There are many hidden trekking trails in Nepal that offers amazing views as the popular trekking route does. Among them, Khopra Ridge Trek is one of the best. It is located near Pokhara City, Annapurna Region.
We can say, Khopra Danda Trek(Nepali Name of Khopra Ridge) is easy hiking and can be done within a week(depending on the route). This trail is not a commercial trail like Mardi Himal Trekking. During the trekking, you will get impressive views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and many more peaks.
Overview of Khopra Trek
Trip Name :
Khopra Ridge Trek ( Khopra Danda Trek)
Maximum Altitude :
Trip Duration :
9 Days( We can also do it within 7 days)
Group Size :
1 to 25 person
Best Time :
Jan – May, and Sept-Dec
Difficulty Level :
Easy to Moderate
Trek Starts from :
Ends In :
5-7 hours walking(Approx.)
Nature of Trek :
Cost for Khopra Ridge Trek
Regarding the package cost/price for the Khopra Ridge Trekking, depends on what types of service you want to have. It means you want to have an all-inclusive package or partial service from an agency.
According to our company’s plan for the Khopra trek(Ridge/Danda), it cost USD 495 per person. This price is based on 2 people where you’ll get most of the things regarding a trip to Khopra. Here you can see all Inclusion and Exclusion on the Package. However, if you wish to have a luxury trip or budgeted trip, we have that type of package too.
We are offering Trekking to Khopra Ridge at a reasonable price. Our GUIDED TREKKING PACKAGE covers major expenses(guide, porters, permits, accommodation, transportation, and many more) of trekking. Hence, our package is an INCLUSIVE package.
PRICE FOR KHOPRA RIDGE TREK
No. of Tourist
Price Per Person
1 person(Solo Trekker)
Things to know before trekking to Khopra Danda/Ridge
Khopra Ridge and Khopra Danda are two different names for the same place. Here you should know DANDA has translated words to the Nepali Language of English “Ridge” Word. Locals used to pronounce Khopra Ridge whereas most tourists pronounced Khopra Ridge
KHAYA LAKE: Khayar Lake is a holy lake which is located 4700m at bottom of Annapurna South. It is an optional day hiking from Khopra Ridge. Here I am saying optional day hiking because it is tough hiking as it does take around 10 hours at a high altitude. For those who don’t have previous hiking experience and strong physical fitness, it is not suitable for them. But keep in mind, that you’ll not miss views if you escape Khayar Lake Hike. Views from Khopra Ridge are phenomenal.
Trial Review – Why you Love Trekking to Khopra Ridge
In a single line, Khopra Trek is the best short-duration underrated trekking in Nepal. As it lies in the Annapurna Region, we can also say one of the finest trails of Annapurna.
It is an easy trail from where we can observe a giant peak from a close distance. Trekking to Khopra is suitable for a family trek or student tours. Moreover, it is the best Himalayan trek for beginners in Nepal. Nonetheless, this trail is regarded as the best short trek near Pokhara.
It is a more worthwhile trekking trail than the overcrowded Mardi Himal and poon hill trek. All in all, this trail deserves more tourists. So I suggest visiting this beautiful trail once in life.
Khopra Ridge Trekking – One of the best off-the-beaten Path in Nepal
There are some emerging trekking trails in the Annapurna Region. Among them, the Khopra Ridge(Danda) trek is one of the BEST TRAIL. This trail is lesser-known but rewards amazing mountain views.
There is only one Community Lodge on the Khopra Danda so far but others are under construction. So during the peak trekking season in Nepal, it’s difficult to get a room for tourists if we don’t make reservations before at least a week ago.
In Khopra Danda and Chistibung places, they have community system lodges. So this trail is also called the Khopra Community Lodges trek. The good thing about COMMUNITY LODGES TREK is the profit from those two places hotel goes to social works like school education in those areas. This trail was opened a few years ago to explore the hidden beauty of the Annapurna Region. If you are searching for the off-the-beaten-path, this trial is for you.
What to see during trekking to Khopra Ridge?
This trekking route offers one of the best views of Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (7,061m), Annapurna Fang (7,647m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Machhapuchhre (6,997m) and many sub mountains of Dhaulagiri.
On the way to Khayar Lake, we’ll see the best views of Dhaulagiri as well as very close views of Annapurna South and Nilgiri.
