Khopra Dhada Trek is the newly designed community lodge-based trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Being the newly opened trekking trail, it is less crowded and is regarded as the best alternative to popular Ghorepani Trek. If you are willing to do the short and exciting off-the-beaten-path trek along with the splendid views then the trek to Khorpa Ridge is a perfect choice. You will be elated with a wonderful opportunity to chill out in the pristine nature and get spectacular views of the mountains. You will also get to witness Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Dhauligiri, Gandarvachuli, Fishtail, Nilgiri, and so on during this trek. Undoubtedly, this all makes Khopra Danda Trek one of the best short treks in Nepal.
The trek to Khopra Danda serves you with an astonishing view of picturesque villages, terrace fields, lush green hills, and various flora and fauna. If you want more adventure than trekking further from Khorpa Danda, there is Khayare Lake. Strolling around this sacred Lake provides peace to your body and soul. In addition, the ravishing view of mountains from this point is awe-inspiring.
Besides the ecstasy of enjoying the natural beauty the trek also provides the trekkers an opportunity to experience the unique culture and lifestyle of the locals. The culture of this place is another reason to attract tourists. On the special day of Janaipurnima, locals in this place drink the blood of Yak. These locals believe that drinking the blood of Yak is a cure for many diseases including cancer. According to the locals, yak of this place graze ‘Yarshagumba’ the medicinal herds. People do not kill the yak to take the blood, rather they just inject yak to get blood for drinking. The experience of rustic mountain life, intriguing hospitality, and the adventure found in this place are really hard to find elsewhere in Nepal.
How to get to the Khopra Danda?
Either taking a flight or scenic drive from Kathmandu you can reach to Pokhara. From Pokhara, you can commence your trekking following the same trekking trail of Ghorepani up to Tadapani. Taking a one and half hour of drive from Pokhara you can reach Nayapul and further trekking from Nayapul the trail leads you to the beautiful Gurung village named Ghandruk. Leaving Ghandruk behind, you can continue your trekking enjoying the fascinating views of Annapurna South, Mt. Machhapuchhre a Mt.Himchuli.
The trail takes you to Tadapani from where, leaving behind the main trekking trail of Annapurna you head towards Bayeli Kharka, crossing the beautiful rhododendron and oak forest. Walking through the beautiful forest you reach the pasture of Lower Chistibung. Gradually climbing upwards from there the trail takes you to the Upper Chistibung. While trekking you can witness the Danphe as well as Himalayan Thar. Passing through the alpine meadows and pastures you finally reach the Khorpa Danda. From here you can see the top of Annapurna South. Moreover, you can also have the enthralling views of the Kaligandaki river along with other snowcapped mountains such as Mt. Nilgiri, Mt Dhauligiri, and many more. A short trek from Khorpa Danda you can reach to Khyare Lake(4500m), the holy lake of Hindus. You can see several shrines in the vicinity of the lake. The lake also offers a surreal view of Mt.Fang and other surrounding mountains.
After having a great time there you descend towards Swanta village relishing the captivating views of Mt.Dhauligiri and terraced fields. The trail then leads you down towards Chitre and then to Ghorepani. Ghorepani is the popular spot among trekkers. From here you can have the mesmerizing distant views of Annapurna and Dhauligiri. Trekking to the Poonhill from Ghorepani, one can have a stunning sunrise view. Some of the Trekkers join Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek just only to have the spectacular sunrise and mountains from the top of Poon Hill. Further trekking from Ghorepani you can finally conclude you trekking in Nayapul from where you can drive back to Pokhara.
What type of accommodation is available during Khopra Danda Trek?
Well, the Khopra Danda Trekking is the community lodge-based trekking so simple lodge/teahouse accommodation is available. You can have the standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per your demand but when you head towards the Khorpa Danda you have to adjust yourself with the available accommodation. You spend the night in the lodge which is run by the locals. The rooms are basic normally with just a pillow and blankets on the trekking lodge. All of the lodges/teahouses provide a spacious dining room. Similar to the other place in Nepal, Dal Bhat tarkari is the most common food available here. You can also order meat items, eggs, bread, tea, coffee, momo, and so on. You will get the homely vibes during your stay in those lodges. The heartwarming hospitality of the locals makes your stay in this lodges memorable.
