9 days Khopra danda trek/Muldai hill is a great alternative to over crowded treks in Nepal like Everest, Annapurna and Langtang. The newly opened Khopra ridge trek with Muldai hill is with untouched beauty and peaceful trails. The short and an easy off the beaten path, Khopra ridge trek will cater stunning mountain views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri with sunrise/sunset. Annapurna Khopra danda trek is possible throughout the year from Kathmandu and Pokhara. Khopra danda trek with Muldai hill is best for trekking beginners like families with children to seniors and of course the adults as well. For last minute booking and any queries regarding this trip, please email us at [email protected] and call or message on WhatsApp at +977 9851023742.
Trek Name: Khopra Danda Trek
Trek Duration: 9 days
Trek Difficulty: Challenging
Trek Season: Aug to Nov, Feb to Jun
Trek Altitude: 850m-3600m
Trek Cost: USD 530-USD 950
Group Size: 01 - 12 people
Trek Package: Private/Group Trek
Mode of Transfer: Bus/Jeep
Start/End of Trek: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Khopra Danda Trek is a new, less explored, off-the-beaten-trekking route in Annapurna region of Nepal.
Khopra ridge/danda trek is moderate difficult trek, suitable for experience as well as non experience trekkers.This is off the beaten path in Nepal that takes you through picturesque villages,rhododendron forests and open alpine prairies.The trail is new if you like hiking but hate crowds, we suggest you the Khopra danda trek, the best option. Khopra ridge trek is one of the best things to do in Nepal for anyone looking to get off the beaten path and hike through picturesque villages and beautiful forest.
Also the trek is fit for you if you are limited on time.The Khopra danda trek is starting from the town of Nayapul. In order to get to the trailhead, it takes about 2 hours by van/cab from Pokhara. The trail will bring you through remote villages filled with rice terraces. You’ll pass by yak herders and baby goats. And each day, you’ll be enjoyed with views of some of the tallest peaks in the world, like Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna, and the sacred Fishtail Mountain.If you plan to do the Khopra Danda Trek, you’ll need to first get to Pokhara. This is where your guides will meet you. You can leave your luggage that you aren’t bringing on the trek in your hotel so you don’t have to carry the extra weight.
Khopra Danda Trek Difficulty
Khopra Ridge Trek is a moderate-difficult trek.For the most part, it is a moderate hike through the villages of Nepal.However, the terrain becomes difficult as you get closer to Khayar Lake. The summit day is a long walk of almost 9 hours.It is a good trek for experienced trekkers.You will need at least 8 weeks of preparation for this trek. You can begin preparation by going for brisk walks and then doing brisk jogs to improve your cardio. Your target should be to cover 10 km in under 60 minutes comfortably by the start of the trek.Overall, the trek has a good mix of easy, moderate and hard. In short, we are ascending and descending on the villages and forest. The physical effort required, it clearly helps to be as fit as possible. Saying that, you don’t have to be an athlete. People of all ages and levels of fitness complete the Khopra danda trek. The key point to remember is to hike at your own pace. Over the course of the trek, you ascend in altitude from 900 m to 4900 m.
Khopra Danda Trek Permit
The two permits-TIMS card, the Trekkers information management card and the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) permit are necessary for the Khopra trek, it costs around USD 50. We will take care of your trek permits on your behalf once you book the trek with us-The Mission Eco Trek & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. For this, we need your scanned passport copy and two passport size photos. TIMS card and permits are valid only for one entry.
Khopra Danda Trek Accommodation
Accommodation on Khopra Trek is quite good with community lodges providing clean and neat rooms. Most accommodation has shared bathrooms.During the trek, don’t expect luxury accommodation.You’ll be staying in remote rural villages.The rooms are simple usually with two single beds providing pillow,mattress and blanket. We recommend to take your own sleeping bag. Overall, you will have a nice experience to stay in a local’s home stay, and it is an opportunity to support them in a meaningful way.
Toilets are all shared and are outside the room on Khopra Ridge Trek. It can be a western style toilet or a squat. Things tend to become more basic in places at higher altitude. You’ll need to have your own toilet paper, and soap isn’t always provided so make sure you have hand sanitizer too. Generally speaking, used toilet paper goes in a bin next to the toilet. You flush the squat toilet by scooping water out of the nearby bucket with whatever receptacle is provided.
There’s always a dining room where meals are served, and it’s a good place to get to know your fellow trekkers. The higher you go, there will usually be a fire in the dining room around dinner time.
