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Khopra Danda & Poon Hill 11 days

Khopra Danda and Poon Hill 11 Days

  • Duration: 11 days

  • Trip level: moderate (info?)

  • Maximum altitude: 3780 m

  • Accommodation: teahouse/lodge

  • Season: March, April, May, September, October, November

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Dhaulagiri sunrise from Khopra Danda

The Khopra Danda is a new trek in the Annapurna region. Set up as a community trek you will stay at a few teahouses run by and for the local Gurung community in the area. Despite being in the heart of the popular Annapurna region, Kopra Danda is far less crowded than the well-known trails in the region. So around Khopra it is remote and tranquil trekking where you can enjoy the views in silence. The trail goes through deeply lush thick pine, oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest with gorgeous views of high snowy Himalayas. Along the way you can catch a glimpse of local wildlife and experience panoramic views of  iconic Himalayan landmarks, such as Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7061m), Annapurna South (7219m) and Annapurna I (8091m).

You will start with a private drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is famous for its recruitment of the brave Ghurka soldiers. Through rhododendron forest and passing Gurung houses you will hike towards Tadapani. At Tadapani you have a lovely view of the characteristic Machapuchre mountain. After Tadapani the trail is all for yourself as you hike towards Dobato. An early wake up and a short climb to the Muldai Peak (3680m) will follow the next morning. At Muldai Peak you will be rewarded with a beautiful sunrise. The Himalays are nearby and you will have a stunning 360 view towards the hills and the high mountains. From Muldai Peak you can see Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Machapuchre. From Dobato it is a long day hike to Chistabang. You will hike over a ridge, descend through the forest and will cross by a few waterfalls. After Chistabang it is a morning climb to the Khopra Danda. The long and wide ridge offers stunning mountain views and it is great to spend some time here. After this beautiful viewpoint you will descend through the forest to the lovely village of Swanta. At Ghorepani you are back in the famous Annapurna area. You can hike to Poon Hill for another sunrise and at Tikhedunga you will stay for the last night in a teahouse. The trek ends at Bhirethanti from where a private drive will take you back to Pokhara. In Pokhara you can relax and enjoy the Lake Phewa.

Day 01                  Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara, flight is optional ( 6 hrs.)
Day 02                  Drive to Ghandruk (4hrs.) and trek to Komrong Danda ( 2250m – 4 hrs.)
Day 03                  Trek to Tadapani (2630m – 4 hrs.)
Day 04                  Trek to Dobato (2620m – 5 hrs.)
Day 05                  Climb Muldai Peak (3780m) for sunrise and trek to Chistabang (2975m – 8 hrs.)
Day 06                  Trek to Khopra Danda (3660m – 4 hrs.)
Day 07                  Trek to Swanta (2200m – 5 hrs.)
Day 08                  Trek to Ghorepani (2860m – 4 hrs.)
Day 09                  Climb to Poon Hill (3119m) for sunrise and trek to Tikhedunga (1450m – 5 hrs.)
Day 10                  Trek to Bhirethanti and private drive to Pokhara (4 hrs. + 2 hrs.)
Day 11                  Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu, flight is optional ( 6hrs.)

Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.

The starting price for Khopra Danda & Poon Hill 11 days is:
€ 320,00 per person ( party of 4 persons)
€ 435,00 per person ( party of 2 persons)

We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.

When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Cost include:
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Return drive by tourist bus with A/C Kathmandu to Pokhara; private drive to start and from end trek
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return drive Kathmandu to Pokhara
-One night in guesthouse in Pokhara before and after trek
-Private drive to start and from end trek
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide
-Free use of waterproof bag ( only available with porter service)
-ACAP fee and TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu

Cost exclude:
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-All meals in Pokhara
-Lodging and food during trek
-Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 10 kg. per person
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide (and porter)