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Khopra Trek in Nepal

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15 Night 16 Days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

16 people

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Languages

English, Hindi, Japanese

Overview

Just a short detour to the off the mainstream trails in Annapurna’s southern hills bring you to the glorious Khopra ridge. The incredible facade of Dhaulagiri range cannot get more grand than this. The sunrise and sunset you witness from Khopra is simply magical, with colors of the skies changing every minute and fiery clouds dancing over the mountains.

Walking up on dense forests, you get the true feeling of being in the wilderness. Waterfalls, streams, animals and people you encounter on the way is quite a cathartic experience. As you climb higher, the views of majestic mountains run across the horizon. Dhaulagiri mountains and Annapurna mountains greet you with their imposing facade, while layers of hills run through the distance. Find yourself immersed in this superb trekking that’s as photogenic as it is thrilling.

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. Trip briefing
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. Trip briefing

A representative from Himalayan Adventure Girls will pick you up at Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be transferred to your hotel. After checking into your hotel, take some rest and feel free to explore the town a bit. Trip briefing will take place at your hotel in the evening, and your guide will explain in detail what to expect in the trek. A quick equipment check will also take place and if any gear is missing, you can rent or buy them before leaving for the trek. We will also go over the itinerary and have an overview of safety precautions to take at higher elevations.
Accommodation: Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Fly to Pokhara (25 mins)
Day 2: Fly to Pokhara (25 mins)

A short domestic flight from Kathmandu takes you to the lovely lakeside city of Pokhara. The flight is 25minutes and sports awe-inspiring views of mountains on right side of the aircraft and vast southern plain on the left side. Once in Pokhara, your guide will take you to the hotel. Settle in and after a bit of rest we’re off to explore Lakeside, the most popular street in Pokhara by Phewa Lake. Weather permitting, the Annapurna range will be visible above Pokhara’s hills.
Later we drive to the outskirts of Lakeside, to a village called Sedi, and visit the house of one of our female guides. She will lovingly prepare local and typical lunch for us, which we enjoy with the views of Phewa Lake and Lakeside. After lunch, we will walk for about 15 minutes to a small school nearby, and you are welcome to provide donations to the school that has actively supported kids from underprivileged families.
Accommodation: Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Drive to Kimche (3 hrs, 1784m) and trek to Ghandruk (2 hrs, 2012m)
Day 3: Drive to Kimche (3 hrs, 1784m) and trek to Ghandruk (2 hrs, 2012m)

We gear up for the trek today, which begins after a few hours drive from pokhara. The drive is smooth on the highway for the first half and gets bumpy after Birethanti. We get the first glimpses of the rugged landscape and trails of the trek. We get off at Kimche and begin the trek. It will be a short day of walking but the greenery, rivers, local lifestyle and architecture instantly give us a feeling we’re far off from the urban civilization. We check into a teahouse once we reach Ghandruk - a large Gurung settlement that has stunning views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail Mountain.

Overnight at a teahouse in Ghandruk
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4: Trek from Ghandruk (2012m) to Tadapani (5 hrs, 2630m)
Day 4: Trek from Ghandruk (2012m) to Tadapani (5 hrs, 2630m)

The sunrise is quite a sight from Ghandruk, so wake up early and watch the mountains turn bright orange at dawn. We begin our walk farther up the hills today. Walking along the uphill trails, we can feel the moisture in the woods, giving us an idea of how thick the forest is. We cross a rivulet several times on the way, along with waterfalls, as we trudge on to Tadapani. The village itself is perched on a ridge and has glorious panoramic views of the Annapurnas. Get a breath of fresh mountain air, a cup of coffee and the Himalayas ahead - perfect way to top off the day.

Overnight at a teahouse in Tadapani
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5: Tadapani (2630m) to Dobato/Bailikharka (7hrs, 3400m)
Day 5: Tadapani (2630m) to Dobato/Bailikharka (7hrs, 3400m)

Leaving the main trail between Ghorepani and Ghandruk behind, we now charter into less trodden route to Dobato. We follow the forests of rhododendron and oak forests along the ridge and have lunch before reaching Dobato.

