Khopra Danda Trek | Khopra Ridge Trekking Overview
Khopra Danda, also known as Khopra Ridge is a recently opened trekking destination in Nepal. Wrapped between the Annapurna Base Camp and the Jomsom trekking trail, the Khopra Danda is located to the south of the Annapurna range with an elevation of 3,640 meters. It is situated in the Annapurna region of Nepal and is a more remote and off-the-beaten-path trek, offering stunning views of the Annapurna mountain ranges.
The Khopra Danda Trek is achievable for people of all age groups. Without going on a long trek, trekkers can witness gorgeous mountain scenarios and get to observe the lifestyles of the locals. It is one of the most rewarding short treks in the Himalayas with the features of magnificent mountain views, idyllic villages, alpine rhododendrons, oak forests, and the feeling of being on the top of the world. Moreover, during the Khopra Danda trek, trekkers get to experience the diverse ethnic culture, colorful festivals, temples and gompas, mixture of settlements, people, and their lifestyles and traditions.
Khopra Trek is a beautiful, adventurous trek to the least explored destination of the Annapurna region. The trail to Khopra Ridge passes through dense and lush green forests of pine, oak, and rhododendrons. The trek offers magnificent and eco-friendly nature being the alternative of Annapurna Base Camp and Jomsom-Muktinath trekking trail. The trek offers breathtaking views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Annapurna South
After a long flight, you will arrive at the beautiful country Nepal. Where ever, you came from your land on the Tribhuvan International Airport. Upon landing, you can see our representative waiting for you. After a warm welcome, we will drop you to your desired hotel and help in check-in. Later, you will have a short brief about your trek and preparation. Overnight at Kathmandu
After early morning breakfast in the hotel, our guide will pick you up and transfer you to the Bus station. From there you will have a morning tourist bus to Pokhara. Kathmandu to Pokhara is a scenic drive along the Prithivi Highway. On the way, you will have beautiful scenery of the flowing Trishuli River. And we cross this famous river in Muglin. We pass different villages, waterfalls on the way. We have a beautiful view of hillsides, landscapes. And after around 7 hours’ drive, you arrive at Pokhara.
Pokhara is also called the 'City of Lake' as Pokhara has no. of lakes. After, lunch you can wander around Pokhara. And in the evening you can have a walk around lakeside. Overnight at Pokhara.
Today, we will have a short drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk. After breakfast, you will have a scenic ride by private vehicle. On the way, we pass several settlements like Dhampus Phedi, Naudanda, Kande, Lumle, and Nayapul. Additionally, you have beautiful views of mountains and landscapes. And after around 2 hour’s drive, you reach Ghandruk - the starting point of our, Khopra Trek.
Ghandruk is charming and one of the biggest Gurung villages in the area. Our trek continues along with the Annapurna Base Camp trekking after breakfast.c Our trek passes through the dense rhododendron and oak forest. We pass this beautiful forest listening to the chirping of birds. Likewise, views of small waterfalls and mountains will amaze. Finally, crossing over a small pass we reach Tadapani. Reaching Tadapani, you get amazing views of the mighty mountains. Overnight at Tadapani.
Today, we will be leaving Tadapani as well as the Annapurna Base Camp trekking trail. Our trail enters a remote area of the Annapurna region. Where we get to appreciate the diverse flora and fauna of the region. We continue walking through the rhododendron forest and come across. You buffalo pastures. You get to see buffaloes, sheep, and goats grazing on the way. And with easily ascended hills, we go through the rhododendron forest again. Finally, around 5 hours' walk with incredible scenery, traditional villages we reach Dobato. Overnight at Dobato.
From Dobato, we will have an amazing early morning uphill to Muldai View Point. It is around half an hour ascent. On reaching the viewpoint, you will have the finest sunrise view over giant mountains. It is an amazing place to observe the panorama of the Himalayan ranges. After a beautiful moment with the view from the Muldai viewpoint, we trek back to Dobato.
We will have breakfast in Dobato and leave for Chistibung. Our trail goes uphill and downhill in a moment. We pass through beautiful rhododendron forests again. And after some walk, we reach the beautiful pasture, Bayli Kharka. you will have a close-up view of Dhaulagiri range from here. Continuing our trek, we first reach Lower Chistibung. Then, we ascend through the forest and reach a temporary herder's settlement, Upper Chistibung. Overnight at Chistibung.
On this day, we are trekking to the final destination. We will have a delicious breakfast and leave for Khopra Ridge. We have a steady uphill trek. Then, the trail takes us above the tree line through alpine pastures. And continuous trek takes us to Khopra. On the way, you might see the Himalayan tahr and our national bird, Danphe. After Khopra, we have a short walk to Khopra Ridge overlooking the Kali Gandaki River far below.
On reaching Khopra Ridge, you cannot explain the beauty of the place. You get stunning views of the mountain panorama. Additionally, the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri, and Bharasikhar are visible at close distances. We have a sunset view of these beautiful mountains. Overnight at Khopra.
