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Khopra Ridge Trek

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Khopra Ridge Trek

Khopra Ridge Trek is located in the Annapurna region of Nepal at an altitude of 15,680 feet. The total trek distance is approx. Fifty-eight kilometres, the trek is going to be tricky. Because of this, prior experience is needed to do this trek. Khopra Ridge offers 22 huge mountains that are less explored than famous treks like Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. There are some of the highest peaks among those mountains, such as Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The trail will be through dense forests, small villages, and fields with grass and often wildflowers. You can see Rhododendron trees changing colour according to the season; in the spring, you will see blooming flowers on the trail. Traditional old stone and slate-roofed houses in the villages will take you back in time.

Trek Route

Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara by Road

Day 2: Pokhara to Kimche by Road, Kimche to Ghandruk by Trek

Day 3: Ghandruk to Tadapani by Trek

Day 4: Tadapani to Dobata by Trek

Day 5: Dobata to Chhistibang by Trek via Muldai Top

Day 6: Chhistibang to Khopra Ridge by Trek

Day 7: Khopra Ridge to Khayer Lake by Trek and From Khayer Lake back to Khopra Ridge

Day 8: Khopra Ridge to Paudwar by Trek via Gorge Point

Day 9: Paudwar to Tatopani by Trek and from Tatopani to Pokhara by Road

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Adhish | Mountain Expert

Adhish

Adhish

Adhish was born and brought up in the Pauri Garhwal region. Since childhood, he has had an inclination towards Mountains. To fulfil this dream, Adhish did his Basic mountaineering Courses from Nehru institute of mountaineering, Advance mountaineering courses from Himalayan mountaineering institute Darjeeling and Skiing courses from ABVIM Manali. He has done various expeditions in the Himalayan region. And his love for mountains and adventure is never-ending. Make sure to get detailed help related to the Himalayan trek from him.

Why you Should do Khopra Ridge Trek

1. Hike to the High Altitude Sacred Khayer Lake.

Khayer Lake is a sacred lake in the Annapurna region where the locals devote themselves to worship the god. You will see a lot of flags and temples beside the lake.

2. View from the top of Khopra Danda Ridge.

Seeing the sunrise or sunset from the ridge is a must-see sight.

3. Get a scenic view of Kagbeni, Nepal's most beautiful village.

The village is charming because mountains surround it and the river flows next to it.

4. You will also see the 10th tallest Mountain, Annapurna 1, with a view of other mountains.

Get mesmerized by the panoramic view of Annapurna Massif, Himculi & Annapurna Mountains, the 10th tallest mountain in the world Annapurna 1, and Mount Machapuchare (also known as fishtail mountain).

5. Get to see the old stone houses of the largest village of Ghandruk in the ACA (Annapurna Conservation Area).

The houses in the Ghandruk Village walls are made of stones slate-roofed, which are traditional looking.

Best Time to do Khopra Ridge Trek

The best time to do this trek is in three seasons: Spring, from February to April and Autumn, from September to November. Also, in the summer season, from April to June. In the spring, you might find snow at high altitudes; the air might be moist at lower altitudes. In the Autumn season, the weather is like winter; in this season, you won’t find snow.

Day-wise detailed Itinerary of Khopra Ridge Trek

Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara by Road

  • Stay – overnight stay at the hotel.
  • Meal – Dinner
  • Distance – 215 km
  • Time taken – approx. 7 hrs
  • Altitude – Kathmandu (4600 ft / 1400 meter), Pokhara (2789 ft / 850 meter)
  • Altitude difference – 1811 ft / 550 meter

On the first day of the trip, you will be driving from Kathmandu to Pokhara and will enjoy the natural vistas of the mountains of Nepal. It is a beautiful scene with hills on the side and the river Trishul flowing by the road. After a long ride of approx. Within 7 hours, you will reach Pokhara, where you can either rest at the hotel or explore the nearby area.

