Things to Know Before Trekking to Khopra Ridge
by Jayaram Thapaliya · Updated August 22, 2023
Though Trekking to Khopra Ridge is taken as easy to moderate hiking, you should know some basic things about trail before the trip started. Here basic things denote, trail structure, length of trip, availability plus types of teahouse, WIFI/NETWORK, and the best viewpoints on the route. In this post, I am enlightening 9 Things Should You Know Before KHOPRA RIDGE TREK.
1. Khopra Ridge Trekking Difficulty Level is EASY TO MODERATE
If you’re wondering to do an easy trek in Nepal, try to visit Khopra Ridge. This trail is not difficult to walk and the maximum altitude on this trek that you should sleep in is 3660m. So we can say trekking to Khopra Ridge is an easy to moderate hike that can be suitable for beginner trekkers too.
2. You can Make an Adventure Trip by adding Khayar Lake Hike From Khopra Danda/Ridge
We can make Khopra Danda( Ridge ) Trekking adventure too. But How? From Khopra Danda, we can hike to Khayar Lake(4700m). Hike to Khayar Lake is not easy like to reach Khopra Danda. Because Khayar Lake hike is a difficult journey as it takes more than 10 hours from Khopra Danda to reach Khayar Lake and its alitude is 4680 meter from sea level. After a 5 to 6 hours of ascent, you’ll get to the KHAYAR LAKE. Ascending and descending 1100 m in a single day at a high altitude makes this trip an adventure.
view from KHOPRA RIDGE
3. Khayar Lake Hike is Optional and it is a TOUGH HIKE
If you are an experienced hikers and want to make more adventures, it is worth it to visit Khayar Lake. Because it is the best way to get amazing views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche, and Annapurna South. This hike leads you to the north base camp of Annapurna South.
Khayar Lake is located at 4,680m and it is a full-day hike from Khopra DANDA/Ridge. It lasts around 9-10 hours to get there and back. 6 hours to get to KHAYAR LAKE and 3 hours to get back to Khopra Danda. On the midway to the Lake, there is a small teashop where we can get some basic foods as well as hot drinks.
Normally during the main trekking season March to May and from September to December, we can hike Khayar lake but during the winter season, we can’t hike the lake. Because it takes much more time to walk over the snow and way is pretty dangerous to walk over the snow.In terms of area, Khayar Lake is a small lake. It is also known as Baraha Lake. On the left of the Lake, there is a peak which is known as Baraha Peak. Likewise, on the top right side, there is Annapurna South.
Especially Khayar Lake is popular for local people because locals used to worship the Lake. On side of Khayar Lake, there is a temple where locals used to go for worship.
4. You can combine Poon Hill Trek with Khopra Ridge Trek
Most people prefer the Poon Hill trek as the best short trek in Nepal. You’ll be able to do the Khopra trek with Ghorepani Poon Hill within 7 days from Pokhara. So it is an opportunity to combine Poon Hill Trek.
5. Khopra Ridge/Danda is lesser known Trekking
The Khopra Ridge Trek is ONE OF THE BEST UNDERRATED TREK. There will be 30 to 40 people group entry on Khopra only in the High season. On other routes in Annapurna Such As Poon Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and Annapurna Circuit trek, there will be more than 200 people entering each day during a peak season. Thus Trekking to Khopra Ridge can be considered quite less crowded in Annapurna Region Trekking.
6. Khopra ridge Trek is Tea-House plus Community Base Lodge Trekking
Till some years ago, Trekking to Khopra Ridge was Camping Based Trek. But in the past few years, it has changed to Teahouses and Community Lodge.
Among the route, you’ll get teahouses on Dobato and Swanta. Whereas you’ll get community lodge accommodation on Khopra Danda and DhanKharka.
7. You’ll get WIFI and Phone Network throughout the Khopra Trek
Though this is off the beaten trail and a recently introduced trail, however, it is providing an internet facility for trekkers. You can demonstrate your view from Khopra Danda using your smartphones. Throughout the route, you will have MOBILE NETWORK CONNECTION( works 4G mostly Camp )
In most places, you should pay 150 to 200 NPR for WIFI to Each device on Khopra Trail but there is free WIFI on KHOPRA DANDA.
8. Don’t Miss Mulde Peak View Point
Though there are many remarkable viewpoints on the journey to Khopra Danda, Muldey Peak View Point is considered one of the best viewpoints on the Khopra Trekking Trail. It provides you with more than 10 peaks with 360 Degree views. Hence, we can say Mulde Peak View Point is one the BEST MOUNTAIN VIEWPOINT.
9. Khopra Danda/Ridge Trek is a Short Duration Trekking
If you want to explore Khopra Ridge only, it is possible to do it within 5 days. But adding some popular side trips we can take longer as we wish.
Usually mostly tourists used to Combine the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek as a side trip of the KHOPRA RIDGE TRAIL. Because it is very worthwhile to add Poon Hill trekking as a side trip. As Poon Hill is one of the most demanded short treks in Annapurna, we recommended to you combine Khopra Trekking with Poon Hill. Just adding 2 more days to Khopra Ridge Itinerary we can make the BEST KHOPRA TREK.