Khopra Ridge Trek - 11 Days

Khopra ridge trek

Highlights

  • An adventure on off the beaten tracks away from mainstream trekking trails
  • Explore the hidden pockets of remote scenic corners of Annapurna Himalaya
  • Enchanting woodland lined with tall rhododendron, magnolia, pines, and fir trees
  • Super close views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris with Vara Shikar and Annapurna peaks
  • Walks on high scenic ridges of Khair towards the far end at the holy glacial lake of Khair
  • Duration11 Days
  • Max. Altitude4, 500 m
  • Trip GradeModerate
  • Group Size1 - 12
  • Meals Breatfast in Kathmandu / Pokhara, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner during the trek
  • AccommodationHotels in Kathmandu / Pokhara and local lodge where available on the treks

Overview

Khopra Ridge Trek with High Routes Trek, is quite different from other normal adventures around Nepal Himalaya. A walk takes you to hidden corners of Annapurna Himalaya, near the main trails and yet far from popular routes. Truly exciting trekking off the beaten tracks for some days in the close harmony of tranquil surroundings. In between the high peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, as route leads you to a high scenic ridge of Khopra.

In the early days, the area was a place for local hunters, and cattle herders bringing their animals for grazing in summer times. This lovely scenic country was unknown to outside people, other than local villagers. Where hundreds of pilgrims visit once a year on their way to Khair Lake, regarded as a holy spot. Once a year in August around the full moon a great festival is held. Where devotees pay homage by visiting the sacred Lake of Khair.

Khair Lake is a small glacial pond located in between the great peaks of Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar, also known as Annapurna Fang. So Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake Trekking is not only an adventure but rewards you with religious and historical background. Thus it makes the walks more interesting and enjoyable along with the dramatic scenery of surrounding close snow-peaks.

Khopra Ridge Trek

Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake Trek with a scenic and exciting overland journey from the capital Kathmandu to reach a magnificent city in Pokhara. A unique place on earth of low warm sub-tropical climate, and yet close to the high snow mountain range of Annapurna Himalaya. Including the serene lakes of Begnas and Fewa, wherein the morning one catches the reflection of snow peaks on the lake surface.

From Pokhara, a walk begins by taking a short drive to the starting point of Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake Trekking. A high hill climb to Ghandruk a mid-hill farm village and one of the largest within Annapurna Himalaya. Ghandruk village is populated by the Gurung people the main hill tribes of Annapurna Himalaya follow the path of Buddhism. Where trekkers can witness exploring the village of the ancient heritage of fascinating culture and traditional farm life.

After Ghandruk with an enjoyable first overnight in a mountain village facing tremendous views of Annapurna peaks, the adventure continues heading further north-west. From here onward towards complete wilderness only for a small settlement of Tadapani, and then into forested surroundings. A lovely uphill walk within a pristine environment of tall rhododendron, pines, and fir tree lines to reach the high ridges of Khopra. Where vegetation and tree lines stop for alpine scrubs and bush amidst high mountain surroundings at scenic Khopra Ridge.

Attractions of  Trek

An amazing spot standing in-between world giant peaks of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna with an array of peaks. Spending a day on this lovely ridgeline far above the main trekking trails, the adventure continues contouring a ridge line. Then reach the crystal clear glacial pond of Khair, our main highlight destination of this awesome journey. Enjoy the ambiance of tranquility with only the sound of a cool breeze, and the crackling movement of glaciers on the close peaks. The pond is considered sacred with a small Hindu temple nearby, which worshippers visit once a year.

Takes a bath and dip in the icy pond where belief is that it relinquishes the sin of hundreds of a lifetime. After an enjoyable time around on this beautiful isolated spot, return journey all downhill to reach the main trail. Where short steep climb brings you to Ghorepani village and then an early hike up to scenic Poon Hill.

Rewards you with incredible sunrise over the chain of Himalayan peaks of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu range with majestic Machhapuchare Himal. The mountain with twin summits known as Fish-Tail, from Poon Hill after a glorious morning view down to warmer farm areas.  As our trek ends, then taking a short drive to lovely Pokhara, where our adventure Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake Trekking of a lifetime experience completes, with the grand services of High Routes Trek staff and guide.

Related Information:

On this lovely adventure to Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake Trekking, one can extend the journey to the Mardi Himal trek, Annapurna base camp, and Sanctuary trek a week-long trek. Can join in for a long trek on Annapurna Circuit with a high Thorang-La Pass also of more than a minimum of 10 days to a maximum of 14 days.

