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Khopra Ridge Trek – 11 days

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Trip Duration Trip Duration
11 Days
Group Size Group Size
Min 1 - 20 People
Maximum Altitude Max. Altitude
3,660 m/12,008 ft
Trip Difficulty Difficulty
Moderate
Activities Activities
  • Trekking
  • Hiking
Best Season Best Season
  • Sep- Dec
  • March – April
  • may – June
Calendar Accommodation
  • Hotel in City
  • Lodge in Trekking
Calendar Meals
  • Breakfast in City
  • Full Board in Trek
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Highlights of Khopra Ridge Trek – 11 days

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.

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Overview of Khopra Ridge Trek – 11 days

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

 

Short/Detail Itinerary of Khopra Ridge Trek – 11 days

DayModeRoute ItineraryElev.(m)DurationOvernightIncluded
01FlightArrival in Kathmandu transfer to Hotel1,300 -----HotelDinner
02DriveKathmandu - Pokhara820 6-7 hrsHotelBreakfast
03Drive/trekPokhara - Ghandruk trek to Tadapani2,590 6-7 hrsGuesthouseB L D
04TrekTadapani - Bayali Kharka3,350 5-6 hrsGuesthouseB L D
05TrekBayili Khara - Khopra Dada ( Ridge)3,660 6-7 hrsGuesthouseB L D
06Trek/hikeTrek /hike to Khayar Lake4,500 8- 9 hrsGuesthouse B L D
07TrekKhopra Dada - Swanta Village2,200 5-6 hrsGuesthouseB L D
08TrekSwanta Village - Ghorepani2,853 4-5 hrsGuesthouseB L D
09Hike/trekVisit Poonhill - Trek Biretahnti drive Pokhara3,210 7-8 hrsHotelB L
10DrivePokhara - Kathmandu1,300 6-7 hrsHotelB
11FlightFinal Departure from Kathmandu----- ---------B
Note: B - Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner

Detail Itinerary

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.

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.

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.

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.

We will wake up early, have breakfast and leave for Khopra Dada (Ridge) today. The trek takes 6-7 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 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.

 

You have two options today. Either you can rest in Khopra Ridge or you can take the 8-9 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.

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. 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.

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.

 

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 8-9 hours. We will drive for Pokhara (One hour) from here.

 

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.

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.

Includes/Excludes

What's included
  • Airport pickup and drop services by private vehicle
  • 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 [10Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 8 Dinners]
  • 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
Optional Addons

(Available addons on extra cost)

  • Deluxe Hotel in City
  • Flight or Private kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu
What is excluded
  • Sightseeing entrance fees on city tour in Kathmandu
  • International Airfares, Visa Fees,($ 30 for 15 days, $ 500 for 30 days and $ 125 for 90 days)
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance, Emergency Evacuation
  • Bars and Beverage bills, cold and hot drinks, mineral water, telephone bills, laundry and Hot shower and battery Charges
  • Extra activities than mentioned in the itinerary
  • 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.

Trip Information

Essential Trip Information for  Annapurna Region 

We may need to alter our intended routes due to the quickly changing weather conditions in the Himalayas. You may read some general Information for this trip here under.

Special Note for Annapurna Region Trekkers:

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.

Some itineraries include an extra day in the trek as a buffer in case of delays, while others do not. However, if someone get sick in the trekking and rest and any other cause or you like the places and want to add some more days etc. We recommend that you add a couple of extra days to the end of your trip in case of any delays. Extra days should always be added at the conclusion of the journey rather than the beginning.

Pre -Trip Meeting:

Ambition Himalaya hosts the Pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu 1st or 2nd (depends on Itinerary) day of the itinerary. Trekkers introduce with trek leader (guide). We will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about Annapurna region treks. The pre-trip meeting covers personal equipment, acclimatization, and to introduce you to another team member. Ambition Himalaya hopes pre-trip meetings have excellent, informative, supportive.

Food for the trek to Annapurna Region Treks 

The names of the most popular meals in the area are listed below. During this trip, we have access to a sizable variety of food options on the tea house menus that are created and prepared by the local Village management.

Breakfast staples include Tibetan Breads, and Chapati with Cheese (dry bread- a local wheat bread), oatmeal, peanut butter and honey French toast, Hash brown, fried corn flakes Pancakes, milk-based porridge, scrambled and cooked eggs, Muesli, etc available and for the hot drinks tea coffee, hot Chocolate etc.

