- The local livelihood of Ethnic communities.
- Captivating landscapes and mountainous ranges.
- Khayer Lake, Sacred and holy pilgrimage for Hindus.
- Amazing views of the high mountain ranges.
- Passing through the dense rhododendron forest.
- Walking through Green pastures and Alpine Meadows.
Explore a wonderful lake at 4,700m beyond Annapurna South. Khopra Danda Trek from Pokhara is one of the decent and peaceful trekking trails of the Annapurna region of Nepal. Situated at an altitude of 3,660 meters above sea level Khopra Ridge or Khopra Danda is located in the central part of the Annapurna region. The Khopra Ridge trek itinerary can be extended by adding Khayar Lake to the trip. Khopra Danda is one of the newly discovered trekking routes and is based on a community lodge trekking. It is slightly different from the private lodges on the other trekking trails.
Khayar Lake is a must-see destination that you should visit during this trek. Exploring Khayar Lake is worth it, and it would be beneficial to allocate an additional day for this purpose. During the day, one can catch a glimpse of some impressive high mountains like Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri, which are concealed behind the massive Annapurna range. The lake holds great significance and is considered one of the sacred lakes for Hindus. There is a belief that individuals who take a dip in this lake can achieve Heaven.
It's simple to add other popular treks like the Mardi Himal Trek, Mohare Danda, Annapurna Base Camp, or the Poon Hill Trek to this one. Similarly, Khayer Lake is the most sought-after extra on the Trek. Over a few years, this hiking trail becomes increasingly popular. When compared to other hiking routes, its trails are typically less congested. Khopra Trek from Pokhara is committed to the growth of its host community and its surrounding area. The Khopra Ridge community hike is also known as the Khopra Danda hike. This short trek is perfect for you if you want to explore the mountain area while you are on a vacation in Nepal.
The optimal time to visit this route is from March to May and September to mid-December. The difficulty level of the trek is moderate. The best time for this trek is typically from mid-October to early December. From March to April, one can observe the beautiful blooming of rhododendrons along the majority of the trekking trails. The monsoon season in Nepal occurs in July and August. The weather may not be ideal during this time, but the trail is adorned with beautiful wildflowers, creating a unique and delightful experience. This monsoon trek could become your favorite if you are interested in nature, particularly flora and fauna. It is possible to complete the trek almost year-round with the right equipment and an experienced trekking guide.
Khopra Danda (Ridge)
Another beautiful place to visit during this trek is Khopra Danda, which sits at an elevation of 3,660 meters. It offers breathtaking views of various mountain ranges, including Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, and more. Additionally, visitors have the opportunity to appreciate the breathtaking panoramic mountain views and lush green forests. The entire trek allows you to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle and savor the local products. Teahouses are available for trekkers along the route.
Khopra Danda is situated in the central region of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and shares borders with the Myagdi and Kaski districts of the Dhaulagiri zone. The community lodge at Khopra Danda has become increasingly popular in recent years since its establishment. To visit Khopra Danda, you will need to obtain an ACAP permit and TIMS cards. The trek's difficulty level is moderate, with the most challenging part being the ascent to Khopra Danda.
Khayar Lake is at an altitude of 4,700 meters on Annapurna South. Hindu regard this lake as a holy and sacred lake. Khayar Lake is also situated at a higher elevation than Khopra Danda and Poon Hill. Amazing views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus, Nilgiri, Lamjung, and Machhapuchhre mountain ranges can be seen. The lake itself carries a lot of significance. It is one of the holy lakes of the Hindus. During the time of Janai Purnima, many pilgrims reach Khayer Lake during the months of July-August.
On the trails, you can find mesmerizing views of the Kali Gandaki River, the deepest gorge, and the steady climb of the Alpine forests. Hidden behind the Annapurna range it was hidden for a very long period and is gaining popularity after the establishment of a community lodge. During the spring season, Khayar Lake amazes its visitors with various species of flowers that bloom only in this region.
