The Khopra Ridge Trek is an off-the-beaten-path trekking package that has trails that leaves the regular path and ventures off to a more secluded destination. With a trail that in encompassed with beautiful natural sceneries, many ethnic villages and amazing views of the mountains along with the sight of the world’s deepest gorge- the Khopra Ridge Trek is perfect for trekkers who want a generally unconventional trail that leads to isolated locations. It presents remarkable views of the Himalayan ranges like the Dhaulagiri Peak, Annapurna South, Nilgiri Himal and many more. Travel to the sapphire Kaire Lake where the sights of the peaks seem mesmerizing. Visit settlements like Ghandruk where the views of the peaks like Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli are spectacular. Draping down from the Annapurna South towards the world’s deepest gorge, the Khopra Ridge Trek offers a stunning balcony to observe the Himalayas. The route to Khopra Ridge leaves the main hiking trail before Poon Hill, ascending instead to the ridge and a community trekking lodge poised atop it.
Begin your trek from Kathmandu Valley to the beautiful Pokhara city. Drive on the road to Nayapul where views of terrace farms and cultivated fields envelop the terrain. There are various settlements and villages as well along the way that present you a chance to observe their culture and traditions. The natural scenery around the trek is sublime and the trek is enhanced beautifully by rivers, hills and forests. The pasturelands at the mountains offer wide view of valleys below and are relaxing to walk across. The Khopra Ridge Trek is also offers spectacular views of the Fang Mountain along the trail. Visit the Kali Gandaki gorge that offers prepossessing views of the river and the valley below.
We also offer alternate packages for trekking in the Annapurna region. You may opt for our Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek allows you a more well-known path to Poon Hill for panoramic mountain views. Khopra Ridge Trek is more suited for secluded trails that not many people tend to take. But it is brimming with the best views of the gorge, mountain peaks and ethnic villages. We can have the itineraries be customized to suit your needs too, if the existing ones aren’t to your convenience. Perfect for less travelled trails and remote destinations, the Khopra Ridge Trek is an ideal trekking package.
- Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
- Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
- Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/2985ft) Duration: 6 hours
- Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1,920m), Duration: 5 hours
- Day 05: Ghandruk to Tadapani (2,590m), Duration: 4 hours
- Day 06: Tadapani to Bayerka Kharka (3,420m), Duration: 5-6 hours
- Day 07: Bayerka Kharka to Upper Chistibung (2,975m), Duration: 4 hours
- Day 08: Upper Chistibung to Khopra Ridge (3,660m), Duration: 3 hours
- Day 09: Visit to the Kaire Lake from Khopra Ridge
- Day 10: Trek to Swanta Village (2,200m). Duration: 5 hours
- Day 11: Trek to Ulleri (2,050m), Duration: 5–6 hours
- Day 12: Trek to Nayapul, Duration: 5 hours walking, then drive to Pokhara
- Day 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu, Duration: 6 hours
- Day 14: Farewell
- Airport pick up and drop off by private transport
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu city tours, including of all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
- Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
- Surface transfer to and from Pokhara on tourist bus
- Surface transfer to and from Nayapul by private vehicle
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
- An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, meals and accommodation.
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP and TIMS, please bring 3 passport size photographs)
- All government and local taxes
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- All kind of cold drinks including water, coke, Fanta, juice etc.
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
You may arrive at the airport at any time. One of Escape Himalaya’s representatives will be there to welcome you and help you get transferred to your hotel. You will also be given more information about plans and programs further. As you do not have any other planned activities for the day, you may just relax at the hotel for the remainder of time. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
You would be having a tour of the Kathmandu Valley today. You would be visiting the sites that are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List, starting from the holy temple of Pashupatinath. It is one of the most sacred temples for the Hindu people and is located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. You can sometimes see the cremation ceremony being performed at the banks of the river as well. On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, the temple sees the visit of thousands of devotees. Next on the tour is the Kathmandu Durbar Square. You would be able to look at intricate carvings and opulent Nepali architecture on old Palaces, temples, deities and statues in the Durbar Square area. The site does well to reflect Nepal’s rich monarchial days of the past. Moving on to the next site, you would be visiting the Swayambhunath temple. Located atop a hill west of the city, Swayambhunath is a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site. The stupa consists of a dome at the base and a cubical structure painted with the all-knowing peaceful eyes of Buddha looking in four directions. The stupa houses many artifacts inside and the golden tiers above the pentagonal Toran are majestic to look at. And lastly on the tour is a visit to the Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world. After the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour, you would be returning back to your Hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/2985ft) Duration: 6 hours
After breakfast, you shall be driven to Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal. The drive will present you with the opportunity to see the wonderful landscape of terraced farmlands- green and wet with the sowing of rice and barley by the farmers, the frisky rush of the meandering rivers by the highway and the isolated valleys low-lying among the gargantuan hills and rocky gorges. The journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes about 6 hours, and upon arrival at Pokhara, we shall check into a hotel, which the city has an abundance of. In the evening, you shall be able to enjoy the respite of a beautiful boat-ride at Fewa Lake and on a clear day, you can see the lucid reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna Range on the crystalline surface of water. Overnight Hotel, breakfast in included.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1,920m), Duration: 5 hours
