Khopra Danda Trek -9 Days

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  • 1 PAX US$646
  • 2 PAX US$555
  • 3 PAX US$531
  • 4 PAX US$520
  • 5-10 PAX US$509
  • 11-20 PAX US$500
Price Per Person US$ 500 All included Services

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  • Iconic peaks like Annapurna South, Machapuchare (Fishtail), Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri.
  • Traditional Nepalese villages inhabited by the Gurung and Magar communities.
  • Beautiful landscapes, including terraced fields, lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and crystal-clear streams.
  • Ghorepani village, located at an altitude of around 2,850 meters, offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Sunrise view from Poon Hill as the sun rises behind the Himalayan peaks.
  • Interact with the locals, experience their warm hospitality, and learn about their unique culture and traditions.
  • Visit teahouses, monasteries, and Gurung settlements.
  • Encounter various bird species, monkeys, and other wildlife during the trek.
  • Natural hot spring.

Serene Beauty Of Khopra Danda Trek

Khopra Danda Trek also known as Khayar Lake Trek, Khayar Lake is major Icon of this trek. Khopra Danda is typical Nepali Name, in English is called Ridge of mountain or hill. Khopra Danda Trek is a popular trekking route located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is a relatively short and moderate trek that offers breathtaking views of the panoramic mountain range, including the majestic Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri peaks. Khopra Danda Trek offers view of sparkling river, water falls, beautiful villages, way of Nepalese life style.

Depending on the trekkers trek starting point and the side trips you chose, the trek normally takes 8 to 12 days to complete. It’s a moderate trip appropriate for trekkers with prior trekking experience, and it’s a wonderful choice for those searching for an off-the-beaten-path adventure in the Annapurna region.

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Nayapul is the starting and ending point of the Khopra Danda trek. It is a small town located at the confluence of the Modi Khola and Bhurungdi Khola rivers. From Nayapul, the trail winds through beautiful villages, terraced fields, and dense forests. Tikhedhunga is one of the early villages you will come across on the trek. It is a small and charming village where you can experience the local culture and lifestyle of the Gurung community.

You can also visit the nearby Bhurungdi River and enjoy its serene beauty. Ghorepani is the main village and a popular stopover point on the Khopra Danda trek. The village is located at an altitude of around 2,850 meters (9,350 feet). It offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and is an ideal place to rest and acclimatize. Ghorepani is known for its warm hospitality, and you can interact with the locals and learn about their way of life.

Poon Hill is the highlight of the trek. It is a viewpoint situated at an altitude of 3,210 meters (10,532 feet) that offers panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. You can hike to Poon Hill early in the morning to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the mountains. It is a mesmerizing experience and provides ample opportunities for photography.

Ghandruk is a beautiful Gurung village located at an altitude of approximately 1,940 meters (6,364 feet). It is one of the largest Gurung settlements in the Annapurna region and is known for its traditional houses, narrow alleys, and terraced fields. Ghandruk offers splendid views of the Annapurna and Machapuchare (Fishtail) peaks. You can explore the village, visit the Gurung Museum, and interact with the friendly locals. Trek through beautiful landscapes and forests to reach Australian Camp, a peaceful spot with panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Khopra Danda trek takes you through picturesque landscapes, including terraced fields, dense forests, and charming villages. The trail is well-defined and offers a mix of ascents and descents, providing a moderate level of challenge. The surrounding scenery is stunning, with lush greenery, vibrant rhododendron forests (in the spring season), and panoramic mountain views. Throughout the trek, you are treated to stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The towering peaks, including Annapurna South, Machapuchare (Fishtail), Manaslu and Dhaulagiri, dominate the horizon, offering a sense of grandeur and majesty

The constantly changing views as you move along the trail create a sense of excitement and anticipation. Along the trail, there are tea houses and lodges that provide basic accommodation and meals for trekkers. These tea houses offer a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, giving you a chance to rest, refuel, and connect with fellow trekkers. You can enjoy warm meals, sip on a cup of tea, and share stories with other adventurers, creating a sense of camaraderie and a memorable trekking experience.

