14 days days Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake Trekking
Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake trekking in Annapurna trekking region is gaining high popularity in recent years. The trekking can be great opprtunity to explore the Himalayan countryside villages. Religious Khayer Lake, at the altitude of 4500m is another major attraction for trekkers. Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake trekking can be an exceptional choice for trekker who wants to skip busy trekking sections of Annapurna.
Near yet unknown to many trekkers, trekking is popular destination to enjoy the cultural aspects at lower trekking region. Meanwhile, the upper trekking region provides an exceptional opportunity to enjoy wonderful mountains and peaks of Annapurna region. Besides, the Khopra Danda and Khayer lake trekking itself is a mini circuit trek, that gives a maximum opportunity to trek in different zone each day.
The Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake trekking starts at tropical region with terraced farmlands and beautiful villages. A typical hilly region of Nepal. Moreover, the trekking follows the route of famous Ghorepani trekking for few days. From Poonhill, trekker can admire the scenic beauty of whole Annapurna from single spot.Trekking through the dense temperate forest of rhododendron, juniper and maple trekker enjoy rich culture of Gurung community around Ghorepani, Ghandruk and Swanta.
Soon the trek follows sub-alpine climatic region at Khopra Danda . Importantly, the trekking continues to alpine lake as a day hike. Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake is a hotspot to capture an unrestricted view of Mount Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges including other peaks like Fishtail. Finally, trekking descends to temperate region of Tadapani and Ghandruk popular villages dominated by Gurung in Annapurna trekking region.
Plus, there is few possibilities to make Khopra Danda and Khayer lake trekking itinerary short upon request. The trekking can be equally significant and attractive for both experienced trekker and amateur trekker. Unlikely, yet trekker can continue to Annapurna Base camp.
Day 1 International Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Permit preparation day, briefing by official executive, handing assignment to guide
Day 3 Drive/ Flight to Pokhara (850m)
Day 4 Drive to Birethanti from Pokhara & Trek to Ulleri (2070m)
Day 5 Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani(2850m)
Day 6 Trek from Ghorepani to Upper Chistibung (3000m) after climbing Poonhill (3210m)
Day 7 Trek from Upper Chistibung to Khopra Danda (3660m)
Day 8 Explore Khayer Lake (4500m) back to Khopra Danda
Day 9 Trek from Khopra Danda to Dobato (3350m)
Day 10 Trek from Dobato to Ghandruk (1940m)
Day 11 Trek from Ghandruk to Pothana (1900m)
Day 12 Trek from Pothana to Phedi & Drive to Pokhara (850m)
Day 13 Drive/Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 14 International Departure
Note: This is a standard itinerary proposed for general trekkers which can be modified until then, that do not violate our business ethics and norms. We will always seek verification from our field experts before approving your itinerary.
Detailed Day to Day Itinerary
We will drive you straight to your hotel in private vehicle as soon as you land at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We will give you short briefing on our final agreed program. And if you are the first time traveler in Nepal we will give information about restaurant, ATM, money exchanges and other useful information until we meet for next day.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Permit preparation day, briefing by official executive, handing assignment to guide
There are various major cultural historical and religious places around Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur for sightseeing. Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar square are our top lists. Most of them are listed on UNESCO world heritage sites. Later in the evening we will arrange dinner with your trekking guide so you can know each other and talk about your trekking itineraries.
If you want to drive to Pokhara it is always better to start in the morning after your breakfast, it will be little tiring day due to 6-7 hour drive. Driving from Kathmandu offers you to enjoy interesting zigzag road of hilly part of Nepal along with diversified culture, landscape and people all the way to Pokhara. The flight is short from Kathmandu to Pokhara but you can have leisure time to spend around lake-side of Pokhara, which is always a happening place for the visitors.
After your breakfast in Pokhara hotel, you will drive to Birethanti by a private car for about one and half hour. Reaching upon Birethanti, you can take a short tea break while porter arranges his equipment to carry your baggage. You will climb gentle up seeing small houses and tea houses passing terraced crop fields. Relatively it is easy climb until you reach Tikhedhunga (1495m).You can discuss with your guide whether to trek to Ulleri or tostay in Tikhedhunga beforehand ,since both options are available . After crossing the suspension bridge and 2 hr steep climbing on stone stairs which is about 2 hour steep walking, you can reach small settlement of Magar, Ulleri. You can see small glimpse Annapurna South on the way.