High Route Adventure offers other hidden and off-the-beaten tracks to Panchase Hill a short trek of less than a week from Pokhara to Pokhara.

Additional Information:

While in Pokhara, one can enjoy staying longer for some days to enjoy various adventure sports activities like paragliding, Ultra-Light flights, Zip-Flyer or just relax and enjoy a tour around Pokhara at its natural wonders.

One can extend the holiday rafting Kaligandaki River, Seti River, or Trisuli River and stay near Chitwan National Park for exciting wildlife.

Check here, 8 things want to know before you trek in the Annapurna region:

Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel

    After a great flight landing at Kathmandu the only International Airport in the country, after going through immigration then check out. Where our representative or guide welcomes you adorn you with a traditional greeting of garland. All your baggage will be taken care and then a short drive takes you to the hotels, located in the main areas of Kathmandu city.

    On reaching respective hotels check into your lovely rooms and relax get refreshed from the Jet-Lag, and then meet your guides and other fellow members of the trek in the hotel foyer or lobby. Where our expert guide will provide you with full information about the trek to Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake. While briefing one may ask questions, our guide will take care of all the group from here onward till you depart from the country, after an enjoyable time in Nepal.
    Evening time depart from the hotel for group welcome dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese Restaurant, which will be a great introduction to get into Nepalese colorful culture. Where you will be entertained with folk dance and music of all parts of Nepal.

    Altitude: 1,400 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 02: Drive to Pokhara-06 hours and transfer to hotel

    To reach the start of our adventure, drive leads to Nepal Far Mid-West Himalaya, to reach beautiful Pokhara, the 2nd largest city after Kathmandu. Taking a private vehicle or in tourist coach that operates every morning for Pokhara. It also depends upon the size of a group.

    Drive heads past Kathmandu valley towards lower warm farm areas within interesting villages and towns to witness. As journey heads following Trisuli River for few hours. Then from Mugling Bazaar, our route diverts due west on leaving Trisuli River, a famous and popular river for rafting.

    An exciting drive continues overlooking the grand scenery of the country-side with Manaslu, Lamjung, and Annapurna Himalaya peaks. Then finally at Pokhara, transfer into a nice hotel, rest of the afternoon enjoy a walk around Fewa Lakeside where many hotels, restaurants, and shops are located. Pokhara, a renowned tourist destination blessed with natural beauty located on the lap of high Annapurna Himalaya range with calm Fewa and Begnas Lakes. (To reach Pokhara with options for a short scenic flight from Kathmandu of 30 minutes) the flight cost is 125 USD.

    Altitude: 860 m
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (A hour) & Trek to Ghandruk - 06 hrs

    After a pleasant overnight and time around Pokhara, morning having breakfast depart from the hotel for a short scenic drive to reach the town of Nayapul. Where our week-long walk begins, following the main path through the nice village of Bhirethati, then reach Syauli Bazaar. From here climb on stone steps past several hamlets and farm terraces to reach a large village in Ghandruk.
    One of major Gurung village, a hill tribe of Annapurna Himalaya, as well as famous Gorkha soldiers in British and Indian infantry. Traditionally a farmer and raising livestock, Ghandruk also a gateway to several trekking destinations of the Annapurna region. With time here explore the cultural village and its small museum with full information of Gurung tradition and custom.

    Altitude: 1, 940 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 04: Trek to Dobato- 07 hrs

    Morning walk leads above Ghandruk village and then gradual walk into a forest, as climb starts up to Bhainse Kharka, a small place in the middle of woods. From here trek continues on a pleasant forest path to reach Tadapani, catch of the trail of Annapurna base camp trek, located amidst a lovely forest with grand views of Annapurna peaks. Tadapani offers stunning views of the Annapurna Himalaya range, having lunch then start the afternoon walk, heading into hidden trails away from mainstream trekking routes. As walk progress and then climb into forested areas to reach Dobato facing tremendous views of Annapurna range of peaks, a peaceful spot in the middle of the forest. A place with a simple and basic lodge for travelers, overnight in one of its lodge simple but clean rooms and limited food menu to order.

    Altitude: 3, 350 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 05: Trek to Khopra Ridge / Khopra Danda / 7 hrs

    On leaving Dobato, as altitude gains slowly leaving the tree lines behind after few hours of scenic walk and steep climb reaching at Khopra ridge for overnight stops. Khopra is situated on a high ridgeline with incredible close views of Mt. Dhaulagiri with Vara Shikar (Annapurna Fang), and Annapurna South, certainly a magnificent place to marvel at the beautiful scenery of the dramatic country landscape.
    Overnight in a nice simple guest-house or a lodge with a simple food menu, due to its remoteness, isolated from the rest of main villages and main trekking trails.

