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13 Days
Availability : All Season
Kathmandu (1320m)
Khopra Ridge (3660m)
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 20+
(Last Updated On: April 13, 2018)

Annapurna Khopra Ridge Trek is the newly launched trekking trail in the Annapurna region. This trek offers a spectacular Himalayan view as well as it goes through several ancient villages where we can observe the different ethnic group people like Gurung, Magar, Brahmin, Chhetri & Dalits.

Following the trail at the Annapurna foothill, you would be trekking on paths that are ornamented with the blossoms of rhododendron flowers and ethnic Gurung settlements. The landscape of the region is like a portrait with the incorporation of an amazing Himalayan tapestry in the background. Trekking the Annapurna Khopra Ridge (Danda, in Nepali) Trek presents an absolutely beautiful experience which is sure to be carved into your memories for days to come.

With a moderate trip grading, the Annapurna Khopra Ridge Trek can be undergone with relative ease and presents trails that are not too difficult to follow.

 

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1320m)

Welcome to Tribhuvan Int’l Airport, Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal! One of the representatives from Mount Mania will be waiting to welcome you with fresh Nepali garlands and then transfer to your hotel by private vehicle. You will meet with trek guide and then brief about your trek.

Day 2Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we leave our hotel early morning for a drive with scenic views along the road to Pokhara via Prithivi national highway. The drive could take roughly 7-8 hrs to reach Pokhara. An alternative way to reach Pokhara is by taking a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara for 35 minutes. Overnight at Pokhara hotel on Bed and Breakfast plan. (B/B)

Day 3Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1,950m) 5-6 hours

After taking breakfast we take a taxi from our hotel to Nayapul about 1-hour drive. Then. 4-5 hours trek to Ghandruk which is Largest Gurung settlement of Annapurna region where we could explore tradition and local lifestyle.

Day 4Ghandruk to Tadapani (2,590m) 3- 4 hours

After breakfast, we will get ready for today’s trek where you will get views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli Mountains. We will continue ascends through Bhaisi Kharka and into the dense rhododendron forests. The Rhododendron is Nepal’s national flower and when they bloom, the forests turn into gardens of dazzling red flowers. After an hour, we will reach to Tadapani where we get to enjoy excellent views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Hiunchuli mountains. Overnight in Tadapani.

Day 5Tadapani to Bayeli Kharka (3,420m) 5 - 6 hours

After having hot breakfast, we will start our trek by entering into a beautiful rhododendron and oak forest on an upward trail. Then after a small descent we will continue climbing to a hill through a rhododendron forest. We also pass a bigger ridge top at Dobato. If the weather is good, you have a splendid views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre. We will continue ascending up to Bayeli Kharka. From the village, we enjoy mesmerizing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri which is the seventh highest mountain in the world. Overnight in Bayeli Kharka.

Day 6Bayeli Kharka to Upper Chistibung (2,975m) 4 -6hours

After breakfast, we will descend through an open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung. Next, we will ascend to gradually through a forest before reaching Upper Chistibung. Upper Chistibung has a temporary herder’s settlement. If you’re lucky you might even spot the colorful Lophophorus (Danphe), the national bird of Nepal, as well as Himalayan Thar on the grassy ridge high above the trail. Overnight in Upper Chistibung.

Day 7Upper Chistibung to Khopra Ridge (3,660m) 3-4 hours

After breakfast, we will ascend above the tree line through alpine meadows and pastures to reach Khopra. As we reach, Khopra Ridge we can see the view of Annapurna South. Upon reaching Khopra, we will go for a short walk down Khopra Ridge to a viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki river far below in this deep valley. From Khopra we also admire the stunning mountain panorama including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna South. Overnight in Khopra.

Day 8Visit to the Kaire Lake from Khopra Ridge 3-4 hours

After hot breakfast, today we will walk on a long journey to Khopra Lake from where we get an excellent views of Fang (7,647m) and the surrounding mountains. Considered to be a sacred lake by the Hindus, it is believed that bathing in the lake will help attain Nirvana. As Hinduism and Buddhism are closely related in Nepal, we can even see a number of Hindu and Buddhist shrines on the lakeside. For those of us who do not want to walk all the way to the lake, a half day walk from Khopra can also be arranged. Overnight in Khopra Ridge.

Day 9Trek to Swanta Village (2,200m) 5-6 hours

After having breakfast, we will descend off the hillside and continue downhill on a steep trail. Along the way we get more views of Mount Dhaulagiri with the mountain providing a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages. Overnight in Swanta village.

Day 10Trek to Ulleri (2,050m) 5 – 6 hours

After breakfast, we will descend through the village fields to a small river and have a quick look at the local water mill. We will cross the suspension bridge and head upwards to the village of Chittre, where we reach at Ghorepani. After Ghorepani we will descend through rhododendron forest to Ulleri. Overnight at Ulleri.

Day 11Trek to Nayapul 4- 5 hours walking, then drive to Pokhara

After breakfast, we will be heading for Pokhara. In between the journey, we will enjoy the amazing hill landscape of western Nepal. Khopra Ridge Trek ends at Nayapul where our private vehicle will pickup and drive to Pokhara, the beautiful lake city. Later, we can enjoy night life in Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 12Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 6 -7hours

After early breakfast at a hotel in Pokhara. We will check-out from hotel and catch our tourist bus which leaves at 7 AM to drive us to Kathmandu and the driving will be a fantastic experience as we drive past many small towns on the way and we are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces, and green rural landscapes. We will stop for lunch in between the travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu. After 6 hours drive, we will arrive at Kathmandu and stay overnight at your hotel. One of the Mount Mania representatives will invite you to attend a farewell dinner with a cultural show. Enjoy the fullest.

Day 13Departure

Mount Mania representative will help you to transport to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by private vehicle before 3 hours to your scheduled flight.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek
  • Leader and Assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Tribhuvan Int”l Airport (TIA)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (Wifi, phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
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