Khopra Ridge Trek

Khopra Ridge Trek

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Trip Facts

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16

Accomodation

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16

Meals

  • 16 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 15 Dinners

Trip Introduction

The Khopra Danda Trek is another name for the Khopra Ridge Trek. It is a spectacular trek in the Annapurna region. It is situated at a height of 3660m. The trek’s highest point is 4500 meters above sea level at Khayar Lake. The path is not on any of the major trekking trails in the Annapurna region. The route is covered with forests and offers breath-taking views of the mountains.

 

It blends the most of Nepal’s scenery, such as magnificent mountains, traditional villages, and rice fields placed on top of each other. You will pass through Rhododendron jungle and encounter Himalayan animals such as birds and goats and sheep. The trek’s attractions include the hike to Khopra Danda and the Khayar Lake route, which leads you to a holy high-altitude lake and gets you very near to Annapurna South. Leave the crowds behind and walk on real village and jungle paths that pass-through meadows, hills, rivers, and forest.

 

 

Your 10-day journey began with a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, followed by a short drive from Pokhara to Kimchi. From there, ascend the steps to reach Ghandruk, a typical Gurung settlement. We will hike from Ghandruk to Tadapani, then to Dobato, Chistibung, and finally to Khopra Danda. As you ascend up a short and steep mountain route with amazing views of layers and layers of mountain peaks below you.

 

Trip Facts

 

Country Nepal
Duration 10 Days
Maximum Altitude 4,500m/ 14,765ft
Region Annapurna
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation Hotel, Lodge, Teahouses
Grade Moderate
Best season Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

 

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • Trek through Gurung villages to get a taste of Nepali life.

 

  • Enjoy the diverse flora and fauna as you walk across the trails.

 

  • Take two wonderful Himalayan Mountain flights, between Kathmandu and Pokhara.

 

  • Poonhill offers breathtaking sunrise and sunset views.

 

  • Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Mountains Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang and Nilgiri

 

  • Enjoy the walk to Khayar holy Lake’s.

 

  • Hike up to Khopra Danda.

 

 

Is this trek appropriate for you?

 

  • The Khopra Ridge Trek is the Moderate Trek. You can easily complete this trek if you are physically and mentally prepared and willing to do so.

 

  • You will be Trekking for 7 Days. The Path can be Completed in as little as 1 hours as much as 10 hours.

 

  • The walk is not tricky, there is no Climbing or Scrambling but the path is rocky and hilly.

 

  • Each day you will cover 200 to 400 meters in height while trekking. Highest point in trek you will reach on the trek is 4500m.

 

  • The weather and Remoteness of this trek, as well as dealing with the high altitude, require a slow pace and the need to stay hydrated.

 

Itinerary

Days Activities Durations
1. Arrival in TIA Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
2. Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Drive to Kimchi and Hike to Ghandruk (1,940m/ 6,365ft) 4-5hrs
3. Trek from Ghandruk to Dobato (3,350m/ 10,990ft) 7-8hrs
4. Trek from Dobato to Khopra Ridge (3,660m/ 12,006ft) 6-7hrs
5.  Hike from Khopra Ridge to Khayer Lake (4,500m/ 14,762ft) and return back to Khopra Ridge. 9-10hrs
6. Trek from Khopra Ridge to Swanta Village (2,214m/ 7,263ft) 5-6hrs
7. Trek from Swanta Village to Ghorepani (2,858m/9,376ft) 4-5hrs
8. Hike from Ghorepani to Poonhill (3,210m/10,530ft), trek to Hile drive back to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft) 7-8hrs
9. Fly back to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) 30 mins
10. Departure

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Day To Day Itinerary

  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Arrival On: Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 1

Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport (TIA). Our agent will greet you and accompany you to the hotel. Drive to the hotel and check-in. Our guide will come to see you in the evening and give you a brief overview of the journey. At the hotel, we had dinner and stayed the night.

