Khopra Ridge Trekking is one of the most exciting treks of Nepal. The trek takes place in the Annapurna region, and it is one of the most exotic trek routes of Nepal. This is a newly opened path, and it has quickly become famous for offering spectacular views as of Ghorepani Poon Hill. Khopra ridge lies in the heart of the Annapurna region. However, the natural beauty, culture, and tradition are still intact. Khopra Ridge is undeniably among the best short treks in Nepal. This trek includes all of the features that any trekking trips in Nepal, such as beautiful villages, abundant wildlife, panoramic mountain views, and landscape ranging from forests to high mountains.
Khopra Ridge trekking moves away from the crowded trails of the Annapurna region of Nepal. For four nights of our itinerary, you stay in community lodges set up by natives of this region, and other nights in teahouse. If you want, we can also choose full board camping for staying in camp, and provide you with food from our cook. We can get some gorgeous views from Khopra ridge, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna South. Another attraction of the trek is the sacred Kaire Lake, which requires a bit more walk from Khopra Ridge.
Our trip begins with exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley. The next day, we take a flight to Pokhara and drive to Syauli Bazaar from where our journey begins on foot. After Tadapani, we move away from the main trail and walk along a remote path for the next few days. We will be staying at teahouses managed by the community these days. The 13days journey is perfect for those wanting to enjoy the beauty of Mt. Annapurna while enjoying the comfort of trekking in a remote trail. The unique heritage, culture, and bewitching landscape help us to make some unforgettable memories.
Sightseeing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley
Trekking on a remote/less crowded trails
Gorgeous view of the giant; Mt. Annapurna
Get a gorgeous view of the Kali Gandaki from Khopra Ridge
Staying at a community managed tea houses
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Three nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- A night's accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
- Daily three-course meals during the trek
- Most excellent twin sharing room for accommodation during the trek
- Flight to and from Pokhara
- Surface transfer to and from Nayapul by private vehicle
- Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
- A highly skilled, supportive, pleasant, well-informed, well-trained Government License holder guide who speaks English fluently with all his salary, food and drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance paid for
- Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek, if required (to be returned after the completion of the trip)
- Duffle bag for trekking
- T-shirt, Trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medicine kit
- Trekkers' Information Management System fee (Please bring two passport size photos for permit)
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu/ Pokhara except welcome and farewell dinners as per the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa
- Beverages including water
- Snacks and other personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Hot showers during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment
- Additional accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of late departure, early arrival, and early return from the mountain due to any reason than what is listed on the scheduled itinerary
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA)
Upon arriving at Kathmandu, you will meet our airport representative, who will transfer you to your respective hotel in Thamel. On your way to the hotel, our airport representative will provide you with brief details about your further activities. There is not much planned for this day; you will just meet your trekking guide and be informed about your further daily events. After that, you can simply relax at your hotel. Or you can engage in activities of your interest.
Kathmandu Sightseeing and trekking preparation
We start the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley after breakfast. The capital city of Nepal is one of the most significant historical city. This city is full of World Heritage Site. First of all, we will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square located at Basantapur, where you will visit Kumari Temple, Hanuman Dhoka Museum, the statue of Kaal Bhairab (the god of destruction), Taleju Vawani (the temple opened once a year on the 9th day of Dashain). You will also visit one of the biggest Hindu Temple of Nepal – Pashupatinath, the famous monkey temple- Swoyambunath and one of the largest stupas in the world – Boudhanath. Then we will move towards Bhaktapur, which was the royal capital. The whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, traditional houses, and traditional Newari museums. Then, we will move towards Nagarkot hill, one of the best destinations to get the view of the whole Kathmandu Valley. Finally, we will visit Lalitpur, where we will learn about Nepalese history. In the evening, we will prepare all the gears necessary and we will give you detail information about the trip.
Fly to Pohara, drive to Syauli Bazaar and trek to Ghandruk
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. From the plane, we can get some incredible views of the Himalayas on the right side of the flight. Upon our arrival in the beautiful lake city, we will get more stunning views of the Himalayas, including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, five peaks of Annapurna, and many more. After a short break, we will move towards Syauli bazaar from where our trip begins on foot. We will trek from Syauli Bazaar to Ghandruk. The village is a main recruitment center for the renowned Gurkha soldiers. It is also the hub of the Annapurna Conservation Area project that promotes a wide range of ecological projects. The overall trip takes approximately six hours with thirty minutes' flight, two hours' drive, and trekking for three hours. We will stay overnight at Ghandruk.
