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Khopra Danda Trek

Khopra Danda Trek

Trip Overview

Key Information

Group Size

2-12

Meal

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Grade

Moderate to Strenuous

Accomodation

Hotels (Twin room)

Transportation

Tourist bus & Private vehicle

Starts/Ends

Kathmandu/Kathmandu

Wi-fi

Everyday

Trek Highlights:

  • Super sensational views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu Himalayan peaks
  • A scenic walk from warmer areas of paddy fields to the alpine cooler zone on green hills 
  • Amazing forest laden with rhododendron-magnolia trees listed as the world's natural garden
  • Exploring traditional culture around lovely farm hill villages of Gurung and Poon / Magar people
  • Glorious views from high and scenic Poon Hill with a panorama of peaks and stunning sunrise"

Trip Overview:

Annapurna region has several trekking routes in Nepal, the Khopra Danda Trek is one of the least explored and incredible trekking destinations in the Annapurna Himalaya. It is located in the southern part of the Annapurna Himalayan ranges. Khopra Danda Trek is often compared to its neighboring destination Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking. However, regarding high altitude, Khopra Danda rises to an elevation of 3,640 meters whereas Poon hill is located at 3,210 meters.

The Khopra Danda Trek naturally offers better views of Himalayan vistas. It is a beautiful place to observe Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), Annapurna I (8,091 meters), Nilgiri (7,061 meters), Bahrashikhar (7,647 meters), Annapurna South (7,219 meters), Annapurna II (7,937 meters) and many more other mountain peaks from a very close distance. It has a concise history of being a trekking destination. Slowly the climb brings you to Ghorepani village and then climb up to Poon Hill for the superb panorama of Himalayan peaks with stunning sunrise views, the areas might be flooded with trekkers, however, this route from here leads you away from the main flow of visitors and trekkers heading into the remote and tranquil country. 

A gradual climb brings you to Khopra Danda Trek, the high above Poon Hill in between Dhaulagiri-Nilgiris-Vara-Shikar and Annapurna South peaks, and then our route leads to our highlight at holy Khayer Lake.
This Khayer Lake is located at a high altitude of 4,660 meters. You can spend a day, or more depending on your final destination of trekking. One thing is sure it is a beautiful destination for both nature lovers and adventure seekers.

The trail of Khopra danda Trek is partially moderate and strenuous. With enough preparations for trekking, any new trekker can join for this journey, though. The trail to Khopra leads through dense green forests of pine, oak, rhododendron, and magnolia. In the meantime, you can enjoy the high Himalayan panoramic views from various angles. Moreover, the green terraced farming lands and natural flowers of the lower valleys play a significant role in decorating the trail. 

On the route to Khopra Danda Trek, you will see especially the Magar, Chhetri, and Gurung communities who have developed for themselves the identity of successful hospitality providers. You can find the tea houses for some initial days; after that, you have to spend the remaining few days in community lodges while trekking in this region. Staying especially at community lodges on the Khopra ridge trekking trail is a splendid opportunity to explore the exotic lifestyle and culture of local Nepalese peoples.

After Khayer Lake our return leads back into the main trail at Tadapani and Ghandruk large village of Gurung where a short walk and drive end this wonderful adventure at Pokhara with grand memories of the adventure on Kopra Danda Trek.

You can become a participant to observe and feel what it means to live in secluded, high mountain regions. You can exchange your life experiences and gain life-changing motivations from them. Through Mountain Magic Treks in Khopra Danda Trek, you will have a quiet, peaceful, and fresh trek experience.

Khopra Danda Trek Itinerary

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Day 1 : Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
Accomodation Hotel Moonlight
Elevation 1300

On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan InternationalAirport, warmly greeted by ourstaff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information on Kopra Ridge & Holy Khayer Lake trekking.
Evening includes typical Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

Day 2 : Day 02: Drive to Pokhara 6 hrs
Food Breakfast
Accomodation 3 star rated Hotel
Elevation 800

Starting our fabulous Kopra Lake adventure with morning drive towards Nepal Mid West with grand views of Ganesh-Langtang Himal, as the drive gets closer towards Pokhara catch the views of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalaya with majestic Mt. Machhapuchare known as Fish Tail due to its shape.
After exciting scenic drive reaching at Pokhara a famous and popular touristic spot of Nepal Himalaya, blessed with natural wonders of snow capped peaks, rolling green hills and valley with serene lakes, in Pokhara overnight by the Phewa Lake with ample time for short walks around the lake.
 