It’s going to be an early day today. We will get up early in the morning and have a breathtaking sunrise view. And catch the first rays of the sun to hit the face of Mt. Dhaulagiri. After this wonderful experience, we are going to hike to a sacred place for Hindus. i.e. we are going to have an exhausting journey to Khayar Lake. After having a good breakfast, we start our trek in the early morning. We also pack our lunch as it is going on a long journey.
We are going to trek up the steep lower slopes of the Annapurna massif itself. This trek is going to be challenging with the most stunning Himalayan mountain scenery. On reaching Khayar Lake, you have outstanding views of Fang and the surrounding mountains. This lake sits in a steep valley with Annapurna high above. And you can view the south face of Mt. Annapurna with a reflection on the lake.
Khayar Lake is a famous lake for the Hindu belief, where they garland a statue of Shiva. It is also believed that bathing in the lake helps to meet Nirvana. Everything will mesmerize you and you will have lifelong memories from here. After a wonderful time here, we retrace the same trail to Khopra Ridge. Overnight at Khopra Ridge.
After breakfast in Khopra, we head toward Swanta village. Before leaving, we will look over surroundings and for the memories. From Khopra, we descend off the hillside and continue downhill on a steep trail. Then we cross the dense forest until we reach Ratmate. After Ratmate, we cross a small wooden bridge. Following the trail, with some ups and downs, we ascend through a bamboo forest. And finally, reach the Swanta village. Swanta is another beautiful village of Magar inhabitants. Overnight at Swanta village.
As we begin our trek from Swanta, our trail descends through the village field. And reach a small river where you have a quick look at the local watermill. Then we cross the suspension bridge and move upward to the Chhetri village. It was an easy trail with fewer ups and downs. On the way, we get to enjoy walking in the aroma of rhododendron. And we finally reach today's stopover, Ulleri. Overnight at Ulleri.
From Ulleri, we have a scenic drive to Pokhara. Enjoying the amazing hill landscape of the western, we reach the beautiful city of Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara.
On the last day of our Khopra trek, we will have another scenic drive to Kathmandu. Along the Prithivi Highway, we have beautiful scenery of mountains, hills, landscapes. Additionally, we have a drive along the side of the famous rafting river, Trishuli River. And after around seven hour’s drive, you reach Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, we will drop you to your hotel. You can have a rest in the afternoon. But, in the evening you will have a cultural dinner with Bold Himalaya. Overnight at Kathmandu.
A representative from Bold Himalaya will drop you to International Airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Or we can arrange another awesome trip if you are interested.
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Best time for Khopra Danda Trek
The Khopra Danda trek is accessible in all seasons however Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) is considered the best season with stable weather, good visibility, and pleasant temperatures.
The Autumn season features warm days, clear blue skies, good sunlight, and more visibility, which is the perfect time for trekking. The days are warmer than the nights and the temperatures range around 14 to 26 degrees Celsius making the route stable and calm. During the flower blooming season, Spring offers clear weather, sunny days, and temperatures ranging between 12 to 24 degrees Celsius. With a bunch of blooming rhododendron flowers, bluish skies, good sunlight, more visibility, green landscapes, and transparent mountains. Thus, the Spring and Autumn seasons welcome hundreds of people across the globe for Khopra Danda trekking.
The trek is quite accessible during the Summer (June to August) and Winter (December to February). The summer days are recorded as the hottest temperatures along with the wettest weather and the mountains are often behind the clouds. The trekking trails are slippery, muddy, and wet due to regular rainfall and leech can be active as well. Winter days are cold, and temperatures below 5 degrees Celsius and snowfall may add challenges for this trek. However, if you are interested and ready to face any challenges, the Khopra Danda trek is accessible with great preparation like adding more days with heavy clothes, and necessary equipment for rainy and snowy seasons.
Group or Private Treks for Khopra Ridge
We Bold Himalaya offers the flexibility to choose between group treks or private treks based on your preferences and requirements. The Khopra Danda trek normally are customized and scheduled in groups providing an opportunity to meet fellow trekkers and share their experiences. If you have a specific group interested in the trek, such as friends, family, or colleagues, we can organize private treks for your group. We are dedicated to providing the best experience from the trek whether you prefer a group or private trek.
Khopra Danda trek for Family
Got bored with hectic city life? Want to spend some pleasure time with family members around the Himalayas? Then Khopra Danda trek can be customized according to your preferences. It is one of the most popular family-friendly treks that offers a great combination of culture, scenic landscapes, and moderate hiking trails.
The Khopra Danda trek is a great option for families with kids who want to experience the beauty of the Himalayas. With the right planning and preparation, you can create lasting memories and introduce your kids to the joys of trekking in Nepal interacting with fellow local kids infused with the experience and authenticity. The trek shares joy, improves the relationship and creates everlasting memories with family.
Khopra Danda for College tours
Khopra Danda is not at a very high elevation and has little possibility of altitude sickness it is perfect for the educational tour. Khopra Danda is the primary point to see the beautiful sunrise and the fantastic mountain range of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. A colorful forest with blooming rhododendrons during the Spring is fantastic. The Khopra Ridge student tour starts from the Ghandruk, leading through rivers, terraces, waterfalls, and dense forests of rhododendrons. In Khopra Danda, students love the place with colorful guesthouses and panoramic views of the mountains. In the early morning, students will be amazed by the magical view of sunrise. College students enjoy the campfire with Nepali cultural dance and songs in the evening.