Ghandruk to Tadapani (2590m)
From Ghandruk, we will get some stunning views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, and Himchuli mountains. Leaving Ghandruk, we take the trails upwards through Deuaril and into the thick rhododendron forests. Rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal, spreads beauty and its sweet fragrance all over the path when it is in full bloom. The wood looks like a garden of dazzling red flowers during spring. After climbing past a small pass, we reach Tadapani from where we can enjoy astonishing views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Himchuli mountains. Many Tibetan has used the place as their residents, and there are also lots of shops selling souvenirs. The trip from Ghandruk to Tadapani takes about four hours. We will spend the night at Tadapani.
Tadapani to Dobatop (3350m)
Departing from Tadapani, we leave the main trail of Annapurna. For the next five days, we will walk through more remote places of the Annapurna region. Today, our trek takes allows us the diverse flora and fauna along the way with some beautiful views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna south. We will spend the night at Dobato. The trip today takes approximately five hours.
Dobatao to Upper Chistibung (2975m)
After breakfast, we move down through the open ground and dense forests to reach the pastures of lower Chistibung. Then, we head upwards steadily through the forest before arriving at Upper Chistibung, a temporary settlement of herders. If you are lucky, you might encounter the gorgeous Lophophorus (Danphe), the national bird of Nepal, as well as Himalayan Thar on the lush point high above the trail. The trip takes about five hours. We will be spending the night at Chistibung.
Trek to Khopra Ridge (3660m)
We start our trip by a steady climb above the tree line through hill meadows and pastures to reach Khopra. As we get near to the Khopra ridge, we can get a glimpse of the Annapurna south. After reaching Khopra, we go for a short hike down Khopra Ridge to a viewpoint that overlooks the Kali Gandaki river far beneath this deep valley. From Khopra, we will also enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna South. The trip takes approx. Four hours. We will be spending the night at Khopra.
Day Eight :
Acclimatization day at Khopra, the tour of Kaire Lake (4500m)
We will go for an early morning trek towards Kaire Lake. We can get some incredible views of the Fang and nearby mountains from here. Kaire Lake is a sacred lake of Hindu, and people believe that bathing in the lake will help you to achieve Nirvana. Likewise, we will witness many Hindu and Buddhist shrines on the lakeside, as both of these religions are highly followed in Nepal. For those of us who do not want to walk to the lake, we can also manage a half-day walk from Khopra. Overnight at Khopra ridge. We will be walking for about eleven hours today.
Trek to Swanta village (2200m)
Departing from Khopra Ridge, we descend from the hillside and continue on a steep path downhill. Along the way, we will get more views of Mount Dhaulagiri, with the mountain being a gorgeous background to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages. We will spend the night at Swanta village. The trip takes about six hours.
Trek to Ulleri (2050m)
Leaving Swanta, we move downhill through the village fields to a small river and visit a local watermill. From here, we pass through the suspension bridge and move towards the village of Chittre, where we will join the main trekking trail at Ghorepani. After Ghorepani, we descend through the rhododendron forest to Ulleri. Here, we will be spending the night. We will walk for six hours to reach Ulleri from Swanta village.
Trek to Nayapul, then drive to Pokhara
Today is the last day of our trek. We will move towards Nayapul. On our way, we will get to enjoy some incredible hill landscape of the western region. Our trek ends at Nayapul from where we take a vehicle to Pokhara, a beautiful lake city. The city is known as the tourism capital of Nepal, so it has its unique beauty. We will get magnificent views of the Himalayas, such as Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, and the five peaks of Annapurna. Upon our arrival at Pokhara, we check-in at our hotel and relax. Or, we can roam around the streets of Pokhara, spend the time enjoying the tranquillity of Phewa Lake or enjoy pubs and bars. The trip to Pokhara includes six hours of walk from Ulleri and a one-hour drive from Nayapul.
Sightseeing in Pokhara, fly to Kathmandu
We leave early in the morning to visit the Shanti Stupa; a Buddhist Stupa ranked among the major attraction in Pokhara. From here, we will get some gorgeous views of the sunrise between the Himalayan giants. Then, we continue touring to the city's landmarks like Davis Falls, Shiva Cave, and the International Mountain Museum. We might also do boating in Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara, and pay a visit to Bindyabasini Temple located at the center of the lake. We might also engage in adventurous activities like zip-flying, bungee jumping, kayaking, paragliding, and many more. In the late afternoon, we will fly back to Kathmandu. On the evening, we will have a farewell dinner and celebrate the successful conclusion of your journey.
This is the day you will depart from Nepal. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Tribhuwan International Airport approximately three hours of your scheduled flight.