If you are looking for a perfect short trek in the heart of Himalayas with off the beaten path and a great view, Khopra Danda Trek will be the perfect choice for you. Khopra Danda Trekking Trail or Khayer Lake Trek is one of the newly open trekking routes in Annapurna region and connected with Annapurna Base Camp, walking route separated from Tadapani to Khopra Hill or Khayer Lake (Tal).
You pass through Rhododendron forest, magnificent view of Himalayan panorama which includes Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna (I, II, III and south), Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhare (Fishtail), Lamjung Himal and Nilgiri. This program is perfectly designed for those who want to explore non-touristic trekking route in Annapurna region.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)
Day 2: Drive to Pokhara (200kms/6 Hrs)
Day 3: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1970m/6463ft, 4 hrs)
Day 4: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani (2630m/8628ft, 3 hours)
Day 5: Trek from Tadapani to Bayli Kharka (3437m/11276ft, 6 hours)
Day 6: Trek from Bayli to Upper Chistibung (3026m/9927ft, 5 hours)
Day 7: Trek from Chistibung to Kopra Ridge (3660m/12007ft, 4 hours)
Day 8: A short hike to Khayar Lake (4600m/15091 ft, 7-8 hrs)
Day 9: Trek from Khopra Ridge to Swanta (2214m/7263ft, 6 hours)
Day 10: Trek from Swanta to Ghorepani (2860m/9383ft, 5 hours)
Day 11: Hiking up to Mohare Hill (3320m/10892ft, 4 hours)
Day 12: Trek from Ghorepani to Tikhedunga (1540m/5052ft, 5 hours)
Day 13: Trek down to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu (200kms/6 Hrs)
Day 15: Full day visit Kathmandu City
Day 16: Final Departure
Welcome to Nepal, the Land of the Himalayas! You will be guided to your hotel by a Great Nepal representative once you arrive at the airport. You will have the rest of the day to do whatever you wish to do: get some sleep, stroll around or party hard. Well, do whatever suits you. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Next morning, a golden beam of sunrise fell on your face with cool breeze welcomes your day with delicious breakfast. Bidding farewell to the Kathmandu, you made your way back same route and you will get a chance to enjoy numerous beautiful sceneries on the way to Pokhara. Not only that but you can also choose to go for rafting or visit Manakamana on the way. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.
From Pokhara you will be transferred by road to the starting point of the trek at Nayapul. You will start walk through the busy trading post of Nayapul. You will cross a small stream via suspension bridge and continue on a dirt road before crossing the Modi River to reach Birethanti. At Birethanti your trekking permits will be checked at the Annapurna Conservation Check Post. You will continue to hike following the Modi Khola upstream, passing through settlements inhabited by the Chettris and Brahmins. On a clear day looming majestically in the distance, you will see the Machhapucharre (6993m). Soon you will reach the small hamlet of Shyauli Bazaar where you will stop for the lunch. After lunch you will start the climb to Ghandruk. From the lodge at Ghandruk, you will have spectacular views of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Machapuchhare (6993m), and Hiunchuli (6434m). Stay overnight at Guesthouse Lodge.
Another day ascending ahead, but the walk will be easier now that you’ve found your trekking legs! Leaving the terraced hillsides and the village of Ghandruk behind, you will enter oak and rhododendron forest. This is a particularly pretty part of the walk, the forest is alive with the sound of birds and small tumbling waterfalls, and if you visit in spring, (late March to April) the rhododendron will be in full bloom. There are no villages on today’s route, but there will be a few teahouses at Baisi Kharkha, providing welcome drinks and a place to rest. There will be fine views of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7237m), Machhapuchhare (6993m) and Lamjung Himal (6931m) along the way. Your lodge at Tadapani is the perfect setting for sunset and sunrise views. Stay overnight at Guesthouse Lodge.
You will leave the main trail that leads to Ghorepani today and follow a rarely used trail - initially through thick rhododendron forest - that leads to local water buffalo pastures. The climb is gradual and soon you will emerge above the tree line to superb views of the Annapurna range. You will take lunch by a small stream and then continue to climb gradually though open countryside to reach a small pass, where the trail descends through Rhododendron to an open clearing known as Bayli Kharka and the lodge. From the lodge there are great views of Dhaulagiri Range. Stay overnight at Guesthouse Lodge/Home-Stay.
