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Khopra Danda Trek

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9 Nights/ 10 Days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

2-15 people

Overview

This moderate, off-the-beaten-track adventure is a peaceful alternative to more popular treks in the region. For eight days you’ll climb your way through local villages, terraced farmland, and dense bamboo, oak, pine, and rhododendron forests with rewarding vistas of the snow-capped Annapurnas, all while staying in teahouses. There are plenty of chances to observe and take part in traditional Nepali lifestyle rituals. Plus, you can take an optional day hike to Kaire, a sacred lake that Hindus believe will help you achieve Nirvana.
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trek through one of the Annapurna Himalaya's less-visited areas
  • Hike to Kaire, a lake sacred to Hindus
  • Admire the sunset and sunrise views from Muldai Peak
  • Soak your tired muscles in the natural outdoor hot springs at Tatopani

Itinerary

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Welcome to Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu

Flying into Kathmandu, you'll have views over the valley, the Himalaya, and the terraced fields below. After completing customs, a representative will be waiting to greet you outside the airport and to guide you through the initial culture shock of Kathmandu’s narrow, winding streets to your hotel.

Explore Kathmandu
Explore Kathmandu

Kathmandu has a special atmosphere during the early morning hours when the city is slowly coming to life yet not too chaotic. It's a great time to walk and explore the streets or have a chai overlooking one of the local courtyards or durbar squares.

After breakfast, there are then a number of ways you can spend your day given the myriad famous sights around the Kathmandu Valley. You can use this as a free day or you can utilize a local English-speaking guide who knows the city well and can explain the history and significance of the sights (along with a private jeep to take you around).

Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Trek to Tadapani (8,694 feet / 2,650 m)
Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Trek to Tadapani (8,694 feet / 2,650 m)

After breakfast in Kathmandu, you'll be picked up by private transfer and driven to the domestic airport for your flight to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest city. This is a stunning half-hour flight along the Himalayan range, where four of the world’s fourteen giant mountains (standing over 26,000 feet/8,000 m) can be seen: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Manaslu, and Shishapangma. Your specialist can help you get a seat on the right-hand side of the plane for views of the Himalaya en-route.

Upon arrival in Pokhara, you'll be picked up and driven to Kimche (2.5 hours drive from Pokhara); from here, you'll start the trek to Ghandruk, where you'll have lunch and enjoy great views of the Machapuchhre and Hiunchuli.

After lunch, wind your way up through the beautiful old homes of Ghandruk and climb on an undulating trail to a tea house with a great view of Annapurna. From here, you continue through the rhododendron forest, which gets more stunning throughout the day until you reach the teahouses at Bhaisi Kharka. After enjoying this stunning section of the trail, you then have a short, steep climb up into Tadapani.

Driving time: 2.5 hours
Trekking time: 5 hours
Overnight: Tadapani

Trek from Tadapani to Dobato (11,220 feet / 3,420 m), Sunset from Muldai Peak
Trek from Tadapani to Dobato (11,220 feet / 3,420 m), Sunset from Muldai Peak

After breakfast in Tadapani, you'll leave the main trail and will begin walking in a more remote area of the Annapurna region, through beautiful rhododendron forest. This off-the-beaten-path trail crosses beautiful Nepali villages and a variety of flora, fauna, and ancient trees. It's a magical atmosphere straight out of a Tolkien book.

After a short climb and descent into a dell, you'll start a more serious climb that continues all the way up to the lodges at Dobato. After about half an hour, you'll emerge on the northern side of the ridgeline. Enjoy a stunning view of the Annapurna South massif towering above you and hear the roar of many waterfalls as the river races away into the dramatic steep-sided valley far, far below. The forest will now transition to more oak trees and conifers. From here, it's a steep half hour up to the teahouse at Meshar Danda, perched on the ridgeline with truly incredible views.

After a cup of tea and a short rest, you'll have about an hour more of this type of forested trail until you reach the open hillside at Isharu, where shepherds graze their sheep. Fuel up with a hearty lunch before hitting the road again. You'll start out with a gentle ascent as the trail contours around the hillside and then up to a small but beautiful pass, where the path goes through a fascinating Gurung temple.

From here, it's a short descent to a beautiful open valley before you head into the trees again and back up to the ridgeline. Along the way, you can see incredible purple barked rhododendron trees, much smaller than the ones you saw earlier but striking for their color (and the mountain backdrop if the weather is clear!). From the ridge, you will contour down to a creek bed and a small pass, from which you'll traverse to the lodges at Dobato.

If you have extra energy to spare, head up to Muldai Peak for sunset views. It takes about 45 minutes from the teahouse to reach the view tower and the view is stunning — one of the highlights of the trek!

