Khopra Ridge Trek

  • Trip Cost:US$ 950 (P/P)
  • Duration:15 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Grade:Moderate

Meals: Full Board ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) on trek and breakfast on cities.

Transportation: Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus

Accommodation: Hotel in cities and Lodge/tea house on trek

Escape Nepal offer Khopra Ridge Trek and the Khopra dada trek is newly opened trek in Annapurna and Dhalagiri Himalayas and The Kopra ridge or Dada is located away from the busier trails of Annapurna region but provides equally outstanding views of the Himalayas including Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Nilgiri and many more.

We at Escape Nepal have 15day itinerary for the Khopra Ridge Trek and the trek leave the main trail of the Ghorepani- Ghandruk Trek after Tadapani and we will trek to Khopra Ridge for next few days with staying at the community based tea-houses/lodges. The 15-day Khopra Trek is suitable for those who wish to enjoy the grandeur of Mt. Annapurna while also taking pleasure in the solace of a more remote trail of the region. The Khopra trekking begins from a day tour in Kathmandu and a day drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara then trekking through Ghandruk village which is the biggest Gurung village in the Annapurna with beautiful settlement. The trail then continues following to Tadapani and off the beaten trail to Bayali which is following the forest of Rhododendron,  pine and many more, It is not the normal tourist trail so you may not see many trekkers/tourists on the way.  As this is new trek route closer to Annapurna where there is very basic tea house/lodge/community lodge available. The trail leads even close to Annapurna South to Khopradanda which offers great sunrise view with panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri with entire range of the Himalayas. The Khayar Lake is another attraction of this trek which is really beautiful and quite then the trail turns other way down to Swanta and up to Ghorepani then ends at Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu for your return flight to home.

We Escape Nepal holidays offer departure to the Khopra Ridge trail on any date that you want and we can tailor itinerary if the given itinerary is not suitable for you , more over if you have longer days and want to spend more days in the trekking then you can extend the trek to the Annapurna Base Camp or even further.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters): and you will be met & greeted by our airport representative who will be on standby to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. Your evening is free and after you’ve refreshed, you can go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with your surroundings, overnight at hotel, ( A).

Day 02.Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley & an orientation: After having Breakfast, we take you for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley; you will be escorted by a professional guide. Your tour will include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple - swayambhunath {note, there are real monkeys down here & they can be a pain in the neck, especially if you are munching something while climbing the steps to the temple; whatever your munching could vanish from your hands in seconds if you’re not careful. The best way to appease these monkeys is by buying some bananas from vendors just by the roadside to the temple & distribute them on your way up, they’d be happy & leave you alone}. Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa. The pashupatinath is a significant place of visit because this is a heritage site & is the most important religious site for Hindus in Nepal & India. Within the boundaries of this temple are cremation zones where the bodies of Nepalese, right from the pauper on the streets to the king of Nepal are cremated at this old temple. In the early evening we get back to our hotel & refresh after which your senior trek leader will meet the group & orient you on the whole program related to your trip. You will even have sufficient time to buy some trek gear if you need any in thamel area, overnight at Hotel ( A, B).

Note: you can take one hour scenic Everest Experience mountain flight in the morning before the tours starts, you are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement.

Day 03.Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 Kilometers west of Kathmandu) - 6 Hours: We drive along the scenic Trisuli and Marsyangdi River to reach Pokhara, it’s a pretty good drive as we go by the beautiful river which is also good for rafting;  we view Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu peak as well during the driving. Pokhara is a tourist's paradise full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, & temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with her lovely mountains; after 6 hours of driving; we will arrive in Pokhara, the city of lakes…Welcome to this beautiful town of serene lakes that gives so much meaning to your holidays, overnight at your Hotel (A, B).

Options: you have options to take 30 minutes flight to Pokhara instead of 6 hours drive or you can take 3 hours rafting in Trisuli River on the way to Pokhara: you are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement.

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk: After having breakfast at hotel in Pokhara we will drive to Nayapul that takes about 1 and half hours then we will start the trek to Ghandruk. The village is a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers and is the hub of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which promotes many varied ecological projects, overnight in lodge (A, B, L, D).

Day 05: Ghandruk to Tadapani (2,590m) 3-4 hours: In Ghandruk, we get to enjoy astonishing views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli Mountains. From here we continue upwards through Deurali and into the dense rhododendron forests. The Rhododendron is Nepal’s national flower and when they bloom, the forests turn into gardens of dazzling colorful flowers when seen from the air or from afar. After trekking over a small pass we reach Tadapani where we get to enjoy excellent views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Hiunchuli Himalayas. There are many Tibetans in the village that sell things for the tourists to take back home as souvenirs as well, overnight at lodge, (A, B, L, D).