Some tea houses have showers, others don’t. We’d highly suggest packing wipes and not being too concerned with showering on your trek, because, well, you’re not always going to have the option.Being dirty and sweaty is part of trekking. It’s sometimes possible to get one paying an extra cost. Best to be prepared to keep yourself clean with wet wipes.
Food on Khopra Danda Trek
The food is often quite good.Your meal options will basically consist of: Dal Bhat rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, rice, dumplings, Chowmein, Rösti, Soups, Tea, coffee, coke, beer and bottle water.You have to eat dinner and breakfast at the tea houses you stay. Lunch will generally be at a different place somewhere along the trail.Think carefully before ordering meat. Refrigeration, storage and kitchen standards mean that eating veggie is the safest option.
Dal Bhat is a combination of dal (lentils), veg curry, pickle, rice and vegetables, this staple of the Nepali diet is a great option. It comes with a guaranteed refill of rice and curry, and usually some extra dal too. The vegetable component varies depending on what or if there’s anything growing in the garden (and it pretty much disappears the last few days before the Larke Pass). Dal Bhat is what all guides and porters eat so it’s constantly being prepared, unlike more western style dishes which always have to be made to order. And as the whole cooking process requires less energy, this means that it’s better for the environment too.
Breakfast consists of porridge, pancakes, omelettes, boiled eggs, pancake and various breads (Tibetan bread, buckwheat bread, chapatis, and so on.
Lunch and Dinner
Standard dishes on menus are soups, pasta dishes, various fried rice dishes, momos, a kind of dumpling, pizzas, and of course, Dal Bhat. Some dishes have meat options but this is something to be wary of. Lots of dishes have egg and some tuna from a can.
Hot drinks are on the menu at every guesthouse, with an often huge range of options stretching from regular black tea and coffee to masala tea, lemon ginger honey tea, and hot chocolate, bottle of water, beer, whisky for an extra cost.
Khopra Danda Trek Cost
Khopra Danda Trek package costs ranges from USD 550 to USD 950 and includes all transfers, accommodation, meals and permits. You could order any meal off the menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and at breakfast you will get one hot beverage (tea or coffee). If we want additional snacks or drinks, like a bowl of soup or a tea or coffee at lunch and dinner, you to pay for it yourselves.
Internet, Wifi, Sim cards and staying Charged
If you’re looking to stay connected while trekking in Khopra Trek, the options are fairly limited.
Wifi: Wifi is available in the tea houses along the trail. There is however normally a charge for using the internet,WiFi and with slow speeds, you may end up wishing you hadn’t bothered. If there’s nothing urgent, our advice would be to wait until you get back from the mountains. Costs anywhere from $4 to $6 to use WiFi at the guesthouses.
4G sim cards and packages can be bought at the airport, or from numerous vendors in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. They’re great in the city but as soon as you leave the coverage is patchy. We recommend Nepal Telecom and Ncell for 3G/4G coverage. It’s safe to say that in the mountains, neither are really any good.
There are electricity available along the trail to charge your power banks, cameras, and phones. The key is to get a fat power bank. Pay to charge that then charge everything from your power bank.Your power bank lets you charge your phone and camera batteries. Most of the places you stay let you charge your gear for an extra cost.
Best Seasons Trekking Khopra Ridge/Danda
The best time to go trekking in Khopra is Spring, Autumn and Winter.March/April and October/November is the peak hiking season in Nepal due to best weather conditions as the result all trekking routes get very busy.The highest elevation you’ll reach on this trek is 4900 meters.
September, October and November are the most popular months for trekking to Khopra danda. Autumn brings clear blue skies and mild temperatures before the cold sets in in December.The weather is generally dry and clear, with warm sunny days and excellent visibility. Autumn is slightly like winter. Colder than Summer, although you won’t find patches of snow.Nights in Autumn get chilly. In October the temperature dips to 0° C.During the day, you will experience temperatures around 15° C. But any rain or slight drizzle brings down the temperature by a few degrees. So keep a jacket handy with you always.Temperature day time between 15 °C and 18 °C and night time will drop to temperatures between 5 °C and -5 °C.
The spring season from March to May is considered to be the next best option. The weather is generally clear although a little colder. Mornings are sunny and flowers are in bloom. In Spring, although you will find patches of hard snow at higher altitudes, the temperature during the day will be slightly warmer than that in Autumn, when there won’t be any snow on the trek.In Spring, expect pleasant daytime temperatures around 20 °C. But at night it dips to almost zero levels.During the day if the sun goes behind the clouds and there is about of rain, then the temperature can fall to around 15 °C.Temperature day time: between 20 °C and 24 °C and night time will drop to temperatures between 10 °C and 5 °C.
