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Khopra and Khaire Lake Trek-8 days Trekking around Khopra Annapurna 2023.2024

8 days trekking around Khopra and Khayer Lake in Annapurna is a short and memorable trek in Nepal. The Khopra Danda trekking trail takes 5 to 8 days depending on your itinerary and how much you'd like to walk and taking a jeep drive.The day hike to Khayer Lake is the most challenging days of the trip as it gains more altitude of 1000 m and needs to walk 7 to 8 hours. This is a new trekking route in Annapurna that is more peaceful and recommended for everyone as it is a great alternative to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. You will also get a local Eco-community lodge/home stay trek experience. In addition, the magnificent mountain views of Nilgiri, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri you will see. Khopra and Khayer Lake Trek is a beginners trek, best for families with children to seniors hikers. For booking inquiry regarding Khopra (Danda) trek package cost and dates for 2023.2024, please feel free to write at [email protected] and call or leave message on WhatsApp at +977 9851023742.

Trip Fact

Trek Name: Khopra Trek 

Trek Duration: 8 days

Trek Difficulty: Moderate

Trek Season: Aug to Nov, Feb to Jun

Trek Altitude: 850m-4560 m

Trek Cost: USD 460-USD 830

Group Size: 01 - 12 people

Trek Package:  Lodge to Lodge Trek

Mode of Transfer: Bus/Jeep

Start/End of Trek: Kathmandu/Kathmandu

Khopra Trek called Khopra ridge and Khopra danda trekking up to Khayer lake, the highest point of 8 days Annapurna trek.

  • Khopra Trekking
  • 8 days Itinerary
  • Cost in Details
  • Essential Trek Info
  • FAQs

Khopra and Khayer Lake Trek is a new hiking trail in Annapurna. The 8 days Khopra Trek offers a great close up views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain range along with Machhapuchare and Hiunchuli Peak. The trek follows a similar route to Poon Hill trek along different ridge line without crowds of trekkers. Khopra Trek also known as Khair lake trek is famous for untouched nature and culture.This is an interesting community home stay trek in Annapurna.The off the beaten path trek is quiet and not over-crowded like Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill trek.The stunning view of snow peaks and deep valleys with an authentic pastoral lifestyle of yak herders is so amazing.

The Khopra Trek starts and ends in Pokhara. You will trek through terraced fields and farmlands with tea house lodges along the way. The trek is not long but well make. Within a short period of time, you reach over 4,000 meters with incredible views from Khopra Hill/Ridge. The highlight of Khopra danda trek is a visit to the amazing Khayer Lake with its pristine turquoise waters. An exploration day hike to Khayer lake from Khopra ridge offer an amazing spiritual experience. 

You will also see the deepest gorge in the world —Kali Gandaki that separates the Dhaulagiri range and the Annapurna range. Walking above the clouds and possible to see sunset view above it if you are lucky. The trek offer everything like villages, wildlife, panoramic mountain views and range of landscape from forest to high alpine. Besides, Khopra Trek is a challenging off the beaten track with ups and downs.Hence, Khopra Ridge is a great view point trek, following a local trail that takes you down into valley north of Ghorepani.

Mohare Danda Trek Package
We offer budget, standard and full fledged package to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.Please write us email to know about these package price and what is inclusion in the cost. We come to see you soon by mail with all details price of budget, standard and full fledged trip. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking Package price ranges from USD 350 to USD 950. 

Mohare Danda Trek Difficulty
Mohare Danda Trek is a good mix of easy, moderate and hard.There are lots of stairs and during the uphill it is steep.Other than the first day which 3-hours uphill only, the rest of the days have a balance of uphill and flat sections of trail. Also, the last day has some painfully long downhill stretches which is difficult especially with weak knees. One of the nice things about this trek is you won’t have to worry too much about altitude, as the highest you’ll get is 3,300 meters. At that level, you may experience some shortness of breath or a dull headache, but it is nothing compared to what you can experience on the higher elevation treks throughout Nepal.

Accommodation on the Mohare Danda Trek
During the trek, don’t expect luxury accommodation. You’ll be staying in remote rural villages where building materials must be carried in on foot.You’ll stay in tea houses for most of the trek, which are humble yet cozy.The rooms are simple — usually just 2 single beds. There might be a small table and some hooks on the wall, from which you can hang your trekking clothes to air out.You may have an opportunity to spend the night in a home stay. Group have to stay in a separate home, spread throughout the village.

