Khopra Ridge Trek
Trip Highlights of Khopra Ridge Trek
- Enjoy an amazing sunrise over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas
- Descend through pastoral villages to Tatopani
- Visiting the sacred Khayer Lake at the foot of Annapurna South
- Cultural heritages and beautiful monuments
- Scenic Kathmandu to Pokhara Flight
- Off-the-beaten Track, Unrevealed Hidden Treasures of Nature, and many others
- Beautiful Gurung Villages and their unique and distinctive cultures
- Mesmerizing mountain vistas and jaw-dropping colossal Himalayan
Overview of Khopra Ridge Trek
The Khopra Ridge Trek route in the Annapurna region suits the trekker’s demand. It fulfills the trekker’s wish to find a new destination in the Annapurna region. Khopra Ridge trek offers a breathtaking panoramic view.
It is a unique and beautiful trekking route. It has a mixed culture of Gurung and Magar people. It offers exceptional mountain views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Khayar Kopra.
Khopra Ridge Trek is a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region. Few people travel there. We can also call Khayar Lake popular in the Annapurna area. It lies in the center of the Annapurna area. It provided a stunning view of the Annapurna Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Ranges.
Khopra trail goes with less travel from the famous and busy routes. It passes the traditional villages and lush forests. In the Khayar Lake trek, we will enjoy the view of the vast Annapurna Himalayan range. In the Annapurna area, sacred Khayer Lake (4500 Meters) and the best Sunrise from poon hill 3210m.
Khopra Ridge Trek, also known as Khayar Lake Trek. You can enjoy the mixed culture. The local people’s smiling service with the best Mountain View is astounding. You get the peaks’ scenic extravaganza.
You get the Gurung people’s warm hospitality along the way. Khayar Trek visits the remote mountain ridges through exposit forests and traditional villages. Annapurna region is in the wild glacial areas below Annapurna South. It is demanding but well worth the effort.
Less travel trekking route
The Khopra Ridge trek will give us an ever-changing view of Mount Annapurna. It also offers an exotic view of the surrounding high Himalayas. The pleasant, tranquil trail starts from Pokhara. From Pokhara, our walk begins in the lower, more temperate region.
There are hillsides and Gurung and Magar villages. We will start the trek from Nayapul. The trail from here gives you a glimpse of some wildlife and vegetation. Orchids send out perfume along the path during spring.
The rhododendron woodland excites us as we move higher in the Khopra Ridge trek and Khayer Lake. The view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhare are astounding. We get to see the breathtaking view of snowcapped peaks. We leave habitation behind and walk through forests.
We finally emerge above the tree line at Kopra Danda, a fantastic mountain wilderness. You will enjoy the views of the Annapurna massif from Khopra Hill. The sacred Khayer Lake (4500m) is accessible from there. There are offers for the Khun Khane Festival (Yak blood-drinking). After enjoying the natural hot spring in Tatopani, we will drive back to Pokhara.
Itinerary of Khopra Ridge Trek
Day 01: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedunga
Our guide will meet you at your hotel. After your breakfast, we start our driving to Nayapul. It takes approximately one and a half hours. The drive is a small mountain road. It crosses the beautiful hillside and small villages of Naudanda and Lumle. We start walking from here to Birethanti with a flat trail.
We follow the left route in the small river and forest. It is easy trekking, passing through several small villages and settlements. We will have a lunch stop at Sudami. Afterward, we ascend gently to the day’s final destination in Tikhedhunga. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 02: Tikhedhunga trek to Ghorepani
After breakfast, we will start our journey. First, we will cross the small suspension bridge at Tikhedhunga River. We drop down and cross another small Bhurungdi Stream on a large deck at 1520m. We start climbing from here in a lovely stone staircase up hills.
We need to walk more than 3300 steps. The unrelenting staircase continues to the large Magar village of Ulleri (2080m). Stop sometime here, and you can have some tea or coffee. From Ulleri, the trail climbs gently in the pastures and cultivated fields.
We will arrive in the small town of Banthanti, and you can stop for lunch here. From here, we mostly walk beside the cascading river, refreshingly fresh oak, and Rhododendron forest. We will cross small crystal clear water streams and climb the Nangathanti (2460m). We have a little rest in Nangathanti.
