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Khopra Danda Trek

Duration 13 days
Max-Altitude 3660m
Transportation Tourist Coach/Car/Jeep
Grade moderate
Accommodation 3*Category Hotel in kathmandu and Pokhara andTeahouse/Lodge during Trek
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner during the Trek
Best Season Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
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Group Size Any

Khopra Danda trek is a mind-blowing trek through the unseen regions of the Annapurna region. Khopra Danda offers you the great scenery of giant snow-capped peaks alongside the vibrant culture. This trail is amongst some newly opened routes here and is proven to treat the trekkers uniquely. It takes you to one of the best viewpoints with breathtaking scenery of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri in the Himalayas. This trail leads to ancient villages of various ethnic people like Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung, and Dalit. It provides you a unique combination of tradition, culture, scenarios with blissful nature. Trek still affords the views of giants Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri(7061m), Bhara Shikhar(7647m), Annapurna I(8091m), Machhapuchhre(6997m) and so on. Being a less crowded trekking route visitors preferring to walk on the non-tourist trail would love this trek. Experience the bliss of the Himalayas with some thrilling sections of the Khopra Danda Trek.  

Khopra Danda trek also encompasses one of the popular short trekking trails as the Ghorepani Poon hill trek. A place like Ghorepani hill offers you a majestic view of sunrise and Himalayas. You can easily add multiple other treks if you wish for which advantage of this trek. This trek will help you to learn about the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of numerous ethnic people in Nepal. Various Buddhist and Hindu temples and monasteries with different art and sculptures help you to understand the meaning of the local culture. It’s a perfect destination for adventure seekers and explorers for new experience and satisfaction. Be a part of this mesmerizing journey with Himalaya Sanctuary trek.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival and transfer your Hotel(1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing( 4 – 6hr)
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) 6 -7hr
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul(1050m)and Trek to Ghandruk (1940m)
Day 05: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani(2675m, 8630Ft)
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Bayeli via Dobato(3432m) 5 – 6hr
Day 07: Bayeli to Khopra Danda(3660m/11811 ft) 5 -7hours.
Day 08: Trek to Khayer Lake and Hike around Khopra Danda(3660m.) 3- 5 hours.
Day 09: Trek from Khopra Danda to Swanta Village (2214m.) 3-5 hours.
Day 10: Swantha to Ghorepani (2860m) 4- 6 hours.
Day 11 : Trek to Poon Hill( 3210mt, 10525Ft)to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara(920m)
Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 13: Departure Day

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu(1,300m/4,264 ft)
After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu, one of our representatives from Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure will pick you up. Transfer to the respective hotel and we will have a brief intro with the sweet welcoming gift. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley
The day starts with some necessary guidance during the trip and starts our journey to explore the beauty of Kathmandu. The place that is listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage sites including Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square and so on.

  • Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important religious sites in Nepal as well in Asia. Temple built around the 5th century and said that it existed at the beginning of the millennium with the discovery of God Shiva Lingam. It considers the holy place for Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Patan Durbar Square: It is also known Durbar Dquare, which is use to be the residence of the royal family of Nepal. It lies in the heart of the Patan city consisting of different temples inside out.
  • Boudhanath Stupa: Bodnath Stupa is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest place for Buddhists. It was built around the 14th century. The structure of Stupa is identifiable as a huge, semi-circle white dome and unblinking eyes painted on each side with the towering spire. The overall shape of the stupa represents the Buddhist mandala and road toward enlightenment, peace, and prosperity.
    Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.   

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara(823m/2,700ft)6 – 7 hrs
Drive early in the morning toward beautiful city Pokhara, which takes 6-7hrs to reach. Witnessing majestic views of hills, cliffs, greenery lands and forest along the road with the sense of fresh air. Pokhara offers you its own natural beauty including lakes, caves, Himalayas and its cultures. Overnight at a Lakeside Hotel, Pokhara.
Including Meals: Breakfast 

