Khopra Danda Trek

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:13 Days
  • Trip Grade:Easy

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu valley to Pokhara Valley.
  • Bird’s eye views of Pokhara valley and Phewa lake.
  • Experience unique cultural and traditional villages of Gurung and Magar tribes.
  • Enchanting forest of rhododendrons, oaks, and pines.
  • Off-pitch adventuring trails.
  • Extravagant sunrise and sunset views from PoonHill, Khopra Ridge.
  • Panoramic views of Annapurna ( I, II, III, and South), Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Himchuli, and Nilgiris.
  • Get relaxed on hot springs at Jhinu Danda.
  • Holy and Religious Khayer Lake.
  • 360-degree scenery from Khopra Danda/Ridge.

Tour Overview

Khopra Danda Trek also known as Khopra Ridge Trek is a newly opened trekking routes in the Annapurna Region of Nepal. It is a better option for those who want to avoid the crowd of Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek.

Trekking routes to Khopra Danda or Khopra Ridge is off-beaten that takes you under the lap of great Annapurna Range. Throughout the off-pitched roads, you can have breathing taking views of Mt. Annapurna I, II, III and south, Mt.Dhaulagiri, Mt.Machhapuchhre (Mt.Fishtail), Nilgiris,  Himchuli and many other nearby peaks. 

The beautiful Khopra Danda Trek journey starts from a beautiful city of Pokhara after a flight from Kathmandu Valley and heads towards higher altitudes, crossing famous villages of Gurung and Magar, walking across the alluring rhododendron forest, dazzling rivers and waterfalls, and climbing to PoonHill and Khopra Danda viewpoint for magical sunrise views.

Throughout the Khopra Danda Trek, you pass remote villages, farmlands, and enjoy the best sunrise views along with a birds-eye outlook of apex summit of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machapuchare, and many more from places like PoonHill, Khopra Danda, etc. Annapurna Region is famous for the cultural and traditional villages of Gurung people. And, throughout this Khopra Ridge Trek, you can explore this village and have a taste of their unique culture, traditions, foods, and drinks.

Trails to Khopra Danda Trek separates from PoonHill which descends towards a quiet and vibrant forest of rhododendron, oaks, and pines to  Khopra Danda, which offers magnificent 360-degree views of entire Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Our final destination is holy and religious Khayer Lake which lies at an altitude of 4,660m. It is a famous religious site among Hindus and during the festival pilgrimages from all over Nepal flocks to this place in the month of Janai Purnima. Hence, became a popular destination for Khopra Danda Khayer Lake Trek.

Detail Itinerary

Once your arrival at Kathmandu Airport then our crew members will pick up you and then transfer to your hotel for overnight.

Duration: (22 minutes flight to Pokhara, 3 hours drive to Hile, 1-hour walk)

With an early morning breakfast,  we drive to Kathmandu Domestic Airport and take a 22 min flight to Pokhara. From Pokhara, we drive to Hile and trek to Tikhedhunga. This trek basically starts from here that leads us to outstanding greenery views with magnificent mountain range along the way. After hiking for hours, we reach Tikhedhunga which is a small but gorgeous town situated on the riverside. We overnight here at a local lodge.

Distance: 9 km

Duration:  5 hours walk

Today we ascent more than 1200 meters to Ghorepani, our hiking kicks off after having breakfast with gently climbing, to the hill to Ulleri which resides at 2,350 m height. Ulleri is a beautiful village of Magar community which is the first destination for observing  Annapurna and Machhapuchhre peaks. Tea houses on the trails of Khopra Danda Trek offer resting spots as well as refreshing hot tea with beautiful greenery forest, hills, and cool breeze. As soon as we reach Ghorepani, we need ACAP permits and TIMS cards to enter this region. We overnight at Ghorepani lodge enjoying the wide picture of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.

Distance: 9km

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes to go and return from PoonHill and 3/4 hours walk to Swanta

On this day, you will be rewarded with a view of a glorious sunrise over the Himalayan range from Poon Hill. We hike early in the morning to Poonhill to witness this mesmerizing view of sunrise over Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri.

Capture the views of  Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Annapurna III (7855 m), Machhapuchhare (6993 m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar  with the glorious views of sunrise over the most beautiful Himalaya range from Poon Hill.

Today we will be descending through the beautiful mixed forest of rhododendron, oak, and pine. Walking downhill for 3 hours, crossing a small river, we continue to follow the downhill path to Swanta (2,200 m). We overnight at Swanta.

Distance:  6.5km

Duration: 5 hours walk

Our beautiful day will start after having breakfast in the early morning with the glorious sunrise view, today's hike is a climb to the popular lookout mountain Poon Hill. The comprehensive view extends from the Dhaulagiri peak in the west and Tukuche over the Kali Gandaki valley, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and Lamjung Himal to the Manaslu massif in the east.

