Days: 14 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Khopra Ridge Trek is one of the most awesomely beautiful untouched pure nature and newly opened territory for real adventure trekking in Annapurna region. Khopra Danda trek is also suitable for all trekkers from beginners to sporty. Most of the parts of this trail are more strenuous while other parts are easier. The path goes through deeply lush thick pine, oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest with gorgeous vistas of high snowy Himalayas, crossing beautiful Magar, Gurung, Kami, Damai and Kshetri - Brahmin villages with its beautifully terraced farming lands. Khopra Ridge trek can be done as a special combined trekking and adventure hike up to Khayar Lake 4600m, the highest point, the most spectacular, picturesque and breath-taking views of snow-capped peaks and mesmerizing landscapes. On this trip you will have chances to observe real Nepali life styles (their culture, art of living and religion), stay together with the family at home stay, that's why you have chances to share experiences with the families, hiking in the lush pristine forest with great vistas and the best place being far away of crowd and hectic boring life. Other main thing to do this trail is; very few tourists you will see on the way, so it’s quiet and peace trail too. High Mountains views are just awesome 180 degree from Dhaulagiri 8167m, Annapurna I 8091m, Manaslu 8163m and green high hills, rhododendron forest and the southern green slopes with terraced farming lands. Khopra Danda Trek or South of Annapurna region is one of Nepal’s last Himalayan jewels; a glittering array of panoramas, gigantic peaks and peaceful nature awaits the adventurous explorer. However, as magnificent as the mountains are, it is perhaps the people of Nepal that are its greatest asset. Khopra Ridge trek is the diversity of ethno-culture, colorful festivals, temples, mixture settlement of friendly loving people. On this trip you will have chances to mix with those people and observe their lifestyle, culture and traditions. These things make this trip one of the best for you in lifetime.
Fact of the Khopra Ridge Trek
Trip Region: Annapurna Region
Types of Trip: Trekking and Hiking
Duration: 14 Days
Highest Elevation: 4600m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house or Community Lodge
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Average Walking: 5-6 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu/Pokhara
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and normal tea-houses/lodges during the trek
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by: Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Magar and Gurung
Major Mountain Sights: Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) 6993m, Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Hiun Chuli 6441m, Mardi Himal 5553m, Annapurna III 7555m, Dhaulagiri 8167m, Nilgiri 6839m, Tukuche Peak 6920m.
Highlights of the Trip: Panoramic and closed views of Annapurna massif, explore in the valley, unobstructed sunrise and sunset view from Poon Hill View Point, picturesque villages, experiencing with life style and culture of Magar and Gurung people who is very famous for Gorkha arm, walking in the narrow and stone paved trail, ancient Monastery, old tradition Gurung Museum, waterfalls, scenic mountain flight to and from Pokhara, explore lake city of Pokhara, walking through dense Rhododendron forest and even more beautiful in Spring.
Khopra Ridge Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1330m
Arrival in Kathmandu and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m/25minutes and drive from Pokhara to Kimche and trek to Ghandruk 1940m/1 hour
Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the morning with scenic mountain views including Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna Massif. From Pokhara you will be transferred by road (private car) to the starting point of the trek at Kimche via Nayapul which takes about 3 hours of driving. Then after we will walk on road for a while where one can see beautiful scenery and village life. Then trail traverses and then climbs up to the village of Ghandruk, where we will stop for lunch and spend the night. Ghandruk is one of the biggest Gurung villages in the area, the difference in the Gurungs lifestyle here to that of their neighbors in the lower areas is very apparent. Ghandruk is well known for the number of its men folk who have served in the British Gurkha regiments. From the lodge at Ghandruk, you will have spectacular views of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Machapuchhare (6993m) and Hiunchuli (6434m). Evening we explore the village, old traditional Gurung Museum and Buddhist monastery. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 3: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani 2630m/3 hours
Morning after breakfast with great views of mountains, another day ascending ahead, but the walk will be easier now in most of the walk for whole day. Leaving the terraced hillsides and the village of Ghandruk behind, we will enter oak and rhododendron forest. This is a particularly pretty part of the walk, the forest is alive with the sound of birds and small tumbling waterfalls, and if you visit in spring, (late March to April) the rhododendron will be in full bloom. There are no villages on today’s route, but there will be a few teahouses at Baisi Kharkha, providing welcome drinks and a place to rest. There will be fine views of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7237m), Machhapuchhare (6993m) and Lamjung Himal (6931m) along the way. The trail from Baisi Kharka, we walk through the forest and sometime we can see the monkeys. Our lodge at Tadapani is the perfect setting for sunset and sunrise views. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 4: Trek from Tadapani to Dobato 3420m/5 hours
