Khopra Danda Trek – Ultimate Khopra Ridge - 8 Days

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Khopra danda trek at present is gaining traction as the finest alternative to well-liked Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. Recently introduced and less crowded tea house trek walk you higher still to another substantial viewpoint of the Annapurnas. Khopra Danda trek would be an adventure that far exceeded your expectations since you can view more than 25 Himalayan peaks in the Annapurna region. Likewise, the panorama of the towering mountains around you would be an experience like never before. Both sunrise and sunset view is amazing. The clouds would fill the valley below the ridge. Hence, Towering Dhaulagiri shines over the clouds. Unbelievably much beautiful, Khopra ridge, Its somewhere between heaven and earth.

Khopra Danda trek extends as Khayer lake trek since one can trek to the tranquil Khayer lake (local name- Baraha Tal) from Khopra ridge. There is a Baraha temple near the lake and the place is quiet and peaceful. At the very end, there are steps made for pilgrims and even a handrail. The trail is almost untouched and unique because it is less popular among the tourists. Even though the trek is less popular it offers the most blissful panorama and landscapes. In addition to that, it offers the beautiful Himalayan scenery of mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Anapurna III, Annapurna south, Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche peak, Nilgiri etc. The traditional Gurung and Magar villages and the vantage points make the trek a more cultural and natural experience. Colourful rhododendron forests (during spring), green pine forests, towering waterfalls, freshwater streams, clear blue skies and beautiful Himalayan landscapes at the backdrop provide breakout from rush day to day life.

Ammonite Adventures trek had been organizing Khopra Danda trek since 2016 as a teahouse trek. Likewise, we organize treks to newly discovered destinations all over the country. Behind, Khopra Danda trek Mohare Danda trek is another newly introduced trekking destination in Annapurna region.

Why Khopra Ridge?

Khopra Ridge is a hidden gem and newly discovered trail in Nepal. It has all to offer to the visitor. Some major attraction of the hike are:

  • off the beaten trail and Teahouse trek
  • Stunning view of towering Dhaulagiri and Annapurna along with other numerous mountain peaks.
  • Traditional Gurung and Magar villages
  • Trip to tranquil Khayer lake- Hidden lake in Annapurna region
  • Cascading waterfalls, Rhododendron forests and other natural beauties

Khopra Danda Trek Difficulty

The contributing elements for Khopra Danda Trek Difficulty are weather condition, elevation and Acute Mountain Sickness. A well-organized trekker with previous trekking experience can easily conclude the trek. Khopra Danda Trek difficulty is moderate with average weather conditions and elevation.

Elevation

For Khopra Danda trekking, one must be able to gain about 3600m of elevation in four days. This means one must hike for an average of 800 m elevation for each day. The trekking route is steep. The highest elevation covered during the trek is 4,660 meters at Khayer lake. Likewise, the elevation of Khopra ridge is 3,640 meters.

Weather Conditions

Generally, the weather conditions during the trek are clear if you wish to do it in other seasons beside monsoon. However, in peak winter the trek cannot be accomplished. One must consider the weather report of Khopra ridge, Khayer lake before the trek.

Acute Mountain Sickness

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is caused by swift subjection to the little amount of Oxygen at peak elevations. Symptoms of AMS include headache, shortness of breath, vomiting, tiredness and dizziness. The sickness can further progress for serious medical emergencies if not taken into considerations. Hence, if any of the symptoms of AMS are seen on the trekker then he/she should stop ascending further and should descend back. However, Khopra ridge trek is a moderately difficult trek and AMS is minimal among the trekkers in that region.

Food and Accommodation

Khopra Ridge Khayer lake trek is a total Teahouse trek and hence, camping is dispensable. However, if you wish to do a camping trek then you can do that as well. Unlike the tea houses in Khopra Danda, Dobato and Bayle, teahouses in other places are comfortable enough for trekkers. Hence, food and accommodation are basic for trekkers during Khopra danda Khayer lake trek. However, it would be good enough for survival. Teahouses provide blankets but you can carry your sleeping bags as well. However, sleeping bags are not mandatory. Dal-Bhat the basic foods and other basic continental foods are available in this region. It would cost around USD 5 for the meal and roughly USD 7 per night for renting the room.

