Mardi Himal & Khopra Danda Trek - 13 days

Trip Facts
DestinationMardi Himal Base Camp, Khopra Danda
ActivityTrekking
Accommodationlodge to lodge (tea houses)
RegionAnnapurna Region
Start / End pointKathamndu
Duration13 Days
Max. AltitudeMardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m)
Meals IncludedBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner in trek regions
Group size2 or more
Nature of Trektrekking
Best SeasonSpring (March-May) & Autumn (September-November)
Activity Per Day5-7 hours trekking on trek days
TransportationKathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu on tourist bus, Drive from Pokhara to Dhampus and Nayapul to Pokhara
GradeModerate

About the Trip

Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m) and Khopra Danda (3,660m) Trek combines the new, less crowded path in the Annapurna region. The trek trails provide fantastic views of several mountains in Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Mt. Fang (7,647m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061m), Himchuli (6,441m), Tent Peak (5,663m), and Mardi Himal (5,587m). You will also trek through traditional villages and make it up to the Poon Hill Viewpoint.

Highlights

  • 2 Nights at the beautiful lake city of Pokhara
  • Mardi Himal High Camp (3,600m), Low Camp, Forest Camp (2600m)
  • Trek off the beaten track
  • Local cheese factory at Paudwar
  • Awe-inspiring views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Mt. Fang (7,647m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061m), Himchuli (6,441m), Tent Peak (5,663m), and Mardi Himal (5,587m)
  • Optional Trek to the holy Kaire Lake
  • Amazing sunrise views from Poon Hill
  • Ghandrung village, Khopra Danda ridge
  • Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m)
  • Relaxing hot springs at Jhinu Danda
  • Gurung museum at Ghandruk
  • First-hand experience of rural Nepali village life

Benefits of trekking Mardi Himal Base Camp & Khopra Danda with us

  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Multi-channel communications (Viber, Skype, Zoom, Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat)
  • Online trip briefing after booking confirmation
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Free airport pick up on arrival & drop off on departure
  • Sleeping bags and down jacket arrangements for those who do not have their own
  • Free luggage storage at the Discovery World Trekking store for the duration of the trek
  • Easy payment systems (different modes of payment)
  • Oximeter for monitoring the blood oxygen saturation level at high altitudes to detect altitude sickness
  • Medical kits 
  • Duffle bag for porters


Online Trip Briefing

The online briefing will clear all your doubts about the trek, including things to bring (equipment checklist) for the hike, the itinerary details, and what you can expect on the trails. As soon as you complete the booking, we will email you the available dates and times for the trek briefing, and once we receive your essential documents, we will conduct the online trek briefing.

Comprehensive Overview Mardi Himal & Khopra Danda Trek

The Mardi Himal and Khopra Danda trek is a moderate trek in the Annapurna Sanctuary. Both trek destinations - Mardi Himal Base Camp & Khopra Danda - are relatively new. Khopra Danda trail is much new than Mardi Himal. The first part of the trek takes you to Mardi Himal Base Camp, at 4,500m, and then proceeds to Khopra Danda (3,660m).

This trek starts from Kathmandu as you board a bus to Pokhara - perhaps the most scenic city in Nepal, which sits surrounded by snow peaks. These snow peaks cast their images in the lakes in Pokhara. You will spend a day in Pokhara and enjoy its beauty.

On the second day, you will leave Pokhara for Dhampus and then trek to Deurali. It will be your first night in the trek region. From Deurali, you will head to Forest Camp through dense forests full of maple, birch, oak, and rhododendron trees. You will continue on the trails from Forest Camp and reach High Camp on your fourth day while enjoying the views of the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhare, and Mardi Himal.

From High Camp, you will reach Mardi Himal Base Camp on the fifth day. The Mardi Himal Base Camp provides fantastic views of Annapurna I and III, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Tent Peak, Bharashikhar, and Mardi Himal. After enjoying the views from Mardi Himal Base Camp, you will return to Low Camp to spend the night.

