Khopra Danda Trek 6 Days

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destination Annapurna
duration 6 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Pokhara/Pokhara
region Annapurna
max altitude 4600m
group size 2-10
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hours
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season All season

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 790
Pax 2 USD 750
Pax 3 USD 690
Pax 4 to 6 USD 650
Pax 7 to 12 USD 590
Pax 13 to 18 USD 550
Pax 19 to 24 USD 490
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Khopra Danda Trek 6 Days

The Khopra Ridge Khayer Lake trek is one of least explored trekking regions in Nepal. It is located to the south of the Annapurna Ranges and is often compared with the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. Mt. Khopra Danda is marginally higher at 3,640m, while Poon Hill is 3,210m. Khopra Danda may offer marginally better views than Poon Hill due to it being higher. 

Some of the mountains seen from Khopra Danda are: Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Nilgiri (7061m), Bahrashikhar (7,647 meters), Annapurna South (7,219 meters), Annapurna II (7,937 meters) and other massive mountains. Khayer Lake lies at an altitude of 4,660 meters.

In the early hours you will head to the renowned viewpoint of Poon Hill (3210m) where you can observe the sunrise over the neighboring snow-covered mountains. The trail passes through lush green forests with beautiful red/pink/white rhododendrons that make you take out your camera. The Poon Hill section of this trek is the most popular trek in the Annapurna region. 

The trail heading to Khopra Ridge passes through thick forests of pine, oak, and rhododendron. Along the trail you have numerous views of the Himalayan Mountains. At lower altitudes you will pass numerous terraced farmlands and witness various cultures, such as Magar and Gurung in their respective villages. There are a number of lodges and tea houses on Khopra Ridge where we can stop for a break and get to know the locals.

This trekking route is less traveled, quieter and more peaceful than other more popular treks. This trek is ideally suited for families whose sole endeavor is to observe first-hand the magnificent mountain views without having to acclimatize before heading to higher elevations.

Sherpa Expedition   Teams has an excellent reputation within Nepal and overseas. They will take care of all logistics, including permits, meals and accommodation on the trek.

ITINERARY

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You will need to get up early to enjoy the magnificent sunrise in the perpetually changing morning light. We then head out on the trail through a rhododendron forest before coming to Bayeli Kharka. You will also have some excellent views of the Annapurna Ranges along this section of the trail. From Bayeli you have a view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (the world’s 7th highest peak).

You will need to get up early to enjoy the magnificent sunrise in the perpetually changing morning light. We then head out on the trail through a rhododendron forest before coming to Bayeli Kharka. You will also have some excellent views of the Annapurna Ranges along this section of the trail. From Bayeli you have a view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (the world’s 7th highest peak).

The first leg of our trek takes us downhill to Chhsitibang Village and then to Khopra ridge. On the trail we will likely see pheasant (Nepal’s national bird), yaks grazing in alpine meadows and Himalayan Tahr. From the ridge you will have awesome views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, South, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak, Mt. Nilgiri, and other massive snow covered mountains.

Today we follow the trail to Khayer Lake (4,600m/15,092ft). The crystal clear lake views are particularly attractive this high up in the mountains. We will then return to Khopra Ridge for the night.

Today will be easy-going as we trek to Swanta, famous for having its own cheese factory that you can visit and sample some of its cheeses – including yak cheeses. Today we head out on the trail to Ghorepani, renowned for its mountain views – especially during the changing light at sunrise and sunset. Initially we trek to Chitre Village and then take the larger trail to Ghorepani from where we can view Mt. Dhaulagiri, Machapuchare (Fishtail), Annapurna South, I and other glorious snow capped peaks. Prior to sunset you may choose to take the short trek up to Poon Hill, celebrated for its stunning sunset views. Tonight we will stay at a lodge at Ghorepani.

Poon Hill has a well earned reputation for having some of the most excellent sunrise views anywhere in Nepal of the nearby Himalayan Mountains. Views of the Annapurna Ranges include: Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7855m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7219m), Nilgiri (6940m), Tukuche (6920m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m) & Lamjung Himal (6931m). After a frantic photo session we will return to Ghorepani for breakfast. We will then head to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara.

