Khopra Ridge Trek - 9 Days

Know before you go
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season Mar - May and Sep - Nov
  • Trip Area Annapurna Region
  • Maximum Altitude 4500m.|14763ft.

Highlights

  • Swift trek to the villages of Nepal, exploring the cultural and traditional diversity. 
  • Scenic view of many mountains from different viewpoints. 
  • Trekking in crowd-less trails allows for learning more. 
  • Opportunity for exploring and discovering new lifestyles along the trek. 
  • Visit the Hindu sacred lake, Khayar Lake.
  • A magnificent exhibition of Gurung and Magar Culture in the villages. 

Khopra Trek often called Khopra Ridge Trek is a lesser-known trekking route that runs through the Annapurna region. Khopra has spectacular views of the Annapurna Mountain range, including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Bhara Shikhar, Annapurna I, Machhapuchre, and numerous more peaks. Since the Khopra Ridge Trek is an unexplored hiking area, there are several opportunities to explore and learn about the area and trekking routes.

It is a great choice for a family trip because it is a pleasant hiking track to go along when it is less crowded. This trekking area is not too challenging for beginners.

Khopra Ridge Trek Route

The duration of the Khopra Ridge Trek is a 9-day long trek, although it can be modified to fit your schedule. After taking a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, we will begin our trek. We'll drive to Ghandruk and then hike a short distance to Tadepani. On the third day, we would trek for 4-5 hours toward Dobato. After enjoying a spectacular sunrise and mountain view from Muldai View Point in the early morning, we will continue traveling to Khopra Danda.

Then on the fifth day, we will reach Khayer Lake, a holy lake for Hindus. We will spend the night at Khopra Danda after returning on foot. We will arrive at Swanta Village on the sixth day of the trek and spend the night there. On the seventh day, we will hike for 5–6 hours and stay in Ghorepani to witness the morning view and the gorgeous sunrise the following morning from Poon Hill. That day, we will travel from Pokhara to Hile after walking for 7-9 hours.

Major Attractions 

Poon Hill

Poonhill, at 3210 meters above sea level, is one of the most well-known and beloved overlooks in the Annapurna Region and the perfect place for sightseeing. The Poon Hill viewpoint offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Ghorepani, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Mardi, and numerous more mountains. Poon Hill is a well-liked tourist destination in and of itself, making it an ideal choice for a detour on the way to Annapurna Base Camp.

Ghorepani

Ghorepani is a small settlement within the Annapurna Conservation Area that requires ACAP authorization to visit. However, it is a popular tourist attraction in the Annapurna region known for its culture and customs. Numerous guest homes get hundreds of visitors each day. Ghorepani, a place that once served as a rest stop for traders who found water for their horses traveling from the north, is now a key junction for numerous trekking routes. 

Khayer Lake

The district of Baglung has Khayer Lake, often referred to as Baraha Lake. It rises to a height of 4500 meters. It is a tiny lake that is incredibly well-known among Nepal's Hindu population. This location was inhabited twenty years ago, but today it welcomes hundreds of tourists each year and thousands of local visitors. Khayer Lake is emerging for the festival of yak blood drink, in which people drink the blood of yak full of nutrients for the human body. This festival falls in late October or early November. There are few lodges to choose from, and usually, they are completely booked during the season.

Khopra Danda Viewpoint 

The main attraction of the Khopra Danda Trek is the panorama at Khopra Danda. It is 3660 meters above sea level. The Khopra Danda Viewpoint offers mesmerizing views of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, and several other mountain ranges and has become a stopover site on the walk. The trekking area is also one of the best spots for sunrise. 

Culture and Tradition 

Magars and the Gurung community of the Khopra region have distinct cultures and traditions. They are showcasing their culture and attracted many tourists in the past few years. They have been an impeccable part of this trekking region and one of the biggest reasons for the Annapurna religion being famous among the visitors. 

Muldai Viewpoint  

Muldai viewpoint is another breathtaking hilltop to get a clear view of the mountain range. Trekkers who miss the view from Poon Hill can trek to Muldai's viewpoint, which offers similar views as that from Poon Hill. The Himalayas at sunrise are breathtaking. Trekkers will observe numerous mountains, including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), Mt. Annapurna (8,091 meters), Mt. Nilgiri, and many others. Muldai viewpoint summits provide views of the surrounding valley as well. 

