Overview

The Khopra Trek, also known as the KhopraDanda or Khopra Ridge Trek, is a gorgeous hike that passes through lush forests onto a ridge, elevated above the clouds and surrounded by a panoramic view of the Himalayas.  The trail is short and relatively easy, suitable for trekkers of all levels of experience.

After travelling from Kathmandu to Pokhara, we take a short drive to Nayapul and embark on our journey.  The first few days are filled with the natural beauty of forested hillsides, waterfalls, terraced rice fields, and charming villages.  During the Spring season, the dazzling rhododendron flowers are in bloom.  At Poon Hill, the early morning sunrise behind the Himalayas takes our breath away.  We are inspired and excited for what is still in store.  We depart from the path of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek after Tatopani, and the trail quickly becomes more serene. 

Over the course of the trek, we will have splendid views ofAnnapurna South (7219m), AnnapurnaII (7937m), AnnapurnaIII (7555m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and many others.  When we reach Khopra Ridge (3660m), we are blown away at the sheer beauty of mountains.  A rush of joy comes to us as we are faced with a nearly 360-degree view of the highest mountains in the world.  The next morning, we hike to the sacred Kaire Lake (4500m).  Once again, it is difficult to contain the excitement of being surrounded by such a pristine natural environment.  From here, we begin our descent back to Nayapul.  We drive back to Pokhara and fly or drive back to Kathmandu.

The Khopra Trek is a quiet trail and it is possible we will only see a few other trekkers.  Do not let that deter you! Few know about this trek and it is not offered by most other companies.  We can take our time on the trek, enjoying the solitude and the pristine landscapes of the Himalayas.  We can either stay in teahouses or camp outside, depending on your interests.

Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather.  During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer.  The Annapurna Circuit Trek requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Breeze Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

Trip Highlights

  • Sunrise at Poon Hill with panoramic views of the Annapurna region
  • Magar and Gurung village hospitality
  • Variety of landscapes – dense forests, including bamboo and rhododendron, waterfalls, lakes, and high mountain peaks
  • Jaw-dropping view along the Khopra Ridge
  • Visit to the sacred Kaire Lake (4500m)

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Driving 7 hours by tourist bus.
  • Day 04: Drive to Nayapul then trek to Ghandruk (1940m).
  • Day 05: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani (2610m).
  • Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to BayeliKharka (3420m).
  • Day 07: Trek from BayeliKharka to Upper Chistibung (2975m).
  • Day 08: Trek from Upper Chistibung to Khopra Ridge (3660m).
  • Day 09: Trek from Khopra Ridge to Swanta Village (2200m).
  • Day 10: Trek from Swanta Village to Ghorepani (2855m).
  • Day 11: Visit Poon Hill (3210m), then trek Tikhedhunga (1577m).
  • Day 12: Trek to Nayapul, then drive to Pokhara (850m).
  • Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu.
  • Day 14: Departure.

Trip note

Accommodation

All our packages include accommodation in the cost. This accommodation is included during the set itinerary.  While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2-3 Star hotel for you.  During the trek, our guides will pick the best lodge for you to stay in based on their experience as well as room availability. All the accommodations will be a twin-shared basis. In the mountain, Shower and toilet will be on Sharing basis. During high trekking season, you may have to share a room with a same-sex trekker from another group. 

Food

Nepal has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs.  If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time.  During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included.  Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own.  On the trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.  For teahouse treks, we can order typical Nepali food, continental ,Italian , Tibetan and Indian at teahouses.  While camping, we will prepare the meals for you.  After our trek, we will have a celebration/pre-departure traditional Nepali meal in Thamel. 

Guide & Porters

A government-licensed guide will lead the trek.  All our guides have tremendous experience on the trails and are passionate about the trekking industry.  Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one.  If there is any worry during your trek, our guides will address it.  Your safety is our number one priority.  For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides. For teahouse treks, there will be one porter for every two trekkers.  For camping treks, we will need more porters in order to carry the food, kitchen equipment, tents, etc.    

Acclimatization/Fitness/Experience

As many of our treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude.  Our treks have acclimatization days built into the itinerary.  It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness.  The level of fitness necessary for our treks varies depending on the trek.  On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trial.  Generally, the treks can be done with an average level of fitness.  More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek. 

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on a trek.  We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control.  In case of medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance.  You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country.  Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains. 

Best Time to Travel

The peak seasons for traveling in Nepal are during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November).  These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course they are a little more crowded than the off-season.  It is possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures.  It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and there is a high chance of rainfall.

