Khopra Ridge Trek

    All about the Khopra Ridge Trek.

    Khopra Ridge Trek is the off-the-beaten-path trek in Annapurna Region Area. In the local language, it is called Khopra Danda Trek. Khopra Danda Trek is the less crowded and pristine trekking route of Nepal. If you are looking for a weekend trek in Nepal, then this trek will be the best trek for you. Though it is a short trek, it offers the best view of majestic mountains such as Annapurna Himal(8091m), Annapurna South(7219m), Fishtail(6993m), Dhaulagiri(8167m), Himchuli(6441m), Nilgiri Himal(7061m) and many more. Khopra Danda Trek is an extended form of Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. It is a newly open trekking route to overcome the most crowded Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. Moreover, this is the total tea house trek. Furthermore, this trek can also be taken as Nepal’s short and easy trek compared to EBC and ABC.

    Khopra Ridge Trek Highlights

    • All unique trek experiences passing through villages of locals to Ghorepani. You will see and experience unique villages in Ghorepani as you pass Sudame, Hile, Tikhedhunga, Ulleri and Banthati.
    • Behold all fantastic views of Mt. Annapurna (8091m), Mt. Dhaulagiri(8167m), Annapurna South, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Dhampus Peak,  Himchuli and Gurja Himal.
    • Get all satisfying views from Khopra Danda(3660m) of awe-inspiring mountains like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri mountains and Annapurna South(7219m)
    • Enjoy a pleasant drive between Pokhara and Ghandruk on Jeep.
    • If you are taking a flight to Pokhara, then lucky you as you will be witnessing three of the world’s highest mountains.
    • Engage in local activities here in Pokhara, stretch your muscles, go for a massage and many more.

    Amazing Facts about this Trek

    The most astounding fact about this trek is that this is the only trek in Nepal with free Wi-Fi service in Khopra Danda. Khopra Ridge lies at an altitude of 3660m from sea level. But the highest alleviation of Khopra Ridge Trek is 4500m. It is the altitude of Khayer Lake. Khayer Lake is another major attraction of Khopra Danda Trek. After 5 hour trek from Khopra Danda, we will reach Khayer Lake. Khaire Lake is the holy glacier lake of the Annapurna Region.

    Things to be Remember during Khopra Ridge Trek 

    Although Khopra Ridge is a short and easy trek in Nepal, it is the less trekked route. It is pretty hard to find the trail for first-time trekkers. Due to this, you must take a trekking guide for this trek. We don’t recommend this trek for solo trekkers. As Khopra Ridge Trek is the newly opened route, there are few tea houses and lodges on the trail. So, you must be well prepared before the trek.

    Trekking Trail to Khopra Ridge

    Well, there is a different option available to trek to Khopra Ridge. Trek starts from Kathmandu. You reach Pokhara on the second day of your itinerary. Khopra Ridge Trek itinerary of Duke Nepal Treks is of 12 days. We drive to Ghandruk from Pokhara via Nayapul. And next exciting part of this trek is Dobato. As this mind-settling trek continues,  we hike passing Bayeli and each step you take uphill guarantees some fantastic view of lush hills and staggering snowy mountains.

    We reach Shristibang from Bayeli, which is a downhill trek and accompanying is the thich woodland. We then go to Khopra Ridge from Shristibang, which is 03 hours hike. We wake up to some incredible scenery here in Khopra as a staggering mountain makes your morning more special. Then, we continue to Swanta and reach Tatopani for a natural relaxing hot spring bath.

    Khayer Lake

    Khayer Lake is one sacred lake which lies behind Annapurna II. Khayer Lake Trek is challenging and becomes more tricky during the last hours of the trekking period to the lake itself. The hike is a fulfilling experience as you hike, passing snow lands, waterfalls, and even drylands. From Khayer Lake, you witness a mind-boggling view of famous mountain ranges. Khayer Lake has a small temple of Khayer Barahi, just on the bank of Khayer Lake. Mongolian people live here in this region, as most are in the trekking regions of Nepal. Because Lake is sacred, Hindu Pilgrims visit here during August for spiritual satisfaction and salvation.

    What is the best time for Khopra Ridge Trek?

    Trekking in Nepal is best when done during the month between March, April to May. Another good season for Khopra Ridge Trek is between October to early December. From March to May, you can see blooming rhododendrons. Trekking Khopra Ridge in winter is not advisable as the trail becomes difficult because of heavy snowfall.

