Trek to Khumai Danda(3660m): Exploring the Beauty of Khumai Danda Trek in Pokhara, Nepal

By Dhan Kumari Gurung

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Trek to Khumai Danda, Khumai Danda is situated in the Kaski district at the base of the south face of Macchapuchre Base Camp and is gaining popularity as an ideal trekking destination in the Annapurna Region.

Exploring the Beauty of Khumai Danda Trek in Pokhara, Nepal

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Trek to khumai Danda ,View of machhapuchre himal from khumai danda,Great Machhapuchre Trail(GMT)

INTRODUCTION

Nepal is a great place for trekking, with lots of options for both long and short treks leading to the beautiful Himalayas. Long treks require more fitness and time, but short treks are easier and can be finished in a week. Among the many short trek options in Nepal, the Khumai Danda Trek is becoming popular quickly. Even though it’s near the well-known Mt. Macchapuchre, it’s less crowded compared to Poonhill and Mardi Himal trails.

Nestled in the heart of the breathtaking landscapes of Pokhara, Nepal, the Khumai Dada Trek offers an enchanting journey for both nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. This trek offers a chance to walk through lush forests, and picturesque villages, and enjoy panoramic views of Macchapuchre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri.

In this blog,  we’ll share the itinerary, tips, and things you’ll experience during your trip.

TREK DETAILS

  • Maximum Elevation: 3660m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Accommodation: Teahouse, Tent

KHUMAI DANDA ITINERARY

Khumai Dada is located on the north side of Pokhara and stands at an altitude of 3245m. The hill is at the base of the south face of Macchapuchre, part of the Macchapuchre Model Trek. The Khumai Danda trek takes 3-4 days from Pokhara and can be extended to a week by adding the Mardi Himal trek.

Getting Started: The Khumai Dada Trek typically starts from the scenic city of Pokhara, known for its serene lakes and majestic mountains. As you embark on this adventure, you’ll be greeted by friendly locals, vibrant culture, and a sense of peace that can only be found in the lap of nature.

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View of Pokhara from Tubu Hilltop on the way to khumai Danda

KHUMAI DANDA 3 DAYS ITINERARY

DAY 1: Drive from Pokhara to Hemja and Trek to Hile Kharka (2160m) via Ghachowk

Start your trek by driving from Pokhara to Hemja, a 30-minute ride. The trek starts from Hemja, taking you through woodlands, small villages, and terraced fields. The walk to Hile Kharka takes around 6 hours and is relatively easy. Enjoy the stunning views of Macchapuchre, Annapurna ranges, and Lamjung Himal from Ghachowk on the way.

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Views of the Himalayas from Hile Kharka

DAY 2: Trek from Hile to Khumai Danda (3245m)

The trek from Hile Kharka to Khumai Danda is like a jungle walk, mostly inside the forest. The trail is peaceful but a bit more challenging than the previous day. Despite the challenges, the panoramic views of Macchapuchre, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna will reward you. Arrive at Khumai Danda, shadowed by the gigantic Macchapuchre Himal.

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Pokhara View during the hike from Hile Kharka to Khumai Danda

DAY 3: Hike to Korchan Danda (3700m) and Hike Down to Ghachowk, then Drive to Pokhara

The highlight of the trip, Korchan Danda, surprises with astounding sunrise and Himalayan views. At 3700m, the hill offers majestic views of Mardi, Annapurna, and Macchapuchre.. Enjoy the golden rays hitting the snow-capped peaks, capturing memories with the backdrop of Mardi Himal, Annapurna ranges, and Macchapuchre. Spend some quality time in the lap of the Himalayas before heading back to Pokhara Afterward, descend to Ghachowk, where you can stay overnight or drive back to Pokhara.

