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Annapurna Khopra Ridge - 15 Days

Annapurna Khopra Ridge Trek
Annapurna Khopra Ridge
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Annapurna Khopra Hill trek is a trek that takes you away from the busy trails of the Annapurna Base Camp trek or the Annapurna Circuit trek. This trek lies in some off-the-beaten-tracks of the Annapurna region.

When you come to Nepal for this trek organized by The Great Adventure Treks, you will first enjoy two of the most popular cities of Nepal- Kathmandu and Pokhara. From Pokhara, you will drive to Nayapul and start your trek from there.

Initially, the trek takes you along the classic route in the Annapurna region. That is you will trek through some beautifully located villages in this region like Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, and Tadapani.

These villages offer some splendid views of mountains like Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna. You will also go to Poon Hill, where the sun rises over the great panorama of the Himalayas from Dhaulagiri-Annapurna to Manaslu mountain range

From Poon Hill, the trek takes you along a different route. It takes you along some of the lesser known village of Baili Kharka before reaching Khopra Ridge.

Khopra ridge is one of the best locations to catch the views of Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Varaha Shikhar, and Kali Gandaki gorge.

This great trekking organized by The Great Adventure Treks takes you to the heart of traditional local villages in Annapurna region. The trekking trails to these villages are quite fresh as they are seldom used by western trekkers.

This trek is one of the best ones in the region. It takes you to fresh trails, offers you some delightful walks in the ACAP region and makes you more familiar with the Guring culture of the various regions you will travel to.

Best Time for Annapurna Khopra Ridge Trek

Autumn (September, October, and November) and Spring (March, April, and May) are the best seasons for completing the Annapurna Khopra Ridge trek.

The number of trekkers who come to complete this trek in these two seasons is higher than other seasons. The mornings are often Clear in these seasons. So, you can catch some splendid views of mountains of the Annapurna region. Mild sunshine and low amount of precipitation are other reasons why this trek is popular in the autumn and spring season.

The low altitude of this trek also allows for some wonderful time in the winter season as well. Winter is not as cold in Annapurna Khopra trek like other high-altitude treks. The views of mountains are the most amazing in the winter season.

If you prepare for the occasional showers and slippery trails by having sturdy trekking equipment to keep the effect of rain away, you can enjoy the Annapurna Khopra Ridge in the summer season as well.

Annapurna Khopra Ridge Trek Difficulty

The 15-day Khopra ridge trek takes you to a maximum altitude of 3660 meters at Khopra Hill. The altitude gains during this trek are also quite low. Adjusting to the altitude changes will be relatively easy.

As you are trekking in mountainous areas, you are likely to encounter some steep uphills and downhills along the way. You will hike up more than 3000 stairs in Ulleri.

Low altitude gains during the trek combined with regular uphills and downhills means that Annapurna Khopra ridge trek is a moderately difficult one.

As with every other moderately difficult trek, some amount of physical preparation is necessary for Annapurna Khopra Ridge trek. A few preparation hikes will also help you immensely to complete this trek.

Main Attractions of the Annapurna Khopra Ridge Trek

  • Walk along the rhododendron and orchid forests of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).
  • Tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Scenic bus ride to and from Pokhara
  • Boating in the beautiful lakes in Pokhara.
  • Trek to picturesque villages like Ghorepani, Tadapani, Baili Kharka, Swanta amongst others.
  • Astonishing views of Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna South from Khopra ridge.
  • Catch sights of rare species like Dzos, Himalayan Tahr, Danphe etc.
  • Mesmeric sunrise amidst Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range from Poon Hill.
  • Thrilling views of the Kali Gandaki gorge, which is the deepest gorge in the world.

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer your Hotel (1350m)

Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m)

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1565m)

Day 05: Trek from Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani (2850m)

Day 06: Trek from Ghorepani - Tadapani (2660m) via Poon Hill 3210m

Day 07: Trek from Tadapani Baili -Kharka (3450m.) 5 hours.

Day 08: Trek from Baili Kharka - Khopra Danda (Ridge) (3660m.) 5 hours.

Day 09: Trek from Khopra Danda - Paudwar (1750m.) 3½ hour.

Day 10: Trek from Paudwar - Swanta (2400m) 3 hours.

Day 11: Trek from Swanta - Baili Kharka (3450m.) 6 hours.

Day 12: Trek from Baili Kharka - Tadapani (2675m.) 6 hours.

Day 13: Trek from Tadapani- Pokhara (900m)

Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m)

Day 15: Final Departure

If you want to extend your trip, please feel free to choose from our DAY TOURS, NEPAL TOURS or Jungle Safaris. here are some trip extensions that might interest you.

