Khopra Dada, Khayer Lake, and Poon Hill Trek - 12 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Trip Grade Easy to Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Nayapul/ Ghorepani
  • Group Size 1-10
  • Max. Altitude 4,500 meters in Khayer Lake
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn

Highlights

  • Khopra Ridge recently opened off a beaten-short trekking trail.
  • Panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Massif, Hiunchuli, Machapuchare (Fishtail) etc.
  • Sunrise view from Khopra Ridge, Poon Hill, and Muldai Viewpoint
  • Visit Khayer Lake, a sacred high-altitude lake close to Annapurna South.
  • Hike through Gurung villages, paddy fields, and rhododendron forests.

Khopra Ridge, Khayer Lake, and Poon Hill Trek are one of the newest trekking trails, which was introduced in the Annapurna region as a community trek to help raise the economic standard of the villages lying on the Khopra Danda route only in 2012. It is off the beaten path, far away from the popular routes in the Annapurna region that go through secluded and serene landscapes filled with enchanting views of Dhaulagiri (7th highest mountain in the world), Annapurna Massif (the tenth tallest giant in the globe), Hinchuli, Nilgiri Himal, and other peaks.

The trek offers you an incredible journey to venture into the spell-binding beauty of the Himalayas in Nepal, which contributes directly to the welfare of the mountain communities along the way as well. Most of the villages lying on this route weren’t receiving the expected visitors, struggling economically. As an alternative, this new route came to light to uplift the economic condition of the villages situated on the trail.

It is a community teahouse trek whose profits fund the local schools and health clinics. It is also the hometown of renowned educationist and social activist, Magsaysay Award recipient for establishing wireless computer technology in remote areas, Mahabir Pun, who has been promoting this trail since it was first introduced.

Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poon Hill, each of these less-frequented trekking destinations, have their own distinctive significance and charming features, which are briefed below:

About Khopra Danda

Khopra Danda, otherwise called the Khopra Ridge or Hill, is one of the newly introduced off-beaten trekking trails of the Annapurna region, located to the north-east of Pokhara, bordering the districts of Myagdi and Kaski in closer proximity to the Ghorpani and Mount Dhaulagiri, standing tall at an elevation of 3,660m.

The hill is an excellent vantage point, offering stunning 360-degree panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. A trek here is truly an amazing journey to experience the Annapurna ranges and their magic within the region without having to summit the peak itself. On this trip to the Annapurna region of Nepal, expect:

Panoramic views of the peaks

The Khopra Danda is one of the best places to witness the ethereal beauty of the tenth-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), along with the jaw-dropping sight of the seventh-tallest mountain in the globe, Dhaulagiri (8,167m).

They are set like the crown jewel, with the other dominating peaks, such as Nilgiri (7,061m/23,166 ft) and Tukuche 6,992m, preaching up above the sky where the first and last illuminating rays of the sun look as inspiring as you have been in the gate of heaven.

Khopra Community lodges

The hilltop station of Khopra, with its epic Himalayan views, though it doesn’t have a long history of village settlements, now offers a community lodge to enjoy your stay to the fullest while overlooking the yak farms and cheese factories.

The community is largely famous for its Nepali paper, plum jam, and handmade warm wool products, which are more popular with tourists and pilgrims during the auspicious festival of Janai Purnima.

Along with the local products, the lodge is introduced to uplift the lifestyle of the native communities living in their area and to contribute to sustainable tourism while protecting the fragile Himalayan ecosystem.

The lodge managed by the local Gurung communities, providing a not-to-miss opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about their authentic cultures, traditions, and customary life, must be seized at once for sure.

Off-the-beaten Trekking Trail

The Khopra Danda Trekking Route, compared to other more popular trekking trails, is one of the relatively newly discovered trekking trails that sees comparatively fewer trekkers, offering more solitude and isolated experience in the serene ambiance of the Himalayas.

The Khopra Danda Trekking Trail hence allows for more intimate natural and cultural connections in less than two weeks, starting from Kathmandu.

