- Off the beaten trail in the Annapurna Region.
- Witness the unobstructed sunrise view from Poon Hill over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range.
- Hike through pristine forests and traditional Nepalese villages.
- Walk through dense jungle, Rhododendron flowers, and waterfalls.
- Hike to the sacred Khayer Lake at the foot of Annapurna South.
- Enjoy the 360º view of the Mountains from Khopra Danda.
- Experience the lifestyle and culture of the Magar and the Gurung people.
Khopra Ridge Trek is one of the less explored, off-the-beaten-path in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is a great alternative to the more crowded Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Besides, it is a beautiful trekking trail that contains all the elements of a classic trek. The Khopra Ridge Trek combines the best of what Nepal has to offer. Furthermore, it presents remarkable views of Himalayan peaks like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, and Nilgiri. Apart from that, the trail to Khopra Ridge Trek passes through a beautiful landscape adorned with alpine forests and lush vegetation. Besides, you encounter friendly villagers with rich cultural heritage and lifestyle, which give you the experience of a lifetime. And above all, an excursion to the Holy Khayer lake(4660m) is the highlight of this trip.
The Khopra Ridge Trek begins with a half-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley. Next, we drive to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara from Kathmandu. The following day drive for about an hour to Birethanti, the starting point of the Khopra Ridge Trek. From Birethanti, the route follows the same trail as the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek until Ghorepani. From Ghorepani, leaving the main hiking trail, we descend into the valley on an off-the-beaten path and ascend towards Khopra ridge to the north. Khopra Ridge offers some of the best views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain peaks. Khopra Ridge Trek includes all the essence of a typical trekking experience in Nepal.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have the option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
After breakfast, start half-day sightseeing covering the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, including Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath Stupa. Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. We will explore various temples along with the museum, then head towards Swyambhunath Stupa. Swayambhunath is popular among tourists as the monkey temple. After lunch, we will visit Pashupatinath, one of the most important Hindu temples in Asia. Later in the evening, we will have a short briefing regarding the planning and preparation of the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/6-7hrs)
After breakfast, we shall drive to Pokhara. The drive goes along the Prithivi Highway, and it takes about 6 hrs to reach Pokhara. We will stop at several scenic spots to observe the natural beauty and for lunch. Upon arriving, check into the hotel and relax and rest for some time. Later we shall go to the Phewa lakeside for a boat ride on the Phewa lake. We will also visit the Tal Barahi temple. The evening is free to stroll around the lakeside and browse the local market. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 4: Drive to Birethanti - Trek to Ulleri(2050m/4-5hrs)
Upon arrival at the airport, meet our guide and drive to Birethanti, the starting point of our trek. (The trail from Nayapool to Tikhedhunga is over a dirt road, the route could be dusty, therefore, to avoid the dust and the traffic, we will drive until Birenthanti). From Birethanti, we follow the Bhurungdi Khola, cross the Bhurungdi Khola, and then hike uphill over stone steps to Ulleri. Overnight in Ulleri.
Day 5: Ulleri to Ghorepani(2874m/5hrs)
After breakfast, we continue towards Ghorepani (2874m ). From Ulleri, it is a gradual ascent through forests of rhododendron across several streams. As we climb higher, the views get more striking. Mt. Annapurna south, Nilgiri south, and other peaks come into view. After crossing the Nangthati river, we arrive at Ghorepani. Ghorepani provides panoramic mountain views of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Gangapurna ranges. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 6: Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Upper Chistibung(2975m/8hr)
Early morning hike for about 45 minutes to Poon Hill(3210m) for a sunrise view. Observe the color-changing over the Annapurna range. We will spend some time at the hilltop and then descend to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we leave Ghorepani and drop through the countryside to the valley below. Cross over the suspension bridge and hike uphill through the forest to the village of Swanta. It is a gradual uphill hike through woodland to Upper Chistibung. Overnight in Upper Chistibung.
Day 7: Upper Chistibung-Khopra Ridge(3660m/3-4hrs)
Today's hike is comparatively shorter. It is an uphill hike following a verdant slope and traversing through pastureland. The walk is over a narrow path to the ridge with stunning mountain views of the Baraha Shikhar and the Annapurna south. Enjoy the sunset view over the mountain range with clouds rolling above. Overnight in Khopra Ridge.
Day 8: Excursion to Khayer lake(4660m/8hrs)
After breakfast, we hike toward Khayer lake. Khayer Lake is a pristine high-altitude lake sacred to the Hindus. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the lake during the Janai Purnima festival. The hike goes uphill over stone steps, past meadows across the Khayer Khola valley. It takes about 5 hours to reach Khayer lake. We spend some time exploring and enjoying the splendid views and retrace our walk back to Khopra ridge overnight. Overnight in Khopra Ridge.
Day 9: Khopra ridge-Tatopani(1190m/5hrs)
From Khopra Danda, we descend back down into the valley. The trail goes past several typical villages and terraced farmlands to Tatopani. Upon arrival in Tatopani, we can relax and have a hot bath in the hot spring after the tiring journey. Overnight in Tatopani
Day 10: Tatopani-Pokhara(4hrs)
After breakfast, we will drive to Pokhara in a private Jeep. The journey will take about 4 hours to cover a distance of 104 km and reach Pokhara in the afternoon. The rest of the afternoon is to rest and relax or stroll around the Phewa Lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we shall retrace our journey back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. You can spend the evening relaxing or maybe catch up on some souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 12: Departure
Transfer to the airport on time for your departure flight.
MealsOnly breakfast included in Kathmandu and Pokhara while all meals during the trek
Trip Accommodation3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and local village lodge during the trek
Trip Type Trekking
Trip SeasonsBest during the spring when the sky is clear and forest with blooming rhododendron. The next best season is autumn with appropriate weather and clear sky.
Best MonthsMarch, April, May, October, November
Good MonthsFebruary, September
Lean MonthsJune, July, August
Not RecommendJanuary, December
Prices & Dates
- All airport and hotel transfers by private vehicle.
- One full day of sightseeing with an entrance fee accompanied by a local guide.
- Accommodation in the above listed or similar (3-4*) hotels in Kathmandu and in local village lodges during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and all meals during the trek.
- One welcome/farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
- English-speaking local guide along with a porter(one porter for every two pax) during the trek.
- Guide, porter, and trekking staff insurance.
- All necessary paperwork and permit (TIMS/ACAP)
- Free hire of a duffel bag, and trekking poles.
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry visa.
- International flight to and from Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
- Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
- Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
- Hot showers during the trek.
- Any extra cost incurred due to unforeseen circumstances or early return from the trek.
- All other personal expenses are not listed in the included section.