Day 2

After breakfast, your guide will help you check out and go to the airport for your flight to Pokhara. The flight lasts around 30 minutes and provides a beautiful sight of Pokhara, a charming lakeside city. When you get in Pokhara, take a jeep and drive for 2 to 3 hours to Kimchi. You will hike for an hour up a staircase to reach Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung village. When you get at Ghandruk, go to your teahouse and have some rest. You can tour the village and engage with the locals once you’ve refreshed. Visit the Gurung Museum and a Buddhist Monastery on the village to learn more about this culture. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

 

Day 3

After breakfast with the magnificent scenery in Ghandruk, depart towards Dobato. You’ll be walking for 7 to 8 hours today. Today is one of the most difficult days of your journey. You continue to climb the stairs. You’ll be walking through a thick rhododendron bush. Dobato is reached after a lovely walk over a hillside with breath-taking views of the mountains and lush valleys. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 4

Today Get up early and trek to Khopra Danda after breakfast. The path winds up and down through rhododendron trees, with snow-capped peaks of Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh highest peak. You will finally arrive at the beautiful alpine meadows and cross them to reach the Khopra ridge. You’ll be walking for 6 to 7 hours. you may appreciate the peace and be one with nature. Dinner and Overnight at the Teahouse.

Day 5

Today is the longest day of your journey, so start early in the morning to catch the sunrise over the mountain. Enjoy breakfast with a lovely view before departing towards Khayar Lake. You must climb up to the slopes of the Annapurna Region. Khayer Lake is a holy high mountain lake surrounded by mountains and glaciers. The Hindu temple are placed on the lake’s shore. Locals believe that taking a swim in this lake washes and purifies you of your sins. Return back to the Khopra Ridge and Overnight at the Tea house.

 

Day 6

Today, after a delicious breakfast, you will leave Khopra Ridge and go to Swanta Village. You’ll be out walking for 5-6 hours today. Descend with care since it is a steep decline. The route will take you into a thick forest, going past Rhododendron and oak trees. Enjoy the typical Nepalese Himalayan scenery, which includes terraced farms and hillside settlements. Dinner and Overnight at the Teahouses.

Day 7

Begin your hike to Ghorepani after breakfast at Swanta village, which is 3.9 kilometres away and takes around 4 to 5 hours to walk. On the way, you’ll eat lunch. Take the downhill path through rice fields and beautiful forest. When you get near to the river, there’s a local water mill you may visit. To get to the other side of the river, go across a swinging suspension bridge. From here, take the popular Ghorepani route up to the village of Chittre. To reach the village of Ghorepani, climb the well-laid stone stairs. Dinner and Overnight at the Tea House.

Day 8

To get at Poonhill before sunrise, we will get up early. and trek to Poonhill, which is the greatest view point in the Annapurna region.  The view of the rising sun and its rays dropping over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges is breath-taking. After capturing the Moment come down to the Ghorepani and enjoy your delicious breakfast. descend in the direction of Hile. It’s a steep downhill trek with breath-taking views of nature. When you arrive at Hile, your jeep will be waiting for you, and you will go on a scenic 3- to 4-hour journey to Pokhara. Check into your hotel, wander around Lake side Pokhara, or go cycling. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 9

After breakfast, you can go sightseeing in Pokhara or try paragliding. After that, have lunch and then fly back to Kathmandu. The flight lasts approximately 30 minutes. You will be escorted to the hotel and assisted with check-in. After a while, take a break or go shopping if you want. You can wander around Thamel. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 10

 

The 9-day journey has come to a conclusion. Today is your last day in Kathmandu. Our representative will have a short discussion on the trip and take your feedback after a hearty breakfast. Following this session, he will drive you to the airport in our private transportation 3 hours before your trip.

