Khopra Danda Trek
Khopra danda trek is an untouched trekking route in the Annapurna region that goes to beautiful Khopra Danda and the holy Khayar Lake. Our 15 days Khopra danda trek also combines a hike to the famous Ghandruk and Ghorepani villages. It is a perfect trekking itinerary in the western Himalayas that offers breathtaking mountain views, intimate interactions with locals, authentic countryside experience, and adventure.
Khopra danda trek is also known as Khopra ridge trek, Khopra danda Khayar lake trek, and Khayar lake trek. It is a community trek designed to support the local community residing along the way to Khopra danda. Khopra danda trekking route is a bit offbeat with no crowd and a great trekking experience. The trail goes through dense forests, pastures, and rice fields. Because it is a relatively new trekking route, the region is unspoiled.
Located northeast of Pokhara, the Khopra danda trek route leads you away from the mainstream trails into the complete wilderness and dense forests. You will be trekking around the shadows of the Annapurna range and witnessing surreal views of mountains like Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), etc.
The landscapes from Ghorepani and Ghandruk villages are phenomenal too. We will hike to Poon Hill while returning from Khayar Lake, which offers gorgeous sunrise and stretching views of the western Himalayan mountains like Annapurna (8,091 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), Nilgiri (7,061 m), Tukuche (6,920 m), Fishtail (6,993 m), Dhampus Peak (6,012 m), Gurja Himal (7,193 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), etc.
Major attractions of the Khopra danda trek
Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and explore Pokhara, the city of lakes
Before we leave Kathmandu for the Khopra Danda trek, we will spend a full day there visiting several historical sites. The tour will be guided. We will explore sites like Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Booudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. These are some of the famous monuments in the city.
Similarly, in Pokhara, you get to enjoy the tranquility of Phewa Lake. Many tourists like to go boating on the lake. Like Thamel in Kathmandu, Lakeside Market is a tourist hub in Pokhara where you can buy souvenirs and enjoy the nightlife.
Ghandruk and Ghorepani villages
To make our Khopra danda trek itinerary furthermore thrilling and adventurous we have combined hikes to Ghorepani and Ghandruk villages. This will give you more insight into the life of the mountain people and the opportunity to interact with the closing. Both of these villages are famous for their kind and welcoming residents and incredible mountain views.
Come across diverse flora and fauna
The Khopra danda trek route is inside the Annapurna Conservation Area. You will trek through dense forests of pine, oak, rhododendron, bamboo, etc.
Moreover, on the way from Swanta village to Ghorepani, you will get to see 14 species of rhododendrons. It is the national flower of Nepal. Likewise, you will come across numerous other vegetation and wildflowers along the way.
Similarly, the trekking route is home to several wildlife and birds. You may get to see danphe, the national bird of Nepal, along with wild boar, monkeys, Himalayan tahr, etc.
Community eco-friendly trekking route
Khopra danda trek is opened by Mahabir Poon to help support the communities residing in this area. This trek is not commercialized like other famous trekking routes in Nepal. So you will get to have a very raw trekking experience. The overnight stays in the community lodges run by locals will offer you a close insight into their life.
Joining Khopra danda trekking, you will not only enjoy tranquil trekking and superb landscapes but also contribute to the community. This is a great trek to support a cause.
Khopra Danda and Khayar Lake
Khopra danda is situated at 3,660 meters, bordering the districts of Myagdi District and Kaski District. At the top of the ride is a small lovely community that will welcome you during your stay there. The famous side hike from Khopra danda is Khayar Lake. Situated behind the Annapurna II, the Khayar Lake is a sacred lake that one can reach easily from Khopra Danda.
The lake is 4,500 meters above sea level and offers outstanding views of peaks and glaciers. The trail from Khopra Danda to Khayar Lake is a bit challenging. It passes through waterfalls and snow/dry lands as per the weather. Here, you will visit the Khayar Barahi temple. Janai Purnima in August sees a huge crowd of pilgrims at the lake.
Just like Poon Hill, Mulde peak offers beautiful sunrise and heavenly views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. It is also a hill station located 30 minutes of moderate walk from Dobato. From Tadapai, Mulde peak is situated 3.5 hours walk away. You can ask your guide for a short side excursion to Mulde peak.