Khopra Trek

The khopra danda trekking is one of the awesome rural trek newly open trail in Annapurna region. This trek is suitable for all opinioned trekkers. Also this route is connected with Annapurna base camp. The way to khopra trek diverts from the main trekking trail of Ghorepani. The path goes through deeply lush thick pine, oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest with magnificent views of Himalayan panorama which includes Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna (I, II, III and south), Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhare, lamjung Himal, and Nilgiri. Another attraction is the holy kaire lake which requires a little wandering away from the khopra danda. We leave main trail after Tadapani. This trip can be done as a special adventure hike up to khayar lake (4600m) the highest point. The best views of snowcapped peaks and landscapes and complete unique heritage and culture. This trek is perfect for those people want walk non touristic trekking in Annapurna region. Very few people know about this trekking trail also very less tourists you see on the way, so it’s quite and peace trail also. On this trip you will have chances to mix with those people and observe their life style, culture and traditions. So we are offering you do this trek.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m.)

Welcome to Nepal. Representative of Mountain Delights Treks and Expedition receives you at the Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu. Then you transfer to the hotel. After a short rest, we take you to the Thamel tour (about 30 minutes) to show you the shopping Centre, bank and ATM, restaurants and money changers. Then, in the hotel a brief introduction about the upcoming itinerary is given. If you have a late flight, we do it on the following day.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Pashupatinath Temple:It is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva, located beside the Bagmati River. It is one of the most significant temples for the Hindu devotes around the world and the UNESCO site. The golden pagoda style temple is richly carved with silver doors. On the day of Shivaratri, a big fair is held around the month of February/March.

Boudhanath Stupa:One of the biggest Stupas in the world is located on the east in Kathmandu. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four prime direction, keeping watch for virtuous behavior and human success. King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini had built this remarkable Stupa. The Stupa resembles the Mahayana philosophy.

Day 03: Drive/ Flight to Pokhara (840m.) flight 30 min and drive 5-6 hours

In the morning, we take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara for half an hour. Sitting on the right, the view of Langtang and Annapurna can be seen. There is also an option of the drive through Prithvi Highway which takes 7 hrs. The picturesque landscape and hilly gorges can be explored. Leaving Pokhara, we check in Hotel and fresh. After some rest we walk around the Lake at evening.

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul (1010m) and Trek to Ghandruk (2000m.) 1 hour drive and 5 hours walk

After breakfast at hotel in pokhara we will be transferred by road by private bus to the starting point of our trek. You will walk through the busy trading post of nayapul. Firstly you will cross a small stream via suspension bridge and continue walk to Birethanti. At Birethanti your trekking permits will be checked at the Annapurna Conservation Check Post. You will continue to hike following the Modi Khola upstream, passing through settlements inhabited by the Chettris and Brahmins. Soon you will reach the small hamlet of Shyauli Bazaar where you will stop for the lunch. After lunch you will start the climb to Ghandruk. The trail gradually climbs out of Shyauli, and you will cross a steel suspension bridge. From here the trail climbs more steeply up stone steps through settlements of Kimche and Chane, where one can see beautiful scenery and village life. From the small village of Chane the trail traverses and then climbs up to the village of Ghandruk, where you will stop for lunch and spend the night. Ghandruk is one of the biggest Gurung villages in the area, the difference in the Gurung lifestyle here to that of their neighbors in the lower areas is very apparent. Ghandruk is well known for the number of its men folk who have served in the British Gurkha regiments.

Day 05: Trek to Tadapani (2710m.) 4 hours walk

Another day, after breakfasts ascend ahead Tadapani. From here we continue upwards through Deurali, the walk will be easier now that you’ve found your trekking legs! Leaving the terraced hillsides and the village of Ghandruk behind and you will enter oak and rhododendron forest. The Rhododendron is Nepal’s national flower and when they bloom, the forests turn into gardens of dazzling red flowers when seen from the air or from afar. After trekking over a small pass we reach Tadapani where we get to enjoy excellent views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Hiunchuli mountains. There are many Tibetans in the village who sell things for the tourists to take back home as a souvenirs. Overnight at tea house.

 

Day 06: Trek to Bayli Kharka (3450m.) 5 hours walk

After tadapani, you will leave the main trail for next five days we will walk in a more remote area on the Annapurna region. We begin our trek by entering into the beautiful rhododendron and oak forest on upward trail. Then after small decent we continue climb gradual and soon you will emerge above the tree line to superb views of the Annapurna range. You will take lunch on the way and then continue to climb gradually we cross several pass, where the trail descends through rhododendron to an open clearing known as Bayli Kharka, and the lodge. From the lodge, we enjoy great views of Dhaulagiri which is the seventh highest mountain in the world. Overnight at Bateli Kharka.

Day 07: Trek to Chistibung (2975m.) 3-4 hours walk

After breakfast, this morning you will descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung, where you will have lunch. After lunch you will continue to walk through forest, ascending gradually through a forest before reaching upper Chistibung and temporary herder’s settlement, where you will stay in the small community lodge. We have contributed to the construction of these lodges, part of a series of projects to design to aid the local community. Stay overnight at Lodge/Home-Stay.