After breakfast at around 07:30 am, you shall be driven to Nayapul (42km from Pokhara) for about an hour via the village of Lumle. The drive offers sights of the terrain that is beautiful and is brimming with terraced farmlands and a lush growth of alpine vegetations. Upon reaching Nayapul, you will start your trek to Ghandruk. Following the trail alongside the Modi Khola, you will continue to walk up to the village of Ghandruk lying at an altitude of 1920 meters. Famous for recruiting Gorkha soldiers for both the British and the Indian army, the Ghandruk villages a mountain village inhabited by ethnic Gurung people. The houses on Ghandruk are of traditional design among newer constructions. Amazing and gorgeous views of the Annapurna south, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre mountain peaks can be seen from here. You can also have a visit to the Gurung Museum here as well. Overnight stay at the guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05: Ghandruk to Tadapani (2,590m), Duration: 4 hours
From the village of Ghandruk, you will continue your journey upwards through Deurali and then travel through the forests rich with the bloom of rhododendron flowers. Trudging over a small pass, you will reach the settlement of Tadapani. The trekking trail is beautiful and you will get sights of the natural tranquility presented to you on the trail. The blossoming of the rhododendron flowers is verdant in the springtime and the trekking trail is ornamented with the flower’s florescent canopy. Overnight at the guesthouse at Tadapani, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06: Tadapani to Bayerka Kharka (3,420m), Duration: 5-6 hours
As you leave Tadapani today, you will be leaving the main trail to traverse on an off-beaten path. The path goes through a more remote area of the Annapurna region. The trek offers a lovely travel through lush rhododendron and oak forests. It is originally used by villagers from Ghandruk to take their buffaloes, sheep and goats to higher pasturelands in the summer months. The trail ascends through the tree line and continues to a ridge to Deurali, a small pass. Following further up to Bayeli Kharka, you would be looking at majestic views of Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m), the seventh highest mountain in the world. Overnight at the guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07: Bayerka Kharka to Upper Chistibung (2,975m), Duration: 4 hours
This section of the trail occurs on a grassy slope and you would be traversing through pasturelands rich with the growth of foliages. Along the way, you can have a look at many herders’ huts and see animals that are a crossbreed between cows and yaks, called Dzos. They tend to graze peacefully on the grasslands. Look out for colorful Danphe pheasants, the national bird of Nepal, on the grassy ridges high above the trail. You may also have a glimpse of Himalayan Thars as well. Overnight at the guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08: Upper Chistibung to Khopra Ridge (3,660m), Duration: 3 hours
Today, you will have a steady ascent from the Upper Chistibung lodge and go through alpine meadows and pasturelands. As you continue on the trail, you will see the tip of the Annapurna South emerge in the distance. That means that you are getting close to Khopra Ridge. Once you arrive there, the full panorama of the mountains is gorgeously revealed. The peaks of Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, fang and Annapurna South can be seen in all their glory. After lunch, it is worth going for a short walk down Khopra Ridge to a viewpoint overlooking the Kali Gandaki gorge far below. It presents an astounding sight. Overnight at the guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09: Visit to the Kaire Lake from Khopra Ridge
You will visit the sapphire Kaire Lake today, where views of the Fang Mountain and surrounding peaks are magnificent. It is a long walk up to Kaire Lake and often takes several hours going forth to the lake and returning back. You can also opt for a half day walk from Khopra as well, if you do not feel like making an arduous journey that takes more time. Overnight stay at the guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10: Trek to Swanta Village (2,200m). Duration: 5 hours
It takes approximately an hour to descend back up to Upper Chistibung where you will stop for a drink and a short respite. Carrying further along, you will be going to the Swanta village today. Along the way, views of Mount Dhaulagiri provide a serene ambiance to the trekking trail and the Himalayan backdrop is brilliant to look at. The terraced farmlands and traditional houses give the landscape as a dainty picturesque sublimity. Once you arrive at the Swanta village, you can have a visit at the Swanta primary school as well if you want. Overnight stay at the guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11: Trek to Ulleri (2,050m), Duration: 5–6 hours
An hour or so after leaving the Swanta village, you will join the main trail to Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trekking. Here, you can encounter more trekkers, a contrast to the quite isolate trekking trail to the Khopra Ridge. After Ghorepani, you will descend through rhododendron forests to the settlement of Ulleri. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Ulleri, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 12: Trek to Nayapul, Duration: 5 hours walking, then drive to Pokhara
This is the last day of trekking where you will walk to Nayapul. From there, you will then have a drive back to Pokhara. Arriving at Pokhara, you can opt for a quiet and peaceful boat-ride on the Fewa Lake as well or go out for exploring the city if you have time. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu, Duration: 6 hours
From Pokhara, we shall drive back to Kathmandu, the journey filled with diverse landscape. Overnight at Hotel, breakfast included.
Day 14: Farewell
A representative from Escape Himalaya shall take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, from where you will depart. Breakfast included.