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Khopra Danda and Poon Hill Trek

Two classic Himalayan viewpoints - Spectacular mountain panoramas - Atmospheric teahouse trekking - Annapurna and Dhaulagiri

All Meals on Trek Included

Duration

11 Days

Grade

Moderate

Max Altitude

3650m

Walking Days

8 Days

Accommodation

3 Nts Hotels - 7 Nts Trekking Lodges

Trip Overview

Not one, but two outlandish Himalayan viewpoints.

Poon Hill has long been one of the most famous viewpoints to enjoy a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and is naturally justifiably popular. However, in recent years a few intrepid trekkers “discovered” that the Khopra Danda ridge afforded equally (if not even better) spectacular panoramic views across the Kali Gandaki Valley to magnificent Dhaulagiri and is even closer to Annapurna than Poon Hill. Thus for some time Khopra Danda remained a bit of a secret, but now this route is served by a handful of strategically located (simpler) trekking lodges, often community run, that help form a meaningful mini-circuit trek and a “double whammy” way to combine two fantastic viewpoint objectives and from leaving Poon Hill a sense of being a little “off the beaten track”, until rejoining the main route at Tadapani. Whilst we have given this trek a moderate grade largely due to duration and relatively moderate altitudes achieved by Himalayan standards, the trekking days themselves are often quite tough with no shortage of steep and lengthy ascents and descents that demand a very good level of fitness. Don't forget our trekking holidays are tailor-made and although the rate of altitude gains are reasonable you may wish to consider acclimatisation days, rest days and even contingency days added.The itinerary is merely a suggested itinerary and is not entirely 'set in stone'. Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for nights spent in trekking lodges. We can arrange sleeping bag rental if required.

This trek can readily be combined with our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek or our Annapurna Sanctuary & Poon Hill Trek to create a longer duration Annapurna region trek.

If you're tight on time then our Poon Hill Trek omits Khopra Danda and is a shorter duration.

Not one, but two outlandish Himalayan viewpoints.

  • Poon Hill has long been one of the most famous viewpoints to enjoy a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and is naturally justifiably popular. However, in recent years a few intrepid trekkers “discovered” that the Khopra Danda ridge afforded equally (if not even better) spectacular panoramic views across the Kali Gandaki Valley to magnificent Dhaulagiri and is even closer to Annapurna than Poon Hill. Thus for some time Khopra Danda remained a bit of a secret, but now this route is served by a handful of strategically located (simpler) trekking lodges, often community run, that help form a meaningful mini-circuit trek and a “double whammy” way to combine two fantastic viewpoint objectives and from leaving Poon Hill a sense of being a little “off the beaten track”, until rejoining the main route at Tadapani. Whilst we have given this trek a moderate grade largely due to duration and relatively moderate altitudes achieved by Himalayan standards, the trekking days themselves are often quite tough with no shortage of steep and lengthy ascents and descents that demand a very good level of fitness. Don't forget our trekking holidays are tailor-made and although the rate of altitude gains are reasonable you may wish to consider acclimatisation days, rest days and even contingency days added.The itinerary is merely a suggested itinerary and is not entirely 'set in stone'. Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for nights spent in trekking lodges. We can arrange sleeping bag rental if required.

    This trek can readily be combined with our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek or our Annapurna Sanctuary & Poon Hill Trek to create a longer duration Annapurna region trek.

    If you're tight on time then our Poon Hill Trek omits Khopra Danda and is a shorter duration.

