Khopra Danda Trek

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Trip Start and End: Kathmandu
  • Trip Area: Annapurna, Poon Hill, Khopra
  • Trip Style: Active/ Adventure
  • Age Group: 7+
  • Trip Type: Private and Group
  • Trip Method: Guided
  • Booking Type: instant Booking
  • Max. Altitude: 3640m
  • Best Season: September to May
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The Khopra Danda Trek is the 7-day hike to the ultimate best viewpoint of Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri in the Annapurna region. It is a less crowded and newly opened trekking trail in the northern part of the Annapurna Himalaya range.

  • Hike to Poon Hill for the best sunrise views over the Annapurna ranges. Embrace the color-changing mountain views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung, Nilgiri, etc. from Khopra Danda during sunrise and sunset.
  • Trek through peaceful rhododendrons and oak forests while keeping an attentive eye for Himalayan Thar, Lophophorus, and other animals. Get to the tantalizing Khayer Lake at the foot of Annapurna South.
  • Explore diverse cultures and traditions of the Magar, Gurung, Brahmin, and Chhetri communities on the trail. Enjoy the beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk.

The Khopra Danda (Ridge) stands at an elevation of 3,640m. Which is a little higher than the famous poon hill. This viewpoint offers one of the most spectacular views of Mountian ranges, green lush forests, streams, and local settlements.

The second highlight of the trek is pristine Khayer Lake, which lies at a close distance from Khopra danda. We have one extra day to do an exploration of this beautiful lake on our itinerary. This beautiful lake offers magical reflection and the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains.

The trekking to Khopra Danda typically starts and ends in Pokhara city. You take a cab or other vehicle from Pokhara to reach Ghandruk and return to Pokhara after the 7-day trek to Khayera Lake. And return to Pokhara on the last day of trekking from Poon Hill. The total trekking distance of the Khopra hill trekking is 50 to 55 km (30 to 35 miles). This is a circuit trek - the actual trek starts from Nayapul and goes counterclockwise to cover the legendary Ghandruk TadapaniFrom Tadapani you will go to Khopra Danda and return to Poon Hill via swatha. After exploring poon hill you meet the same route in Nayapul via Ulleri and Birethanti.

After a drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk you’ll explore the beautiful village of Ghandruk, the biggest Gurung community village in the region. And on the same day, you’ll set out on a beautiful hike across rhododendron, primula, and oak forests from Ghandruk to Tadapani.

Similarly, you’ll trek through stone slabs as footsteps along Gurung villages, farmed terraces, and streams to Bayeli Kharka and then to Khopra Danda on the following days. Apart from the epic scenery, you’ll also get to see the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.

After Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake exploration, the trek resumes across multiple days towards the village of Swanta and then to Ghorepani. You will then embark on a morning hike to Poon Hill and witness the glorious sunrise. In this way, you get the most out of each landmark in the Annapurna region in the Khopra Danda Trek.

Along the trail, you'll have the opportunity to interact with local Gurung and Magar communities, experiencing their culture and traditions. Teahouses and lodges established by locals in these villages provide accommodation and meals for trekkers. This is typically a 7-day trek, but the duration can be adjusted depending on your fitness level and itinerary customization.

The trek offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, including peaks like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna I, II, and III, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Lamjung Himal, and Mt. Nilgiri. You'll also pass through lush rhododendron forests, charming villages, and terraced fields.

Khopra Danda Trek Cost

The Khopra Danda Trek cost starts from 400 USD per individual and can get to 700 USD per individual. The cost for solo trekking is the highest, i.e. 700 USD, and the cost per trekker keeps going down if you join a bigger group.

