Khopra danda and Khair lake trek

Trip Facts

  • Destination:Nepal, Annapurna Region
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
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Khopra danda located at the altitude of 3660m.Off-beaten route popular among the thrill-seeking trekkers. An alternative trekking route in the Annapurna region.

Khopra Danda Trek along with the exploration of Khayer lake

You will experience a different side of the world walking inside the thick rhododendron forests filled with various species of herbs, chirping birds and rare insects. It is less crowded thus there are chances that you can see several wild animals as well. The locals are mostly from Magar ethnic groups.
Also known as Kair lake trek the Khopra Danda trek leads up to Khair lake itself that is situated at 4500m altitude. The trekking ends with descending to Narchyang Magar village and eventually to Tatopani (hot water spring that leads to the motor roadway to Pokhara.
On the route, you can see amazing surrounding Himalayas belt consisting Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Dhampus, Himchuli, Machhaapuchre, Lamjung Himal and the Annapurna massif itself.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival
  • Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight - 35m / Drive -7hours drive from Pokhara to Kimche and trek to Ghandruk 1940m/1 hour
  • Day 03: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani 2630m
  • Day 04: Trek from Tadapani to Dobato 3420m
  • Day 05: Trek from Dobato to Chistibung 3026m
  • Day 06: Trek from Chistibung to Kopra Ridge/Danda 3660m
  • Day 07: Trek from Khopra Ridge to Swanta 2214m
  • Day 08: Trek from Swanta to Ghorepani 2860m
  • Day 09: Trek from Ghorepani to Tikhedunga 1540m
  • Day 10: Trek from Tikhedunga to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
  • Day 11: Morning Hike to World Peace Stupa and afternoon fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 12: Final Departure from Kathmandu
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and a representative will welcome and transfer you to your selected hotel by private vehicle.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight - 35m / Drive -7hours drive from Pokhara to Kimche and trek to Ghandruk 1940m/1 hour

We catch our early morning 25-minute scenic flight to Pokhara. After landing, we take a jeep ride to Kimche via Nayapul, which takes about 3 hours to reach. From Kimche, we begin our short trek to Ghandruk ascending on stone steps through the forested path while relishing the beautiful scenery in the background.

Day 03: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani 2630m

Leaving behind the beautiful Ghandruk village, today we trek to Tadapani ascending through the forested path filled with rhododendron and oak trees. We arrive in Tadapani, which offers stunning sunset and sunrise views. Overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Tadapani to Dobato 3420m

We ascend through dense forests filled with rhododendrons, pines, and oaks that lead us above the tree line to an amazing view of the Annapurna range finally reach Dobato. Overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Dobato to Chistibung 3026m

We take an early morning 30-minute hike up to Muldai viewpoint which offers a 360-degree view of the Himalayas including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs and Machhapuchhre Himal. Continue descending through the forest and cross a wooden bridge before moving uphill to reach Chistibung.

Day 06: Trek from Chistibung to Kopra Ridge/Danda 3660m

Leaving Chistibung behind, we ascend steadily and emerge above the tree line. We continue to ascend steadily to reach Khopra Ridge.

Day 07: Trek from Khopra Ridge to Swanta 2214m

Today we descend steeply through the hillside and retrace the trail back to Chistibung. The trail descends steeply through dense forest until we reach Ratmate. Crossing a small wooden bridge, we ascend for a while through the bamboo forest followed by the gradual ups and downs until we reach the village of Swanta.

Day 08: Trek from Swanta to Ghorepani 2860m

Today we trek to Ghorepani descending through terraced fields to a small river. We also get to take a quick look at the local water mill. We continue to ascend through the forested path to reach the village of Ghorepani from where we can catch the amazing view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs.

Day 09: Trek from Ghorepani to Tikhedunga 1540m

In the morning, we hike up to Poon Hill through rhododendron forest to catch the beautiful view of sunrise over the snow-capped peaks. We hike back to Ghorepani. We then descend steeply on a stone staircase to Bhurungdi Khola where we cross a suspension bridge to reach Tikhedunga.

Day 10: Trek from Tikhedunga to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

For our last day of trekking, we trek to Nayapul, gently descending to the village of Birethanti on the bank of Modi Khola. We then cross the new bridge to reach the pick-up point at Nayapul. From Nayapul, we take a short drive to Pokhara and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 11: Morning Hike to World Peace Stupa and afternoon fly back to Kathmandu

Early in the morning, we hike up to World Peace Stupa which offers a panoramic view of the different Himalayas from Annapurna to Dhaulagiri along with the beautiful peak of Machhapuchhre (6993m). We also get a view of the entire Pokhara valley and Phewa Lake. After spending some time at the stupa, we hike back to Phewa Lake and take a boat to cross the lake. In the afternoon, we catch a flight back to Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 12: Final Departure from Kathmandu

We drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, hoping to see you again.

You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

Reliable and responsible trekking company and Guide 

Feb. 19, 2011.

To Whom it may concern,

Having trekked in Nepal on several occasions and used the guiding services of Machendra Tamang,  form the SAN TREKKING we wish to recommend him to prospective clients. Machendra's vast experience, professionalism, knowledge, familiarity with the region and his care for his clients is exceptional.

