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Khopra Danda Trek – Less Touristic Trekking Trail

Khopra Danda Trek

Best an Alternative Destination of Poon Hill – Khopra Danda Trek. 

 

Khopra Danda Trek is a best short trek in the Annapurna Himalaya; This trek also popular as Khopra Ridge Trek as well. Do a trek in Khopra Danda is explore the off the beaten path and great replacement of Poon Hill 3210m in the higher place inside the Annapurna for the superb sun rise and sun set viewpoint.

This trek combines the best of the best what other trekking trails offer inside the Annapurna; terraced farmland, typical local villages, sparkling mountain views, lush rhododendron forest, strong yaks along the way, and best sunrise and sunset view.

 

MAIN ATTRACTION OF THE KHOPRA DANDA TREK

  • Less touristic trekking trail
  • Ghorepani Poon Hill 3210m (viewpoint)
  • Panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya Range
  • Very basic tea house
  • Kayer Lake

 

TREKKING ROUTES OF KHOPRA DANDA TREK

This trek follows the same trail of Ghore Pani Poon Hill Trek till Ghore Pani to have the sunrise view from Poon Hill.(3210m)  Then next days continue to Swanta, Upper Chistibung, Khopra Danda and Tatopani. (Hot water) – Where is the natural hot spring to clean your dirt from up the Himalaya to set back you to get in Pokhara next day; Also, if you like, you can continue to Jomsom Muktinath Trek  Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Upper Mustang Trek as well.

 

PERMIT REQUIREMENT FOR THIS TREK

ACAP Permit; Permit to the Annapurna conservation area.

TIMS Card; Trekking Information Management System Card.

 

BEST TIME TO DO THIS TREK

  • Spring: March, April, and May
  • Autumn: September, October, and November

Basically, these two seasons are the best trekking season in Nepal; by the weather wise and view wise so that we recommended to the travelers to visit in Nepal during these seasons in Khopra Danda Trek to have the best experience of trekking in Nepal.

 

TREKKING ITINERARY

1 DAY: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU

2 DAY: KATHMANDU TO POKHARA

3 DAY: DRIVE TO NAYAPUL AND TREK TO GHANDRUK

4 DAY: TREK FROM GHANDRUK TO TADAPANI

5 DAY: TREK FROM TADAPANI TO BAYLI KHARKA

 6 DAY: TREK FROM BAYLI TO UPPER CHISTIBUNG (DHAN KHARKA)

 7 DAY: CHISTIBUNG TREK TO KOPRA RIDGE

 8 DAY: EXCURSION KHOPRA

 9 DAY: KHOPRA RIDGE TREK TO SWANTA

 10 DAY: TREK FROM SWANTA TO GHOREPANI

 12 DAY: TREK TO TIRKHEDHUNGA

 13 DAY: TREK FROM TIKHEDUNGA NAYAPUL AND DRIVE TO POKHARA

 14 DAY: POKHARA TO KATHMANDU

 

 

 

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU

Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer hotel in Kathmandu and overnight at the Hotel.

 

DAY 2: KATHMANDU TO POKHARA

Transfer to Pokhara; in the morning by tourist bus and explore the Pokhara Lake side.

Driving: 7 to 8 hours

 

DAY 3: DRIVE TO NAYAPUL AND TREK TO GHANDRUK

After breakfast in Hotel drive to Nayapul and follow the Modi Khola, passing through the colonies inhabited by Chettris and Brahmins. Arrival at Shyauli Bazar and lunch break. Beginning of the ascent to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is one of the largest Gurung  villages in this region. It is known to be inhabited by men who served in the Gurkhas . Spectacular views of the South Annapurna (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), and Machapuchhare (6993m). Overnight at the Lodge.

Walk: 5 to 6 hours

 

DAY 4: TREK FROM GHANDRUK TO TADAPANI

Entry into the forest of rhododendrons. This one is particularly sound of birds and small waterfalls. In spring (late March to April), the rhododendron is in full bloom. There are no villages on the road but some tea house in Baisi Kharkha, offering welcome drinks and a place to rest. Beautiful views of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7237m), Machhapuchhare (6993m) and Lamjung Himal (6931m) from your lodge at Tadapani; this is the perfect place to sleep and wake up on a magnificent panorama of Himalayan peaks.