 

 

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Route Map

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Altitude Map

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What's Included

  • Arrival and Departure: Airport – Hotel – Airport (Pick Up and Drop)
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 2 nights in a star category hotel on a bed and breakfast basis for twin sharing.
  • Food & Lodging: 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) along with accessible accommodation sharing during the trek.
  • All government and local taxes if necessary.
  • Permit: All required documents: ACAP Permit and the TIMS card charge.
  • Member transportation: – Air Transportation: (Domestic Flight) Fly from Kathmandu – Pokhara and while returning Pokhara.
  • Road transportation- Drive from Pokhara to Kimchi village and Back to Pokhara from Hile.
  • Drinking: 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
  • Porter: Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) up to 15kg during the trek.
  • Insurance of guide and potter.
  • Comprehensive Medical kit.

What's Not Included

  • Air Fare: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepal entry Visa fee.
  • Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ expenses in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal Insurance: Travel and high-altitude insurance. *Mandatory
  • Rescue Evacuation: Medical and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs).
  • Personal Expenses: Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer and any alcoholic beverages.
  • Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking equipment.
  • $ USD for extra per porter per day (If extra porter demanded).

Equipment List

What to bring ?
  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • 3-star Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)

General
  • Trekking sticks

  • Quick-drying pants and shorts

  • Rainwear (jacket and pants)

  • Airport pick up & drop off

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking,

Clothing

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Accomodation

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Meals

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Dates And Prices

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The ideal season to travel

January:

In Nepal, January is in the midst of winter. The higher elevation receives moderate snowfall, whereas the lower elevation is ideal for trekking. Early January is likely to be one of the best times to visit the Annapurna Region. Annapurna Region trekking in January provides some of the best mountain views. During the day, you will feel warm, but as night falls, you will feel cold. In January, these areas receive little to no rainfall. As a result, the skies remain clear and the surroundings appear even sharper.

 

February: 

The Annapurna Region trek in February is an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to a place where all you can see are mountains and scenery. It’s peaceful because February is the coldest month of the year. Most people dislike trekking in the winter because they believe it is extremely difficult.

 

 

March:

The month of March is ideal for trekking and admiring the spectacular mountain peaks. The ABC trekking trail will be crowded with hikers beginning in March. In the Annapurna region, the spring season begins in March, the month of the Rhododendron. Trekking in March will provide you with the most memorable experiences in a pleasant and mild climate.

 

April:

April is the beginning of spring in Nepal, and the weather is ideal for trekking to Annapurna Region. The views are bright and clear at this time of year, and everyone enjoys spring. The surroundings are vibrant and colorful, with rhododendrons in bloom. It is the best time of year to see various bird and butterfly species. During your April trip to ABC, the weather is completely in your favor. The moderate heat of the sun, combined with the lack of wind, makes it ideal for trekking. Furthermore, the amount of rain and snow is insignificant.

 

May:

May, the final month of the Spring season in Nepal, is much hotter. The Annapurna Region trek in May has the highest temperature of the year. Temperature and weather will vary depending on the altitude throughout the trek. At lower altitudes, daytime temperatures can reach 20°C. At night, the temperature drops to around 5°C. During the day, the weather in the lower sections will be extremely hot. The nights, on the other hand, are tolerable.

 

June: 

June is the coldest time of the summer and has the least amount of rainfall. In June, the Annapurna Region has a minimum temperature of 0 degrees Celsius. The month of June is the offseason and therefore less popular for trekking. In the region, June marks the start of the wet monsoon season.

 

July:

Trekking in Nepal in July isn’t always joyful because the heavy rains can block your view of the beautiful mountains you’ll pass through. In July, you will notice that the temperature is not as chilly on the Annapurna Region. During the month, the lowest temperature is 6 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature is 18 degrees Celsius.

 

August:

In the Annapurna region, August is the off-season for trekking. In August, the monsoon season produces strong rains, especially in lower places. Due to weather-related concerns, most hikers avoid this month. The summer monsoon season comes to an end in August. It rains regularly, and you may feel a little chilly as a result. You should also be cautious because the trails are slippery and the possibility of landslides and avalanches is considerable. In addition, the temperature on the trails remains between 6 and 18 degrees Celsius.

