Khopra Danda Trek - 9 days

Things to Know
  • Duration9 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Altitude 4,660m Khayer Lake
  • Trip Type Trekking | Hiking
  • Start and End Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Best Time Feb-May, Sep-Dec
What You’ll Do
  • Panoramic views of Entire Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Massif
  • Explore Hidden Holy Lake-Khayer Lake at 4,660 meters
  • Walk through the community trail and experience the local lifestyle
  • Unique and less crowded off-beaten path
  • Hike to the popular Poon Hill Trek to witness magical sunrise views

The Khopra Danda Trek is a marvellous option if you are looking for a short trek in Nepal that is a touch off the beaten path and has stunning views. It brings together the best trekking that Nepal offers. The path follows a community trail that descends into the valley north of Ghorepani before ascending the "Khopra Ridge,” It is one of the excellent short treks in Nepal, without a doubt. This walk leads to Khopra Danda via a less-crowded trail. It offers views of stunning mountain peaks like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Tukuche Peak, and Mt. Dhaulagiri.

Along the way, you will walk through rhododendron forests, passing Himalayan animals like pheasants and sheep. Additionally, this journey introduces you to the magnificent Poon Hill. You can see the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre in all their magnificence. In contrast to other treks in the Annapurna region, Khopra Danda Trekking is unique. It leads you to an off-the-beaten path through villages and populated places, into the untamed nature of mountains and dense forests. Khopra Danda Trekking is the perfect trek across tall hills in the immediate shadow of the enormous Annapurna range. Similarly, the trek brings you to picturesque ridges near Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya facing an extraordinary panorama of peaks. If you choose the option to hike to the sacred Khayer Lake (4600m), the highest point of the trek provides the best views of peaks and exciting scenery. The Khayer Lake, a sacred body of water surrounded by towering peaks, is undoubtedly the trip's high point for Khopra Dada Trek. This Holy Lake is hiding between the hills and dazzling peaks.

The trek to Khopra Danda begins from Pokhara with a 2-hour drive to Syauli Bazaar and a trek to Ghandruk. From Gurung Village of Ghandruk, the trek follows through Bayeli Kharka, to arrive at Khopra Ridge. During the visit to Khopra, take your time to enjoy the towering mountains. Similarly, while returning, the trail takes you to the famous Poon Hill trek. It allows you to witness magical sunrise views from the top of the mountains. Next from Poon Hill, you will trek to Birethanti and drive back to Pokhara.

Is Khopra Danda Trek Suitable for you?

  • A comparatively easy trek is ideal for beginners and even families with Kids
  • A good level of fitness would be best for the trek. You can easily complete this trek with a decent level of physical fitness
  • If you like off-beaten trails with a bit of remoteness, this trek suits you
  • The trek demands walking for 5-6 hours a day

Some difficulties you might encounter during the Khopra Dada Trek.

Trekking the Khopra Danda is simple. Nevertheless, the walk gets a little more challenging if you are going to Khayer Lake. Among the problematic elements of the Khopra Ridge Trek are:

Altitude: The height is the main obstacle to completing the KhopraDanda with Khayer Lake Trek. Khayer Lake, at 4600 meters, is the highest point reached during this climb. It is very high up here. Trekkers are susceptible to altitude sickness at such an altitude. The Khayer Lake is higher than the KhopraDanda.

Remoteness: The trek goes through the remote villages and dense forests. Moreover, the trail is off-beaten with fewer teahouses. Likewise, walking through the dense forest with several difficulties can be challenging for beginners.

Climate and Weather: One of the critical elements that will affect your trek's outcome is the weather. Walking on secluded and rugged terrain is undoubtedly challenging when it rains or snows. You must check the weather if you are trekking in the off-season. It becomes pretty muddy and treacherous to walk on the trail. However, you will enjoy your walk if you have the right equipment and are well-informed about the weather and climate.

Best Time

The best months to travel to Khopra Danda are March to May and September to mid-December. Mid-October to early December is often the optimum time to do this trek. Most walking trails bloom with gorgeous rhododendron flowers from March to April. In July and August, Nepal experiences its monsoon season. Even though the conditions may not be optimal at this time of year, the trail fills with lovely wildflowers, making for an exceptional and enjoyable experience. This monsoon trip can be your favourite if you love the outdoors and are particularly interested in flora and fauna. With the proper gear and a knowledgeable trekking guide, the walk can be finished virtually any time of year.