In winter, it can snow here. We still have more climbing to the Ghorepani village with the forest covering the trail. After 1 hour uphill, work takes us to Ghorepani (2750m height), and stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 03: Hike to Poon Hill, and trek to Swanta Village
Early morning start to ascend Poon Hill (3210m), and it will take an hour to climb. You will take in the fantastic views of Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Annapurna I (8091), and Annapurna South (7219 m). You can see Machhapuchhre (fishtail) (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441 m), and Nilgiri (6670m), along with many more mountains and dense green forests.
We are now walking downhill from Grorepani and start the flat up the trail to Swanta village. For most of the course, we trek through the Rhododendron forest. The beautiful flower makes the jungle colorful in spring when they bloom. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 04: Today we are trekking to Khopra Danda
After breakfast, we are trekking to Khopra Ridge, our leading destination. At first, we cross the small stream and start walking to the Khopra Danda. During the trek, we walk through beautiful rhododendron and oak trees. The community has built the lodges around here. They provide internet and telephone facilities. Stay overnight at the local community lodge.
Day 05: Rest day in Khopra Danda, Day-trip to Khayer Lake
After breakfast, we give you a packed lunch today for the day hiking trip to Khayer Lake. This lake is also a pilgrimage destination. The Hindu pilgrimage people are also traveling here to pray in the lake. According to the gossip, sacred Khayar is the adobe of goddess Khair Barahi. The trail gradually ascends but gets steep during the last hour before reaching the Lake. Return to Khopra guest house for an overnight stay.
Day 06: Trek from Khopra Danda to Tatopani
Today, we mostly walk downhill on lovely terraces. We view the different valleys of the Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges. We will trek down to Tatopani ( A place that has a natural hot spring at the bank of the Kaligandaki River).
As you descend back down into the valley, you’ll pass through villages and terraces and can stop for lunch. You can enjoy the natural hot spring at the bank of the famous Kali Gandaki River. Many local people and other parts also come here to take a hot bath.
The hot springs contain minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Bathing in the hot spring is widely believed to relieve several problems in the skin and the whole body. Overnight at the lodge in Tatopani.
Day 07: Tatopani Drive back to Pokhara
Today, we will drive back to Pokhara on the mountain road. Transfer to the hotel. And you will have a rest day looking around the lakeside area.
Fixed Departure Dates
Note: We can run a trip for solo travelers, couple, friends and family with children. Our private trips are running everyday. If you are looking for a group joining trip please contact us.
- An Experienced and professional Government license holder Trekking guide. Guides trained in wilderness first aid.
- Annapurna Conservation Area Trekking Permit.
- TIMS Trekking Permit (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Annapurna Trek.
- Full board meals during the trekking (Meals are choices from the Menu).
- Twin-sharing Lodges and guesthouse accommodation during the trekking.
- Trekking porters carry all personal gear and group equipment( one porter for two person basis)
- Food, accommodation, salary, local tax, all trekking equipment, and medicine for all trekking staff.
- Proper Insurance for all trekking staff, including porter.
- Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you also need it, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre-meeting at our office.)
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- All necessary paperwork, office Service charges, and all Government Taxes.
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
- Pokhara to treks starts point Nayapul transport by private car.
- Tatopani finish point to Pokhara transport by Local bus.
- Any services in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Dessert, chocolates, personal shopping, laundry, phone calls, internet, Camera battery charging.
- Personal trekking equipment, travel, medical insurance & helicopter rescue, personal expenses.
- Tips and Gratitude (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory.)
- Any other expenses not mentioned in the Price Include section
Essential Information - Khopra Ridge Trek
How are the meals in Khopra Ridge Trek?
During the Khopra Ridge trek, you will have local food choices and Western menus. The food is enough with enough carbohydrates, protein, and nutrition. The local guest house serves fresh, hygienic, tasty, and nutritious food.
It is a must-need for high-altitude trekking. We will have breakfast and dinner with the same guests as when we spend the night. Our lunch is along the way in the small village tea shops.
Breakfast comes in different choices. You can have varieties of Eggs ( boiled egg, scrambled egg, mixed veg omelet). Or you can have oatmeal, cornflakes, or toast with jam and butter.
The local Tibetan bread and chapatti are more famous. Sometimes, you can try hashed brown potatoes, muesli with milk, or pancakes. During lunch and dinner, the Nepali Dal Bhat is very popular. It includes steamed rice, lentil soup, vegetables, pickles, and papads.
