The Khopra Ridge trek is one of the lesser known treks through the Annapurna but which still affords views of the giants: Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (7,061m), Bhara Shikhar (7,647m), Annapurna I (8091m), Machhapuchhre (6,997m), to name just a few. This trek visits the Khayar Lake, considered sacred by Hindus, high pastures and a temporary herder’s settlement, winds its way through rhododendron forests and through Tibetan-like villages. And of course, along the ridge itself.
The Khopra Ridge (3,660m) is reached by a steady climb through alpine meadows and pastures and provides a fine viewpoint overlooking the Kali Gandaki River far below in the world’s deepest gorge. From the ridge the mountains are a panorama of shimmering snow and ice. With only one long walking day (and which can be , and with a panorama on the ridge to rival any viewpoint in the Himalayas, this trek is a great way to experience the beauty of the Himalaya landscape and mountain ranges in a more tranquil and solitude manner.
|Day 1||Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive)||830 m||6 - 7 hr|
|Day 2||Pokhara to Naya Pool (Drive) to Tadapani||1940 m||4 - 5 hr|
|Day 3||Tadapani to Bayeli Kharka||3420 m||5 - 6 hr|
|Day 4||Bayeli Kharka to Upper Chistibung||2975 m||4 - 5 hr|
|Day 5||Upper Chistibung to Khopra Ridge||3660 m||3 - 4 hr|
|Day 6||Day trip to Khaire Lake||4500 m||10 - 11 hr|
|Day 7||Khopra Ridge to Swata village||2200 m||5 - 6 hr|
|Day 8||Swata village to Ulleri||2050 m||5 - 6 hr|
|Day 9||Ulleri to Naya Pool to Pokhara (Drive)||830 m||7 - 8 hr|
|Day 10||Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive)||1380 m||6 - 7 hr|