The Kopra Ridge, locally known as Khopra, is located away from the busier trails of Annapurna region but provides equally remarkable views of the Himalayas including Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang and Nilgiri. Another attraction of our trek is the holy Kaire Lake, which requires a little wandering away from the Khopra Ridge.
We leave the main trail after Tadapani and for the next few days, walk along a remote trail while staying at the community tea-houses. This trip is suitable for those who wish to enjoy the grandeur of Mt. Annapurna while also taking pleasure in the solace of a more remote trail. Complete with unique heritage, culture and breathtaking landscape, the trip will be well worth our time.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||4500 m|
Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
We will welcome you at the international airport of Kathmandu. Then we will escort you to the hotel where you will stay overnight.
Today you will either drive or fly to Pokhara. The drive will allow you the glimpses of countryside lifestyle as you pass settlements inhabiting on the base of lush hills. On the contrary, the flight will take you above the hills and mountains landing at Pokhara Airport. Feel free to explore the lake city. Overnight in Pokhara.
First, you will drive up to Nayapul, and from Nayapul, you will trek through rhododendron forests on flag-stone steps, enjoying the pristine landscape. After an easy climb, your trail takes you to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a traditional Gurung village situated in the foothills of Annapurna massif. You can visit the Gurung Culture Museum here while relishing the extraordinary view of Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhre (6993m). Overnight in Ghandruk.
Leaving the picturesque Ghandruk village behind, you will ascend towards Tadapani. You will walk amid beautiful forests of rhododendron with the backdrop of snowy peaks on your way to Tadapani. During the spring season, the blooming rhododendrons color the forest in pink, white, and red. Upon reaching Tadapani, you will have a stunning view of Annapurna South (7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m). Overnight in Tadapani.
Today, in particular, you will trek through remote areas of Annapurna region where you will pass through pasturelands of buffalo, sheep, and goat. The trek offers a lovely view of different mountain peaks, including Mt Dhaulagiri (8167m). The winding trail takes you to Bayeli Kharka, a wide pastureland, where you will be camping for the night. Here, you will get a jaw-dropping view of the Annapurna massif and a close-up view of Hiunchuli (6441m).
Pastureland will be coming more on your way. You can see the settlement of animal herders and the animals they rear. With the pleasant view of different peaks on the backdrop, you will make a few uphill and downhill climbs to reach Chistibang. Chistibang hosts an amazing vista of Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhre (6993m). Overnight in Chistibang.
Today, you will head uphill through alpine forests and meadows. Throughout the trek, you will be able to view the gorgeous peak of Annapurna South (7219m). After only a few hours of trekking, you will reach Khopra Ridge which offers you a stunning panorama of the Annapurna Mountain range. You will also witness the light orange colored rays of the setting sun touch the tip of the Himalayas and then watch the Himalayas shine in the stark darkness of the night. Overnight in Khopra Ridge.
Today you will rest here in Khopra Ridge, and in the meantime, you will visit the Khayer Lake and the holy temple named Khayer Barah. Khayer Lake is a glacial lake formed by the water flowing from South Annapurna Glacier hence the lake offers a mind-blowing view of Annapurna South (7219m) along with the peaks of Barah Chuli (7647m), Annapurna I (8091m), and other peaks of the Annapurna range. You will then hike back to Khopra Ridge for the overnight stay.
Bidding goodbye to Khopra Ridge, you trek downhill to Swanta village through the village of Chistibang. On your trail, you can witness terraced farmlands and traditional houses. You will later walk on a quiet trail through the forest alongside a small stream to finally will reach Swanta village. Overnight in Swanta.
From Swanta, you will descend through quiet rhododendron forests with a view of distant villages until you reach Ghorepani. From Ghorepani, you will trek downhill on flag-stone steps leading you to the settlements of Nangethanti and Banthanti to reach the Magar village of Ulleri. You will get a good view of Annapurna South (7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m) from the village. Overnight in Ulleri.
You will gradually descend through rhododendron forests and pass the villages of Hille, Sudame, and Birethanti before arriving in Nayapul. Enjoying the beautiful landscape made up of lush green hills dotted with small old-fashioned villages, you reach Nayapul from where you will drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Today you will drive back to Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway. You will follow two major rivers, Marsayangdi and Trishuli, on your drive to Kathmandu. The road is full of forests, farmlands, and many cultivated lands. You will be transferred to your hotel as you arrive in Kathmandu. Do enjoy the vibrant streets of Thamel and try some local delicacies. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
For your further departures, we will escort you to the international airport of Kathmandu 3 hours prior to your flight.