 

September:

The monsoon season finishes in September, marking the start of the fall season. The optimum time to trek to Khopra Ridge Trek is in September. The weather and temperature for the Khopra Ridge Trek are ideal. The temperature is pleasant during the day, but it is extremely chilly at night. The temperature drops below 0 degrees or below zero degrees at night.

 

October:

October is the month that falls between September and November. As a result, it keeps both monsoon rain and winter’s biting cold at distance. The weather is warm and pleasant in October, with clear skies and fresh air. The nights, on the other hand, are a little chilly, with a brisk breeze coming from the campsite. Throughout the month of October, the weather is pleasant, allowing people to enjoy an unobstructed view of the snow-capped peaks. They can also visit bright valleys and interesting scenery of various colors.

 

November:

The last declared peak season for trekking in Nepal in November. Bright, sunny days and beautiful skies characterize November. On the treks, these provide breathtaking, crystal-clear vistas of the mountains. The days are bright and sunny in November. The sky is clear, with perhaps a few stray clouds possible. The weather is cold, ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius. The average temperature lowers to 7 degrees Celsius at night.

 

December: 

In the Annapurna region, December is a rather dry month. It receives fewer than 25 millimeters of rain every year. The Annapurna region is in the shadow of the Himalayas. As a result, December has a lower chance of rain. It is also possible to walk the Khopra Ridge Trek in December. In December, hikers will get a unique perspective of the region.

 

 

 


Flight to Pokhara

  • You can book tickets online as well as through any travel agency.

 

  • Trekking to Ghorepani Poon hill is one of the most exciting adventures you can have. Almost every journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara Airport, in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. It lies 200 kilometers from Kathmandu, at an elevation of 2,711 feet.

 

  • The Kathmandu Pokhara flight allows for 20kg of checked bags and 5kg of hand luggage.

 

  • Every day, a large number of flights depart from Tribhuvan Airport’s domestic terminal, taking only about 30 minutes. It’s a beautiful flight, especially if you seat on the right side of the plane and look out the window towards the Himalayas.

Altitude sickness

Though the Annapurna Region Trek is one of the most cherished and sought-after treks on nearly every trekker’s travel list. All most all the trek in Annapurna region is located in the beyond the altitude of 2,500m and altitude sickness is the sneaky monster that sometime attack even the fittest trekkers beyond 2500m (8,000ft).

As a result, preventing altitude sickness on the Annapurna Region trek and remaining healthy throughout the trek should be your top priorities. With lower air pressure and lower inspiratory oxygen pressure, you’ll be hiking into the high-altitude zone. Acclimatization is the process of progressively becoming familiar with the new climate or changing environmental conditions. Almost everyone going quickly from lower to higher elevations requires altitude adaptation.

At elevations beyond 2,500 meters, AMS symptoms can be detected like:

  • Increased breathing.
  • Increased urination.
  • Restless sleep.
  • Periodic breathing at night because of altitude.
  • Dehydration
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Respiratory failure.
  • Cerebral edema.
  • Coma.

 

To guarantee that the condition does not worse, certain precautions should be taken. However, if the symptoms increase, it may be necessary to return to a lower height and seek medical assistance.

 

  • Walk slowly and gradually, as our bodies require time to adjust to the oxygen level. At least one day of acclimatization rest is required for high altitude trekking, and you should go as high as possible before returning to a lower height for the night.
  • To gain strength stamina for your Annapurna base camp journey, you should undertake various strength training exercises such as running, cycling, jogging, push-ups, and going to the gym.
  • The greatest remedy is to always stay hydrated. On your walk, instead of drinking cooled water, drink warm water and avoid alcohol, cigarette and tobacco. You should also eat a balanced diet for strength.
  • Before traveling to an altitude greater than 3000 m, you must properly acclimate. If your body displays any signs of altitude sickness, you must either stop immediately where you are or consider descending to lower altitude.
  • Bring a Diamox subscription with you on the trek because it is the most effective altitude sickness medication. However, you should consult with your doctor to see whether it is beneficial.

