Khopra trek is one of the most beautiful and untouched trekking spot in Annapurna region. It is a newly opened trek that provides remarkable panoramic views of magnificent mountains, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Nilgiri and Fang. The trail goes through lush thick rhododendron, pine, oak and bamboo forest, crossing traditional Magar, Gurung, Chhetri and Brahmin settlements and terraced farms.
After crossing the village of Tadapani we leave the main trail and for the next few days we walk along a remote trail while staying at community run teahouses. Another attraction of the trek is the holy Khayar lake, beautiful and quiet. Khopra trek also give you the chance to observe the local culture and traditional art of living in the area, filled with the diversity, colorful festivals, temples and friendly people.
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 3 Fly to Pokhara and drive to Nayapul then trek to Ghandruk (1970m)
Day 4 Trek to Tadapani (2610m)
Day 5 Trek to Bayli Kharka (3420m)
Day 6 Trek to Upper Chistibung (2975m)
Day 7 Trek to Khopra Ridge (3660m)
Day 8 Exploring day
Day 9 Trek to Swanta (2200m)
Day 10 Trek to Ghorepani (2800m)
Day 11 Trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m)
Day 12 Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
Day 13 Rest day in Pokhara (823m)
Day 14 Drive to Kathmandu (1330m)
Day 15 Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 16 Final Departure
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Beyond Borders representative will receive you at the airport. You will be taken to the hotel for check in and get the rest of the day free to rest after your flight. In the evening we have a welcome dinner where your guide will give a more detailed briefing of your upcoming weeks.
Day 2 Day in Kathmandu
In the morning we take a walk through the local market, through the winding, narrow alleys all the way to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is one of the most impressive world heritage sites in the valley with its old pagoda temples and palace. Afternoon is free for preparation for the trek.
Day 3 Fly to Pokhara and drive to Nayapul then trek to Ghandruk (2012m)
Fly to Pokhara in the morning with scenic mountain views of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna massif. From Pokhara airport we drive to the starting point of the trek, namely Nayapul. We pass through the little town crossing the suspension bridge and continue on a dirt road before reaching Birethanti. After having our permits and TIMS checked at the Annapurna Conservation Check Post we continue to hike following the Modi Khola passing through the settlements of Chettris and Brahmins. After the Shyauli Bazaar, the trail climbs more steeply up stone steps through settlements of Klieu, Kimche and Chane. The trail traverses and then climbs up the village to Ghandruk will eventually makes you realize that you are feeling tired. It is one of the biggest Gurung villages in Nepal. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 4 Trek to Tadapani (2610m), 3-4 hours
In the morning you will have spectacular views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Mt. Fishtail as we continue the walk ahead to Tadapani. The trail leads up to Bhaisekharka the dense oak and rhododendron forest crossing the small stream. The forest is alive with the sound of birds and small tumbling waterfalls. A pleasant walk through the forest with scenic views of snow-capped mountains will lead us to Tadapani which is known to be a perfect setting for sunset and sunrise views. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 5 Trek to Bayli Kharka (3420m), 5-6hours
We continue our trek to Bayli Kharka through thick pine and rhododendron forest on a newly open path leading to local water buffalo pastures. The trail is gradual and soon we emerge above the tree line to once again get superb mountain views. In Bayli Kharka Mt. Dhaulagiri, 7th highest mountain in the world, is just in front of us.
Day 6 Trek to Upper Chistibung (2975m), 4-5hours
Today we descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung. The trail continues through forest, ascending gradually and passing through several buffalo grazing pastures before reaching Upper Chistibung, a temporary herders settlement. We have good chances to see the himalayan pheasant and himalayan thar (Hemitragus jemlahicus) on the grassy ridge above the trail. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 7 Trek to Khopra Ridge (3660m), 3-4 hours
To reach the ridge of Khorpa we embark on a steady climb above the tree line through alpine meadows and pastures. This area is noted for its wildlife. As we approach Khopra we go for a short walk down to a viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki river far below in the deep valley and we can see the majestic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. Kali Ghandaki is the deepest gorge in the world. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 8 Exploring day
Today is long exploring day to Khayar lake (4600m) from where we attain excellent views of mountains, green valleys and river gorges. Round trip takes a minimum of 10 to 11 hours. The lake is a famous Hindu pilgrimage destination on the festival of Janai Purnima as it is believed that bathing in the lake will help out of the cycle of birth and rebirth. Along the side of lake there are a number of Hindu and Buddhist shrines. The nature views are mesmerizing.if you do not want to walk all the way to the lake a half day excursion from Khopra can also be arranged.
Day 9 Trek to Swanta (2200m), 5 hours
From Khopra Ridge we descend the hillside and continue down on a steep trail. We retrace the route back to Chistibung then head to the village of Swanta. Along the way we enjoy the scenic views of mountains, fields terrace and traditional house in the nearby village. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 10 Trek to Ghorepani (2800m), 6 hours
Today we descend through the fields to reach a small river which we cross by a suspension bridge and head upwards to the village of Chittre and ascend to another beautiful village; Ghorepani. This village is mainly inhabited by Magar ethnic group and is one of the most famous trekking villages in the Annapurna region. Stay overnight in tea house.
Day 11 Trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m), 6 hours
Early morning we hike an hour up to Poonhill (3210 m.) to see the spectacular sunrise over the mountain panorama view with Annapurna South and Nilgiri in the north side, Fishtail in the north east side and Dhaulagiri range in the west.
Then, we will hike back to Ghorepani for breakfast before heading to Tikhedhunga. The trail descends through beautiful rhododendron, pine and oak forest up to Banthanti. Then we enter Ulleri village from where we begin a very steep descent on a stone staircase to the Bhurungdi Khola where we cross two suspension bridges to reach the village of Tikhedhunga. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 12 Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (823m)
On the way to Birethanti is the typical hill landscape of Western Nepal. The trail is easy and our way is downhill on a dirt road leading us to Nayapul. This is the pick-up point to Pokhara. After saying farewell to porters and trekking staff we travel back to Pokhara, the beautiful lake city. We check in at a hotel and rest.
Day 12 Rest day in Pokhara
Today there is no program but if you want help with getting somewhere your guide will help and advice you on how to go. We stay in the centre of Lakeside which is filled with shops, restaurants and cafées.
Day 13 Drive to Kathmandu (1330m)
After breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara, around 7 hours. We drive along nearby the Trishuli river side and you can see the beautiful Langtang himal, Manaslu and Ganesh himal on the way.
Day 14 Sightseeing in Kathmandu
After breakfast we visit the Bhaktapur royal square with our tour guide. It is a world heritage site with wonderful temples, palace and local life in a calm pace, compared to the busy capital. On the way back we stop in Boudha stupa, Nepals greatest Buddhist stupa, for a visit.
Day 15 Final Departure
Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today. A Beyond Borders representative will bring you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way to home you have plenty of time to plan your next adventure Nepal.
-Annapurna conservation area permits
-TIMS (Trekker´s Information Management System)
-Trekking map of Annapurna region
-Join Nepali Cultural program with dinner
-Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on BB plan
-All government tax and office service charge
-An experienced licenceholding guide
-Full board plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, tea or coffee) during trek
-Medical kits box
-Food, salary, transport, insurance and accommodation for guide and porters
-All ground transportation
What’s not incuded
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
-Water bottle, cold drinks and alcoholic drinks
-Travel and rescue insurance
-Personal expenses such as bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower and phone call
-Personal equipment and clothing
-Tips for guides and porters
-Nepal visa arrangement