Morning after breakfast, we will leave the main trail that leads to Ghorepani or ABC and follow a rarely used trail - initially through thick rhododendron forest - that leads to local water buffalo pastures lands. The climb is gradual and soon we will emerge above the tree line to superb views of the Annapurna range. After 2 hours of walking gradual up hill through the Rhododendron forest, we will arrive at Meshar Danda. Then we continue to climb gradually through forest and soon arrive though open countryside to reach Isharu which takes about 30 minutes and We will take lunch here. After lunch we walk again in the grassland until reaching a small pass, where the trail descends for a while and soon trail goes up hill between small hill through rhododendron to an open clearing known as Dobato which takes about 2 and half hours. There is small ridge called Muldai View Point just high above Dobato which takes about 30 minutes from where we will have superb views of high Himalayan range such as Machhapuchhre to the South to Dhaulagiri to the north west and Annapurna range in the middle. This is usually very good to hike early in the morning for Sunrise view over the high mountains. There will be another interesting day hike to Hidden Lake from Dobato who has longer time to explore this very remote lake and the views of mountains are very closer. This takes 7 hours of round trip walking from Dobato and need extra day for exploring. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Dobato to Chistibung 3026m/4 hours
Today early in the morning, we will hike 30 minutes up hill to Muldai View Point from where we will have panoramic view of high Himalayas including Dhaulagiri range and Annapurna range and Machhapuchhre. Then back to lodge. After breakfast, we will walk down hill for a while in dense forest of Rhododendron and soon we will climb up hill for few minutes then trail goes level until reaching Bayli Kharka which takes an hour walking. From Bayli Kharka, there are great views of Dhaulagiri Range. Then we will descend through dense forest of Rhododendron until reaching small Stream and cross wooden bridge and walk continue for a while and soon again cross small stream, then start ascending for few minutes through the forest and trail goes for level until reaching open ground and forest to reach the pastures of lands, continue to walk through forest, ascending gradually and passing through several buffalo/yaks grazing pastures to reach a clearing and temporary herder’s settlement at Chistibung, where you will stay in the small community lodge or private lodge. Stay overnight at Lodge/Home-Stay.
Day 6: Trek from Chistibung to Kopra Ridge/Danda 3660m/3 hours
Today after breakfast, we are heading to reach the ridge at Kopra, we will embark on a steady climb that carries us above the tree line. This area is noted for wildlife, so we should keep our eyes open for Himalayan tahr and Danfe pheasant. The best way to tackle the climb is to ascend steadily, take our time and rest as often as our wish. We will reach the lodge on Kopra Ridge in time for lunch and will be greeted by more awe-inspiring views of mountain vistas. This extraordinary panorama includes Annapurna South, towering directly above us at only six kilometres away, with Fang/Bahra Sikhar and Nilgiri prominent to the north. Across the depths of the Kali Gandakhi Valley, the Dhaulagiri range dominates the entire western skyline. The Kopra Community Lodge is the highlight of our work in the region. It takes 2 and half hours walking from Chistibung to Khopra. Stay overnight at Community Lodge.
Day 7: Khopra excursion trip
Today, it is a very good idea to stay here at least 1 more day; we can take a beautiful day’s hiking trip to Khayar Lake at 4600m. This, however, is not recommended for every trekker, because it is a very long way to trek to the lake and come back the same way to Khopra ridge. It takes a minimum of 7 to 8 hours as a round trip. But it is good idea to go as far as Thanti (around 4200m. high) and come back. At Thanti, there are some shelters for yak herders and shepherds to stay in during the monsoon. Khayar Lake is very famous for Hindu belief; on the occasion of Janai Purnima , around the full moon of Saaun (July-August) the high caste men, Brahmin and Kshetri, must change the janai/sacred treads, which they wear looped over their left shoulder. So Janai Purnima brings crowds of pilgrims to this sacred Khayar Lake and many pilgrims come from India as well. There they garland a statue of Shiva and throw coins at a temple and into the lake. The pilgrims sleep one or two nights at Thanti, where the yak herders’ shelters are used to sleep in, but those are not enough for all these people. They bring large tents and set them up as shelter for many people and then they go up to the lake, making pooja, and it would be fantastic to take the Khayar lake trip. The views of nature’s beauty are mesmerizing. Overnight at Community Lodge.
