Khopra Ridge Trek - 12 Days

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Trip Highlights:-

Khopra Ridge Trek takes you an incredible less busy trekking trail in Annapurna region combining the Ghorepani and Poonhill Trek. Khopra Ridge Trek is, sometimes, considered as Khayer Lake Trek too. If it includes Khayer Lake, it will be a complete package of exploring Ghorepani, Poonhill, Khopra Ridge and Khayer Lake. These four destinations are, probably, the most rewarding to the trekkers to rejoice breathtaking mountain panorama including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna massif, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal and unspoiled wild nature. The Trek also takes you through pristine villages, deep woods, paddy and corn fields, harmonious waterfalls and incredible landscapes. This is less exposed trekking trail in Annapurna region and many of the trekkers may not know about it.

This 12 days’ Khopra Ridge Trek begins from beautiful city Pokhara. If you are planning it from Kathmandu, take a 6-7 hours drive or 25 minutes domestic flight to Pokhara. In order to begin the walk formally, we, further, drive to Nayapool. We follow the same trail of Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek until we get to Ghorepani. Before that, we pass Birethanti, Tikhedhunga, Ulleri and Banthanti. During this walk, we also celebrate spectacular walk into deep forest of rhododendron and soothing natural water falls.

As in Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek, we ascend up to the top of the Poonhill and celebrate, probably, the most rewarding entire Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Himchuli, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. Now, trek towards the final destination of this trek, Khopra Ridge/Danda passing Upper Chistibung. Khopra Ridge/Danda offers you stupendous Annapurna South, Nilgiri and giant Dhaulagiri in the vicinity. Exploring more things, we undertake a day hiking to Khayar Lake. Khayare Lake is believed to be holy lake by both Hindu and Buddhist followers. We have the true spiritual feeling while exploring this calm lake in the lap of the Himalayas.

To retrace, we pass Tatopani, hot spring where we relax by dipping our tired body into lovely warm water and, finally, arrive in Pokhara to end this beautiful trip.

Difficulty Level:-

It is a moderate to witness magnificent Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The highest point you get during this trek is 4665m which is Khayer Lake. Also, you can escape this day hiking taking rest at Khopra Danda located at 3660m above the sea level. You won’t have very challenging and stressful working hours during the trek. We work for 6-7 hours in a day in average. Simply put, people with high level of fitness can venture on the trek.

Permits:-

No any special permits required except Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit (ACAP) and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card. If you join a travel company in Nepal, they will easily get them for you prior to the trek.

Best Weather(s) for the trek:-

Khopra Ridge Trek can be done even in pre-summer ( June) and pre-winter ( Dec), however, Spring ( Mar-May) and Autumn ( Sept- Nov) are the two most rewarding seasons of the year. Both kinds of weather favor us with awesome temperature and atmosphere to walk and capture the views.

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Overview

Outline Itinerary:-

  • Day 01: Arrive at T.I.A. Kathmandu.
  • Day 02: Trek preparation and Kathmandu valley sightseeing.
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu and Pokhara by Tourist bus (840 M. / 7 Hours).
  • Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul by local bus & same day trek to Ulleri (2050 M. /6 hours).
  • Day 05:  Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2860 M. /5-6 hours).
  • Day 06: Trek from Ghorepani to Upper Chistibung (3000 M. / 5-6 hours).
  • Day 07: Trek Upper Chistibung to Khopra Danda (3640 M. / 3 hours).
  • Day 08: Rest & Excursion day to Khayer Lake (4660 M. / 7-8 hours).
  • Day 09: Trek from Khopra Danda to Tatopani/Nature Hot Spring (1250 M. / 5-6 hours).
  • Day 10: Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara (5-6 hours).
  • Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus (7 hours).
  • Day 12: Departure.

Trip Highlights

  • Rejoice breathtaking mountain panorama of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna massif, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal
  • Capture stunning sunrise from Poonhill
  • Enjoy natural hot springs at Tatopani
  • Explore holy Khayer Lake
  • Celebrate the walk through pristine villages, deep woods, paddy and corn fields, harmonious waterfalls and incredible landscapes

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive at T.I.A. Kathmandu

Your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport is greeted and welcomed warmly. After that, our representative and the driver will safely transfer you to the hotel. Check in the hotel and take rest since there is no special scheduled activity today.

Day 2
Trek Preparation and Half-Day Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

Today, we , first, go to visit World Heritage Sites and spend the rest of the time for the trek including a short orientation.

We drive to Swyombhunath Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa one by one spending a maximum 1 hour for the exploration. We begin this tour after breakfast at the hotel. Our guide will be with us throughout the tour and tell all about the sites we visit today. After we complete this tour, we sit for a short discussion about the trek. Next, we prepare for the trek by getting the gear we require during the trek. Enjoy a lovely dinner in the evening.

