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Khopra Ridge Trek

Khopra Ridge Trek (Danda) via Khayar Lake Hike

Trip Duration: 11 Days

The Khopra Ridge Trek is the best off the beaten hiking trail in Nepal. If you are looking for best short trekking in Nepal, trek to Khopra Ridge with Khayar Lake Hike is the Best Choice. This is the best short trekking near the Pokhara, in terms of scientific mountain views.

Khopra Ridge Trek

Khopra Danda is Nepali word of Khopra Ridge. From this point, you’ll see a massive mountain range with a closer view. It is situated at 3660m (11,000 ft) from the sea level. There is only one Community Lodge on the Khopra Danda. So during the main time, it’s difficult to get a room for solo travelers as well as a group. Due to the tourist flow increase, now local people are going to add some more guesthouses to those places.

Khayar Lake: Optional Hike from Khopra Ridge

At the bottom of Annapurna South, there is a holy lake which is called Khayar Lake. Till now it’s popular for local people of Khopra Area as holy places.

Khayar Lake is not big in areas but it’s beautiful. It’s located at 4,800 m altitude. From Khopra Danda, it takes approx 10 hours to go and back. On the midway, there is small teashop where we can get some basic foods as well as hot drinks.

Khayar Lake and Khopra Danda are other 2 renowned names of Khopra Ridge trekking.

We can say alternative trekking trail of Most popular short Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Because from this route you’ll have a closer view of mountains than Poon Hill. If you want to avoid more tourist areas Khopra Ridge can be your best choice.

During the trek to Khopra Ridge Trekking, you’ll see fabulous views of major peaks such as Mount Annapurna, Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Machhapuchhre(Fishtail), Nilgiri and Tukuche as well. Your journey to Khopra Ridge will move forward through the most popular short trekking Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Rhododendron forests, beautiful farmlands, and an amazing landscape makes more remarkable trekking.

Let’s dive right in the topic of your interest on The Khopra Trek brought you by Base Camp Hike.

Khopra Ridge Information (overview)

Khopra Trekking is best hike route due to outstanding views of More than 10 peaks from Khopra Danda, we can say Khopra Danda trek is the best short hiking in Annapurna. In terms of altitude easy to moderate difficult trek. As we stay one night at Khopra Danda(3,660m) and for the Khayar Lake you should hike up to 4800m. Khayar Lake hike makes this trip more adventure. If you want to see Annapurna South just closer your eye and want to explore Khayar Lake, you should hike from khora Danda to Khayar Lake.

Khopra Danda Trek
View of Mount Dhaulagiri from Khopra Danda Hotel

This trail is open a few years ago to explore the hidden beauty of Annapurna Region.

If you do this trek then you can see astonishing views of 2 major Mountains of Nepal.They are:

  1. Dhaulagiri
  2. Annapurna

Besides Annapurna and Dhaulagiri major mountain you will other popular peaks sucha as Tukuche, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli and Fishtail. On Khopra Danda and Chistibung places , they have community system lodges. So this trail is also called Khopra Community Lodges trek .The good things is profit from that two places hotel goes to social works like school education of that areas.

Highlight of the trek

Let’s dive into some reason that you need to do Khopra.

  1. Panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayas with closer distance.
  2. Mesmerizing Sunrise and Sunset over Mt.Dhaulagiri and Mt.Annapurna
  3. Amazing landscape with Rhododendron forests and lush vegetation.
  4. Off the beaten trek from where you can get real taste of nature and free from croud environment.
  5. Explore Khayar lake( Holy Lake) with stunning mountain scencery.
  6. Experience the Gurung’s and Magar’s typical villages lifestyle
  7. Get 180 degree mountains views from Mulde View Point.

How long does it take for Khayar-khopra hike ?

You can do Khayar-Khopra trek a minimum 6 days and you can extend it up to 14 days. If you wish to do this trail including Ghorepani Poon Hill Plus Tatopani then it takes around 10 days. But if want to do this trek within 5 to 7 days, we should escape either Ghorepani Part or Tatopani Part.

Getting there and Away

First you should take either fly or drive to Pokhara. Afterward, next day morning take you can take a taxi from Pokhara to Ghandruk. Or if you choose the route from Ghorepani poon Hill then drive Pokhara-Nayapul.

What are the Option Route for Khopra?

There are main two routes to do Khopra Trekking. One, you can do similar like Poon Hill up to Deurali. But From Deurali we will go through a narrow way to Dobato. The Dobato is one the popular point of Khopra Ridge.

The another way(two) is you can go Nayapul to Tadapani. And next day morning Tadapani to Bayeli Kharka.

Route Map

For the Route map of Khopra, here is Google Maps.