Walk: 4  to 5 hours

 

DAY 5: TREK FROM TADAPANI TO BAYLI KHARKA

Leave the main trek route that leads to Ghorepani to follow another trail. The climb is gradually and emerges above the tree line. Superb view of the Annapurnas. Lunch at the edge of a small stream, then climb gradually to reach a small pass. Arrival at Bayli Kharka. From the lodge, great views of the Dhaulagiri Himal (8167m) Seven highest mountain peak in the world.

Walk: 4  to 5 hours

 

DAY 6: TREK FROM BAYLI TO UPPER CHISTIBUNG (DHAN KHARKA)

In the morning, descend by the forest to reach the pasture of Chistibung. Lunch then walking through the forest, climbing up gradually and passing through several ways. Arrive on a clearing, where you can stay in the small community. We are off the beaten track, Overnight at Dhan Kharka Lodge.

Walk: 4 hours

 

DAY 7: CHISTIBUNG TREK TO KOPRA RIDGE

To reach the ridge at Kopra, regular climb that towards the tree line. This area is known for its wildlife. The best is to ride regularly, take your time and rest as often as you want. Guests can reach the lodge at Kopra Ridge for lunch and enjoy a grand view. The lodge of Kopra is the highlight of the trek.

Walk : 3 hours

 

DAY 8: EXCURSION KHOPRA

Two days in Khopra are advised. Possibility to visit the surroundings, such as Khayar Lake. However, this is not recommended for every hiker, as it is a very long way to reach the lake and back. It takes a minimum of 7 to 8 hours, round trip.

Walking: 5 to 6 hour

 

DAY 9: KHOPRA RIDGE TREK TO SWANTA

From Kopra Ridge, head down the village of Swanta, where we spend the night in the lodge

Walk : 5 hours

 

DAY 10: TREK FROM SWANTA TO GHOREPANI

From Swanta, descent through the fields to a small river. From there, we will cross the suspension bridge, in the direction of the village of Chittre, where we will join the main trekking track. Ascension to the village of Ghorepani where we will be welcomed by a magnificent view on the Dhaulagiri massif and rest.

Trek : 5  to 6 hours

 

DAY 12: TREK TO TIRKHEDHUNGA

Beautiful view of the mountains at sunrise. After breakfast, departure for a walk that crosses the beautiful forest of rhododendrons and then lunch in the village of Nangethanti. In the afternoon, trek through the forest. We arrive in Ulleri with plenty of time to explore this picturesque village. Very steep descent of 500 meters towards the river Bhurungdi Khola where we will cross a small suspended bridge to reach the village of Tirkedunga.

Walk: 5 to 6 hours

 

DAY 13: TREK FROM TIKHEDUNGA NAYAPUL AND DRIVE TO POKHARA

End of the trek to Nayapul and transfer to the Hotel in Pokhara.

Walk: 4 hours and drive 1 and half hours

 

DAY 14: POKHARA TO KATHMNDU

Morning drive to Kathmandu by Tourist bus.

What’s included in the Cost:

# Airport transfers by private vehicle.

# 3 Night Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu

# Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, medicine.

#  Bus to Pokhara. (We do have flight on special request)

# Tea house /Lodges Accommodation during the trekking

# Food during trek (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast) Cup of Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and Hot Orange with each meal.

# Permit fees and Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.

# Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).

# Welcome/Farewell Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu

# All necessary paper works, office Service charge, and all Government Taxes.

Note: This is our full board package trip with us. We do offer other different packages at different price and include and exclude.

 

The cost is not included:

# Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa on arrival in the Airport.

# International Airfare/Airport tax.

# Foods during the stay in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.

# Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.

# Personal expenses such as laundry, the internet or WIFI telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.

# Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).

# Personal trekking gears

# Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver

# Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

Equipments list

1: Trekking bag pack

2: Day Backpack

3: Warm Jacket

4: Warm Flees

5: One pair of quick dry T- Short

6: One Trouser

7: One pair Hiking paint

8: Glove and Hat

9: Head Light

10: Water Bottle

11: Sun Glass

12: Sleeping Bag

13: Trekking Pole

15 Personal medicine

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