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Khopra Ridge Khayar Lake Trek

Khopra Ridge Khayar Lake Trek is a great alternative trekking route to commercial and crowded treks in the Annapurna region. Especially, the trek is the next choice for the people visiting the Ghorepani poon hill trek. Khopra Ridge is one of the best viewpoints and magnificent panoramic views. The mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna I, II, III and south, Hiunchuli, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Lamjung Himal, and Mt. Nilgiri look close from here. This trek will be suitable for those who are seeking a less crowded and off-the-beaten-path trek in Nepal. Likewise, trekking in an unknown touristic area means you will be able to see the unchanged lifestyle, and typical cultures, and preserve local heritage places. Besides this, it also provides you a unique experience of trekking than the more over-crowded and popular trek.

Are you looking for a rugged and off-beaten trek in the Annapurna region?

Congratulation! you landed on the right page. Khopra Danda trek which is also called Khopra Ridge Khayer Lake Trek is one of the best community treks in the Annapurna region and a bit off the beaten trail with an amazing Mountains view. Kopra Danda Trek is also known as Khopra Danda Trek or Khopra Ridge Trek or Annapurna Khayar Lake Trek and this is a newly opened trekking route in the Annapurna region area.

Highlights of Khopra Khayar Lake Trek:

  1. Scenic drive to Pokhara
  2. Trekking off-beaten track
  3. Spectacular panoramic mountain view
  4. Yaks & Yak cheese factory
  5. Khayar Lake
  6. Explore Magar & Gurung people’s culture
  7. Wildlife & high altitude vegetation
Khopra Danda Trek starts from Pokhara after Kathmandu UNESCO heritage sites sightseeing (in option). For the first few days, we will be walking on the most popular Ghorepani Poon hill trek trail. Poon Hill viewpoint will welcome you with 360 Degree panoramic sunrise Mountains view. We will pass through rice fields, rhododendron forest, juniper, and other trees with tropical bushes line. Additionally, the trek allows you to interact with local ethnic people, their cultures, and their lifestyle. Furthermore, You will frequently encounter numerous Tibetan / Buddhist and Hindu temple shrines. In the Meantime, the maximum elevation of this trek is 3640m but a day hike up to Khayer Lake is about 4660m.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
  • Day 02: Day 02 Kathmandu to Pokhara(810m/2656ft) by drive / 6hrs drive / Overnight at hotel in Pokhara
  • Day 03: Drive to Ghandruk and Trek to Tadapani, 3 hrs drive and 2 hours trek
  • Day 04: Tadapani to Dobato (3,350m/10,990ft): 4-5 hours
  • Day 05: Dobato to Upper Chistibung (2,975m/3,198ft) 4-5 hours
  • Day 06: Trek to Khopra Ridge (3,660m/12007): 3-4 hours
  • Day 07: Rest day in Khopra Ridge: Tour of Kaire Lake (4,500m/14,763ft): 10-11 hours
  • Day 08: Trek to Swanta Village (2,200m/7,217ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 09: Trek to Ulleri (2,050 m/6,725 ft): 5-6 hours and Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 10: Drive Back to Kathmandu
  • Day 11: Final departure

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

    Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Oriental Journeys who will drop us off at our hotel. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Oriental Journeys where you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country's food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 02: Day 02 Kathmandu to Pokhara(810m/2656ft) by drive / 6hrs drive / Overnight at hotel in Pokhara

    After taking early breakfast, you will drive to Pokhara. It will take approximately 6 hrs to reach Pokhara.

  • Day 03: Drive to Ghandruk and Trek to Tadapani, 3 hrs drive and 2 hours trek

    Pokhara will reward with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna and others. Later, we drive to Syauli Bazaar and start the trek to Ghandruk. The village is a major recruitment center for the famous Gurkha soldiers and is the hub of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which promotes many varied ecological projects.
    In Ghandruk, we get to enjoy astonishing views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and the Hiunchuli mountains. From here we continue upwards through Deurali and into the dense rhododendron forests. The Rhododendron is Nepal’s national flower and when they bloom, the forests turn into gardens of dazzling red flowers when seen from the air or from afar. After trekking over a small pass we reach Tadapani where we get to enjoy excellent views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Hiunchuli mountains. On the way, you may encounter many souvenir sellers of Tibetan origins. Overnight in Tadapani.
    Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

  • Day 04: Tadapani to Dobato (3,350m/10,990ft): 4-5 hours

    After Tadapani we leave the main trail and for the next five days we will walk in a more remote area of the Annapurna region. On our trek today we get to appreciate the diverse flora and fauna of the region and of course the magnificent view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South. Trekking in a relatively easy trail we reach Dobato which is dominated by the excellent view of the Annapurna South. Overnight in Dobato.

