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Khopra Danda Trek - 11 Days

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Trip Facts
  • Duration 11 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Group Size 2 to 15 pax
  • Max. Elevation 4700m / 15420ft
  • Start/End Nayapul
  • Best Time Sep to Dec and Mar to May


  • Visit the ancient city of Kathmandu and the modern city of Pokhara.
  • Easily accessible: Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus or flight.
  • A well-managed tea house facilitates warm hospitality.
  • Plan for 7 days in Pokhara and 11 days in Kathmandu.
  • Explore the typical culture of Gurung and Magar people.
  • Witness wilderness beauty and colorful Rhododendron forests.
  • Enjoy magnificent viewpoints of Khopra Ridge (3660 m) and Poon Hill (3210 m).
  • Marvel at splendid views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Annapurna I (8091 m), and South 7219 m.
  • Take a day excursion to Holi Lake (Khayar Lake) situated at 4700m.
  • Visit Poon Hill for a 360-degree view of crystal-clear white snow mountains.
  • Experience wildlife, observe animals, flora, and fauna.
  • Encounter a pasture of yaks and see some yaks.
  • Expect to walk for 6–7 hours daily, along with scenic beauty.

Overview of Khopra Ridge Trek

The Khopra Danda Trek offers a glimpse into the enchanting nature beauty, and lifestyle of Gurung and Magar people, showcasing their rich culture and traditions. Ghandruk village, a quintessential Gurung community, serves as a focal point along this newly recognized trekking route in the Annapurna region. Nestled beyond the Annapurna base camp and facing Ghorepani Poon Hill, the trek unfolds panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail mountains, complemented by lush greenery and vibrant Rhododendron fields.

The journey is punctuated by stunning rivers, lakes, glaciers, and diverse flora and fauna. Annapurna South and Fishtail, along with Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna-I, dominate the skyline throughout most of the trek, offering a majestic backdrop. A highlight is the visit to the sacred Khayar Lake at 4700m, a revered site for Hindus, especially during the full moon in August, when pilgrims flock to worship nature's deities. The region is renowned for its yak pastures, where encounters with these majestic creatures are common along the trail.

Khopra Ridge Trek offers stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South Face, and Fishtail, along with vibrant greenery and colorful rhododendron blooms. You'll experience the lifestyles and cultures of Gurung and Magar villages, and get to visit the beautiful city of Pokhara with its vast Fewa Lake. It's a fantastic trekking destination in the Annapurna region, accessible and full of thrilling scenery.

The Khopra Khayar Lake Trek starts from Kathmandu and includes travel to Pokhara by bus or optional flights, private cars, jeeps, or Hiace. After a night in Pokhara, you'll head to Ghandruk, a charming Gurung village, by local Jeep, explore, then trek to Tadapani. The journey continues to Bayali, leading to Khopra Danda at 3660m, offering stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Annapurna South.

A day trip to Khayar Lake at 4700m is recommended, providing breathtaking scenery but requiring a full day of hiking. The trek then progresses to Swanta Village, a beautiful Magar settlement. The final leg is a short ascent to Ghorepani Poon Hill for a sunrise view of snow-capped mountains. It's a popular and accessible trekking route, culminating in a return to Pokhara and then Kathmandu, offering natural and cultural beauty throughout.

Lodging Fooding Facilitate in Khopra Danda Trek:

Each camp along the Khopra Khayar Lake Trek offers well-managed teahouse facilities with comfortable rooms and clean beds. They serve local organic meals, maintaining hygiene standards, and show warm hospitality to tourists, ensuring a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

Transportation of Khopra Khayar Lake Trek:

The Khopra Trek is easily accessible. You'll need to take a vehicle to reach both the starting and ending points of the trek.

  • Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus, 7 hours, Or by flight (30 minutes), private car, van, or Jeep.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu and back, also by tourist bus, flight, or private vehicle,
  • Pokhara to near Ghandruk before starting the trek, Local jeep or private Jeep.
  • Trek from Ulleri or Hile to Pokhara by local Jeep or Private Jeep.

Lifestyle, Cultures, Customs and Religion of Khopra Danda Trek

The Khopra Trek route passes through Gurung and Magar community villages, rich in culture and customs. Gurung villages like Ghandruk showcase their unique rituals, language, and traditional attire. Ghorepani, a Magar village, celebrates various festivals and warmly welcomes tourists with respect and hospitality.

