Khopra Ridge Trekking - 10 Days

At a Glance
Duration10 Days
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude4,600 m at Khayer Lake
Group Size1-10
Travel StyleTrek
Best TimeSpring & Autumn

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek has been one of the most popular trekking destinations in the Nepalese Himalayas for more than eight decades and springs to mind of every adventurer when one thinks of hiking in Nepal, which has an even more rewarding trip that is considerably closer to the base camp of Annapurna called the Khopra Ridge (Danda) expedition.

In terms of accessibility, ease, and adventure, there is hardly any other trekking trail that matches the unrivaled journey to the Khopra Ridge voyage, which is bound to provide you with an insight into the typical everyday life of the Himalayan communities, a wide range of wildlife, diverse vegetation, terraced farmlands, lush green hills, quaint charming villages, and jaw-dropping panoramic mountains, which can be described as the natural haven to come across.

This specific route reaching an even higher viewpoint of the Annapurnas is newly introduced as the community lodge trekking and an excellent substitute for the more congested Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek - 7 Days, which reaches the maximum altitude of 4,600m above sea level at Khayer Lake, offering two main highlights: Khopra Ridge and Khayer Lake, a very uncommon discovery to encounter in a single journey.

Therefore, the 10-day Khopra Danda is a perfect short, moderately challenging, yet epic trekking destination, offering a more off-beaten-path trail than the other short trekking trails in the Annapurna region, combining what Nepal and its Himalayas have to offer, which is known to only a few countable trekkers and adventurers.


  • Thrilling drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Panoramic views of more than 20 named and unnamed peaks, including Annapurna South (7,219m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,795 ft), Nilgiri (7,061 m/23,166 ft), etc.
  • Walk along the pristine and isolated trekking trail of the Annapurna region.
  • Experience authentic mountain life while spending nights at various teahouses and local lodges.
  • Explore the rich, diverse ecosystem of the Annapurna Conservation Area, filled with dense woods of rhododendron, oaks, pine, and bamboo.
  • Get to witness some of the rare wildlife, such as Himalayan tahr, langur (grey) monkeys, Musk deer, and many more.
  • Discover the divinity of the Khayer Lake.
  • Alluring sunrise from Khopra Danda Ridge etc.

What to Expect During Khopra Danda Trek?

Khopra Danda Trek, or Khopra Ridge Expedition, is a lesser-traveled route that is not as well-known as some of the more well-known trekking trails, such as the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp Walk; hence, the adventurous journey to the Khopra Danda promises breathtaking views and a more sedate, secluded experience.

Throughout the trekking days, you will be passing by several traditional villages, terraced fields, and stunning panoramic peaks in the Annapurna region, such as Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, and several others that look more refined from the top of the Khopra Danda, and later on Khayer Lake, adding much excitement and challenges to the overall traversing. Where one can expect:

Scenic Beauty of the Annapurna region

One of the notable features of the Khopra Ridge Odyssey is the varying landscapes you will encounter, ranging from verdant subtropical woods to terraced farms to rugged peaks and highly elevated meadows of the Annapurna region.

As you ascend to the higher altitude along the Khopra Danda route, you’ll walk through these alpine meadows which are usually adorned with wildflowers providing a picturesque contrast against the rugged peaks of the Annapurna trekking area generally covered by bright white snows. 

Some of them are the world’s largest peaks, including Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchare (Fishtail), and Nilgiri creating a stunning backdrop throughout the trek, specifically during sunrise and sunset when the vibrant colors dance across these mountains. 

Furthermore, the Khopra Danda trekking takes you through the rural villages nestled amidst the mountains, where you will get a chance to explore and relish the traditional way of life in rural communities, interact with locals, visit ancient monasteries, and discover the daily activities of the Himalayan natives, such as herding livestock, crafting, and tending crops.

Overall, all of these aspects add to the natural and cultural splendor of the Annapurna region during the Khopra Danda rambling that you can admire, making it a memorable and rewarding adventure for trekkers seeking to immerse themselves in the holidays they have always dreamt of.

The religiously significant natural amphitheater of Khayer Lake

Unlike other itineraries hiking to the Khopra ridge, our 10-day Khopra Danda trek reaches Khayer Lake at an elevation of 4,500 m or 14,764ft above sea level, which is extremely sacred to the local Gurung and Magar communities inhabiting the surrounding villages in the Annapurna region of Nepal.