Day 2: Pokhara to Kimche by Road, Kimche to Ghandruk by Trek

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – Pokhara to Kimche by Road (56 km), Kimche to Ghandruk by Trek (7 km)
  • Time taken – Pokhara to Kimche by Road (approx. 4 hrs), Kimche to Ghandruk by Trek (approx. 3 hrs)
  • Altitude – Pokhara (2789 ft / 850 meter), Kimche (5850 ft / 1783 meter), Ghandruk (6570 ft / 2003 meter)
  • Altitude gain – Pokhara to Kimche (3061 ft / 933 meters), Kimche to Ghandruk (720 ft / 220 meters)
  • Trek grade – Gradual to Moderate

It is the first day of trekking, but you will be driving from Pokhara to Kimche, and then from Kimche, the trek will start. You will have breakfast in the morning in Pokhara, after which you will be on the road. Upon reaching Kimche, our team will brief you about the trek. As you begin the trek from Kimche, the trail is a bit narrower, and you pass through some village settlements. With a view of the mountains on one and the Modi Khola River on the other, you begin your trek toward Ghandruk. The trail then gradually ascends, and you will start seeing the charming village of Modi Khola Village. As you go close to the village, you will start seeing old houses made of stone with slate roofs, and you will see the panoramic view of Annapurna Massif, Himculi & Annapurna Mountains, the 10th tallest mountain in the world Annapurna 1 and Mount Machapuchare (also known as fishtail mountain). Ghandruk is the largest village in the ACA (Annapurna Conservation Area). You will see local Gurung people and prayer flags around the village.

Day 3: Ghandruk to Tadapani by Trek

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trek distance – 5.5 km
  • Time taken – approx. 5 hrs
  • Altitude – Ghandruk (6570 ft / 2003 mtr), Tadapani (8650 ft / 2637 mtr)
  • Altitude gain – 2080 ft / 634 meter
  • Trek grade – Gradual to Moderate

Begin your morning with a warm breakfast with a view of the hills. You will be climbing uphill today on steep inclines. The trail will pass through the forest of Rhododendron trees; then, as the trail passes through the village, it becomes narrower. The trail will then pass through Kommorong towards ABC (Annapurna Base Camp). You will be walking on the trail with stairs cut into the rocks; climbing through this trail may be difficult. After that, you will reach the first viewpoint, a sight to behold as its name suggests, “Lovely viewpoint”. You will see the mountains of Himchuli, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Ganga Purna, and Machapuchare (fishtail). The trail will then pass through various tall trees and some waterfalls. You will then walk through the forest trail till you reach the stream, where you will be crossing a small bridge. Once you have crossed a waterfall, you will reach Bhaisi Kharka Village. Then the trail will pass through a forest with giant trees. You will then reach the Tadapani campsite, from where you can see up close the view of Mt Machapuchare.

Day 4: Tadapani to Dobata by Trek

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trek distance – 7 km
  • Time taken – approx. 6 hrs
  • Altitude – Tadapani (8650 ft / 2637 mtr), Dobata (11,230 ft / 3423 mtr)
  • Altitude gain – 2580 ft / 786 meter
  • Trek grade – Moderate to Difficult

Today you will begin your morning with hot tea and a meal among the mountain ranges. Rhododendron trees surround the whole trek, but you will also see the giant bamboo on this trail. The trail then takes you into the dense forest, and you will also start seeing trees of Oak. The trail from here on is downhill. After reaching the bottom of the hill, you will be climbing uphill again until you reach Meshwar. From there, Mount Annapurna and Mount Annapurna Fang rise high. You will then walk forward till you reach Isharu; from here, you will also see the peaks of Mt Annapurna IV, Mt Ganesha Himal, and Mt Annapurna II. After walking uphill and downhill on the trail for a few hours, you will arrive at Dobata campsite.

Day 5: Dobata to Chhistibang by Trek via Muldai Top

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trek distance – 9 km
  • Time taken – approx. 7 hrs
  • Altitude – Dobata (11,230 ft / 3423 meters), Muldai Top (11,800 ft / 3597 meters), Chhistibang (9680 ft / 2950 meters)
  • Altitude difference – Dobata to Muldai Top (570 ft / 174 meters), Muldai Top (2120 ft / 647 meters)
  • Trek grade – Moderate to Difficult

Your morning will begin with a delicious breakfast prepared by Trekup India’s cook since today’s trail is long. You will ascend the trail until you reach the junction; from the junction, you will follow the trail’s left side. As you walk forward, the Dhaulagiri range will come into view. After walking for a few minutes, you will reach Muldai top; you can get 360 views of 22 mountain peaks, including the tallest peak in the world, Mt Dhaulagiri (7th highest) and Mt Annapurna I (9th highest). After enjoying the scenic view from the top, you will descend the hill until you come to the Chhistibang campsite.

