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Khopra Danda Trek

Khopra Danda Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

12 Nights 13 Days

Difficulty Level

Difficult

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

4500 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.
  • Traverse the Khopra ridge beneath Annapurna south.
  • Traverse through the lush rhododendron forests and villages of Gurungs and Magars.
  • Soak up the local culture.
  • Traverse on a less trodden trail.

Khopra trek takes you through one of the less trodden trails around Annapurna region. This trek takes you away from the usual Annapurna trail and towards tranquil and peaceful trail through Khopra ridge. You will be walking through villages and farmland area. The trek offers you a perfect chance to observe and explore the village culture and lifestyle from close. You will be talking to people and getting to know them better. Also, you will be staying at home stays that will bring you closer to the villagers around the area.

If you love to enjoy the nature in a peaceful environment with fewer trekkers and of course less noise around, Khopra trek would be the best choice. In addition to walking through villages, the trek takes you through beautiful landscapes and amidst natural beauty in a wilderness. Also, the trek is made enjoyable by the peaceful walk through rhododendron forests. The great view of Himalayas can also be enjoyed along the trail. You can enjoy the beauties of the mountain peaks like Annapurna I, II and III, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and many others.

The major highlight of this trek is a visit to the scared Khayar lake. People consider this lake as the holy lake.  It is also considered as the famous pilgrimage site in the area.  We enjoy the great beauty of the lake and surrounding area. The perfect blend of natural beauty and pure village lifestyle can be observed in this trek. 

 

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Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport we offer you pick up facility from the airport and manage your stay at the most comfortable hotel in the city. You get to meet the team of trekkers and together we prepare for the trek. At the evening we offer you lavish welcome dinner with authentic Nepali Cuisine.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private car

We offer you short trip to historical and cultural sites around Kathmandu valley: Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple. You can also do some souvenir shopping during the sightseeing. After sightseeing we head back to hotel and get our clothing and trekking equipments ready and prepare for the trek.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

We start with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara- the famous tourist destination in Nepal. During the journey we enjoy the natural landscapes and beauty of green hillside. Upon reaching Pokhara we head for the hotel and take rest. We might roam around the city in the evening and enjoy singing and dancing. We will spend the night at Pokhara.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Tourist bus

We will leave Pokara early in the morning. We will drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and from Nayapul the trek on foot begins. We come across the suspension bridge at Birethanti and after crossing the bridge and walking for some time we reach Modi Khola and head further ahead towards Syauli Bazaar. The trail then takes an uphill turn towards Ghandruk. We can enjoy the beautiful view of Mount Annapurna and Machhapuchhre from there. We will stay for the night in a lodge at Ghandruk.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Private car / Walking

We leave Ghandruk early in the morning and head towards Tadapani. We will be walking through the trail enjoying beauty of mountain peaks and surrounding area. The walk through the forest area offers the pleasurable feeling. We continue walking until we reach Tadapani. Night at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start the trek early right after breakfast and continue our walk with Bayali as the destination for today. Today the trail gets narrower and rough. But the beauty gives us the pleasurable feeling. We get the nice view of Mount Annapurna. The view of Modi Khola valley seen down below is simply beautiful. The forest of pine and rhododendron add beauty to the trek. We will then finally reach Bayali and stay at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | dinner

Transportation
Walking

We leave Balayali early and continue with our walk. Today we will mostly be walking uphill. We will be walking uphill through the quiet and beautiful forest area. The walk also offers the splendid view of Annapurna ranges and the valley of Kaligandaki. We will finally reach the village. We will spend the night at home stay or teahouse.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we will be visiting the sacred Khayar lake. The lake is situated at an altitude of 4,600m. People here consider the lake holy and revere it as a religious site. The lake is simply beautiful to look. There are few people who know about this site. You can also get the great view of mountains from here. We will return to Khopra danda for the night’s stay.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We leave Khopra danda early and head towards Swanta today. The trail will take some uphill and downhill turns. We will start with downhill walk and then go uphill to reach Swanta. From Swanta we can get the amazing view of Mount Dhaulagiri with other surrounding peaks. The view of Kali Gandaki valley is worth watching. We will stay at a lodge at Swanta for the night.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We will start our trek today with a downhill walk towards Chhetre. From there the trail takes uphill turn and we head towards Ghorepani. We will roam around and enjoy the surrounding view and enjoy our time together. The night will be spent at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We wake up early in the morning and head towards Poon Hill to enjoy the magnificent sunrise and great view of mountains from the top of the hill. After enjoying our time from Poon Hill we head down towards the lodge for the breakfast. After breakfast we will walk towards Nayapul. Our trek on foot ends at Nayapul. From Nayapul we will take a bus to Pokhara. We will take good rest at Pokhara and spend the night there.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch

Transportation
Walking / Private car

Today we head back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. We take good rest and soothe our aching muscles. We also muse over the exciting trek we had. At Kathmandu we organize farewell dinner for you and celebrate successful completion of trek and prepare for final departure.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Dinner

Transportation
Tourist bus

Today is the final day and we get ready for the departure. We offer you the facility to drop at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We exchange final greetings and wishes and hope to see each other next time as well. We wish pleasant journey and bid the final goodbye.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).

Accomodation

  • Accomodation at finest hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (3 nights twin sharing room at Kathmandu and 2 nights at Pokhara).

Staffs & Crew

  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • A porter and his entire expenses.

Transportation

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu travel in a deluxe bus and Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara travel in a private taxi

Permits & Paperworks

  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Activities

  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.

Other

  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
  • First aid medical kit

Complimentary Extras

  • Local sim card
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.

What's Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. 

Winter in Nepal is dry, with very cold nights where temperatures can drop to -20°C at the highest altitudes, but the days are pleasant and sunny. Additionally, the trails are much less crowded during this time of year. In Kathmandu, maximum daytime temperatures reach around 20°C.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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