Khopra Ridge Trekking

Price

USD 1237

Trip Duration

14 days

Trip Grade

Moderate

Highest Altitude

4025m

Accommodation

Tea House, Hotel

Transportation

Bus, Jeep, Car

Group Size

1-10

Best Season

All around the year

Khopra Ridge Trekking Introduction

The Khopra Ridge Trek, also known as the Khopra Danda Trek or Khopra Ridge Community Trek, is a less-traveled and off-the-beaten-path trekking route in Nepal. It offers a unique and rewarding experience for trekkers, combining breathtaking mountain views, diverse landscapes, and cultural encounters with local communities.

The trek usually begins from Nayapul or Ghandruk, both of which can be reached from Pokhara. From there, the trail diverges from the popular Annapurna Base Camp route, taking you towards the lesser-known Khopra Ridge.

As you trek along the Khopra Ridge trail, you’ll traverse through lush forests, picturesque villages, and rhododendron-filled hillsides. The highlight of the trek is reaching Khopra Ridge itself, which offers stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, including iconic peaks like Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Machapuchare (Fishtail).

One of the unique features of the Khopra Ridge Trek is the opportunity to stay in local community-run lodges. These lodges are established and operated by the local villagers, providing a chance to experience the warm hospitality of the rural communities and contribute directly to their sustainable development.

Another highlight of the trek is a visit to the holy Khayar Lake, located at an altitude of 4,620 meters. This serene and sacred lake is believed to hold religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists, and the trek offers a chance to witness the breathtaking beauty of the lake and its surroundings.

The Khopra Ridge Trek typically takes around 8-10 days to complete, depending on the specific itinerary and pace. The trail is relatively moderate, with both uphill and downhill sections, offering a good balance of challenging and enjoyable trekking.

a less crowded and more authentic trekking experience in the Annapurna region of Nepal.

Highlights

  • hiking inside Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP)
  • The most amazing view of the Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalayas
  • Hiking On the Lap of Mighty Himalayas
  • Gurung & Magar Culture & Hospitality
  • Visit Poon Hill & Ghorepani
  • The Through Ghandruk Village
  • Visit Pokhara a wandering city for adventure
  • Explore “City of Gods” in Kathmandu
  • Experiencing Best Trekking in Nepal

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival Day in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 3: Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk
  • Day 4: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani
  • Day 5: Trek from Tadapani to Dobato
  • Day 6: Trek from Dobato to Upper Chistibung
  • Day 7: Trek from Upper Chistibung to Khopra Ridge
  • Day 8: Trek to Khayar Lake and back to Khopra Ridge
  • Day 9: Trek from Khopra Ridge to Swanta
  • Day 10: Trek from Swanta to Ghorepani
  • Day 11: Trek from Ghorepani to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
  • Day 12: Free Day in Pokhara
  • Day13: Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 14: Departure day

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day in Kathmandu

Welcome to The capital city of Nepal Kathmandu. Rest and prepare for the trek. Explore the vibrant streets and immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of the city.  Evening 5 pm we will meet for a trip briefing. stay in Thamel(1250m)

Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Take a scenic drive (or a short flight) from Kathmandu to Pokhara, a beautiful lake city and the gateway to the Annapurna Himalayas.  driving through Villages, terraces, rivers & mountain views. Spend your evening exploring Pokhara and enjoy its serene ambiance or last-minute gear shopping. 

Day 3: Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk

Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (approximately 1.5 hours) and start your trek. Trek through lush forests, terraced fields, and traditional villages to reach Ghandruk. Beautiful Gurung village with a great history of warriors Overnight stay in Ghandruk. 1950m

Day 4: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani

Today’s trek takes you through rhododendron-filled hillsides and dense forests to reach Tadapani, a scenic village offering stunning views of Annapurna South, Himchuli, and Machapuchare (Fishtail). Stay at Tadapani 2675m.

Day 5: Trek from Tadapani to Dobato

After breakfast, you’ll begin your trek towards Dobato, a small settlement located on the ridge above the Modi River valley. The trail offers stunning views of the Annapurna range and the valley below. Stay at Dobato 2985m

Day 6: Trek from Dobato to Upper Chistibung

Today’s trek takes you through the dense forests of rhododendrons, oak, and pine trees, offering glimpses of wildlife along the way. You’ll reach Upper Chistibung, a small settlement with stunning views of Dhaulagiri and other peaks. Stay at Kristibung 3350m.

Day 7: Trek from Upper Chistibung to Khopra Ridge

Today, you’ll climb steadily toward Khopra Ridge, the highlight of the trek. As you climb higher, you’ll enjoy stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Upon reaching Khopra Ridge, you’ll check into a community-run lodge and spend the night. Stay at Khopra Ridge 4025m.

Day 8: Trek to Khayar Lake and back to Khopra Ridge

After breakfast, you’ll trek towards the holy Khayar Lake, located at an altitude of 4,620 meters. The trek to the lake is a steep climb, but the reward is a stunning view of the lake and surrounding mountains. After spending some time at the lake, you’ll trek back to Khopra Ridge. Stay there at Khopra Ridge 4025m.

