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Khopra Danda Trek

Khopra Danda Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Annapurna region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Khayer Lake (4660m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Khopra Danda Trek is a less-crowded trek with some of the best Himalayan panorama the Annapurna region is bestowed with. Besides, one gets to witness the authentic local culture, discover traditional mountain villages and hike to another Himalayan viewpoint in Annapurna at Khopra Danda.

Khopra Danda or hill located at 3640 meters offers brilliant views of peaks like the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, including the majestic Fishtail Peak. If you are adventurous enough then a side excursion to Khayer Lake (3640m) from Khopra Danda adds yet another dimension to the trek. This will take you about 7-8 hours but the result will be rewarding with more dazzling Himalayan views.

Khayer Lake is a sacred lake that Hindu pilgrims and especially Magar community visit the lake to pray the Goddess Khayer Barahi whose small temple is located at the lake’s bank. During the Hindu festival of Janai Purnima, Hindu devotees flock to Khayer Lake to get blessings. You will have to cross over a brown and barren landscape to get to Khayer Lake with occasional sightings of the local shepherds on the trail.

The trek to Khayer Danda begins after a scenic drive from Pokhara to Nayapul then a trek to Tikhedhunga. Then you will have to follow the Ghorepani Poon Hill trail and further continue passing along traditional Nepalese villages, dense forests, and lush meadows with spectacular Himalaya views on your backdrop.

Eventually, you will reach Khayer Danda where fewer lodges are scattered which commands a great panorama of the surrounding mountains. You can climb up to the Khopra Ridge which offers breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains like the mighty Annapurna range, including Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fang, and Machhapuchhre ‘Fishtail’.

Khopra Danda Trek is a great option for trekkers looking for an off-the-beaten-path trek in Annapurna and exploring the remarkable landscapes of the Annapurna region while avoiding the crowds of the more popular trekking routes.

Khopra Danda Trek Highlights

  • Pokhara- the most beautiful lakeside city & natural wonder of Nepal.
  • Grand amazing sunrise over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas.
  • Witness a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayas from Khopra Danda ridge.
  • Hike to sacred Khayer Lake at the foot of Mt. Annapurna South.
  • Trek off the beaten track.
  • Majestic views of peaks like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South & Nilgiri.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by a tourist bus (6-7 hrs)
Day 03: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1010m/2hrs) & trek to Tikhedhunga (1480m/4 hrs)
Day 04: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2870m/5-6 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Upper Chistibung (2,975m/5-6 hrs)
Day 06: Trek from Upper Chistibung to Khopra Danda (3640m/3 hrs)
Day 07: Rest day in Khopra Danda, Day-trip to Khayer Lake (4660m/7-8 hrs)
Day 08: Trek from Khopra Danda to Sikha (1935m/5-6 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Sikha to Tatopani (1190m/2-3 hrs) & drive to Pokhara. 5 hours drive
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara by a tourist bus (5-6 hrs)
Day 11: Final departure

Arrive in Kathmandu and one of our representatives will receive you and then transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore the city where your hotel is located which is usually at Thamel – the popular tourist hub in Kathmandu where every needs and facilities for the tourist are located like hotels, pubs, restaurants, departmental stores, trek gear shops etc. Or you can simply rest at your hotel if you are jet lagged and get ready for an amazing Himalayan trek.

Hotel

Early in the morning take a bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The early departure ensures that you reach Pokhara by early afternoon, leaving you with enough time to explore the city on the same day. The drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara is incredibly scenic, offering stunning views of lush hills, terraced farms, and the Himalayan mountain range. Keep your camera ready to capture the breathtaking landscapes along the way. Upon arrival in Pokhara, check-in hotel and the rest of the time is free to explore or rest. 

Option: You can choose to either take a private vehicle or flight (25 min) for Kathmandu/Pokhara or Pokhara/Kathmandu transfers. 

Hotel
Breakfast included

After breakfast drive to Nayapul, which takes about 2 hrs. from here that our trek actually commences. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, going through bamboo forests, past a large waterfall and swimming hole. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches Sudami where we halt for lunch. After lunch, we climb steadily up the side of the valley, passing by Hile until we arrive at Tikhedhunga. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We move ahead from Tikhedhunga crossing a stream on a suspension bridge near a camp site. The trail now ascends a steep stone staircase (which has about 3300 steps) to the large Magar village, “Ulleri” at 2080m. Above the village, the trail climbs gently through the pastures and cultivated fields. There is another campsite at about an hour’s walk above Ulleri. We cross two sparkling streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti, where we stop for lunch. In the winter the trail can be covered with snow. From Nangethanti, we climb all the way up to Ghorepani, which offers spectacular mountainous panorama of Dhaulagiri (8172m), Tukuche Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South(7219m), Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6434m) and Tarke Kang (7069m)