SERVICES

Cost included In Your Package

  • Pokhara to Nayapul to Ghandruk transportation By private car/Jeep
  • Best Possible Teahouse, lodge accommodation (Generally twin Sharing room)- 5 Nights
  • All Standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Government License holder English Speaking Sherpa Expedition and Trekking’s experienced and qualified trek leader,(8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight, and other necessary equipment.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.
  • All government, Local taxes, and official Expenses
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking’s appreciation of certificate after the successful trek

Cost Excludes

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuwan International's Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
  • Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, tea, coffee, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather conditions, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

  • Sleeping Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Duffel Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof windbreaker or windcheater
  • Thermal underclothes
  • Rain poncho
  • Down jacket (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece or wool trousers
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Trekking pants (two pairs)
  • Mittens or woolen gloves
  • Hiking socks (several pairs)
  • Moisture-wicking shirts, including t-shirts
  • Trekking shoes or boots with spare laces
  • Flip-flops or sandals for relaxing in the evenings
  • Underwear (several pairs)
  • Swimsuit or swimming costume
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp or flashlight/torch
  • Sleeping bag (Sherpa Teams can provide this for you)
  • Trekking poles (if desired)
  • Hiking backpack with a capacity of at least 40 liters
  • Small lock for your backpack
  • Reusable water bottles (at least two liters)
  • Water purification tablets or filtration device
  • Wash towel
  • Basic first aid kit

Toiletries (tissues, toilet paper, moisturizer, lip balm, sunscreen, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clippers, a small mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, contacts, etc.)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities. 

Meals during the trek

 In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Manang & Mustang regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek. 

Physical fitness

This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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The Khopra Danda Trek, also known as the Khopra Ridge Trek or Khopra Ridge Community Trek, is a lesser-known trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, as well as a chance to experience the local culture and hospitality of the Gurung and Magar communities.

The Khopra Danda Trek usually takes around 4 to 10 days, depending on your itinerary and pace. It can be customized to fit your preferences and time constraints.

The best time to do the Khopra Danda Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The weather is generally clear with mild temperatures, making it ideal for trekking. However, it is possible to do the trek during other months as well, with appropriate gear and preparations.

The Khopra Danda Trek is considered a moderate trek, suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. The trail involves some steep ascents and descents, but it is not as challenging as other popular treks in the region, such as the Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp.

While it is not mandatory to have a guide for the Khopra Danda Trek, it is recommended, especially if you are not an experienced trekker or unfamiliar with the region. A guide can provide navigation assistance, help with accommodation and permits, and enhance your overall trekking experience.

To trek in the Annapurna region, you will need two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara before starting the trek.

Accommodation during the Khopra Danda Trek is available in teahouses or lodges along the trail. These teahouses provide basic facilities such as a bed, blankets, and meals. However, the facilities may vary, and it is advisable to carry a sleeping bag for added comfort.

Altitude sickness is generally not a major concern on the Khopra Danda Trek, as the maximum altitude reached is around 3,660 meters at Khopra Ridge. However, it is still important to acclimatize properly by ascending gradually and staying hydrated.

Some essential items to pack for the Khopra Danda Trek include trekking boots, comfortable clothing, a waterproof jacket, a hat, gloves, a sleeping bag, a backpack, sunscreen, a water bottle, and a first aid kit. It is also recommended to carry some snacks and water purification tablets.

Yes, it is possible to do the Khopra Danda Trek solo. However, as mentioned earlier, having a guide is recommended for safety and navigation purposes. If you choose to trek solo, make sure you are well-prepared, physically fit, and have some prior trekking experience.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 790
Pax 2 USD 750
Pax 3 USD 690
Pax 4 to 6 USD 650
Pax 7 to 12 USD 590
Pax 13 to 18 USD 550
Pax 19 to 24 USD 490
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All Inclusive Cost

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Per Person

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