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Khopra Ridge Trek

Khopra Ridge Trek

Khopra Ridge Trek gives fabulous views of major peaks such as Mount Annapurna, Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Machhapuchhre along with the magnificent views of the lush green vegetation and landscapes.

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Khopra introduction

The major attraction of this trekking is to explore the Khayar lake as it is holy lake.

Hey there is one the best short trek in Nepal, that is Khopra trek. First be clear one confusion which is Khopra ridge, Khopra Danda, Khopra community trek, Khayar Lake trek are different name of Khopra trek. 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 Mountain of Nepal. The trail hotel is run by the local community which is called Khopra community trek. That’s why its also called Khopra Community trek. The income from hotel of this sector some portion they used for social works like school education.

7 reasons to do Khopra Hike

Lets dive into some reason that you need to do Khopra.

  1. Panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayas
  2. Sunrise and Sunset over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna
  3. Attractive landscape with alpine Rhododendron forests and lush vegetation
  4. Off the beaten trek which provides you calm environment
  5. Khayar lake( Holy Lake)
  6. Experience the Gurung’s and Magar’s typical villages
  7. passes through alpine meadows and green pastures.

How long does it take to hike ?

You can do Khopra trek minimum 7 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 14 days. But if want to do this trek within 7 to 10 days then we need to escape either Ghorepani or Tatopani.

How to go Khopra trek ?

First Kathmandu to Pokhara drive or flight. Afterward, next day morning 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 trek. 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 is you can go Nayapul to Tadapani. And next day morning Tadapani to Bayeli Kharka.

Outline itinerary

Days Itinerary Altitude in ft Hour
1st Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive) 830 m 7 hr
2nd Pokhara to Naya Pool (Drive) to Tadapani 2760 7 hr
3rd Tadpani to Bayali Kharka 2760 7 hr
4th Bayeli Kharka to Upper Chistibung 2975 m 5 hr
5th Upper Chistibung to Khopra Ridge 3660 m 4 hr
6th Day trip to Khaire Lake 4500m 6 hr
7th Khopra Ridge to Swata village 2200m 7 hr
8th Swanta village to Ghorepani 2850m 6 hr
9th Ghorepani to Tikhedungha via Poon Hill 1540 7 hr
10th Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara 800m 5 hr
11th Back to Kathmandu 1300m 7-8 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

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 goat. 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.

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 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 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.

Conclusion

If you wish to taste new trekking of Annapurna, then Khopra trek is for you. For the duration, you can make shorter or longer as your time. In my personal view, Khopra Ridge is best off the beaten hiking.

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