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Khopra Ridge Community Trek

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Duration

15 Days

Max. Elevation

4827Mm

Group size

Min 2pax

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
All ground transportation as per itinerary
Best Season
March to May, September to December
Accomodation
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara and Lodge/Tea house during the trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara and all meals during the trek
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
ktm - pokhara - poon hill - Tada pani - khopra danda - khayar lake - ulleri - pokhara - Ktm

Highlights

    • Peaceful trek in Annapurna
    • Pass several mixed and ethnic communities
    • Spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, and Fishtail
    • Wonderful blue lake (Khopra Lake) and Khopra ridge
    • Off-the-beaten route

Annapurna Khayer Lake Trek has got a distinct feature that goes through the off-the-beaten trail. It is an exotic trek in Annapurna, which is also known as Khopra ridge trek or Khopra community trek. When other trekking trails are occupied by the motor roads or highly trafficked, this trek is peaceful and you can hear the chirping birds’ melodies. Khayer Lake is located almost at 5000 meters, so you need proper acclimatization.

The biological diversity surrounds the trail to Khayer Lake. Rhododendron forest, waterfalls, hilly gorges, and some tiny villages are the route based features of this excursion. It is a moderate trek that begins from Nayapul. Walking through the easy trail, you head towards Ghorepani and Poon Hill. First, the trek leads you to Poon Hill, which is the best viewpoint to explore the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri panoramas. Then you approach towards Tadapani and split towards the Khopra ridge via Bhisi Kharka and Chistibung. It is becoming in a primary list of the trekkers in Nepal to find suitable trekking. Khayer Lake is located at 4827 meters altitude and offers the incredible views of Annapurna South, Himchuli and pyramid-shaped Fishtail. Khayer Barah temple is another attraction of the trek with the spiritual insights. The back route leads you via Swata village to the lower section of Ghorepani and retraces all the way to Nayapul.

Vertex Holiday recommends the spring season when you can trek exploring the blooming rhododendron forests of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). It is an unforgettable experience of the community trek to Khopra ridge/Lake. We organize both camping and lodge-based Khopra Lake trekking with a suitable itinerary. Please, contact us for more details.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1

Namaste and welcome to Nepal. After your arrival, Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative receives you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed, we give you a short briefing and orientation by our trekking leaders. The evening is wonderful with a dinner with the Nepali cultural program. Overnight at the hotel.

Day

2

After breakfast at the hotel, set out for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, these include UNESCO listed world heritage sites. Kathmandu is a city of temples and mediaeval arts and architectures. There is Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu. However, there are in total seven world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley. Returning back from the sightseeing tour, you get a short trip briefing. Overnight at the hotel.

Day

3

From Kathmandu, we drive to the tourist town of Pokhara. As an option of the driving, you can take a flight and see the views of Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna region peaks. If driving, tourist buses leave at 7 am and you have to check-in at 6.30 am. Through the winding road, we drive for 6 hours and reach Pokhara. Walking throughout the lakeside city is fabulous. Overnight at the hotel.

Day

4

After breakfast, we drive to Nayapul, the gateway of Ghorepani trekking and begin the trek through the terrace hillside trail. A stream flows beside the trail. In autumn, the scene of the rice fields can be seen as astounding. We pass Hile and ascend to Tikhedhunga. As it is the first day of the trek, we take a rest here. Overnight at lodge.


Day

5

On the second day of the trek, we reach Ghorepani. The trail is mixed. In the beginning, we ascend through the steep up trail for a couple of hours after crossing the suspension bridge. While ascending, we meet many trekkers both ascending and descending. The route we use is clockwise and some do anti-clockwise trek. Then we reach a Magar village at Ulleri. Then we walk through the rhododendron forest. We reach to Nangethanti for lunch. Gradually, we walk to Ghorepani and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.


Day

6

Getting up early, we hike up to Poon Hill through the rhododendron forest. The hiking trail is fine that has been made of stone steps. Pooh Hill is a famous/best viewpoint of Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Himchuli, and the surrounding peaks. You can take an abundant snap and hike down to Ghorepani. Having breakfast, we trek a little down from Ghorepani and head to the Having breakfast, we trek to Tadapani through the rhododendron and oak forest that has up and down the zigzag trail. Overnight at lodge.