Day 06: Tadapani to Bayeli Kharka (3,420m): 5- 6 hours: After Tadapani, we leave the main trail and for the next few days then we will walk in a more remote area of the Annapurna region. We begin our trek by entering into a beautiful rhododendron and oak forest on an upward trail. Then after a small descent we continue climbing to the shoulder of a hill through a rhododendron forest that is reminiscent of images from Lord of the Rings. We also pass several clearings with abandoned shacks before arriving on a bigger ridge top clearing at Dobato, which in good weather should provide splendid views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre. We continue ascending up to Bayeli Kharka. From the village, we enjoy arresting views of Mt. Dhaulagiri which is the seventh highest mountain in the world, overnight at community lodge/house. (A, B, L, D).

Day 07: Bayeli Kharka to Upper Chistibung (2,975m) 4-5 hours: After breakfast, we descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung. then we ascend gradually through a forest before reaching Upper Chistibung which is a temporary herder’s settlement. If you’re lucky you might even spot the colorful Lophophorus (Danphe), the national bird of Nepal, as well as Himalayan Thar on the grassy ridge high above the trail, overnight at community lodge/house ( A, B, L, D)

Day 08: Trek to Khopra Ridge (3,660m): 3-4 hours: We embark on a steady climb above the tree line through alpine meadows and pastures to reach Khopra Danda. As we approach Khopra Ridge, we see the top of Annapurna South. Upon reaching Khopra, we will go for a short walk down Khopra Ridge to a viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki river far below in this deepest valley. From Khopra, we also admire the stunning mountain panorama including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna South, overnight at Community lodge/lodge ( A, B, L, D).

Day 09: Rest day in Khopra Ridge: Tour of Khaire Lake (4500m): 10-11 hours: Today we embark on a long journey to Khopra ( Khaer) Lake from where, we attain excellent views of the Fang and surrounding mountains. Considered to be a sacred lake by the Hindus, it is believed that bathing in the lake will help attain Nirvana/Heaven. As Hinduism and Buddhism are intricately related in Nepal, we can even see a number of Hindu and Buddhist shrines on the sides of the lake. For those of us, who do not want to walk all the way to the lake, a half day walk from Khopra can also be arranged. Overnight at community lodge/house ( A, B, L, D).

Day 10: Trek to Swanta Village (2,200m): 5 hours: From Khopra Ridge we descend off the hillside and continue downhill on a steep trail. Along the way we get more views of Mount Dhaulagiri with the mountain providing a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages, overnight at Community lodge/house (A, B, L, D)

Day 11: Trek to Ghorepani- 4 hours: After breakfast at the tea house the trail drops down to Chitre and up to Ghorepani which is popular trekking trail again where you meet other trekkers. Ghorepani is popular spot for trekkers to see beautiful distance views of Annapurnas and Dhauligiri. Poon hill is another attraction of Ghorepani where most people do sunrise trip which is the best views to all Annapurna from the same spot, overnight at lodge (A, B, L, D).

Day 12: Trek to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Hille (1475m) - 5 Hours: We will start our trekking with an early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Himalayas including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. We then return to the lodge and have breakfast, we again follow gradual descending path through the forests of rhododendron and oak up to Banthanti. It is a small village where you can haul up for hot and cold drinks. Then the trail descends to Ulleri (1960m.), a big Gurung village where we will enjoy the views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. From here the trail up to Tikhedhunga is steeply descending passing through terraces and some robust villages. After a short walk of 15 minutes from Tikhedhunga we reach Hille, overnight at Lodge (A, B, L, D).

Day 13: Trek from Hille to Nayapul (1050m.) via Birethanti and drive to Pokhara - 4 Hours: Today is the last day of our Trek and it is a pretty easy hike day as well. The trails gradually descend following Bhurung Khola (Bhurung Stream) all the way to Birethanti before we cross the Modi Khola over the suspension bridge a short walk & we reach Nayapul, where our vehicle will be waiting to drive us back to… well, do we call it civilization? Or it was probably better on the mountains, overnight at Hotel (A, B, L).

Day 14.Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6 Hours): We hope our tourist bus at 7 AM after b/fast to drive to Kathmandu and the driving will be a fantastic experience as we drive past many satellite towns on the way and we are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces and green rural landscapes; after 6 hours driving we will arrive Kathmandu and its overnight at your hotel, then we would offer you to have dinner with us for your last night stay in Nepal and talk about your recent trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, trip concludes on this day, ( A, B, D).

Day 15: Transfer to the airport for your departure: You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home. Escape Nepal has taken pleasure in serving you all of these weeks; you counted on us & we didn’t let you down because we know how hard you’ve worked to enjoy this holiday. Meeting you was an immense pleasure & we do hope you will remember us down the years with memories of the time you’ve spent in this amazing country that’s Nepal. A safe BON VOYAGE home…take care!!! ( B)

A- Accommodation, B- Breakfast, L- Lunch and D- Dinner

Cost Details

Cost Include

  • All the airport transfers.
  • Three  nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu in 2/3 star hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary on twin sharing basis.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses/Home stay during the treks on twin sharing basis.
  • Your standard meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast.
  • All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, monument entrance fees, TIMS permit.
  • two night’s accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast  on twin sharing basis:
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu –-Pokhara - Kathmandu by Tourist bus.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, Sherpa and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary.
  • All government taxes, VAT and Service charge. 

