Annapurna Khopra Ridge Trek

Nepal 15 Days 14 Nights

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Overview

The Kopra Ridge Trek is not only one of the most alluring treks in the Annapurna region but also one of the best choices for someone wishing to try a short trekking route.  The trail is attractively located off of the beaten track, so whilst the Annapurna region itself is inundated with trekkers year-round, a very limited number actually venture to the Kopra Ridge. So it is the perfect choice for anyone wanting a private journey through the still untouched Himalayas.

Whilst it may be a less well-known trek, it still offers all of the delights one could wish for from an Everest trekking experience, including local wildlife, panoramic mountain scenery, beautifully dense forest, insight into Nepali culture and spirituality, and much more.

For the first two days of your trek, you will follow the popular Annapurna trail. However, from the third day, you will be taken off of the central route and diverted through dense forest and remote villages until you find yourself in the hidden spots located towards the Kopra Ridge (3,660m).

Khopra Danda Trek

This trekking trail is also called the Khayar Tal trek route. Khayar Tal, a small glacier lake in the South of the stunning Annapurna region is the major highlight of this trek. This pristine lake lies just before the Himalayas and remains frozen for more than half of the year. It is about 5kms away from the Kopra Danda, usually visited in the rest day. There aren’t any hotels or restaurants around Khayar Tal trek. The moutains visible from the Kopre Danda are:

Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m),
Nilgiri (7061m),
Bharha Shikhar (7647m),
Annapurna I (8,091m),
Annapurna South (7219m),
Hiunchuli (6434m),
Fishtail (6997m),
Annapurna II (7937m),
Annapurna IV (7525m), and
Lamjung Himal (6983m).

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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 
On arrival, you will land at Kathmandu airport, where our friendly team will greet you and take you to your hotel. Depending on what time you arrive, you are free to take a rest, or if you are itching to start exploring, you can spend the rest of the day soaking up the atmosphere of the Capital. You will then have dinner and an overnight stay in a highly recommended hotel in the city center. Dinner and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation 

Pokhara

After a welcoming breakfast, today you will have the opportunity to see some of Kathmandu’s most famous UNESCO-listed world heritage sights, including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath. Once you return you will meet your guide and begin preparation for your trek.Breakfast and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day3: Kathmandu drive tourist bus/flight to Pokhara

Today you can choose between taking a quick 30-minute flight to Pokhara, or a 6-7 hour tourist bus. The bus may seem like a long alternative, but driving through the hills and local villages is a truly exciting way to begin your adventure in Nepal and see what the country has to offer. Whichever route you choose, you will arrive in Pokhara, famous for its beautiful lake and the wonderful bars and restaurants that surround it. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara

Day 4: Pokhara drive to Nayapul then trek to Ghandruk

Today we say goodbye to beautiful Pokhara, drive towards Nayapul, and to get a real insight into Nepali rural life. Then, after an energy-boosting lunch, we are finally ready to begin trekking! A short hike for our first day to Ghandruk, one of the most famous Gurung Villages in Nepal. A great spot to spend the night and observe such mountains as the  Annapurna South (7,219 meters), Hiunchuli (6,441 meters), and Machhapuchhre (6,993 meters).
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a teahouse

Day 5: Ghandruk trek to Tadapani

We can start the day by exploring the traditions of the Gurung community before heading towards Tadapani. This three-hour trek will take you through forests of oak and rhododendron, passing waterfalls and a buffalo pasture en route. On arrival, you will have the opportunity for a panoramic sunset view of Annapurna II, III, and IV amongst others.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a teahouse

Day 6: Tadapani trek to Bayeli Kharka

Today, you will leave the main trekking trail and begin to explore off the beaten track. More rhododendron forests pepper our journey, along with oak forests. Before reaching our final destination, the trail ascends through the tree line, before continuing along a ridge to Deurali, which will lead us to Bayeli Kharka. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a teahouse

Day 7: Bayeli Kharka trek to Upper Chistibung

Today is an early start as we continue on our way to Upper chistibung along the grassy slope ground. We will then pass through pasture lands and grassy ridges hosting Danphe Pheasant. Our trail takes us through numerous villages and right into the heart of rustic Nepal as we arrive in Upper Chistiung to rest for the night.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a teahouse

Khayer Lake

Day 8: Upper Chistibung trek to Kopra Ridge
Day 8 is an uphill trek that explores the fauna or the area – passing through the habitats of wild goats (Himalayan Tahr), and the National Bird of Nepal (Dafne) on the way to the Kopra community. The highlight of today, however, is the visit to the emerald Khayer Lake – a tranquil beauty surrounded by mountain peaks. It’s as beautiful as Shey-Phoksundo in Upper Dolpo. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a teahouse

