TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Khopra trek is one of the finest trekking in Nepal Himalaya. Khopra trek is recognized as a Khopra Danda trekking and too called Khayer lake trek.  The Kopra Ridge, far away known as Khopra, is situated away from the trails of the Annapurna region. This trek is recently opened hiking route which bids really placid trekking in Himalaya. It is positioned with stunning mountain views. Khopra trek is one of the fresh paths (much less tourist travelers used to trek) hiking trail as well. The path will be combined to Ghorepani and foremost trail leave from Tadapani (way to the Ghorepani Poon Hill 3210m to Annapurna Base Camp). Khopra Trek or South of Annapurna region is one of Nepal’s last Himalayan splendid range of vistas, enormous peaks and placid nature awaits the adventurous voyager.
From Khopra Danda, 3660m, you can perceive magnificent Himalayas range view of Langtang and Dhaulagiri 8167 Hiunchuli (6434m), Fishtail (6997m) plus Annapurna Himalaya. The grandiose view of Annapurna south offers perfect views which blow your mind. It cannot hide the reflection of magnificent eyeful panorama of the South Annapurna 7219m including more Himalayas. Khopra trek is an awe-inspiring perfect outlook trekking in Nepal
The direction to Kopra trek leads heading to Pokhara. Khopra Danda Trek which begins subsequently, we take an hour of drive to Nayapul. We will pass through the forest, meadowland, ridges, river and the settlements to Khopra ridge. After that we will be crossing Ghandruk region 2nd main Gurung community in Nepal which offers outstanding view of diverse mountains listed above. We then visit to other village mostly from ethnic group like Brahmin and Chhetri at Tadapani to the field of Bayli Kharka. Khayar Lake is at the adjacent proximity of Khopra Danda. Khopra Danda is the furthest point that we will reach from Pokhara. We will then descend over rarely visiting spot Swanta hamlet and encounter the chief trail in Annapurna region to descend down to Ulleri from where we will reach at Nayapul then drive back to Pokhara. Flawless month to trek this khopra trek will be on the month of March to May in spring season where you will be hiking on one of lovely rhododendron one of the national flower of Nepal .similarly you can trail this trek on September to November.
Our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) provides more facilities like travel plan can be decided according to your trip holiday plan so, this trek is a 14 day trek but you can choose this trek according to your wish so you can mail us for the schedule that fits your trip journey and your vacation. So, if you want to do other trekking as well there is other option like Annapurna region, Annapurna vista trek would also be a best option for you.

 

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,338 m/4390ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft)

Day04: Drive to Kimche and trek to Tadapani (2,630m/8,626ft)

Day 05: Tadapani to Dobato (3420m/11217ft)

Day 06: Dobato to Kopra Danda (34500m/113160ft)

Day 07: Khopra Danda to Khayer lake exploration (4500m/14760ft)

Day 08: Khopra Danda to Swanta Village (3000m/9840ft)

Day 09: Swanta to Ghorepani (2860m/9380ft)

Day 10: Ghorepani to Poonhill and then to Mohore Danda (3300m/10824ft)

Day 11: Mohore Danda to Ulleri (1960m/6428ft)

Day 12: Ulleri to Nayapul to Pokhara

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 14: Trip Ends-Depart Kathmandu-Airport drop

ITINARARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,338 m/4390ft)
As you reach Tribhuvan airport and finishing all your formalities and outside our GHHT members will be waiting you outside the airport with signboard of GHHT or any other related to GHHT and after that you will take to your respective hotel in our private vehicle. And then you can freshen up or rest for a while visit and then visit thamel area for shopping for your gear needed for your trekking.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today we will be visiting the most well-known 4 places of Kathmandu i.e. the first one we will be visiting will Durbar square the ancient malla kings built in 12th and 18th centuries with beautiful courtyards and temples. Another site will be Pashupatinath one of Hindu temple and also one of the important c remation sites for Hindus. Abundant Hindu people from India visit this place once in a year to worship this temple. Another site will be swambhunath also known as monkey temple where lots of monkey is seen around the area. There is stupa which is 2000 years old which is situated in hillock at this place you can observe lots of Buddhists people because this is one the pilgrimage site for Buddhists. The other site will be Boudhanth Stupa one of the largest stupa in south Asia. You get to observe monk, nun and many Buddhists as well as Nepali people doing kora (like doing round in the stupa) and you can also wander and do some handicraft shopping and even there are some antique shop where you can visit and if you want you can buy we will be helping you for the bargaining for the things you buy. After visiting all this places you will be having a small trip meeting with our guide and our trekking leader to have a small intro of the trip. After that you can pack for your trekking t which will begin from tomorrow. Including breakfast is provided.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft)
In the morning we will drive to pokhara with beautiful terraced fields along the way .Next the side of Mahesh River we will come to the Trishuli Stream. Subsequently following the Trisuli River side all the way up to Mugling where Trisuli Stream flowing together with the Marshyangdi River. After crossing a bridge above Marshyangdi River we will be heading further west to Pokhara. If you are sitting on the right pane of your window vehicle the voyage today offers abundantly opportunities to glimpse cultivated terraced meadows, rivers, green valleys, rocky valleys, farmlands and typical rural life of Nepal. After that we will be having our lunch in a restaurant along the way. After that we will reach pokhara beautiful place where you will be visiting Phewa lakeside and rest for a while and also roam around in the market. Driving Time will be around: 6-7 hrs. Accommodation: City Hotel. Including meals is also provided i.e. breakfast.