Day 3
Drive from Kathmandu and Pokhara by Tourist bus (840 M. / 7 Hours)

You will get the tourist bus for Pokhara from Nayabazaar Road near Thamel. The drive begins at 7 in the morning. Have your breakfast before you leave the hotel. You will drive past Thankot, Malekhu and Mugling. We will have a few breaks on the way for toilets, snacks and lunch. You will, finally, arrive in Pokhara passing through Damauli. You can take a beautiful walk around Lakeside in the evening.

Alternatively, you can take a short domestic flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu in order to escape a long bus ride.

Day 4
Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul by Private vehicle & same day trek to Ulleri (2050 M. /6 hours)

Take a drive to Nayapool after breakfast. This is a maximum 2 hours drive then we begin our walk. Drive passing Phedi, Noudanda and Lumle. Arrive at Nayapoll and walk towards Birethanti. You will see Annapurna Conservation Area Office at Birethanti. You do the entry process and walk up to Ulleri. On the way, we pass through rural villages, lush forest and natural water falls. Before we ascend the steep uphill of Ulleri, we pass Tikhedhunga. Ulleri offers us magnificent landscapes.

Day 5
Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2860 M. /5-6 hours)

You will be ascending for the whole day until you get to Ghorepani today. First, pass Banthanti and walk though lovely woods and waterfalls. Now, you arrive at Lower Ghorepani and another short ascent, finally, takes u to the village of Ghorepani. You have beautiful mountain views and lodge at Ghorepani.

Day 6
Climb Poonhill and Trek from Ghorepani to Upper Chistibung (3000 M. / 5-6 hours)

We spend our early morning for climbing up to Poonhill and celebrate astonishing sunrise and mountain panoramas including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna massif, Himchuli, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. Next, we walk down to Ghorepani and have breakfast. After breakfast, we walk towards Upper Chistibung through lush rhododendron and beautiful landscapes.

Day 7
Trek Upper Chistibung to Khopra Danda (3640 M. / 3 hours)

You get more than 600m elevation. Most of the walk today is steady up. You will pass through incredible pastures and alpine vegetations on the trail. Khopra Ridge offers you magnificent Dhaulagiir, Annapurna South and Nilgiri. You can also see the Kali Gandaki River from the viewpoint located at Khopra Riddge.

Day 8
Rest & Excursion day to Khayer Lake (4660 M. / 7-8 hours)

You can enjoy late morning sleep, enjoy beautiful meals and relax at the lodge. Take a walk around the settlement area and enjoy the dramatic views.

Day Excursion to Khayar Lake: The adventure lovers prefer to take a walk to Khayar Lake today. They begin the walk to Khayaer Lake after breakfast and they spend a total 7-8 hours. Khayar Lake is very popular among Hindu and Buddhis followers. They believe that having a bath in the lake makes them transcendental beings. Explore the surrounding including the Lake and walk back to Khopra Ridge for overnight stay.

Day 9
Trek from Khopra Danda to Tatopani/Nature Hot Spring (1250 M. / 5-6 hours)

After breakfast, you descend to Paudwar where you have your lunch and continue walking down towards Tatopani.

Arrive at Tatopani and rejoice by dipping your exhausted body into natural warm water. Spend the night at a local lodge.

Day 10
Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara (5-6 hours)

After your breakfast, you take a private jeep and drive back to Pokhara. On the way, you pass Beni Bazaar located between Pokhara and Jomsom. Arrive in Pokhara and explore the city. You can go shopping the afternoon and enjoy a lovely dinner with your trekking crew as the celebration of the victory.

Optionally, you can do a half-day Pokhara sightseeing tour to World Peace Stupa, Davis Fall, Gupteswor Mahadev Cave and Mahendra Barahi Temple. Also, you can enjoy lovely boating in Phewa Lake.

Day 11
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus (7 hours)

We drive for 6-7 hours to get to Kathmandu today. We leave Pokhara at 7.30 as all the tourist buses leave at the same time. Drive along the Prithvi Highway until you arrive in Kathmandu.

Arrive in Kathmandu, do shopping, stroll around Thamel and you will be with us in the evening for a lovely cultural farewell dinner.

To escape the long drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, we can take a short flight of 25 minutes.

Day 12
Departure

You will take another short drive to the airport with beautiful memories of the trek and the quality time you spend with the people. After we drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will board on your international flight and have a safe journey homewards.

Trip Cost

The Trip Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers.
  • Kathmandu city tour by private car and driver with an experience tour guide.
  • 03 night’s basic hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • All nights in standard guest house/lodges in mountain.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • All land transport by local and tourist bus included bus station drop and pick up.
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide including his salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Private porter (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging.
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS ).
  • All government tax and service charge.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case you return early from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, tea/coffee, snacks and all kinds of hard and soft drinks).
  • Tips for guides and porters.

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Trip Facts

  • 2-12 People
  • 4,500m/14,764ft
  • Nepal
  • Moderate
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
  • Hotel accomodation in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek.

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