Other items include a variety of soups, sandwiches, Momo ( dumplings), Macaroni, and Spaghetti. You can have Thukpa, Noodles, Pasta, Plain rice, Vegetable curry, pumpkin curry, and Pizza.
You can also taste the local dessert items such as rice pudding, apple pie, and custard pudding. Of course, there are some non-veg items, but vegetarian food is always recommended as meat is not fresh.
We also recommend you not consume alcoholic drinks at high altitudes. You can enjoy the drinks and non-veg meals on the last day of the trek or when you arrive at Pokhara.
Packing List for the trek
The packing depends on which season you are doing the trek. As it is a short trek, you can pack light. You can wash your clothes, like socks and small T-shirts, after finishing the hike in the daytime. You can bring the proper equipment rather than taking too many kinds of stuff. If you are trekking in winter, carry warm enough clothing. Here is the list for the Khopra Ridge trek
- Sun hat or scarf
- Winter hat or woolen hat
- Headlight with extra batteries
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Lightweight gloves
- Hiking shirts
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Rain jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants
- T-Shirt, a few pairs
- Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Hiking Boots are better to break before you come to trek.
- Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)
- Backpack and a daypack
- Thermal bottle
- Water purification tablets or iodine
- Trekking pole
- Sleeping bag (-15 to 20 degrees depending on trek season)
- Toiletries (toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrush)
- Towel ( quick-dry)
Trek Grade Moderate
Khopra Ridge trek is a moderate-level trek route. The moderate level of trekking is about 5/6 hours of walking. It includes the lunch stop en route and arriving at your camp later in the afternoon. Most trek days are 5 to 6 hours long, so that we may take a lunch stop en route in this grade.
We will also use some smaller, less well-traveled trails. Those trails may be rockier underfoot and a little steeper. These Moderate grade treks reach 4100m in height, and durations are 5 to 08 days.
The moderate-grade trek is not that long, usually 7 – 10 days. There will be a chance of getting altitude sickness above 3000m, so climb high and sleep at low after 3000m. We urge that you have a reasonable level of fitness. You don’t need to be an experienced trekker to enjoy this trip – it might be your first-ever trek.
Your trekking luggage: You will have one Porter for two trekkers to carry your luggage. The maximum weight per trekker is 15 kg, as we never overload our porters. But, you only take your valuables in your backpack, such as your sleeping bag and down jacket. We leave other items not required on a trek in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Your Trek Leader and Support Staff
An experienced trekking guide and Porter will join you for your Khopra Ridge trek. Our guides have trained and attained a Trekking Guide license. The Government provides the license. TAAN and the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHAM) organize the license exam annually.
The guides have vast knowledge about the trekking trails. They also know about different kinds of medical treatments. They know emergency services for first aid, altitude sickness, and other relevant issues.
Our Porter will take your belongings, making walking easy, pleasant, and comfortable. Our Porter will carry a maximum of 30 kg for two trekkers’ bags. If you have any extra weight, you must hire another porter, which will cost extra.
Transportation for the Khopra Ridge trek
For the Khopra Khayer Lake trek, there are different means of transport. Our trip starts from Pokhara. We use private car transport from Tatopani to Pokhara by local bus or local sharing jeep. If you are traveling to Pokhara from Kathmandu, you can take 25 25-minute flight.
Or you can get there by 6/7 hours drive by bus or private car. The primary way to get there is by driving. Above the Himalaya, choose the best transport options available for your travel period. We choose the transport means as per your package itinerary and budget.
Passport and Visa info
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least six months of validity from the return date. You can get visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country. Or you can get it upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport.
USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days for single/multiple entries. If you get a visa for 30 days, it is USD 50 or equivalent convertible currency. USD 125 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days for single/multiple entries.
You can get a Nepal visa before arrival from the Nepalese Embassy in your home country. You can also get upon-arrival access at Kathmandu airport. You can also get it from other different borders from Nepal.
Most travelers find themselves in difficulty sometimes. They don’t carry money to get a visa at the time of their arrival. There is no ATM inside the visa section.
Though there is a provision for ATM outside, it is more likely that sometimes it doesn’t work. So, for your comfort, we recommend you bring the cash US$ to get them an arrival visa.