Trekking in Nepal is always something of a spiritual journey for us, but it is made even more special by experiencing the genuine friendship and companionship Machendra shared with us. We encourage prospective clients to utilize his services and ensure continuing employment for him. We believe that your enjoyment of Nepal will be maximized if Machendra is your guide.

On our most recent trek, our small group of four also used the services of Machendra's brother Changba and brother-in-law Kimba. Both of these porters were delightfully cheerful company who voluntarily attended to our every need.

On our latest trek in the Solu Khumbu, we travelled in a clockwise direction from Lukla to Namchee, Thame, across the Renjo La, Gokyo, across the Cho La, Dhzongla, Gorak Shep (Kalla Patthar and EBC), Dinboche to Lukla with many side trips while acclimatizing. This involved crossing a number of high passes and peaks between 5 000 and 6 000 metres. However, Machendra's careful planning ensured excellent acclimatization where no-one experienced even a minor headache. Machendra is highly attuned to the abilities of clients and balances that with the altitude to tailor a sensible pace and ensure everyone's safety. This includes carrying a client's pack if they are struggling on a particular day.

If necessary, Machendra will organize everything including internal flights, permits, accommodation, side tours, visas, etc, and he does so without any commission. He is a highly principled man whose honesty and integrity are beyond question. He has a great depth of character and an absolutely delightful nature and his wonderful sense of humour is another bonus. His dignity and sensitivity is displayed in a quiet, caring manner while he goes about the business of guiding, communicating and negotiating, always in a very unobtrusive manner. Everything on the trek works smoothly because of the efficiency and diplomacy that characterizes him.

Machendra is especially alert, observant and attentive to your condition and he shows a genuine, heartfelt concern for your comfort and welfare. Always, he ensured our needs (meals, lodging, warmth, security, etc.) were met first before he attended to his own. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he communicated his ideas readily and showed flexibility in discussing alternative agendas as they arose. Machendra is an experienced cook and if lodges are busy at meal times, he also cooks excellent meals.

It was a privilege for us to once again enjoy the genuine friendship and sincerity Machendra so readily established with us. Because of his forthright honesty and integrity, we developed a very strong attachment and respect for him. He is an absolute credit to the Trekking Industry of Nepal and we recommend him to you most highly. Without a doubt, when next we visit Nepal, we will ensure that Machendra is our guide.

Thank you again Machendra, for your friendship, efficiency and care. The trek was wonderful but your company added to the enjoyment and the grate memories of Nepal.

Best wishes,

Your Friends,

Everest View Trek
Peter & Kim Cook,
Australia

Best Trekking Guide & Agency Ever.

 From the SAN TREKKING  agency Narayan took me on a fabulous trek in the hills of central Nepal; "off the beaten track" is an understatement. Everything about it was wonderful, the accomadations, food, but most of all the people in this idyllic place. I found Narayan to be very knowledgable, friendly, capable, and he also speaks very good English. If you want guide you can rest assured to be trustworthy, you will not go wrong with Narayan. When I go back to Nepal he will definately be the guide that I will look up.

Dean Engle ,
Hawaii, U S A

Very Knowledgeable, Enthusiastic and Experienced guide

Narayan Pandey is a very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and experienced guide. If you're looking for a personal guide or a guide for your group to the Himalaya mountains of Nepal then you can not do any better than this man. Narayan Pandey with SAN TREKKING.
 
Tracey-Quinn
Tracey Quinn,
Sydney, Australia

Very Experienced Guide

I would like to recommend Narayan, a travel and mountain guide in Nepal, with who I had the chance to travel, had a great experience and after the years has become a good friend to me.

He is definitely someone you can trust with, I still remember coming out of Kathmandu airport the first time in 2011, and he was there waiting for me and treated me very nicely. I did touring in the city and a trekking in Nagarkot. And back in 2018 also did city touring.
He guides both in the cities as in the mountain doing trekking. He is also very knowledgeable, very intelligent and looks after his travellers.

Definitely a high asset for your trip.

Thank you Narayan

Gracias
 
Yaiza Ibañez,
Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful country, great people, an amazing experience!

Spent about a month in Nepal last year with San trekking. It was such a beautiful experience. Trekking in Pokhara in the Annapurna region and mountain flight was just out of this world. Their team took great care of us. Beautiful country, great people, an amazing experience!

John Smith,
United Kingdom

Annapurna Round Trekking

Marco and I went for the Anapurna Trekking in February and March 2009. We decided to search for ourselfs in different office places and agencies. We were told that we had to be careful and precisely with choosing guides. At the end we came at an office where we met the guide Tilak. He was working at the office as a guide, together with the office manager Narayan Pandey. When Marco saw him, he melted, and we decided to take him with us to join our planned trekking.
We had an amazing time. Our choice was really remarkable. Narayan Pandey is a very honest gentleman. He did not only carry our bags, but he was curious, really interested in someone, warm, intelligent and became feeling like a friend. It was also very nice and handy that he could speak English with us, which makes the conversations much easier. Learning and speaking English also does say something about someone in Nepal!
Life is hard in Nepal, and so he showed us too. We wish him all the good luck and he deserves all the best recommends of past travellers! And off course of us!
 
Maura&Marco
From Holland
Maura &Marco ,
Amsterdam, Holland

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