Khopra Ridge trek

14 Days
6 Reviews in TripAdvisor Recommended by 99%

Khopra Ridge Trek Info

  • Hotel & Guesthouse
  • Kathmandu
  • March to May & Sep to Dec
  • Private Vehicle
  • Moderate
  • 3660 M
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking, Trekking
  • 2-20

Overview

The Khopra Ridge trek Nepal is an amazing path nested in the Annapurna Region of Nepal. It’s an off-the-beaten-track for adventure seekers for its amazing diverse landscapes and Panoramic Vistas. If you too are in search of a new travel option in the Annapurna region, the Khopra Ridge trek is a perfect choice.

The Khopra Ridge trek difficulties range from moderate to challenging. Expect well-defined trails in lower regions, and steeper, narrower sections with loose gravel higher up. Be prepared for occasional rocky sections and stream crossings, especially during monsoon season.  Enjoy the Journey through dense rhododendron forests, quaint villages, and open meadows with a crowd-free experience. The trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna range, including Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre.

The trek route to Khopra Ridge starts from Nayapul, a small town near Pokhara. From Nayapul, the trek leads you to the Ghorepani Poonhill trek– a popular sunrise viewpoint for Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. Following the trail, you pass Tadapani, another viewpoint with stunning mountain views. Finally, you will ascend to the Khopra Ridge. The ridge is a narrow trail that winds its way through rhododendron forests and alpine meadows.

The best time to do the Khopra Ridge Trek is during the spring (March-May) or fall (September-November) months. The weather is mild during these times, and the rhododendron forests are in bloom. Khopra Ridge’s highest altitude is at 3660m making it suitable for trekkers with moderate trekking experience. . However, proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid discomfort.

The trek demands good stamina and endurance, especially on steeper sections. Regular training beforehand is highly recommended. Be prepared for sudden changes in weather, including rain, wind, and cold temperatures, particularly at higher altitudes. Pack appropriate gear accordingly. Trails can become slippery, and visibility might be reduced. Consider alternative seasons for optimal trekking conditions.

Permits require for Khopra Ridge Trek

To hike in the Khipra Ridge trek, trekkers must obtain ACAP permits and a TIMS card. Permits are required for inspections and reviews of plans and equipment. It also helps to ensure they meet safety standards and minimize risks for participants.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit: Khopra Ridge Trek falls in the Annapurna region. Like every other trek to Annapurna region, the Khopra Ridge Trek also requires an ACAP permit. It’s mandatory for all the trekkers. The cost is NPR 3,000 (around USD 30) per person. Obtain your permit at the Kathmandu or Pokhara Tourism Board offices.  

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card: This permit is mandatory for all trekkers in Nepal. Similar to the ACAP permit you can obtain the TIMS Card from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu. Or obtain your permits from the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), or online. The cost is NPR 1,000 (around USD 10) for individual trekkers and NPR 2,000 (around USD 20) for group trekkers.

The best time to visit the Khopra Ridge trek

Spring (March-May) and autumn (September – November). 

Spring and autumn season are considered as the peak seasons.  These seasons offer beautiful trekking trails under clear blue skies, basking in comfortable temperatures perfect for hiking. During peak seasons witness the stunning scenery as vibrant rhododendrons paint the landscape. Compared to spring, autumn is less crowded. Be prepared for the possibility of snow at higher altitudes. It’s highly recommended to necessitate proper gear and planning. Occasionally, you might encounter strong winds too. Autumn is almost similar to spring in terms of clear skies, pleasant temperatures, and breathtaking landscapes. Again, you’ll enjoy fewer crowds compared to the spring season. However, keep in mind that occasional rain showers might occur, and November can bring colder temperatures at higher altitudes.

The weather condition in the Khopra Ridge trek during spring offers a pleasant temperature ranging from 10°C to 18°C (50°F to 64°F). Enjoy comfortable hikes in the sunshine, but pack layers for cooler mornings and evenings. Temperature can drop down to 3°C to 4°C (37°F to 39°F).  Autumn offers similar weather conditions to spring, with mild temperatures between 10°C and 14°C (50°F to 57°F). Enjoy comfortable hiking, but pack layers as mornings and evenings can get cool.  Autumn nights are colder than spring, reaching freezing point or below (0°C to -4°C, 32°F to 25°F). Pack warm clothes and a good sleeping bag for cozy nights.

