Khopra Ridge and Mohare Danda Trek

Trek off-the-beaten-path

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  • Group Size: 2 - 25 Persons
  • Trip Duration: 12 Days
  • Max. Altitude: 3660 M
  • Country: Nepal
  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip End: Kathmandu
  • Trip Level: Adventures

The Khopra Ridge and Mohare Danda Trek which is more popularly known as the Khopra Ridge trek is gaining popularity in terms of village tourism in Nepal. It is a community based eco-lodge trek in one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal, that is, in the Annapurna region. This marvelous trip takes its visitors to Mohare Danda, Khopra ridge, and the sanctified Khayer Lake along off-the-beaten paths and memorable opportunities to stay in the local family-run home-stays, community eco-lodges, and teahouses. Providing experience of the non-touristic Nepal, this trek is a great alternative to other classical but more-crowded trek in the Annapurna region. The short and easy trekking package in Nepal is perfect for those looking for a quiet holiday in the foothills of the Himalayas without having to trek for several days and in a less-crowded area and desolate wilderness.

The Khopra Ridge and Mohare Danda Trek trekking route offers a perfect permutation of the startling countryside and affluent cultures of the ethnic Magar tribes. It also provides ample occasions to catch sights of the astonishing vistas of sunrise as well as the sunset over the majestic Himalayas. Additionally, it allows one to take delight from the cultural immersion during the overnight stays at the community eco-lodges or home-stays. The extravagant trek commences with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara followed by a road trip to Kimche, then hike till Tadapani. Beyond Tadapani, the trekking path leaves the classical Annapurna route and trekkers will traverse along a secluded remote trail for a few days before reaching Khopra valley. The outstanding views of the Himalayas such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Tukuche, and many other peaks can be seen during the entire walk of the Khopra Ridge and Mohare Danda Trek. An extra day of hiking is included in the Khopra Ridge itinerary, which will lead up to Khayer Lake – the sacred lake at the foothills of Annapurna South and an important highlight of this trek. This top trekking package in Nepal will take the visitors through quaint villages like Ghandruk, Isharu, Dobato, Chistibang, Swanta, Phalante, Ulleri, Banthanti, Birethanti, Tikhedhunga, and Sudame.

At Royal Holidays¸ we have, with utmost care, crafted the Khopra Ridge and Mohare Danda Trek itinerary. It is suitable for those enthusiasts wishing to savor the grandeur of the massive Annapurna massif and take delight in the solace of the off-the-beaten-path. The best season for trekking in Nepal is during autumn and spring season when the weather is perfectly apt and the views are fantabulous. People of all ages who are in sound health, physically fit and mentally prepared can embark on this top trekking destination in Nepal. A prior hiking experience or regular light exercise would help trekkers to walk the wilderness track with ease. Join Royal Holidays on a memorable trip and feel the difference of trekking in Nepal.

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Arrival on: Kathmandu | Departure from: Kathmandu
  • 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Duration: 30 minutes Drive

    Altitude: 1340 M

    On arrival in Kathmandu and fulfilling immigration formalities, you will be met by one of our representatives near the exit gate of the airport with a placard for precise identification. You will then be transferred to your pre-assigned hotel room where you may stretch your legs and relax to regain your energy due to a possible jet lag. If your arrival time is early, then you may hit the streets of Thamel in the evening and saunter around, buy things that may entice your eyes or simply sit back and relax at some pub or music bar with your favorite beer and soothing melodies. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • 2
    Fly to Pokhara; afternoon sightseeing

    Duration: 30 Min

    Altitude: 800 M

    After early breakfast in Kathmandu hotel, you will board on a domestic flight to Pokhara that offers fantastic views of the Himalayan ranges such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. On arrival in Pokhara, you will be transferred to your hotel room where you may relax for a while and after that, you will kick off for a sightseeing tour of the Pokhara city. You will visit significant landmarks in Pokhara including David’s fall, Gupteshwor Cave, and the Bindhyabasini temple. Later, you may take a boating trip in the famous Phewa Lake and visit the Barahi temple situated in the middle of the lake. You can spend your evening in leisure by strolling around the lakeside or sit in a decent bar and sip your favorite beer along with some live band playing soulful melodies. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • 3
    Drive to Kimche trek to Tadapani

    Duration: 7 - 8 hr

    Altitude: 2630 M

    After breakfast in your hotel, you will take a road trip for almost 2 hours to Kimche that is supposedly your trekking point. During the course of your hike, you will traverse through cultivated hillsides and pretty landscapes to reach Ghandruk village, which hovers on a hilltop, and it is one of the largest Gurung villages with friendly and generous people. At Ghandruk, you will explore the old traditional Gurung museum and the Buddhist monastery along the stone-tiled trail amidst slate-roofed residences. After lunch in Ghandruk, you will move ahead walking past rhododendron and oak forests and tantalizing views of the mountain peaks like Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre. Walking through forests on trails with several ups and downs, you will reach a small stream passing Bhainsi Kharka to finally reach the village of Tadapani. This village proffers astonishing views of the aforementioned mountain peaks along with Lamjung Himal and stunning views of the sunset as well as sunrise. Overnight in Tadapani.

