Khopra Ridge Trek – 13 days

‘on the hidden trails of great Annapurna Himalaya with stunning sunrise views from Poon Hill’

Highlights:

“An enjoyable and scenic country walks on the high green hills of great Annapurna Himalaya
Exploring high hills Gurung and Poon-Magar traditional villages enriched with ancient culture
On the hidden trail around enchanting tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and fir forest
Breathtaking panorama of Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range
Starting and ending our scenic walks from picturesque and popular holiday spot at Pokhara”

Trip Outlooks:

Trip Mode:                              Hotels and in Lodge basis during trek.
Trek Grade:                             Moderate with ups and downhill walks.
Highest point:                        3,870 m at Kopra Ridge & 4,540 m at Khayar Lake.
Trek duration:                        08 nights & 09 days (Pokhara to Pokhara)
Total Trip:                               13 nights & 14 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Activities:                                Cultural tour - scenic drive and trekking.
Season:                                    All year round except June to August the wet months.

Introduction:

Khopra Ridge and Khayar Lake Trekking leads you to impressive country with magnificent views of world highest mountains from Dhaulagiri-Annapurna to Manaslu range with majestic towering Machhapuchhre the fishtail peak.Khopra Ridge and Khayar Lake trekking, an exclusive Himalayan destination with Beyond Base Camp Treks takes you in the hidden areas on seldom visited areas away from mainstream trekking trails, where you will in the midst of high mountains and in complete wilderness within tranquility.A picturesque and enjoyable journey where an overland drive from Kathmandu takes you to famous and popular tourist holiday destination at Pokhara, blessed with towering peaks of Annapurna Himalaya where it reflects on its serene Phewa and Begnas Lakes.

From Pokhara our adventure leads on the main trail to Ghorepani and at Poon Hill for fantastic panorama of 360° wide angle views of Mid West Himalayan range of mountains with striking sun rise views and walking within pristine forest of tall rhododendron and magnolia tree lines.In spring this whole areas turns magic into natural garden when wild-flowers in full bloom with the backdrop of high snow capped peaks.

Soon our adventure leads away from the main trekking trail into isolated areas at Kopra ridge with fabulous close views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range with Annapurna Fang or Varah Shikhar Himal, and then with optional excursion to Khayar holy lake where in auspicious time in the month of August, a huge religious fair takes place and local pilgrims visits here for a holy dip and a bathe on this icy glacial pond to relinquishes the sin of a hundred life time.After a great and enjoyable time at Kopra Ridge and Khayar Lake our adventure completes with a walk downhill to reach at Pokhara through wonderful Gurung village of Tadapani and Ghandruk, a short drive to Pokhara ends our fabulous adventure Khopra Ridge & Khayar Lake Trekking.

Guideline Itinerary:

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02:In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.

Day 03:Drive to Pokhara 820m (220 k.m) - 06hrs.

Day 04:Drive to Nayapul (trek point) and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,440m-04 hrs.

Day 05:Trek to Ghorepani 2,860m - 06 hrs.

Day 06:Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Sauta 2,200 m - 05 hrs.

Day 07:Trek to Shistibung 3,000 m -05 hrs.

Day 08:Trek to Kopra Ridge 3,870 m -03 hrs.

Day 09:Free day at Kopra Ridge for optional hike to holy Khayar Lake.

Day 10:Trek to Dobato 3,420 m - 05 hrs.

Day 11:Trek to Ghandruk 1,940 m - 05 hrs.

Day 12:Trek to Nayapul and Bhirethati and drive to Pokhara - 06 hrs.

Day 13:Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide briefs with information regarding Kopra Ridge & Khayar Lake Trekking, lodge on route with do and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Kopra Ridge & Khayar Lake Trekking.

(other options on tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area also known as Little Tibet)

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m - 06 hrs journey distance 220 k.m.
Morning travel by private coach or in tourist bus (depending upon the size of the group) with an exciting overland drive on main Kathmandu to Pokhara highway, leading through Himalayan foothills, on reaching at Pokhara transfer to respective hotels by the beautiful Phewa Lake with afternoon free for short walks. (Options by Air 30 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara).

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul (trekking point) and trek to Tikhedhunga 1,440 m -04 hrs.
Starting our wonderful country walks to Kopra Ridge & Khayar Lake trekking with about two hours drive to Nayapul and Bhirethati villages, located near the river Modi where our first day walk starts past several farm villages with scenic waterfalls then a short gradual climb for few hours to reach at Tikhedhunga for overnight stop in the comfort of nice lodge after a wonderful and interesting walks of few hours.

