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Khopra Ridge Community Trek

Duration

13 Days

Max. Elevation

4530Mm

Group size

Min 2pax-Max 16pax

Level
EASY
Transportation
Tourist Bus | Domestic Flight | Private Vehicle
Best Season
March to May, September to December
Accomodation
Guest House | Hotel
Meals
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
KTM - Pokhara - Tadapani - Khopra ridge - Khayar lake - Ulleri - Pokhara - KTM

Highlights

    • Panoramas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya range
    • The Beauty of Khayar lake
    • Awesome views of sunrise through the Himalaya
    • Eagle eye view of Mt.Dhaulagiri
    • Local culture

Whilst on this trek we will be staying at a community lodge set up by the local people. From the lodge, there are spectacular views of the sunrise on the Annapurna Massif, Nilgiri, Bharha Sikhar, Dhaulagiri, and Himchuli. This is a remote trail with beautiful landscapes and a unique culture and is one of the most interesting trails in the Annapurna region.
This trek begins at the tourist town of Pokhara. During the trek, we will pass through the biggest Gurung settlement of Ghandruk and finally reach Khopra Dada. After a sunrise view from Khopra Dada, we will carry on with our trek to visit the holy Khaire Lake (4,600m) and then turn back to Khopra Dada for the night.

Altitude MAP

Trip Itinerary

Day

1

When you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Open Trail will be there to meet you and take you to your hotel. After checking in, you can rest or, with the guide, visit Open Trail’s office in Thamel a part of Kathmandu in the tourist district. Here there are many shops and restaurants. The shops are colorful and full of pashminas, slippers, trekking equipment, and felt items. The restaurants serve European as well as Nepalese meals. ATM’s are plentiful should you require them. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Open Trail treks where you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine. This is a great introduction to Nepalese food.

Day

2

We will begin our second day with breakfast before starting a guided tour to some of the historical, religious, and World Heritage sites of Kathmandu. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Buddhist Stupa (Buddha Nath), the Hindu secret temple Pashupati Nath and we will end our tour by visiting the Monkey temple – Swayambhunath. There will be a stop for lunch in a very special local restaurant. After we finish the tour we will meet with our trekking guide and leader for a discussion and preparation for our following day's trekking.

Day

3

Drive approx.  6 hours by Private transport

if you want the fly to Pokhara also available but an extra charge will be applied 

KTM - Pokhara flight duration: 25min

After breakfast, the tourist bus will pick you from the hotel for the journey to Pokhara which will take us 6 to 7 hours. This drive offers a beautiful view of farms, villages, big and small rivers, and mountains. There will be comfort stops during the journey and the opportunity to buy lunch. By the afternoon, we will arrive in Pokhara, the city of lakes and mountains. Our hotel is by the side of the famous Fewa Lake and after settling in we can enjoy boating on the lake and visiting the Temple or relaxing at a lakeside restaurant.

Day

4

Altitude: 2,590m/8,497 ft (Tadapani) 

Drive Approx: 2 hour 25min

Walk Approx. 6 hours.

Our very first day of trekking starts with an approx two and half hour drive. After checking in our Trekking Information Management Systems and permit, we will drive until near Ghandruk. Ghandruk is the biggest village in this region. we can enjoy the views of Annapurna South, Himchuli, and mount Fishtail. We will ascend, passing the village of Ghandruk with the stone steps leading to Durali. Durali is a small town with only two tea houses. As we ascend steeply and steadily we reach Tadapani. Tadapani has about 7-8 tea houses and here we can see the rhododendron trees. we will have an overnight stay at Tadapani.

Day

5

Altitude: 3,420m/11,220 ft (Bayali kharka)

Walk Approx. 6  hours.

After breakfast, we leave Tadapani and head to Bayeli Kharka. We will leave the main and busiest trekking trail of the Annapurna Region and our trail winds uphill through the rhododendron and oak forests.  As we reach Dobato we will be rewarded with the magnificent view of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre. Our trail keeps ascending to the Bayeli Kharka village and from here we will have the amazing view of Mt Dhaulagiri. We will spend the night at Bayeli kharka.

