Khopra Danda Trek - 9 Days

Duration: 9 Days   |   Based on 2 Reviews
  • 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

Khopra Danda Trek: Overview

Khopra Danda Trek is yet another exciting trek on the Annapurna region, which offers a truly breathtaking beauty of snow-capped mountains, green hills, and terraced valleys, in addition to fantastic views of the Annapurna range. The highest elevation you will reach during the trek will be the Khopra Ridge at 3600m or the Khayer Lake at 4600m.

Since the trek is newly opened, it is not listed in most guidebooks, and few trekking companies offer this package. Throughout the trek, you'll hike through dense forests up to a ridge where you'll see the Himalayas from afar. As you walk along the trail, you will be amazed at the view of Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m), and Dhaulagiri (8167m)

Himalyas of Khopra Danda

The Khopra Danda Trek is the perfect way to refresh yourself and escape the busyness of day-to-day life. At only 8-9 days long, it's a perfect trip for adventurers of all ages and experience levels. One of the best things about the Khopra Danda Trek is that it takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery Nepal has to offer. 

From the moment you start trekking, you will be surrounded by towering mountains, lush green forests, and pristine rivers. The views only get better as you make your way up to Khopra Danda.

If you are looking for a challenge, you can always add a side trip to Khayer Lake. This adds an extra day to the trek, but it is well worth it. The lake is located at an altitude of 4,600 meters, and the views from the lake are truly breathtaking.

No matter what your reasons for taking the Khopra Danda Trek, you are sure to have an incredible experience. This is a trek that you will never forget.

Best Time To Hike Khopra Ridge

When it comes to hiking, there really is no bad time to hit the trails. But if you're looking for the best time to hike Khopra Ridge, you'll want to plan your trip for either the spring or autumn season. The spring season (March to May) is one of the best times to hike Khopra Ridge. The weather is perfect for trekking – not too hot and not too cold. And, if you time your trip right, you'll get to see the beautiful rhododendron flowers in bloom.

Similarly, the autumn season (September to November) is also an ideal time to hike Khopra Ridge. The weather is still pleasant, and the skies are typically clear, providing great views of the surrounding mountains.

Regardless of when you choose to hike Khopra Ridge, you're in for an amazing experience. Among the most popular treks in Nepal, Khopra Danda Trek is one of the most famous treks in Nepal for a good reason. It is a fairly challenging trek that can be completed in 9 days without special skills or previous experience. Plus, the spectacular scenery makes it worthwhile to explore.

Trekking Map, Route & Accommodation To Khopra Danda Trek

Our journey will start with a long drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by Tourist bus, where we'll have a rest after the long drive and explore the beautiful city of Pokhara. 

Next morning after breakfast, we'll drive from Pokhara to Kimche and Hike up to 4 hours from Kimche to Tadapani. Tadapani is a good viewpoint where we can clearly see Annapurna South (7,219 m) and Himchuli (6,441 m) and Mt Macchapucchre (6,993 m).

The following day, we will trek from Tadapani to Dobato and have lunch at Isaru after breakfast. It will take us approximately five hours to complete the entire trek, during which we can view majestic views of Dhaulagiri and South Annapurna, a major attraction in Dobato.

The next day, we entered the dense ridge of Khopra via the forest with juniper trees and tropical bushes lined with them. If you are on your own, there are few marks on trees that help you identify the trail, but trekking alone in this area is not recommended. After about 6-7 hours of trekking, we reach Khopra Danda (3660m), which is the highest point of our trek.

On day five, after breakfast, we'll make our way up to Khayer Lake at 4650m. The lake is considered to be a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists. The journey will take us eight hours to complete, and we'll have the opportunity to visit the lake and the ridges surrounding it. We'll return back to the hotel for an overnight stay at Khopra Danda.

The next day, our trek continues to Swanta village from Khopra Danda. Along the way, we'll get more views of Mount Dhaulagiri, with this mountain providing a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages. At Swanta village, it is worth visiting Swanta Primary school, where the profits from the community lodges fund two teachers.

Soon our trail will join the main trail to Ghorepani, where we will join other trekkers along the way and visit the Ghorepani Pool Hill (3,210m), a favorite spot for sunrise views over the Annapurna Mountains. The following morning we will begin our trek to Tikhedhunga, a 1,000m descent by 3,200 stone steps, and then board our jeep to Pokhara.

As for Accommodation, there are a few basic tea houses along the trekking trail providing good rooms and comfortable beds in standard with the Nepal trekking. Each tea house provides a bucket hot shower for the guests who may want to take a hot shower by charging a certain amount of money. Some places have solar-powered bathrooms, but the majority do not.

Costs, Permits and Fees of Khopra Danda 

Khopra Danda trek requires a permit of Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) &
Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) which you can get at NPR 2000. 

In order to avoid any additional costs, you should review your itinerary to see what is included and what is not. Be sure to bring gear, snacks, and clothes for your trek.
 

Highlights

  • Newly founded less beaten track
  • Wilderness places
  • Faboulous mountains ranges from the ridge
  • 360 view of Annapurna Range (from PoonHill)

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara - 7 hours.

    After eating a delicious breakfast at our hotel in the morning, we begin our journey to Pokhara by Tourist Bus, which can take us around 7 hours to reach. Our route takes us through small villages following the Trishuli River as we approach the midpoint of our journey. Before continuing our journey, we'll take some time to enjoy the views of the Trishuli River (a popular river and destination for water rafting and other fun activities). After the long drive, we'll relax in Pokhara and explore its beautiful surroundings.

    • Max. Altitude: 815m
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Food: Breakfast
    • Place: Pokhara
  • Day 02 Drive from Pokhara to Tadapani - 3 hours drive and 4 hours hike.

