Khopra Ridge Trekking is one of the great wilderness and cultural trek. This trek combine both camping and Teahouse treks in Nepal with isolation and varied Himalayan culture. This moderate two week holiday provides varied experiences. Kopra Trek is both remote and scenic, one of the high light of Annapurna Region. It passes through many traditional villages, beautiful forests and rarely trekked high alpine pastures, offering magnificent views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. We gradually ascend through tiny settlements and pristine forests to the alpine heights of Khopra ridge at 3800m-12476ft. The views from our Khopra camp are incredible with the colossal ramparts of Dhaulagiri plunging to the misty depths of the Kali Gandaki - the deepest gorge in the world.
Tour ID: TM2
Tour availability : Available on any dates
Duration (Days): 14
Itinerary Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Our representative will come to the airport for transfer to the Hotel. After some refreshment in the hotel, Our Tour leader will conduct a pre departure meeting in the Hotel. The meetings will covers trip related information & the collecting your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, Travel insurance copy).
Itinerary Day 2: Kathmandu: Free day for Trek preparation Breakfast, free day for trek preparation. You can do your own activities OR, you can do sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with visiting fascinating world heritage and cultural sites. There are few places that are worth to visit such as Hindus holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Durbar Squire ( One is in Kathmandu, in patan and also in Bhaktapur), Museum, monasteries, old historical Palaces and Gardens. Note: this tour is optional so you can visit with place of your interest & pay locally. Meals included: Breakfast
Itinerary Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara (910 m-2,986 ft.) Breakfast, Our Trekking guide will come at the Hotel an early morning at 6:30 am to pick you up and we walk about 10 minutes from hotel to get bus station. Bus leave at 7 am to Pokhara. We drive to Pokhara by tourist bus, enjoying an afternoon sightseeing on the lakeside and boating at Phewa lake. It is about 210km and it takes 6 hours, from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Itinerary Day 4: Drive to Naya Pul (New bridge), and trek to Tikhedhunga(1,495 m-4,905 ft). Breakfast. After an hour drive to Nayapul we then commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town beside the Modi River. We head up the main trail to Sudami where we climb gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Hile (1,495 m-4,905 ft) before pushing on to Tirkhe Dhunga. From here the trail crosses a stream and then ascends a steep stone staircase to the large Magar village at Ulleri (2070m-6791ft). 4 hours.
Itinerary Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850 m-9,350 ft). This is a pleasant walking day today. We trek through rhododendron and oak forests and across streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti. From Nangethanti we head up to Ghorepani (2,850 m-9,350 ft). 5:30 hours.
Itinerary Day 6: Saunta (2,200 m-7,218 ft) Trekking 4 hrs. In the morning we leave early, walking by torchlight, to climb up to Poon Hill, above the village. We will arrive just before sunrise, to view the entire Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. In fine conditions three of the world’s fourteen 8,000 m-26247 ft peaks can be seen, Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m-2,6795 ft), Annapurna I (8,019 m-26,309 ft) and Manalsu (8,156 m-26,759 ft), along with hundreds of other smaller Himalayan mountains spanning the horizon. To the north we can see the Tibetan border and our route down the Kali Ghandaki Valley, and to the south the rolling hills leading to the border with India. We descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast before heading down the main trail to Chitre where we branch off into terrain that sees few trekkers. We descend through terraced fields to the village of Saunta and on to our first night camping, leaving behind the “popular” trekking routes of the past few days and now branching off largely on our own.
Itinerary Day 7: Chistibung (3000 m-9,834 ft) Trekking 5 hrs. From here we climb to the village school, and then contour west through dwarf rhododendron forest before descending for lunch in a clearing by a small stream. In the afternoon we continue to walk through a forest, ascending gradually and passing through several buffalo grazing pastures to reach a clearing and temporary herders’ settlement known as Chistibung.
Itinerary Day 8: Kopra Ridge (3,870 m-12,687 ft) Trekking 3 hrs. To gain the ridge at Kopra, we have a steady climb that soon heads above the tree line. The area is noted for its wildlife and you should keep an eye open for Himalayan Thar and the Danphe Pheasant. The best way to tackle the climb is to ascend steadily, take your time and rest as often as you wish. We will reach the campsite on Kopra Ridge for lunch, to be greeted by the most fantastic views. The extraordinary panorama includes Annapurna South, towering directly above and only six kilometres distant; Fang and Nilgiri are prominent to the north and across the depths of the Kali Gandakhi valley, the Dhaulagiri Himal dominates the entire western skyline.
