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Kopra (Khopra) ridge (3.870m) is a unique and new trekking route in the high Annapurna region of Nepal. It is more stunning than Ghorepani Poon Hill and it still remains very basic and rural, that’s why we call it a community trek with basic stay overs that provide the ‘real exploration feeling’. The Khopra Ridge is located away from the busier trails of Annapurna region but provides equally remarkable views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang and Nilgiri. Another attraction of our trek is the holy Khayer Lake, which requires a strenuous daytour higher up to an altitude of 4.827 meters, even higher than Annapurna Basecamp.
All year. Summer months July and August not recommended due to monsoon season.
This itinerary costs Euro 1.235 per person (as from two pax).
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel, + D
Arrival at the Tribhuvan International airport in Nepal. You will be welcomed by our teammembers and transported to your hotel in Thamel where in the evening we invite you to our traditional Nepali welcome dinner with live music and local dishes and drinks.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley, o/n in a hotel, + B
Early rise for a breakfast in the hotel after which it’s time to visit Pashupatinath, the most venerated Hindu temple of Nepal and Boudanath, the biggest Buddhist Stupa of the world. It really impresses all foreign tourists. In the afternoon we visit Durbar Square in the center of Kathmandu with its impressive monuments.
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara (25 mins) o/n in a hotel, +B
We fly to Pokhara early in the morning. We can catch amazing views of the Himalayas from the airplane. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, the beautiful lake city, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna and others.
Day 04: Drive to Syauli Bazaar (2hrs) and trek to Ghandruk, (3/4hrs), o/n in lodge, +B/L/D
After breakfast we drive to Syauli Bazaar and start the trek to Ghandruk. The village is a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers and is the hub of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which promotes many varied ecological projects.
Day 05: Trek to Tadapani (2,590m, 4hrs), o/n in lodge, +B/L/D
In Ghandruk, we get to enjoy astonishing views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli Mountains. From here we continue upwards through Deurali 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 when seen from the air or from afar. After trekking over a small pass we reach the small mountain village of 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.
Day 06: Trek to Dobato (3,350m, 4/5hrs), o/n in lodge, +B/L/D
After Tadapani we leave the main trail and for the next five days we will walk in a new, remote area of the Annapurna region. On our trek today we get to appreciate the diverse flora and fauna of the region and of course the magnificent view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South. Trekking in a relatively easy trail we reach to the north Dobato, which is dominated by the excellent view of the Annapurna South.
Day 07: Trek to Upper Chistibung (2,975m, 4/5hrs), o/n in lodge, +B/L/D
After breakfast, we descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung. Next, we ascend gradually through a forest before reaching Upper Chistibung, which is 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.
Day 08: Trek to Khopra Ridge (3,660m, 3/4hrs), o/n in lodge, +B/L/D
We embark on a steady climb in the high Annapurna above the tree line through alpine meadows and pastures to reach Kopra. As we approach Kopra Ridge, we see the tip of Annapurna South. Upon reaching Khopra we 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.
Day 09: Khopra Ridge, tour of Khayer Lake (4,500m, 10/11hrs), o/n in lodge, +B/L/D
We begin trekking from around six in the morning towards the holy Khayer Lake from where we attain excellent views of the Fang and 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 intricately 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. We have packed lunch today.
Day 10: Trek to Swanta Village (2,200m, 5/6hrs), o/n in lodge +B/L/D
From Khopra Ridge we 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.
Day 11: Trek to Ulleri (2,050m, 5/6hrs), o/n in lodge, +B/L/D
From Swanta we descend through the village fields to a small river and take a quick look at the local water mill. From here we cross the suspension bridge and head upwards to the village of Chittre, where we’ll join the main trekking trail at Ghorepani. After Ghorepani we descend through rhododendron forest to Ulleri .
Day 12: Trek to Naya Pul (5/6 hrs) then drive to Pokhara (90 minutes), o/n in a hotel, +B
After breakfast it is stepping down more than 3.000 steps (!) and a few hours through the warm, dense valley to Nayapul, where the car is waiting to drive us back to Pokhara.
Day 13: Rest day in Pokhara, o/n in a hotel, +B
For those who still want to walk, a great idea is to cross the Fewa lake and climb up to the Japanese stupa that gives you the best view over Pokhara and the mountains. Or just relax at the ‘beach’ and have a well deserved drink.
Day 14: Drive or fly to Kathmandu (6hrs, 200km, or optional 25 min domestic flight), o/n in a hotel , +B
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and drive (or if you like flying) towards Kathmandu.
Day 15: Free day for shopping in Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel, +B
This last day is for leisure, sightseeing the Monkey temple or exploring the small and cozy shopping streets of Thamel.
Day 16: After breakfast or later that day transport to airport, +B
Depending on your flight time, you can leave your luggage at the hotel and timely you will be brought to the international airport.