Khopra Ridge Trek 14 Days
Khopra Ridge Trekking also known as Khayar Tal ( Lake) Trek, is one of the lesser-known treks through the Annapurna but still one of the most beautiful and interesting Newer Trekking routes in Nepal. Khopra Ridge trek has slowly been gaining popularity in the Annapurna Circuit and has been the word for viewing the stunning Himalayas like Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (7,061m), Bhara Shikhar (7,647m), Annapurna I (8091m), Machhapucchre (6,997m), and other few giants. The trek passes through lovely Magar and Gurung villages, beautiful mountain streams, and terraced fields which are the signs of the Himalayan foothills. We cross Muldai viewpoint on the way to Khopra Ridge from where you get a panoramic view of the area. The path to Khopra edge is extremely conspicuous, although one should be cautious with regard to diversions to different villages on the way.
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Khopra Ridge Trek 14 Days Outline Itinerary
|Day 01:||Arrival in Kathmandu Altitude: 1350/4428 ft.|
|Day 02:||Drive to Pokhara in a Tourist Bus, transfer to Hotel Altitude: 820 m/2705 | Drive: 5-6 hrs. | Meal: Breakfast|
|Day 03:||Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk Altitude: 1940m/6360 ft. | Drive: 1 and a half hrs. | Trek: 5/6 hrs. | Meal: BLD|
|Day 04:||Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani Altitude: 2,600m/8528 ft. | Trek: 5-6 hrs. | Meal: BLD|
|Day 05:||Trek from Tadapani to Bayli Kharka Altitude: 3420m/ 11285 ft. | Trek: 5/6 hrs. | Meal: BLD|
|Day 06:||Trek from Bayli to Upper Chistibung Altitude: 2975m/ 9818 ft. | Trek: 4/5 hrs. | Meal: BLD|
|Day 07:||Trek from Chistibung to Kopra Ridge Altitude: 3660m/ 12078 ft. | Trek: 3/4 hrs. | Meal: BLD|
|Day 08:||Rest day- excursion to Kaire Lake Altitude: 4600m/15180 ft. | Trek: 9/10 hrs. | Meal: BLD|
|Day 09:||Trek from Khopra Ridge to Chitre Altitude: 2390m/ 7887 ft. | Trek: 5/6 hrs. | Meal: BLD|
|Day 10:||Trek from Chitre to Ghorepani Altitude: 2860m/ 9438 ft. | Trek: 4/5 hrs. | Meal: BLD|
|Day 11:||Excursion to Poonhill, Trek to Tirkhedhunga Altitude: Poonhill: 3193m/ 10535 ft. | Trek: 5/6 hrs. | Meal: BLD|
|Day 12:||Trek from Tikhedunga to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara Altitude: 823m/2,700ft | Trek: 4/5 hrs. | Drive: 2 hrs. | Meal: B|
|Day 13:||Drive back to Kathmandu Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. | Drive 5-6 hrs. | Meal: B|
|Day 14:||Final Departure from Kathmandu Meal: B|
Khopra Ridge Trek 14 Days Detail Itinerary Expand All
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft.)
On your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, one of our representatives will pick up you and escort you to the hotel as well as help you to check-in at the hotel. After your refreshment, you will be briefed about the next day's trip.
Day 02 Drive to Pokhara in a Tourist Bus, transfer to Hotel
Early morning, after breakfast, catch the Tourist bus or we can also organize a private vehicle for you. Viewing countryside villages, farms, shops, and rivers, you will reach Pokhara. A beautiful place with tremendous views of mountains and lakes. You can also go Boating at Fewa Lake. Overnight at Hotel.
Meal: Breakfast | Altitude: 820 m/2705 ft. | Drive: 5-6 hrs.
Day 3: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk
Check out the hotel in the morning after breakfast to transfer to the trek point Nayapul. Your trek will start with a short hike on an easy trail. You will cross a suspension bridge and a stream following the Modi River you will reach Birethanti. You are required to show trekking permits at the Annapurna Conservation Check Post. From Birethanti, you will trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. Overnight at local lodge.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner | Altitude: 1940m/6360 ft. Drive: 1 and a half hrs. | Trek: 5/6 hrs.
Day 4: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani (Altitude: 2,600m/8528 ft. Trek: 5-6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Wake up with the stunning sunrise views over the Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. After breakfast, you will continue to walk uphill through Daurali passing dense rhododendron and oak forest. You will walk on the forest trail most of the time and totally avoid villages in between however offer a few Tea houses at Bhaisi Kharka with a place for rest. Following the narrow passes, you will reach Tadapani. It is a perfect setting for sunrise and sunset views.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner | Altitude: 3420m/11285 ft. | Trek: 5/6 hrs.