Example Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Arrive Kathmandu
    • Day 2
      Fly to Pokhara & trek to Tirkhedunga
    • Day 3
      Trek to Ghorepani
    • Day 4
      Poon Hill sunrise & to Swanta
    • Day 5
      Trek to Khopra Danda
    • Day 6
      Trek to Bayalikharka (or add Khairbaraha/Kayer Lake option)
    • Day 7
      Trek to Tadapani
    • Day 8
      Descend to Ghandruk
    • Day 9
      Trek to Nayapul & transfer to Pokhara
    • Day 10
      Fly to Kathmandu
    • Day 11
      Depart Nepal
  • DAY
    1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY
    2

    Fly to Pokhara & trek to Tirkhedunga

    Ready to trek, the day begins with a private transfer to the airport for the 25min flight to Nepal's premier resort-Pokhara. One option is to add an additional night in Pokhara if you don't want to hit the ground running. If not then upon arriving at Pokhara a private vehicle transfer will whisk you to the trail head at Nayapul. Here the two day ascent to Poon Hill begins as you follow a trail that rises ever upwards to reach the village of Tirkedhunga (approx. 1600m). Walking time is approx 6 hours with around 580m ascent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Tirkhedunga
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Find out more about Trekking Lodges

    DAY 2

    Fly to Pokhara & trek to Tirkhedunga

    Ready to trek, the day begins with a private transfer to the airport for the 25min flight to Nepal's premier resort-Pokhara. One option is to add an additional night in Pokhara if you don't want to hit the ground running. If not then upon arriving at Pokhara a private vehicle transfer will whisk you to the trail head at Nayapul. Here the two day ascent to Poon Hill begins as you follow a trail that rises ever upwards to reach the village of Tirkedhunga (approx. 1600m). Walking time is approx 6 hours with around 580m ascent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Tirkhedunga
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Find out more about Trekking Lodges

    DAY
    3

    Trek to Ghorepani

    A tough day. It's a very steep climb of around 2 hours to walk up to Ulleri (2070m). Although the gradient eases in places it's still all uphill just about as you continue to Banthanti. Here you are greeted to some fabulous Himalayan views of Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. Crossing a mountain stream, the trail now climbs up the hill side to reach Nangethanti. The relentless uphill continues virtually all the way until you arrive at Ghorepani (2900m). Ghorepani is quite a bustling sort of place as it has always been a stopping point between the Kali Gandaki Valley (from which it is a long steep climb up to Ghorepani) and Pokhara, hence Ghorepani means 'horse watering place'. Walking time approx 6-7 hours with around 1300m of challenging ascent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Ghorepani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 3

    Trek to Ghorepani

    A tough day. It's a very steep climb of around 2 hours to walk up to Ulleri (2070m). Although the gradient eases in places it's still all uphill just about as you continue to Banthanti. Here you are greeted to some fabulous Himalayan views of Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. Crossing a mountain stream, the trail now climbs up the hill side to reach Nangethanti. The relentless uphill continues virtually all the way until you arrive at Ghorepani (2900m). Ghorepani is quite a bustling sort of place as it has always been a stopping point between the Kali Gandaki Valley (from which it is a long steep climb up to Ghorepani) and Pokhara, hence Ghorepani means 'horse watering place'. Walking time approx 6-7 hours with around 1300m of challenging ascent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Ghorepani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    4

    Poon Hill sunrise & to Swanta

    Although this a rather unhurried day a pre-dawn wake up is needed so that you can ascend to the top of nearby Poon Hill (3210m) in order to witness the sunrise at this classic Himalayan view point. Across the Kali Gandaki the stupendous peak of Dhaulagiri begins to glow surreal colours as the first light of the sun hits it, whilst closer and above you is Annapurna South. This now very popular view point ensures that some enterprising locals will have a hot brew for sale. Of course if you prefer not to get out of bed very early and have breakfast before heading for Poon Hill that’s OK, although you’ll miss the sunrise, the views in early morning light (whilst still clear) are good too. The ascent and descent of Poon Hill takes around 2 hours, so if you’ve opted for sunrise then you’ll have a leisurely breakfast back down in Ghorepani. Either way, as the walk to the next overnight halt is quite short, you can enjoy the views from Poon Hill without feeling the need to rush and move on. The walk to Swanta (2195m) is rather straightforward, with a mix of some ascent and and a bit more in the way of descent. The trail may have become noticeably quieter as you’re now off the regular Annapurna trekking routes. Chances are you’ll reach Swanta with time to relax or pay a visit to the local community school. Walking time (inc Poon Hill) approx.4hrs

