Khopra Danda Trek is also name as Khopra ridge trek or Khayer Lake trek. This is lately found trekking route that looks extraordinary and pristine. During this trek the highest point is Khayer lake (4500m). Which ordinarily takes eight hours up and down from Khopra Danda Lodge. The people trekking to this region will find the best vantage point to see the paradise view of mountains, lush green forest of pine, rhododendron, oak and bamboo forests. Another the animals like deer, yak and langur monkey can be seen along the trail if somebody get lucky. The high mountains that we can see along the route are Gurja Peak, Dhaulagiri range, Tukuche peak, Nilgiri south, Thapa peak, Annapurna south, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal etc.
Khopra Danda Trek would be a good choice and perfect for those who wish to trek a week-long and intended to see a great view. The most likely part of this trek is that unlikely you will see the tourist. The views are very close-up and superb both at sunrise and sunset. You can get tea homes operate by regional community in the Khopra route. The tea house is simple there however they offer satisfactory services of foods and also overnight accommodation along with comfortable dinning heated up with yak dung and firewood. Khopra trek will accomplish your wish to discover off conquer trail path which brings together perfect combination of People, hilly scenery, fantastic breathtaking Himalayan scene, exotic lifestyle & high altitude Ecological structure.
Khopra Danda Trek Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu (1400 m) to Pokhara (830 m) for 6 to 7 hrs.
We started to drive at 7 am early morning from the Kathmandu along the famous Highway called Prithivi highway. Firstly, we pass the beautiful green hills, and viewed a white snow mountain (Himalaya) from the right side window of the van. Continuing to drive and see the famous Trishuli river that followed by Gosainkunda lake and glacier. Heard that Nepal rivers are very famous for the white water river rafting.
We stopped to take a lunch after passing the juncture point Mugling on the way to Pokhara. After had our day meal, driven 2 hours to Pokhara. The city surrounded by river, forest, lake and Mountains. There are many fun adventure things to do in Pokhara. Stayed to overnight at New Tourist Guest House.
Day 02: Drive one and half hours for 45 km to Nayapul (1070 m) and trek to Ghandruk (1940 m) for 5 hrs.
We waked up at around 6 am in the morning and did some warm up exercise for the day trek. Actually, we already had order for the breakfast at hotel for 7am. As we had our breakfast, the driver was also ready to take us for the drive to Nayapul. So, it was not any problem to search for other car or van. We continued to drive from Pokhara and torn apart the road from the way of Sarangkot. Because, the road was in construction to widen in between. By viewing the beautiful Pokhara valley and green mountain along the way, we arrived at Nayapul.
The beginning point of the Khopra Danda trek. Many trekkers also can be seen who are heading towards Annapurna Base Camp and other part. We followed the little town of Birethanti, afterward Modi river, mountain terrace, Mount Fishtail (6997 m) and pasture at the Syaulibazar (1200 m). Stopped to have a lunch. Afterward, directed through stone steps to Ghandruk. This is very beautiful town to see the mountain lifestyle culture and stunning Himalayas (Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna and Fishtail).
Day 03: Trek to Tadapani (2640 m) for 4 hrs.
Waked up at around 6:30 am and packed up the things before the breakfast. We had our breakfast at 7 am in the morning in front of the Himalaya. The weather was very clear and we were so lucky to view the magnificent of Himalaya range even in the winter season. After had our morning meal, we focused in the direction of Tadapani.
The trail goes upwards through the stone steps and wilderness of oak and rhododendron forest. Walking into the dense forestry made like rambling into the peaceful and natural walk. We arrived at Tadapani for the Lunch and to stay for the overnight as well. Tadapani, is a junction place for the trek to Ghorepani, Khopra Danda Trek, and Annapurna Base Camp. The spectacular high mountains that can be seen from Tadapani are Annapurna South (7219 m), Himchuli (6441 m), Machhapuchhre (6997 m), Lamjung himal (6983 m) and Manaslu (8163 m) etc.
