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  • Walk through the lush forests of rhododendrons and oaks with the possibility to see different animals including Himalayan Thar and Lophophorus
  • Explore the diverse cultures and traditions of various ethnic people like Magar, Gurung, Brahmin, Chhetri, etc.
  • Explore the beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk
  • Catch breathtaking views of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung, Nilgiri, etc. from the top of Khopra Ridge
  • Get to Khayer Lake at the foot of Annapurna South to get the awe-inspiring view of the landscape and Himalayas
  • Hike to Poon Hill, the viewpoint for the best sunrise/sunset views over Annapurna ranges

Khopra Danda Trek Itinerary 

Khopra Hill Trek with Ghorepani and Poonhill is an amazing opportunity to explore both well-known and less-known but equally awesome sites within the Annapurna Region. Our itinerary takes you to the serene and peaceful place, Khopra Ridge which is an amazing vantage point to get the majestic views of the mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna I, II, III, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Lamjung Himal and Mt. Nilgiri.

This trek takes you along through dense forests of rhododendron and pine with the chance to see various exotic animals. Khopra Ridge also offers you the view of Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. Getting there early in the morning or during the sunset gives you even more serene and mesmerizing views.

Khayer Lake is the highest point you get to go to during this trek and is an amazing place with lots of religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists. Khayer Lake is yet another vantage point at the height of 4600 meters to get outstanding views of Mount Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri range. A remote path from Khopra Danda takes you to the majestic lake.

Poon Hill is another popular viewpoint and you get to encounter amazing villages while returning. This off-the-beaten trail takes you to some of the amazing villages like Ghandruk and Ghorepani with amazing Gurung culture. Other ethnic groups also reside in these and other villages you will come across practicing various traditions and living in harmony.


First Day

Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu Airport

• Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel
• Altitude: 1345 m
When you arrive in Kathmandu, we will come to pick you up at Tribhuvan International airport with your name on a board. We will then drive you to a 3-star hotel. You will check into the hotel, have your lunch and relax for a while. Then you can go shopping essentials for your upcoming trip. You can proceed for the permit. You can roam around the streets of Thamel and nearby places in the evening.

Second Day

Day 2:Drive to Pokhara

• Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel
• Trek Hours: 6-7 hours
• Altitude: 820 m
• Private Vehicle
You will have breakfast early in the morning and set off for Pokhara. You will have 6-7 hours of scenic bus ride along the river valley. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery of lush forests and river valleys from the window. When you reach Pokhara, you will check into a hotel and relax for a while. You can explore the lake city Pokhara for the rest of the day. You can visit Phewa and Begnas lakes, have a walk around the streets, explore the caves, etc. You can indulge yourself in lots of fun activities. You can go to Sarangkot to observe the spectacular sunrise view. You can explore the rich and vibrant streets of Pokhara in the evening. You will stay overnight at the hotel.

Third Day

Day 3:Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk

• Accommodation: Tea House
• Trek Hours: 4-5 hours
• Altitude: 1940 m
After having breakfast early in Pokhara, you will set off to Nayapul. You will have almost an hour of the scenic ride to get to Nayapul. Your trekking starts from Nayapul, as you walk toward Ghandruk. You will walk the gentle trail covered by the rhododendron forest most of the time. You can see the mountains soaring on the horizon. You will walk along the river listening to the serene noise of birds chirping and water flowing. After walking for about 4-5 hours you will reach Ghandruk. It is a beautiful village to have the mesmerizing panorama of Himalayas and landscapes. You will stay overnight in the village.

Fourth Day

Day 4:Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani

• Accommodation: Tea House
• Trek Hours: 3-4 hours
• Altitude: 2630 m
You will have a rather relaxing walk on this day as Tadapani is not that far from Ghandruk. You will start your trekking early in the morning. You will ascend the uphill trail between the forests. You will get amazing views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre along the way. You will reach Tadapani within 2-3 hours. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the village and the places around. You will stay overnight at a tea house in Tadapani.

Fifth Day

Day 5:Trek from Tadapani to Bayeli via Dobato

• Accommodation: Tea House
• Trek Hours: 6-7 hours
• Altitude: 3432 m
Get the mesmerizing view of Dhaulagiri range and Annapurna range along the way
Opportunity to encounter Musk Deer, Pheasant, and Red Fox on the jungle
You will have your breakfast in Tadapani and set off for Bayeli. You will walk through rhododendron and oak forests most of the time. If you get lucky, you might encounter musk deer and red fox as well. You will ascend the trail after crossing the forest to the ridge of Deurali. You will continue walking upward, following the relatively steep trail to reach Bayali Kharka. You will pass through Dobato to get there. It takes about 6-7 hours to get there. You will spend your night at a tea house in Bayeli Kharka.

Sixth Day

Day 6:Bayeli to Khopra Danda

• Accommodation: Tea House
• Trek Hours: 7- 8 hours
• Altitude: 3640 m
Descend down the trail with a gentle slope covered with bushes and trees. You might spot Danphe, Himalayan Thar, etc along the way. After walking for a few hours you will rich Chistbung village. You can sit and relax for a while there and walk further to get to Khopra Danda. You will ascend through the alpine trees. You will have a wonderful view of Kaligandaki ridge and the peaks such as Annapurna South, Dhawalagiri and Nilgiri along the way. You will have a better view of the Kaligandaki gorge from Khopra ridge. You will spend overnight at a tea house there.

