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  • 9 Days/8 Nights
  • Moderate
  • 15700 ft./4785 m
  • 12 Participants
  • April-May/October-November
  • Nepal

Khopra Ridge Trek Overview

Khopra Ridge trek captivates you with its raw beauty, unravelling its awe-inspiring mountain vistas and rich and diverse Nepali culture. 

Nepal is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking treks, offering magnificent mountain views beyond just the world’s highest peak. While the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp treks are well-known trails, this Himalayan country also houses less explored and offbeat trails. One such offbeat trail is the Khopra Ridge Trek, explored by a handful of trekkers. Khopra Ridge or Khopra Danda, a newly explored trail, provides intimate encounters with some of the tallest peaks. 

Intimate encounters with 22 big mountains 

Although less popular compared to its contemporaries, the classic trekking experience is abundant on this route, with gigantic mountains, cosy tea houses, alpine forests, bustling villages, and panoramic mountain vistas. The best part is that Khopra Ridge Trek remains untouched by the maddening crowd. The trail offers you seclusion to be enchanted by the grandeur of the Greater Himalayas. You come face to face with not just one but 22 big mountains. You witness two of the world’s fourteen highest peaks on this Nepal trek.

The towering peaks of Mount Dhaulagiri I and Mount Annapurna I appear gigantic right before you. Machapuchre, Hiuchuli, Nilgiri North, Annapurna Dakshin, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV appear enormous. Trekkers witness a myriad of these mighty mountains glowing magnificently. 

Thrill of Khayer Lake at 15,700 ft.

When we say Khopra Ridge is an amalgamation of distinct experiences, we mean mountains, alpine Lakes, and ridge walks with astounding landscapes throughout the trail. When you walk along the Khopra Ridge for two days, you discover the true pleasure of ridge walk. Crisp and clear mountain views on both sides of the ridge seem dreamy. Imagine walking along the ridge with such grandeur views for two whole days. 

You will be in for a surprise when you climb to the alpine lake of  Khayer. Khayer Lake is at an altitude of 15,700 ft. Experiencing the alpine lake at this height adds a thrilling element to your adventurous journey. 

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Inclusions

  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, lunch and Dinners (Day 1 Dinner to Day 8 Breakfast)
  • Accommodation 
    • Tea House
  • Highly Experienced Leaders and Guides 
    • Trained and Qualified Guides
    • Certified Outdoor Leaders
  • Permits
    • National Parks and Sanctuaries
    • Forest Permits and Entry fees 
  • Camping Equipment
    • Kitchen Tent
    •  Toilet Tent
    • Dome Tents 
    • Sleeping Bags
    • Mattresses
  • Technical Equipment
    • Wilderness Medical Kit
    • Climbing Rope 
    • Climbing Accessories
    • Ice Axe
    • Microspikes
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • BP Meter
    •  Oximeter, Thermometer etc.

Exclusions 

  • Domestic/International Airfare charges to and from Pokhara.
  • Trek Insurance for Helicopter rescue. The OWLS team will help you to get the best trek insurance available in the market.
  • Transit meals (Day 1 and Day 9), Day 9 accommodation at Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses 
  • Offloading charges 
  • Cost incurred due to change in the itinerary 
  • Additional services  (including mules, assistance, health-related support etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions list. 

Khopra Ridge Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Meet-up in Pokhara (2,696 ft.)

Reach Pokhara on Day 1 before 4.00 PM. You will meet the OWLS team in Pokhara on Day 1 of your trek. Your stay in Pokhara will be booked by OWLS. The exact address and contact details will be shared a week before your scheduled departure by the OWLS team.

Day 2 : Drive from Pokhara (2,696 ft.) to Syauli Bazar (3,839 ft.), and trek to Ghandruk (6,500 ft.)

On Day 2, the team will leave for Syauli Bazar at 7 AM in the morning. Syauli is around 3-4 hours away from Pokhara.

Once you reach Syauli Bazar, you will start climbing for Ghandruk. The distance of 12 kms is covered in 5-6 hours. The climb is moderate from Syauli, and in some places there are gradual ascents on the trail. The climb is comfortable on this day.

Day 3 : Ghandruk (6,500 ft.) to Tadapani (8,900 ft.)

The distance of around 7 kms is covered in 5-6 hours depending on the pace of the team. The trail comprises some gradual ascents and a level walk through the forest area.

Day 4 : Tadapani (8,900 ft.) to Dobato (11,500 ft.)

Tadapani to Dobato is the shortest walk of this trek. You will walk through the forest full of Rhododendrons and bamboo, and cover the distance of 6 kms in 5- 6 hours. The trail is a mix of gradual ascent, easy descent, and level walks. Mt. Annapurna stands right in front of you today offering you its magnificent views.

Day 5 : Dobato (11,500 ft.) to Khopra Ridge (12,000 ft.)

