Khopra Ridge Trek route in the Annapurna region has been developed to suit the trekker’s demand to find a new destination in the Annapurna region. Khopra ridge trek offers a breathtaking panoramic view. It is a new and beautiful trekking route. With a mixed culture of Gurung and Magar people and exceptional mountain views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Nilgiri, Khayar Kopra.
Khopra ridge trek is a newly popular trekking route in the Annapurna region, few people travel this area. We can also call Khayar Lake getting slowly popular in the Annapurna area. Which takes in the center of the Annapurna area. With a stunning view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Ranges. Khopra trail goes with the less travel area from the famous and busy routes. It passes the traditional villages, lush forest. 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), as well as the best Sunrise from the poon hill 3210m.
Khopra ridge trek, also known as Khayar lake trek. You can enjoy the mixed culture and local people smiling service with the best Mountain View. Besides the scenic extravaganza of the peaks, the warm hospitality of the Gurung people along the way. Khayar Trek visits the remote mountain ridges, through exposit forest and traditional villages. Annapurna region into the wild glacial areas below Annapurna South is demanding but well worth the effort.
In Khopra ridge trek, we will get the ever-changing view of Mount Annapurna and the surrounding high Himalaya. The pleasant, tranquil trail starts from Pokhara. From Pokhara, our walk begins in the lower, more temperate region of the forested hillsides and Gurung and Magar village. We will start the trek from Nayapulr. The trail from here gives you a glimpse of some wildlife and vegetation, orchids send out perfume along the trail during spring.
As we move higher in Khopra ridge trek and Khayer lake, the rhododendron woodland and the view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare are astounding. We will be amazed to see the breathtaking view of snowcapped peaks. We leave habitation behind and walk through forests till 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, sacred Khayer Lake (4500m), that offers Khun Khane Festival (Yak blood-drinking), which is accessible. After enjoying the natural hot spring in Tatopani we will drive back to Pokhara.
Khopra Danda Trek is the Community Trek in the less travel area of the Annapurna Himalayan range. The remoteness of this trail is full of wilder nature that is yet hidden and unspoiled. Why visit Khopra danda trek here are some of its highlights
Khopra trek is also called the community trek as we will stay in the community base tea house on this trekking route. The local lodges are pretty basic with most of the basic facilities. The local community village is waiting for you to welcome with their best hospitality. Furthermore, the Khopra ridge trek will leave you a lifetime memory of exploring the most exotic wilderness and unique culture of the Nepali people.
Khopra ridge Climate and Temperature on the lower altitudes are warm and mild. Above 3500m, the temperature can fluctuate a lot during the day but nights are often cold (below freezing). Above 3500 m height, a colder climate prevails comparable to the higher elevations of the Alps. The weather can fluctuate strongly and unexpectedly. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is needed.
During the Khopra ridge trek, you will have choices of local food as well as western menus also. The food is enough with enough carbohydrates, protein, nutrition. The local guest house serves fresh, hygienic, tasty, and nutritious food. which is a must need for high altitude trekking. We will have breakfast and dinner with the same guest how when we spend the night. While our lunch is along the way in the small village tea shops. Breakfast comes in different choices like verities of Eggs ( boiled egg, scrambled egg, mixed veg omelet), oatmeal, cornflakes, toast with jam and butter. The local Tibetan bread and chapatti are more famous. Sometimes you can try hashed brown potatoes, muesli with milk, pancake.
During lunch and dinner, the Nepali Dal Bhat is very popular, which is served steamed rice, lentils soup, different types of vegetables, pickles, and papad. Other items are Varies s0upes, sandwiches, Momo ( dumplings) Macaroni, Spaghetti, Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Plain rice, Vegetable curry, pumpkin curry, Pizza, you can also taste the local desserts items such as rice pudding apple pie, and some places custard pudding. Of course, there are some nonveg items but it is always recommending to eat vegetarian food as meat is not fresh. We also recommend you no to 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.
The trek route map of Khopra ridge trek is from Pokhara and we can reach there by a scenic drive from Kathmandu. It takes about a 6-7 hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara which is about 200km in distance. however, if you want to take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara about 25 minutes one way. We can help you to buy the flight ticket and if you are in the small group you can take a private jeep or van also which costs you less. It is a more easy and faster way than a tourist bus. from Pokhara,
The moderate difficulty level trek route map goes with the famous village of Ghorepani and after enjoying the Khayer lake we finish at Tatopani, from here after enjoying the natural hot spring we drive back to Pokhara.
The highest point of the Khopra ridge trek is 4650m height which we will reach after a day hike to Khayer lake. this is a sacred lake that lies in the Khopra danda and on the foothills of Mount Annapurna south. We can enjoy the closest view of Annapurna South and other mountain ranges. We can also enjoy an amazing sunrise view over Mount Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna peaks.