Wilderness Beauty – Wild Life Animals and Flora Faunas

The Khopra Trekking Route features a stunning Rhododendron forest, with vibrant blooms of red, pink, and white during the spring months of March, April, and May. The dense forest is home to various wild animals including yaks, sheep, monkeys, wild boars, deer, bears, snow leopards, red pandas, jackals, and more.

Attractions Crystal-Clear White Snow Mountain Views from Khopra Trekking

  • Mt. Dhaulagiri - (8167m / 26795ft)
  • Mt. Manaslu - (8163m / 26782ft)
  • Annapurna I - (8091m / 26546ft)
  • Annapurna II - (7937m / 26065ft)
  • Annapurna South (7219m / 23685ft)
  • Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) (6993m / 22943ft)
  • Hiuchuli (6441m / 21132ft)
  • Mt Tukuche (6920m / 22704ft)
  • Mt. Nilgiri (6860m / 22507ft)

Do we need entry permits for Khopra Danda Trek?

Absolutely, entry permits are essential for visiting the Annapurna Conservation Area and undertaking the Khopra Trek. We handle the issuance of these permits, and your guide will carry them throughout the trek, providing them to you at the trek's conclusion. Please provide us with a copy of your passport and a passport-sized photo beforehand to prepare these permits for you.

  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Areas Project) – Nrs. 3000/-
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) – Nrs. 2000/-
  • Poon Hill Entrance Permit. – Nrs. 250/-

When is the best time to visit Khopra Danda Trek?

The best times to visit Khopra Danda Trek is an autumn (September to December) and spring (March to May). These seasons offer clear weather, good temperatures, excellent visibility, and stunning mountain views. While winter and monsoon are doable, winter is snowy and very cold, while the monsoon brings rain, clouds, and poor visibility. However, we can still arrange safe and successful treks during these seasons if you prefer.

  • Autumn Season: September, October, November and December.
  • Winter Season: Late December, January and February.
  • Spring Season: March, April and May.
  • Monsoon Season: June, July and Au

How is difficulty of Khopra Khayar Lake Trek?

The Khopra Khayar Lake Trek is considered moderate, suitable for people of all ages due to its lush greenery and well-maintained trails with ample oxygen. While Nepal offers geographical challenges like ups and downs, our professional team ensures a safe and enjoyable experience. We take great care to ensure your satisfaction and a successful trip.

Cost Of Khopra Trek

Khopra Trek costs US $475 or $555 per person; you need a minimum of 2 people in a group, and if you are visiting as a single person, the cost would be a little bit more. It is a full-board package, arriving at Departure. If you want only a 7-day trekking package from Pokhara to Pokhara, the cost is $475. Which services would you like? Feel free. Service details are below.

  • $475 services include Pokhara to Pokhara as permit, guide, and porter; 7 days of full board meals and transportation; Pokhara to Ghandruk; and Hile to Pokhara.
  • $555 services are a full board package from your arrival to departure. Kathmandu Hotels two nights, Pokhara Hotels two nights, Kathmandu to Pokhara, and returning Pokhara to Kathmandu by comfortable tourist bus and a 7-day full-board package of trekking, One professional trekking guide, and a strong enough experienced porter.

How about Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara?

We can book hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara based on your preferences. For our full-board package, we typically arrange accommodations in tourist-standard hotels in both cities. If you have any specific choices or requirements, feel free to let us know, and we'll ensure your stay meets your expectations.

  • Kathmandu - Hotel Thamel Park in Thamel.
  • Pokhara – Hotel, Splendid View in Lakeside.

Both Hotel serves excellent services with warm hospitality. They have excellent rooms and serve a tasty continental breakfast.

Packing List or Trekking Gear of Khopra Danda Trek

Khopra Khayar Lake trekking is a medium-adventure trek because the highest elevation is, 4700m. You must prepare good enough trekking gear, such as a sleeping bag, a down jacket, a long-sleeved shirt, a jumper or fleece jacket, T-shirts, Trekking shoes or boots, Comfortable shoes for around the camp, Wool socks, Light cotton socks, Rucksack, Sun hat, Wool hat, Gloves, Sunblock, Goggles or sunglasses, Long underwear, insulated pants, Nylon wind-breaker jacket, Nylon wind pants, water bottle, sewing kit, Medical and first aid kit, Flashlight, Batteries, and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel, and toiletries, etc. Here is a more informative list: click PACKING LIST

Carry Your Important Medicine

Exactly, bringing your own prescribed medications is crucial for a safe trekking experience, even with our basic first aid kit. Being prepared and proactive about your health can make a significant difference, especially in remote mountain regions where access to healthcare may be limited. Prevention and preparedness are essential for ensuring a safe and enjoyable trekking adventure.


