- Trek to Khopra Danda (3660m) and Khayer Lake (4660m)
- Off-the-beaten path and less crowded, community managed trekking trail
- Splendid Himalayan panorama of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Machhapuchhare peaks
- Visit to ethnic Magar villages of Paudwar, Swanta, Nagi, Narchyang villages
- Directly supports community lodges, schools, and cottage industries like cheese factory, yak farms, handicraft etc
Khopra Danda Trek is another popular short trekking in the Annapurna region. It is one of the least visited off-the-beaten-path treks that provide beautiful views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Himalayas and directly supports community development programs.
Khopra Danda Trek is an alternative to the popular Ghorepani-Poonhill trek in the Annapurna region. It is an off-the-beaten-path; remote trek that provides beautiful views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Himalayas, community managed trekking trails and ethnic Magar culture.
Depending on your entry points, there are three different trekking routes for Khopra Danda Trek.
The first option is to trek to Ghandruk from Nayapool and get to Khopra via Tadapani, which is the shortest route you can choose.
The second option is to start trekking from Beni (Galeshor), a 6 hrs driving distance from Pokhara. The trail goes past the villages of Banskharka and Nangi to reach Mohare Danda (3660m), which is a perfect vantage point to see Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs.
The last option is to trek from Nayapool stopping over in the touristic villages of Ghorepani , Swanta and Upper Chistibang to finally reach Khopra.
The Khopra Ridge (3640m) offers spectacular views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna (8091m), Machhapuchhare (6993m), Nilgiri South (6839m) and Hiuchuli (6441m). From here you will descend to Tatopani, a hot spring spot, where you can dip and soothe yourself of any pain. Next day you will exit to Pokhara via Nayapul.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative:
Community development programs started by locals in this area such as yak farming & cross breeding, cheese factory, Nepali lokta paper, local plum Jam and handmade wool products are added attractions for trekkers. Adventure Thirdpole Treks is dedicated to supporting these community programs by allocating certain percent of the trekking revenue under our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Tourism initiative. We encourage all our clients to choose Khopra Danda Trek.
This third option allows you to start the trek from Beni (Galeshor) rather than Nayapool/Poonhill and Nayapool/Ghandruk. As a result, this trekking is longer in duration, however presents with added attractions.
Firstly since this trail passes through six Magar villages, you will have more opportunities to interact with local community as well as observe their socioeconomic lifestyles. Also, the trail offers numerous viewpoints to observe massive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.