How Much Does Khopra Danda Trek Cost?
One of the common questions Himalayan Masters usually get from our clients is “How much money is enough to make any trip on a particular route?” The cost of the full package for Khopra-Danda Trekking is USD 700 to USD 950 with Himalayan Masters. The Khopra Trek cost includes Kathmandu to Pokhara transportation and permits, guides and potters, and food and accommodation during the trek.
This is the only question our staff cannot answer instantly, and nobody can. There are very few formal expenses during the trip. The rest of it totally depends on the interests and needs of the individuals. The requirements of the Khopra Danda trek cost.
The kinds of hotels you choose in Kathmandu and Pokhara, the number of days you wish to spend in the Himalayas, the means of transportation you prefer to use, the season of your trip, and your own attitude towards handling money are the determining factors of your total expenditure.
This article will help you figure out the estimated budget you may require for the Khopra Danda trek. Even so, the cost mentioned here is just approximate. You need to have a detailed chat with the Himalayan Masters’ staff before you begin the trip. We have presented various options for you to follow. Choose the ones according to your interests, budget, and the overall purpose of your Nepal trip.
This is mainly a trekking trip in the Annapurna Conservation Area. But until you reach the beginning point of the trek and after finishing the trek, you need to use different means of transportation. The cost varies on the kind of vehicle you choose and the distance you need to travel.
Kathmandu To Pokhara (and vice versa)
- Flight: USD 115
- Charted flight: USD 1900
- Local bus: USD 7
- Tourist Bus: USD 10
- Luxury Tourist Bus: USD 30
- Private Car: USD 110
- Jeep: USD 150 (six persons)
Since the Khopra Danda trail is situated in the Annapurna Sanctuary, Pokhara is the gateway to this region. Thus, all international trekkers and domestic individuals living in Kathmandu must travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara. There are various options for you to travel this 200 km distance.
A very short and easy way is to take a 25-minute domestic flight, paying USD 115. If you take the morning flight, the trek can begin on the same day without staying overnight in Pokhara. If you wish to have luxury travel and miss the regular flight, or if you have urgency or have an extremely short time, you can have the chartered flight by paying about USD 1900.
Apart from the airways, you have five different options to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara by roadway. It normally takes 6 to 7 hours for any vehicle to travel this distance. If you hire a private car, paying about USD 110, you might reach your destination one hour earlier than the big vehicles.
Some luxury tourist buses leave for Pokhara every day. They cost nearly USD 30 for an individual with a luxurious seat, AC, and probably a bottle of water. The next option for you to choose is taking a normal tourist bus at USD 10 or a Jeep can be hired at USD 150 for six individuals. The final and cheapest option is to take the local bus, which costs you around USD 7.
Pokhara To Beginning Point Of The Trek
- Private car (reserved): USD 20 (maximum 4 persons)
- Taxi (reserved): USD 18 (maximum 4 persons)
- Jeep (reserved): USD 25 to USD 30 (maximum 7 persons)
- Local bus: USD 2 to 3 per person
Khopra Danda Trek is a newly discovered trekking trail that is gaining popularity at a rapid pace. This trek can be begun and finished at different stations. Mostly it begins from Nayapool. Many trekkers prefer Ghandruk to begin this trek. Depending on the itinerary you wish to follow or the number of days you wish to spend on the trail, there are different stations to end the trek. Tadapani or Ulleri is the common ending point.
Some of the hikers end their trek at Tatopani as well. Travelling from Pokhara to Nayapool is not that difficult as it is the common route where you can get many local buses running. They are comparatively cheaper than a private car, a taxi or reserving a jeep. Basically, the local bus charges you USD 2 to 4 for a single individual.
Whereas the taxi or jeep can be reserved by paying USD 20 to 30 for as many people as the number of seats in the vehicle. Hiring a private car can also be a great idea paying nearly USD 20 basically for a single trip. However, a genuine deal can be done instead of paying any amount you are demanded.
The local experts of Himalayan Masters will decide on the beginning and concluding stations according to your interest, time, and budget. The cost of the transportation from Pokhara to the trek beginning point and from the trek ending point to Pokhara will also be estimated while having a detailed talk with the Himalayan Masters staff.
