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Introduction

The Khopra Ridge Trek is a seldom-traveled route wind through the Nepalese Himalayas, and midway into the Annapurna range. Along this route, you’ll explore towering peaks like Annapurnas, Fishtail Mountain, Dhaulagiri mountain, and so on. Go on an adventure of a lifetime amidst fresh air, mountains, meadows, and the Nepalese culture.

Khopra Ridge Trek is a lesser-known route in Annapurna which offers impressive views of snowy Himalayan ranges. Trekking is a great way to explore the beauty of our country and experience Nepali culture. The trail is best suited for seasoned hikers and trekkers, with the highest elevation above 4650 meters. It’s an amazing route that can be taken as one of the best alternatives to the busy and populated Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

Khopra Ridge Trek is situated in the northwest of Pokhara, Nepal. It’s an approximately 1-week long trekking trail with stunning views of Himalayan ranges and the Annapurna range in particular. The trek goes through lush pine and oak forests and up to ridges higher than 4,500 meters. We also get a chance to visit Khayer Lake on this journey.

Tour Highlights

  • Provides best experiences, not just to see the highest peaks, but also to see the most diverse cultures and experience true Nepalese hospitality
  • Community run and community managed trail in the famous Annapurna region, a great way to support local people directly
  • The most beautiful and a great alternative of the Mardi Himal Trek and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking
  • 7 Nights 8 Days fully guided trek through the Himalayas
  • Handpicked itinerary to provide something for everyone – from easy to difficult days, easy to difficult levels
  • Visit to Pokhara, the most famous town among tourists visiting Nepal

Tour Price Based on Group Size

(Smaller the group higher the price. The price displayed here is without any discounts or coupons if exists / if available)
No of People Price
01 Person USD 1072 / per person
02 – 05 Person USD 721 / per person
06 – 09 Person USD 667 / per person
10 Person Above USD 630 / per person
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of the Himalayas. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a name card written your name. We will transfer you to the hotel. We will introduce you to the tour leader and have a short meeting about the tour.

Day 02Drive to Pokhara, transfer to hotel

We will take breakfast at our hotel and catch our bus to Pokhara. This is approximately 8 hours drive through the beautiful hillsides, the towering Himalayas and thundering rivers, and pilgrimages alongside the road. In the evening, we will be visiting the lakeside area if time permits.

It is recommended to fly to Pokhara if you are looking for a comfortable way of traveling. It’s about 20-25 minutes of flight.

Day 03Drive to Nayapul, trek to Ulleri

We will take an approximately 1-hour drive to Nayapul; the trek starting and ending point of this trail. It will be a scenic drive with beautiful views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himalayan ranges. The road passes through green hills, rice paddies, thundering Seti river, and numerous small settlements.

Although we almost ascend for the whole day, the trail is fairly easy. We will cross various small villages like Matathanti, Ramghai, Sudame, Hile and Tikhedhunga before we cross a stream and climb steep uphill trail to reach Tikhedhunga. Time permitting, we will have a free evening to rest and relax.

Day 04Trek to Ghorepani

We will follow gentle ascending through beautiful Rhododendron and Oak forests. We will stop in the Nangethanti for lunch which is situated in the middle of the forests.

One of the main attractions of our trek; Ghorepani is a beautiful village with panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. Ghorepani will serve us with stunning views of the Himalayas are served.

Day 05Hike to Poon Hill before sunrise, trek to Dhan Kharka after breakfast

We will visit Poon Hill before sunrise for 360 panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. The golden rays over the Himalayas look fascinating. Poon Hill is a stunning viewpoint where more than 400 trekkers visit every day during the main season. From here we will be enjoying close views of numerous peaks including Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Barahsikhar, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, etc.

Upon returning to Ghorepani village, we will catch a warm breakfast and then start heading towards Dhan Kharka village. Only community-run lodges are available in this place. A small and beautiful village with smiling faces. It’s going to be a beautiful day with immense views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri mountains throughout the walk.

