Looking for a 5-6 day hike in Nepal

  Group of 2 visited Nepal in March 2016

“Looking for a 5-6 day hike in Nepal. This should be a medium challenging altitude trek with mountain scenery and chance to immerse in local culture and people (homestays and tea houses are great). Looking for uncrowned trek. We are a young couple and physically active and fit.”


Ngima Dorji Sherpa, a local specialist from Nepal, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary based on Khopra Danda Trek - A great off the beaten path trek in the Annapurna region.

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Alex

Hi,

The Khopra Danda trek out of Pokhara would be great for what you're looking for. It gets you off the beaten path (through some beautiful local villages) and climbs up a ridge for some amazing views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I & South. It takes 6 days, but can be adapted to fit your needs.

Here's a short write up: https://www.kimkim.com/c/the-best-6-day-trek-in-nepal

Pokhara is a 7-hour drive from Kathmandu (via tourist bus), but I'd recommend flying both ways ($160 per person one-way) to save time, and the flight affords some great view, as well. This leaves you more time in Kathmandu to visit the old cities and markets of Bhaktapur and Patan, and the religious sites of Boudha (Buddhist) an Pashpatinath (Hindu). It looked like you were interested in seeing some cultural sites from your photo quiz.

Let me know if I can put you in touch with one of our Insiders who can jump in on the conversation and put together a trip plan for you (free of cost). If it makes sense and you're happy with the plan, you can book it through us as well.

Best,
Alex

Traveler

Hi Alex,

Thanks for the quick response. The trip you suggested sounds great - 6 days hike with about 2 in Katmandu to acclimatise. It would be great if you could put me in touch with an Insider for a more detailed plan. The dates we would be looking at are approx. 25th March until 3rd of April.

Alex

Hi,

Glad to hear it. You won't be going too high on the Khopra Danda trek (max. elevation is 3708m) so you should be good to go after a day or two in Kathmandu.

I just confirmed with your Expert, Ngima, and he'll be glad to help. Expect to hear from him within the next day (he's in Kathmandu, so a bit of a time delay). He'll be able to work with your dates and help put a plan together.

Best!
Alex

Ngima

Hi,

I am so glad to help you with your Nepal trip plan for this spring. Please refer to below program itinerary of your travel plan in Nepal.

Khopra Danda Trek

Itinerary :
March 25 – Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel Manaslu or similar.
Welcome assistance at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel. Rest at the hotel some time and after that our staff will brief you regarding about the trip. O/N at hotel.

March 26 – Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel Landmark or similar.

March 27 - Pokhara – Tirkhedhunga (1570 m.)
After breakfast in Pokhara at 7:30 am, you’ll drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1010m) where the trek begins. The drive takes approximately 45 minutes (42km) by private vehicle. The trails leads up through beautiful rice, maze and millet farms surrounding local villages. You’ll follow the main trail to Birethanti passing small waterfalls along the way. The trail reaches Sudami where you have lunch. After lunch, you’ll climb steadily up the valley until you reach Hile, and after half an hour you reach Tikhedhunga where you’ll stay overnight.

March 28 - Tirkhedhunga – Ghorepani (2840 m.)
Breakfast will be served in your guest house at 7:00 am. The day starts with the climb to Ulleri (2070m). The trail is steep for 1.5 hours through stone steps that lead through cultivated fields. The rest of the trail goes through blooming rhododendron and oak forest. Finally, the trail leads to to Nangethanti which will be your lunch spot. Thanti is a Nepali word meaning “rest house” “Dharamsala”. In the winter, the trail can be covered with snow. After lunch, you’ll trek for another hour or so, climbing to Ghorepani at 2850m. Overnight in Ghorepani.

March 29 - Ghorepani – Village below Khopra
Wake up to one of the highlights of your trek. In the early morning, you’ll make the short climb to Poon Hill (3210 m.) (around 45 min.) which provides among the best sunrise views over the Himalayas. Many snow covered mountains can be seen from Poon Hill, including Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna South (7119m) Fishtail (6993m), Nilglgiri south, Singa chuli, Annapurna I (8091m) and many other peaks. You’ll then return to Ghorepani for breakfast.
While on Poon Hill, look north and you’ll see a ridge rising up from the valley below. This is Khopra Danda (the ridge of Khopra), your next destination. After breakfast, you’ll descend down into the valley below Ghorepani.

March 30 - Village below Khopra – Khopra Danda (3708 m.)
After an early breakfast, you’ll start your trek up to Khopra as you pass kids on their way to school in the local villages. You’ll follow a narrow basin in lush forest as you start your gradual climb up the ridge. You’ll have a good few hours of uphill trekking as you gain the ridge, and you’ll have the sunset from your teahouse atop Khopra waiting for you.

March 31 - Khopra Danda – Community Lodge (1230 m.)
Enjoy the morning views from above the clouds, as Dhaulagiri and the Kali Gandaki Gorge fill with light below you. Today, the only trekking you’ll have is down the ridge to one of the local villages where you’ll spend the night, so you have time to relax and explore the ridge around Khopra. As you descend down into the valley below, you’ll enjoy views of terraced farm fields and beautiful stone villages - few people come this way so and you’ll get more of the local feeling than most trails in Nepal.