Permit Cost Required For Khopra Danda Trek
TIMS: Group trekker through any company NPR.1000/- per person
Free Individual Trekker NPR.2000/- per person
SAARC member countries: Group trekker through any company NPR.300/- per person
Free Individual Trekker NPR.600/- per person
ACAP: People out of SAARC NPR. 3000/- per person
The SAARC nationals NPR. 200/- per person
A Khopra Danda trek requires two basic permits-a TIMS card and an ACAP. TIMS stands for Trekkers’ Information Management System, and ACAP stands for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit. The first one is the essential permit implemented jointly by the Nepal Tourism Board and the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, ensuring the safety and security of every trekker in Nepal’s Himalayas.
The entry of this card in each check post along the trail gets each trekker registered in the system, which will be helpful in rescuing the person in time of an emergency. The cost of the TIMS card is different for SAARC nationals and other foreigners. The cost also varies for those trekking with any agency and for independent trekkers.
The SAARC nationals wishing to do the Khopra Danda trek (any Himalayan trek) through Himalayan Masters (or any agency) need to pay NPR. 300/- per person whereas the SAARC nationals who want to do the trek independently need to pay NPR. 600/-. Foreigners other than the SAARC nationals are required to pay quite more.
The trekkers, through the agency, need to pay NPR.1000/- whereas the independent trekker needs to pay NPR. 2000/- each. The cost of ACAP, on the other hand, is cheaper for the SAARC nationals. They have to pay NPR.200/- for ACAP, whereas people out of SAARC are required to pay NPR.3000/-for each individual.
Food And Accommodation Costs
- Dalbhat (lunch/dinner): USD 4 to 6 per person
- Main course (lunch/dinner): USD 3 to 5 (lower elevation)
- Main course (lunch/dinner): USD 6 to 10 (higher elevation)
- Accommodation: USD 2 to 5 (usually for two persons)
Since the teahouses are the common accommodations along the trail, you will be enjoying the foods that are available in the teahouses. You might not have as many choices as you wish in the higher altitude compared to the hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Almost all the teahouses prepare Dalbhat for lunch and dinner as it is the main course for more than 90 per cent of Nepalese. In recent days, Dalbhat has become famous even among foreigners as it gives the high nutrition required for hiking for long hours.
A set of Dalbhat costs around USD 4 to 6, and you can add as much as you wish without any additional charge. Besides Dalbhat, you can find Indian, Chinese, and Western food that normally costs USD 5 to 10 for the main course. The price of the food goes up as you hike to higher elevations. The cost of accommodation in the teahouses is USD 2 to 4 for two people, mostly in the lower elevations, and you might be charged up to USD 5 or 6 for a room at a higher altitude.
The rooms in the teahouses are comparatively cheaper, but you are mostly expected to have dinner and breakfast at the same teahouse where you stay overnight. If you wish to eat or eat somewhere else, you might be charged higher for the room.
Cost Of Drinks
Bottled water: USD 1 to 2 per litre
Any hot drink like Tea/hot chocolate: USD 1 to 3 per cup
Beer: USD 6 per a single can
Water plays a vital role in the human body. You must be alert about the hydration level of your body while hiking in the Himalayas. While you walk for long hours in higher altitude regions, your body requires much water to maintain the hydration level. The bottled water costs USD 1 to 3 along the trail. Buying bottled water every time you require is too expensive for you.
So, we recommend you carry a reusable bottle and some water purifying tablets so that you can refill your bottle in the teahouses or on the tap and drink it after purifying it. Apart from drinking water, you can have many other hot drinks, soft or cold drinks, and some alcoholic drinks as well.
Hot drinks like tea, coffee, lemon water, ginger water, etc. cost USD 1 to 3 per cup whereas alcoholic drinks; beer cost approximately USD 6 per can. The cost of food, drinks, and accommodation can also be quite higher in the peak seasons like spring and autumn in comparison to monsoon and winter.