Money Exchange for the trek
For the extra money for your Khopra ride trek, you need to exchange it for Nepali rupees. Nepal banknotes come in Rupees, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, 500, and 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rupees 1, 2, 5, and 10 denominations.
It would help if you changed the Foreign currencies only through banks or authorized money exchangers. You must get and keep the receipts of such transactions. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival. Although their rates are low, it is better to trade in the city.
You can also get money from ATMs. There are many in the city, and they allow you a maximum of 40,000 per day. Visitors other than Indian nationals must pay in foreign (non-Indian) currency at the hotel.
It also applies to booking your trekking and tour. During the Khayar Lake trek, you need local Nepali rupees for your extra expenses.
Note: Most of Nepal’s banks and Money changers will not accept old foreign currency, torn or faded notes. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
Accommodation in Khopra Ridge trek
Accommodation in the Khopra Ridge trek is a lodge and a teahouse. Tikhedhunga and Ghorepani have good guest houses, whereas Tadapani has basic ones. You will sleep in a bare room with a bed, mattress, bed cover, and pillow.
It would help if you had your sleeping bag, and it is better to have a liner. The facilities are essential at the lodge. Some places have no electricity but solar power in the dining room. You can charge your battery for cell phones and cameras at an extra cost.
Drinking water during your Khopra Ridge trek
On the Khopra Ridge trek, we suggest you drink 3/4 liters of water daily while on the trail. You can buy bottled mineral water over Kathmandu and along popular trekking trails.
But, plastic water bottles are a significant problem in Nepal’s mountain areas. So, instead of relying on bottled water, travelers should purify their water. Get the water purification iodine or tablets.
They are small, cheap, and light to carry; another better way is to get water filters. They are low to take and easy to use. You can bring two reusable water bottles. So that you always have one bottle to drink from while the water in your other bottle purifies.
Showers and electricity
During the Khopra Ridge trek, you can take an electric gas or solar hot shower with cold showers available. Electricity is usually available in most parts of the route with hydropower. You can charge your battery for the camera and phone. Usually, they charge an extra cost of about USD 1 to 2 for complete battery charging.
Khopra ridge trek group size
Our Khopra Ridge trek group sizes are small, from 2 people to 10. We always make a small group to reduce the environmental impact. It also enables us to provide a more personal service. The maximum group size on most of our treks/tours is 12, and the minimum group size is 2.
We also operate a private solo trip if you are a single traveler. After the COVID-19 pandemic, we are making our trekking group size a 10-person limit.
The limit also makes it easy to provide the best service and look after all of you from your trekking guide and Porter. So any number you have doesn’t matter. You can book your trip with us; we will run the best holiday for you.
Communication during the Khopra Ridge trek
In the Khopra Ridge Lake trek, internet service is available at the lodges at an extra charge. Now, you can contact your family and friends via the lodges. Our guide has a cellular phone. We’ll communicate with them frequently to know the trek and your health.
Furthermore, we ensure you’re okay, safe, feel right, and have everything up there. Also, the easy way now is to get the local SIM card on arrival at the airport, which has a 4g/3g network on most routes.
Now, most places on the trekking route have Wi-Fi service. Wi-Fi works for every part of the trek in lodges/lodges. They will charge a minimal fee or someplace free for Wi-Fi.
Travel rescue Insurance
You must have a complete travel insurance package. That package should cover medical, personal accident, and emergency evacuation. Furthermore, it should include trip cancellation, loss of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage, etc.
While you trek at the high altitude, you get illnesses, minor injuries, or sickness. Above the Himalaya Trekking will take care of you if you have any problems and get ill or injured during your trek. In an emergency, we will rescue you.
If minor injuries, health problems, and altitude sickness occur during the trek. Our staff will descend to you immediately. Above the Himalaya, the trekking company will arrange helicopter rescues. It is for more serious medical issues and emergencies.
We need a guarantee of payment from your Insurance company, a cash deposit, or a promise in Kathmandu. While you are trekking with Above The Himalaya Trekking, we will arrange the travel rescue insurance and initial payments.
We will claim the refund from your insurance company again. When you buy the insurance, it should cover bother rescue and medical assistance. We suggest you give your complete insurance information while you book your trip with us. This information will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation. And get emergency medical help for an emergency case.
