Khopra Danda Trek
Located at the foothills of Annapurna I (8091m), the 10th highest mountain in the world, Khopra Mohare diverges into an off-beat trail leading west of the usual Annapurna Trek Trail. Khopra Mohare Danda Trek; assimilate one of the best adventures in central Nepal. Along the trail, you will chance to experience diverse culture, biodiversity, and unique ethnic traditions and their lifestyle at mountain. This trek, descend through to the two of the glorious Himalayan ranges of Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri.
The 16-day trek begins at Kathmandu. Then you’ll visit a full day cultural sightseeing tour atKathmanduUNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, you’ll commute west of Kathmandu to the touristic city of Pokhara, then advance further northwest towards Nayapul to begin the trek. The trek advances through the popular Gurung villages of Ghandruk and Tadapani before taking an off-beat path to Dobato.
Advancing through the lush rhododendron forest; you’ll trek further north to the Khopra Danda or Khopra ridge (3650) via Chistibang village. The vantage point from Khopra Danda offers a magnificent panorama of Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Nilgiri Himal (7061m), and Khopra Lake. The serene environment offers a quiet and relaxing time.
From here on, you’ll retrace your path and descend down to the exotic Magar and Gurung villages of Ghorepani. Similarly, the trek leads to Mohare Danda, Nangi, and Banskharka before conceding the trek at Galeshwar. The off-beat trail of Khopra Danda is a fairly new trail, hence, you won’t find many tourists en route which gives more time to relax and enjoy the place. Along the trail, you’ll be see the serene views of Annapurna massif, Gangapurna (7454m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), Nilgiri (7061m), and Hiunchuli (6441m). Then, you’ll catch your commute back to Pokhara from Galeshwar. The trip concludes at Kathmandu. The best seasons for trekking Khopra Danda are spring (Mar-Jun) and autumn (Sep-Nov).
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- Explore the Gurung villages of Ghorepani and Ghandruk.
- Witness the stunning Himalayas in Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from Poonhill, Khopra Ridge, and Mohare Danda.
- Traverse through the Annapurna Conservation Area for the majority of the trek.
- Visit the UNESCO world heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley .
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu | 1300m
After you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you and escort you to the trip hotel. After you rest and refresh, you can explore Kathmandu City and observe the unique Newari culture prevalent in the valley. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Today you’ll indulge in a complete sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu valley. During this tour, you will enjoy visiting the popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Pashupatinath. You can witness numerous temples dedicated to a variety of gods and goddesses, age-old palaces, cultural monuments, old houses, and markets around these sites. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820m)
After an early morning breakfast, you’ll embark on a brief road trip to the popular tourist getaway of Pokhara. The touristic city lies around 141km west of Kathmandu. The road journey is filled with great sights of the hills, mountains, and Trishuli River. Once at Pokhara, you’ll be welcomed with the charming views of the nearby mountains namely Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Annapurna I (8091m). Overnight stay at Pokhara.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk (1940m)
Today, you’ll head northwest of Pokhara to the small town of Nayapul. Lying west to Pokhara beside the Baglung Highway, Nayapul serves as the starting point of the two popular treks namely Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Ghorepani Trek. You’ll take a usual route north of Nayapul and trek to the picturesque village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk has conserved the ethnic look, lifestyle, and tradition of the village. Hence, you’ll get to witness the Gurung culture of mid-western Nepal at its glory. Overnight stay at Ghandruk.
Day 05: Trek to Tadapani (2630m)
You’ll begin trekking and move west to the village of Tadapani. Tadapani lies 6km from Ghandruk with a minor detour. You’ll encounter lush rhododendron forest en route. Tadapani serves as the popular stop for the travelers; hence, you’ll witness many lodges, locals, and tourists at the place. Mules are commonly used as porters in the area. Overnight stay at Tadapani.
Day 06: Trek to Dobato (3350m)
The trail leading from Tadapani to Dobato is a fairly new trail introduced to access the popular Khopra Danda. The beautiful trail offers a great sight of the surrounding mountains, hills, and forests along with culturally and artistically rich villages. You can also enjoy the off-beat trek experience in Nepal en route Dobato. Overnight stay at Dobato.