Distance: 7km

Duration: 4 hours walk

Today is the exciting days to explore Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif, our journey will begin after a light breakfast. Trek routes lead us to a short and decent walk along a mountain slope to the foothills Bara Shikar (nearly 8,000m). Finally, we reach Kopra Danda ( Danda = open ridge ) which is situated at an elevation of 3,660 m. This opens up a breathtaking 360-degree view of the great Himalayas. And, we overnight at nearby tea house.

Distance: 9 km.

Duration: 8 hours walk

Today is the day for an excursion to the beautiful Khayer Lake (4,600m), which takes 8 hours of a long day hike. This holy and religious Khayer Lake is one of the popular pilgrimage sites for Hindus. As people visit this sacred site during the festival that occurs on Janai Purnima (July or August as per the Georgian calendar). Overnight at a nearby lodge.

Distance: 8.5km

Duration: 5/6 hours walk

Leaving the main pathway we head into the dense and untouched Rhododendron mixed forest. Little over-committed paths it goes slowly uphill. The forest sparse out at 3,100 m elevation and the path leads to open grassland. In Sumphul Danda (3,400 m) we reach a pass that gives us a marvelous view of the western mountains of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and the Annapurna massif to Machhapuchhre in the east. After a short and decent hours walk we reach Bayeli Alm (3,400 m). This “Community Lodge " is managed jointly by the inhabitants of the surrounding villages.

Distance: 10km

Duration:  7 hours walk

With great views of mountains, our early morning walk continues downhill into the forest of rhododendron, oak, and magnolia, and must part of the forest, then reaching the main trekking route at Tadapani, overnight in the lodge, and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Annapurna south and Fishtail summit.

Distance: 8 km.

Duration: 6 hours walk

After breakfast, we start our trek from Tadapani with a downhill walk to kimrong Khola through Rhododendrons forest. After crossing the river, we reach Chomrong which showcase the wonderful view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and other snow-capped mountains along the way to Jhinu. Reaching Jhinu, you can enjoy hot spring at Jhinu Dada and back to lodge for overnight.

Duration: (3 hours walk and 2:30 drive)

In the morning, after breakfast at the lodge, our trek begins over the Jhinu suspension bridge. (The longest bridge of the Annapurna Regions). After crossing suspension bridge, we trek through the beautiful village, forest, river, and finally reach Syumi from where you will drive to Pokhara through Birthanti, Nayapool and transfer to the hotel and overnight there.

Duration: 25 min Flight or 6 hours Drive,

After breakfast, you have a short Pokhara City Tour around Phewa Lake, Davis Falls, etc and then drive to Pokhara airport. From there you take a flight back to Kathmandu and transfer back to the hotel.

This is your last day in Nepal. Before 5 hours to your fight time, we will drive you to the international airport wishing you a safe flight trip back home.

Additional Info

Best Season for Khopra Danda Trek

Well, Khopra Ridge Trek can be done throughout the year but there are some advantages and disadvantages depending on the trekking seasons.

March-May and September-November is the best season or time for trekking in Khopra Ridge. During these seasons, the weather is cool and favorable, the sky is blue and clear, mountains views and surrounding scenery are crystal clear and attractive. The entire routes are filled with a variety of rhododendrons and magnolias. It is also the peak season of the year. The month of November is considered the clearest month of the year which provides mind-blowing views and scenery.

December-February is the coldest season of the year and during the winter season, the trekking routes are covered with thick snow with frequent snowfalls, extreme coldness. Hence, trekking in khopra danda during winter is very difficult for beginners but adventuring for experienced trekkers.

June-August is the season of monsoon/summer. This is a season of heavy rains, hot weather, storms, etc. Thus, it is an off-season of the year for Khopra Ridge Trek as the rain clouds block most of the views and scenery which may ruin the journey. But views after a heavy storm is very pleasant and relaxing as the storm clears the rain clouds.

Khopra Danda Trek Difficulty

As per the difficulty, Khopra Danda Trek is considered easy and short as compared to other Annapurna Region Trekking such as Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, etc. Trekkers have to walk 5-6 hours a day to most part of the trek with frequent rest at tea houses and lodges. Sometimes requires 8 hours of walking hence we recommend to take some preparation before trekking. As the trails move from low altitude to higher altitude with a long distance walk.

Khopra Danda Trek Without Guide

Is it possible to do Khopra Ridge Trek without a guide? Yes, it is possible to do Khopra Danda Trek solo only if you are experienced enough to trek independently also have clear and complete knowledge on trekking routes it follows. For solo trekkers, it is highly recommended to trek during peak season as you can find guides and porters to help you if you lost or got confused on the way to Khopra Danda.

Trekking to Khopra Danda needs two types of permits which are ACAP permit and TIMS cards. And, can get easily from Kathmandu or Pokhara after paying some amounts for it.

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