Khopra Danda Trekking- 11 Days

Khopra Danda Trekking (Khair Trek) is an exciting adventure into the remote and  glacial wilderness below Annapurna South, 7237m,  where few trekkers have ever gone. The Khair Trek is demanding but well worth the effort with ever-changing views of the stunning, snow-covered Annapurnas to inspire each step of the way. 

The Khair Trek starts in terraced lowlands dotted with villages of the Gurung and Magar ethnic groups of the sub-tropical valley outside of Pokhara. The trail climbs to the middle hill country where rhododendron and oak forests areas are alive with exotic birds and beautiful flowers and finally reaches high glacial basins in the Annapurnas.

We finally emerge above the tree line at Kopra Danda, meaning Skull Hill for a magnificent view.   Annapurna I, 8091m and Dhaulagiri, 8167m, tower above us and at the same time, we can look down into the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki. 

An extra day is scheduled to visit the sacred lake of Khair  near the base of Annapurna where the yearly festival celebrated by drinking fresh yak blood. The hike to Lake Khair is long and strenuous hike with some frozen mountain streams to cross, but we rewarded with marvelous views. The trek back to Pokhara takes us via Ghorepani, Poon Hill for one of the most famous panorama views of the Annapurna range.

This Trip can be enjoyed all year around. The departure dates depending upon the time and flexibility of the guests. 

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • few trekkers visit this rugged glacial area below Annapurna South
  • view from Kopra Danda:  high peaks of Annapurna I, Daulagiri, and down into the deep Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • beautiful Khair Lake, 4572m
  • rich varieties of flora and fauna 
  • Tea house trek gives great opportunity to interact with locals

 

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Drive to Pokhara over night stay in Hotel

Day 3 : Drive to Kimchi Trek to Tadapani 2610m 5-6 hrs

Day 4 : Trek to Bayeli Kharka 2800m 4 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Upper Chistibung, 2975m 4 hrs

Day 6 : Trek 3 hrs to Kopra Ridge, 3660m

Day 7 : Hiking day

Day 8 : Trek to Tatopani 1250m 4-5 hrs

Day 9 : Drive to Pokhara

Day 10 : Pokhara to Kathmandu by Road, 6hrs

Day 11 : Depart Kathmandu

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
03 September, 2019 13 September, 2019 US $650 per person Guaranteed
19 September, 2019 29 September, 2019 US $650 per person Available
05 October, 2019 15 October, 2019 US $650 per person Available
16 October, 2019 26 October, 2019 US $650 per person Guaranteed
30 October, 2019 09 November, 2019 US $650 per person Guaranteed
07 November, 2019 17 November, 2019 US $650 per person Available
22 November, 2019 02 December, 2019 US $650 per person
10 December, 2019 20 December, 2019 US $650 per person Guaranteed
20 December, 2019 30 December, 2019 US $650 per person Available
24 February, 2020 05 March, 2020 US $650 per person Available
05 March, 2020 15 March, 2020 US $650 per person Available
20 March, 2020 30 March, 2020 US $650 per person Guaranteed
31 March, 2020 10 April, 2020 US $650 per person Available
04 April, 2020 14 April, 2020 US $650 per person Available
12 April, 2020 22 April, 2020 US $650 per person Guaranteed
21 April, 2020 01 May, 2020 US $650 per person Available
29 April, 2020 09 May, 2020 US $650 per person Available
07 May, 2020 17 May, 2020 US $650 per person Guaranteed
15 May, 2020 25 May, 2020 US $650 per person Available
05 June, 2020 15 June, 2020 US $650 per person Available

Cost Include(s)

Trekking package only USD 650 per person
Full package USD 850 per person

 

  1. Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 6 nights  (Full board meals, 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches,  6 dinners  with twin-share rooms and beds
  2. English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  3. One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers..
  4. Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  5. Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  6. Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  7. First aid medicine kit.
  8. Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  9. Ground transfers –Pokhara- Nayapul - Pokhara Private Vehicle  
  10. All government and local taxes.

(01-10) trekking package only

11. Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
12.  Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
13. Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
14. Accommodation in Kathmandu, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
15. Accommodation in Pokhara, Three nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
16. Porter to carry luggage - but we arrange on your request 1 porter between 2 clients,  for 7 days ( USD 130 in total )
17. Ground transfers Kathmandu –Pokhara-Kathmandu-  luxury Tourist Bus, Green Land or Jagadamba, it is included  lunch and mineral water   

 

(01-17) Full Package

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water, boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

The Best Time to do Khair Trekking

The best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). Winter is also possible. During winter there are very few tourists. Some people prefer this season, as they enjoy the beauty of the snow, and the environment of the remote areas without the influx of foreigners.

 

Cultural Aspects of the Khair Trekking
The most prominent ethnic groups in the Annapurna region are the Gurungs, Thakali, and Manangba. The Gurungs are the most widely dispersed, being found from the hills of Gorkha district to as far West as Palpa. The Thakalis come from the upper Kali Gandaki Valley around Jomsom, where their traditional farming has been supplemented by trade, in particular the hotel and restaurant business.

 

Spending Money per Day

Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal in Kathmandu. On the trek, your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 - 15 a day should be enough, but keep in mind the cost of all items increases proportionately with the distance from the trail head.

 

Drinking Water on the Khair Trekking 

While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. In the Annapurna Region there are Euro-guard filters, so all you need is your own water bottle and you can refill it easily. We suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets in case Euro-guard water is not available. We request that you avoid using bottled mineral water, as the bottles are not easily disposed of.

 

Washing and Toilet facilities for Khair Trekking 

Most lodges offer hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water. You can ask your trekking guide about the availability. For ecological reasons please try and limit your use of hot water unless the water is solar-heated. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is very little chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water. Every lodge will have some kind of hand washing facility but it is good idea to carry a bar of soap with you.


Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.

 

Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek
You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.


Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.

 

Fitness/Health

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

 

Trip Grading and Suitability

To assist you in choosing a trek and to give you an idea of what you can expect, we have categorized our trips by their level of difficulty, A is the easiest, D, the most hard. In addition to this, the levels have been sub-divided into four areas, suitability, walking times, highest altitude, terrain type, and remoteness.

 

Khair Trek Grade: Challenging
1. Walking times: 5-6 hours per day for up to 14 days
2. Altitude: up to 4400m
3. Terrain: mostly following well-travelled trails, daily ascent and descent
4. Remoteness: reasonable level of local infrastructure, including lodge accommodation

 

Safety

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

 

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.


How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition is a government licensed trekking and touring company in Nepal. On the following terms and conditions, we accept your bookings.
In order to confirm your bookings we require a non-refundable deposit US$ of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book the flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process too. Bookings must be done 60 days prior to your planned trekking date, to reserve a place. This amount can be sent by bank-to-bank transfer, Western Union, money grams, or credit card (telex transfer or wire transfer). And the rest of the money must be paid to us upon arrival.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 11 Days

Price : US $650 p/p

Trip Grade : Challenging

Maximum Height:3660m

Minimum Height:900m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group Size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Sightseeing, Hikking

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus

Starting:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits

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