This trek takes you through lesser-known paths to Khopra Danda while letting you experience traditional villages, terraced farms, and amazing mountain peaks (including Mt Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak), and Poon Hill – in the Annapurna region.
Khopra Danda Trek is a newly opened route in the Annapurna region. This trek takes you to off beaten trails that provide you with what Nepal offers – terraced farms, traditional villages, fast-flowing rivers, lush forests, and awe-striking mountain views- including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna (I, II, III, and south), Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, and Nilgiri.
Throughout the trek, you will be passing through the rhododendron forests with Himalayan wildlife like pheasants and yaks. If you want, you can visit the holy Khayar Lake as well. This trek also takes you to Poon Hill (3,210m / 10,531ft), from where you can catch amazing views of Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre.
Khopra Danda Trek begins with a scenic ride from Kathmandu through Pokhara, Nayapul, and Syauli Bazaar to Kimche. We will start our trek from Kimche and head to the Gurung village of Ghandruk. After stopping at Ghandruk for the night, the following morning, we head to Bayli Kharka while passing Tadapani on the way. The path we will be taking is an off-beaten trail – barely in use. Bayli Kharka has a few lodges that provide a homely feel to your trek.
On the third day of the trek, you will be reaching Khopra Danda from Bayli Kharka. Our path will pass through Chistibang pastures and timberline forests. From the trails, you will enjoy the views of Dhaulagiri, Dhamphus Peak, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, and Annapurna South.
To be honest you don’t have to be a runner to enjoy the trek. But the preparation will probably save you a lot of pain and suffering on the trail and help you to enjoy your experience there. The suggestions we have for physically preparing is to take good, long, brisk walks, preferably wearing a pack with a similar load that you’ll be carrying. Cycling and swimming are also great alternatives too, as is just about anything that gets your cardio working. Do some breathing exercise to get more oxygen into your lungs? Watch for signs of altitude sickness: symptoms include headaches, dizziness, sleeplessness, loss of appetite and breathlessness. Bring a supply of the medication Diamox for treatment; if symptoms persist, descend. Trekking to Everest Base Camp may not be the trip for everyone as it is quite a physically demanding experience, and when you combine high altitude with plenty of climbs, you may get a recipe for suffering. But normal, average, travelers can do Everest Base Camp trek.
Most of the tea houses do have western-style flushing toilets. But in higher elevation, you may also find the traditional type of toilet made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground and it is situated outside the room.
Travel insurance & rescue when travelling to a remote destination like Nepal is strongly advised. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour. Your insurance policy must cover all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as helicopter rescue, cancellation, air ambulance, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and cover repatriation and personal expenses. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors’ fees, and repatriation costs are the client’s responsibility. For reliable travel insurance, we have the suggestion of some of the best insurance companies: Cover more or Europe assistance or Travel Direct- TID. We have an agreement with Helicopter Company to do the payment of Helicopter evacuation after we collect the payment with you once you have been rescued. And the reimbursement responsibility from your insurance company will go up to you. Be sure your policy specifically covers helicopter evacuation and does not exclude mountaineering or alpinism.
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