    Altitude: 3, 660 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 06: At Khopra for hike to Khair Lake- 08 hrs

    Second overnight at this wonderful spot in Khopra, after a good breakfast carrying pack-lunch, the start the long day hike to reach the holy lake of Khair at an altitude above 4, 500 m, leads to long-distance of 3-4 hours hike but worth the views of high snow-capped mountains. Walk follows a ridgeline close to Annapurna South and then heading north on a nice paved path to reach our major destination at Khair Lake, which is a small glacial pond. Regarded as a religious site where once a year festival held in August, as per Hindu Lunar calendar. Hundreds of local devotees and pilgrim visits to worship and prayer to Lord Shiva. As in Hindu belief mountains are an abode of Lord Shiva and other holy spirits.
    Visitors take bathe and a dip in the icy waters, as well sacrifice sheep and goats to mountain spirits, enjoy the tranquil surroundings enclosed by high peaks of Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar. After a lovely moment head back on the same route to Khopra ridge for an overnight stop.

    Altitude: 4, 500 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 07: Trek to Sauta Village- 06 hours

    Enjoying great times within the hidden area of Annapurna remote wilderness, from Khopra Ridge, an easy morning walk downhill to reach Sauta village facing great views of Dhaulagiri-Nilgiris with Annapurna Fang (Vara-Shikar). After few hours descend to reach a small farm settlement of Chistibung, and back into a forested area. After a short stop on this isolated spot, walk leads to long downhill to reach back Into the farm field for an overnight stop at Sauta village with views of Dhaulagiri
    Himalaya, from here onward the lodge is much better and up to tourist standard With a long list of food menus to enjoy.

    Altitude: 2, 214 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 08: Trek to Ghorepani- 05 hours

    Morning from Sauta village, walk leads on the main trail to join at Chitre village, where steep climb takes you into a beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron trees reach Ghorepani. Located at the bottom of famous Poon Hill amidst dense rhododendron woods facing fabulous views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South. Where all houses are painted blue that blends perfectly with their green surroundings. Ghorepani a popular trekking spot with many good lodges to stay, provides an excellent food menu to enjoy with friendly services of Poon people of Magar ethnic hill tribes of western Himalayas.

    Altitude: 2, 858 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 09: Hike to Poon Hill 3, 210 m for sunrise trek to Nayapool drive to Pokhara

    Early morning start an hour hike to Poon-Hill at 3,210 m and 10,531 feet high, offers stunning sunrise views over the 360-degree mountain range that includes Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna extends far towards Ganesh Himal includes Mt. Machhapuchare “The Fish Tail”. After an enjoyable moment with exciting views of glorious snow-peaks with striking sunrise. Walk back to Ghorepani for breakfast, and continue the last day trek downhill to Tirkhedhunga village, Hile, and Birethati, The final walk of the adventure ends at a small farm village of Nayapul, after then few hour rides takes you to Pokhara for overnight stops by the famous and scenic Phewa Lake.

    Altitude: 860m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu -06 hours

    After breakfast, depart from Pokhara for an exciting and interesting drive to Kathmandu, as the journey heads on the main highway past many farm villages and towns. The drive follows the Trisuli River for some hour and then climbs to reach the suburb of Kathmandu valley. Finally, the ride heads down to enter the hustle, bustle city life of Kathmandu, and then transfer to your respective hotel.
    The rest of the afternoon free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs or enjoy rest with grand memories of the adventure on the high mountains of Annapurna Himalaya. . Evening group farewell dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to Nepalese culture of various parts of Nepal with folk dance and music.

    (Flying options half-hour on-air to Kathmandu with a sweeping panorama of mountains) the flight costs are 125 USD from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

    Altitude: 1,400 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 11: Depart Nepal for international departure homeward bound

    Last day in Nepal, a country of great bio-diversity of cultures and landscapes with Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time transfer to airport for final flight departure homeward bound, after a great mesmerizing experience on Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake Trekking.

    Meals: Breakfast

Tailor Made Holiday

You can change the itinerary, services, accommodation, and duration of this trip to suit your needs, budget. The choice is your.  Let us help you tailor-make your precious Vacation.

Inclusion

What's included ?

