional trekking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 pax) with their food, accommodation, salary and insurance.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag (to be returned).
  • Trekking map for a group and trekking achievement certificate.
  • First aid medical Kit.
  • All required permit for the trekking.
  • Government tax/vat and office service charge.
  • International Airfare.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Major foods ( Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu).
  • Nepal entry visa fee 15 days 25$, 30 days 40$ and 90 days 100$.
  • Soft drinks, hard drinks and drinking water.
  • Entry fees of Kathmandu world heritage sites.
  • Personal trekking equipment and expenses.
  • Hot shower, Battery charge, Wi-Fi during the trekking period.
  • Tips and gratitude for the staffs.