During the trek to Khopra Ridge Trekking, you’ll see fabulous views of major peaks such as Mount Annapurna, Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Machhapuchhre(Fishtail), Nilgiri, and Tukuche as well. Your journey to Khopra Ridge will move forward through the most popular short trekking Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Rhododendron forests, beautiful farmlands, and an amazing landscape make more remarkable trekking.From Khopra Danda you’ll see a massive mountain range with the closest view.
Panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayas from a closer distance.
Mesmerizing Sunrise and Sunset over Mt.Dhaulagiri and Mt.Annapurna
Amazing landscape with Rhododendron forests and lush vegetation.
Off the beaten trek from where you can get a real taste of nature and be free from a crowded environment.
Explore Khayar lake( Holy Lake) with stunning mountain scenery.
Experience the Gurung’s and Magar’s typical villages lifestyle
Get 180-degree mountain views from Mulde ViewPoint.
Khayar Lake Hike: Challenging Day hike from Khopra Danda
Khayar Lake is located at 4,680m and it is a full-day hike from Khopra DANDA/Ridge. It lasts around 9-10 hours to get there and back. 6 hours to get to KHAYAR LAKE and 3 hours to get back to Khopra Danda. On the midway to the Lake, there is a small teashop where we can get some basic foods as well as hot drinks. Normally during the main trekking season March to May and from September to December, we can hike Khayar lake but during the winter season, we can’t hike the lake. Because it takes much more time to walk over the snow and way is pretty dangerous to walk over the snow.
In terms of area, Khayar Lake is a small lake. It is also known as Baraha Lake. On the left of the Lake, there is a peak which is known as Baraha Peak. Likewise, on the top right side, there is Annapurna South.
Especially Khayar Lake is popular for local people because locals used to worship the Lake. On side of Khayar Lake, there is a temple where locals used to go for worship.
Trekking to Khopra is superior to Poon Hill Trek
We can say trekking to Khopra is an alternative trekking trail of the Most popular short Ghorepani Poon Hill. Because from this route you’ll have a closer view of mountains than Poon Hill. If you want to avoid more tourist areas Khopra Ridge can be your best choice.
Khopra Trekking is the best hike route due to outstanding views of More than 10 peaks from Khopra Danda, we can say Khopra Danda trek is the best short hiking in Annapurna. In terms of altitude easy to moderate difficult treks. As we stay one night at Khopra Danda(3,660m) and for Khayar Lake you should hike up to 4800m. Khayar Lake hike makes this trip more adventurous. If you want to see Annapurna South just close your eyes and want to explore Khayar Lake, you should hike from Khopra Danda to Khayar Lake.
BEST ITINERARY OF KHOPRA RIDGE TREK
Regarding the itinerary, we have 9 days plan that includes Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking. Since, our itineray includes 2 beautiful trail(Khopra Danda plus Ghorepani Poon Hill), we can say it is the BEST ITINERARY for Khopra Trip. If you have a shorter period than our plan, we can take a flight to and from Pokhara. Likewise, if you want to make a longer duration trek, we can combine this trekking with Annapurna Base Camp. Keep in mind, if it’s not suitable for you, we can make an itinerary according to your preferences.
Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive)
Pokhara – Ghandruk – Tadapani
Trekking to Dobato
Trekking to Khopra Danda
Hike to Khayar Lake( Optional Rest at Khopra Danda)
Khopra Danda to Swanta Village
Swanta village to Ghorepani
Trekking to Naypul via Poon Hill and drive to Pokhara
Back to Kathmandu
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We will drive to Pokhara by Tourist Bus. It does take around 7-8 hours to get to Pokhara.
Hotel at Pokhara
7 to 8 hours drive
830 m(2, 723feet)
Day 2: Drive to Ghandruk and Trekking to Tadapani
Upon taking breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to the Bus station of Ghandruk-Pokhara. From there, we will drive to Ghandruk Village by Local Bus(public bus).
It does take around 4 hours to reach Ghandruk from Pokhara by Bus. You will have lunch at Ghandruk. Afterward, you will make the short walk to Tadapani(3 hours) through the alpine forest. Especially Ghandruk to BhaisiKhark(a campsite before Tadapani) is more ascending and from Bhisikharka to Tadapani is a straightway.
