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Khopra Ridge Trek

14 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges
  • Memorable experience in Nepal’s wonder out backs
  • Captivating mountain views, traditional villages and landscapes
  • Khopra Ridge and Poonhill

Khopra Ridge Trek or also known popularly as Dhaulagiri Trek is one of the less explored in this area and is sandwiched between the Annapurna range and the astonishing Dhaulagiri Mountains. Khopra Ridge Trek takes us into the unknown land of quiet forests of rhododendron, oaks and firs. As we move tread deeper, we will come into rolling valleys of budding colourful villages, giving us insights into coarse mountain life in this far-out region. Due to the remoteness of this territory, this trek is the perfect one for trekkers who want a challenge into the unknown and less used trails. And you, the discerning trekker will be one of the few to witness nature in its most unique display in this part of the Annapurna, where raw landscapes mingle with the scent of wild showy mountain flowers, that can be seen for miles in spring.

Hiking to Khopra Ridge is basically just you, the mountains, friendly people, and being close to nature. If you are fortunate, you may come across rare floral/fauna. This trek has all the spices for a memorable experience in Nepal’s wonder outbacks. The inner Himalayas in this region include villages, wildlife, captivating mountain views and a range of landscapes from forest to high alpine snowy areas. Similarly, the Khopra Ridge journey is headed away from the more cluttered trails of the Annapurna region and our accommodation will be in teahouse lodges built by the local folks. The mountain vistas from Khopra Ridge are the best ever including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang and Nilgiri peaks. The view from Ghandruk is magnificent with Mt. Machhapuchhre (also known as Fishtail) and Mount Hiunchuli which is an added bonus to this trek. Therefore; The Khopra Ridge Trek is definitely one trek that ardent trekkers will desire and watching beautiful sunsets signals the end of a day of one of our adventures fulfilled in our lives.

However; Our Khopra Ridge Trek is an all-inclusive trip which means you only need cash for your personal expenses and food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
(Except Kathmandu and Pokhara), stay in the city and meals during the trek and accommodation along the trekking route, tea house/lodge, necessary permit, guide/porter, domestic airfare, transfers to and from Kathmandu etc. are all included.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu (1,350m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 2: Fly to Pokhara (827m) from Kathmandu & explore
Day 3: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m) 4-5 hours
Day 4: Trek to Tadapani (2,590m) from Ghandruk 4-5 hours
Day 5: Trek to Bayeli Kharka (3,420m) from Tadapani 5-6 hours
Day 6: Trek to Upper Chistibung (3,540m) from Bayeli Kharka, 5-6 hours
Day 7: Trek to Khopra (3,660m) from Upper Chistibung 4-5 hours
Day 8: In Khopra, Optional hike to Khayer Lake (4,600m) 8-9 hours
Day 9: Trek to Swanta (2,270m) from Khopra Ridge 4-5 hours
Day 10: Trek to Ghorepani (2,750m) from Swanta 3 hours
Day 11: Hike up to Poonhill (3,210m) and Trek to Hille (1,430m) 4-5 hours
Day 12: Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara (827m)
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus 6-7 hours
Day 14: Drop at the airport for the final departure.

Price for The Trip:

We could not include the cost of each package on the company’s website. The only question most of our customers have is why AlpineTrav Treks did not include the price in the package. Because, in order to provide you with a reasonable price and try to address your every need, we want to provide you with some information. Which will help your trip budget.

Please read below for more information.

  • The trip cost always depends upon group size, hotel accommodation of category and client’s desire budget.
  • The above itinerary is a standard guideline that AlpineTrav Treks provides you with advice and tips. And this itinerary can be modified according to your time and needs.
  • After our trip is confirmed, the price will be adjusted in our contract, if the customer wants to add some services, we will charge for those additional services and if he wants to reduce some services, we will reduce the fee accordingly.
  • Itinerary is published in full board operation services for clear understanding of the customer. Among many options such as hotel facilities in Kathmandu and Pokhara, the client can make own choice.
  • Cost - also depends on the number of porters and mode of transport. Let us know through email, whatsApp or message.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact AlpineTrav Treks for any information regarding your selected package. We'll work together to customize your trip to meet your exact requirement so that you have a memorable trip.
  • We're a local travel agency. When you book with us, you get best possible price, which is middle-man free.
  • We don't add hidden extra cost. Airport to Airport services and all trips include travel permit, lodging and fooding. There are no surprises with hidden costs.

Detail Itinerary

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Please look out for a placard of your name at the exit of arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip.