Day 8: Trek from Khopra Ridge to Swanta 2214m/5 hours
After breakfast with great views of mountain vistas, from Kopra Ridge we will descend off the hillside and continue steeply downhill. We will retrace the route back to Chistibung. It will take 1 and half hour. Then the trail goes steep down hill through the forest until Kharka for an hour. This place is really nice make a lunch break and then cross small wooden bridge. Afterward the trail stays up hill for little while in bamboo forest and walk in the ups and downs until reaching village of Swanta where Magar people are inhabited. It takes about 2 hours after lunch. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 9: Trek from Swanta to Mohare Danda 3320m/7 hours
Today morning, the views of Dhaulagiri range is visible from the lodge and after breakfast, the trail leaves from just below our lodge and down hill walking to suspension bridge over small stream. Then trail follows steep zigzag climbing up hill until reaching Phalante to join main trekking trail to go Ghorepani or Tatopani and can see the Swanta village opposite side. It takes 1 and half hour. Afterward our trail follows behind the small tea shop and trail goes terrace field for a while and entering to the dense forest of Rhododendron. Mostly we walk gentle up hill through the forest until reaching to the ridge and walk short down hill for few minutes. Then we climb gradually up hill to Danda Kharka passing several yaks and sheep pasture land and the views of Dhaulagiri range and Annapurna range are mostly awesome. It takes around 2 and half hour. Here we have lunch break. After lunch, the trail follows gradually uphill to Fulbari for half an hour and trail still goes deeper dense forest of Rhododendron and other sub tropical plants to reach on the ridge and walk for while on grassy land until reaching Mohare Danda which takes about 2 and half hour. Moharedanda itself is a perfect natural towering ridge. It offers a spectacular 360 degree mountain view through the Dhaulagiri range (8167m), Annapurna range (8091m), Manaslu Himal( 8163m) as well as vistas of deep magical landscapes and magnificent sunrises and sunsets over the mountains. Stay overnight at Community Lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Mohare Danda to Nangi 2320m/4 hours
Early morning enjoy with sunrise view over the high Himalayas and after breakfast, we walk gentle down hill on grassy land for a while viewing valley. Soon we enter to the forest and walk small gully ups and downs and again we walk on grassy land until reaching Hampal Pass which takes 1 and half hour. Then the trail follows steep zigzag down hill into forest for a while and again gentle climbing down hill into deep forest until we reach at stone paved trail and continue walking down hill to the Magar Village of Nangi, which takes 2 hours. The views of Dhaulagiri range and Annapurna range are still visible from the village. We explore the high school from the village and surrounding area. Stay overnight at Community Lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Nangi to Banskharka 1526m/4 hours
Today morning after having breakfast, we leave the village and follow the off road head through the villages for 1 and half hour. The views of Dhaulagiri range is still visible. Then the trail goes steep down hill in the stone staircases for half an hour and then walk steep climbing up hill for half an hour. Soon the Banskharka is visible from top of hill and we still continue to walk down hill in well maintained trekking trail until reachinh Banskharka which takes about 4 hours from Nangi. They have organge farming for their whole land and we should stay at Home-Stay from the families. There are mixed culture and different people of Nepal. Stay overnight at Home-Stay.
Day 12: Trek from Banskharka to Galeshwor and drive to Pokhara
Morning we walk down hill on the small trekking trail skipping dirt road and soon trail follows steep down hill to Kaligandaki River where we cross the suspension bridge and walk on the dirt road for a while to arrive at Galeshwor which takes about 1 and half hour where one of the famous Hindu temple is situated in the middle of village and we quickly visit this temple and our private car is waiting for us there and we drive to Pokhara which takes about 4 hours. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 13: Morning Hike to World Peace Stupa and afternoon fly back to Kathmandu
In the morning after breakfast, we will go to world peace stupa by car. We can see panoramic view of high Himalayan range from Manaslu to Dhaulagiri range including Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Massif as well as scenic Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake. Then, we will walk down to Phewa Lake through the forest which takes about 1 hour and take a boat to cross a Phewa Lake passing the small Island where Temple Barahi is situated middle of the Lake. Afternoon transfer to airport, and then fly back to Kathmandu. Our car will be ready to pick up in the airport and transfer to Hotel.
Day 14: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 2 nights deluxe accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night deluxe accommodation at standard hotel in Pokhara.
* Domestic flight tickets from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the Lodge trek.
* Lodge to lodge/community lodges accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and TIMS.
* All necessary entrance fees.
* Office Service charge.
* All Government Tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals ( Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by clients themselves.