Annapurna Khopra Trek - 13 Days

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‘Annapurna Khopra Trek is an on the off beaten trail into hidden areas of massive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya’

Khopra Trek

Annapurna Khopra Trek is a very special adventure of week duration within massive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of mountains into hidden pockets of Nepal Mid-West Himalaya.

Where you will be fascinated with the awesome scenery of white snow-capped peaks, rolling green hills covered with beautiful rhododendron and magnolia trees within nice villages of Gurung and Poon-Magar tribes a Hill people of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya.

Khopra Trek Highlights

  • One of the few treks that leads you in the hidden pockets of Annapurna Himalaya.
  • stunning close views of massive Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range of mountains.
  • Enjoyable walks on high Kopra ridges in the shade of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks.
  • Walk from low warm paddy fields to cooler alpine hills in the backdrop of mighty Himalaya.
  • Cultural and scenic walks around native Gurung and Poon-Magar farm villages of great culture.
  • Explore lovely rhododendron forest from tall trees to bushes a natural garden in springtime within being.
  • Exceptional panorama of Himalayan range with striking sunrise views from scenic Poon Hill.

 Khopra Trek Itinerary

Day 01: On arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,340 m meet our staff and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: At Kathmandu with options for the tour with time for trek preparations.
Day 03: Drive to Fly to Pokhara 860 m – 06 hrs ride and 30 mins via air.
Day 04: Drive to Bhirethati or Nayapul and start the walk to Tirkhedhunga 1,440 m – 05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,856 m via Ulleri village of 06 hrs walks maximum.
Day 06: Visit Poon Hill 3,210 m  and walk to Sauta village 2,235 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Khopra Ridge 3,855 m via Chistibung 3,140 – 06 Hrs
Day 08: Rest day at Khopra for an optional hike to holy Khair Lake – 06 hrs both ways.
Day 09: Trek to Do-Bato 3,419 m – 05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Ghandruk 1,930 m via Tadapani 2,635 m – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Bhirethati 1,100 m or Nayapul and drive to Pokhara- 05 hrs.
Day 12: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel- 06 hrs.
Day 13: International departure for homeward bound.

Annapurna Khopra Trek is a very special adventure of week duration within massive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of mountains into hidden pockets of Nepal Mid-West Himalaya.

Where you will be fascinated with the awesome scenery of white snow-capped peaks, rolling green hills covered with beautiful rhododendron and magnolia trees within nice villages of Gurung and Poon-Magar tribes a Hill people of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya.

This will be true most outstanding walks quite different to other mainstream trekking trails of Annapurna, where you will be in remote and far-flung corners of Annapurna Himalaya away from main villages and human settlement for some days, but yet can find the comfort of the nice and simple lodge to accommodate for overnight stops.

Annapurna Khopra Trek one of the least ventured region of Annapurna areas where you will be in the complete wilderness of mountains and scenic views within enchanting woodland and nice pasture land.

Annapurna Khopra Trek begins from the scenic and pretty Pokhara city and its beautiful valley towards high hills on leaving low sub-tropical warmer areas for cooler zone into alpine woodland to reach Ghorepani, a wonderful place with many good lodges facing incredible views of the Dhaulagiri range.

From Ghorepani after a great hike to Poon for stunning sunrise views over a chain of Himalayan peaks then heading into pristine tranquillity away from the main trekking path to reach Khopra ridge with a marvellous panorama of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range of mountains, with time here for a side hike to holy Khair Lake.

Enjoying great moment on the scenic ridge of Kopra return walk leads into serene woodland then back at main trekking route past the nice large village of Ghandruk with main Gurung people then heading towards road-head for the drive back to Pokhara.

At Pokhara where our magnificent adventure starts and ends after a most mesmerizing journey on Annapurna Khopra Trek with amazing times in total wilderness of Nepal Mid-West Himalaya.

Day 1
On arrival at the Kathmandu airport 1,340 m meet our staff and transfer to hotel.

Landing at Kathmandu and Nepal international airport, where our guide or staff receives you for short drive to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu. After checking into your nice rooms with rest after a jet-lag, and then rendezvous with another group member of Annapurna Khopra Ridge Trekking, where our guide/leader will brief you with information regarding the treks, about hotels and lodge with Nepalese culture, do’s and don’ts. Evening enjoys grand welcome dinner in typical Nepalese restaurants with various native cultures as entertainment.

Day 2
At Kathmandu with options for tour with time for trek preparations.

At Kathmandu as a free day where one can join in our interesting sightseeing tour as options, as the capital Kathmandu of Nepal steeped with historical and religious monuments of world

heritage sites. Afternoon at leisure and preparation for Annapurna Khopra Ridge trekking, starting next early morning with overland or flight to beautiful Pokhara.

