Khopra Danda Trek - 13 Days

Khopra Danda Trek or Khair Lake trek is the most scenic and unspoiled short trek in the Annapurna Himalayas. The beautiful Khopra Danda Trek journey starts from a beautiful city of Pokhara after a flight from Kathmandu; and heads towards higher altitudes; as you cross famous villages of Gurung and Magar, walking across the alluring rhododendron forest, dazzling rivers and waterfalls; and then climbing to Poon Hill and Khopra Danda viewpoint for magical sunrise views.

The Khopra Danda trek (also known as the Khopra Ridge trek) is a great alternative to the more popular (and more crowded) Ghorepani trek, taking you higher still to another great viewpoint of the Annapurnas.

To organize your trek to Khopra Danda, get in touch with Adventure Connexion in Nepal who can get everything organized for you. You’ll have an experienced licensed guide, a well thought through itinerary, and the flexibility during the trek to move at your own pace. Starting your trek, you’ll be staying in villages namely Ghandruk, Tadapani, Dobato, Chistibung and Swanta among others.

To complete the Khopra Danda Trek, you only need two permits. One ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area permit) and the other one is a TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System. ACAP permit only cost NPR 3,000 (USD 27), and TIMS card costs USD 10 per person.

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  • Get away from the popular trails of Annapurna on the hike to the viewpoint of Khopra Danda, where you get outstanding views of Dhaulagiri
  • Connect more with locals by staying in community lodges and eating local food
  • Wake up to the views of Annapurna and Machapuchare in the traditional Gurung village of Ghandruk
  • Rise with the morning sun in Poon Hill, sip your tea with great views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu 1400m & transfer to hotel

Day 2
Morning flight to Pokhara then drive to Nayapul and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1488m - 2 hours

Day 3
Trek to Ghandruk (1940m) - 5 hours

Day 4
Trek Ghandruk to Tadapani (2675m.8,630 ft) 3-4 hrs

Day 5
Trek Tadapani (2595m.) to Bayeli Kharka (3450m/11318 ft) - 5 hours.

Day 6
Trek Bayli Kharka (3450m.) to Khopra Danda (Ridge) (3660m/11811 ft) - 5 hours.

Day 7
Trek Khopra Danda (3660m.) to Swanta (2214m/7874m) - 4 hours.

Day 8
Trek Swanta to Ghorepani (2880m/9,350 ft) - 5 hrs.

Day 9
Hike to Poon Hill viewpoint (3,210 m/ 10,525 ft) and trek to Tikhedunga 1488m - 5 hours

Day 10
Trek from Tikhedunga to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

Day 11
Pokhara sightseeing and afternoon fly back to Kathmandu

Day 12
Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

Day 13
Final Departure

Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu airport pickup and drop off service
  • Both way flight for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu.
  • Three night accommodation in selected hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
  • One night accommodation in selected hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast.
  • Both way private transportation service between Pokhara and Nayapul (trek start and end point)
  • Pokhara and Kathmandu sightseeing tour by private vehicle and cultural guide.
  • Best Possible Teahouse, lodge accommodation (Generally twin Sharing room)- 8 Nights
  • All Standard Meals (8 Lunches, 8 Dinners and 9 Breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Government License holder English Speaking Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader,(8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
  • Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance).
  • Adventure Connexion appreciation of certificate after over the successfully trek.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.
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Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

  • 3,660m/11811 ft
  • 2-15 people
  • Fly In / Fly Out
  • Trekking in Annapurna Region
  • March - May / Sept - Dec