Khopra Danda Trekking - 8 Days

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Highlights Of Khopra Danda Trekking

  • Off the beaten trail of the Khopra Ridge trek
  • The sacred waters of Kayer Lake are at an altitude of 4660 m.
  • Ravishing mountain and sunrise views from Khopra Ridge.
  • Enjoy the three best viewpoints in a single trip – Mulde viewpoint, Khopra Danda viewpoint, and Poonhill viewpoint.

Khopra Trek At Glance

  • Name: Khopra Danda/Khopra Ridge/Kayer Lake Trek
  • Start/Finish: Pokhara
  • Maximum Elevation: 4660 m
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Best Time: spring and autumn
  • Group size: minimum 1 person
  • Accommodation: Teahouses

Khopra Danda trek, popularly known as Khopra Ridge trek is one of the best, newly opened short treks in the Annapurna region. The craggy trail passes through beautiful rhododendron, pine, and oak forest, and some ethnic villages of Gurung, Magar, and Kshetri giving you the opportunities to learn the lifestyle, traditions, and cultural facts of the locals.

If you are luckily choosing the spring season for trekking in the Khopra Danda trail, the blooming rhododendron along the trail gives you deep satisfaction and probably makes you fall in love with nature in the Himalayas. One of the most important attractions of this trek is to explore the three best viewpoints in a single trip.

Mulde viewpoint, Khopra Ridge viewpoint, and Poon hill viewpoint offer you spectacular sunrise views over the snowcapped mountains and awe-inspiring landscapes. Another alluring viewpoint, Poonhill peak is located at an altitude of 3210 meters which needs a nearly 45 minutes hike from one of the popular villages of the Annapurna region, Ghorepani Poonhill peak is famous for 360-degree astonishing mountain views and vistas, especially at sunrise.

What’s Most Exciting About Khopra Ridge Trek?

what's most exciting about khopra danda trek

Khopra Danda or Khopra Ridge is the best viewpoint, especially for Mount Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain peak in the world. Along with the wonderful views of Mount Dhaulagiri, the superb views of Annapurna I, II, III and the South, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Nilgiri, and Lamjung Himal make your trip really meaningful and mesmerizing.

Although it is an optional hike from Khopra Danda to Kayer Lake, we suggest you not miss being amused by the panorama of towering mountains and delightful landscapes. In addition, Kayer Lake is famous for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages as they believe the water of Kayer Lake to be sacred.

Nearby the lake there is Kayer Barahi temple. The temple and the Lake hold the firm belief of millions of religious people around the world. They have the faith that taking bath or just dipping their hands into the lake and praying to the idol of the Barahi temple helps them to get rid of all kinds of diseases and eventually take their souls to Nirvana (heaven) after death.

The day to hike Kayer Lake will be one of the most challenging days of your trip as it gains more altitude (nearly 1000m) and needs to walk 7 to 8 hours for ascending up to the lake and descending to Khopra Danda overnight.

Required Permits For Khopra Danda Trek

The Khopra danda trek requires two basic permits. Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.

The first one is the Annapurna Conversation Area Permit, which costs USD 30 for foreigners and USD 2 for the people of SAARC countries. This permit allows you to enter the Annapurna Conservation Area, and your money goes for the management of the rear flora and fauna that live within the premises of this conservation area. Furthermore, one needs to issue the TIMS card to help the government locate your movements within the country and help you in any emergency. It cost USD 20 for solo trekkers and USD 10 for group trekkers. 

ACAP and TIMS cards can be issued either in Pokhara or in Kathmandu. You can also get this permit at the gate of the national park. Honestly, it’s easier when the Mystic Mountain team arranges the base camp permit, and all you do is sit back and relax. 

Food And Accommodation For Khopra Danda Trekking

Travelling to a new place is also an opportunity to experience the new taste of food and a different bed to sleep in. You will find some decent hotels in Khopra throughout the trail with a bed, mattress, blanket, and pillow.

A large number of tea houses in Khopra have been added in the past few years. But it is still very hard to find accommodation during the peak season. If you are travelling from March to June or September to December, make sure to book suitable accommodation before the trip. The lodges are mostly empty in the winter and summer, and one can enjoy the best hospitability.

