Khopra Danda trek: 10 day expedition in Nepal

This is a moderate,off-the-beaten-track adventure.

10 days
$1,135 to 1,650

Also known as the Khopra Ridge, this moderate, off-the-beaten-track adventure is a peaceful alternative to more popular treks in the region. For eight days you’ll climb your way through local villages, terraced farmland, and dense bamboo, oak, pine, and rhododendron forests with rewarding vistas of snow-capped Annapurnas. There are plenty of chances to observe and take part in traditional Nepali lifestyle rituals, including staying in teahouses and taking a day hike to Kaire, a sacred lake that Hindus believe will help you achieve Nirvana.

Price Includes

  • International arrival and Departure transfer in a private vehicle
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in a tea house during the trek
  • Meals on full board basis during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner).
  • Experience certified English speaking guide and a Porter during the trek
  • 1 full day Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu in a private vehicle
  • Entrance fee for the Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour.
  • Pokhara to kImche transfer in a private vehicle.
  • Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara in a private vehicle
  • Tims and Trek permits
  • Kit bags (Duffel Bag)
  • Salary and insurance for staffs.
  • Government tax and fees.

Price Excludes

  1. Accommodation and Meals in Kathmandu, Pokhara
  2. International airfare and Nepal entry visa fee
  3. Personal nature expenses like phone calls, WiFi, battery charging, laundry, gratitude, etc.
  4. Travel insurance and emergency rescues
  5. Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages during the trek
  6. Any other items not mentioned in the price inlcude section
  7. Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara can be arranged upon the guest request

What to expect

Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu!
Flying into Kathmandu, you'll have views over the valley, the Himalayas, and the terraced fields below. After completing customs, a representative will be waiting to greet you outside the airport and guide you through the initial culture shock of Kathmandu’s narrow, winding streets to your hotel.

Once you've settled in, head out and explore the city. Kathmandu Durbar Square is a great place to start your exploration, where you'll walk through narrow alleyways teeming with small shops, ancient temples, and local restaurants. If you want to stretch your legs, Swayambhunath, the white stupa rising above the valley, is the perfect spot to catch the sunset over the valley.

In the evening, the tourist hub of Thamel is a good place to grab your first meal, with a variety of restaurants to choose from offering both Western and local Nepali dishes.
Overnight: Kathmandu

Day 2: Explore Kathmandu
Kathmandu has a special atmosphere during the early morning hours when the city is slowly coming to life yet not too chaotic. It's a great time to walk and explore the streets or have a chai overlooking one of the local courtyards or durbar squares.

After breakfast, there are then a number of ways you can spend your day given the numerous famous sights around the Kathmandu Valley. You can use this as a free day or we can provide a local English-speaking guide who knows the city well and can explain the history and significance of the sights (along with a private jeep to take you around).

Later in the evening, one of our office representatives and your trek guide will be there at your hotel lobby for a short trek briefing and afterward, you can head out for dinner at one of the city's great eateries, or your specialist can arrange a home-cooked dinner with a local family.
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Trek to Tadapani (2,650 m)
After breakfast in Kathmandu, you'll be picked up by private transfer and driven to the domestic airport for your flight to Pokhara, Nepal's second-largest city. This is a stunning half-hour flight along the Himalayan range, where four of the world’s fourteen giant mountains over 8,000 m can be seen: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Manaslu, and Shishapangma. Your specialist can help you get a seat on the right-hand side of the plane for views of the Himalayas en route.

Upon arrival in Pokhara, you'll be picked up and driven to Kimche (2.5 hours drive from Pokhara), where you will start the trek to Ghandruk, where you'll have lunch and enjoy great views of the Machapuchhre and Hiunchuli.

After lunch, wind your way up through the beautiful old homes of Ghandruk and climb on an undulating trail to a tea house with a great view of Annapurna. From here, you continue through the rhododendron forest, which gets more stunning throughout the day until you reach the teahouses at Bhaisi Kharka. After enjoying this stunning section of the trail, you then have a short, steep climb up into Tadapani.

Driving time: 2.5 hours
Trekking time: 5 hours
Overnight: Tadapani
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Trek from Tadapani to Dobato (11,220 feet / 3,420 m), Sunset from Muldai Peak
After breakfast in Tadapani, you'll leave the main trail and begin walking in a more remote area of the Annapurna region through the beautiful rhododendron forest. This off-the-beaten-path trail crosses beautiful Nepali villages and a variety of flora, fauna, and ancient trees. It's a magical atmosphere straight out of a Tolkien book.

