10-Day Trek to Khopra Ridge will take you to Khopra Danda and Muldai Hill for the best Sunrise and Sunset view over the Nepal Himalayas. You trek around 70 km in 10 days Khopra ridge trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul via Poon Hill. A moderate grade off the beaten path trek is a good alternative to other short treks in Annapurna and a good way to be away from the busier trekking trails.The recently open trek in Annapurna, Khopra ridge trek is getting increasingly popular now in Nepal. It is a trek to experience a vary landscapes, culture, nature and mountains of Annapurna region. Please email us at email@example.com and call or leave message on WhatsApp at +977 9851023742 to customize Khopra Ridge Trek Itinerary and cost 2024|2025.
Trek Name: Khopra Ridge Trek
Trek Duration: 10 Days
Trek Difficulty: Moderate
Trek Season: Aug to Nov, Feb to Jun
Trek Altitude: 850m-4000m
Trek Cost: USD 560-USD 1030
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Trek Package: Lodge to Lodge Trek
Mode of Transfer: Bus/Car/Flight
Start/End of Trek: Kathmandu / Pokhara
Khopra Ridge Trek Annapurna is 10 days off the beaten community trek in Nepal.
Khopra Ridge Trek, a 10 days trekking around Khopra danda is an off the beaten trek in Annapurna.This is a great alternative to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. The trek is a home stay trek with moderate difficult adventure. You will walk through local villages, terraced farmland, and dense forest of bamboo, oak, pine, and rhododendron. You will also get a plenty of chances to observe and take part in traditional Nepali lifestyle rituals, including staying in tea houses and taking a day-hike to Kaire, a sacred lake that Hindus believe will help you achieve Nirvana.
A newly develop short trek route in Annapurna offers brilliant mountain scenery and wilderness landscapes. The trek is going ups and downs to an elevation at 4000m. A pristine Annapurna Khopra ridge trek offers close up view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. The basic tea house lodges at most of the places that caters simple food. The Khopra ridge trek also known as Khopra Danda and Khair Lake Trek is an exotic and interesting, suitable for all trekkers from beginners to sporty. This is a great trek in Nepal if you are looking forward to a medium length trek. The Khopra ridge trek route follows a local trail that takes you down into the valley north of Ghorepani before climbing up Khopra Ridge, one of the best short treks in Nepal.
Mohare Danda Trek Difficulty
Mohare Danda Trek is an easy to moderate difficult. It also depends on your fitness level and past trekking experience. It is not too day overall, it has a good mix of easy, moderate and hard.There are lots of stairs with steep uphill, and also a balance of uphill and flat sections of the trail. 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, far from it. People of all ages and levels of fitness complete the Mohare 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 700 m to 3300 m.
Mohare Danda Trek Permit
The two permits-TIMS card, the Trekkers information management card and the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) permit are necessary for the Mohare danda trek, it costs around USD 50. We will take care of your trek permit on your behalf once you book Mohare Danda 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.
Mohare Danda Trek Accommodation
Accommodation on the Mohare Danda 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, and it is an opportunity to support them in a meaningful way.
Toilets are all shared and are outside the room on the Mohare Danda 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, although this is by no means guaranteed.
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 Mohare 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 include 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.
Mohare Danda Trek Cost
Mohare Danda Trek package costs ranges from USD 550 to USD 850 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.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara(200km, 850m, 6 hour drive)
Get tourist bust at 7:00 am in the morning and 6 hour drive to Pokhara. Free day in the afternoon, and the pre-trek briefing in the evening by your trek guide.
Day 2: Pokhara to Ghandruk(2100m, 12km, 5 hour)
We leave from the hotel at 8.00 am. The drive from Pokhara to Syauli Bazaar will take around 3 hours. You cover around 60 km during this time.The initial trail from Syauli bazaar is narrow and runs through a village. The river to your left is Modi Khola. On the opposite side of the mountain, you can spot the trail for the Mardi Himal trek. Ghandruk becomes visible after 1.5 hours of trekking. Have lunch at Syauli Bazaar before you begin the trek to Ghandruk. The trail continues to ascend gradually.
As you approach Ghandruk, after about another hour, the view starts opening up. You see Mt Himchuli and Mt Annapurna south. This is just the beginning of mountain views. As you ascend some more, Mt Machapuchare (the ‘fishtail’ mountain) welcomes you. This is also an indication that you are very close to your first tea house. Ghandruk is the largest village in the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP). You will see old stone and slate roofed houses lining the slope. You will also find a lot of tea houses spread through the entire village.
