Khopra Ridge Trek is a remarkable adventure destination where exotic culture blends together with phenomenal natural beauty and mountains ethos to present trekkers with an experience that embeds itself into the minds for years. Khopra Ridge Trek, one of the best destinations for short trekking in the Annapurna region, is the most iconic yet unspoiled spot for off-the-beaten Trekking in Nepal. Khopra Ridge trek or Khopra Danda Trek is the best alternative to the outdated Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. This one is the new destination for the more unique and more distinctive experience of Annapurna Trekking. Khopra Ridge Trek is the one complete classical trekking trail containing all the elements for the classical experience. Ethnic Gurung villages, diverse floras and faunas, panoramic mountain vistas and beautiful views of the hills and landscapes, lush alpine forest and vegetation, creeks, streams and lakes, Terrance farm field, etc are the major highlights of Khopra Danda Trek. Khopra Ridge Trek is brimmed with diverse nature and culture. These off the beaten trekking trails in the Annapurna region showcases the beautiful views of mountains and the Himalayan Ranges. Majestic and mesmerizing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Hiunchuli, Nilgiri, and numerous stunning peaks of Annapurna Massif and Dhaulagiri Massif add more colors to the Khopra Ridge trekking.
The Khopra Ridge Community Trek normally starts from the beautiful tourist hub, Pokhara, also called the gateway of Annapurna Region. The beautiful Pokhara city offers the pristine Phewa lake, amazing cuisine, nightlife, many viewpoints, and amazing hospitality. With a short drive to Naya pul from Pokhara, the exclusive Khopra Danda Trek begins. Alongside the Modi Khola Riverside walk, the beautiful and traditional Gurung village of Ghandruk welcomes the trekkers. Continuing the trip, the trails of Khopra Ridge trek surpasses beautiful villages and the settlements of Tadapani, Bayerka Kharka, and Upper Chistibung before arriving at the ultimate destination at Khopra Danda. The next day to arriving at Khopra ridge, we visit the beautiful Kaire Lake which is the most iconic and main attraction of Khopra Danda trekking. After the day of exploration at Kaire Lake, we start to Trek bypassing Swanta village and Ulleri and drive from Nayapul until reaching Pokhara.
Khopra Ridge Trek is one of the best trekking alternatives for people who are seeking a journey that isn’t as crowded as other Annapurna tres. The beautiful lake Kaire, Khopre Vantagepoint, and exotic settlements are the major highlights of this trek. The Khopra Ridge Trek is a moderately graded trekking journey that anyone can go with relative ease. However, the best time to trek in the Khopra region is Spring and Autumn because of the favorable weather condition and amazing scenery experience.
Exploration of Pokhara City
Pokhara is the most popular and famous destination for trekkers in Nepal. The beautiful city offers stunning views of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Massif, and numerous other mountains. This city is also called the city of lakes, which includes, Phewa lake, Begnas lake, Rupa lake, and many other small and bigger ones inside Pokhara city. The city has fancy and luxury resorts, hotels, and restaurants which reflect international services in hospitality. The cozy street in lakeside, foody street, lights, and hundreds of shops trekking and hiking item shops are the major attraction of Pokhara. Sarangkot viewpoint, World Peace Stupa, and Dhampus village add more attraction to your Pokhara stay.
Khopra Danda viewpoint is the most romantic place to cherish the beauty of sunset and sunrise over the majestic snow-capped mountains, which will give you front-row access to one of the most phenomenal spectacles of natural theatre on earth. A vantage point to explore the divine landscapes, mountain views, magical terrain, and astonishing natural beauties. You can experience Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt Annapurna, Annapurna South, and numerous neighboring mountains in Annapurna Massif and Dhaulagiri Massif.
Community Base Trekking
You will be trekking through the small and beautiful community settlements of ethnic people like Gunung and Magar. You can experience the local culture, tradition, people, and customs. The warm hospitality from local people, their unique taste of food, and festivals are a lifetime experience for any traveler. Normally, Ghandruk and Ghorepani villages are rich in culture and unique traditions in Khopra Ridge Trek.
If you are looking for other variations of Khopra Ridge Trek in the Annapurna Region, we also offer Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, and many more interesting trekking trails in this region. The Khopra Ridge Trek detailed itinerary is posted below, read completely to know about the accommodations and other services and facilities. Please contact us for special rates with a discount.