Incredible wildlife observation during Khopra Danda Trek

The trekking route to Khopra Danda Passes by several green and scenic forests dominated by tightly packed trees of rhododendron, which bloom fully in the months of spring. The whole wood is home to varying species of flora and fauna to come across for the most fulfilling moments during your journey.

The wide array of bird species, including the Himalayan Monal and Griffon vulture, and mammals such as the Himalayan Tahr, Langur monkey, red panda, musk deer, and pikas, are the natural charms of the region in the diverse landscapes of the trek, beginning from the terraced fields, rhododendron forests, and alpine meadows to the high mountain deserts.

About Khayer Lake

Khayer Lake, also called Khair Lake of Khayer Tal, at an elevation of around 4,500 meters (15,290 ft) above sea level, is a pristine alpine lake in the Annapurna trekking region that is often visited by Hindu and Buddhist devotees throughout the year as one of the sacred lakes to take a holy dip and make a wish.

Locals here show a strong belief in being granted a wish on the auspicious occasion of Janai Purnima while bathing in the glacial water flowing directly from the majestic peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, which look mesmerizing from the lake area where the native communities of Magar and Gurung believe that the god resides.

The vast cultural exploration in Khayer Lake

The turquoise water lake, Khayer, is precisely situated in between two of the popular trekking destinations of the Annapurna region, Khopra Danda and Ghorpani, passing by the large Gurung village in Ghandruk.

The remote, newly promoted, beautiful trekking trail of the Annapurna region area is profound with the mix of cultures of Gurung and Magar, with their untainted ancient culture, arts, and traditions set in the lap of the sky, towering mountains, as well as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Nilgiri.

During your hike to this exceptionally beautiful tranquil lake, you will get to witness the warmest hospitality of the Gurung and Magar, locals of the Himalayas who have been carrying and protecting their cultural, religious, and traditional practices from generation to generation, including the delicate Himalayan ecosystem for its lovers to relish on whenever they want.

Nearby the lake is a spiritual temple of Khayer Barahai in the bank that receives thousands of local and international devotees, where sheep are offered and sacrificed as part of the cleansing process of human faults and struggles.

Therefore, get ready to be stunned by the unique culture and traditions of the native Himalayan people and their beliefs connected to Khayer Lake and its surrounding monuments during the trek to Khayer Lake.

Picturesque Landscapes

The adventurous journey to Khayer Lake, which is usually done combined with the Khopra Danda and Poonhill Trek, goes through stunning scenery, from lush forests of oak and rhododendrons to high alpine meadows and later on, high deserted terrain, which provides the jaw-dropping backdrops of the Annapurna ranges and others.

The trekking trail of the lake takes you to pass the thundering waterfalls, the empire of snows, and barren lands with shepherds, contrasting largely to the lower region, which is usually full of lives mostly inhabited by locals from agricultural practices in the nicely terraced fields and traditional villages.

The typical stone-roofed and raised houses of Gurung and Mager in the heart of the hills lying at the foot of the Himalayas beautify the overall trekking experience to capture in your lens during the trek. In addition, the multi-color bloom of rhododendrons and other wildflowers swarmed with butterflies and other nectar-loving insects is a masterpiece sight to behold.

Gorgeous mountain backdrops

The Khayer Lake Trek combined with the Khopra Danda and Ghorepani is visually remarkable and presents a rewarding experience when the smashing mountain vistas bind every trekker with their grandeur.

The Annapurna south, Hinchuli, Macchapuchare, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche Peak, and Nilgiri dominate the skyline as you progress further and further towards Khayer Lake. Hinchuli is noted for its rugged features and dramatic landscapes, while the iconic Machapuchare stands out for its fishtail-like summit.

Magical Sunset and Sunrise view

From Khayer Lake, you can get unparalleled sunrise and sunset views in the morning and evening when the sky changes its colors and alpenglow peaks create a worldly ambiance to witness for adventurers around the globe.

They look magnificent from the moment you begin to spot them. Hence, Khayer Lake is considered an excellent vantage point and a great photogenic scene for photographers, nature enthusiasts, and trekkers from all nd the globe.

About Poonhill

Poonhill is one of the most beloved short trekking trails within the Annapurna Conservation Area in the Annapurna region, Gandaki province, the central part of Nepal, due to its easy accessibility from Kathmandu at an altitude of 3,210 meters (10,532 ft.).