From Ulleri the climb is gentle ,yet more stone stairs which some trekkers find monotonous and boring .After walking about one hour you will reach another small settlement ,Banthanti from where damp and very dense rhododendron forest starts making you feel the gradual increase in altitude and decrease in temperature for the first time during trekking. Small natural waterfalls and streams are seen around as your trekking continues uphill. It will take around 5 to 6 hr to reach you to Ghorepani from Ulleri which is the settlement of ethnic group Gurung.
Today we climb to Poonhill early in the morning to see magnificent sunrise which is about one and half hour uphill walk. The earliest sun ray that strikes the mountain and peaks makes them to appear cluster of orange gemstones; Mount Dhaulagiri ,Mount Annapurna, Fishtail and other snow capped peaks looks really glamorous .After spending your marvellous moment in Poonhill you will descend down to Ghorepani. After your breakfast in Ghorepani, the trail descends to Chitre. Passing by beautiful damp dense forest and stream we reach amazing habitat of Swanta. Upon crossing the stream and walking in between dense damp forest we reach Chhistibung.
From Chhistibung the vegetation sharply changes as we gain altitude. We often see open alpine pasture land with small bushes. The valley on southern side looks deep and beautiful with criss-cross hills. Moreover, on northern side we see beautiful Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. You can see beautiful yak and sheep herds grazing around.From Khopra Danda (ridge) we see beautiful Annapurna South, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri ranges.
We start our day early in the morning. We trek in between alpine climatic zone and snowline. The earliest sun ray that strikes the mountain and peaks makes them to appear cluster of orange gemstones. The trekking continues further close to Annapurna south to reach the sacred lake; Khayer lake. The lake is adored equally by Hindus and Buddhists as you can see both shrines of Hindus and Buddhists nearby lakes. Upon spending splendid moments around the lake and enjoying the landscapes we head back to Khopra Danda (ridge).
We trek down through the same route we took earlier. We gradually descend to dense forest leaving behind the alpine meadows. We trek in between the temperate forest naturally adorned by waterfalls and streams to reach Chhistibung.The trekking path is fairly easy with small ups and downs to reach Dobato. Annapurna south looks amazing from Dobato.
From Dobato we mostly trek in between the forest of temperate zone enjoying the beautiful Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The trekking joins the famous village Tadapani, dominated by Gurung community. Machhapuchre,Himchuli and Annapurna looks beautiful. Further descending in stone stair path by the bank of stream we reach another beautiful Gurung village Ghandruk. It is a nice and neat village of clustered houses that carries a lot of significance about Gurung culture and traditions.
Steep climb down from Ghandruk for an hour you will reach Kyumi. After crossing the Modi river you will gently climb to Landruk. The flat trail from Landruk gradually starts to rises to steep before reaching Deurali. It is worth to rest in Deurali for a tea break. If the weather is not foggy the place is beautiful allowing you to have magnificent view around. From here the trail is gentle and easy down. Rhododendron forest is the major vegetation seen around.You can enjoy the last trekking dinner with your guide and porter as a tribute to their hard work for making your trekking successful.
Today is the last day of trekking. You will walk easy and flat trail enjoying rhododendron forest. You will reach Dhampus and after couple of hour walking down from Dhampus you will reach Phedi. From phedi you will take a private car to Pokhara which takes about an hour to reach.In the evening you can walk around lake side which is always happening place for tourists
From Pokhara either you can take a short flight or take a private transportation to Kathmandu accordingly to the agreement we made before the start of trek.
Our office representative will be in your hotel 3 hour prior your flight time to drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport.
- All Airport Transfers.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with Bed and Breakfast.
- Tea House Accommodation during Trekking.
- 3 Meals in Trekking Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
- Air and Road transportation as per the agreement made.
- All the necessary trekking staffs and porters for the trekking including 1 English speaking guide.
- All the paper works and documents required for the trekking including all the permits.
- Sleeping Bag.
- Salary, wages, food, accommodation and transportation of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
- Insurance of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
- First Aid Kit Bag(specially for Nepali staffs).
- All local taxes and fares.
What's not included?
- International Flight Fare.
- Visa fees.
- Travel Insurance (mandatory) of all the clients that needs to cover medical and Helicopter evacuation.
- Expenses of Personal nature (Laundry bill/Telephone bill/Equipment Charging Bill/Bar bill etc).
- Expenses incurred due to the unexpected situation (Strike/Natural calamities).
- Tip to trekking staffs.
- All Expenses not mentioned on Cost Includes section.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake trekking?