In Nepal, summer is primarily associated with rainy and overcast weather. These days have both the warmest temperatures and the wettest weather on record. Although clouds frequently hide in the mountains, seeing them after a rainstorm is beautiful. Like other seasons, July is relatively unpopulated on the hiking paths. Due to frequent rainfall, the hiking routes are slick, muddy, and wet, and leeches may be present. In certain months, there is a chance of landslides and trail obstructions.

The country receives its coldest weather from December to February. Of course, fewer trekkers are entering Nepal these days, but the scenery may still be breathtaking, especially after a snowfall has painted the mountains white. The temperature might go from 4 to 13 degrees during the day and much lower at night. The coldest places are those at higher altitudes, such as Khayer Lake in the south foothills of Annapurna. Wintertime temperatures there are below average, but that is to be expected.

Permits Required

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): This permit is mandatory for all trekkers entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, which includes the Khopra Dada Trek. The cost of this permit is USD 25.

Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) Card: The TIMS card is another essential permit for trekkers in the Annapurna region, including the Khopra Dada Trek. It helps track and ensure the safety of trekkers. The Cost of this permit card is USD 16.


Iconic Holiday Nepal, organized the Khopra Danda Trek since the trail was opened for foreigners. Moreover, we also assist the local community in growing this trekking trail ahead in the future. Overall, the trek is an exciting walk to the Khopra Ridge with superb panoramic views. For more queries related to this trek, feel free to contact us.

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  • Altitude1,400m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time1-2 hours

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Iconic Holiday Nepal signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

  • Altitude1,940 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

From Pokhara, we will be driving to Kimche through Nayapul and Syauli Bazar ( 2 and half hours drive ). The first-day real trekking starts from Kimche and ends at Ghandruk ( 2 hrs trek ). On the path, you will see the incredible mountain terrain, terraced farms, humongous mountains, and subtropical forests.

  • Altitude3,450 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-7 hours

We leave Ghandruk village after visiting the beautiful Gurung Museum. The trail follows the Path of Rhododendron and Oak Forest to Bayeli Kharka via Tadhapani. After ascending to Tadhapani, the trail gradually descends through rhododendron trees to Bayeli. Overnight stay at Bayeli Kharka.

  • Altitude3,660 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

Today the trail descends through the forest to reach Chistibung in the first hour. Then, from here we will walk for around 2-3 hours to reach Khopra Ridge. The trail gives you amazing views of Dhaulagiri, Dhampus Peak, Tukuche Peak, Annapurna I, and Annapurna South. Overnight stay at Khopra.

  • Altitude2,214 m
  • AccommodationTea house
  • Time6-7 hours

You will have an option to Hike to Khayer Lake today. It takes around 5 hours. After exploring the Holy Khayer Lake, we trek down to Swanta. The village of Swanta is famous for its community cheese factory. Overnight stay at Sawanta.

  • Altitude2,880 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5 hours

Our next destination today is Ghorepani. In the first hour, we descend through the field of the village and cross a suspension bridge. After crossing it, we will ascend to Chittre village which takes us through the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail. Overnight stay at Ghorepani.

  • Altitude820 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time8-9 hours

We wake up early in the morning to encounter the magical views of sunrise above the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Moreover, Poon Hill is a popular spot for Photographers. After spending some time and clicking some shots, we will trek to Ghorepani to have breakfast. After breakfast, the trail descends to Birethanti through the forest. From Birethanti, we will take a vehicle and return to Pokhara.

  • Altitude1,400 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time7-8 hours

We will be driving back to Kathmandu in the morning. If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as the Chitwan jungle safari, Trishuli river rafting adventure and other activities. In the evening, we host a farewell dinner in a fine restaurant. Your guides and an office staff will accompany you.

    The trip concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

    Trip Cost Details
    • All (international and domestic) airport transfers on a tourist vehicle
    • Twin-sharing/double accommodation in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Twin-sharing or dormitory guesthouse accommodation during the trek in the Annapurna region for 8 nights
    • Standard meals (breakfasts, lunches, and dinners) during the trekking days including one hot drink
    • Experienced, first-aid trained, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide
    • Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
    • Porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every 2 clients)
    • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff
    • Boating in Phewa Lake with a guided tour to Barahi temple
    • Tourist bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara and back. Private tourist vehicle from Pokhara to Hile and from Syauli Bazaar to Pokhara
    • Trip completion certificate
    • A farewell dinner on the last night in Nepal
    • All administrative expenses and government taxes
    • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • International flight fare and airport departure tax
    • Any beverages including bottled and boiled water
    • Travel insurance along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage
    • Tips to trekking staff and driver
    • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be acquired easily after your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu with a fee of USD 50 for 30 days visa and USD 125 for 90 days visa)
    • Personal Trekking gear and equipment
    • Any expenses other than the Price Include section
    Useful Info

    Meals and Accommodation

    For Breakfast: Oatmeals, Cornflakes, French Toast with Jam or Honey, Tibetan Bread, Chapati, Eggs, Pancakes, Muesli, Fruits, and Varieties of Hot Drinks (Tea, Coffee, Hot chocolates, lemon tea, etc.)

