KHOPRA RIDGE TREK

  • DURATION15 Days
  • DIFFICULTY-LEVELModerate
  • GROUP SIZE1-14
  • MAX ALTITUDE4500

Highlights

  • Stunning views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and many other mountain peaks
  • Trekking through the rhododendron blossoms (if you are trek in spring)
  • Reach Khopra Ridge (3660m) that passes through alpine meadows and green pastures
  • Chance to walk to the Khayar Lake, a sacred pilgrim spot for Hindu people
  • Great Sunrise view from Poon Hill
  • Visit the Gurung village of Ghandruk

Trip Overview

The Khopra ridge trek is a newly open trek in Annapurna Himalayas, Nepal. The Khopra trek is located away from the busier trails of the Annapurna region but provides equally outstanding views of the Himalayas that includes Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and Nilgiri. Another attraction of the trek is the holy Khaer Lake, which requires a little wandering away from the Kopra Ridge.

You leave the main trail of the Ghorepani- Poon Hill Trek after Tadapani for the next few days and walk along a remote trekking trail while staying at the community tea-houses/lodges. The Khopra Trek is suitable for those who wish to enjoy the grandeur of Mt. Annapurna and take pleasure in the solace of a more remote trail. The Khopra Ridge Trek is the best alternative to Annapurna Base Camp Trek as the ABC trail now is very busy.

The Khopra trekking begins from Nayapul and treks to Ghandruk village. The Ghandruk village is the biggest Gurung village in the Annapurna region, which has a beautiful settlement. The trekking trail continues by following the Tadapani, and off the beaten path trail to Bayali through the forest of Rhododendron and pine. It is not the common tourist trail. So you may not meet trekkers/tourists on the way.

Khopra is a new trek route closer to Annapurna, and there is a very basic tea house/lodge/community lodge available, so prepare for this. The trail leads even close to Annapurna South to Khopra danda, which offers a great sunrise view with panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri with the entire range.

Khayar Lake is another attraction of this trek, which is beautiful, and the trail turns another way down to Swata and up to Ghorepani and ends at Pokhara.

Itinerary

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You will be met and greeted by our airport representative/driver, who is on standby to pick you up with the Escape Nepal board or your name in the paper and transfer 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.

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  • Kathmandu

After having breakfast, you go for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with a professional tour guide.

The tour includes a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath stupa), Pashupatinath Temple, and Baudhanath Stupa.

Our guide will drop you back at the hotel after the tour. You can go shopping for trekking gear if you need any.

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The drive goes along the scenic Trisuli and Marsyangdi River to reach Pokhara. It is pretty good driving as you go by the beautiful river valley. You can view Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu peak as well during the drive from the window of the bus.

The 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 drive, you reach Pokhara, check in to the hotel, and the evening is free to explore yourself.

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  • Pokhara

After having breakfast at the hotel, You drive to Nayapul, which takes about one and a half hours. The real start from here to Ghandruk village.

The Ghandruk village is a major recruitment center for the famous Gurkha soldiers and is the hub of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. You can see great views of fishtail and Annapurna ranges from Ghandruk, your first overnights in the mountain village of your Khopra ridge trek.

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  • Ghandruk

The Trek starts after breakfast and goes continue upwards through the dense rhododendron forests to Tadapani. The Rhododendron is Nepal’s national flower, and when they bloom in spring, the forest turns into gardens of dazzling colorful flowers.

You get to enjoy excellent views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Hiunchuli Himalayas from Tadapani village. Many Tibetan people in the villages sell things for the tourists to take back home as souvenirs.

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  • Tadapani

After Tadapani, you leave the main trail of Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek for the next few days. You trek in a more remote area of the Annapurna region.

You begin the trek by entering into a beautiful rhododendron and oak forest on an upward trail. Then after a small descent and continue climbing to the shoulder of a hill through a rhododendron forest.

You pass several clearings with abandoned shacks before arriving on a ridge top clearing at Dobato that offers splendid views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre in good weather. You continue to ascend to Bayeli Kharka.

You can enjoy the arresting views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, which is the seventh highest mountain in the world from Bayeli Kharka.

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  • Bayeli Kharka

Today, You descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung. You then ascend gradually through a forest before Upper Chistibung, which is a temporary herder’s settlement.

If you’re lucky, you might even spot the colorful Danphe (the national bird of Nepal) and Himalayan Thar on the grassy ridge high above the trail.

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  • Chistibung

You embark on a steady climb above the tree line through alpine meadows and pastures to reach Khopra Danda today. As you approach Khopra Dada, You see the top of Annapurna South.

Upon reaching Khopra, you go for a short walk down Khopra Ridge to a viewpoint overlooking the Kali Gandaki river far below in this deepest valley. You admire the stunning mountain panoramas include Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna South from Khopra.

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  • Khopra

Today, you embark on a long journey to Khopra (Khaer) Lake from where you attain excellent views of the Fang and surrounding mountains.

