4660 m Khayar lake
Flight/ drive to Pokhara - Kathmandu.
March-May & Sept.-Nov.
Khopra Danda Trek has been opened quite recently so its lush natural beauty has successfully remained untainted for decades. 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 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 views of mountains of Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna, and Fishtail. On your way from Ghandruk to Tadapani, your soul will be satisfied in the woods of rhododendron and oak filled with the cacophony of waterfalls and chirping birds.
Next, you continue your adventure to Khopra ridge followed by Chistibung and Bayli Kharka. Here, you get to closely interact with the locals in the community run lodges and observe how intensive farming 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.
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.