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11 days from arrival to departure, perfect Itinerary with regional cost of full board package If you want to do less or more days of trekking, please feel free. I can customize your trip according to your plans. Thanking.

Arrival at Kathmandu airport and a Representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Treks will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Then, after getting refreshed, the manager will brief me about trekking. Stay at a nice and standard Hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Standard Hotel
  • 25 minute Drive
  • 1300m / 4265ft

Kathmandu to Pokhara by comfortable tourist bus (202 km), driving (7/8 hrs.), flight (30 minutes), or private car, jeep, or van You can visit Fewa Lake and the lakeside. Stay at a nice hotel in Pokhara.

  • Standard Hotel
  • 30m Fight or 7 hrs. Drive
  • 820m / 2690ft

Pokhara to Ghandruk (1950m) by Jeep (3 hrs. ), then after taking lunch and exploring Typical Gurung villages, trek to Tadapani (2610 m) by walking (4 hrs. ), and stay overnight at a nice lodge. It is wonderful walking along forestry, with some ups and downs, but most of the time easy-going.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 7 hrs. Drive and Walk
  • 2610m / 8563ft

The trek starts early in the morning after breakfast. Most of the part ascends with beautiful scenery. First, arrive at Dobato, where there will be a lunch break at 3420m altitude. Then, after taking lunch, one and a half hours with beautiful views You will arrive at a nice place in Bayali. Stay at a nice lodge.

  • Lodge
  • 7 hrs. Walking
  • 3435m / 11270ft

Trekking is the first part sloping downhill, easy going, then again back up till lunch place Dadkharka. Take lunch, then again, all the way uphill till Khopra Danda. It is a magnificent viewpoint, situated In front of the Huge Mountains of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna-I (8091m) and South (7219m). You will see clearly the next morning with a sunrise view. Stay on a nice open ridge at Khopra Danda.

  • VIewing Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs Walking
  • 3660m / 12008ft

Early in the morning, watch the mesmerizing view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and South, Tukhuche Peak, Nilgiri, and the open valley of the Poon Hill Tatopani area. Then, take breakfast and pack lunch. It is smooth walking for the first couple of hours, then another couple of hours ascending. The lake is situated at 4700m, and a beautiful lake and South face are near. Then, to return, it takes almost two hours. Stay at the same lodge in Khopra. Carry enough water and some energy bars for hiking.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs. Walking
  • 4700m / 15420ft

It is wonderful walking all the way downward along Dadhkharka, with big drops from 3660m to 2270m, almost 1300m down, taking a good lunch, and resting in a small but beautiful village. Stay at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 4/5 hrs Walking
  • 2270m / 7448ft

It is beautiful walking; the first little bit drops, then all the way ascending but not hard climbing. Chitre village and huge forests You will arrive at lunchtime. Take lunch and rest. Stay at a nice lodge here in Ghorepani and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

  • Viewing Lodge
  • 4/5 hrs. Walking
  • 2874m / 9430ft

Early in the morning, start to ascend Poon Hill (3210 m), it will take an hour to ascend. You will take in the amazing views of Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machhapuchhre (fishtail) (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441 m), and Nilgiri (6670 m), along with many more mountains and green dense forests. Walk back to the lodge to have breakfast and prepare your rucksacks, then trek Ulleri or Hile (1500m) (4/5 hrs). Then drive back to Pokhara, which takes two hours. Stay overnight at a nice Hotel in Pokhara.

  • Standerd Hotel
  • 7/8 hrs. Walking
  • 3210m / 10532ft

Pokhara to Kathmandu, returning, has few options: by comfortable tourist bus, it takes 7–8 hours; by flight, it takes just 30 minutes; by private vehicle, it is much more comfortable by Jeep, car, or van; etc. We organize according to your choices. Usually by bus, it's also not bad. It's a tourist coach and very comfortable. Stay at the nice Standard Hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Standerd Hotel
  • 30m or 7/8 hrs. flight vs drive
  • 1300m / 4265ft

On the final departure day, the Representative of Unique Nepal Adv Treks will drop off the group at the airport by private vehicle and say farewell.