June, July and August are the monsoon months.There is a lot of rain falls, the roads and trails get very muddy not nice weather for hiking in Khopra danda trek.The monsoon is responsible for warm and wet weather, with cloud and mist making visibility extremely poor. You can hardly see a mountain. Leeches are a big problem at this time of year, as is the risk of landslides.
January and February are too cold with lots of snow on the trail.There are very few people on the routes where there are no local villages it might be difficult to find accommodation and food because the places are closed for off season.
Insurance for Khopra Danda Trek
Travel insurance is highly recommended for Khopra Danda Trek because the high altitude can lead to many illnesses, weakness in trekkers, and misjudgments. There is also a risk on trails for falls, avalanches, or other mishaps. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara(200km,6 hours,850m)
Drive begins from Kathmandu after breakfast. It is a scenic drive along the Prithivi Highway with exposing country side and rafting on Trishuli River. The bus stops twice along the highway for lunch and snack. After check room in hotel short traditional style boating on Phewa Lake and evening walk on Lake side street.
Day 2: Pokhara to Nayapul - Trek to Ulleri (2145m, 6 hour)
Leaving from Pokhara after breakfast for the scenic drive along the Pokhara-Jomsom highway to Nayapul. Trek begins from Nayapul descending down and across the Modi River over the saggy suspension bridge. After Birethanti trek aside the Burungi River and passing villages until we stop for lunch at beautiful Hile village. Then a short trek to lovely Tikhedunga village and a strenuous uphill trek till Ulleri with gorgeous views of the valley and Annapurna south.
Day 3: Trek Ulleri to Ghorepani(2,750m) - Sunset View (5 hours)
Today we trek to Ghore Pani, a beautiful village and get stunning sunset on mountain. We follow the trail which used to be the trade trail of Pokhara to Tibet. In this mixed vegetation forest you can see lots of birds and animals. After lunch a short trek to "Poon Hill " viewpoint with and stunning sunsets. Phone and WiFi is available in the guesthouse.
Day 4: Sunrise from Poon Hill (1 hour) - Trek to Swanta (2800m,5 hours)
An early morning short ascend to spectacular viewpoint at "Poon Hill" and get mesmerising views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna range and Mount Fishtail. After hot breakfast resume the trek to Swanta village.
Day 5: Swanta to Khopra Ridge (3600m, 6 hours) - Short acclimatisation hike
This morning trek starts ascending through jungle, animal grazing pasture and finally trekking along the ridge, where can see yaks and mountains in the back ground. After eating lunch at community lodge at Khopra Ridge trek further up for acclimatisation. Khopra Danda is great place to see sunset and sunrise on Mount Dhaulagiri and surrounding peaks.
Day 6: Trek Khopra Ridge to Dobato (3420m,6 hours)
As usual trekking starts after breakfast. After 30 minute trek from Khopra Community Lodge, we have 2 options depending on the season. April to November: take the Upper trail, a shorter route to reach Dobato village with great green valley views. From December to May: take the Lower trail via Sistibung. After Bayeli it's an easy trail leading through forest to Dobato. If the weather is good ascend to Muldei Hill viewpoint for stunning sunsets on Machhapuchhare, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna south
Day 7: Sunrise view Mulde Hill - Trek Dobato to Ghandruk (3600m, 5 hours)
Mulde Hill is the tallest viewpoint in our trek and it presents spectacular Himalayan views of more than 25 surrounding mountains. After taking photos, return to guesthouse for breakfast. Now the trek continues down hill, passing tea shops at Isharu, Messar and Tadapani. After Tadapani the trail becomes quite crowed to Ghandrunk village
Day 8: Village Visit - Trek to Birethanti (1200m, 5 hours) - drive to Pokhara(850m,2 hours)
Once again enjoy the fiery sunrise of Mount Machhapuchhare and Annapurna south while having breakfast. We start the day visiting the village and museum, then a trek through farm. From here a 2 hour drive to Pokhara.
Day 9: Pokhara to Kathmandu(1350m) by tourist bus.
The bus departure 7:30 am from Pokhara, the bus will stop along the way for food and toilet. After check in accommodation at Kathmandu Garden Home. You can use your own time for shopping.
