Overview of Khopra Danda Trek
Are you on the hunt for the less explored and short trek around the lap of the Annapurna Region? If that’s the case then, we will suggest you Khopra Danda Trek which is also known for the grandeur of the Annapurna Region. This trek features every beauty that has to offer at every turn. It includes glorious mountains, deep valleys, tranquil forests, farmlands, and local settlements.
Khopra Danda Trek, also called Khopra Ridge Trek is a less beaten path trek with a great option for a short trek. You will be passing through fast-flowing rivers, lush forests, captivating Himalayan views, cultural villages, and farming lands. Keep your eyes open and feel the presence both in your body and in the larger space around you. Also, appreciate the presence of rhododendron forest, Himalayan wildlife, and grazing herds of yak.
One aspect that has been achieved with persistent interest is recreation. Enjoy your interest to enjoy the surroundings during the walk. Pass through the several ups and downs and let your attention be drawn toward the beauty you will find in every curve. Complement the view of mountains including Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Hiunchuli (6,470 m), Dhaulagiri (8,176 m), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), Nilgiri Himal (7,061 m) and many more.
Khopra Danda Trek Route Map
Are you wondering about the map of the Khopra Danda trek? If you click on the infographic image below, you will see the route map of Khopra Trek.
We have designed the digital map for simplicity and practicality and to enhance your trekking experience. In addition, this map portrays the extension trails, peaks, rivers, and religious sites. Click the infographic image below to learn about the route.
The Khopra Danda Trek distance is 10 days, starting with the scenic drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani. The whole distance of the Khopra Danda Trek Itinerary is about 320 km. The distance differs between the days of the itinerary and the trek start point. Our trek starts ahead of Nayapul, Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Chistibung, and finally Khopra Ridge. We will then return to Dobato, Ghandruk, Pokhara, and then Kathmandu. On the map, you will see the extension route of the Khopra trek. Upon your interest, we can also extend the trail to Mohare Trek or ABC Trek for more exciting adventures and views.
Is Khopra Danda Trek difficult?
The Khopra Danda walking path is surprisingly moderate given that it does not exceed 4,000 meters in altitude (12,000 ft). A significant section of the trek is entirely uphill on steep slopes. The trekking distance is extremely extensive. However, we do not need to walk for more than five hours per day.
There are times when you have to walk for six hours straight; so, we highly recommend making preparations before going trekking. When hiking for a significant distance, the trails will take you from a lower to a higher altitude.
Khopra Danda Trek Permit
Khopra Danda Trek requires two permits: an Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit and a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS card). Before you can start a trip in the region, you need all of the above permits. At different checkpoints along the way, you will have to show them.
Note: When creating official documents, you will typically be required to submit a copy of your passport and a photo in passport size. Bring at least eight to ten passport-sized photographs. We will acquire the necessary travel permits and handle all legal documentation.
We will check out of the hotel after breakfast in the early morning. The distance between here and Pokhara is 126 miles, and it will take us around 7 hours to drive there today. You may feel crazy, as such a short-distance trip will take around 7 hours to reach Pokhara. That’s Nepal for you, as the Himalayan road has much to do with it.
The bus climbs gently out of the Kathmandu Valley onto the mountain route that leads to the Prithivi Highway. It’s adventurous as you make your way through the narrow corridors and down the steep slope.
Green hills, the swiftly flowing Trishuli River, little settlements, and distant white peaks provide enough visual stimulation to keep one awake on such a lengthy journey. When you get there, you can relax in Pokhara.
After breakfast, we will leave Pokhara and head toward Baglung Bus Park. We book the ticket for the bus to Nayapul. After some minutes of waiting in the bus park, we will leave Pokhara. You will drive for about two hours to reach Nayapul. The route to Nayapul is reckless because of bumpy and windy roads.
After 2 hours, you will finally reach Nayapaul and get ready for a short walk toward Tikherdunga. After walking around 1.5 KM from Nayapul, you will reach the ACAP check-post at Birethati. We will then turn left and ascend gradually along the small village of Tikhedunga. You will notice many lodge options as soon as you enter the village.
We are still on the same trail as the Poon Hill trek, so you may find many tourists on the way. You will find all ages of tourists enjoying this trek because it is marked as an “easy trek.” However, some tourists find this trek hard as they have to climb the rocky stairs to reach Ghorepani.
