What can i expect from this adventure?

The Khopra Danda Trek is a route off the popular trails of the Annapurna region. This is a great trek via beautiful little villages, surrounded by terraced farming lands. All the way to the remote Khopra ridge (3,360 m/11,023 ft).


The trail goes through lush pine, oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests and offers gorgeous mountain views. Khopra Danda itself is a ridge, that offers a fine viewpoint.

From the Khopra ridge, you can overlook the Kali Gandaki River far below in the world’s deepest gorge. As well as the worlds highest peaks, covered with snow and ice. With this trek, you can have the stunning panorama views in a quiet and solitude matter.

How long is the trek to Khopra Danda?

This is a 9-day trek in the Annapurna region. However, you can customize this itinerary with us.

Why should I choose the Khopra Danda Trek?

Apart from the fantastic landscapes, you can directly support local communities during the trek. These are the communities that generally miss the opportunity of doing business by being off the main trail.

This route leads you through beautiful villages of Magar, Gurung, Kami, Damai, Brahmin, and Kshetri people.

Can I add a side trip to this trek?

Yes, you can! At the highest point of the Khopra Danda Trek, at Khopra ridge, you don’t have to take a rest day. From this point, you can hike to the remote Khayer Lake (4,600 m / 15,090 ft).

On this even higher point, you can have the most breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks and mesmerizing landscapes. If the weather is clear, you can have awesome 180-degree mountain views. This means you can see Dhaulagiri (8,167 m / 26,795 ft), Annapurna I (8,091 m / 26,545 ft) and Manaslu (8,163 m / 26,781 ft).

Can I customize the Khopra Danda Trek?

Of course! Actually, we encourage you to do so. Because that makes this trek unique and truly YOURS! Obviously, you don’t need to figure it all out by yourself. We are here for you. Do you want to speed up and make it extra challenging? Or, take it easy and slow? Just contact us, and let us know what you’d like to do.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

– Govinda & Lilly

Which Places Will I visit?

What does the itinerary look like?

Welcome in Nepal! We will pick you up at the international airport in Kathmandu, and bring you to your hotel in the backpackers area of Thamel.

airport transfer – hotel

After a good night of sleep and hopefully beating the jetlag, we will meet again for a pre-trip meeting. We will introduce you to your mountain guide and we will discuss the itinerary. If you have any questions or requests, please let us know.

Note: please, make sure you bring your passport to the meeting, along with your travel insurance policy. Carry both the original policy and a copy for us. We wil also request you to clear the due balance, if any.

What’s next? You can use this day to adjust to the different timezone, altitude and climate. Also, you can prepare yourself for your trek and do some last shoppings at one of the many outdoor gear shops around your hotel.

breakfast – hotel

Early morning, your mountain guide picks you up from your hotel. Together, you take the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara. This will take about 6 hours.

breakfast – bus – hotel

Option: To save time, you can opt for a 30-minute flight to Pokhara, instead of taking the bus. This would give you the opportunity to explore this peaceful city by the lake. Contact us for more details.

From Pokhara, a driver takes you with a private vehicle to the starting point of the trek at Nayapul. This drive takes about an hour and a half.

After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola river, we will reach Birethanti (1,010 m). This is a quite large village with many shops and teahouses. From here, we follow the northern bank of the Bhurungdi Khola.

The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille (1,490 m) and after a short climb we will reach Tikhedhunga (1,565 m). Now there’s only ahead of us, a steep staircase made of stone. By climbing the steep steps we reach the Magar village of Ulleri (2,070 m).

breakfast – private vehicle – lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

From Ulleri, the trail ascends more gently and through fine forests of oak and rhododendron. First, we will trek towards Banthanti (2,250 m), and then towards Nangethanti (2,460 m). From there, there is only a one hour trek left till we arrive at Ghorepani (2,840 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Early morning, around 5 AM, we will begin our hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m). It takes about an hour to climb the hill, one of the best and popular Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal. From here, you can have a spectacular view over the Himalayan ranges with an amazing sunrise.

After beholding the mountain views, we return to Ghorepani for a good breakfast. Then, we will hit the trails again and enter the more quiet area, off the popular Poon Hill trail. We will pass the village of Chittre, descend and cross a suspension bridge closeby a local water mill. And, walk through the village fields and ascend to Swanta (2,200 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge


Today, along the way we can get wonderful views of Mount Dhaulagiri with the mountain providing a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages. The trail continues being uphill and steep, all the way to the hillside to Khopra Danda (3,660 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge


If you like to explore the area, we can hike up to the holy Khayer Lake (4,600 m/15,090 ft). This return trip takes almost a full day. Since it is a remote area, we will need to bring water and food for the day.