    The next day we will drive from Pokhara to Kimche in a Private car, Jeep or Bus and hike up to 4 hours from Kimche to Tadapani. From Tadapani, we can see all three mountain ranges, Annapurnas (7,219 m) and Himchuli (6,441 m), and Mt Macchapucchre (6,993 m) with a clear view of the surrounding area.

    • Max. Altitude: 2610m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Tadapani
  • Day 03 Trek from Tadapani to Dobato having lunch in Isaru - 5 hours.

    Trekking to Dobato is one of the most enjoyable experiences for all types of travelers. From the lush green hills and forest to the awe-inspiring views of Dhaulagiri and South Annapurna, trekking to Dobato is a great way to explore the beauty of the Annapurna region.

    Before heading from Tadapani, it's important to confirm the availability of hotels and services at Dobato, especially during peak because not many people enter the ridge of Dobato, so it's to confirm if hotels and services are still in operation during that time.

    But don't worry, our trek from Tadapani to Dobato is quite interesting and easy. This trek consists mainly of an uphill climb, with some short sections uphill and downhill. The trek will take around five hours, and you can also take a lunch break at Isaru in between.

    • Max. Altitude: 2910m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Dobato
  • Day 04 Trek from Dobato to Khopra danda - 7 hours.

     Today we venture deeper into the dense ridge of Khopra, with a forest full of juniper and other trees lined with tropical bushes. We are totally in the wild, but don’t worry – there are a few marks on the trees to help you identify the trail. It’s best not to trek on your own, especially in off-season periods, when the trail is covered in snow during winter, and high bushes make for difficult conditions during the rainy season.

    Our trek from Dobato to Khopra Danda is a 7-hour-long journey full of excitement. Along the way, you’ll get to see some of the most spectacular views of the Annapurna region. Enjoy the mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets as you climb up and down the ridge. On clear days, you’ll get to see the majestic peaks of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) looming in the distance.

    • Max. Altitude: 3660m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Khopra Danda
  • Day 05 Visit Khayer Lake (4,650m) and return back - 8 hours.

    On the fifth day of our journey, we'll make our way up to Khayer Lake, a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Located at an elevation of 4650m, the journey to the lake will take us 8 hours to complete.

    Along the way, we'll have the chance to admire the spectacular views of the ridges surrounding the lake. We'll be able to soak in the spiritual energy that emanates from this sacred spot as we take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas.

    After exploring Khayer Lake, we'll make our way back to the hotel, where we'll spend the night at Khopra Danda. This quaint little village offers spectacular views of Annapurna Mountain, with its snow-capped peaks and lush green forests.

    • Max. Altitude: 3660m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Khopra Danda
  • Day 06 Trek from Khopra danda to Swanta - 6 hours.

    After a long and tiring trek from Chistibung, the Upper Chistibung Community Lodge is the perfect place to stop for a well-earned rest. Just one hour of descent brings you to this beautiful spot, where you can take in the stunning views of the majestic Mount Dhaulagiri.

    When we arrive in Santa village, it is worth visiting the Swanta Primary School. Here we will be able to learn about the incredible work that has been achieved with the profits from the community lodges. The school is staffed by two teachers who are dedicated to providing quality education to the children of the village

    • Max. Altitude: 2214m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Swanta
  • Day 07 Trek from Swanta to Ghorepani - 4 hours.

    Within an hour of leaving Swanta Village, we are now on the main trail heading to Ghorepani. We are now joining the increased number of trekkers heading to Ghorepani.

    The trek to Ghorepani will take around four hours, as we make our way along the Kopra Ridge. Throughout the trail, we’ll be able to enjoy views of the majestic Annapurna mountain range and the surrounding valleys. We’ll also get to experience the unique culture of the local people, who work hard to make the trek possible. 

    • Max. Altitude: 2860m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Ghorepani
  • Day 08 Trek from Sunrise hike to Poon Hill and Trek down to Tikhedhunga - 5 hours and Drive to Pokhara - 3 hours.

    Today's journey will take us to one of nature's most breathtaking and awe-inspiring sites – Poon Hill (3,210m). This mountain is often referred to as the 'Annapurna Sunrise Viewpoint' due to its perfectly positioned position to offer panoramic views of the Annapurna mountain range.

    Hiking up this mountain will be a great experience and should take us around an hour. It will be an amazing sight to behold as the mountains glow with the rising sun on the horizon. The glowing mountains will also be an ideal opportunity for photography enthusiasts and novices to capture beautiful pictures of the majestic Annapurna range.

    We will trek to Tikhedhunga, a point 1,000 meters down the mountain, which might be a bit challenging, but the views we will witness will be more than worth it.

    Once we have reached Tikhedhunga, we will board a jeep in Pokhara that will take us back to our starting point.

    • Max. Altitude: 815m
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Place: Pokhara
  • Day 09 Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus - 7 hours.

    Today we say goodbye to Pokhara and leave the stunning Annapurna range behind us. After a few hours of winding through the hills and valleys of Nepal, we will arrive back in Kathmandu.

    Now that we are back in your hotel, it is time to relax and unwind after the adventures of the last few days. Or if you're feeling adventurous, you can explore the maze of souvenir shops in the Thamel area. There is no better way to remember your trip to Nepal than with a memento of your time here.

    Our exciting journey may have come to an end, but the memories of it will never be forgotten. We thank you for spending the entire journey with us and making us part of your life. 

    • Max. Altitude: 1340m
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Food: Breakfast
    • Place: Kathmandu

Inclusion

  • All transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers as per itinerary.
  • 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.
  • Kathmandu Hotel and food.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Nepal entry visa fee 15 days 30$, 30 days 50$ and 90 days 120$.
  • 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.
  • Additional Cost if you decided to stay in any place, besides the itinerary, we suggest you make a private trip if so.
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