Khopra Ridge Trek

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

Highlights

  • Stunning views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and many other mountain peaks.
  • Trekking through the rhododendron blossoms (if you are trekking 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 newly open trek in Annapurna Himalaya, Nepal. 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 and the Khopra Ridge Trek now is the best alternative of Annapurna Base Camp Trek as the ABC trail now is very busy.

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  will be met and greeted by our airport representative/driver who is on standby to pick you up with 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
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

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

The tour include visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath stupa), Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa.

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

  • Hotel
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  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

The drive goeas along the scenic Trisuli and Marsyangdi River to reach Pokhara. it’s a pretty good drive 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 evening is free to explore yourself.

  • Hotel
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  • 830
  • Pokhara

After having breakfast at hotel, You drive to Nayapul that takes about 1 and half hours.  The real 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 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 forests turn into gardens of dazzling colorful flowers.

You get to enjoy excellent views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Hiunchuli Himalayas from Tadapani village. There are many Tibetans people in the village those 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 bigger ridge top clearing at Dobato that offers splendid views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre in good weather. You continue to ascend up to Bayeli Kharka. You can enjoy 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 reaching 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 Kali Gandaki river far below in this deepest valley. You admire the stunning mountain panoramas including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna South from Khopra.

  • Guest House/Community House
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  • 3660
  • 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, Khaer Lake 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
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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 popular trekking trail and you can meet many other trekkers.

Ghorepani is popular spot for trekkers to see beautiful distance views of Annapurna, Dhauligiri many other mountain views. Poon hill is another attraction of the trek where most people do sunrise trip which offers the best views.

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  • 2860
  • Ghorepani

The trek today starts with an early morning hike to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over 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 gradual 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 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 Khopra ridge trek.  It is a pretty easy trek today. The trails gradually descend following Bhurung Khola (Bhurung Stream) all the way 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 by passing 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 are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces and green rural landscapes while driving.

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

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  • 1345
  • 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 in Nepal and we wish to have safe flight back to home. We wish that you will 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.
  • 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

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 55.00 USD per night including breakfast and airport transfer.

Transportation Used on Khopra Ridge Trek

  • We provide private vehicle 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 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 are able to re- charges your camera/mobile batteries however it may cost you some.

We also suggest you to have spare batteries to be safe incase of electricity is not available.

Guide and Crew on Khopra Ridge Trek

You have professional tourist guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day two 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 main luggage. There is 1 porter for each 2 members and a porter carry about 20 - 22kg which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.

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.

Client Reviews

FAQs

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

You need to be healthy and strong desire and stamina to complete the trek with positive thoughts. If you have any health concerns please consult your doctor prior to book our Khopra Ridge Trek.

Yes, trekking permits are required do do Khopra Ridge Trek. You are required to have Annapurna conservation area entry and TIM’s permits. We at Escape Nepal Holidays apply and get these permits for you once you book the trek from us. So, you do not need worry about it when you book the trek 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 visiable in this month. You trek in green jungles with best temperature in Autumn as the temperature is not hot and not too cold just after moonsoon. The weather is little foggy in spring howeer the mountains are visiable 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.

The total meals - 34 (14 breakfast, 10 lunch and 10 dinner) are provided in our package and the meals are taken in lodges/hotels/cummunity house. You have breakfast and dinner at the lodges you stay overnights and lunch at the available lodge along the trail, our guide will stop and provide lunch at appropriate.

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

We suggest you to 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 simply buy bottled or boiled/safe water to drink.

We provide good hotel for 5 nights (3 nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara) and simple lodge/tea house/community house accommodation for 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 us group to book the required number 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 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 above mentioned 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 Nepal and to return from Nepal are not included in our itinerary and price. You have to search and book suitable flight to arrive Nepal and return from Nepal yourself. There are plenty of international airlines that make flight to Nepal.

No, your main luggage on Khopra Ridge Trek will be carried by porter. You simply carry your day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. as a small load allows full enjoyment of the trek.

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

Yes, you get airport pick up on your arrival at Kathmandu airport once you book the Khopra ridge trek. The airport pick up and drop is available if you arrive and departure on schedule dates. if you arrive and return on different dates then some extra cost will apply for these transfer services.

Escape Nepal’s representative/driver will be stand by at the airport pick you up and transfer you to the designated hotel and help you to check in. He will have Escape Nepal placard or your name written in the paper.

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

Yes, you need some extra expensess on Khopra ridge trek and these personal expenses depend largely 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 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 are not included in price. The recommended tip is US$ 5 from each member for tour guide (on day 2) and US $ 3 from each member for driver (on 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.

We wish that you won’t have AMS or any other sickness on trek. However, there is always risk of AMS (Altitude mountain sickness) while going on high mountain trek. Our guide will provide you information to avoid the AMS while on trek however if incase if you face this problem then we do everything to bring you back safely such as if you are sick and still able to walk up and have some extra days at the end then we provide you one day rest at the place you get sick (while other continue the trek) and we see how the situation will improve. If you are improve then we continue trek from next day.

If there is not any improvement or even worse the sick person will return the same trail with one of the porter as coming down is only the medicine of AMS or the situation is worst when you can either can to up or return then we rescue/evacuate and bring you back to Kathmandu to visit 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 to buy insurance policy that covers the evacuation in the worst situation.

As you are going for about 9 days trek in high mountains. You need to have adequate gears/equipment to have successful trek as the gear plays vital role to have comfortable trek.

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

General

  • Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional), we can provide you one if required and it to be returned after the trek.
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porter.
  • Daypack for yourself to keep your personal things such as camera, water, things that you need for the day.
  • A down Jacket (we provide you one if you do not have and it is returned at the end of the trek).
  • 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 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 to consult 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 is recommended
  • Pocket knife
  • 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.