The trek progresses from Mardi Himal Low Camp to Landruk village, marking the second section of the trek - the trek to Khopra Danda. On the following day, you will leave Landruk and head to Tadapani, passing the famous Ghandruk village and soaking in the beauty of the Macchhapuchhare and Annapurna ranges.

After a night at Tadapani, you will head to Bayeli Kharka through a path that passes through dense jungles that slowly give way to rich pasturelands. After spending a night at Bayeli Kharka, you will reach Khopra Danda (ridge) the next day. From the top of Khopra Danda, you will get a panoramic view of several snow peaks, including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Mt. Fang (7,647m) and Mt. Nilgiri (7,061m). You will be spending a night at Khopra Danda.

The following morning, you will descend to Swanta. From Swanta, we will take you to Ghorepani so you can enjoy the views from Poon Hill - one of the most famous viewpoints in Nepal. After a night at Ghorepani, we will wake you up at Ghorepani and take you on a trek to Poon Hill before dawn breaks. As the dawn breaks, you will see the glorious early morning golden views of the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhare, Hiuchuli, Gurja Himal, Gangapurna, Tukuche, Dhampus, and Nilgiri Himal.

After enjoying the views from Poon Hill, you will descend to Ghorepani, have breakfast, and then trek to Nayapul via Birethanti and Ulleri. From Nayapul, we will drive you to Pokhara. The next day, you will return to Kathmandu.

This package covers Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu transport on a tourist bus. However, for an additional cost, you can fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and/or from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day1

    Drive to Pokhara (850m), west of the Kathmandu (1,350m)

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving hours (205km / 127miles) 6-7 hrs
    Highest Altitude 1,350m

    Early morning, we will board you on a tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus will roll along the Prithvi Highway for around seven hours before reaching Pokhara - the tourist capital of Nepal. On the way to Pokhara, you will see Machhapuchhare and Annapurna ranges. After reaching Pokhara, you are free to explore this fantastic city.

    • Overnight stay at Silver Oaks Inn
  2. day2

    Drive from Pokhara to Dhampus (1,640m / 5,380ft) and trek to Deurali (2,100m / 6,889ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving Hours 2hrs
    Trek Distance 9km / 5.5miles
    Highest Altitude 2100m / 6,889ft

    Early morning, you will leave Pokhara on a bus and head to Dhampus. The road is quite developed and, on the way, you will pass Phedi. The Dhampus village is ethnically diverse, consisting of Brahmins, Chhetris, and Gurungs. The trek trails start from Dhampus, and you will head to Deurali on a path that passes through lush forests, and in the background, you can enjoy the views of the Annapurna ranges. From Deurali, you can gain fantastic views of glaciers originating from Annapurna south.

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  3. day3

    Trek from Deurali (2,100m / 6,889ft) to Forest Camp (2600m / 8,530ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6km / 3.7miles
    Highest Altitude 2600m /8,530ft
    Trek Duration 5 to 6 hrs

    The trails to Forest Camp are quite easy and exciting as they pass through maple, birch, rhododendron, and oak forests. The fresh smell of damp soil and decayed leaves keeps the trekking spirit alive. The trail first climbs up to the top of a ridge, then descends steeply and ascends one more time, taking you to the open grassland at Forest Camp.

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  4. day4

    Trek from Forest Camp (2600m / 8,530ft) to High Camp (3600m / 11,811ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.5km / 5.2miles
    Highest Altitude 3600m / 11,811ft
    Trek Duration 4 to 5 hrs

    You will leave Forest Camp, aiming to reach High Camp. You will be gaining a lot of altitude. So, it is wise to walk consistently. Once more, the trails pass through lush forests, and the occasional clearings allow you to enjoy the views of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal, and Annapurna mountains. After hiking for a few hours, you will reach Mardi Himal Low Camp, then ascend steeply to a ridge that finally takes you to the Mardi Himal High Camp. 

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  5. day5

    Trek from High Camp (3600m / 11,811ft) to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m /14,763ft) and Low Camp (3,050m / 10,006ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 10km / 6.2miles
    Highest Altitude 4,500m / 14,763ft
    Trek Duration 7 hrs

    You will wake up early to enjoy the early sun rays hitting the gigantic mountains from the Upper View Point of Mardi Himal. It will take about two hours to reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp from High Camp. From the Base Camp, you will enjoy the views of Annapurna I and III, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Tent Peak, Bharashikhar, and Mardi Himal. The sights of Mt. Machhapuchhare (Mt. Fishtail) look stunning from the Base Camp. After enjoying the views from Mardi Himal Base Camp, you will return to Low Camp to spend the night.

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  6. day6

    Trek from Low Camp (3,050m / 10,006ft) to Landruk (1,565m / 5,134ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 3,000m

    The descent to Landruk from Low Camp is steep and can be tough on your knees. The steepest section falls between Forest Base Camp and Landruk. However, this day’s walk will be effortless, and you can enjoy the dense forests, full of several bird species. Landruk looks like a sibling of a much larger village Ghandruk, with ethnic Gurungs making up the dominant demography.

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  7. day7

    Trek from Landruk (1,565m / 5,134ft) to Tadapani (2,610m / 8,562ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 10.9km / 6.7miles
    Trek Duration 6-7 hours
    Highest Altitude 2,610m / 8,562ft

    After breakfast, you will initially descend to Modi river and ascend for a few more hours to reach Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung village famous for its stunning looks. From Ghandruk, you will also get great views of the Annapurna ranges and Machhapuchhare mountain. There is a Gurung museum at Ghandruk, which we shouldn’t miss visiting. The trails then pass through lush forests before reaching Tadapani.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Grand View Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  8. day8

    Trek from Tadapani (2,610m / 8,562ft) to Bayeli Kharka (3,450m / 11,318ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 5.8km / 3.6miles
    Highest Altitude 3,450m / 11,318ft
    Trek Duration 5-7hrs

    We bid goodbye to Tadapani after breakfast, and take an off-beaten path through the isolated sections of the Annapurna region. The route passes through dense forests full of oak and rhododendron trees, and through the forest apertures, you can see the stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh tallest mountain. 

    • Overnight stay at a community lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  9. day9

    Baeyli Kharka (3,450m / 11,318ft) to Khopra Danda (Ridge) (3,660m / 11,811ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8km / 4.9miles
    Highest Altitude 3,660m / 11,811ft
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    On this day, you will reach Khopra Danda (ridge), but first, you will bid Baeyli Kharka goodbye and trek through rich pasturelands to Chistibung. The trail provides you the opportunity to view yaks, pheasants, and Himalayan tahrs while ascending to Khopra ridge, known for superb views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061m), and Mt. Fang (7,647m).

    • Overnight stay at Khopra Community Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  10. day10

    Trek from Khopra Danda (Ridge) (3,660m / 11,811ft) to Swanta (2,214m / 7,874ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.6km / 5.9miles
    Highest Altitude 3,660m / 11,811ft
    Trek Duration 4 - 5 hrs

    After reaching Khopra Danda, it is time to return, and on the first day, you will hike to Swanta, passing terraced fields and small settlements. Mt.Dhaulagiri will persist to dazzle you. You also have the option to visit the holy Khayar Lake. Swanta village is famous for its community cheese factory, and we shouldn’t miss tasting the local cheese. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Candle Inn
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  11. day11

    Trek from Swanta (2,214m / 7,874ft) to Ghorepani (2,880m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8km / 4.9miles
    Highest Altitude 2,880m / 9,350ft.
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    You will leave Swanta early morning and head for Ghorepani. The route passes through thick forests, exposing you to incredible landscapes worthy of admiring. Eventually, you will cross a suspension bridge to enter Chittre village and follow the main trekking route that will take you to Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a major trek destination known for its fantastic views. With numerous accommodation options, most people who visit Poon Hill stay at Ghorepani.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Snow Land (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  12. day12

    Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210m / 10,525ft), trek to Birethanti (1,039m / 3,250ft) -Drive from Nayapul to Pokhara (820m / 2,690ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12.5km / 7.7miles
    Highest Altitude 3,210m / 10,525ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hrs
    Driving Hours 2hrs

    You will wake up very early in the morning to catch the sunrise from Poon Hill. It will take you around forty-five minutes to reach Poon Hill from Ghorepani. The panoramic view from Poon Hill is second to none, and many treks are designed around the grand views from Poon Hill. You can see a dozen snow peaks from Poon Hill, including the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhare, Gangapurna, Tukuche, Dhampus, Hiuchuli, Gurja Himal, and Nilgiri Himal. After enjoying the views from Poon Hill, you will trek through Birethanti and Ulleri to Nayapul. From Nayapul, we will drive to Pokhara.

    • Overnight stay at Silver Oaks Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch)
  13. day13

    Drive from Pokhara (820m / 2,690ft) to Kathmandu (1,350m / 4,450ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving Hours (205 km /127 miles) 6-7hrs
    Highest Altitude 1,350m

    After breakfast, you will board a bus to Kathmandu. The bus follows Prithivi Highway one more time and heads east to Kathmandu. It will take you around seven hours to reach Kathmandu. Your trek ends in Kathmandu. Hope you enjoyed your trek and created some life-lasting memories on the trails.

    • Included standard meals (Breakfast)

Cost includes

  • Transportation costs Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu on a tourist bus.
  • Private transport from Pokhara to Dhampus (trek start)and Nayapul (trek end) to Pokhara
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast (room with attached bathroom) at Silver Oaks Inn in Pokhara
  • Accommodation (total ten nights) in trek regions - 2 nights rooms with attached bathrooms at Ghorepani and Deurali, Eight-night Forest Camp, High Camp, Low Camp, Landruk, Tadapani, Bayeli Kharka, Khopra Danda, and Swanta Generally, twin sharing rooms
  • All standard meals (11 lunches, 10 dinners, and 11 breakfasts) in trek regions
  • Water purification tablets
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • Government-licensed Discovery World Trekking experienced trek leader (guide). 1 porter for two trekkers, the maximum luggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg.
  • Guides and porters costs - meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • All taxes and official expenses
  • Arranging rescue operations in health emergencies (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - company's T-shirt & cap
  • Discovery World Trekking certificate of trek achievement
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek in Kathmandu

Cost excludes

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport. The current application fee is USD 50 for a 30-day stay)
  • Extra night accommodation and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival, late departure, or early return from the trek.
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, bottled water or boiled water, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Excess luggage charges. Per trekker, luggage weight limit is 9 kg.
  • All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance has to cover emergency high-altitude helicopter rescue and evacuation along with medical treatment costs
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Additional costs due to various reasons, such as delays caused by circumstances outside company control like itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, landslides, weather conditions, change of government policies, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses not included in "cost includes" are counted as excludes

Equipment Checklist

We advise you to bring only essential clothing, gear, and equipment for the trek. Though porters will carry your luggage, per trekker luggage weight limit is 9 kg. You can store your extra luggage at the Discovery World Trekking store for free during your trek. Here is our list to help you pack for this trek.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Headlight with extra batteries
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or a wide-brimmed hat

 

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

 

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

 

Body

  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Long-sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • Hiking shirts
  • Sweater
  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear

 

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks 
  • Thick light socks

 

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (size depends on whether you take a porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrush)

 

Personal accessories

  • Camera
  • Watch
  • Money
  • Cell phone

 

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • Notebook and pen
  • Extra passport photos and passport photocopies
  • Binoculars

Trip Departure Dates

Note to solo travelers:

If you are a solo traveler, please contact us via Call/WhatsApp/Viber at +977-9840055491 or email [email protected] before booking the trip to confirm the departure date. Please note that we organize private treks only.

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Trip Start and End Point
Kathmandu / Kathmandu

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2 PaxUS$ 890
3 PaxUS$ 850
4 - 6 PaxUS$ 790
7 - 12 PaxUS$ 760
13 - 18 PaxUS$ 730

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