Khopra danda Trek is newly open trekking routes in Annapurna region which are encircled with Annapurna base camp, trekking trail is separated from Tadapani to Khopra Hill which is renowned as Khayer Lake (Tal). Khopra Danda Trek is a virgin trekking route which is less crowded in compare to A.B.C and Ghorepani. During the trekking, trekkers pass through Rhododendron forest, several ancient villages which are inhabited by the ethnic group like Gurung, Magar, Brahmin, Chhetri & Dalits. Khopra Danda offers soaring Himalaya view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna (I, II, III, and south), Hiunchuli(6441m), Machhapuchhare(6993m), Lamjung Himal(6983m) and Nilgiri(7061m). It is perfect trekking for those adventure junkies who want trek on non-tourist destination. It is hidden Shangrila destination which offers you a close- views of mighty peaks and memorable experience.
Hence it has been renowned as a new alternative trekking destination which can be a perfect substitution for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. The starting point for this trek begins from Ghandruk instead of Ghorepani trekkers can continue towards Tadapani which leads towards Dobate (Known as Dobato junction point). Dobate is a perfect viewpoint to watch 360degree sunrise view over Mount Dhaulagiri. Khopra Danda Trek allows witnessing daring adventure challenge. During the trek, trekkers can hike up towards Khayer lake a hidden lake which is a side trip located in front of Annapurna South. Only a few trekkers make a hike in this lake. Still, this lake is unexplored. After a successful completion of this trek, there are two options for the trekker either they can follow the trail which will continue towards Ghorepani & Poonhill or they can end their trek on Tatopani and catch a local bus and back to Pokhara. Therefore it depends upon the willingness of Trekkers. Khopra Danda Trek is a perfect destination to watch sunrise and sunset views which is a worthwhile experience.
Arrival and transfer to hotel.
Enjoy a scenic drive in a tourist bus for about 8 hours. Transfer to the Hotel.Afternoon if time permits boating in Phewa lake and visit Barahi temple situated in Center of Phewa Lake, also side trip around lakeside.
After having breakfast early in the morning with a half an hour drive to Nayapul and you will start your trek to Tikhedhunga. At a 20minutes walk from Nayapul you will reach to Birethati, here you have to show your trekking permit and TIMS in the National Park Office. After a short stops, and trail slightly goes Tikhedhunga via Burundi Khola, village of Sudame, Mathathati Hille and finally crossing many beautifully settled hamlets and reach to Tikhedhunga.
After breakfast the trail slightly drops to Bank of the small river. From here 2 hour climbs uphill to Magar and Gurung settlement village of Ulleri, which is beautiful village placed in the middle of forest from where you can witness the magnificent Annapurna south and other snowy peaks and walking path dead you through Rhododendron forest to Ghorepani via Nanggethati overnight at lodge
Early in the morning you climb to Poon hill to witness the enthralling vista of sunrise with Mt Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Machhauchhare, Hiunchuli, Nilgiri and Annapurna South in the rear view and hike back to Ghorepani, breakfast. The trail leads about five hours to reach the beautiful village of Tadapani 2660m overnight at lodge.
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.
From Baili Kharka we could see down at the lodge in Chistibang. Today 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.
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.
After having breakfast trek to Swanta it takes about 3 hours to get Swanta and overnight at Lodge.
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.
After having breakfast trek to Tadapani it takes approximatly 6 hours to reach Tadapani and overnight at Tadapani.
The trails slightly go downhill from Tadapani to Bhaise Kharka where you can find some tea house and quick break for tea, coffee and With 2 hours of downhill walk from here you will reach Ghandruk2090m. Here, trekkers are blessed with closest views of Annapurna and Machhauchhare. Celebrate your trekking with Gurung culture and traditions. After lunch the trail leads you downhill for about three hours; the trail has some small tea house. Prolong your walk to reach Birethati. With a half an hour walk arrive to Nayapul with private transport drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
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