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Khopra Danda Trek Itinerary Cost 2020/2021

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Trekking in Nepal especially in the Annapurna Khopra Danda trek doesn’t require prior experiences. Khopra Danda Trek also knows as Khopra ride trek is a new alternative trekking destination in the Annapurna region. Trekking trails/routes are straight forward either start from Nayapul or Kande. This trek probably the best option for a short vacation and want to see a mountain close-up. We organize this trekking for people who wants to get life experiences with no stress. You can trek the whole year round up to Khopra Danda which’s shorter options and for the Sanctuary suitable time is Feb – June & Sept mid – December end.

One of the short trekking options in the Annapurna region, Kopra Danda becoming a famous short trekking option for the people of the western countries; the main highlight of this trek is the close-up view of the most beautiful Annapurna and Dhaulagiri in the region after the Poonhill. This trek is relatively less crowded and the best option for those who have a short vacation and want to see the world’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki River valley and off the beaten track in the northwest of the Ghorepani.

We can arrange this trek from both sides Tatopani or Nayapul staying overnight at the Tatopani that breaks your travel day’s rest before the climb the next day, you can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani too.

We can continue trek to Tadapani Ghandruk to Nayapul or Ghorepani to Nayapul depending on your personal timeframe and interest.

This Annapurna trekking traverses a variety of terrain, from lowland villages and terraces to highland plateaus with outstanding mountain views. World-famous Poon-hill viewpoint, we will sight Annapurna I, II, III Himal Chuli, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and the beautiful fishtail mountain. The Annapurna range features two mountains over 8000m. 

 

This trekking route is suitable for family/ kids, and senior age people.  If you are looking for something short hike with the less crowded area of Annapurna, the Khopra trek may fulfill your request. In a short period of time and budget, you will discover the most beautiful Himalayan range in Nepal.

If you have more than a week’s time you can easily extend your trekking to Annapurna Base Camp.

  • Destination:Nepal, Annapurna Region
  • Trip Grade:Easy
  • Max Elevation:3640 m
  • Total Duration:5 - 10 Days
  • Best Time:Feb - June & Sept - Dec ,
  • Alternate route in the ABC:5 star

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrived in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 02: Travel to Pokhara.
  • Day 03: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri.
  • Day 04: Trek Ulleri to Ghorepani 4hrs and stay altitude 2860m.
  • Day 05: Trek to Bayeli.
  • Day 06: Trek Bayeli to Khopra Danda 4 – 5 hours and stay at altitude 3640m.
  • Day 07: Trek Khayer Lake Day trip and stay in Khopra Danda.
  • Day 08: Trek Khopra to Tatopani and stay at altitude 1190m.
  • Day 09: Drive to Pokhara for 5 hours and stay at the Lakeside.
  • Day 10: Drive or flight o Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 11: Extra day in kathmandu.
  • Day 12:Transfer to the International Airport.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrived in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

Travel to Nepal takes several days depending on where you travel from; Arrived in Kathmandu average elevation of 1380 meter /4554 feet where Navigate Outdoor’s guide/staff meets you and transfer to the hotel close to great food from all over the world, beautiful handicraft/shopping, and a number of temples and markets are nearby. Navigate’s will come to brief you about your trekking; if you have questions regard trekking please be ready and be clear at the pre-departure meeting.

Day 02: Travel to Pokhara.

The most beautiful and short flight in the Himalayan range; when you are in flight you will able to see the most beautiful Ganesh Himal, Manasalu, Lamjung, and Annapurna Himalayan range, your flight land at the Pokhara just a few Km southeast of Pokhara valley. You have half a day in the lakeside (the most popular touristic area in Nepal) you can sit next to the lakeside and enjoy a view of Annapurna and the fishtails mountain range.

Or travel by tourist departure at 7:00 AM and takes 6-7 hours.

Day 03: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri.

Your guide will be ready with the vehicle just outside of your hotel, make sure you packed your personal stuff for the trekking and baggage you want to leave behind in your hotel; we recommend packing your bag the night before. If you are not a morning person and don’t want to have your breakfast ask them to pack your breakfast the night before. We’ll drive 2 hours to Nayapul where start your trek, In the first one hour you will be walking on the jeep off-road; still, you’ll see the old trekking route and houses next to the Modi Khola. We stop at Birethanti have lunch and continue our trek to Uller. We cross the beautiful Hile and Tikhedhunga and climb the stone-covered trail to Ulleri and stay overnight at the teahouse.

