Khopra Trek is an optimal alternative of Ghorepani Poonhill Trek and Mardi Himal Trek, takes you to higher viewpoint of Annapurna Massif.
If you are looking for enjoying trek to Annapurnas in a limited days of 5-7, then Khopra Trek may be a great choice for you. Unlike, Ghorepani Poonhill, it is located away from Annapurna’s busier trails (Annapurna Circuit Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek). But it offers equally remarkable views of the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri and its neighboring peaks.
The best part of Khopra trek is that it is less crowded. So less trekkers visit this place every year.
The route of this trek follows the same trail to Ghorepani until reaching at Ghorepani. Then it goes down to valley before climbing Khopra Ridge. It normally takes 1 day. However, you can make it up for 2 days and stay in a tea house of village Swanta.
It requires a day to reach Tatopani from Khopra Ridge, and then back to Pokhara by bus. You can find hot spring at Tatopani which is opened for public.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m) and Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (850 m) – 7 hours
Day 03: Pokhara to Tirkhedhunga (1488 m) 2 hours
Day 04: Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2875 m) 4-5 hours
Day 05: Ghorepanai to Swanta / Upper Chistibung (early morning to Poonhill) (3000 m) 5-6 hours
Day 06: Trek to Khopra Danda (3640 m) 3 hours
Day 07: Khopra Danda (Day-trip to Khayer Lake, 4660m) (3640 m) 7-8 hours
Day 08: Trek to Tatopani (1250 m) 4-5 hours
Day 09: Tatopani to Pokhara (815 m) 4 hours (private jeep)
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu (1300 m) – 7 hours
Day 11: Rest Day in Kathmandu (Optional: Sightseeing in Kathmandu)
Day 12: Final Departure
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) & transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (850 m), 7 hrs.
Day 03: Pokhara to Tirkhedhunga (1,488 m), 2 hrs.
Day 04: Ghorepani (2,875 m), 4 - 5 hrs.
Day 05: Swanta / Upper Chistibung, early morning to Poonhill (3,000 m), 5 - 6 hrs.
Day 06: Khopra Danda (3,640 m), 3 hrs.
Day 07: Khopra Danda, day-trip to Khayer Lake (4,660 m), 7 - 8 hrs.
Day 08: Tatopani (1,250 m), 4 - 5 hrs.
Day 09: Pokhara (815 m), 4 hrs (private jeep).
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu (1,300 m), 7 hrs.
Day 11: Rest Day in Kathmandu (Optional: Sightseeing in Kathmandu).
Day 12: Final Departure.
What's included !
- Airport – hotel -airport picks up and drops by private vehicle in Kathmandu.
- Hotel in Kathmandu (3 nights) and Pokhara (2 nights) on BB plan as per category.
- Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking period.
- Local fresh fruits where available.
- Best available accommodations during the trek in Teahouse (Twin shared).
- An experienced Government license holder guide.
- Trekking porter /Sherpa to carry your bags during the trekking 2:1, max 15 KG baggage/porter.
- Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porters.
- Private vehicle from Nayapul to Pokhara after trekking.
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) if required.
- Trekking map
- All trekking permits including TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) and ACAP.
- Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant
- All government taxes and our service charges.
- Farewell Dinner before departure.
What's not included !
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Your Travel insurance.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected but not mandatory).
- All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
- Personal shopping and laundry etc.
- Personal trekking Equipments.
What is trekking ?
Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.
Is trekking good for me ?
In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.
Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?
You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.
How difficult is trekking and climbing ?
Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.
Is travel insurance necessary ?
Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.
What types of permit are required for trekking ?
It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.
How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?
During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.
What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?
Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.
Will I have to carry my own luggage ?
Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.
Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?
Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.
What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?
There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.
Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?
It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.