1. Wonderful view of mount Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Barha Shikahar, Nilgiri, Manaslu etc. from a close by range.
2. Walking through and staying in ethnic Gurung and Magar settlements.
3. Enjoying trekking in a peaceful route not clogged by other trekkers.
4. Tenting and camping in the wild.
5. Visit to wonderful temples, monasteries and shrines on the way.
Much less known than the adjacent Ghorepani-Poon Hill trek but no less exciting, the Khopra Ridge Trek is one of the newly discovered trekking routes in the Annapurna region. It is a uniquely positioned route befitting both starters and seasoned trekking veterans. This trekking route is growing in popularity among trekkers.
Highlights of the Khopra Ridge trek include trekking through lush greenery of the pine, maple, rhododendron and oak forests. You will also see rare mountain wildlife on your way and pass by small villages rich in traditional Nepali culture. You will stay in houses of Gurung and Magar people who are very hospitable and follow a unique lifestyle. Monasteries, temples, shrines light up the route and provide a peaceful feeling. When you do not happen to be resting in villages overnight, which is most of the time, you will camp in the open sky in the wild. Our trained campers will help you get the perfect camping experience.
Trip Route: Kathmandu- Pokhara - Tadapani - Khopra - Khayer Lake - Poon Hill - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Best Month: September to December and March to May
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m), transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and trek preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820 m / 2,690 ft), 6-7 hours. (Option of flight at extra pay.)
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk and trek to Tadapani (2,590 m/8,497 ft), 2-3 hours drive and 3-4 hours of trek.
Day 05: Tadapani to Bayali Kharka (3,350 m/10,990 ft), 5-6 hours.
Day 06: Bayali to Upper Chistibung (2,975 m/3,198 ft), 4-5 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Khopra ridge (3,660 m/12,007 ft), 3-4 hours.
Day 08: Rest day in Khopra ridge, tour of Khayer Lake (4,500 m/14,763 ft).
Day 09: Trek to Swanta Village (2,200 m/7,217 ft), 5-6 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Ghorepani (2,853 m/9,360 ft), 3-4 hours.
Day 11: Morning visit to Poon Hill, trek to Naya Pul and then drive to Pokhara; 6-7 hours of trek and 1 hour of drive.
Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6-7 hours.
Day 13: Final departure from Kathmandu or extending your trip.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be safe thus we have given full authority to your tour leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Ambition Himalaya promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary. However, natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we hope you understand these concerns. Our leaders will give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m
You will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Our representatives will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. We will welcome you with a traditional Nepali dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant in the evening. We will enjoy musical and cultural show following our evening dinner. You will rest after spending some time with the musical and cultural artists.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
You will shop basic supplies for the upcoming trek. Accessories are found aplenty in the nearby Thamel market. After breakfast and shopping is done, we will go sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. Places to visit include the three Durbar squares of Kathmandu, the Nyatapola temple, Changu Narayan temple, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa etc.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara
Altitude: 820 m/ 2,690 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will drive to Pokhara in a tourist bus. The travel takes about 6-7 hours on average. The travel takes place through green hills and swirling rivers. You can also travel by flight or book a private car but you will have to pay extra for it. We will check into our hotels upon reaching Pokhara and freshen up. Then we will go for a short walk along the Phewa Lakeside.
Day 04: Drive to Ghandruk and trek to Tadapani
Altitude: 2,590 m/8,497 ft
Time: Drive (2-3 hours), Trek (3-4 hours)
We will drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk, from where we will start our trek to Tadapani (2,950 m). We will leave behind the terraced fields of Ghandruk on our way ahead and enter deep forest rich in unique animal and plant life. If you happen to be trekking in spring, you will see that the rhododendrons are in full bloom and the whole forest has turned red. The drive takes 3 hours and the trek takes 3-4 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Bayali Kharka
Altitude: 3,350 m/10,990 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
The ascent to Bayali Kharka (3,350 m) takes 5-6 hours. Panoramic view of the Annapurna, Barha Shikhar, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri mountains from a close by range welcomes the visitors. Our road passes through beautiful rhododendron and oak forests. Kharka means grazing pasture in Nepali and Bayali Kharka was the place where villagers of Ghandruk took their cattle for grazing during summer months in the past. Few people in Ghandruk still do so. We walk the ancient cattle trail during our journey. There are a few tea houses in Bayali Kharka, where we will rest overnight.
Day 06: Trek to Upper Chistibung
Altitude: 2,975 m/3,198 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
We will wake up early, have breakfast and leave for upper Chistibung (2,975 m) today. The trek takes 5-6 hours and we cross small streams, wooden bridges and dense forests on our way to the destination; which is a small and scenic mountainous village. We will mostly walk through grassy slopes where there are huts of cattle grazers. This section of the trail presents us a wonderful opportunity to view the Impeyan Pheasant (Danfe), the national bird of Nepal. We will rest in a lodge at Upper Chistibung tonight.
Day 07: Trek to Khopra Ridge
Altitude: 3,660 m/12,007 ft
Time: 3-4 hours
We walk (3-4 hours) to our main destination - Khopra Ridge - today. We wake up early, have breakfast and start our trek to Khopra Ridge (3,660 m). We will keep an open eye for Himalayan Thar, barking deer, mountain goat, snow leopard, pheasants etc. We will enjoy the majestic view of the mountains like Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Fang. The place provides a great view of the Kaligandaki river valley beneath. We will rest at the community home stays for the night.