Overnight at a teahouse in Dobato
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 6: Dobato (3400m) to Chistibung/Dankharka (6 hrs, 3000m)
Day 6: Dobato (3400m) to Chistibung/Dankharka (6 hrs, 3000m)

Annapurna South, Hiuchuli and Machhapuchhre are crystal clear from here, especially in the golden lights of mornings and evenings. The glow on these Himalayan summits looks incredibly spectacular. After having breakfast in Dobato, we follow the ridge and reach Bhayeli, which serves as a cattle pasture during summer time, and then we contour along the hills before descending down to a small stream, followed by a short climb back to Chistibung.

Overnight at a teahouse in Chistibung
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 7: Chistibung (3000m) to Khopra (3hrs, 3640m)
Day 7: Chistibung (3000m) to Khopra (3hrs, 3640m)

From Chistibung, the trek to Khopra is about 3 hours of walking. The trail ascends all the way up. As we get closer to Khopra, Dhaulagiri range starts appearing bigger and clearer with each stride. Mountains that are seen from the Khopra ridge are Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Bahra Sikhar, Annapurna South and so forth. We have lunch here and then go for a short walk down the ridge, from where the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki, is visible. It cuts between two 8000m+ mountains (Dhaulagiri at 8167m, the 7th highest in the world, and Annapurna I at 8091m, 10th highest in the world).

Overnight at a teahouse in Khopra
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 8: A day hike to Khayer Lake (4500m) and back to Khopra (8 hrs, 3640m)
Day 8: A day hike to Khayer Lake (4500m) and back to Khopra (8 hrs, 3640m)

We pack some water and lunch, and head off to Khayer Lake. The lake is considered holy and sits at an elevation of 4500m. A large festival takes place here during the Hindu festival of Janai Purnima, which falls in monsoon season. Locals flock to the lake and make offerings to the gods. Sheep and lambs are also sacrificed during the festival. After we visit the lake, we return to Khopra Ridge.
Overnight at a teahouse in Khopra
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 9: Khopra (3640m) to Sontha (6 hrs)
Day 9: Khopra (3640m) to Sontha (6 hrs)

Two days spent on Khopra ridge will be plenty to enjoy the incredible views we get from here. And today we walk down to the village of Sontha. The trail is mostly downhill, and we take it nice and easy, and get a good night’s sleep in Sontha.

Overnight at a teahouse in Khopra
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 10: Sontha to Ghorepani (4hrs, 2874m)
Day 10: Sontha to Ghorepani (4hrs, 2874m)

The trail starts with a downhill walk till a river, and after crossing the river, we reach the mail trail of Annapurna Circuit. Ghorepani had once been a major route for traders for people of mid hill of Nepal and the grand dry deserts of Mustang, and all the way to Tibet. After lunch, you may either take rest or if you have the time and energy, a quick push to Poon Hill to see the sunset, and return to Ghorepani.

Overnight at a teahouse in Khopra
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 11: Trek from Ghorepani (2874m) to Poon Hill (1hr, 3200m) and to Ulleri (5hrs, 1500m)
Day 11: Trek from Ghorepani (2874m) to Poon Hill (1hr, 3200m) and to Ulleri (5hrs, 1500m)

Our day starts very early in the morning today to Poon Hill. The 1-hour walk will be just before dawn so we don’t miss the picturesque sunrise. It’s an uphill walk from Ghorepani to Poon Hill, but the views sported at the top makes us forget the woes. Poon Hill is situated at 3,200m in elevation and has amazing views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges right at eye level. On the other side, layers of hills and alpine forests are silhouetted by the dark dawn skies. As the sun appears, the colors of the skies change and bright orange and yellow skies are visible above the mountains. Watch in awe as the sunlight touches the grand mountains - Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Bara Sikhar, Machhapuchhare (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri are some of the summits seen from Poon Hill. Once it’s bright and sunny, we head back down to Ghorepani for breakfast, and move on to Ulleri on mostly descending trails.