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk Village (1940m)
After reaching Pokhara, we will resume the journey about an hour of the scenic drive to Nayapul. Here we begin our trek up to Ghandruk, a beautiful village that offers a majestic view of Annapurna and magnificent sunrise and sunset. Easy trail crossing the forest with rhododendron and greenery landscape. Almost 4-5 hours of the trip, we will reach Ghandruk which is absolutely incredible in terms of its beauty, unique cultures and traditions. There is a huge settlement of Gurungs and the place is famous for the Gurung culture, traditional dance, and Gurung attire. Overnight in Ghandruk.
Including Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 05: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani (2675m, 8630Ft)
Our day starts with resuming our trek toward Tadapani which takes almost 2-3 hours, not so far from Ghandruk. Trek will lead toward uphill exploring the beauty of the forest, along with the views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli. It’s the shortest path from Ghandruk so you can explore the Tadapani village for the rest of the day. Overnight in Tadapani.
Including Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

Day 06: Tadapani to Bayeli via Dobato (3432m) 5- 6hrs
Set off for Bayeli early in the morning walking through the off-beaten-path trail through the rhododendron and oak forest with the majestic atmosphere. You can be the witness of musk deer and red fox along the way. Ascend the trail crossing after forest to the ridge of Deurali (small pass) and continue up to Bayeli Kharka. It’s a splendid place located in the center of the rhododendron forest and it takes about 6-7 hours to reach there.

Overnight at Bayeli.

Day 07: Bayeli to Khopra Danda (3660m/11811 ft) 5 – 7hours.
From Bayeli, we walk for a few hours through the grassy slope land to reach Chistbung village. You can relax for a while and continue the further walk to reach Khopra Danda. Walking along the ascend path witnessing the view of the Kali Gandaki ridge and wonderful views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and Nilgiri. Overnight at the tea house in Khopra Danda.
Including Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

Day 08: Trek to Khayer Lake and Hike around Khopra Danda (3660m) 3-5hrs
The day starts with exploring the Khopra ridge, visiting the surrounding beauty and hiking a few hours around Khopra Danda. Then trek continues to reach Khayer Lake, an incredible lake with stunning scenery of mountain surrounding it. Mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Nilgiri will make the environment more blissful. After returning from the hike, enjoy a beautiful sunset back at Khopra Danda and rest for the day here. Overnight in Khopra Danda.
Including Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

Day 09: Khopra Danda to Swanta Village (2214m) 3-5hrs
Resuming trek descends a steep trail on the ridge with stone steps exploring the beauty of nature to the Swanta Village. Swanta Village is famous for its local cheese and friendly people. You can visit the place, explore the lifestyle, culture of villagers and test the cheese. Overnight at lodge.
Including Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 10: Trek to Ghorepani (2860m) 3-5hrs
After breakfast, the trek starts to Ghorepani takes about 3-5 hours, which is the shortest trek along the trail. Descend toward the small village, crossing the suspension bridge connecting the main trekking route. The trail leads towards the Ghorepani, a marvelous historic village with a magnificent view of the Annapurna range. The rest of the day, you can explore the lifestyle, culture, and traditions of villagers. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Including Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

Day 11: Trek to Poon Hill, Trek down Nayapul and Back to Pokhara (920m) 4-6hrs
 Early in the morning, you will be hiking up toward Poon Hill to witness the glorious view of sunrise over the mountain range. Blissful scenery of mountain ranges such as Mt. Annapurna and Mt Dhaulagiri. After the incredible experience of sunrise, descend back toward Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at Lakeside, Pokhara.
Including Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m)6 – 7hr
After Breakfast in the morning we will catch Tourist Bus at 7 from Pokhara which takes nearly 6 to 7 hour to get at your hotel in kathmandu. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner together and celebrate the success of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Including Meals: Breakfast 

Day 13: Departure Day
Your last day in Nepal will be full of happiness as you look back to the experience and the achievement of the trek. We will collect your feedback, comments, and experience before taking back to the airport with an invitation for the next trek.

Cost Included

  • Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
  • 3 Star Category accommodation in twin bed sharing basis including breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure Duffel Bag
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by Tourist Coach.
  • Teahouse accommodation including Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek.
  • Experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
  • Transportation from Pokhara to Trek Starting Point by private vehicle.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
  • All necessary paper works.
  • All applicable Service charges and Gov Taxes.

Cost  Excluded

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
  • Tour Guide and Entrance Fees For Sightseeing
  • Personal nature of Items and expenses.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot and cold drinks, Tea, Coffee, hot shower, laundry, phone call, internet.
  • Personal Trekking Equipment like sleeping bags, jackets (Can all be hired in KTM)
  • Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
  • Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes, etc.
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver.

