Khopra Ridge Trek - 16 Days

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  • TRIP ID: SSNP207
  • TRIP NAME: Khopra Ridge Trek
  • DURATION: 16 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking in Nepal
  • TRIP DESTINATION: Annapurna Basecamp
  • TRIP ROUTE: (Annapurna-Machhapuchre-Dhaulagiri Trek with community lodge & tented camping)
  • BEST SEASON: March, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov
  • GROUP SIZE: Min 2 Pax

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Khopra Ridge Trek

Khopra Ridge Trek takes trekkers through the rural communities in Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Region staying in lodges as well as optional tented camps for a couple of days.

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Khopra Ridge Trek

Khopra Ridge Trek takes trekkers through the rural communities in Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Region staying in lodges as well as optional tented camps for a couple of days. It offers a wonderful experience with a mixture of nature and culture in abundance. The views from Khopra, the highest point of the trek (3660m), offer excellent views of the Himalayas. Furthermore, encounters with friendly villagers, rich cultural heritage, culture and lifestyle of people will give trekkers experience of a lifetime.


This off-the-beaten-path trek passes through rhododendron forests with hidden Hindu temples and shrines around some small and serene lakes. Stumping views of slumping mountains are a major attraction of this trek. Once we leave Tadapani, our trail passes through remote and less trekked high alpine settlements of Bayeli and Dobato on our way to Khopra Danda. Khopra Ridge offers probably the most incredible views of the colossal ramparts of Dhaulagiri, which plunge dramatically into the misty depths of the Kaligandaki the deepest gorge in the world – surrounded by spectacular, lofty peaks of Nilgiri, Annapurna I and Annapurna South, which dominates the North. We have a full day for our exploration hike from the Kopra ridge climbing higher on ancient pilgrim trails to the sacred water of the pristine holy Kaire Lake nesting beneath the awesome face of Mt Annapurna.

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Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1310m)
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
 
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m) 6hrs
Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 4: Drive to Phedi (1130m) to Dhampus (1650m) 1.5 hour & trek to Landruk 3-4-hrs
Overnight at Lodge in Landruk

Day 5: Landruk to Ghandruk (2050m). Walk approx. 4 hrs.
Overnight at Lodge in Ghandruk.

Day 6: Ghandruk to Tadapani (2650m) 4 hrs.
Overnight at lodge in Tadapani.

Day 7: Tadapani to Muldai (3637m) 6-7hrs.   (Tented camp)
Overnight at tented camp in Muldai.

Day 8:  Muldai to Kopra (3660m) 6-7hrs.
Overnight at lodge in Khopra

Day 9: Explore Kopra and optional day hike to Khayer Lake (4600m) 7-8 hours
Overnight at Khopra (3660m). (option to tented camp).

Day 10: Khopra ridge to Swantha (2400m). 6-7hrs (O/N Tented camp)
Overnight at campsite in Swantha.

Day 11 Swanta to Upper Phulbari (3210m), via Ghorepani & Poon Hill (3200m 5-6hrs.
Overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Upper Phulbari to Lespar via Jaljala Dil (2600m) 6-7hrs.

Day 13 Lespar to Ghibrang (2000m), walk approx. 4/5 hrs.

Day 14: Ghibrang to Nayapul (1340m) 3-4hrs & drive to Pokhara
Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 15: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 16: Final departure
You will be transfer to the International airport by Private vehicle according to your flight schedule.

Trip Hightlights

  • Stunning and close views of Dhaulagiri, Mt Fishtail & Annapurna ranges throughout the trek
  • Kopra Ridge (3660m) & optional Khayer Lake trek
  • Trek via Poon Hill with spectacular mountain views, including sunrise and sunset
  • Private and secluded camp with views offering stunning sunrise photo opportunities
  • Explore the villages with rich cultural heritage, tradition and way of life of local people.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1310m)
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have an option to be escorted stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
 
