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Khopra Danda Ridge Trek - 15 Days

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Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Explore the unforgettable breathtaking Himalayan scenery outdoors with the landscape of Khopda Danda Ridge and Poonhill.

Khopra Danda Ridge Trek is one of the less explored in this area and is sandwiched between the Annapurna range and the astonishing Dhaulagiri Mountains. Khopra Danda Ridge Trek will take us into the unknown land of quiet forests of rhododendron, oaks, and firs. As we move tread deeper, we will come into rolling valleys of budding colorful villages, giving us insights into coarse mountain life in this far-out region. Due to the remoteness of this territory, this trek is the perfect one for trekkers who want a challenge into the unknown and less used trails. And you, the discerning trekker will be one of the few to witness nature in its most unique display in this part of the Annapurna, where raw landscapes mingle with the scent of wild showy mountain flowers that can be seen for miles in spring.

Hiking to the Khopra Danda Ridge is basically just you, the mountains, friendly people, and being close to nature. If you are fortunate, you may come across rare floral/fauna. This trek has all the spices for a memorable experience in Nepal’s wonder outbacks. The inner Himalayas in this region include villages, wildlife, captivating mountain views and a range of landscapes from forest to high alpine snowy areas. The Khopra Danda Ridge journey is headed away from the more cluttered trails of the Annapurna region and our accommodation will be in teahouse lodges built by the local folks. The mountain vistas from Khopra Danda Ridge are the best ever including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang and Nilgiri peaks. The view from Ghandruk is magnificent with Mt. Machhapuchhre (also known as Fishtail) and Mount Hiunchuli which is an added bonus to this trek.

Our trip to Khopra Danda Ridge commences with a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and onboard, you will get bird’s views of the entire range of the grand Himalayan Mountains. The Khopra Danda Ridge Trek is definitely one trek that ardent trekkers will desire and watching beautiful sunsets that signals the end of a day of one of our adventures fulfilled in our lives.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 02: Exploration and trek preparation
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara 25 min and explore
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m) 4/5 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Tadapani (2,590m) 4/5 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Bhairelly 4/5 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Chistabong (3,100m) 4/5 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Khopra (3,660m) 4/5 hrs
Day 09: Excursion of Khopra and its stunning environment (4,247m)
Day 10: Trek to Swanta (2,270m) 5/6 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Ghorepani (2,750m) 5/6 hrs
Day 12: Hike up to Poonhill (3,210m) and Trek to Hille
Day 13: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (827m)
Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 15: International departure

Join us on the Khopra Danda Ridge Trek in 2022/2023

Customize your trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” personally. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste. For more information please email us at info@alpinetrav.com/

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal and after completing the visa formalities, collect your luggage at the airport and please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will be waiting for you outside the arrivals hall. And please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions Placard and your tour leader will take you to your hotel in Kathmandu after meeting you. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the evening at your hotel lobby. And get familiar with your surroundings by walking the streets in the evening.

Day 2
Exploration and trek preparation

Today after breakfast we will start our tour of major historical sites of Kathmandu with our professional tour guide. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Historic Sites and as we visit the places, the more diverse cultural milieu of the valley welcomes us with warm hospitality. Such as the Palace Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath), and the Buddhist Temple (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. . After returning from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and other team members. The trek guide will give you a brief orientation about your trek. And the rest of the time you can visit Thamel and shop for necessary equipment and other essentials.

Day 3
Fly to Pokhara 25 min and explore

In the morning we fly to Pokhara and take the left side of the plane for the best views of the Himalayas. Or if going by bus, we will arrange tickets in a tourist coach with riverside seats and start your journey from Kathmandu at 7:30 AM. The right site vehicle seat is good to enjoy the scenery; The road follows the river Trishuli where you will see many people rafting in the river. Around 2-3 pm you reach Pokhara (next to Phewa Lake) and transfer to your hotel. The evening is free to relax, perhaps you can decide to take a boat ride on Phewa Lake in beautiful Pokhara. In other words, get familiar with your surroundings by walking the streets

Day 4
Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m) 4/5 hrs

After breakfast from Pokhara, we will proceed to Nayapul which will take 1 and half hours. Upon arrival, our trek begins on the way to the Annapurna mountain range. You will soak in the beauty of nature while climbing at your leisure. Ghandruk, a crowded village of the Gurung community that speaks its own dialect, has maintained the traditional dress, practices and traditions, and culture. Ghandruk is also home to Gurkha soldiers. It is a popular and well-known destination for trekkers for its beautiful view of the mountains.

