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Khopra Trek in Annapurna Nepal-8 days Annapurna Khopra Trekking Nepal

Khopra Trek known as Khopra danda and Khopra ridge trek is a new trek route, we follow a local trail that takes you down into the valley north of Ghorepani before climbing up Khopra Ridge. This is one of the best short and more memorable treks in Nepal. The moderate, off-the-beaten trekking experience with varied landscape and mountain views is a great alternative to more popular treks in Nepal. The trek offers magnificent views of Nilgiri, Annapurna South (7237 m), Annapurna I (8091 m) and the Dhaulagiri massif. A beginners trek, Khopra ridge is suitable for family with children, solo and small group trekkers. We cater 8 days Annapurna Khopra trekking package from Kathmandu and Pokhara with price and departure dates for 2021.22.23.24.25.

Trip Fact

Trek Name: Khopra Trek 

Trek Duration: 8 days

Trek Difficulty: Moderate

Trek Season: Aug to Nov, Feb to Jun

Trek Altitude: 850m-4560 m

Trek Cost: USD 460-USD 830

Group Size: 01 - 12 people

Trek Package:  Lodge to Lodge Trek

Mode of Transfer: Bus/Jeep

Start/End of Trek: Kathmandu/Kathmandu

Khopra Trek called Khopra ridge and Khopra danda trekking up to Khayer lake, the highest point of 8 days Annapurna trek.

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8 days Khopra Trek also known as Khopra Danda/Khopra Ridge Trek is a new trekking trail in Annapurna. The trek takes to Khopra ridge offering a great close up views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain range along with other snow capped mountains including Machhapuchare and Hiunchuli Peak. The trek follows a similar route to Poon Hill Trek along a different ridge line without the crowds of trekkers. Khopra Trek also known as Khair lake trekking offers impressively attractive untouched nature of Annapurna Dhaulagiri region. Khair lake hike requires a little wandering away from the Khopra Ridge. Khopra Trekking is an interesting treks in Nepal with community home stay teahouse lodge. 

Khopra Trek also known as Khair/Khayer Lake Trek is off the beaten path trek. The trek is quiet and not crowded like Annapurna Base Camp, and Poon Hill trek. The Annapurna trekking to Khopra ridge allows you to explore the highland above the classic Annapurna trail. These trails are less trekked and goes above the treelined offering stunning view of snow peaks and deep valleys. Only open for few years ago, Khopra trek exhibits the authentic pastoral lifestyle of yak herders. The trek also allows avid trekkers to get to the altitude at 4,620 to Khaire Lake at the buttresses of Annapurna South.

The Khopra Trekking Package starts and ends in Pokhara. We trek through terraced fields and farmlands with teahouse lodges along the way. The trek is long but well make. Within a short period of time, you reach over 4,000 meters with incredible views from Khopra Hill/Ridge. The highlight of Khopra Hill trek is a visit to the amazing Khayer Lake with its pristine turquoise waters. An exploration day hike to Khayer lake from Khopra ridge is an amazing spiritual experience. 

Also see the deepest gorge in the world —Kali Gandaki that separates the Dhaulagiri range and the Annapurna range. Walking above a bed of clouds and possible to see sunset view above it if you are lucky. The best short treks in Nepal,  Khopra trekking contains everything including villages, wildlife, panoramic mountain views and range of landscape from forest to high alpine. Besides, Khopra Trekking in Nepal is the best off the beaten path trek in Nepal, hike on a usual mountain trail with ups and downs and challenges.

Starting trek by taking the spectacular flight or drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.  For the first two days of the trek, we follow the popular trails of the Annapurna foothills passing through terraces fields, rhododendron forests and villages, and then we walk along a remote trail while staying at the community eco lodges. We reach to the highest point to Khopra ridge at 3,660 m. Nice and valued to wake up early in the morning before breakfast to see the sunrise view over the Himalayan peaks.

Khopra Ridge is a great view point trek. This is the best choices trek if you are looking for a short off the beaten path trek with great views.  The trek is a combination of an amazing mountain views, pastoral villages, and rice fields layer on top of each other, descending down into the valley. The route follows a local trail that takes you down into the valley north of Ghorepani.

The accommodation in Khopra Trek is pretty much standard across the trek, a basic room with a single and twin beds with sharing bathroom. Wi-Fi, and  hot showers are widely available but a certain charge have to pay. Food menus is almost identical with numerous variation on three basic staples, pasta/noodles, rice and potatoes. Dal Bhat is the most cost effective choice. 

Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara(200km, 6 hours, 900m)
Receive you at your hotel in the morning, and get drive together with your guide by tourist bus to Pokhara for 6 hours. 
Day 2: Pokhara toTadapani(2,630m, 15km, 6 hours) via Ghandruk
Breakfast and drive by sharing jeep to Kimche for 3 hours, begins trek ascend gradually to Ghandruk is the largest village in the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP). You will see old stone and slate roofed houses lining the slope. You will also find a lot of tea houses spread through the entire village. Lunch at Ghandruk and we walk on forest trails, seeing big Rhododendron trees with red flowers if you are trekking in April on the trails. You can also see the sight of Mt Annapurna South, Mt Himchuli, Mt Ganga Purna, Mt Annapurna III and Mt Machapuchare while on trekking.
Day 3: Tadapani to Dobato(3,448 m, 7 km, 5 hours).
Breakfast and trek gradual ascent through forest trails with a short descent towards the beginning. Last one hour of the trail is above the tree line. Today trek starts on a forest trail filled with rhododendrons and bamboo. The Annapurna range accompanies you on the right. The views are outstanding – the panorama includes Mt Annapurna II, Mt Annapurna IV, Mt Ganesha Himal along with other peaks of the Annapurna range. Lunch and hike to Muldhai peak offers twenty-two snow peaks out of which two are among the fourteen highest mountains in the world – Mt Dhaulagiri I (7th highest) and Mt Annapurna I (9th highest). The complete Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range with Mt Tukuche and Mt Nilgiri North and South are a sight to behold, especially at sunset. If you want to witness this magic again, don’t forget to come back for sunrise the next day.
Day 4: Dobato to Khopra ridge(3,668 m, 11km, 7 hours)
A complete ridge walk with steep ascents till Khopra. Start early from Dobato since it’s a long day today. After 30 minutes of ascent you will reach a junction. The trail to the right leads to the hidden lake and the one to the left goes to Khopra Ridge. Halt here and capture the last view of all the mountain peaks of the Annapurna range. Don’t worry, these mountain views will soon be replaced by the Dhaulagiri range.
Take the trail leading to Khopra ridge. After 15 minutes, the Dhaulagiri range appears to the left. This is also an indication that you are close to your first rest point, Bayali. From Bayali, the trail descends for two hours through a forest. This brings you to Chhistibang, a tea house inside the forest. Have lunch here. Make sure you eat a light lunch – you have 3 more hours of trekking to complete.
From Chhistibang, the trail ascends continuously. There are multiple small streams and small waterfalls all along. On both sides of the ridge, clouds form a small playground and enchant you with their changing forms. From here, every step towards Khopra takes you up-close to the Dhaulagiri range. Watch the sun and clouds prepare for a perfect sunset.
On reaching Khopra, you see majestic mountain ranges all around you. Mt Annapurna South, Mt Annapurna Fang, Mt Annapurna I, Mt Nilgiri South and North, Mt Tukuche and the Dhaulagiri range welcome you. The tea house here itself is a view point.
Day 5: Khopra ridge to Khayar lake and back(4,560 m, 16km, 8 hours)
The longest day of the trek. The initial 45 mins is a level walk with scenic views of the Dhaulagiri range. The trail turns into a ridge walk with multiple climbs and descents for the next two hours. Take a look to your left – in addition to the Dhaulagiri range, you will see the world’s deepest valley, Kaligandaki, between Mt Tukuche and Mt Nilgiri North. Slowly the trail brings you to an open field surrounded by barren mountains. This is similar to the cold desert landscape of Spiti in the Indian Himalayas. This also means that you are approaching Khayar lake.
A small dhaba at Khayar Ghat welcomes you with some local tea and snacks. From here, it is another 1.5 hours’ trek to Khayar lake. The trail ascends continuously from here, on steps. All along, there is are symbols of a temple and bells clubbed together, which is a sign of khayar lake and mythological stories of the area. Before you see the lake, you see Mt Annapurna South. The lake is at its foothill. The lake is surrounded with praying flags, bells and a lone temple. Sit down here for a while and take in the surroundings. You have reached the highest point of the trek.
In the month of July a yatra (pilgrimage) is undertaken by Nepalis who visit Khayar lake to seek fulfilment of wishes and sacrifice an animal to lord Shiva. They believe that if the wish comes true, they will have to return as a token of thanksgiving. It will take around 3.5 to reach Khopra Ridge on the same trail. Have lunch at Khayar ghat on the way. Every step on the descent is an ideal spot to view the sunset.
Day 6: Khopra Ridge to Swanta(2,270 m, 10km, 6 hours)
Trek starts with a ridge walk which which descends into the forest upto Chhistibang, and take the trail to the right – this leads to Swatha and further on to Ghorepani. We trek through a dense forest which is entirely different from the initial two days of forest trails. You mostly find oaks here, followed by bamboo. There is a lot of agricultural land in Swantha, but very few tea houses. Enjoy your rest of the day exploring the quiet village life of Swanta.
Day 7: Swanta to Ghorepani/Ulleri(2,850 m, 9km, 5 hour)
A short day with gradual ascents and descents. The trek today begins by descending right down to a water stream. Here, you cross the only bridge on the trek. After crossing the bridge the trail goes uphill but it is not very steep. A mix of ascents and descents trek for 5 hours to Ghorepani. Ghorepani is one of the most developed villages in Annapurna Conservation Area. There are hotels here instead of teahouses. You also find bakeries and clubs.
Day 8: Ghorepani/Ulleri to Pokhara(1,960 m. 7km, 4 hours) and to Pokhara(64km, 3 hours)
The last day of the trek takes you till Ulleri. It’s a completely easy descent through forests for initial 2 hours. Post that you walk along a water stream till the time you reach Ulleri. Your trek ends here. Take a jeep drive to Pokhara.

Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu/Pokhara by tourist bus transfer
  • Twin sharing standard hotel accommodation with breakfast in  Pokhara as per the itinerary.
  • Pokhara to  Nayapul to Pokhara by car or sharing jeep or bus transfer
  • All the necessary trekking permit -ACAP and TIMS card
  • English Speaking guide on trek and all his expenses like salary, meals, transfer, accommodation and insurance
  • Tea house lodge or home stay accommodation during trek
  • 3 times meals-breakfast, lunch and dinner during trek
  • All the government taxes and company service charge
Cost not  Includes
  • Travel insurance of client in case of emergency for rescue and medication
  • Porter to carry your luggage
  • Expenses of personal nature like hot shower, wifi, internet, telephone
  • Price for charging battery where applicable
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Flight, Private transfer between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All the cost not mention on above cost includes

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