Khopra Ridge Trek

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Trek Grade

Moderate to Difficult

Highest Altitude

15,680 ft

Base Camp

Pokhara

Best Time

Spring, Summer & Autumn

Khopra Ridge Trek

The Khopra Ridge Trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal is an incredible adventure that offers breathtaking mountain vistas and a unique off-the-beaten-path experience. This moderate-grade trek covers approximately fifty-eight kilometers and reaches an altitude of 15,680 feet. The trek is known for its panoramic views of 22 towering peaks, including the majestic Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I.

The journey begins in Pokhara and takes trekkers through picturesque alpine meadows, dense forests, and charming villages. One of the trek’s highlights is the mesmerizing sunrise spectacle witnessed during the two-day ridge walk. Additionally, trekkers can visit the mystical Khayer Lake and witness the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki, which separates the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges.

While the trek requires good physical fitness due to numerous ascents, descents, and varied terrain, it is less demanding than the more popular Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The Khopra Ridge Trek is truly an unparalleled experience showcasing the Nepalese Himalayas’ unparalleled beauty.

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Acute Mountain Sickness is a medical condition that can occur when individuals travel to high altitudes, typically above 8,000 feet. It is caused by the decrease in air pressure and oxygen levels in the air as altitude increases. Symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness may include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and difficulty sleeping. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness, it is important to gradually adjust to high altitudes and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen. To learn more about this condition, check out the videos by Trekup India.

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.

Khopra Ridge Trek Route Map

We’ve prepared a comprehensive Trek Route Map for your upcoming adventure to Khopra Ridge Trek, which outlines the entire journey including all stops and trails. This map provides detailed information on the terrain, distance between points of interest, and estimated travel time to help ensure a safe and enjoyable trek. We’ve carefully curated the map to ensure that you have all the necessary information at your fingertips. Please take a moment to review it thoroughly, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Khopra Ridge Trek Altitude Chart

The Trek Altitude Chart is a useful tool for Trekkers to monitor their altitude changes during their rides, allowing them to plan their routes more efficiently and track their progress over time. This Khopra Ridge Trek chart is beneficial for both casual and experienced Trekkers, helping them make the most out of their Trek experience.

Trek Cost Inclusions

  1. Stay: Day 1 and 9 in a 3-star Pokhara hotel, including breakfast and teahouses from day 2 to day 8.
  2. Meals: Trekup India will provide freshly cooked meals during the trek starting with Dinner on Day 1 to  lunch on day 8 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian) 
  3. Transport : All includes from Pokhra to Pokhra.
  4. Trek Insurance (Optional): Trekup India recommends that all trekkers consider getting trek insurance. This is optional, but highly recommended. Trek insurance covers unexpected events that may occur during your trek. The cost of the insurance starts from INR 210. Please read more about what is included in the coverage and why it is mandatory on treks.
  5. Trek Equipment:  Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tent.
  6. Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  7. Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  8. Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 
  9. Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.
  10. Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules are to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusions

  1. GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  2. Any Meals/accommodation beside the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  3. Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point 
  4. Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication. 
  5. Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water, etc.
  6. Any still / video camera fee 
  7. Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot. 
  8. Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 365 per day, per bag if paid online (at base camp 2,550). Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  9. Any emergency evacuation charges
  10. Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.

What should you pack for the Khopra Ridge Trek

Khopra Ridge Trek is a 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 take; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

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Head Gears

When trekking it's important to carry headgear to protect your head and face.

Heading out for a trek? Don’t forget to carry headgear to protect your beautiful face and head from the sun, wind, and dust! It’s an essential accessory that keeps you safe and comfortable throughout your adventurous journey. So, make sure you pack it before you step out into nature!

  1. Head Lamps – When trekking at night, headlamps are essential to illuminate your path while keeping your hands free. Headlamps come in different sizes and lumens, so it is essential to choose one that suits your needs.
  2. Hats or Cap – Caps or hats are also necessary when trekking in different weather conditions. Caps protect your head from the wind and freezing temperatures at night, while hats provide shade and protection from the sun during the day. It’s essential to ensure that your hat has a strap to prevent it from being blown away by the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – Sunglasses are also essential for trekking. Your sunglasses should protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and fit your face perfectly to avoid falling off while climbing, jumping, or crossing obstacles. The glass of your sunglasses should also be designed for different weather conditions to provide optimal visibility.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – Lastly, a buff or balaclava is a must-have to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep them warm. Buffs and balaclavas come in different materials, thicknesses, and designs, so it’s important to choose one that suits your needs and preferences. Depending on the weather conditions and your activities, you can wear them as neck warmers, face masks, or headbands.
With these essential items, you can enjoy trekking safely and comfortably, no matter the weather or time of day.

Clothes

When trekking in high altitudes, prepare for cold weather by wearing layers. Layering traps heat, keeps you warm, and allows you to easily adjust your clothing as temperatures fluctuate.

Layering is important for different seasons when trekking. When planning a high-altitude trek, it is important to prepare for the cold weather. Wearing layers is the best approach as it provides both protection and flexibility when the weather changes frequently in the mountains. Layering helps to trap heat and keep your body warm, while at the same time allowing you to easily adjust your clothing as the temperature fluctuates. By wearing layers, you can enjoy your trek comfortably and stay safe in the unpredictable mountain weather

  1. For spring, summer, and monsoon treks, consider wearing three layers: a woollen sweater, a fleece, and a padded jacket.
  2. For autumn treks, add one more fleece layer to make it four layers.
  3. For winter treks, you may need five layers with thermals, a woollen sweater, two fleeces, and a padded jacket.
  4. T-shirt/sleeve shirt– Bring three T-shirts and two quick-dry trek pants, wearing one and carrying the others. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays. We recommend synthetic T-shirts as they get dry quickly when they get wet.
  5. Hiking / Trekking Jacket– down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or two-three-layer jackets.
  6. Thermals– at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  7. Undergarments– you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  8. Gloves– 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  9. Trek Pants– Bring 2 to 3 comfortable trekking pants. Trekking pants play a significant role, as they are designed for comfort and mobility, making trekking easier. It should be Synthetic so that it gets dry quickly when wet.
  10. Rain Wear– you can carry a raincoat or Poncho. During long rains and snowfalls, the waterproof jackets start leaking. Still, the Poncho and raincoats keep you dry, so choose accordingly.

Tip: If you choose a raincoat on your trek, carry a small waterproof cover so things inside your backpack can’t get wet. If you carry a Poncho, you don’t need to worry. It protects both you and your backpack.