Khopra Ridge and Khayar Lake Trek

Khopra Danda Trek

Explore a wonderful lake at 4700m beyond Annapurna South.

Khopra Danda Trek 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 Annapurna region. Khopra ridge trek itinerary can be extended by adding Khayar Lake in 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 one of the must-see places to visit during this trek. An extra day is needed to explore Khayar Lake but the visit is worth it. Hidden behind the massif Annapurna range some of the high mountains such as Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri can be seen during the day. The lake itself carries a lot of significance and is seen as one of the holy lakes of the Hindu. It is also believed that pilgrims taking a dip in this lake can attain nirvana. 

Some of the popular trekking routes such as Mardi Himal Trek, Mohare Danda, Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill Trek can easily be added in this trek. Similarly, the most popular destination of the Trek that can be added includes Khayer Lake. This trekking route gains its popularity for a few years. It has less crowded trails compared to other trekking routes. Khopra trek focuses on the development of the specific region and the community. It is also known as the Khopra ridge community trek and Khopra Danda trek.

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Trip Facts

duration Duration 11 days
trip-difficulty Trip Difficulty ? Moderate
trip-difficulty Highest Point 4700m
Average Group Size 8-12
trip-code Trip Code KDTAH
trip-code Area Annapurna Region
trip-code Start Point Kathmandu
trip-start-point Trip End Point Kathmandu
trip-accomodation Accomodation As Mentioned
trip-meals Meals As Mentioned
transportation Transportation As Mentioned

Trip Highlights

  • 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.

Trip Overview

The best season to visit this route is from March to May and September to mid-December. The trekking difficulty level is moderate. Meanwhile, mid-October to early December is the best time for this trek. Similarly, during the months of March to April, you can witness the rhododendron blooming in most parts of the trekking trails. July and August are the monsoon season in Nepal and during these months of the year, the weather is not so good for the trek. But with the proper gears and the trekking leader, it can be done almost throughout the year. 

Khopra Danda (Ridge)

Khopra Danda, at an elevation of 3,660 metres is another beautiful place to visit during this trek. It provides the panoramic scenery of different mountain ranges like; Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, etc. One can also enjoy the panoramic mountain view, green forestry. The entire trek assists in exploring the local lifestyle and enjoying the local products. Teahouses are available on the trek.

Khopra Danda is located in the central part of ACAP area and borders Myagdi and Kaski districts of Dhaulagiri zone. After the establishment of the community lodge at the Khopra Danda, it is gaining a lot of popularity in recent years. ACAP permit and TIMS cards are needed to visit Khopra Danda. The difficulty level of the trek is moderate and the most difficult part is reaching Khopra Danda itself. 

Khayar Lake

Khayar lake is at the altitude of 4,700 metres on Annapurna south.  Hindu regard this lake as the holy and sacred lake. Khayar Lake is situated at a higher elevation than that of Khopra Danda and Poon Hill too. 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 the mesmerizing views of 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 of time and is gaining popularity after the establishment of a community lodge. During the spring season, Khayar lake amazes its visitors by various species of flowers that bloom only in this region. 

About Khopra Ridge Trek

Ghandruk is the starting point of the trek. Meanwhile, the distance of Ghandruk from Pokhara is about 50 km. Similarly, Pokhara is 200 km away from Kathmandu. It takes about 6-7 hours to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu by road. From Pokhara, it will take about 1 hour to reach Nayapul and after that off-road drive will take you to Gurung village Ghandruk. 

The trail from Ghandruk takes you to Tadapani, furthermore to Bayali along with amazing and picturesque views of Himalayan peaks and panoramic landscapes. The further trek from Bayali will take you to Khopra and Khayar Lake. The return trail follows the route to Khopra, Swanta, Ghorepani, Poon hill and Pokhara.

Throughout the trek, amazing views of the Annapurna Mountain ranges can be seen. During the early stage of this trekking route backpackers as well as the independent travellers have supported these community lodges a lot.  But in terms of the difficulty level of the trek, Khopra Ridge Trek is much more difficult than that of Poon Hill Trek. But in terms of the crowd, Khopra Ridge gets fewer people than that of Poon Hill.

If our trip itinerary doesn’t suit your holiday schedule or you wish to modify the itinerary or combine it with any travel plans, then please let us know and we’ll be happy to create a tailor-made itinerary, designed especially for you. Also whether you are a student group/family group /corporate team please inquire with us. We offer you a variety of packages.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Kathmandu Arrival

Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. At 06:00 PM: In the evening we will meet for a coffee and will brief you the details of your trek program.

*Optionally you can add one additional night stay in Kathmandu to cover cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu as well for your trek preparation shopping.

Kathmandu Full Day Sightseeing: You will visit for a full day sightseeing in Kathmandu of Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Square, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath.

duration 30 Minutes
duration 10Km
ascent 1350m
trip-accomodation Kathmandu Eco Home
trip-meals N/A
transportation On Private Basis
Day 02

Drive to Pokhara

At 06:30 AM: Have your breakfast at the hotel and be ready for your drive to beautiful lake city Pokhara. Pokhara is about 200 KM far from Kathmandu, it takes Approx. 6-7 hours of drive to reach there.