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Swanta
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 4

    Poon Hill sunrise & to Swanta

    Although this a rather unhurried day a pre-dawn wake up is needed so that you can ascend to the top of nearby Poon Hill (3210m) in order to witness the sunrise at this classic Himalayan view point. Across the Kali Gandaki the stupendous peak of Dhaulagiri begins to glow surreal colours as the first light of the sun hits it, whilst closer and above you is Annapurna South. This now very popular view point ensures that some enterprising locals will have a hot brew for sale. Of course if you prefer not to get out of bed very early and have breakfast before heading for Poon Hill that’s OK, although you’ll miss the sunrise, the views in early morning light (whilst still clear) are good too. The ascent and descent of Poon Hill takes around 2 hours, so if you’ve opted for sunrise then you’ll have a leisurely breakfast back down in Ghorepani. Either way, as the walk to the next overnight halt is quite short, you can enjoy the views from Poon Hill without feeling the need to rush and move on. The walk to Swanta (2195m) is rather straightforward, with a mix of some ascent and and a bit more in the way of descent. The trail may have become noticeably quieter as you’re now off the regular Annapurna trekking routes. Chances are you’ll reach Swanta with time to relax or pay a visit to the local community school. Walking time (inc Poon Hill) approx.4hrs

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Swanta
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    5

    Trek to Khopra Danda

    As you’re now a little bit “off the beaten track” compared to the main Annapurna trails, the trekking lodges for this section are noticeably more basic too until Tadapani. The trekking today is primarily ascent and begins with a climb up through forests of rhododendron and oak to reach the small village of Chistibung, an ideal lunch halt. It’s then an ascent through meadows to begin with, which at times is steep too. A long climb eventually opens out onto the spectacular Khopra ridge leading to Khopra Danda (3650m), from where there are expansive, spectacular views. It’s quite a tough walking day, but if you still have the time and energy there are some additional hiking options to additional hill top vantage points.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Khopra Danda
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 5

    Trek to Khopra Danda

    As you’re now a little bit “off the beaten track” compared to the main Annapurna trails, the trekking lodges for this section are noticeably more basic too until Tadapani. The trekking today is primarily ascent and begins with a climb up through forests of rhododendron and oak to reach the small village of Chistibung, an ideal lunch halt. It’s then an ascent through meadows to begin with, which at times is steep too. A long climb eventually opens out onto the spectacular Khopra ridge leading to Khopra Danda (3650m), from where there are expansive, spectacular views. It’s quite a tough walking day, but if you still have the time and energy there are some additional hiking options to additional hill top vantage points.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Khopra Danda
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    6

    Trek to Bayalikharka (or add Khairbaraha/Kayer Lake option)

    If you don’t want to leave this spectacular location just yet, then an option is to add an additional night at Khopra Danda and make a return trek to the truly spectacularly located Khairbaraha (Kayer) Lake. It is however a long and challenging day as the lake (in reality a small mountain tarn) is at 4700m and the return trek is a punishing 9-10hrs walking. For those that dare, this place of pilgrimage complete with a small shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva is about as close to Annapurna South as you can get without mountaineering and although often obscured by mists, if it is clear then the close up views are undoubtedly sensational.

    If not, then it’s back down to Chistibung and then mostly ascent for the remainder of the day to reach Bayalikharka (3450m). Walking time approx. 6-7hrs.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge -Bayalikharka
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 6

    Trek to Bayalikharka (or add Khairbaraha/Kayer Lake option)

    If you don’t want to leave this spectacular location just yet, then an option is to add an additional night at Khopra Danda and make a return trek to the truly spectacularly located Khairbaraha (Kayer) Lake. It is however a long and challenging day as the lake (in reality a small mountain tarn) is at 4700m and the return trek is a punishing 9-10hrs walking. For those that dare, this place of pilgrimage complete with a small shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva is about as close to Annapurna South as you can get without mountaineering and although often obscured by mists, if it is clear then the close up views are undoubtedly sensational.