For The lunch choices include a variety of thukpas (noodle soups), dal and bhat (a traditional Nepalese dish), momos (dumplings), Tibetan bread (chapati), macaroni, spaghetti, variety of soups, and potato dishes, as well as, rice with curry, spring rolls, and desserts.

For Dinner selections include Momos (dumplings), various varieties of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (a traditional Nepalese dish), Tibetan / chapatti bread, Macroni, Spaghetti, variety of soups, steaks, and potato items, rice with curry, spring rolls, desserts items, as well as hot and cold beverages.

Meat in mountainous regions is unclean and unhealthy. However, we’d like to convince you to abstain from eating meat, drinking alcohol, and smoking.

Options for desert and snacks include rice pudding, apple pie, fruit-flavored Snickers or Mars bars, popcorn.

Options for hot drinks include hot chocolate, Coffee, mint, ginger, and green, lemon honey teas.

 

Equipment Checklist

Here is the list of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. Depending on the trekking route, days, season etc. these gear list can be different. Please consider with us before starting your journey. Some of these items are not compulsory and optional. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.

Climbing Part: ( This is for Climbing Part if you are involving )

PERSONAL CLIMBING GEARS:Ice axe,Crampons,Harness,Tape Slings (2),Screwgate Karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock),Descender/Abseil Device,Plastic Mountaineering Boots,Ascender,Helmet (optional)

GROUP CLIMBING GEARS: Snow bar, Ice Hamer, Rope Ice Screw

General Equipment for Trekking

Duffel or Rucksack bag: We provide complimentary duffel/kit bags, for trekking use this is optional if you want to use it or not.

Down Jacket and sleeping bag : Ambition Himalaya will provide a complimentary down jacket which needs to be returned after the trek. This is hiring basis. But if you want to bring yourself or if you want to buy for your private in Kathmandu is possible.

Head

Sunglasses [real ones, with true UV protection]
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

Upper Body

T-shirts
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece Jacket
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket

Lower Body

Under Garments
Hiking shorts
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece pants (seasonal)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Hands

Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves or mittens

Feet

Hiking boots with spare laces
Thin, lightweight inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Gaiters for hiking in winter for high mountain

Accessories

Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
Headlamp (e.g., Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
DSLR / Digital camera with spare batteries
Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry inside trek bag
Day pack (Approximately 20-22 Liter)
Trekking Poles
Water bottlesToiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers, etc.)

Toiletries

Multipurpose soap [preferably biodegradable],
Deodorants, Nail clippers,
Sun block / face and body moisturizer,
Tooth brush / toothpaste [preferably biodegradable],
Feminine hygiene products, Small mirror

Personal Hygine

Wet wipes [baby wipes],
Tissue / toilet rolls,
Anti-bacterial hands wash,
Water purifier [Better than using mineral water to keep the mountain clean]
Extras/Luxurious
Adaptors [Nepal two prong, 220 volt plug; or just an international, universal adaptor],
Multi tool [Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool],
Personal snacks [candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Namche Pokhara etc. 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

Acclimatization:

Ambition Himalaya’s Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), a medical condition that can be fatal when brought on by climbing too quickly, is the subject of the Annapurna area Trek program. Less oxygen is present in the air in higher mountainous areas. If hikers want to be safe on any Around Annapurna  or Annapurna Base CampTrek itinerary. In the atmosphere with less air, their bodies require a few days to recover. Particularly, passengers should be aware of any heart, lung, or blood conditions in order to visit their doctor before departing. The route taken by Ambition Himalaya was created to do everything in its power to prevent AMS. You must keep in mind that certain people are more vulnerable than others.

Physical Conditions:

Ordinarily, the entire Annapurna Base Cam trek , Annapurna Circuit Trek or Tilicho Lake trek , Walkers who are in good physical shape can do this. The traveler must be in good physical and mental health. Most hikes are between five and six hours, but some days can last up to seven. It is a good idea to get regular exercise leading up to your vacation to prepare for it. Which has a long stroll in the hilly location for its greatest form. The most crucial factors are a cheerful outlook and a lot of determination. Technical experience is not necessary, and hiking experience is a benefit. Before setting up your appointment, please let us know about any pre-existing medical conditions you may have. Additionally, Prior to traveling to Nepal, it’s crucial to discuss vaccinations and any other potential medical issues with your doctor. You are liable for all medical and departure costs.