Day 6: Chhistibang to Khopra Ridge by Trek

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trek distance – 3 km
  • Time taken – approx. 3 hrs
  • Altitude – Chhistibang (9680 ft / 2950 meters), Khopra Ridge (11,970 ft / 3648 meters)
  • Altitude gain – 2290 ft / 698 meter
  • Trek grade – Gradual to Moderate

Today’s trek will be short from Chhistibang to Khopra Ridge but a little steep. You will walk through the trail, which trees will surround; you will see snow-covered peaks, streams, and waterfalls. The trail then curves around the mountain along the ridge, and you will see Annapurna South, Nilgiri North & South, Mt Annapurna I, Annapurna Fang, and Mt Tukuche. You will soon be reaching Khopra Ridge campsite, where the temperature gets a little cold.

Day 7: Khopra Ridge to Khayer Lake by Trek and From Khayer Lake back to Khopra Ridge

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Trek distance – 16 km
  • Time taken – approx. 8 hrs
  • Altitude – Khopra Ridge (11,970 ft / 3648 meters), Khayer Lake (15,250 ft / 4648 meters)
  • Altitude difference – 3280 ft / 1000 meter
  • Trek grade – Moderate to Difficult

Start your day with a delicious breakfast in the morning and prepare for the long trek. Today you will be trekking to Glacial Khayer Lake at a high altitude. You will initially walk on the plain trail for a while and see the Dhauligiri Range following you. The trek today is going to be both uphill and downhill. After walking for a few hours, you will see the deepest valley in the world, named Kali Gandaki. And this valley has Mount Nilgiri on one side and Mount Tukuche on the other. When you are walking further, the terrain would have changed to a desert-like field, which looks similar to Ladakh and Spiti. You will then be walking uphill through the barren fields for a while till you reach Khayer Lake. Once you have reached the lake, you will see bells, temples, and flags around the lake. After enjoying the scenic view of the lake, you will walk back to the Khopra Ridge campsite.

Day 8: Khopra Ridge to Paudwar by Trek via Gorge Point

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • Trek distance – 8 km
  • Time taken – approx. 6 hrs
  • Altitude – Khopra Ridge (11,970 ft / 3648 meters), Paudwar (6550 ft / 1996 meters)
  • Altitude difference – 5420 ft / 1652 meter
  • Trek grade – Gradual to Moderate

You will be trekking downhill today, and you will again be walking through the Rhododendron Forest. You will then be passing through George’s viewpoint from where you can admire Mount Dhaulagiri (VI, V, VI, III, II), Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Stupa, Dhampus Peak, and Tashi Kang III. On the way, you could see flowers blooming in April and March. You will again see the tall bamboo forest, and after crossing it, you will reach Paudwar, a traditional village with 80-year-old stonework houses.

Day 9: Paudwar to Tatopani by Trek and from Tatopani to Pokhara by Road

  • Stay – No Stay
  • Meal – Breakfast
  • Distance – Paudwar to Tatopani by Trek (5 km), Tatopani to Pokhara by Road (100 km)
  • Time taken – Paudwar to Tatopani by Trek (approx. 3 hrs), Tatopani to Pokhara by Road (approx. 5 hrs)
  • Altitude – Paudwar (6550 ft / 1996 meter), Tatopani (3900 ft / 1189 meter), Pokhara (2750 ft / 838 meter)
  • Altitude difference – Paudwar to Tatopani (2650 ft / 808 meters), Tatopani to Pokhara (1150 ft / 351 meters)
  • Trek grade – Gradual

On the last day of your travel, you will be trekking from Paudwar to Tatopani; then, you will be driven from Tatopani to Pokhara. The downhill walk on the trail will be gradual and through the forest. After you cross the forest line, the trail will continue along a stream. And then, after walking a few kilometres, you will reach Tatopani. Then are Trekup India Team will escort you to a vehicle and then drive you to Pokhara. The drive will be a little longer, and once you reach Pokhara, aur Team will bid you farewell, and then you will be on your own. You can either decide to go back or travel to a nearby place.

Food Provided by Us During Trek

We provide only Indian vegetarian food and mainly your meal is going to contain Indian bread, vegetable, lentils and Rice along with delicious dessert. During your trek, we will serve three meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, you will also be served tea & snacks and lip-smacking soup before dinner. If it will be a long day of trekking, you will be given a packed snack.

After doing a lot of research on the nutritional requirements for the trekkers, we prepare the menu. Before putting all the meals together, we also consider altitude gained and weather.