Day 9: Kopra Ridge trek to Swanta Village
Today we start with a downward trail as we return to Upper Chistibung, trailing through terraced farmland and small traditional villages on our way to Swanta Village – complete with traditional houses and the warm hospitality of the Magar people, it’s the perfect resting spot. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a teahouse

Day 10: Swanta Village trek to Ghorepani
Be prepared for a climb today as we begin along the popular trekking route ‘Three Thousand Steps’. This really is a challenge, but once we have battled the stairs, the walk levels out and we can venture through more villages and Rhododendrons before reaching Ghorepani. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a teahouse

Day 11: Visit Poon Hill (3210m) then trek Tikhedhunga (1577m)

Trek in Nepal

Today may be an early start – but it’s completely worth it as we catch the sunrise over the Annapurna from Poon Hill. This beautiful start to the day is followed by breakfast before our trek begins. Today’s trek is gentle and downhill – which is a treat after the climb the day before – to reach Tikhedhunga. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a teahouse

Day 12: Tikhedhunga trek to Nayapul drive to Pokahara (850m)
Today is the final day of the trek portion of our journey. It is a mostly level trail – with some ups and downs. Enjoy this time to take in the last of the mountains that have kept you company throughout your trip. On arrival at Nayapul, we will drive to Pokhara, where you can spend the evening enjoying your accomplishments and relaxing in beautiful surroundings. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel

Day 13: Pokhara drive tourist bus/flight to Kathmandu
It’s time to wave goodbye to the beautiful city of Pokhara and either fly or drive back to Kathmandu. Whether you choose the speedy or scenic route, you are free to spend the rest of your day enjoying the excitement of the Capital – either taking a rest or exploring the city’s nightlife. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel

Day 14: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Bhaktapur
For the final day of your trip, you can explore some of the world’s most infamous heritage sights. Boudhanath, a huge white dome of a temple, has worshippers circling its prayer wheels day and night. Pashupatinath is the Hindu cremation ground with rituals being performed throughout the day. And then we will see Bhaktapur, one of the most ancient districts of the center that will show you how city life used to be. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel.

Day 15: Final Departure
It’s time to fly home! Say goodbye to Nepal and your fellow trekkers! A member of our friendly team will take you to the airport. Breakfast.

Additional Info

Khopra Trek Nepal difficulty 

This 15 days trek is a quiet relaxing walk in the mountains. Despite being long, it is quite an easy trek in Annapurna. Mostly, we walk for 4 to 7 hours each day, having a lot of time for rest and acclimatization. 

Khopra Trek distance

The round Khopra Trek distance is about 120kms. Although Khopra Ridge is only 39.8kms away from Pokhara, our trip covers many other highlights, making it longer. If you only travel to Khopra Ridge and avoid other destination as Poonhill, the trek starting from Ghandruk is about 60kms. We walk for 10 to 15kms each day which takes about 6 hours. Somedays might be longer, but this is an average time.

Khopra Trek altitude

Khopra danda is at 3640m above sea level and we take many days to get there. So, it’s almost impossible to get altitude sickness before Khopra Danda ( unless you are extremely dehydrated). However, our major destination i.e. khayer Lake lies at 4,660m which is the highest point of the trek. So, the only chance for you to be caught with altitude sickness is between Khopra Danda and Kayer Lake. 

Best time to Trek Khopra Danda

Khopra Ridge
Khopra Ridge

Kopra Danda Trek is among the major high-altitude Treks in the Annapurna region. This means the weather at Khopra Danda has a great impact on the comfort one experiences during the trek. The Khopra Danda Trek permit is issued by the government throughout the year and there is no restriction for traveling in any season. However, for trekkers wishing for a comfortable Trek in the Khopra region, it’s suggested that you hike in peak season only.

Peak season: Autumn (September, October, and November) And Spring ( March, April, and May) is the best time for Khopra Danda Trek. Autumn with stable weather makes the best views while spring is known for the colorful blooms of wildflowers. In Pokhara and the lower region, spring might have some rainy days, but the overall weather is good for the trek. Spring also makes the surroundings magical with the blooms of wildflowers all around. And since other hikes like Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek is extremely crowded, Kopra Ridge is a perfect escape from the crowd. Poonhill Ghandruk is very magical during spring. 

