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Khopra Danda Trek - 9 Days

Khopra Danda Trek
Khopra Danda Trek

Khopra Danda Trek is the new, less explored, off-the-beaten-trekking route in Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek also has alternative names like Kopra Ridge and Khayer Lake trekking etc.

This is the perfect scenic trek to avoid the crowded part of the Annapurna region. On this trek, you will have the peaceful memories on the less explored trails. Within a short duration, this trek lets you enjoy the beautiful untouched nature. And the chance to observe real Nepali lifestyles (their culture, art of living and religion).

This trek is suitable for all trekkers from beginners to experienced. Most parts of the trails are strenuous while some parts are easy. The path goes through a deeply lush pine, oak, rhododendron, and bamboo forest.

You will get to witness gorgeous vistas of snowy Himalayas. And cross beautiful Magar, Gurung, Kami, Brahmin villages with its beautiful terraced farming lands.

Moreover, in this trek, you will take an adventurous hike up to Khayer Lake at 4600m. This is the highest point with most spectacular and picturesque views of mountain peaks and landscapes.

The best time to take this trek is March, April, May and September, October, November. However, you can still trek during other months which offers more peace and solitude with nature.

Overall, Khopra Danda trek is one of the great and short treks that Nepal has to offer. For further details, please feel free to contact us.

Khopra Danda Trek Highlights

  • Panoramic and close-up view of Annapurna Massifs
  • Witness unobstructed sunrise and sunset views from Poon Hill viewpoint.
  • Enjoy the newly opened, less crowded trekking within unspoiled nature.
  • Experience the lifestyle and culture of Magar and Gurung people.
  • Walk through dense jungle, Rhododendron flowers, waterfalls etc.
  • A side trip to Khayar Lake.
  • A unique experience of natural hot spring at the bank of Kaligandaki River.

DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 01Arrive in Kathmandu1400m-
Day 02Fly to Pokhara, Drive to Nayapul, Trek to Tikhedhunga/Ulleri1488m2-3hrs
Day 03Trek to Ghorepani28754-5 hrs
Day 04Trek to Upper Chistibung3000m5-6 hrs
Day 05Trek to Khopra Danda3640m3 hrs
Day 06Rest day in Khopra Danda, Day trip to Khayer Lake4660m6 hrs
Day 07Trek to Tatopani1250m4-5 hrs
Day 08Drive to Pokhara815m4 hrs
Day 09Fly or drive to Kathmandu1400m35 minutes/ 6-7 hrs

Day 1
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Elevation: 1400m, Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu and you will meet one of our representatives who will escort you to your respective hotel.

And after settling into the hotel, you will get a briefing about the trip with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and coordinate you for the last minute arrangements.

Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 02: Fly to Pokhara, Drive to Nayapul, Trek to Tikhedhunga

Elevation: 1488m, Tikhedhunga

Trekking hours: 2-3 hrs

Today after breakfast, you will take an early morning flight to Pokhara which will take about 35 minutes.

Upon reaching Pokhara you will take an hours drive to Nayapul which cover 42 km in car/jeep through the prosperous village of Lumley.

As you reach Nayapul, your trek begins to Birethanti situated on the confluence of the Modi and Burundi Khola. You will then follow the main street going through bamboo forests and large waterfalls.

In Birethanti you will verify your permits and walk towards Tikhedhunga through the bank of the river. You will continue your journey to Tikhedhunga passing through several small villages and settlements.

Later you will ascend gently to the final destination of the day. Overnight at a tea house in Tikhedhunga.

Day 3
Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani

Elevation: 2875m, Ghorepani

Trekking duration: 4-5 hrs

Many people consider today's trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani to be the most challenging part of the trek.

After a pleasant breakfast, you will start the trek and very shortly you will see a vast suspension bridge. And a sign that states the time to reach Ghorepani.

Along the trail, you will see many horses and the picturesque scenery of the mountains and settlements. The intimidating part of the trek is that you have to climb more than 3500 stairs.

You will cross the village of Ulleri and you will gradually leave the corn fields. On way, you will see good views of Machhapuchhre( 6996m) and Hiunchuli (6441m).

