KHOPRA RIDGE TREK

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  • 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.

  • Hotel
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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.

  • Hotel
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  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

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.

  • Hotel
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  • 830
  • 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.

  • Guest House
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  • 2630
  • 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.

  • Guest House/Community House
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  • 3420
  • 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.

  • Guest House/Community House
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  • 2975
  • 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.

  • Guest House/Community House
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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.

  • Guest House/Community House
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  • 4500
  • 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.

  • Guest House/Community House
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  • 2200
  • 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.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3210
  • 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.

  • Hotel
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  • 830
  • 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

  • We have set a date to depart the Khopra Ridge Trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • If the preferred date is not listed, then contact us for the further process to book the trek on your date as the trekking 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 process to book the trek.
  • The 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 Date24 Apr, 2021End Date08 May, 2021AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$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.

Client Reviews

FAQs

A moderate level of fitness required with daily walking/trekking between 3 to 8 hours for Khopra Ridge Trek. You reach an altitude of 3500m above sea level on this trek. You do not need previous trekking experience. However, if you have then, it is an extra benefit.

You need to have good health and a strong desire and stamina to complete the trek with positive thoughts. If you have any health concerns, please consult your doctor before booking the Khopra Ridge Trek.?

Yes, trekking permits are required to do Khopra Ridge Trek. You are required to have an Annapurna conservation area entry permit and TIMS. We at Escape Nepal Holidays apply and get these permits for you once you book the trek from us. So, you do not need to worry about it when you book the trekking from us.

The Khopra ridge trek is doable all around the year. However, Autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until May end) are the best time. The weather is mostly clear, and all the Mountains are visible this month. You trek in green jungles with the best temperature in Autumn, as the temperatures are not hot and not too cold just after the monsoon. The weather is a little foggy in spring. However, the mountains are visible, and the temperature is good, and Jungles are colorful by Rhododendron flower blooming.

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.

A total of 34 meals (14 breakfast, ten lunch, and ten dinners) are provided in the Khopra Ridge Trek package, and we provide these meals in the lodges/hotels/community houses. You have breakfast and dinner at the lodges to stay overnights and lunch at the available lodge along the trail. The guide will stop and provide lunch at the appropriate time and place.

You have a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer), But, the drinks are not included in the cost.

We suggest you bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Khopra Ridge Trek since you have normal water for free So, you can use the medicine and drink, or you can buy bottled or boiled/safe water to drink.

We provide a hotel for 5 nights (3 nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara) and simple lodge/tea house/community house accommodation for the rest of the 9 nights on Khopra Ridge Trek. The rooms are mostly basic & normally, just a bed with a pillow and blankets on trek lodges. A few have electric lights, and all have a spacious dining room - lounge.

We accommodate you/group in lodge available each day of the trek. We send a porter ahead of our group to book the required number of rooms (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 while on the Khopra ridge trek.

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Samsara Resort: 3 nights
  • Hotel in Pokhara: Hotel splendid view: 2 nights
  • Hotel on Trek: Simple Mountain lodge/community house: 9 nights

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

Notes:

  • If the above hotels are not available in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Similar hotels will be provided.
  • Hotel upgrade in Kathmandu and Pokhara is available as there are luxury 4 & 5-star hotels available so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara.

No, International flights to arrive in Nepal and to return from Nepal are not included in our itinerary and price. You have to search and book a suitable flight yourself. There are plenty of international airlines that make the flight to Nepal.

No, You do not have to carry your luggage on Khopra Ridge Trek. The main luggage will be carried by a porter. You simply carry your day pack with a water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. as a small load allows full enjoyment of the trek.

Yes, you get an airport pick up on your arrival at Kathmandu airport once you book the Khopra ridge trek. The airport picks up, and drops are available if you arrive and depart on scheduled dates. If you arrive and return on different dates, then some extra costs will apply for these transfer services.

Escape Nepal’s representative/driver will be standing by at the Airport pick you up and transfer you to the designated hotel.

Please note that there can be many people to support to carry your luggage or to put your luggage in the vehicle. And, they ask for money as a tip at the end (These people do not belong to us). So, be careful of them and do not let them carry your bag/luggage. We suggest you take your bag/luggage yourself until you put them in our vehicle.

Yes, You need some extra expenses on the Khopra ridge trek, and these personal expenses depending on your habit. Most of 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 about the US $12-15 per day per person should be enough for the hot drinks, shower, snacks, etc.

Yes, you have to tip to Khopra ridge trek staff, and these tips do not include in the price. The recommended tips are US$ 5 for the guide and 3 for the driver on day two. And, a total of US 80.00 from each member for the trekking part to divide guide and porters (it depends on the size of the group you travel. The trek guide will give you a clearer idea when the trek is ending.

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 remuneration, and they may approach you for payment, and there is no need to be intimidated by request.

We wish that you won’t have AMS or any other sickness on the trek. However, there is always a risk of AMS (Altitude mountain sickness) while going on a high mountain trek. Our guide will provide you information on AMS and how to avoid it. However, if it happens, then we do everything to bring you back safely. If you are sick and still able to walk and have some extra days, then we provide rest (while others continue the trek), and we see how the situation. If you improve, then we continue the trekking from the next day.

If there is not an improvement, or get worse. You then return the same trail with one of the porters as coming down is only the medicine of AMS, or the situation is worst when you can neither go up nor down, then we rescue/evacuate and bring you back to Kathmandu to visit a doctor.

The cost of Evacuation by helicopter is expensive in Nepal, and it is almost impossible to pay by the people. So, we strongly suggest you buy an insurance policy that covers the evacuation in the worst situation.

As you are going for nine days trek in high mountains, You need to have adequate gear/equipment to have successful trekking as the gear plays a vital role for comfortable trekking.

Find the list of gear that you need for this trek.

General

  • Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional), we can provide you one if required
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep all gear, which will be carried by the porter.
  • Daypack for yourself to keep your things such as a camera, water, and things that you need for the day.
  • A down Jacket (we provide you one if you do not have
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of light-weight warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2-3 pieces
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket
  • Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • A pair of quick-drying nylon hiking shorts
  • Two pairs of trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees
  • Four pairs of warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair of light trekking shoes or sandals for camp/lodges
  • A water bottle
  • Head/torch Light
  • A medium-size towel
  • Walking poles (optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • We recommend consulting with your doctor for 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
  • Water purification Iodine tablets (optional)
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.