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Khopra Ridge trek

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Khopra ridge trek is a perfect and great choice week-long trek around, a slight off-the-beaten path and with boundless views which combines the best of what real Nepal looks like.  Marvelous Himalayan sceneries , rural villages, and rice fields layered on top of each other, downward down into the valley.

The route follows a local trail that takes you down into the valley north of Ghorepani, before climbing up another ridge, known as “Khopra Ridge” This is one of the best short trek route of Nepal.

Trekking Route Info

Khopra ridge trek is a newly explored trekking route inside the Annapurna Conservation area even even though this route is suitable for all kind of trekkers from beginner’s professionals. The Khopra ridge trek has pure nature with magnificent panoramic views of many famous snowcapped Himalayas such as: Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Himchuli, Tent Peak and Gandarvachuli.

The Khopra ridge trek route lead to deeply lush thik pine, oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest, beautiful Magar, Gurung, Kami, Damai and Kshetri – Brahmin villages with its attractively adjoining agricultural lands. This route gives trekker to learn real Nepali lifestyile, Art of living religion. The route is not crowed yet as Annapurna Base camp trek and trek to Poon hill. The entire route is very peace and safety.

Awesome views of Mt. Dhaulagiri ( 8167 M)  Annapurna I (8091m) Manaslu (8163m) visiable closely and clearly during the trek route,

Variety of ethno-culture, colorful festivals, temples, mixture settlement of friendly loving people are some specialty of Khopra Ridge trek.

Khopra Ridge trek has been familiarized as a exciting holiday option that lets you walk on the off-track and walk on a lopsided route raised as the ‘Yak trail’. which helps you to make an overwhelming memory as it offers an experience of adventurous route to walk overlapped by stunning beauty of nature.

Trekkers can Take an extra day to hike to Khayer Lake, a sacred lake at the foot of Annapurna South.

What Khopra ridge trek offer?

  • Amazing views of Mt. Fishtail and Mt. Dhaulagiri.
  • A great opportunity climb a famous trek route Poon hill for sunrise and Himalayan views
  • pure nature with magnificent panoramic views of many famous snowcapped Himalayas such as: Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Himchuli, Tent Peak and Gandarvachuli.
  • Boundless views which combines the best of what real Nepal looks like.  Marvelous Himalayan sceneries, rural villages, and rice fields layered on top of each other, downward down into the valley.

Altitude and alleviation profile of Khopra ridge trek:

Khopra Ridge trek
Khopra Ridge trek

Day 01: Arrival and Transfer to hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Free and arrangement day.

Day 03: Drive to Pokahara by tourist bus.

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk

Day 05 : Ghandruk to Tadapani

Day 06 : Tadapani to Bhedi Kharka.

Day 07 : Bhedi Kharka to Khobra Danda.

Day 08 : Khobra Danda to High Camp,

Day 09 : Hike from High Camp to Khobra Danda.

Day 10 : Khobra Danda to Ghorepani.

Day 11 : Ghorepani to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.

Day 01: Arrival and Transfer to hotel in Kathmandu.

We will pick up you from the airport and transfer to you to your hotel in Katmandu.

Day 02: Free and arrangement day.

Rest and arrangement day, as an option you can do Kathmandu sightseeing.

Day 03: Drive to Pokahara by tourist bus.

Early morning we drive to Pokhara which will take more or less 7 hours. We drive along Prithivi highway, beautiful scenery of Trishuli River which also famous for a day white water rafting River.

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk

Our trek start from  Nayapul after 1 hour driving  from Pokhara. After 15 minutes of short walk to along the bank of Modi Khola, we will reach Birethanti. Trek starts from Birethanti to Ghnadrung which take around five hours. One the way, beautiful farming lands and people working there.  We will reach at Ghandruk.

Day 05 : Ghandruk to Tadapani

Climbs through the forest following a water course up to Tadapani (2590m). During this route magnificent views of Annapurna ranges around.

Day 06 : Tadapani to Bhedi Kharka.

Continuation of descending until Modi Khola, then we keep ascending until Landruk. We then walk along the terraced rice fields of Bhedi Kharka.

Day 07 : Bhedi Kharka to Khobra Danda.

