Khopra ridge trek

Trip Overview

Khopra Ridge Trek is a less explored, off-the-beaten-trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek combines the best of what Nepal has to offer, it presents remarkable views of Himalayan peaks like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and Nilgiri, beautiful landscape adorned with alpine forests and lush vegetation. Furthermore, we encounter friendly villagers, rich cultural heritage, and the lifestyle of people will give you the experience of a lifetime. Khopra Ridge Trek includes all the essentials of a typical trekking experience in Nepal.

The route follows the same trail to Ghorepani, from Ghorepani the route leaves the main hiking trail and descends into the valley on an off the beaten path towards Khopra ridge to the north of Poon Hill. The trail goes through lush pine, oak, rhododendron, and bamboo forests with gorgeous views. Khopra Ridge offers probably the most incredible views of the colossal ramparts of Dhaulagiri, which plunge dramatically into the misty depths of the Kaligandaki, surrounded by spectacular, lofty peaks of Nilgiri, Annapurna I, and Annapurna South, which dominates the North.

Trip Highlights

• 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, waterfalls, etc.
• Hike to the sacred Khayer Lake at the foot of Annapurna South.
• Experience the lifestyle and culture of the Magar and Gurung people.

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-267
  • TRIP NAME: Khopra Ridge Trek
  • DURATION: 12 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • BEST SEASON: March, April, May, September, October, November,
  • MAX ALTITUDE 4600m(Khayer Lake)
  • ACCOMMODATION 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara and in trekkers lodge/tea house while on trek
  • WALKING HOUR 5-6 hrs
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu-Pokhara-Tikhedhunga-Ghorepani-Upper Chistibung-Khopra Ridge-Tatopani-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Itinenary Details

  • 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 in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek preparation

    After breakfast, start half day sightseeing covering the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, which includes  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 self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as Monkey Temple owing to a large number of monkey population residing in this area. 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 drive to Pokhara, the drive goes along the Prithivi Highway and it takes about 6 hrs to reach Pokhara. Along the way, we will stop at several scenic spots to observe the natural beauty as well as for lunch. Upon arriving check into the hotel and later we shall drive to the Phewa lakeside and have a boat ride for about an hour and visit the Tal Barahi temple located at the center of the lake. 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. Begin our trek from Nayapul, The trail goes through the warm subtropical region following 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. From Ulleri it is a gradual ascent 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. Spend sometimes the beautiful views of the mountain range and descend to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we leave Ghorepani and descend through the countryside to the valley below. Cross over the suspension bridge and hike uphill through the forest to the village of Swanta. From Swanta it is a gradual uphill hike through forests 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 traverse through pastureland. The hike is over a narrow path to the ridge with stunning mountain views including 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 towards Khayer lake. Khayer Lake is a pristine high altitude lake sacred to the Hindus, every year thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the lake during the Janai Purnima festival. The hike goes along the ridge 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 view, 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 relaxing 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, the drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (200km)takes about 6 hrs. Better to hold on to 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 at leisure or maybe catch up on some souvenir shopping back home. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 12: Departure

    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

What's Included
  • 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.
  • Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
  • All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/ACAP)
  • All Government taxes and service charges.
What's Not Included
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance(covering rescue and evacuation).
  • 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.

Review

EDhan
EDhan

10th November, 2015

My Name is EDhan from California, America. I am a retired management consultant. Basically, this visit to Nepal exceeded my expectations. We came here through Tibet and Bhutan. Here in Nepal, I like the neighbourhood and friendly people. My wife every day used to go for morning walk and used to tell me the story about the local people, whatever she sees every day. Especially, the guide was most knowledgeable and made it possible and get a sense of not only historical and religious value of some of the places but also some of the other places how the people live over there day to day.

The company was able to manage all the services smoothly and made the memorable trip in Kathmandu. Do not be afraid of Earthquake; the government has done very good job, lots of cleaning up and reconstructions are going on. There are many places to go without facing any problems. Feel free to make a trip to Nepal nothing to afraid of and you will feel the completely different and unique. Thanks to Sixth Sixth and an entire team making an incredible trip in Nepal and I will come back next time.

Margo Boston
Margo Boston

14th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Margo Boston, America. We were planning the trip to visit Nepal Bhutan and Tibet through our local agency. In the beginning, we asked so many questions about safety, especially after the earthquake but we realised that after visiting Nepal it is completely safe & worthful to visit.

We are very glad to see the beautiful country. Everything was perfect and great to see the Hinduism and Buddhism and combinations of religious and cultural aspects in the tiny little city. The trip plan, all the staff activity including cultural show was great.

Lori
Lori

7th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Lori, and I came to do the trip with my daughter. After the earthquake had happened we were confused, what should we do, should we go or should we not go for Nepal Trip and finally we decided to come after the consultation, and we had a wonderful time there. The tour guide and driver and all the staff were done magnificent job. There is so much to see and worthful to visit. The hotel was excellent, the food was great, we enjoyed our time. The Buddhist and Hindu temple were fascinating. Our guide was brilliant and enhanced all experience and knowledge he passed all the knowledge to us and shared the ideas. I encourage you to visit Nepal it is one of the incredible places around the world.

Palm
Palm

12th August, 2015

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on. There are lots of places to see and open for the tourist. The people here are very friendly, all the staffs of Sixth Sense including tour guide and the management and coordination were perfect.

What I like this country is that the culture and diversity of landscape. Besides this Nepal is very vibrant country and colourful country. In the future, I would like to make more trips in Nepal with Sixth Sense spending more time in Kathmandu and it’s surrounding areas and countryside. For the tourist, I would recommend please do visit Nepal with Sixth Sense. Tour Guide and company which was responsible for everything to organise this trip, everything was taken care of all the arrangements were first class. We loved the Trip plan, the selected hotels, the knowledge of tour guide and the entire team was absolutely perfect and highly recommended for future travellers.

Irfan
Irfan

27th December, 2019

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on.