What fitness level is required for trekking for Khopra Ridge Trek?
Khopra trek does not follow the difficult trekking route so any person with a normal physical condition can do this trek. A moderate level of fitness is sufficient to complete the trek. Even the beginner can join this trek as no previous experience is required for this trek. You have to walk around 5 to 6 hours per day, hence good stamina is required.
What is the best time for trekking to the Khorpa Danda?
Spring and Autumn seasons are the peak seasons for trekking in Nepal and so is for the trek to Khorpa Danda. The moderate climate and favorable weather make the trekking journey rejuvenating and reminiscing. Blooming rhododendrons along with other fauna make the trail extremely beautiful and walking through this trail provides you an amazing experience which is beyond the words to explain.
What is the equipment required for this trek?
Equipment that you should carry during the Khopra Danda Trek are:
Daypack for yourself
Warm wool hat
Lightweight Warm Gloves
T-Shirts (2 to 3 pieces)
Rain and waterproof jacket
Personal medical supplies
Are there ATMs available on the way to Khopra Danda Trek?
There are no ATMs on this trekking route of Khopra Danda. You have to carry enough cash from Kathmandu or Pokhara as there are a number of ATMs in these cities.
Is it necessary to hire a Guide or Porter for this trek?
Well, this all depends on you. Khopra Danda trekking is possible to do independently. However, if you are for the first time in Nepal then it is recommended to take a guide or porter on the trekking. Guide, Porter Guide, Porter Hire in Nepal is easy however you have to be careful while hiring them. If you book the trekking package with the Local trekking company in Nepal then they will provide you licensed and experienced local guides for you. Among various trekking companies in Nepal, Mountain Rock Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd is one of the best trekking company in Nepal. Booking the trekking package with them you can have the wonderful experience of trekking in Nepal.
Do I need the special trekking permit for trekking in this route to reach Khopra Danda?
As you will not trek in the restricted areas of Nepal, a special permit is not required. You only require TIMS Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit for Khopra Danda trekking.
Day 01:Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m.) and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820 M.) 6/7 hours.
Day 03:Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1940 M.) 4/5 hours.
Day 04:Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani (2630 M.) 3/4 hours.
Day 05:Trek from Tadapani to Dobato (3420 M.) 5 hrs.
Day 06:Trek from Dobato to Chistibung (3026 M.) 3 hours.
Day 07:Trek from Chistibung to Khopra ridge/Danda (3660 M.) 3 hours.
Day 08:Trek from Khopra Danda to Swanta (2214M.) 5 hours.
Day 09:Trek from Swanta to Ghorepani (2850 M.) 3 hours. T
Day 10:Trek from Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga (1540 M.) 5 hours.
Day 11:Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul (3 hrs) then drive to Pokhara (1 and half hour).
Day 12:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 6/7 hours.
Day 13:Departure to the international airport for our final departure.
Airport picks up and drops by private car/van/bus.
2 nights Accommodation in tourist standard hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary twin sharing basis.
2-night accommodation in Pokhara in the standard hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary twin sharing basis.
Private car/van/bus and a guide for the cultural tour (60 USD extra).
All the ground transportations during the trip.
Your standard meals BLD during the trek with a cup of hot tea/coffee in breakfast.
All necessary paper works, conservation area entry permits, TIMS card and monument entrance fees
All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
An experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for the guide and porter.
The arrangement of an emergency helicopter service will be paid by your travel insurance company.
We help you to hire a Sleeping bag, down jackets, duffle bags if you don't have (with extra cost)
Frolic Adventure invites you farewell dinner on last night.