  • Day 05: Dobato to Upper Chistibung (2,975m/3,198ft) 4-5 hours

    After breakfast, we descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung. Next, we ascend gradually through a forest before reaching Upper Chistibung which is a temporary herder’s settlement. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the colorful Lophophorus. Danphe is the local name for Lophophorus and this is national bird of Nepal. Himalayan thar is common wild animal seen on the grassy ridge high above the trail. Overnight in Upper Chistibung.

  • Day 06: Trek to Khopra Ridge (3,660m/12007): 3-4 hours

    You will cross tree line through alpine meadows and pastures to reach Khopra. As we approach Khopra Ridge, we see the tip of Annapurna South. Upon reaching Khopra we go for a short walk down Khopra Ridge to a viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki river far below in this deep valley. From Khopra we also admire the stunning mountain panorama including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna South. Overnight in Khopra.

  • Day 07: Rest day in Khopra Ridge: Tour of Kaire Lake (4,500m/14,763ft): 10-11 hours

    We begin trekking from around six in the morning towards the Kaire Lake from where we attain excellent views of the Fang and surrounding mountains. Considered to be a sacred lake by the Hindus, it is believed that bathing in the lake will help attain Salvation. As Hinduism and Buddhism are intricately related and cooexisting in Nepal, we can even see a number of Hindu and Buddhist shrines on the lakeside. For those of us who do not want to walk all the way to the lake, a half day walk from Khopra can also be arranged. We have packed lunch today. Overnight in Khopra Ridge.

  • Day 08: Trek to Swanta Village (2,200m/7,217ft): 5-6 hours

    From Khopra Ridge we descend off the hillside and continue downhill on a steep trail. Along the way we get more views of Mount Dhaulagiri with the mountain providing a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages. Overnight in Swanta village.

  • Day 09: Trek to Ulleri (2,050 m/6,725 ft): 5-6 hours and Drive to Pokhara

    From Swanta we descend through the village fields to a small river and take a quick look at the local water mill. From here we cross the suspension bridge and head upwards to the village of Chittre, where we’ll join the main trekking trail at Ghorepani. After Ghorepani we descend through rhododendron forest to Ulleri where we stay the night.

  • Day 10: Drive Back to Kathmandu

    You will drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. A drive for 6/7 hours will take you to Kathmandu. In the evening, you will have time to go for souvenir shoping around the streets of Thamel.

  • Day 11: Final departure

    Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Oriental Journeys representative will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up & drops
  • Airport taxes
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) including Tea or coffee
  • Accommodation on Guest House (Lodge) during the trekking
  • 2 night’s hotel in Kathmandu on Bed & breakfast plan
  • An English speaking Guide
  • Necessary Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest) the porter will carry (25KG in maximum) your luggage during the trek
  • All Government local Taxes
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit
  • (TIMS) Trek Information Management System card
  • Guide and porter salary
  • Guide & Porter insurance during the trekking
  • First Aid kit above 6 pax Compulsory from Agency

Cost Excludes

  • Trekking equipment any type of personal expenses
  • Alcoholic Beverage drinks, phone, and Laundry
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance, Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects.
  • Hot Shower
  • Extra services according to the guest per Demand ''Please feel free to inform us''
  • Entrance Fees any kind of Temples, Monastery, etc
  • Tips and Gratuities


A memorable trip, Since I am a frequent traveler to Nepal, I have visited mountains, heritage sites and went for trekking. This time, I went for Jungle safari in Chitwan National Park and Bardiya National Park. I was lucky to see Royal Bengal Tiger in Bardiya. My guide says Nepal is successful in preserving and increasing the number of Tiger. It was good news for all of us. I enjoyed the safari fully. Both National Parks are must visit natural sites in Nepal. Recommend Oriental Journeys. Thank you Radhika and team for managing my trip perfectly.

Angela Gracia Austria

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