Day 5: Trek from Tadapani to Bayli Kharka
Today, you will avoid the regular trail that leads to Ghorepani following the thick rhododendron forest trail. You will see the local water buffalo pastures. Then, starts climbing up to a ridge above the tree line viewing the fantastic scenario of the Annapurna range. Gradually, starts walking following a small stream to the open countryside that leads you to a small pass. Then onwards, you will slowly descend through the rhododendron trail to an open area Bayli Kharka offers manifesting views of Mt. Dhaulagiri. Spend overnight at the local lodge.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner | Altitude: 3420m/11285 ft. | Trek: 5/6 hrs.
Day 6: Trek from Bayli to Upper Chistibung (Altitude: 2975m/ 9818 ft. Trek: 4/5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Today, you will walk downhill through open ground and forest that takes you to the pastures of lower Chistibung where you can stay here for a while. Then, continue to walk following the forest, gradually climbing up and passing through several buffalo grazing pastures towards the temporary settlements of herders at Upper Chistibung. Here, you will be staying at local community lodges. Being this trail an off beaten track there will be very limited lodges even run by the local community or Homestay.
Day 7: Trek from Chistibung to Kopra Ridge (Altitude: 3660m/ 12078 ft. Trek: 3/4 hrs. Meal: BLD)
The motive of the entire trek is to reach Khopra Ridge. Today, you will walk on a steady climb that carries you above the tree line. Now, you will enter the area noted for the wildlife, keep your eyes open and grasp the opportunity of viewing Himalayan Tahr and a colorful bird Danfe. You should climb steadily with appropriate rest and time. Just reaching the ridge, you will receive the sparkling surrounding including the attraction of Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Nilgiri, Kali Gandaki valley, and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Spent overnight in Lodge/Homestay.
Day 8: Rest day- excursion to Kaire Lake (Altitude: 4600m/15180 ft. Trek: 9/10 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Today will be the most exciting and long walking to the Khayer Lake lies at an altitude 4600 m. It is a sacred lake for the Hill dwellers practicing Shamanism and those who belong to Hindu. Especially on the day of Janai Purnima on the month Shrawan (July/August) when the sacred thread is changed by the Brahmin and Kshetris taking a holy bath, a fest is held here. It will be a long walking, hence, could not recommend for every trekker. For those who like to walk for a certain distance, they can go to explore the fantastic landscape of Thanti lies at an altitude of 4180 m. This place is a temporary shelter for the Yak Herders and shepherds. They stay here during monsoon season. It is a place where pilgrims spend overnight while going for worship at Khayer Lake. Spend overnight at Khapra village lodge.
Day 9: Trek from Khopra Ridge to Chitre (Altitude: 2390m/ 7887 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
It is time to return back following steep downhill. Retrace the trail back to Chistibung and following the trail towards Swanta. Then, descend through the village fields to a small river and take a quick look at the local watermill. From here you will cross the suspension bridge and head upwards to the village of Chittre Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Chitre to Ghorepani (Altitude: 2860m/ 9438 ft. Trek: 4/5 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Following the ascending trail, you will reach the village of Ghorepani where you will enjoy the picturesque views of the Dhaulagiri massif. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 11: Excursion to Poonhill, Trek to Tirkhedhunga. (Altitude: Poonhill: 3193m/ 10535 ft. Trek: 5/6 hrs. Meal: BLD)
Wake up early morning and make your journey to Poon Hill. It is a perfect place for sunrise view over the snowcapped mountainous peaks. Walking for hours in steep uphill really amaze you when you grasp the eye-popping view of mountains in the north turning yellowish color step by step by the strike of sun rays over the snowcapped top. Retrace your journey back to lodge for breakfast. Get ready to walk for the next journey Tirkhedhunga. The trail passes through beautiful rhododendron forest continuing the trail of Bhurungdi Khola. Rest for a while at Ulleri taking some picturesque views of the surrounding, then follow the stone steep steps down the hill. Follow the trail of Bhurungdi Khola and crossing a small suspension bridge, you will reach the village of Tirkedunga. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 12 Trek from Tikhedunga to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara (Altitude: 823m/2,700ft Trek: 4/5 hrs. Drive: 2 hrs. Meal: BL)
Today, you will continue to walk in a gentle descend trail to the village of Birethanti. It lies on the bank of Modi Khola. Here, you can spend your time for a while then retrace your journey to Nayapul to catch a vehicle to drive back to Pokhara. Explore the streets of Pokhara in the evening, release all your trek exhaustion and enjoy. Spend overnight at the local lodge.
Day 13 Drive back to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Drive: 5-6 hrs. Meal: B)
Now, it’s a time to return back to Kathmandu. You can either fly or drive back to Kathmandu. Spend your time as you like. Overnight at 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.
- Ground Transportation: Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu drive in Deluxe Tourist sharing coach.