All government taxes (Gst) and Stationery expenses.
international airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
Nepal Travel insurance.
Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
Personal expenses such as phone calls, drinks, donations, souvenirs etc.
Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
Tips for guide, porter (it is expected).
Day 01Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m.) and transfer to hotel.Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan international airport, Our airport representative will greet and takes you to the hotel by private transport. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820 M.) 6/7 hours.We drive to Pokhara today by tourist bus. This bus journey takes about 6-7 hours along the river valley and passes many local villages. We will see the farming fields, river rafting, cable cars, and much more during the bus driving. When we arrive in Pokhara, we will check in first then walk around the beautiful lakeside.
Day 03Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1940 M.) 4/5 hours.Today, we drive to Nayapul by private transport then trek to Ghandruk. After driving around for an hour and a half to Nayapul, we prepare to walk, buy some drinking water and start to walk. The trek to Ghandruk is easy going the first two hours then we ascent about two to three hours to Ghandruk. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 04Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani (2630 M.) 3/4 hours.After the great view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and other mountains in the morning, we have our breakfast at the guest house then start the trek to Tadapani. Today, we ascent all the way through the forest with the sounds of the birds. Tadapani is inside the forest on the hill station from where we can see the beautiful mountain range of the Annapurna. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05Trek from Tadapani to Dobato (3420 M.) 5 hrs.We wake up early morning to see the sunrise and the perfect view of the Himalaya in here. After some photo shoots, we have our breakfast at the guest house then we trek through the forest path. The trail ascent to Dobato from Tadapani. After walking for about 5 hours, we arrive in Dobato. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06Trek from Dobato to Chistibung (3026 M.) 3 hours.We walk about half an hour to the Mulde viewpoint from our lodge to see for sunrise and the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif. Then we descend through rhododendron forest until the Bayali Kharka. We still descend for a while then cross the wooden bridge before ascending to the village Chistibung. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07Trek from Chistibung to Khopra ridge/Danda (3660 M.) 3 hours.After our breakfast at the guest house in Chistibung, we start our trek upwards to Khopra ridge. Here we cross the tree line and we may see the wildlife like Himalayan Thar and Himalayan Monal. After reaching Khopra danda, we feel like be in heaven with an outstanding view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan range with Nilgiri, Fishtail and some other mountains. Overnight at guest house.
Day 08Trek from Khopra Danda to Swanta (2214M.) 5 hours.We have mostly downhill today following the trail back to Chistibung. After descending about an hour and a half through the dense forest until the place Ratmate. We again descend following the bamboo forest walking on the gently up and down the trail to Swanta. This is a Magar village. Overnight at guest house.
Day 09Trek from Swanta to Ghorepani (2850 M.) 3 hours. TToday we trek to Ghorepani where we meet lots of tourists who are doing some other Annapurna trekking. We descend for a while by a nice view of the farming terraces then cross a suspension bridge. After crossing it, we start to walk upwards to the village call Chitre. Leaving behind to Chitre, we again trek inside the rhododendron forest and reach to Ghorepani. Overnight at guest house.
Day 10Trek from Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga (1540 M.) 5 hours.We climb to Poon hill early morning to see the sunrise, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri massif from Ghorepani. After visiting the Poon hill then we come back to the lodge where we have our breakfast. After our breakfast, we descend to Tikhedhunga crossing the dense forest and couple of the villages. Overnight at guest house.
Day 11Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul (3 hrs) then drive to Pokhara (1 and half hour).Today we trek very short about three hours to Nayapul. Our private transport will be waiting for us here then we drive back to Pokhara. After being fresh at the hotel then we may chill near the lake. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 12Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 6/7 hours.We take the tourist bus in the early morning from Pokhara. The bus leaves at 7:30 every day from Pokhara with 2 stops on the way. The driving will take 6-7 hours if there are not any problems on the highway. We will have a farewell dinner with the company this evening and talk about the trekking. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13Departure to the international airport for our final departure.The company provides private transportation to the international airport for our final departure