The Khopra Danda trekking is one of the awe-inspiring trek newly opened in Annapurna region. This trek is suitable for trekkers of all stamina and interest level. Also, this trekking is connected with the Annapurna Base Camp. So you can add on Annapurna Base Camp to this trek if you wish to spend longer time in the Nepal Himalayas. The path to Khopra trek forks from Tadapani, a small town in the Ghorepani –Ghandruk trek.
The path of this trek runs in the lush thick pine, oak, rhododendron, and bamboo forest with magnificent views of Himalayan panorama that includes Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna (I, II, III), Annapurna South, Hiunchuli or Himchuli, Machhapuchhare or Fishtail, Lamjung Himal, and Nilgiri.
Another attraction of the trek is beautiful and holy Khaire Lake which is a little away from the Khopra danda. So, Khopra Danda can be made special adventure trip by adding Khayar Lake (4600 m/15091ft). During the trek you can mesmerize by the stunning views of snowcapped Himalayan peaks, and beautiful landscapes, and diverse cultural heritages. This trek is perfect for you if you are looking for tranquil and non-touristic trekking. You will see almost none or very few trekkers on the way after Tadapani (until Tadapani you will see many tourists as this is the main trekking route in the region).
Arrive Kathmandu and meet with our friendly representative who will be waiting to receive you and transfer to your pre-booked hotel. After you complete check-in formality at the Hotel and taking short rest, we introduce you to the market of Thamel, where you can eat your supper, change money, buy some stuffs from supermarket, or buy trekking gears. Later we take you to our office for the trip briefing. Overnight at your hotel. Delay of any kind will postpone the events for next day according to feasibility.
You start the day with breakfast at your Hotel. The sightseeing tour involves tour of two religious, cultural, and art-wise important sites of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa.
Pashupatinath Temple: It is one of the most famous Hindu temples in South-Asia. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. This place is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. The Bagmati river flowing besides the temple is religiously and spiritually important for Hindus where cremation of dead body takes place. Pashupatinath temple holds the most of prominence during Shivaratri – Shiva’s birthday and thousands of pilgrims gather in the night to celebrate the day.
Boudhanath Stupa: It is one of the biggest Stupas in terms of size and height in Nepal and located in east of Kathmandu. The site is peaceful and culturally full with intermixed influence of Tibetan and Sherpa roots. Stupa built in the trading route between Kathmandu and Tibet has four pairs of eyes directed towards all four directions. It is believed to be influenced by Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. After short tour of city we return to hotel and prepare for the trek. Overnight will be spent at hotel.
You will enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and drive to airport for a flight to Pokhara in the latter morning. You fly to Pokhara – small beautiful city situated in the lap of the Annapurna massif – parallel to the central Himalayas in which you can enjoy the view of the Langtang range, Gorkha Himal massif, Lamjung Himal, and Annapurna. Arrive Pokhara and enjoy the rest of the day exploring lakeside and surrounding. Or you may drive to Pokhara that is some seven hours in a beautiful mountain highway. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
After breakfast at a hotel in Pokhara, we drive by private vehicle to Nayapul – the starting point of the trek. Recently the road has constructed and you can choose to drive further until Ghandruk Phedi in coordination with your Guide. From Nayapul you walk some thirty minutes to Birethanti where the ACAP check-post is located and trail forks to Ghorepani and Ghandruk. You continue to walk following the Modi Khola upstream, passing through small settlements inhabited by the Chettris and Brahmins people. Soon you reach the small hamlet called Shyauli Bazaar for lunch. After lunch, the trail is steep uphill to Ghandruk. It is about three hours walk after lunch. Arrive Ghandruk which is one of the biggest Gurung villages in the area. People from this village mostly served in the British Gurkha. Overnight at the lodge.
The view of Annapurna South, Himchuli, and Fishtail is superb from your Hotel in Ghandruk to enjoy the delicious breakfast with. After breakfast, leaving the terraced farming fields, and the village of Ghandruk behind, you enter into oak and rhododendron forest. The Rhododendron is Nepal’s national flower and when they bloom in April-May season, the forest turns into a garden of dazzling colorful flowers when seen from the air or from afar. Arrive Tadapani and enjoy the scenic beauty that surrounds you. There are many Tibetans in the village who sell many artifacts and handicrafts for tourists to take back home as a souvenir from this beautiful hamlet. Overnight local lodge.
From Tadapani you enter into tranquil path. This is the intersection of many trekking routes thus busy. But from here you leave all the main trekking routes for the next five days. You will walk in the remote area on Annapurna region that is less traveled. The trek at the beginning is in the deep and beautiful rhododendron and oak forest uphill. Often you descend short but mostly you climb. You soon reach to the barren area above the tree line and the view of Annapurna – Annapurna South basically – emerges so close to you. The lunch for the day on the way and after walking pass several small passes you reach to Bayli Kharka – where you sleep. From the lodge, you can enjoy great view of Dhaulagiri – the seventh highest mountain in the world. Overnight local lodge.
Enjoy your breakfast at the logde, and then begin to descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung, where you will have lunch. After lunch you continue to walk through a forest, ascending gradually before reaching upper Chistibung – a temporary herder’s settlement, where you stay tonight in the small community lodge. For your information, we have contributed to construct these sorts of lodges, part of our projects to aid the local community and uplift their economic opportunities. Overnight local lodge.