Major Khopra Ridge trek attraction

  1. Panoramic Vistas: Enjoy the 360-degree views of Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and countless other snow-capped giants. Witness the amazing sunrise paint the peaks in golden hues, leaving you speechless. Take a deep dive into nature and witness the breathtaking beauty of the world.
  2. Diverse Landscapes: Immerse yourself in the trek’s rich tapestry of landscapes. Hike through vibrant rhododendron forests bursting with color, and quaint villages like Chhinke and Ghandruk. The crown jewel of the trek, Khopra Ridge sits at 3,660 meters and offers unparalleled viewpoints. The sense of accomplishment upon reaching this vantage point is unmatched, making it a highlight for every trekker. 
  3. Cultural Encounters: Connect with the warm and welcoming locals along the trail. Experience their unique traditions and gain a deeper understanding of Nepalese culture. This cultural immersion adds a special touch to the trek. 
  4. Mohare Danda: For an extra dose of adventure, consider adding a side trip to Mohare Danda. This viewpoint offers another stunning perspective of the Annapurna range, making your journey even more rewarding.
  5. Rhododendron Splendor: Depending on the season, witness the vibrant rhododendron forests come alive in a breathtaking display of color. Their hues paint the landscape in shades of pink, red, and white, creating a magical atmosphere. Spring seasons are the best time to witness the rhododendron flourish all over hills.
  6. Traditional Villages: Step back in time as you explore charming villages like Chhinke and Ghandruk. Immerse yourself in their traditional architecture, local shops, and the warm hospitality of the villagers. Share your unique stories with the locals and taste the local cuisines.
  7. Hike to the sacred Khayer Lake: Located at 4,650 meters. This tranquil lake holds religious significance for Hindus and offers stunning reflections of the surrounding mountains. hike to the sacred Khayer and discover the spiritual connection with nature and local deities.

Highlights Of Khopra Ridge Trek

  • Feast your eyes on 360-degree views of Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and countless other snow-capped giants.
  • Witness the sunrise paint the peaks in golden hues, leaving you speechless.
  • Immerse yourself in the trek's rich tapestry of landscapes.
  • Hike through vibrant rhododendron forests bursting with color, and quaint villages.
  • Consider adding a side trip to Mohare Danda. This viewpoint offers another stunning perspective of the Annapurna range.
  • Hike to the sacred Khayer Lake, located at 4,650 meters.
  • Khopra Ridge offers a less crowded experience. Enjoy the tranquility of the trails, and connect with nature without overwhelming crowds.

Itinerary

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our friendly airport representative will greet you with a warm welcome. All the answers to any questions will be provided once settled in a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu. Since your official adventure kicks off tomorrow, your first day is yours to relax and explore. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of Kathmandu or simply enjoy a delicious local meal.

Gear up for an exciting day in Kathmandu. Explore magnificent heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square with its royal palaces, the Living Goddess temple, and architectural wonders. Understand the beautiful history of Nepal through its ancient architecture. Witness the spiritual power at Pashupatinath Temple and observe the ritual by the sacred Bagmati River. After a day packed with history and culture, relax at your hotel, breakfast included.

The views shift from Kathmandu’s busy street to the scenic landscapes of Pokhara. After breakfast, we hit the road for Pokhara, Nepal's 2nd largest city. Enjoy a 6-hour drive showcasing lush rice fields, sparkling rivers, and valleys nestled between giant hills. Check into your Pokhara hotel and unwind by the calming Fewa Lake. Explore the beauty of Pokhara, take a boat ride, and, on a clear day, witness the majestic Annapurna Range mirrored in the water. Relax and recharge - breakfast included!

Buckle up for a 1-hour drive to Nayapul, passing through the charming villages and lush farmlands. From there, your trek begins. Hike alongside the Modi Khola River, gradually ascending to Ghandruk village situated at 1920 meters. This Gurung village is famous for its soldiers and traditional houses. As you get closer, witness the stunning views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre peaks. Explore the Gurung Museum if time allows and rest easy at your guesthouse - meals included.