Day 08: Tour of Khayar Lake
Altitude: 4,500 m/14,763 ft
You have two options today. Either you can rest in Khopra Ridge or you can take the 10-11 hour walk (up-down) to Khayer Lake (4,500 m). The lake, frozen in winter, is situated in the lap of the mountains and provides a wonderful view of the Fang and the surrounding mountains. Khayar Lake is also known as Khayar Barah and is a sacred lake for the Hindus - who visit it during Janai Purnima, full moon in July-August.The reflection of the nearby mountains are wonderful from Khayar Lake.
Day 09: Trek to Swanta village
Altitude: 2,200 m/ 7,217 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
We will leave Khopra Ridge today and head for Swanta village (2,200 m). Swanta is a small village settled mostly by the Magar people. The trek to the village takes 5-6 hours and is mostly a downhill walk. We will first reach Upper Chistibung - where we stayed for the night during our way up. We will rest for a short while here and then begin our trek to Swanta. The section from Upper Chistibung to Swanta provides a wonderful view of the Dhaulagiri and the surrounding mountains. We will rest in a lodge or local homestay tonight.
Day 10: Trek to Ghorepani
Altitude: 2,853 m/9,360 ft
Time: 3-4 hours
We will wake up early, have breakfast and head for Ghorepani. The trek is only 3-4 hours long and we will walk slowly enjoying the sceneries on the road. The section between Swanta and Ghorepani is mostly Rhododendron forest. At Ghorepani (2,853 m), we will meet other trekkers from different routes in the Annapurna region. Ghorepani is famous for its sunrise and mountain view. We will enjoy the warm hospitality of the Gurung people in Ghorepani tonight.
Day 11: Poon Hill hike, Nayapul trek and drive to Pokhara
Altitude: 3,210 m/ 10,531 ft
Time: 7-8 hours
Poon Hill is a well known location for viewing sunrise and watching the mountains. We wake up early and visit Poon Hill because we would not like to miss the morning spectacle that Poon Hill is famous for. Poon Hill provides wonderful Panaromic view of the mountains in the Annapurna region. We will return back to our hotel after spending some quality time in Poon Hill. We will have breakfast at return and then head to Nayapul, where we will meet motorable road. The total walk for the day is about 5-6 hours. We will drive for Pokhara (One hour) from here.
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu
We will drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a tourist bus. The drive takes about seven hours and you will spend those seven hours watching the beautiful rivers, along whose bank the highway passes, and green hills. You again have the option to take the aerial route or hire a private car but you will have to pay extra for it. If you travel by air then you will have enough time to visit the areas surrounding Thamel in the evening.
Day 13: Departure
We will organize a small traditional ceremony to mark your departure. Our representatives will drop you to the airport following the farewell ceremony. You will head back to your destination from the airport. You also have the option to extend your trip.
US$ 849/ per person (price valid for minimum 2 person)
- Airport pickup and drop services by private vehicle
- Kathmandu City tour 1 day with Guide and car and driver
- Standard accommodation in Kathmandu as per the itinerary / with breakfast
- Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by deluxe tourist bus (Optional Flight with extra cost)
- Standard accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary / with breakfast
- Pokhara - Ghandruk and Nayapul to Pokhara transportation by private Transport
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project [ACAP] Permits
- Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] Permits
- Meals on full board during the trek [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with 3 cup or hot drinks per day]
- Seasonal fruits in the evening after dinner
- Accommodation in lodge/guest house during the trek
- Trekking Guide [English speaking, eco-friendly, Government licensed, Ministry of Tourism Trained, First Aid Trained] with salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances
- Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Strong porters [1 porter shared between 2 paying people] with porter salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances
- Down jacket, sleeping bag, trekking map, Ambition Himalaya T-shirt and Duffel Bag [Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag have to be returned after completing the trek]
- First aid medications / medicines with the guide
- Necessary paper works, government and local taxes, company service charges
- Complementary welcome dinner in Kathmandu at a typical Nepali restaurant
- Certificate of Achievement signed by director of the company and your guide
- Sightseeing entrance fees on city tour in Kathmandu
- International Airfares, Visa Fees,($ 25 for 15 days, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days) Travel and Rescue Insurance, Emergency Evacuation
- Bars and Beverage bills, cold drinks, mineral water, telephone bills, laundry and Hot shower and battery Charges
- Extra activities than mentioned in the itinerary, extra porter charges
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara [Meals not included also in the cases of early returns from the trips]
- Extra accommodation caused due to early arrival, flight delays, natural disasters etc.]
- Tip (as appreciation/gratitude) for Guides and Porters
- Any services not mentioned in Service Includes Section unless specified on booking of the trekking
Equipment you need to bring
- Pair of trek boot, sleeping bag, down jacket, pullovers, neck scarf for evening/night/morning.
- Sun hat and casual warm clothes for day.
- Some pairs of good quality socks, slippers, suntan lotions, personal medications etc.
List of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. These gear list can be different depending on route, season etc. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.