Khopra Ridge Package Cost

The Khopra Ridge Trek Package cost USD 695 per person for 7 days. It is the cost from Ktm to Ktm with normal plan. If you want to get higher service than the cost cover you can get luxury Khora trekking package. Likewise if you are travelling with tight budget you can join in a group to share guide and porter cost.

Khopra Ridge Trek Itinerary

DaysItineraryAltitudeHour
1stKathmandu to Pokhara (Drive)830 m 7 hr
2ndPokhara to Naya Pool (Drive) to Tadapani27607 hr
3rdTadpani to Bayali Kharka27607 hr
4thBayeli Kharka to Upper Chistibung2975 m 5 hr
5thUpper Chistibung to Khopra Ridge3660 m4 hr
6thDay trip to Khaire Lake4500m6 hr
7thKhopra Ridge to Swata village2200m7 hr
8thSwanta village to Ghorepani2850m6 hr
9thGhorepani to Tikhedungha via Poon Hill15407 hr
10thTrek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara800m5 hr
11thBack to Kathmandu1300m7-8 hr

Detailed Itinerary

Here is day by day plan of Khopra ridge trek.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Departure Place: Sorkhute,Kathmandu

Drive Hour : 7 hour

Lunch : At Malekhu

Hey, today we will go Pokhara by tourist bus which takes approx 7 hours. On the way to drive you will see lots of local houses and hilly village. If the weather is clear on the way to drive you will see Annapurna and Manaslu Scenery.

Day 2: Pokhara to Naya Pool and Tadapani

It takes around 4 hours to reach Ghandruk From Pokhara by Jeep or Taxi. You will have lunch at the amazing village of Ghandruk. Afterward, you will move through alpine forest to our destination Tadapani. From Ghandruk to Tadapani is ascending up which consume around 4 hours. Specially Ghandruk to BhaisiKhark is more ascending and from Bhisikharka to Tadapani is straightway.

Day 3: Tadapani to Bayeli Kharka

Dobato Khopra Trail
View From Dobato Khopra Ridge Trek

Trek Hours : 5-6 Hours

Stay at : Bayeli Kharak

Altitude: 3420m

You will fill enjoy with the panoramic views of Annapurna and Himchuli on the trails. Besides that, you also see waterfalls, pasturelands of buffalo, sheep, and goats. And diverse flora and fauna. From Bayeli Kharka you will see the 7th highest peak of world Dhaulagiri. Enjoy overnight at Bayeli.

Day 4: Bayeli Kharka to Upper Chistibung

Duration : 4-5 hours

Height : 2975m

At the first we will climb around 2 hours up .Then we will be on Mohare Danda from where himalayas view is superb.

Chistibung
On the Way to Chistibung Khopra

Afterward, it takes around 3 hours to reach Upper Chhistibung passing marvelous Rhododendron forest. There we will have rest for that night.

Day 5: Trek to Khopra Ridge

Altitude of Accommodation: 3660m

Walking hours : 4 hour

Overnight stay: Khopra Danda(Ridge)

Around 4 hours climb up from Chistibung we will be in Khopra Ridge(3660m). Enjoy with stunning view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

Day 6: Hike to Khayar Lake

This day you need to pack lunch for Khayar Hike. Because on the way to Khayar Lake there is no teahouse. Enjoy the awesome views of Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Annapurna Fang, and Dhaulagiri. It takes around 10 hours to go to Khayar and back to Khopra Danda.

Day 7: Khopra Ridge to Swanta village

Swanta is beautiful village of Magar and other ethinic group. So 7 th day of Khopra you will be in Swanta village which takes around 8 hours from K.Danda.

Day 8: Swanta Village to Ghorepani

7 th day of K.trek you will be in Ghorepani . Swanta to Ghorepani takes around 6 hours.There more than 20 hotels in Ghorepani . Do relax 8th day of KT at Ghorepani

Day 9: Ghorepani to Tikhedungha via Poon Hill

4:30 am wake up to go Poon Hill approx 1.5 hours hiking for sunrise . After sunrise back to Ghorpani and take breafast. Go down 6 hours to get Tikhedhunga.

Day 10: Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara

Walk 3 hours slope down to Nayapul where we can get taxi . Take taxi from Nayapul to go Pokhara .

Day 11: Back to Kathmandu

Finally 11th day KT is back to Kathmandu . 7 hours drive using tourist bus you will be in Kathmandu.

Reviews

Finalally, here is 3 reviews of our recent trekked client who have done Khopra excursion with Base Camp Hike

Khopra ridge trek with Base Camp Hike – perfect experience

Gemperle Remo Andri

Reviewed November 24, 2019

Switzerland

I did the Khopra Ridge trek in November 2019.