Therefore, a visit to Khayer Lake provides a distinctive and enriching experience for adventure seekers who are looking forward to cultural immersion and spiritual exploration nestled in between the alluring Himalayan scenery. Trekkers who venture to Khayer Lake frequently find themselves smitten by the unspoiled beauty, ethereal air, an undiscovered treasure of the Annapurna region in the center of its sanctuary; hence, Khayer Lake is often referred to as a natural amphitheater.

Incredible sightseeing from Khopra Ridge

Situated at a high altitude of 3,660m or 11,811ft, Khopra Danda is the major highlight of the overall tour, serving as one of the noteworthy vantage points of the Annapurna Conservation Area, located in a more secluded Himalayan encompassment, ensuring the best pristine experience of the Himalayas on following the less-traveled trekking route of the Annapurna region.

Each corner of this hill point provides a complete 360-degree view of the Annapurna Himalayas, such as Annapurna South (7,219 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Nilgiri (2,637 m), Machapuchare (6,993 m), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m), and Hiunchuli (6,441 m), along with several unnamed Himalayan peaks.

During the sunrise and sunset, the above-mentioned peaks look simply magical when the snow-capped summits light up in golden hues forming an otherworldly spectacle to come across that is sure to leave an ever-lasting impression in your mind and soul. Hence, it is also known as a photography paradise to capture inside the camera and relax. 

Watch the diverse Himalayan flora and fauna on the way to Khopra Danda

On your journey to Khopra Danda, you will trek through the Annapurna Conservation Area, passing by the region’s varied landscapes that have plenty of chances to observe the Nepalese Himalayas’ abundant biodiversity. As the Khopra Danda trek also falls within the Annapurna Conservation Territory, the walk towards here poses ample chances to spot some very rare to common species of birds and wildlife.

The majority of the venturing is through the thick forests of oak and rhododendron, where trekkers can spot Himalayan pheasants, grey monkeys, and others as they explore the rugged verdant jungles, alpine meadows, and rugged terrain of the Annapurna region and the surrounding Khopra ridge.

Therefore, we request that you "take pictures and leave footprints only” to preserve this immaculate Himalayan beauty and its delicate biodiversity for future generations to venture into.

Rich cultural encounters in the traditional villages of Tadapani, Chistibung, and Byeli Kharka

The Khopra Danda (Ridge) odyssey in Nepal’s Annapurna region passes by numerous typical mountain villages, offering an ultimate opportunity to get an unbelievable insight into the cultural way of life in the classic Himalayan settlements such as Tadapani, Chistibung, and Byeli Kharka.

All these three villages are nestled amidst the Annapurna Himalayan ranges, dotted in between the dense woods of rhododendron and oak along the Khopra Danda trekking route, offering trekkers and travelers a serene ambiance surrounded by lush vegetation and pristine nature.

The villages of Tadapani, Chistibung, and Byeli Kharka are primarily inhabited by ethnic people of Gurung and Magar who possess a distinctive cultural heritage and an ancient authentic way of life in the remote Himalayan region who are nice people and are usually known for their warm hospitality. Hence, the Khopra Ridge trek is not only a nature excursion but also a cultural immersion to die for.

Why Ammonite Adventure & Treks Pvt.Ltd 10 days itinerary to Khopra Ridge Trek?

The 10-day trip to Khopra Ridge is an easy to moderate hike offering an ideal fusion of adventure and comfortable hiking for all levels of experience, even novices, beginning with an adrenaline-rushing drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara while indulging in all the amazing scenery along the banks of the Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers and arriving at the destination of the day, Pokhara city.

Then, this best itinerary to traverse the Khopra Ridge in 2024 and 2025 begins by entering the simple traditional villages of the Annapurna region, Tadapani, Bayeli Kharka, and Chistibung, before making an ascent to Khopra Ridge and later on Khayer Lake, after changing four-wheelers into jeeps from Nayapul and driving from Pokhara in a local bus on the second day.

The day trip to Khayer Lake onwards is a descending walk to Pokhara to return to the valley of Kathmandu, moving through the other notable villages of Swanta, Ulleri, and Nayapul. This itinerary is relatively tailored to meet the needs of travelers who aspire to experience the tranquil cultural and natural beauty of the Annapurna region without having to worry about being constricted by limited staying time and budget in Nepal. 