It will take about 5 hours to reach Khayer Lake, a rarely visited sacred fresh water lake. With its altitude of 4,600 m (15,090 ft), it is even higher than Annapurna Base Camp. We can spend some time exploring the Khayer Barahi temple area, and watch different varieties of birds before we go back to Khopra Danda.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge


From Khopra, you cross another ridge and trek down again. Slowly the trail becomes more flat and you enter the forest. If you like, you can make a small detour via Mulde Peak (3,637 m) for an excellent mountain panorama. After enjoying some time here, you continue the walk to Dobato.

Dobato, which literally means junction of two roads, is not more than a few teahouses that are only under operation during season time. Here you will have magnificent views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge


From the rhododendron and bamboo forests of Dobato, you go further down till you reach Tadapani (2,710 m). Today, you will feel again that the trail becomes more flat and the walk easier.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge


You start off with a not too crazy difficult drop down to Ghandruk, the biggest village you’ll have seen since leaving Pokhara.It has kept the Gurung culture and feel.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge


From Ghandruk, you walk down the stone stairways and admire once again the beautiful Himalayan view. Then, you follow the mountain paths agains, all the way down until you hit Nayapul. Here, a car will be waiting for you and drive you back to your hotel in Pokhara.

breakfast & lunch – private vehicle – hotel

Today, we take the bus back to Kathmandu. And there, we will bring you to your hotel.

breakfast – bus – hotel

Option: To save time, you can opt for a 30-minute flight to Kathmandu, instead of taking the bus. This would give you the opportunity to explore the city. Contact us for more details.

If it’s the final day of your holiday in Nepal, we will bring you back to the international airport. Goodbye friends! We hope that we will meet each other again in the future.

breakfast – airport transfer

What is Included?

Airport transfer
All required trekking permits
Experienced mountain guide
Bus (Kathmandu <> Pokhara)
Private vehicle (Nayapul <> Pokhara)
Hotel in Kathmandu (w/ breakfast) – 3 nights
Hotel in Pokhara (w/ breakfast) – 2 nights
Mountain lodge during your trek - 8 nights
Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trek
Salary, accommodations, meals, gear and insurance for all trekking staff
VAT and tourist service charges

What is not Included?

International airfare to and from Nepal
Nepal tourist visa
Alcohol, hot and cold drinks
Travel health insurance (that covers rescue & evacuation)
All other expenses that are not mentioned below 'what's included'

