Khopra Ridge Trek | Khayer lake Trail


We are Organized to Khopra Dada ,Ghorepani , Annapurna trekking in Autumn  2022

Enjoy an amazing sunrise over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna
Stay at a tea house with one of Nepal’s best panoramic views
Descend through pastoral villages to Tatopani
Hike to sacred Khayer Lake at the foot of Annapurna South

The Khopra Danda trek (also known as the Kopra Ridge trek) is a great alternative to the more popular (and more crowded) Ghorepani trek, taking you higher still to another great viewpoint of the Annapurna’s
If you’re looking for the perfect week-long trek, a little off-the-beaten path and with great views, this trek is a great choice. It combines the best of what Nepal has to offer: amazing mountain views, pastoral villages, and rice fields layered on top of each other, descending down into the valley. The best part is that so few people know about it.
The route follows a local trail that takes you down into the valley north of Ghorepani, before climbing up another ridge, known as Khopra Ridge. Without a doubt, one of the best short treks in Nepal.
The route follows the same trail to Ghorepani, but then dips down into the valley before climbing back up again to a ridge (Khopra Danda) north of Poon Hill. This takes about a day, unless you want to break it up into two days and stay at a tea house in the village Swanta. Atop the ridge, you’ll find a single tea house run by a caretaker that comes up each day from the villages below.
During this trek  we brought a tent and camped on a small outcrop just up the ridge from the tea house. The views were superb, both at sunset and sunrise, when the valley filled with clouds below us with Dhaulagiri towering clear above. In the evenings, local yak herds are brought to overnight and graze on the slopes just below us.
From Khopra Danda, it takes a day to reach Tatopani where you can catch a bus back to Pokhara (you’ll have to switch in a nearby town on the way). As you descend back down into the valley, you’ll pass through villages and terraces and can stop for lunch or even spend an extra night in one of village tea houses. At Tatopani, you’ll find a built up hot spring open to the public

How long is the Khopra Ridge trek?
The Khopra Ridge trek covers a distance of almost 70 km over 8/9 days of trekking. You cover an average of 8 km a day, which is a moderate distance. You usually reach your stay for the day by early evening. .

However, what makes the trek challenging is the altitude gain and loss of over 10,000 ft. You start the trek at 6,600 ft and climb to a highest altitude of 15,709 ft. This requires the trekker to have good endurance.

Can we trek solo to Khopra Ridge trek?
Khopra Ridge is a tea house trek. The trail to Khopra ridge is also very prominent, although one needs to be careful about diversions to other villages on the way. We also have a GPX file that you can use to attempt the trek on your own.

However, there are inherent risks associated with trekking to altitudes in excess of 15,000 ft. Substantial experience of mounting Himalayan treks on your own and being successful is very important. You also need to be confident of taking care of any medical emergency by your own self need more confidence too .

We would recommend joining one of our teams going to Khopra Ridge if you have the required fitness. You’ll have a good experience with a group of experienced and fit trekkers during a trek


Day to Day Itinerary 2022
Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 2 :Kathmandu – Pokhara (8,23m): 5 – 6 hrs bus drive
Day 3 :Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1950m) 5 to 6 hrs
Day 4 :Trek to Tadapani (2680m).
Day 5 :Trek from Tadapani to Bayli Kharka (3450m.) 6 to 7 hours
Day 6 :Trek from Bayli Kharka to Upper Chistibung (2,950m) 4 to 5 hrs
Day 7 :Trek from Chistibung to Kopra Ridge (Khopra Danda) (3660m.) 5 to 6
Day 8 :Explore Around Khopra Danda
Day 9 :Trek from Khopra Ridge to Swanta (2400m) 5 to 6 hours.
Day 10 :Trek from Swanta to Ghorepani
Day 11 :Explore Poonhill and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1495m)
Day 12 :Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara
Day 13 :Drive back to Kathmandu by Deluxe tourist Bus
Day 14 :Transfer to Kathmandu International Airport or onward for next program