Why Nepal Nirvana Trails?

The best and most knowledgeable personnel work with Nepal Nirvana Trails. They are knowledgeable and aware of the possibilities. They will offer the best company and direction throughout the entire journey. They will assist you in giving information about the trails, local culture and traditions, and mountains seen en route.

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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Welcome to Nepal, a country in the Himalayas! When you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by one of the staff of Nepal Nirvana Trails and then driven to your accommodation. After you get there, you will have some time to relax before going to a short briefing, where your tour guide will give you an overview of the journey at our office.

  • Hotel
  • 1400m.|4593ft.

On this day, we will have a scenic 25-minute flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu. We will have a drive to Ghandruk immediately after landing at Pokhara Airport. We will have lunch and a basic introduction and briefing about the local cultures and traditions of the cultural village, Ghandruk. We will further have a short hike to Tadapani and rest there for the day.

  • Tea House
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • 2630m.|8663ft.

One of your trek's uphill hikes is today. Early risers should have breakfast before setting out on the Dobato route. We will pass through a thick rhododendron grove and ascend more stairs. We will arrive at Dobato after a lovely stroll along a ridgeline that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lush valleys. Next morning, we will hike to Muldai View Point to see the sunrise, so we will go to bed early.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3350m.|10990ft.

A fascinating sunrise view with the sight of the golden sun emerging over the beautiful peaks covered in snow can be witnessed from the Muldai Viewpoint. After taking in this breathtaking vista, we will descend to the teahouse, eat breakfast, and then go to Khopra Danda or Khopra ridge. The seventh-highest peak in the world, Dhaulagiri, can be seen in magnificent detail from the trail's up-and-down path through rhododendron forests. Even though it's challenging, this is a fantastic hike, especially in the spring when wildflowers and rhododendron petals cover the trail. The trail is isolated, allowing us to appreciate the peace and be one with nature, except for a few yaks & mule trains. We will spend the night at Khopra Ridge.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3660m.|12006ft.

We will catch the breathtaking view of the sun rising over the snow-covered summits of Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris, Hiunchuli, and other mountains. Afterward, we will have our breakfast and move towards Khayer Lake. One of our trek highlights is the trip to Khayer Lake. We must trek to the Annapurna Massif slopes to get to the lake. Khayer Lake is a revered high-altitude mountain lake encircled by mountains and glaciers. Around the edge of the lake, we can see numerous Hindu shrines. A swim in this lake is believed to purify and apologize for sins. Retracing our route, we will return to the teahouse of Khopra Ridge.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4500m.|14762ft.

After relishing in the stunning Himalayan vista from Khopra Ridge one last time, we will descend to Swanta Village. Because it is a rocky downhill, we will walk downhill with caution. The enormous Dhaulagiri rises majestically in the distance. Enjoying the spectacular Nepalese alpine scenery with ridge-top settlements and terraced farmland, we will reach Swanta.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2214m.|7263ft.

We will begin our hike to Ghorepani following the path that descends past a dense jungle and paddy fields. We will cross a suspension bridge over the river and ascend to Chittre. On the trail, there will be additional hikers and mule trains. To get to the settlement of Ghorepani, we will climb the carefully placed stone steps. We will stop by a teahouse and enjoy some well-earned downtime.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2858m.|9376ft.

We will wake up early and reach the Poonhill Viewpoint to witness the breathtaking scenery of the golden rising sun over the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, bathing them in pink, crimson, and golden hues. Poonhill is one of the most well-known places to view a glimpse of the Himalayan Ranges. We can see the Himalayan giants Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna Massif, Hiunchuli, and Gangapurna from here in all their magnificence. We will descend to Ghorepani, enjoy breakfast, and continue on our way to Hile. It is a challenging downhill hike that offers breathtaking natural scenery. Once we arrive in Hile, hop in a vehicle to reach Pokhara. 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3210m.|10530ft.