Here after breakfast you start to climb steady that brings you above tree line in the alpine meadows and pastures to reach Khopra. As you approach Khopra Ridge you can enjoy the view of the Himalayan panorama of Annapurna South towering in front of you, the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Fang, Nilgiri along with wild animals such as Himalayan Thar, and Danfe pheasant. Across the depths of the Kali Gandaki River Valley, the Dhaulagiri – seventh highest mountain peak of the world dominates the entire western skyline. We stay overnight in the Khopra Community Lodge – that is proudly our project in the region to help the local people, and tourism industry. Overnight local lodge.
You can take a beautiful day trip to Khayar/Khaire Lake at 4,600 m/15091ft from where you can view an excellent view of the mountains. This trip, however, is not recommended for every trekker since it is a very long way to trek to the lake and to return. It takes a minimum of 7 to 8 hours as a round trip. Khayar Lake is sacred and holy lake among Hindus and make pilgrimage trip during Janai Purnima – a full moon day of July-August in which Brahmin and Chetri men change their sacred thread worn in the left shoulder . Who does not want to walk all the way to the lake, can still make a half-day walk around Khopra dada. Overnight local lodge.
After exploring Khopra and Khayar lake, you descend off the hillside and continue downhill on a steep trail and retrace back to the route to Chistibung. You then head to the village of Swanta, where you will stay overnight. Along the way, you get more views of Dhaulagiri with lovely terraced fields and traditional houses in the village. You explore the local school and nearby area and have supported the local school over the years, and there is time to pay a quick visit. Overnight local lodge.
Now after breakfast you start to descend through beautiful crop fields to a small river that you cross in suspension bridge. You then climb up to Chitre village where the main trekking trail Ghorepani-Tatopani joins. You walk to Ghorepani and climb down through rhododendron forest to Nangethanti and then to Ulleri village. Overnight local lodge.
From Ulleri walk steep down through stone steps to Bhunungi Khola. You cross the suspension bridge and reach Tikhedhunga. You continue trek down further to Birethanti where the ACAP check post is located. Another 20 minutes’ walk brings you to reach Nayapul. You drive around two hour to the hotel in Pokhara. Overnight in hotel.
You drive back to Kathmandu – some 206 kms and takes seven hours – or take a flight according to your interest. If you are driving, you drive through beautiful bending mountain highway which stretches along the river and passes through beautiful landscape. Once in Kathmandu we will transfer you to your respective hotel and you will be given free time to wander around. Overnight will be spent in hotel.
After breakfast at your Hotel, we take you to the mysterious Kathmandu city tour. This historical, cultural and spiritual city unveils the social and historical mysteries to visitors. You will walk through the narrow lanes of the ancient Kathmandu – the center of power – that includes markets of Ason, Glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupas inside the family courtyard.
Visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square – the administrative quarter of Malla Kings (fourteenth to eighteenth century), and Shah Kings who ruled Nepal from 1768 until 2008. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”.
After the tour, return back to your Hotel. If you are staying in Thamel, you can hang around this bustling tourist market and enjoy shopping. Overnight in Hotel.
As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu three hours prior to the flight time and your tour ends here.
What is Included?
Airport Pick Up and Drop Off
3 star standard hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu (Nepal standard)
3 star standard hotels with breakfast in Pokhara (Nepal standard)
Tea house (Lodge) accommodation
All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trekking
Tea / Coffee (3 times a day)
A professional Trekking Guide, Porter (Helper), and Assistant Guide is provided for more than 5 trekkers
All food, drinks, lodging, salary, insurance, medical equipment, and transportation for Trekking Staff
Private transfer ( Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu; Pokhara-Phedi; Nayapul-Pokhara)
Kathmandu Cultural and Historical Sightseeing with a Tour Guide, private transportation, and entrance fee
Trekking Permit (TIMS)
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
Down jacket, sleeping bag, fleece liner, and a duffel bag
All government taxes
What is Excluded?
Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen expenses.
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Tips for Guide Porter & Driver (Tips are not compulsory but expected)
Anything that is not mentioned in Inclusion
This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipments can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.
Down sleeping bag (you can borrow with us if required).
Duffel or Rucksack bag (you can borrow with us if required).
Down Jacket (you can borrow with us if required).
Fleece liner (you can borrow with us if required).
Walking poles (Walking poles are optional but recommended, and you can borrow with us if required).
Water bottle with purification tablets.
Hand wash liquids.
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
Cap and ears covering hat.
Ear-muffs and neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth (optional)
Hand gloves (One light pair and One warmer pair)
T-shirts – few.
Light and weight thermal tops and warm thermal top.
Light jacket and vest.
Wind and rain jacket.
Shirts and warm shirts.
Lower Body – Legs
Long and short hiking pants.
Lightweight and warm long underwear.
Rain and windproof trousers and warm trekking trousers.
Thin and thick socks.
Trekking boots, light shoes, and sandal.
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Our guide will carry first aid kit bag during the trek. We still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as you feel it necessary).
Headache and fever medicine.
Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach and diarrhea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
Blister treatments such as moleskin, hand plants and-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.
Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies).
Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money and passport.
Favorite snack foods and energy bars
Paperback books, cards, mp3 player. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items lightweights
All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.