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, trek begins with ascending path through the ridges of mountains towards Chistibung. En route witness spectacular Himalayan panorama, beautiful mountain flowers and lush vegetation. Chistibung is the best location to catch the perfect mountain views from it’s closest point. The hike is about 5-6 hours and upon reaching, check-in lodge and free to explore the area in the evening.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is to hike to the main highlight of the trek ‘Khopra Danda’. You will continue trek from Chistibung down towards Khopra danda. The viewpoint from Khopra Danda provides one of the best Himalayan panorama in Annapurna of the peaks like Mount Annapurna I (8091 m), mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Hiuchuli (6441 m), Nilgiri (7,061 m) and any almost every mountain in Annapurna region. You can witness sunrise from here early in the morning the next day which is just spectacular.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is a rest and acclimatization day. You can rest in your lodge and if you want to stretch those legs then you can go for a side-excursion to Khayer Lake above Khopar Danda which is located at an elevation of 4660 meters above sea level. After exploring around the lake, return back to Khopra Danda. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is going to be a long trek of about 5-6 hours of walking. The path is mostly going downhill so you need to start early having your breakfast at Khopra Danda and start the trek. The trek begins with going through some section of woodlands and crossing over a number of small villages en route, and finally arrive Shika. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Trek continues after breakfast from Sikha to Tatopani in Beni which literally means ‘Hot Springs’. Upon reaching Tatopani, check-in lodge and head straight to the hot springs soaking yourself with the fresh and warm water of the Himalayas and easing your aching muscles of the long hike in the mountains.

Afterward, drive to Pokhara which is about 5 hours drive from both on and off roads. Upon reaching the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara, check-in hotel and the rest of the time is free to explore Pokhara which basically is visiting the Phewa Lake, hunting down some good restaurants in the lakeside area closer to Phewa Lake and simply enjoy the evening at one of the pubs or restaurants at lake side celebrating a successful trek in the Himalayas.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch included

After breakfast drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara by a tourist bus retracing the same highway route which you took earlier. Upon reaching Kathmandu, check-in hotel and the rest of the time is free to explore or rest. In the evening is Farewell Dinner at one of the authentic Nepali Restaurant with a cultural show.

Hotel
Breakfast included

A representative from Marron Treks will escort you to the airport for your final departure. Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your adventure companion in Nepal again. You need to be at least 3 hours prior to your flight time at the airport.

You can always extend your trip to try out some of our other adventurous packages like Bungy Jumping, Mountain Biking, Jungle Safari, White Water Rafting, Golfing & Paragliding. Please let us know about your desire for trip extension so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast as per itinerary.
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu by tourist bus. (Option: Private vehicle/Flight)
  • Pokhara/Nayapul & Tatopani/Pokhara transfers by private vehicle.
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks duffel bag
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide)
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Farewell dinner with Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes.  

What is not included?

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for guides & porters 

Route Map

FAQ's

 

1. What is the Khopra Danda Trek?
The Khopra Danda Trek, also known as the Khopra Ridge Trek or Khopra Hill Trek, is a lesser-known and off-the-beaten-path trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Trekking to Khopra Danda offers spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

2. What is the duration of Khopra Danda Trek ?
Khopra Danda Trek takes 7 days to complete the trek.

3. What is the starting point of the trek?
The Khopra Danda Trek usually starts from a village called Nayapul, which is accessible by road from Pokhara. From Nayapul, the trek passes through various villages like Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, and finally reaches Khopra Danda

4. Is the Khopra Danda Trek difficult?
Khopra Danda Trek is considered a moderate trek, suitable for trekkers with a moderate level of fitness. While it doesn’t involve climbing to high altitudes, there will be some steep ascents and descents along the trail.

5. What is the best time to do the Khopra Danda Trek?
The best time for this trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer clear skies, pleasant weather, and blooming rhododendron forests, enhancing the overall trekking experience.

6. Are permits required for the Khopra Danda Trek?
Yes, like most treks in Nepal, you need to obtain permits for the Khopra Danda Trek. The required permits include the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.

7. What kind of accommodation is available along the trail?
Teahouses and lodges are available along the Khopra Danda Trek route, providing basic accommodation and meals. However, compared to more popular treks, the facilities may be relatively simple, so it’s advisable to be prepared for more rustic accommodations.

8. What are the highlights of the Khopra Danda Trek?
The Khopra Danda Trek’s highlights include stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, a visit to the beautiful Ghorepani Poon Hill viewpoint, exploration of local villages and culture, and the chance to experience the tranquil beauty of the Himalayas.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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