Tour Details

  • 15 Days(s)

  • Package

  • English

  • 47,50m

overview

Khopra Danda Trek is the perfect trekking journey to the lesser-explored region of Annapurna away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This route is less crowded and has to offer amazing views of the sunrise above the peaks of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and so on. You get the opportunity to hike up to the Khayer Lake which is situated at the bottom of the Annapurna South and is beautiful to look at. This trek is also popular as the Khopra Ridge trek.

As soon as you get to the Tribhuwan International Airport at the capital, Kathmandu, you will be warmly received by our representative, from Skyway Nepal Treks who will then assist you to get to the hotel of your stay in Kathmandu. We welcome you with a delicious complimentary welcome dinner in the evening. You will love Nepalese cuisines that get served to you. And then you will also be briefed about the Khopra Danda trek and all your confusions will be cleared for a wonderful time trekking ahead. We guarantee you safe, fun travel with us.

Tour Highlights

  • Trek along the solitary path around Annapurna range
  • Early sunrise above Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
  • Fun hike to the sacred lake of Khayer at the bottom of Annapurna South
  • Teahouse stays savoring the scenic natural views
  • See yaks grazing on pasture lands

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Itinerary

  • 1 Day
  • 3 Star Hotel

You will be picked up at the international airport as soon as you arrive by our representative and will be transferred to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the alleys of Thamel, the tourist hub. A tasty welcome dinner awaits you later in the evening with Nepalese cuisines. Later, we have a pre-trek meeting where you will be provided all the information on the trek and your confusions will be cleared. Please communicate with our trekking staff if you need trekking gear on rent.

Meals provided:Welcome dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

  • 1 Day
  • 3 Star Hotel

You have the choice to go for Everest Mountain Flight early in the morning (duration- one hour) only if the weather allows.

After we eat breakfast, we head out for the sightseeing tour around the capital to the major UNESCO heritage sites. On this tour, you get the chance to explore the pagodas, temples, monuments as well as palaces. You will see the finest architectural structures, artworks, and heritages.

We go to places like the Patan Dubar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa. Patan is one of the oldest cities in Kathmandu valley is home to amazing art and cultural heritage. You see amazing woodcarvings, statues and palace courtyards in Patan.

Swayambhunath is popular as the Monkey temple and is a revered by the Buddhists. You can explore the monasteries and shrines here and enjoy the view of mountains and the whole Kathmandu valley from here. You can also visit the Thangka Painting school here if you want to.

Bouddhanath Stupa is the biggest stupa here in Nepal and is a sacred Tibetan Buddhist temple. This stupa has Buddhist symbolism and is a focal point for Tibetan culture at Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath temple is popular among both Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims. It has high religious, cultural and spiritual significance.

You can talk to our staff if you need to rent or buy trekking gear.

You can spend the evening preparing for the trek which starts the following day.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

  • 5-6 Hours
  • Guest House

We head to Pokhara via a drive on a tourist bus from Kathmandu; this is going to take around five to six hours. Note that you can go for whitewater rafting in the river, Trishuli which will take an additional four hours. This is optional and for those who do not want to take part can stay on the bus. While the rafters move forward on the river, the bus takes us forward on the road and we meet the rafting group at the exit point of rafting.

Note: (You can fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu or go by private vehicle)

You will have enough time to explore the city of Lakes, Pokhara and savor the amazing lake with a beautiful view of Annapurna in the backdrop. We can enjoy the sunset view from the Phewa Lake.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

  • 4-5 Hours
  • Guest House

After we eat breakfast, we head to Nayapul (1070 meters) where we reach in one and half hour. We start the trek to Ghandruk from here. This will be a gradual, easy walk. We walk along the river, Modi and walk past some villages on the way to finally step on the Ghandruk village (1940 meters). We can enjoy the sight of the Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Annapurna South here. We can explore the village and visit the unique Gurung Museum to know about their culture and lifestyle.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Ghandruk.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 5-6 Hours
  • Guest House

After we eat breakfast, we climb the steep path uphill to reach Tadapani. We will relish the view of the mountain scenery and the beautiful birds in the picturesque rhododendron forest.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Tadapani.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 5-6 Hours
  • Guest House

After we have breakfast, we move past the dense rhododendron jungle to get to Dobato village where we savor the scenic natural beauty of the area and then spend time acclimatizing to the altitude.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Dobato.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 5-6 Hours
  • Guest House

After we get breakfast, we walk down the dense forest to get to the pastureland at Lower Chistibung. We may spot the birds like Lophophorus and animals like deer, Himalayan Thar and so on. We move up the forest gradually and then reach Chistibung which is the temporary settlement of the herders.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Chistibung

Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 5-6 Hours
  • Guest House

On this day, we move to Khopra Danda en route Chistibung. We head to the viewpoint above Kali Gandaki river when w reach Khopra. We can see the amazing sunset view here along with the majestic panorama of Annapurna range, Nilgiri (7061 meters), Dhaulagiri range, Machhapuchhre (6993 meters) and so on.

Overnight stay at a teahouse at Khopra.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 6-7 Hours
  • Guest House

We head to the main highlight of our trekking journey. We start early to witness the sunrise and the magnificent Khayer Lake. There is a popular belief that bathing in this sacred lake of Hindus helps you attain Nirvana. We walk to the lake for the view. If you do not feel like it, we can arrange a half-day walk from here at Khopra. We carry packed lunch for this hike. We get back to the teahouse in the evening.