Day 06Trek to Khopra Ridge

An easy and beautiful day walk to Khopra Ridge is here. It’s approximately 5KM long and takes about 3 hours of leisurely walk. We will take our lunch and make a short hike to a small lake which takes about 2 hours to reach and return. Enjoy breathtaking mountain views throughout the day.

Day 07Hike to Khayer Lake (4,650M / 15,255FT), return to Khopra Danda

A great and scenic walk is here. Khayer Lake also known as the Baraha Lake has a huge significance for Hindu and Buddist people. During the day of Jani Purnima (usually in July or August), pilgrimages visit this sacred lake to sacrifice animals and dip into this holy lake as it is believed that doing so will make one free from the sins he / she has made. It is also believed that sacrificing the animals on the name of the god will fulfill one’s dreams.

Day 08Trek to Dobato

Take a hot breakfast in Khopra Community Lodge and then we will make our way to Dobato. En route, we will stop in Bayeli Kharka for the lunch. It’s possible to spot the endangered Red Panda on a lucky day. The farmers and Yak herders have also spotted leopards occasionally. Enjoy walking on this beautiful day with amazing views of Himalayan snowy peaks just next to us.

Day 09Visit Muldhai View Point (3,630M / 11,909FT), trek to Ghandruk

We will make a short walk to Muldhai (aka Mulde) view point before returning back to our lodge and enjoy warm breakfast. The viewpoint offers tremendous Himalayan views. Then we will descend to Tadapani where we will meet the famous Ghorepani Poon Hill Trail. We will descend further down to Ghandruk, one of the very famous villages in Nepal.
Ghandruk is known as the home of Gurkha warriors. Time permitting, one can visit the community museum to experience local cultures, traditions and hospitality.

Day 10Trek to Syauli Bazaar village, drive to Pokhara

The trail is mostly downhill and flat on this day. On the first part, we will be walking through stone steps before reaching Syauli Bazaar. From here we will start walking on dirt motor road passing Chimrong and Birenthanti before we reach Nayapul. We will take a private transport from Nayapul to Pokhara.

Day 11Drive to Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

We will follow the same highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements. The drive will take about 8 hours to drop us in Kathmandu. Form the tourist bus park you will be transferred to the hotel. In the evening you can explore the town probably buying souvenirs for friends and family members.

Day 12Drive to airport, departure from Kathmandu

We will drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. The airport is small and has only 1 terminal. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again!

Costing

What is included in the tour price?

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle including before and after the trek(2 airport transfers for international flights.)
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast(Hotel Thamel Park or similar)
  • Accommodation in Pokhara for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast(Hotel Splendid View or similar)
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation on a tourist bus(Private vehicles or Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu flights can be arranged at additional costs)
  • Pokhara - Nayapul to Pokhara transportation on a private vehicle as per the group size (car, jeep, van or a bus)(2 way private transfers included)
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek(11 Breakfast, 8 Lunch, 8 Dinner)
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses / lodges as per the itinerary during the trek(Twin sharing accommodation in a lodge from Day 03 to Day 9)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit
  • Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(Our guides are minimum 7 years experienced)
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(1 porter will carry maximum 25 kilos in total even if shared by 2 or more people)
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(Down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter(Ax Oximeter will help to find Oxygen saturation level in your body, it's important to find with altitude sickness)
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, company service charges(No hidden fees, no surprising prices)
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional](1 complementary dinner in Kathmandu will be provided either before or after the trek as per your choice)

What is not included in the tour price?

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation(Nepal via fees; 15 days - USD 30, 30 Days - USD 50, 90 Days - USD 125 | Visa extension - USD 3 per day, Late fine - USD 5 per day)
  • Personal nature expenses(All alcoholic and non-alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower: USD 5 - 8 / per shower, WiFi, battery charging, tidbits etc)
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (weather problems, airline issues, unforseen circumstances)(Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek earlier than scheduled)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (if not mentioned in the itinerary)(It is not included also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary whether it's voluntarily or due to unforeseen circumstances)
  • Tipping / gratis for guides / porters / assistant guides(Tipping is expected at the end of the tour)
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section(Please ask us if you are confused about any services)
ALTITUDE CHART
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SUPPORT

Meals and Accommodation: Khopra Ridge Trek is a community-run / community-promoted trekking route. Only a limited number of locally run lodges/homestays are available above Ghorepani village hence the availability of meals is limited. Even though the trail between Nayapul to Ghorepani and Tadapani to Nayapul has numerous lodges, the main section of the trek (between Ghorepani and Tadapani) will be basic in terms of meals and accommodation.