Khopra Danda is one of the popular ridge in Annapurna trekking region to capture unbelievable landscape od Mount Dhaulagiri and Mount Annapurna including other numerous peaks. Khayer Lake at height of 4500m is a day hike to alpine lake from Khopra ridge.
2. How can I go to Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake trekking ?
You can drive or take short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara .Next day drive to Birethanti from Pokhara and start trekking.
3. What is the landscape features Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake trekking in general?
The trekking that starts from tropical region with dense forest, terraced crop fields.Gradually, crossing numerous ridges in sub-alpine and alpine climatic zone,trekker gets an opportunity to explore the alpine religious lake.
4. Why Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake trekking is so popular?
The easy and short access to one of the beautiful alpine landscape of Annapurna trekking region the main reason. Furthermore, beautiful landscape, forest, terraced farm, mixed Nepali culture, and tradition is increasing the popularity of trek day by day.
5. What kind of weather and temperature can I expect during trekking?
The weather and temperature is highly unpredictable on mountain but generally during March April May (spring) and September October November (autumn) you can expect clear and warm day while evening will be cloudy and cold. The temperature is freezing in morning and evening in upper trekking region while lower region has tolerable cold.
6. What equipments do I need to trek to Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake trekking?
Good pair of trekking boots, thermal wear, fleece jacket, Down jacket, light weight wind cheater, trekking pants and shorts, long sleeve and short sleeves T-shirts, rug sack or duffle bag, personal day bag, gloves, enough pair of socks, sunglasses, headlight, woolen beanie caps, water bottle, personal toiletries , gadgets and books depending number of days .
7. I am amateur trekker in Nepal, is this trekking suitable for me?
Yes,amateur trekker can trek to Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake trekking under our guidelines without any difficulties.
8. How flexible is Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake trekking?
The trekking is highly flexible. There is few possibilities to decrease number of days even in this particular trekking itinerary. Importantly, trekker can continue to any other trekking region of Annapurna upon completion of trek.
9. What if I finish Khopra Danda and Khayer lake trekking before schedule date?
We strongly advise you to follow the agreed final itinerary since we do not refund the trekking money, but somehow if you finish earlier we will always try our best to adjust the reservation of your accommodation and flight. But we cannot guarantee in peak season.
10. What permits and documents do I need to trek to Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake?
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card is required to trek on this region.
11. What kind of food and Room can I expect during Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake trekking?
Generally the food is fresh, tasty and can choose wide range of dishes from menu cooked by moderately professional cooks. You will get comfortable and clean common twin bed room throughout trekking. However, the trekking is gaining popularity recently, so the luxury trekker gets on other section of Annapurna region might not be equivalent.
12. What about drinking water during trekking?
Plastic water bottle are available in tea houses. In spite of that we highly recommend to avoid plastic bottles and use boil water instead. As well you may buy high grade water purification tablets on your home country or in Nepal.
13. What can I expect from Nepali staff?
Guide speaks good English so there will be no any problem for communication. While porter might or might not speak English but you can always speak with your guide to know more about the porter. Nepalese trekking guide are friendly and responsible with good sense of humor so you can open up for any conversation you like.
14. Do I need to buy Medical and evacuation Insurance?
Yes,this is mandatory. You can purchase the insurance policy on your home country or we can assist you to buy the policy in Nepal.
15. Do I need special vaccination or Medical assessment before starting Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake trekking?
Generally any kind of vaccination is not required. But,if you have long term health problem and under regular surveillance of your doctor it is recommended to consult your doctor. Though we provide basic medicines to our Nepalese staff but for you we advise to bring the general medicine from your own country.
16. Is there risk of Acute Mountain sickness (AMS)?
Certainly ,there is mild risk of Acute Mountain Sickness if you choose random trekking itineraries. Furthermore,if you and do not follow the standard itinerary but we always provide you the best and safe itineraries to avoid this deadly situation.
17. What am I supposed to do if I get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
We are always concerned with your safety. We suggest talking with your guide ASAP and descend to safe altitude. And if the situation doesn’t get any better we evacuate you immediately with helicopter. Hence, take you for further medical examination in designated hospitals and clinics.
18. What is the price of Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake trekking?
We have provided you various options on our website homepage to know approximate price regarding the trekking in Nepal; however there is always room to reach final agreement through private emails if there is any. We assure you there will be no any extra cost once we reach the agreement.
You are always welcome to send us private messages for the information that you could not find in this section regarding Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake Trekking. We will always provide the accurate information within 12 hours upon receiving your messages.
Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.