Khopra Ridge Trek takes you to the remote parts of Annapurna region and is popular for spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South,Nilgiri and other peaks and mountains. Khaire Lake is another highlight of Khopra ridge trek. Leaving the main route from Tadapani, we will enter more isolated area. Khopra Ridge Trek allows complete cultural experience while breath-taking views of mountains make this trek memorable. This package is also popular as Khair Lake Trek as we will visit the holy lake of Khair where Hindus from far and wide make pilgrimage each year. Bathing in Khair Lake is believed to liberate devotees from vicious circle of life and death. Along with religious significance, Khair Lake is also famous for awe-inspiring views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail and other peaks and mountains. Khopra is the relatively new trekking destination in Annapurna Region that can be joined by people of all age group and fitness level. The trail passes through villages of Gurung, Magar, Brahmin and Chhetri ethnics and thus allows you to experience diverse culture, art and traditions which they have kept alive all these years. Khopra Trek provides an unforgettable memory of witnessing colorful festivals while you will visit ancient temples and gompas. This is one of the best alternative trekking route in Annapurna that takes you through least crowded area that is rich in biodiversity.
When you land at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will go through custom and visa formalities. As you exit from the Arrival Hall, you will find our representative waiting for you with placard in his hand. Look for your name in a placard. After receiving you, he will transfer you to the three-star category hotel. Get refreshed. Later, you will get briefing regarding the trip. Explore the surroundings. Have a comfortable stay.
After breakfast, you will join for guided Kathmandu City Tour. Out of 10 UNESCO cultural sites in Nepal, 4 of them exist in Kathmandu alone making it the historical city. We will start the tour by visiting Pashupatinath Complex which is the most significant Hindu Temple in Nepal. Non- Hindus are not allowed an access in the main temple premises but you can still observe cremation ceremony at the bank of Bagmati River. You will also visit Bouddhanath which was listed in world heritage site in 1979 A.D. This is also known as mini Tibet in Kathmandu. Next stop will be at Swoyambhunath which is the oldest Buddhist Stupa located at the top of the hill. Swoyambhunath is the oldest stupa that dates 2500 years back. Drive further to Kathmandu Durbar Square- the ancient Royal Palace. Hanumandhoka Museum, Kasthamandap Temple, KalBhairav Statue and House of Living Goddess are places of interest. Return to hotel for comfortable stay. In the afternoon, you can shop for any trekking equipment that you require.
Fly to Pokhara, Drive to Syauli Bazaar, Trek to Ghandruk (30min flight, 2hrs drive, 3hrs trek)
20minutes of flight takes us to Pokhara from Kathmandu. We recommend you to sit on the right side of plane for close-up views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other peaks and mountains. From Pokhara, we will drive to Syauli Bazaar in a private vehicle. Khopra Trek begins from Syauli Bazar. We will head towards Ghandruk which is a large Gurung village. Majority of family members get recruited in Indian and British soldiers as a chief occupation.
Ghandruk greets us with panoramic views of Fishtail Mountain, Annapurna South Mountain and Hiunchuli Mountain. We will follow the uphilltrail to Deurali through blooming rhododendron forest. We can get views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Hiunchuli mountains from most part of the trail.We will proceed further via Tibetan villages where we can buy gift items. Stay overnight at Tadapani.
Leaving the main path, we will proceed through remote area. We will gradually climb through rhododendron and oak forest. After brief descend, we will climb through rhododendron forest. Walking past clearing area and temporary huts, we will reach to the top of bigger ridge at Dobato from where we will climb further to BayeliKharka. Stay overnight in BayeliKharka.
After an early breakfast, we will lower down through open ground to Lower Chistibung. Taking gradual ascend through forest, we will reach Upper Chistibung where we can find temporary herder’s settlement. Lophophorus and Himalyan Thar can be found in this area. Stay overnight in Upper Chistibung.
Leaving Khopra ridge, we will climb above the tree line. Walking through alpine meadows,we will reach Khopra Ridge. The top of Khopra Ridge allows close-up view of Annapurna South. We will descend to a viewpoint for view of Kali Gandaki River that can be seen in the deep valley. We will enjoy views of Dhaulagiri Mountain, NilgiriMountain and Annapurna South from Khopra.
We will spend one more day on Khopra ridge as this is the ultimate destination of Khopra Trek. We will take side trip to Khopra Lake. Area around Khopra Lake allows views of Fang and other mountains. Khopra is the sacred lake and one of the pilgrimage site of Hindus. Stay overnight in Khopra Ridge.
We will begin return trip on this day. We will follow the steep trail down to Swanta village. We can get scenic view of Dhaulagiri. We will walk through traditional houses to Swanta village where we will stay overnight.
Leaving Swanta, we will lower down via fields to small stream. We will walk along local water mill to the suspension bridge. Crossing the bridge, we will climb toChittre village from where we will head towards Ghorepani. Walking through rhododendron forest, we will reachUlleri where we will stay overnight.
From Ulleri, we will walk through pleasant trail that allows scenic views of hills in western Nepal. Walking past Birethanti village, we will reach Nayapul. Khopra Trek ends at Nayapulfrom where we will drive to Pokhara. Stay overnight in a hotel in Pokhara.
After taking lunch in Pokhara, we will follow Prithvi Highway back to Kathmandu from where you will be transferred to hotel. Spend the free time as you like. Take rest or go for shopping in Thamel. Stay overnight in a hotel.
You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight. Have a safe journey. We hope to see you soon.