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  • Duration12 Days
  • Price from$746/ person
  • Difficulty LevelModerate
  • Max Altitude4,827 M (15,837 ft)

Looking for a rugged and off-beaten trek in the Annapurna region? Congratulations! You landed on the right page. Kopra Danda Trek is one of the best community treks in the Annapurna region and a bit off-beaten trail with amazing mountain views. The Kopra Danda Trek, also known as Khopra Ridge, is a moderately difficult trekking route in the Annapurna region. Nowadays, the Khopra Danda Khayer Lake Trek is one of the best trekking routes in Annapurna Region for beginners as well.

Khopra Danda is a great alternative trekking route to commercial and crowded treks in Annapurna like the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. However, we will be staying a night in Ghorepani.  Khopra Ridge is one of the best viewpoints and has magnificent panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna I, II, III, and south, Hiunchuli, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Lamjung Himal, and Mt. Nilgiri. Trekking in an unknown touristic area means you will be able to see the unchanged lifestyle, typical cultures, and preserved local heritage places.

Khopra-Danda Khayer Lake Trek Highlights

  • Escape the crowds and experience the authentic charm of the Annapurna region.
  • Witness breathtaking 360-degree panoramas of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, II, III, and South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, Lamjung Himal, and Nilgiri from Khopra Ridge, a hidden gem viewpoint.
  • Traverse diverse landscapes ranging from rice fields and rhododendron forests to juniper and tropical bushes.
  • Gain insights into the unique cultures and lifestyles of Tibetan, Buddhist, and Hindu communities along the trail.
  • Enjoy a moderate trek with a maximum elevation of 3640m, suitable for both experienced and beginner trekkers.
  • Embark on an optional day hike to the sacred Khayer Lake at 4660m for truly stunning mountain vistas.

Khopra Danda Trek starts from Pokhara after Kathmandu UNESCO heritage sites sightseeing. For the first few days, we will be walking the most popular Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek trail. Poon Hill viewpoint will welcome you with a 360-degree panoramic sunrise of the mountains. Another best part of this trek is the Mulde Hill viewpoint in Dobato. We will be visiting this place as well. We will pass through rice fields, rhododendron forests, juniper, and other trees with tropical bushes. This trek will give you a chance to learn about the different ethnic cultures and lifestyles of different people because you will see numerous Tibetan, Buddhist, and Hindu temple shrines. In the meantime, the maximum elevation of this trek is 3640 m, but a day hike up to Kayer Lake is about 4660m.

Short Khopra Danda Trek Route Itinerary.

The short Khopra-Danda Trek itinerary package is also listed on our website. This 12-day Khopra Danda Khayer Lake Trek itinerary begins in Kathmandu with the arrival and ends with the final departure. It's a complete trek package that is hassle-free when looking for accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara. Also, the airport pickup and drop-off and all ground transportation will be included in the trek price. The Kathmandu city tour is also included on the trip itinerary, so this is a complete package if you have enough time and just want to follow the plan.

Khopra Danda Trek Itinerary

The 7-day Khopra Danda trek itinerary begins in Pokhara, and the trek plan ends in Pokhara. The 7-day trek will include all the necessary logistics, guides, and services, but the cost of the trek does not include hotel accommodations in Pokhara. You need to arrive in Pokhara to join the 7-day Khopra Danda Trek. To reach Pokhara, you can take a 25-minute flight or a 6-hour road trip. If you come to Pokhara by flight, then we can start the trek on the same day of your arrival, but you have to arrive in Pokhara no later than 11 a.m. How short can the Khopra Danda Trek be? The shortest Khopra Danda Trek can be for 5 days, which is possible, and we will be happy to customise the trek itinerary for you. If you are a beginner but want to do the Khopra Danda Trek, then no problem; we will skip the Khayer Lake, and the rest of the trekking trail will be easy for you. Follow the link below for 7-day Khopra Danda Trek package details.

What makes this tour very interesting

  • The best viewpoint to see Mt. Dhaulagiri Ranges.
  • World Heritage Sites visit Kathmandu.
  • Beautiful Pokhara Valley and Lakes.
  • Amazing Annapurna Himalayas and Landscapes.
  • Food, culture, lifestyle, and more.
  • Ghorepani Poon Hill viewpoint.