Day 9: Trek from Khopra Ridge to Swanta

Today’s trek takes you through beautiful villages and landscapes, including the picturesque village of Swanta. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with the friendly locals and learn about their unique way of life. stay there at Swanta 2200m.

Day 10: Trek from Swanta to Ghorepani

After breakfast, you’ll continue your trek through beautiful landscapes and villages, including the Magar village Chitre. Along the way, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Dhawalagiri & Annapurna range and surrounding mountains. Ghorepani is one of the most popular destinations for tourists traveling in Nepal. Stay at Ghorepani 2860m.

Day 11: Trek from Ghorepani to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

Today is the last day of your trek, and you’ll descend through beautiful forests and villages like Banthanti, Ulleri & Tikhedhunga to reach Nayapul. From there, you’ll drive back to Pokhara, where you’ll check into your hotel and enjoy a well-deserved rest. Stay at Pokhara (850m).

Day 12: Free Day in Pokhara

We will provide you a half-day Pokhara sightseeing tour including Pumdikot Shiva Statue, world PeaceStupa, Devis falls, Gupteshower Cave & Tibetan RefugeeCaps.(3-4hours)

Also, today is your adventure sports day in Pokhara, there are many things to do around like Paragliding, Bungy Jumping, Zipline, ultra-light flight to the Himalayas, sightseeing, cycling, Boating, etc. 

Day13: Pokhara to Kathmandu

After breakfast drive (have the option to Fly) back to Kathmandu by Tourist bus for 10 hours approximately enjoy the scenic ride on the mid-hill range with fields, rivers & lifestyles. Stay at Kathmandu

Day 14: Departure day

After breakfast we will drop you off at the airport for final departure for your home or your next destination we bid our see you again until next time

Includes

  • Simple tea houses in trekking on a twin-sharing basis with 3 times of meals. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner with 3 cups of tea each)
  • A professional trekking guide & necessary number of porters (2:1) with their salary, meal, accommodation, transportation & insurance. 
  • Necessary permits & TIMS card, Annapurna Conservation area permit & local Municipality fees.
  • Both way Bus transportation Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu & Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara(bus/Jeep)
  • 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara on BB basis & best available lodges on trek with full board meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with a cup of tea each meal).
  • All grounded transportation like pickups & drops  
  • A group medical kit with an Oximeter 

 

Excludes

  • All Kinds of beverages. 
  • All extra expenses such as shopping and trekking gear. 
  • International/domestic flights. 
  • Early arrival / late departure. 
  • Travel insurance (you must purchase one before starting the trek) 
  • Rescue evacuation if needed (it can be helped to arrange)
  • Tips for driver, guide& porters. 
  • If the plan is changed by any other problem such as a landslide, political disturbance, changing plan, or cancellation of flight. Or the things not mentioned above 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the The Khopra Ridge Trek?
The trek to Khopra Ridge Trek typically takes around 7 to 12 days, depending on the chosen route, starting & ending point & your flexibility of time.
What is the best time to trek to Khopra Ridge?
The best time to trek to Khopra Ridge is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. But doing the trip in winter (Dec-Feb) also offers great views clear skies but very cold nights.
What is the level of difficulty for the Khopra Ridge Trek?
The trek is considered moderately challenging. It is not very high altitude trek like Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit. It involves both uphill and downhill walking through steps, good physical & mantle conditions is crucial for the trekker.
Do I need a guide and porter for the trek?
We recently ban an independent trekker in Nepal while it's not implemented it well & you may see very few people trekking independently. It is highly recommended to have an experienced Guide, especially for those unfamiliar with the terrain. A guide can provide valuable information, cultural insight & safety briefings, and a porter can lighten your load so you can do the trip comfortably. & most importantly it supports to their family as well.
5. What permits are required for the trek?
Trekkers need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card. These can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara before you start your trek. Happy Mountain Nepal will be helping you to obtain it.
What is the accommodation like during the trek?
Tea houses and lodges are available along the trekking route, providing basic but comfortable accommodation with Indian, continental & Nepali food. It's advisable to book in advance during peak seasons as they have limited number of lodges after Tadapani.
Is altitude sickness a concern on the Khopra Ridge trek?
While the trek is not extremely high, altitude sickness can still be a concern. It's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of symptoms like headaches and nausea. Our experienced guide will be measuring your oxygen saturation & pulse to make sure everyone in the trip is doing great.
What should I pack for the trek?
Pack essentials like comfortable trekking boots, warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, a first aid kit, and a water purification system. Happy Mountain Nepal is providing a check list for packing.
Is it possible to do the trek independently or should I join a guided group?Recently we ban the independent trekkers, however you can see very few people trekking independently as the ban is strictly not implemented. Joining a guided group offers you a support, local insights, and can enhance the overall experience so we highly recommend joining the group.
Recently we ban the independent trekkers, however you can see very few people trekking independently as the ban is strictly not implemented. Joining a guided group offers you a support, local insights, and can enhance the overall experience so we highly recommend joining the group.
How do I reach the starting point of the Khopra Ridge trek?
The trek usually starts from Nayapul, which is a few hours' drive from Pokhara. We will be providing the private car transportation to & from Nayapul.

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