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
After breakfast, start half day sightseeing covering the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, which are Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath Stupa.  Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. You will explore various temples and art and crafts along with the museum. Then move to Swambhunath Stupa, Swayambhu meaning the "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in this area. In the afternoon you will get short briefing and discussion regarding your trek.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m) 6hrs
Early morning after breakfast, drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (208km) via Prithvi Highway, takes 6hrs approximately (option to 25min. fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, takes extra cost). Along the way we will stop in scenic spots, for lunch and to get fresh as well. On arrival in Pokhara transfer and check in to the hotel. In the afternoon, boating to Phewa Lake and visit the Barahi temple. In the evening, you have option to stroll around the Phewa Lake and local market.
Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 4: Drive to Phedi (1130m) to Dhampus (1650m) 1.5 hour & trek to Landruk 3-4-hrs
After breakfast drive to Phedi (1130m), takes about 1.5 hour to reach to Dhampus.. Along the way explore the local communities in Dhampus to explore the culture, tradition and living style of the local people along with natural beauties. Enjoy the view of the mountain including Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m) can be seen from viewpoint and along trail. In 1.5 hour from Dhampus we reach to Pothana (1890m). We can see the excellent view of Machhapuchhre from Pothana. The trail takes another 1 hour climbs through the rhododendron forest to a pass with views of the Mardi Khola to the lower range and the panoramic views of Annapurna South and Hiun Chuli to the north, and Pokhara and Phewa Lake to the southeast when we will reach Deurali. After lunch we follow a well-marked trail to the flourishing village of Landruk.
Overnight at Lodge in Landruk

Day 5: Landruk to Ghandruk (2050m). Walk approx. 4 hrs.
Continue trek from Landruk to blooming village of Ghandruk, takes about 4 hours. We exit the village and slowly descend through rice terraces, crossing a steel bridge that spans the glacial river of the Modi Khola and commence our ascent. As we trek upbeat staircases for a while, we enjoy the beauty of the Himalaya from closer range and observe the glaciers flowing from them to the rivers below us. It is really glorious and amusement location for photographers. In Ghandruk you can explore from various perspectives such as health Education, Language, tourism, hydroelectric schemes, farming food and cooking, Natural Habitats and wildlife. On top of that Ghandruk village is listed under the world heritage sites. There is a handicraft center and Gurung museum.
Overnight at Lodge in Ghandruk.

Day 6: Ghandruk to Tadapani (2650m) 4 hrs.
In the morning enjoy the leisurely breakfast and with spectacular golden view of Himalayan ranges. From this village offers the excellent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Fishtail. Continue trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani, takes about 4 hours. The trails traverse the rhododendron forest and oak along with soothing chirp of birds; this trek is also fantastic for bird lovers. In the afternoon reach to Tadapani. Tadapani is a small village with limited lodges. This is the last stop before we head into the less populated Annapurna conservation regions of our trek.
Overnight at lodge in Tadapani.

Day 7: Tadapani to Muldai (3637m) 6-7hrs.   (Tented camp)
We leave the main trekking trail and continue to ascend on a less defined path through old growth forest where we may be fortunate enough to see Himalayan Thar, Hyrax and Langur monkeys. Finally, we rise above the tree line and gain stunning views of the Annapurna, reach to yak pasture at Timuje perched high on the hillside with fantastic views of Annapurna South and Himulchuli. Following our lunch break we ascend steeply to the ridge where spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and its surrounding peaks. This section of the trek is magnificent and we are now well off the main trail. Continuing down the opposite side of the ridge we drop into smaller rhododendron forest and arrive at Muldai.
Overnight at tented camp in Muldai.