Day 3
Drive to Fly to Pokhara 860 m - 06 hrs ride and 30 mins via air.

As per group size taking a coach or in tourist standard bus for the interesting overland journey to reach Nepal Mid-West at Pokhara, where drive leads to much warmer farm areas past many town and villages with views of snow-capped peaks, and then reaching finally at scenic Pokhara by its calm Phewa Lake.

(Flying options of 30 mins panoramic flight to land at Pokhara from Kathmandu).

Day 4
Drive to Bhirethati or Nayapul and start walk to Tirkhedhunga 1,440 m - 05 hrs.

Day 04: Drive to Bhirethati or Nayapul and start the walk to Tirkhedhunga 1,440 m – 05 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight stop at Pokhara facing views of Annapurna Himalaya range of

mountains with Machhapuchare peaks ‘ Fish Tail’ having hearty breakfast in the hotel then

drive beyond Pokhara to commence our first day walks. Journey with grand views of Annapurna heading past farm villages and towns and then by reaching at the bank of Modi River to reach at Bhirethati, one of the most charming villages around Annapurna area. From here walk starts on the old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade route heading past traditional farm villages and then with a slow climb to reach Tirkhedhunga for overnight stops, where you can enjoy beautiful waterfalls close to the lodge.

Day 5
Trek to Ghorepani 2,856 m via Ulleri village of 06 hrs walks maximum.

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,856 m via Ulleri village of 06 hrs walks maximum. Starting our morning walk with a steep climb on stone paved steps to reach the large Ulleri village with views of Annapurna peaks, an interesting farm village of mixed tribes with Gurung and

Magar, from here on slow winding gradual walks into cool serene woodland to reach our destination at Ghorepani, a scenic village with blue painted houses serving as a lodge and guest house, situated within green rhododendron forest and on Old Trans Himalayan Salt

Trade Route.

Day 6
Morning hike to Poon Hill 3,210 m for sunrise over mountain and walk to Sauta village 2,235 m - 05 hrs.

Morning to reach one of the highlights of the adventure, leaving the lodge early morning at the crack of dawn with an hour climb to reach at Poon Hill located above 3,210 m high for glorious sunrise views over chain of Himalayan mountains covering Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu range with majestic Machhapuchare Himal, where you see the ridge of Khopra towards north as well.

After a stunning panorama of mountains and catching sunrise views, descend back to lodge at Ghorepani for breakfast, and then continue walking on the downhill into the cool shade of rhododendron woodland facing marvelous mountain views to reach at Chitre a nice Poon-Magar village.

From here our route diverts towards Khopra ridge with grand views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Peaks, as walk leads to short descend over a stream and then climb up to farm terraces to reach At Sauta a moderate size farm village of Magar tribe.

Day 7
Trek to Kopra Ridge 3,855 m via Chistibung 3,140 - 06 hrs

After a lovely time at Sauta and away from the mass flow of trekkers, as this region seldom ventured by few outside visitors. Morning walk leads past Sauta village on the pleasant path into the rain and alpine forest, and then climb for few hours to reach a lonely place of Chistibung a small settlement of cattle herders. From here heading high where tree-lines drop for short alpine bushes and shrubs as walk leads to steep climb for few hours to reach our main destination at Khopra ridge, facing alluring close views of Dhaulagiri range with Vara-Shikar (Annapurna Fang) with Annapurna South at close distance.

Day 8
Rest day at Kopra for optional hike to holy Khair Lake - 06 hrs both ways.

A leisure morning if not joining for a long hike to holy Khair Lake, a glacial pond considered as sacred by local villagers, where once a year in the month of August great religious festival takes place during full moon time. Walk on a narrow ridge facing close views of Annapurna South and Vara Shikar peaks as our route Leads with few short ups and down (in snow condition it is tough to follow the tracks) to reach Khair lake, a glacial pond fed from the glaciers of Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar peaks. An amazing place worth tough long walks of 3-4 hrs, after spending some time with great views return to Kopra ridge for an overnight on completing a long and scenic day hike.

Day 9
Trek to Do-Bato 3,419 m - 05 hrs.

Return journey leads on an alternative route, but the first morning descend back to Chistibung, where our trail leads due east past many cattle herders shelters and grazing fields, the walk enters into beautiful and cool rhododendron and pine forest all the way to a nice clearing grassy field at Do-Bato for an overnight stop, with grand views of Annapurna and Machhapuchare Himal.