Day 08: Trek to Khopra Ridge (3660m.) 3-4 hours walk

We embark on a steady climb that carries you above the tree line through alpine meadows and pastures to reach Khopra. As we approach khopra Ridge. This area is noted for wildlife, so you should keep your eyes open for Himalayan thar and Danfe pheasant. This extraordinary panorama includes Annapurna South, towering directly above you, with Fang and Nilgiri prominent to the north. Across the depths of the Kali Gandakhi Valley, the Dhaulagiri Himal dominates the entire western skyline. The Kopra Community Lodge is the highlight of our work in the region. Stay overnight at Lodge.

Day 09: Khopra excursion trip (maximum 4600m hike)

Today we can take a beautiful day’s hiking trip to Khayar Lake at 4600m.where we attain excellent view of the mountains. This, however, is not recommended for every trekker, because it is a very long way   to trek to the lake and come back the same way to Khopra. It takes a minimum of 7 to 8 hours as a round trip. Khayar Lake is very famous for Hindu belief on the occasion of Janai Purnima, around the full moon of July-August the high caste men,  Brahmin and Kshetri , must change the janai, which they wear looped over their left shoulder. There they garland a statue of Shiva and throw coins at a temple and into the lake and it would be fantastic to take the Khayar lake trip. The views of nature’s beauty are mesmerizing! Who do not want to walk all the way to the lake, we arrange also half day walk around khopra dada. Overnight at lodge.

           
Day 10: Trek to Swanta (2400m.) 6-7 hours walk

AfterKopra you will descend off the hillside and continue downhill on steep trail. You will retrace the route back to Chistibung. You will then head to the village of Swanta, where you will stay overnight. Along the way we get more views of Dhaulagiri with lovely terraced fields and traditional houses in the village. We will explore local school and nearby area and have supported the local school over the years, and there is time to pay a quick visit and Stay overnight at Lodge.             

Day 11: Trek to Ulleri (2070m.) 5-6 hours walk

From swanta the trail descend through the crop fields to a small river, which we will cross and pass along the site of water mill to suspension bridge. We will upward to Chitre village where we will join the main trekking trail at Ghorepani village. After that we will down through rhododendron forest to Nangethanti. Trail continues to Ullerivillage. Overnight at lodge.


Day 12: Trek to Nayapul (1010m.) and Drive back to Pokhara (840m), 4 hours walk and 1 hour drive.

On our way to nayapul we will take steeply down through stone steps to Bhunungi khola. We will cross the suspension bridge and reach Tikhedhunga. After that we continue our trek lower down further to Birethanti we will exit our permit here and 20 minutes’ walk to reach Nayapul. We will take an hour of drive back to hotel in Pokhara. Overnight at hotel in pokhara.

Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu (5-6 hour Drive)

We are leaving for Kathmandu from Pokhara today. It is again pretty long drive by a tourist bus. In the beginning, we get amused by the Marshyangdi river valley and its surrounding scenarios and of the Trishuli river valley in the second part. After reaching Kathmandu, you transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the evening as you wish. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Departure

At the farewell day, Mountain Delights Treks and Expedition’s representative drops you at the airport for your final departure. Thank you for your wonderful experience with us. 

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop.
  •  Guide and Helpers (porters) assistance, according to the group size.
  • All food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)
  •  Tea house/lodge accommodation also tent trek if you require (we organize)
  •  Hot drinks (Tea and coffee) 3 times a day.
  • All land transportation.
  •   KTM-PKR flight ticket if you book already.
  •  TIMS (Trekking information Management System) card.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entry Permit.
  • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipment’s, all transport for guide, and porters.
  • Nepalese three star standard hotel with BB plan in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Sightseeing with guide, transport and monument entry fees in Kathmandu.
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag.
  •  All government taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen expenses.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for guide, Porter and driver (Tips are not compulsory but expected).

What to bring

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking hours. There are various selections and brands that you can have your own choice. Those equipment’s can be bought and hire easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.

General

1.     Down sleeping bag (you can borrow with us if required).

2.     Duffel or Rucksack bag (you can borrow with us if required).

3.     Daypack

4.     Down Jacket (you can borrow with us if required).

5.     Flesh liner (you can borrow with us if required).

6.     Walking poles (Walking poles (optional, you can borrow with us if required).

7.     Water bottle with purification tablets.

8.     Hand wash liquids.

9.     Lip guard.

10.                        Sun block cream.

11.                        Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

1.     Cap and ears covering hat. 

2.     Sun glasses

3.     Head torch.

4.     Ear-muffs and neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth (optional)

Hand

1.      Hand gloves

Core Body

1.     T-shirts.

2.     Light and weight thermal tops.

3.     Light jacket.

4.     Wind and rain jacket.

5.     Shirts

Lower Body – Legs

1.     Long and short hiking pants.

2.      Lightweight long underwear.

3.     Rain and windproof trousers.

Feet

1.     Thin and thick socks.

2.     Trekking boots, light shoes and sandal.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Our guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek.  We still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as you feel it necessary).

1.     Headache and fever medicine.

2.     Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.

3.     Burnt cream.

4.     Imodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach and diarrhea.

5.     Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.

6.     Antibiotics.

7.     Blister treatments such as mole skin, hand plats Band-Aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.

Miscellaneous

1.     Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies).

2.     Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money and passport.

3.     Pocket knife.

4.     Bandanas.

5.     Favorite snack foods and energy bars

6.     Paperback books, cards, mp3 player. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight

7.     Binoculars.

8.     Camera.

All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

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