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Khopra Danda Trek – 11 Days

Khopra Danda Trek – 11 Days

In Khopra Danda trek (Khopra Ridge Trek), enjoy the spectacular views of Annapurna region and other mountains from different angle in this newly opened and alternative trek.
  • Trip Code: ATH27785
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Strenuous
    Ventures at this grade are 'Tough Treks' and must be fully supported. The altitude attained is between 4,000 to 5,600m. These treks also involve several nights stay above 4,000m. These are genuine expeditions where preparation and a willingness to 'rough it' are necessary. You must have be physically fit for this trek.
  • Max Altitude: 4,660 m / 15,288 ft.
  • Activity: Sightseeing and trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kimche-Tadapani-Dobato-Chistibang-Khopra Danda-Khopra Lake-Khopra Danda-Tatopani-Pokhara-Kathmandu

  • Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December

Trip Highlights

  • Cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Scenic drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu
  • Amazing panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other Annapurna ranges.
  • Observe wildlife and high altitude vegetation.
  • Hike to sacred Khayer Lake (Khopra Lake)
  • Explore the culture of native peoples of Annapurna region.
  • Night stay at teahouse or guesthouse which have most amazing panoramic views.

Trip Information

Khopra Danda trek is a newly introduced trekking trail in the Annapurna region. This trek offers the same stunning views and sceneries of the Annapurna regions as the other treks of the Annapurna region does. What’s different about this trek is that, it offers all those views from different angle and different perspective.

Khopra Danda Trek is not as hard as other treks. This trek is suitable for trekkers who are here with their families having children or older members as the trails are made properly and are easy to walk on. If you are looking for something with short and easy hike offering you the best view possible with less fewer crowds, Khopra Danda trek might fulfill your request.

Khopra Danda trek is also known with the name of Khopra Ridge Trek or Khayer Lake Trek. This trek is recently introduced so the trails are quite unspoiled and exotic. Trekkers who have done this trek have stated that this trek is one of the best viewpoint trek in western Nepal.

In this trek the trail passes through densely forested path filled with rhododendrons, oaks, bamboos, and pines. Languor monkeys are common to see in this trail as well. The routes in this trek offers us with the most amazing views of everything Nepal has to offer from the whole Annapurna region and other beautiful mountains to rural villages and rice fields. Khayer Lake is probably the most beautiful lake that you will see in this trek.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Hotel Transfer in a Private Tourist Vehicle. Overnight at Three-Star Hotel. No Meals Included.
  • Day 02 Drive to Pokhara (900 m) (205 km, 7 hours) by Tourist Bus. Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.
  • Day 03 Drive to Kimche (1,640 m) (3 hours) & Trek to Tadapani (2,630 m) (6 hours). Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
  • Day 04 Trek to Dobato (3,420m) (6.5 hours). Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
  • Day 05 Trek to Chistibang (3,026 m) (5 hours). Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
  • Day 06 Trek to Khopra Danda (3,640 m) (5 hours). Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
  • Day 07 Excursion trek to Khopra Lake (4,660 m) and Back (8 Hours Roundtrip). Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
  • Day 08 Trek to Tatopani (1,190 m) (7 hours). Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
  • Day 09 Drive to Pokhara (900 m) (5 hours). Overnight at hotel. Breakfast Included
  • Day 10 – Drive to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus. Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included.
  • Day 11 – Transfer to the International Airport for Flight Departure. Breakfast Included.
Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Hotel Transfer in a Private Tourist Vehicle.

On the first day of the trip, after you arrive at Airport in Kathmandu, our airport representative will be waiting for you at airport and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Note: If you happen to arrive after 4 pm you would be briefed about the trip by our guide, this will be the pre-trip meeting for you, so please make sure that you ask all the questions. But if you arrive earlier than 4 pm, your pre-trip meeting would be on that very day at our office. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

Day 02 - Drive to Pokhara (900 m) (7 hourrs) by Tourist Bus

Our trekking staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30 am and escort you to the tourist bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30 am. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna and Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west and Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our trek.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 03 - Drive to Kimche (1640 m) (3 hours) & Trek to Tadapani (2,630 m) (6 hours).

On our third day of the trek, we drive to Kimche from Pokhara which is 3 hours of trek. The walking starts from here now. After resting there for some time, we then start our trek to Tadapani which is of six hours. We will be experiencing the wilderness of nature along the way as we hear the sound of waterfalls and birds chirping.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 04 - Trek to Dobato(3,420 m) (6.5 hours).

After we have our breakfast at hotel in the morning, we head to Dobato which is 6-7 hours trek from Tadapani. We have to go through the forest of Rhododendron. If the weather is clear we can have splendid views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 05 - Trek to Chistibang (3,026 m) (5 hours

From Dobato we then head to Chistibang. Chistibang is like a small and temporary settlement with only few places to stay. To go there we must first walk downwards through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibang. Then we will ascend upwards through a forest before reaching Upper Chistibang. The walk is about 4-5 hours at a gentle pace on beautiful trail.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 06 - Trek to Khopra Danda (3,640 m) (5 hours).

