Khopra Danda Trek

10 Days

Overview

Khopra Ridge trek is an excellent option for a one-week trek in a remote place, with majestic landscapes displaying the true spirit of Nepal. Himalayan scenaries looks marvellous, with rural villages and paddy fields lying down into the valley. It is one of the best short trek routes in Nepal.

This local trail will take you into the valley north of Ghorepani and then up another ‘Khorpa Ridge.’ It leads the trekkers far away from Annapurna Base Camp to an area of the country where few people hardly get an opportunity to go. This hike is famous for its stunning peacefulness and offers unparalleled scenery of the Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Fang, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, etc.

The journey starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, followed by a drive to Ghandruk. You follow the path of Tadapani from Ghandruk. The following day, you will walk to Dobato after a stopover at Tadapani. After that, it will take you to Khopra Danda. This will be a long walk that will cross through the Chistibang pastures and timberline forests. The trails offer a beautiful view of Dhaulagiri, Dhamphus Peak, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, and Annapurna South. Later on, after having breakfast at Khopra Danda, you go to Khayar Lake. It is a steep trail, and it will take about five hours to return to Khopra Danda. You begin by climbing to Khopra Danda and then descend to Swanta Village, famous for its community-owned cheese factory. Afterward, you will hike from Swanta to Ghorepani. You will pass through Chittre village and join the trek trails of the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek before reaching Ghorepani.

The following day, you will get up early at Ghorepani and head to Poonhill, a popular vantage point worldwide. Here, you can watch how the first sun rays light up all the sides in gold. After exploring Poon Hill, we will then descend back to Ghorepani and trek to Ulleri.

This Khopra Danda route exposes travelers to a striking viewpoint over the Kali Gandaki gorge for ten days. The trail also presents a beautiful view of the Nepal national Flower, the Rhododendron, plus other rare wildlife and flora. Therefore, every day appears to be an exceptional joy of hiking in thick woods, fast rivers, and snowy mount summits.

Highlights of 10 Days Khopra Danda Trek

  • Enjoy the crimson rhododendrons blossoms in spring.
  • Forest full of colors having different types of shrubs and animals.
  • Take a Ghandruk Village tour and visit the Gurung Museum.
  • Enjoy the view of Mt. Machhapuchre shining on Phewa Lake.
  • The people who live in the mountains are commonly known as herders; learn from them.
  • Visit Munde View Point, where one can have an incredible sight of the Himalayas.
  • Chance to sight the majestic Himalayan Monal, the national bird of Nepal.
  • Have a taste of certain local delicacies common in Khopra Village only.
  • See a beautiful landscape with typical houses overlooking terrace fields in front of the majestic Himalayas.
  • Poon Hill offers amazing views of spectacular sunrise/sunset over the Himalayan chain.
  • Climb up and down the popular stone steps of Ulleri village.
  • Enjoy an adventure into the traditions of rural Nepal.

Useful Information

Cost of 10 Days Khopra Danda Trek

Cost of 10 Days Khopra Danda Trek

Himalayas On Foot offers a full package for the trek to Khopa Danda at a cost starting from $860 per person. The cost per day varies with seasons, number of days, whether porters have been hired, etc.

This 10-day package has everything required for an awesome, including a Trekking Permit, TIMS Cards, comfortable accommodation, a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara along the trail, meals, Guide and Porter Fees, and beverage trekking trek.

Although the package includes numerous expenses, some other costs that are excluded from the package must be considered. These include trekking gear like good hiking boots, clothes, travel insurance, a visa for Nepal, and other personal expenses.

It is advisable to hire a well-informed guide while undertaking this trek. Guides help in understanding the cultural heritage of the area, as well as nature. Trekking guides are important since they give information on the region’s cultural, historical, and natural characteristics.

Moreover, They also provide security, guide you through the trails, and enhance the adventure. Here is the price list for your 10 days Khopda Danda trek below:

1 person: $1300

2 person to 6 person: 890$

7 person to up (∞): 860$

Difficulty of Khopra Danda Trek

Difficulty of Khopra Danda Trek

Khopra Danda Trek is a relatively easy hike, just moderate. Climbing up to the ridge is the toughest part of this trek, and it takes about 2 – 3 hours. However, these difficulties can be overcome by wearing good hiking shoes and carrying a trekking pole. Nevertheless, the hike becomes somewhat challenging if you also trek to Khayer Lake. Some of the difficult factors during the Khopra Ridge trek are:

Altitude Sickness

The biggest challenge is the high elevation during Khopra Danda + Khayer Lake Trekking. The highest point of this trek is Khayer Lake, which is 4600 meters above sea level. This is a high altitude. At such an altitude, trekkers can develop altitude sickness.