After finishing the stone stairs, the trail became much more gradual as we climbed to Ghorepani. In the peak season, you might feel frustrated as some parts of the trail need to be wider to pass. After some hours of additional walking, you will finally reach Ghorepani.
People travel to Ghorepani mainly for the fantastic sunrise view from Poon Hill. It is marketed as the most beautiful view of the Himalayas because it is accessible for all ages. You can get a better view if you ascend further into the mountains.
After breakfast, we will leave the main trail behind and start the actual trek ahead of us. After some moments leaving the main trail, we will meet the suspension bridge. Crossing that bridge before the steep climb, we will reach Swanta village.
From this village, we will again continue our walk to our destination. The trail waves through a dense forest, moving away from civilization and sounds. After some additional hours of walking, you will finally reach Chistibung.
Today you will only walk for about 2.5–3 hours to reach Khopra Ridge. During the winter, you might find layers of snow covering the trail. The trail is steep and gains 200 m in elevation for every 1 kilometer.
After you leave the treeline near Chistibung, the view of the mountain starts to appear. After the trail started taking a steep turn, we began to stroll around the ridge to the community lodge. You will see Mt. Dhaulagiri, the 7th highest mountain in the world, in front of us. You will have enough time to rest here and enjoy the beautiful view of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South right in your face. As the sun began to set, the peaks looks more beautiful, painted with the rays of the sun forming orange in color.
Today we will walk up before the sun to see the sunrise view over the Himalayas. Wrapped in thick clothes, waiting until the sun rises, you will suddenly see an unbelievable sight in front of you. The Himalayas lit up a bright orange as if on fire as the sun hit them first thing in the morning. This might be a memorable sunrise if the weather is clear.
There is also the side trip above Khopra Ridge. That place is called Khayer Lake, at a height of 4600 m. The trail to reach there is very demanding and exceptionally beautiful too. If you have the time and courage to climb further, please visit Khayer Lake.
Coming to our usual routine, we will have breakfast with a fantastic view of the mountains. After that, we will head down to Chistibung, which takes 1.5 hours. From here, we will turn left and head toward Dobato. We will descend steeply through the dense forest and reach a river. After some additional descending, we will reach Bayeli.
After resting and gaining some energy, we will hear the Dobato. From here, it is about 2.5 km to reach Dobato. After about 4 hours of walking from Bayeli, we will finally reach Dobato.
If you like to see another magical sunrise view, we will wake up early morning before the sun at Muldai Viewpoint. This viewpoint is located at an altitude of 3,640 m, and another exceptional view is awaiting us. It takes only 30 minutes to reach the viewpoint, but the trail is steep. As you reach the top, you will see amazing views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Machhapuchare, and even Mt. Manaslu. The panorama of mountains is soo exceptional from here. Please be careful while going down, as the trail might be slippery.
We will be back at the lodge and have breakfast before heading further. After some hours of walking, you will be hitting the dirt trail, which is easy to walk. We will now reach Tadapani, the major trekking junction and a popular short hike from Pokhara. The trail will be crowded again in peak season because this route is also an alternative trail to Poon Hill. We will continue walking down to the mossy and blooming rhododendron forest. After some minutes, we will reach Ghandruk.
Early in the morning, we will have breakfast and walk for around 1 hour to catch the public bus to Pokhara. On the way, you will see a beautiful waterfall and small settlements. There are many food and accommodation options, so you can choose what suits your taste. After 3 hours of a bumpy and adventurous ride, you will finally reach Pokhara.
Today we will return to Kathmandu, passing through the green hills and thundering rivers. After 7 hours of riding on a bumpy road, you will finally reach Kathmandu.
- KTM-PKR-KTM bus fare as per itinerary
- Permit Cards Expenses
- Experienced Himalayan trek guide for 09 days
- One porter for two of you for trekking for 07 days (prepare to give max. 15 kgs’ luggage from each of you so that it will not exceed 30 kg. for your porter)
- Basic yet comfortable accommodation for 06 nights on a twin-sharing basis during the trekking as per itinerary.
- Staff insurance
- 06 x set breakfast, 07 x set lunch and 06 x set dinner while on the trek
- Purified drinking water during the entire trekking as per itinerary
- General first aid medicine kit
- Complimentary T-shirt
- Duffle bag during the trek
- International Flight Fare
- Food and Accommodation in KTM and PKR since there are many possibilities available.
- Personnel expenses of any kind
- Any Travel Insurance
- Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances that may lead to a change in itinerary.