One of the most memorable moments of the trek is the sunrise view from Poon Hill. You wake up before dawn and hike to the viewpoint, where you witness the sun rising behind the Himalayan peaks. As the first rays of sunlight touch the snow-capped mountains, the entire landscape is bathed in golden hues, creating a truly magical experience. The panoramic view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, with their towering peaks, is awe-inspiring and stays etched in your memory. In addition to the sunrise view from Poon Hill, the trek also offers the chance to witness beautiful sunsets over the mountains.

Depending on your itinerary and vantage points along the trail, you can enjoy mesmerizing sunset views painting the Himalayan peaks in a golden glow.

CULTURE AND PEOPLE in Khopra Danda Trek

The Gurung, Magar, and Thakali populations are among the many ethnic groups that call the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) region home. These communities have their own unique rituals, traditions, and ways of life, as well as a rich and distinctive cultural history.

The Gurung people, who make up the majority of the inhabitants of the ABC region, are renowned for their warmth and friendliness. They are incredibly proud of their heritage and have a long history of military customs. The iconic Ghantu dance, which is done at festivals and festivities, is just one of the traditional dances that the Gurung people are well-known for.

Another significant ethnic group in the area is the Magar, who have a long history in agriculture and animal husbandry. They follow their own distinctive traditions and rituals, such as the Magar wedding ceremony, which is characterized by feasting, dancing, and music.
A minority in the area, the Thakali people are renowned for their trade and economic prowess. Their traditional architecture, including their characteristic stone dwellings, may still be seen in some areas of the ABC region. They have a rich cultural legacy.


From modest tea houses to opulent resorts, the Khopra Danda Trek offers a variety of lodging alternatives. Trekkers have the option to stay in tea houses, which are modest lodgings maintained by local families that provide straightforward rooms and meals while on the trail. Trekkers can fully immerse themselves in local culture and customs in the tea houses, which offer a distinctive and authentic trekking experience.

There are also upscale resorts in the area that provide cozy accommodations, hot showers, and delectable meals. For individuals who want more luxurious accommodations and are willing to pay more for them, these lodges are a wonderful choice.

Khopra Danda Trek : OutLine Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, Check into your hotel.
Day 2: Explore kathmandu, trek preparation
Day 2: Travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara (about 6-8 hours by road).
Day 3: Drive to Nayapul, Trek to Tikhedhunga
Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani, Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking.
Day 5: Hike to Poon Hill, Trek to Swanta, Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking.
Day 6: Trek to Khopra Danda, Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking.
Day 7: Explore Khopra Ridge, hike to Kaire Lake or simply relax and enjoy the views.
Day 8: Trek to Dobato, Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking.
Day 9: Trek to Ghandruk, Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking.
Day 10: Trek to Nayapul, Drive to Pokhara
Day 11: Return to Kathmandu by Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 12: Departure


The climate in the Khopra Danda region is similar to other treks in the Annapurna region. The best time to undertake this trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather is generally pleasant, with mild temperatures and clear skies. The daytime temperatures at lower altitudes can range from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F), while at higher altitudes, temperatures can drop below freezing point. It’s important to pack appropriate clothing layers to accommodate the changing temperatures. The region experiences monsoon rains from June to August, which can make the trail slippery and less enjoyable for trekking.

Difficulty Level:

The Khopra Danda trek is considered to be a moderate trek suitable for trekkers with a moderate level of fitness and some previous trekking experience. It does not require any technical climbing skills. However, the trail involves ascending and descending through hilly and rugged terrain. The highest point of the trek is reaching Khopra Danda at an altitude of around 3,640 meters (11,942 feet). Altitude sickness can be a concern for some individuals, so it’s important to acclimatize properly and take necessary precautions. While the trail is less crowded compared to other popular treks in the region, it still offers stunning mountain views and cultural encounters.


