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Khopra Ridge Trek - 10 Days

Khopra Ridge Trek

Khopra Ridge Trek Highlights

  • You will walk to the Khayar Lake, a sacred pilgrim spot for Hindu people.
  • You will step to Khopra Danda to catch the stunning views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I, and other mountain peaks in the Annapurna region.
  • If you are trekking in Spring, you will be walking through the rhododendron blossoms throughout the trek route.
  • You can take rest on several rest-stops nearby the scattered settlements of Tibetan-like people.
  • You will amazing feel on reaching Khopra Ridge (3660 meters) which passes through alpine meadows and green pastures.

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.

DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 1Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive)830 m6 - 7 hr
Day 2Pokhara to Naya Pool (Drive) to Tadapani1940 m4 - 5 hr
Day 3Tadapani to Bayeli Kharka3420 m5 - 6 hr
Day 4Bayeli Kharka to Upper Chistibung2975 m4 - 5 hr
Day 5Upper Chistibung to Khopra Ridge3660 m3 - 4 hr
Day 6Day trip to Khaire Lake4500 m10 - 11 hr
Day 7Khopra Ridge to Swata village2200 m5 - 6 hr
Day 8Swata village to Ulleri2050 m5 - 6 hr
Day 9Ulleri to Naya Pool to Pokhara (Drive)830 m7 - 8 hr
Day 10Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive)1380 m6 - 7 hr

Included

  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flights x 4
  • Kathmandu Pokhara Kathmandu Drive
  • ACAP Permit and TIMS Card
  • Guide for 10 days
  • Porter for 10 days
  • Four nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar)
  • 9 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 10 x set breakfast, 10 x set lunch and 9x set dinner while on trek.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff

Excluded

  • International flight ticket and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any your may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)
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FAQs

Is it safe to drink the water in Annapurna

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Annapurna. Mineral water is not available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

No. The trails are well marked. Unless you go in mid-winter you will not need crampons. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

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Trip Facts

  • 4500 m
  • Nayapool/Nayapool
  • Demanding

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