The day is long as you will cover around 11 kms to reach Khopra Ridge. You will be walking for 7-8 hrs to reach the tea house. The trail today has some difficult phases, a combination of steep ascent, and descent through a forest area. You walk along the ridge, and come face to face with Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri South and North, Mt. Annapurna Fang, and Mt. Tukuche. You will be staying in a tea house that offers you majestic views of these big mountains.

Day 6 : Khopra Ridge (12,000 ft.) to Khayar Lake (15,700 ft.) and Back

You trek to the alpine Lake of Khayar on Day 6, located at an altitude of 15,700 ft. The experience of witnessing the alpine lake at this altitude is thrilling. The trail today is difficult with some steep ascent and descent to reach the lake. The distance of 16 kms will be covered in 8-10 hours. The Lake is also the highest point of this trek. The lake is revered by the Nepali community. The locals climb the lake in the month of July.

Day 7 : Khopra Ridge (12,000 ft.) to Swanta (7,800 ft.)

On Day 7, you will walk on the ridge and descend towards the forest. The trek starts in the morning and you will cover a distance of around 10 kms in 6-7 hours. You will reach Swanta village in the early evening. You can opt to rest before your next day starts or consider exploring the village to know the local lifestyle.

Day 8 : Swanta (7,800 ft.) to Ghorepani (9,800 ft.)

You will start your trek with a gradual descent. The trail today is a mix of gradual ascent and descent. You will reach Ghorepani in the afternoon. The distance of around 9 kms is covered in 4-5 hrs. You will find Ghorepani full of hotels, shops, and even clubs. You can celebrate the completion of your thrilling outdoor adventure here in Ghorepani.

Day 9 : Ghorepani (9,800 ft.) to Ulleri (6,400 ft.) and then 2-3 hours drive to Pokhara.

It’s time to head back with a bag full of adventurous and thrilling memories. You will start from Ghorepani in the morning and reach Ulleri in the afternoon. After lunch, you will head to Pokhara.

Please Note :

– You will be staying in tea houses from Day 2 to Day 8 of the trek.
– Book your travel back only after 6 PM on the 9th day of the trek.
– It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

How to reach the basecamp of Khopra Ridge trek?

For the Khopra Ridge Trek, you have to reach Pokhara. OWLS organises pick-up from Pokhara city to the starting point of the trek in Syauli Bazar. 

To reach Pokhara, you can book your air ticket directly to Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, or Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. Gorakhpur is a border town between India and Nepal. If you plan to travel by road, reach Gorakhpur before 1 p.m. 

Here is how you can plan your travel to Pokhara 

Travel Plan A- By Air – Fly to Kathmandu and then fly to Pokhara 

This is the quickest option to reach Pokhara. Take a flight to Kathmandu and then another flight to Pokhara. It takes 40 minutes to reach Pokhara. Flights fly daily on this route between 8.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. 

To your surprise, the distance between India’s and Nepal’s capital is covered in just 1 and a half hours. If you plan early, flying to Kathmandu from Delhi costs between 10K and 12K.  Your airfare depends on the season as well. The fare tends to soar during the peak climbing season in Nepal. Indigo, Air India, and Vistara have direct flights from Delhi to Kathmandu.

Travel Plan B – By Air to Kathmandu and then by road to Pokhara

If you plan to cover travel costs within a budget, we recommend you fly to Kathmandu and then take a bus/shared cab to Pokhara

As Pokhara is a renowned tourist hotspot, regular buses leave from Kathmandu every 15 minutes. The first bus starts as early as 7.00 AM. Tourist buses cost between NPR 800-1200 per person and a ticket in a local minibus costs between NPR 400-600 per person. Nepali Rupee is cheaper than Indian Rupee. One Indian rupee equals 1.60 Nepali Rupee. The duration of the drive is between 6 and 8 hours. 

Travel Plan C – By train to Gorakhpur followed by road journey to Pokhara

One of the cheapest ways to reach Pokhara from India is to take a train to Gorakhpur. From Gorakhpur, take a cab to Sonauli and then a bus to Pokhara. The journey will be more hectic than the first two options but will be economical for your pocket. 

Here is a step-by-step guide to reaching Pokhara from Gorakhpur

  • Take a flight or train from your city to Gorakhpur. Reach Gorakhpur before 1 p.m. on Day Zero.
  • Outside the Gorakhpur airport or the railway station, take a shared cab to Sonauli. Sonauli is at the India-Nepal border. The travel distance from Gorakhpur to Sonauli is about 105 km and takes approximately 3 hrs. It would cost around INR 300 to 500 per person.
  • On reaching the Sonauli Border, you can exchange money, take your Nepali Rupee (NPR) here, and then book your bus ticket for Pokhara. You will find the last buses leaving between 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The bus fares start from NPR 650. Opting for a shared cab to Pokhara costs Rs 800 and is more comfortable. You will reach Pokhara the next day before 5.30 a.m. 

There are tourist buses that leave in the morning. Buses ply only from 7 am to 10 am. So you stay at Sonauli a day before the trek for this. Online bookings are not available. After this, you will find buses only during the evening time. 

