Khopra Ridge Trek is one of the less explored, off-the-beaten-path in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is an alternative to the more crowded Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Besides, it is a beautiful trekking trail that contains all the elements of a classic trek. This trip combines the best of what Nepal has to offer. Furthermore, it presents remarkable views of Himalayan peaks like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and Nilgiri. Apart from that, the trail passes through a beautiful landscape adorned with alpine forests and lush vegetation. Furthermore, you encounter friendly villagers with rich cultural heritage and lifestyle, which will give you the experience of a lifetime. Moreover, an excursion to Khayer lake is the highlight of this trip.
The journey begins with a half-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley. Then drive to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. The following day drive for about an hour to Nayapul, the starting point of the Trek. From Nayapul, the route follows the same trail until Ghorepani. From Ghorepani, leaving the main hiking course descends into the valley on an off-the-beaten path and then ascends towards Khopra ridge to the north. The hiking path goes through lush pine, oak, rhododendron, and bamboo forests with gorgeous views. Khopra Ridge offers some of the best views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain peaks. Khopra Ridge Trek includes all the essence of a typical trekking experience in Nepal.
- Off the beaten trail in the Annapurna Region.
- Witness unobstructed sunrise view from Poon Hill over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range.
- Hike through pristine forests and traditional Nepalese villages.
- Walk through dense jungle, Rhododendron flowers, and waterfalls.
- Hike to the sacred Khayer Lake at the foot of Annapurna South.
- Enjoy the 360º view of the Mountains from Khopra Danda.
- Experience the lifestyle and culture of the Magar and the Gurung people.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have the option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek preparation
After breakfast, start half-day sightseeing covering the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, including Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath Stupa. Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. We will explore various temples along with the museum, then head towards Swambhunath Stupa. Swayambhunath is popular among tourists as the monkey temple. In the afternoon, we will have a short briefing regarding the planning and preparation of the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/6hrs)
After breakfast, we shall drive to Pokhara. The drive goes along the Prithivi Highway, and it takes about 6 hrs to reach Pokhara. We will stop at several scenic spots to observe the natural beauty and for lunch. Upon arriving, check into the hotel and relax and rest for some time. Later we shall go to the Phewa lakeside for a boat ride on the Phewa lake. We will also visit the Tal Barahi temple. The evening is free to stroll around the lakeside and browse the local market. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 4: Drive to Nayapul-Trek to Tikhedhunga(1570m/4 hrs)
Drive for about an hour and a half to Nayapul to reach our trailhead. We shall begin our trek from Nayapul. The trail goes through the warm subtropical region, along with the Modi Khola upstream to Birethanti. From Birethanti, we follow the Bhurungdi Khola across dense forest and beautiful views to Tikhedhunga. Overnight in Tikhedhunga.
Day 5: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani. (2840m/6hrs)
From Tikhedhunga, the trail to Ulleri is a steep uphill over stone steps. Ulleri is a large village with traditional Nepalese houses inhabited by the Magar tribe. Leaving Ulleri, we ascend over a well-defined path through the forest with small streams along the way to Ghorepani. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 6: Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Upper Chistibung(2975m/8hr)
Early morning hike for about 45 minutes to Poon Hill(3210m) for sunrise view. Observe the color-changing over the Annapurna range. We will spend some time at the hilltop and then descend to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we leave Ghorepani and drop through the countryside to the valley below. Cross over the suspension bridge and hike uphill through the forest to the village of Swanta. It is a gradual uphill hike through woodland to Upper Chistibung. Overnight in Upper Chistibung.
Day 7: Upper Chistibung-Khopra Ridge(3660m/3hr).
Today's hike is comparatively shorter. It is an uphill hike following a verdant slope and traversing through pastureland. The walk is over a narrow path to the ridge with stunning mountain views of the Baraha Shikhar and the Annapurna south. Enjoy the sunset view over the mountain range with clouds rolling above. Overnight in Khopra Ridge.
Day 8: Excursion to Khayer lake(4660m/8hrs)
After breakfast, we hike toward Khayer lake. Khayer Lake is a pristine high-altitude lake sacred to the Hindus. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the lake during the Janai Purnima festival. The hike goes uphill over stone steps, past meadows across the Khayer Khola valley with stunning mountain views. It takes about 5 hours to reach Khayer lake, spend some time exploring around and enjoying the splendid views, and retrace our walk back to Khopra ridge overnight. Overnight in Khopra Ridge.
Day 9: Khopra ridge-Tatopani(1250m/5hrs)
From Khopra Danda, we descend back down into the valley. The trail goes past several typical villages and terraced farmlands to Tatopani. Upon arrival in Tatopani, we can relax and have a hot bath in the hot spring after the tiring journey. Overnight in Tatopani
Day 10: Tatopani-Pokhara(4hrs)
After breakfast, we will drive to Pokhara in a private Jeep. The journey will take about 4 hours to cover a distance of 104 km and reach Pokhara in the afternoon. The rest of the afternoon is to rest and relax or stroll around the Phewa Lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we shall retrace our journey back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. You can spend the evening relaxing or maybe catch up on some souvenir shopping back home. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 12: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Half day sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local guide as per itinerary.
- Accommodation in above listed or similar hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and local village lodges/tea house/tented camps during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara with one welcome/farewell dinner. All meals during the trek.
- Experienced English speaking local guide along with porter(one porter for every two member) during the trek.
- All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/ACAP)
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry visa.
- International flight to and from Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
- Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
- Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
- Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like early return from the trek.
- All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.