Best time for Khopra Danda Trek

Best Time-for-Khopra-Danda-Trek

Sincerely, if you wish to relish in the best possible view that Khopra Danda trek then you must choose the best trekking time of the year for this trek. The months of March, April along with the middle of March are considered as the best time for Khopra Danda Trek. Trekkers are rewarded with a panoramic Himalayan view along with woods fully covered with blooming Rhododendron. Likewise, for the dramatic mountain floating view from Khopra you must do this trek during the monsoon (Months between June to August) however, the clear Himalayan view is not guaranteed.

However, for crystal clear Himalayan landscapes months of September, October and November are the best months for Khopra Danda Khayer Lake trek. Sadly, trekkers will miss the blooming rhododendron during these months.

Trek permits

You would require two trekking permits ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) and TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) for trekking in Khopra Danda Khayer Lake. It costs around 27 American dollars for ACAP. Likewise, it would cost you around 10 American dollars for TIMS.  

Khopra Ridge Trek Itinerary

Below mentioned Khayer Lake Trek/ Khopra Ridge Trek Itinerary is just a recommended route. It can be customized as per your interest. However, we have made this route consulting the trip experts by including all the places you should not miss as well as considering your health. Here is attached trek map for the trek. You can get one from our office.

Khopra-Ridge-Trek-Map

Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive)

Drive: By Bus ( 6 hrs)

Altitude: 900m

Accommodation: Hotel

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Attraction

A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara via Prithvi Highway. 

Alternately,

Flight (25 Minutes)

Day 02: Drive from Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1960m) Trek to Ghorepani(2840m)

Drive: By jeep/Bus 4 hours

Trek:  5 hours

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Attraction

→ Scenic drive from Pokhara to Nayapul 

→ Beautiful traditional Ghorepani villages

Day 03: Trek from Ghorepani to Swanta village (2200m), Sunrise from PoonHill(3210m)

Trek: 5 hours

Accommodation: Community based Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Attraction

→ Ascend to PoonHill at the elevation of 3210m for sunrise view. 

→ panoramic view of towering Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna (8,091m), Machhapuchere, Nilgiri, Hiuchuli, South Annapurna etc.

→ trek through pine and rhododendron woods. 

Day 04: Trek from Swanta to Khopra Danda(3660m)

Trek: 5 hours

Accommodation: Community based Teahouse

Included meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Attraction

→ Magnificent view of Kaligandaki gorge- the world’s deepest gorge in Dana valley. 

→ panoramic view of towering Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna (8,091m), Machhapuchere, Nilgiri, Hiuchuli, South Annapurna etc.

trek through rhododendron and oak forests with glimpse of wildlife. 

Day 05: Explore Around Khopra Ridge and Sacred Khayer Lake (Baraha Tal) at an elevation of 4,660m

Trek: 8 hours

Accommodation: Community based Teahouse

Included meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Attraction

→ Magnificent 360 degree view of more than 25 mountain peaks including towering Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna (8,091m), Machhapuchere, Nilgiri, Hiuchuli, South Annapurna etc.

Explore around the beautiful sacred tranquil Khayer lake. 

→ Pray to god Baraha at Baraha Temple at the edge of Khayer lake. 

Day 06: Descend from Khopra Danda to Tatopani(1190m)

Trek: 5 hours

Accommodation: Community based Teahouse

Included meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Attraction

→ Magnificent 360 degree view of more than 25 mountain peaks including towering Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna (8,091m), Machhapuchere, Nilgiri, Hiuchuli, South Annapurna etc.

Magnificent view of Kaligandaki gorge- the world’s deepest gorge in Dana valley. 

→ soak your body in hot spring to ease your muscles after the trek. 

Day 07: Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara

Drive: By Bus/Jeep 4-5 Hours 

Accommodation: Hotel

Included meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Attraction

→ Scenic drive along Kaligandaki River

Day 08: Pokhara to Kathmandu 

Drive: By Bus/Jeep 6 Hours 

Accommodation: Hotel

Included meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Attraction

→ Scenic drive along Prithivi highway.

Alternatively,

Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu (25 minutes)

Khopra Ridge Trek Cost

Khopra Danda Trek package would cost you USD 750 per individual. This cost will cover the food and accommodation expenses, trekking permits and the payment for your guide. However, the extra expenses except these are not included in the cost. The extra expenses might be the expenses on cold drinks, tips for the guide etc. 

Cost Includes

  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map
  • All the required permits and paperwork

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Emergency helicopter charters
  • Services not mentioned above

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