Overnight at a teahouse in Ulleri
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 12: Trek from Ulleri (1500m) to Nayapul (4 hrs, 1070m) and drive to Pokhara (1.5 hrs)
Day 12: Trek from Ulleri (1500m) to Nayapul (4 hrs, 1070m) and drive to Pokhara (1.5 hrs)

On stony steps from Ulleri, we make our way down to the suspension bridge. You can see a lovely waterfall by the bridge, and walk on through Hile, a quiet little village with paddy fields. We continue walking along the river and through the small valley. Enjoy the sights of hills surrounding you, many waterfalls on the way, exotic birds and their lulling chirps. The walk today is quite pleasurable, fitting to conclude our trek in Nayapul. On a short drive from Nayapul, we return to Pokhara, and can see the entire Annapurna range from various stretches of the road.

Accommodation: Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 13: Pokhara sightseeing at Peace Pagoda
Day 13: Pokhara sightseeing at Peace Pagoda

Today we will venture out to explore Peace Pagoda on a half-day sightseeing tour after breakfast. Drive from Lakeside to Peace Pagoda on a 30-minute ride. The Pagoda was built by a Japanese buddhist monk along the southern ridge of Pokhara Valley, from where you get great views of Annapurna range with Phewa Lake at the bottom of the valley. We will enjoy the lovely views before a short hike down to the lake shore, and we will take a small wooden boat to cross over to Lakeside.

Pokhara valley has a host of adventures and activities to choose from. If you want more adrenaline fix, you can do paragliding above the lake and the city in the afternoon. Or you may just relax by the lake and visit the small restaurants and pubs on a fun evening, sharing your favorite moments from the trek up in the mountains.

Accommodation: Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (7hrs)
Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (7hrs)

After an early breakfast, we head over to the tourist bus station in Pokhara, which is just a short drive away from your hotel in Lakeside. The drive takes place along beautiful rivers Seti and Trishuli, on the first and second half of the 7-hour drive.
Accommodation: Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15: Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 15: Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu

We begin sightseeing today after breakfast. Kathmandu is known for several religious and historical monuments that are worth exploring to understand the culture and country better. Pashupatinath and Boudhanath are two monuments we will visit, both of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Pashupatinath temple complex holds great religious significance for Hindus, and is among the most important pilgrimage sites. Bouddhanath is the largest Buddhist stupa (a dome-shaped monument) in Nepal revered by Buddhists. You can see people circumambulating the stupa en masse below the fluttering prayer flags and Buddha’s eyes above them.

Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 16: International flight departure from Kathmandu
Day 16: International flight departure from Kathmandu

You will be picked up from the hotel for your international flight departure from Nepal. We thank you for the amazing journey you had with us in the Himalayas and hope it is a lifetime’s memory. Thank you for choosing us and hope you have a safe flight back.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Included/Excluded

  • English-speaking licensed guide
  • 3 nights at a hotel in Kathmandu (twin sharing, breakfast included)
  • 3 nights at a hotel in Pokhara (twin sharing, breakfast included)
  • Airport pick up and drop off from hotel
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara domestic flight
  • All meals and lodging during the trek (Please note: Due to limited number of hotels in conservation area, accommodation can be triple or upto 4 people in higher elevations)
  • All ground transportation
  • All entry fees and trekking permits
  • Medical kit
  • Insurances for the staff
  • International airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Expenditure of personal nature, ex beverages, laundry, shopping, phone bills etc,
  • Personal medical insurance
  • Emergency rescue (helicopter rescue if needed)
  • Tips for the trekking crew at the end of the trip
  • Any items not included in Cost Includes
  • Sleeping bag (if you don’t have one we will provide you on rent)

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