Detail Itinerary

Khopra Danda Trek Day by day Detail Itinerary 2022/23

Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office Nepal Planet Trek sand Expeditions and know the detailed arrangement of the Trek. B&B at the hotel.
Day 2 :Kathmandu – Pokhara (8,23m): 5 – 6 hrs bus drive After breakfast, we drive to Pokhara which is 200 km from Kathmandu. We take our lunch in between this six hours bus ride. You can also opt for a flight which takes about 30 min, and then explore Pokhara, renowned for its scenic beauty and lakeside stays. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Pokhara.
Day 3 :Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1950m) 5 to 6 hrs Drive to Nayapul by taxi from Pokhara, it will take about one hour. Then we will start our trek on foot follow half hour Modikhola, cross the river in Birethati, to follow Modi Khola valley passing Sauly Bazaar it takes about 2 hours, and start climb to steps. And continues walk to Ghandrku the beautiful Gurung village 5 to 6 hours walk from Nayapul. The beautiful Mountain View and Gurung culture is interest to see. Overnight at guest house in Ghandruk.
Day 4 :Trek to Tadapani (2680m). After breakfast in Ghandruk we will start our trek to Tadapani. Passing through the Rhododendrons Jungle the place call Bhaisi Kharka (Buffalo Grassing Please) then we will continue trek to Tadapani. Tadapani means “far water”, so it’s on the ride of the hill. The place is famous for sunrise and sunset view of fishtail “Machhapurchhare”.
Day 5 :Trek from Tadapani to Bayli Kharka (3450m.) 6 to 7 hours You will leave the main trail that leads to Ghorepani today and follow a rarely used trail – initially through thick rhododendron forest – that leads to local water buffalo pastures. The climb is gradual and soon you will emerge above the tree line to superb views of the Annapurna range. You will take lunch by a small stream and then continue to climb gradually though open countryside to reach a small pass, where the trail descends through rhododendron to an open clearing known as Bayli Kharka, and the lodge. From the lodge there are great views of Dhaulagiri Himal. Stay overnight at Lodge/Home-Stay.
Day 6 :Trek from Bayli Kharka to Upper Chistibung (2,950m) 4 to 5 hrs This morning you will descend through open ground and forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung, where you will have lunch. After lunch you will continue to walk through forest, ascending gradually and passing through several buffalo grazing pastures to reach a clearing and temporary herder’s settlement at Upper Chistibung, where you will stay in the small community lodge. For the next week you will stay in lodges run by the local communities. We have contributed to the construction of these lodges, part of a series of projects to designed to aid the local community. Being off the beaten track, the villages haven’t previously enjoyed the benefits of tourism. Now with the network of our Community Lodges, there are profits to benefit local projects and schools. Stay overnight at Lodge/Home-Stay.
Day 7 :Trek from Chistibung to Kopra Ridge (Khopra Danda) (3660m.) 5 to 6 To reach the ridge at Kopra, you will embark on a steady climb that carries you above the tree line. This area is noted for wildlife, so you should keep your eyes open for Himalayan tahr and Danfe pheasant. The best way to tackle the climb is to ascend steadily, take your time and rest as often as you wish.
You will reach the lodge on Kopra Ridge in time for lunch and will be greeted by more awe-inspiring views. This extraordinary panorama includes Annapurna South, towering directly above you at only six kilometers away, with Fang and Nilgiri prominent to the north. Across the depths of the Kali Gandakhi Valley, the Dhaulagiri Himal dominates the entire western skyline. The Kopra Community Lodge is the highlight of our work in the region. Stay overnight at Lodge/Home-Stay.
Day 8 :Explore Around Khopra Danda From Khopra Danda you could hike to Khayar Lake (4600M) but it is long way to go & come back. It will take about 9 to 10 hours. This is not recommended for every trekker if you are really fit you could hike to Lake & come back. There aren’t any tea houses for overnight.
From Khopra Danda you could hike to Thanti (around 4200m. high) and come back. It will take about 6 to 7 hours. At Thanti, there are some shelters for yak herders and shepherds to stay in during the monsoon. Khayar Lake is very famous for Hindu pilgrims belief; on the occasion of Janai Purnima , around the full moon of Saaun (July-August) Brahmin and Chhetri people must change the janai, which they wear looped over their left shoulder. In Janai Purnima there will be crowd of people from Nepal & India to celebrate Janai Purnima. There they wreath a statue of Shiva and throw coins at a temple and into the lake. There are two places to make pooja, seven minutes before this lake and a temple, where hundreds of sheep and goats are sacrificed on the same occasion. The pilgrims sleep one or two nights at Thanti, where the yak herders’ shelters are used to sleep in, but those are not enough for all these people. They bring large tents and set them up as shelter for many people and then they go up to the lake, making pooja, and it would be fantastic to take the Khayar lake trip. The views of nature’s beauty are mesmerizing!!
Day 9 :Trek from Khopra Ridge to Swanta (2400m) 5 to 6 hours.From Kopra Ridge you will descend off the hillside and continue steeply downhill. You will retrace the route back to Chistibung. You will then head to the village of Swanta, where you will stay overnight in the newly constructed lodge. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 10 :Trek from Swanta to Ghorepani From Swanta you will descend through the village fields to a small river and take a quick look at the local water mill. From here you will cross the suspension bridge and head upwards to the village of Chittre, where you’ll join the main trekking trail. There is a further ascent to reach the village of Ghorepani where you will be met with great views of the Dhaulagiri massif and a well-earned rest. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 11 :Explore Poonhill and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1495m)Poon Hill, at an elevation of 3210m gives the most magnificent panoramic views of the Himalayas. With the early morning sunrise, the golden peaks come into life. After an hour of the spectacular view, we return to Ghorepani for a hot meal and then start the day’s trek. Walking along ridges and rhododendron forests, we pass Ulleri, a large Magar village to finally reach Tikhedhunga, our destination for the day Stay overnight Nepal Planet Treks organized Delex luxury hotel overthere
Day 12 :Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara A light trekking from Tikhedhunga gets us to Nayapul from where Pokhara is just an hour’s drive away. Pokhara is a wonderful valley with mountain views and beautiful lakes. Overnight stay at a hotel
Day 13 :Drive back to Kathmandu by Deluxe tourist Bus 5/6 hours bus ride from Pokhara gets us to Kathmandu. The end of the journey is celebrated with a farewell dinner. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Day 14 : Nepal Guide Info Team Organized to Transfer to Kathmandu International Airport or onward for next program A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle.