The duration of the Khopra Danda trek can vary depending on the chosen itinerary and hiking pace. On average, the trek takes around 7 to 10 days to complete. The duration can be shorter or longer based on individual preferences, acclimatization needs, and side trips. A typical itinerary includes trekking through villages such as Tadapani, Bayeli Kharka, and reaching Khopra Danda. From Khopra Danda, trekkers often have the option to hike up to Khayer Lake for a breathtaking view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The return journey is usually done via the same trail or an alternative route, such as via Tatopani or Poon Hill.


Hiring a guide for the Khopra Danda trek is not mandatory but highly recommended, especially if you are new to trekking in Nepal or prefer the assistance of an experienced local guide. A knowledgeable guide can provide valuable insights into the culture, geography, and local practices along the trail. They can also assist with navigation, accommodation arrangements, and help ensure your safety throughout the trek. There are numerous trekking agencies and guides available in Kathmandu or Pokhara that can arrange for a guide for your Khopra Danda trek.


To trek in the Annapurna region, you will need two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

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Arrive Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel

Max. Altitude: 1400m/4593ft. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: 2/3 Star Hotel
Max. Altitude: 1400m/4593 ft. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: 2/3 stars hotel
Max. Altitude: 820 m Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guest house/ Lodge
Max. Altitude: 1430m Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guest House/Lodge
Max. Altitude: 2800m Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guest house/ Lodge
Max. Altitude: 2540 m Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guest house/ Lodge
Max. Altitude: 1940 m Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guesthouese/Lodge
Max. Altitude: 820 m Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guest House/ Lodge
Max. Altitude: 1400m Meals: Breakfast/Lunch Accommodation: 2/3 Star Hotel
Max. Altitude: 1400m Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: 2/3 Star Hotel

Itinerary Note:

This itinerary is just the guide line, it can be changed (longer or shorter) as per our client's wishes, fitness, ground reality and weather condition. If you're not satisfied or have an alternative plan please feel free to discuss it with us By Clicking :- ASK QUESTION or COSTOMIZE YOUR TRIP.

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What's Included / Excluded

Cost Incluldes

  • Airport picks up and drops off by Car, jeep, Hiace, or Bus. Depends on the number of arrives.
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner according to the suitability of our client’s time.
  • Beginning two nights stay on arrival in Kathmandu in a tourist standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • Two night Hotel in Pokhara (Before and after the trek)
  • Kathmandu -Pokhara-Kathmandu Transfer by tourist bus and from Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara by private Vehicle.
  • All necessary trekking and permit & fees,  Entry Permit, Annapurna Conservation Area permit (ACAP Permit) and TIMs cards.
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  •  All accommodation during trek
  • An experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, first aid-trained special trekking guide and assistant guide (more then 8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Expert  porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Duffel bag, (to be returned after trip completion), complementary trekking maps. If needed down jacket and sleeping bag will be provided in rent.
  • Staff costs include their salary, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and accommodation.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary.
  • Basic First-aid kit (carried by your trekking guide)
  • All government and local taxes for Trekking, Agency service charges and government tax/vat.
  • Achievement Certificate

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than in the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal insurance which covers medical, emergency evacuation, loss or theft of property.
  • Personal gears and equipment.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, Wifi, etc
  • Entry fees and costs in sightseeing (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • Tips and gratitude provided to guide and porter.

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  • Above mentioned departure dates “AVILABLE”‘ means these dates are currently open for bookings for the particular Trek. If the mentioned dates are not suitable with your preferred date, you can make your own private trip by clicking the box billow in the bottom.
  • A date “GUARANTEED” means that we give guarantees that the costumers will be able to start theirs trek on the specified date, regardless of whether the seats are fully booked or not.
  • “LIMITED”‘ Status refers to a type of seats booking for the trek, that has been certain seats available to book
  • In the status, “CLOSED” means that the Trekkers seats are fully booked and there are no more seats available for new booking. Trekkers may be put on a waitlist for a chance to get a seat if there are cancellations unless your are requested to plan your own private trip by clicking the box billow in the bottom.

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