Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.Mode of Travel : Bus,Jeep,Hike
Khopra Danda, also known as Khopra Ridge, is a lesser-known but increasingly popular trekking destination located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is a more remote and off-the-beaten-path trek, offering stunning views of the Annapurna mountain ranges.
The Trek offers a magnificent eco-friendly nature alternative trek between Annapurna Base Camp and the Jomsom-Muktinath Trek trail. Khopra Danda trekking is a newly opened trek by Mahabir Poon and also is known as the Khopra Ridge trek. Khopra Ridge offers breathtaking views of Mt Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, and Dhampus Peak as well as one of the most spectacular valleys on the Kali Gandaki River can be seen from this trek. Khayer Barahi Temple or Khayer Lake, Narchyang village, Tatopani, and Ghandruk village are the major attractions of this trek.
The Khopra Danda trek usually takes about 9-12 days, depending on the route and starting point. The trek starts from Nayapul and passes through several traditional Gurung and Magar villages, forests, and rhododendron forests. One of the highlights of the trek is visiting Khayer Lake, a high-altitude lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
Khayer Lake is one of the sacred lakes that lie behind Annapurna II. Khayer Lake is a memorable adventure day trip from Khopra Danda. Kayaker Lake is at 4500 meters above sea level, one of the most scenic, blue-color lakes at the foot of Annapurna South, and the main attraction of this trek. When hiking to Khayer Lake from Khopradanda, plan to hike for six to seven hours, up and down, and bring a packed lunch and water.
The Khopra Ridge Hotel is the starting point of the Khayer Lake trek, which is quite challenging. You will pass waterfalls, snowlands, and drylands on your way to Holy Khayer Lake. The lake is surrounded by peaks and glaciers, Trekkers often hike to Khayer Lake to see the Himalayan Range and Lake. There is a small temple dedicated to Khayer Barahai at Khayer Lake. There are pilgrimage activities there for the Magar and Hindu communities. During the Janai Purnima, many Hindu devotees come here to receive blessings. On the way, you can see shepherds in the brown and barren landscape. Shepherds also sacrifice sheep at the Baraha Temple.
The best time to visit Khayer Lake day hike from the Khopra Danda is during the spring and autumn seasons, when the weather is dry and clear, and the views are at their best. The trek is considered to be a moderate trek, suitable for trekkers with some previous trekking experience.
Swanta, Christibung, and Khopra Danda have 2 to 3 lodges, each lodge has 5 to 7 rooms, and each room has 2 to 4 beds and an excellent heater inside the dining hall. Hence, a group of 6 to 10 people can stay in the same lodge comfortably. However, sometimes, due to large groups or late booking, Nepal Wilderness Trekking (Pvt) has all the lodge phone numbers for the Khopra Danda Khayer Lake Trekking route, Swanta, upper Christibung, and Khopra Danda. After we confirm your trip, we call them early and book the rooms.
It is important to note that the meals at Khopra Danda (Khayer Lake trek) are organic from villages, although less varied menu than those at Annapurna Base Camp and Ghorepani. Hostels prepare fresh meals after orders, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Khora Danda trek 10-day itinerary is suitable for beginners to advanced trekkers who can walk at least 5-6 hours per day while carrying a light backpack. For this trip, altitude sickness is extremely rare, but sometimes walking at an Altitude sickness may result in unexpected illness. It would be ideal to walk slowly in a rhythmic manner.
In Khopra Danda Trek, the best trekking seasons are September, October, November (autumn), March, April, and May (spring). During the peak season, sometimes accommodation problems due to a shortage of tea houses at peak season time.
The weather for Khopra Danda Trek is pretty good with clear blue skies in March – April – May, and Sep – October – November. Daytime temperatures would be bright, sunny, and warm with a great view of the Annapurna Range, but early morning and evening temperatures will be very chilly above 3700 to 4,827 meters altitude. September through November. Khopra Danda Trek is best from March to May, the spring season. The rest of the month will have changeable weather since the trek is so close to Pokhara, also known as Cherapunji in Nepal, which receives the most rainfall in Nepal.
Our journey to Nayapul begins with a one-hour ride from Pokhara; the hiking path takes us through the beautiful Ghandrik village, with its Magar, Gurung, Kami, Damai, and Brahmin hub and their terraced fields. There are thick forests containing pines, oaks, rhododendrons, bamboo, and lush vegetation after Tadapani
Nepal wilderness Trekking leads at a competitive cost your Khopra Danda trek with an expert guide and porter team who are familiar with the local area, the weather, and the local people. The guide will pick you up at 7 AM from your hotel in Pokhara and drive to Nayapaul (42 km. 1 hour driving by taxi or by private van. At the end of the trek, your guide will drop you off at your hotel in Pokhara and end your trek.
Overall, the Khopra Danda trek is a great option for those who want to experience the natural beauty of the Annapurna region, away from the crowds, and with an opportunity to explore traditional Nepalese culture and lifestyle.