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private transport
  • Two Nights' accommodation at  3-star category hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast
  • Two Nights' accommodation at  3-star category hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast
  • Six Nights' best available teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Farewell dinner with cultural program in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation for comfortable tourist Bus
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary(Pokhara to Nayapul to Pokhara)
  • An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed trekking Guide and Porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salaries, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Complimentary Includes

  • Welcome Dinner with Nepalese cultural program in Kathmandu
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (Returned after trip completed)
  • A cup of tea/coffee  with breakfast/lunch/dinner during the trek
  • Local Sim card(if you needed)
  • An hour Trekking Massage after complete the trek in Kathmandu
  • Trekking Map

What's not included ?

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s)

FAQs of Khopra Ridge Trek

  • Is Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake tough and difficult trek?

    It depends upon how fit you are, all Himalayan treks involve much climb for hours with a steep downhill, with the short gradual path. As for Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake which is similar to other high altitude walks, but the scenery and walking into beautiful woodland, makes you feel good to enjoy the trek of ups and downhill. The only tough day is the hike to Khair Lake actually walking wisely is not difficult it is the length of the journey just for a day of 5-6 hours. By then you will be fit after days of trekking to Khopra Ridge.
  • What to expect on this Khopra and Khair Lake trek?

    Daily super views of high Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri mountain range with ever-present Machhapuchare Himal, the Fish-Tail peak. Walking into the enchanting forest of tall rhododendron and pine trees. Facing beautiful scenery of landscapes, beside mountain views. Exploring villages of impressive local culture of both Hindu and Buddhism religions.
  • Which is the best time for Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake Trek?

    Best in April and May during mid and late springtime, autumn or fall is another good time for treks to Khopra Ridge. Autumn in Nepal starts from September till November. April to May and September till November are the best times, where days are clear and sunny for excellent views of beautiful landscapes and high snow-capped peaks. But with cold morning and in the late afternoon till night time as well in the shades. Can get snow sometimes even in good time of the season, especially on higher areas around Khopra and Khair Lake.
  • How far to medical facilities on this Khopra Ridge trek if someone is sick?

    On this trek to Khopra Ridge, the nearest hospitals and medical post located in Nayapul and Pokhara which is at the end of a trek. For serious situations from other medical reasons like accidents or personal medical problems. If the member cannot continue the trek, needs to be taken back to Pokhara or Kathmandu. The fastest transport is calling for helicopter service. In this emergency case where victims have to bear all the expenses to be claimed from health and medical insurance.
  • Are there places to charge electronic appliances and gadgets?

    Besides, Pokhara in Ghandruk and at Khopra Ridge as well at Sauta and Ghorepani villages, there will be no facilities to charge your electronic items for few days only. Places, where you can charge on treks, need to pay a certain amount for charging each item. Best to carry a portable solar panel and place it on the back of your day pack, to catch more sun energy, by the time you reach overnight stop you can charge your gadgets.
  • How are the lodge on route Khopra Ridge?

    At Ghandruk, Ghorepani of tourist standard with a long list of food menu with large rooms attached or common bathrooms running hot/cold water for shower and bathe. At Dobato and Khopra Ridge lodges are very simple and basic with common toilets and bathrooms. The food menu can be very simple and shortlisted, best to enjoy local Nepalese Dal Bhat (Boiled rice, lentil soup with mild vegetable curries includes some hot pickles to add with your meals.)
  • What opportunities will I have for a shower along with khopra ridge trekking?

    Every lodge available for a hot and cold shower along the trail so the lodge offers a free cold shower and for the hot shower, you need to pay for an extra cost.
  • Does the Annapurna region fall within National Parks?

    Not exactly, but quite similar to national parks it falls within ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project). Established in 1986, the largest and first Conservation, a protected area in Nepal covers the territory of 7, 629 sq. km.
  • Are there any off-the-beaten tracks around the Annapurna region?

    There are few hidden areas and off the beaten tracks around the Annapurna region, for short moderate treks in the Siklis, east of Annapurna of a week walks. Panchase Hill trekking where fewer visitors seldom venture a short and scenic trek of less than a week. Longer treks are Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake, but slowly getting popular a walk of more than 10 days includes off the beaten tracks, as well joining on the main trail. Nar and Phu crossing Kang-La pass is another long less ventured area around high Manang valley, and north of Annapurna Himalaya.
  • What are the religion and culture around southern areas of Annapurna?

    The southern areas of the Annapurna Himalaya region, populated mostly by Gurung people the hill tribes of the Annapurna area. Interwoven to Buddhism religion and colorful culture of age-old heritage and farming, as well raising live-stock. With few other hill people like Magar Poon, around Ghorepani and Poon Hill area, includes Hindu Bharamins and Chettries on low areas of Annapurna Himalaya.

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