Extended Trips

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer your Hotel (1350m)

You will arrive at only international airport in Nepal- the Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu. Our representatives from The Great Adventure Treks will meet you outside the airport terminal. They will transfer you to your hotel and help you check in. Our guide will give you all the relevant information about the hotel you will be staying. He will also brief you about the Annapurna Khopra Ridge Trek. He will also give you other related information and answer your other queries.

Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

You will have breakfast at your hotel in the morning. After that, you will go for an exciting half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, which is the capital city of Nepal. Ancient culture, religious harmony, and rich history is what makes this city an exciting place for sightseeing. The architecture of the various houses and temples of this city is also extremely good.

Pashupatinath Temple:

All Hindu devotees wish to visit the Pashupatinath Temple once in their lifetime. The temple is the biggest Hindu temple in the world. Legend has it that Lord Shiva dwelled in the forests in the outskirts of this temple. Millions of Hindu devotees come to this place every year, especially on the day of Maha Shivaratri. Pashupatinath is a two-storied temple with other smaller temples surrounding it.

Boudhanath Stupa:

Boudhanath is one of the most popular Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. Established in the 5th century C.E, UN placed it as a World Heritage Site in 1979 A.D. There are various prayer wheels in the temple. One of the most popular activities in this temple is rotating the prayer wheels while walking around this monastery.

Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Squares:

Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square are large areas that have various ancient palaces and smaller temples. These temple squares have some astonishing architectural styles as well as they reflect the artistry of various craftsmen who designed it.

Krishna Mandir and Hanuman Dhoka complex are the most popular places in the Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Square respectively. These squares are also home to some historical museums.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara

Next day, you will set out to Pokhara on a bus after having breakfast in your hotel. The route of the bus takes you along the beautiful, scenic hills along with sights of Trisuli and Marsyangdi River. It is also possible for you to catch views of Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu peak during this bus ride. After a ride of 6-7 hours from Kathmandu, you will reach Pokhara(820 meters).

Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. It is a paradise for tourists. This is mainly due to its wonderful landscape, touristic vibe, and its clean, green environment. After you reach Pokhara, you can stroll around the city or spend some quality time in the lakeside.

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1565m)

You will head out to Nayapul (new bridge) the next day after having breakfast on a 2-hour drive. Nayapul lies at an altitude of 1070 meters. You start your trek in Nayapul. The start of your trek passes through some busy areas. You will encounter local and international trekkers, mule and donkey trains along the way.

The path joins Bhirthati village. From here, you will follow the main trail, which is an old Trans-Himalayan trade route path. The trek then follows the main route through several farm villages and waterfalls till you reach Tikhedhunga after trekking for 3-4 hours. You will spend your night in Tikhedhunga (1565 meters).

Day 05: Trek from Tikhedhunga – Ghorepani (2850m)

You will encounter one of the most difficult parts of the trek this day. You will walk 2 hours uphill as you trek along thousands of stone staircases to Ulleri. From Ulleri, the path winds gradually through the cool rainforest with gentle uphills and downhills.

You can feel a cold wind blowing as you trek. You will also find a change in temperature as well as vegetation on your way to Ghorepani. You will encounter many rhododendron trees along the forests of ACAP region while trekking to Ghorepani. Eventually, after trekking for 6-7 hours, you will reach Ghorepani(2860 meters).

Day 06: Trek from Ghorepani – Tadapani (2660m) via Poon Hill 3210m

You will go on an early morning hike to Poon Hill (3,190m) to catch mesmerizing views of the sunrise. The sun rises over the great panorama of the Himalayas from Dhaulagiri-Annapurna to Manaslu mountain range. From here, you will return back to Ghorepani for breakfast.

The trail from Ghorepani takes you to an upper ridge as you walk through rhododendron forest. The path then narrows downhill as you walk through the temperate forests. You might encounter some steep paths along the way before reaching Bhanthahti. Birethanti lies in the middle of the forest where you can take a small lunch-break. Then, you will hike along a trail for an hour through rhododendron forests and small streams. After trekking uphill for an hour, you will reach Tadapani(2630 meters).

Tadapani is in the middle of the forest of Rhododendron, Magnolia, and Oaks. From this place, you can have grand views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (fishtail). Today’s trek to Tadapani, including the hike to Poon Hill and back, is 6-7 hours long.

Day 07: Trek from Tadapani Baili -Kharka (3450m.) 5 hours.

You will be trekking along an off-the-beaten-path as you trek from Tadapani. As you leave the main trail, you will hike through some remote parts of the Annapurna region. You will hike along some dense rhododendron and orchid forests. The locals, in the yesteryears, took the animals they rear into pastures in higher altitudes in the summer season.