The trail continues again breaking the tree-line and climbing uphill to the Khobra Danda. Khobra Danda unbelievably beautiful, This is known to have some of the most awe-inspiring mountain views to offer like Annapurna South (7219m), Baraha Shikhar (7647m), Nilgiri away towards Mustang and westward to the hulk of Dhaulagiri.

Day 08 : Khobra Danda to High Camp,

Upwards for 3 and half hours across high meadows that are home to wild yaks, sometimes grazing in herds and sometimes lone rogue males. High Camp is established and we relax and acclimatize.

Day 09 : Hike from High Camp to Khobra Danda.

Hike from High Camp (4240m) back to Khobra Danda. Exploring the beautiful surrounding with wonderful mountain views on the way.

Day 10 : Khobra Danda to Ghorepani.

The trek to Ghorepani takes us past the Pun Magar villages of Ghara and Sikha and their terraced farmlands, through Phalate and Chitre, and through beautiful rhododendron, birch, and magnolia stands. The surrounding peaks look wonderful. Next morning we can hike to Poon hill for beautiful sunrise and panoramic views of Mt. Fishtail and Mt. Dhaulagiri.

Day 11 : Ghorepani to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.

An early ascent of Poon Hill (3,210m. /10,531ft) takes us to the top to witness a spectacular moment in time: sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. We then return back. Ghorepani, after the breakfast we trek down to Nayapool and drive back to beautiful city Pokhara.

Trip Cost US$ 690 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle.
  • Two night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  •  All your standard meals like, Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, during the trek with A cup of tea or coffee during the breakfast.
  • Tea house Accommodations during the trek.
  • Equipment like Sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed).
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary.
  • Well English speaking guide, friendly, experienced, with government license holder. insured.
  • Monastery fees.
  • Emergency helicopter rescues arrangement if in case, pay by your travel insurance company.
  • Insurance of Guide.
  • A trekking route map.
  • Annapurna conservation area fee.
  • TIMS (trekkers’ Information Management System.)
  • Two night standard accommodation on B/B in Pokhara Before and After the trek.
  • First aid  kit box, Normal medical supplies, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
Cost Excludes:
  • All kind’s of Drink’s like Mineral water, beer Juice, Coke, fanta, other alcoholic hard drink’s, ETC.
  • Sweet things like chocolate and others
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Extra hotel night in Kathmandu.
  • Activities in Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Porter carrier if you need ( 175 USD ) per porter.

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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions

Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking  disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.

Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.

If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.

1.      Is trekking difficult?

The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.

If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.

Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.

If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.

Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.

Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.

2.      Is trekking expensive?

This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.

You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.

Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!

3.      What preparations should I make before trekking?

It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.

Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.

If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.

4.      What are the things I need to pack?

There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.

To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-

http://www.thelongestwayhome.com/travel-resources/trekking/equipment-gear-needed-for-trekking-in-nepal.html

5.      Do I need special permission to trek?

You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.

Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-

http://www.taan.org.np/pages/trekking-permit-fees

6.      Is drinking water easily available?

Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.

7.      What kind of food is available during trekking?

Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.

Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.

8.      What kind of accommodation should I expect?

Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking

1.      Tea house trekking:

You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.

Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.

The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.

2.      Camp treks

In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.

 

9.      What are the risks associated with trekking?

Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-

  1. Attain height gradually and slowly
  2. As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
  5. Eat high caloric food
  6. Avoid smoking or drinking

11. How to diagnose AMS?

In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-

  1. Headache
  2. Nausea and vomiting
  3. Dizziness
  4. Tiredness
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Upset stomach
  7. Feeling unsteady
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Increased heart rate
  10. Difficulty sleeping

If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:

  1. Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
  2. Descend to a lower altitude if possible
  3. Take complete rest until you feel well
  4. Do not exercise
  5. Do not smoke
  6. Drink plenty of water
  7. Take external oxygen supply if necessary
  8. Take anti-sickness medicines

If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.

12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?

There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.

A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.

In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.

Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.

13. Can I trek solo?

To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.

A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.

Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.

14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?

Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.

In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.

15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?

Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.

In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.

Conclusion

The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at info@excitingnepal.com

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking Destination: Annapurna region
  • Group Size: 1+
  • Minimum altitude: 4500
  • Maximum altitude: 900
  • Season: All around the year
  • Grade Info: Moderate **
  • Transportation: Bus / car
  • Total Days: 11
  • Walking Hour: 5 to 6 hours /day

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