Leave Ghandruk behind early in the morning and start climbing higher. Hike through rhododendron forests filled with color, especially during the spring season. Hike over a big and small hill to reach Tadapani. Enjoy breathtaking natural beauty and soak in the serenity of the trail. At your Tadapani guesthouse, relax and refuel - meals included.

Today, leave the tourist trail behind and hike into the remote Annapurna region. Immerse yourself in lush rhododendron and oak forests. Ascend through the tree line and reach Deurali pass, rewarded with breathtaking views of the mighty Dhaulagiri, the world's 7th highest mountain. Enjoy another night at a cozy guesthouse - meals included.

Today’s trail leads you into a sunny meadow, leavening the shady trees all over Bayerka Kharka. Throughout the trek notice sorts of plants, tiny houses where shepherds live, and gentle Dzo (half cow, half yak) munching grass. Look out for bright blue Danphe birds (Nepal's National birds) and mountain goats called Thars that are raised only in some regions. At night, rest in a comfy guesthouse with yummy food, ready for more amazing views tomorrow!

Hike through alpine meadows and witness the peak of Annapurna South emerge, teasing your arrival at Khopra Ridge. Once there, get ready for a steady climb. Prepare to be awestruck: breathtaking panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Fang, and Annapurna South in all their glory. For an extra dose of wonder, take a short walk down the ridge to a viewpoint. Gaze down the Kali Gandaki gorge's vastness - a truly astounding sight filled with panoramic beauty. After a tiring day unwind at your guesthouse and enjoy your meal.

Embark on a challenging yet rewarding side trip to the stunning Khayer Lake. Nestled at 4,650 meters, this sapphire-colored lake offers magnificent views of Fang Mountain and the surrounding peaks. The steep climb takes several hours to ascend and descend. Choose wisely, strenuous adventure, or a relaxing half-day walk near Khopra. Whichever path you choose, enjoy your night at the guesthouse with all meals included.

Enjoy a relaxed hour-long descent back to Upper Chistibung for a refreshing break. Today's hike leads you to the charming village of Swanta. Soak in the serene surroundings of your trek. Gaze upon breathtaking views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and the majestic Himalayan backdrop. Picturesque terraced farmlands and traditional houses will paint stunning landscapes before you. Unwind at your guesthouse after a day of scenic beauty and cultural immersion. Enjoy the local meals prepared by the local people.

After leaving Swanta Village, you'll rejoin the main Ghorepani and Poon Hill trekking trail within an hour. Prepare for a shift in atmosphere and enjoy the busy trail. Expect more fellow trekkers compared to the secluded Khopra Ridge path. Enjoy the vibrant rhododendron forests as you descend toward the charming village of Ulleri. Rest and recharge at your guesthouse, savoring delicious meals included.

Today marks the final hike of your trek. Embark on a scenic walk to Nayapul, winding your way through familiar and breathtaking landscapes. After reaching Nayapul, bid farewell to the mountains and board a comfortable vehicle to return to Pokhara. Rest your legs in Pokhara or explore the city and enjoy the rest of your time.

Bid farewell to Pokhara and enjoy a scenic drive back to Kathmandu, taking in the ever-changing landscapes and topography. Relax and reflect on your memories as you arrive back in the bustling city. Overnight at your hotel, breakfast included.

On Day 14, it's time to say goodbye to Nepal. Depending on your departure schedule, you may have some free time in the morning to explore Kathmandu further or do some last-minute shopping. Our airport representative will then assist you with your transfer to the airport, ensuring a smooth departure.

The Cost Includes & Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers – pick up and drop
  • All ground transportation
  • Your accommodation in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast plan
  • Your accommodation in best guesthouses available (on twin sharing basis) during the trek with breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the trekking journey
  • All paper works
  • National park and heritage sites entry tickets
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) and trekking permits
  • A licensed, English speaking, experienced and professional guide along with a porter (1 for two clients)
  • All the costs of guide and porter including accidental insurance
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bags (to be returned to us after the trek)
  • Tidy Himalaya T-shirts, route map and a travel completion certificate
  • All applicable government taxes and service charges.
  • First aid kit

Cost Excludes

  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • International airfare
  • Visa costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal refreshment items like cold drinks, snacks, etc.
  • Personal utility items like laundry, telephone expenses electricity charges, etc.
  • Personal trekking gears.
  • Tips for guides and porters

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