About Khopra Ridge Trek from Pokhara
The trek starts from Pokhara and ends at Pokhara, it will take about 1 hour to reach Nayapul, and after that off-road drive will take you to Gurung village Ghandruk. This is one of the short treks from Pokhara which you can compete in around 6-7 days. If you are in Nepal and want to see the mountains and explore the tradition and highlands of Nepal and Khopra Danda trek from Pokhara is the perfect opportunity.
The trail starts in Pokhara and leads you to Ghandruk and other stunning villages such as Tadapani and Bayali. During your journey, you will have the opportunity to witness awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan peaks and captivating landscapes. After leaving Bayali, you will continue your journey to reach Khopra and Khayar Lake. The return trail includes the route to Khopra, Swanta, Ghorepani, Poon Hill, and ultimately Pokhara.
During the trek, you will be treated to breathtaking views of the Annapurna Mountain ranges. During the initial phase of this trekking route, community lodges have received significant support from backpackers and independent travelers. In terms of difficulty, the Khopra Ridge Trek is slightly more challenging than the Poon Hill Trek. This is because the trail is less exposed and has been opened more recently. In terms of crowd size, Khopra Ridge attracts fewer people compared to Poon Hill, allowing you to enjoy a peaceful environment and uninterrupted views. During your trek, you will have the opportunity to visit the renowned Ghorepani Hill. There, you will be able to witness a breathtaking sunrise, which will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on you. It will be a truly remarkable experience before you say goodbye to this incredible place.
If our trip schedule doesn't work with your vacation time, or if you'd want to make changes to the itinerary or add on other trips, just let us know and we'll make it happen! Inquire with us if you have a group of any size, whether it be a family, a school, or a business. We have several plans to choose from.
Drive to Ghandruk, trek to Tadhapani. [2,630m/8,628ft]
At. 07:30 AM: After breakfast at the beautiful lake city, our jeep will take you to the celestial Gurung village Ghandruk. Your trek starts from here. Keeping the Annapurna south in front of you will trek towards Tadhapani village. The distance between Pokhara and Ghandruk is 61 km and can be covered in 2-3 hours.
You can meet the rest of your trekking crew, including your hired Porter after you get to Ghandruk. Hiring a porter is not required and will result in additional fees. Two persons can share a porter who can carry up to 20-22 kilograms of luggage.
Once at Ghandruk, you will hike up to Tadhapani, the trek is around 7 km and will take you around 3-4 hours. You will pass through Komrong Danda (2,220m) and Melache before reaching your destination. You will walk through Overnight at Tadapani village.
Trek to Bayali Kharka. [3,420m/11,220ft]
At. 08:00 AM: Have your breakfast in front of Annapurna south, Hiuchuli, and Majestic Machhapuchhre mountains before starting your second-day trek towards Bayali Kharka. The trail travels through a scenic area, at first going through an oak and rhododendron forest, and then transitioning into a more pastoral setting with lush pasture areas. Before arriving at the Bayali Kharka, you will gradually climb higher in elevation. The trip from Tadhapani to Bayali Kharka is around 8.5 kilometers long and can be completed in approximately 5-6 hours. Along the route, you will make your way via Ishru Viewpoint and Dobato, two stunning locations in their own right. At Bayali Kharka, you will stay the night in nice Local lodges.
Trek to Khopra Ridge. [3,660m/12,007ft]
At. 08:00 AM: Today's trek begins with a stretch of flat terrain before gradually descending and then ascending towards the Khopra ridge, which is the destination for the third day. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to admire the breathtaking landscapes surrounding you as you walk through the ridge. During your trek, you will be greeted by the majestic sight of Dhaulagiri in front of you. As you continue, you will also be able to admire the stunning peaks of Annapurna Fang, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, and Nilgiri in the northern part of your journey. The distance from Bayali Kharka to Khopra Ridge is approximately 8 km, and it typically takes about 5-6 hours to walk this distance. The trail traverses both downhill and uphill sections through the stunning forest. I would like to spend a night at a nearby lodge in Khopra.