This 10-day itinerary to voyage to Khopra Danda is our standard package, which is customizable as per the specific requirements of trekkers and voyagers. If you want to make certain changes to this package carefully crafted by our team of travel and trekking specialists, contact us now. We are happy to assist you in catering to the needs of our clients to make your Himalayan journey unforgettable and hassle-free.

How much it can cost you to complete the Khopra Danda (Ridge) Trek?

The price of completing the Khopra Danda Odyssey might vary based on several factors, such as accommodation of your choice, transportation, meals, permits, guide and porter services, and your spending habits.

However, according to the budget plan of Ammonite Adventure & Treks Pvt. Ltd., you can successfully conquer the Khopra Ridge ascent for USD 625 to USD 1,000 per person.

This 10-day package cost can experience variation based on the number of people you have in your group, the level of services you have selected, and the local or international travel agency you have preferred for your journey.

You will be glad to know that Ammonite Adventure & Treks excels in the best budget-friendly to most luxurious holiday treks, from the Khopra Danda in the Annapurna region to the Na Phu Valley trek in the Manaslu Trekking region, and provides similar services as those provided by international organizers.

Our trekking pack cost usually covers all the expenses of the essential travel and trekking logistics in Nepal, from permits, food, and accommodations to the climbing gear and equipment needed by trekkers, along with the guides and porters. Check out the cost include and exclude section for a comprehensive Khopra Danda trekking cost-inclusive guide.


What a beautiful day to begin the Khopra Danda (ridge) trek with an exciting drive to the tourist paradise of Nepal, Pokhara, following the bank of Trishuli and later on the Marshyanagdi River.

Both of these gushing rivers are famous for adventurous rafting, which is as rewarding as you can imagine at the foot of the hills decorated with dense woods, terraced farms, quaint traditional villages, and stunning mountain views atop them.

Since the day aims to meet the bustling tourist town of Pokhara, not the rafting that you can begin on completing this trip, you will arrive at the city after 7-8 hours of joyride from Kathmandu to finally stroll around the scenic lakeside of Phewa.

Max. Altitude: 1,400mMeal: BreakfastAccommodation: Three-Star-Hotel

The next morning, after arriving at Pokhara, you will savor breakfast and ride a local bus to reach the general trek starting point in the Annapurna region, Nayapul, from where the off-beat roads start, and hence you will be taking a jeep up to Tadapani.

The experience might be unique as it can get grueling at some point, adding much to remember in the adventurous chapter of your life when you enter one of the traditional villages dominated primarily by the locals of the Gurung community.

Max. Altitude: 2,630mMeal: Breakfast- lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local Tea house

This day you will leave the typical village of Tadapani behind, passing via the lush woods of rhododendron, oak, pine, and primula towards Bayeli Kharka, hiking steeply through the wide countryside route that descends past the rhododendron forest after a minor pass.

The seventh-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), is stunning and magnificent to wake up to the next morning from this hamlet of Bayli Kharka.

Meal: Breakfast- lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local Tea house

Today, you will be leaving Bayli Kharka and venturing into the thick forests in between, where one might be able to see some of the rare species of fauna, such as the Himalayan Tahr (goats), along with the national bird of Nepal, the Danfe (pheasants), to reach the pasture land of Chistibung.

The sight of several sky-towering peaks such as Damphus, Tukuche, and Nilgiri, along with the astounding sight of the seventh and tenth largest mountains in the globe, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091 m), and their ranges above the horizon, looks truly awe-inspiring, inspiring you more and more for the upcoming trek days.

Max. Altitude: 3,450m / 11,318ftMeal: Breakfast- lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local Tea house

The main highlight of the overall journey is here when you will subsequently ascent to one of the most mesmerizing and least-traversed viewpoints of the Annapurna region, Khopra Danda, with its more extensive views of the Himalayan panorama along with the sunrise above all.

The entire Himalayan ranges are spellbound with the sight of Sikha village at the bottom of the ridge along with the deepest gorge on the planet, Kaligandaki, to watch while you spend the night.

Max. Altitude: 3,660m / 11,811ftMeal: Breakfast- lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local Tea house

Nearby the extraordinary vantage point of Khopra Danda (Ridge) lies the sacred lake of Khayer, which is not only religiously significant but naturally also profound, set amidst the slopes of the Annapurna Massif and glaciers.