Insurance/Evacuation:

While we don’t anticipate that anything major will go wrong for you during your trip, we will make every effort to bring you to the nearest hospital if a serious disease strikes. However, any costs associated with the evacuation process will be your responsibility. Therefore, having insurance that will cover your expenses is a wise idea. Stay covered. (See the page on travel insurance)

Staff Arrangement and Insurance:

Ambition Himalaya crew works hard to make your journey successful, fun, and unforgettable. They are kind, considerate, knowledgeable, and careful. Your visits are led by the most qualified and experienced guide (guide). He had a wealth of knowledge. He is familiar with Nepal’s culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history. Our leaders and guides have received thorough training in a variety of areas, including hospitality, first aid, language, and government-approved trekking guide courses. The Company has insurance coverage for the Staff, Guide, and Porters.

Porter Care:

We provide a variety of itineraries, some of which do not include porters, but we may make arrangements if you so like. Additionally, we include porters in some itineraries. Adventure is what trekking is. Porters must work very hard at their jobs. They transport supplies and luggage for trekkers, facilitating an easy and comfortable route over the isolated mountains of the Everest region. We make sure that all of our porters are properly paid and trained.  We ask all trekkers to limit their bag weight to between 15 and 25  kilograms per porter to carry. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), Provides help and advice to those organizations to improve the working conditions of the porters on whom we depend. We support the International Porter Protection Group’s (IPPG) efforts to help the organizations that rely on porters by offering assistance and guidance.

Accommodations:

Ambition Himalaya offers you a standard tourist accommodation in Kathmandu, but if you’d prefer a 4 or 5-star hotel, we can arrange one as well. You could inform us. Additionally, all lodging for hikers in the Annapurna is a twin-sharing guesthouse, lodge or some places Home stay included in the tour price. We will make the lodge available to you and your party every day in the area (In some places rooms cannot be booked in advance).

Trekking Grade:

The trek onto the highest mountain in the nation is a long, moderately Easy to challenging  one. Therefore, passengers need extra stamina, and the trip is actually exhausting because it involves 5-8 hours (about) of daily walking on rocky edges. No prior experience is necessary, however you must be in good physical condition if you regularly exercise. This excursion is for you if you enjoy walking at high altitudes.

 Confirmation (Online Payment)

For the booking confirmation of your trip plan, we suggest you transfer at least 20% payment of the total amount for the Nepal trip and 50% for Bhutan & Tibet. So transfer payment through the below link.

Here is the link for online payment:https://www.ambitionhimalaya.com/online-payment/

You can pay us the rest of the amount once you arrived in Nepal via online payment, credit card or cash payment. If you choose to settle your due balance by online transfer or credit card processing charge of 4% extra on the outstanding balance will be made.

Visa to enter Nepal 

You can get a visa at Kathmandu airport upon arrival. Please bring 2 photos for the visa. Expect to have some waiting time in the queue for obtaining your visa. You can also get your visa prior to coming on the tour by contacting your closest Nepali embassy.

Tourist Visa Fee Details

US Dollars 30 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15 days

US Dollars 50 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 30 days

US Dollars 125 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 90 days

If you have more questions don’t hesitate to ask us or you can reference the official publication from the Nepal Visa Office.

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When and where should you arrive?

Please make sure to reserve a flight from and to Kathmandu International Airport.

A person holding “Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions” sign card or your name will meet you outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal and take you to the hotel.

Please make additional Hotel arrangements by emailing [email protected] if you anticipate arriving or departing early or after hours or inform us if you have booked any hotel for previous days before our plan starting.

Please get in touch with us after purchasing your foreign flight details.

Currencies accepted in Nepal:

The following major currencies are accepted for both VISA and in general: USD, Pound, AUD, and EUR. In Kathmandu, there are lots of ATMs, and many restaurants accept credit cards, even though there aren’t many stores that do. Please be aware that the trekking area only accepts Nepali Rupees.

Insurance/Evacuation:

While we don’t anticipate that anything major will go wrong for you during your trip, we will make every effort to bring you to the nearest hospital if a serious disease strikes. However, any costs associated with the evacuation process will be your responsibility. Therefore, having insurance that will cover your expenses is a wise idea. Stay covered. (See the page on travel insurance)

Trip Extensions or Alternative:

If you are pleased with our assistance and decide to extend your vacation, we can further arrange for your visit to Tibet and Bhutan. You can read here for some other ideas on other trekking and activities in Nepal, such as the Everest Region Treks in the Annapurna region Trek, the Langtang Region Trek, tours, day trips, rafting, and peak climbing etc.

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