Khopra Danda Trek Packing List
We would suggest to take what you need and make your bag as light as possible.You can expect to need more warm clothes in the colder months.If you plan to trek with a porter then this will make choosing what to take a bit easier – just don’t overload your porter of course. Each person gets an allotment of 9 kilograms that they can give to a porter to carry. Don’t feel like you need to pack a whole 9 kg though — that’s just the limit. Each porter will be carrying 2 people’s belongings which they carry from a strap on their head), so be mindful and considerate as you pack. Also, bear in mind that it’s very common to leave excess baggage at hotels and guesthouses in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Sleeping Bag (NPR 200 - 300 NPR per day) is available to rent in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
1 pair of pants that maybe convert to shorts
1 pair of shorts
1 Warm or thicker pair of hiking pants
1 Long sleeve quick-dry shirt
1 Long-sleeve thermal shirt
2 Short-sleeve t-shirts
1 Thermal long underwear
4 pairs of quick-dry underwear
1 Lightweight down jacket
1 Heavy-duty summit down jacket
1 Neck Buff
1 pair of Gloves
1 pair of Hiking boots
1 pair of sandal/running shoes
1 Head torch
1 pair of warm summit socks
2-3 pairs of regular socks
1 pair of trekking poles
1 Water filter
1 Power bank
1 Poncho/rain coat
Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
Passport (required) (With photocopies)
Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
Cash, credit and debit cards
Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra
Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
Reusable water bottle
Watch and alarm clock
Waterproof backpack cover
Windproof rain jacket
Health and Safety
Face masks (required)
Hand sanitizer (required)
Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
Drinking plenty of water is a must.Please drink at least three litres of water while trekking each day.Bottled water and hot water is available to buy throughout the trek. You have to purchase your water throughout the trek. It is typically around 100 to 200 rupees. That’s why packing a Steripen is a fantastic idea — you can fill up at the taps, and you won’t have to buy any water or waste unnecessary plastic!
Khopra Guided Trek
Guided trek is the best option if you want a stress-free hiking holiday. The guide manages all of the logistics, distances, directions, and tea houses. The directions are not always very clear like on the Everest Base Camp trek and having the guide manages all of the logistics. Experience hikers can be done Khopra Trek independently as well.
You’ll need cash to pay for extra food and beverages, water, and showers along the way. You’ll also need to budget for tips for your guides and porters as well. Since there are no ATM along the way, we’d suggest to be over-prepared so you don’t run out of money. We suggest to bring 25,000 rupees (around $250 USD) with you for the trek. The amount of money you need to take Mohare danda trek will depend on whether you’re on an inclusive tour or not. If you are on an inclusive tour then you’ll only need money for any snacks or drinks over and above what’s included in your package. If you are paying as you go, then you’ll need to have enough cash to cover all costs: accommodation, food, drink, etc.
Tourist visas are available on arrival at Kathmandu-Tribhuvan International Airport and at all land border crossings that are open to foreign travellers. While this is available for most foreigners, citizens of some countries are required to get a visa prior to arrival, while those from SAARC countries can get their visa free of charge.There are three different visa options and prices: Multiple Entry 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD and 90 Days – 125 USD. In order to get a visa on arrival you’ll need four things:
One passport size photo
A passport valid for at least six months
At least one blank page in your passport
The visa fee in cash (US Dollars is best)
We recommend tipping for guide: $10-$12 USD per day per person and porter: $8-$10 USD per day per person. If you want to give more you can it depends on their services to you.There is no limit tipping guide and porter.
As a general rule, your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Please ensure the passport details you provide are accurate. Any errors provided may result in extra fees for making corrections in bookings. We recommend taking copies of the main passport pages and other important documents with you as well as leave copies at home with family or friends.
Travellers to altitudes higher than 2,500m are at risk of altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS). This can be life-threatening and affect anyone, even people who are very physically fit. There is a higher risk for those who have had altitude sickness before, who exercise or drink alcohol before adjusting to the altitude, or who have health problems that affect breathing. If your tour travels to high altitude, see your doctor for advice specific to you and your situation before you depart. It is important to be aware of the normal altitude symptoms that you may encounter BUT NOT worry about:
1.Periods of sleeplessness
2.Occasional loss of appetite
3.Vivid, wild dreams at around 2500-3800m in altitude
4.Unexpected momentary shortness of breath, day and night
5.Periodic breathing that wakes you occasionally
If you are feeling nauseous, dizzy, or experience other symptoms, please be sure to let your guide know immediately so that we can monitor your condition. Please be aware that should your guide deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, they will arrange for you to descend to a lower altitude.
Medical Facilities and Treatment:
Medical facilities in Nepal are very limited, particularly outside Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, treatment at international-standard clinics is expensive and up-front payment for services is generally required. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment, including evacuation by helicopter.
Alcohol and Caffeine
Alcohol and trekking don't mix. We highly recommend that you limit your alcohol consumption in Kathmandu prior to your trip. Celebrate your achievements after your trek. Both alcohol and caffeine increase dehydration. Limit your intake of both when hiking at high altitudes.