OWLS Tips

Reach Pokhara on Day 1( Refer to itinerary), not Day 2. Staying at Pokhara gives you a well-deserved rest for the night before you start climbing the next day. If you miss the OWLS pickup from Pokhara, you can get to Lower Ghandruk yourself.  Once you reach Pokhara, take a bus or a shared cab from Prithvi Chowk. The distance of 55km takes 4-5 hrs and costs Rs 500/- till Lower Ghandruk/Kimche.

What if you miss the OWLS pickup? – Reach out to the OWLS team. Call us at 7838421725 or email us at contact@owls.fit. We will help you to reach

Khopra Ridge Trek Map

Khopra Ridge Trek FAQ

What is the distance of the Khopra Ridge Trek?

The total distance of the Khopra Ridge trek is 55 km. You walk an average of 5 – 7 hours daily. The trek is comfortably completed in 9 days, including travel to and from the base camp. The average distance you will cover is 6-8  km per day and walk for 4-6 hours every day. 

Is Khopra Ridge Trek suitable for beginners?

Khopra Ridge is a challenging trek. It takes you to an altitude above 15,000ft. If you have good physical fitness and have been on short hikes before, you can consider the trek after consulting our Outdoor Leader. 

How difficult is Khopra Ridge Trek?

It is considered a moderate trek, considering the duration and altitude of Khopra Ridge. The trek spreads over nine days through a moderate to difficult trail and some steep ascents and descents. It climbs to an altitude of 15,700ft when you reach Khayer Lake.

What will be the temperature in Khopra Ridge? 

Khopra Ridge temperature in April ranges between 18°C and 24°C. The night is colder than the day. During the spring months, Khopra Ridge records a minimum of 5°C. 

Read more about Khopra Ridge Temperature here. 

What is the best time to visit Khopra Ridge trek?

The best time to visit Khopra Ridge trek is in winter. Khopra Ridge remains accessible throughout the year, except during the monsoon season.

 

Read more about Khopra Ridge’s best time here. 

Will there be snow on the trek?

In Spring, you will find the remains of winter snow at higher campsites. You will find the remains of the snow at higher altitudes if the region receives heavy rainfall. The snow remains likely if you do the trek in the first week of March. However, there will be no fresh snow on the trek. 

What is the cost of the Khopra Ridge trek?

The Khopra Ridge  trek cost is Rs 31,499/-

 The trek cost covers your experience from basecamp to basecamp. 

Where is Khopra Ridge Trek located? 

Khopra Ridge Trek is located in Western Nepal and inside the Annapurna Conservation Area. The trek starts from a village called Ghandruk. 

What permits do we need to do the Khopra Ridge trek?

You will need an ACAP and TIMS card for the Khopra Ridge Trek. 

As Khopra Ridge Trek is located inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). To acquire the permit take your guide’s help. The permit can be collected from the Tourism offices in Pokhara and Kathmandu. As the Khopra Ridge trek starts from Pokhara, it will be convenient to collect from Pokhara. 

Don’t forget to carry passport-size photos for the permit. You have to pay Rs 3000* for the permit. The fee is payable in Nepali Rupees. 

What is the altitude of the Khopra Ridge trek?

The trek is at an altitude of 15,700ft. 

Where is the base camp of the Khopra Ridge trek?

Ghandruk is the basecamp of Khopra Ridge trek. 

What is the duration of the Khopra Ridge Trek?

It takes 9 days to complete the Khopra Ridge trek, including travel to and from the base camp. 

FAQ

How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What document do I need to carry?

Please keep the following documents ready before filling out this form

  1. ID proof
  2. Health form (for all participants of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh treks) and (for all participants <15 and > 60 years of age)
  3. RTPCR for children <15 years/Vaccination certificate for adults (for Nepal treks)

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

All our Outdoor Leaders are trained and experienced leaders. They have completed basic Mountaineering Course, and are equipped with basic first-aid knowledge. Our leaders are certified Wilderness First Responder course

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You don’t need to carry your medical kit. If you have your prescribed medications, you need to carry them on the trek

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

The accommodation will be in tea houses. 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirement to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. The offloading charges will be Rs 900 per bag, and your bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest our participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

Yes, you can leave the extra luggage at the base camp. However, do not leave valuables like laptops, jewellery, or any other expensive items in the base camp. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

For treks in Nepal, you will have access to regular concrete toilets as you will be staying in tea houses

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

The food offered in tea houses comprises Rice, Roti, Lentils, and vegetables. It will be healthy local homemade food. 

You will also get an opportunity to indulge in some local delicacies. The menu changes from day to day. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

You will have access to WiFi in most of the tea houses. The tea houses charge on an hourly basis for the WiFi connection. There will not be a high-speed connection as you will be trekking in remote villages in the region. You can also purchase a local NCell sim card before the trek. 

Are there any ATMs at the base camp?

The last ATM will be in Pokhara. 

Carry a sufficient amount of cash. Since the base camp is situated away from the cities and lacks basic facilities like ATMs and digital payment options, it is always better to be prepared.