Khopra Danda Trek view from mulde hill
At a Glance
  • Duration13 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude4500 M
  • Group Size15 Max
  • Trip StyleLodge trek
  • StartsKathmandu
  • EndsKathmandu
  • Best TimeAll the Year
Highlights
  • Khopra Ridge Trek is moderately challenging, making it enjoyable for both novice and experienced trekkers.
  • Less crowded, Khopra Ridge Trek offers a quieter and more serene trekking experience.
  • Stay in local homes, immersing in authentic Nepali life, fostering cultural exchanges, and warm hospitality.
  • Route passes through diverse village communities Breathtaking scenic beauty of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, including peaks like Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).
  • Pass through beautiful forests of rhododendron, Nepal's national flower, especially vibrant during the spring season, painting the landscape with various colors.
  • Spot diverse wildlife, including Himalayan birds, monkeys, and occasional sights of Himalayan Thar or musk deer in the surrounding forests.
  • Interact with locals, visit monasteries, and gain insights into the traditional lifestyle, beliefs, and practices of the indigenous communities living in the region.
  • Engage with locals, visit monasteries, and gain insights into the indigenous communities' like Magar, Gurung, Kami, Damai, and Kshetri - Brahmin villages and their traditional lifestyles and beliefs.

OVERVIEW OF KHOPRA RIDGE TREK

The Khopra Ridge Trek, also recognized as Khayer Lake Trekking or Khopra Danda trek, is a captivating expedition in the Annapurna region, renowned for its pristine wilderness and recently developed terrain. Nestled in the Annapurna region of Nepal, this trek offers a unique and less-traveled route with stunning natural beauty and cultural experiences suitable for hikers of varied expertise. This hike has easy stretches and challenging segments. 
Throughout this journey, immerse yourself in local culture, lifestyle, and religious practices, gaining a deeper understanding of the indigenous communities. The route passes through picturesque Magar, Gurung, Kami, Damai, and Kshetri - Brahmin villages with their exquisitely terraced farmlands and dense forests of pine, oak, rhododendron, and bamboo with breathtaking panoramas. A unique aspect of this trek is the option to include an adventure climb to Khayar Lake at 4827m, unveiling awe-inspiring snow-capped peaks and captivating scenery.

Indulge in the serene environment and embrace splendid mountain views along this less-explored trekking route in the Annapurna region, showcasing peaks like Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri(7,061m), Bharha Shikhar (7,647m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Hiunchuli (6,434m), Machhapuchhre (Fishtail, 6,997m), Annapurna II (7,937m), and Annapurna IV (7,525m), weather permitting.

Another significant aspect drawing trekkers to Khopra is the region's cultural richness, especially during Janaipurnima. On this auspicious day (full moonday of August), locals partake in consuming yak blood, believing it possesses medicinal properties, including the potential to cure illnesses like cancer. The community's approach involves extracting blood from yaks without harming them, using it for specific purposes while allowing the yaks to graze freely in open meadows, nourished by Yarshagumba and other medicinal flora.

EXPLORING ROAD TO KHOPRA RIDGE TREK

The 9 to 10-day journey to the Khopra Ridge Trek in the Annapurna region begins from Pokhara, a prominent city in Nepal and a gateway to many trekking routes. Initially, the trail aligns with the route leading to Ghorepani. Departing from Ghorepani, the path extends towards Upper Chistibung or Banter, guiding trekkers through picturesque landscapes and indigenous villages, offering a distinctive cultural experience.

Hike from Upper Chistibung or Banter to reach Khopra Ridge through forests and meadows, eventually leading to the Khopra Danda viewpoint, which offers magnificent panoramic vistas of the Himalayas. For adventurous at heart, an optional extension to Khayar Lake nestled at 4827m awaits from Khopra Ridge. This challenging yet rewarding climb provides breathtaking views. Khayar Lake holds significant cultural importance, drawing pilgrims for a sacred dip during an annual festival that occurs once a year.

After indulging in the splendor of Khopra and its surroundings, the return journey retraces the same route, descending through villages and verdant forests. This descent allows trekkers to relish the cultural richness and natural beauty one last time before concluding the trek.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF KHOPRA RIDGE TREK 

The Khopra Trip in the Annapurna region is categorized as a moderate-grade trek. Each day, trekkers spend about 4 to 5 hours on the trail, often pausing to capture the breathtaking mountain panoramas. The paths leading to Khopra Danda involve moderate uphill and downhill but aren't overly steep. With a moderate pace and carrying only a small daypack, hikers can comfortably complete this trek.

However, it's essential for individuals attempting the higher altitude trekking to be in good health, physically fit, and possess a determined mindset to complete the Khopra Danda trip. Prospective trekkers should consider their fitness levels and overall health before committing to this journey.