Regardless of the region, you trek, you must eat healthy, hygienic, and nutritious food to gain enough stamina for a long hike. The locally managed tea houses serve tourists a wide range of food options. The tea houses make sure that you have warm and healthy food in Khopra. Every hotel has the same menu provided by the authorities. The prices are set as per the altitude. 

You will be surprised by the variety of options available on the menu. Along with the standard Dal baht (unlimited refills), other great options for lunch and dinner are pasta, noodles, soup, rice, spring rolls, and momo. For breakfast, the options range from toast combinations to porridge and omelettes served with tea or coffee. Basically, you will never be out of options for food, and the meals will cost somewhere between $4 and $7. We also recommend avoiding all kinds of alcoholic products and even meat in the higher regions. 

Next, let’s talk about the water facility in Khopra. Plastic bottles are banned in the mountains, and you need to carry a refillable bottle. You can refill the bottle in a hotel for a dollar. But the best option is to refill the bottle in the natural tap and use a Steripen (UV sterilizer) for safe drinking water. 

Similarly, the human body does not function well unless it gets enough sleep at night. Thus, the food you consume and the bed you sleep in are the most important factors for making your trip successful and purposeful.

Gear list For Khopra Trek

It is common to get baffled about what to include and what is not in the gear list for any trip we plan. This article will explain each and every item that is required for the Khopra Danda trek. However, requirements might vary from person to person.

Best Time To Do Khopra Danda Trekking

The trekking routes in the Annapurna region are open throughout the year. Very few of the sections in some routes especially in higher elevations are temporarily halted at the time of dreadful avalanches. The rest of the trekking trails in this region are mostly easy and moderate.

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Khopra Danda Trek Itinerary

This itinerary excludes a few days before and after the trek. You will be exploring two important cities in Nepal on this trip. Besides being the capital city, cultural and historical significance include Kathmandu Highlights. Pokhara is Nepal’s most important tourist destination and the gateway to hundreds of Himalayan treks and expeditions, including Pokhara Highlights.

The Khopra Trek Itinerary becomes an amazing experience if you spend at least a day in the popular tourist hub, Pokhara to explore more about the mystery of Nepal. Another important thing to remember is to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara or vice versa. There are various options to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara. This 200 km distance can be a great experience for you whether you choose the roadway or the airway.

Day 1: Drive to Nayapool (1760 m), Trek to Ghandruk (1940 m) (1.5 + 6 hrs.)

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After having an appetizing breakfast in one of the best hotels in Pokhara, our vehicle will receive you from the hotel and take you to Nayapool from where the Kopra ridge trek Itinerary officially begins. A nearly two hours drive offers you a pleasant experience with stunning mountain views and beautiful nature.

The distance of 45 km is an amazing journey, where you will certainly request the driver to slow down the car many times to capture the beautiful views in your camera. In the response, the driver will request you to be patient as you will be getting far better views from the next stations.

The first day’s trek, beginning from Nayapool, passes through beautiful villages like Birethanti, Chimrung, Syaulibazaar, and Kimche. The picturesque landscapes, waterfalls, amazing fields of rice and suspension bridges along the trail will be the assets of the trip.

Having your permits checked at Birenthati Post, you might enjoy your lunch there with the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains. The trail then passes through the oak, pine, and rhododendron forests. The suspension bridges, amazing waterfalls, and rivulets add the extra charm making you forget all the tiredness.

Finally, you will reach the beautiful village of Ghandruk, considered to be the trekkers’ paradise in the Annapurna region. Do visit the Gurung Museum and the handicraft centre, exploring the Gurung culture and tradition overnight in one of the fine teahouses.

Day 2: Trek Ghandruk to Tadapani (2670 m) (6 hrs.)

Along with the panoramic views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal and Hiunchuli take your amazingly delicious breakfast in the teahouse at Ghandruk and be prepared to begin your trek to Tadapani.

Passing through the beautiful rhododendron jungle, artistic villages, and scenic farmland, you will finally reach the day’s destination, Tadapani. This place is famous for its sunrise and sunset views over Machhapuchhre.

