Traversing the inner depths of the Annapurna, the Khopra Ridge Trek is remarkable in its integration of natural and cultural aspects of the region. While trekking involves panting and puffing, this trek is also magnificent when considering the display of the astounding Annapurna Himalayas. Catering to the needs of adventure-thirsty individuals and ones desiring solitude on the walk instead of the crowded Annapurna Base Camp Trek, the Khopra trek offers off-beaten trails and rich bio-diversity on those routes.
The Khopra trek begins with a road trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the tourist hub of the nation. You can also enjoy a scenic flight to the city which sports the aerial views of the landscapes on offer. From Pokhara, a short drive will take you to Phedi where the trek to Ghandruk begins. Through the serene forested trail, the trek reaches Ghandruk, a Gurung village offering a showdown of the Himalayas in Annapurna region and brilliant Gurung culture. From Ghandruk, the Khopra trek continues on to Tadapani and follows with a pleasant walk to Bayeli Kharka. Walking through the Annapurna Conservation Area, the trek introduces the travelers to a myriad of flora and fauna on the way. Next on the trek is Chistibang followed by Khopra Ridge. An additional day is spent at the Khopra Ridge and the day involves excursion to the Khayer Lake. The lake, amid the mountains and lush hills, reflects the grand design of the natural wonder upon its tranquil water surface. Also on the exploration are various other remarkable sites in the locale. After having your fill of relishing the natural wonders, the trek descends along Swanta village and reaches Ulleri. From Ulleri, a pleasant trek will lead to Nayapul where a vehicle awaits your arrival. A short drive to Pokhara is followed by a longer on to Kathmandu marking the end of the trek.
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|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, the 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.