We will catch the early morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. During the 20- minutes ride, one can get close-up views of Annapurna and other mountains. Upon arrival at the Pokhara airport, we will be transferred to a hotel near the Lakeside. After refreshment, we will set out to explore Pokhara. Places of interest are Davis Falls, KI Singh Bridge. Mountaineering Museum, Seti Gorge, Mahendra Cave and Gupteswor Cave etc.

After breakfast, we will drive to Nayapul which will take 2 and half hour. Upon reaching, our trek begins on the trails to the Annapurna Mountains. As you climb uphill leisurely, you will soak in the splendor of nature. Ghandruk, a bustling village of the ethnic Gurung community whom still speaks in their own dialect, are traditionally-dressed, practices and maintain their traditions and culture. Ghandruk is also home to the Gurkha soldiers. It is a popular and well known destination for trekkers for its beautiful mountain views.

After breakfast, our trek starts on trail which is lined by rich rhododendron forests, splendidly cascading sparkling mountain streams and other magical vistas of nature that never fails to amaze us. As we continue to ascend for 3 hours, we step into the territory of Tadapani at an altitude of 2590m. Tadapani has the most awesome mountain views of the overpowering peaks of Annapurna South.

After breakfast; we make a beeline for a route that goes off-the-beaten trail, which is not used often. We then do a slow climb through lush rhododendron forest and water buffalo pastures before culminating above the tree line for grand views of the Annapurna range. This is where we break and rest for lunch. Our trek continues to an open area called Bayeli Kharka with an awesome view of Dhaulagiri Himal which is also our campsite for the night.

After a hearty breakfast, we start our descent through the clear ground and fine-looking forest to reach the pastures of Chistbung. There, we will ascend gradually to Upper Chistibung, a temporary herder’s settlement. You might be able to catch sight of the colourful Lophophorus (Danphe), the national bird of Nepal, as well as the Himalayan Thar on the grassy ridge high above the trail.

This morning, we set out on a steady climb above the tree line through alpine meadows and pastures to reach Khopra danda. On nearing the Khopra Ridge, we see the tip of Annapurna South. Upon reaching Khopra we go for a brief hike down Khopra Ridge to a viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki river far below in this deep valley. From Khopra we are rewarded with the stunning mountain panorama including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna South.

We will start to explore this area after breakfast. We head out for a brief hike around the ridge. Khopra ridge was always a summer pasture for the local Shepards from Chitre, Ghorepani, and Ghara and they come from as far as Ghandrung and Kimche Khola villages. A of 8-10 hours (back & forth) with amazing scenery of the surrounding snowcapped peaks and splendid landscape to Bhara, also known as ‘Khayer Lake’ located at (4,600m) can be completed in a day.

It’s a steep descent from our camp, sticking to the ridge line as we move to the Kali Gandaki and pass shrines used by pilgrims on their annual visit to the sacred lakes. There may be shepherds on the trail, as well as villagers going about their daily activities as we descend. There is more activity and signs of settlement, a marked contrast to the trekking we have enjoyed on the high ridges.

From Swanta village, we hike leisurely along steep trails. Nature displays exotic sight of majestic snow-capped mountain peaks, lush vegetation and rich plant life before us. We climb through rhododendron forest to Deurali and reach a hamlet and cultivated fields. We then continue walking for 3 hours and finally we will find ourselves in Ghorepani.

Early in the morning before dawn, we will leave our hotel and hike towards Poon hill for sunrise over Annapurna mountain range. Enjoy the panoramic views of Annapurna1, Annapurna South Machhapuchhare and Dhaulagiri from Poonhill. We will return to hotel for breakfast and lower down to Hille through colorful rhododendron forest.Today will be a leisure descend along the side of the valley to Hille a scenic hike we will enjoy.

We trek from Hille to New bridge and then to Kyumi village. After lunch we head down to Birethanti from where, a half-an-hour trek takes us to Naya Pul where the trek ends. From Nayapul we take a drive to Pokhara for about an hour. We might enjoy the prospects of visiting some more places around Pokhara until evening or just chill out at some restaurant near the lake.

After breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu. The return trip will take about 6 hours. After arriving in Kathmandu, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. You can do last minute shopping for souvenirs in Thamel or take a stroll.

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. You will be assisted in your last-minute preparation. Our staff representative will help you pack your luggage, drop you off at the international airport. And we wish you a safe flight. Likewise we hope to see you soon again!

