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Khopra Trek

Nepal

Khopra Danda Trek

Nepal

TRIP OVERVIEW

Khopra Danda Trek, also known as Khopra Ridge Trek, is an ideal trek if you prefer off the beaten trail where you can immerse yourself completely in the natural beauty of the Himalayas and meet a small handful of locals in their tiny mountain communities.

This scenic trek takes you through villages close to the Annapurnas where you can admire the magnificence of the Himalayas and avoid the crowd who preferably opt for the popular Ghorepani trail.

It offers unrivaled views into the valley and close to Dhaulagiri and the 22 peaks of the Annapurnas. Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7061m), Bharha Shikhar (7647m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6434m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Gangapurna (7455m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Hiuchuli (6441m) are the panoramic peaks visible in the route that takes you through local trail that descends into the Annapurna valley.

Hike up to Khayer Lake (4600m) at the foot of the Annapurna South is an unforgettable experience. Its a bit tough but once you reach the Khayer lake, you will be awestruck by the surrounding.

NOTES:

Maximum elevation 3460m (Khopra Ridge)/ 4700m (Khayer lake)
Start/Finish Syauli Bazar/Narchyang
Difficulty Moderate
Best Season Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
Fun facts Holy Khayer Lake is visited by Hindus to achieve Nirvana in Janai Purnima.

Trip Highlights of Khopra Danda Trek

  • Trek to off the beaten path through villages and ridges around Annapurna Region
  • Community run accommodation in route, the profits help the local communities
  • Explore the cultural lifestyle of local people
  • Panoramic view close to the majestic Annapurna South, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri
  • Amazing sunrise and sunset views from Khopra Danda
  • Hike to the sacred Khayer lake, rarely visited fresh water lake in the lap of Annapurna South
  • Witness the Narchyang village with a unique and most popular waterfall of Annapurna Region
  • Local Living Experience in Narchyang Community Homestay

Itinerary

Transfer from Pokhara to Syauli Bazar. Trek to Ghandruk.

Drive from Pokhara to Syauli Bazar and from here set out on the trek to Ghandruk. The trail descends steeply to Birethanti and follows the west bank of Modi Khola to reach Shaulee Bazaar before climbing again to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is the most scenic and popular trek that can be done from Pokhara.

Ghandruk offers very close view of Annapurnas and the view during sunset and sunrise is fantastic. The walk provides you the breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. The Mountain view is very beautiful and the trail is relatively easy. The highest point is only 2000 m. So there is no risk of altitude sickness. All of these make this trek an ideal choice for everyone looking for short trek in Annapurna foothills.

Notes:
  • Drive Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Minutes approx
  • Trek Duration: 4 Hrs. Approx.
  • Elevation: 2,012 Meters (Ghandruk)
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani

The trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani is a picturesque adventure through the heart of the Annapurna region in Nepal. Beginning in the charming village of Ghandruk with its stunning mountain vistas, the trek winds along lush green valleys, terraced fields, and rhododendron forests.

The trail offers breathtaking panoramas of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre peaks. As you ascend, the landscape transforms, revealing a diverse range of flora and fauna. Upon reaching Tadapani, perched on a ridge, trekkers are treated to magnificent views and a serene ambiance, making it a rewarding stop along this unforgettable journey in the Himalayas.

Notes:
  • Trek Duration: 4 Hrs. Approx.
  • Elevation: 2630 meters (Tadapani)
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Tadapani to Dobato. 

On this day, you will divert from the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking trail to a less-used path. Walking through rhododendron forests, you will come across buffalo pastures and small clearings.

Though you have to ascend hills, it will not be a tiring day. It takes approximately three hours to reach Isharu where you can have lunch. After that, you have to go through rhododendron forests again for about two and half hours to reach Dobato.

If you have spare time, you can visit Muldai View Point which is half an hour’s ascent away from Dobato. It is an excellent place to observe the panorama of Himalayan ranges like Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, etc. Morning is the excellent time for sunrise view over those giant mountains.

Notes:
  • Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs
  • 3240 Meters (Dobato)
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Dobato to Chistibung with Hike to Muldai Peak.

Embarking on a thrilling 30-minute uphill hike to Muldai View Point at dawn promises an awe-inspiring sunrise spectacle. Returning to Dobato’s lodge for a hearty breakfast marks the start of another exciting leg of your journey.

The trail ahead leads through undulating paths, swiftly alternating between uphill climbs and downhill descents in the enchanting rhododendron forests. Within an hour’s walk lies Bayli Kharka, a picturesque pasture offering an up-close encounter with the majestic Dhaulagiri range.

This juncture marks your immersion into the authentic charm of rural Nepal. Continuing onwards, the trek spans roughly three hours to reach Chistibung. Here, amidst this rustic setting, a small community and private lodges await, providing modest yet comfortable accommodations for your stay.

Notes:
  • Trek Duration: 6 hrs
  • 3639 Meters (Muldai Peak)/3026 Meters (Chistibung)
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Chistibung  to Khopra Danda.