    If not, then it’s back down to Chistibung and then mostly ascent for the remainder of the day to reach Bayalikharka (3450m). Walking time approx. 6-7hrs.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge -Bayalikharka
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    7

    Trek to Tadapani

    There’s a climb up through woodland initially to reach a minor pass. From this point it’s mostly descent to reach Tadapani (2590m), where you have now rejoined the main Annapurna trekking routes. Walking time 4-5hrs.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Tadapani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 7

    Trek to Tadapani

    There’s a climb up through woodland initially to reach a minor pass. From this point it’s mostly descent to reach Tadapani (2590m), where you have now rejoined the main Annapurna trekking routes. Walking time 4-5hrs.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Tadapani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    8

    Descend to Ghandruk

    An easier day as you follow the often stone stepped trail down to Ghandruk. There are some great views across the Modi Khol Valley to Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) and above to Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. Ghandruk (2000m) is the HQ for the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and the largest settlement in this part of the Annapurna's. With a total walking time of 4-5 hours, today is a more unhurried affair and with around 650m of descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Ghandruk
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 8

    Descend to Ghandruk

    An easier day as you follow the often stone stepped trail down to Ghandruk. There are some great views across the Modi Khol Valley to Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) and above to Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. Ghandruk (2000m) is the HQ for the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and the largest settlement in this part of the Annapurna's. With a total walking time of 4-5 hours, today is a more unhurried affair and with around 650m of descent.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge - Ghandruk
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    9

    Trek to Nayapul & transfer to Pokhara

    An even easier day. Leaving Ghandruk the trail contours the hill side before commencing its relatively steady descent down to the Modi Khola River. Evetually the trail levels out, becoming a more relaxed undulating affair. All the way there are great Himalayan views, as well as a likely increase in temperature too. All in all the descent of around 900m to the road just beyond Birethanti an a little further to Nayapul takes circa 4-5 hours. From here a private transfer of under an hour takes you to Pokhara. If you get an early start this morning, you may well be back in Pokhara mid-afternoon.

    Accommodation: Hotel Karuna - Pokhara
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 9

    Trek to Nayapul & transfer to Pokhara

    An even easier day. Leaving Ghandruk the trail contours the hill side before commencing its relatively steady descent down to the Modi Khola River. Evetually the trail levels out, becoming a more relaxed undulating affair. All the way there are great Himalayan views, as well as a likely increase in temperature too. All in all the descent of around 900m to the road just beyond Birethanti an a little further to Nayapul takes circa 4-5 hours. From here a private transfer of under an hour takes you to Pokhara. If you get an early start this morning, you may well be back in Pokhara mid-afternoon.

    Accommodation: Hotel Karuna - Pokhara
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY
    10

    Fly to Kathmandu

    A private transfer to Pokhara Airport, for the short flight back to Kathmandu. You'll be met upon arrival and receive a private vehicle transfer to the KGH Hotel in downtown Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trek, whether it be for any delays/cancellations that can and do occur for internal flights, or any difficulties that may arise on the trek.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 10

    Fly to Kathmandu

    A private transfer to Pokhara Airport, for the short flight back to Kathmandu. You'll be met upon arrival and receive a private vehicle transfer to the KGH Hotel in downtown Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trek, whether it be for any delays/cancellations that can and do occur for internal flights, or any difficulties that may arise on the trek.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: Breakfast

    DAY
    11

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made

    DAY 11

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made

    IMPORTANT

    This is an EXAMPLE ITINERARY and can be customised for you accordingly.

    Please consider whether you want your customisable, private trip itinerary to also include CONTINGENCY.

    See our ABOUT CONTINGENCY Information

    Please CONTACT US to discuss CONTINGENCY and ADDITIONAL ACCLIMATISATION, as well as other CUSTOMISATION POSSIBILITES for your PRIVATE CUSTOM TREK

Price Guide

Price based on a private party of 4 persons, twin share rooms, low season.
  • £ GBP 851
  • $ US 1140
  • € EUR 1021

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