Khopra Danda Trek

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The Khopra Danda Trek is a detour off the popular trails of the Annapurna region. You trek via beautiful little villages, surrounded by terraced farming lands. And, the detour via Khopra Danda (ridge) offers you a fine viewpoint. As a result, you overlook the Kali Gandaki River far below in the world’s deepest gorge. Also, you’ll see the worlds highest peaks with snow and ice. With this trek to Khopra Danda you have the panorama views in a quiet and solitude matter.

Apart from the fantastic landscapes that you will see, you will directly support local communities during the trek. These are communities that generally miss the opportunity of doing business by being off the main trail.

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  • Activity Level 5,000m >
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All about the Khopra Danda Trek.

Trek to Khopra Danda

The Khopra Danda Trek is a great short trek in a new part of the Annapurna region. The trail goes through lush pine, oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests and offers gorgeous mountain views. And you will trek through and stay at beautiful villages of Magar, Gurung, Kami, Damai, Brahmin, and Kshetri people surrounded by terraced farming lands.

Apart from the fantastic landscapes that you will see, the trek also takes you through mythical forests of oak, pine, and rhododendron. And, with this trek, you directly support local communities that generally miss the opportunity of doing business by being off the main trail. This is very important to By Mountain People as we aim to promote sustainable tourism and support local communities whenever we can. These locals benefit from providing trekkers with accommodation along the trail, in the form of homestays, community lodges, and teahouses.

Rest Day or Side Trip

At the highest point of the trek, you can either enjoy a rest day or hike up to Khayer Lake (4600m). On this point that’s even higher, you will have the most spectacular, picturesque and breath-taking views of snowcapped peaks and mesmerizing landscapes.

You will have awesome 180-degree mountain views. You’ll see Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m) and Manaslu (8163m).

Alternative Route

Curious about another off the beaten trail in the region? Take a look at the slightly shorter 7-days Mohare Danda Trek.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • airport transfer
  • experienced mountain guide
  • bus (Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu)
  • private vehicle (Pokhara – Nayapul – Pokhara)
  • TIMS Card (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems)
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit)
  • hotel in Kathmandu (w/ breakfast) – 2 nights
  • hotel in Pokhara (w/ breakfast) – 2 nights
  • accommodations during your trek – 8 nights
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trek
  • VAT and tourist service charges
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • international airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal tourist visa
  • travel health insurance
  • emergency evacuation if needed
  • trekking equipments
  • alcohol, hot and cold drinks
  • tips for your trekking staff and drivers (will be expected)
  • all other expenses that are not mentioned below ‘cost includes’
  1. Day 1 Kathmandu (1400m)

    By Mountain People welcomes you at the international airport and brings you to your hotel in Thamel.

    Later this day, we will meet at your hotel or at our office for a pre-trip meeting. We introduce you to your guide and talk about your itinerary. If you have any questions or requests, we would like to hear them from you.

    Note: Please make sure you bring your passport to the meeting along with three copies, two photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. We also request you to clear the due balance if any.

    airport transfer – hotel


  2. Day 2 Pokhara (840m)

    Your mountain guide picks you up at your hotel early morning. Together, you take the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara. This takes about 6 hours.

    breakfast – bus – hotel

  3. Day 3 Ulleri (2070m) - 5 hrs

    From Pokhara, a driver takes you with a private vehicle to the starting point of the trek at Nayapul. This drive takes about an hour and a half.

    After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola river you reach Birethanti (1010m). It is a quite large village with many shops and teahouses. From here you continue the trek and follow the northern bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. Then the trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille (1490m) and after a short climb you reach Tikhedhunga (1565m). Now there’s only ahead of us, a steep staircase made of stone. By climbing the steep steps you reach the Magar village Ulleri (2070m).

    breakfast – private vehicle – lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  4. Day 4 Ghorepani (2840m) - 5 hrs

    From Ulleri, the trail ascends more gently and through fine forests of oak and rhododendron. First you will trek towards Banthanti (2250m), and then towards Nangethanti (2460m). From there, there is only a one hour trek left till you arrive at Ghorepani (2840m).

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

  5. Day 5 Poon Hill (3210m) & Swanta (2200m) - 5 hrs

    Early morning, around 5 am, you begin your hike to Poon Hill (3210m). It takes about an hour to climb the hill, one of the best and popular Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal. From here you can have a spectacular view over the Himalayan ranges with an amazing sunrise.

    After beholding the mountain views, you return to Ghorepani for a good breakfast. Then, you hit the trails again and enter the more quiet area, off the popular Poon Hill trail. You will pass the village of Chittre, descend and cross a suspension bridge closeby a local water mill. And, walk through the village fields and ascend to Swanta (2200m).

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge


  6. Day 6 Khopra Danda (3660m) - 6 hrs

    Today, along the way you get wonderful views of Mount Dhaulagiri with the mountain providing a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages. The trail continues being uphill and steep, all the way to the hillside to Khopra Danda (3660m).

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge


  7. Day 7 Rest Day or Khayer Lake (4660m) - 7 hrs

    If you like to explore the area, you can walk up to holy Khayer Lake (4660m). This return trip takes almost a full day. And because it is a remote area, you will have to bring water and some food.

