The Khopra Danda trek (also known as the Khopra Ridge trek) is a great alternative to the more popular (and more crowded) Ghorepani trek, taking you higher still to another great view-point of the Annapurnas.
A newly opened and less-discovered route, Khopra Danda Trek is also one of the hidden gems of trekking routes. The trek takes us on a journey of beaten tracks with some magnificent views. The views include mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri and Lamjung Himal. Moreover, we also encounter rural villages, farmlands and rhododendron forests. We can also find some Himalayan wildlife like pheasants and yaks.
Khayer Lake is also the destination of Khopra Danda Trek. The lake is hidden between the mountains and provides some stunning vistas of the entire Himalayan Mountains. Moreover, the lake will make you feel calm and relaxed, surrounded by mountains.
The trek also takes you to Ghorepani and Poon Hill where you’ll get one of the best sunrise and sunset views. You’ll also get to see some panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Himchuli. Khayer Lake has an elevation of 4660 meters which is moderately high while Khopra Danda and Poon Hill have an altitude of 3,640 meters and 3,210 meters, respectively.
The journey begins from Pokhara as we hike from Nayapul to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a beautiful village of Gurung community. From Ghandruk we trek to Tadapani which is an off-beaten trail through rhododendron forest. From there, we hike further to reach Bayeli Kharka and then to Upper Chistling. It is then an uphill climb to Khopra Ridge. The next day, we’ll have a day tour to Khayer Lake. As there is no facility of accommodation, we will return back to Khopra Danda in the evening. We then descend down to Swanta village and then to Ghorepani. From Ghorepani, we hike down to Hille and take a bus back to Pokhara.
Unique Experience at the Best Price
Overall, it is a unique, short and secluded trek that is known to few people. If you want to explore some less-traveled route, then Khopra Trek is for you. Moreover, you’ll see some stunning view of the mountains and discover the secret Khayer Lake. In addition, we provide this trekking package at an affordable price all-round the year.
You can easily combine Khopra Trek to the Mohare Danda Trek. Instead of going via Ghandruk, you can follow the route of Mohare Danda Trek for the first 3 days. From there, you can descend to Swanta and then ascend to Khopra Danda.