This morning you will descend through open ground and forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung, where you will have lunch. After lunch you will continue to walk through forest, ascending gradually and passing through several buffalo grazing pastures to reach a clearing and temporary herder’s settlement at Upper Chistibung, where you will stay in the small community lodge. For the next week you will stay in lodges run by the local communities. We have contributed to the construction of these lodges, part of a series of projects to designed to aid the local community. Being off the beaten track, the villages haven’t previously enjoyed the benefits of tourism. Now with the network of our Community Lodges, there are profits to benefit local projects and schools. Stay overnight at Guesthouse Lodge/Home-Stay.
To reach the ridge at Kopra, you will embark on a steady climb that carries you above the tree line. This area is noted for wildlife, so you should keep your eyes open for Himalayan tahr and Danfe pheasant. The best way to tackle the climb is to ascend steadily, take your time and rest as often as you wish. You will reach the lodge on Kopra Ridge in time for lunch and will be greeted by more awe-inspiring views. This extraordinary panorama includes Annapurna South, towering directly above you at only six kilometres away, with Fang and Nilgiri prominent to the north. Across the depths of the Kali Gandakhi Valley, the Dhaulagiri Himal dominates the entire western skyline. The Kopra Community Lodge is the highlight of our work in the region. Stay overnight at Guesthouse Lodge/Home-Stay.
It is a very good idea to stay here at least two days; you can take a beautiful day’s hiking trip to Khayar Lake (4600m/15091ft). This, however, is not recommended for every trekker, because it is a very long way to trek to the lake and come back the same way to Khopra. It takes a minimum of 7 to 8 hours as a round trip. But it is good idea to go as far as Thanti (around 4200m. high) and come back. The views of nature’s beauty are mesmerizing. Stay overnight at Guesthouse Lodge/Home-Stay.
From Kopra Ridge you will descend off the hillside and continue steeply downhill. You will retrace the route back to Chistibung. You will then head to the village of Swanta, where you will stay overnight in the newly constructed lodge. We have supported the local school over the years, and there is time to pay a quick visit, and perhaps interact with the kids. Stay overnight at Guesthouse Lodge/Home-Stay.
From Swanta you will descend through the village fields to a small river and take a quick look at the local water mill. From here you will cross the suspension bridge and head upwards to the village of Chittre, where you’ll join the main trekking trail. There is a further ascent to reach the village of Ghorepani where you will be met with great views of the Dhaulagiri massif and a well-earned rest. Stay overnight at Guesthouse Lodge.
From Ghorepani, you will follow the trail of Poon Hill for 45 minutes, and then turn left on the grassy and Rhododendron forests with small ups and downs until reaching where the trail is flat. Then there is a more strenuous climb up to Humpal pass (3098m). Now you descend a bit on the other side, walk along a flat trail walk, then go up into the forest. There is a steep, grassy path along the ridge and finally you come to see the house of Mohare danda. Still continue hiking along the ridge with Dhaulagiri and Annapurna and Manaslu for sunset vistas! And views of the surrounding forest and the mysterious, southern landscapes! Moharedanda is a good place to take an extra day’s rest! Mohare Danda itself is a perfect natural towering ridge. It offers a spectacular 360 degree mountain view through the Dhaulagiri range (8167m), Annapurna range (8091m), Manaslu Himal (8163m) vistas of deep magical landscapes and magnificent sunrises and sunsets over the mountains. You will have your lunch there and return back same way to Ghorepani. Stay overnight at Guesthouse Lodge.
After having breakfast, for the rest of the day it is all downhill. The walk passes through beautiful Rhododendron forest and you will have lunch at the village of Nange thanti. In the afternoon you will continue to trek through the Rhododendron Forest. You will arrive at Ulleri with plenty of time to explore this picturesque village. You will have lunch there and to make the most of the day ahead. From the Ulleri there is a very steep descent of 500 meters on a stone staircase to the Bhurungdi Khola River where you will cross a small suspension bridge to reach the village of Tirkedunga. Stay overnight at Guesthouse Lodge.
After giving your knees next day to recover, you will continue a more gentle descent to the village of Birethanti, on the banks of the Modi Khola. Here you will have lunch and then cross the new bridge to the east bank, before following the river back to the pick-up point at Naya Pul. After saying farewell to your porters, you will be transferred by coach back to Pokhara. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara.
After breakfast at Hotel drive back to Kathmandu (200kms/6 hrs). Rest of the day free on own. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Patan City. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.