  • 4
    Tadapani to Dobato

    Duration: 4 - 5 hr

    Altitude: 3420 M

    You will begin your trek today after a scrumptious breakfast and a gentle climb encountering intense forests of bamboo and rhododendron. On the way, you will pass numerous dumped sheds and of course, splendid views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre. Walking for a couple of hours or so, you will arrive at Meshar Danda from the walking trail broadens but at the same time gets steeper. The forests switch to become denser yet even more gorgeous. Climbing on this terrain for over an hour, you will reach Isharu, a small hamlet. It is from this place that the pine trees add on the trail and the hike continues on a narrower and grassy path. The ultimate segment of the walking trail leads to a small pass. You will descend for a while before making a final uphill ramble to reach an opening where the forest in clear. This is the village of Dobato. Above this village lies a small valley ridge known as the Muldai Viewpoint, which offers magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri range on the north-west, Annapurna range in the central and Machhapuchhre to the south. Overnight in Dobato.

  • 5
    Dobato to Khopra Danda

    Duration: 5 - 6 hr

    Altitude: 3660 M

    Descending through thick rhododendron forest, you will leave Dobato and make way towards Khopra Danda. After the initial downhill trod, you will climb upwards till the flattened land of Bayeli Kharka. From here, you will cross several small streamlets, wooden bridges, and forests along the trail and pass through flatlands as well as grasslands across several pasturelands and meadows to reach Dhankharka, popularly known by the name Chistibang. From this temporary herder’s settlement, it is more or less a gentle and an abrupt climb to reach above the tree line, where it is possible to witness renowned wildlife such as the Himalayan Tahr and Danfe (pheasant). Hiking further from the tree line for a considerable stretch of time, you will finally reach Khopra Danda. The awesome ridge welcomes its visitors with supplementary beguiling glimpses of the pictorial snow-attired mountains like Annapurna South, Fang, and Nilgiri. Overnight in Khopra Danda.

  • 6
    Day trip to Khayer Lake; back to Khopra Danda

    Duration: 4 hr

    Altitude: 3660 M

    The day’s exploration to the popular Khayer Lake is quite challenging and takes a considerable length of time; however, the hike is worth a reward. Marvelous views of snow-clad peaks like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Nilgiri, and other surrounding mountains are simply mind-boggling to your eyes. On this day, you will surmount over the highest point of the trek on reaching the Khayer Lake. This region of the sanctimonious lake is inhabited by both Hindus and Buddhist people. There are no signs of human inhabitation beyond the Khopra Danda, hence you will have to carry your own lunch pack and sufficient drinking water, energy bars and enough warm clothing. Folklore has it that persons visiting Khayer Lake and urging the goddess with a desire is believed to have been accomplished by the deity. Mythological beliefs also mull over the fact that unfruitful married women will be graced with her progeny if she venerates the deity Khayer Barah. On completion of your exploration in the lake area, you will go back over to Khopra Danda for spending the night after a tiresome hike. Overnight in Khopra Danda.

  • 7
    Khopra Danda to Swanta

    Duration: 5 hr

    Altitude: 2214 M

    After a pleasing breakfast at Khopra Danda, you will get ready to walk back amidst the beautiful rhododendron and oak forests before you reach Chistibang. During this course, you will descend off the hillside and persist on a steep downhill passing beautiful villages amidst spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Annapurna South peaks. Climbing up through the dense jungles, you will arrive at Kharka where you will stop for lunch. The trail from Kharka passes several ups and downs through the woods and green bamboo forests till you reach the Swanta village. This illustrative village of Swanta is a village crowded with Magar people and has terraced farmlands and conventional houses encompassed by lofty green hills showcasing a graceful scenic glorification. Overnight in Swanta village.

  • 8
    Swanta to Mohare Danda

    Duration: 4 - 5 hr

    Altitude: 3270 M

    Today is a very pleasant walk from Swanta, downhill all the way to the suspension bridge over a tiny streamlet. From here, the route zigzags and gently climbs up till Phalante; this is a joining point for Ghorepani or the Tatopani trek. Few trekkers would claim to stay overnight at Ghorepani and watch the beautiful sunrise at Poon Hill before departing to Mohare Danda the next morning. Regular trekkers will ascend through thick rhododendron forests passing numerous yak and sheep meadows to arrive at Danda Kharka. It is yet another uphill climb to reach up to Mohare Danda after crossing Fulbari. Offering panoramic views of the Annapurna region and the surrounding mountains, Mohare Danda is a tall valley ridge with natural and picturesque environs. Overnight in Mohare Danda.

