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 viewpoint of the Annapurnas.

Upcoming Departures

Date Duration Availability Cost per person
May 15, 2018 8 days Available $985 USD Inquire
Oct 5, 2018 8 days Available $985 USD Inquire
Nov 1, 2018 8 days Filling up $985 USD Inquire

Overview

Fast facts
Min. duration 5 days
Max. elevation 3640m (Khopra ridge) / 4660m (Kayer Lake)
Start/finish Tirkhedhunga/Tatopani
Difficulty Moderate
Trek style Teahouse

If you're looking for the perfect week-long trek, a little off-the-beaten path and with great views, this trek is a great choice. It combines the best of what Nepal has to offer: amazing mountain views, pastoral villages, and rice fields layered on top of each other, descending down into the valley. The best part is that so few people know about it.

The route follows a local trail that takes you down into the valley north of Ghorepani, before climbing up another ridge, known as "Khopra Ridge". Without a doubt, one of the best short treks in Nepal.

Highlights

  • Wake early morning for an amazing sunrise over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas
  • Stay at a teahouse with one of Nepal's best panoramic views
  • Watch the yaks come to pasture
  • Descend through pastoral villages on your way down to Tatopani
  • Take an extra day to hike to Khayer Lake, a sacred lake at the foot of Annapurna South
Khopra Danda
The teahouse perched atop Khopra Ridge with views of Dhaulagiri (Photo credit: Alex Buri

Route Description

The route follows the same trail to Ghorepani, but then dips down into the valley before climbing back up again to a ridge (Khopra Danda) north of Poon Hill. This takes about a day, unless you want to break it up into two days and stay at a teahouse in the village Swanta. Atop the ridge, you'll find a single teahouse run by a caretaker that comes up each day from the villages below.

During this trek with my brother, we brought a tent and camped on a small outcrop just up the ridge from the teahouse. The views were superb, both at sunset and sunrise, when the valley filled with clouds below us with Dhaulagiri towering clear above. In the evenings, local yak herds are brought to over night and graze on the slopes just below us.

Khopra Danda
Atop Khopra ridge
En route to Khayer Lake
En route to Khayer Lake
Nilgiri South
View of Nilgiri South
Yaks
Yaks returning to pasture
The above photos were taken by Alex Buri

From Khopra Danda, it takes a day to reach Tatopani where you can catch a bus back to Pokhara (you'll have to switch in a nearby town on the way). As you descend back down into the valley, you'll pass through villages and terraces and can stop for lunch or even spend an extra night in one of village teahouses. At Tatopani, you'll find a built up hot spring open to the public.

En route to Tatopani
En route to Tatopani
Camped above Khopra
Camped above Khopra
farm fields
Layered crop terraces
stone steps
Stone steps to Khayer Lake

Brief Itinerary

Day Destination Altitude Duration
Day 01 Tirkhedhunga 1488m 2 hours
Day 02 Ghorepani 2875m 4-5 hours
Day 03 Swanta / Upper Chistibung (Poon Hill early morning) 3000m 5-6 hours
Day 04 Khopra Danda 3640m 3 hours
Day 05 Khopra Danda (Day-trip to Khayer Lake, 4660m) 3640m 7-8 hours
Day 06 Tatopani 1250m 4-5 hours
Day 07 Pokhara 815m 4 hours (private jeep)

Map

Map of Khopra Danda Trek - A great off the beaten path trek in the Annapurna region
Map of Khopra Danda Trek - A great off the beaten path trek in the Annapurna region

Upcoming Departures

Date Duration Availability Cost per person
May 15, 2018 8 days Available $985 USD Inquire
Oct 5, 2018 8 days Available $985 USD Inquire
Nov 1, 2018 8 days Filling up $985 USD Inquire

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Linda Ming

Khopra danda trek - a great off the beaten path trek in the annapurna region, Nepal - Mar 31 - Apr 8, 2018

Traveler: Linda Ming L. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

Booking our trip on kimkim was extremely simple and convenient. We were connected to Ngima right away, and he was professional and attentive all the way through. Everything that we experienced prior to the trip was easy, smooth, and enjoyable.