Hindus and Buddhists across the world believe that a dip in this holy lake has a divine superpower to heal, rejuvenate, and cleanse the bad karma of the human cycle, which is usually busier in August or October during the Janai Purnima that you will visit for the day and return to Khopra Danda for the night.

Max. Altitude: 4,600mMeal: Breakfast- lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local Tea house

On one last glance at the remarkable mountain ranges from Khopra Ridge, the time to retrace the route has come when you will move along the trekking trail, descending to Swanta village by the relatively calm hill.

The village of Swanta is famous for its communal cheese manufacturing, which you can smell in the air while you take a tour around this traditional village and call it the day in the local tea house.

Max. Altitude: 4,600mMeal: Breakfast- lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local Tea house

It is yet another descending trek day from the lovely town of Swanta to Ulleri through the beautiful farms and fields and a small river that you will cross with a wooden suspension bridge.

After a couple of hours of making it through the hanging bridge, you would join the classic Annapurna Circuit Trekking route, where you would catch up with the local lodge for the day.

Max. Altitude: 4,600mMeal: Breakfast- lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local Tea house

You are almost at the end of the 10-day package to trek Khopra Danda (Ridge) as you begin to drive back to Pokhara from Ulleri, which is mostly a downhill drive until Nayapul. From Nayapul, the drive is comparatively pleasant until you arrive at Pokhara.

The city of adventurous activities, Pokhara, offers you a wide series of memorable things to do, from boating to kayaking, and canoeing. Everything you could think of is completely possible, and hence we recommend you add at least two extra to not miss any of the highlights Pokhara has to offer.

Max. Altitude: 1,540m / 5,050ftMeal: BreakfastAccommodation: Three-Star- Hotel

It is the last day you will be traveling with your guides and porters from Pokhara to Kathmandu via the Prithivi Highway, passing by several lush meadows, roaring rivers, and verdant hills atop it.

A 7-8-hour driveaway will eventually lead you to Kathmandu, where you can freshen up and stroll around Thamel's tourist town and be blown away by its lively ambiance.

Max. Altitude: 1,400mMeal: Breakfast - Farewell DinnerAccommodation: Three-Star-Hotel
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Trip Service Details
  • Three-star accommodations throughout your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per itinerary.
  • Cozy tea houses during your trek days to Khopra Danda. 
  • Local bus, private jeep, or car fare is used en route.
  • All three nutritious meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the trek days. 
  • Government-licensed holder professional trekking guide and map.
  • Travel insurance, trekking gear, and salary along with other necessary equipment for Nepalese staff.
  • Garbage deposit and other necessary fees.
  • Mandatory permits to enter the Annapurna Himalayan region of Nepal including TIMS card and ACAP.
  • International flight tickets to and from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. 
  • Travel insurance for trekkers provides high-altitude coverage in case of a medical emergency or any other unforeseen circumstances. 
  • Lunch, dinner, and extra-night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, snacks, personal shopping, phone calls, internet data, or souvenirs during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • One porter can carry a maximum weight of shared 25 kg between two trekkers.
  • Hardworking Guide and Porter's gratitude are much appreciated.
Dates & Availability
Starts:August 05, 2024Ends:August 14, 2024
Additional Info

When is the best time to go trek to Khopra Ridge (Danda)?

Spring (March to May) and autumn (October to November) are the optimum seasons to trek Khopra Ridge due to comparatively steady weather, a mild climate, and hundreds of flourishing flowering plants, making the entire region a piece of heaven in the land of the Annapurna Himalayas of Nepal.

Furthermore, as a lower Himalayan region trekking destination in comparison to a few other higher altitude treks, the trip to the Khopra ridge is appropriate throughout the year, including summer and winter, and might need a little extra packing and physical preparedness to discover the unique perspective of the Annapurna region, which is worth a hike regardless.

Food, accommodation, and drinking water on the trekking trail to Khopra Danda

The Khopra Ridge trek is a communal lodge-based trekking experience where you will be spending nights at cozy local guest houses with tidy and simple rooms opened by the natives of the region to uplift the living standard of this specific trekking route area.

These local tea houses also offer a wide variety of food menus along with drinking water, which is usually boiled. The menu consists of staple Nepali dishes Dal-Bhat and Tarkari, along with bread, tea, coffee, eggs, momo, meat products, and curries ranging from typical Nepali and Tibetan cuisines to some international buffets.