The packing is depended on which season you are doing the trek, as it is a short trek ss you can pack light. during the daytime after finish the trek, you can wash your clothes also like socks, small t-shirts. we suggest you 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
Trek Name: Khopra ridge trek
Trek Duration: 07 Day
Best Season: February to May and September to November is the best month to enjoy Khayar Lake Trek. Trekking is possible in July & August too. However, clear visibility may not be as consistent as in other seasons due to unfavorable weather conditions.
Accommodation: Tea House
Group Size: Min.2 to Max 12 persons in a group
Min. altitude: 1065 m
Max altitude: 4620 m
Trekking Dates: You can do this trek on any date. The best time is Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 2 to 12 people. the rainy season is not that good for the trek as the views are not great and sometimes landslides can happen.
Equipment Renting and buying: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment.
Khopra ridge trek is a moderate level of the trek route. The moderate level of trekking is about 5/6 hours walking with the lunch stop en-route and arrive at your camp in the late afternoon. Most trek days are 5 to 6 hours long so we may take a lunch stop en-route in this grade we will also use some smaller, less well-traveled trails that may be rockier underfoot and a little steeper. These Moderate grade treks go up to 4100m height and durations are 5 to 08 days.
The moderate grade trek overall is not that long, usually 7 – 10 days in total. There will be we can have a chance to get the altitude sickness above 3000m. making sure to climb high and come to sleep at low after 3000m We suggest that if you are 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 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis to carry your luggage. the maximum weight per trekkers is 15 kg as we never overload our porters. however, you only carry your valuables in your backpack., including your sleeping bag, and down jacket; other items not required on a trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Your Khopra ridge trek is leading by or experience trekking guide and porter who are joining you from Kathmandu. All of our guides have trained for and attained a Trekking Guide license provided by the Government. The license exam is organized by TAAN and Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHAM) every year. They have vast knowledge about the trekking trails and kinds of medical treatments and emergency services of first aids, altitude sickness, and other relevant issues. Your belongings will be safely taken by our Porter, making your walk easy, more pleasant, and comfortable. Our porter will carry a maximum of 30 kg in total for 2 trekkers’ bag. If you have any extra weight, We suggest you hire another porter and will cost extra cost.
For the Khopra Khayer lake trek, there are different means of transport. our trip starts from Pokhara we use private car transport. from the Tatopani to Pokhara by local bus or local sharing jeep. If you are travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu you can take 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hours drive by bus or by private car. the main way to get there is by driving. Above the Himalaya, trekking is always careful to choose the best transport options available for your travel period. We choose the transport means as per your package itinerary and budget also.
Passport and Visa info
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months’ validity from the return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or 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. Likewise, you can easily get an upon arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal.
We find that most travelers find themselves in difficulty as 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 of 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 on arrival visa.
For the extra money for your Khopra ride trek, you need to exchange for Nepali rupees. Nepal banknotes comes in Rupees, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rupees 1, 2, 5, and 10 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. The receipts of such transactions are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival too, Although their rates are quite low so better you can exchange in the city.
You can also get money from ATMs there are many in the city and it allows you a maximum of 40,000 per day. Visitors other than the Indian nationals have to make the payment in foreign currency (non-Indian currency) in the hotel. It also applies to book your trekking and tour. During the Gosaikunda trek, you need local Nepali rupees for your extra expenses. So you can carry enough amount for the trek there are no ATM facilities along the way except Dhunche.
Note: Most of the banks and Money changers in Nepal will not accept old foreign currency notes, torn, or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
Accommodation in the Khopra ridge trek is a lodge and at teahouse. Tikhedhunga and Ghorepani have a good guest house where Tadapani has basic. You will sleep in a basic room with a bed, mattress, bed cover, and pillow. You need your own sleeping bag and better to have a sleeping bag liner also. The facilities are quite basic at the lodge. In some places, there is no electricity but they have solar power in the dining room and. You can charge your battery for cell phones and cameras at extra cost.
Drinking water during your Khopra ridge trek
On the Khopra ridge trek, we, suggest you at least drink 3/4 liters of water per day while you are on the trail. While bottled mineral water can be purchased all over Kathmandu and along popular trekking trails, plastic water bottles are a significant problem in Nepal’s mountain areas. So instead of relying on bottled water, travelers should instead 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 carry 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 is being purified.
Showers and electricity
During the Khopra ridge trek, you can take an electric gas or solar hot shower and have cold showers available. Electricity is usually available in most parts of the route with hydropower, you can charge your battery for camera and phone, normally they charge an extra cost of about USD 1 to 2 for full battery charging.