Day 04: Trek Ulleri to Ghorepani 4hrs and stay altitude 2860m.

Our guide will arrange all the necessary services food, accommodation, and brief for the day. Today we trek to Ghorepani via Banthanti (Thanti means where you rest and take snacks/tea), the switchbacks and stone-covered trails continue until Banthanti with beautiful stone slate roofing and traditional Gurung and Magar houses. We shared the trail with locals and other visitors we will encounter many trekkers going up and coming down from the Ghorepani. After Banthanti the trails switch to dense forest mixed with Rhododendrons, bamboo trees. Reach at the ridge Ghorepani now you are at the height of 2860m from sea level the giants Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail, and Dhaulagiri lines on the northwest, North and Northeast. You enjoy your sunset views and the mountain teahouse at Ghorepani.

Day 05: Trek to Bayeli.

The most popular views point Poonhill; we get up very early at least 2hours before the sunrise and walk to the Poonhill and wait for the magnificent absolutely beautiful sunrise and the color of the horizon lower valley and the giant Himalayan Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Annapurna, Nilgiri, and its range, cold you must be equipped, and ready for the most amazing moment at the views tower. After sunrise view and a great time we walk back to the teahouse have breakfast and start trek to Bayeli the longest day with wilderness, mixed forest beautiful day of our trekking. The trails switchback, ups, and down to Bayeli and stay overnight in the small teahouse.

Day 06: Trek Bayeli to Khopra Danda 4 – 5 hours and stay at altitude 3640m.

The scenic most beautiful trek to Kopra Danda your eyes never get tired want to see every single color of the lights of the mountain and the gorge of the two giants mountains. These places are really amazing and have absolutely great viewpoints of both mountain ranges. Kopra Danda is popular is because you can approach west Annapurna base Camp from here and even further as you are skilled.

Day 07: Trek Khayer Lake Day trip and stay in Khopra Danda.

A most exciting and beautiful day of our trekking, we take our lunch and hike with a small bag pack to the Khaver Lake/ the alpine lake and explore the unknown beautiful places in the earth. We spent about a whole day depending on your comfort and the weather situation; normally we get thunder at around noon.

Day 08: Trek Khopra to Tatopani and stay at altitude 1190m.

The long descent to Tatopani/ hot water spring, the trails are quite easy with lots of switchbacks. We’ll enjoy the night at Tatopani, if you want to explore the hot-spring you can easily join with others this is a public area, and culturally sensitive and Nepalese they don’t wear a bikini, please check with our guide before you go and get appropriate clothing for the spring.

Day 09: Drive to Pokhara for 5 hours and stay at the Lakeside.

After breakfast, we drive to Pokhara lakeside where we spent overnight at the Lakeside, the beautiful place. There are so many restaurants and bakeries next to the lake and chilled beer, organic coffee, etc.

Day 10: Drive or flight o Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

Depending on your departure schedule we arrange your flight tickets either morning or the afternoon and we can easily reschedule your departure from beautiful Pohara to Kathmandu. Traveling back to Kathmandu there are many options as your interest flight or private / tourist bus (6-7hrs). we’ll pick up and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 11: Extra day in kathmandu.

having an extra day in Kathmandu that will give you an opportunity to explore historical Kathmandu world heritage sights and shopping before fly back to your place.

Day 12:Transfer to the International Airport.

Our company representative will drop you at the International airport in Kathmandu; it would be great to leave 3 hours before departure.

Cost Includes

Cost Includes

  • 2/ 2 night in Kathmandu & Pokhara guesthouse.
  • Ground transportation, airport pick up.
  • Tourist bus to from Kathmandu.
  • Food & Accommodation during trekking.
  • Experienced English speaking guide and porter.
  • ACAP (Annapurna Area conservation Permit) permit fee.
  • TIMS (tourism Information management system) fees

Cost Excludes

Cost Excludes

  • Personal health insurance.
  • Alcohol and other stuff.
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara (lunch, Dinner & Breakfast).
  • International flight tickets.
  • Personal expenses and guide and porter tip.