    Preparation, Khopra Ridge

    No of the length of the walk, it is vital to get ready. To properly prepare your body for the tour, taking a quick hike in your own country is preferable. Your physical preparedness and trek time are essential. Documentation is crucial. You’ll need TIMS and ACAP to go trekking in Annapurna. ACAP is for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, and TIMS stands for Trekking Information Management System. The Khayer Lake Trek is gentler that is less taxing on your body.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by our car, van, and bus
    • Accommodation as required by you or as specified in the appropriate itinerary
    • City tour with our guides in private car, van or bus if appropriate
    • All typical Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners)
    • 3 The cup of teas during the trek
    • English speaking Guide depending on the place
    • Local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek
    • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff
    • Airfares including taxes as appropriate for internal flight transfer which is a part of trekking itinerary
    • All our government taxes
    • Official expense
    • First aid kits
    • Map
    • Availability of Duke Nepal Personnel in emergency
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Certain lunches and dinners as explained in the trekking itinerary
    • Your travel insurance which is compulsory
    • Your International Plane fare and airport taxes
    • Appropriate visa fees
    • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
    • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary.
    • Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
    • Personal trekking equipment and gear
    • Certain sightseeing entrance fees
    • Gratuities, tips to guides, porters, drivers, etc. (not compulsory)
    1. Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu

      You will be met at the airport by a Duke Nepal Treks and Expedition representative, who will accompany you to the hotel. Overnight.

      • 3/4/5 Star Hotel or Tourist Standard
      • 20 Minutes
      • 1400m
      • Dinner
    2. Day 2 Fly/Drive to Pokhara

      You can choose between driving and flying. For the first time, it would be beneficial to travel for seven hours and take in the stunning scenery, including the majesty of the mountains. A 30-minute scenic trip is also an option; from the window, you can see three of the world’s tallest mountains. By flying, you may spend more time exploring Pokhara’s sights and strolling around its picturesque lake.

      •   3/4/5 Star Hotel/ Tourist Standard
      • 7 Hours  OR  25 Minutes
      • 822m
      • Breakfast & Dinner
    3. Day 3 Drive to Kimche & trek to Tadapani

      Following breakfast, you’ll have a beautiful drive to Ghandruk before beginning your journey to Tadapani  after a quick break. As we travel, you will be exposed to nature’s wilderness as you listen to the sound of waterfalls and birds tweeting. Anyone can spend the night in the little Gurung settlement of Ghandruk, which offers magnificent views of numerous mountains.

      •   Tea House/Lodge/Guest House
      • 03 Hour
      • 2610m
      • 04-05 Hours
      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    4. Day 4 Trek to Dobato

      The track continues through a thick forest and a rich rhododendron woodland as we hike along it today. The mighty Fishtail will accompany us as we travel until we reach the resting area at Masher (2969 m). From here, we go to a higher elevation while gradually ascending, stopping for lunch at Haire (3137m), and then continuing for an additional hour and a half to Dobato (3350m), from where we have a magnificent view of the surrounding forest and mountains. We stay in a lodge there. We spent the night at Dobato, taking pictures and recording our memories.

      •   Tea House/Lodge/Guest House
      • 3350m
      • 06-07 Hours
      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    5. Day 5 Trek to Shistibumg

      We shall rise early this morning to catch the dawn. In the early morning darkness, we will hike to the hilltop at Dobato. After 40 minutes of climbing, we can glimpse many mountains, including Lamjung, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and many others. After viewing the sunrise, we’ll return to Dobato, eat lunch, and then move on to Shistibumg.

      •   Tea House/Lodge/Guest House
      • 3450m
      • 04-05 Hours
      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    6. Day 6 Trek to Khopra Ridge

      We will have a challenging hike to the top of the Vantage point after breakfast. The trek in the Annapurna region’s most exciting day will be today. Shistibumg is the starting point for this 3-hour hike to a ridge that provides a sweeping 240-degree vista of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Around sunset, we’ll return to our tent after spending a reasonable amount of time on the cliff and capturing some pictures. At Kopra Ridge, spend the night.

      •   Tea House/Lodge/Guest House
      • 3660m
      • 04-05 Hours
      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    7. Day 7 Trek to Swanta

      After breakfast today, we walk down to the river and ascend a little higher through lovely woodland. We will arrive in Swanta for lunch after a gentle stroll through a rhododendron-filled forest. Due to the settlement’s size, there are many things to do, including going to the school and the monastery and strolling through the village’s main square. We continue our descent until we reach Tatopani, a natural hot spring. After the hike, it can be a good idea to unwind in a hot pool.