Our main paramount is to offer safe and enjoyable trek for your clients. Experienced trekkers will often take only a selection of these items based on what has worked in the past. Please find the Clothing and Equipment List below for your personal use during your traveling period.

Foot wear:

  • Walking boots,
  • Wool and liner socks,
  • sandals

Clothing:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers,
  • Trekking trousers,
  • Long sleeve shirts,
  • Micro fleece,
  • Mid to heavyweight fleece,
  • Sleeveless or body warmer type fleece,
  • Thermals or base layer for top & bottom (merino wool or synthetic),
  • Fleece pants,
  • Medium weight down jacket

Hand wear:

  • Fleece gloves,
  • Warms mittens and/or gloves

Head wear:

  • Wool or fleece hat,
  • Sun hat, Scarf,
  • Head torch and extra batteries,
  • Sunglasses

Personal Equipment:

  • Sleeping bag,
  • Backpack large enough to carry water bottles,
  • Camera and extra clothing,
  • Stuff sacks for keeping your gear dry and organized,
  • Two water bottles (Nalgene wide mouth bottles are the best),
  • Sunscreen and lip salve with a high SPF,
  • Insect repellent, Water purification tablets (Pristine, Biox Aqua or Aqua Mira),
  • Favorite snack food,
  • Books, iPod and cards etc,
  • Trekking poles,
  • Camera with spare batteries and memory cards,
  • Insurance certificate.

 

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.

Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun’s cream with SPF 40 is recommended
  • Pocket knife.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Will somebody come to pick me up from the airport upon my arrival ?
Yes, our airport representative from himalayan sanctuary adventure will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying your name outside the arrival terminal than you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight.. 

Is there any risk of Altitude Sickness ?
No. There is little chances of  risk of altitude sickness during Khopra Danda Trek. 3000 m is the safe mark for altitude sickness and you will be crossing it only when you hike to Poon Hill. As you will not spend the night at that altitude, it will not be much of a problem. But you can always take precautions.

What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?
Yes, most of the guesthouses provide proper running cold shower and Common toilet facility.

Are the guesthouses heated ?

The guesthouse does not facilitate with heater or air conditioner. However as it gets colder above 3,500m, they do have facility of hitting the dining area by providing kerosene or metal heater. USD 1 to USD 3 per person would be applicable to use this service and this is payable directly to the guesthouse.

Where do we go to toilet along the trail ?
Wherever possible we utilize the toilet facilities provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail. However, in case of emergency trekkers are recommended to find a private, scenic spot!

What are the Toilet facilities in the tea house/guesthouse ?
Most of the tea houses do have western style flushing toilets however tea houses at higher elevations you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside.

What is the best season for this trekking ?
From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By the end of September through to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December is the best time to do Everest base camp deluxe trek.

Can I obtain a visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport ?
Yes, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.  

How much additional money do I need per day ?

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 20 to USD 30 per person a day will be enough to buy meals, bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking ?

Yes, you can use your credit card in Kathmandu and Pokhara,  Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains

What mode of transportation do you use ?

We provide you only those options, which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans, tourist bus to and from Kathmandu/ Pokhara

I am a Vegetarian, is that a Problem ?
No problem at all because most of the  restaurants and hotels will serve a variety of vegetarian and meat-based meals. We always recommend our guests to enjoy vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals.

What is the weather & temperature like in trekking ?

Spring – March / April / May / June

Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Annapurna region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude. During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 0 degrees C (32 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.

July / August through Mid-September is Monsoon Season

This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds. During this time, the average temperature is 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of 5 degrees C (41 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 2500 meters.

Autumn – End of September / October / November

Similar to springtime, autumn in this region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle. The average temperature during the fall is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C (14 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude.

Winter- December/ January/ February

Winter start from mid-December till mid-February in this region. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds. The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 2500 meters altitude. The above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.

What if I am very sick in the mountain ?

Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use first aid kit and have knowledge to use Oxy meter. They are very much aware that higher the altitude the oxygen level gets lesser so to get updated on the oxygen level of our client and to know whether they are fit enough or needs extra precautions to continue. Guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and NCell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. 

Is water provided and is there still water available at higher altitudes ? Is it filtered/boiled ?
Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and tea houses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 to USD 3  per litter. You can also drink the normal tap or spring water if you bring the purifying aid with you.

What immunizations will I need ?
No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio, and tetanus. We also recommend you to know your blood group in case of emergency. 
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