Read More: Food and Accommodation for Khopra Danda Trek
Guide And Porter Cost
Guide cost: USD 25 to USD 30
Potter cost: USD 22 to USD 27
A lot of Himalayan treks, including the Khopra Danda trek, can be done independently without hiring a guide and porter. It is convenient for those trekkers who have already trekked on similar Himalayan trails before and have good knowledge of the climate, trail, difficulties, and possible calamities.
But we highly advise the trekkers to trek with an experienced guide who has full knowledge of the Himalayan climate, mountains, and cultures. A guide normally costs USD 25 to 30 per day, including his food, accommodation, insurance, and salary. This little amount makes your trip far more meaningful and better, as they can ensure safety and a meaningful trip as local experts.
The porter, on the other hand, is the person who carries your load for you. If your stuff is carried by the porter, you can fully cherish the trip. If you want, we can also provide you with a single person who plays the roles of guide and porter, both of whom cost around USD 30 per day. The porter generally costs about USD 22 to 27 per day.
Hotel Cost in Pokhara
Five Star: 160 USD to 200 USD per night (Cost for BB)
Three Star: 70 USD to 140 USD per night
Tourist Standard: 30 USD to 50 USD
Hostel: 4 USD to 6 USD per bed/night
This trip begins from Pokhara, one of the important tourist hubs in Nepal. Pokhara is a city with varieties of hotels offering the best accommodations to its visitors. You can choose any hotels on the basis of your interest and the budget you are ready to spend.
Five Star Hotels
The Five-star hotels in Pokhara are equivalent to the Western standard fancy hotels with excellent restaurants providing luxurious accommodations to their guests along with all the facilities they require. Pokhara Grand, Temple Tree Resort, Rupakot Resort, and Fishtail Lodge are the best five-star hotels in Pokhara.
They normally cost USD 160 to 200 per night including breakfast.
Three to Four Star Hotels
The second-class hotels providing excellent accommodation to visitors in Pokhara charge 70 USD to 140 USD per night. Popular hotels in this category include Pokhara Batika, Kuti Resort and Spa, Tuki Resort and Spa, and Barpipal Resort.
Tourist Standard Hotels
The majority of tourists prefer the accommodations in Tourist Standard hotels that normally cost 30 USD to 50 USD per night. Trekkers Inn, City Inn, Hotel Lakeside, and Hotel Peninsula are famous tourist standard hotels in Pokhara.
Some of the visitors just wish to spend the night at a low cost in Pokhara. The hostel beds suit them at a low price. A single bunk bed costs 4 to 6 USD. Pokhara Youth Hostel, Zostel Pokhara, and Puskar Backpackers Inn are the best options for this category.
Besides formal costs, there are still some other areas you may have to bear during any Himalayan trek. The followings are a short description that requires the additional cost of the Khopra Danda trek.
- Travel Insurance: This document is a basic requirement for making any trip, especially adventurous ones. It covers the emergency rescue and evacuation services during the trip. Although the Annapurna base camp trek is one of the less risky treks, you have to travel on rough terrain for 4-6 hours daily. Thus, it is required to ensure safety precautions for unpredictable circumstances.
- Hot shower: Since the most common accommodations in the Annapurna region are teahouses, they hardly have the provision of taking a hot shower. However, some of them have managed this facility with little additional charge. They normally cost 2 to 3 USD for a single hot shower.
- Tips: Tips are not obligatory; however, most clients want to thank their service providers, like the guide, the porter, and others, with a small amount of money just as a sign of appreciation and satisfaction gained during the trip.
- Internet: The major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, and some lower regions of the trail offer you free wifi service. But most regions in higher elevations have very limited internet service. So, they normally charge 1 to 1.5 USD for internet connection, hourly or so on.
- Do not be surprised to hear that there is an additional charge for charging your phone! It is common in most of your trekking trails, especially in remote areas. You will have to pay 1 to 1.5 USD to charge your electronic gadget for an hour or two. The amount varies in different places.
- Souvenirs: This small country is rich in souvenirs. Most of our clients mention in their reviews that despite being small in size, Nepal offers something for everyone. You can pick up anything for your family, friends, or yourself as a memento of the Himalayas, either in Pokhara or in Kathmandu. The price depends on the items you choose or the place you buy them.
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