      Note: If you want to continue your hike after arriving in Tatopani, you can do so from Ghorepani or Jomsom, but we must first have your permission.

      •   Tea House/Lodge/Guest House
      • 2200m
      • 05-06 Hours
      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    8. Day 8 Trek to Ghorepani

      We will soon be in Ghorepani. We hike upward and downhill before arriving in the renowned village of Ghorepani. This village is distinguished by the surrounding rhododendron forest and the fact that practically every home has a blue roof. In Nepal, there are 32 different rhododendron species, and there are more than 14 in this region. Stay the night in Ghorepani.

      •   Tea House/Lodge/Guest House
      • 2875m
      • 06-07 Hours
      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    9. Day 9 Trek to Tikhedhung/Hile

      As we approach Ulleri, we descend the stone-paved path gradually. The trail winds through a thick forest where we may see many different local plant and animal species. We will eat lunch in Ulleri after we arrive there in the afternoon. While you eat lunch, the two stunning mountains, Fishtail and Annapurna South will watch you. After lunch, we make our way down Ulleri’s renowned 3000 steps, stopping for the night at Tikhedhunga. If you’re willing to walk for another hour, we can continue to the settlement of Hile.

      •   Tea House/Lodge/Guest House
      • 1640m
      • 04-05 Hours
      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    10. Day 10 Trek to Nayapul & drive to Pokhara

      We shall reach the end of our journey today. For three hours, we’ll walk to get to Nayapul. From Nayapul, we then go by car to Pokhara. You have the rest of the evening to explore Pokhara.

      •   Hotels
      • 01 Hour
      • 822m
      • 03 Hours
      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    11. Day 11 Fly/drive back to Kathmandu

      After breakfast, you will drive (for 6-7 hours) or fly (30 minutes) back to Kathmandu to save time. I was walking through Thamel in the evening.

      •   Hotels
      • 06-07 Hours
      • 1350m
      • Breakfas
    12. Day 12 Final Departure

      In preparation for your subsequent journey, you will be dropped off at the airport by a representative of Duke Nepal Treks.\

      • Breakfast

    We can have any kind of Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara ranges from non-star to five-star hotels. In our package, you will provide you, three-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara. They will be a hotel Vaishali in Kathmandu and Hotel Dandelion in Pokhara. If you want any other star hotels, then we will also manage as per your interest.

    In Kathmandu

    Khopra Danda Trek
    Hotel Vaishali, Pokhara

    In Pokhara 

    Khopra Danda Trek
    Hotel Dandelion, Pokhara

    In Trekking Region

    We will provide you, tea house accommodation in trekking region. There will be a local lodge with welcoming and soulful hospitality of Local People. If you expect star facilities, then you will be disappointed. But, the food will tasty with authentic flavor.

    Khopra Danda Trek
    Local Lodge

    Note: During the trekking, you must carry a minimum of Rs 1000 per day for your extra expenses. It is because you have to pay extra for hot sour, wifi, charging, hot drinking water in the trekking region.





    Khopra Ridge Trek Back Pack List
    • Lightweight Trekking Pants (2)
    • Quick Dry Long Sleeve Shirt
    • Water Purification Tablets
    • Mudder Waterproof Bags
    • Plastic Bag for Laundry
    • Short Hiking Socks (2)
    • Quick Dry T-Shirts (2)
    • Downloaded
    • Thermal Base Layer
    • Long Hiking Socks
    • Roll of Toilet Paper
    • Feminine Hygiene
    • Raincoat / Poncho
    • Activated Charcoal
    • Prescription Drugs
    • Diarrhea Medicine
    • Camera & Charger
    • Phone & Charger
    • Map of the Area
    • Quick Dry Towel
    • Shower Supplies
    • Cold Medicine
    • Water Bottle
    • Fleece Jacket
    • Down Coat
    • 40L Backpack
    • Hiking Boots
    • Summer Hat
    • Bug Repellent
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Basic First Aid
    • Trekking Poles
    • Kindle / Book
    • Winter Hat
    • Buff / Scarf
    • Tooth Care
    • Sports Bras
    • Tylenol/Advil
    • Protein Bars
    • Flip Flops
    • Wet Wipes
    • Sunglasses
    • Underwear
    • Electrolytes
    • Sunscreen
    • Deodorant
    • Antibiotics
    • Hair Care
    • Pajamas
    • Vitamins
    • SIM Card
    • Headlamp
    • Audible
    • Chocolate
    • Money