Off season: Summer ( June, July, and August) with regular rainfall is definitely not a good season. Since Pokhara receives the highest amount of rainfall in the entire Nation, this is not the ideal season for Kopra Ridge Trek. Similarly, the winter trek with regular snowfall is hard to walk. All area above Upper Chistibung is covered in snow. However, the lake looks magical when surrounded by snow and the views are great. We definitely suggest a winter trek in Khopra Ridge when all other Annapurna high passes are closed for the trekkers. However, having proper guidance from MyEverestTrip is important. 

Kopra Ridge Trek cost

The newly made Kopra Ridge Trek trail is still in the promotion phase, with minimum competition. Thus, the cost is low i.e. Khopra Ridge Trek cost is $850 for 15 days and 14 nights trek. In addition, you will spend about $300 on gear, snacks, tips, and donations. All other costs including two-way transportation to and from Pokhara are included. There’s no other hidden cost that you need to issue. 

The price mentioned above is the cost of the Khopra Trek package by MyEverestTrip. You might find other cheaper Packages but they don’t include all expenses cover on a trip. Independent and Solo traveling is also allowed in Kopra Ridge. Independent Travellers pay about $25 for food per day, $5 for accommodation, $40 per guide, and Porter per day. The one-time cost includes transportation of about $100 and permits of about $50. In end, Solo travelers end up paying more than $850. 

Kopra Ridge Trek cost 

The newly made Kopra Ridge Trek trail is still in the promotion phase, with minimum competition. Thus, the price is low i.e. khopra Ridge Trek cost is $850 for 15 days and 14 nights trek. In addition, you will spend about $300 on gear, snacks, tips, and donations. All other costs including two-way transportation to and from Pokhara are included. There’s no other hidden cost that you need to issue. It’s way lower than Everest Base Camp Trek and other treks like Manaslu Trek.

The price mentioned above is the cost of the Khopra Trek package by MyEverestTrip. You might find other cheaper Packages but they don’t include all expenses covered for a trip. Independent and Solo traveling is also allowed in Kopra Ridge. Independent Travellers pay about $25 for food per day, $5 for accommodation, and $40 per guide and Porter per day. The one-time cost includes transportation of about $100 and permits of about $50. In end, Solo travelers end up paying more than $850. 

Poonhill and Khopra Danda trek itinerary 

Our khopra Danda trek Itinerary moves from Ghandruk to Tadapani and divert to Bayeli kharka. Ghandruk is a popular home stay destination in Nepal with Gurung settlement. This is the first highlight of our trip.

From Bayeli Kharka, we move towards Khopra Danda and then reach Ghorepani via Swanta Village. From Ghorepani, we walk to Poonhill which is a very famous viewpoint for the awesome panorama of the mountain peaks. We visit Poonhill on the 11th day of our trek. 

Why US

MyEverestTrip is a Nepalese Travel and Trekking Agency based in Kathmandu. We have been operating in different trekking regions for more than a decade, traveling with hundreds of trekkers and travelers all around the world.

With the pure intention to bring trekkers to Nepal’s safety and comfort, we have an entire team of travel planer, guides, and porters. We also have connections to hotels and restaurant lines all over Nepal for ensuring that our trekkers get the best possible facilities.   

So, here is the reason why you should travel with MyEverestTrip.  

Customize your itinerary:

We have designed a well-planned Itinerary for all travel destinations around Nepal. However, this Itinerary is customizable as per the need and requests of our trekkers. Just let us know when and how long you are staying so that we can arrange the rest. 

Our Expert guide: 

Although all travel agency claims to have a good guide, many of them are not informed about the place you are traveling to. However, MyEverestTrip has its own licensed guide in Nepal. They have been working in this field for over three decades, collecting all the information about the place/ culture, and learning to keep the travelers safe. Also, our guide is good at the English language. Upon special request, we can even hire a guide who can speak Chinese and other European languages for trekking in Nepal.

Fair and reasonable Cost:

MyEverestTrip has been known for its very economic trek packages in Nepal. You can compare the price we offer with any other travel agency in Nepal and only book with us if you are satisfied with our cost. We try to include all needed expenses during the tour so that you will not be overwhelmed with hidden expenses after the packages are booked. 

Your safety is our priority:

Obviously, the safety of our trekkers and our team is the utmost priority of MyEverestTrip. Our guide and porters who shall accompany you for the trip will have insurance of their own. We also encourage Travel insurance for our trekkers. Our treks and trip have been so designed that you only walk an appropriate distance. In any case of emergency, you will always have our back.