This day’s trek to Khopra Danda is relatively manageable, spanning a maximum of three hours. It’s wise to have a substantial breakfast and carry extra provisions to sustain your energy en route.

Given the uphill terrain, frequent rests might be necessary. Keep an eye out for sightings of the Himalayan tahr and Nepal’s national bird, the Danfe, adding an exciting touch to your journey. Reaching Khopra Danda for lunch will undoubtedly fill you with an indescribable sense of accomplishment, thanks to its unparalleled panoramic views. From this vantage point, you’ll be treated to breathtaking sights of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri, Bahrasikhar, and their adjacent foothills—all seemingly within arm’s reach.

The Khopra community lodges stand out for their genuine hospitality and sincere efforts to cater to their guests’ needs, ensuring a warm and comfortable stay amidst this spectacular terrain.

Notes:
  • Trek Duration: 3 Hrs. Approx.
  • Elevation: 3660 Meters
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Excursion Day to Khayer lake 

Starting early, this is the longest, but prettiest day as you walk to the sacred Khayer Lake, the most scenic blue-colored lake at the foot of Annapurna South. It is a place of Hindu pilgrimage (4700m), which is believed will help achieve Nirvana. You climb a steep trail on the ridge with stone steps with a gorgeous view of the Annapurna South. There is a small temple dedicated to Khayer Barahi at the lake, you then return back to Khopra Ridge and stay there overnight.

Notes:
  • Duration: 7-8 hrs
  • Elevation: 4700 Meters
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Khopra Danda to Phakdwar.

The trek from Khopra Danda to Phakdwar encompasses a captivating journey through the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal. Beginning at Khopra Danda, where breathtaking mountain vistas greet you, the trail leads through diverse terrain, offering a mix of lush forests, alpine meadows, and quaint villages.

As you descend from Khopra Danda, the path winds through picturesque valleys and charming settlements. You’ll traverse along trails adorned with rhododendron forests and might catch glimpses of local wildlife. The journey gradually reveals awe-inspiring views of the surrounding peaks and the serene beauty of the Himalayan foothills.

Notes:
  • Trekking Duration: 03 Hours Approx.
  • Altitude: 3660 Meters (Phakdwar)
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Phakdwar to Narchyang 

The trek from Phakdwar to Narchyang Village is an enchanting expedition through the captivating landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal. Setting out from Phakdwar, the trail meanders along scenic paths, offering a blend of verdant forests, cascading streams, and terraced fields adorned with vibrant flora.

As you descend from Phakdwar, the journey unveils stunning views of the surrounding valleys and distant mountain ranges. The trail passes through traditional Nepalese villages, allowing glimpses into the local culture and lifestyle. You’ll encounter friendly locals, traversing paths lined with prayer flags and rustic settlements, adding to the charm of the trek.

The route leads through serene forests, providing shade and occasional clearings that showcase the majestic peaks in the backdrop. Narchyang Village emerges on the horizon, welcoming trekkers with its serene ambiance and warm hospitality. Narchyang, a hidden gem in Mustang, Nepal, welcomes travelers to a tranquil and lesser-known village experience. Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Annapurna region, Narchyang offers an authentic taste of mountain life and culture, away from the typical tourist routes.

Upon arrival in Narchyang, freshen up, get your swimming gear ready, and join your guide for a visit to the Natural hot spring, taking a dip in the hot spring is one the best things you will experience in this trek, you will feel rejuvenated and heal your aches.

Notes:
  • Trek Duration: 6-7 Hrs. Approx.
  • Elevation: 1190 Meters
  • Accommodation: Narchyang Community Homestay
  • Meals Included: Dinner in Narchyang Community Homestay

Transfer from Narchyang to Pokhara via Beni (820m)

You climb down to Tatopani from Narchyang for about half an hour. It is then a 3 hours’ drive to Beni, and you are driven back to your hotel in Pokhara.

Notes:
  • Drive Duration: 4-5 hrs. Approx.
  • Driving Distance: 115 Km Approx.
  • Accommodation: None
  • Meals Included: Breakfast in Narchyang Community Homestay

Services Included

  • Private transfer as per group size to and from trekking region (Pokhara to Galeshwor and Tatopani to Pokhara)
  • Accommodation in Basic Lodge on Sharing basis
  • English speaking trekking guide
  • Service of Assistant guide for group of 5 pax and above
  • 01 Porter for 2 trekkers/ maximum 15 kgs luggage per porter
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

Services Excluded

  • All meals while on trek
  • Travel and medical insurance including evacuation and cancellation (including helicopter evacuation for trek)
  • Expenses of personal nature including bar bills, laundry, telephone calls
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any item not specified as included
  • Expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Royal Mountain Travel

Impact Footprint

  • Stay in locally-owned lodges or tea houses
  • Waste management (bring back all the waste materials you have carried on your way)
  • Respect local culture and dress code.
  • Staying in community lodges, the profits help the local communities while on trek
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