Trip Cost Include
-Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
-2 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
-2 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara
-One full day guided city tour by private vehicle
-Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
-Annapurna trekking permits and Tims permits
-Bus transportation to Pokhara and return from Pokhara by standard Tourist Bus ( Car or air transport is possible with extra charges)
-Breakfast in the city and full meals during the trek
-Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses ( Nepal Planet Treks and Expeditions )
-A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
-Insurance of Guide and Porter
-All required local tax and Gov tax
Trip Cost Exclude
-Nepal arrival visa
-Meals in the city except breakfast and above mentioned special dinner
-Monument entrance fees
-Your personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke and entire beverage etc
-Travel insurance that covers trip cancellation and Helicopter evacuation
-Tips and any other extending trips and accommodation.

Equipment List

Khopra Dada Trekking Equipment List :2022

Jeans or slacks
Towel and toilet kit
Gloves or mittens
Sleeping bag, warm to 20 degrees F, either down or fibrefill (or you can rent one in Kathmandu)
Parka, down or fibre fill; a ski jacket is ok
Sweater, wool shirt or acrylic pile jacket
Duffel bag, canvas or nylon, without a frame (for porters to carry)
Daypack or rucksack, waterproof, for you to carry
Water bottle 1 liter or 1 quart; be sure that it does not leak
Walking Boot


Khopra Dada trekking Health Insurance recommended by Nepal Guide info 2022/2023 We INSIST that an appropriate insurance policy is taken out which covers travel in isolated and mountainous areas, and which also includes helicopter rescue. We recommend that you consult a reputable travel agent or insurance specialist. Health Issues We recommend that all clients consult their doctor to discuss the health issues associated with their trek. We also recommend that clients bring their own personal first aid kit to supplement the comprehensive first aid kit carried by the Trek Leader Vaccinations Required Please ensure that you allow at least 1 month to complete a course of vaccinations. Whilst your personal doctor will be the final authority, We recommend the following Poliomyelitis Tetanus Typhoid Rabies Meningococcal Immunoglobulin (for Hepatitis A) – See more at:

Khopra danda trek or Khayer Lake trek 2023
Khayar tal trek known as South Annapurna base camp trek also, Kopra ridge trekking route located in the heart of Annapurna region in Himalayan range but away from the busy trails, still remains rural and secret for the travelers. During the khayar baraha trekking period trekkers explores ethnic villages, their culture, flora and fauna, panoramic mountain range and amazing landscape from low elevation to high alpine area. Rhododendron is Nepal’s national flower. It blooms during the months between March and May! Likewise, you will get a glimpse of wild animals like leopards, bears, mountain Thars, Pheasants and red panda. Khopra Danda trek to Khayer Lake (4,500m) is newly open for tourists its eye catching view of Dhaulagiri range and Annapurna range attract the travelers.
Khopra danda trek or Khayer lake trek itinerary designed to show the south base camp of Annapurna and sacred mountain lake Khayer (4,500m) Baraha. On the way from this trek trekkers explore beautiful settlements of ethnic peoples and their unique culture, lifestyles, warm hospitality and superb mountain views like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, II, III, Bharha Shikhar, Annapurna south, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhare, Gurja himal and Nilgiri. Best months of the year for Annapurna south base camp trek are March to May and September to November.
Camping basic khayar lake trek is an ideal trip for those looking for some days out of the main track to off route to explore Himalayan nature beauty. Exploration khayar tal and khopra danda trek recently introduced route in between Annapurna base camp and Jomsom trail. Khopra danda trek more stunning than Poon Hill trek but Kopra ridge combine with Ghorepani Poon Hill it will be the fantastic trekking holiday option in Nepal so we generate itinerary accordingly. Trekking journey towards the Khayar Lake start from Nayapul and end at the same place then drive to Pokhara. Eye catching sunrise views above the Himalayas make this trip an unforgettable experience We are organized 20 trip group 2021 We will try to more trekkes in 2022/2023 lets see

2 Reviews on Khopra Ridge Trek | Khayer lake Trail View All

2016-12-26 16:30:02

Joy says:

I am just back to home after spending two weeks in Nepal and it was great adventure in Nepal with Nepal Mountain Guide Team . Even though the trekking route and visibility was poorer than my adventures , By the Nepal Mountain Guide Team , the organiz...

2016-12-26 16:23:15

Mark says:

“We had a wonderful experience trekking up to Khopra Dada Trek (even during Monsoon season), and Nepal Mountain Guide Team was a perfect company to book with. Our plans had to change quickly from EBC to Khopra Dada Trek due to poor weather and the...

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