Khopra Danda Trek

Overview

The Khopra Danda trek is also known as the Khopra Ridge trek. It is newly introduced short and delightful off the beaten excursion of Ghorepani Poonhill Trek at Annapurna Region of Nepal. If you’re looking for the perfect week-long trek, a little off-the-beaten path and with great views, this trek is a good option for you. It combines the best of what Nepal has to offer: amazing mountain views, pastoral villages, and rice fields layered on top of each other, descending down into the valley. The best part is that only few people know about it which makes it less crowded unlike Gorepani Poonhill Trek.
Khopra danda trek offers an excellent panoramic views of Annapurna Himalayan range including Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre and other neighboring peaks. Cultural exploration are the another major highlights of this short trek.
The route follows a local trail that takes you down into the valley north of Ghorepani, before climbing up another ridge, known as “Khopra Ridge”. We embark for Khopra danda trek as we arrive at Pokhara, drive to Nayapul and start trekking towards Ghandruk then Tadapani. We pass through Rhododendron forest, small and large Gurung, Magar settlements. Once we arrive Khopra danda, there is an opportunity to view pristine lake in middle of nowhere, the old trees and top of the danda offering splendid close views of snowcapped mountains including Annapurna south, Dhaulagiri and other neighboring peaks.
The best months for doing Khopra Danda Trek is in March, April and May in spring season and also in September, October and November of Autumn season. Without a doubt, it is one of the best short treks in Nepal.

Itinerary

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Adventure Ascent representative will be there to greet you and take you to the hotel. We will then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. Welcome dinner will be hosted in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.


After introduction with the city tour guide at the hotel you will begin your tour to Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa, which are all world heritage sites. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. After the tour you will meet with your trekking guide, briefing about the trek and checking your trek gears will be done afterwards.


We begin our Khopra Danda adventure by taking a flight to Pokhara, experiencing a spectacular half hour flight along the mighty Himalayan Range to Pokhara. Once you land at Pokhara you will have a scenic one and half hour drive to Nayapul. Afterwards, it is off road drive for an hour to Shyauli Bazaar. We will have lunch here and then start our trekking journey. Starting our trek with a steep climb (on the first of the many, many steps on this trek) up to kimchee and then a gentle ascent up to Ghandruk, with amazing views of the Machapuchhre and Hiunchuli Mountains. We stay here in a

Charming little family owned lodge and can enjoy organic coffee and the great views


This morning we start our second day of trekking through the beautiful old houses of Ghandruk and climb on an undulating trail to a tea house in the forest with an amazing view to the Annapurna’s. From here we continue through the rhododendron forest, which just keeps on getting more and more astonishing throughout the day.

We begin to hear the roar of waterfalls and then, for a time, we follow a stream which is literally hurtling down the hill we are climbing up. We cross a bridge and the real climbing starts with a very steep section up to the tea houses at Bhaisi Kharka, where we are quite likely to see Langur monkeys playing in the trees while we rest our legs and wait for lunch.

We continuw on our trail through the lush rhododendron forest, with gigantic old growth trees keeping out the light and with orchids and mushrooms growing everywhere. After enjoying this remarkable section of the trail for about half an hour we have a short, steep climb up into Tadapani.

 


In the morning it is highly recommended to get up an hour before sunrise and walk up to the view point above Dobato and return to the lodge for breakfast. This extraordinary side trip will give you a great view up to Kopra Danda and remarkable views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagirl further to the west.

As soon as we finish our breakfast, we start out across a gravelly hillside and then have a short climb to a small pass, where we can see full view of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche. From here we descend along the ridgeline through rhododendron trail then have a short ascent before we cross to the western side of the ridgeline saying goodbye to those huge snowcapped peaks until we see them again at Kopra. From here we walk down towards Ghorepani, Poon Hill and Swanta, far down in the valley below. We have a short climb and then head towards two teahouses at Bayel, where we will have an early lunch.  From here we can see Chistibang, far away across the valley, but to get there we must first descend and trek through sparse rhododendron trees and berber’s bushes before crossing some streams.


Today we start another day of our trek towards Khopra Danda which is the main attraction of our trek. We ascend through alpine meadows and pastures and we should keep on the lookout for yaks and crossbreds (called Dzopkyo), as well as possible sightings of Himalayan Tahr and the beautiful Danphe pheasant, the national bird of Nepal.