The meal served by us while trek is perfectly balanced with the right amounts of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, fiber, and minerals. You need to know that all our cooks have great expertise in cooking and have undergone thorough training. So, get ready to enjoy delectable and lip-smacking dishes during your trek. You will be served with lemon tea in the tent in order to start your day with a refreshed feeling. Before leaving the campsite for trekking, you will be given a hot finger-licking breakfast like upma, Aallu Prantha, Besan Chilla, Poha, Daliya,  Corn flakes, Maggie, along with tea or coffee.

In case, your trek will be longer one then we also offer some fresh local fruits such as apples and even healthy drinks like Frootie or Maaza. In the afternoon, you will be served simple & healthy lunch, while at around 04:00 pm, you will be given tea and a light evening breakfast. After you reach your campsite at night, you will be served a hot and delightful dinner. After reading this, you must have got the idea about the food provided by us on trek, you don’t need to worry about food. Many trekkers trek with us again and again because of the food we provide. Thus, we will definitely give you unforgettable experiences.

Safety During Khopra Ridge Trek

Trekking with us for Khopra Ridge Trek is completely safe because we have a team of trek leaders who are qualified in Wilderness first-aid and also have complete information about the high-altitude glitches. During Trek, we carry a complete first-aid kit that contains all the important medicines. Before trekking with us, you need to ensure that you are medically fit for the trek and if you are able to judge yourself then it is better to take advice from a professional. For us, your medical fitness is very important than anything else.

Know About Us:- You need to know that our company Trekup India has been in the field of Adventure Tourism for the last 23 years. Right from our inception, we have been involved in providing treks, voyage & hiking programs as well as high altitude expedition rafting.

We keep on organizing treks in Uttarakhand, Kashmir, Sikkim and Himachal, while being a part of the trekking community, we feature more than 75 Himalayan documented treks. Apart from other outdoor activities, our company also organizes trips for schools, colleges, and family.

We ensure complete technical safety in the mountain

Our company has a vast team of more than 100 guides, as well as trainers in order, serve in the mountain treks. One of the best things about our team is that all the members are trained professionally from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Indian mountaineering foundation Delhi as well as Hanifle Center Outdoor Education Mussoorie.

Therefore, we never believe in compromising on the quality as well as services offered to our valuable customers.

For Us, Your Safety Is the Top Priority

At Trekup India, you will find a team with local knowledge and fluency in English as well as Hindi. This helps in ensuring that you have an amazing trek and not only this, we also pay attention to your health as well as safety because this is something we cannot ignore. All the team leaders involved in trekking have already undergone several professional courses in First Aid, Portable Altitude Chamber Training, CPR, Environmental Awareness Training as well as Advanced Wilderness Emergency Medicine.

We also carry a complete first aid medical kit not only on the trek but on each and every trip which is organized by us. Apart from the medical kit, we carry a portable altitude chamber and medical oxygen for all kinds of high-altitude treks . Our company has great expertise in organizing all sorts of group adventure holidays for family groups, school & college groups as well as friend groups. When it comes to travel options, we have a wide range that suits different fitness levels as well as traveling styles.

Therefore, no matter who big the group size, we pay personal attention to each and every member present in the group.

How We Ensure That Your Trek Is Safe with Us

Right from our establishment, we at Trekup India, are continuously involved in introducing new safety practices into Indian trekking in order to ensure the safety of voyagers. For walking on snow, Trekpp India introduced Microspikes and also made emergency bottled oxygen mandatory for all kinds of treks. In order to test pulse as well as oxygen saturation levels, pulse oxymeters are used. As a safety communication device, we at TrekupIndia introduced radio.

Though we have noticed that most of the organizations organizing treks do not follow these systems but with time several competing companies are adopting these practices and organizing great and safe treks.

Explore our New Safety Protocols

In order to ensure a perfect Trek, we have introduced some new safety checks that will assure more safety for our trekkers. 

Our On-trek safety checks includes:

  • Daily oxygen saturation along with pulse readings
  • Stretchers team appointed on every trek
  • Radios
  • Trained mountain staff and full safety
  • Additional oxygen cylinders
  • Special medical kit for high altitude treks
  • Microspikes on all types of snow treks
  • Experienced Trek leaders as well as safety
  • Technical team on all snowy slopes

What should you pack for the Khopra Ridge Trek

Khopra Ridge Trek is an high altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus read this whole segment.