Before the trip, I had a lot of questions and Base Camp Hike did always respond quickly and detailed. They can also advise which trek is best for you. Also, they will advise on what equipment you’ll need and they can tell which of that you can also buy (might cheaper) in Nepal.

I choose Khopra Ridge trek because it’s less known than other short treks (ABC etc.). Also, I didn’t want to have a one way and back trek.

Everything was perfectly well organized and from the beginning I felt comfortable. I had a really experienced guide (Jarayam). This trek is new (since about three years) so there are not so many guides who already have experience with this trek. The trek was the perfect choice for me because as expected it’s off the beaten trek (expect for poon hill) and views are brilliant. At Khopra Danda and also Dobato (Mulde viewpoint) you will get superb and near views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. During the trek, we were quite flexible and I also took one day rest in Dobato.

I can totally recommend Base Camp Hike for your trekking in Nepal. Don’t wait any longer and go explore the beautiful Himalaya.

Khopra Ridge Hike with Kamal (guide) and Dependra (porter)

Lexvet

Reviewed November 26, 2019

Lexington, Kentucky

My adult son and I just finished (April 20-26) our trek with Base Camp Hike. I cannot say enough good things about them. Jayaram, the owner, responded very quickly to my initial inquiry and from that moment forward he was very helpful and responsive to all of my questions. He coordinated all of our transportation and lodging from the moment of arrival at the airport.

Our guide, Kamal, met me at the airport and rescued me from the chaos of Kathmandu. The trek itself was simply amazing. I will carry this experience with me for the rest of my life. The culture and scenery of the Annapurna region are unlike anything I have ever seen. Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions about the trek as well as Nepali life, in general. Our porter, Dependra, was also fantastic. If you are considering trekking in Nepal you simply cannot go wrong by choosing Base Camp Hike. The entire staff is supremely professional, friendly and competent. They are wonderful ambassadors for the trekking industry and for Nepal.

INCREDIBLE! Khopra Ridge 7 days

Chloe Bayer

Reviewed April 17, 2019

Poland

I did the Khopra Ridge Journey with my girl friend in November. We had the great time! Because we choose best off the beaten track with trusted trekking agecny.

Thapaliya Ram was our guide and Dipendra was a porter for the trek. Both of them were professional and Honest. Guide( Ram) was very knowledgeable about all of the surrounding Khopra area and local customs of the Khopra. Mr. Ram speaks great English and is good fun to be with!

We trust Jayaram (Owner) completely to consider all of the important details of trekking in Nepal, from risk management to the quality of the experience.

Thanks so much! We were very happy with our experience with Base Camp Hike.

FAQs

Do I need to have hiking experience to do Khopra trek ?

No. You don’t need. IF you can walk 5-6 hours a day , you can do this trail. But we suggest to do some walking practics before some months to do trek.

What types of Accomadition can we get on Khopra-Khayar ?

You will get Teahouse accommodation on most of the places but on Khopra Ridge and Chistbung, there are community lodges.

Can we get Vegeterain food or non vegiterain food?

Expect Khopra Ridge Loge and Chistubung Lodge you will get Non-vegeterain food items. But for the vegetarian food, you will get easily everywhere lodge.

All the places you will get menu, from where you can choose what to eat.

Can we get mineral water ?

Sure, you will get mineral water almost everywhere on KHOPRA. Some places banned Mineral water to reduce plastic pressure on environment. The places where you can’t find Mineral water you can get safe drinking water but you should have your bottle to fill Water.

Do I need to have Porter to carry my stuffs ?

If you have porter, it makes trekking easier. Because porter normally carries upto 25 kg of your stuffs. So that you can walk easily.

Can we get Khopra local expert guide?

Off course, if you book Khopra trip with Base Camp Hike. Because we have guide who already did Khopra Khayar Lake jorney more than 10 times.

Do I need sleeping bag ?

You must have sleeping bag during the winter season and main trekking season in Nepal. For the rest of time because of less tourist they can provide you blankets.

How many hours we should walk each day ?

Normally 6 to 7 hours a day on average.

Is it possible to get Hot shower?

Yes. Every places you can get a hot shower but for it you should pay money 1 USD to 3 USD.

Do I need trekking Poles and Crampons ?

Trekking poles is like a extra leg if you use it. Specially it helps a lot maintain your legs on good conditon.

Conclusion

Here I have mentioned all most all things that trekkers should know to do Khopra Hike.

If you wish to do new trekking in Annapurna, don’t think more. Khopra trek is the best option to avoid tourists’ traffic problems in Annapurna. For the duration, you can make either shorter or longer as your preferences.

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