7 Days Khopra Danda Trek is One of the rarer trails of the Annapurna region with equally magnificent views of the high Himalayas peaks. The Khopra Ridge Khayer lake trek is one of the lesser-crowded treks through the Annapurna but which still Splendid views of the giants: Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) (Seventh highest peak in the world), mt. Nilgiri (7,061m), Bhara Shikhar (7,647m), Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Fishtail (6,997m), and other Himalayan peaks.
This trek explores the Khayar Lake, considered sacred by Hindus religion, high pastures, and a temporary herder’s settlement winds its way through colorful rhododendron forests and through Tibetan-Tamang, Gurung and Magar village. This trek is reached by a steady climb through alpine meadows and pastures and provides an excellent viewpoint overlooking the Kali Gandaki River very far below in the world’s deepest gorge. From Khopra Ridge, the Himalayans are a panorama of shimmering snow and ice.
Just only long walking day (and which can be, and with a panorama on the ridge to rival any viewpoint in the Himalayas, Khopra ridge trek is a great way to experience the beauty of the high Himalaya landscape and Annapurna mountains ranges in a more tranquil and solitude manner. If you're feeling up for it, option for the day hike to Khayer Lake: Hindus believe that dipping into the water here will help you achieve Nirvana.
You'll also bookend your trek in Nepal's Kathmandu, and the lakeside city of Pokhara, home to the stunning Phewa Lake. This standard Khopra Danda aKhayer Lake Trek is an 7-day program. However, depending upon your time availability we can extend it to more days and even curtail it to 8-16 days if you are scarce of time. Please contact us if you need a custom itinerary if this standard program does not fit your vacation.
Today we drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk Village and after stopping for a lunch break begin our trek to Tadapani. We continue on a trail through oak and rhododendron forests and on the way have some stunning views of Machapuchare (Fishtail), Annapurna South, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, and Lamjung Himal.
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. We will stay here tonight.
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.
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.
Toiletries (tissues, toilet paper, moisturizer, lip balm, sunscreen, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clippers, a small mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, contacts, etc.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 8 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.
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