Trekking Region: Annapurna
Trekking Name: Khopra Danda Trek
Best Season: October to December & March to may
Trekking Type: Tea House
Max Altitude: 4300 m.
Duration: 14 days
Mid -hills cultural area.
Inhabited by Gurung.
Vast range of bio-diversity on the trail
Himalayas can be seen from every home.
The typical culture and lifestyles of the Gurung people.
Dramatic views of Annapurna, Lamjung and fishtail.
Khopra Danda is new trekking route in Annapurna region. The nature is amazing up here. It is like a dream, a fairytale, and colorful Rhododendron all around the jungle. There is no reason to walk to Ghorepani and Poon Hill, when we have Khopra Danda. We were almost alone up there for eight days, and I can highly recommend it to other trekkers. Only a very few people know about Khopra Danda. Khopra Danda is easy to get to. You can start from Tadapani, from Chitre, from Sikha or from Ghara. When people find out how beautiful it is, more and more will go up there.
You can get exactly the same as in the lodges on the Annapurna Circuit, may be not if it is out of season. The people at the lodges are very nice. The best season to visit Khopra Danda is from the middle of March, April and May and the end of September, October and November.
Day 01: Kathmandu (1320m) to Pokhara (914m.)
We take early drive/flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.). One can view green hills, beautiful valleys and some mountain views on the way. Pokhara is regarded as tourists’ paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples, etc. One can have pleasure to observe views of Phewa Taal (lake), Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Day 02: Pokhara to Chandrakot (1563m)
Drive to Lumle and walk to Chandrakot (35minutes)walk to Gurung Lodge (Ker & Downey), Majgaun (45 min). or Walk to Chainabatthi.
Day 03: Chandrakot to Ghandruk (1951m.)
Walk down to Syauli Bazar (105 min). Continue to Kimche - Hotel Rembermr (80 min) Take lunch at Kimche and after lunch continue to Ghandruk (65 min) and overnight at Ghandruk in teahouse.
Day 04: Ghandruk to Tadapani (2675m.)
Walk to Kumrong (70 min) and continue to Kumrong Kot little Paradies (30 min) lunch. Walk down to Melache and take the trail up to Tadapani (120 min).
Day 05: Tadapani (2595m.) - Baili Kharka (3450m.) 5 hours.
The first 2½ hour was a gentle walk through beautiful Rhododendron forest. We can see a lot of Primula. After 65 min. more walk and 4-5 small climbs we reached a little pass and 5 min. later a chautara (rest place). Short after the chautara there was a sign to Khopra on our left hand. About here someone has made a tea stop, if it is open. Up to the left there is a praying flag. It is the trail to Deurali. Walk 15 min. up here, and there is a great viewpoint. Now it became hard. It was only a small trail high up on the mountainside, so be careful. Some parts very gentle around the mountainside and some parts were very steep up. After almost one hour we reached the top, and short after we started to go down, we saw the lodge at Baili Kharka. They are planning to make the last part of this trail better.
Day 06: Baili Kharka (3450m.) - Khopra Danda (Ridge) (3660m.) 5 hours.
From Baili Kharka we could see down at the lodge in Chistibang. To day we walk through some very nice forests with old big trees, not to be seen in Nepal very often. From Chistibang it takes about two hours to reach the top. It was steep up. On the top we could see beautiful: Rhododendron, Dhaulagiri, Tukhuche Peak, Damphus Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna 1, Annapurna South and deep down Sikha. It is like a fairytale. 15. Min after the top we will reach at the lodge.
Day 07: Khopra Danda (3660m.) - Paudwar (1750m.) 3½ hour.
From Khopra Ridge it is possible to walk to a lake (4300). It takes about 5 hours. The trail is steep down on a ridge with irregular stones and stone steps, but mostly ok. It is also a very nice trail with a nature and a view so beautiful, wild and dramatically, that again it is like a fairytale. After 1½ hour we reach a big Ridge, and from there the trail was no longer a problem. But now we became a very nice view to the Hillsides of Nepal. After two more hours we reach the nice little village of Paudwar, where not many other tourists are coming. Besides the school there is little local hotel. It is basic, and the food is basic. But it is a nice place to stay with a clean toilet and a clean bathroom, and the people are very friendly.
Day 08: Paudwar (1750m.) - Swanta (2400m) 3 hours.
After having breakfast trek to Swanta it takes about 3 hours to get Swanta and overnight at Swanta.
Day 09: Swanta - Baili Kharka (3450m.) 6 hours.
Today we trek to Baili Kharkha from Swanta. Swanta - Chistibang 3 hours and Chistibang to Baili Kharka 3 hours walk and overnight at the teahouse.
Day 10: Baili Kharka (3450) - Tadapani (2675m.) 6 hours.
After having breakfast trek to Tadapani it takes approximatly 6 hours to reach Tadapani and overnight at Tadapani.
Day 11: Tadapani - Kimche (1950m.)3 hour 45 minutes.
We trek to Kimche from Tadapani. Take a normal trekking trail to Ghandruk it takes 3 hours to arrive at Ghandruk take a lunch and continue walk to Kimche (45min) enjoying with mountain views and observe the local culture. Homestay at Kimche.
Day 12: Kimche - Ulleri (2073m.) 4 hours.
Trek to Ullery from Kimche. Walking through Dansing and continue to Tikhedunga and walk to ulleri. Overnight at Annapurna View guest house.
Day 13: Ulleri to Pokhara
3 hours walk to arrive at Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara from Birethanti it takes about 45 minutes to reach Pokhara and overnight in Pokhara at Hotel.
Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus. After a normal drive of seven hours, we reach Kathmandu. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable Car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. One can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Note: Itinerary can be customized according to your needs and length of stay.