Day04: Drive to Kimche and trek to Tadapani (2,630m/8,626ft)
We then take a taxi to drive from pokhara to a village named kimche which will take two hours to reach this village. After reaching kimche we will be starting our trek through cautiously cultivated hillsides during the trail we will be observing the locals living basic life as farmers cultivating dissimilar seasonal crops and also cattle in every household and frequently come across cattle herds through our trail. As we pass we will be greeted by the village people .simultaneously w will be reaching Ghandruk in about an hour we take a short trip of Ghandruk village, at their we will having our lunch provided by the local people and enjoy the view of the Himalayas .This village is located on a hillside and is one of the main settlements of the Gurung people who are well-known for their services in the British Gurkha troops.  The elegantly stone tiled routes and slate enclosed by traditional houses take us back to medieval time alike we have watch in movies. Along the way we will be visiting museum revealing the ancient gurung old things placed by their ancestors. From village its two hours walk up to Tadapani over lovely forest. The route then hike gently from Ghandruk and then cross over the forest on a rolling trail to a slight stream. We then cross the bridge and ascent steeply up to Bhainsi Kharka. From here we will be climbing a slight more entering a dense old rhododendron forest through the trail to Tadapani heaves smoothly for about an hour. Driving time will take around: 2 hrs. Walking time will be around: 5-6 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Including Meal is also provided like Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 05: Tadapani to Dobato (3420m/11217ft)
We will be leaving tadapani and start ascending gradually. Subsequently half an hour’s climb, we descent squat and again continue our climb to the shoulder of the hill through overgrown rhododendron forest. Currently ahead is stable ascent all morning, the scenery ranging from calm crisscross to lengthy steep climbs over rhododendron and bamboo forests. We also pass numerous clearings with abandoned sheds before arriving on a greater hill top at Dobato from where if good climate we can grasp excellent outlooks of Mt. Annapurna South and Mt. Machpucchare. From here we descend a little past a Chautara where we take the less noticeable path uphill on the left. Arriving on the edge we see ahead a rocky hill that we will be ascending ahead. We need to take care walking as the trail is tapered here. After about half an hour of ascend the trail traverse concisely to the ridge. After a few minutes’ drop we reach Dobato. Walking time will be around: 6 – 7 hrs. Accommodation: Community Lodge. Including Meal is also provided breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 06: Dobato to Kopra Danda (34500m/113160ft)
The recently developed track from here is further picturesque crossing across to Kopra. However if you are hiking in early spring and late autumn, there could be heavy snowfall so this track may not be feasible and we require to use the different route via Shistibong. The direct route trail descends from Bayeli over scatter rhododendron trees and berberi bushes to cross a pair of tributaries then ascent steeply up on the ridge seen from camp. It is a moderate climb from here as we cross a river then navigate this steep sided grade to Kopra. The track undulates all the while with several steep ascents and descends also voyage streams or climbing over spurs. Finally arriving at a small pond and chautara, we ignore the path continuing straight and take the ascending left hand trail climbing in zigzags up the ridge, after another chautara a short traverse will get us to our destination. Walking time: 6-7 Hrs. Accommodation: Community Lodge. Including Meals also provided like breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 07: Khopra Danda to Khayer lake exploration (4500m/14760ft)
This two and half an hour hike was a calm trek over rhododendron forests. We can perceive a lot of Primula. Subsequently 65 min. more walk and 4-5 small climbs we reached a slight pass and 5 min. later a chautara (rest place). Short after the chautara there was a symbol to Khopra on our left hand. At here someone has made a tea stop, we will stop over if it is open. Up to the left there is a praying flag. It is the trail to Deurali. Walk 15 min. up here, and there is a great viewpoint. Now it became hard. It was only a small trail high up on the mountainside, so be careful. Some parts very gentle around the mountainside and some parts were very steep up. After almost one hour we reached the top, and short after we started to go down, we saw the lodge at Baili Kharka. They are scheduling to make the last part of this trail better. Walking time will be around: 9-10 hrs. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Including Meal is also provided like breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 08: Khopra Danda to Swanta Village (3000m/9840ft)
Subsequently relishing different splendid sunrise view we hike back along the short crisscross and down to the small pond and chautara. Commencing here we will follow the path descending down to the gorge. From sparse flora of berberis and rhododendron we pass astonishing oak forest after Shistibong, then down to bamboo and wet mossy forest of varied vegetation. After crossing the forest there is short hike then the trail undulates over the woodland to Swanta. Swanta one of the very striking village inhabited by Magar ethnicity. Through its cultivated terraced fields, stunning surrounding high green hills and villages, and outlooks of the Dhaulagiri mountain range, Tukuche peak and Annapurna South, Swanta community is stimulating to spend time traveling around perceiving lifestyle of the people. There about 75 households in Swanta and most of the men are occupation is in the British and Indian Gurkha Army. Walking time will be: 5 – 6 hrs. Accommodation: Community Lodge. Including Meal is also provided.