Day 04: Trek to Dobato (3426 m) for 4 to 5 hrs.
From Tadapani we inclined the route to Dobato. Early morning, we had our breakfast at 8:00 am and moved through the rhododendron forest. In the beginning, the trace energies little upward and run down through the jungle. Easy and descend path of this day was so much at one part between. Otherwise, the trail led always going upwards through the forest. The views of mountains and landscape are beyond the imagination. Very excellent and superb outlook. We stopped to tea break at Meshar (2969 m).
There is only one lodge which provide the drinking and snacks like cookie & biscuits etc. We Spend half and hours and moved again uphill over the forest for 1 hour and arrived at Isharu (3137 m) where we stopped for Lunch. There are 3 tea houses who provide the lodging and fooding. But, we there just stopped to have a day meal. The women who made a Nepali food (Dal Vat) was very good and delicious. After lunch, we pass through conifers trees/forest. The trail was like simple & moderate at the last before arriving Dobato (3426 m). As we reached in Dobato, the mountain view was outstanding and gorgeous.
Day 05: Trek to Dhankharka (Sistibang 3035 m) for 4 hrs.
Early morning at 6:20 am, we started our excursion hike to hill station known as Mulde view point. It would take 45 minutes to reach at the top. From there we can see not only Annapurna range as well as Dhaulagiri range with paradise view. At the hill station, we spend almost 1 hr. Then get back to the hotel which take 20 minute and had our light breakfast. Afterward, headed on the route to Bayali for 1 hr. and halt for tea break.
The trail was easy with mixed walk. Subsequently, after the piquant tea break, first 2 hrs. we descend downhill and another hour all the way up hill through the forested acres till Dhankharka. There we stopped to take a lunch break and overnight camp. Around only two lodges, one is from community lodge and another is private tea house lodge. Can see the attraction of beautiful landscape sight and animal Yaks.
Day 06: Trek to Khopra Hill (Danda) [3660m] for 4 hrs.
We had an enough time to relax on the trek. So, in the morning we slept long and had our breakfast around 9 am in the morning. Actually, after our pre-lunch meal we headed upwards to Khopra Danda and we were really able to see the good sunset view. The day was bit tough walk in the beginning though we managed it due to that we had an appropriate time.
In fact, we had made a plan to go Khayer lake but, after the coordinating with lodge member and according to weather condition, we found difficulty to go Khayer lake. Coz, the path was fully slippery due to covered by snow. So, finally we spend our day at Khopra Danda (Hill) for lunch and by surfing on the Internet and view the stunning Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range.
Day 07: Trek to Swanta (2270 m) for 5 hrs.
Early morning after good view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range, we had our breakfast before we descend down through the dense forest of Bamboo, Oak, Sandal wood and Rhododendrons to the Khola. There is only one tea house which offer the good place for the Tea break. From Khola to reach at Swanta is just one hour of mixed walk by passing through the river and forest. We stopped to have a lunch and overnight camp at Swanta. Very beautiful village with the mesmerizing view Dhaulagiri and social tradition life.
Day 08: Trek to Thikedhunga (1540 m) via Ghorepani for 6 to 7 hrs.
After the delicious morning meal (Breakfast), we first descended down from side to side for 15 min till suspension bridge. After crossing the swing bridge, we headed up hill over the traces for 2 hours and 45 minutes up to the Ghorepani. The walking trail is natural and good to stroll over the mountain terraces. We had our lunch at Ghorepani and again descended down to the Thikedhunga. Very beautiful village with the population of approx.1200 people and 312 houses. Beautiful waterfall attracts everyone to take a pictures over Thikedhunga. We spend our last night of the trek in the mountains there.
Day 09: Khopra Danda Trek finished at Nayapul (1070 m) after 3 hrs. of walk and Drive back to Pokhara (830 m).
We were talking that time was going very fast and trekking is close to end after the 3 hrs. of walk by following the Burundi river and Modi Khola. After the completion of trek and arrived at Nayapul, we driven back to Pokhara. The seven lake city for the fun other adventure things to do.
