Khopra Danda Trek

Khopra Danda Trek-09 Days

Khopra Danda Trek-09 Days
 

Fast facts
Trek Duration 9 days
Max. elevation 3660m (Khopra ridge) / 4660m (Kayer Lake)
Start/finish Pokhara
Difficulty Moderate
Trek style Teahouse

 There is no doubt that Kopra Ridge is one of the best short treks in Nepal. This trek contains all of the elements of a classic Nepal trekking experience including villages, wildlife, panoramic mountain views and range of landscape from forest to high alpine. Kopra Ridge trek is located away from the busier trails of Annapurna region of Nepal and for four nights of the itinerary you stay in community lodges set up local villagers. The mountain views from Kopra Ridge are superb and include Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang and Nilgiri and also from Ghandruk one can see Mount Machhapuchhre (also known as Fishtail) and Mount Hiunchuli.

We start the trip by taking the spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara where you will get views of the Himalayan mountains. For the first two days of the trek we follow the popular trails of the Annapurna foothills passing through terraced fields, rhododendron forests and Gurung villages such as Ghandruk. After Tadapani we leave the main trail and for the next five days we walk along a remote trail while staying at the community lodges. We reach our high point at Kopra lodge at 3,660m and it is well worth getting up early before breakfast to see the sunrise across the panorama of Himalayan peaks. On the descent from Kopra Ridge we pass through alpine pastures, oak forest and rhododendrons to Swanta village where we stay in another community lodge. After a night at Swanta village we walk  descend to Ulleri. The next day is our last one trekking where we walk out to Naya Pul to meet our private transport for the drive back to Pokhara.

Brief Itinerary

Day Destination Altitude Duration
Day 01 Syauli Bazaar- Ghandruk 1488m 2 hours
Day 02 Ghandruk-Tadapani 2590m 4-5 hours
Day 03 Tadapani to Bayeli Kharka 3420m 5-6 hours
Day 04 Bayeli Kharka to Upper Chistibung 2975m 4-5 hours
Day 05 Trek to Khopra Ridge 3660m 3-4 hours
Day 06 Rest day in Khopra Ridge- Side trip to Kaire Lake 4660m 10-11 hours
Day 07 Trek to Swanta Village 2200m 5 hrs
Day 08 Trek to Ulleri 5-6 hours 2050m 5-6 hrs
Day 09 Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours trek 827m 5-6 hrs

 Day 01: Fly to Pokhara, drive to Syauli Bazaar and trek to Ghandruk (30 mins flight, 2 hours drive and 3 hours trek)

We fly to Pokhara early in the morning. We can catch amazing views of the Himalayas from the right side of our airplane. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, the beautiful lake city, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna and others. Later, we drive to Syauli Bazaar and start the trek to Ghandruk. The village is a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers and is the hub of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which promotes many varied ecological projects. Overnight in Ghandruk.
Included meals: Lunch & Dinner

 Day 02: Ghandruk to Tadapani (2,590m) 3-4 hours
 In Ghandruk, we get to enjoy astonishing views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli Mountains. From here we continue upwards through Deurali and into the dense rhododendron forests. The Rhododendron is Nepal’s national flower and when they bloom, the forests turn into gardens of dazzling red flowers when seen from the air or from afar. After trekking over a small pass we reach Tadapani where we get to enjoy excellent views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Hiunchuli mountains. There are many Tibetans in the village who sell things for the tourists to take back home as a souvenirs. Overnight in Tadapani.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 Day 03: Tadapani to Bayeli Kharka (3,420m): 5- 6 hours
After Tadapani we leave the main trail and for the next five days we will walk in a more remote area of the Annapurna region. We begin our trek by entering into a beautiful rhododendron and oak forest on an upward trail. Then after a small descent we continue climbing to the shoulder of a hill through a rhododendron forest that is reminiscent of images from Lord of the Rings. We also pass several clearings with abandoned shacks before arriving on a bigger ridge top clearing at Dobato, which in good weather should provide splendid views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre. We continue ascending up to Bayeli Kharka. From the village, we enjoy arresting views of Mt. Dhaulagiri which is the seventh highest mountain in the world. Overnight in Bayeli Kharka.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 04: Bayeli Kharka to Upper Chistibung (2,975m) 4-5 hours
After breakfast, we descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung. Next, we ascend gradually through a forest before reaching Upper Chistibung which is a temporary herder’s settlement. If you’re lucky you might even spot the colorful Lophophorus (Danphe), the national bird of Nepal, as well as Himalayan Thar on the grassy ridge high above the trail. Overnight in Upper Chistibung.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Trek to Khopra Ridge (3,660m): 3-4 hours
We embark on a steady climb above the tree line through alpine meadows and pastures to reach Khopra. As we approach Khopra Ridge, we see the tip of Annapurna South. Upon reaching Khopra we go for a short walk down Khopra Ridge to a viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki river far below in this deep valley. From Khopra we also admire the stunning mountain panorama including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna South. Overnight in Khopra.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Rest day in Khopra Ridge: Tour of Kaire Lake (4660m): 10-11 hours
Today we embark on a long journey to Khopra Lake from where we attain excellent views of the Fang and surrounding mountains. Considered to be a sacred lake by the Hindus, it is believed that bathing in the lake will help attain Nirvana. As Hinduism and Buddhism are intricately related in Nepal, we can even see a number of Hindu and Buddhist shrines on the lakeside. For those of us, who do not want to walk all the way to the lake, a half day walk from Khopra can also be arranged. Overnight in Khopra Ridge.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Trek to Swanta Village (2,200m): 5-5 hours
From Khopra Ridge we descend off the hillside and continue downhill on a steep trail. Along the way we get more views of Mount Dhaulagiri with the mountain providing a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages. Overnight in Swanta village.
 Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Trek to Ulleri (2,050m): 5-6 hours
From Swanta we descend through the village fields to a small river and take a quick look at the local water mill. From here we cross the suspension bridge and head upwards to the village of Chittre, where we’ll join the main trekking trail at Ghorepani. After Ghorepani we descend through rhododendron forest to Ulleri where we stay the night.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 09: Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours trek, 1 hour drive
On our way to Nayapul, we get to enjoy the amazing hill landscape of western Nepal. Our trek will end at Nayapul where we board our vehicle to Pokhara, the beautiful lake city.  Even from the city we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Manaslu (8,156m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. We check-in to our hotel and take a rest. We may also stroll in the streets of Pokhara and just enjoy being in one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal. Overnight in Pokhara.

 Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch

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