Khopra Ridge Trek

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

Trip Overview

Escape Nepal offer Khopra Ridge Trek and the Khopra ridge trek is newly open trek in Annapurna Himalaya. The Khopra trek is located away from the busier trails of 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- Ghandruk Trek after Tadapani and for the next few days, walk along a remote 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 while also taking pleasure in the solace of a more remote trail.

The Khopra trekking begins from Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk village, Ghandruk village is the biggest Gurung village in the Annapurna which has beautiful settlement. The trail continues follow to Tadapani and off the beaten trail to Bayali which is following the forest of Rhododendron and pine. It is not the normal tourist trail so you may not meet trekkers/tourists on the way.

Khopra is new trek route to closer to Annapurna, there is 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 great sunrise view with panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri with entire range.

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.

Itinerary

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You are met & greeted by our airport representative who is 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.

  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu

After having breakfast, you go for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and you be escorted by a professional tour guide.

Your tour include visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple – Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • Kathmandu

You drive along the scenic Trisuli and Marsyangdi River to reach Pokhara, it’s a pretty good drive as you go by the beautiful river. You view Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu peak as well during the drive.

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, the city of lakes.

  • Hotel
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  • Pokhara

After having breakfast at hotel in Pokhara, You drive to Nayapul that takes about 1 and half hours then 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.

  • Guest House
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  • Ghandruk

You continue trek upwards through Deurali and into the dense rhododendron forests to Tadapani. 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, you reach Tadapani where you 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.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Tadapani

After Tadapani, you leave the main trail 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 you continue climbing to the shoulder of a hill through a rhododendron forest that is reminiscent of images from Lord of the Rings.

You 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. You continue ascending up to Bayeli Kharka. From the village, you can enjoy arresting views of Mt. Dhaulagiri which is the seventh highest mountain in the world.

  • Guest House/Community House
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  • Bayeli Kharka

You descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung. You then 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.

  • Guest House/Community House
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  • Chistibung

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

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

  • Guest House/Community House
  • B, L, D
  • Khopra

Today, you embark on a long journey to Khopra (Khaer) Lake from where, you 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 helps attain Nirvana/Heaven. As Hinduism and Buddhism are intricately related in Nepal, you can even see a number of 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.

  • Guest House/Community House
  • B, L, D
  • Khopra

You descend off the hillside and continue downhill on a steep trail today. Along the way, you get more views of Mount Dhaulagiri with the mountain providing a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages.

  • Guest House/Community House
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  • Swanta Village

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.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Ghorepani

You start trekking with an early morning hike 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.

You then return to the lodge and have breakfast, you again follow gradual descending path through the forests of rhododendron and oak up to Banthanti. Then the trail descends to Ulleri (1960m.), a big Gurung village where 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, you reach Hile.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Hile

Today is the last day of the trek and it is a pretty easy hike day. The trails gradually descend following Bhurung Khola (Bhurung Stream) all the way to Birethanti before you cross the Modi Khola over the suspension bridge a short walk & you reach Nayapul, where you vehicle is waiting to drive back to Pokhara.

  • Hotel
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  • Pokhara

The drive is a fantastic experience as you drive past many satellite towns on the way and you are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces and green rural landscapes; after 6 hours drive you arrive Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • Kathmandu
You are transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home. 
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What's Included

  • Airport transfers.
  • 3 night’s hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • 2 night’s hotel in Pokhara.
  • 9 nights’ accommodation on lodges/tea houses during the trek.
  • Meals (14 breakfast, 10 lunches and 10 dinners)
  • Conservation entry permits and TIMS permit.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • A guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • 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 (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu).
  • 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

  • We have set date to departure the Khopra Ridge Trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • If preferred date is not listed then contact us for the further process to book the trek on your own date as the trek is available on any date of the year.
  • We have listed the price for up to 14 people only so, if you are more than 14 people then please contact us for the group price and further process to book the trek.
  • Private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
  • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityPrice 
Start Date12 Sep, 2020End Date26 Sep, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$750
Start Date24 Sep, 2020End Date08 Oct, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$750

Useful Information

Passport, Visa and permits for Khopra Ridge Trek

You need to have valid passport (at least 6 month valid) to travel Nepal and need to obtain Nepal tourist Visa to travel Nepal, you can get Nepal visa on arrival at Airport or you can apply online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) (and get it on arrival as well.

You required having Annapurna conservation area entry and TIM’s permits to do Khopra Ridge Trek and we apply and get these permits for you once you book the trek from us.

Best time and Climate for Khopra Ridge Trek

The best seasons (time) for Khopra Ridge Trek are autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until May end). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher every day.