After a short climb and descent into a dell, you'll start a more serious climb which continues all the way up to the lodges at Dobato. After about half an hour, you emerge on the northern side of the ridgeline and have a stunning view of the Annapurna South massif towering above you and hear the roar of many waterfalls as the river races away into the dramatic steep-sided valley far, far below. Here the forest starts to change and you see more oak trees and conifers. From here, it's a steep half hour up to the teahouse at Meshar Danda, perched on the ridgeline with truly incredible views.

After a cup of tea and a short rest, you'll have about an hour more of this type of forested trail until you reach the open hillside at Isharu where shepherds graze their sheep and where you'll have lunch. All fueled up, start out with a gentle ascent as the trail contours around the hillside and then up to a small but beautiful pass, where the path goes through a fascinating Gurung temple.

From here, it's a short descent to a beautiful open valley before you head into the trees again and back up to the ridgeline. Along the way, you can see incredible purple barked rhododendron trees, much smaller than the ones you saw earlier but striking for their color (and the mountain backdrop if the weather is clear!). From the ridge, you contour down to a creek bed and follow this to a small pass, from where you contour around to the lodges at Dobato.

For those with extra energy to spare, head up to Muldai peak for sunset views. It takes about 45 minutes from the teahouse to reach the view tower and the view is stunning, one of the highlights of the trek!

Trekking time: 5-6 hours (4 miles / 6.5 km)
Overnight: Dobato
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Trek from Dobato to Upper Chistibung (3,198 feet / 2,975 m)
You'll have an early breakfast in Dobato and then begin the climb to Muldai Peak for a magnificent panorama view at sunrise. From here, you'll descend through open ground and a beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung.

Next, ascend gradually on the trail through another forest before reaching Upper Chistibung, a temporary herder’s settlement. If you’re lucky you might even spot the colorful Lophophorus (Danphe), the national bird of Nepal, as well as Himalayan Thar on the grassy ridge high above the trail.

Trekking time: 4-5 hours (2.4 miles / 4 km)
Overnight: Upper Chistibung
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Trek from Upper Chistibung to Khopra Danda (12,007 feet / 3,660 m)
After breakfast in Upper Chistibung, you'll embark on a steady climb above the treeline through pretty alpine meadows and pastures to reach Khopra. As you enter the ridge, look for the tip of Annapurna South in the distance.

Upon reaching Khopra, go for an easy walk to a viewpoint overlooking the Kali Gandaki River far below in the deep valley. Based in Khopra for the night, you'll also admire the stunning snow-capped mountain panoramas including Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna South.

Trekking time: 2-3 hours (2 miles / 3.2 km)
Accommodation: Teahouse
Overnight: Khopra Danda
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Rest day in Khopra Danda (Optional day hike to Kaire Lake)
Today is a rest day so sleep in and enjoy a relaxing morning in Khopra Danda.

Kaire Lake Day Hike
After breakfast, you'll have the option to embark on a challenging full-day hike to Kaire Lake where you'll get excellent views of the surrounding mountains. Considered a sacred lake by the Hindus, bathing in Kaire is believed to help you attain Nirvana. Since Hinduism and Buddhism are intricately related in Nepal, you can witness and wander around a number of Hindu and Buddhist shrines scattered around the lakeside.

Kaire Lake altitude: 15,272 ft / 4,665 m
Kaire Lake trekking time: 7-8 hours
Kaire Lake trekking distance: 10.2 miles (16.5 km) round-trip

Not interested in hiking all the way to the lake? A half-day walk from Khopra can also be arranged.
Overnight: Khopra Danda
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Trek from Khopra Danda to Tatopani, Dip in the Hot Spring
From Khopra Danda, you'll descend steeply downhill into the valley toward Paudwar. After lunch at Paudwar, you'll continue the hike down to Tatopani (meaning "hot water" in Nepali).

You'll stay overnight here in a teahouse, and can dip in a hot spring and relax for the rest of the day while we can also interact with locals and kids.
Overnight: Tatopani
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara, Fly to Kathmandu
This morning, you'll get picked up by jeep and driven back to Pokhara. Here, you'll have a quick lunch at the lakeside before heading to the Pokhara airport for the flight back to Kathmandu, where you'll be transferred to your hotel.

Your last evening in Kathmandu is free for you to explore and enjoy.

Driving time: 6 hours
Flight time: 30 minutes
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 10: Depart Kathmandu
It's time to say farewell to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu with breakfast in a café, a final stroll through the narrow alleys and temples, and some final souvenir shopping. A driver will be waiting for you at your hotel to take you to the airport for your return flight home. It's best to be at the airport at least two hours prior to departure.


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