Day 3 : Day 03: Drive to Nayapul begin trek to Tikhedhunga
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (Twin room)
Elevation 1430

After a pleasant overnight stop at scenic Pokhara, our short adventurous trek starts with few hour drives away from Pokhara heading towards mid hills, with grand views of Annapurna Himalaya range including the majestic Mt. Machhapuchare “The Fish Tail” as the ride reaches Nayapul (new bridge) situated on Pokhara-Baglung / Beni highway.
From here our walk begins on gradual trail to reach at lovely Bhirethati village, on the old Nepal and Tibet Trans-Himalayan Salt & Caravan Trade Route, and then our route leads to short climb past farm lands and Gurung villages to reach our first overnight stop at Tirkhedhunga village in the comfort of local nice and cozy lodge after good walk of few hours.

Day 4 : Day 04:Trek to Ghorepani- 05 hrs walk.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 2874

From Tirkhedhunga morning leads to a steep climb on stone steps all the way to Ulleri village, along with great views of beautiful landscapes including snow peaks of Annapurna South and Mt. Machhapuchare.
After Ulleri village walk gets better on gradual winding path into oaks-pines and rhododendron forest, and then uphill gaining altitude at Ghorepani- Deurali village.
Ghorepani with fantastic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar or Annapurna Fang, this nice blue painted village situated at the base of Poon Hill, the area populated with Pun, Magar ethnic tribes of hill people.

Day 5 : Day 05: Morning hike to Poon-Hill and trek to Sauta 05 hrs.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (Twin room)
Elevation 3210

Early morning hike up to Poon-Hill at 3,210m this wonderful hill offers sunrise views over Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far to Ganesh Himal, on enjoying panorama of mountains and sunrise views, walk continues from Ghorepani to Sauta village away from main trekking trail in complete isolation for overnight stop.
 

Day 6 : Day 06: Trek to Khair or Kopra Ridge 06 hrs.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 4020

From here gaining altitude leaving tree lines behind after few hours of scenic walk reaching at overnight stop at Khair or Kopra ridge, a scenic spot with scenery of landscapes along with stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri massive range and Vara Shikar (Annapurna Fang), Annapurna South which towers directly from this wonderful spot.
 

Day 7 : Day 07: Trek to Khayer Lake Base camp 05 hrs.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 4620

Morning hike to holy lake at Khayer Lake located at 4,620 m. which is long walk, but worth the views, the site of religious festival occasion held annually around the month of August and September. Villagers from the surrounding area assemble here to offer prayers to Lord Shiva and bathe in the icy waters, offers sacrifices of sheep and goats.
 

Day 8 : Day 08: At Holy Khayer Lake for local hike and exploration.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 4620

An ideal spot for rest day where you can marvel the beautiful surrounding being close to towering Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Annapurna Fang or Vara Shikar, a pristine area, where few trekkers often venture around this amazing place.
Here with ample time to explore the unexplored region of Khayer Lake with exceptional view points and in perfect harmony of nature.

Day 9 : Day 09:Trek to Chistibung 05 hrs.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 3100

After a great time at Khayer Lake, walk back to Chistibung past Kopra ridge, starting with a slow gradual morning walk on off beaten trail passing farm fields and scattered Sheppard’s huts, trekking downhill through enchanting rhododendron and bamboo forest, walking small stream to summer pastures at Chistibung for overnight stop, a small place with few small huts serving as tea-houses.
 

Day 10 : Day 10:Trek to Dobato 05 hrs.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 3420

After a great time around Khayer Lake and Kopra hills, morning walk leads to a long descend through grazing lands in the middle of rhododendron forest to our overnight stop at Dobato, a summer pasture with views of Annapurna South and Mt. Machhapuchare / Fish Tail peak at 6,993 meters.
 

Day 11 : Day 11:Trek to Ghandruk 05 hrs.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 1950

With great views of mountains, morning walk continues downhill into forest of rhododendron, oak and magnolia, then reaching the main trekking route at Ghandruk and Ghorepani trail at Tadapani, after a short stop, downhill to Ghandruk for overnight in the comfort of nice and cozy lodge, with time to visit this large Gurung village of Annapurna region.
 