Day 3: Trek Tadapani to Dobato/Bhaisi Kharka (2900 m) 6 hrs

After you have your breakfast in the hotel, you will begin the trek to Dobato. It is a nearly six-hour hike, though the distance is only about 7 kilometres. If the day is clear, you can enjoy the superb views of the Annapurna range and Fishtail along the trail.

The trail from Tadapani to Dobato is a more remote area of the Annapurna region that passes through the rhododendron forest. The unique local villages, various flora and fauna, and the magical atmosphere are the attractions of this off-the-beaten-path section of the Khopra Trek Itinerary.

Day 4: Trek Dobato to Chistibung (3026 m) 6 hrs

Today’s destination is Chistibung, at an elevation of 3026 meters. First, you need to descend through the beautiful forest and the amazing pastures to Lower Chistibung.

Then, you will ascend upwards passing the dense forest of pine, oak, and rhododendron until you reach Upper Chistibung. It takes you 4-5 hours to reach your hotel during the 4th day of Kopra Danda Trekking.

Day 5: Trek Chistibung to Khopra Danda (3660 m) 6 hrs.

The fifth day of the trek to Kopra Danda begins with a wonderful breakfast at Chistibung. The nearly 5-hour walk becomes really memorable for you as the trail offers incredible views of the mountains.

Upon arriving at Khopra Danda, go for a short walk down to Khopra Ridge viewpoint from where you can cherish the splendid views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna South.

Day 6: Trek Khopra Danda – Khayer Lake (4750 m) – Khopra Danda (9/10 hrs.)

Today is a special and more strenuous day for you. It is special in the sense that you will be reaching the final destination and the highest point of the trip, Khayer Lake. And it is strenuous in the sense, that you will have to walk nearly 10 hours to reach it and return back.

Khayer Lake is the sacred lake situated at the foot of Annapurna South. It is one of the important pilgrimage destinations for Hindus and Buddhists. Bathing in the Khayer Lake and worshipping at Khayer Barahi Temple is believed to be helping you to attain Nirvana.

The panoramic views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Nilgiri from the Khayer Lake valley at an elevation of 4660 meters are amazing. Remember to pack lunch and enough water as there are no hotels and lodges along the trail. Very few trekkers spend the night at Khopra Lake arranging the camp.

Day 7: Trek Khopra Danda to Swanta (2214 m) 5 hrs.

The seventh day of your trek is to returning back from the major destination, Khopra Danda. Around five hours of the trek is required to reach Swanta, a beautiful village where you will have an overnight stay. The trail is mostly downwards through the small villages, terraced farmland, and forest.

Day 8: Trek Swanta to Ghorepani (2860 m) 5 hrs.

After having breakfast at Swanta, you begin trekking for Ghorepani on the 8th day of the Khopra Trek itinerary. The trail descends through the village up to a small river. You will probably see a local water mill grinding grain nearby. After crossing the suspension bridge, the trail moves upwards to the small village of Chittre.

Then you will find the main trail to Ghorepani. About a 5-hour hike from Santa, you will reach the village of Ghorepani. Ghorepani is an amazing and sophisticated village in the Annapurna region, which is also the trekkers’ hub of Nepal. This village offers standard guesthouses, supermarkets, a volleyball court, and a snooker house.

Visitors can enjoy beautiful mountain views from the hotel rooms. There is an interesting reason behind the name “Ghorepaani” for this village. As there is plenty of water, the ancient traders used to stop their horses to make them drink water. “Ghora” means “horse” and “Paani” means “water” in Nepali. Thus, “Ghorepaani” is the place for the horses to drink water.

Day 9: Trek Ghorepani – Poon hill (3210 m) – Ghorepani – Hile (1460 m) (2.5 + 4 hrs)

This day begins with a hike to Poon hill peak at an elevation of 3210 meters. Nearly an hour hike to the steep ascend is quite tough early in the morning but the pleasure you gain at the top makes you forget all your tiredness. Remember to take a bottle of water but not the thermos. In case they find your Thermos, you might have to pay penalties.

Poonhill is one of the most important viewpoints for sunrise and amazing mountain views. Moreover, the peak offers you marvellous views of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Dhampus, and many more.