Itinerary Day 9: Kopra Ridge Exploration. For those wishing an easier option, a walk high on the ridge will provide fantastic views. Dhaulagiri I and its satellite peaks dominate the western skyline. Annapurna I (8091m-26545ft), Fang (7647m-25089ft), Annapurna South (7237m-23743ft) and Nilgiri North (7061m-23166ft) to the east are separated from the Dhaulagiri Range by the 6,000m-19685ft-deep Kali Gandaki gorge. To the north lies Tukche Peak (6920m-22703ft) and behind it the trans-Himalayan ranges forming the border of Nepal with Tibetan China. To the south, the rolling middle hills slowly disappear into the great plains of India.
Itinerary Day 10: Dobaato (3,420 m-11,220 ft) Trekking 6½ hrs. From Kopra Ridge we descend, bearing east through small grazing pastures amidst scrub rhododendron. This area is only visited in the monsoon by villagers from Saunta who, with their sheep and buffalo, occupy the small huts and shelters that we frequently pass along the way. After the descent, the trail climbs gradually for the rest of the day, heading for a small notch that leads to the watershed of the Modi Khola valley. Our destination is Dobaato, a small clearing on the ridge with great views towards Annapurna South and Machapuchhare (6993m-22943ft).
Itinerary Day 11: Ghandruk (1,950 m-6,398 ft) Trekking 6 hrs. A full day descending, as we walk through forest of rhododendron, oak and magnolia. It is essential to keep an eye open for the guides on this part of the trail as the forest in parts is very dense and the trail diverges on many occasions! We will take lunch at Tadapani or Gai Kharkha, the first permanent habitation we have passed for five days. In the afternoon we again descend, at times steeply, to reach the village of Ghandruk. Here we resume using lodge accommodation. This Gurung village is well known for the number of its men folk who have served in the British Gurkha regiments. Our lodge is close to the village and it is well worthwhile spending the rest of the afternoon exploring this beautiful village.
Itinerary Day 12: Trek to Birethanti, Naya Pul; then drive to Pokhara (910 m-2,986 ft). From Ghandrung it’s easy walking all downhill to Naya Pul where our trekking ends. 4:30 hours. Drive to Pokhara, O/N at Base camp resort or Hotel Kantipur
Itinerary Day 13: Pokhara to Kathamndu By Air. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Kathmandu. Assistance at the airport and transfers to the hotel,
Itinerary Day 14: Departure. After breakfast, Transfer into the Airport, Goodbye, Happy Journey.
Cancellation and Refund Policy: C) 75% refund up until 30 days before trip (less 10% fee)
What's Included: Cost includes: - Airport Pick up and drop transfer . - Applicable Ground transportation as per above itinerary - Flight tickets from Pokhara to Kathmandu. - Annapurna conservation entry permits. - TIMS Permit - Meal on full boards basis (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Hot drinks such as tea & coffee, during the trek. - Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 3 star BB plan. - Hotel accommodation in Pokhara at 3 star BB plan. - Seasonal fresh fruits during the trekking. - All necessary camping gears like two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, Toilet tent, kitchen equipment, chairs and table, mattress.( for Camping part) - An experience guide, cook, kitchen staff and required number of porters, their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, insurance, equipments and so on. - Private room during the trekking (Tea House section). - Warm sleeping bag, warm down jacket and walking stick, if necessary. - Trek bag - All government taxes.
What's Excluded: - Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara -Tips to staff or any donations. - Temple and monastery entry fee, & entry fees while sightseeing in kathmandu & Pokhara. - Medical and emergency costs (Just incase). - Bottled drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks). - Your travel insurance. - Expenses of Personal Nature.
Gears and Equipment: EQUIMPENTS: Since you are traveling here and there and through the country side, consider carrying warm, lightweight, hand-washable and quick-drying clothes. FOOT WEAR: Trekking Boots (One Pair), Light Soaks (3 Pairs), Thick Socks (4 pairs), Camp Shoes (1 pair), and Sandals (1 pair). CLOTHING: Warm Cotton Trousers (2 pairs), Fleece Jacket or Pullover (1), Down or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket and Trousers (1), Shirts and T-Shirts (4 pieces), Long Under Wear (2 pieces), Lightweight Cotton Long Pants, Short Under Wear (4 pieces), Sunglasses (1), Sun Hat or Scarf (1) and Woolen Hat (1), Lightweight Gloves (1), Heavyweight Gloves or Mittens With a Waterproof (1), Rain Coat (1). OTHER EQUIPMENT: Daypack (1), Down Jacket (1), Sleeping Bag (4 seasons-1), Water Bottle (1), Sunglasses, Flashlight with Spare Bulbs, Sun Cream, Batteriesm Gaiters, Lip Salve.
Minimum Pax: 2
Maximum Pax: 15
Pick Up / Meeting Location: In the Hotel