Day 12 : Day 12: Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara - 06 hrs.
Food Breakfast/Lunch
Accomodation 3 star rated Hotel
Elevation 800

After Ghandruk village, morning walk downhill for an hour to Modi River our last day trek leads to a long descend reaching at Bhirethati and Nayapul villages on the road head to Pokhara. From here few hours' drive leads back at Pokhara after a wonderful time up in high mountains.
 

Day 13 : Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
Food Breakfast
Accomodation Hotel Moonlight
Elevation 800

Early morning transfer to bus or other smaller vehicle for scenic and exciting drive to Kathmandu as the morning ride leads towards farm villages and towns and driving along the Marysangdi and Trisuli River  toward Mugling Bazaar, and then after an interesting 5-6 hours journey reaching at hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life.

Day 14 : Day 14: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.
Food Breakfast
Elevation 1300

Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to airport for your flight homeward bound or to respective destination with wonderful experience on Kopra Lake Trek or Khopra Danda Trek

Service Includes on Price

Cost Includes

  • All airport transfers
  • All Necessary  paper work and Permit (Annapurna Conservation permit and TIMS)
  • An experienced English- Speaking Gov. registered Guide and local porter to curry luggage
  • Guide,Porter, Salary, Insurance, equipment food and lodging 
  • Full meals of your choice (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Teaor Coffee) during the trek
  • Supplementary snacks (cookies and energy bar)
  • Seasonal Fresh fruit everyday after dinner
  • All mountain accommodation (Soft, comfortable, twin room with sharing toilet)
  • Trekking equipment such as Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag
  • private transport pokhara-Nayapull
  • Private transport Nayapull-pokhara at the end of the trek
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • 3 night Hotel Moonlight in Kathmandu with Breakfast
  • 2 night hotel in pokhara (3 star)

Cost Excludes

  • City entrance fees and Tour Guide
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu and  pokhara
  • Boiled water
  • Hot Shower
  • Wi-fi
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Bottle drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Tip

Additional Information

Related Information

Meals

Eating a food is a big part of the Holiday. Traveling with Mountain Magic Treks, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Italian, Continental, Chinese, and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner is included in our  packages. Your guide will suggest about delicious and fresh food during the trekking, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefers that not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before runoff stuck. It’s a week or more day’s hard works to Porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trekking you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, Lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants on route while you walking during the day. 

Accommodation 


A Tea House is a combination of a guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. A private room is available in most tea houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The Lodges are fairly basic. The room is spare with twin, single, and triple beds but most of the hotels has twin rooms more than others and very little additional furniture to keep your gears separate. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining hall warmed by the Bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the room unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually has solar lighting.
Most tea houses now also have electricity for charging small appliances- mobile phones and cameras- and there will be a small charge for this.  

Drinking water

Mountain Magic Treks provides unlimited chlorine/lodine treated water on the trek. All the tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost but cost is very high so that we advise to buy empty bottle and use tap water which using at the restaurants kitchen and can use chlorine / lodine . We discourage the purchase of mineral water and bottled water while on the trek as plastic bottles and difficult to dispose of and have become an environmental problem.

 Route Map

Mountain Magic Treks offers you complementary route map T-short and duffel bags

What to take for Trekking

This is a very active trip, it means you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provided one porter for two trekkers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kg per trekker means 30 kg from two trekkers. Unnecessary luggage can be left in Kathmandu Hotel and its free of cost. 

Important to note

Please read the Gear list section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (batter) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in the mountains so layered clothing is recommended all around the year.Our Team:

Nepal is beautiful homeland of the Himalayas, it is obvious to have challenging and adventure trekking routes, High altitude problems, Weather and other conditions, any of those situations is big enough to ruin your adventure trip. Leading around the Himalayan hills and rocky routes is not a jock and common job of climbers and trekkers. Mountain Magic Treks have been providing enough experienced  trip leaders and staffs working in this field perfectly since many years to overcome tough challenges and make your Nepal trip a lifetime memory. They are trained through Government of Nepal. All of our staffs have received emergency guidance in Himalaya’s before they involve in this tourism industry and have knowledge of first Aid for our guest. We never compromise giving them safety, therefore we provide insurance and medical services during the trek and compensation when they need, especially to Porters, Kitchen member, Guides / Leader and other.

