Khopra Danda Trek is one of the best trekking trails which covers hidden treasures of Annapurna region. One of them considered the best of offbeat is the trek that goes to the community lodge at Khopra Ridge. This off- beaten trek leads you away from the crowded paths.
It combines all the beautiful things trekking in Nepal is famous for: Beautiful mountain views views of the Dhaulagiri range, small traditional villages, rice fields and huge rhododendron forests.The best of both worlds!.
It is also known as Khayer Lake Trek and Mohare Danda Khopra Ridge Trek. This new short Annapurna trek is an alternative to the popular trek – Poon Hill (3210m). Choosing this trek will take you to even higher altitude than Poonhill within a short time – Khopra Ridge (3660m).
If you’re looking for the perfect week-long trek, a little off-the-beaten-path and with great views, this Khopra Danda Trek is a great choice. It combines the best of what Nepal has to offer: amazing mountain views, pastoral villages and rice fields layered on top of each other, descending down into the valley.
The best part is that so few people know about it. This is a great alternative trek to the more popular and more crowded Ghorepani trek.
Khopra Danda Trek Highlights.
- You will amazing feel on reaching Khopra Ridge (3660 meters) which passes through alpine meadows and green pastures.
- You will walk to the Khayar Lake, a sacred pilgrim spot for Hindu people.
- You will step to Khopra Danda to catch the stunning views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I, and other mountain peaks in the Annapurna region.
- If you are trekking in Spring, you will be walking through the rhododendron blossoms throughout the trek route.
- You can take rest on several rest-stops nearby the scattered settlements of Tibetan-like people.
- Encounter seldom-visited Brahmin & Magar settlements of the middle hills
How to start the Trek.
You will arrive to Nepal, Kathmandu in Tribhuwan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival. From Kathmandu we head to on a Pokhara, the starting point of our trek.
You can choose to go to Pokhara either via 25 minute domestic flight (cost not included in package) or a 6 hours drive via tourist bus that departs early in the morning every day. Taking the bus will require you to stay overnight at a hotel in pokhara to start trekking next morning.
Best Season for Khopra Danda Trek
Spring and Autumn are the two best season for Khopra Danda Trek. Spring season starts from March to May. Whereas, the Autumn season begins from September to December. You can view the national flower of Nepal – Rhododendron blooming in spring. Trekking in autumn has an advantage of watching the mountain in clear blue skies.
Khopra Danda Trek Cost
The cost of Khopra Danda Trek depends on the service, no of trekking days and accommodation. For the packaged trek, it will cost USD 1080 /per person which includes hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara. Where we included guide, porter, trekking permits, teahouse accommodation with 3 meals a day and transportation.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1400m
Day 02: Flight to Pokhara & time to explore Pokhara city – 815m -25m flight
Day 03: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul /Syauli Bazaar / Kimche (1,784m).Trek to Ghandruk (1940m / 6,364ft)
Day 04: Trek from Ghandruk (1940m / 6,364ft ) to Bayeli Kharka (3,450m / 11,318ft)
Day 05: Trek from Bayli Kharka (3,450m/ 11,318ft) to Khopra Danda (Ridge) (3,660m / 11,811ft)
Day 06: Trek from Khopra Danda (Ridge) (3,660m / 11,811ft) to Swanta (2,214m / 7,874ft)
Day 07: Trek from Swanta (2,214m / 7,874ft) to Ghorepani (2,880m / 9,350ft)
Day 08: Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210m / 10,525ft) then trek to Birethanti (1,039m / 3,250ft) – Drive to Pokhara.
Day 09: Drive tourist bus to Kathmandu 1400m
Day 10: Departure
Kathmandu airport pickup and drop
2 nights hotel in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast basis
1 nights hotel in Pokhara with bed & breakfast basis.
Registered and well experienced local friendly trekking guide.
An assistant guide if the guide size more than 6 people.
One sharing porter between two trekkers (weight limit 15kg)
All meals: lunch, breakfast, dinner during the trek.
Tea, coffee, cookies, fresh fruits and hot water are served during the trek.
Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist bus.
Tea Houses Lodge accommodation during the trek on double occupancy basis.
Food, accommodation, salary and insurances of your guide and porters.
All necessary trekking permits for Khayer Lake Trek
Government tax, vat and office service charge etc.
Nepal Visa fee (Bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara other than breakfast.
Items and expenses of personal nature
Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot shower, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
If you use a Pony, all donation, Camera Fees during festival.
Hot shower during the trip.
Personal trekking equipment
Tips for guide, porters, driver.