Khayar lies higher compared to Khopra Danda. At the same time, the Khopra Danda height is 3640 meters, a very high altitude. Many a trekker trekking from the sea level gets sick in this place.

Remoteness

Taking a route to Khopra Danda, you walk through some pristine remoteness surrounding Mountain Annapurna. You will hike for ten days in a secluded corner away from the pounding noise of the city. In addition, the trekking trails are uneven and lonely. You will just be walking through the jungles, along the rivers, without seeing any houses on your way in most areas. If you require luxury and comfort, this trek is tough.

Weather and Climate

Nothing else matters as much towards your journey as the weather. Trekking in the remote and hilly tracks is without doubt hard, especially on rainy days or when snow falls. Nevertheless, trekkers should consider the weather when climbing during the off-season months. It gets extremely wet, with muddy ground almost impossible to walk on. Notwithstanding, trekking will be fun if you are equipped with the right gear and know the weather, the climatic conditions, and the time.

Emergency Situations

These trails are risky, and you may get into emergencies such as injuries, accidents, bad weather, etc. Thus, you should adopt more careful precautionary measures during your trekking. Carry more than enough first aid kits, and inform your guide about your difficulties.

Best Time For Khopra Danda Trek

Best Time For Khopra Danda Trek

The best time to visit Khopa Danda is one of the important things to consider before your trek. One can go for the Khopra Danda trek any time of the year, though autumns and springs are relatively rain-free, with clear skies adding convenience. Below is a brief description of the weather conditions experienced in the Khopra Danda Highlands during the trek.

Autumn: September-November

This is when there are warm days, beautiful sunny days, clear visibly through the sky, and lots of sunlight. Temperatures of higher lands are between 18 – 26 degrees Celcius, which is very fine and comfortable because it feels warmer during the daytime compared to night times. However, the environment may be a little rainy until mid-September.

Spring: March-May

In Nepal, the spring season, or Basanta Ritu, is the ideal period for hiking, trekking, or engaging in other activities you may desire around the Annapurna region. Temperature and weather are stable. During the spring season, the upper hill areas experience a temperature of about 18 to 26 Degrees Celcius.

Many blooming Rhododendron flowers, bluish skies, good sunlight, more visibility, green landscapes, and transparent mountains lead hundreds of people worldwide to the trails here. The trekkers enjoy trekking during the bright, shiny days associated with a clear sky. Therefore, April is preferable to other months for the Khopra Danda (Khopra Ridge) Trek.

Summer (June-August)

In Nepal, summer is the season of heavy rainfall and cloudy months. It records the hottest temperature coupled with the wettest weather. Though there are always clouds around the mountains, they open up nicely after rainfall and look beautiful. Unlike other seasons, the trekking trails are not crowded in summer. However, the trekking trails get muddy and slippery with regular rainfall, and leeches may be found there. In such months, there are possibilities of landslides and blocking the trails.

Winter (December-February)

The country’s coldest season of the year extends from December to February (winter season). Of course, fewer trekkers will make their way into Nepal in those days, but it is always wonderful to see the snow-covered peaks.

In the daytime, you will get a temperature of about 5 to 15 degrees Celcius; at nighttime, this becomes even lower. However, in terms of temperature, the highest altitude areas like Khayer Lake, as well as the foothills of Annapurna South, are colder than normal during winters. Surely, after a hard climb, you will see new and unique views.

In winter, you will have a view of a snowy mountain that makes it seem like the mountains have been newly dressed up in the snow. It looks beautiful.

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Outline Itinerary 10 Days Khopra Danda Trek

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)

Day 02: Flight to Pokhara (822m), then drive to Ghandruk (1,940m; 25 minutes flight, 2- 3 hours drive)

Day 03: Trek to Tadapani (2,600m; 4 to 5 hours)

Day 04: Trek to Dobato (3,350m; 5 to 6 hours)

Day 05: Trek to Khopra Danda ( 3,660 m; 2 to 3 hours)

Day 06: Hike to Khayare Lake -Explore and Khopradanda (4,665 m; 7 to 8 hours) 

Day 07: Trek to Swanta (2,214m;  5 to 6 hours)

Day 08: Trek to Ghorpani (2,858m ; 4 to 5 hours)

Day 09: Poonhill (3,210 m), Ghorepani (2,858m) to Ulleri (2,070) and drive to Pokhara ( 4 to 5 hours trek ; 2 to 3 hours drive)

Day 10: Pokhara (822m) to Kathmandu (1,400m) by flight ( 25 minutes flight)

Detailed Itinerary Khopra Danda Trek 10 Days

Accommodation: Hotels

You'll fly into Kathmandu, with views over the valley to the Himalayas beyond and terraced fields below. Outside of the airport, upon completing customs, you will meet a representative from Himalayas On Foot who will drive you via the winding streets of Kathmandu Valley to your hotel in Thamel. The trip brief would occur later in the day. At the briefing, you will also be introduced to your guide and familiarize yourself with some vital trekking tips. A final gear list will also be checked. You can buy or rent at one of Thamel's many trekking gear shops if you miss anything from the list.