Cost and Dates

Trip Start DateTrip End DatePriceAvailabilityBook
19th April, 202126th April, 2021US$$799.00Available Book Now

Please be ready and keep in mind that adventure in the Himalayan Mountains requires an open & emphatic mind. During your trek, you are lacking some of the basic needs like an attached bath, hot shower, and electricity. Due to weather conditions, health issues, and other general issues of the group members or sudden natural disasters like landslides, snowstorms, and other natural aspects we may change your route. We try our best to follow our original plan when you booked your expedition, but your safety is our primary concern. In case the trip needs reroute of your trek is necessary, our group leader/ guide makes the final call or decision.

Essential Gear

  • Camera, water bottle, extra money, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat, hiking loose-fitting shorts/ synthetic T-shirt, etc.
  • Hiking boots, sports shoe, 3 to 4 pairs woolen socks, 1 pairs gloves, warm hat,
  • Day backpack 35ltr  to 50ltr, and a duffel bag for your clothing.
  • Warm layers, down or synthetic jackets, fleece, hiking pants, Thermals.

Create your dream trips together customize your holiday particular interest or wishes.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for details and additional information about the area.

We will provide a comprehensive gear list on booking.

Sam & Jenn Nicholson Montana USA

Mani; Clearly you are chosen & Choose across the globe to make a lasting impact on our children. Your strength, calmness, guidance/wisdom, and patience are so evident. We will forever be grateful for the effort + Impact that you have made on our son. Thank you from our bottom of our hearts for this. It’s unbelievable. Peace & love to you forever. Sam & Jenn Nicholson Montana USA 2018.

Journeying a river: Jai Karnali, January 2020

How did river Ganga come to be?

Mythology says that there was a noble King who requested that Ganga descend from heaven to bless humanity and quench the thirst of the land and its people.
Pleased to shower the world with blessings, Ganga rushed down with such gusto that people feared that all that came in the way would be washed away. The God Shiva came to the rescue and stopped the momentum of the water with his long thick long hair. Because of this, Ganga flowed smoothly and satiated the thirst of all beings and showered blessings on the land with each drop of precious water.
Ecologists interpret this myth as a metaphor- Shiva’s thick long hair is synonymous with dense jungles that help check the floods and stop the land from washing away as the river accelerates down the slopes from the melting glaciers.

Rafting down the river Karnali in Western Nepal last month, it felt as if the myth was true! In our group of 11 people were some seasoned sailors, kayakers, river guides, and rafting experts, but a few like me had never been on a raft. I am also not a strong swimmer; so, it was an act of faith and surrender to the river and expertise of our leader Mani, and river rafting expert Manu to go on the trip.
We put the rafts in the river after about 4 hours drive up the town of Surkhet at an altitude of about 800 m. The rafts and the equipment, including the tents and rations, were supplied with the generous support of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) in the States.

This expedition was conceptualized and planned by Ravi, NOLS India Programmed Director, and Mani ( #navigateoutdoor Nepal) NOLS senior Instructor and who co-led the expedition. The two kayakers, Ganesh and Nanu Kayaks and were in the tumultuous waters of Karnali watching and guiding our rafts at each and every rapid that came along. They were plenty of challenges to varying degrees!

For the next seven days we were out on the river, and camping at some of the most beautiful banks. We witnessed a vast expanse of pristine natural habitats along the way both on land and in the waters. We parked the rafts often to take a walk over to beautiful villages and bought fresh vegetables, fish, milk and yogurt, etc. from the villagers. We savored some delicious meals in cottage eateries that you can find along the traditional walking routes of the shepherds, traders, and village folk, that connect the plains with the high Himal region in the kingdom of Nepal and beyond on the Tibetan plateau. The river crisscrossed some of the most wonderfully crafted hanging bridges on these routes as well.

We saw how the simple and rich life of fishing communities sustainably harvest the bounty of fish from the river. They fish in their dug up canoes made from tree trunks. The fish from Karnali is famous across the region and fetches amongst the highest price in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu. High value and low volume seem to be the guiding factor – it can be 2-4 days walk to sell and transport the fish, so, the fish is dried or smoked creating a very special, niche type of produce from the villages along Karnali.
Agriculture and livestock rearing is still flourishing in the villages. It was amazing to see some of the most appropriately designed dehusking, pounding, and winnowing equipment still in use – that has perhaps not changed in the last thousand years.