Day

6

Altitude: 2,975m/9,760ft (Chistibung )

Walk Approx. 6  hours.

Today we will be woken up by the loud crows of the local roosters. After breakfast, taken with the majestic views of the surrounding area and Mount Dhaulagiri, we will then head steadily down through rhododendron and oak forests to the temporary settlement of Chistibung. While we are passing through the forest, we might encounter some wildlife such as the Himalayan Thar, Lophophorus (Danphe), and the national birds of Nepal. We will have our overnight stay at Chistibung.

Day

7

Altitude: 3,660m/12,007ft (Khopra Ridge)

Walk Approx. 6  hours

We start our trek after breakfast at our tea house. We begin the trek with a gentle climb through the Alpine trees and here we can observe the alpine tundra family of plants. Upon our arrival at Khopra, we are rewarded with the breathtaking views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna south. Once rested, we will explore the Khopra area and spent our night there.

Day

8

Altitude: 4500m/14,763 ft (Khayar lake)

Walk Approx. 6  hours

After breakfast taken with the majestic views of the Himalayas, we start our Hike to Khayar Lake. This lake is the sacred lake for the Hindu people and is well worth a visit. Our trail winds up and downhill before we arrive at the lake. We return to Khopra for our overnight stay

Day

9

Altitude: 2,200m/7,217ft (Swanta Village)

Walk Approx. 6  hours

Today we are preparing to start our return journey. After breakfast, we will descend through an area with beautiful scenery. Mount Dhaulagiri, terraces, and the authentic Nepalese houses can be seen and we again will pass through the beautiful rhododendron forests. We will have an overnight stay at Swanta.

Day

10

Altitude: 2,050m 6,725 ft (Ulleri)

Walk Approx. 6  hours

We begin our trek by descending through the rice and millet terraces to the small river. We cross the suspension bridge over the river and go uphill to the village of Chittre. Further along the route, we start to follow the famous trekking trail of Ghorepani. After we reach Ghorepani, we descend down to the Ulleri where we will stay overnight.

Day

11

Altitude: 1,020m/3346ft (Nayapul) 

Drive Approx: 1 hour 25min

Walk Approx. 5 hours

As usual, we start our trek after breakfast. Our trail goes steeply downhill, down the stone steps for an hour. Then we walk through the Modi valley passing rice paddies and traditional Nepalese style houses. We will encounter lots of Nepalese people and some animals along the way to Nayapul. We may see the horse trains carrying goods up to the mountain villages and tea houses. Our car will be waiting for us and we will arrive in Pokhara after a one and half hour drive.

Day

12

Drive approx.  6 hours by Private transport

Pokhara- Kathmandu flight duration: 25min (Option)

Today we will drive back to Kathmandu. The drive will be six to seven hours past Trisuli and Marsangdi. This drive offers amazing views of the rice terraces, the villages, and the landscape of Nepal. Flight back to Kathmandu will take only half an hour with a beautiful view of the mountains. There will be a farewell dinner hosted by Open Trail treks in Kathmandu.

Day

13

This is the last day of your adventures in Nepal. After breakfast, if you have time, you can do some last-minute shopping or sightseeing. Private transport will be arranged for you if you let Open Trail know about your plans the day before.  A representative from Open Trail Treks will collect you from your hotel and take you to the airport 3 hours before your flight.

Inclusions

    • Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
    • Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara, With BB plan. (5 Nights).
    • Twin sharing accommodation during the trek. (7 Nights).
    • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu two way Tourist bus
    • One day tour in ktm (including Guide, private transportation, entrance fees)
    • All necessary Local transport as per itinerary
    • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
    • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Annapurna Conservation area permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
    • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
    • Personal care & attention.
    • Local and government taxes.
    • All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
    • Travel and Rescue Insurance
    • Tipping to the crew.
    • Personal mountaineering gears
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
    • International airfare and airport departure tax
    • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
    • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"

Complimentary

    • Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after completion of the trip).
    • Open trail treks duffle bag and a trekking map.
    • A self-sufficient medical first aid kits containing vital medications.
    • Company branded water purification tablets
    • Warm woolen hat
    • Oximeter

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