Services we offer in a package:

Cost Inclusion

  • AlpineTrav Treks provides pick-up and drop services from international airport on your arrivals and departures.
  • Representative of AlpineTrav Treks will be waiting for you on arrived in international airport with a your name's placard so that you can easily find our person. And you will be transfers to your demanded Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • According to the trekking package schedule, AlpineTrav Treks will arrange 2 nights demand category (from tourist star to five-star) of hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • According to the trekking package schedule, AlpineTrav Treks will arrange 2 nights demand category (from tourist star to five-star) of hotel accommodations in Pokhara.
  • According to the trip program, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions arranged flight tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara for trekking members.
  • AlpineTrav Treks will provide Experienced and government authorized (licensed holder) high altitude trekking guide during the trekking period.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will provided 1 porter for every 2 trekkers with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio.
  • Transportation we will provided during the trekking or major city for members as per the itinerary. (with staffs for during trekking)
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will provide you with a clean and cozy teahouse/lodge to stay in and eat during the trekking.
  • Most of the trekking trail, lunch is done on the way between the starting and ending the day of hiking while dinner and breakfast at the teahouse/lodge where you have overnight stay.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides a clean, Nutritious, and fresh food (B, L, D) at the lovely teahouse/lodge throughout the trekking.
  • As Khopra Ridge is at the Annapurna conservation territory, AlpineTrav Treks provide you a permit for Annapurna conservation.
  • The Trekkers' Information Management Systems permit issued by the trekking agency association of Nepal is required to enter the area of Annapurna Conservation, so AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide you a TIMS permit too.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides all wages, equipment, and insurance for elaborate trekking staff.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide first aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your trekking and health safety.
  • AlpineTrav Treks for members convenience always provide maps of related trekking.
  • AlpineTrav Treks will provide clean and warm down jacket and sleeping bag during the trekking, taking care of your comfort and health. (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • The above offer package price includes our service charges, government charges, and all taxes and vat.
  • We want to offer you to have dinner with us before you departed from Kathmandu. It will be an opportunity for you to see and learn about Nepali culture and tradition.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions offer you farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant or AlpineTrav Treks with families Kathmandu before departure.

Cost Exclusion

  • Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and Pokhara is also the second city of Nepal. Since this city's offers high quality and delicious food from different countries and groups, we were hoping you could taste the meals you like. For that reason, during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will have to arrange lunch and dinner (except the farewell dinner).
  • Suppose you want to take any packed food, snacks, drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, and carbonated soft drinks, any types of alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, and nutria-bars during the trek. In that case, you have to buy it yourself.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of Items of personal trekking equipment, laundry expenses, tips, Landlines, mobiles, satellite phones, and the internet service exclude in the package.
  • Trekking is an adventurous activity that always takes place in remote areas. So, safety is the primary factor for us. Therefore, you have to have your travel insurance covering the cost of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical tests, and hospitalization before you arrive for the trip to Nepal.
  • The package cost offered above does not include your international flight ticket and Nepal's tourist visa, so that you have to pay for your international flight ticket and tourist visa yourself.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, changes in government regulations exclude.
  • The short sentence, "The services we provide in the above package cost inclusive," will cost extra if you want more than additional services you have to pay extra.
  • Those Employees who are involved in your trekking are hoping for tips, gifts, or something at the end of the trip, which is an opportunity to say how happy you are with our staff and what kind of service you have rendered.
  • Your guide and porters will expect the tips according to the international system in the trekking package for your information.

Price for The Trip:

We could not include the cost of each package in the company website. Most of our clients have the same query that i.e. why AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions had not include the price in the package. To provide your service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement, we desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us to breakdown the cost. That’s why, we have clarified our customers that because of following reasons we have not included the cost in our website and package:

Please read below for more information.

  • Cost depends upon group size.
  • Costs may affect guide and numbers of porter.
  • The cost depends upon the category of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • The cost depends upon the mode of transport (private car, flight or tourist bus).
  • The itinerary can be changed according to your choice.
  • Above mentioned itinerary is airport to airport service.
  • The itinerary can be designed according to your time and budget.
  • Please contact us for dates, cost and duration – days.

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Khopra Ridge Trek

Trip Facts

  • 14 Days, 10 days trekking
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 4,400m/141436ft.
  • Autumn (September to December & (Spring) March to May
  • TIA (Kathmandu)
  • Kathmandu, Airport
  • Mode: Private Car, Flight or Tourist Bus
  • Hotels, Teahouse/Lodges
  • 1 - Maximum 12

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