Best Trek Khopra Ridge

I trekked before in Annapurna Region but after Khopra Ridge trek definitely can say this is the best Trek ever I had done in Annapurna region. I am very very thankful for Rugged Trails and my Guide Arjun for making this happen. Arjun was amazing he made a path ...

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Full package: 12 days (starting in Kathmandu)

Standard: 7 days (starting in Pokhara)

Shortest: 5 days (customizable)

Khopra Trek Itinerary Highlights:

Escape the crowds and experience authentic Annapurna charm.

Witness breathtaking 360° panoramic views from Khopra Ridge.

Traverse diverse landscapes: rice fields, rhododendron forests, juniper, etc.

Enjoy a moderate trek with an optional challenging day hike to Khayer Lake (4660m).

  • Day: 1
    Arrive in Nepal Kathmandu.

    From Tribhuvan International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Rugged trails Nepal team leader will meet and greet you at your hotel for Khopra Danda trek details and you will be introduced to your trek guide. Depends on your arrival time, if your flight is before 6;00 pm we will take you for welcome dinner at traditional Nepalese restaurant.

    Airport pickup is included in your trip cost: Check the Rugged Trails Nepal sign at the airport.
    • Hotel
    • NA
    • Dinner
    • 1350 M
    • Kathmandu
    • 6 Km
  • Day: 2
    Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour And Preparation For Trek.

    On this day, you will be given all the necessary guidance and time for the preparation of the trek. We will collect copies of your travel documents and copies of your insurance. At around 9 in the morning, the sightseeing tour will start in Kathmandu valley, and the tour will mainly meander around the cultural heritage sites Kathmandu valley has to offer, all listed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO. The highlight is, of course, the Kathmandu Durbar Square, adorned with old opulent palaces from Nepal’s glorious monarchial days, the Kumari Mandir, the temple of the Living Goddess, and much more magnificent architectural sublimity. Then we will circumambulate the Swyambhunath Temple and the Bouddhanath Stupa, all majestic with religious tenor. The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most religiously reverent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, and we can observe the cremation ritual of the Hindu people by the bank of the holy river Bagmati. After the tour, we will be heading back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

    • Hotel
    • 3-4 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast
    • 1350 M
    • Kathmandu
    • 20 Km
  • Day: 3
    Kathmandu drive to Pokhara

    After having breakfast, we will start a scenic drive to the beautiful city of Pokhara and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon if time permits boating in Phewa Lake and free time for walking around Lakeside.

    • Hotel
    • 5-6 Hour Drive (25 min fly)
    • Breakfast
    • 827 M
    • Pokhara
    • 210 Km
  • Day: 4
    Drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk (1940 M) 6,365 ft and Trek To Tadapani.

    In the morning, the Rugged Trails guide and vehicle will be at your hotel, till that time, you need to be ready with your bags. After your breakfast,. We will drive to Ghandruk village from Pokhara. It will be a short walk, so we will stop at Ghandruk to see the local villages and museums. Lunch will be at Ghandruk village, and after lunch, trek to Tadapani. We will be walking through the oak and Rhododendron forest We will see the beautiful views of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail), Annapurna South, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, and Lamjung Himal. Overnight at Tadapani.

    • Lodge
    • 4 Hour Drive & 3-4 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 2675 M
    • Tadapani
    • 6.5 Km
  • Day: 5
    Tadapani Trek To Bayeli Kharka.

    Early in the morning, if you want to see the sunrise, then put in the effort to come outside from your room. I can see the beautiful sunrise, and within that time, breakfast will be prepared. After packing bags and breakfast, we will move to our next destination, Bayeli Kharka. We will be walking through a rhododendron forest. After a gentle walk for 4 hours to get the magnificent views of Annapurna,. After reaching the point, we will order our lunch, and we will have delicious meals with the Himalayan view. Our night will be at Bayeli after lunch, and it will take about an hour. You will not be disappointed with the mountains because, from here, we can see Mt. Dhaulagiri, which is the world’s 7th highest mountains

    • Tea House
    • 5-6 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3450 M
    • Bayeli Kharka
    • 14 Km
  • Day: 6
    Bayli Kharka Trek To Khopra Danda / Ridge.