As per the drinking water precisely, bottled water is purchaseable; however, it is advisable to bring or use a reusable water bottle and refill or use purification tablets or filtration systems to make your travel more cost-effective and sustainable to the Khopra Ridge (Danda).

What are the permits to venture to the Khopra Ridge (Danda)?

The TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card beside the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is mandatory for every foreigner aiming to trek Khopra Danda in Nepal, as it falls under the protected land of the country. 

In general, a TIMS card costs NPR 2000 (about USD 20) and an ACAP card costs NPR 3,000 (approximately USD 30), which may vary depending on the nationality of the trekkers and the type of trekking you are hoping for and are payable in Nepalese currency only.

Khopra Ridge Trek Difficulty

The Khopra Danda hike is considered an easy to moderately difficult trek, where the ridge of Khopra itself is the major challenge you will be overcoming with a steep ascent taking two to three hours to summit.

With the right gear, such as sturdy trekking shoes, trekking poles, and professional guides and porters, this challenge can be readily surmountable. In the meantime the unpredictable Himalayan weather can add to the difficulties of the overall journey to the Khopra Danda; hence, it is necessary to pack what is much needed rather than stuffing.

What to pack for voyaging to Khopra Danda?

It can be a dilemma to decide what exactly to pack for the Khopra Danda Trek, which is one of the major factors affecting your overall trip experience. Although making a packing list from scratch depends on your preferences and hassling, here are some of the must-have packing requirements to make your Khopra Danda expedition more memorable:

  • Long-sleeved shirts and pants as moisture-soaking base layers
  • Fleece jackets or down jackets as an insulating layer.
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket in case rain pours.
  • Lightweight and quickly drying trekking pants.
  • Several pairs of woolen socks
  • A pair of warm hats and gloves
  • Sun hat, glasses, and sunscreen cream
  • A perfectly fitting and light-weight pair of hiking boots
  • Camp shoes or sandals
  • Reusable water bottle or hydration system
  • Enough Nepali rupees for unexpected expenses
  • Energy bars, nuts, dried fruits, or other lightweight snacks for energy boosting, etc.

From atop the Khopra Danda, you will be able to witness the heavenly presence of more than 20 mountain peaks, which are predominated by the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, along with Mt. Machapuchare and Hiunchuli.

Yes, unlike other popular viewpoints in the Annapurna region, such as Poon Hill, in Khopra Danda, you will get to spend nights at the community lodges opened by locals.

The Khopra Ridge Trek is a teahouse trek in the Annapurna Himalayas of Nepal where you will be spending nights, usually in shared rooms. However, in the lower region, there can be availability of a single private room as well, and our guides can come in handy to get you one.

Yes, in the sense of two trekkers and a shared guide since the banning of FITS (Free Individual Trekkers) in Nepal on April 1, 2023.

Ever heard of Dal-Bhat power 24 hours! Well, that's for a reason, as the traditional everyday meal of Nepalese—a heap of rice followed by lentils or any other soups and seasonal vegetables—is extremely delicious and filling, rich in carbohydrates and protein that keeps you nourished throughout your travels to Khopra Danda, so try once and get addicted.

The tea houses on the trekking trails to Khopra Danda provide wifi and internet connectivity for an additional fee, which may be limited in the higher altitudes where you might have to depend on mobile data, so it is advisable to get an NTC or Ncell SIM card in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Yes, it is one of the best off-beaten trekking tracks in the Annapurna region of Nepal that has a more pristine nature and culture isolated from tourist influx routes that grant you the most gratifying sense of achievement on making it through this more secluded iconic trekking destination.

No, Khopra Danda does fall under the Annapurna Conservation Area Project; however, it is not the restricted land where you will have to obtain the entering pass other than TIMS and ACAP.

Though it is not compulsory to hire a guide with you as long as you are not trekking alone and are well versed with the local Himalayan terrain, a highly experienced and government-authorized guide does add so much to make your journey more joyous as they take care of each trekking logistic with exceptionally sharpened navigation.

Without a doubt! Actually, there possibly is no perfectly suitable family holiday destination than Khopra Danda to admire the grand Himalayas of Nepal and its tranquil atmosphere, along with the culture nourished at the foot of the sky-perched hills and mountains.