Khopra Ridge Trek Package Cost
Khopra Ridge trek cost depends on your group size, how you travel by bus or private car, and your trekking staff. Our package includes a trekking guide, Porter, and transportation by private vehicle. It also includes the necessary trekking permits, accommodation meals, all service charges, and taxes.
You can do the half-board package, hire only a guide and a porter, and get permits. You can also pay for your meals and accommodation during the trek. You can browse these pages more for detailed prices and trip dates.
While on the tour and trekking, you can tip the guide and Porter. Usually, people tip 10% of their payable amount. Suppose you have booked the complete board package for your trekking and tour. But if you hire a guide and porter service, you can tip on a per-day calculation basis.
We don’t suggest tipping while you have something to eat at the restaurants. They have already taken a 10% service charge and 13% Government Taxes. But, the hotel porter may expect some tipping while you enter the hotel.
After completing the Khopra Ridge and Khayra Lake trek, you can do different activities in Nepal if you have more time. You can go to Chitwan National Park for a Jungle safari tour or a day Rafting trip.
Pokhara is famous for adventure activities like Paragliding, Ultralight flight, and Bungy Jump. We can arrange other tours and put these extra activities as optional tours. They are separate from your package cost.
You can arrange these activities with us at a reasonable discounted price. If you need hotel or flight ticket services after the trek, we can set them at a reasonable cost. You can also tour Kathmandu city or join a 1-hour scenic flight over Mount Everest. Furthermore, we are also offering Tibet and Bhutan tours.
Reviews on Khopra Ridge Trek
Based on 300+ Reviews
Khopra Ridge Trke - Best Trip Ever
Trekking in the Khopra Ridge trek is the most fantastic trip. Above the Himalayas, took good care of me and my partner from arrival to departure to my home. This company treats its guests like their family.
The information they provided before the trip, the guide, the porter, and the service they handled was phenomenal. I am thrilled to recommend using them for your next adventure in the Himalayas.
Stephanie Rich USA
Mary Lee Mrochek
The Khopra Ridge trek with Annapurna poon hill is beyond words to describe. The mountain views are fantastic and outstanding. Our porter Ram is buffalo-strong, and Kc, our guide, is a good, patient guide. Both of them are outstanding. Thanks to the Puru for the
The Khopra ridRidgege trek was easy and fascinating. The scenery changed each day! I am already planning to come back to Nepal. I will indeed arrange my whole trip with Above The Himalayan Trekking.
I will prepare the trip around the availability of my fantastic guide, Dhurba. He was patient, helpful, and, most importantly, fun. Basu and Ram (Our Porter) come with my absolute highest recommendation.
Mary Lee Mrochek, good time and trek. I can’t wait to come back again, Ryan Babcock
Best guide and porter for Khopra trek
Khopra Ridge trek with Annapurna poon hill is beyond words to describe. The mountain views are fantastic and outstanding. Our porter Ram is buffalo-strong, and Kc, our guide, is a good, patient guide. Both of them are outstanding.
Thanks to the Puru for the excellent time and trek. I can’t wait to come back again.
Khopra ridge trek - highly recommended
Many thanks for an enjoyable trek to Khopra Ridge and Ghorepani. My guide/Porter Bhola was an amiable and polite friend. They looked after me well, and the choice of hotels was fine. Thanks for all the organization.
Many Thanks, Puru and his team.
Best less travel trekking route in Annapurna
We have just completed our 7-day Khopra ridge trek with the help of the Above the Himalaya team. We wanted to explore a new area and wanted to dig a little more height. After we put in an inquiry, Mr. Puru introduced us to the Khopra trek.
It was a great suggestion. We really liked the tour as there were very few trekkers in the upper part of the trek, and the views were amazing. If you are looking for a short and unique trekking trail in Annapurna, this is the best choice.
For departure dates and price, please consult with our travel expert.
Book with Confidence
- Flexible bookings and easy trip date changes
- Personalized service and customized group sizes
- Safe travels with owner-operated services and highly experienced guides
- Best price guarantee for the most value for your money
- Secure & easy online booking
Your Trek Leader
Enjoy Himalayan scenery with the help of Nepal’s best guides with Government license holders and got training in first-aid, our Trip Leaders, know where you’ll find the best photos, most fascinating wildlife, and the best stream crossings. read more