Field Staffs:


Mountain Magic Treks staffs very much concern about the comfort for guest and whenever it is part of the staffs in the field. When we are on the Nepal trekking or mountaineering, the trekking through challenging route and need proper number of helpers like Guide, Porter, Assistance guide, Camping members and other staffs as per necessary. Mountain Magic Treks provides 1 assistance guide for every 4 - 9 trekkers and 2 assistance guides for more than 10 trekkers with trip Leader. We do need strong and experienced Porters to carry our luggage, we provide 1 porter for 2 trekker depending on group size and we allow only 25 kg for 1 porter. We have professional, experienced and expert Guide, Leader and City tour guide in the field and can speak English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other required languages. We can also manage any other staffs as per your requirement and demand. 

Safety & Security:


Security is our primary concern! From your beginning day of the Nepal trip, we will pick you up with our staff from the airport and we will manage everything to until departure date (airport drop services) we are always giving a time to help you. We have proper remedial services during the trek in the Himalayas first aid kit bag, oxygen bag and Helicopter service for emergency case rescue whenever trekkers get physical Loss or altitude sickness. We have focused more on acclimatization days to get rid of altitude sickness too. Mountain Magic Treks always advice that for short and easy trip doesn't required acclimatization day but for the long and adventure trip, batter to add a few days more to make your trip completion without any risk of altitude sickness.

Best Season for Trekking in Nepal

Autumn season (September, October and November) and spring (March, April and May) is the best season for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal.  Weather is mostly clear blue sky and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring March, April and May collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals; Walking is also very much suitable during this season.
In the summer season (June, July and August) collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around Mustang, Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas.  Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest region, Langtang region and Annapurna region are always comfortable to trek even in winter season (December, January and February).

Important note


Main flow of foreign visitors in Nepal is for trekking from moderate to adventurous or challenging treks, the most important is choosing the right trip as per your duration of holiday and fitness, for Annapurna Himalayan trekking adventure one needs to be in sound health and physically fit.
On booking with us preparation of fitness required like walking-jogging-Jumba-aerobic at least a month before your departure from home country. Please share with us your dietary list and medical history report so that we can arrange well in advance respectively. Book your flight tickets from home for Kathmandu-Nepal to reach at least a day ahead or earlier from the trek departure with extra days in Kathmandu after the trek, this allows you with more time in Nepal to enjoy the culture and heritage life of Nepalese in the city or local village closer from the city.

What do you need to obtain Nepal visa
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Nepal Entry Application Download PDF
If you are thinking of taking visa at the airport or immigration entry point in Nepal, following are your requirements: A valid passport (The passport should have validity of at least six months) you should fill the application form for visa available at airport or immigration entry points. Two passport size photos

Travel Insurance:

For everyone who will plan to Trek in Nepal, it is highly recommended that you get a travel insurance that covers added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents (together with air ambulance, helicopter rescue and other treatment cost). Your insurance policy should cover up your entire activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal. In addition to this, the policy should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (counting hospital charges, cost of the medicine, doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost. Also, this trekking trail in Nepal take you of 4,130 m above the altitude, therefore, you also need to ensure that your insurance policy covers treks that go over 4,230 m. In short, its client himself/herself has to take the responsibility regarding unforeseen expenses during this trip.

Gears list

Trekking Equipment List

If it’s too much to carry from your home country some of the necessary equipment can be hired or bought in Kathmandu around Thamel as well.Most of the equipment is general and standard lists for all seasons while on trek, but may differ as per the season and duration of trekking and areas of your chosen trip.Sun hat or scarf

For head:

  • Light balaclava or warm fleece head gear.
  • Sun glasses and snow goggles with UV protection.

For Lower Body:

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

For Feets:

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base cam

For Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket 

For Hands:

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Other Accessories: 

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC * (4 seasons down sleeping bags)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit / duffel bag.
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches / 10-15 liters / kgs capacity)
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Water bottle (2) or cameo bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring) as optional.

Toiletries:

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • On Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hands wash

Extra Luxuries as optional:

  • Binoculars 
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Walkman
  • Pen and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble.

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