Accommodation: Teahouse or Lodges

Following your breakfast in Kathmandu, you will have a ride in a private car to the domestic airport and take a flight to Pokhara, the second-largest city in Nepal. The half-hour flight is simply jaw-dropping. It takes you along the beautiful Himalayan range, where four of the world's 14 giant mountains (standing over 26,000 feet/8,000 m) will be visible: Mounts such as Dhaulagiri, Shishapangma, Annapurna I, and Manaslu. Upon your request, your specialist will be happy to organize a seat on the right side of the plane's cabin to enjoy the Himalayan views along the journey.

On reaching Pokhara, you will travel by road for about two and a half hours and end up in Kimche. After that, there is a relatively short trip to Ghandruk, where you spend an overnight stay viewing the wonderful Machapuchhre and Hiunchuli mountains.

Accommodation: Teahouse

This walk, however, will be a rather relaxed hike as Tadapani is not so far away from Ghandruk. Your trekking will start very early in the morning.

You will walk in the forest upward trail with breathtaking panoramic views of peaks like Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, and Hiunchuli. After breakfast, hikers would travel, winding up along the pretty old houses in Ghandruk and undulating pathways leading them to a wonderful scenic spot at the tea house, which features amazing views of Annapurna. The forest is enchanting as you continue towards the Bhai Kharka teahouse. It is one of the best parts of the walk. Hikers will enjoy the most beautiful part of the trail. Before reaching Tadapani, trekkers will take a short, very steep climb.
Depending on how fast one treks, it takes 2-3 hours, and you spend a night in tea houses.

Total Distance: 4 miles / 6.5 km

Accommodation: Teahouse

In Tadapani, after breakfast, you walk away from the main pathway through forests filled with flowers – the wild rhododendrons. You will then proceed with a more severe climb that leads straight to the lodges at Dobato after a brief ascent and descent into the Dell. In approximately a half hour, you will be on the northern side of the ridgeline.

Behold the majestic Annapurna South massif above you and listen as the water roars away down the dramatic steep-sided valley far, far below. The forest shall become populated with more oak and conifer trees. It is an hour-and-a-half uphill hike to the Meshar Danda, where a few teahouses have fantastic views. From Meshar Danda, it's another one-hour hike to reach Isharu. Here, you will find open grazing grounds for sheep.

The ascent hereafter is slight, a brief down to a lovely open valley, then up into the trees once more and back on the ridge. You will then contour down to a creek bed and small pass from the ridge, and from here, you traverse to the Dobato lodges.

Total Distance: 2 miles / 3.2 km

Accommodation: Teahouse

Head to Muldai Viewpoint in the morning to see the sun rising over the Himalayas. This memory of the rays of the golden sun over the white snow mountains will remain with you for a long time. Afterward, walk down the teahouse and have breakfast before climbing Khopra Danda. It is a tough hike through rhododendron fields with the Dhaulagiri range as its impressive background and the mighty Mount Everest standing as the tallest mountain in the world. It’s not easy, yet amazing, especially in spring when the way is splattered pink with rhododendrons and wildflowers. It is as though you’ve transmigrated to a spiritual empire of the mountain peaks. During the journey, you are accompanied only by mule marches transporting yaks or other animals. Therefore, you can enjoy the silence and feel at peace with the surrounding nature in privacy. After a long walk, you finally reach Khopra Danda. Go for a walk to the nearest teahouse and take a break.

Total Distance: 10.2 miles (16.5 km) round-trip

Accommodation: Teahouse

Wake up early in the morning, witnessing a beautiful Himalayan sunrise. After breakfast, you can prepare for another hard walk to Khayare Lake, with its wonderful surrounding mountain views. The Hindus believe that if you immerse yourself in the water of Kaire, you will eventually reach Nirvana. In Nepal, Hinduism and Buddhism are interlinked; hence, one can visit numerous Hindu and Buddhist relics in the lakeside region. Moreover, the lake is located almost six kilometers away from Annapurna South. Lastly, take pictures and trace your steps to your Khopra Ridge teahouse.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Head towards Swanta village while enjoying the last spectacular panorama of the Himalayas along Khopra Ridge. It is a very steep hike; therefore, you should walk slowly downward. As one descends, there is a majestic sight of the hugest spire, Dhaulagiri, on the horizon. Enjoy the typical Nepalese mountain scene dotted by the villages atop ridges and the step farmlands. After you arrive at the Swanta, relax in a local tea house. The traditional houses village lies uphill amidst the fields of paddy and potatoes. However, if you feel fresh enough, you can walk along this nice neighborhood, offering a gorgeous panorama of the neighboring mountain tops. Overnight, we will be at one of the tea houses in Swanta Village.