Overnight stay at a teahouse at Khopra.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 4-5 Hours
  • Guest House

After we eat breakfast, we walk the steep path downhill. We move down to the village of Swanta (2214 meters) which will take around four to five hours. This will be an easy, gradual walk. We can enjoy the view of the lovely Himalayas along with Dhaulagiri. W also see terraced farmlands, and houses in the villages nearby.

Overnight stay at a teahouse at Swanta.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 4-5 Hours
  • Guest House

After eating breakfast, we head to Ghorepani village as we move down through terraced farmlands and then cross a bridge to climb uphill to Chitre village. We walk across the beautiful rhododendron forest to reach Ghorepani. We can enjoy the panorama of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna here.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Ghorepani

Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 4-5 Hours
  • Guest House

On this day, we hike to Poonhill early in the morning to catch the sight of sunrise and the glistening mountain peaks. We will enjoy the mountain scenery along the rhododendron forest and might spot beautiful birds on our way to Poonhill. Poonhill is a famous sunrise viewpoint where you can enjoy the sunrise view sipping tea or hot chocolate with an amazing mountain view on the backdrop. You will see the Tukuche (6920 meters), Tarke Kang (7193 meters) Dhaulagiri (8167 meters), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091 meters), Hiunchuli (6441 meters), and the whole Annapurna range. You will find the mountains glistening when the sun rises.

Afterward, we hike back to Ghorepani and have breakfast. We walk through a dense jungle of rhododendron to reach Ulleri, another Gurung village. And then, we walk downhill along a steep path to reach Hile village.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Hile.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 2-3 Hours
  • 3 Star Hotel

We walk on the road along a small river to reach Nayapul which is going to take us around two hours. And then we drive back to the city of lakes, Pokhara.

We may reach Pokhara at the perfect time to enjoy the view of the sunset from Phewa lake. We can spend time strolling around the lake or get a chilled beer in the local restaurant late in the evening. Do not forget to savor the view of mountains from the terrace of the hotel later.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara

Meals Provided: Breakfast and lunch

  • 1 Day
  • 3 Star Hotel

We return to Kathmandu via the drive and we reach there in five to six hours based on the status of traffic. You will have leisure time to involve in individual activities after you reach Kathmandu. You can go for souvenir shopping or just spend time resting.

A delicious farewell dinner alongside cultural show awaits you in the evening. You can follow the moves of the dancer and try Nepali cultural dancer and have fun.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 1 Day
  • None

This is your final day in Nepal. You will be transferred to the airport by our representative and then you can fly back to your home country or the next travel destination.

What’s included/excluded

Includes

  • Hotel and airport pick up and drop off
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu flight or bus ticket
  • Land transportation by private vehicle
  • Accommodation facility on a double sharing basis
  • Important permit and TIMS fee for trekking
  • All the meals while trekking and breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara with a complimentary welcome and farewell dinner
  • Duffel bag (return at the end of trek)
  • Experienced and licensed guide good in English and porter (one for two people) along with assistants while trekking
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Insurance for guide and porters
  • First Aid box (carried by the guide)

Excludes

  • Airfare for international flight
  • Travel insurance and Nepal Visa fee
  • Optional activities mentioned
  • Meals not stated for cities
  • Trekking gear for personal use (Available on rent)
  • Entry fee to monument sites at Kathmandu
  • The expense for personal items like a hot shower, snacks, drinking water, and Wi-Fi while trekking
  • Tipping to porter and guides
  • Additional charge for extra luggage
  • Extra cost due to uncontrollable events

cancellation

Note that you receive a full refund if you cancel 30 days before the tour.

Good to know

Difficulty Level

  • Demanding

Maximum Elevation

  • 4750 meters

Starting Point

  • Kathmandu

Ending Point

  • Kathmandu

Favorable Season

  • February-June and September-December

Important Points

Requirements

Note that before your arrival, you need to send us a scanned copy of your passport ID page to acquire the trekking permit.

After You Arrive, These Things Are Required From You:

  • Three passports sized photographs or smaller
  • Travel insurance along with emergency contact information

Facts Related To Weather

The weather condition is subject to change in the Himalayas unexpectedly which means we may have to make changes to the itinerary based on the circumstances. You as a trekker ar required to be prepared for these weather changes and the itinerary changes. The guide or trek leader will ensure your convenience and safety.

Also, the timing of domestic flights is subject to change based on weather conditions. When the weather does not permit flying, we will switch to ground transportation for ease and safety.

Risk Associated

We have designed the itinerary in a way that allows you to acclimatize well to avoid altitude sickness. Nevertheless, there is a chance that you face oxygen deprivation and altitude sickness so it is necessary that you consult your physician before this trek. If the guide deems it unsafe for any traveler to continue the journey, you will be transferred to a lower elevation for your safety and we may even cancel your journey.

Given the nature of this journey, there is risk involved so we highly recommend you to get travel insurance.

Optional Activities To Participate In On This Trek

  • Pokhara Paragliding (Day Three)
  • Bhaktapur Tour (Day Fourteen)
  • Everest Mountain Flight (Day Fifteen)

Activities For An Extended Tour

  • Chitwan National Park
  • Bardia National Park
  • Lumbini tour
  • Nagarkot Sunset or Sunrise and Bhaktapur Tour
  • Yoga Retreat
  • Trishuli River, Whitewater Rafting