    As usual, the local mountain chef will prepare the local breakfast to start our day. We will descend to Chistibang and then take about 2 and a half hours to reach the Khopra Ridge. On the way, we can see Danfe (Pheasant), Yaks, and Himalayan Tahr. Well, you are at the top and amazed with the splendid views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, South, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak, Mt. Nilgiri, and other peaks.

    • Lodge
    • 5-6 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3660 M
    • Khopra Danda
    • 8 Km
  • Day: 7
    Khopra Danda Day Hike To Khayar Lake - Khopra Danda.

    It’s an extra day and a day hike from Khopra Danda to visit the Khayar Lake, which is at 4,600 m (15,092 ft). It offers stunning views, and it takes 7-8 hrs in total for both ways. Our guide will take you on the day hike; don’t forget to carry water with you. We will spend one more night at the same tea house and leave the next morning for Swanta. 

    You have the option to visit Khayer Lake; if you do not feel like walking there, our guide will lead you for a stroll around the hills.
    • Lodge
    • 7-8 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 4600 M
    • Khopra Danda /Khayar lake
    • 12 Km
  • Day: 8
    Khopra Danda Trek To Swanta.

    Easy day for today because it’s a short day for you only 4 hrs and enjoy the cheese factory at Swanta. Overnight at Swanta lodge.

    • Lodge
    • 4-5 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 2214 M
    • Swanta
    • 10 Km
  • Day: 9
    Swanta Trek To Ghorepani.

    Another exciting day on the hike because we will visit Ghorepani which is the most popular destination for mountain views, sunsets, and sunrises. After breakfast, we will walk to Chitre village, and we will follow the main trail to Ghorepani. From Ghorepani, we can see Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Annapurna South, I, and other peaks. If you feel like going for a sunset to Poonhill, then the guide will take you on top, which is 45 minutes further from Ghorepani. However, we will be visiting in the morning for the sunrise. Enjoy the last mountain dinner at Ghorepani. Overnight at lodges.

    • Lodge
    • 4-5 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 2880 M
    • Ghorepani
    • 9 Km
  • Day: 10
    Poon Hill viewpoint and Trek To Ulleri From Ghorepani. Drive to Pokhara.

    Early in the morning, we will visit Poonhill (3,210 m) at 10,525 ft for sunrise, and from here we can see the whole range of Dhaulagiri, Dhampus Peak, Annapurna South, I, Fishtail, and other peaks. After the sunrise, hike back to Ghorepani for breakfast. We will be walking for 4–5 hours in total, and then we will take a jeep drive back to Pokhara from Ulleri. During the monsoon, we will take a jeep from Tikhedhunga, 1 hour further down from Ulleri.

    • Hotel
    • 4 Hour Walk & 3 Hour Drive
    • Breakfast and Lunch
    • 827 M
    • Pokhara
    • 13 Km
  • Day: 11
    Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m).

    Note: Flying back is another option, which is a 25-minute flight.
    • Hotel
    • 6 Hrs
    • Breakfast
    • 1350 M
    • Kathmandu
    • 210 Km
  • Day: 12
    Day 14: Final departure.
    • NA
    • NA
    • Breakfast
    • NA
    • NA

What's Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) in Trekking
  • Domestic Airfare as per itinerary (depends on price quotes)
  • Accommodation during the trek (local lodge).
  • The government registered an English-speaking trekking guide and porter.
  • All necessary trekking permits.
  • Guided tour in the city with an expert tour guide.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in the city
  • Insurance for all staff and porters.
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek
  • First Aid Kit for the Khopra Danda Trek.
  • Khopra Ridge Trekking Map
  • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff, including porters

What’s Excluded

  • Nepal visa fees.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal gear and clothing (available for hire)
  • Table drinks and snacks while walking
  • Personal insurance and medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Services other than those mentioned above
  • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslides, strikes, political unrest, etc.
  • International airfare and airport taxes.
  • Tips for guide and porters


  • Best experience Short Khopra Danda Trek

    - Laura, Spain

    Our Khopra Danda trek was amazing! We spent great days with our guide called Indra who was very friendly, helpful and professional. Also, the porter was very kind. The owner Nirajan was very helpful talking via WhatsApp helping us to prepare the trek the days before. We booked it via online and met with him in Kathmandu.