Please let us know if you plan to see major attractions of Pokhara before heading back to Kathmandu. We will set up a half-day supervised tour package (at an additional cost). Otherwise, we will catch the tourist bus and enjoy the green hills while returning to Kathmandu. You can stroll around the Ason or Thamel neighborhood bazaars to buy souvenirs and enjoy the nightlife of Kathmandu. Enjoy a complimentary farewell meal with your guide or a member of our team to commemorate the end of your Nepal vacation.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast and Farewell Dinner
  • 1400m.|4593ft.

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What's Included

  • Airport transfer services during arrival and departure and local flight schedule
  • 2-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • One-night hotel at Pokhara
  • Accommodations during the treks 
  • 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and a cup of tea or coffee while on the treks
  • Experienced English-speaking government Licensed trekking guide and 1 porter between 2 trekkers
  • Guide and porter salary, food, equipment, and insurance including trip cost
  • All applicable permits and fees, ACAP, TIMS, and Local permits
  • Pokhara to the treks start point, treks ending point to Pokhara private vehicle service.
  • Sleeping bag down jacket if needed (It’s refundable)
  • Nepal Nirvana Trails Duffel Bag, T-shirt, Trekking map, and Water purifications drop Complimentary
  • Farewell Dinner in a fine Restaurant
  • Official expenses and government tax and vat.

What's Excluded

  • International flight tickets
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency Rescues and evacuations
  • During trekking time personal expenses, snacks, drink Beer coke, juice, water, WI-FI, etc.
  • Lunch and dinner Kathmandu
  • Tips for treks guide, porter (it is expected)

Useful Info

Altitude Sickness

Altitude Sickness is a threat while elevating towards a height. Beginners should be extremely cautious during their trek to higher elevations than 3500 meters. Khopra Ridge Trek is doable for beginners as you will walk slowly even though you will reach Khayer Lake, which is 4500 meters above sea level. Our experienced team will provide enough time for acclimatization. 

Khopra Ridge Trek Difficulty 

It is an easy trekking experience to complete Khopra Ridge Trek. The route and hike from Khopra Danda to Khayer Lake is comparatively easy than the Everest and Annapurna Region Treks. Even if you are a beginner, you can do the Khopra Ridge Trek easily. You have to be physically and mentally fit.

Food and Accommodation 

There are numerous tea houses and lodges along the way to food and lodge yourself. There are better services available in the trekking region. You will get the open menu and can choose your food. We suggest you try the local thali that consists of several veg and non-veg items. You will get a twin shared room with good facilities. You can have a hot shower and internet for a little extra cost. 

Best Time To Trek 

Khopra Ridge can be doable in any of the seasons. It is a moderate trek with barely any difficulty, so you can have your preferred time to trek in this region. But, due to weather conditions might affect your experience. We suggest you choose the best season for trekking in this region. Autumn and Spring are considered the best seasons for trekking in Nepal.  

Communication and Internet Services

The communication services, such as phone and SMS services from several mobile networks, are easily accessible in the Khopra Ridge Trekking area. Several teahouses and lodges charge more for internet service. You can always use mobile data if you need to.

Khopra Ridge Trek Permit Cost

You have to get Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(ACAP) and Trekker Information Management System(TIMS) permits to enter this trekking region. 

ACAP costs you NPR 1000 for SAARC nationals and NPR 3000 for every other foreign national. 

TIMS costs NPR 1000 per person. 

Tipping 

Tipping guides, porters, and other helpers are not required, but it is strongly suggested and appreciated to boost their confidence and longevity in their jobs. Although you are under no obligation to tip, doing so will benefit them.

Last Minute Booking

Nepal Nirvana Trails offers last-minute and pre-reservations to fit all your plans and itineraries. We take reservations at least 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the Khopra Ridge Trek.

You can contact us directly by email at [email protected] or by phone or WhatsApp message at +977 9841380469 to reserve your travel itinerary. We at Nepal Nirvana Trails are always happy to assist you on your next adventure.

FAQs

  • The walk to Khopra Ridge is complete in 9 days. According to your schedule and plans shift, the timing may also adjust. You might very well trust Nepal Nirvana Trails for assistance with all of your trekking plans.

  • There are teahouses and lodges during the Khopra Ridge Trek, and you will find them frequently. There can be the possibility of not getting the rooms during the peak trekking seasons, so we recommend you to book earlier so that we can manage the best available accommodation for you beforehand.

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