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Khopra Danda Trek is comparatively one of the newer routes for trekkers in the Annapurna region. With the Khopra Danda Trekking route closely connected to the Annapurna Base Camp trek route, you get magnificent views of the mountains along with many options.

Khopra Danda Trek is an 11-day trek through the remote and off-beat trail in the Annapurna region through the green meadows, traditional farming, and the wild yaks grazing. The ridge at an altitude of 3640 meters provides you with a beautiful view of the mountains and the green meadows along with the interaction experience of the hospitality of the local people on the way back.

One of the main attractions of the Khopra Danda Trek is Khayer Lake. At an altitude of 4660 meters, this lake is popular for its sacred importance to the local people and the tourists. This lake is around 4-6 hours walk away from Khopra Danda. You can see beautiful views of the mountains from Khayer Lake. The lake at the foot of the Annapurna mountain has a special place in the hearts of the locals.

Highlights of Khopra Danda Trek

  • Green meadows with wild yaks grazing
  • Breeding farms of cows and yaks
  • Yak cheese factory
  • The sacred Khayer Lake at an altitude of 4660 meters
  • The hospitality of the local Pun Villages
  • Magnificent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs with Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre

Khopra Danda to Khayer Lake

Khayer Lake is a sacred lake situated at the bottom of the Annapurna mountain. At an altitude of 4660 meters, Khayer Lake is a popular tourist destination with spectacular views of the popular annapurna mountains and other mountains like the Machhapuchhre and Nilgiri.

Khayer Lake is one of the popular attractions during the Khopra Danda Trek. Khopra Danda to Khayer Lake is a 4-6 hours walk. You can take an extra day and head to the beautiful lake at the foot of the glorious mountain. The trails are not crowded as many people don’t use this trail. The trails are however difficult with narrow and steep roads. Despite the struggling trail, the view from the lake is worth all the hardships.

If you are thinking of staying in the lake area, you will need to inform the guide beforehand so you can prepare yourself for it. You can take proper camping materials and spend the night there as well. However, people usually return back to Khopra Danda to spend the night as the Khayer Lake area has no lodges to spend the night.

Best Time for the Khopra Danda Trek

As any other trek, the best season for the Khopra Danda Trek is autumn and spring season. During the months of September to November and March to May, the weather rof Khopra Danda is very calm. During this time, Khopra Danda temperature is moderate as well. This makes for the best trekking season. With the temperature being moderate, you don’t have to pack too much or have to worry about the intense cold or rainfalls.

This season also provides you with clear skies resulting in you getting the best views of the mountains surrounding you in the path. Also, during autumn and spring, the green meadows with the wildlife grazing is a beautiful sight to see.

The weather of Khopra Danda in the months of June to August is rainy, making the trails muddy and slippery. This makes the trails hard to cover and the winter season is very chilly. The winter season is fun for the trek for the snow lovers, but you will have to be more careful walking in the slippery paths and cover up well.

Food and Accommodation in Khopra Danda

The Khopra Danda trek is a fun short trek in the Annapurna Region. The trail is filled with lodges and teahouses. Khopra Danda lodges are very diverse and comfortable. This is also known as a lodge trekking route.

The lodges provide you with wifi, hot showers, charging ports and many more facilities. The Khopra Danda lodges also provide you with good food and good rooms. You will be able to rest up comfortably in the lodges along the way and prepare yourself for the next day without any compromises.

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Khopra danda trek cost

The total cost of the Khopra Danda trek is USD 690 per person. The 11 days trek will take you through remote lands to show you the remote and beautiful views of the Annapurna region which are still away from human civilization. You can ask your guide for an additional day to trek to Khayer Lake for more scenic views of the mountains and the region.

Khopra Danda Trek Difficulties

Labeled as an easy trek, the Khopra Danda Trek takes you through the remote trails of the Annapurna Region. The difficulty of the trek is slightly higher if you are planning to take the Khopra Danda to Khayer Lake trek as well. Other major difficulties that you may face during the Khopra Danda Trek are listed below:

High altitude

The altitude gain of the Khopra Danda Trek is not as high as the other treks in the Annapurna region. However, if you are, and trust me you must, planning to visit Khayer Lake, you will experience a sudden altitude gain. This sudden altitude gain may cause you to experience some altitude sickness. So make sure to take your time to get to the lake.

Remote trails

The trails of the Khopra Danda Trek is not as popular as other trekking routes. This is a plus point as you can take your time and enjoy the route. However, it is a little too remote. It may be hard for some people to deal with the forest trails without much civilization on the way. So prepare yourself mentally before the trek.

Weather conditions

If you are trekking in autumn or spring, you won’t have any issues or difficulties. But if you are traveling during the rainy season or the winter season, the trail can be very challenging. The weather conditions during the rainy season may cause the remote trails to be muddy and slippery causing the route to be difficult to trek. The winter snow may also cause the road to be slippery. So be careful on the way.

Overcoming all these difficulties, you can reach the Khopra Danda and enjoy the view and know that all the hardships were worth it. Collaborating with us to plan your trek will save you from these difficulties. We, at Exciting Nepal, will make sure to help make your trek comfortable and safe. You will leave the country with nothing but beautiful memories.

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Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Free and arrangement day.

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus.

Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and 5 hours trek to Ghandruk

Day 5: Ghandruk to Tadapani

Day 6 : Tadapani to Bhedi Kharka.

Day 7: 5-6 hours trek Bhedi Kharka to Khopra Danda.

Day 8: Khopra Danda to High Camp at 4240 meters

Day 9: Hike from High Camp to Khopra Danda.

Day 10: Khopra Danda to Ghorepani.

Day 11: Trek from Ghorepani to Nayapul and an hour drive to Pokhara.

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu.

On arrival to Kathmandu, we will pick you up at the Tribhuvan International Airport terminal. You will be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu where you can rest and get rid of your jet lag.

Day 2: Free and arrangement day.

This is a leisure day for you as we will be making preparations for the trek tomorrow. You can enjoy this leisure day sightseeing in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is filled with many tourist destinations popular for cultural diversity and scenic beauty.

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus.

After a beautiful scenic day at Kathmandu, today you will enjoy the scenic bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You will be provided a private tourist bus with comfortable seats. You can enjoy the roads and the view of the green hills from the bus ride. On the way, you will see the beautiful Trishuli River, famous for its white water rafting activities. You will reach Pokhara in less than 7 hours.

Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and 5 hours trek to Ghandruk

After spending your night in Pokhara, you can enjoy the morning breakfast. You will then leave for Nayapul which is an hour’s drive away from Pokhara. From Nayapul, our trek begins. You will trek for around 5 hours to reach Ghandruk from Pokhara. The walk is filled with beautiful views of the Modi Khola and the destination consists of traditional farming land. It is a magnificent view upon reaching Ghandruk.

Day 5: Ghandruk to Tadapani

Resting up in Ghandruk, our next day begins with a walk to Tadapani. After finishing our warm breakfast early morning, we will embark on our trek to our destination Tadapani at an altitude of 2590 meters. The trail combines a forest trail with a small stream. Following the watercourse climbing through the forest paths, you will reach Tadapani enjoying the majestic views of the Annapurna massifs.

Day 6 : Tadapani to Bhedi Kharka.

Walking down the forest roads reaching Modi Khola, now the ascend starts. We will ascend till we reach Landruk. From Landruk, we will walk the terraced rice fields in Bhedi Kharka. This trek from Tadapani to Bhedi Kharka takes around 6-7 hours.

Day 7: 5-6 hours trek Bhedi Kharka to Khopra Danda.

Today we will finally reach our main destination of the trek, Khopra Danda. From Bhedi Kharka, we will climb uphill through the trekking trails and reach Khopra Danda. With unimaginably beautiful views of the Annapurna range along with other glorious mountains, you will have your patience and hard work’s worth in seconds. The beauty will leave you astonished.

Day 8: Khopra Danda to High Camp at 4240 meters

Today, we will reach the highest altitude of our trek. From Khopra Danda, we will walk uphill for about 3 and a half hours. The climb is filled with high meadows with many wild yaks grazing. This is a beautiful sight to see away from all the crowds and vehicles. The green meadows with wild yaks grazing on it is truly a beautiful sight. After 3 hours of walk, we will reach the high camp. We will stay the night here for acclimatization.

Day 9: Hike from High Camp to Khopra Danda.

After spending the night in High Camp, we will now return back to Khopra Danda. Surrounded by the awe-inspiring views of the mountains, you will make the descent back to Khopra Danda today.

Day 10: Khopra Danda to Ghorepani.

Trekking back from Khopra Danda to Ghorepani, you get to experience the local culture and lifestyle of the people there. The majority of the population there are Ghara and Sikha who live in Pun Magar Villages. They are very hospitable people. Along with the culture and lifestyle of the local people, you also get to see the beautiful traditional farming lands with Rhododendron filled trails.

Day 11 : Trek from Ghorepani to Nayapul and an hour drive to Pokhara.

Spending the night in Ghorepani, you will go to Poonhill for an early sunrise view of the mountains. Poonhill viewpoint provides you with the glorious view of the mountains gleaming under the beautiful morning sunlight. The massifs look beautiful and calming under the morning sun. Then, you will return to Ghorepani and then trek down to Nayapul after having breakfast. You will then leave for Pokhara.

Trip Cost US$ 690 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Airport pick up and drop with the use of private vehicles.
  • Two-nights hotel stays in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Standard meals like Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, during the trek with a cup of tea or coffee during breakfast.
  • Accommodations in tea houses during the trek.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, duffel bags, and walking poles to be returned after the trek
  • All ground transportations as per the itinerary.
  • Experienced guide for the trek with insurance
  • Porters to be shared among two people
  • Monastery entry fees.
  • Khopra Danda Trek map.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit fee.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System.) Permit Fees
  • Two-nights standard accommodation in Pokhara
  • First aid kit box with normal medical supplies
Cost Excludes:
  • Any kind of drink like juice, beer, mineral water, etc.
  • Souvenirs or other expenses.
  • Personal expenses like hot showers or charging ports in teahouses.
  • Activities in Kathmandu like sightseeing guides or food.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking Destination: Annapurna
  • Group Size: 1 (minimum)
  • Minimum altitude: 827 m
  • Maximum altitude: 4500m
  • Season: March to May & September to November
  • Grade Info: Easy Trek
  • Transportation: Tourist Bus/ Private Vehicle
  • Total Days: 11
  • Walking Hour: 6-7 hours

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