April 01 - Community Lodge – Pokhara
After breakfast, all that remains is a short trek down to the small town of Tatopani, through local villages, where you’ll catch your transport back to Pokhara. There is a hot spring in Tatopani if you’d like to take a moment to soak your legs. Expect to arrive back in Pokhara before dinner.

April 02 – Fly back Pokhara to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel Landmark or similar.

April 03 – Final departure.

Cost per person for above trip for 2 traveling pax basis.

01) Accommodation in Kathmandu : USD 70.00
02) Accommodation in Pokhara : USD 70.00
03) TIMS permit : USD 10.00
04) ACAP permit : USD 20.00
05) KTM - PKR - KTM airfares* : USD 272.00
06) 6 times domestic airport transfers : USD 32.00
07) PKR - Nayapul transfer : USD 15.00
08) Tatopani - Pokhara Jeep transfer : USD 125.00
09) Staff's walkin and walk out cost of PKR : USD 21.00
10) 6 days lodge trek : USD 480.00
Total : USD 1115.00 per person.

Above cost includes:
- 2 nights accommodation in Hotel Manaslu or similar in Pokhara on BB single stay basis.
- 2 nights accommodation in Hotel Landmark or similar in Pokhara on BB single stay basis.
- KTM – PKR – KTM airfares* and domestic airport tax.
- PKR - Nayapul and Tatopani - PKR transfer in private vehicle.
- Domestic Airport transfers in private vehicle.
- 6 days lodge trek on full board basis.
- ACAP and TIMS fee.
- Equipments, clothing, salary and insurance for staffs.
- Kit bags.
- All government taxes.

Above cost does not include :
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Soft Drinks and Alcoholic beverages like Coke, Beer, etc.
- Entrance fees for monasteries and museum
- Nepal entry visa fee
- Hot shower and hot drinking water during trek.
- Your personal trekking gears and equipments.
- Personal natured expenses like phone, laundry, gratitude, etc.
- Your insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if any.
- Any items not mentioned in "Service included section"

Looking forward to hear from you.

Best wishes,

Ngima D. Sherpa

Traveler

Hello Ngima,

Apologies for the late response. The plan you sent through looks absolutely great and exactly what we are looking for during our very short travel to Nepal. I yet have to confirm the final dates with my girlfriend but very likely they stay the same or possibly move back by one week. Once confirmed we would be happy to go with this plan and also book the trip with your help.

One thing that was not quite clear to me is if the hike between the different stages was on our own or if we needed a guide to come with us?

I will confirm final dates this week and will get back to you by this Sunday.

Best regards,

Ngima

Namaste from Nepal !!

Thank you very much for your reply.

I am so sorry that I should have forgotten to mention you that we will provide you experienced English speaking guide and porter for your trek in cost included section.

Please feel free to let me know about your any confusions or any further queries.

Looking forward to receive your trip confirmation dates.

Best wishes,

Ngima.

Traveler

Hi Ngima

Thanks for confirming. I have now confirmed dates with my partner, these would be:

Arrival in Kathmandu on 19th March approx. 12pm
Departure Kathmandu on 28th March approx. 11am

I assume the treck would remain the same, but please let me know if you foresee any changes. Happy to book the Kathmandu Hotel for the final day 27/28th March ourselves.

One last question on the treck was around distances, roughly could you tell how many kilometers we will treck per day/total for the 6 days?

best,

Alex

Hi,

Glad to hear your dates are set. I'll leave it to Ngima to confirm the final details of your trek.

As for the trekking distances, expect around 6-10 km. per day (roughly 40km in total). The duration of each day will vary, but 4-6 hours of walking would be a safe bet.

Once you're set and after we've confirmed we Ngima, I'll add a link to the payment form here in the chat where you can pay by credit card.

Expect to hear back from Ngima soon!

Alex

Ngima

Thank you very much for your final trip dates. I wish you could provide us your full international flight details so that we could arrange vehicle for your airport transfers.

The trek will be same except the changes in dates and ommission of our hotel arrangement on the last day after your return to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Please find below the revised program itinerary and cost of program for two pax.

Khopra Danda Trek

Itinerary :

March 19 – Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel Manaslu or similar.
Welcome assistance at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel. Rest at the hotel some time and after that our staff will brief you regarding about the trip. O/N at hotel.

March 20 – Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel Landmark or similar.

March 21 - Pokhara – Tirkhedhunga (1570 m.)
After breakfast in Pokhara at 7:30 am, you’ll drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1010m) where the trek begins. The drive takes approximately 45 minutes (42km) by private vehicle. The trails leads up through beautiful rice, maze and millet farms surrounding local villages. You’ll follow the main trail to Birethanti passing small waterfalls along the way. The trail reaches Sudami where you have lunch. After lunch, you’ll climb steadily up the valley until you reach Hile, and after half an hour you reach Tikhedhunga where you’ll stay overnight.