Visit Khayar Lake, Return to Khopra. [4,700m/15,419ft]
At. 05:00 AM: Today, you will embark on an early morning hike toward Khayer Lake. The day trip takes you to a hidden lake situated in the lap of the Annapurna Himalayas. After reaching the lake, you will spend some time there before returning to Khopra. The distance from Khopra to Khayar Lake is approximately 8 kilometers, with a mostly downhill route. It generally takes around 5-6 hours to reach the lake. During this hike, you will have the opportunity to admire the magnificent lake and its wonderful surrounding peaks. Head back to the teahouse to enjoy the night at Khopra.
Trek to Swanta. [2,200m/7,217ft]
At. 08:00 AM: After enjoying breakfast at the local teahouse, you begin the fifth day of your trek. Today's trail is descending all the way. The trail curves through the lush Oak and bamboo forests, eventually leading to the picturesque Swanta village, where fields of wheat, barley, mustard, and buckwheat stretch as far as the eye can see. During the spring season, the fields are a sight worth seeing with their lush greenery and vibrant colors, thanks to the seasonal crops they yield.
Swanta is a picturesque village situated in a breathtaking location, surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains and offering stunning panoramic views. The trek takes approximately 5-6 hours to complete, covering a total distance of approximately 8 kilometers. Complete your day by indulging in a delectable meal at the charming teahouse located in Swanta village.
Trek to Ghorepani. [2,870m/9,416ft]
At. 08:00 AM: After enjoying a delightful breakfast in the picturesque village nestled beneath the majestic Dhaulagiri mountain, proceed towards Ghorepani. The trail from Swanta to Ghorepani is relatively easy. To begin, you will descend steeply to cross the river. As you continue along the trail, it gradually becomes steeper as you make your way toward Sikha village and Ghorepani Deurali. The walk typically lasts approximately 3 to 4 hours, covering a total distance of approximately 5 kilometers.
After arriving at your destination, take some time to rest your bags at the teahouse or local lodge. Then, you can begin exploring the beautiful surroundings. Ghorepani serves as the final destination of the Poonhill trek. The distance between Ghorepani and Poonhill is only 1.5 km, allowing trekkers to easily reach Poonhill to witness the breathtaking sunset. After enjoying the view, they can conveniently return to Ghorepani for an overnight stay.
Trek to Ulleri, Drive to Pokhara. [822m/2,696ft]
At. 04:00 AM: Wake up early morning and hike towards the viewpoint Poon Hill. Poon Hill is the second most popular destination for sunrise views after Kalapatthar. More than 15 peaks are visible from Poon Hill. After sunrise, return to Ghorepani teahouse for breakfast.
At 8:30 AM: After breakfast, you will start to hike downwards towards Ulleri. The trail passes through the beautiful rhododendron and oak forest (The trail is filled with beautiful Rhododendron flowers during the spring season). It takes 3-4 hour trek to reach Ulleri and you will drive to Pokhara from Ulleri village on the same day.
Once you reach Pokhara bid farewell to your guide and driver and continue your journey as you wish. If you are planning to extend your stay in Nepal after the trek, we would be more than happy to guide you.
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Travel insurance is important before traveling to a new place especially when you are traveling for adventure. Travel insurance covers risks such as loss of personal belongings, and any unexpected expenses. Travel insurance also covers sudden medical emergencies such as accidents. It also covers high-altitude emergency evacuation in case of trekking. Travel insurance is not compulsory but highly recommended.
If you face any serious medical emergency during your trekking program you will immediately evacuate the place through Helicopter Rescue which the traveler’s insurance company will cover. While trekking to the highlands of Nepal you may face minor health issues such as scratches, headaches, etc. For such a situation, your guide carries a well-equipped first aid kit, ensuring nothing happens to you.
During the Mohare Hill Trek from Pokhara, you will walk through gorgeous valleys, traditional villages, and thrilling highlands above 2,000m elevation. Altitude sickness is unpredictable; it can happen to anyone despite being physically and mentally fit. As you gain altitude, the chances of altitude sickness increase slightly. To avoid getting altitude sickness you should drink 5-6 lt water per/day and food with high carbohydrates. Walking slowly and acclimatizing decreases the chances of getting altitude sickness. Focus on your breathing and maintain your walking pace.