The nights are chilly & cold (between -20 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon & disappearing at night.

Accommodation in Khopra Ridge Trek

You have good hotel accommodation for 5 nights (3 nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara) and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for rest of the 9 nights on Khopra Ridge Trek.

The rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets on trek lodge. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room - lounge.

We accommodate you and group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required number rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance in all places).

Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Samsara Resort or similar: 3 nights
  • Hotel in Pokhara: Hotel splendid view or similar: 2 nights
  • Hotel on Trek: Simple Mountain lodge: 6 nights

Accommodation will be on double/twin share (triple share available in most places also).

Note: hotel upgrade in Kathmandu and Pokhara is available as there are luxury 4 & 5 star hotels available in these cities so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara.

Extra nights in Kathmandu

If you arrive in Nepal earlier and stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates then the extra night cost 55.00 USD per night including breakfast and airport transfer and it does not include any extra tours/activities.

Contact us if you need any extra nights for pre or post the trek and want to plan any extra tours and activities for your extra days.

Transportation used on Khopra Ridge Trek

We provide private vehicle for airport transfers and sightseeing in Kathmandu and bus for Kathmandu -Pokhara – Kathmandu.

You also have options to drive by private car/jeep to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu and take flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu.

Please, do let us know if you want to upgrade the modes of transport.

Electricity and Battery Charge

There is electricity available in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in most of the villages of Khopra Ridge Trek where you are able to Re- charges your camera/mobile batteries.

We suggest you to have spare batteries too.

Food and drink on Khopra Ridge Trek

Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on trek are included in our price and the meals are taken in lodges, you have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you stay overnights and lunch at the lodge available along the trail.

You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) - the drinks are not included in the cost.

You can bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Khopra Ridge Trek since you have normal water for free or you can simply buy bottled water or boiled/safe drink.

Luggage on Khopra Ridge Trek

Your main luggage on Khopra Ridge Trek is carried by porter, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek.

A trek bag or duffle bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during Khopra Ridge Trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu or in Pokhara for free of charge.

Guide and Crew on Khopra Ridge Trek

You have professional tourist guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day two (the tour guide for this day may different from the trek guide you trek from next morning) and trained trekking/certified trekking guide for the whole trek (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek).

A Sherpa (Assistant guide) when there are 8 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there is 1 porter for each 2 members and a porter carry about 20 - 22kg which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.

Child policy for Khopra Ridge Trek

Children of 10 or more years can take this trek and must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old, no discount for 10 or more years old children and full price are applicable.

Contact us if you are planning to do Khopra Ridge Trek with children less than 10 years before you book.

Gratuities/Tips for Khopra Ridge Trek Staff

Tips are not included in the tour price for services tour guide, trekking guide, porter and driver. The recommended tip is US$ 5 from each member for tour guide (day 2) and US $ 3 from each member for driver (day 2) and total of US 80.00 from each members for the trek part to divide guide and porters (it depends on the size of the group you traveling. The trek guide will give you clearer idea when the trek comes to end.

Note: Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.

Personal Expenses on Khopra Ridge Trek

Personal expenses depend largely on your habit and as all the meals are included in the cost. You only need some money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), tips, souvenirs, hot shower (you have to pay in some places).

If you do not drink alcohol and sopping then 12-15 USD per day per person should be enough for the hot drinks, shower and snacks.

Fitness Level Required for Khopra Ridge Trek

Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately the Khopra Ridge Trek is currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.

Please note that a moderate level of fitness is required with daily trekking from between 3 hours to 7 hours.

You will reach an altitude of 3500m above sea level. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to book our Khopra Ridge Trek.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation on Khopra Ridge Trek

In case of a serious sickness or injury while you are on Khopra Ridge Trek, we do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital.

You will be entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue, so, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before departure to Khopra Ridge Trek.

Suggested Equipment List for Khopra Ridge Trek

General

  • Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional) [One can be provided if required, to be returned after the trek]
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
  • Daypack for yourself
  • -A down Jacket (alternatively these can be hired and returned at the end of the trek free of charge)
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of light-weight warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2-3 pieces
  • Light weight thermal tops
  • -Fleece jacket
  • Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • A pair of quick-drying nylon hiking shorts
  • Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
  • Four pairs of liner warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
  • A pair of sandals (optional)
  • A water bottle
  • Head/torch Light
  • A medium size towel
  • Walking poles (optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • We recommend consulting your local Medical GP regarding any medication suggestions to take for these regions.

Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies) - these extra passport photos are necessary to obtain the trekking permits.
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm, at least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun cream with SPF 40 is recommended.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets.
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

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