Things to know before travelling to Khopra Ridge.

Drinking-Water

 

Especially for trekkers, it is very necessary to hydrate your body at a higher altitude than in lower elevations to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness. Lack of fluid can be the main hindrance during the trek. You should hydrate your body with at least 3-4 liters of water on a daily basis (Tea, soup, or normal drinking water).

 

Annapurna region does not have a water shortage. You can get tap water, spring water throughout the trek but it is not safe to drink without purifying it. Also, the sale of plastic water bottle is banned in Annapurna Region since 2015. You will not get to buy plastic water bottle throughout the trek. Therefore, you need to bring your personal water bottle. We recommend you to use a Reusable water bottle or water pouch favorable for both hot and cold water. You can also use a filtration system like LifeStraw.

 

Here are some ways that you can use to make the water drinkable.

 

  1. Boiled water

Boiling water is the best way to purify the water. As we are climbing to a higher altitude you need to boil the water for about 3-minute and season it with a pinch of salt before drinking. You can get free cold water in the teahouse but for boiled water, it cost around 1-1.5USD per liter.

 

  1. Purification tablets or electrolyte powder.

Purification tablets like chlorine or iodine tablets are commonly used tablets by trekkers to disinfect the water. 1 tablet is enough for a liter of water. It takes around 30 min for the tablets to dissolve and become drinkable. Water purify by tablets may leave a taste in your mouth.

Electrolyte powder is another option. Electrolyte powder is a better way to purify water than tablets because electrolyte powder contains minerals such as salt, Potassium, Magnesium, which are important for your body during the trek.

  1. UV Light water purifier/ SteriPEN.

It is a simple, effective, economic and environment-friendly way to purify water. It kills the bacteria and virus within 10 sec by exposing them to ultraviolent light using Steripen, without changing the flavor of water. This is highly recommended method of purifying water.

 


Electricity and Internet facility at Khopra Ridge Trek

Electricity facility.

 

Despite the challenging geography and weather conditions, the Annapurna region has been providing electricity and access to the Internet.

 

Electricity in Annapurna Region is powered by the hydroelectricity but in higher altitude (Khopra) teahouse relies on solar power, you can get the free access to electricity throughout the trek. To charge your device it will cost you extra charge. There is a common place for charging usually in dining area, and you will be charged extra for the use of electricity for charging device on different basis (Per device and voltage of your device). Charging facility in Khopra might not be available.

 

Charging a mobile phone cost 1.5$- 2$ per device.

 

 

Internet Facility and Service

Internet and network facility is must needed to contact your family, friends, employee, to post updates and upload photos during the trek.

 

Internet access is available throughout the Annapurna Region, but in some area WI-FI might become slow due to the lack of reach of signal to tower and difficult topography.

In higher altitude also, there is access to internet, but have to pay extra to use their Wi-Fi hotspot.

 

Cost of WI-FI service in higher altitude- NPR 300/USD 2.5

 

Both NTC and NCell cellular service has been providing the network in Annapurna Region. You can buy the NCell or NTC sim card from the stores in Kathmandu for 1USD. By taking data packages you can use the internet service up to Khopra Ridge-Khayar Lake.

NTC cellular service most preferred over NCell. NTC provides good service and signal connectivity throughout the Annapurna region, comparison to NCell.

 

Buy NTC data package

Dial*1415#

 

Cost of data package in NTC:

-14GB=7$

(Valid up to 28days

-30GB=15$

(Valid up to 90 days)

Check balance

Dial *1415#

 

 

Buy NCell data package

Dial *17123# and select.