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,850m - 06 hrs.
Morning starting with a climb to a series of stone steps for an hour to Ulleri village, a moderate size Gurung village of traditional Nepali hill villages with slated roofs.From here walk leads to a slow climb into pristine and cool rhododendron, pine forest area to reach Ghorepani village, located on a high ridge within beautiful rhododendron trees.Ghorepani village mostly inhabited by Poon of Magar tribe, a famous and popular place for Poon Hill view top an hour hike uphill.

Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Sauta 2,200m - 05 hrs.
Early morning before sunrise hike to Poon Hill view point for stunning views of sunrise over range of mountains from world 7th highest Dhaulagiri-10th highest Annapurna with range of peaks includes world 8th highest Manaslu with towering Machhapuchhre peak “Fish Tail”.

After an exciting and marvelous time with memorable views from Poon Hill, return to Ghorepani and continue descend into green forest of rhododendron for an hour to Chitre village and then descend to a fresh stream a short climb brings you at nice farm village in Sauta for overnight stop, away from the mainstream trekking trails with marvelous views of Dhaulagiri mountains.

Day 07: Trek to Shistibung 3,000 m -05 hrs.

Starting morning walk through farm fields and scattered villages, leading into lovely rhododendron and bamboo forest, then a climb into woodlands following the route to Khair ridge, with an uphill through meadow and summer pastures to Chistebung for overnight stop, a, a small place of few huts serving as tea-houses.

Day 08:  Trek to Khair or Khopra Ridge 3,870 m - 03 hrs.
Morning walk for few hours leading to our destination at Kopra ridge, from here on gaining altitude after leaving the tree lines for short alpine bushes and shrubs, around this place chances of seeing some wildlife like Himalayan Thar, Danphe Pheasant (National Bird of Nepal).

2-3 hours of good climb brings at overnight stop at Kopra ridge, a scenic spot with amazing views of surrounding landscapes and Mt. Dhaulagiri massive range, Vara-Shikar (Annapurna Fang), Annapurna South which towers from this wonderful spot.

Day 09: At Kopra Ridge for day hike to holy Khair lake.

A great spot for rest day and excursion to holy Khayar Lake located at 4,247 m. which is a long and tough hike and worth the views, a holy site with religious festival held annually around the month of August and September.Villagers from surrounding area visit on pilgrimage to offer prayers and dip in the lake. 

Day 10: Trek to Dobato 3,420 m - 05 hrs.

After a great time at Kopra ridge & holy Khair Lake, morning walk leads to a long descend through pasture lands in the midst of rhododendron forest, and then back into tree lines to our overnight stop at Dobato, a summer pasture a grazing land for the local Sheppard’s with striking views of Annapurna and Mt. Machapuchhre.

Day 11: Trek to Ghandruk 1,951m - 04 hours.

Today a moderate walk with much downhill to Ghandruk village through forest, with views of snow capped mountains; a pleasant walk leads to Ghandruk village for overnight stop after walking past Tadapani village on the main trekking trail.

Ghandruk, largest Gurung villages around Annapurna region, the men folk of Ghandruk village have long tradition of supplying some of the finest soldiers in the Gorkha Regiment to both British and Indian armies.

Day 12:  Trek to Nayapul / Birethati 1,000 m and drive to Pokhara - 04 hrs.
After a pleasant overnight at Ghandruk with wonderful mountains views, our last day of this great trip leads into warmer areas of rice fields and terraces overlooking magnificent views of massive Himalayan range of mountains, an hour walk downhill to Bhirethati village and at Nayapul on the road head of Baglung-Pokhara, after getting into a vehicles few hour drive brings you beautiful and scenic Pokhara after a great and wonderful time up in the high mountains.

Day 13: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to back Kathmandu with grand memories of this fantastic and exciting  Kopra Ridge & Khayar Lake trekking, an interesting six hour brings you back in Kathmandu with afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs .

(Options of flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu of 30 mins)

Day 14: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal in the land of Himalayan wonders, after wonderful experience and fond memories of Kopra Ridge & Khayar Lake Trekking around great Annapurna Himalaya, our staff transfer you to airport as per your time for international flight for your final departure towards homeward bound.

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