The close views of eight-thousanders, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri are really mesmerizing from the peak. Descending down from the peak is easier than ascending. You might be able to reach Ghorepani in about 30 minutes. Another 4 hours trek from Ghorepani is required to reach Hile, the ending point of your trek. Stay in one of the fine teahouses in the beautiful village of Hile during the final night of Khopre Danda Trekking.

Day 10: Drive from Hile to Pokhara

Conclusion

Take the last breakfast in the Annapurna region and explore the beautiful Hile village. And then a private jeep arranged by Himalayan Masters will take you to one of the best hotels in Pokhara. After having refreshed, stroll around the Pokhara boating paradise.

Find one of the best restaurants to enjoy the last dinner in Pokhara and return back to your hotel. Pokhara also offers you amazing stores for shopping. Buy the things you feel are unique to your country/region and grab the souvenirs for each of your friends and relatives.

Itinerary

Day 1
Drive to Nayapool (1760 m), Trek to Ghandruk (1940 m) (1.5 + 6 hrs.)

Day 2
Trek Ghandruk to Tadapani (2670 m) (6 hrs.)

Day 3
Trek Tadapani to Dobato/Bhaisi Kharka (2900 m) 6 hrs.

Day 4
Trek Dobato to Chistibung (3026 m) 6 hrs

Day 5
Trek Chistibung to Khopra Danda (3660 m) 6 hrs

Day 6
Trek Khopra Danda – Khayer Lake (4750 m) – Khopra Danda (9/10 hrs.)

Day 7
Trek Khopra Danda to Swanta (2214 m) 5 hrs

Day 8
Trek Swanta to Ghorepani (2860 m) 5 hrs

Day 9
Trek Ghorepani – Poonhill (3210 m) – Ghorepani – Hile (1460 m) (2.5 + 4 hrs)

Day 10
Drive Hile to Pokhara

The Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus
  • Two night accmodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Pokhara to Nayapool And Nayapool to kathmandu by car
  • 8 nights accmmodation in Mountain
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during Trekking days
  • guide for 10 days
  • Annapurna Conservation area permits
  • Trekkers information Managment system (TIMS)
  • Poon hill Entrance fees

The cost excluded

  • International Flight ticket
  • Lunch and dinner in kathmandu and pokhara
  • Tips for guide and potters
  • Your personal expeness

FAQ for Khopra Danda Trek

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What is the Transportation we use for Khopra Danda Trek?

Our trekking Itinerary to Khopra begins from a place called Nayapul in Pokhara and ends in Hile, Pokhara. From Kathmandu to Pokhara, we will either travel in a tourist bus or fly on a domestic plane as per your budget. From Pokhara, private jeep and public buses are available to Nayapul from Hari Chowk. From Hile, we drive back to Pokhara in a private bus.

Is there Wi-Fi in Khopre Danda?

You will get Wi-Fi service in most of the lodges or teahouses on the trek. But, they will charge you a couple of dollars, between $2 to $4. Also, the signal and speed are not reliable. So, don’t think about carrying your laptop and working on the trek. The internet is only good enough for sending messages and uploading pictures.

Wi-Fi in Kathmandu and Pokhara is quite stable and free. You can complete your work here in the cities before heading for the trek.

What are the people of Khopra Danda like?

The area we explored during this trek witnessed a great cultural diversity of Gurung and Magar people. In the lower periphery, you shall see villages of Chhetri, Brahmin, and Newar ethnicities. Each community has its accent, rituals, and festivals. The region’s highly diverse society has been a major attraction to visitors.

These Nepalese people in the remote villages are very friendly and hospitable. You can join them in any festivals, try on their customs, and be a part of their lives during the trek.

Is Khopra Danda Trek very hard?

Honestly, Khopra Danda Trek’s difficulty is overrated. In fact, this is one of the easiest treks in Nepal. Every solo and group trekker, experienced or new, can easily conquer this trek. The experts have graded this as an “Easy” trek, yet the most rewarding views appear before your eyes. However, a bit of patience, some preparations, and the support of the Himalayan Masters expert trekking team will obviously make a wholesome experience.

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Trip Facts

  • Car/jeep/bus/Air
  • 1 to 12 pax
  • 4500mt.