Best Time To Visit Khopra Danda Trek
The major trekking time of year in Nepal:
Spring (March to May): This is certainly wonderful season due to the fact that the rhododendrons along with other natural flowers are typically in full blossom and also day times are lengthier.
Autumn (September to November): The autumn is chillier together with the day light are shorter in duration. But the truth is that you can enjoy more desirable resolution with crystal clear skies.
Winter (December to February): This months also totally good time for trekking, though it will become colder. But, upper mountain regions which are regularly very busy routes, for instance Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Gokyo lake trek and then Everest Base Camp, is a fewer active in this season.
In my opinion: I love trekking in November and early December simply for the reason that there’s less visitors on the paths which for me personally is a genuine favorable time.
Is there any probability of altitude sickness in Khopra Danda Trek?
Yes, there will be a probable of High Height Sickness. According to the definition of acute mountain sickness, those who ascend too rapidly to the elevation above 3000 m will get suffer. Actually, in this trek one can go up to Khayer Lake (4500 m) and have to sleep at 3660 m at Khopra Danda. Moreover, high sickness manifests itself in a headache, Nausea, Vomiting, sleeplessness, difficulty in respiration etc. Do not ignore such symptom. Otherwise, you will face big problem. The care for the high sickness is to descent immediately to the lower elevation. Doctor may have given a medicine. But, there is no substitute for descend to the lower elevation.
Prevention Method: Do not take seriously. Take it easy. Drink at least 4-5 liter and take your proper time to rest for acclimatize your body into the environment.
Do I need a Guide and Porter for this Khopra Danda Trek?
Actually, this query is coming in everybody mind those who are intended to do trekking in Nepal. Yes, of course you need a guide and Porter for this trek. This area is under promotion trek route. Many part you will not see the much follow of tourist. And travelling alone in this part is chance of missing the trail and lost. Taking guide and porter will help you in guiding about the trail, giving information of culture, nature, mountains and helping to carry your bags. Guides are well experienced and licensed from the government.
They have a good training of extreme situation solutions that happens in the Khopra Danda trek. Porters have healthy skill to carry your trekking bags for their livelihood income. Due to the small narrow trail inside the dense forested part and trekking to high altitude might bring the sufferance of difficulty situation. Every situation like emergency situation, bad weather, feeling sever symptom of altitude inside the body, in order to rescue etc. In such condition, guide is very helpful. So, don’t forget to take them.
Do we need Trekking Permit for this Khopra Danda Trek?
Yes, you are requested to take an entry permit which can be get from the immigration department of Nepal tourism board in Kathmandu or Pokhara. In fact, you have to show the trekking permit in the beginning at Birethanti from where you start trek. Actually, this permit is essential to records your passport detail by tourism board and Trekking agent association of Nepal. You need two types of entry permit; one is from the National trust for nature conservation (30$ per person) and another TIMS (Trekking Information Management System 10$ per person). If you come through the trekking agency, then these thing you should not worry about and you will get at end of trek for your successful.
What are the things should we carry for this Khopra Danda Trek?
Trekking to the remote part of Nepal is to see the High Himalaya range. Before going to such a beautiful place, you need to know better about what you need to carry. Actually, Nepal is a climatic extreme country. Every time, you must be ready for cold in the mountain. The basic things that you need to carry are as follows:
- Hiking Bag which has a belly strap.
- Trekking Boot
- Light weight walking boot to wear in the lodges after the arrival
- Three-Four Cotton T-shirt
- Inside warm Thermal trouser
- Trekking trouser (Wind and Rain Proof)
- Rain Coat Compulsory
- Warm jacket (Down Jacket would be much better)
- Pair of Gloves
- First-Aid Kit
- Woolen Sweater or Hi-neck
- Sunscreen/Sunblock Cream
- Polaris sun Goggle
- Sun Hat (Ensure that it has a wide bream to cover the face and neck)
- Woolen Hat
For the remaining things to carry, use your own experience that are needed for travelling outside.