 

Cost of data package in NCell:

-15GB=10$

-25GB= 12$

(Valid up to 30 days)

 

Check balance

Dial*101#

 

 

Document needed to buy a sim card.

For foreigner = 1 passport size photo, Passport photocopy, or valid identity card.

For Nepali = 1 Passport size Photo, Photocopy of Citizenship.

 

Some useful tips to reduce the use of electricity.

  • Extra batteries for the camera.
  • Power bank with 5000-10000mAh.
  • The solar charger and solar lamp (LuminAID lamp).
  • As possible less usage of a device with low brightness, GPS, and WI-FI off.

 


Essential Backpack items for Khopra Ridge Trek.

The bag of a trekker also reveals the trekker’s level of experience. A good trekker should be a smart backpacker. You should be pre-prepared for the things that you need in the trek.

Here are some of the things that you need to take with you for the trek.

Travel documents

  • Airline tickets with the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance policy documents.
  • Valid passport.
  • Copies of passport.
  • Passport-sized photos.
  • Nepalese cash.
  • Travel permits.

 

Clothing

  • A pair of waterproof trekking shoes or hiking boots.
  • A pair of flip flop slippers or running shoes.
  • 2 sets of thermals (leggings and tops)
  • 2-3 pairs of hiking long sleeve shirts or tops.
  • Pairs of hiking shorts and pants.
  • Fleece jumpers or a set of tracksuits.
  • Good quality windproof down jacket.
  • Lightweight waterproof rain jacket and pants.
  • Neck gaiter, leg warmer, and packet of pocket hand warmers.
  • 4-5 pairs of quick-dry socks, underwear, sports bra.
  • Pair of inner and outer gloves.
  • Knitted Hat, sun cap, beanie, or bandana.
  • Glacier Sunglasses and eyeshade.

 

Trekking equipment

  • Waterproof trekking bag of 40-50 liter and Rucksack of duffel bag (if your backpack is not enough for all your item and need a potter).
  • Reusable water bottle (both hot and cold) of at least 1-2litre.
  • A sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner.
  • Trekking stick/ poles
  • Crampons (If you are trekking in Winter season, Jan-Feb).
  • LED Headtorch or solar lamp (LuminAID Nepal lamp is best as it solar charged and very much portable)
  • Plug adapter, Charging appliances, power bank, batteries.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Travel Wallet.

 

Toiletries

  • Rolls of Toilet paper, wet wipes, and tissue.
  • Medium-sized quick-drying towel.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, body lotions.
  • Deodorants.
  • Portable mirror.
  • Shampoo and soap.

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers, Paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin, Nicole
  • Sanitary pads
  • Bandages.
  • Anti-inflammatory spray.
  • Anti-Nausea tablets.
  • Anti-diarrhea pills or power.
  • Altitude sickness tablets.
  • Water purifying tablets or electrolyte powder.
  • Mosquito and Insect Repellent
  • Earplugs

You can buy or hire trekking cloths and equipment in Kathmandu. If you are buying it, you have to allow an extra day for shopping; however, if you are hiring it, you must inform us in advance so that we can arrange it before your arrival in Kathmandu. This way you can reduce the weight of your luggage and save time and money.

Branded trekking clothes and equipment are available around Thamel area in a reasonable price.

Note- Kathmandu- Pokhara flight has a luggage allowance of maximum 20 kg per person. For extra baggage, they charge 1$ per kg. So, you can wear your trekking boots and jacket to reduce the weight. Have a hand carry bag for your passport, money, medicine, and pair of clothing. And you can also leave your unnecessary items in Kathmandu hotel.

 


Accommodation, Meal, and Transportation

Accommodation

We will accommodate in star hotel during our stay in Kathmandu.

In Ghandruk and Ghorepani we will stay in lodges.

For the rest of the stop, we stay at teahouses.

 

Meal

 

During the trek, we will provide you three-time meals. You can choose from the given menu.

Breakfast– French toast, cornflakes, cereal, pancakes, Bread butter, eggs, oat meal, porridge, tea etc.

