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Khopra Danda Trek

  Annapurna Region Trek

Duration

11 Days

Tour Type

Trekking/Hiking

Group Size

2+

Accommodation

Tea house/Lodge

Meal

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Max. Altitiude

4,560m/14,961ft

Best Season

Through Out The Year

Departure from

Kathmandu

Hightlight

  • Exploration of the Villages of the Gurkhas
  • Sunrise view of the snowcapped peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massifs
  • Well-defined trail that can be covered by even the beginners
  • Dense forests of rhododendron, oak and bamboo
  • Pilgrimage site of the Hindus to pay homage to Lord Shiva

Overview

Khopra Danda Trek, Do you want to experience a little off the beaten path trekking in the popular Annapurna region? Are you tired of hustling and bustling city life and want to spend a few couples of days in an isolated area? If your answer is ‘Yes’, then Khopra Danda trek is the right choice! It is one of the most popular treks located close to the lake city Pokhara.

During this trek, you will have an opportunity to go across some Gurung and Magar villages. The slate roofed houses having clean surrounding are the most remarkable features of these hamlets. Moreover, the males of these villages have served in the British, Indian and Nepalese Armies. Therefore, they are also known as the Villages of Gurkhas as well. The rugged path goes along the rhododendron, oak and bamboo forests inhabited by many bird species.

The trekking moves through uphill and downhill tracks along the wonderful landscapes. You have the most amazing view of the snowy peaks of the Annapurna (8,091 m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) Massifs. Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Tukuche Peak, Mt. Nilgiri and Mt. Gangapurna are other snow capped peaks.

The trek formally begins from Ghandruk, an important stopover for Annapurna Sunrise View Trek. Then, it gradually moves along to other rustic villages. The typical food items and simple-mindedness of the friendly people make your journey more memorable.

Khopra Danda Trek Price and Routes

The top destination of this remote trekking is Khopra Danda, which is a vantage point in itself. You can have a beautiful sunrise view of all the snow-covered peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna regions from the top. The highest place to reach during this short trek in Nepal is Khayer Lake (4,560 m). Thousands of Hindu pilgrims throng to the lake during the month of July to pay homage to Lord Shiva.

You can do this trek throughout the year as the highest elevation to reach is just 4,560 m. However, the best season for Khopra Danda trek is spring as you can see the forests embellished by colourful rhododendron flowers. Likewise, you can visit this region in autumn for the splendid vistas of silvery mountains.

 Trekking to Khopra Danda Khayar Lake can be customized from 5 days to 18 days. The tailor-made packages of this trek are Mardi Himal trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek, etc. For more details, you can contact Nepal Trekking Routes via the available media.

Itinerary

On your arrival day, the representative of Nepal Trekking Routes welcomes you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Then, s/he transfers you to the hotel booked for your accommodation. In the leisure time, you can take a short walk around the tourist centre, Thamel. In the evening, the team leader gives you all the information about Khopra Danda Trek itinerary.

After having breakfast, you begin the trip towards the lake city Pokhara by driving along the Prithvi Highway. En route, you enjoy the majestic snowcapped peaks of Manaslu region, wonderful landscapes and trading centers. The roadway moves along the banks of the Trishuli and the Marsyangdi River. As soon as you reach Pokhara, you will be relocated to the hotel. In your free time, you can visit the main centers of the most famous tourist destination of Nepal.

After breakfast, you drive until Ghandruk, the largest Gurung village in Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). This village is famous for Gurung Museum showing all about their lifestyle, culture and tradition. You get your ACAP permit checked at the respective office and move ahead. The trail goes along the dense rhododendron and oak forests conserving different species of birds.

If you are walking in this region in spring, you can see the forests covered with the colourful rhododendron flowers. While moving further, you see the mesmerizing vistas of Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Annapurna III and Mt. Machhapuchhre. Finally, you reach Tadapani for the night rest at a lodge.

Following the track that penetrates through bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests, you move forward. During the journey along the uphill and downhill, you enjoy the breathtaking views of the snowy peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges. The panoramic view of Tukuche Peak as well as Mt. Nilgiri North and South encourages you to cover the distance faster. Walking for about 5 hours, you arrive at Dobato for the rest at a lodge.

Today is the most remarkable day of the entire trekking as you are going to reach the destination. You continue the voyage by enjoying the picturesque vista of the snowcapped peaks of the Annapurna Range at first. Soon after, the Dhaulagiri Range comes into your sight so that your trip becomes more fantastic. Following the rugged track, you walk past Bayali, a stop during the trekking in this region. Walking past the dense forests inhabited by different bird species, you reach Chistang Village, another rest point.