Guest House at Tadapani
4 hours drive and 3-hour trek
B, L, D
2,600m (8,530 feet)
Day 3: Trekking to Dobato
You will fill enjoy the panoramic views of Annapurna and Himchuli on the way to Dobato. Besides that, you also see waterfalls, pasturelands of buffalo, sheep, and goats, diverse flora, and fauna. You will have the best view of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli from Dobato. Enjoy overnight at Dobato.
Guest House at Dobato
B, L, D
Day – 4 Trekking to Khopra Danda
Early in the morning, we will hike to Mulde View Point. From Dobato, it does take 30 minutes to get to Mulde View Point. It is superior to Poon Hill. From Mulde Peak, you can see the Dhaulagiri range as well as Annapurna Range.
Afterward, we walk to Khopra Danda.
Guest House at Khopra Danda
B, L, D
Day – 5 Hike to Khayar Lake (Rest at Khopra Danda)
Khayar Lake Hike is the most challenging part of this trekking. It does take around 10 hours for the hike. From 3660m to 4680m (nearly 1000m ascending and descending) in a single day is very tough. There is no Guest House between Khayar Lake to Khopra. However, mid of the way there is a teashop where we can have lunch before reach to Khayar Lake.
Khayar Lake hike is optional. Those who don’t want to make this tough walk can enjoy Khopra Danda.
Guest House at Khopra Danda
B, L, D
Day – 6 Khopra Ridge to Swanta village
On day 6, we will be trekking to Swant village. Swanta is a beautiful village of Magar and other ethnic groups.
Guest House at Swanta
B, L, D
Day – 7 Trekking to Ghorepani
Swanta to Ghorepani takes around 6 hours. There are more than 20 hotels in Ghorepani. Do relax on the 7th day at Ghorepani.
Guest House at Ghorepani
B, L, D
Day – 8 Trekking to Naypul via Poon Hill and drive to Pokhara
We will hike to Poon Hill for sunrise. After sunrise, we will be back in Ghorepani. Having breakfast at Ghorepani, we will go to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.
Guest House at Tikhedhunga
9 to 10 hour
Day – 9 Back to Kathmandu
We will drive to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
Hotel on your booking
Inclusion and Exclusion on Package
Includes in Package:
Private transfers for your international flight (arrival/ departure).
Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
Pokhara to Ghandruk by Private Cab/Jeep(Depends on Group size)
Nayapul to Pokhara by Private Cab/Jeep
Meals During Trekking: Breakfast(B), Lunch(L), Dinner(D)
First Aids Kit with an Oximeter to Check your Oxygen Level during the trip
Seasonal Fruits after Dinner(Each Trekking Day)
Trekking Completion Certificate (if you wish)
Down Jacket, Trekking Poles, and Sleeping for the trip if needed( Should be returned after the trek)
Nepal Government Taxes, VAT, and official charges.
Excludes in Package:
Any types of Drinks and Dessert foods.
Nepal Entry Visa Fee
Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
All types of Personal Nature Expenses.
Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
Tip for the crew
Any other things which are not mentioned in Inclusion.
Frequently Asked Questions( FAQs )
Do I need to have hiking experience to do Khopra trek?
No. You don’t need it. If you can walk 5-6 hours a day, you can do this trail. But we suggest some walking practice for some months to do the trek.
What types of Accommodation can we get on Khopra-Khayar?
You will get Teahouse accommodation in most of the places but on Khopra Ridge and Chistbung, there are community lodges.
How long does it take?
You can do the Khopra Danda trek raging for 5 to 10 days. If you wish to do this trail including Ghorepani Poon Hill Plus Tatopani then it takes around 10 days. But if we want to do this trek within 5 to 7 days, we should escape either the Ghorepani Part or Tatopani Part.
How to Get There and Away?
First, you should either fly or drive to Pokhara. Afterward, the next morning you can take a taxi from Pokhara to Ghandruk. Or if you choose the route from Ghorepani poon Hill then drive Pokhara-Nayapul.
Can we get Vegetarian food or non-vegetarian food?
In Khopra Danda and Chistubung Lodge, you will get only vegetarian food items. Rest of the places, you will have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian items. For all the places you will get a menu, from where you can choose what to eat.
Can we get mineral water?
