Khopra Danda (Ridge) Trek

Duration: 14 Days
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About Khopra Danda (Ridge) Trek

The Khopra Danda Trek also known as Khayer Lake Trek or Khopra Ridge Trek is a newly opened trekking route in the Annapurna region, which is a great alternative to the other more popular routes. This trekking route is quite more peaceful and serene than its other neighboring trekking routes. It is a scenic route in front of Annapurna South, near Pokhara.

The 14 days Khopra Danda Trek offers marvelous views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 M), Mt. Manaslu (8163 M), Mt.Annapurna (8091 M), Vara Shikar, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Lamjung, Hiunchuli and many more. With few trekkers around this beautiful area, this trek provides an in-depth opportunity to explore and enjoy the views of mountain ranges through paddy fields, dense forest of Nepal’s national flower Rhododendron and observe the lifestyle, tradition, and culture mainly of the Gurung and Magar community. The major attractions are Khayer Lake (4600 M), Poon Hill (3210 M), and the traditional villages of the Gurungs and Magars like Chistibung, Swanta, Ghorepani, and Ghandruk. For anyone looking to avoid the crowds of the other popular busy trails of the Annapurna region, the Khopra Danda Trek is a perfect choice.   

Our Khopra Danda Trek Itinerary starts from Kande following the famous route up to Tadapani. From there, we leave the main popular trekking route by entering the remote Northside of Tadapani to Dobato. The trek ends at Nayapul. If you would like to customize the itinerary according to your desire, physical fitness level, time frame, etc. please feel free to message us. Our experts will help you create the perfect itinerary that ensures a top-notch experience with safety.

Highlights

  • 360 degree view of Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu range from Poon Hill and Khopra Danda
  • Newly opened trekking trail and a great alternative to the more popular Ghorepani Trek 
  • Beautiful typical villages of Gurung and Magar and their warm hospitality
  • Quiet and peaceful trail along the Rhododendron forest
  • Day hike to Khayer Lake, a sacred lake

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 M) and transfer to hotel

One of the members of our company will welcome you at the international airport terminal gate and take you to the hotel. You will have a few hours to rest. Later, in the evening, you will meet with the tour guide in your hotel lobby. He will brief you about tomorrow's day trip. 

  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

You will go on a guided sightseeing tour to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will visit one of the holiest temples of Hindus, the Pashupatinath temple. Nearby this temple is located the largest in Nepal, Boudhanath stupa. After visiting these places, you will head to Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, you will meet with your guide who will brief you about the trekking program.

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

After having breakfast, you will drive to Pokhara, the beautiful lake city. From Pokhara, you will continue driving towards Kande. Upon reaching Kande, you will take a small break and begin towards Australian Camp. Trekking through the forested trail, you will reach camp for the night's stay.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Australian camp
  • 1870 M
  • 9-10 hours

After having breakfast, you will begin trekking towards Landruk. The trail ascent to Pitam Deurali through the small villages. From Pitam Deurali you can see magnificent views of mountains including Pokhara valley too. Then the trail descends down through the dense forests and crossing several suspension bridges you will finally arrive at Landruk.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Landruk
  • 1565 M
  • 4-5 hours

After having breakfast, you will begin trekking towards Ghandruk. The trail will descend to Modi Khola after crossing the bridge and then ascent to beautiful Ghandruk Gurung village, where you will get to see a superb view of the surrounding mountains. You will have lunch at Ghandruk then continue to ascend and pass by beautiful forests of rhododendron & oak. The trail will then take you to Tadapani. Ascending on a forested trail and through small villages, you will reach Tadapani for an overnight stay. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Tadapani
  • 2640 M
  • 7 hours

Leaving the main trail behind, you will ascend a rugged path through a forest. On the way, you will get to see diverse flora & fauna as well as captivating views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains.


  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Dobato
  • 3435 M
  • 5 hours

The trail drops down through dense forests to Lower Chistibung. From here, you will ascend to a grassy ridge where you will get to see several species of birds. Further, you will ascend on a steep trail and reach Khopra Danda from where outstanding views of the Himalayan mountains can be seen. 


  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Khopra Dada
  • 3640 M
  • 7-8 hours

Today, you will go on an excursion to Khayer Lake. After having breakfast, you will begin ascending toward Khayar Base Camp. The trail can get a little challenging in this part of the trek. From the base camp, you will get to see stunning views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Fang, and many other mountains. You will also spend some time in Khayer Lake and descend back to Khopra Dada for overnight. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Khopra Dada
  • 4020 M
  • 8-9 hours

After having breakfast, you will descend on a steep trail along a hillside. The trail will take you to Swanta village. On the way, you will get to see superb views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 M).

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Swanta
  • 2214 M
  • 5 hours

Leaving Swanta behind, you will descend through terraced fields and a small village to a riverbank. Crossing a suspension bridge, you will ascend towards Chittre. A short walk from here will take us to beautiful Ghorepani village.  


  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Ghorepani
  • 2860 M
  • 3-4 hours

Today, you will wake up early in the morning and hike to Poon Hill. Poon Hill will present you gorgeous sunrise view along with the western Himalayan mountains. After spending some time at Poon Hill, you will descend back to Ghorepani and continue your journey towards Hille. 


  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Hille
  • 1430 M
  • 5 hours

After having breakfast, you will descend through a forest. The trail will be steep and take you to Nayapul. From here, you will drive back to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, you will move to the hotel. You will have enough time to rest and explore nearby places. 


  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 825 M
  • 4 hours

After having breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu following a scenic route. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company. 


  • B,L&D
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • 7 hours

Today, you will fly back to your home. As per your flight departure time, you will be taken to the airport.

  • B&B

What’s Included

  • One porter for two people (maximum weight: 12 kg per client) and an assistant guide for a group size above 4 people.
  • 3 nights of shared accommodation in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara on a BB basis.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, hot drinks) during the trek.
  • Lodge/Tea House accommodations with twin sharing basis during the trek.
  • Rescue and evacuation arrangements in case of emergency. 
  • All the staff’s salary, meals, accommodation, and insurance.
  • Kathmandu valley tour with a tour guide in a private vehicle.
  • Government taxes, service charges, and official expenses.
  • All the ground transportations by private vehicle. 
  • All the necessary permits and paperwork.
  • Professional English-speaking guide.
  • Tips for the guide, assistant guide, porter, and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara. i.e. Lunch, and Dinner.
  • Medical evacuation cost (In case of emergency).
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees.
  • Your Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • Your personal expenses.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.