March 22 - Tirkhedhunga – Ghorepani (2840 m.)
Breakfast will be served in your guest house at 7:00 am. The day starts with the climb to Ulleri (2070m). The trail is steep for 1.5 hours through stone steps that lead through cultivated fields. The rest of the trail goes through blooming rhododendron and oak forest. Finally, the trail leads to to Nangethanti which will be your lunch spot. Thanti is a Nepali word meaning “rest house” “Dharamsala”. In the winter, the trail can be covered with snow. After lunch, you’ll trek for another hour or so, climbing to Ghorepani at 2850m. Overnight in Ghorepani.

March 23 - Ghorepani – Village below Khopra
Wake up to one of the highlights of your trek. In the early morning, you’ll make the short climb to Poon Hill (3210 m.) (around 45 min.) which provides among the best sunrise views over the Himalayas. Many snow covered mountains can be seen from Poon Hill, including Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna South (7119m) Fishtail (6993m), Nilglgiri south, Singa chuli, Annapurna I (8091m) and many other peaks. You’ll then return to Ghorepani for breakfast.
While on Poon Hill, look north and you’ll see a ridge rising up from the valley below. This is Khopra Danda (the ridge of Khopra), your next destination. After breakfast, you’ll descend down into the valley below Ghorepani.

March 24 - Village below Khopra – Khopra Danda (3708 m.)
After an early breakfast, you’ll start your trek up to Khopra as you pass kids on their way to school in the local villages. You’ll follow a narrow basin in lush forest as you start your gradual climb up the ridge. You’ll have a good few hours of uphill trekking as you gain the ridge, and you’ll have the sunset from your teahouse atop Khopra waiting for you.

March 25 - Khopra Danda – Community Lodge (1230 m.)
Enjoy the morning views from above the clouds, as Dhaulagiri and the Kali Gandaki Gorge fill with light below you. Today, the only trekking you’ll have is down the ridge to one of the local villages where you’ll spend the night, so you have time to relax and explore the ridge around Khopra. As you descend down into the valley below, you’ll enjoy views of terraced farm fields and beautiful stone villages - few people come this way so and you’ll get more of the local feeling than most trails in Nepal.

March 26 - Community Lodge – Pokhara
After breakfast, all that remains is a short trek down to the small town of Tatopani, through local villages, where you’ll catch your transport back to Pokhara. There is a hot spring in Tatopani if you’d like to take a moment to soak your legs. Expect to arrive back in Pokhara before dinner. Overnight at Hotel Landmark or similar.

March 27 – Fly back Pokhara to Kathmandu. Hotel on your own.

March 28 – Final departure.

Cost per person for above trip for 2 travelling pax basis.

01) Accommodation in Kathmandu : USD 35.00
02) Accommodation in Pokhara : USD 70.00
03) TIMS permit : USD 10.00
04) ACAP permit : USD 20.00
05) KTM - PKR - KTM airfares : USD 272.00
06) 6 times domestic airport transfers : USD 32.00
07) PKR - Nayapul transfer : USD 15.00
08) Tatopani - Pokhara Jeep transfer : USD 125.00
09) Staff's walkin and walk out cost of PKR : USD 21.00
10) 6 days lodge trek : USD 480.00

Total : USD 1080.00 per person.

Above cost includes:
- 1 night accommodation in Hotel Manaslu or similar in Kathmandu on BB twin sharing basis.
- 2 nights accommodation in Hotel Landmark or similar in Pokhara on BB twin sharing basis.
- KTM – PKR – KTM airfares and domestic airport tax.
- PKR - Nayapul and Tatopani - PKR transfer in private vehicle.
- International and domestic Airport transfers in private vehicle.
- 6 days lodge trek on full board basis.
- ACAP and TIMS fee.
- Equipments, clothing, salary and insurance for staffs.
- Kit bags.
- All government taxes.

Above cost does not include :
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Soft Drinks and Alcoholic beverages like Coke, Beer, etc.
- Entrance fees for monasteries and museum
- Nepal entry visa fee
- Hot shower and hot drinking water during trek.
- Your personal trekking gears and equipments.
- Personal natured expenses like phone, laundry, gratitude, etc.
- Your insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if any.
- Any items not mentioned in "Service included section"

I hope Alex has made you clear regarding the per day trek duration. Kindly provide us the passport scanned copies and passport size photograph of both of you for the purpose of making permits.

Looking forward to hear from you.

Best wishes,

Ngima.

Alex

I'm adding the link to the payment page for whenever you feel ready:
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It's updated to reflect the most recent quote from Ngima for $1080 USD per person, and does not include any charges for March 28 (your last day).

Feel free to confirm any details beforehand, if needed.

Alex

Thanks - we received your payment.

Ngima will send you an email outlining any personal details he will need to begin making arrangements. Expect to hear from him soon. (Also, expect a detailed itinerary showing you the average distance and trekking time for each day.)

Ngima

Hi,

Please find below the link to your program outline. FYI, the given distance is approximate distance covered per day.

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Best wishes,

Ngima.

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