Khopra Ridge or Khopra Danda Trek is one of the newest treks in the Nepal Himalaya. Lying off-the-beaten- path, away from the popular trails in the Annapurna Region, the Khopra Ridge Trek route goes through a secluded and serene trail filled with awe inspiring views of Dhaulagiri (7th highest mountain in the world), Manaslu (8th highest mountain in the world), Annapurna Massif, Hiunchuli, Nilgiri Himal and other peaks. This trek offers you the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Nepal Himalaya as well as contribute directly to the welfare of the mountain communities living along the trail. A portion of your trip cost(200 USD) is donated to KEEP(Kathmandu Environmental Education Project), an organization that works towards uplifting the living standards of porters and guides through education and training opportunities.
This Khopra Danda short trek in the Annapurna region was introduced as a community trek to help raise the economic standards of the villages lying on the Khopra Danda trail. As most of the villages lying on this route were receiving no tourist traffic and thus struggling economically, this new route was introduced to improve the economic condition of the villages lying on this trail. This is a community teahouse trek and the profit from these teahouses goes to fund local schools and health clinics. Mahabir Pun, a local of this area and a renowned educationist and social activist has been promoting this trail since it was introduced. He has received the Magsaysay Award for introducing wireless computer technology in the remote mountain villages of Nepal.
Filled with jaw dropping Himalayan views, typical Nepalese villages, terraced fields and lush jungles, this is your classic Nepal trek. You begin your trek from Kimchi after taking a short drive from Pokhara. The trail passes through quaint Gurung villages and dense rhododendron forests. It is a delight to walk this trail in spring as splashes of pink and red rhododendron blooms cover the trail. The highlights of your trek are the hikes to Khopra Danda, Khayer Lake and Poon Hill. Khayer Lake Trek, takes you to a sacred high-altitude lake and brings you very close to Annapurna South. You can view this mighty peak up close and feel the sacred vibe of this magical place. Khopra Ridge Trek can be done by novice as well as experienced trekkers. This trek is also ideal for families traveling with kids. An experienced guide will be with you throughout your trek
Enjoy an overall Annapurna experience by adding this experience as an extension to the Annapurna Circuit Trek or Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
200 USD from your trip cost is donated to KEEP. KEEP is a non-profit organization which works for the welfare of guides and porters as well as raises awareness about the environment. The organization with its office in Kathmandu runs several environment and mountain tourism related projects and workshops, including free training and education for guides and porters. KEEP has been instrumental in helping, guiding and improving the lives of the least valued workers in the tourism indutry, the Porters. The organization also has a clothes bank which provides free clothing and equipment to needy porters.
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If you arrive during the daytime, you will be greeted by a wondrous sight of rolling hills and mountains. Enjoy the bird’s eye view of Kathmandu valley from the plane. Our representative will be waiting for you at the airport to pick up and drop you to your hotel. Once you have checked in to your hotel room, take some rest. There will be a trip briefing later in the day. During the briefing you will meet your guide and get to know some important dos and don’ts about your trek. There will be a final gear list check. If you have missed out anything from the list you can buy or rent from one of the numerous trekking gear shops in Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
You catch the first flight to Pokhara. During the flight you can enjoy awesome views of the Himalayas. As you approach you will get to enjoy awesome views of the famed Machhapuchhre(Fishtail Peak), Annapurna Massif, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri. Once you reach Pokhara, board a vehicle take a short drive to Kimchi, a small traditional settlement. Your trek begins from Kimchi. It’s a pretty short trek of about one or two hours (depending on your pace) on a well-maintained trail. You climb up a series of stone steps to reach Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung village. After reaching Ghandruk head to your teahouse and have some refreshments. After resting for a while, you can explore the village and interact with the locals. Learn more about this community by visiting the Gurung Museum and a Buddhist Monastery that lies at the edge of the village.
Ghandruk falls on the Gurung Heritage Trail and is one of the most famous Gurung villages that has preserved the culture and traditions of the Gurungs, an ethnic mountain community. Most of the men from this village and other Gurung villages on the Annapurna serve in the British or Indian Army. Overnight in Ghandruk.
Today is one of the toughest days of your trek. Wake up early and hit the trail to Dobato after breakfast. You climb more of the steps. Walk through past a dense rhododendron forest. During spring, the forest is ablaze with pink and red rhododendron blooms, a wondrous sight to behold. A beautiful walk on a ridgeline filled with inspiring views of the mountains and green valleys brings you to Dobato, your stop for the night. After a hard days walk it feels great to put your feet up and relax at the teahouse. Retire early as you have to wake up at the crack of dawn to catch the sunrise. Overnight in Dobato.
Wake up early and head to Muldai Viewpoint to enjoy a Himalayan sunrise. The golden sun rising over the white snow covered peaks is a sight you will remember for years to come. After this magnificent view head down to the teahouse, have breakfast and proceed to Khopra Danda or ridge. The trail follows an up and down trail through rhododendron forests and breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world. Though strenuous, this is an amazing walk, especially during spring season, when the trail is literally covered with rhododendron petals and wildflowers. You feel as though you have entered a mystical mountain kingdom. Except for a few yaks and mule trains, the trail is secluded and you can enjoy the serenity and be one with nature. After a long walk you reach Khopra Danda. Head to a community run teahouse and take rest. Overnight in Khopra Ridge.