Day 07: Trek to Chistibang (3000m)
You can choose to visit Muldai View Point in the morning. A 30-minute hike will take you to the top from where you can enjoy the beautiful panorama of the Annapurna massif. After breakfast at Dobato, you’ll begin the trek to the village of Chistibang. The uneven trail passes through rhododendron forests. You’ll reach Bayeli Kharka, from where you can witness the Dhaulagiri range up-close. The village of Chistibang is mainly inhabited by the Magar community. Overnight stay at Chistibang.
Day 08: Trek to Khopra Danda (3640m)
After breakfast, you’ll embark on the trek. Basically, it’s an uphill trek so, you must have enough energy to complete the trek. If you’re lucky, you will get to see the exotic wildlife including Himalayan Thar, and Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal). From the ridge, almost entire Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Bahra Shikhar ranges are visible. Overnight stay at Khopra Danda.
Day 09: Trek to Swanta (2050m)
After trekking up to Khopra Danda, you’ll begin descending. You’ll retrace your path and trek back to Chistibang. After lunch at Kharka, just 1hr below Chistibang, you’ll begin descending towards the village of Swanta. The trail follows numerous detours before reaching Swanta village, a quaint Magar village located at the quieter part of the trail. Overnight stay at Swanta.
Day 10: Trek to Ghorepani (2860m)
Today you’ll descend to the popular Gurung village of Ghorepani. It lies south to Swanta and may take only a few hours to descend. You can witness numerous mountains en route, including Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. You also cross Chitre village before arriving at Ghorepani. This Gurung village is also known for its magnificent display of Gurung culture and views of the Himalayas. Overnight stay at Ghorepani.
Day 11: Hike to Poonhill (3193m) and Trek to Mohare Danda
Today, early in the morning, you hike to the Poonhill viewpoint to observe the delightful views of the sunrise over the Annapurna Himalayas. Later, you return to Ghorepani and descend through the lush rhododendron forest towards Mohare Danda. A quiet trail, Mohare Danda is a couple of hours of a trek away from Ghorepani and passes through Dhunge Gade Danda (3081m). You can witness the magnificent sight of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna from Mohare Danda. Overnight stay at Mohare Danda.
Day 12: Trek to Nangi (2040m)
While trekking from Nangi to Mohare, the trail goes along the Sripu Danda through the serene forests of oak and rhododendron. All along the trek, you will be in the constant company of the peaks like Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Tukuche (6920m) including many other peaks in Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Overnight stay at Nangi.
Day 13: Trek to Banskharka (1526m)
It’s a decent downhill hike from Nangi to Banskharka. After early morning breakfast, you’ll start descending towards the village of Banskharka. You cross the trail with beautiful villages, stunning views of mountains, and quaint landscapes. You can also choose to visit the organic farm school and fantastic Magar settlement en route. Overnight stay at Banskharka.
Day 14: Trek to Galeshwar, and Drive to Pokhara (820m)
The short trek from Banskharka will bring you down to Galeshwar village. You’ll cross lush green forests and the deepest gorge Kali Gandaki en route. After reaching Galeshwar, you’ll catch a commute back to Pokhara. The scenic 3 and half hour drive will take you along the Baglung Highway back to the touristic city of Pokhara. Once at Pokhara, you can enjoy the completion of the trek with your guide and team members. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu (1300m) and Farewell Dinner
Today, you’ll leave Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu. The drive will take you along the massive Trishuli River, which is also popular for rafting. You’ll encounter many villages, towns, hills, and mountains along the road. Once at Kathmandu, you’ll check-in at the hotel and go out for a farewell dinner hosted by the company. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Departure
Today, you’ll bid adieu to Nepal. Our representative will drive you off at the airport. You’ll leave approximately 2hr early to avoid traffic congestion and delay.
- Airport Pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
- Hotel in Kathmandu and with breakfast as per the Itinerary.
- Cultural tour at Kathmandu with Guide in private vehicle.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
- All Ground and Air Transportation during the Trek.
- An experienced, English speaking, and friendly guide and Porter (1 Porter 2 trekkers).
- Salary for the staff including their food, drinks, accommodation, and transportation.
- All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, and TIMS card.
- An arrangement for emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance.
- Sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking map, if necessary,( to be returned after the trek)
- All government taxes, vat, and local taxes.
- Nepal entry visa fee. (You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan international airport (Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos & 25 USD.
- International airfare.
- Your travel insurance (compulsory).
