Khopra Danda Trek

Khopra Danda Trek

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TripGrade: Strenuous
Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.

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Duration:

12 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

4660 m Khayar lake

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Flight/ drive to Pokhara - Kathmandu.

Best Season:

March-May & Sept.-Nov.

Khopra Danda Hill Trek has been opened quite recently so its lush natural beauty has successfully remained untainted for decades. As a trekker there, it doesn’t matter how low or far your skillset goes and what kind of sites you like to visit; this track manages to be suitable for all. People usually like to couple this trip with a hike to Khayar Lake which happens to be the highest point on this journey. If you are interested and have sufficient time, you can hike up to Khayar Lake too.

You start your journey at Nayapul which is just a few hours’ drive away from Pokhara. From here, you start making your way to the biggest Gurung village, Ghandruk via dirt roads, suspension bridges, settlements of Brahmins and Chettris and cross a lot of rivers. On this journey, you get to see the picturesque mountains of Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna, and Fishtail. On your way from Ghandruk to Tadapani, your eyes and ears have a feast in the jungles of rhododendron and oak filled with the cacophony of waterfalls and birds. Next, you continue your adventure Khopra ridge followed by Chistibung and Bayli Kharka. During this time you get to closely interact with the locals here in the community-run lodges and observe how labor-intensive farming can be in the highlands.

The Khopra ridge is sprawling with wildlife, unlike anything you have seen including the rare Himalayan Tahr. You will have an option to either trek through Ghorepani or from Jomson, but the decision must be given prior to the trek.

This is a short crowded and rarely visited as well as a unique trekking destination. The breathtaking sceneries and the adventure will make you feel alive in a way that you have never experienced!

Highlights of the Khopra Danda Trek

  • Views of Mountains
  • Isolated and less crowded trekking experience
  • Rare wildlife and diverse vegetation
  • Sparkling white water rivers and waterfall
  • Hike to Khayar Lake
  • Interact with the locals and learn about their unique culture
  • Pristine natural trek route

The list is probably incomplete! The rest is for you to discover and explore.

Itinerary Summary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Flight/drive to Pokhara. (30 min flight/ 6-7 hrs drive.)
Day 3: A scenic drive to Kimche and trek to Tadapani. (2 hrs drive and 5 hrs trek)
Day 4: Trek to Dobato (3350m). (6-7 hrs)
Day 5: Trek to Shistibumg (3450m). (4-5 hrs)
Day 6: Trek to Kopra Ridge (3860m). (4-5 hrs)
Day 7: Trek to Swanta (2200m). (5-6 hrs)
Day 8: Trek to Ghorepani (2820m). (6-7 hrs)
Day 9: Trek to Tikhedhunga (1640m)/hile (1590m). (4-5 hrs)
Day 10: Walk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (850m). (3 hrs hike and an hour drive 6-7 hrs drive/ 30 min flight)
Day 11: Flight/ drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 12: Fly back home.

Starting Price

USD 1075 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast

A representative from Himalayan trekkers will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2

Flight/drive to Pokhara.

Meals included: Breakfast

You have an option to either fly or drive. For the first time, it would be worthwhile to drive 7 hours and enjoy the beautiful landscape on the way with majestic mountain views along the way. Or else you can have a scenic flight of 30 minutes; you can see 3 world’s tallest mountains from the window itself. Taking a flight saves time and allows you more time to explore some attractions of Pokhara and stroll around the beautiful Lake.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight/ 6-7 hrs drive.

Day 3

Drive to Kimche and trek to Tadapani.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After your breakfast, you will enjoy a scenic drive to Kimche, and, then start your trek to Tadapani via Ghandruk with brief rest. You will be experiencing the wilderness of nature along the way as we hear the sound of waterfalls and birds chirping. Ghandruk is a small Gurung village with majestic views of many mountains where anyone can enjoy their overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 2 hrs drive and 5 hrs trek.

Day 4

Trek to Dobato (3350m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We today, walk along the trail of Annapurna Base Camp, the trail passes on through the dense forest, lush rhododendron forest and we will be accompanied by the mighty Fishtail until we reach the resting point at Masher (2969 m). From here we trek to a higher altitude, involving gradual climbing and stop at Haire (3137m) for lunch followed by an hour and a half trek to Dobato (3350m) where we have a splendid view of greenery and mountain. There we stay in a lodge. Taking the memories and some snaps we spend overnight at Dobato.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 5

Trek to Shistibumg (3450m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will have an early morning start today for the sunrise view. We will walk to the Hilltop at Dobato in the morning darkness and after walking for 40 minutes uphill, we can see the range of mountains including Lamjung, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and many more. After sunrise view we will head back to Dobato and have our lunch, then we will head towards Shistibumg.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 6

Trek to Kopra Ridge (3860m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we will have a steep climb to reach the top of the Vantage point. This will be the most exciting day of the trek in the Annapurna region. This ridge can be accessed after 3 hours of walk from Shistibumg and offers a panoramic 240-degree view of the mountains in the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri range. After spending plenty of time on the cliff and taking some photos we will come back to our camp around sunset. Overnight at Kopra Ridge.

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Swanta (2200m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We today after breakfast, descend down to the river and climb up a bit through a beautiful forest. A gradual walk in a lush forest of rhododendron and occasional steep descent we will reach Swanta for Lunch. As it is a relatively big settlement, there are lots of things to do such as visiting the school and the monastery or taking a stroll around the main village center. We then trek further down to Tatopani, a natural hot water spring. It might be a good idea to relax in a pool of hot water after the trek. 