- Ground Transportation Pokhara: Pokhara/Nayapul/Pokhara drive in private vehicle
- Accommodation during Trek: 9 Nights'basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms. [Few nights in an attached bathroom in available places ]
- Accommodation in Pokhara: 2 Nights' accommodation in Pokhara in twin sharing accommodation with Bed and Breakfast plan
- Accommodation in Kathmandu: 2 Nights' accommodation in Kathmandu in twin sharing accommodation with Bed and Breakfast plan
- Meals: 3 Meals per day during the trek (BLD: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner. Each meal consist of one course of the meal)
- Guide: Nepal Government licensed English-speaking trekking guide.
- Porter: The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Permit: Annapurna Conservation Area Project [ACAP] Permit and Trekkers' Information Management Systems [TIMS] Card
- Souvenir: Duffle Bag, Trekking T-shirt, Trekking Maps
- Equipment: Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket during Trek (upon request)
- Food, accommodation, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
- Exclusive medical kit bag carried by trekking guide
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- Official expenses
What's Not Included ?
- Nepal arrival visa
- Your personal expenses for mineral water, soft beverages, confectionaries, laundries, phone calls, hot drinking water, bbar bills showers etc.
- Internet facility, battery chargers, multi plugs etc.
- Extra baggage excess while flying to Lukla.
- Medical expenses and trip cancellation.
- Any other extended trips and accommodation.
- Tips of ga guides, porters and driver as a token of appreciation.
- Any other expenses or charges that are not mentioned in “cost includes” list.
PASSPORT AND VISA:
All the foreign nationals (except Indian nationals) are required to display Visa while entering Nepal. Nepalese Visa can be obtained either at the Nepalese Embassy of the respective country or can be obtained during your arrival at the International Airport in Kathmandu or from Nepal’s border entry point in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Certain nationals are requested to arrange Visa prior to arrival in Nepal. The listed countries are- Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Liberia and cannot secure Nepalese Visa on arrival.
VISA FACILITY DURATION FEES
Multiple Entry 15 Days US$ 75 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple Entry 30 Days US$ 90 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple Entry 90 Days US$ 150 or equivalent convertible currency
You can also download the VISA form and fill it up. Please go through the link as below: http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa
MONEY & CREDIT CARD INFO
Most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in a problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. Be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. If you want to exchange money, we provide you with the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel.
While traveling to Nepal, you are requested to have travel insurance that should cover any comprehensive expenses possible to acquire due to medical issues or accidents. Especially, your travel insurance must protect air ambulance, treatment charges, rescue and evacuation, product cancellation and refundable charges, flight delay, and cancellations.
Traveling in the Himalayas is full of adventurous; hence it is wise to choose a proper insurance policy. While choosing your insurance policy, make sure that it will protect all such unforeseen expenses. You must ensure that the policy you do take provides an adequate level of protection, well familiar with your itinerary and covers you for the activities involved. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday or send us a scanned copy and it must be issued from your homeland.
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Please, kindly note, these given references of the insurance company above is only a recommendation, which based on the recommendation of our previous travelers. You could review their update insurance policy by contacting them directly.
VACCINATION FOR NEPAL
Travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or the health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities). For traveling to Nepal, we recommend you to take vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, etc. However, it is not mandatory but recommended.
ALTITUDE SICKNESS (ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS)
Altitude sickness, also known as AMS (acute mountain sickness), is caused by a lack of oxygen at high altitudes (normally above 3,000m). It occurs as the result of our bodies’ inability to adapt to a sudden increase in altitude. If given time, our bodies will adjust and a gradual ascent will decrease the possibility of altitude sickness.
PREVENTION OF AMS: Go slowly, drink a lot of water, and pay attention to the sensations of your body. If symptoms occur you have climbed too far for the day. Rest at the same altitude will give you time to acclimatize and usually relieve mild symptoms.
MILD SYMPTOMS: Headache, nausea, loss of appetite, and mild shortness of breath with minimal exertion, difficulty sleeping, dizziness or lightheadedness, mild weakness, fatigue, a general unwell feeling.
SERIOUS SYMPTOMS: The inability to recover from shortness of breath with rest, severe persistent headache, low urine output, vomiting, confusion, delirium, loss of coordination. These require immediate descent as acclimatization will not take place at the same altitude.
The key is to trek slowly, carry a light pack and just take it easy. Allow your body the time it needs to acclimatize.
Upon your arrival at TIA International Airport, our company's representatives are stationed to pick you up. They will be holding your name sign along with the company's name in it. Our office representative will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Khopra Ridge Trek 14 Days Departure dates and price
The given cost are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.
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Fabulous Trek !!
Trekking to Khopra Ridge was an incredible adventure! We liked how it was a little off the beaten road. It was not at all crowded. We had the impression that we had the mountains to ourselves.- Hazel L. ( )