Day 8:  Muldai to Kopra (3660m) 6-7hrs.
We start trekking bit early today, as it would be more clear weather in the morning and can explore the better view of mountains and natural buty. At the beginning slightly up and downward then traverse the dense colorful rhododendron forest and finally reach to the Dhankharka (2990m). After a relaxing lunch we begin our ascent to the stunning location of lodge at Kopra. The views here are truly amazing and some of the best in the entire Annapurnas. Dhaulagiri dominates the scene and towers above the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandakhi.
Overnight at lodge in Khopra

Day 9: Explore Kopra and optional day hike to Khayer Lake (4600m) 7-8 hours
After breakfast hike the direction of Mount Annapurna sough for the great views of Himalayan peaks. Spectacular views of Fishtail 6997m (Machhapuchhre), Huinchuli (6434m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna Fang (7647m), Nilgiri south (6839m) on the north and Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Dhampus Peak (6012m) in west. For those who are feeling fit and motivated for a big day hike, and dependent on weather and route conditions, the trip to the sacred Khayer Lake high above us is well worth the effort. The views are outstanding and you will trek along an ancient pilgrimage trail to the site of the annual Badau Purnima Festival. The trail contours the steep hillsides and takes us even closer to the impressively sheer cliff face of Annapurnas Fang Face. In the late afternoon, we will descend back to our community lodge at Kopra.
Overnight at Khopra (3660m). (option to tented camp).

Day 10: Khopra ridge to Swantha (2400m). 6-7hrs (O/N Tented camp)
We descend steeply from our lodge and follow the ridge line towards the Kali Gandaki and pass shrines used by pilgrims on their annual visit to the sacred lakes. There may be shepherds on the trail, as well as villagers going about their daily activities as we descend. There is more activity and signs of settlement, a marked contrast to the trekking we have enjoyed on the high ridges.
Overnight at campsite in Swantha.

Day 11 Swanta to Upper Phulbari (3210m), via Ghorepani & Poon Hill (3200m 5-6hrs.
A short walk brings us to Chitre where we join the old Tibet-Nepal trade route. The walk this morning offers excellent views of the Dhaulagiri range as the trail zigzags until we reach at Ghorepani. This is a large village, which is on the main tourist trail. You may wish to wander through the bazaar for a short period following lunch, as there are many Tibetan wares on display, and bakery. Most trekkers to Ghorepani take a a pre dawn 45 minute climb to the summit of Poon Hill (3200m), which is a highlight of trekking in the Annapurnas. We will make the climb in the afternoon, when there are no crowds. From Poon Hill we leave the main trail and traverse on old yak herder trails to Upper Phulbari, which is set above the level of Poon Hill. The location affords even more spectacular views, with the luxury of no pre-dawn start, unless of course you chose to photograph the stunning views at sunrise.
Overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Upper Phulbari to Lespar via Jaljala Dil (2600m) 6-7hrs.
The views in the early morning are tremendous, with forested foot hills as a fore ground and some of the worlds greatest mountain ranges surrounding us. If you are up early enough, the glow of the rising sun catches Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna. Our trail takes us through beautiful forests of rhododendrons, fir, pine, cedar and bamboo, there are many small trails through the forest. Eventually we emerge to open grassland ridges that offer a particularly pleasant trekking experience, before descending to a pretty lunch spot in a narrow valley skirted by multicolored rhododendron bushes. From here there are three trails, we take the south trail, which leads us to our private eco campsite at Lespar (Swarga).

Day 13 Lespar to Ghibrang (2000m), walk approx. 4/5 hrs.
Trekking along the ridge of Bharmakot Dhanda we gain excellent views of Annapurna South, Machapuchare, Hiunchuli and the Manaslu ranges. Ghibrang is a delightful village, largely untouched by western influence, and our private eco campsite offers yet more stunning views in a peaceful terraced setting amidst this pretty village.

Day 14: Ghibrang to Nayapul (1340m) 3-4hrs & drive to Pokhara
At the beginning we descent for a while and pass through interesting villages situated on steep rocky hills and terraces. The villages we pass are mixed communities of predominantly Gurung, Brahmin & Chettri. The final descent into Nayapul is 20 minutes on stone stairs. From Nayapul, take 1.5hr to Pokhara. Enjoy the leisurely in the afternoon.
Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 15: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu
After breakfast, drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (200km)take about 6 to7hrs. Better to hold on the left panel of the vehicle to enjoy the diverse landscape and scenery en-route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. You can spend the evening leisurely; maybe catch up on some last minute shopping.

Day 16: Final departure
You will be transfer to the International airport by Private vehicle according to your flight schedule.

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