Toilets-Toilets are all shared and outside the room. So yeah, if you wake up in the middle of the night, you’ll want to grab your headlamp because you’ll have to walk a ways to get there.Toilets on the trek will be rustic.And showers will be very basic.These differ from tea house to tea house. Others had Western-style toilets that you needed to fill with a bucket of water to flush.If you need to use the toilet during the trek.You go in the woods. Most of the time, you’re trekking through forests, so you’ll just need to find a secluded spot where nobody can see you.

Showers-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.

Food on the Mohare Danda Trek
Lunch and Dinner-Meals on the trek will basically consist of rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, rice, dumplings and more rice. Most food options on the trail are already veggie. It’s actually difficult to find anything that has meat in it. And if you’re vegan, you’ll be happy to know that there are lots of options for you too. When anything on the menu says it comes with vegetables, expect a small bit of shredded carrot, cabbage, and onion — not much more than that.

Breakfast-Set breakfast basically consist of fried eggs, spiced potatoes with onions and peppers and chapati. Masala Omelet is basically just an omelet with some small pieces of vegetables and some seasoning.Pancakes-It is a bit different than what you’re probably used to. Instead of being light and fluffy, they are quite dense and have almost a rubbery texture.Tibetan Bread is doughy and fried, this is almost like an unsweetened doughnut when it’s cooked well. They’re good with peanut butter and jam or honey. Masala Milk Tea or Milk Coffee are usually the options for drinks with breakfast. You can also ask for tea or coffee without milk.

Best season for Mohare Danda Trek
The best times of the year for trekking in Mohare Danda are in the spring and the fall. These times of year have comfortable temperatures, clear skies, and less chance of rain. If you hike during the winter months, be prepared with warmer layers. And if you hike during the summer (monsoon) months, be sure you have waterproof layers.
During monsoon season (the months of June and July) leeches can be found on many trails.

Mohare Danda Trek Permit
All trekkers in Nepal must acquire the Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card. The TIMS Card is mandatory to ensure the safety and security of trekkers in the general trekking areas. In addition to the TIMS Card, you also need a to get a ACAP permit to do Mohare Danda Trek.A copy of your passport and two passport-size photographs are required to obtain a TIMS Card and ACAP permit.

Last Minute Booking Trip
For those unable to book a trip in advance, We do accept a last-minute booking. To take advantage of this facility, you need to pay 100% of the trip cost 24 hours before the trip departures. We do our best to operate a trek at any time, but in case of last-minute booking, we can not be responsible for delays due to circumstances beyond our control such as bad weather or the unavailability of lodging. Contact us at 977-9851023742 (Jitendra) or email us at [email protected] for more information. 

Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara(200km, 6 hours, 900m)
Receive you at your hotel in the morning, and get drive together with your guide by tourist bus to Pokhara for 6 hours. 
Day 2: Pokhara toTadapani(2,630m, 15km, 6 hours) via Ghandruk
Breakfast and drive by sharing jeep to Kimche for 3 hours, begins trek ascend gradually to 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. Lunch at Ghandruk and we walk on forest trails, seeing big Rhododendron trees with red flowers if you are trekking in April on the trails. You can also see the sight of Mt Annapurna South, Mt Himchuli, Mt Ganga Purna, Mt Annapurna III and Mt Machapuchare while on trekking.
Day 3: Tadapani to Dobato(3,448 m, 7 km, 5 hours).
Breakfast and trek gradual ascent through forest trails with a short descent towards the beginning. Last one hour of the trail is above the tree line. Today trek starts on a forest trail filled with rhododendrons and bamboo. The Annapurna range accompanies you on the right. The views are outstanding – the panorama includes Mt Annapurna II, Mt Annapurna IV, Mt Ganesha Himal along with other peaks of the Annapurna range. Lunch and hike to Muldhai peak offers 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 4: Dobato to Khopra ridge(3,668 m, 11km, 7 hours)
A complete ridge walk with steep ascents till Khopra. 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 5: Khopra ridge to Khayar lake and back(4,560 m, 16km, 8 hours)
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 fulfilment 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 6: Khopra Ridge to Swanta(2,270 m, 10km, 6 hours)
Trek starts with a ridge walk which which descends into the forest upto Chhistibang, and take the trail to the right – this leads to Swatha and further on to Ghorepani. We 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. There is a lot of agricultural land in Swantha, but very few tea houses. Enjoy your rest of the day exploring the quiet village life of Swanta.
Day 7: Swanta to Ghorepani/Ulleri(2,850 m, 9km, 5 hour)
A short day with gradual ascents and descents. 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. A mix of ascents and descents trek for 5 hours to Ghorepani. 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.
Day 8: Ghorepani/Ulleri to Pokhara(1,960 m. 7km, 4 hours) and to Pokhara(64km, 3 hours)
The last day of the trek takes you till Ulleri. 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 Pokhara.

Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu/Pokhara by tourist bus transfer
  • Twin sharing standard hotel accommodation with breakfast in  Pokhara as per the itinerary.
  • Pokhara to  Nayapul to Pokhara by car or sharing jeep or bus transfer
  • All the necessary trekking permit -ACAP and TIMS card
  • English Speaking guide on trek and all his expenses like salary, meals, transfer, accommodation and insurance
  • Tea house lodge or home stay accommodation during trek
  • 3 times meals-breakfast, lunch and dinner during trek
  • All the government taxes and company service charge
Cost not  Includes
  • Travel insurance of client in case of emergency for rescue and medication
  • Porter to carry your luggage
  • Expenses of personal nature like hot shower, wifi, internet, telephone
  • Price for charging battery where applicable
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Flight, Private transfer between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All the cost not mention on above cost includes

Equipment for Mohare Danda Trek
You will divide your belongings into 2 bags for the trek: a duffel bag or rucksack and a daypack. Anything you will not be bringing on the trek can be left at your hotel in Pokhara.
Day pack
Osprey Men’s Hiking Backpack
Osprey Women’s Hiking Backpack

Steripen: sterilizes a liter of water in 90 seconds. Saves money and plastic.
Water bottle(or Camel back) 
Headlamp
Sleeping bag
Trekking poles

Toiletries and Health
Hand sanitizer
Wipes
Soap and shampoo
Quick-dry towel
Roll of Toilet paper (maybe 2 rolls!)
Menstrual Cup for laddies.
Electrolytes
Vitamin C packets
Peppermint oil and Tiger Balm: headaches, sore muscles, upset stomach, big bite relief, etc.
Anti-Bug Balm

Electronics
Portable Battery Pack: keep you phone and camera charged
Kindle Paper white: much lighter than carrying actual books
Camera, extra batteries and SD cards
Power Adapter
Phone & charger: You will actually have intermittent service during this trek, and you’ll reach the highest cell tower in Nepal on day 3!
Plastic bags that fit your electronics in case of emergency.

Trekking Clothing
Quick-Dry layers: Mix of t-shirts & tanks, long sleeves & zip-ups
Trekking pants/leggings
Hiking socks: a light wool-blend sock keeps your feet dry and blister-free
Thicker layers & comfortable clothes to wear in the evening at tea houses
Down jacket: Choose one that packs up small
Rain jacket: This can be used as a wind barrier too.
Sunglasses
Buff
Hiking Boots
Shoes for at night: sandals and wear comfy sneakers at night.Please don't pack too many clothes like jeans and drone.

Extras-Optional
Deck of cards
Sleeping bag liner and/or pillow case
Eye mask and ear plugs
Dry Bag
Protein Bars & Nuts
Bottle of alcohol

Money Matter-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 ATMs along the way, i would suggest to be over-prepared so you don’t run out of money. It is nice to bring USD 200 equivalent Nepalese rupees cash with you on the trek.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is necessary.It is important to be prepared in case something does go wrong on the trek.Please ensured that your travel insurance will be covered in case of an accident or emergency.

Tipping
Tipping is expected and many guides and porters reply on tips to make a sustainable living.Guide: $ 10 to $ 15 USD per day per person. Assistant Guide: $5-$10 USD per day per person and Porters: $6-$8 USD per day per person.

Passport and Visa
All foreigners except Indian nationals need a visa to enter Nepal. You can get an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport or Nepal border regional offices. For a visa application, you need a passport valid for at least six months, a passport size photo, and visa application fees.The current visa cost for 30 days is US$50 which you have to pay in USD cash. Children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Chinese citizens and citizens of SAARC countries:Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka get a free visa.The citizen of Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan will not get visa on arrival in Nepal.

Trip Extension
After completion of Poon Hill Trek, if you have extra days, we can arrange sightseeing tours around Kathmandu. Also cater your 2 nights 3 days Chitwan Jungle Safari tour, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, Everest Mountain Flight, Heli tour to ABC, EBC and Langtang.

Water and Electricity
Electricity is available for camera and mobile battery recharge at an extra cost. You can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shop or fill your water bottle with boiled water at an extra cost. If you require, we can provide you with water purification pills. You shouldn't drink water from rivers, taps and wells in trek as the water might not be drinkable.

Solo Travelers-Single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Minimum Age-You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a our tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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