  • Final Departure
  • 25 minute Drive
  • 1300m / 4265ft

Trip Map

Khopra Danda Trek - 11 Days map

Cost Details

What's Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu Hotel, two nights, including continental breakfast.
  • Pokhara Hotel, two nights, including continental breakfast.
  • All meals during the trek (lunch, dinner, breakfast)
  • Accommodation in comfortable lodges during the trek
  • One English-speaking government-trained licence holder and a well-informed trekking guide
  • All expenses for the guide: meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation (bus), etc.
  • Needed vehicle services as below-mentioned.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara by comfortable tourist bus, flight, or private vehicle
  • Returning from Pokhara to Kathmandu is also the same.
  • Pokhara to Ghandruk by Local Jeep drive (3 hrs.)
  • Returning Transportation: Hile to Pokhara by Local Jeep (2 hrs.)
  • Needed Entry Permits as Below.
  • ACAP Annapurna Conservation Area Project
  • TIMS Trekking Information Management System
  • Poon Hill Entrance Fees
  • Government and local area taxes, where applicable.
  • First Aid kit bag.
  • Seasonal fruits and Cookies

What's Excluded

  • Nepalese entry visa fee, you will obtain it at the airport and pay $ cash according to your days.
  • Travel insurance. You must issue a good one in case of sickness and the need for helicopter rescue and hospital coverage.
  • Drinks as Hot, Cold, soft, and alcoholic as tea, coffee, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, beer, rum, whiskey, etc.
  • Hot water, a hot shower, a heater charge, a battery charge, phone calls, and laundry service
  • Emergency evacuation and medical equipment.
  • Hire equipment and other personal items (sleeping bag, down jacket, hiking boots, camera, toilet paper, etc.).
  • In the case of natural calamities, i.e., political unrest, cancellation of flights due to weather, landslides, etc., the extra charge will be borne by the travellers themselves.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara by yourself
  • Tips to Guide Porter's Driver, donation, etc.

Good to Know

Packing List or Trekking Gear of Khopra Khayar Lake Trek

It is a packing list or Trekking Gear of Khopra Danda Trek, if you are doing adventure trekking up to 3500m you should prepare listing trekking gears. It is for warming, comfort, safety and success in your trip. If you don’t have something, you can buy or rent in Kathmandu. We can help to find it out. All of needed packing clothing and gears are listing, find it out properly.


  • Headlight with extra batteries
  • Sun hat, insulating hat
  • Warm hat, Scarf-Beany


  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


  • Hand sanitizer
  • Light gloves
  • Warm gloves
  • Windproof gloves

Clothing for Trekking

  • Warm enough Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Trekking T-shirts Few pairs
  • A couple of Trekking paints
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Polypropylene underwear’s
  • Under long fleece
  • Breathable underwear
  • Thermal layer
  • Gore Text Windproof Jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

Clothing for City

  • You can pack any clothes that you prefer to wear in the city.


  • Trekking Boots
  • Sports shoes/Sandals
  • Thin & Thick Woolen socks
  • Trekking socks
  • Gaiter and crampons


  • Duffel bag
  • Day pack
  • Rucksack
  • Rain cover

Essential Gear

  • 2-liter water bottle
  • Water purification as tables or drops or stereo pen
  • Trekking pole
  • Swiss knife
  • Warm enough Sleeping bag around -15
  • Watch or Alarm clock
  • Cellphone and charging cables


  • Quick dry towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable Shampoo and soap
  • Deodorants
  • Female hygiene products
  • Moisturizer
  • Dental floss
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Toilet paper

Personal Accessories

  • Money
  • Camera
  • Passport, photocopy
  • PP size Photos

Extra items

  • Notebook and pen
  • Ear plugs
  • Energy/Protein bar
  • First aid kit

Client Reviews

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  • Martin & Saskia
    Martin & SaskiaGermany,May 04, 2019

    Trecking (close) to the Khayar Lake in the Annapurna Region

    It has now been a month that we are back, but the trip is still very vivid to us.
    Jay has been a great guide and even more a fine person. We had very interesting conversations, lovely nature and even some adventures in a big snowy thunderstorm.

    The service of Jay started at the airport, where he picked us up on the first day and ended only with bringing us to the airport on the last day. Inbetween there were uncountable things he did for us and we are very grateful, that we picked him as a guide. He is a funny person and truly you can see, that he loves his job. It is passion more than profession. As he is from a very simple place in the countryside, he was able to give us a good insight into the culture of Nepal. When we had to change routes, he was very flexible and on the fly, he was putting alteratives together, without any hesitation. If we ever come back to Nepal for a trekking trip, we will book it with Jay. Keep it up!

    Martin& Saskia


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