Khopra Danda Trek - 12 days

Trip Overview

Duration: 12 days Country: Nepal
Max. Altitude: 4,660m/15,285ft. Walking Per Day: 5-6hrs
Accommodation: N/A grade Grade: Strenuous
Best Season: Autumn and Spring Group Size: 1-15
Mode: Tea-House/Lodge Culture: Magar, Gurung, Kshetri, Mixed Culture

Khopra Danda Trek, Khopra Ridge Trek, or Khayer Lake Trek, whatever the name is, the trek is the same. Khopra Danda Trek is a recently popularized trekking experience in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Routes of this excursion are least explored by the tourists but people who have been to the famous Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek must have heard about it once. Nepal Mountain Trekkers have designed the package in such a way that one can get the taste of so many treks within this single journey.

Pokhara, Ghorepani and Annapurna Conservation Area

The trek begins from the beautiful lake city Pokhara, which is obviously known as a gateway to all the trekking routes in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Then following the trail via Nayapul and Tikedhunga, we will head towards the famous viewpoint and tourist hub, Ghorepani Poon Hill. Passing by rhododendron and pine forests with a moderate hike and exploring more about floras and faunas in the Annapurna Conservation Area, our journey begins and continues ahead.

Adventure,Tingling and the Jaw-dropping Panoramas

Suspension bridges and the adventure and tingling it gives while crossing is admired by most tourists during the trek. The cascading waterfalls and rivers with azure water flowing endlessly are waiting on the track to soothe you. Panoramic views of Annapurna ranges and other peaks including Dhaulagiri I, Gurja, Nilgiri South, Tukuche Peak, Thapa Peak, Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal is jaw-dropping during Khopra Danda Trek.

Lifestyle and Culture

Lifestyle and culture of diverse ethnic groups like Gurung, Magar, Brahmin, Chhetri and Dalits is a major attraction of Khopra Danda Trek. Several small settlements and traditional villages along the trail offer us such remarkable occasions to have a deep insight about the lifestyle, traditions, foods, festivals and many more. Imagine sighting wonderous sceneries from an insightful local village and getting rejoiced during the trek.

Hike up to Khayer Lake

The most prominent aspect of Khopra Danda Trek is a hike up to Khayer lake after we ultimately set our feet at Khopra Danda. Khayer Lake is a pristine lake at a maximum altitude of 4,660m/15,285ft offering mind-blowing sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas. A walk up to there will give you a proper experience of jungle walk mingling with flora, faunas and the very best of nature.

Eligibility and Time-frame for Khopra Danda Trek

Without any boundaries of time-frame, age limit, profession or hobbies; Khopra Danda Trek can be joined any time around the year by anyone interested in having a remarkable experience for the lifetime. However, it is a matter of a fact that Khopra Danda Trek is best from March to May of Spring season. It is because of the vivid weather and blossoming of Rhododendron flower and other vegetations abundantly along the trail. Whereas, from September to November of Autumn season is considered as the best time-frame to embark on this trek for unhindered panoramic views of Himalayas.

Nepal Mountain Trekkers have been organizing the Khopra Danda Trek for decades and with our guides and other trekking staffs being locals of the routes, our clients are very much satisfied with our additional effort to make the experience extraordinary. If you would like to utilize your leisure time or want some refreshment, contact us today to book this trip and we assure you that it would be the best ever travelling experience of your life. 


Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,365m/4,480ft)
    • Meals :Lunch / Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Tribhuvan International Airport

      » Thamel

    • Highlights :

      » Tribhuvan International Airport

      » Welcoming with Marigold Flower Garland

      » Group Photo

      » Introduction with group members and trekking crew

      » Evening Walk at Thamel

     

  • Day 2 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
    • Duration :Half Day (Around 40Km)
    • Meals :Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Thamel

      » Kathmandu Durbar Square

      » Boudhanath

      » Pashupatinath

    • Highlights :

      » Sightseeing at Kathmandu

      » UNESCO World Heritage Sites

      » Introduction with group members and trekking crew

      » Equipment checking and briefing about the trek

     

  • Day 3 Kathmandu to Pokhara(830m/2,725ft)
    • Duration :5-6hrs Drive(200km)
    • Meals :Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Kathmandu

      » Dhading

      » Muglin

      » Damauli

      » Pokhara

    • Highlights :

      » Scenic Drive

      » Walk to Lakeside

      » Trishuli River View

      » Preparation for the trek

     

  • Day 4 Pokhara – Nayapul - Tikhedhunga (1,540 m/ 5,052 ft)
    • Duration :One and half hrs drive (44km) and 4-5hrs walk (8-9km)
    • Meals :Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Ascend :440m/1,443ft
    • Location :

      » Pokhara

      » Nayapul

      » Sudhame

      » Hiley

      » Tikhedhunga

    • Highlights :

      » Landscape

      » Lifestyle

      » Culture

      » Nature

      » Adventure

      » Flora and Fauna

      » Waterfall

      » Donkeys and Monkeys

     

  • Day 5 Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani(2,840m/9,318ft)
    • Duration :7-8hrs(11km walk)
    • Meals :Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :1,300m/4,265ft
    • Location :

      » Tikhedhunga

      » Ulleri

      » Banthanti

      » Nange Thanti

      » Ghorepani

    • Highlights :

      » Bushes

      » Rhododendron Forests

      » Mountain Sceneries

      » Hiking

      » Lifestyle and Culture

      » Jungle Walk

      » Sunset View

     