Although not at an extremely high elevation, the lofty hill is a top-notch viewpoint, providing the most amazing views of the surrounding summits and landscapes below while you make your way through the classic trail with picturesque villages, terraced farms, and lush forests of oak, rhododendrons, and pines.

It is one of the widely preferred stopovers for the Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp trekkers, which offers:

The awe-inspiring sunrise view

The Poonhill is famous among nature’s admirers more significantly for its first ray of sunlight illuminating over the predominating seventh and tenth highest peak in the world: Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Annapurna I (8,091 m/26,545 ft).

The valley and surrounding it come alive with the morning light shade of pink, orange, and gold, enchanting everyone atop the hills and mountains bathed in the soft morning light. It is truly an awe-inspiring place to be part of, especially for photography enthusiasts to capture the changing colors, and hence the Ghorepani is also known as the photography paradise.

Cultural insight in the Ghorpani and other villages

The Poon Hill Trek traverses different traditional villages characterized by stone houses with artistically carved wooden doors and windows, inhabited primarily by Magar and Gurung people along with other indigenous populations.

They have their distinctive culture, traditions, dialects, and attire, making the whole area one of the most colorful destinations to observe in 2024 during the Poonhill Trek while immersing yourself in the rich local flavors of Dal Bhat Tarkari (one heap of rice with lentil soup and seasonal vegetables), momo, and pancakes.

Nearby these villages including Ghorpani, you will be able to find local handicrafts that include handmade textiles and regional jewelry to take as souvenirs, representing the area's swankiness in architecture, craftsmanship, and cultural aesthetics.

Therefore, the Poonhill is a must-visit place to broaden your Himalayan geographical and cultural knowledge.

Panoramic mountain views from the Poonhill

If there is any place in Nepal that is simply famous for its panoramic mountains, it is Poon Hill. The tower is visited throughout the year by photography aspirants who wish to capture the combined ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, along with other peaks and hills.

The hill of Poon gains popularity amongst its trekkers seeking a short but rewarding and equally challenging trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, offering an out-of-the-world blend of nature, culture, and a sense of accomplishment in the Himalayas.

Here are some of the most notable mountains, from Poon Hill to completely fall in love with:

  • Annapurna I (8,091 m/26,545 ft), the tenth-highest peak in the world
  • Annapurna South (7,219m/23,684ft), Annapurna III (7,555m/24,787ft), Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft)
  • Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m/26,795 ft) is the seventh-tallest mountain on earth.
  • Dhaulagiri II (7,751m/25,430ft), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m/25,299ft), Dhaulagiri IV (7,661m/25,135ft), Gurja hImal (7,193m/23,599ft)
  • Hinuchuli (6,441m/21,132ft), Machapuchare (6,993m/22,943ft), Nilgiri (7,061m/23,166ft), and Lamjung Himal (6,983m/22,901ft), etc.

Adventurous Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poon Hill Trek Itinerary

The combined journey to the Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poon Hill begins with a thrilling drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which appears so scenic as if a piece of heaven has dropped into Nepal.

Then the itinerary takes you to the official starting point of the Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poon Hill Trek, Nayapul, and consequently ascends through Gandruk, Tadapani, and Dobato to the lofty hill station of Khopra, the major highlight of the overall trek, which opens up the otherworldly beauty of the Annapurna region to its visitors concealed from the rest of the world.

The next day, you will hike up to Khayer Lake to conquer the serene and turquoise water body with its huge religious and spiritual importance for the locals as well as the Hindus and Buddhists spread around the world.

Thereafter, the 12-day itinerary takes you to the Swanta village, which later on pays a visit to another substantial viewpoint of the Annapurna region, serving as one of the best stopovers for trekkers heading forward to the Annapurna Circuit or the Annapurna Base Camp and other popular destinations within the region, Poonhill via Ghorepani.

After hiking up to Poon Hill with more extensive views of the encompassing Himalayan giants such as Annapurna I (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) pondering you with a natural amphitheater never seen before, you will trek to Hile and catch a four-wheeler to return to the capital of tourism in Nepal, Pokhara.

