Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure
Khopra Ridge Trek

The Khopra Ridge Trek is one of our favorite treks and we’d be delighted to help you explore this impressive region in Nepal.

The Khopra Ridge Trek is the prime objective and viewpoint of several treks that take advance of a network of old trails in the Annapurna-Dhaulagiri region. Trekking to Khopra Ridge - known as Khopra Danda- has a long tradition. The trail is well developed with comfortable and quirky tea houses along the way. Our trip leads you through the Annapurna region. Along the way, you will see some of the most impressive mountains like Machhapuchare and – the favorite of many visitors – Annapurna South. If you feel up to it, you can hike up Khayer Lake (4600m) which offers a magnificent panorama of sacred Khayer Lake, alpine lake directly beneath the peaks and many more famous mountains.

With Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, you'll not only be able to enjoy this unique landscape but you'll also have the chance to observe the traditions and rituals of the local ethnic people. We put great emphasis on authentic experiences and our professional local guides will introduce you to their culture.

All our treks can be booked as private trips - no large, impersonal groups but small, individual experiences. Let Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure take you on your very own adventure trek to Khopra Ridge.

Highlights:

+ Splendid sunrise over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas
+ Trek in the Nepal's best panoramic views
+ Hike to sacred Khayer Lake at the foot of Annapurna South
+ New trekking route in Annapurna region

Trip Facts

Duration: 15 days
Altitude: 3660m
Difficulty: Medium
Accommodation: Tea-house
Season: Spring/Fall/Winter
Equipment: Basic trekking gear

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft.)

Flying into KTM is a memorable experience with the Himalaya Spread out before you. After landed your flight in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1350m), our airport representative will be waiting for you with your name written on the placard. We welcome you by offering Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. There will be a full trek briefing this evening.
Overnight at Hotel 

  

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing

The day is spent visiting UNESCO World Heritage and cultural sites of Kathmandu. You will visit to ancient Buddhist and Hindu holy sites Swayambhu(Monkey Temple), planet's tallest Boudha Stupa, open cremation and sacred Hindu Temple Pashupatinath. After visit these three places return to hotel and prepare for trek and explore the tourist hub of Nepal Thamel where you can easily find all you need for trekking. Or if you just want to relax there are many cafes and bakeries serving excellent local tea and coffee. It is best to avoid the street food.
Meals included: bed and breakfast
Overnight at Hotel 

 

Day 03: Scenic drive to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft), 6hr driv

We early drive to Pokhara. From Ktm we follow the Prithvi Highway that leads to Galchi and Mugling Bazaar. After (6hr) drive we reach at Pokhara (823m). Pokhara is a beautiful valley and is overlooked by the Mt. Annapurnas and Mt. Machhapuchhare, one of the most idiosyncratic of the Himalayan peaks, where we stay overnight. 
[Included meals: Bed and Breakfast]
Overnight at Hotel

 

Day 04: Scenic drive to Nayapul (1070m/ 3510.499 ft.) trek to Ulleri [2050m/6725ft], 1h drive+5h walk

We drive to Nayapul. From here we begin trek to a bridge over a stream And follow the road along the bank of the Modi Khola and further short walk bring us to Berethanti (1000m). Birethanthi is a riverside village at the confluence of the Modi Khola and the Burungdi Khola. From here we continue to Hill (1510m) via climbs steadily up the side of the valley and next short walk bring us to Tikhedunga (1540m). We climb very steeply on a stone staircase, few hrs of trek bring us to Ulleri Magar village, where we stay overnight. From here we overview perfect view of Annapurna South and Himchuli
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 05: Ascent through rhododendron forests to Ghorepani (2750m/ 9020ft.), 4hr walk

Trek commence with ascend through cultivated fields. The field soon give way to deep forests as the trail climb to Banthanti. Further trail is fascinated with magnificent oak and rhododendrons forests and crosses sparkling clear streams before final climb to Nangathanti (2460m). Further an hour of trek bring us Ghorepani. From here we see splendid mountain views ofDhaulagiri, Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhare, Lamjung and other Himalayan. In the winter the trail can be covered with snow.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 06: Journey to Swanta (2270m/7447.507 ft.), 3-4hr walk

Trek begin with descend from the ridge-top of bunch of lodges at Ghorepani on the Annapurna Circuit trail, through rhododendron forests towards the spread-out settlement of Chitre(2390m). The village of Chitre amalgamates with that of the smeller Phalate (2280m). From here follow down a steep staircase towards Swanta and Khopra Ridge. We drop quickly to the Ghar Khola and passes stone houses, several retaining, and traditional rock-slab shingles-great chance from the everywhere-blue corrugated iron of Ghorepani. Further 20min of trek bring us to Margar settlement of Swanta
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 07: Climb to Dhan Kharka

We begin walk through the school yard in Swanta skirting fields to enter a forest and begin a gradual ascend beside the Dhoske Khore Khola. After two hours the trail drop to a bridge beside an amazing waterfall and bamboo grove, soon we climb up the other side of the valley and reach at Ahl Kharka (2540m). Further 2 hours of trek bring us Dhan Kharaka (3020m), where we stay overnight.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 08: Trek Khopra Danda (3640m/11942.26 ft.), 3-4hr walk

Short and steep trek offer us views of the east of the building of Bayeli community lodge across the valley. The trail is quite challenging if there is snow. The trek offer us spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Bharaha Chuli (aka Fangi) etc.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 09: Side Trip to Khayer Lake (4660m/15288.71 ft.), 8-9hr walk