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos, Nepal Visa info.
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected But it is not mandatory).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.
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Departure Note:

We have set date for the departure for this holidays so, please look at our list of the dates for the trip and select one from them or if you cannot find the date that is suitable for you then please contact us for your own departure date as we offer private departure for your holiday on any date that is suitable for you which is suitable for group of friends, couples, families and solo travelers.

Trip Note

Itinerary for the Khopra Ridge Trek: The itinerary given for Khopra Ridge Trek is standard itinerary that we offer however if you have any special interests on your holiday or if the given itinerary is not suitable for you and if you would like to add or remove any places from the itinerary then we are flexible with itinerary and we offer you tailor made itineraries according to your time and desire in that case.

Price  fpr Khopra Ridge Trek: The price given for the Khopra Ridge Trek is based on per person on and on twin share basis for the Small group travel for fixed departure and we offer Group discounts for the booking of two or more than two person and group of 10 or more people will have maximum discounts with one person (tour leader) travel free in Nepal (land only) and if you even have maximum number of people even more than 10 people then contact us for the further discussion about the discounts and those want to travel in group and want to have private room ( where possible) on our holiday then that cost you extra single supplement cost, we have given the single supplement cost on our package however if you could not find it then please write us for the further information:

Trip extension - If you have time and are interested to stay few days in Pokahra and do, Paraglidingtake a tour of Pokhara cityUltra light Flight or take Chitwan Jungle SafariLumbini Tour, then you can start now…we are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement for any of these extra tours.

 Essential Info

The electricity is available in most of our holidays and in the cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Palpa, Lumbini, Chitwan, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and in some of the villages on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, climbing holiday and home stay trekking where you can re-charge your mobile phone and camera batteries, not all in all places of our trekking so, we advise you to have spare batteries when you do the trekking, hiking, home stay and climbing holidays  and there is not electricity available on our camping adventure trekking holiday so, you need to have enough spare batteries when you do those trips.

 

We offer professional licensed tour guide on all our sightseeing holidays and there will be local nature guide in the Jungle tours, rafting guide for the river holidays and there will be trained trekking guide (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek)  on our trekking holidays, hiking holiday and adventure holiday and a Sherpa when there are 10 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members and a porter will carry about 20kg means 10 KG from each trekker and we will provide licensed climbing guide for climbing holidays.

We offer porters to your main luggage on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, some stay treks and adventure holidays, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trekking. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes and anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg; excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors and a porter will carry up to 20 KG and there will be 1 porter for each 2 trekkers which mean 10 KG form each and if you will be planning for longer trek and need to bring much stuff then you might need extra porter as well.

When you have tours holidays in Nepal then the luggage is not a problem as our vehicle will drive from one place to other places.

 

Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast at campsite or lodge, we set off on the day’s trek and after walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday at the camp or available lodge/restaurants which may take 1-2 hours for lunch and will start the trek again, The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village and surroundings, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.

The Wonderful Environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of travelers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Escape Nepal, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats we face in this region, we do not encourage camp fires and encourage use of kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now have solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.

Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter for miles. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy and we advise the same to you to keep the garbage on proper site and take return those with you to homes which are Non- biodegradable.

We at Escape Nepal would like to requests the following things and to be a responsible tourist:

  • Leave only footprints and take only photographs.
  • Use designated routes, campsites and resting places to reduce trampling and other negative environmental impacts.
  • Respect local culture and traditions, use home stays, locally owned hotels/ lodges or campsites as much as possible to support the local livelihood.
  • Avoid/ minimize using firewood. Use common space for heating. Opt for alternatives to minimize deforestation.
  • Maintain cleanliness and hygiene. Use the litter box locally available. Carry back your own garbage while traveling through ecologically sensitive areas.
  • Encourage to place mobile toilets at a considerable distance from sources of water, river banks and springs while camping along the river sides.
  • Use the services of local guides and porters as much as possible to explore more about local environment and culture.
  • Money spent here will contribute directly to the local livelihood, women’s empowerment and environmental conservation.
  • Before you begin your journey we request you to abide by the above guidelines in order to safeguard the nature and culture of the area and be a responsible tourist.

This type of holidays involves longer trekking (up to 12 Days) on maintained trails in to higher elevations mountain and high elevation overland tour to tibet  and we advise you to have some previous walking/hiking experiences on high altitude and habit to walk about 5-6 hours a day and physically fit, those holidays includes some trek on Everest, Annapurna, Langtang region and some wilderness trekking holiday plus some village trekking holiday, some Rafting Holidays and some over land tours to Tibet like- Mt. Kailash tour, Tibet overland tour , Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour and Nepal Tibet Tour.

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