It is indeed a living culture that uses and maintains the landscape, in harmony with nature, using indigenous knowledge to enhance biodiversity and what we call ecosystem services. Our faith in the concept of the Gross National Happiness index was further strengthened. The common Human Development indices merely emphasize infrastructure and access to institutions such as hospitals and schools- but there is so much to be taken into account for true sustainability. While the intent is not to romanticize the old, biocultural heritage, the wisdom of the old seems to be working harmoniously and should well complement human development in a more meaningful way.
Some of the big questions being discussed in conferences and seminars across the world could be answered in a much more eco-friendly and happy way by experiencing the life and values of the community here and of other indigenous peoples across the world.

The modern idea of development as highly individualistic has become increasingly crippled with outdated notions of competition, rather than collaboration, also creating massive disparities in income and consumption of natural resources.
We could learn from the communities here, and take lessons from the past into the future: the dignity of physical work, interdependence, and interconnectedness are three principles that need to be central to human endeavor- there is no sustainability without equity and dignity.

Gradually, we descended down with the flow of the river, as it slowly calmed down in the Terai region. It’s a rich habitat for tigers, rhinoceroses, elephants, and another charismatic megafauna. The very sight of these deep jungles invokes awe. We got off the banks of the mighty Karnali at the little town of Chiso Pani.

We deflated the rafts, packed the gear, washed, and rushed to one of the many restaurants in this little town. Some of us relished the delicious fish from Karnali to their heart's content! For others like me, the restaurant served fabulous fresh greens with dal-bhat; as they say in Nepal “Dal Bhat power, 24 hours!”

May the river Karnali have a long life and continue to bless humanity as the King had anticipated in the ancient times. May present-day leaders start to wake up to the wisdom in conservation and sustainable utilization of the river, rather than damning it and threatening the sheer existence of these communities. May we all learn from the life of the people here; all the wonderful ways to weave a close-knit community and flourish together with nature.

Thanks for the whole team Chura Mani Aryal, Manohar, Nanu and Ganesh river experts, and beautiful Karnali River, and people from the river corridor.

Ajay Rastogi

Majkhali India

Ajay Rastogi,Majhkhali India

"I want to thank you and your guides and employees again for the wonderful memories I have of the Manaslu trek and the lovely side trip into the Tsum Valley. The scenery and experiences were great and I especially loved the variety of forests, the wildlife, and of course the incomparable mountain scenery. I want to add a special thank you to you for the special care you gave me when my foot and leg became very swollen. Your help and knowledge allowed me to complete the trek with minimal discomfort. I still experience the problem to a minor degree but still, look forward to further adventurous travel when the situation allows in the future. Conversations with you about Nepalese history were also an enjoyable and informative aspect of the trek".

I would like to thank Navigate Outdoor for organizing such a joyful and safe trip to the Tsum and Manaslu region. I'd like to thank Mani and his entire team to make our trip such memorable and extra care to all of us on the trekking. I really enjoyed having my own personal time exploring the side valley taking pictures and interact with local people on the trail. Mani is an experienced leader who allows space while trekking. He helped, and always available for other trekkers they need medical attention. I saw him support others and interact with them in a really professional way. I appreciated and enjoyed the 24 days trekking in the Tsum valley and Manaslu round trekking.

Nick Green Australia 2018

Nick Green,Australia

 

I appreciate your attitude "Anyway life comes first and business comes second and other things." I can see you are really living that motto when you tell us of the wonderful time you are having with your family.

Dane, and I really enjoyed the trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary. While I have been trekking in the Himalayas a number of times it was nice to do a trek with my son. Dane was very impressed to see the high mountains. Thanks for organizing Annapurna Base Camp trekking for me and my son Dane. Mani, I really appreciated sharing your previous experiences and telling stories about your own life and adventure career. We'll do another trip in the future. We'll share our experiences with our friends and recommended Navigate Outdoor. I can't express the joyful moment I had on the Annapurna Base camp trip you with, and felt 100% safe, thanks for taking care of us in the trekking.

Malcolm and Dane Dwyer Australia 2019

Mal & Dane,Australia

Karnali River Experience.

They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.

I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Gray Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.

Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.

There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.

You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long-distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.

The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.

 Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens, and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.

The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.

Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite, or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fishermen to add an extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.

Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.

The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included the bus journey.

 Dan Colorado USA.

Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.

Daniel Ives

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