Day 10
Trek to Ghandruk 1,930 m via Tadapani 2,635 m - 06 hrs.

After being in complete wilderness morning walk leads to join main trekkers on the downhill

walk to reach at Tadapani a place with many good lodges and views of peaks, then into a lovely cool forest on the downhill walk to reach large Gurung village in Ghandruk. Ghandruk one of the largest village and a door to many treks and adventure around Annapurna region with time here visit its Gurung museum.

Day 11
Trek to Bhirethati 1,100 m or Nayapul and drive to Pokhara- 05 hrs.

Enjoying morning views, our last day walk of the adventure leads on a nice trail with downhill to reach the bottom of a hill by the Modi River where short walks lead at the road head at nice Bhirethati village for the drive back to scenic beautiful Pokhara by its calm Phewa Lake.

Day 12
Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.

Morning from Pokhara an exciting overland journey back to Kathmandu on route observe

Nepalese country life as drive leads past farm villages and towns and to reach Kathmandu

around afternoon time, the rest of the day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

Day 13
International departure for homeward bound.

After a wonderful time in Nepal with an amazing time in high mountains enjoying walks on

Annapurna Kopra Ridge Trek, with last day in the Himalayan country enjoying awesome

adventures where our staff and guide transfers you to the airport for your flight back home or

next port of call.

Service Included

  • Airport pick up and drop service in a private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner.
  • 3-Night accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 2-Night accommodation standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Accommodation during the trekking in a teahouse/Lodge
  • Full board meals during the trek (B, L, D and Tea or Coffee) fruits after dinner
  • Tourist Stander Bus drive to and Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu(option for 30m flight if require)
  • Gov.certified well trained English speaking trek guide
  • Cost of the guide and potter(sherpa) their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
  • One potter every two members of trekkers group
  • All government necessary document ACAP permit/TIMS card.
  • Purified drinking water while on a trek
  • Down jackets, the sleeping bag must be returned to the company after completion of your trek.
  • Company’s duffel bag and a company’s t-shirt as a souvenir, trekking route map
  • First Aid Kit box (carried by your trek guide)
  • The arrangement of helicopter rescue service (trekker’s travel insurance must cover this expense)
  • All applicable federal and route local taxes.
  • Adventure certificate (after completion of the trek)
  • Final departure to the airport.

Service Not Included

  • International Airfare/Nepal Visa
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara besides welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Personal expenses for your clothing and personal gears
  • Your personal expenses such as mineral water, soft and alcoholic beverages, laundry, hot drinking water on the trek
  • Bar bills, hot showers, internet, battery chargers Wi: Fi etc.
  • Your Personal travel insurance that would cover helicopter evacuation as well as medical expenses and trip cancellation
  • Tipping the trekking crew
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the "service Included" section.

Meals and Accommodations:

In major cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu, you will get multiple options to choose from, from cheap lodges to extravagant 5 stars hotels. Likewise, you will also get to choose from a wide range of cuisines while in the major cities. However, once you move away from the cities, the options for meals and accommodations in Nepal will become limited. During the treks, the best accommodations available are lodges and teahouses. They provide basic facilities for dining and lodging. These places mostly serve traditional Nepali food “Daal Bhat Tarkari” (rice, pulses, and vegetables). Similarly, there are several other food varieties like Momo, Thukpa, and Thakali food available across Nepal.

Banking, ATM’s, and Money in Nepal:

Nepalese Rupees is the official currency of Nepal. The banknotes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 whereas coins of 1 and 2 are available in Nepal.
While travelling to Nepal, banking and money exchange are not a huge deal in big cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu. When you head to rural areas, the availability of banks, ATMs, and money exchange booths becomes fairly scarce. So, it best to withdraw enough cash and exchange the currency at major cities.

You can also exchange foreign currencies into Nepali Rupees at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You need to be updated about the exchange rates which are available at the official website of Neal Rastra Bank at https://www.nrb.org.np/fxmexchangerate.php.

Sightseeing Tour:

We will brief you about your sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and trekking and we will be giving you information file, and importantly introduced with your tour/trekking guide.

Trekking Crews:

You will provide government registered, well-trained English Speaking guide, who has to acknowledge about responsible tourism flew of areas and eco-friendly tourism
We also provide an assistant guide (call is Sherpa) if you’re on the group 4-5 people, who are ready to help you with every your situation. Also provide one porter is every two members of the group, and he will be carrying bag pack not more than 25kg. We get our crews’ life get insured.

Documentation:

After your trip is over, we will provide you (HNA) adventure certificate =region.