Hence, the overall 12-day journey to trek the Khopra Ridge/Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poon Hill, crafted carefully by Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks, is the best itinerary amongst the best in 2024 to go trekking in the region of the tenth highest summit in the world, Annapurna, which facilities similar multiple routes to be around it. Including:

Why Adventure Himalayan Travel and Trek’s 12 days itinerary to go Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poon Hill trek?

Adventure Himalayan Travel and Trek’s 12-day Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poon Hill treks can be customized and tailored according to your specific needs and special requirements during the trek.

We have been getting an edge for our personalized services to meet the needs of our clients, providing greater flexibility in every logistical aspect of trekking, including budget, permits, duration, meals, accommodations, and others.

We are just the right hand for you for a hassle-free trekking, tour, and travel experience in Nepal to make the most of your every dollar. With us, all you will get to do is enjoy life to the fullest!

Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poon Hill Trek Cost 2024

It is quite an impossible task to determine the exact Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poon Hill Trek cost for 2024, as it can be highly impacted by the preferences of individual trekkers as well as their choices in the services provided.

Nonetheless, we at Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks are offering a group discounted price trek to the Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poon Hill in 2024, which is:

  • USD 995 for 1 pax
  • USD 895 for 2-3 pax
  • USD 845 for 4-6 pax
  • USD 795 for 7-10 pax

This budget plan for you, tailored by us, covers the expenses of essential trekking permits, food, accommodation, means of transportation used during the trek, and the cost of hiring a guide or porter once the trek officially begins from Pokhara.

Please note that the package cost we are offering is standard and does not include the Nepal Visa Fee, international flight, insurance, lunch and dinner during your Kathmandu, and extra accommodation and meals outside of the presented itinerary.

Is Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poon Hill Trek right for you?

Yes, as one of the most preferred vacation destinations, even for internal tourists, the Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill are the best places to get away from hectic modern schedules and relish memorable moments.

The journey to the community lodge houses, established with the applaudable purpose of enhancing the life standard of the Himalayan locals and promoting sustainable tourism in Nepal, is a fantastic trekking spot.

Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill—all of these are some of the major highlights of the Annapurna region, which provides adventurers with a true sense of achievement, tranquility, and serenity without having to summit some of the largest peaks in the world itself.

Throughout the trek, the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges never leave your sight, playing hide and seek while you pass by several lush woods of the region decorated with oak, rhododendron, bamboo, and pines.

This countryside of the Annapurna trekking region is densely inhabited by numerous ethnic communities of Nepal who treasure their temples, gompas, and monasteries and share happiness with their festivals, making it an ideal trekking destination to get comprehensive enlightenment in the cultural and historical richness of the area.

Likewise, in comparison to other high-altitude adventures in the Himalayas, the Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill fall in the lower Himalayan zone, which rarely carries the risk of acute mountain sickness and unsafe navigation while you begin embarking on the locally trodden but still hidden from tourist influx routes.

There isn’t any age or experience barrier to completing this 12-day Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poon Hill trek. The only criteria you have to meet are fitness and health, making it the best vacation destination to spend in Nepal with your family, including your children over seven years old and those who can hike 5–6 hours a day.

Itinerary
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On your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the Adventure Himalayan representative welcomes and deports you to your designated hotel.

After refreshments, you will be briefed about your tour by your accompanying guide or tour leader. If you have any questions or doubts about your trip, they should be asked and clarified at this time.

Overnight stay at the hotel!

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • Max. Altitude1,400 m

The road you are traveling today is scenic, with terraced fields and colorful villages with rice fields, rocky-bottomed rivers, and the ever-present majestic backdrop of the Himalayas.

Once you reach Pokahra, you will spend the rest of the day preparing for the trek and wandering around the beautiful city.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude1,400 m

After breakfast, you will drive to Nayapul, then to Kimchi, a small traditional settlement, from where your trek begins. It’s a pretty short trek of about one or two hours (depending on your pace) on a well-maintained trail, climbing up a series of stone steps to reach Ghandruk.