Lunch– Dal Bhaat set (Rice, vegetable curry, meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad) vegetable noodle soup, chicken noodles soup, Mushroom garlic soup, Fried noodles, Mo: Mo, Fried yak cheese Potato, Fried rice etc.

Dinner– Dal Bhaat set (Rice, vegetable curry, meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad), Momo, fried noodles, Noodles soup, Spaghetti, Thukpa, Pizza, Fried Potato, Fried rice etc.

Besides these, there are a variety of other options of food. You can buy from your own pocket.

 

Transportation

By Bus- From Kathmandu airport to Hotel at Kathmandu and vice-versa.

From Pokhara airport to Kimchi village.

From Hile to Pokhara Hotel.

From Hotel to Pokhara Airport.

 

By Air- Flight to Nepal.

Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back.


Guide and Staff Arrangements

Our well-qualified and professional staff will handle all your activities throughout your trek. They will do all the escorting. We are providing you a highly experienced and licensed Guide with fluent English speaking and has excellent communication as well as navigation skills. They will accompany you from Pokhara Airport and guide you all the way to Khopra Ridge- Khayer lake. Each group of 4-5 trekkers will be assigned an assistant guide, as well as a porter for two trekkers (2*15kg =30kg). If your luggage weight more than 15kg you will be provided a porter individually but you will be charged of 2 people.

All our lead guide, assistant guides, and potters are well professional and experienced. So, we hope for your respect and cooperation with them throughout the trek.

 


A typical day on the Khopra Ridge trek.

Every day will begin with the ringing of your alarm clock at 6 a.m. and a knock on your door from your guide with the invitation of breakfast. Get up, have breakfast, pack your backpack and get ready to start your day’s walk by 7 a.m.

You will walk through the lush forests of Rhododendron and Oaks, enjoying the scenery, crossing numerous suspension bridge, clicking photos, creating memories, passing by other travelers, interacting with your guide, hearing each other’s stories.

Lunch will be served at a local teahouse in the late afternoon (1-2 am). Having lunch and an hour of rest, we will proceed to the day’s final destination as per the itinerary.

On arrival at the destination, check-in at your accommodation. Get freshen up and some rest. As every teahouse where we stay has a large common dining area with a wood- burning stove in the center, there you will get to meet many travelers. You can sit there, laugh at each other stories, play cards, sing songs, play music, and have a good time. This will help you forgot all the tiredness of the day. Later at the evening you will have your dinner together. Enjoy the flavorful Nepalese Dal Bhat. There is this saying Dal Bhat power 24 hr. After dinner, your guide will give some short briefing about next day’s trek regarding when you must get up, when we have to start our trek next day, where we will stay the next day, how many hours we have to walk and so on.

During this trek you’ll walk for minimum of 4hrs to maximum of 10hrs in a day.  You will get to experience the glimpse of Gurung culture, their authentic village lifestyle especially in Ghandruk. Enjoy the sunrise view from Poonhill viewpoint. At night enjoy the view of twinkling stars floating in the clear sky above the freezing cold wind During this trek, you will get to see the 7th and 10th highest mountain of the world (Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt Annapurna south), Holy lake- Khayer Lake, lush forest of Rhododendrons and Oaks. On Khopra Danda you will be in the ridge surrounded by the snowcapped mountains.

Every stop during this trek offers you a majestic view. You hard walk will be paid off on reaching the destination.


Nepal Tourist Visa and permits details

Visa procedure.

To travel Nepal, you’ll need a tourist visa that is valid for the period of your stay in Nepal. Better, if you have a tourist visa valid for at least 2 months because anything can happen during the trip and staying in Nepal after your visa expires would result you paying a penalty.  Apply for a visa at your nearest Embassy of Nepal or obtain an On-Arrival visa at immigration in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. But it’s better to contact your nearest Nepalese Embassy.