Sure, you will get mineral water almost everywhere in Khopra Area. Some places banned Mineral water to reduce plastic pressure on the environment. In the places where you can’t find Mineral water, you can get safe drinking water but you should have your bottle filled with water.
Do I need to have Porter carry my stuff?
If you have a porter, it makes trekking easier. Normally, A can porter carries up to 25 kg of your stuff. So that you can walk easily.
Can we get Khopra’s local expert guide?
Of course, if you book a Khopra trip with Base Camp Hike. Because we have a guide who has already done the Khopra Khayar Lake journey more than 10 times.
Do I need a sleeping bag?
You must have a sleeping bag during the winter season and the main trekking season in Nepal. For the rest of the time because of fewer tourists, they can provide you with blankets.
How many hours we should walk each day?
Normally 6 to 7 hours a day on average.
Do I need trekking Poles and Crampons?
Trekking poles are like an extra leg if you use them. Especially it helps a lot maintain your legs in a good condition.
Is it possible to get a Hot shower?
Yes. Every place you can get a hot shower but for it, you should pay money 1 USD to 3 USD.
KHOPRA DANDA(RIDGE) TREKKING REVIEWS
Khopra Danda Trek
Rated 5 out of 5
We are a group of first timers from Singapore. We spoke to few other operators months before our treks and Jayaram, the owner of Base Camp hike surpassed others in terms of responses , services etc. Overall, it was a phenomenal experience, all made possible by the team led by founder Jayaram, who double his job as a mountain guide with assistant guide Man Bahadur Lama, 3 porters, Dipendra Guni, Bijaya Lama and Sujip Tamang. Everything was well planned and exceed our expectations in all areas. Base Camp hike is simply the best.
INCREDIBLE! Khopra Ridge trek with Base Camp Hike
Rated 5 out of 5
I did the Khopra Ridge trek with my son in February 2020. We had a great time! Because we choose best off the beaten trek with a trusted trekking agency.
Thapaliya Ram was our guide and Dipendra was Porter for the trekking.
Both of them were professional and Honest.
Guide( Ram) was very knowledgeable about all of the surrounding Khopra area and the local customs of the Khopra Route.
Mr. Ram speaks great English and is good fun to be with!
Very Happy with trek and Company
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent value for money, everything well organized. We came across Base Camp Hike Company , while we were looking for the best local agency to do Khopra Ridge Trek. We had such an amazing adventure trek of a lifetime. Mountain Scenery from Khopra Danda was incredible. Such a beautiful place but basic teahouse(only 1).
Jayaram has sorted all our queries via whatsapp with very fast response and provided us with Kamal our leader. Kamal did fantastic job. We are very happy with the services and recommended all Khopra Trekking as well as Base Camp Hike Company.
Khopra ridge trek with base camp hike – perfect experience
Rated 5 out of 5
I did the Khopra Ridge trek in November 2019.
Before the trip, I had a lot of questions and Base Camp Hike did always respond quickly and detailedly. They can also advise which trek is best for you. Also, they will advise on what equipment you’ll need and they can tell which of that you can also buy (might cheaper) in Nepal.
I choose the Khopra Ridge trek because it’s less known than other short treks (ABC etc.). Also, I didn’t want to have a one way and back trek.
Everything was perfectly well organized and from the beginning I felt comfortable. I had a really experienced guide (Jarayam). This trek is new (for about three years) so there are not so many guides who already have experience with this trek. The trek was the perfect choice for me because as expected it’s off a beaten trek (except for poon hill) and the views are brilliant. At Khopra Danda and also Dobato (Mulde viewpoint) you will get superb and near views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. During the trek, we were quite flexible and I also took one day rest in Dobato.
I can totally recommend Base Camp Hike for your trekking in Nepal. Don’t wait any longer and go explore the beautiful Himalayas.
Andri Remo Gimperle
Response from Base Camp Hike
Dear GEMPERLE REMO ANDRI,
Namaste and warm greeting from Base Camp Hike!
We express our sincere thanks and gratefulness to you for giving us an opportunity to provide you our service.
We are so happy that you fully enjoyed Khopra Ridge Trek with our guide Jayaram.
As you told us that you’re interested to do Annapurna Circuit Trek for the next visit to Nepal with us. We appreciate it.
We are waiting for you to provide another great experience in Nepal’s Himalayas.