  • 9
    Mohare Danda to Ulleri

    Duration: 3 - 4 hr

    Altitude: 1800 M

    This morning, you will be greeted by the breathtaking sun rising over the horizons and snow-capped peaks from the bed of your community lodge without having to wake up early and hike in the colds up to Poon Hill. You will laze away your time at your will along with the early gently rays of the sun and the magical sunrise. After indulging in the glorious vista of the magnificent mountains, you will have your breakfast before making your way towards Ulleri. The walk involves mostly a decent downhill ramble through the village of Banthanti. Overnight in Ulleri.

  • 10
    Ulleri to Naya Pul; drive to Pokhara

    Duration: 6 - 7 hr

    Altitude: 800 M

    Today is the last day of your trekking, so after a sizeable breakfast, you will leave behind Ulleri village and begin dropping downwards through the neatly paved stone staircases leading towards Tikhedhunga. Proceeding further ahead, you will witness a gradual increase in human inhabitation and pass through the amazing villages of Hile, Sudame, Lamdawali, and Birethanti culminating in the starting point of your trek at Nayapul. From Nayapul, you will board on a private vehicle that will drive you to Pokhara. On arrival at the lake city, you will be transferred to your hotel room where you may stretch your weary legs and relax in leisure. Later in the evening, it is the perfect time to stroll around lakeside and perhaps sit beside a candlelit restaurant and sip your favorite beer and listen to some live bands performing some soulful melodies of Nepal. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • 11
    Drive back to Kathmandu

    Duration: 7 - 8 hr

    Altitude: 1340 M

    Leaving the lake city this morning after breakfast at your hotel, you will get on a road trip leading you to Kathmandu. The bus journey itself is exciting as you will observe scenic greeneries, small roadside shops, small settlements, streams, and vegetation farms on the entire trip. After an adventurous drive for around 6-7 hours, you will finally reach Kathmandu where you will be immediately transferred to your hotel room. After relaxing for a while, you may wander in the streets of Thamel for some souvenir shopping that you may want to take home with you. Rest of the evening you may relax in some cozy bar or pub, watch and enjoy live music show or grab your favorite cocktail. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • 12
    Final Departure

    Duration: 30 Min

    Altitude: 1340 M

    You will be dropped off at the airport well ahead of your scheduled flight time by one of our representatives. If you have an evening flight, you may wish to visit certain heritage sites of Kathmandu on your own. However, if you wish to extend your holidays in Nepal, then Royal Holidays are ever ready to create another wonderful trip in the Himalayas.

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Itinenary Note

This is a standard itinerary designed with a view to allow sufficient acclimatization period for trekkers. However, if you are not satisfied with this itinerary or wish to modify it according to your needs, we will happily do it for you. You are free to choose your own hotels, guides or porters if you wish to. We are always there to customize or tailor-make your trips as per your plans and convenience.

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Inclusion & Exclusion

What's Included

  • Airport to hotel / Hotel to airport pick up & drop off service on a private air-conditioned tourist vehicle.
  • Accommodation for two nights in 3-starred hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (standard twin-sharing based room)
  • Accommodation for two nights in 3-starred hotel in Pokhara with breakfast (standard twin-sharing based room)
  • Full day Pokhara sightseeing
  • Kathmandu Pokhara one way flight and Pokhara to Kathmandu by private car
  • Accommodation during the trek in teahouse/lodge/guesthouse run by local people, mostly in twin-shared rooms or occasionally in dormitory rooms.
  • All standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the entire trek.
  • All ground transportation on a private comfortable air-conditioned vehicle.
  • A highly professional, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide.
  • Local staff including required number of porters to carry luggage during the trek.
  • All staff cost including their salary, insurance, equipment, accommodation, food, drinks, transportation, domestic airfare, and medicine.
  • All required documentations including trekking permits, national park permits and TIMS card.
  • All government taxes including VAT, tourist service charges etc.

What's not Included

  • Nepal entry visa fee (available upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu)
  • Excess luggage charges during domestic flights
  • International airfare
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure or any other reason causing to return from the trek earlier than the scheduled time.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance that covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation
  • Personal expenses including phone calls, laundry bills, alcoholic hot and cold drinks, battery recharge, personal trekking equipment, extra porter, bottled or boiled water, hot shower (during trekking) etc
  • Tips for guide/porter/driver etc.

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