BEST SEASON FOR KHOPRA RIDGE TREK

Like other trekking trails, the best seasons for the Khopra Ridge Trek in the Annapurna region are the spring and autumn months, offering favorable weather conditions and stunning landscapes. In Spring (March to May, post the winter chill, brings mild temperatures and blooming rhododendron forests, painting the landscapes with vibrant colors. The weather is generally stable, making it an ideal time for trekking. The clear skies offer excellent visibility of the Himalayan peaks. Likewise in Autumn (September to November), the monsoon season subsides, leaving behind lush greenery and clear skies. The weather is typically stable, with pleasant temperatures, making trekking conditions favorable. The stunning views of the Himalayas are at their finest during this period.

Both spring and autumn provide fantastic trekking conditions, allowing trekkers to enjoy the natural beauty, cultural encounters, and breathtaking vistas along the Khopra Ridge Trek. It's essential to consider personal preferences, weather patterns, and trail conditions while planning the trek.

As you arrive at the international airport, we will be there to greet you and transfer you to your accommodation in Kathmandu. Based on your flight arrival time and level of tiredness, rest or browse the city with us. In the evening, we will meet for dinner together. We will discuss and brief our trip.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Meals:Welcome Dinner

After breakfast, we will join guided tour to visit various sites in the valley - most of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get off and browse the famous Pashupatinath Temple, Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Come back to hotel and prepare for the morning flight, drive and short trek the next day.

  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Meals:Breakfast

After breakfast, we will join guided tour to visit various sites in the valley - most of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get off and browse the famous Pashupatinath Temple, Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Come back to hotel and prepare for the morning flight, drive and short trek the next day.

  • Max. Altitude:2012m
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Ghandruk
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Wake up early morning in Ghandruk for first-view of Mount Machhapuchre, Himchuli and Annapurna South. After breakfast, start trekking towards Deurali through the forest trail. Rhododendron and other flowers decorate the trails and views during spring. We walk through a pass and reach the beautiful village of Tadapani.

  • Max. Altitude:2590m
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Tadapani
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Wake up and enjoy the breakfast. We will diverge from the main trail into the remote region of Annapurna. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South peek from time to time as we trek forward. Dobato Hamlet also provide stunning view of the mountains. Enjoy the rest of the day in Dobato.

  • Max. Altitude:3350M
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Dobato
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, the trail demands descend towards Lower Chistibung and later reach Upper Chistibung. Walking among the green flowering forest, pasture and farm lands give a majestic feeling of freedom and enjoyment. With the altitude above 2,500 meters, it is even possible to spot rare pheasant species (Lhophoporus/Danfe) - which is the national bird of Nepal.

  • Max. Altitude:2975M
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Upper Chistibung
  • Meals:Tea house / Upper Chistibung

Enjoy walking the wide land and beautiful jungle to reach beautiful Chistibung (lower region). Till now, we'd have descended to reach the destination. Now ascend starts towards Upper Chistibung. Rest your worn off limbs at Upper Chistibung.

  • Accommodation:Tea house / Upper Chistibung
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Kaire Lake is situated towards the eastern side of Khorpa Ridge. The lake has religious values and meanings to Hindu and Buddhist believers. Wash yourself a bit to get rid of your sins and find peace with your soul, or at least your hands. Lunch will need to be packed as the only tea house available in the region is back at the ridge of Khopra.

  • Max. Altitude:4500M
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Khopra
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, start off by gradual descend on a steep local trail. Keep following the trail passing views of beautiful forest, mountain view of Dhaulagiri, farmlands, local people and animals along with various village clusters on the way. Use a stick to reduce strain on your knees as you descend.

  • Max. Altitude:2300M
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Swanta Village
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Back trek and descend continues through village clusters. Cross a suspension bridge over a stream. Get back on the Ghorepani trail via the hamlet of Chitre. Enjoy a different perspective of the mountains and people as you descend down towards the village of Ulleri.

  • Max. Altitude:2000M
  • Accommodation:Tea house / Ulleri
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We are very near towards the end of our trek. In fact, it's the last day of trekking in the forests and mountains. Enjoy the views as you move nearer and nearer to the highway in Nayapul. Once there, we will board a vehicle and drive back to Pokhara.
Pokhara is a treat. Enjoy the evening sailing in the Phewa Lake and enjoying the panoramic view of the valley. On a clear day, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna reflect perfectly on the ripples of the water. Browse the lakeside market, restaurants and nightlife later.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m
  • Accommodation:3-Star Hotel/ Pokhara
  • Meals:Breakfast & Lunch

After breakfast we will explore the highlights of Pokhara. This includes Shanti Stupa, Peace Pagoda, Davis Falls, Mahendra Cave and International Mountain Museum. Just in case we were too tired for a boat-ride yesterday, we will do that today. At the middle of the lake is Talbarahi temple (island temple).
Fly back to Kathmandu in the afternoon. Browse Kathmandu or take a rest.

  • Accommodation:3-Star Hotel / Kathmandu
  • Meals:Breakfast

We are back where we started in the capital city. Pack your bags and make sure you have brought some sovereigns to take back home to friends and family. Enjoy your breakfast in relief. Hiking Adventure staff will arrange your transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport according to your departure schedule.

  • Meals:Breakfast
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