Size of Group:

Trekking Group Size of minimum 2-10 people. In case you want to travel alone, please do not hesitate to write back to us. We will plan consequently. In the case in your group more than ten people, please let us know so that we can make advance require and improvise plans and itinerary.

Acclimatization:

Trekking on the Everest Region much difficult as it is even more technical. We give you special priority to its technical sides for as well. For this, we have planned an itinerary to allow you to get acclimatize naturally. We know a particular location where you need to stay for rest to acclimatize, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly pace study and so on. In case you get AMS, we have to crews who know how to deal with, it effectively and smartly.

Altitude Sickness:

While trekking in Nepal is extremely satisfying, altitude sickness might get a better hold of you at times. The air pressure and oxygen concentration decrease the higher you travel. As such, altitude sickness is an illness that a human body suffers from due to these reasons. The symptoms of the sickness include lack of appetite, nausea, weakness, lightheartedness, sleep disturbance, tiredness, and headache. These symptoms generally appear when moving upwards of the height 2,400 meters from the sea level.

You can adopt different measures to avoid altitude sickness like a walk with a slow and steady pace, avoid smoking, and stop at different stations to acclimatize. Before beginning your trek, make sure you have a first aid kit with ibuprofen or paracetamol and Diamox. If anyone falls victim to altitude sickness, it is necessary to inform the trip leader and descend to a lower altitude. In extreme cases, it might also be necessary to perform Heli rescue and emergency evacuations.

Travel Insurance:

Accidents can happen anywhere so, it is recommended for all the tourists to get travel insurance before visiting Nepal. Depending upon the insurance policy and the company, the insurance will look after tragic like theft, loss or accidental damage of gears and other belongings, baggage, and medical emergencies. Likewise, the insurance should also include helicopter evacuation and any kinds of mishaps that might occur during adventure sporting like bungee jumping, rafting, and zip-lining. No one is capable of foreseeing the accidents, but each individual can by themselves an insurance policy to lessen the effects of the accident.

Internet and Communication:

It is quite easy to access the Internet in Nepal. Using Wi-Fi is a widely used way to communicate and use the Internet. Wi-Fi is easily available in major cities and even in some remote destinations. When trekking to remote locations, Wi-Fi might not always be available; so, using cellular data is the best way to communicate over the Internet. You can buy a Sim-card in Nepal at a reasonable price which allows you to make an international call. Also, you can use mobile data while you are in the areas without Wi-Fi. Telephone, Fax, and newspapers are few other forms of communication in Nepal.

Pre-respond to Altitude Sickness?

Please consult your physician Please keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy
• Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other
• Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide

Popular Destinations to Visit:

There are numerous travel destinations in Nepal; each with a unique identity and story of its own. Kathmandu is one of such destinations, with dozens of sightseeing to do, eateries to try out, and handicrafts to shop. Next up is Pokhara which enchants its visitors with its serene lakes and the enthralling views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Fishtail ranges. Similarly, Lumbini, Chitwan, Bandipur, and Palpa are few other destinations which are ripe for tours and leisurely vacations. Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park are two of the most popular destinations for jungle safari and wildlife exploration.

As of adventure sports, Kathmandu and Pokhara offer plenty of choices including rafting, bungee jumping, zip-lining, and paragliding. Likewise, the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions stand out as the prominent destinations for treks, peak climbing trips, and expeditions.

Things to do in Nepal:

The nation is considered to be a paradise for trekkers and grants an exciting number of choices. On these treks, you will witness the grand views of the Himalayas and cultural prosperity of the ethnic communities along the trails. Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek are two of the most popular treks in Nepal.

For those who are not satisfied with just gazing up to the mountains, you can go for a mountaineering expedition and peak climbing. While expeditions take you to mountains above the height of 6,500 meters, the destinations of peak climbing trips are low-lying peaks which can be summited even by amateurs. Everest (8848m), Annapurna (8091m), and Ama Dablam (6856m) are popular expedition sites whereas Island Peak (6189m), Mera Peak (6476m), and Pisang Peak (6091m) are the notable peak climbing destinations.

Short tours and sightseeing in Nepal are also quite popular among travellers in Nepal. Likewise, adventure sports like rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding, canyoning, rock climbing, zip-lining, and mountain biking are also among the things that can be done in Nepal.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal:

The country lies on the temperate zone and has four distinct climates: spring, summer (with monsoon), autumn, and winter. Normally, the best time to trek in Nepal is during March-May (spring) when the skies are clear, trails are filled blooming flora, and the temperature is just the right.

Another appropriate season is mid-September to November (autumn), during which the temperature is moderate, skies are clear, and mountain views are stunning. The summer season (June – August) is occupied by heavy rainfall increasing the chances of landslides in the hills, while the winter season brings in harsh weather conditions and extreme cold. However, there are treks which can be done during winter and monsoon as well.

Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang regions lie in the rain-shadow area so, they are ideal trek destinations during monsoon. Likewise, easy and low-altitude treks like Ghorepani Poonhill and Tamang Heritage Trek are perfect during the winter season.

(Frequently Asked Questions or Queries):

On Annapurna Kopra Trek walks can I bring family with children?

Certainly, this will be an exciting holiday for your people as well for adults, where walk leads to
ups and down that is only the tough bit, otherwise, it’s a great interesting walk for all.
For minor infants please bring carriage with straps to carry the younger kids especially on ups
and down trails, where we can hire extra porters to carry the baby with the carriage.

When do I book for Annapurna Kopra Ridge Trek?

Depending upon your time and duration for the trek you can book this trip at least 2-3 weeks
ahead from our departure dates for the trek, with advance payment as per the norms and rules of the company. Make sure that you have checked your medical and physical fitness before signing the trip and as well purchasing medical and travel insurance which is very important for this kind of
adventurous treks in Nepal Himalaya.

How many people will be in the group?

From a minimum 3-4 person in the group with a maximum of 10-15 persons in the group, in some cases we do allow booking for a single person as well, running independently at extra cost than in groups.

What will be weather like on the trek?

As per the season wise, where the best time is from March to May when most of the day is clear with minimum temperatures of 0° to 20° Celsius depending upon the altitude and areas.
Where most of the morning till mid-days clears for views and walks, sometimes afternoon can
get overcast with chances of light rains and snow. March to May will be lively with wild-flowers
in full bloom especially various species of rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) from trees
too short bushes.

How are the lodge and Tea-House on Treks?

Tea-House the word used in early days when there were smaller numbers of lodges on route trekking, at present each village has more than 10 to 20 good lodges with pleasant rooms accommodations, serving excellent food menus as per the season wise.
Some village above 2,500 m do have a nice lodge, but due to freezing cold temperatures in the night and morning time where they have toilets on the outside, with some inside as common bathrooms and restrooms.
All rooms and dining with warm heating and cozy facilities to make your stay much pleasant and enjoyable. On Kopra walks after Ghorepani lodge are simple and basic for a few days, as this route is away from main trekking trails with less number of walkers using this scenic and peaceful route.

Are there electricity and network for cell-phones?

Most of the places do have electricity on route trekking run by hydro-power after main villages, where much of electric supply are private and individual of the lodge owners with sun/solar power to activate electric just for the lodge and as well for customers to charge their computers and cell-phones.
Some places do have networks for cell phones and as well for internets like Wi-Fi above Ghorepani and Chitre village, some areas due to high peaks and hills, the networks are disturbed in deep areas like around river gorge areas.
At present nearly all people in Nepal including remote villages do have an assist to cell-phones with fine network connection only in bad weather the line can be broken, otherwise it is fine in working order.

What happens if some is sick and have to break the trek?

In this situation where our guides are well equipped with knowledge for emergency and
medical purpose, depending upon the seriousness of the victims if it is much critical where
nearest medical attention needed, we call for immediate evacuation for Helicopter services to
reach the victims to nearest medical station and hospital.

What to expect on this journey?

Scenic views of world’s highest mountains with Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and Manaslu range include magnificent Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ peaks, where walk leads you around Buddhist country is interwoven with old traditional life and custom similar to Tibetans.
The walk leads to visit Gurung and Poon-Magar villages and encountering many farm fields and terraces of interesting traditional life of the local villagers.

Who are Gurung and Poon-Magar people?

Gurung and Magar’s tribes are high hills people of Nepal Far Mid-West Himalaya spread out throughout Nepal, where most concentrated within Annapurna and Dhaulagiri area of both Hindu and Buddhist religion and origin, these hill tribes are famous as legendary Gurkha soldiers in the foreign legion and army like British, India as well some as a police force in Singapore and security guards in many parts of the world overseas.
Besides men-folk as famous Gurkha soldiers, the hill people are mostly farmers and cattle herders as a traditional profession.

Is it really spectacular in flowering times of March to May?

Absolutely the best months of the year and seasons for botany students, flower and nature lovers, where hills and valley alive with wildflowers in full bloom with riots of different colors,
rhododendron from tall trees too short bushes will be in flowering times, rhododendron national flower of Nepal also.

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Trip Facts

  • Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
  • Moderate to Adventurous
  • 4,246m
  • 2+
  • Sep- Dec, Mar-May
  • 12 Night/13 Days
  • Tea House(On Hotel and lodges)

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