Khopra Danda Trek - 11 Days

Khopra Danda Trek is an off the beaten trail on the Western Himalayas of the country. With the trekking taking us to the Magar villages, feel the beauty of the Annapurna Region.

Besides from the culture, the Khopra Danda Trek takes its guests near to the high snow-capped peaks of the region. Also, let’s not forget about the sacred Khair Lake.

Trip Highlights

  • Magar culture, tradition, and lifestyle
  • Khopra Danda
  • Lake city of Pokhara
  • Khair Lake
  • Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri peaks

Trip Overview

Khopra Danda Trek is one of the best rural trekking options in the Western Himalayas of Nepal. With the trek taking us to the end of the Annapurna Region, this trek gets us closer to the Tibetan-influenced lifestyle of the Magar people.

Hike all the way along the off the beaten trails of Nepal through the forests of rhododendron and juniper to get to the high vantage point of Khopra Danda. The trekking starts with a drive to the lake city of Pokhara. Spend the time strolling around the city and then the next day, we will drive to the village of Nayapul from where the real trekking will begin. From Nayapul, hike along the Modi Khola to get to the village of Ulleri before crossing the natural stone steps. After that, get to the village of Ghorepani for a summit of the Poonhill, the best vantage point of the Annapurna Region. Then, our trek starts to follow a different route from Tadapani. Pass through other villages to get to another vantage point of the Khopra Danda. During the trek, enjoy the views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, and such other high peaks. Let’s not forget about the visit to the Khair Lake.

Join us in this 11-days expedition to explore the hills of the Annapurna-Dhaulagiri Region. Find answers about the typical lifestyle of the Magar community and other Hindu culture prevalent in the region. For a comfortable trekking experience, you will need a decent fitness level. Contact us in case of professional expertise and a tailored trip.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Pokhara (827m)

Day 02: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri (2050m)

Day 03: Ulleri to Ghorepani (2874m)

Day 04: Ghorepani to Poonhill (3210m) to Tadapani (2630m)

Day 05: Tadapani to Dobato (Bhaisi Kharka) (3350m)

Day 06: Dobato to Chitsibung (2975m)

Day 07: Chistsibung to Khopra Danda (3660m)

Day 08: Khopra Danda Exploration and hike to Khair Lake (4500m)

Day 09: Khopra Danda to Narchynag Village

Day 10: Narchyang Village to Tatopani

Day 11: Drive back to Pokhara (827m)

Day 1
Drive to Pokhara (827m)

With bags prepared on the previous day, we will start our drive to the lake city of Pokhara. Follow the Prithvi Highway along the Trishuli River. The road to the lake city is dangerous and curvy due to the geographical conditions of the country. Check-in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day wandering around the city. Boat in the famous Phewa Lake to end the day looking at one of the beautiful peaks of the country, the Fishtail Mountain.

Day 2
Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri (2050m)

Start with a short drive through the Pokhara-Baglung Highway to the village of Nayapul. Our trek will start from there. Hike along the Bhurungdi Khola to first get to the village of Birenthanti. Then, we will climb up a rocky path to get to the village of Hile. From Hile, an easy walk will take us to the village of Tikhe Dhunga. Finally, cross several suspension bridges to climb up a pile of stone steps to arrive at the village of Ulleri. Ulleri is a Magar community. Explore the way of living of the people living in the villages.

Day 3
Ulleri to Ghorepani (2874m)

Wake up to the beautiful mountain views. Hike uphill in a narrow trail to first arrive at the village of lower half of Ghorepani. Further, walk uphill will take us to the Ghorepani Village. The village was once a resting place for the traders. As they found water (pani) for their horses (ghoda) in this place, they named it Ghorepani. During the day, we will have great views of the Annapurna and the Machhapuchhre Peaks.

Day 4
Ghorepani to Poonhill (3210m) to Tadapani (2630m)

Wake up before sunrise to hike up the famous viewpoint of the Annapurna Region. The point offers ecstatic views of the Annapurna (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8156m), and such other high peaks. From the vantage point, we will also see the deepest gorge of Nepal, the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Hike back downhill to the village of Ghorepani for breakfast. And, after that, hike all uphill to get to the village of Tadapani to end our day.

Day 5
Tadapani to Dobato (Bhaisi Kharka) (3350m)

Today, we’ll start our trek on a more remote path. Hike along the off the beaten trails to be on the path through the green lush forest of rhododendron and juniper to get to the village of Dobato. The walk to Dobato is an easier one yet, it offers one of the best views of the Annapurna South and the Dhaulagiri peaks.

Day 6
Dobato to Chitsibung (2975m)

Descend through another beautiful forest to arrive at the lower part of the Chitsibung village. Then, we will ascend up through yet, another forest to get to the Upper part of Chitsibung. This village came as a temporary settlement of the herder’s but now it has been their residence permanently. During the day, we will have glimpses of the national bird of Nepal, the Lophophorus (Danphe).

Day 7
Chistsibung to Khopra Danda (3660m)

Today is the day we reach our major destination. We will be at the top of the Khopra Danda. Hike uphill along the narrow forested path to get to the settlement at Khopra Danda. After having lunch at the tea house, we will walk along the ridge to get to the Khopra Viewpoint. The vantage point offers views of the Kali Gandaki River Valley and, also of the stunning panorama of peaks. We will also have peeks of the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, and such other peaks.

Day 8
Khopra Danda Exploration and hike to Khair Lake (4500m)

Wake up to the glorious views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks. Start with a trek downhill. After arriving at a flat land, hike uphill in a steep path to get to the sacred lake of Khair. The lake is holy to both Hinduism and Buddhism as the lake has some temples along the banks of the lake. The lake also offers great views of the surrounding peaks of Fang and Dhaulagiri. We can also skip the visit to the lake and explore the Khopra Danda to enjoy the picturesque views.

Day 9
Khopra Danda to Narchynag Village

Hike downhill to leave the village of Khopra Danda along the pasture land. Keep walking downhill on an easy path to get to the village of Narchyang. The village is known for its unique culture and lifestyle of the Magar people.

Day 10
Narchyang Village to Tatopani

After breakfast at the Narchyang village, hike downhill along the jeep road for a couple of hours to get to the village of Tatopani. The village is famous for its healing warm waters. Enjoy the hot springs of Tatopani to soothe your stressed muscles. During the day, we will also experience the high waterfall of Narchyang and the Kali Gandaki River down below.

Day 11
Drive back to Pokhara (827m)

Last sunrise in the rural village of the Annapurna Region! Today, we will drive back to the Cherrapunji of Nepal, Pokhara after breakfast to end the tour. Once, we get to our hotel, our 12-day trek come to an end.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

  • AD-20
  • Nepal
  • Pokhara
  • Pokhara
  • 4,500m/14,764ft
  • 1-12
  • March to June, September to December