Seventh Day

Day 7:Trek to Khayer Lake and hike around Khopra Danda

• Accommodation: Tea House
• Trek Hours: 4-5 hours
• Altitude: 3640 m
You will spend your day in Khopra Ridge. You will soak yourself in the beautiful surroundings and hike around Khopra. You will trek a few hours to get to Khayer Lake. This is a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. You can get a beautiful view of the Himalayas from there. You will catch a glimpse of Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, etc. You can spend the rest of the day talking to the local people, exploring their culture and tradition. You will spend your night there at a tea house.

Eighth Day

Day 8:Trek from Khopra Danda to Swanta Village

• Accommodation: Tea House
• Trek Hours: 5-6 hours
• Altitude: 2214 m
After exploring the Khopra ridge, you will descend to the Swanta village on the 8th day of your journey. You will descend almost an hour to get to Upper Chistbung village. Descending further down, crossing the potato and barley farms and beautiful villages along the way, you reach Swanta village. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the village, Magar people and their lifestyle.

Ninth Day

Day 9:Swantha to GhorepaniDay 9:Swantha to Ghorepani

• Accommodation: Tea House
• Trek Hours: 4-5 hours
• Altitude: 2860 m
You’ll have your breakfast at Swanta and set off to Ghorepani. You will descend through a beautiful trail covered in green forests. You can catch a glimpse of the Annapurna range during the trek. When you get to Ghorepani, you can spend the rest of the day with the people of the village. You will have closer exposure to their culture and tradition. You will stay overnight at Ghorepani in a tea house.

Tenth Day

Day 10:Trek to Poon Hill, trek down to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

• Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel
• Trek Hours: 4-5 hours
• Altitude: 820 m
On this day, you will be rewarded with a view of a glorious sunrise over the Himalayan range from Poon Hill. You will hike early in the morning to Poon Hill to witness this mesmerizing view of sunrise over Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhawalagiri. After grasping the view you will trek down to Nayapul crossing the beautiful forests and enjoying the Himalayas on the background. When you come to Nayapul, we will board a private vehicle which will take you to Pokhara. You will check into a hotel when you reach there. You can sit back and relax celebrating the success of your trekking journey. You can spend your evening walking by the lake, shopping the souvenirs or exploring the streets.

Eleventh Day

Day 11:Drive or fly back to Kathmandu

• Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel
• Trek Hours: 20 min. / 6 hours
• Altitude: 1345 m
• Domestic Flight/ Private Vehicle
On the 11th day of your trip, you will get back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. You will have your breakfast in Pokhara and ride to Kathmandu on a private vehicle. You will be riding along the rivers most of the time. You get to enjoy the mesmerizing views of landscapes, rivers, valleys, and green forests along the way. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, you can spend the rest of your time strolling around the streets of Thamel, shopping the handicrafts and souvenirs, etc. You can explore cafes, lounges, and bars around. You will stay overnight at a hotel.

Twelfth Day

Day 12:Departure

Your Khopra Hill trekking journey concludes here. We will drive you to the airport for your connecting flight. We will wish you goodbye there and you will fly to your next destination or home. However, if you decide to extend your stay here in Nepal and go for another trip, you can inform us. We will be more than happy to help you with your trip. Besides, if you are having a hard time choosing the next trip, we can help you with that as well. We provide unbiased information regarding all the packages available in Nepal.

  • Meals: 
    11 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • Accommodation: 
    3-Star accommodation in Kathmandu for 2 days
    3-Star accommodation in Pokhara for 2 days
    Tea house accommodation along the way for 7 days
  • Transportation:   
    All land transportation with pickups and drops
  • Guides and Porters:
    One guide and assistant guide between 6 people 
    1 porter for two people (A porter can carry up to 30 kg)
  • Entry Fees and Permits:
    Annapurna Conservation Area Entrance Fee
    TIMS Card
  • Miscellaneous: 
    Down jacket, a Sleeping bag which should be refunded to the company after the trip
    Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department
    All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
    First Aid service in case of minor injuries
    Salary, food, and accommodation for guides and porters
  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any reason
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

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Khopra Danda trek is a relatively new trekking destination and is less crowded than other popular trekking routes. Even trekking in peak seasons of autumn and spring, you will find these trails less crowded than another popular trek like Annapurna Base Camp trek.

The lake city of Pokhara is an amazing place to spend your evenings strolling along the Phewa and Begnas lake, going for boating, visiting temples, caves, etc. Similar to Kathmandu, it has various places you can go and try different foods and enjoy your free time, but it is much more peaceful. Sarangkot is a viewpoint a few hours away from Pokhara, popular for amazing sights of sunrises and sunsets.

Beautiful landscapes are what makes each step of this trek a destination on its own. Lush rhododendron forests with habitats like deer, blue sheep, monal, Himalayan Thar, Lophophorus, etc. can be found mostly during this trek. Either you get to see any of these animals or not depends upon the mere chance. Different species of birds are also found in this area and their soothing chirps energize you.

One of the main highlights of this trek is to get an outlook on the lifestyle of people living in the villages. One of the ethnic groups living predominantly in the village like Ghandruk and Ghorepani are Gurungs. Other ethnic groups like Brahmins, Chhetris and Magars. They have different traditions and ways but live in harmony with each other. Hinduism and Buddhism are majorly followed by these people.