It is a traditional Gurung (ethnic mountain community) village that falls on the Gurung Heritage Trail, one of the most famous villages that has been protecting its authentic culture and tradition for ages.

Most of the men from this town and other Gurung villages on the Annapurna serve in the British or Indian Army. 

After reaching there, you will head to your teahouse and have some refreshments. Resting for a while will energize you, and you will explore the village and interact with the locals. Learn more about this community by visiting the Gurung Museum and a Buddhist monastery that lies at the edge of the village.

Overnight stay in cultural Ghandruk!

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,940 m

After breakfast, you will begin trekking through the fascinating Ghandruk village, traversing lush rhododendron forests, river tributaries, and spectacular views on the way.

The colorful prayer flags greet you as soon as you arrive in Tadapani, at the foot of the Macchapuchhre mountain range.

The mountain is revered by locals, and climbing is forbidden.

You will make your way to a tea house and take much-needed rest by spending a night in Tadapani.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,600 m

You’ll wake up early this morning, and after breakfast, hit the trail to Dobato. You’ll climb more of the steps, walking past a dense rhododendron (the national flower of Nepal) forest.

During the spring, the forest gets ablaze with pink and red rhododendron blooms, a wondrous sight to behold.

A relaxing walk on a ridgeline filled with inspiring views of the mountains and green valleys brings you to Dobato, your stop for the night.

After a hard day’s walk, putting your feet up and chilling at the teahouse is an excellent feeling. You have to retire early, as you’ll have to wake up at the crack of dawn to catch the sunrise.

Overnight in Dobato!

  • AccommodationLocal Lodge
  • MealsFull Meal Course
  • Max. Altitude3,350 m

Today, you’ll wake up early and head out to enjoy the Himalayan sunrise from Muldai Viewpoint. The golden sun rising over the white snow-covered peaks is a sight you will remember for years to come.

After this magnificent view, head down to the teahouse, have breakfast, and you’ll proceed to Khopra Danda or Ridge. The trail follows an up-and-down trail through rhododendron forests and breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri, the seventh-highest mountain in the world.

Though strenuous, this is an amazing walk, especially during the spring season, when the trail is covered with rhododendron petals and wildflowers, which feels like entering a mystical mountain kingdom.

Except for a few yaks and mule trains, the trail is secluded, and you can enjoy the serenity and be one with nature. After a long walk, you reach Khopra Danda. Head to a community-run teahouse and take a rest.

Overnight on Khopra Ridge!

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsAll Three Meal Courses
  • Max. Altitude3,660 m

Your day begins in the morning, waking up before the hens to savor the lavish Himalayan sunrise over the snow-covered Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Nilgiris, Fang, and other peaks.

Be ready with your camera to capture this glorious view. Later, you will have breakfast and make your way to Khayer Lake. The hike to Khayer Lake (a sacred high-altitude mountain lake) is one of the highlights of your trek.

To reach the lake, you need to make the hike up to the slopes of the Annapurna Massif, surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Hindu shrines dot the periphery of the lake. Locals believe that a dip in this lake purifies you and cleanses your sins.

Located at a distance of about 6km, Annapurna South looms quite close to the lake. After taking pictures, retrace your steps back to your teahouse at Khopra Ridge. Overnight on Khopra Ridge

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,500 m

After relishing the awe-inspiring Himalayan panorama for one last time from Khopra Ridge, you will move along to hit the downward trail to Swanta Village, the village filled with traditional houses on a gentle hill slope surrounded by paddy and potato fields.

Descend carefully as it is a steep descent to the chunky spire of Dhaulagiri, looming majestically on the horizon, where you will get to enjoy the typical Nepalese mountain landscape filled with terraced fields and ridge-top villages.

When you reach Swanta, head to a teahouse and take a rest. If you are not too tired, you can explore this picturesque village and enjoy the grand view of the neighboring hills.

Overnight in Swanta Village!

  • AccommodationLocal Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,214 m

On this day, after breakfast, you will trek the downward trail past paddy fields and a lush jungle. Then, you will cross the river, near it is a water mill to observe.

Walking on a swaying suspension bridge will take you to the other side of the stream, from where you will head up to the village of Chittre and walk on the crowded Ghorpani trail.