The day tip to a beautiful alpine lake, Khayer Lake Beneath the peaks provide us rewarding day. Over people of Hindus consider bathing in the lake assist achieve Nirvana. We see excellent views of the Fang and several Himalayas.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 10: Descend to Bayeli (3460m/11352 ft.), 6-7hr walk

Retrace steps back to the trail junction where the high trail to bayeli peelsoff. This is the quickest way to Bayeli if there is no snow or landslide. We drops through oak and rhododendron forest, streams, bamboo and daphne with giant for trees. Further 2 hours of trek from Dhan Kharka bring us to Beyeli, where we stay overnight.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 11: Trek to Tadapani (2710m/8891.076 ft.), 7-8hr walk

Trek begin with climb to a ridge. On reaching the apex the ground suddenly drops away to the east providing glorious views of the Annapurna range. we follow narrow ridge through rhododendrons, heading south to the lodges that make up the locality of Dobato (3450m). From here the trail contours around to the east through pine and rhododendron and soon reach at Isharu (3235m). From here we follow zigzags steeply down trail to a stone stair into bamboo and rhododendron forests to Mashar Danda (2970m). Further 2 hours of descend trail bring us to Tadapani. 
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 12/13: Descend to Pokahara (823m/2,700ft), 5-6hr walk

The path is downhill, the unrelenting slope places a strain on the knees and trekking poles will come in handy. From Tadapani 2hr of trek on descend bring us to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is Second-largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. It’s surrounded by neatly terraced filed and framed by outstanding views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchare. We continue to Nayapul takes us along a beautiful undulating trail through surrounded by terraced fields, villages and river. 
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch]
Overnight at Teahouse

 

Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft.), 6hr drive

We early drive to Kathmandu. After (6hr) drive we reach at Kathmandu.
[Included meals: Bed and Breakfast]
Overnight at Hotel

 

Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft.)

A representative of IHSA will drop off you at the airport by private vehicle
[Included meals: Breakfast]

 

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in Ktm as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]

+ Private trek with an English speaking government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance

+ 1 porter (between two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 20 kg; i.e. 10kg pP)

+ Sightseeing in Kathmandu by private vehicle and professional English speaking guide

+ Sharing tourist bus from KTM-Pokhara & return[upgrade possible] 

+ Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner/main course) during the trek

+ Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses as per the itinerary

+ Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit for all members

+ Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card

+ Duffel bag and trekking map (Duffel to be returned after trip completion)

+ First aid medical kit carried by the guide

+ Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes

+ Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu with host family

 

Excluded Services

- International Airfare to and from your country

- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. You also require 2 passport sized photos)

- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Helicopter Rescue at altitude]

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks and boiled water as well as snacks, deserts etc. during the trek

- Tips for Guides & Porters

- Hot shower, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)

- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs etc.

- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt.

Equipment

Trekking Equipment

Have a kindly bring following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality in good price.

Luggage:

01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:

1. Sunhat

2. Sunglasses

3. Warm hat

4. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

5. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

6. An emergency light

Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:

1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:

1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:

1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment-Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:

1. Bandage for sprains

2. Plasters/Band-Aids

3. Iodine or water filters

4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

8. Oral rehydration salts

9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

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Useful Information

Additional Options:

We plan with one porter per 2 clients. If you require additional support, you can book an additional porter for the trip to lighten your load. A porter carries your bag pack for you and no more (20kg max. They don't often speak any English. They carry two backpacks that they will strap together. But you are strictly prohibited not take advantage of the porter. They are usually very proud people and will attempt to carry things that are just too heavy. Which is not good. You can leave your unnecessary stuffs in Kathmandu your hotel or our office you will not need on the trek.

Have a take small personal daypack with you. Your daypack should contain everything you need during the day but keep it as light as possible. Examples: water, some warm clothing, your camera, sunscreen, etc. Note that luggage you hand the porters might not be available to you during the day as they sometimes set their own pace.

+Hotel upgrade in Ktm: [65 USD for 4* hotel, 95 USD for 5* hotel per night]

If you feel like a little luxury before and after your trek, you can upgrade your hotel in Kathmandu to 4*/ 5* category.

Nepal Visas

You need visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Travelers Insurance

While you do trips through Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, you will submit copy of your insurance certificate. Your insurance policy must coverage accidents, medical expenses and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue and then personal liability. At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not. Incredible Himalayan Sherpa also advocated your Insurance policy coverage cancellation curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have must proof of the Insurance receipt, you will do initiative otherwise you can’t get any compensation.

Helicopter Evacuation

Sometimes, Helicopter rescue situations can come due to unexpected accident, bad weather, road obstruction/blocked or other reasons. Anywhere you options for a helicopter trip in order to back to home early due to health issue and due to an emergency that may arise during the trip. In any cases, the expense of any helicopter flight is the only responsibility of you or your policy should be coverage in this cases.

Money and Tipping

Tipping is, Since the 1960s when trekking in Nepal was developed, there has been a tradition for groups and independent visitors to tip their crews at the end of a trek. Money and Tipping; it is best to bring a mixture of cash, USD, GBP, CAD, EUR. Ensure you have also small denominations. As a guideline for baseline spending money we suggest USD 8 - 10 per meal in Kathmandu(if you drink or smoke or plan some major shopping this could be higher). You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek BEFORE leaving Kathmandu. There are no exchange facilities in the villages along the trail but plenty of money changers in KTM.

Duration
15 days
Season
Spring/Fall/winter
Region
Annapurna
Grade
Medium
Altitude
3660m
Walking
5-6hr
Accommodation
Teahouse