We will take a downward route through paddy fields and thick forests. There are local watermills along the river that you can see at the river's end nearby. Take a walk on a wobbly suspension bridge and cross the river. Now, climb to Chittre's village and along a bustling Ghorepani path. During your hike, you will meet other trekkers in the same area and mules on the trail. Make your way up the well-laid stone stairs to Ghorepani village. Ghorepani is a Nepali word for horse water. Amazingly, this was a resting place for the caravans that traveled in the old Tibetan trade route. Finally, visit a nearby teahouse for some good rest.

Trekking to Poon Hill is another great opportunity to catch some of the best Himalayan sunrises. In Nepal, Poon Hill is one of the famed Himalayan viewpoints. Himalayan giants like Gangapunra, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, and Annapurna massif will surround you. Watch the spectacular vista of the sun rising above the pristine snowy peaks in the Himalayas, turning white mountains pink, brown, and gold. The sight is precious and something you will never get out of memory. Take a breakfast before leaving for Ulleri via Ghorepani. It offers a fantastic mountain view. When in Ulleri, board into another vehicle and drive scenically to Pokhara. After you reach Pokhara, another vehicle will drive you to your hotel near Phewa Lake.

Before your flight, you may spend your morning as you wish. You may also relax at the hotel or walk along the lakeside and boat alone. You may also go around the popular tourist areas of the city (Davis Falls, Gupteshwar Cave, Seti Gorge). But do surely check out of the hotel on time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Is there mobile network coverage during the trek?

Mobile network coverage becomes poor, especially at higher altitudes. Therefore, It is also important to inform one’s relatives and friends beforehand and to have a local SIM card.

2. Are there any age restrictions for the Khopra Danda Trek?

There is no specific age restriction, but trekkers should be in good health and physically capable of handling trekking demands.

3. What wildlife can be encountered during the Khopra Danda Trek?

Different types of animals reside in the area, like Himalayan tahr, deer, and numerous bird species.

4. Are there emergency services available on the trek?

Some points along this trek have basic medical facilities, including emergency evacuation services.

5. Can I extend or customize the Khopra Danda Trek itinerary?

Certainly, depending on available time, one can add days if preferred and customize the trek itinerary.

6. What is the cost of the Khopra Danda Trek?

This depends on various variables like the type of trekking agency, hire for a guide, or personal expenses. Thus, it is advisable to explore and select a trustworthy hiking agency.

7. Is travel insurance necessary for the Khopra Danda Trek?

Yes, it would be better to have good travel insurance because anything that may happen unexpectedly during the trek will be covered in such cases.

8. Is it a teahouse trek or a camping trek?

This hiking trip is mostly a teahouse trek because hikers do not camp but stay at local teahouses.

9. What fitness level is required for the Khopra Danda Trek?

Light or moderate levels of fitness are recommended. Walking often and simple preparation fitness will make the trekking great.

10. Is altitude sickness a concern on the Khopra Danda Trek?

Although the highest point might not be high enough, proper acclimatization should be done. Trekkers need to know the signs of altitude sickness and the measures to be taken to prevent it.

Cost Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off facility from and to the Airport.
  • One night accommodation in Maya Boutique Hotel (a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu)
  • One night accommodation in Pokhara (3-star hotel )
  • Flight services from Kathmandu to Pokhara/ Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • The jeep ride from Pokhara to Ghandruk and Ulleri to Pokhara.
  • Licensed government professional trekking guide with insurance and food.
  • Accommodation at tea houses/ lodges
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Trek permits: ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit), TIMS,
  • If necessary, sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffle bag (return after trek completion)
  • First, aid kit and oximeter.
  • Government tax, VAT, and service fees.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Porter's Cost not included (Hireable with additional cost)
  • Personal expenses like drinking water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills, wifi, battery charge, etc……
  • Charges for laundry, telephone, hot shower, and internet.
  • Tipping the guide and porters (15% of the total cost is expected)

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Khopra Danda Trek
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  • Public/Private Vehicle
  • 2 - 20 Pax Max
  • 4,665 m
  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Spring/Autumn
  • 10 Days
  • Kathmandu
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