Tell me more about this region

Khopra Danda Trek

1,285 euro

Destination: Annapurna
Duration: 14 days
Altitude: 4.000m >
Difficulty: 3/5

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Merel L
Merel L
Best organisation to book your hike We loved our 4-day trip to the Muldai Viewpoint and Poonhill! By Mountain People suggested to do the Muldai Viewpoint combined with Poonhill in 4 days. The hike to Muldai was a climb but doable for everyone with basic condition. We walked to the Muldai top practically on our own with amazing viewpoints during the hike. From the Poonhill viewpoint there were lots of other tourist but also a little bit more comfort so we loved the combination. Especially our guide Pratap made the trip unforgetable. He knows everything about the nature, birds and animals. By Mountain People helped us with the preparation and fixed everything for us. Permits, food, overnight homestays etc. Would recomment to everyone. Was the best four days of our trip to Nepal
Angela M
Angela M
Crafting Memories with By Mountain People in Annapurna When we decided to go to Nepal for our holidays, we knew we wanted to do a trekking in the Annapurna region, but we didnt know from where to start. That's when we met Govinda, who helped us with everything related to our trip, providing a personalised proposal for the 4 days we had, giving us all the information needed, and being a reliable and helpful point of contact during our whole journey before, during and after our trek. In the end we went for the Mulde peak trek, a less crowded route that exceded all expectations. Our guide Ganesh, was the best guide we could have wished for, always with a smile he knew every little secret of the Annapurna range, explaning not only the different routes, but also about the plants & animals present in the area, and about Nepal and its traditions. He was very caring and he made our experience unforgettable. We can only recommend to do a trekking with By Mountain People, they know what they are doing, accomodation and food was included in the total price and we didn't have to worry about anything. Having a guide in the Annapurnas is really an added value, and we can't wait to be back with a little extra time to do the Annapurna circuit next time. If you're looking to get most out of your experience in the Himalayas, and for a personalised and personal approach, then By Mountain People is the right party to team up with.
Jess M
Jess M
Keep your head in the clouds but your feet on the trail. The hard miles brought big smiles on this trip with By Mountain People. They were flexible, positive, and really just a joy to be with. Made for a fun and easy trip. I continue to recommend By Mountain People to both friends and family if they have a thought of doing a trek in Nepal. Many Thank You Guys!
Sean G
Sean G
Great people for a great adventure! I can't say enough about how well everything was orchestrated. Our guide and porter were wonderful and very friendly. Nepal is a beautiful country with very friendly people. It's been a few months now and I still think of the trekking almost daily. If I ever have another opportunity to hike in Nepal, I would be blessed! Thank you Govinda!
Anouk K
Anouk K
Jiri - Everest Base Camp My friend and I booked a 20+ day trek with Lily & Govinda from mid-nov to begin-dec. We loved their personal approach in arranging the trip, from preparations and choosing which trek to go for, to regular check-ins during and a great feedback/debrief session afterwards! We started from Jiri instead of the popular way of flying to Lukla. That was a great experience and an absolute recommend to start lower if you have time!
eliza b
eliza b
Magnificent slow trek and bird watching to Khopra Danda! Magnificent trek!! In October 2023 the two of us did this beautiful trek organized by BMP. It all started 6 months earlier, when I was looking for a company that would put people first in organizing treks in Nepal. What a nice coincidence when I learned that Govinda, a former language student of mine, happened to be the owner of By Mountain People, an organization that had customized and small scale treks as its core business! We had very nice and informative preparative talks about our wishes. Being almost 70 years of age, we wanted to have sufficient possibilities to adapt our journey on the way, in case the altitude would cause problems. Also we wanted to visit places off the beaten track and see something of village life on the way. Govinda suggested the Khopra Danda trek with some extra days so we could shorten the daily walking distance. This was a very good advice and he organized it very well! We met Govinda again in Kathmandu before we started out. He introduced us to our guide Pratap Gurung. Pratap was really a very excellent guide!! His knowledge of the natural surroundings and especially of the birds were truly amazing!! He was very attentive to our wellbeing and patiently answered our many questions. He taught us so much about the different species and habitats of all the birds he would point out to us. His experience made that we always felt safe and well looked after. Also we learnt that Govinda stayed regularly in contact to ensure that everything went well. Following our 2 weeks of trekking, BMP also organized an extra 4 days visit to Chitwan National Park. Here we stayed in the nice Safari Club hotel. Her also we were very happy with our guide Yadav Duwadi He is a nice and calm guide with a lot of knowledge and very attentive. We absolutely recommend this “slow trekking” by BMP! Specially for senior travellers such as us, but also for everybody who wants to fully enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas. A guide such as Pratap Gurung was perfectly suited for this type of trekking. Thank you BMP!! Thijl and Linda
Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit I went on a 19-day trek on the Annapurna Circuit. I had great communication with Lily and Govinda before arriving in Nepal and throughout my trip. They shared with me all the information that I needed. Ganesh, and a porter, Nima. Both of them were incredibly kind. They literally held my hand through the toughest parts of the trek and we also had lots of fun playing cards, sharing anecdotes and trying to learn each other’s languages. The Annapurna circuit itself is incredibly beautiful and diverse. Since I arrived at the end if the monsoon season there were still some rains and landslides which made the days at lower altitudes a little tricky but once we started to ascend the weather changed and we had wonderful views of the mountains on this range and visited several Tibetan towns and Gompas. Overall, I had a great experience with them I would take a trip again with them in a heartbeat. Thanks, Ganesh, Nima, Lily, and Govinda!
Small but super professional trekking company! Wish we could go back already! Govinda and Lilly just went above and beyond for my friend and I!! Shortly before arriving in Nepal, I started experiencing knee pain. I got so worried about the trek, but they changed our itinerary without any fuss whatsoever. They got us the most caring and knowledgeable trekking guide Ganesh. And they checked in with me frequently during the trek, to check if I was doing ok and enjoying. After the trek they even organized a very nice jungle safari to Chitwan NP for us. Their great tips and flexible attitude before and during our trip made it a HUGE succes!! Govinda and Lily thank you so much for your patience and helpful advice. I will be back for sure!
Jonatan D
Jonatan D
Otrolig resa i Nepal Vi hade en jättebra resa i Nepal! Govinda på By Mountain People var superhjälpsam med att tillgodese våra önskemål och att skräddarsy en resplan som passade oss perfekt. Han såg till att vi fick med alla våra önskemål. Vi hann med vandring i de fantastiska bergen samt en otrolig dag med fågelsådning strax utanför Kathmandu. Jag kan verkligen rekommendera By Mountain People om du vill ha en unik upplevelse!
Gabriel G
Gabriel G
Father and son Nepal trek By mountain people organised an incredible trip through Gokyo Lake and EBC. Everything ran smoothly, they took care of all the little details and genuinely care about you and your experience throughout. Handled everything with a smile and extreme professionalism - can not recommend them enough! Our amazing guide Ganesh is the reason we can look back on the trek successfully, he helped us at every step and is an all round great guy - be sure to ask for Ganesh he will make your trip unforgettable I cannot wait to book again:)

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