Trekking time: 5-6 hours (4 miles / 6.5 km)

Trek from Dobato to Upper Chistibung (3,198 feet / 2,975 m)
Trek from Dobato to Upper Chistibung (3,198 feet / 2,975 m)

You'll have an early breakfast in Dobato and then will begin the climb to Muldai Peak for a magnificent panoramic view at sunrise. From here, you'll descend through open ground and a beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung.

Next, ascend gradually on the trail through another forest before reaching Upper Chistibung, a temporary herder’s settlement. If you’re lucky you might even spot the colorful Lophophorus (Danphe), the national bird of Nepal, as well as Himalayan Thar on the grassy ridge high above the trail.

Trekking time: 4-5 hours (2.4 miles / 4 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Upper Chistibung

Trek from Upper Chistibung to Khopra Danda (12,007 feet / 3,660 m)
Trek from Upper Chistibung to Khopra Danda (12,007 feet / 3,660 m)

After breakfast in Upper Chistibung, you'll embark on a steady climb above the treeline through pretty alpine meadows and pastures to reach Khopra. As you enter the ridge, look for the tip of Annapurna South in the distance.

Upon reaching Khopra, go for an easy walk to a viewpoint overlooking the Kali Gandaki River far below in the deep valley. Based in Khopra for the night, you'll also admire the stunning snow-capped mountain panoramas including Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna South.

Trekking time: 2-3 hours (2 miles / 3.2 km)
Accommodation: Teahouse
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Khopra Danda

Rest day in Khopra Danda (Optional day hike to Kaire Lake)
Rest day in Khopra Danda (Optional day hike to Kaire Lake)

Today is a rest day, so sleep in and enjoy a relaxing morning in Khopra Danda. Or head out on a full-day hike to the sacred waters of Kaire Lake.

Kaire Lake Day Hike
After breakfast, you'll have the option to embark on a challenging full-day hike to Kaire Lake, where you'll get excellent views of the surrounding mountains. Considered a sacred lake by the Hindus, Kaire is believed to help you attain Nirvana if you bathe in the water. Since Hinduism and Buddhism are intricately related in Nepal, you can wander around a number of Hindu and Buddhist shrines scattered around the lakeside.

Kaire Lake altitude: 15,272 ft / 4,665 m
Kaire Lake trekking time: 7-8 hours
Kaire Lake trekking distance: 10.2 miles (16.5 km) round-trip

Not interested in hiking all the way to the lake? A half-day walk from Khopra can also be arranged.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Khopra Danda

Trek from Khopra Danda to Tatopani, Dip in the Hot Spring
Trek from Khopra Danda to Tatopani, Dip in the Hot Spring

From Khopra Danda, you'll descend steeply downhill into the valley toward Paudwar. After lunch in the village, you'll continue the hike down to Tatopani (meaning "hot water" in Nepali).

You'll stay overnight here in a teahouse, and can dip in the hot spring and relax for the rest of the day, and can also interact with locals and kids.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Tatopani

Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara, Fly to Kathmandu
Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara, Fly to Kathmandu

This morning, you'll get picked up by jeep and driven back to Pokhara. Here, you'll have a quick lunch at lakeside before heading to the Pokhara airport for the flight back to Kathmandu, where you'll be transferred to your hotel.

Your last evening in Kathmandu is free for you to explore and enjoy.

Driving time: 6 hours
Flight time: 30 minutes
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight: Kathmandu

Depart Kathmandu
Depart Kathmandu

It's time to say farewell to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu with breakfast in a café, a final stroll through the narrow alleys and temples, and some souvenir shopping. A driver will be waiting for you at your hotel to take you to the airport for your return flight home. It's best to be at the airport at least two hours prior to departure.

Meals included: Breakfast

Included/Excluded

  • 3 nights accommodation in a 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on BB twin sharing basis.
  • 2 international airport transfers and 2 domestic transfers in a private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu airfare
  • Pokhara to Kimche transfer in private vehicle.
  • Tatopani to Pokhara transfer in private vehicle.
  • 6 nights accommodation during the trek in a tea house.
  • Meals on full board basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • ACAP and TIMS fee.
  • Equipment, clothing, salary, and insurance for staffs.
  • Kit bags ( Duffle bag)
  • All government taxes.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Soft Drinks and Alcoholic beverages like Coke, Beer, etc.
  • Entrance fees for monasteries and museum
  • International airfares and visa fee
  • Hot shower and hot drinking water during trek.
  • Your personal trekking gears and equipments.
  • Personal natured expenses like phone, laundry, gratitude, wifi, gadget charging etc.
  • Your insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if any.
  • Any items not mentioned in "Service included section"

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Christopher

23/01/2023
Our trip was amazing. Beautiful nature, imposing mountains and a very warm welcome back to Nepal.
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