Packing List Suggestions:
Having a good backpack and necessary gear makes trekking easier. It becomes more important if you are trekking at higher elevations. If you are wondering about what to pack for trekking to the Annapurna region, then you can check our complete guide on the Nepal Trekking Gear Checklist. While making a backpack, it is important to include clothing, essential items, and a first aid kit. In difficult times, a good backpack can be life-saving.
Do’s and Don’t:
Select the ideal time to travel.
Select a reputed trekking/ travel organization.
Training and getting ready for any kind of situation are necessary.
Efficient packing is the key. (Nepal trekking gear checklist)
Carry all the necessary paperwork (ACAP permit, and TIM card).
Maintaining body hydration is important while traveling to high elevations.
Having the proper personal gear makes your journey more enjoyable.
Ask for permission before taking pictures and videos of the locals.
Respect the culture and people of the area.
Travel for experience and not for the sake of traveling.
Don’t litter, put trash in its place.
Why with Altitude Himalaya:
Altitude Himalaya is one of Nepal’s growing travel companies providing excellent service to its clients. We believe in providing quality experiences and memories. We are concerned about maintaining and following our own standard service that includes a private transfer, at least a 3-star hotel accommodation in urban areas, the best available lodges/tea houses at the trekking trails, and dedicated personalized assistance. Additionally, we also operate our trips in Bhutan and Tibet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the trek start?
The Khopra Danda trek is a relatively short but highly rewarding trek that takes you through the beautiful Annapurna Conservation Area. Although it doesn't require many days to complete, every second of your time spent on this trek is absolutely worth it. The trek begins from Pokhara, as Khopra Danda is situated within the Annapurna Conservation Area.
Where is Khopra Danda (Hill) Located?
Khopra Danda is situated within the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is located northeast of Pokhara. Khopra Ridge is located near another well-known trekking destination, Ghorepani Poon Hill. This trek offers a breathtaking view of Annapurna South and other equally captivating peaks.
What is the attraction of the Khopra Danda trek?
The tranquil and eye-catching Khayer lake is the key attraction of the trek except for the trail which is dominated by a colorful rhododendron forest, which blooms in spring. And the jaw-dropping view of Khopra Ridge is the highlight of the trek as the ridge lies at an altitude of 3660m giving you a stunning 360-degree view of Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Bara Shikhar, Tukuche Peak, Mt. Dhaulagiri along with gorgeous valley view.
How difficult is this trek?
This is a moderate-level trek. One must walk uphill and downhill during the trek time which can be physically challenging however if you are physically fit and mentally calm this trek is a piece of cake for you.
Do I need to have travel insurance?
Travel insurance is not compulsory but highly recommended because it covers the risk of any unpredicted adversities during the trek. Having insurance for the trek will cover the risk of items of baggage thief/loss, medical emergency, flight cancellation, and more.
At what altitude is Khayer Lake located?
Khayer Lake, situated at an impressive elevation of 4,700m/15,419ft above sea level, is renowned for its breathtaking beauty and serene atmosphere.
Is there any risk of getting altitude sickness during this trek?
The highest point of this trek is 4,700m/15,419 ft which is suitable for beginners to advanced trekkers. Altitude sickness is exceptional and rather rare on this trek however getting altitude sickness is very unpredictable and it can get anyone although you are physically fit and fine.
What kind of equipment do I bring to the Khopra Danda trek? Can I buy them in Nepal?
Yes, you can get all the necessary trekking pieces of equipment here in Nepal. You can check the packing list in the backpack Checklist for all the needed information about packing.
Private Transfer by road (Pokhara/Ghandruk/Ulleri/Pokhara)
Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day.
An experienced English-speaking professional licensed trekking guide.
Well-equipped medical kind throughout the trek ( Carried by the guide)
Local Lodge or Tea House accommodation during the trek.
All government and local taxes.
Guide’s salary, food, and accommodation during the trek.
Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid for by your traveler’s insurance company.
Sleeping bags, duffle bags, and trekking route maps – if necessary.
Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport-size photos and 40 USD for a 30 days Nepal tourist visa; visa forms can be filled out online in advance)
International flight ticket.
Travel health insurance. (Recommended)
Tips for the guide, porter, and driver.
Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.
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