Group Size
Cost Per Trekker
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1 pax
700 USD
2 to 3 pax
550 USD
4 to 5 pax
500 USD
6 to 10 pax
450 USD
More than 10
400 USD

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    Khopra Danda Trek Itinerary

    • Day 1:Drive to Ghandruk and trek to TadapaniAltitude: 2630 m
    • Day 2:Trek from Tadapani to Bayeli via DobatoAltitude: 3450 m
    • Day 3:Bayeli to Khopra DandaAltitude: 3660 m
    • Day 4:Trek to Khayer Lake and Hike around Khopra DandaAltitude: 3660 m
    • Day 5:Trek from Khopra Danda to Swanta VillageAltitude: 2350 m
    • Day 6:Swanta to GhorepaniAltitude: 2874 m
    • Day 7:Trek to Poon Hill, trek down to Nayapul and drive to PokharaAltitude: 822 m

    Day 1:Drive to Ghandruk and trek to Tadapani

    • Max Altitude2630 m
    • AccommodationTea House
    • MealsBLD

    After having an early breakfast in Pokhara, you will set off to Ghandruk. You will have almost an hour and 40 minutes of the scenic ride to get to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a beautiful village with panoramic views where you'll spend your first night. The trek to Tadapani takes 6 to 7 hours from Ghandruk. You will ascend the uphill trail between the forests with amazing views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhre.

    Day 2:Trek from Tadapani to Bayeli via Dobato

    • Max Altitude3450 m
    • AccommodationTea House
    • MealsBLD

    You will have your breakfast in Tadapani and set off for Bayeli. You will ascend the trail after crossing the forest to the ridge of Deurali. The trek continues upward along the relatively steep trail to Bayali Kharka via Dobato. It takes about 6 to 7 hours to get there.

    Day 3:Bayeli to Khopra Danda

    • Max Altitude3660 m
    • AccommodationTea House
    • MealsBLD

    You'll descend the trail with a gentle slope covered with bushes and trees. After walking for a few hours you will reach Chistbung village. You can sit, relax, and walk further to Khopra Danda. You will ascend through the alpine trees. You will have a wonderful view of Kaligandaki Ridge and the peaks such as Annapurna South, Dhawalagiri, and Nilgiri along the way. You will have a better view of the Kaligandaki Gorge from Khopra Ridge. You will spend overnight at a tea house there.

    Day 4:Trek to Khayer Lake and Hike around Khopra Danda

    • Max Altitude3660 m
    • AccommodationTea House
    • MealsBLD

    You will spend your day in Khopra Ridge. You will soak yourself in the beautiful surroundings and hike around Khopra. You will trek for a few hours to get to Khayer Lake. This is a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. You can get a beautiful view of the Himalayas from there. You will see Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, etc. You can spend the rest of the day talking to the local people, exploring their culture and traditions. You will spend your night there at a tea house.

    Day 5:Trek from Khopra Danda to Swanta Village

    • Max Altitude2350 m
    • AccommodationTea House
    • MealsBLD

    After exploring the Khopra ridge, you will descend to the Swanta village on the 8th day of your journey. It will take almost an hour to get to Upper Chistbung village. Descending further down, crossing the potato and barley farms and beautiful villages along the way, you reach Swanta village. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the village, the Magar people, and their lifestyle.

    Day 6:Swanta to Ghorepani

    • Max Altitude2874 m
    • AccommodationTea House
    • MealsBLD

    You’ll have your breakfast at Swanta and set off to Ghorepani. You will descend through a beautiful trail covered in green forests. You can catch a glimpse of the Annapurna range during the trek. When you get to Ghorepani, you can spend the rest of the day with the people of the village. You will have closer exposure to their culture and tradition. You will stay overnight at Ghorepani in a tea house.

    Day 7:Trek to Poon Hill, trek down to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

    • Max Altitude822 m
    • AccommodationTea House
    • MealsBLD

    On this day, you will be rewarded with a view of a glorious sunrise over the Himalayan range from Poon Hill. You will hike early in the morning to Poon Hill to witness this mesmerizing view of sunrise over Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhawalagiri. After grasping the view you will trek down to Nayapul crossing the beautiful forests and enjoying the Himalayas in the background. When you come to Nayapul, we will board a private vehicle to take you to Pokhara. You will check into a hotel when you reach there. You can sit back and relax celebrating the success of your trekking journey. You can spend your evening walking by the lake, shopping for souvenirs, or exploring the streets.