Day 3: Ghandruk to Tadapani(2600m, 5 hours, 8 km)
To go to Tadapani from Ghandruk, begin by walking through the narrow path running through the village. The trail here consists of steps cut into the rocks. After climbing for 10 minutes on these steps, you will reach the first view point. This is the “Lovely view point”. From here, you will be able sight Mt Annapurna South, Mt Himchuli, Mt Ganga Purna, Mt Annapurna III and Mt Machapuchare (fishtail). These mountains stay with you on your right as you move ahead.
As you proceed on the trail, you enter a forest trail dominated by a variety of tall trees. Very soon you hear the faint sounds of a waterfall in the distance. The dense canopy of the trees above coupled with moist air from the flowing stream gives you a fresh respite. Rhododendron trees also make an appearance here. You will see big red flowers on these if you are trekking here in April
Follow the forest trail till you reach a small bridge. From here you get a perfect view of the source of the stream. Take a break here and refill your water bottles. The next section is a steep ascent for about 45 minutes. As you climb up along the small waterfall, you will reach Bhaisi Kharka, a small village in the far western region of Nepal. This is 5 km from Ghandruk.
The rest of the day’s hike will take you through similar but denser forest trails. Rhododendrons dominate here. These are unusually high if you have only seen the shorter trees in the Indian Himalayas. At certain places, the branches of the trees intertwine on the top to form a gateway for the trail ahead. Another 2 hours of trekking brings you to the tea houses at Tadapani. Have lunch here. End the day with a perfect sunset view of Mt Machapuchare.
Day 4: Tadapani to Dobato (3200m, 5 hours, 7 km)
Similar to the previous day, the trek starts today starts on a forest trail filled with rhododendrons and bamboo. The Annapurna range accompanies you on the right. As you trek further, the trail enters deep forests. Oaks appear here. Now, the trail descends. After about 30 minutes, you again start climbing up. This bring you very close to the tree line. From here, you can see the ridge which is a part of the trail from Dobato to Khopra Ridge.
After an hour’s climb you reach Meshar. Fill your water bottles here. Straight ahead of you are Mt Annapurna (10th highest mountain in the world) and Mt Annapurna Fang (7,647 m). The 2 mountains remain visible for the next two hours, till you reach Isharu.
From Meshar, the trail gradually ascends till Isharu, the second viewpoint of the day. You are just above the tree line here. The views from Isharu are outstanding – the panorama includes Mt Annapurna II, Mt Annapurna IV, Mt Ganesha Himal along with other peaks of the Annapurna range. The next hour till Dobato is a mix of ascent and descent. After reaching Dobato, have lunch at the teahouse.
After a short break, set out for the best place on this trek – the Muldai peak view point. There is a reason this place has such a reputation among locals. You see twenty-two snow peaks out of which two are among the fourteen highest mountains in the world – Mt Dhaulagiri I (7th highest) and Mt Annapurna I (9th highest). The complete Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range with Mt Tukuche and Mt Nilgiri North and South are a sight to behold, especially at sunset. If you want to witness this magic again, don’t forget to come back for sunrise the next day.
Day 5: Dobato to Khopra ridge (4200m, 7 hours, 10.8 km)
Start early from Dobato since it’s a long day today. After 30 minutes of ascent you will reach a junction. The trail to the right leads to the hidden lake and the one to the left goes to Khopra Ridge. Halt here and capture the last view of all the mountain peaks of the Annapurna range. Don’t worry, these mountain views will soon be replaced by the Dhaulagiri range.
Take the trail leading to Khopra ridge. After 15 minutes, the Dhaulagiri range appears to the left. This is also an indication that you are close to your first rest point, Bayali. From Bayali, the trail descends for two hours through a forest. This brings you to Chhistibang, a tea house inside the forest. Have lunch here. Make sure you eat a light lunch – you have 3 more hours of trekking to complete.
From Chhistibang, the trail ascends continuously. There are multiple small streams and small waterfalls all along. On both sides of the ridge, clouds form a small playground and enchant you with their changing forms. From here, every step towards Khopra takes you up-close to the Dhaulagiri range. Watch the sun and clouds prepare for a perfect sunset. On reaching Khopra, you see majestic mountain ranges all around you. Mt Annapurna South, Mt Annapurna Fang, Mt Annapurna I, Mt Nilgiri South and North, Mt Tukuche and the Dhaulagiri range welcome you. The tea house here itself is a view point.
Day 6: Khopra ridge to Khayar lake (5100m) and back to Khopra ridge(8 hours, 15.5 km)
Start early today. It’s the summit day and the longest day of the trek. The initial 45 mins is a level walk with scenic views of the Dhaulagiri range. The trail turns into a ridge walk with multiple climbs and descents for the next two hours. Take a look to your left – in addition to the Dhaulagiri range, you will see the world’s deepest valley, Kaligandaki, between Mt Tukuche and Mt Nilgiri North. Slowly the trail brings you to an open field surrounded by barren mountains. This is similar to the cold desert landscape of Spiti in the Indian Himalayas. This also means that you are approaching Khayar lake.