There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below we have provided the details on everything you should carry; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

  1. Head Lamps – If there are treks which you might do at night and even when camping for the night. Headlamps help a lot.
  2. Hats or Cap – Beanie Cap will protect you from winds and sometimes freezing temperatures for the night. Hats protect you from the sun during the day and also ensure they have a strap so the hat doesn’t blow from the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – if you want to carry sunglasses, you will need specific sunglasses for trekking. The glasses should protect from UV rays, fit your face perfectly so it doesn’t fall while you climb, jump, or cross an obstacle, and be according to the weather conditions of the place; the glass should be made to fit different weather conditions.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – You must carry this to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep it warm.
  5. T-shirt / Long sleeve shirt – you should carry at least 4 to 5 T–shirts, so if one gets wet or dirty, you can wear another. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays.
  6. Hiking / Trekking Jacket – down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or three-layer jackets.
  7. Thermals – at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  8. Undergarments – you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  9. Gloves – 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  10. Shorts / Legging / Pants – Bring 3 to 4 warm, comfortable shorts. Leggings can be used specifically in the chilling morning and evening to keep your body warm and act as dry. You can carry some nylon blend and light and quick-drying pants. Warm covers ups like fleece-lined tracksuit pants or ski pants.
  11. Socks – you should at least carry 3 to 4 pairs.
  12. Footwear – Trekking shoes which are waterproof and have ankle support. Walking / Hiking sandals which can be used off the trek, i.e., in the morning and evening hours, basically to get your feet rest from heavy boots, sometimes used for crossing streams and rivers, it’s more comfortable and safer than crossing barefoot or wetting your boots. Sneakers (Optional) can be worn for normal driving days or used around the camp.
  13. Rain Wears – you can carry a raincoat, rain jacket, and pants. During long rains, the waterproof jackets start leaking, but the poncho does get work in keeping you dry, so choose accordingly. Rain covers, small waterproof to cover your backpack and a daypack for your gadgets.
  14. Backpack – Make sure your backpack should be comfortable, neither too big nor too small, and for a week’s trek, 60-70 litres of the backpack should be enough to hold all your belongings. Ensure your backpack has good hip & Shoulder support, and pockets should be accessible quickly.
  15. Daypack – All trekkers should keep in mind that a daypack is very important; this will be a great help to you while on the trek, also every single day, you won’t be carrying your backpack; therefore, for day excursions, shorter hikers, sightseeing, you can carry your stuff in it.

 

Personal First Aid Kit

Below are some common medicines generally required/used during your adventure trip; however, please consult your doctors prior.

  • Antiseptic towel or water syringe (to clean the wound)
  • Butterfly bandage for a small cut
  • Cotton and elastic bandages and sterile gauze pad for larger wounds
  • Latex gloves are used when the wound bleeds.
  • Medicine for Diarrhea (Upset stomach)
  • Medicine for cold, flue/fever headache
  • Some pain killers
  • ORS pouches
  • Quick pain relief spray (External use)
  • Any personal medicine prescribed by your doctor
  • Dimox / Similar for high altitude sickness
  • Bug Repellent
  • Carry some nutria/energy bars and drinks (non-alcoholic)
  • Note: Kindly consult your doctor before purchasing or taking any medicine.

Gadgets and Other Items

  • Trekking Poles
  • Mobile phone
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries for phone and camera, power bank
  • Light weight flashlight or headlight
  • Waterproof bag made up of plastic for the camera.
  • Music system / Bluetooth
  • Plug/converter for electrical items
  • 1-litre water bottle
  • A journal with a pen would be a good idea to keep your notes.
  • Some book of your interest for the ideal time
  • Get into the habit of keeping a Map and guidebook of the region.

Hygiene & Personal toiletry

  • Sunscreen with UV protection
  • 1 or 2 small quick-drying towels
  • Toilet paper/tissues/wet wipes
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/ mouth freshener
  • Deodorant / Talcum powder
  • Shampoo
  • Lip-gloss/salve
  • Sanitary pads/tampons (For female travellers)
  • Bio gradable Soap
  • Nail clipper
  • Your other personal items that you use daily.

Compulsory Documents to Carry

These files must be submitted to the Forest Department before your trek. With none of these, you will not be permitted to trek. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Ids like Aadhaar, voter id, etc.

 

 

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