Here are the documents that you need, to apply for the tourist visa.

 

  • The Tourist Visa Application Form for Nepal (Fully completed online and printed)
  • Original Passport with at least 2 blank pages and validity of at least 6 months.
  • Photocopies of your passport’s personal information page.
  • At least 2 recent passport-sized photos of yourself with white background.
  • Proof of accommodation in Nepal.
  • Valid travel and return flight tickets.
  • A bank statement from the last 3 months with a minimum closing balance of NPR2,00,000.
  • Receipt of the visa fee for Nepal.

Note: Our trip is of 10 days. 15 days tourist visa costs USD 30 or if you want to extend your stay at Nepal apply for 30 days tourist visa that costs USD 50.

 

Entry permits and Requirements

 

Annapurna Region is a Conservation Area. To travel over the Annapurna region, the trekkers need to get the permits from the Government of Nepal. The entry permits that you need for Khopra Ridge trek are-

 

 

  Trekking permits Foreign Nationals SAARC Nationals Nepali Citizens
1 Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit.

(ACAP entry permit)

NPR 3,000 per person per entry NPR 1,000 per person per entry NPR 100 per person per entry
2 Tourist Information Management System card.

(TIMS Card)

NPR 1,000 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 2,000 for solo trekkers (FIT) NPR 300 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 600 for solo trekkers (FIT) N/A

 

Note: You can get both Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit and TIMS Card from Nepal Tourism Board in Bhirkuti Mandap, Kathmandu or from Tourist Information Centre in Pokhara.

 

For the issue of TIMS Card, you need at least 2 members, accompanied by a licensed guide.

For more information about TIMS Card here the link

 

 

(If you are travelling from travel/trekking agency your agency will arrange all the Permits.)

 

Documents required to get the permits.

  • Complete the permit form with your passport details and tour details (Trekking area, Entry and Exit date and point, Route of Trekking, Emergency contact information for Nepal and your Home country).
  • 4 Passport size photo.
  • 4 Photocopies of passport personal information page.
  • Copy of Travel Insurance policy to obtain TIMS card.

Travel Insurance

During the journey, you may encounter a number of unexpected incidents or losses. Trekking in Nepal is an adventurous and occasionally dangerous activity, especially at high altitudes. Trekkers must have travel insurance before visiting Nepal for trekking.

You might come across some physical injury, illness, unexpected accident during the trek and all the medical expenses and loss has to be bear by yourself.

As we will be trekking up to Khayra lake (4,500m), you need to choose an insurance policy which will cover all your possible risk that you may come across from the start of your journey to your final destination. The following threats should be covered by your travel insurance. The following threats should be covered by your travel insurance:

  • Cancellation of Domestic and international flights.
  • Lost and stolen of baggage and passport.
  • Hospital and Medical expenses (Physical injury, Acute Mountain sickness, Altitude sickness, sudden accident)
  • Emergency rescue such as Helicopter.
  • All high-altitude trek risk factors up to 4,500m.

You need to choose your travel insurance wisely so that, in the case of such incident, your travel insurance will cover the costs.

You can get your travel insurance in either your home country or Nepal.


Responsible Travel

Annapurna region is the region with numerous trekking trails. Annapurna region is the most popular trekking region in Nepal. This region is also known for typical Gurung culture and Gurung villages. Throughout the trek you will encounter many traditional villages inhabited by the Gurung and Magar. All travelers should travel responsibly in these regions. You must respect the local people, their culture, religion and try to limit any negative activities that will impact their local culture and environment.

As Plastic water bottle is banned in Annapurna region in 2015, we expect you to not to bring any plastic wastage and properly dispose the plastic garbage (food warmers, plastic water bottles). You might encounter rare species on the way to Khopra Ridge, you rather not disturbed them. You can support them by adapting yourself in their lifestyle.

Your responsible travel will help Nepal achieve long-term sustainable tourism.

 


Khopra Ridge Trek FAQs

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