- Tips for any staff and guide
- Anything that is not listed in the “PRICE INCLUDES” section above
Special Group Discount Price
|1 Person||US$ 630 Per Person|
|2 People||US$ 475 Per Person|
|3 People||US$ 437 Per Person|
|4-6 People||US$ 416 Per Person|
|7-9 People||US$ 404 Per Person|
|10-12 People||US$ 401 Per Person|
|Over 12 People||US$ 397 Per Person|
Essential Information - Khopra Danda Trek
Accommodation on Khopra Danda Trek
After the trek starts, two nights in a hotel in Pokhara and rest nights at a Khopra Danda lodge in the trekking regions. You will stay in the available accommodations during the trek.
On the Khopra Danda trail, most people stay in teahouses. Some of the places also have community lodges where you can spend a pleasant night. The families who live in those areas run the community lodges, which are simple places to stay. Most of the time, they share bathrooms and beds that are both comfortable and cozy. Cultural and fun events are held at the teahouses and community lodges.
Each room in the teahouse has two single beds with a clean sheet and a blanket on top. Some of the teahouse’s rooms are fairly wide with 4 to 5 beds. Due to the minimal quantity of teahouses throughout the trail, the bathrooms and toilets are typically shared.
Please be informed that we will provide you with accommodations only during the trek. While staying in Kathmandu, you should pay for your hotel by yourself. There are numerous options of hotels available, and we want you to stay wherever you feel comfortable. We are always available if you need any suggestions on hotels.
Food on Khopra Danda Trek
DalBhat, a popular Nepalese meal, can be found at nearly all teahouses and community lodges. The combination of boiled rice, lentil soup, curry, pickle, with chapatti is an excellent dinner that will provide you with all the energy you need for hours of trekking.
Typically, you eat dinner and breakfast at the teahouse or community lodge where you spend the night, and lunch at the nicest location along the road.
Breakfast options include bread and chapatti, eggs, oatmeal, pancakes, and vegetable soup, while lunch and dinner options include Dalbhat, noodles, spaghetti, pasta, pizza (in a few locations only), burger, and dumplings, among others. We recommend selecting foods that are appropriate for your body.
Please be aware that we will serve you three meals during the trek. The cost doesn’t include meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Because of the variety of food options available here, we let you explore breakfast, lunch, and dinner by yourself. We can also manage your food service in Kathmandu upon your special request. For that, please let us know while customizing your trip.
Best season to trek Khopra Danda
September, October, and November (autumn) are considered to be the best season to trek Khopra Danda, followed by March, April, and May (spring). The lack of tea houses can cause occasional accommodation difficulties during the peak season.
Khopra Danda Trek Packing Suggestions
Please properly pack your luggage for the porter (each of you 15kg, for two of you, a porter is arranged). You will leave the rest of your luggage behind at your hotel until the end of this holiday. Below is a loosely advised Khopra Danda Trek packing list that might help you in your trek:
- Appropriate clothing (3 sets)
- Woolen sweater or jacket
- Thermal inner wear
- Wide-brimmed hat
- Woolen cap and scarf
- Thick woolen gloves
- Waterproof gloves
- Sport Sandals
- Woolen socks (2 pairs)
- Waterproof (not water-resistant) shoes with a good tread/grip
- Rain-proof pants and jacket with hood
- A lock for the duffle bag
- Backpack with waterproof cover
- Sleeping bag suitable for temperatures around 0°C (1 – optional)
- Down jacket with hood
- Camera (optional) (video camera is not permitted by authority)
Other essential items:
- Personal clothing
- Small thermos for hot beverages
- Water bottle (1 liter)
- Sunscreen lotion (50 SPF or more)
- Castor oil (50 ml) to lubricate the nostrils at high altitude
- Ziplock bags for clothing
- Quick-dry Towel (not a regular one)
- Toilet paper
- Wet wipes
- Snacks – chocolates, biscuits, nuts, etc.
- Hand sanitizer
- Powerful flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries)
Though we arrange basic medical kits for Khopra Danda Trekking, they are very general and may not be adequate based on conditional necessity. Personal medical equipment with electrolyte packs, pain killers, muscle relaxant cream, band-aids, knee caps, medicines for fever, common cold, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, and any other personal medication is necessary from your side.
Communication in Khopra Danda Trek
Khopra Danda Trek itinerary encounters different landscapes. Even in this age of highly modern information and communication technologies (ICT), the landscapes are challenging for development in remote areas.