Note:

Please be assured that Breeze Adventure manage our treks to the highest standards. Your safety and satisfaction are our priority. We will support you to the best of our abilities with any issues that may arise. We will work with you to ensure you get the most from your trek and visit Nepal

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
    Welcome to Nepal! A representative from Breeze Adventure will welcome you our hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
    Have breakfast and start sightseeing around Kathmandu in a private vehicle. We will see several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will learn about each site’s historical, religious, and cultural significance. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Driving 7 hours by tourist bus.
    We drive about a 6-7 hrs along the Prithvi Highway to the gorgeous lakeside city of Pokhara. The scenery along with drive, full of by terraced hilly rice fields and valleysbuilds excitement within us for the upcoming trek. Pokhara is a relaxing town, a nice contrast to Kathmandu’s busy-ness. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 04: Drive to Nayapul then trek to Ghandruk (1940m).
    After driving to Nayapul from Pokhara, we begin hiking through the terraced hillsides. The trail is bound within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).Our trek begins with an easy flat walk to Birethanti (1025m), then cross the Modi River towardsour destination while passing Syauli Bazaar (1220m) andKimche (1640m) until a final small uphill to Ghandruk (1940m). On the trail you will see beautiful view of Modi Khola, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre and other beautiful peaks. Overnight in guest house.
  • Day 05: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani (2610m).
    The trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani takes about four hours. After breakfast, wedepart from the Gurung village through beautiful rhododendron trees, accompanied by birds chirping and welcoming the guests to their area. The clean stream runs down beside us as we climb up the trail. We come across a place named Bherikharka with some tea shops and lodges, stopping here for a brief rest. The trek then continues through more rhododendron forests. Overnight inguest house.
  • Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to BayeliKharka (3420m).
    After breakfast, we leave the main trail and for the next five days we hike through a more remote area of the Annapurna region and sleep in the various community lodges. It is a lovely wlak through rhododendron and oak forests following a trail originally used by villagers from Ghandruk to take their buffaloes, sheep and goats to the higher pastures in the summer months. The trail starts to ascend above the tree line and follows a ridge to Deuraliand continues up to BayeliKharka, the first community lodge. From the lodge the view to west is dominated by Dhaulagiri (8167m), the seventh highest mountain in the world. Overnight in community lodge.
  • Day 07: Trek from BayeliKharka to Upper Chistibung (2975m).
    This section of the trail lies on a grassy slope and traverses through pastures where you might find thedzo (a crossbreed between a cow and yak) grazing. Look out for the colorful Danphe pheasant, the national bird of Nepal, as well as Himalayan tahr on the grassy ridge high above the trail. Overnight in community lodge.
  • Day 08: Trek from Upper Chistibung to Khopra Ridge (3660m).
    From Upper Chistibung,it is a steady ascent through alpine meadows and pastures.At Khopra Ridge, the tip of Annapurna South is seen. However, it is only on arrival at Khopra community lodge that the full panorama is revealed: Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna South can all be seen clearly. After lunch, it is worth going for a short walk down Khopra Ridge for a viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki River far below this deep valley. Overnight in community lodge.
  • Day 09: Trek from Khopra Ridge to Swanta Village (2200m).
    It takes an hour of descending to get back to Upper Chistibung community lodge, where we can stop for drink before carrying on to Swanta village. Along the way, we take in more views of Dhaulagiri, a wonderful backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages. Overnight in community lodge.
  • Day 10: Trek from Swanta Village to Ghorepani (2855m).
    An hour or so after leaving Swanta village we link up with the main trail to Ghorepani, where there are far more others trekkers making us appreciate the more tranquil days of walking along the Khopra Ridge. Eventually,we arrive in Ghorepani and take the rest of the afternoon to relax. Overnight at teahouse.
  • Day 11: Visit Poon Hill (3210m), then trek Tikhedhunga (1577m).
    Early in the morning, we hike up to Poon Hill to watch the sun light up the snow-capped Himalayas. This is one of the most famous views in the Annapurna region. The breathtaking sight of Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and the surrounding will blow you away. We hike back down to Ghorepani for breakfast, and then continue to Tikhedhunga. Overnight in guest house.
  • Day 12: Trek to Nayapul, then drive to Pokhara (850m).
    From Tikhedhunga, we descend all the way to Nayapul. After checking out from the Annapurna Conservation Area Project check point,we say farewell to the mountains and travel back to Pokhara. Check in the hotel, and feel free to walk around the lakeside and spend your day as you wish. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu.
    After breakfast,we take a drive back to Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. Take in any scenery you may have missed along the way. After 6-7 hrs, e reach to Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel. Take a rest and spend your day freely. Celebratory dinner in Kathmandu in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 14: Departure.
    Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Breeze Adventure as your trekking guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.
  • Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.
  • Two nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Pokhara, breakfast included.
  • All transportation for the trek.
  • Local guest house accommodation in mountain.
  • Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters
  • Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters
  • Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Maps
  • Service charge and government taxes
  • Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)
  • Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.
  • Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
  • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)