Wake up at the crack of dawn to enjoy a magnificent Himalayan sunrise. The sun rising over the snow covered Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Nilgiris, Fang and other peaks is a sight to behold. Be ready with your camera to capture this glorious view. Later have breakfast and make your way to Khayer Lake. The hike to Khayer Lake is one of the highlights of your trek. In order to reach the lake you need to make hike up to the slopes of the Annapurna Massif. Surrounded by mountains and glaciers Khayer Lake is a sacred high altitude mountain lake. Hindu shrines dot the periphery of the lake. Locals believe that a dip in this lake purifies you and cleanses your sins. Located at a distance of about 6km, Annapurna South looms quite close to the lake. After taking pictures, retrace your steps back to your teahouse at Khopra Ridge. Overnight in Khopra Ridge.
After savoring the breathtaking Himalayan panorama for one last time from Khopra Ridge, hit the downward trail to Swanta Village. Descend carefully as it is a steep downhill. As you walk down, the chunky spire Dhaulagiri looms majestically in the horizon. Enjoy the typical Nepalese mountain landscape filled with terraced fields and ridge top villages. When you reach Swanta head to a teahouse and take rest. The village filled with traditional houses lies on a gentle hill slope surrounded by paddy and potato fields. If you are not too tired you can explore this picturesque village and enjoy the grand view of the neighboring hills. Overnight in Swanta Village.
Take the downward trail past paddy fields and a lush jungle. When you reach river close to the river, there’s a local water mill which you can visit if you wish. Walk on a swaying suspension bridge and get to the other side of the river. From here head up to the village of Chittre and walk on the busy Ghorepani trail. There will be other trekkers and mule trains on the trail. Climb the well-laid stone steps to reach the village of Ghorepani. Ghorepani means “Horse Water” in Nepali. This was actually the watering hole for caravans journeying through the ancient Tibet trade route. Head to a teahouse and take a well-deserved rest. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Wake up early and hike up to Poon Hill to catch one of the most magical Himalayan sunrises. Poon Hill is one of the most popular Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal. From here you get a 360 degree view of the Himalayan giants- Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Massif, Hiunchuli and Gangapurna. Catch the dramatic view of the golden sun rising over the snow covered Himalayan peaks lighting them up in pink, red and golden colours. It is a magical sight, one you will cherish forever. Later hike down to Ghorepani, have breakfast and proceed towards Hile. It is a steep downhill walk filled with inspiring nature views. Once you reach Hile, board a vehicle and take a scenic drive to Pokhara. You will be driven to your hotel, which lies close to the Phewa Lake. Once you have checked in, you can take a well-deserved rest or take a stroll down the Lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.
You have an afternoon flight, so you can spend the first half of the day as you wish. Relax at your hotel or stroll down the lakeside and take a boat ride by yourself. You can also visit the city’s major sightseeing spots (Davis Falls, Gupteshwar Cave, Seti Gorge) if you want. But be sure to check out of your hotel on time to catch your flight to Kathmandu. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be driven to your hotel. After checking in you can have a brief rest and later visit KEEP's office. We donate 200 USD from your total trip cost to KEEP's projects, mainly those that seeks to provide free education and training to porters and guides. The money will also go towards supporting families of porters who are in dire need of financial help. Our guide will take you to KEEP's office, which lies wthin walking distance from your hotel. Learn more about KEEP's projects, their work on environmental issues and free education and training for guides and porters over tea or coffee and snacks. Later you can stroll around Thamel and shop for souvenirs. Celebrate the completion of your wonderful trip with a farewell dinner. Your guide or a representative from our office will accompany you. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our representative will drive you to the international airport on time (3 hours before your flight departs) to catch your homeward bound flight. If you want to explore more of Nepal or Bhutan and Tibet do let us know. We have a selection of exciting itineraries that might interest you.
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Accommodations in Kathmandu, Pokhara and on the trail are included in the package cost. Stay for 2 nights at Hotel Moonlight in Kathmandu and 1 night at Hotel Pokhara Batika in Pokhara. These hotels offer free wi-fi, clean air conditioned rooms with en suite bathrooms, restaurant, coffee shop and a bar. Both these establishments lie at a comfortable distance from all major tourist attractions and international airport.
While trekking, 6 nights’ accommodation at community run teahouses. These are run by local mountain communities. As this is a fairly new route the teahouses on this trail offer only basic facilities – bed, shared washroom and a communal sitting and dining area. You need to pay extra for using the wi-fi hotspot (wherever available) and for charging your electronic devices.
Accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. If travelling solo, you get to share the room with a fellow traveler of the same gender. Single room will be available on request, at added cost. It’s possible to get a single room in Kathmandu, Pokhara and at lower elevations while trekking. But at higher elevations there are few lodges and single rooms are not available during high season.
Enjoy breakfast and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. Only breakfast in Pokhara.
While trekking, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the teahouse where you will be spending the night. Lunch will be at a teahouse en route. Items on the menu include local Nepali and Tibetan fare- dal-bhat (lentils, rice and curry), momo, Tibetan bread, noodle soup etc. Indian and continental items are also offered – chappati, curry, pancakes, pizza, macaroni, toast, spaghetti etc.
To preserve and protect our pristine Himalayan environment and reduce plastic waste, we offer a reusable water bottle to our clients to use during their trek. Instead of buying bottled water, our clients can fill this water bottle and sterilize the water before drinking.
The best seasons to trek to Khopra Ridge are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September – November). The weather is pleasant - neither too hot nor freezing - during these seasons. The skies also remain clear offering unobstructed views of the Himalayas. This trek can also be done during December and January. It will be cold, but you will get to enjoy crystal clear views of the mountains.
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