    It will take you about five hours to reach Khayer Lake, a rarely visited sacred fresh water lake. With its altitude of 4660m, it is even higher than Annapurna Base Camp. You can spend some time exploring the Khayer Barahi temple area, and watch different varieties of birds before you walk back to Khopra Danda.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge


  8. Day 8 Dobato (3420m) - 6 hrs

    From Khopra, you cross another ridge and trek down again. Slowly the trail becomes more flat and you enter the forest. If you like, you can make a small detour via Mulde Peak (3637m) for an excellent mountain panorama. After enjoying some time here, you continue the walk to Dobato.

    Dobato, which literally means junction of two roads, is not more than a few teahouses that are only under operation during season time. Here you will have magnificent views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge


  9. Day 9 Tadapani (2710m) - 4 hrs

    From the rhododendron and bamboo forests of Dobato, you go further down till you reach Tadapani (2710m). Today, you will feel again that the trail becomes more flat and the walk easier.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge


  10. Day 10 Ghandruk (3150m) - 3 hrs

    You start off with a not too crazy difficult drop down to Ghandruk, the biggest village you’ll have seen since leaving Pokhara. It is catered for tourists, but it has kept the Gurung culture and feel.

    breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge


  11. Day 11 Pokhara (830m) - 4 hrs

    From Ghandruk, you walk down the stone stairways and admire once again the beautiful Himalayan view. Then, you follow the mountain paths agains, all the way down until you hit Nayapul. Here, a car will be waiting for you and drive you back to your hotel in Pokhara.

    breakfast & lunch – private vehicle – hotel

  12. Day 12 Kathmandu (1400m)

    Today, we take the bus back to Kathmandu. And there, we will bring you to your hotel.

    In the evening, we offer you and your guide a farewell dinner together in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

    breakfast – bus – farewell dinner – hotel

  13. Day 13 Departure

    If it’s the final day of your holiday in Nepal, we will bring you back to the international airport. Goodbye friends! We hope that we will meet each other again in the future.

    breakfast – airport transfer

Hotels and Mountain Lodges


In Kathmandu and in Pokhara, before and after your Khopra Danda trek, you will be staying at a 3-star hotel with a private bathroom and wifi. These hotels have a prime location. In Kathmandu you will be staying in the travellers neighbourhood Thamel. And in Pokhara you will be staying in Lakeside. Both hotels are nearby many restaurants, trekking gear shops and supermarkets.

Mountain Lodges

During your Khopra Danda trek, you will be staying at mountain lodges. Here are double rooms and shared bathrooms. Hot shower and wifi are also available for an additional fee.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Beautifully located mountain lodgesPhoto by Brigitte Nau

Teahouse at Swanta by Brigitte Nau

Very basic mountain accommodationsPhoto by Greg Willis

Ghandruk gouses by Greg Willis

Yes, of course! You can both upgrade and extend your stay at city hotels.

If you like to upgrade your hotel, we can offer you a variety of excellent 4- and 5-star hotels in both Kathmandu and Pokhara. If you’d like to explore Kathmandu or Pokhara, we can extend your stay.

You can also combine your trek with  a visit to Chitwan National Park for a jungle safari.

Just let us know. And together we’ll make it your perfect itinerary.

This list gives you a general idea of what you’ll need during this trek.

Along with this trek you will have a porter. We will supply you with a duffel bag. Your porter will carry two bags, yours and someones else’s. Next to that. you will need your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put your most important things. For instance your money, important documents, water bottle, camera, toiletries and sunscreen.

The weight limit for the porter is 20 kg. That is 10 kg per person. Your non-trekking stuff you can leave in your hotel in Pokhara.


  • 4-season sleeping bag (you can buy or rent one in Kathmandu)
  • duffel bag (we will provide one By Mountain People duffel bag)
  • daypack
  • down jacket (must have for chilly mornings and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000m, you can buy or rent one in Nepal)

Upper Body (head/ears/eyes)

  • sun hat
  • wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears
  • sunglasses (polarized and with UV protection)
  • headlamp
  • neck warmer


  • liner gloves
  • heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts
  • lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • fleece jacket or pullover
  • waterproof/windproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
  • synthetic sports bras (for women)

Lower Body (legs)

  • lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • nylon hiking shorts
  • soft shell & hard shell trekking pants
  • waterproof/windproof trousers
  • casual pants


  • comfortable, warm socks
  • waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • light shoes/sneakers/sandals
  • gaiters (for monsoon and winter)

Medicines & First Aid Kits

Your mountain guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.

  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • anti-infection ointments
  • band-aids
  • lip balm (SPF 40 or higher)
  • sunscreen (SPF 40 or higher)

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • flight ticket (please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu, just in case you need to change the date of your flight)
  • durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • water bottle
  • water purification tablets/drops
  • toiletry kit (keep your toilet paper in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc)


  • adjustable trekking poles
  • light snacks
  • paperback books, pen, cards
  • binoculars
  • cameras (memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
  • pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman

Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing such as those made with Lycra, can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.


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