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Sunrise From Khumai Danda
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View from khumai Danda

TREK TO KHUMAI DANDA HIGHLIGHTS

  • See a beautiful sunrise, sunset, and amazing views of the Macchapuchre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri. from Khorchan at 3660 meters.
  • Hike through natural, untouched trails.
  • Visit the ethnic villages of Ghachowk, Hile Kharka, and Ghalel.
  • Learn about the culture and way of life of the local communities.
  • Experience the warm hospitality of the locals and explore their unique culture.

Scenic Beauty

The trek takes you through lush green forests, charming villages, and terraced fields, providing a glimpse into the traditional way of life in rural Nepal. The trail is dotted with rhododendrons and magnolia trees, creating a colorful tapestry that changes with the seasons.

Local Culture and Hospitality

One of the highlights of the Khumai Dada Trek is the opportunity to interact with the warm and welcoming locals. Experience the unique culture of the region as you pass through traditional villages, where you might be invited to share a cup of tea with the villagers. Their hospitality adds a special charm to the trek, making it a memorable cultural experience.

Camping and Overnight Stay

The Khumai Dada Trek provides an opportunity for a unique camping experience. Spend the night under the starry skies, surrounded by the sounds of nature. Campfires and traditional Nepali meals add to the adventure, creating an unforgettable atmosphere.

BEST TIME FOR  TREK TO KHUMAI DANDA

The best time for Khumai Danda Trek is all year round because it’s an easier and more comfortable trek compared to others in Nepal. The highest point, Korchan Hill, is at 3660m. Each season adds to the beauty of Khumai Hill.

In spring (March to May), the trek is filled with colorful rhododendron flowers, and you get clear mountain views. Autumn (September to November) offers a pleasant atmosphere and clear skies. The temperature is nice, and you can enjoy the crisp mountain air, soothing sun, and amazing views.

Winter (December to February) and Monsoon (June to August) provide unique experiences. In winter, the trail is snowy, and you can admire snow-capped peaks. During the monsoon, when it’s not raining, the views are clear, and the hill is covered with blooming wildflowers, making Khumai Danda exceptionally beautiful.

MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON KHUMAI DANDA TREK

1. How long does it take for a beginner to finish the Trek to Khumai Danda?

   – For beginners, it usually takes 3-4 days to complete the trek. However, if you’re familiar with trekking, you might finish it in two days.

 2. What kind of accommodation is available on the trail?

   – You’ll stay in Teahouses or tents with basic facilities, similar to other treks in Nepal. Though there are limited options as it’s not as popular, the available ones will ensure a comfortable stay.

3. Can a beginner complete this trek?

   – Yes! Beginners can complete this trek.

4. What food can I expect in the teahouse/Tent?

   – Teahouses/Tent usually offer traditional Nepali cuisines like Dal, Bhat, Soup, and Curries.

5. Can I do the Khumai Danda trek solo?

   – Yes, you can do a solo trek to Khumai Danda, but for international tourists, having a guide is necessary.

 6. What is the total budget for the trek to Khumai Danda?

-The total budget for the trek to Khumai Danda is in the range of Rs 4,000-Rs 5000.

In Details:

  • Transportation cost from Pokhara to Ghachowk is Rs 150.
  • Estimated cost range for breakfast during the trek is Rs 100-200.
  • Lunch options at Hile include Rs 400 for vegetarian and Rs 600 for non-vegetarian.
  • Cost of the Khumai Hotel Package is Rs 2,000.
  • Return lunch at Hile costs Rs 400 for vegetarian and Rs 600 for non-vegetarian.
  • Transportation cost from Ghachowk to Pokhara is Rs 150.

CONCLUSION

The Khumai Danda Trek, spanning 3-4 days, provides a short yet rewarding experience close to nature and the Himalayas. With blooming rhododendron forests and breathtaking mountain views, this trek is perfect for those with limited time or locals eager to explore Nepal’s hidden gems. The simplicity of the trail, combined with its unspoiled scenery, makes Khumai Danda Trek a popular choice for nature lovers.

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