Note: After reaching Tatopani, you might extend the trek from Ghorepani or Jomsom, but we must be confirmed if you want to extend before starting our trip.

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 8

Trek to Ghorepani (2820m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we approach Ghorepani. We reach the famous village of Ghorepani after some ascend and descend walk. This village is notable for the blue rooftop in literally all the houses and the rhododendron forest that surround it. There are 32 distinct species of rhododendron found in Nepal and this area has more than 14. Overnight at Ghorepani.

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 9

Trek to Tikhedhunga (1640m)/hile (1590m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We gradually move down through the stone-paved trail towards Ulleri. The trail goes through a dense forest where we can observe various species of indigenous flora and fauna. We reach Ulleri in the afternoon and we will have our lunch there. The two attractive mountains Fishtail and Annapurna south will be looking at you while you are having lunch. After lunch, we descend down the famous 3000 steps of Ulleri and stop at Tikhedhunga for the night. We can continue to a village called Hile if you are willing to walk for another hour.

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 10

Walk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (850m).

Meals included: Breakfast

Today we will come to the end of our trek. We will walk for 3hrs to reach Nayapul. We then drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. Evening time is free so you can roam around Pokhara.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3 hrs hike and an hour drive

Day 11

Flight/ drive back to Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will drive (6-7hrs) back to Kathmandu or you have an option to fly(30 minutes) to save time. Evening strolling around Thamel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs drive/ 30 min flight.

Day 12

Final Departure.

Our representative from Himalayan trekkers will drop you off at the airport for your onward flight.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities, we arrange 3 Star hotel with all the facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places during your trek might not have all the modern facilities (especially in higher altitudes), we make sure to arrange it safe and comfortable. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. If possible, please feel free to personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience it, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided and all the stuff will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cooking utensils, etc. Please check the gear lists and requirement lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident. Meals in the city have to be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place. 

Remote areas don't have that many options but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most of the meals during your trek are inclusive in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome or Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.

 


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast 
  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek in twin-share and dormitory-style rooms. All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners).
  • Local Himalayan trekkers licensed English-speaking trekking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and Trekkers' Information Management System fee for trekking.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu including airport departure tax.
  • Welocome or Farewell dinner in a Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Whats Not Included

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver.
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

Trip Notes

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Note: These can vary by departure.

Trip FAQ's

FAQ's

What kind of footwear should I wear?

In the city (Kathmandu) you can wear any footwear you prefer. While trekking, you would have to wear comfortable trekking shoes/boots specially designed for rugged alpine paths.

What level of physical fitness is required?

The trek is considered moderate so it will not be very strenuous, however, you must be able to walk an average of 5 hours in a path with lots of ups and downs.

How much should I carry for personal expenses?

Personal expenses besides the quoted price such as drinks, souvenirs, tips, meals in the city, snacks, and other similar extra expenses are all up to you. A few thousand Nepalese Rupees would probably be sufficient. 

Is the water safe to drink?

Tap water in Nepal in Nepal is not safe to drink. You can easily buy bottled water for drinking purposes.

Should I worry about altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is highly unlikely during the trek as it does not cover very high alpine height. Similarly, it is also gradual allowing enough time to acclimatize.

Is the hot water spring (Tatopani) safe to bathe in?

Yes. The hot water spring is commercially open for people to bathe in. And it is quite safe considering many visitors go there for refreshment all the time without any problem. 

How do I extend my trip?

If you want to extend your trip to Jomsom or any other place in Nepal, Tibet, India, and Bhutan, you need to consults with our at Himalayan Trekkers and make arrangements accordingly.

Is insurance required?

All of our guests require to have a proper insurance package. Please make sure the insurance covers you for any emergency or mishaps in a comparatively higher altitude. Also, baggage or luggage theft should be covered by insurance.

Reviews

Your Words - as is. Reviews from Previous Himalayan Trekkers Travelers.

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27 Oct 2017

Zdena Steykova

Czech Republic

Khopra Danda – Poonhill Trek

Pokud chcete vyrazit do Nepálu na vlastní pěst, ale chcete si jednoduše nechat zajistit všechna povolení, dopravu, případně průvodce a nosiče, doporučuju, obraťte se s klidem na místní rodinnou agenturu viz. http://himalayantrekkers.com/  Osobně jsem jejich služby vyzkoušela, jsou spolehliví, zodpovědní, výborná komunikace v angličtině (web mají i v češtině) a máte jistotu, že podpoříte místní lidi. Majitel je Nepálec, jmenuje se Raj, bydlí v KTM, kancelář je Thamelu.

14 Apr 2017

Zdena Steykova

Czech Republic

Great treking in newly explored and less touristic trekking trail Khopra Annapurna

My friend reccomended me Raj´s family company Adventure Mission Nepal as a reliable partner for our Himalaja trecking. And it was very good choice! Raj very willingly a flexible reacted at all our wishes. He helped us with all paper work and reccomended us very nice new trekking trail Khopra Annapurna. This trail is newly explored and less touristic and we really reccomend it to everybody, who has aprox. 7 days a dreams about the trail with less tourist. Thank you Raj and Rames, hope see you again soon!

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