03:00 PM: First check-in at your hotel. You will get a few hours to buy your required things for the trek if needed. If not, you can explore the lakeside area and take rest. You will keep your extra baggage at the hotel in Pokhara.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 210Km
descent 810m
trip-accomodation Moonlight Resort
trip-meals B
transportation On sharing basis
Day 03

Drive to Ghandruk, trek to Tadhapani

At 06:30 AM: After breakfast at the beautiful lake city, our jeep will take us to the beautiful Gurung village Ghandruk. Our trek starts from here. Keeping the Annapurna south in front of us we will trek towards Tadapani village. The drive takes 3-4 hours and the trek is 3-4 hours. Overnight at Tadapani village.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 70Km
ascent 2630m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
transportation On private basis
Day 04

Trek to Bayali Kharka

At 08:00 AM: We will have our breakfast in front of Annapurna south, Hiuchuli and Majestic machhapuchhre mountains before starting our second-day trek towards Bayali Kharka. The trail passes through the beautiful landscape at first the oak and rhododendron forest then the landscape changes to green pasture lands. We will slowly gain our elevation before reaching the Bayali kharka. The trek takes 5-6 hours. Overnight at Bayali Kharka.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 14Km
ascent 3420m
trip-accomodation Tea House
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 05

Trek to Khopra Ridge

At 08:00 AM: Today’s trek starts with flat terrain first and then continuing down and going up towards the khopra ridge which is our destination for the third day we will walk through the ridge watching the amazing landscapes around us. We will see Dhaulagiri in front of us and Annapurna Fang, Annapurna south, Hiuchuli and Nilgiri at the north part of our trek. The trek takes 5-6 hours of walking. Overnight at Khopra.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 12Km
ascent 3660m
trip-accomodation Khopra Community Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 06

Visit Khayar Lake, Return Back to Khopra

At 06:00 AM: Today we will start our early morning hike towards Khayer lake. It is the day trip where the lake is situated hidden on the laps of the Annapurna Himalayas. After reaching the lake we will spend a few time over there and return back to Khopra. The hike duration is 6-7 hours today. You can enjoy the magnificent lake and marvellous peaks surrounding the lake in this hike. Overnight at Khopra.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 16Km
ascent 4700m
trip-accomodation Khopra Community Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 07

Trek to Swanta

At 08:00 AM: The fifth day of our trek starts after breakfast. The trail today is all going downwards. The trail passes through the Oak and bamboo forests before reaching the wheat, barley, mustard and buckwheat fields of Swanta village. The trek duration is 5-6 hours. Overnight at Swanta village.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 12Km
descent 2200m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 08

Trek to Ghorepani

At 08:00 AM: After breakfast at the beautiful village on the shadows of Dhaulagiri, we then move more down towards Ghorepani. The trail t Ghorepani from swanta is, first we will go steep down to cross the river and the trail starts to get steeper as we go towards the sikha village and Ghorepani deurali. The walk takes almost 3-4 hours. Overnight at Ghorepani.

duration 4-5 Hours
duration 12Km
ascent 2870m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 09

Trek to Ulleri, Drive to Pokhara

At 05:00 AM: Wake up early morning and hike towards the viewpoint Poon hill. Poon hill is the second popular destination for sunrise view after Kalapatthar. More than 15 peaks can clearly be visible from Poon hill. After sunrise, we will be back to Ghorepani for our breakfast.

At 8:30 AM: After breakfast, we will start to hike downwards towards Ulleri. The trail passes through the beautiful rhododendron and oak forest. It takes 3-4 hours trek to reach Ulleri and we will drive to Pokhara from Ulleri village on the same day. Overnight at Pokhara.

duration 9-10 Hours
duration 70Km
descent 810m
trip-accomodation Moonlight Resort
trip-meals B,L
transportation On private basis
Day 10

Drive to Kathmandu

At 7:00 AM: On this day you are returning to Kathmandu by drive. You will get shopping time in Kathmandu and we will have a farewell Nepali dinner together.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 210Km
ascent 1350m
trip-accomodation Kathmandu Eco Home
trip-meals B,D
transportation On sharing basis
Day 11

Departure

You will be free until your flight time; we will drop you at Kathmandu airport 3 hour before your flight.

duration 30 Minutes
duration 10Km
trip-meals B
transportation On private basis

Trip Guide

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How difficult is this trek?

    This is a moderate level trek. One must walk up hill during the trek time. A physically fit and a mentally calm person can complete the trek easily.

Services Includes

  • All arrival and departure at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.
  • Private Transfer (Kathmandu/Pokhara/Ghandruk/Ulleri/Pokhara/Kathmandu)
  • 2-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu/Pokhara as per the trek itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
  • Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day.
  • All necessary paper works. (National Park Entry Permits and TIMS Card)
  • English speaking licensed trek guide.
  • Porter during the trek. (Can carry 20KG Baggage of 2 people)
  • Lodge or Tea house accommodation during the trek.
  • One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Guide and Porter’s salary, food and accommodation during the trek.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your traveller’s insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, duffle bags and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Farewell Nepali dinner on your last night.

Services Excludes

  • Personal expenses.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport size photos and 30 USD)
  • 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.
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in including section.

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