Khopra Danda trek 11 Days
Duration: 11 days
Trip level: moderate (info?)
Maximum altitude: 3780 m
Season: March, April, May, September, October, November
The Khopra Danda trek, also known as the Khopra Ridge trek, is a new trail 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, this is far less crowded than the well-known trails in the region. So 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).
By tourist bus you travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara. A private drive from Pokhara will bring you to Ghandruk wich is the starting point of Khopra Danda trek. Ghandruk is famous for its recruitment of the brave Gurkha 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 you will leave the crowded famous Annapurna trails and continue the Khopra Ridge trek to Dobato. An early wakeup call and a short climb to the Muldai Peak (3780m) 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. 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 community lodge of Khopra Ridge. The long and wide Khopra 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 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.
It is possible to combine this trek with the Mohare trek. For more info click here.
Day 01 Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara, flight is optional ( 6 hrs.)
Day 02 Drive to Ghandruk ( 1951m – 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 view 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 Nange Thanti (2430m – 5 hrs.)
Day 09 Trek to Tikhedunga (1450m – 5 hrs.)
Day 10 Trek to Bhirethanti (1025m – 4 hrs.) and drive to Pokhara (2 hrs.)
Day 11 Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu, flight is optional ( 6hrs.)
During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and the cost of local transfers.
Please inquire about the price
We have noticed the ways of travelling 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.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Return drive by tourist bus 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, TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-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 arises due to a change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide (and porter)