One of the best hidden trails in the country, Khopra Danda Trek sits atop the off the beaten path trekking packages in Nepal with a blend of culture and unexplored geography. Not only is this hike known for its uninterrupted scenery, but also for the hospitality of the Tamang people.
The trek to this region starts off the same as the Annapurna Base Camp; with a drive to Pokhara. While the other trekking trips follow the trails towards Ulleri, the Khora Danda Trek sees us at Ghandruk following a short drive. Trek starts from the Gurung village and first takes us to Tadapani. Our next stop Bhaisi Kharka or as locals say, Dobato is not far from Tadapani - it's just a short trek through the rhododendron and juniper forest.
A hard day's trek today marks our arrival at the village of Chitsibung. There are two parts of the town, and we'll end the day's trip in the upper section of the valley. Parading along the narrow trails via a thin forest, we strive towards Khopra Danda. Explore the hill and descend a few meters down to get to the Khopra Danda Viewpoint with panoramic views of the Annapurna peaks alongside the Kali Gandaki River Valley. The next day, our trek takes us to Khayer Lake at 4500 meters surrounded by Fang and Dhaulagiri peaks. Plunge towards Narchyung before finally arriving at Tatopani, famous for its hot springs. Don't forget about the massive waterfall along the way, the Narchyung waterfall. Take in the views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Hiunculi, Machhapuchhre, and such other peaks before finally driving back to Pokhara then to Kathmandu via the Prithvi Highway.
If you haven't traveled to Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake, then you haven't actually gone anywhere!
Khopra Danda (3660 meters)
Khayer Lake (4500 meters)
Rhododendron, Oak, Juniper, and Pine Forest
Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the country
Gurung and Tamang Culture, Tradition, and Lifestyle
Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Fang, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, and Other Annapurna Peaks
- All Ground Transportations
- Three Daily Meals During the Trek
- Twin Sharing Lodge for Accommodation during the Trek
- One guide and a porter (1:2 ratio) and their food, accommodation, equipment
- Trekking Map and Trip Achievement Certificate
- First Aid
- TIMS and ACAP
- Government Taxes and Office Service Charge
- Water, Soft Drinks, and Other Liquid Beverages
- Meals Besides Meals Inclusion
- Snacks and Other Personal Expenses
- Personal Trekking Equipment
- Hot Showers except
- Tips to Trekking Staff and Others
- Personal Travel Insurance
- International Airfare
- Nepal Entry Visa
Arrival in Kathmandu (1440 meters)
Set foot at the Tribhuvan International Airport where our representative will transfer you to your hotel. Settle in and freshen up prior to meeting up with the guide and discussing about the upcoming trek. And, don’t forget to try out your first ever typical Nepali cuisine.
Drive to Pokhara (1400 meters)
200 kilometers long stretch covered in 7 hours! Though long, the drive from the capital city of the country, Kathmandu to the city of eight lakes, Pokhara along the Prithvi Highway is more than enough to shower you with a dramatic scenery comprising of rivers, valleys, rocky gorges, and more. Check in at the hotel and boat at the Fewa Lake with serene Annapurna Range and Machhapuchhre peak’s reflections on the water.
Drive to Ghandruk (1940 meters) and Trek to Tadapani (2610 meters)
Arrive at the Gurung Village of Ghandruk in an hour and a half. Enjoy serene environment and the local culture here and then finally, move out to the village of Tadapani.
Trek to Bhaisi Kharka (Dobato) (3350 meters)
An easy day’s trekking sees us at the village of Bhaisi Kharka or as the locals call it, Dobato. Follow the off the beaten trails through the forests of rhododendron and juniper to mark our entry at Dobato. En-route, enjoy the views of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri peaks.
Trek to Chitsibung (2975 meters)
Plunge through the juniper forest and across the bridge to climb up and down the hills. Then comes a small monument from where a short yet exposed hike uphill sees us at the village of Bayeli. Downhill from this village marks our entry at the Lower Chitsibung village. Hike up to the Upper part of the village to end our day.
Trek to Khopra Danda (3660 meters)
Another easy day for us! Walk up the narrow trail through the thin forested area to arrive at the Khopra Danda. Descend towards a ridge with the Khopra Danda Viewpoint to enjoy breathtaking views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and such other peaks alongside the far flung Kali Gandaki River Valley.
Explore Khopra Danda and Hike to Khayer Lake (4500 meters)
A short downhill walk followed by a steep ascent sees us at the Khayer Lake at around 4500 meters. Enjoy the off the beat trekking along the unexplored regions of the Annapurna Region. Enjoy the views of Dhaulagiri and Fang peaks while at the lake. Then, drop back down to Khopra Danda to explore the hill for the rest of our day.
Trek to Tatopani
Plummet towards the Magar village of Narchyang then walk downhill along the jeep tracks to mark our entry at Tatopani. The town is famous for its healing warm springs. En-route, relish in the views of the Kali Gandaki River and also the waterfall of Narchyung.
Drive back to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu
Drive back to the lake city of Pokhara and from there, we move towards the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu.
This day marks the official end of your trek! If you have plans to stay and explore Nepal more, we can arrange scenic tailor-made trips for you. However, for those of you having to travel back, we will arrange your travel to the airport and wish you a happy journey ahead.