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    Cost Details

    Included

    • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner throughout the trek
    •  Private transport from Pokhara to Ghandruk  and return to Pokhara from Nayapul
    • Tea house accommodation along the way for 6 nights
    • Guide and 1 porter for two people (A porter can carry up to 25 kg)
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry permit
    • TIMS Card
    • Sublime T-short and camp for free
    • Necessary government fees and taxes
    • First Aid service in case of minor injuries

    Excluded

    • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation fees, and loss of personal belongings. (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery charge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.
    • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
    • Tipping for the Sublime guide and porter

    Dates, Prices & Booking

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    Start DateStart: SaturdayJun 29, 2024End DateEnd: FridayJul 05, 2024PricePriceUS$500StatusStatusAvailable

    Trip Essential Information

    Weather and Best Time

    Spring and autumn are the best seasons for the Khopra Danda Trek. Both these seasons feature clear visibility and perfect trekking conditions. 

    Spring in Nepal corresponds to March, April, and May. Apart from stunning mountain views, this season is marked by colorful rhododendron blossoms throughout the Annapurna trekking trail. The mean daily temperature ranges from 5°C to 15°C.

    Meanwhile, autumn falls in September, October, and November. The temperature is moderate and days are marked by clear skies and low rainfall. You’ll trek through lush green lowlands and forests, and the mean daily temperature ranges from 5°C to 20°C.

    Khopra Danda Trek Difficulty

    The Khopra Danda Trek is an easy trek to do. The difficulty level is suited for first-time trekkers and travelers with normal physical fitness.

    A typical trekking day involves only four to five hours of trekking. The trail to Khopra Danda is on relatively easy terrain. Furthermore, our itinerary is designed in a way that spreads the stress evenly across multiple days.

    Anyone above 7 years of age can complete the trek to Khopra Danda. Nonetheless, if you have preexisting lung, heart, breathing, or other health conditions and want to know if you’re fit enough for the trip, do not hesitate to contact our experts.

    Other Treks in the Annapurna Region

    Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek | Annapurna Base Camp Trek | Short ABC Trek - 5 DaysPoon Hill Trek | Tilicho Lake Trek | Annapurna Circuit Trek | Mardi Himal Trek | Nar Phu Valley Trek

    FAQs

    • Khopra Danda trek is a relatively new trekking destination and is less crowded than other popular trekking routes. Even trekking in peak seasons of autumn and spring, you will find these trails less crowded than another popular trek like Annapurna Base Camp trek.

    • The lake city of Pokhara is an amazing place to spend your evenings strolling along the Phewa and Begnas lake, going for boating, visiting temples, caves, etc. Similar to Kathmandu, it has various places you can go and try different foods and enjoy your free time, but it is much more peaceful. Sarangkot is a viewpoint a few hours away from Pokhara, popular for amazing sights of sunrises and sunsets.

    • Beautiful landscapes are what makes each step of this trek a destination on its own. Lush rhododendron forests with habitats like deer, blue sheep, monal, Himalayan Thar, Lophophorus, etc. can be found mostly during this trek. Either you get to see any of these animals or not depends upon the mere chance. Different species of birds are also found in this area and their soothing chirps energize you.

    Khopra Danda Trek Reviews

    5.0based on 3 reviews
    • Leylla
      LeyllaJune 17, 2022
      TripAdvisor

      The foothills of Annapurna immersed into my soul

      Thank you to Mr. Ram, tour manager from Sublime Trails for being a true professional on this trip. Also, I want to thank Mr. Shiva, my guide for being a wonderful guide and companion throughout this trip.
      I literally enjoyed every bit of this trip. The Annapurna Base Camp was quite covered with clouds, but I also enjoyed being in nature. It was a wonderful two weeks long stay in Nepal. Such a beautiful country. If I had time, I was planning for other trips in the monsoon. But, I'm saving for a future trip to Nepal. Stay blessed.

    • Alex Ross
      Alex RossNovember 12, 2018
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      A beautiful experience

      I was a bit sceptic about choosing Khopra Hill Trek as I hadn't heard much about that place. But I'm glad I ended up going there. I loved it more than my previous trek (Everest Base Camp Trek). The route was extremely beautiful with all those amazing views of hills and mountains and jungles. The guide (suman) was so friendly and enthusiastic, I got to know a lot about Nepal from him. The trail was also not that crowed, i could walk peacefully all day. The view from Khopra ridge was just so amazing. I recommend everyone to go there at least once!

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