Responsible and Eco-Friendly 

MyEverestTrip operates with the belief in responsible tourism. This includes 

  • We are transparent about the services covered on the trip. There shall be no hidden cost (informed in advance if there’s any)
  • We cover all the places that have been promised before the trek (the trend of skipping places once you book the package has to be discouraged). 
  • All our guides and porter are above 18yrs. We highly discourage child labor in the tourism industry
  • We do not leave any wastage behind on the trekking routes. We either dispose of the waste appropriately or carry them back with us and send it to the municipality
  • We do not engage in any activities that affect the people in the trek places of Nepal we stay.  

FAQ

Where is Khopra Danda?

Khopra Danda Khayer Lake Trek is located to the northeast of Pokhara. It is about 39.9kms away from Pokhara. The village borders Myagdi District and Kaski District. The Khopra Ridge itself is relatively close to the village of Ghorepani in Dhaulagiri. The Kopra Ridge is only accessible via trek from Tadapani. 

Khopra Danda lies at the altitude of 3640m above sea level while Khayer Lake, a popular destination nearby lies 4660m at the sea level. 

How long is Khopra Danda Trek Nepal?

MyEverestTrip Khopra Danda Trek Itinerary is 16 days and 14 nights long. The trip has become longer as it includes Ghandruk and Poonhill Trek for 4 to 5 days. If you wanna skip these popular destinations and directly reach Khopra Danda from Pokhara, you can reach there in 3 days from Pokhara and it takes 2 days to be back. Thus, Kopra Ridge Trek from Pokhara is one day the walk. However, we suggest you take this relaxing and rejuvenating walk slowly, covering all important trekking destinations. After all, this is a once-in-a-lifetime journey and there’s no need to rush.

Is solo Khopra Ridge Trek possible?

Yes, Solo Trek to Khopra is possible both legally and practically. There are few restricted regions in Annapurna like Upper Mustang where trekkers can travel Solo. However, Khopra Danda is not one of those restricted regions and thus you can issue the permit alone.

Practically, it’s quite risky to travel alone in the unknown path of the forest. But as long as you book MyEverestTrip, you will be accompanied by a guide to Khopra Ridge. A guide will keep you safe and comfortable without disturbing the true essence of Solo trekking. Thus, you can fully enjoy the perks of a Solo trek without being disturbed. 

Why is Khopra Danda Famous?

Khopra Danda is recently getting the attention of trekkers around the world. With the increasing crowd in other popular treks of the Annapurna region, the true essence of solitude cannot be felt. However, this Khopra Ridge Trek is completely untouched by modernization and the crowd. 

However, the major highlight of Khopra Ridge Trek is the emerald Khayer Lake – a tranquil beauty surrounded by mountain peaks. It looks absolutely stunning in winter, surrounded by snow. This tranquil glacier lake looks like Shey Phoksundo and Rara but can be reached in a much shorter time. Also, the proximity to popular destinations such as Poonhill and Ghandruk makes it a great destination.  

Furthermore, the typical Gurung and Tamang villages along the route also attract a lot of trekkers. These villages are the reflection of true Nepalese culture and tradition. 

Equipment Checklist

  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Head lamp (eg Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Small padlock to lock trek bag
  • Underwear (4)
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see First Aid Medicine below)
  • Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
  • Plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Shorts (2)
  • Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
  • Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants
  • Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Toiletries
  • Warm fleece hat or light balaclava
  • Small wash towel
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Footwear appropriate to the trip
  • Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4)
  • Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)

Map

Khopra ridge trekking map

What's included

  • Airport/hotel pick up and drop off by private car
  • At least two nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu bed and Breakfast plan
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) in the whole trekking
  • Transport From Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu By Tourist Coach.
  • Trekking map
  • An experienced Government license holder guide
  • Trekking porter/Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking
  • Insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, local tax for guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
  • Travel and rescue arrangement
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • All government taxes and tourist service charge

What's not included

  • Meals in Kathmandu before and after trekking,
  • Your travel insurance ( Rescue )
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
  • Drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc
  • Personal trekking equipment

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    Package Summary

    Package Includes:

    Highlights of Khopra Ridge Trek

    • Walk through Khayar Lake.
    • Sacrosanct pioneer spot for Hindu individuals.
    • Catch the dazzling perspectives on Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna I.
    • In Springtime you will stroll through the rhododendron blooms Forest.
    • Coming to Khopra Ridge (3660 meters) which goes through elevated glades and green fields.
    Package Price USD $850

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