The trip itself was rather disappointing because our guide failed time and time again to do his job properly. He seemed entirely unfamiliar with the region of Nepal that we trekked through and depended on our porter to do a number of things that he... read more

Booking our trip on kimkim was extremely simple and convenient. We were connected to Ngima right away, and he was professional and attentive all the way through. Everything that we experienced prior to the trip was easy, smooth, and enjoyable.

The trip itself was rather disappointing because our guide failed time and time again to do his job properly. He seemed entirely unfamiliar with the region of Nepal that we trekked through and depended on our porter to do a number of things that he should have been able to do: lead us on our walks, correctly identify and name the mountains we saw, get us to the right tea houses at the end of each day, etc. Certainly we felt like we had been ripped off given the amount of money that we'd paid for our guide's expertise, but the bigger problem was that his incompetence led to some uncomfortable and frustrating problems -- one of them being a rather serious problem when he'd failed to inform us that there were no bottles of water for sale in the whole Ghorepani region (an endeavor to cut down on plastic waste). Had our guide briefed us on this, we could have purchased bottles of water on our way to Ghorepani, or at the very least, we would have known to save our empty bottles to fill up with filtered water. However, we were never advised on this matter, so we simply threw away our bottles assuming we'd be able to buy more. Needless to say, we felt outraged and panicked when we realized that we hadn't been sufficiently briefed, and that we didn't have any bottles for collecting water to get through the evening and the next day's walk. This made it crystal clear that our guide hadn't done his "homework" to prepare for a trek in a part of Nepal that he was unfamiliar with. (We also felt that Ngima should have advised us about the water situation in Ghorepani. The packing list that he shared did not indicate reusable water bottles as a must. It noted that we'd be able to buy bottles of water along the way, which led us to believe that there was no need to bring our own bottles at all. Given the situation at Ghorepani, Ngima really should have equipped us with better advice.)

There was one other incident concerning our guide that really frustrated and disappointed us. He had arranged to pick us up at our hotel in Pokhara at 2:00PM to take us to the airport for our 3:15PM flight to Kathmandu. We waited 30 minutes for his arrival, and then arranged our own ride to the airport when he still hadn't shown up by 2:30PM. We were terribly anxious for that whole half hour as we didn't want to miss the flight back to Kathmandu since we had an international flight to jump on from there. It was bad enough that we had to arrange and pay for transportation that the trip provider should have covered (we found this truly outrageous), but we really couldn't believe how irresponsible our guide had been. A guide should never make his clients feel so worried.

All in all, we are shocked and disappointed that this was the experience we paid for. In truth, we would like to be refunded the money that we paid to have a guide.

Needless to say, we cannot recommend Ngima's company, Nepal Myths and Mountain Trails.

William

Khopra danda trek, Nepal - Sep 30 - Oct 13, 2017

Traveler: William N. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Amanda was extremely helpful throughout the process, from assisting us in choosing the right trek to answering all our questions. Her local knowledge was invaluable. She met us in Kathmandu at the start of the trip to ensure that everything was in order. The itinerary that she put together for us was excellent, and worked out as planned.

Khopra danda trek, Nepal - Oct 1 - Oct 10, 2017

Traveler: Morgan U. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

Communication was easy and efficient. I felt that all my questions and concerns were taken care of in a timely and professional manner.

Ngima and his employees did a tremendous job taking care of us! They were always on time and easy to communicate with. They went out of their way to make sure we got to the airport and even all the way to the gate in a couple instances.

Khopra danda trek - june 2017, Nepal - Jun 3 - Jun 10, 2017

Traveler: Brad L. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Fantastic trip. Amanda did a great job getting everything set up for me. And Suman was an excellent, conscientious, and able guide. I was very happy with everything.

Khopra danda trek, Nepal - Apr 13 - Apr 21, 2017

Traveler: Fleur K. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

The only thing that would have made this better was that would have liked to have a trekked a little longer most days, but we realize that the trip has to account for: 1. lower fitness levels, and 2. altitude.