On our 6th day of the trek, we will reach to Khopra Danda from Chistibang which is like 5 hours of walking. The path to Khopra danda consist of breathtaking scenery of mountains that will blow off your mind. The trek towards Khopra danda is a slow paced and steady walk only for about 4-5 hours. After reaching there we will then go for a short walk down Khopra ridge viewpoint where we can see the stunning mountain panorama including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna South.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 07 - Excursion trek to Khopra Lake (4,660 m) and Back (8 Hours Roundtrip).

After observing all those stunning views of the mountains, we will once again ascend upwards to see the beautiful Khopra Lake or Khayer Lake wich is the height altitude of this trek. On this special day we will be exploring around Khayer Lake. This lake is considered to be a sacred lake by Hindus and Buddhist. It is also believed that bathing in the lake will help attain Nirvana. We can even see a number of Hindu and Buddhist shrines on the lake side.

After exploring the lake we will once again walk down to Khopra danda. The whole trek to lake from Khopra danda is 8-9 hours of round trip.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 08 - Trek to Tatopani (1,190 m) (7 hours).

On this day of the trek, we will walk for 7 hours maximum to reach to Tatopani. It is one of the most famous area in whole Annapurna region. There we can enjoy the natural hot spring and relax or body and mind in natural hot water.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 09 - Drive to Pokhara (5 hours).

In the morning after having our breakfast, we will get in the jeep and head back to Pokhara. We can once again have a scenic drive to Pokhara from Tatopani. After reaching to Pokhara we will rest for some time in our hotel rooms and can have a stroll around Lakeside and enjoy ourselves.

Overnight at hotel. Breakfast Included

Day 10 - Drive to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.

We will be driving back to Kathmandu in the morning.

If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.

In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included.

Day 11 - Transfer to the International Airport for Flight Departure.

The trip concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast Included.

Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.

  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (2 nights).

  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek in twin-share and dormitory-style rooms ( 8 nights only) All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).

  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English-speaking trekking guide.

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.

  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.

  • Airfare from Kathmandu to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu including airport departure tax.

  • Complimentary farewell dinner in a Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep).

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

  • Official expenses.

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively).

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.

  • Personal trekking equipment.

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

IMPORTANT

  • The trip can be extended; we have various interesting options for trip extension
  • The itinerary can also be customized
  • During the trip, factors such as local politics, transport, weather, etc may also affect the itinerary

The following gives you a general idea of the trekking equipment and clothing needed for this trek.

This is a porter-supported trek. Two clients share one porter. We will supply you with a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.

The weight limit for the porter is 30 kg or 66 pounds. 15 kg or 33 pounds for each client. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.

 

General

  • 4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek.)
  • Duffel bag (We will provide one complimentary Ace the Himalaya duffel bag which is yours to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; we can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek.)

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat (We will provide you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya hat.)
  • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer

Hand

  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (For women)

Lower Body – Legs

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants

Feet

  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend that you to bring your own first-aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)

Optional

  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
  • Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

 Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying a signboard with your name on it at outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

This trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized. To prepare for a strenuous trek like this you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. In order to ensure the ascents feel as comfortable as possible, we recommend an hour of aerobic exercise 3 to 4 times per week. This will ensure you are able to enjoy the trek to the full.

The hotels and resorts are all 3-star standard and are government approved. We will have to stay in guest houses in other places except in Pokhara and Kathmandu. The tea house consists of normal twin bedrooms with small toilets and a dining hall. However, please be prepared to adjust with the guesthouses if you can’t get what you want.

Most of the restaurants serve our own Nepali cuisine with plenty to choose from. If you have any special dietary requirements please advise us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Yes, the food is very safe during the trek and we recommend you eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestions of our guide on the trek.

No problem at all because our 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.

 You can probably find laundry service when you are staying in hotels of Kathmandu or Pokhara. There probably won’t be any laundry service along the trail but you could wash your cloths with the tap water or stream water along the way.

One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Annapurna region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

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 25degrees 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 -15 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.

Our Company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

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. During the time of emergency our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. They carry the Nepal Telecom and Ncell Sim that has good network coverage. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

In major places, we arrange guesthouse with proper running shower, which might not possible at Annapurna region. So, in these places, water in the bucket will be provided for the shower at the cost of USD 2 to USD 4 per bucket (Roughly one bucket is enough to shower for one person).

 These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the super markets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

Credit cards are accepted at all the hotels in city areas. However, we suggest you to bring along some cash for expenses personal in nature such as shopping, bar bills, etc.

Note: Credit cards can only be used in three stars hotels or above. There are no any ATM service in rural places of Nepal. You can even exchange your money in Kathmandu or in Pokhara before starting your trek.

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