Khopra Hiking
13 Days 12 Nights

The Khopra danda trekking trail is one of the newly open trekking routes in Annapurna region and connected with Annapurna base camp, walking route separated from Tadapani to Khopra Hill or you can say Khayer Lake (Tal) treks path too. It combines the best of what Nepal has to offer: amazing mountain views, pastoral villages, and rice fields layered on top of each other, descending down into the valley. The Khopra Ridge is located away from the busier trails of Annapurna region but provides equally remarkable views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang and Nilgiri. Another attraction of our trek is the holy Kaire Lake, which requires a little wandering away from the Kopra Ridge.

Our trek starts from Kathmandu after visiting UNESCO listed world heritage sites. We head to our destination at Kopra Ridge through flight to Pokhara and then trek to Ghandruk, Tadapani, Dobato and Chitibung with best scenes on the way. We then return back via. Swanta village, Ghorepani and Pokhara. The 13-day trip is suitable for those who wish to enjoy the grandeur of Mt. Annapurna while also taking pleasure in the solace of a more remote trail. Complete with unique heritage, culture and breathtaking landscape, the trip will be well worth our time.

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and transfer your Hotel

From Tribhuvan International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel by our office representative. In the afternoon you will invite to visit our office for briefing about the each day program. Today you will receive your Annapurna Conservation Permits and TIMS.

Day 2: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley UNESCO world heritage sites & trek Preparation

We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square sheds light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we are introduced to our trek guide and porters and discuss our trip at office. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, 25minutes and drive from Pokhara to Kimche and trek to Ghandruk, 1 hour

We catch our early morning 25-minute scenic flight to Pokhara. After landing, we take a jeep ride to Kimche via. Nayapul, taking about 3 hours. From Kimche, we begin our short trek to Ghandruk ascending on stone steps through the forested path while relishing the beautiful scenery in the background. Ghandruk is the largest Gurung village in the Annapurna region where we get to experience the Gurung culture, tradition and lifestyle. From Ghandruk, we can get a stunning view of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre. Overnight at lodge.

Day 4: Ghandruk to Tadapani, 4 hours trek

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 Tadapani.

Day 5: Trek from Tadapani to Dobato, 5 hours trek

We ascend through dense forests filled with rhododendrons, pines, and oaks that lead us above the tree line to an amazing view of the Annapurna range. We continue to slowly ascend through rhododendron forests which take us to Meshar Danda followed by Isharu. We then trek through grassland until reaching a small pass then descend for a while and again ascend between small hills to finally reach Dobato. Overnight at lodge.

Day 6: Dobato to Upper Chistibung, 4-5 hours trek

After breakfast, we descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung. Next, we ascend gradually through a forest before reaching Upper Chistibung which is a temporary herder’s settlement. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the colorful Lophophorus (Danphe), the national bird of Nepal, as well as Himalayan thar on the grassy ridge high above the trail. Overnight in Upper Chistibung.

Day 7: Trek from Chistibung to Kopra Ridge/Danda, 3 hours trek

Leaving Chistibung behind, we ascend steadily and emerge above the tree line. We may encounter some animals like Himalayan Thar and Himalayan Monal. We continue to ascend steadily to reach Khopra Ridge, which offers a stunning panorama of Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, and other mountains during the sunset and sunrise. Overnight at lodge.

Day 8: Rest day in Khopra Ridge: Tour of Kaire Lake, 8-9 hours trek

We begin trekking from around six in the morning towards the Kaire Lake from where we attain excellent views of the Fang and surrounding mountains. Considered to be a sacred lake by the Hindus, it is believed that bathing in the lake will help attain Nirvana. As Hinduism and Buddhism are intricately related in Nepal, we can even see a number of Hindu and Buddhist shrines on the lakeside. For those of us who do not want to walk all the way to the lake, a half day walk from Khopra can also be arranged. We have packed lunch today. Overnight in Khopra Ridge.

Day 9: Trek to Swanta Village, 5 hours trek

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 at the guesthouse.

Day 10: Trek from Swanta to Ghorepani 2860m, 3 hours trek

Today we trek to Ghorepani descending through terraced fields to a small river. We also get to take a quick look at the local water mill. We then cross a suspension bridge and climb up to the village of Chitre. We continue to ascend through the forested path to reach the village of Ghorepani from where we can catch the amazing view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek back to Pokhara

Early morning start to ascend Poon Hill and it will take an hour to ascend and you will take in the amazing views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre (fish tail), Hiunchuli and Nilgiri along with many more mountains and green dense forests. Walk back to the lodge to have breakfast and prepare rucksacks then, trek Hille walking (5 hrs). Then 2 hours vehicle drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After breakfast, This will be a journey along river banks with wonderful views of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 13: Departure day

After breakfast, Relaxing/shopping with own activities. Our representative will drop you to Tribhuvan International Airport for onward journey or if you have time to stay in Nepal, we will arrange any other trip such as pilgrimage tour, safari tour , white water rafting, adventures etc.

- Airport Pick Up / Drop service
- All ground transportation service by private vehicle
- Star Hotel accommodation service
- Tea house accommodation during trek
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trek
- Sightseeing Kathmandu by Licensed English speaking Tour guide
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers= 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare and food and accommodation
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes

- International airfare and Nepal entry visa fee
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses and gear
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return than scheduled itinerary
- Tips and gratitudes
- Others not mentioned in "What's Included"

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