The trail is quite easy passing through Rhododendron and shadowy trees ascending gently up to the final checkpost at Ghorepani village.

Overnight at Ghorepani.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek to Upper Chistibung

Elevation: 3000m, Chistibung

Trekking duration: 5-6 hrs

Today you will carry out the trek by following a verdant slope and traverse all through the meadow land with a number of herder’s hut and dzo grazing.

You will then move towards the community lodge which will give you a new trekking experience.

Overnight in a lodge in Upper Chistibung.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek to Khopra Danda

Elevation: 3640m, Khopra Danda

Trekking duration:3 hrs

Today after breakfast, you will head to reach the ridge at Khopra. You will embark on a steady climb that takes you above the treeline. The area is famous for wildlife, so you should keep your eyes open for Himalayan Thar and Danphe.

The best way to tackle the climb is by ascending slowly. Take your own time and rest often. You will then reach the lodge on Kopra ridge and will get more awe-inspiring views of the mountain vistas.

The amazing panorama includes Annapurna south towering directly above you at only 6 km away.

Across the depth of the Kali Gandaki valley, the Dhaulagiri range completely dominates the western skyline.

It takes about 3 hours to walk from Upper Chistibung to Khopra Danda. Overnight stay at a community lodge.

Day 6
Day 06: Rest Day in Khopra Danda and Day Trip to Khayer Lake

Elevation:4660m, Khayer Lake

Trekking duration: 6hrs

At the highest point of the trek, you can either enjoy a rest or hike up to Khayer lake at 4660m. This return trip takes almost a full day. And since it is a remote area, you will have to carry water and some food.

It will take about 5 hours to reach Khayer lake which is a rarely visited sacred freshwater lake. With its altitude of 4660m, it is even higher than Annapurna Base Camp.

You can spend some time exploring the Khayer Barahi temple area. And watch varieties of birds before you walk back to Khopra danda.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Tatopani

Elevation: 1250m, Tatopani

Trekking duration:4-5 hrs

From Khopra Danda it takes half a day to reach Tatopani. As you descend back down into the valley, you will pass through several typical villages and terraced farms.

At Tatopani, you will find a built-up hot spring open to the public. Here you can take a hot bath and relax your muscles from the tiring walk.

Overnight at a lodge in Tatopani.

Day 8
Day 08: Drive to Pokhara

Elevation: 815m, Pokhara

Travel hours: 4 hours

From Tatopani, you will drive to Pokhara which is 104 km in a private jeep. This journey will take you 4 hours.

Once you reach Pokhara, the remaining day you can explore and stroll nearby Phewa lake and enjoy the serenity of the place.

Day 9
Day 09: Fly or Drive to Kathmandu

Elevation:1400, Kathmandu

Travel hours: 35 minutes flight/ 6-7 hrs drive

Today after enjoying your breakfast in Pokhara, you can either take a flight to Kathmandu or take a tourist bus.

Going by flight will take a shorter duration but will cost you more. And if you take a tourist bus, you will reach Kathmandu after about 6-7 hrs.

Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

With this, you come to an end of 9 days Khopra danda trek.

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers pick-up and drop-off.
  • 2-night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Transportation from and to Pokhara by tourist vehicle.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permits.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek.
  • Transportations, accommodation, wage, food, insurance, equipment for the guide & porter.
  • Best available lodge accommodations during the trek.
  • English speaking Sherpa trek guide.
  • All necessary paper works and entry permits.
  • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Himalaya Discovery duffel bag.
  • Hiking pole for the trek, if needed.
  • Trek Map.
  • Farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant after the trip completion in Kathmandu.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares and Nepal visa.
  • Any personal medical / travel insurance which included rescue.
  • Monastery / Monument entrance fees.
  • Tips for the guide & porter.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the ‘Price Includes’ section.

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Trip Facts

  • Annapurna region
  • 4600m, Khayer Lake
  • 9 days
  • 6 days
  • 1-15 pax
  • Strenuous
  • 5- 6 hrs
  • March to May, September to November
  • Kathmandu
  • Pokhara, Tatopani

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