Khaer Lake is considered a sacred lake by the Hindus, believe that bathing in the lake helps attain Nirvana/Heaven. Hinduism and Buddhism are intricately related in Nepal, and you can even see several Hindu and Buddhist shrines on the sides of the lake.

If you do not wish to walk all way to the lake, a half-day walk from Khopra can also be arranged.

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  • Khopra

You descend off the hillside and continue downhill on a steep trail  to Swanta village today. You get more views of Mount Dhaulagiri with the mountain that provide a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages.

Arrive Swanta village and check in to the lodge.

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  • Swanta Village

The trail drops down to Chitre and up to Ghorepani today. Ghorepani is a popular trekking trail, and you can meet many other trekkers.

Ghorepani is a popular spot for trekkers to see beautiful distance views of Annapurna, Dhauligiri, and many other mountain views. Poon hill is another attraction of the trek.

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  • Ghorepani

The trek today starts with an early morning hike to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over the Himalayas. Poon Hill offers views of 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 snow-capped mountain peaks.

You then return to the lodge to have breakfast. You again follow a gradually descending path through the forests of rhododendron and oak up to Banthanti.

The trail descends to Ulleri (1960m.), a big Gurung village where you can enjoy the views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli. The trail to Tikhedhunga is steeply descending by passing through terraces and some robust villages. After a short walk of 15 minutes from Tikhedhunga, you reach Hile, where you stay overnight.

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  • Hile

Today is the last day of the Khopra ridge trek. It is a pretty easy trek today. The trails gradually descend following Bhurung Khola (Bhurung Stream) to Birethanti before crossing the Modi Khola.

A short walk to reach Nayapul, where your vehicle is waiting to drive back to Pokhara. Check in to hotel and evening is free to explore yourself.

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  • Pokhara

The drive today from Pokhara to Kathmandu is a fantastic experience as you drive bypassing many satellite towns on the way. The bus leaves around 7:30 am from Pokhara and reach Kathmandu after 6-7 hours of drive (depends on traffic). You can see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces, and green rural landscapes while driving.

You will check into the hotel in Kathmandu, and this is your last night in Nepal. We invite you to have a farewell dinner and to listen to the fantastic story of your trekking experiences in Nepal.

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  • Kathmandu

We transfer you to the international airport in Kathmandu for your final departure to your loving home. We hope you enjoyed the Khopra Trek, and wish to have a safe flight back home.

We wish you to travel to Nepal for many other fantastic tours, and we will have another chance to serve you again.

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What's Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Three nights hotel in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • Two night’s hotel in Pokhara
  • Nine nights’ accommodation on lodges/tea houses during the trek
  • Meals (14 breakfast, ten lunches, and ten dinners)
  • Conservation entry permits and TIMS permit
  • Transportation from Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • A guide and porters (1 porter for every two people)
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service, which will be paid by your Travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary

What's Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel insurance
  • Meals, not stated in the itinerary
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Sweet things like chocolate
  • International airfare
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Check Available Dates

  • Small group departure: We have set a date to depart the Khopra Ridge Trek. So, select your date and book, & a private Khopra Ridge Trek is available on any day of the year, contact us for the price and booking.
  • Group Size & Price: We have listed the price for up to 14 people only on this page, if you are more than 14 people, please contact us for the group price and process to book.
  • Booking Confirmation: We need the booking confirmation for Khopra Ridge Trek at least two weeks before the trek date and if your date is less than two weeks, please Contact us to check availability before you make a booking and pay.
Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityPrice 
Start Date12 Oct, 2022End Date26 Oct, 2022AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$750
Start Date24 Oct, 2022End Date07 Nov, 2022AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$750

Useful Information

Extra nights in Kathmandu pre or post the Khopra Ridge Trek

Extra nights in Kathmandu pre or post the Khopra Ridge Trek is available as if you arrive in Nepal earlier and stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates, then the extra night is available at the US $55.00 per night with breakfast and airport transfer.

Transportation Used on Khopra Ridge Trek

  • We provide private vehicles for airport transfers and Kathmandu day tour, and tourist bus transport for Kathmandu -Pokhara – Kathmandu.
  • You also have options to drive by private car/jeep to Pokhara and return or take a flight short from Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu.
  • Please, do let us know if you want to upgrade the modes of transport.

Electricity and Battery Charge on Khopra Ridge Trek

There is electricity available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and in most of the villages of Khopra Ridge Trek, where you can recharge your camera/mobile batteries. However, it costs you some amount.

We also suggest you have spare batteries to be safe in case the electricity is not available.

Guide and Crew on Khopra Ridge Trek

You have a professional tourist guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day two and a trained trekking/certified trekking guide for the whole trek who handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trekking. And, we provide a Sherpa (Assistant guide) when there are eight or more members and porters to carry your main luggage. There is one porter for every two members, and a porter carries about 20 - 22KG, which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation on Khopra Ridge Trek

In case of any Serious sickness or injury on Khopra Ridge Trek, We do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. However, You will be entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure, all these expenses are covered by your insurance policy.