The trail takes you uphill as you walk along some trees before you reach a ridge at Deural. The trail ascends all the way up to Bayeli Kharka. You can catch some majestic views of Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m) from Baili Kharka (3450 meters). The hike from Tadapani to Baili Kharka is 5 hours long.

Day 08: Trek from Baili Kharka – Khopra Danda (Ridge) (3660m.) 5 hours.

Today you will head out to Khopra Danda (ridge) (3660 meters) on a 5-hour trek. The trek initially takes you along a grassy slope. You will also walk through pasturelands, where you can occasionally observe the growth of dense foliages. You will also come across some herders’ huts along the way to Upper Chistibung. You will be a witness a unique animal species Dzos, which are a crossbreed between cows and yaks. You can see these animals grazing peacefully on fields. You can also catch glimpses of Danphe (the national bird of Nepal) and Himalayan Thars on the ridges that lie above the trail.

The ascent from Upper Chistibung is a steady walk through alpine meadows and pasturelands. This trail also gives you glimpses of the tip of the Annapurna South. This is also an indication that you are close to Khopra Ridge. You can see a panoramic view of Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna South from Khopra Ridge. You can also head out on a short walk from Khopra Ridge to a viewpoint that gives you an astounding view of the Kali Gandaki gorge down below.

Day 09: Trek from Khopra Danda – Paudwar (1750m.) 3½ hour.

You will embark on a 3 and half hour trek to Paudwar (1750 meters) from Khopra Danda (Ridge) this day. Initially, the trekking trail blesses you with beautiful views of the hills and mountains and forests. Today’s trek is a nice, soothing experience for eyes as well as your mind. After trekking for about an hour, you will reach a big ridge. After 2 more hours of trekking from the bridge, you will reach Paudwar, which is where you will spend your night. Paudwar, which has some good amenities, is an ideal place to spend your night.

Day 10: Trek from Paudwar – Swanta (2400m) 3 hours.

We start our trek to Swanta from Paudwar early in the morning. After breakfast, we trek for approx. 3 hrs to reach Swanta. Overnight stay at Swanta.

Day 11: Trek from Swanta – Baili Kharka (3450m.) 6 hours.

We start to trek from Swanta early in the morning. After breakfast, we trek to Chistibang which takes approx 3 hrs and continue to trek to Baili-Kharka which takes another 3 hrs.

Day 12: Trek from Baili Kharka – Tadapani (2675m.) 6 hours.

After breakfast, after almost 6 hrs of trekking. We will reach Tadapani. We will stay at Tadapani for the night.

Day 13: Trek from Tadapani- Pokhara (900m)

From tadapani, you will trek along the same villages you came from during your way to Khopra Danda. You will pass through picturesque villages like This is the last day of trekking where you will walk to Nayapul. From there, you will then have a drive back to Pokhara. Arriving at Pokhara, you can opt for a quiet and peaceful boat-ride on the Fewa Lake as well or go out for exploring the city if you have time.

Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m)

On this day, you will drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. The route of the bus takes you along the beautiful, scenic hills along with sights of Trisuli and Marsyangdi River. It is also possible for you to catch views of Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu peak during this bus ride. After a bus ride of 6-7 hours from Pokhara, you will reach Kathmandu.

You can go for some last minute shopping in Thamel to buy some souvenirs or other items you might need. We will also organize a farewell dinner for you for a successful completion of your trek.

Day 15: Final Departure.

Today is the day of your departure. A representative from The Great Adventure Treks will transfer you to the international airport for your flight back home. You will reach the airport around 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Please ensure that you have the confirmed air ticket and all the travel documents with you. The Great Adventure Treks will also assist you in another trek or travel in Nepal if you want to.

  • Airport pickup and drop
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara ( 3-star hotel.)
  • Half day Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Transportation Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus
  • Professional trekking guide with government licence
  • Porter, who carry your baggage during the trek (2 people 1 porter)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Accommodation during the trek
  • All requirements paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS).
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, transportation  food, and accommodation
  • First aid Medical kit
  • Emergency Rescue Help (covered by your travel insurance).
  • Farewell Dinner with a cultural show.
  • All programe as per itinerary.
  • All government and local taxes.

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Any kinds of Drinks( soft and Hard Drinks)
  • Visa, international flight ticket
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara monuments fees
  • Personal Nature expenses
  • Tips for Staffs
  • Rescue and Evacuation cost

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Trip Facts

  • Khopra Ridge, 3,730m
  • Moderate
  • Available
  • Flight and Private Transports
  • October - December and March - May



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