After arriving at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu a representative from Luxury Holidays Nepal will pick up from the airport and take to your hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a rest or visit Luxury Holidays Nepal’s office. In the evening, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel and introduce your tour and trekking guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your photocopy of passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any. Please inform us in advance if you are arriving late and you will be unable to attend the pre-trip meeting. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide for your sightseeing tour. You will visit the following UNESCO world heritage sites.
Swyambunath Temple-The Monkey Temple: The Monkey Temple, pilgrim place for both Hindus and Buddhists, is the ancient temple as well as the best viewpoint for a 360-degree view of the entire Kathmandu valley. There is also a beautiful park and many other monuments around the Swayambhunath with brilliant architectures and arts.
Pashupatinath Temple : The Supreme Lord Shiva’s temple, the holiest temple for Hindus, is the best option to explore the history and culture of Kathmandu Valley and Nepal. There are around 510 temples and other monuments showing amazing arts and architecture.
Boudhanath Stupa : Founded in 590 to 604 CE, is the oldest and largest Tibetan Buddhist Stupa and pilgrim place for Tibetan prayers. The size of the stupa and other surrounding Tibetan stupas are the main attraction for tourists visiting Boudhanath.
Patan Durbar Square : The square has lots of temples and durbars built centuries ago. The art of carving and crafting in wood and stone is so amazing to see in the brilliant architectural structures. It is a brilliant and unbelievable masterpiece of Nepalese art and skill presenting culture and history of ancient Nepal and Kathmandu valley.
The rest of your time is free for further exploration and some shopping near to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After breakfast fly to Pokhara early in the morning. Catch an amazing view of the Himalayas from the right side of our airplane. Upon your arrival in Pokhara, the beautiful lake city rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna and others. Later, you will 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. Overnight in Ghandruk.
In Ghandruk, you will get to enjoy astonishing views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. From here you will 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 you will reach Tadapani where you 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 souvenir. Overnight in Tadapani.
After Tadapani you will leave the main trail and for the next five days, you will walk in a more remote area of the Annapurna region. On your trek, you 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 reaches Dobato which is dominated by the excellent view of the Annapurna South. Overnight in Dobato.
After breakfast, descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung. Next, 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. Overnight in Upper Chistibung.
You will embark on a steady climb above the tree line through alpine meadows and pastures to reach Khopra. As you approach Khopra Ridge, you will see the tip of Annapurna South. Upon reaching Khopra go for a short walk down Khopra Ridge to a viewpoint overlooking the Kali Gandaki river far below in this deep valley. From Khopra you will also admire the stunning mountain panorama including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna South. Overnight in Khopra.
Early morning hike towards the Kaire Lake from where will see 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, you can 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. Overnight in Khopra Ridge.
From Khopra Ridge descend off the hillside and continue downhill on a steep trail. Along the way, you will get more views of Mount Dhaulagiri with the mountain providing a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages. Overnight in Swanta village.
From Swanta you will descend through the village fields to a small river and take a quick look at the local watermill. From here cross the suspension bridge and head upwards to the village of Chittre, where you will join the main trekking trail at Ghorepani. After Ghorepani, you will descend through the rhododendron forest to Ulleri where stay the night.
On the way to Nayapul, you will get to enjoy the amazing hill landscape of western Nepal. Your trek will end at Nayapul and drive to Pokhara, the beautiful lake city. Even from the city, you are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Manaslu (8,156m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. Overnight in Pokhara.
After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. This will be a journey along the river banks with wonderful views of hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, you will have a farewell dinner with cultural program in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After a few days of fun and excitement, the day to bid farewell has arrived. Our representatives will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport as per your flight time.
After the wonderful opportunity to organize this tour for you we wish you a safe and happy journey ahead.