Day

7

Splitting from the main route, we take the off-the-beaten trail and walk towards the northern part. We trek down to the kimrong River valley through the rhododendron forest. Then we move towards the North West through the grazing meadow. The views of Annapurna, Fishtail and Himchuli can be seen spectacular. Then the trail is zigzag that leads us to the top of the hill. There lies a tiny settlement of Bhaisi Kharka (on the Buffalo grazing meadow). Enjoy the fabulous view of the Dhaulagiri peak, which is closer to this place. Overnight at lodge.

Day

8

After breakfast, we begin to walk gradually through the unusual trail. Passing the beautiful valleys, we take the North West route and reach to the Chistibung village. It is bigger in size. Still, we climb up to the upper Chistibung, which is tiny and picturesque. It is located below the Khopra ridge (Danda). Walk around the village and rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day

9

Today, we climb up to the Khopra ridge from the upper Chistibung village. The altitude reaches about 4000 meters. You may feel the symptoms of higher altitude and be aware of the mountain sickness. We walk gradually as we walk on the high altitude. The rewarding sceneries of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas and green hills are superb. Morning and Nights are cold and the day is okay. Overnight at lodge.

Day

10

This is the main day of the trek. After breakfast, we climb up to the higher elevation and we become closer to the Annapurna panoramas. Take sufficient snaps of the sunrise view over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks. Khayer Lake is located almost at 5000 meters. The route is a steep climb which is tough in such an altitude region. We explore around the Lake, view the mind-blowing panoramas of the Annapurna chain and the alpine region. The beautiful blue Lake offers an amazing experience of photography. Then we walk down to the Khopra danda and rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day

11

After having a remarkable Khayer Lake trek experience, we trek down all the way to Swata village. The route is steep down and goes through the rhododendron forest. The local villages hide inside the forest. They are linked with farming. Gradually, we reach to the Swata village and rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day

12

We have an easy itinerary, although we have to do some climbing. We begin the trek through the forest and that is the gradual uphill trail. We pass Chitre and walk through the farming land. Again we walk through the dense rhododendron forest and climb steeply to Ulleri. It is one of the beautiful viewpoints of the greenery landscape, valleys, and hilly gorges. Overnight at lodge.

Day

13

After breakfast, we climb down through the steep step trail. It takes about an hour, crosses the bridge and walks gradually via Tikhedhunga and Hile. We reach Nayapul following the Bhurungdi Khola, check out from the ACAP counter and drive to Pokhara, which takes about an hour.

Day

14

Today, we drive back to Kathmandu. It’s a scenic drive through the Prithvi Highway road. Or if you take a flight, it's half an hour trip. After your arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Note: If you are going for the jungle safari tour in Chitwan, you drive to Chitwan and enjoy the safari trip. We offer 2 Nights/3 Days package for your wonderful holidays in Nepal.

Day

15

Having a good memory with Vertex Holiday our representative drops you at the airport for your final departure.

Inclusions

    • Airport picks up and drops off by our private vehicle
    • Three-night accommodation in Kathmandu with BB plan (Twin sharing basis)
    • Two-night accommodation in Pokhara in the BB plan (Twin sharing basis) 
    • For Kathmandu city tours –one experience tour guide and private vehicle only
    • All kind of ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary(for and to Pokhara then Pokhara to Nayapul)
    • All types of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    • All accommodation during the trekking time in the mountain (twin sharing basis)
    • An experienced and government license holder, English/Chinese-speaking trekking guide, porter to carry luggage max.25kg (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their all kind of cost i.e. Transportation, salary, insurance, equipment, meals, and accommodation
    • Trekking permits  of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), Trekking Information Management System (TIMS), please bring 3 passport size photos
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All government and local taxes
    • All kind of our service charge
    • Nepalese visa fee for Nepal
    • International airfare charge
    • Personal travel insurance (for your safety)
    • any kind of museum, heritage site and park entrance fee( in Kathmandu and Pokhara )
    • All kind of drinks, snacks and personal ordered food whole the trekking time  
    • Hot shower during the trekking(if need to pay)
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • Rescue charge (if needed)
    • Tips for staff

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