Although most of the villages along the Khopra Danda Trek now have access to mobile phones and telephone services. Internet access is available in most tea shops, usually for a fee per hour.
Most asked questions
FAQs about Khopra Danda Trek
People have observed for a long time that living in the Himalayas, along with their natural beauty, helps them feel joyfully whole inside. The Khopra Danda journey, with its stunning Himalayan scenery and rich biodiversity, can fill you with a sense of fulfillment.
Never undervalue your specific interests; they may be so appealing that they inspire you to achieve your goals and develop into a whole person. Following your interest in visiting Himalayan destinations like Khopra Danda, the trek is more than just a trip. How you feel about it will depend on your curiosity and awareness.
The highest place for a trip to Khopra Danda is Khayer Lake, with a height of 4,660 m.
You must get entrance authorization if you wish to enter the Khopra Danda for any reason. Getting a specific trek permit is necessary to enter a protected area that the government has designated for trekking. You will need an Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit and a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS card).
A permit is necessary for entry into the conservation area for your security. Your national park will also benefit from your permit price.
Our schedule is one of the finest for everyone, so if you have never been to high altitudes before, you may not have much less to choose from. If the schedule is cut short, there might need more time to adapt to changes in the climate, humidity, or pH, which could cause high altitude sickness and other problems. Your body needs time to make more red blood cells to make up for the fact that blood at high altitudes has less oxygen.
But if you want to spend more time in the Himalayas, we can give you the best options to add days and make your schedule fit your needs. Feel free to contact us; our team will put together your dream package based on your priorities and our suggestions.
While traveling with us, it is compulsory to get a guide. If you trek with a guide, they will provide a better option in choosing food and accommodation and also remove the language barrier. They will always help you with permits, domestic flight arrangements, and local porters and assist you throughout the trek.
Additionally, if you experience high altitude sickness, your trekking guide will immediately monitor your symptoms. They will help you at every stage because they are familiar with the surroundings and the wildlife. If you are an independent trekker, it is not necessary to bring a guide along for this trek, but a guide will be helpful for a hassle-free vacation.
Your battery is more likely to drain quickly in a cold environment. So it would be best if you recharge your battery from time to time. You can charge your battery in the lower part of the trail where you spend your night, but as you reach higher, there is a low chance to recharge your battery. You must pay an additional fee if a charging service is available because the lodge uses solar energy to run the electricity.
However, you can bring a spare battery for your camera and other devices, so you won’t need to worry about charging it frequently. There might be a power cut or low voltage, so it will be best to carry the portable power bank.
As traveling through high-altitude regions, assessing your health and fitness is crucial. Every trekker’s experience is made safer and more comfortable thanks to it.
Due to our conviction that children benefit from nature in various ways, we are pleased to welcome you and your family to the Khopra Danda Trek. With a professional guide, the trek can be done smoothly. However, we won’t suggest bringing kids who are too young (less than five years old) to go hiking at high altitudes.
For at least a month, prepare your kids for this trek by having them practice easy exercises and breathing techniques. Please let us know if you require a kid carry service during the inquiry process.
Before starting your journey to Khopra Danda Trek, we have already paid for several things on your behalf: permits, taxes, and others. Please also be aware that we must compensate our porters and guides even if you cancel or choose not to finish the trip because of their commitment to serving you.
Specific fees apply if you desire to cancel your reserved trips. Behind that, we welcome you to shift your trip days to Khopra Danda Trekking or the package itself. We may charge a specific amount if you wish to reschedule/cancel the booking date. Both parties will benefit if you inform us as soon as possible. Please go through our terms and conditions to clarify the refund process.
In case of hikers finish their journey sooner than expected or decide to terminate it early for any reason, kindly be aware that we do not grant refunds for any portion of the trek that is not used. This also totally depends on the circumstances, but we request that you refrain from expecting a refund for the above reasons.
We suggest you engage in physical activities three months before the trip to prepare yourself physically and mentally. Additionally, we offer the Soldhunga Hike as part of our quick acclimation training trip. You can utilize this hike as a preview of what to expect on your main journey in the central Himalayas.
Please ask our ground team in Kathmandu for assistance arranging day tours around the city. If you still have a few days or a week after the trek, we can also set up one of the following quick relaxation trips. Please pick the one you think will best suit your interests.
- Chitwan Safari
These additional vacation days were planned with the idea that you would want to relax after a challenging and long trek rather than go hiking again. Please let us know if there are any other destinations you would prefer over these.
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