Descending from Chistang, you reach Khopra Danda by enjoying the sunset view of the Dhaulagiri Range. Khopra Danda itself is the vantage point to have the sunset and sunrise view of the snow-clad peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri series. From the teahouse, you can have the enchanting view of Mt. Annapurna I, II & III, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Mt. Nilgiri, etc.

After breakfast, you march ahead towards Khayar Lake, another attraction of Khopra Ridge Lake. For the first few hours, you proceed by enjoying the alluring sight of the Dhaulagiri range. Then, suddenly you come to see the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world which is located between Tukuche Peak and Mt. Nilgiri.

Walking past Khayar Ghat, you reach Khayar Lake at the foot of Mt. Annapurna South. The prayer flags, bells and a temple of Lord Shiva at the premises of this lake. In the month of July, you can find a large number of pilgrims make the holy journey towards the lake. After enjoying the heart-touching scenery from the highest place of this trek, you move back to Khopra Danda for the night rest.

After breakfast, you move further following a track that goes past the dense forests of bamboo and oak trees. By crossing Chistibang and terraced farming land cultivated with different crops, you reach Swanta for the night station. Swanta is a village surrounded by a large plot of agricultural land and having a few teahouses. In the leisure time, you can visit the village to know about the lifestyle, culture and tradition of the people.

By following the uphill and downhill trail along the dense forests, you move ahead towards Ghorepani. En route, you have to go across some rivulets and wooden bridges to reach the final destination of the day. Ghorepani is one of the most developed villages situated in ACAP. It is also an important stopover during Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek or Annapurna Sunrise View Trek. You can find all types of modern amenities in this Gurung Village of Annapurna region.

After having breakfast, you begin the journey towards Pokhara. On the way, you go across Ulleri, which is a typical Magar Village. This village is famous for the slate roof houses having neat and clean surrounding. Around 300 stone staircases to lead to Ulleri Village is another attraction of this village. From here, by sharing a private jeep, you drive back to Pokhara. In the spare time, you can take side trips around Pokhara to experience the typical food items and night life in the lake city.

After breakfast, you begin the retreat travel to Kathmandu by driving along the Prithvi Highway. After arriving here, the crewmember escorts you to the hotel. After becoming fresh, you can visit Thamel to purchase some handcrafted items to present to your people in the home country. In the evening, our agency invites you for the farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant around Thamel.

Today is the last day of Khopra Danda Khayar Lake trekking. So, the team member relocates you up to the Kathmandu Airport as per the flight schedule. Have a great journey! See you next year!

Inclusion/Exclusion

  • Airport pick-up and drop off service,
  • Trekking Guide
  • Round trip tourist bus Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, accommodation during the trekking
  • Three star Level hotel  in Kathmandu (BB) plan 2 Nights Sharing basis
  • Pokhara basic hotel accommodation 2 Nights
  • Trekking permit of National park,
  • TIMS(Trekking Information Management System )
  • Insurance and equipment for the trekking staffs
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with cultural program in typical Traditional Nepali restaurant
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
  • Personal expenses
  • Heritage entry fee during the sightseeing in Kathmandu and other
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, Bar bill
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu other than mentioned in Itinerary

FAQ's

Khopra Danda trek lies in the Annapurna region which is visited by thousands of avid trekkers every year. It is one of the closest trekking destinations from the lake city Pokhara. It is famous for sunrise view of the snowcapped peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan Ranges.

Khopra Danda trek is one of the short treks in Nepal that is not much far from Kathmandu or Pokhara. If you plan it from Kathmandu, you can complete it within 8 days. And if you start from Pokhara, you can cover in 5 days. To reach Pokhara, you have to drive for around 6 hours. Driving along the off-road via Nayapul, you start it from Ghandruk, a Gurung Village in Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).

Khopra Danda trek is a moderate type of trekking to the land of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massifs. The maximum elevation you have to reach is Khayer Lake (4,560m). The longest duration to walk is 8 hours (only one day). The trails are well-defined and less crowded along the Villages of the Gurkhas. Therefore, even the beginners can do this trekking without any difficulty.

Yes, you can do Khopra Danda trek solo as there is not any restricted zone in this region. However, we highly recommend you to hire a professional trekking guide and a porter for this. The guide can help you find the right trail and help in case of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

Of course, Nepal Trekking Routes has scheduled fixed departure to Khopra Danda Trek. You can find the scheduled dates on our official website: www.nepaltrekkingroutes.com/khopra-danda-trek.

You can do this trek all times of the year without any doubt. Nevertheless, the best seasons for Khopra Danda trek are spring and autumn. Travelling this region in spring rewards you with the colourful rhododendron flowers covering the forests. And, if you do this trek in autumn, you can have the 360-degree of the snow-clad peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massifs. Additionally, you can taste the organic fruits in autumn season.

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