We had an amazing experience!! I and two other mates had traveled to Nepal with LHN and their team, last April 2018. Luxury Holidays Nepal arrange the quality service and food was perfect. We were very impressed with our guide and make all the arrangements for our trip. We had a short trek around the Khopra ridge which offers the stunning view of mountains, sun-up, and sun-down and another interesting was the whole forest along the trails turns red, pink and white with rhododendron flowers. In route to the sites we visited, our guide was providing a running commentary on the places that we have visited and passed through Khopra ridge and Khaire lake. This really made the trip much more enjoyable and aggressive to nature and Ram our guides organize a short 2-day stint to Ghorepani and it was also a wonderful trek. I definitely recommend Luxury Holidays Nepal with more trek in Nepal.Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Last month, traveling in Nepal has been the most enlightening, adventure experience thanks greatly to Luxury Holidays Nepal and made sure that we were taken very nice care of. LHN would have been such a great company, a guide has something that has definitely left me with a lasting impression and wanting to go back. The staff, porters, were also exceptional in making us feel safe and providing us more than simply the bare necessities. We have a short trek in the village of the Gurung community and have mix-up with their traditional rituals and seen cultural performance. The guide Kiran helps us in favoring upwards to the village and people. They made sure I never slipped or took a wrong step and huge respect for woman tourists. The friendliness of the guides and all those involved was something that surely impacted me. We would definitely book again through Luxury Holidays Nepal and will certainly trek with Kiran for future trips.Published: Saturday, October 26, 2019
This tour was the first part of a trek up the Annapurna region with Luxury Holidays Nepal. First, I must say we had the best experience ever. LHN services and potentiality of their team were most impressive and reliable. They have quality service with the best accommodation and food. I was very apprehensive about reaching the amazing nature lake above the Khopra ridge and the team was extremely patient and encouraging. Our guide helps me to accomplish something that I never expected at the Kaire lake. Just “Wow” and supernatural lake with beautiful flora and fauna. The Khopra Danda was another fabulous place that offers the view of mountains massive and amazing sunrise over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna’s. where the valley was filled with the cloud and felt like walking at clouds. It was Brilliant seen from this top and treasure of this area. We had a swim at the natural hot pond and enjoy the crowd moments in the route of Tatopani. Definitely it was the best experience of my life. We cannot thank Luxury Holidays Nepal and their team for helping us create some fond memories for which we will cherish forever.Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
My husband and I have just come back from Nepal, where we did a 6-day trek through Luxury Holidays Nepal. It was fantastic, well organized and professional. The hotel was best with 4-star accommodation, food, and dinner. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable of the area and ensured that the trip ran smoothly from start to finish. The trek itself was incredibly varied with the spectacular mountains, landscape, wilderness and brilliant khaire lake view throughout with a summit to Khopra ridge. The Khaire Lake is off the beaten trek passing through the traditional villages, massive forest and an event of yak blood drinking festivals. Despite this, teahouse, the lodge was also so comfortable and luxurious with quality service. For this excellent job, I will not hesitate to contact this excellent agency that is Luxury Holidays Nepal.Published: Friday, October 18, 2019
We had a fantastic trek in Khopra ridge trek in the Annapurna region with Luxury Holidays Nepal. The company was reliable, professionalism and loveliness. They arrange the great luxury cars and the hotel room was perfect with luxury accommodation. The guesthouse during the trekking route were also very nice. It was a perfect destination with a massive view of mountain, lush forest and pass through the traditional village and interact with Gurung people and its culture. We walk through the forest of blooming colorful rhododendron, bamboos, flora and fauna. The sunset and sunrise were an amazing view in a row on Annapurna massive. Along the way, we observe the terrace fields and houses which were nearby to Swanta village and also, we can extend itinerary according to our wish. It was an excellent and memorable trip in my entire life. I would highly recommend Luxury Holidays Nepal for further trek and tour in Nepal.Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
I cannot say enough about how efficient, personable and thorough the team at responsible trek was. Luxury Holidays Nepal provided the best luxury car at arrival in the airport and safely dropped to the hotel room. The accommodation, food, and dinner were superb and excellent. Our guide Ram guided me through selecting a trek and preparing for it. He was responsive to each question and explain with all detail. Our trek was toward Khopra ridge. It was an amazing experience in the Annapurna region. We have done a short trek from Chistibung to Khopra ridge and view of Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Hiunchuli was mesmerizing. We walk through evergreen forest and vegetation, beautiful lakes and just want to say “AWESOME” trek. The lodge, the tea house was attractive and serve with traditional Nepalese dinner which was perfect. We were picked up the next day and escorted to the airport for our flight. The trip to Khopra Ridge is absolutely stunning and highly recommended to Luxury Holidays Nepal.Published: Friday, October 4, 2019
Luxury Holidays Nepal provides you Timber House Nepal in Kathmandu and Hotel Crown Himalaya in Pokhara and standard Lodge during the trekking. Teahouse and lodge have the rooms with just the basics, normally with a bed, blanket and pillows. Every lodge has a capacious dining room and lounge. We will provide you and your group at the lodge which is locally available every day. If you want the luxury accommodation of 5 stars in Kathmandu and Pokhara then contact us for cost detail.