As we head up towards Kopra Ridge we can see the tip of Annapurna South start to appear. However it is only on arrival at Kopra Community Lodge when the unbelievable panorama of Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna South is fully revealed. After lunch it is well worth going for a short walk down to Kopra Ridge to a viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki river, far below in this deep valley.


Sadly we are bidding farewell to the amazingly close up views of the Himalayas, knowing we will have plenty more panoramic views on this trek yet, but none quite like this.

We descend for about an hour back down to the Chistibung Community Lodge, where we stop for a drink and then continue descending towards Swanta village. From the treeless ridgeline we re-enter into the scanty vegetation of beriberi’s and tiny rhododendron trees and then we come into the truly incredible oak and pine forest on a steeply descending but astonishing trail through this old growth forest.

As we approach Swantha we see Mount Dhaulagiri re-emerge and it provides a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses of Swantha.


Today we descend through the terraced fields to the river before climbing up to Ghorepani where we rejoin the main trail. From Ghorepani we can see our trek routes so far and marvel at how far we have come in a few days.

We come to a fascinating shrine and then we cross the river and enter a spectacular steep gorge. We trek downwards for about an hour with roaring sound of the river below, until we finally emerge into the sunlight again and the open vistas of the valley as it opens up to show us the villages on the way to Ulleri. About an hour further and we check into our tea house for the night and enjoy a final sunset on the trail.


Today we descend through the terraced fields to the river before climbing up to Ghorepani where we rejoin the main trail. From Ghorepani we can see our trek routes so far and marvel at how far we have come in a few days.

We come to a fascinating shrine and then we cross the river and enter a spectacular steep gorge. We trek downwards for about an hour with roaring sound of the river below, until we finally emerge into the sunlight again and the open vistas of the valley as it opens up to show us the villages on the way to Ulleri. About an hour further and we check into our tea house for the night and enjoy a final sunset on the trail.


It is going to be a long day so this morning we head out early, in order to get to Pokhara for lunch before taking the mid-afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. We have a steep section of seemingly never-ending stairs down to Tikhedhunga, where we cross a suspension bridge and then enjoy an easier walk for the rest of the trek. The valley opens up more and we reap the benefits of newly built dirt road, our weary legs enjoying the gentler grade and the complete lack of steps.

We meet the river and if it’s warm its’ nice to jump in and cool off in one of the beautiful pools.

We continue along the road (taking a short detour off the road through the beautiful but tiny village of Manthali) and arrive in Birenthanti. We have a half hour walk remaining, initially along the road (busier now) and then on the old trekking trail to Nayapul, where we meet our vehicle for one and half hour drive back into Pokhara. Once we reach Pokhara, we take midafternoon flight to Kathmandu and escort towards Hotel for the night.


This day will be an extra buffer day just in case the domestic flight get cancelled due to bad weather. You can either have rest day or catch up on some last minute souvenir shopping. We will have farewell dinner in the evening.


Our adventure in Nepal ends today. An Adventure Ascent representative will drop you off at the Tribhuwan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight for final departure towards your sweet home.


Cost Details

    • Airport Pick up and transfers to hotel and briefings with tea and biscuits in Katmandu.
    • All accommodation as BB in 4 star hotel.
    • Experience professional guide for tour, trekking.
    • Full insurance for staff during the trip.
    • Full board meals on trekking breakfast, lunch & dinner.
    • Properly tea and coffee whatever hot drink available only on trekking.
    • Transportation from the starting and ending points of the trekking.
    • All domestic flight tickets and airport tax.
    • First Aid Kit for trekking members.
    • National park entry fee and TIMS card or trekking permit whatever needed.
    • Luggage porter.
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • All hard drinks such as : Mineral water, whisky, rum, cola, fanta, etc.
    • All entrance fees during the sightseeing in Katmandu and until finished.
    • Any extra cost offering from unfavorable circumstance such as weather bad.
    • Personal expenses like hot shower and battery charge.
    • Personal equipment.
    • Emergency Rescue evacuation if necessary.
    • Personal tips for trekking staff.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration
12 days

Max Altitude
3660m

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