A small dhaba at Khayar Ghat welcomes you with some local tea and snacks. From here, it is another 1.5 hours’ trek to Khayar lake. The trail ascends continuously from here, on steps. All along, there is are symbols of a temple and bells clubbed together, which is a sign of khayar lake and mythological stories of the area. Before you see the lake, you see Mt Annapurna South. The lake is at its foothill. The lake is surrounded with praying flags, bells and a lone temple. Sit down here for a while and take in the surroundings. You have reached the highest point of the trek.
In the month of July a yatra (pilgrimage) is undertaken by Nepalis who visit Khayar lake to seek fulfillment of wishes and sacrifice an animal to lord Shiva. They believe that if the wish comes true, they will have to return as a token of thanksgiving. It will take around 3.5 to reach Khopra Ridge on the same trail. Have lunch at Khayar ghat on the way. Every step on the descent is an ideal spot to view the sunset.
Day 7: Khopra ridge to Swanta (2500m, 5 hours, 9.6 km)
Today’s trek starts with a ridge walk which which descends into the forest. Up to Chhistibang, it’s the same trail that you took to get to Khopra ridge. After 2 hours of continuous descent, you reach Chhistibang. At Chhistibang, the trail splits. The one to the left goes back down to Dobato. Avoid this, and take the trail to the right – this leads to Swanta and further on to Ghorepani.
From Chhistibang, you will trek through a dense forest which is entirely different from the initial two days of forest trails. You mostly find oaks here, followed by bamboo.Three more hours of trekking through this forest trail brings you to a village named Swanta. There is a lot of agricultural land here, but very few tea houses. Your tea house is near a basketball court. Enjoy your rest of the day exploring the quiet village life of Swanta.
Day 8: Swanta to Ghorepani 2800m 4.5 hours, 9 km)
The trek today begins by descending right down to a water stream. Here, you cross the only bridge on the trek. After crossing the bridge the trail goes uphill but it is not very steep.After a hiking for about an hour, you will reach the village of Chitre.
The next three hours of the hike is a mix of ascents and descents. After about 1.5 hours, You can see Ghorepani in the distance. Ghorepani is one of the most developed villages in Annapurna Conservation Area. There are hotels here instead of teahouses. You also find bakeries and clubs. Another popular trek to the base camp of Poon hill starts from here. If you’re interested to do this trek you have an option to go till Poon hill which is 45 minutes from your tea house. The entire Dhaulagiri range is visible from Poon hill top.
Day 9: Ghorepani to Ulleri(2100m, 3 hours, 7 km) and drive to Pokhara(2-3 hours)
The last day of the trek takes you till Ulleri which falls on the old route for Mansarovar lake. Because of this it is also known as old pilgrimage route. It’s a completely easy descent through forests for initial 2 hours. Post that you walk along a water stream till the time you reach Ulleri. Your trek ends here. Take a jeep drive to reach Pokhara.
Day 10: Pokhara to Kathmandu(1300m, 200km, 6 hours)
Breakfast and get tourist bus, drive back to Kathmandu. It is also possible to extend this trip to Lumbini, Chitwan and Bardia from Pokhara. Stay night at hotel in Kathmandu.
Cost Not Includes
Internet, Wifi, Sim cards and staying Charged
If you’re looking to stay connected while trekking in the Mardi Himal, 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.
Sim Cards-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 time Trek to Mohare Danda
The best time to go trekking in Mohare Danda 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 3,300 meters. This means you won’t have to worry as much about cold temperatures.
September, October and November are the most popular months for trekking in Mohare Danda. Autumn brings clear blue skies and mild temperatures before the cold sets in in December.Autumn is also a festive season with the celebration of Dashain and Tihar. Nepal’s biggest festivals.The weather is generally dry and clear, with warm sunny days and excellent visibility. Regardless of the seasons, the weather conditions can change rapidly and there is always a chance of unstable weather, cold and snow storms. It is important to check the weather forecast.
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. There is however a higher chance of rain, or even snow, and melting ice increases the chances of landslides or avalanches.
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 the Mardi Himal. The Marsyangdi valley up to Manang sees lots of rainfalls.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 like Mardi Himal 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 Mohare Danda Trek
Travel insurance is highly recommended for Mohare 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.
Mardi Himal 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 kgs 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 sandals/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, band aids/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 liters 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!
Mohare Danda 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 Mardi Himal 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.
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.
Travelers to altitudes higher than 2,500 m 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.