  • Day 6 Ghorepani – Chistibung(2,950m/9,680ft)
    • Duration :4-5hrs (8-9Km walk)
    • Meals :Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/ Hotel
    • Descend :400m/1,315ft
    • Ascend :120m/394ft
    • Location :

      » Sunrise View from Poon Hill

      » Panoramic View of Annapurna Range

      » Rhododendron Forest

      » Pine Forest

      » Flora and Fauna

      » Adventure

      » Prayer Flag

      » Jungle Walk

      » Terraced Fields

      » Lifestyle and Culture of Locals

    • Highlights :

      » Poon Hill

      » Chitre

      » Chistibung

     

  • Day 7 Chistibung – Khopra Ridge(3,660m/12,010ft)
    • Duration :4hrs (7-8Km walk)
    • Meals :Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/ Hotel
    • Ascend :710m/2,330ft
    • Location :

      » Chistibung

      » Khopra Ridge

    • Highlights :

      » Jungle Walk

      » Lifestyle and Culture of Locals

      » Suspension Bridges

      » Prayer Flags

      » Rhododendron Forest

      » Walk above tree-line

      » One of the best and nearest Viewpoint for Annapurna I

      » Kaligandaki Valley

     

  • Day 8 Day Hike to Khayer Lake (4,660m/15,285ft)
    • Duration :7-8hrs (13-14Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/ Hotel
    • Ascend :1000m/3,280ft
    • Descend :1000m/3,280ft
    • Location :

      » Khopra Ridge

      » Khayer Lake

      » Khopra

    • Highlights :

      » Sunrise View from Khayer Lake

      » Massive Mountain View including Annapurna I

      » Jungle Walk

      » Nature

      » Waterfall

      » Flora and Fauna

      » Yaks and wild animals

     

  • Day 9 Khopra Ridge – Tatopani(1,100m/3,610ft)
    • Duration :7-8hrs (13-14Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/ Hotel
    • Descend :1,850m/6,070ft
    • Location :

      » Khopra Ridge

      » Khopra Gaun

      » Dana

      » Tatopani

    • Highlights :

      » Terraced Field

      » Lifestyle and Culture of Locals

      » Suspension Bridges

      » Change in Atmosphere

      » Natural Hot Spring in Tatopani

     

  • Day 10 Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara
    • Duration :4-5hrs (105Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/ Hotel
    • Location :

      » Tatopani

      » Galeshwar

      » Beni

      » Baglung

      » Kushma

      » Pokhara

    • Highlights :

      » Scenic Drive

      » Terraced Field

      » Lifestyle and Culture of Locals

      » Kaligandaki River View

      » Lake View

      » Boating in Phewa Lake

      » Monuments Visit

     

  • Day 11 Pokhara to Kathmandu | Farewell Dinner
    • Duration :6 hrs (200 KM)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicles
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Pokhara

      » Muglin

      » Kurintar

      » Malekhu

      » Dhading

      » Kathmandu

    • Highlights :

      » Scenic Drive

      » Riverside Spring Resort

      » Nepali Cultural Restaurant

      » Music

      » Dinner

     

  • Day 12 Departure Day
    • Meals :Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Location :

      » Thamel

      » Tribhuvan International Airport

    • Highlights :

      » Souvenir Shopping

      » Airport Drop with Khata/Khatag as a Symbol of Wishing Safe Journey

      » Group Photo

     

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Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup and drop service
  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon or Similar Standard)
  • 2 nights Hotel in Pokhara
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single/Twin-sharing Accommodation (as per budget): Your group won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so your privacy is protected.
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; any items on the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group.
  • Transportation costs(Drive): Comfortable Tourist Bus (Kathmandu – Pokhara- Kathmandu) with other driving fares(Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara).
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade of working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kinds of critical situations that might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staff.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belong to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking permits: TIMS card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jackets made available on rent
  • T-shirt of Nepal Mountain Trekkers, Duffel bag, and Trekking Map
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • First aid medical box
  • All Government Taxes(13% VAT) and 10% Service Charge
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Airport Pickup and drop service
  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon or Similar Standard)
  • 2 nights Hotel in Pokhara
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single/Twin-sharing Accommodation (as per budget): Your group won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so your privacy is protected.
  • Breakfast during the trek
  • Transportation costs(Drive): Comfortable Tourist Bus (Kathmandu – Pokhara- Kathmandu) with other driving fares(Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara).
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade of working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kinds of critical situations that might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staff.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belong to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking permits: TIMS card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jackets made available on rent
  • T-shirt of Nepal Mountain Trekkers, Duffel bag, and Trekking Map
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • First aid medical box
  • All Government Taxes(13% VAT) and 10% Service Charge

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses (Laundries, Electric accessories, Internet, and so on)
  • All Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All meals during the trek except for breakfast
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses (Laundries, Electric accessories, Internet, and so on)
  • All Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages
  • Tips for guide and porters

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for 12 days Khopra Danda Trek

HEAD

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses
Head Torch
Lip Balm
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

UPPER BODY

Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Fleece jacket
Waterproof jacket
Down jacket (Light-weighted)

LOWER BODY

Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Waterproof pants
Underwear and Half pants

FEET

Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Light-weighted sandals

HANDS

Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Creams
Sanitizer

ACCESSORIES

Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Duffel bag
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits 

Personal Regular Medicines
Knee Caps
Bandages
Ointments
Blister Tape

MISCELLANEOUS

Medicines: We recommend you bring your regular medicines; we will provide a first aid kit from our side.
Light-weighted Towel
Swiss Knife
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

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