You will meet other trekkers and mule trains on this route, which climb well-laid stone steps to reach the village of Ghorpani (Horse Water in Nepali).

It is named so because it was the real watering hole for caravans journeying through the ancient Tibet trade route.

Finally, you will enter your tea house and take plenty of deserving rest with an overnight sleep in Ghorpani. 

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsFull Meal Course
  • Max. Altitude2,858 m

On the very 10th day, you will hike up to Poonhill to catch one of the most magical sunrises on the Himalayan giants, such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Massif, Hiunchuli, and Gangapurna, early in the morning.

The 360-degree view of the golden rays over the radiant mountains appears pink, red, and golden, truly a mesmerizing sight to cherish forever.

Later on, you will hike down to Ghorepani, have breakfast, and proceed towards Hile, which is a steep downhill walk filled with inspiring nature views. Once you reach Hile, board a vehicle and take a scenic drive to Pokhara. 

You will be driven to your hotel, which lies close to Phewa Lake. Once you have checked in, you can take a well-deserved rest or take a stroll down the lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude3,210 m

From Pokhara, you return to Kathmandu through the Prithivi highway on a tourist bus, which will take around 6-7 hours.

Throughout the way, you will fall in love with several lush meadows and roaring rivers at the base of the hills.

Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel, where you will take a rest or walk around the tourist street, Thamel, to freshen up.

Overnight at the hotel!

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast-Farewell dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,400m

Today, you will take a last glance at Kathmandu, Nepal. Our crew member will depart you at Tribhuvan International Airport as per your scheduled flight.

We hope to see you again! Thank you for trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks Pvt. Ltd.

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Route Map
Khopra Dada, Khayer Lake, and Poon Hill Trek - 12 Days Map
What's Included
Includes
  • 7 nights and 8 days of food and accommodation during trek (local lodge)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokahara and back to kathmandu by tourist Bus
  • Pokhara to trekking departure point, and back to Pokhara by private transport
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters( porter carry 20 to 24 k.g and one porter between two person)
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
  • Annapurna Conservation permit
  • Two nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast, two nights accommodation in Pokhara at bed and breakfast
  • Airport transfers and escort
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Equipment & clothing for porter & staffs
  • Equipment (sleeping bag, first aid kit, oximeter etc.)
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Trekking achievement certificate
  • Adventure Himalayan Tshirt
Excludes
  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entry 30 days - USD 50  (Details in Visa Page)
  • International flight & all domestic departure tax
  • Insurance for clients (i.e. helicopter evacuation, etc.)
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Hot Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
  • Alcoholic drinks, candies, etc.
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking. 
Dates and Prices
Date PriceAvailability 
Start DateStarts: ThursdayMay 30, 2024End DateEnds: MondayJun 10, 2024PricePriceUS$895StatusStatusAvailable
Useful Info

Best time to go on Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill Trek

The spring (March to May) and autumn (October to November) are the best seasons of the year to traverse the Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill. The moderate temperature, stable weather conditions, and calm environment make the journey extremely joyful.

The more than a hundred blooms of wild flora in the spring and the falling color in the autumn add to the beauty of the overall Annapurna region. While trekking in the winter and summer is also possible, with extra consciousness on the gear and equipment advised by licensed guides and porters.

Foods and accommodations on the Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill trekking Trail

The Khopra Danda, Khaye Lake, and Poonhill Trek is a community lodge trek in the Himalayas of Annapurna, which means that for the majority of the hiking days, you will stay overnight in a lodge with the locals with a home-away-from-home vibe.

The rooms of these lodges are simply furnished, neat, and clean. The meals are served as per the menu of the lodge, which usually includes traditional Nepali dishes called Dhal Bhat Tarkari and Achar (stem rice with lentils or bean soups followed by vegetables as per the season of travel and pickles).

Though it is advisable to stick to the vegetarian option of Dal-Bhat for its nutritious quality and quantity, you can also enjoy the meat products, eggs, bread, tea, coffee, momo, pizza, and a few other international dishes throughout the journey.