The meals on the trek will be mostly locally prepared using local ingredients most of the time however Kathmandu and Pokhara offer a wide selection of meals in basic to high standard luxury lounges. On the trek, the number of meal items will be limited to a small number and the tastes might not be similar to the actual item; pizza may not taste like pizza.

Best Season for the Trek: Spring and autumn are considered better for Khopra Ridge Trekking. The best time to trek is usually during the dry season, from September to early December and early March to early June. In the winter and spring, there is a chance of snow on some of the high-altitude passes, while rainfall can make parts of the trail impassable in monsoon even though the trek can be done in the monsoon / rainy season. Autumn ensures a clear and dry high-mountain pass with a good chance of a clear view of towering Himalayan peaks.

The best months for Khopra Community Trek are March, April, May, early June, September, October, November, and December. The Spring Season begins in March and runs until May, while the Fall season runs from September through November. The main reason for having a narrow window is that the mountains on each side of the valley will be filled with snow and ice and can prove treacherous for trekkers. The trek is doable throughout the year (in fact it’s popular all over the year) however during monsoon season, it may not be a great idea to visit this area. Monsoon season is only recommended if you do not have holidays in other months.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

The prices are different based on the number of people traveling together. The larger the group size, the lower the price will be. For example, the price for 1 person will be higher than the price per person based on 2 people. Similarly, comparing to the prices per person for 2 – 5 people traveling together will be higher than the prices per person for 6 – 9 people traveling together. However, the prices you will see at the time of the booking will be final regardless of price changes in the future.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

We accept all major currencies such as USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, SGD, MYR, GBP, THB, CHF, JPY, HKD, etc. Credit card payments are accepted only in USD. We also accept bank transfers, direct remittance services (Western Union, Moneygram), etc.

When is the best time to travel? What is the best season?

March to early June, and September to December are considered the best months for this trek. Even though Khopra Ridge Trail can be visited throughout the year, the monsoon season (Mid June – early September) is recommended only if you are unable to manage vacations in other months.

What is the cancellation policy?

The trek has free cancellation 60 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 60 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees of the total tour price.

How are the meals and accommodation on the trek?

We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 3 to Day 10 lunch). Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwiches, burgers, etc. are available. Meat is available in a few places and it’s highly recommended to avoid it due to hygiene reasons.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room or twin sharing rooms however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone).

Do I need to be physically fit?

Usually, a person with previous multiday hiking experiences is welcome to join our treks. If you do not have previous hiking experiences but still if you are able to walk for 6-7 hours every day, then we are happy to take you on board. The route can be tried by novice travelers even though a couple of days are quite hard compared to most other days.

Can I / we do this trek with kids?

Yes, you can do this trek with kids above 10 years old. The trek is not suitable for kids below 10. Make sure your kid is active and fit to join the adventure, we also recommend adding 1/2 additional days to make it more comfortable.

Are the guides experienced? Are they licensed?

We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 7 years to 22 years. All our guides are the Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by the Nepal Government.

Gear List
  • Waterproof trekking boots / Flip Flops
  • Socks / Undergarments
  • Shorts
  • Trekking pants
  • Quick dry T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Fleece (Lower / Upper)
  • Rain / wind jacket
  • Down jackets
  • Backpack / Day Pack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottles or camel bag / purification
  • Sunscreen / moisturizer
  • Hat or balaclava
  • Trekking poles
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper / Tissue paper
  • Quick dry towel
  • Soap / Shampoo
  • Headlight / Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Light / heavy gloves
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Shampoo / Soap or Bath gel
  • Female hygiene products
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Desry Dewi

Couple Traveller

Upendra and his team is outstanding, highly recommended.

21 October, 2021
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