Throughout the trip of Mountain Trekking, your luggage is carried and moved by the porters. You should carry the water bottle, sunscreen, camera, spare jacket, etc. Your main luggage will be your trekking bag and you can carry a small lockable bag that will provide safety. You are provided with a free locker room in a hotel in Kathmandu. The weight allowance in domestic airlines of Nepal is up to 20 kg and for more weight, you have to pay US$1 per/kg depending on the area.
Transportation on Journey:
Luxury Holidays Nepal will offer you a private vehicle for airport transferal and sightseeing and flight for Kathmandu-Pokhara and Tourist bust transportation for Pokhara-Kathmandu. Private vehicle for Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara.
Group Leader during the journey:
Luxury Holidays Nepal will facilitate you with the trained traveling guide in your group. There will be a single porter for a couple of people.
Payment of the Due Balance:
The rest amount of your trip can be paid in our office after your arrival or via online payment before your arrival in Nepal (Online payment). If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made. There is no handling charge for payment by bank transfer.
Communication during Journey:
Khopra Ridge Community Trek is an easy level trek so you can find the telephone and internet facilities in most of the places.
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour, please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to the availability of spots. Also, please send us your redemption code and voucher number through this link (Voucher Redemption).
You can get a visa at Kathmandu airport upon arrival. Please bring 2 photos for the visa. Expect to have some waiting time in the queue for obtaining your visa. You can also get your visa prior to coming on the tour by contacting your closest Nepali embassy.
Tourist Visa Fee Details
Updated Tourist Visa Fees
15 Days (Multiple Entry)
30 Days (Multiple Entry)
90 Days (Multiple Entry)
Visa Extension (Within Valid Visa Period)
USD 3 per day
Visa Extension (With Multiple Entry)
Additional USD 25
Visa Extension (After Visa Expiration)
Late fee USD 5 per day
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Booking your international flight:
If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites.
makemytrip.com, www.kayak.com, www.vayama.com
They usually have good offers. For more details: (See the international flights page)
When and where should you arrive?
Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu international airport. The tour starts with the first day of arrival in Kathmandu and ends on after the scheduled trip after breakfast.
You will be received outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal by representatives holding a "Luxury Holidays Nepal" sign card and he will escort you to the Hotel.
If you plan to arrive early or depart late, please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting at [email protected]
After you purchase your international air ticket, please contact us to give your flight details.
Currencies are accepted in Nepal:
Some major currencies (USD, AUD, and EURO) are accepted for both VISA and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted during the trek.
The altitude sickness will get from 3000 meters. Normally below three 3000 meters will not have altitude-related problems usually for people for stable health. But above it can cause altitude-related sickness. If you have a health condition which might cause problems, please consult a doctor about the advisability of doing the trek. For Your information, your traveling guide will also have pills for Altitude Sickness and other basic medicine.
We do not hope that there may arise any serious problem for you in your journey, but if you get caught by serious illness then we will do our best to take you to the nearest hospital possible. But you will be responsible for all the expenses that take place in the evacuation process. So, it is good for you to have insurance which will cover your cost. Be Insured. (See the travel insurance page)
If you want to see a close view of Mt. Everest and Himalayan peaks, we can arrange mountain flights. You can contact [email protected] to book. To know more about Mount Everest Scenic Flight by plane, please click here and Everest Scenic Flight by Helicopter click here.
If you like our service and you want to extend your trip, then we can further organize your trip to India, Bhutan and Tibet. And other trekking and activities of Nepal like Everest Trek, Annapurna Basecamp Trek, Langtang Trek, Manaslu Trek, Bunjee Jumping, Rafting, Peak Climbing, Tours, etc.
A general rule of thumb for tipping is from USD 40 to USD 70 per Traveler, depending on the length of the trek. Porters do appreciate a personal tip, although it is not uncommon for the Guide and his Porters to pool the tips they have collected before splitting it amongst themselves, with the Guide is getting a little more for overseeing the welfare and safety of both the Travelers and Porters as a whole. That said, this is just a guide and you may tip, however much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trip a memorable one.
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During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect.