Khopra Danda Trek, located at the Annapurna Range of Myagdi District is an attractive tourist destination. It is 3,600 meters above sea level. From here, white silver-like mountains creep in front of one’s eyes. The scenic Khopra trek with its natural beauty is a potential tourist destination in Gandaki . The natural beauty has brought more splendor to the beauty here.
Dozens of mountains and hills including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Nilgiri attract tourists. The scenery from Khopralek on the top of the hill is even more beautiful. Along with the natural beauty, the collectively grown Chauri(Yaks) also attracts tourists. Khopra Trek expands upon the popular Ghorepani Poonhill Trek.
The locals have prepared to welcome and entertain the visiting guests in Khopra. The locals have collectively run community hotels for the comfortable accommodation of the visitors coming to Khopra Trek. The locals are collectively involved in the construction of additional infrastructure targeting the year of visit.
Community footpaths have been developed on all routes to Khopra. The journey itself takes you through beautiful ecological villages on the community footpath. Khopra can be reached in five days via Dhampus. From there, the trail moves towards Ghandruk, Dowato, Waheli, Dandkharka and eventually to the destination.
Apart from this, Khopra Trek can also be done in four days via Beni-Vaskhark-Nangi-Mahredanda, Phulbari and Swat-Dadkhark. These are all the naturally beautiful villages of Myagdi. On the other hand, you can reach Khopra in two days via the hot spring, if time is a constraint. On the downside, a shorter trek will mean a steep and long climb, and vice versa.
The footpath (trails) built on donations by the community speaks of the motivation the community has to bring in tourists. Khopra Danda Trek is one of the top recommended trips on our list. This is not only because of the community involvement, but also the astonishing view of Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri Range in the north.
To expand on that, another route can also be taken from Dadkharka to Khopra via Nayapul – Ulleri – Ghorepani route. Tourists who reach Khopra trek reach Bhurung Tatapani on foot and enjoy the hot water pool. Another way is to get hot water from Khopra through Lechagaun-Beshi village of Narchang. However, some tourists visit Ghorepani or Mahre Danda and pass through Nagi-Lespar-Purnagaun.
Crocodile culture, observation of costumes and warm hospitality on the footpath alleviate the fatigue of tourists. Khayrabharani Lake, another six-hour trek from Khopra Lake, is another important destination. Rudra Bahadur Punmagar, a social worker of Paundhar, says that Khopra Lake has become an additional tourist attraction as tea houses, campaigning and homestay facilities are available at various places along the community footpath.
The community lodges opened on the initiative of the locals have no problem for the tourists to stay and eat. Accountant of the Khopra Community Lodge Narayan Pun said that the lodge has a capacity of 50 tourists.
Well-equipped hotels, roads, etc. have become necessary infrastructure for tourists on the trekking route. This trekking route has become very comfortable for the tourists after adequate food and accommodation and road maintenance have been improved in the trekking area for the tourists, said Annapurna Village Chairman Damba Bahadur Pun. Pun said that the village municipality has made a plan for the construction of physical infrastructure and publicity in Khopra.
Guest houses have been built with private and community investment in Sandhikharka, Mahre, Khopra and Swata Lagaet. The Beni-Nagi-Khopra ‘Eco Footpath’ is an additional attraction for tourists as an alternative footpath to the beautiful and exciting area like Annapurna Footpath.
Locals provide warm hospitality to the tourists by giving homestay to the villages of Banskhark, Nagi, Tikot, Khiwang, Swata and Narchang Lagaet within the 14-day long hiking trail from Nagi-Mahredanda-Ghorepani-Swata-Khopra-Khairbarahatal to Beni via Narchang-Tatopani. All the villages where homestays are operated on footpaths are Magar majority settlements.
Chitrapun Tijila, coordinator of the community footpath, said that a visit to the area would be fruitful for sunrise and sunset views in Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, yak farming, jungle trekking, sightseeing of mountain lakes and natural beauty of wildlife and birds and study of biodiversity.
The main attraction of the footpath is the high Khopra Trek. Locals say that it is still necessary to build physical infrastructure and develop footpaths in Khopra Trek. A free internet service has also been launched on the initiative of Mahavir Pun to facilitate the trekker.
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