Day 5
Trek to Tadapani (2,590m) 4/5 hrs

After breakfast at Ghandruk, our trek begins on a trail that never fails to amaze us with rich rhododendron forests, majestically sparkling mountain streams, and other magical scenes of nature. After a 3 hour’s climb, we enter the Tadapani region at an altitude of 2590 meters. Tadapani offers excellent mountain views of the mighty peaks of Annapurna South.

Day 6
Trek to Bhairelly 4/5 hrs

After lunch; We often make a beeline for the trail we don’t use. We then make a slow climb through lush rhododendron forest and water buffalo pastures before finishing above the tree line for magnificent views of the Annapurna range. Here we break for lunch and rest. Our trek continues to an open area called Bhaireli with a wonderful view of the Dhaulagiri mountains which is also our campsite for the night.

Day 7
Trek to Chistabong (3,100m) 4/5 hrs

After breakfast, we start our descent through the clear ground and fine-looking forest to reach the pastures of Chistabong. There, we will ascend gradually to Upper Chistabong, a temporary herder’s settlement. If lady-luck is with us, you might be able to catch sight of the colorful Lophophorus (Danphe), the national bird of Nepal, as well as Himalayan Thar on the grassy ridge high above the trail.

Day 8
Trek to Khopra (3,660m) 4/5 hrs

Today we set out on a steady climb above the tree line through alpine meadows and pastures to reach Khopra danda. On nearing the Khopra Ridge, we see the tip of Annapurna South. Upon reaching Khopra we go for a brief hike down Khopra Ridge to a viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki river far below in this deep valley. From Khopra we are rewarded with the stunning mountain panorama including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna South.

Day 9
Excursion of Khopra and its stunning environment (4,247m)

After our breakfast, we will start to explore this area. We head out for a short walk around the ridge. Kopra Khor has always been a summer grazing place for the local shepherds of Chitre, Ghorepani, and Ghara and they come as far as Ghandrung and Kimche Khola villages. A leisurely trek of 5/6 hours (back and forth) with snow-capped peaks and breathtaking scenery up to Bhara known as ‘Khair Lake’ at 4,247 meters can be completed in a day.

Bhara Lake is called the sacred lake, which is actually a glacier lake from Annapurna South and the peak of Bhar Shikhar (Annapurna Phang). Villagers from the Annapurna region and up to Ghasa and Tatopani come for pilgrimage every year during the auspicious time of Vadha month where they perform puja by offering the blood of goats and sheep on the banks of the pond. Prayer to the spirits of mountains and nature. In case of heavy snowfall, the path to Bhara Lake or this rock is not recommended as the path is narrow with big drops and snow around this area is hidden from direct sunlight and takes time to melt.

Day 10
Trek to Swanta (2,270m) 5/6 hrs

Today it’s a steep descent from our camp, clinging to the ridge line as we head to Kali Gandaki and pass the shrines used by pilgrims on their annual visit to the holy lakes. There may be shepherds along the way, as well as villagers going about their daily tasks as we descend. There is more activity and signs of settlement, compared to the hike we enjoyed on the high cliffs.

Day 11
Trek to Ghorepani (2,750m) 5/6 hrs

From Swanta village, we take a leisurely hike on steep trails. Nature unfolds before us exotic scenes of majestic snow-capped mountain peaks, lush vegetation, and rich plant life. We pass through the rhododendron forest to Deurali and reach settlements and cultivated fields. Then we continue walking for 3 hours and finally, we meet Ghorepani.

Day 12
Hike up to Poonhill (3,210m) and Trek to Hille

Early in the morning before dawn, we will leave our hotel and hike towards Poon hill for sunrise over Annapurna mountain range. Enjoy the panoramic views of Annapurna1, Annapurna South Machhapuchhare and Dhaulagiri from Poonhill. We will return to hotel for breakfast and lower down to Hille through colorful rhododendron forest.Today will be a leisure descend along the side of the valley to Hille a scenic hike we will enjoy.

Day 13
Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (827m)

We trek from Hille to New bridge and then to Kyumi village. After lunch we head down to Birethanti from where, a half-an-hour trek takes us to Naya Pul where the trek ends. From Nayapul we take a drive to Pokhara for about an hour. We might enjoy the prospects of visiting some more places around Pokhara until evening or just chill out at some restaurant near the lake.

Day 14
Drive to Kathmandu (1,350m)

After breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu. The return trip will take about 6 hours. After arriving in Kathmandu, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. Whether you want to do some last minute shopping for souvenirs, see any sights you missed on arrival day or just chill and relax at one of Thamel’s many cafes or restaurants.