Permits to trek Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhil

The trek to Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA); therefore, you will need to obtain two permits: the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.

Both of them are mandatory for entering the Annapurna region covering Khopra, Khayer, and Poonhill, where the essential TIMS card costs depending on your nationality, i.e., NPR 2,000 (around USD 20) for all foreign trekkers and NPR 1,000 (approximately USD 10) for travelers from SAARC nations.

It works the same for the Annapurna Conservation Permit as well, which is NPR 3,000 for all tourists and NPR 1,000 only for citizens from SAARC countries. Both are issued by the Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu and Pokhara and different authorized trekking agencies.

How difficult is the Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill Trek?

The Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill trek is considered a moderately difficult trek that meets the maximum altitude of 4,500 meters in Khayer Lake. The trekking trail toward these three precise locations of the Annapurna region involves diverse terrains, including forested tracks, steep ascents, and descents on rugged hills.

Certain sections of the trek are through less-traveled and developed areas, which can be challenging if it is your first time trekking in Nepal. Our local Sherpa guides come to your rescue and lead the way to make navigation more convenient during the trek.

Therefore, the overall trek to Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill is taken as one of the easiest and shortest trekking routes in the Annapurna region, where you will hike for 5-7 hours each day with a few challenges to come across that adds to the thrill of the overall journey.

Why hire a guide or porter to trek Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill?

There are several advantages to hiring guides or porters to trek Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill that aid in making the overall trekking experience more holistic in the Annapurna region, which might pose unforeseen circumstances due to your unfamiliarity with the terrain, altitude, and local language used for communication.

Good news Nepal has banned free individual trekking in the country effective April 1, 2023, with the clear intent of securing safety and enhancing trekking indulgence in the nation; hence, if you wish to trek alone in Nepal, you must at least be assisted by a licensed guide.

The trail of the Annapurna region towards the Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill, which can be complex for you, is home to many of the local guides and ensures safe navigation on the right path, minimizing the risk of getting lost for you.

Similarly, guides often carry extensive knowledge about the typical local culture, customs, flora, and fauna of the region, facilitating better cultural interaction and understanding while bridging the language gap between the locals and trekkers.

Further, the licensed guides are trained in first aid and prepared with tactics to overcome possible risks, such as mountain sickness, to provide the necessary assistance in case of medical or any other sort of emergency to secure your trekking experience to the Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill.

Hence, you must hire a professional guide or porter to go on a voyage to the Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill for a legal and better trekking experience in the Himalayas of Nepal, usually for USD 20 per day.

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Must you get travel insurance to trek Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill?

Although there is a lower probability of seeing symptoms of acute mountain sickness during the Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill trek, accidents, illness, and natural disasters such as floods and landslides are not predictable at all and might catch you off guard at any moment throughout the voyage.

Hence, it is advisable to get travel insurance from any of your local, reliable travel insurance companies that cover medical and emergency extradition before your Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill trek departure days.

What to pack to trek Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill?

Packing for the trek to Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill is yet another deciding factor on how your overall hike is going to be in the Annapurna region. Therefore, make sure to keep your backpack light and appropriate.

Though the gear and outfit differ according to your time of visit to Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill, a sleeping bag, a pair of perfect-fitting trekking boots, a side duffel bag, a torso-fitting backpack with at least two pairs of moisture-wicking socks, a fleece jacket or down jacket as an insulating layer, trekking pants, and breathable T-shirts, along with sun protection, are a must to carry.

How to remain fit and healthy for Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill Trek?

The Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake, and Poonhill Trek are categorized as fairly strenuous trekking experiences in the Annapurna region of Nepal. To collect the memory of a lifetime, you only need a little physical preparedness to remain fit and healthy for the upcoming trek, and here’s how you can do so:

  • Make it a habit to go on short trips or walk for 6–7 hours a day.
  • Engage yourself in cardiovascular exercises such as jogging, swimming, and cycling.
  • Do regular yoga to increase the body’s flexibility.
  • To enhance the core strength, make sure to incorporate planks, leg raises, and hiking on steep uphill and downhill.
  • Include squats and lungs.
  • Consume a healthy diet, and do not forget to remain hydrated, etc.

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