A Day excursion to Khayar Lake
Khayar Lake - one of the sacred lakes situated behind Annapurna II with an elevation of 4,665 meters/15,305. Khayar Lake is a memorable adventure day trip from Khopra Danda with one of the most scenic, blue-color lakes at the foot of Annapurna South. The day hike starts from Khopra Danda, passing waterfalls, snowlands, and drylands on the way to the holy Khayar Lake. The lake is surrounded by peaks and glaciers, there is a small temple dedicated to Khayar Barahi at Khayar Lake. From the Khayar Lake, trekkers enjoy the astounding view of Khayar Lake and mountains such as Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, and Machhapuchchhre.
Facilities on Khopra Danda trek
Electricity and Internet
The internal facilities and internet facilities are available at the teahouses and guesthouses throughout the trekking trail. At higher altitudes, you have to pay some charges to charge your electronics such as cameras, mobile phones, and batteries.
During the Khopra Danda Trek, trekkers get cellular connectivity with NTC or Ncell. Also, the teahouses and hotels offer internal access through WiFi with some additional fees.
Food and Accommodation
There are numerous local teahouses and hotels along the trekking trail that offer accommodation facilities to the trekkers. The teahouses and hotels have communal dining areas, where trekkers enjoy the local cuisine sharing the experience of trekking. These teahouses and hotels offer fresh, hygienic, and nutritional meals such as Dal, Bhat, vegetables, curry, noodles, momos (dumplings), and other beverages.
It is crucial to keep your body hydrated on the trail and trekkers are required to drink around 3-4 liters of water per day. Along the Khopra Danda trekking trail, several safe drinking water stations can be found but we highly recommend you to use a water purifier before drinking. Teahouses and hotels offer boiled or mineral drinking water at an additional cost.
The essential items that must be included in the Packing List are:
Warm cotton clothes (T-shirts and pants or trousers)
A pair of sports shoes or hiking shoes
Woolen or cotton socks
A first aid box with necessary medication
Sunhat, scarf, and sunglasses
Gloves and hand warmers
Water bottles and purifiers
At Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will be accommodated in the 3-star category with all the luxurious services.
Along the Khopra Danda trekking trail, accommodation takes place in a local teahouse. The rooms in the tea houses usually come in double occupancy including beds, blankets, mattresses, pillows, and attached bathrooms. Attached bathrooms might not be available everywhere, but you will get clean and hygienic toilet facilities. Single rooms are available and they will be provided for female solo travelers.
We will make sure and accommodate you to the best tea houses available with great views and scenarios during the trek.
As you are staying at a 3* hotel in Kathmandu, you will be served luxurious food according to the menu provided to you. There are a variety of dishes and you will have lots of options to choose your meals.
While trekking, teahouses or hotels along the trekking trail offer fresh, hygienic, and highly nutritious food. They serve:
Bread and Chapati (plain toast, french toast, Tibetan bread, and Chapati with peanut butter or jam), eggs (boiled, scrambled, fried, or omelet), pancakes with jam and honey, porridge (oatmeal), cornflakes with hot milk, Muesli with hot milk, rice pudding, mixed soup, fried potatoes, and baked beans.
For Lunch and Dinner
Rice with vegetables, rice with chicken curry, cheese fried rice, vegetable fried rice, egg fried rice, noodles (fried with vegetables or mixed fried), vegetable fried pasta, macaroni with vegetables, cheese, and egg, spaghetti with tomato sauce, MoMos (vegetables, buff or chicken), and pizza (chicken, mushroom, or mixed).
Black tea, milk tea, ginger tea, lemon tea, black coffee, milk coffee, and honey lemon.
The altitude of Khopra Danda is 3,640 meters/11,942 feet.
The Khopra Danda trek is Labeled as an easy trek, the Khopra Danda Trek takes you through remote villages and off the beaten trails of the Annapurna region. If you are planning to trek from Khopra Danda to Khayer Lake then the day hike is quite challenging.
Yes, trekkers should have two types of permits. TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
All the tea houses along the Khopra Danda trek provide the convenience of hot shower facilities, even during winter. However, to use the hot shower services, you have to pay additional charges.
Like most treks in Nepal, the best seasons for trekking to Khopra Ridge are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (October-November) when the weather is favorable, pleasant temperatures, good visibility, and less chance of rainfall or snowfall.
According to the customized itinerary, it requires around 12 days to complete the Khopra Danda Trek starting with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and ending after a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
For the Khopra Danda trek, trekkers have to walk around 5 to 7 hours per day on average covering a distance of 11 to 14 kilometers.
The quality of teahouses during the Khopra Danda trek is pretty good and most of them offer facilities like western toilets, hot showers (may charge cost), and a wide range of items on their menu. The rooms are usually furnished with two separate beds with mattresses, pillows, blankets, and bed sheets. Most of the teahouses are family or community-run establishments.
To avoid altitude sickness, ascend slowly with pace, avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol, drink enough water, and eat high-calorie food.
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