Day 15
International departure

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned (Safe Journey!! We hope to see you again)

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals: B, L, D (Including tea, coffee and fresh fruit)
  • 5 nights standard hotels and 9 nights teahouse/lodges
  • Trekking guide plus staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
  • 1 porter for every 2 trekkers, throughout the trekking
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Trekking permit, and Conservation fees
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • All ground transport and listed activities
  • Map of the trekking area provided locally
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket 'if necessary
  • Employee equipment, insurance, and allowances
  • High altitude medicine and first aid kit
  • Helicopter rescue arrangement (If necessary)
  • Group farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare & Nepal Visa
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu/Pokhara only)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
  • Personal expenses & Personal trekking gears
  • Drinks & Souvenirs
  • Gratuities for staff
Difficult

Difficulty: Moderate

Trails generally go above 4000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 5 – 6 hours. The perfect setting for an introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down.

Prerequisites

No previous trekking experience is required but you should be moderately fit and enjoy walking and adapt to high altitude conditions. Previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not necessary to take part in this journey. To fully participate in this journey, all passengers must be in good physical health. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the hiking experience will be. All of our travel itineraries have been designed with each aspect in mind and given enough time for adaptation.

Weather

The best season for Trek is from March to November. In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain, etc.)

Autumn/Fall (Sept to Nov)
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day.

Spring (March to May)
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white floras offering surreal experience along the trek. Spring season offers warm temperatures, blossoming flora and temperate days.

Accommodation

Kathmandu:
In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.

On Trek:
(Annapurna area) does not require large logistics accommodation for hiking as there are many clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, usually a bed with pillows and blankets, but there is a wonderful view from your window. All teahouses/lodges have ample warm dining room lounges. The rooms are very basic. Blankets are usually provided by the teahouse but we will provide warm sleeping bags for everyone.

The Bathrooms are often shared and in many places, toilets are squat type. Please note that some of these are very basic and require a sense of adventure.

Single supplement:
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. Especially when traveling in groups, we always pair up to share a room with people of the same sex and age. If in the case of single by default, customers do not have to pay for a single supplement. Please note that trekking, due to limited rooms in teahouses / lodges, is sometimes not possible for singles.

Meals

Includes food
All meals are included in the trek and we will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Tea houses range from traditional Nepali dal bhat, and momo (dumplings) to Indian food to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served at the tea house / lodge where you are staying and lunch will be on the way.

In Kathmandu, breakfast will be provided only to give maximum flexibility in deciding where and with whom to have lunch and dinner.

Typical Day

Daily wake-up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided the night before during the briefing time. The timetable for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.

Tea will be served in your room as a wake-up call. After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the Lodge where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. We will arrive at our destination by tea-time and the evening will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Group Size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining small groups to make it easier to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only charge up to 12 pax per group. If you join us, you can join people from different countries in any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 people required to conduct the trip.

Carry my own stuff

You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items, etc.) that you may need during the walk. The rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears.

Guide

We have a deep passion for alpine adventure and the outdoors, and with the small business group on board we have worked on the most isolated trails we are proud to be successful in every region of Nepal and this is all due to our diversity and qualified team of guides. So your journey will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter for every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide for every 4 participants.

Travel insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

Equipment Checklist

We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear:
-Long-sleeved shirts
-T-Shirts
-Trousers
-Warm Jackets
-Sweater
-Pullover
-Waterproof jackets
-Thermal
-Inner-wears
-Undergarments
-Warm socks
-Warm Hat
-Gloves
-Bandana
-Scarf
-Trekking shoes
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others

Documents:
-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities

Flight tickets:
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

Others:
-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Padlock
-Binoculars
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens

Toiletries and hygiene:
-Quick-drying towel
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Hand sanitizer
-Antiseptic wipes
-Hygiene products
-Basic first aid kit

All-inclusive service for the trek

Trekking is an all-inclusive journey which means you only need cash for your personal expenses and food in Kathmandu. At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation with as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical, or emotional. . All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be provided to you hassle-free before your arrival. On the walk, you will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio. On the trek, we offer you an open/select menu option which means you can choose your food directly from the menu.
Our itinerary is designed keeping in mind every aspect like customization, good campsites, real-life experiences, etc. (Down jacket, sleeping bag, and waterproof duffel bag), all the necessary permits for the trek, guide, and support staff, transfers, and transportation Kathmandu, etc. are included. The cost is mentioned in the inclusion

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
  • Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
  • In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
  • Drink at least three liters of water a day
  • Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
  • Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
  • However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Therefore, the trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

General Information

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Khopra Danda Ridge Trek
From $1,350.00
per Person

Trip Facts

  • 14N/15 Days
  • Moderate
  • 4,400m/141436ft
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Flight/Tourist Bus
  • Teahouse/Lodges
  • 2 Max 12

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