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Khopra Ridge Trek

Trip Overview

Khopra Danda (Ridge) Trek is one of the newly opened treks in the Annapurna region which features stunning views of snowcapped mountains and an exposure to various ethnicities of the region. This lesser-known trek is ideal for families and families with children as the trails are made properly and are easy to walk on.

Khopra Danda Trek offers the perfect view of snow-capped peaks and green hills including terraced fields, pasturelands, and beautiful cultural villages. The 12-days trip begins with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. You then take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara with mesmerizing views of massive mountains followed by the short scenic drive to Kimche. Kimche starts the actual trekking through off the beaten trails to Ghandruk, which is the largest Gurung village in the Annapurna region. The route passes through a densely forested path filled with rhododendrons, oaks, bamboos, and pines. The trek not only offers eye-catching views of the snowy Himalayas like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7061m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), and others, but also features stunning view of sunrise over the mountains from Khopra Ridge and Poon Hill. 

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1330m

Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m/25minutes and drive to Kimche and trek to Ghandruk 1940m/1 hour

Day 3: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani 2630m/3 hours

Day 4: Trek from Tadapani to Dobato 3420m/5 hours

Day 5: Trek from Dobato to Chistibung 3026m/4 hours

Day 6: Trek from Chistibung to Kopra Ridge/Danda 3660m/3 hours

Day 7: Trek from Khopra Ridge to Swanta 2214m/5 hours

Day 8: Trek from Swanta to Ghorepani 2860m/3 hours

Day 9: Trek from Ghorepani to Tikhedunga 1540m/5 hours

Day 10: Trek from Tikhedunga to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara 

Day 11: Morning Hike to World Peace Stupa and afternoon fly back to Kathmandu

Day 12: Final Departure from Kathmandu
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1330m
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our company representative picks you up and transfers you to the hotel. 

Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m/25minutes and drive to Kimche and trek to Ghandruk 1940m/1 hour
We catch our early morning 25-minute scenic flight to Pokhara. After landing, we take a jeep ride to Kimche via Nayapul, which takes about 3 hours to reach. 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.

Day 3: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani 2630m/3 hours
 Listening to the chirping of birds and relishing the view of small waterfalls and mountains like the Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre (6993m), and Hiunchuli (6441m) along the way, we arrive in Tadapani, which offers stunning sunset and sunrise views. 

Day 4: Trek from Tadapani to Dobato 3420m/5 hours
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 then trek through grassland until reaching a small pass then descend for a while and again ascend between small hills to finally reach Dobato. 

Day 5: Trek from Dobato to Chistibung 3026m/4 hours
We  continue descending through the forest and cross a wooden bridge before moving uphill to reach the pasturelands followed by the village of Chistibung. 

Day 6: Trek from Chistibung to Kopra Ridge/Danda 3660m/3 hours


Today, We continue to ascend steadily to reach Khopra Ridge, which offers a stunning panorama of Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri (7061m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), and other mountains during the sunset and sunrise. 

Day 7: Trek from Khopra Ridge to Swanta 2214m/5 hours
Today we descend steeply through the hillside and retrace the trail back to Chistibung. Crossing a small wooden bridge, we ascend for a while through the bamboo forest followed by the gradual ups and downs until we reach the village of Swanta. 

Day 8: Trek from Swanta to Ghorepani 2860m/3 hours


Today we trek to Ghorepani descending through terraced fields to a small river.  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. 

Day 9: Trek from Ghorepani to Tikhedunga 1540m/5 hours
In the morning, we hike up to Poon Hill through rhododendron forest to catch the beautiful view of sunrise over the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre. We then descend steeply on a stone staircase to Bhurungdi Khola where we cross a suspension bridge to reach Tikhedunga. 

Day 10: Trek from Tikhedunga to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara 


we trek to Nayapul, gently descending to the village of Birethanti on the bank of Modi Khola. We then cross the new bridge to reach the pick-up point at Nayapul. From Nayapul, we take a short drive to Pokhara.

Day 11: Morning Hike to World Peace Stupa and afternoon fly back to Kathmandu
Early in the morning, we hike up to World Peace Stupa which offers a panoramic view of the different Himalayas from Annapurna to Dhaulagiri along with the beautiful peak of Machhapuchhre. In the afternoon, we catch a flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 12: Final Departure from Kathmandu
We drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

Equipment List

Document List:

  • Valid passport
  • 2 extra passport size photos
  •  Photocopies of passport and visa form 
  • Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
  • Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines

Accessories:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlight with batteries
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel                 

Personal Clothing items:

Head:

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • warm fleece hat
  • Black Sunglasses

Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket 
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down vest or jacket 

Hands:

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body:

  • Underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof pants

Feet:

  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers or sandals)

Personal Hygiene:

  • Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
  • toothpaste/brush set;
  • hand sanitizer gel
  • 1 synthetic towel

Medical Supplies:

  • First-Aid kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) 
  • Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen)
  • cold medicine.
  •  antibiotics for stomach infection
  • anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide)
  • water purification tablets

Useful Info

This trek can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at mountainsunvalley@gmail.com

FAQ

1. What preparations should I make before trekking?
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

2. Is drinking water easily available?
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 1$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

3. What kind of food is available during trekking?
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.
Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. 

4. What are the risks associated with trekking?
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

5. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

 

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Duration 12 Days
Transportation Flight/Jeep/Bus
Group Size 2-10
Difficulty Moderate
Accomodation Teahouse
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