    For Lunch: Dal Bhat, Soups, sandwiches, Vegetable curry, Pizza, Thukpa, Noodles, Macroni, Momo, Desserts, etc.

    For Dinner: Dal Bhat, Tarkari, Bread, Various Soups, Pizza, Macroni, Momo, Thukpa, Noodles, Vegetable curry, Plain rice, Sandwiches, Desserts, etc.

    The Menu is a set that is a combination of Asian and Western cuisine. Likewise, we also suggest having Vegetable dishes as much as you can.

    Accommodation: Teahouses are the most prevalent form of lodging along the Khopra Danda trekking trail. In some locations, you can also get the experience of spending a peaceful night in community lodges. The community lodges are basic accommodations run by the families who live in such areas. Whereas, in some teahouses, you have to stay on a sharing basis.

    Electricity and Water

    There is a possibility of electricity in every teahouse you stop by. However, some teahouses can charge you a certain amount for charging your cell phone or batteries. During the Khopra Danda Trek, you should drink as much water as possible to stay hydrated. You can buy mineral water and filter water in teahouses. If you have a water purification tablet then it is a plus point to use filter water.

    Internet and Wifi

    During the KhopraDanda Trek, teahouses do have Wi-Fi. However, you just cannot rely on them. Some teahouse charges you USD 1-2 for using Wi-Fi. If you buy a Nepali local SIM card then it can be useful as well for the internet.

    Restroom and Hot Shower

    Nowadays, most of the teahouses have western restrooms. However, some of them have typical Nepali restrooms with basic showers. Likewise, for the hot shower, they have a Gas Shower or Solar panel to make hot shower.

    Trip Extension Possibility

    While doing Khopra Trek, if you like to extend the trip, there are several options in the Annapurna Region. Annapurna Base Camp Trek or Mardi Himal Trek is another option you can choose to combine with this trek. Otherwise, you also have the option to explore the several species of wildlife in Chitwan National Park Safari.

    Gears and Equipment

    Here are some of the pieces of equipment that are mandatory while trekking to the Khopra Dada

    • You first need a rucksack with a waterproof cover to store
    • Lightweight Hiking Boot
    • Hiking pants
    • Trekking Trousers
    • Thermal tops and bottoms should be thick enough to keep you warm but flexible.
    • Day Hiking Shorts
    • A pair of T-shirts
    • Wind/waterproof jacket
    • Socks: 4-6 pairs
    • Underwear: 4-6 pairs
    • Sunglasses and sun hat
    • Sun protection cream
    • Woollen cap: Necessary to protect from cold.
    • Inner and outer gloves
    • Headlamp
    • Power bank/extra batteries
    • Wet wipes/hand sanitisers
    • Towel
    • Toiletries
    • Reusable water bottles and water purification tablets
    • Sleeping bag
    • You rarely find ATMs on the trekking trail. So, it is best to carry cash.
    • Camera
    • The Khopra Dada Trek typically takes 6 to 10 days to complete, depending on the specific itinerary and your walking pace.

    • The best time to undertake the Khopra Dada Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. You can experience the most favourable weather conditions in these months, with clear skies.

    • Talking about the difficulty, it is considered to be a moderate trek. While it does not require any technical climbing skills, it does involve steep ascents and descents, so a good level of fitness and trekking experience is recommended.

    • You can get different aids and valuable insights from the guides if you hire one, and a porter will help you to carry excessive loads.

    • You will need two permits to trek in the Khopra Dada area: The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits are obtainable in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

    • Yes, teahouses and lodges are available along the Khopra Dada Trek route. These provide basic accommodation and meals, making it unnecessary to carry camping gear. It's advisable to book your accommodation in advance during the peak trekking seasons.

    • Altitude sickness can be a concern as you ascend to higher elevations during the trek. It's essential to acclimatize appropriately and stay hydrated. In case symptoms worsen, descending to lower altitudes is crucial.

    • Getting to the stunning Kanchenjunga region is an adventure in itself, and there are a few ways to do it. You can take a scenic two-day road trip from Kathmandu, enjoying the beautiful countryside along the way. Another option is to fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and then drive to the starting point (sukathum).

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