- Meals in Kathmandu
- Entry fees for cultural tours.
- Personal expenses (alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks bar bills, battery charge, extra porter, boiled water shower, etc.).
- Tips for guide, porter and driver
List of Equipments required for Khopra Danda Trek:
- One Warm winter hat/beanie
- One Sun hat
- 1 Headband/buff
- 1 Sunglasses with UV protection
- One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries
- Two pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
- Two pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
- Three pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
- One pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
- One pair of trekking shorts
- A pair of trekking trousers
- One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
- Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
- One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
- One pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
- One pair of lightweight warm gloves
- A pair of poly-liner glove
- One pair of trekking boots
- A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
- One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
- Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
- Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
- Gaiters (only in winter)
- One Sleeping Bag
- 12 1 Sleeping bag liner (optional)
- 1 pair of trekking poles
- Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
- 1 quick drying towel
What are the visa requirements?
Currently, all the foreign nationalities (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu’s Airport. If getting the visa at the airport be prepared for long queues. You will also need to provide one passport photo and the $50 USD fee for 30 days.
What are the physical requirements for Khopra Danda Trek?
Khopra Danda Trek requires you to trek at an altitude of maximum 3640m and up to 5-6 hours per day, with a small 5-7kg bag. We recommended you to train with long hikes and/or a sport of your choice (e.g. jogging).
How old do I need to be?
There is no age restriction for doing this trip, but if you are under 16 it will better to trek with your parents. You must be health-conscious during the trek.
What is included?
- Guides and Porters
- Transportation (including airport transfers)
- Permits & national park fees
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- All meal during the trek
- Seasonal fruits
- International flights to Kathmandu
- Food – (while you are in City)
- Showers on Trek
- Visa fees (typically $50 USD)
- Personal travel/rescue insurance
What is the accommodation like?
You will stay in the Hotel while you are in the city of Kathmandu, which is like a 3-star category. The hotel has access to showers and intermittent internet.
But while you are in trekking Tea House/lodges are the place where you spend the night during the trek, which is very basic. The room is pretty small with twin sharing and a common washroom. Some places have squat style toilets, whilst others have a western style. Shower does not always offer warm water and most teahouses will charge you for use of a hot shower.
Which meals are included?
Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse/lodges. Where you can find a variety of dishes like Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan, Continental, etc, to choose. Tea, coffee, bakery items, snacks, bars eggs, etc can also be found easily.
What currency should I take?
The currency used in Nepal is Nepalese Rupees (NPR). You are unable to get NPR outside of Nepal and therefore you will need to exchange money in Kathmandu. The easiest currency to exchange is USD and Euro. You can also withdraw NPR from the ATM but check with your bank about the relevant charges to do this.
Is there any Bank or ATM facility during Khopra Danda Trek?
Yes, there is good facility of bank and ATM at Pokhara and Nayapul.
What kind of problems can arise at a higher altitude during Khopra Danda Trek?
There is huge change of AMS problem i.e. Acute Mountain Sickness problem. It may cause some problems as you trek higher above 3500-meter altitude (11,482 ft.). But don’t worry about that. We have carefully designed our Khopra Danda trek itinerary with sufficient time for acclimatization and less walking time each day. And our experienced trek guide will be helping you with it.
Do I need insurance before the Khopra Danda Trek?
Yes, you need to be insured before the adventure trekking in Nepal from your home country. However, we will be always with you taking care of throughout the whole Khopra Danda trek.
What should I pack?
- Travel insurance details
- 2 passport photos
- Cash USD
- Credit/Debit Card
One Warm winter hat/beanie.
One Sun hat
1 Sunglasses with UV protection.
One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries.
2 pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
2 pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
3 pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
1 pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
One pair of trekking shorts
A pair of trekking trousers
One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
Two pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
A pair of lightweight warm gloves
A pair of poly-liner glove
One pair of trekking boots
A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
Gaiters (only in winter)
One Sleeping Bag
One Sleeping bag liner (optional)
A pair of trekking poles
Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
One quick-drying towel
What is the best time of year for Khopra Danda trek?
Khopra Danda Trek is possible for the whole year, but the best time to doing this trek is spring season (March to June) and autumn season (September to November).
However trekking in winter season to chance to see snowfall with magnificent views of mountain, and in monsoon time you will see waterfalls.
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