Our Khopra ridge trek group sizes are quite small and from 2 people to 10. We always make a small group to reduce the impact on the environment and to enable 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. if you are a single traveler we also operate a private solo trip for you. After the COVID 19 pandemic, we are now making our trekking group size a 10-person limit, this also makes it easy to provide you the best service and look after all of you from your trekking guide and porter. So any number are you are don’t matter you can book your trip with us we are happy to run the best holiday for you
In Khopra ridge Khayear lake trek you can the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. Now You can contact your family and friends via the lodges. Our guide has a cellular phone and We’ll communicate with them frequently to know the trek and your health. Furthermore, we are making sure to make sure you’re fine, safe, feel right, and have everything up there. Also, the easy way now is you can get the local sim card on arrival at the airport which has a 4g/3g network in most of the routes. Now Most of the places in the trekking route have wifi service available Normally Wi-Fi works for every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with a minimal fee or someplace have free.
We suggest you have a full travel insurance package that covers medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, furthermore, it should also include, trip cancellation, loss of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage, etc. While you trek in the high altitude some time you get illnesses, small injured, or get sick. If you will get any problem and get ill or injured during your trek, Above the Himalaya trekking will taking care of you and in an emergency, we will rescue you.
If small injuries and health problems and altitude sickness are getting during the trek. Our staff will descend to you immediately. For the more serious medical issues, emergency Above the Himalaya trekking company will arrange a helicopter rescues for you.
We need a guarantee of payment from your Insurance company or 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 to your insurance company again. Make sure when you buy the insurance it should cover bother rescue and medical assistance. We suggest you giving your full insurance information while you book your trip with us. For an emergency case, this will help us to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation and get emergency medical help.
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, transportation by private car. It also includes the necessary trekking permits, accommodation meals, all service charges, and taxes. You can do the half board package also just hiring a guide, porter, get permits. for your meals and accommodation during the trek, you can pay by yourself also. You can browse these pages more for detailed prices and trip dates.
In the hospitality industry of Nepal, the workers except for some tips while you are in your tour or Trekking
While you are on the tour and trekking, you can tip the guide and porter. Normally, people tip 10% of their payable amount. If you have booked the full board package for your trekking and tour. but if you just hire guide and porter service you can tip differently like a per day calculation basis.
We don’t suggest tipping while you have something to eat at the restaurant as they have already taken a 10% service charge, and 13% Government Taxes. However, while you enter the hotel, the bell boy may expect some tipping.
After completing your Khopra ridge and Khayra lake trek and if you have more time you can do different activities in Nepal. You can go to Chitwan National park for a Jungle safari tour or can do a day Rafting trip. Pokhara is a famous place for different adventure activities like Paragliding, Ultralight flight, Bungy Jump. We can arrange different tours and put these extra activities as optional tours and They are not included in your package cost.
You can arrange these activities with us at a good discounted price. If you need hotel or flight ticket services after the trek we can arrange them at a reasonable cost. you can do the tour in Kathmandu city also or join a 1-hour scenic flight over Mount Everest. Furthermore, we are also offering Tibet and Bhutan tours.
Day 01: - Drive to Nayapul (1010) -1: 45 hours drive and trek to Tikhedunga (1,577, 4 hours
Our guide meets you at your hotel, After your breakfast, we start our driving to Nayapul, which takes approximately one and a half hours. The drive is a small mountain road and crosses the beautiful hillside and small village 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 final destination of the day in Tikhedhunga. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 02 - Tikhedhunga trek to Ghorepani (2775m height ): walking distance 6 hours about 9.4 km.
After breakfast, we will start our journey. First, we will cross the small suspension bridge at Tikhedhunga River. We drop down and drops and cross another small Bhurungdi Stream on a large deck at 1520m. We start climbing from here in a nice 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 some time 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 and refreshingly fresh oak and Rhododendron forest. We will cross small crystal clear water streams and climb to the Nangathanti (2460m). We have a little rest Nangathanti. In winter, It can be 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) stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 03: - Hike to Poon Hill (3,210m / 10,497 ft), Trek to swanta Village (2,200m/7,217ft), 6-7 hours
Early morning start to ascend Poon Hill (3210m), and it will take an hour to climb, and you will take in the fantastic views of Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Annapurna I (8091), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machhapuchhre (fishtail) (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441 m) Nilgiri (6670m) along with many more mountains and green dense forests. We are now walking downhill from Grorepani and star the flat up the trail to Swanta village. Most of the trail we trek through 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 (ridge) (3,660m/12007): 4-5 hours
After breakfast, We are trekking to Khopra ridge our main destination. At first, we cross the small stream and start walking to the Khopra danda. During the trek, we walk passing beautiful rhododendron and oak trees. the lodges around here are built by community-based and provide internet and telephone facilities. Stay overnight at the local community lodge.
Day 05: - Rest day in Khopra Danda, Day-trip to Khayer Lake (4660m) 7-8 hours
After your 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 hearsay, sacred Khayar is the adobe of goddess Khair Barahi. The trail mostly gradually ascends but gets very 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 (1250m) 5 hrs
Today we are mostly walk-in downhill of nice terraces and view of the different valley 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 peoples and other parts also come here to take a hot bath. As the water in the hot springs contains minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium, taking a bath 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 7 hrs drive
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.
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