Day 09: Swanta to Ghorepani (2860m/9380ft)
Today we will be starting our trek early so we will be waking up and relaxing after breakfast we hike down over farmlands, communities, and tributaries. You can even catch to perceive a native small water millthe locals believed that the grains processed in water mill is much tastier than that processed in electric mills. We then cross over the suspension bridge and ascent to the community of Chettri and rapidly we come to the main hiking trail leaving our off beaten pathway for today. There is a further climb to reach the village of Ghorepani from where we perceive great vista of the Dhaulagiri massif. We then rest at Ghorepani (if you want still to trek off beaten today, you can trek from Swanta to Mohare Danda which is about 6 hours hike through beautiful village, farmlands and forests).  Walking time will be: 4-5 hrs. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Including Meal is also provided breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10: Ghorepani to Poonhill and then to Mohore Danda (3300m/10824ft)
Reliant on season, we will wake up early at least one hour before sunrise and begins our trek to Poonhill which takes about 45 minutes and relish the Himalayan sunrise view from Poonhill top. Meanwhile we have been trekking off beaten trail for several days we may stifle due to the crowd at Poonhill but the crowd is usually only in the morning at Poon Hill.  We have breakfast and formerly start our hike to Moharedanda over the grassy and rhododendron forests, sometimes uphill, sometimes downhill and sometimes on a flat trail.  We have a strenuous climb at Humpal pass (3098m). Descendent past the Humpal pass we walk along a flat track and get again into a forest. Afterward short walk again over steep, grassy path along the ridge we lastly get spectacle of Moharedanda. We walk to Moharedanda ridge for a spectacular 360 degree mountain view through the Dhaulagiri range ((8167m) high, Annapurna range (8091m), Manaslu Himal (8163m) at sunset. The panorama of landscapes is equally fascinating as well. Rest time is spent enjoying the vistas at Moharedanda top. Accommodation: Community Lodge. Including Meal is also provided.

Day 11: Mohore Danda to Ulleri (1960m/6428ft)
You don’t have to wake up early for the view point like earlier in poonhill in mohre danda you will be staying at the top of the community lodge where you can observe the vistas from your bed as well. After the breakfast the vista of the splendid mountains, and then start our trek down to the village of Ulleri. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Including Meal is also provided.

Day 12: Ulleri to Nayapul to Pokhara
After that you will ascent downward through 3820 stone steps where your knee might get pain so you must take the step slowly. On the trail you will be perceiving lots of monkey with a progressively packed inhabited mountain ridge, through Hille, Sudame, Matathanti, Birethanti, where a variety of lodges and souvenir vendors as well as a police presence will welcome you. From Nayapul we take a vehicle for about an hour to get to Pokhara. Once in Pokhara again you can feast on a variety of delicious meals.
Pokhara is one of the well-known cities for the tourist so if you want to spend one night in pokhra you can but if you want to go back to Kathmandu we will take you back.

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu
Pokhara is located in an attractive site by the side of Fewa Lake and is worthy spending time after a tough trek. If you have plenty of vacation, we recommend you to spend a day in Pokhara by visiting bar and taking a rest instead of rushing back to Kathmandu today. If you don’t have time you will drive back to Kathmandu today through the winding roads. Driving Time will be: 6-7 hrs. Accommodation: City Hotel. Including Meal is also provided.

Day 14: Trip Ends-Depart Kathmandu-Airport drop
After that you will be reaching Kathmandu and you will take to your respective hotel and there you can freshen up and pack your stuff and then we will take you to the international airport before three hour earlier than your flight time so you can easily do all your formalities at a time.

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

 

  • Airport transfers pick up and drop
  • Welcome dinner on tropical Nepali restaurant with culture program on your arrival day
  • Entry permits to Annapurna Conservation Area
  • TIMS permits
  • All supporting staffs (trekking guide and porters), as well as their necessary insurance, meals and allowances
  • 3 meals per day and overnight accommodation in Hotel/lodge along the trekking trail
  • Tourist bus ticket to Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Hotel accommodation according to the above plan in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Standard hotel
  • One map of Khopra trekking
  • One Nepali mobile SIM card for local communication
  • Farewell dinner on famous restaurant in Thamel before you departure from Nepal

 

What is not included?

 

  • International airfare
  • Nepali visa fee
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, donation, tips etc.
  • Tips for guides and porters (it is expected)

TRIP INFO

Trip Note

Hotel and Lodge:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.

Meals and Drinks:

We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.

Best Season to Travel:

The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.

Luggage/Backpack:

Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.  

Guide/Porter on Trek:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides. 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Gears Available in Kathmandu:

For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.  

A Typical Day on Trek:

On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary of the trek is 14 days which is main customary and pragmatic that has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation:

Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment. 

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 14 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Activities: Trekking & Hiking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Guided Trip,Tea House Trek or Homestay Trek

Country: Nepal

Region: Annapurna

Price: USD 1,050

Group size: Min 2 pax

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec

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