Khopra ridge Overview
Khopra Ridge (Khopra Danda) resides in a heart of Annapurna region, and is situated inside Annapurna conservation area. Khopra Ridge lies at the height of 3640m and was officially opened to visitors in 2012. Trek to Khopra ridge is mostly combined with Khayar Lake Which is another magnificent place to explore. In Khopra ridge, you can see astonishing views of not only one, and two but 23 Himalayan peaks including Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Annapurna I, II,III and south , Himchuli, Mt Fishtail etc. making it excellent alternative trek to other base camps. Trail to Khopra ridge offers you the beauty of alpine meadows, dense forest, Rhododendron forest and beautiful small villages with very different lifestyles of Gurung, Magar, Brahmins and Chetri. Since the Khopra ridge is very less crowded area, it is one of the best destination to those who wants to explore the beauty of Nepal but still want the peaceful journey.
This route might take you around 10-12 days if you take proper rest and take day off. This route might cost you around 500-550$ including your price of flights, foods and accommodation. However it is important to note that all your expenses depends on what mode of transportation you choose, and level of facilities you need.
- Day 1- Arrival in Kathmandu
- Day 2- Kathmandu – Pokhara (25 minutes flight), trek to Tirkhedhunga (2 hours walk)
- Day 3- Tirkhedhunga - Ghorepani, (4-5 hours walk)
- Day 4- Ghorepani - Upper Chistibung, (5-6 hours walk)
- Day 5- Upper Chistibung - Khopra Danda, (3 hours walk)
- Day 6- Khopra Danda to Tatopani (4-5 hours walk)
- Day 7- Tatopani- Pokhara (4 hours’ drive)
- Day 8- Pokhara- Kathmandu
Best time to visit
Spring (March- May), and autumn (September- November) is considered as best season or best months to visit Khopra Ridge. With bearable temperature, and all the clear views of mountains, greeneries of forest and blooming flowers Including Rhododendron makes this time perfect to visit. It is still possible to Trek in winter but the temperature is quite low and extreme cold with snowfall. Monsoon season is also the Rainy season so the trails are very slippery and muddy. Monsoon is not really considered as ideal season to trek Khopra Ridge.
Even though the trek to Khopra ridge is not very difficult it is still all about walking 5-6 hours per day. You do not need past experiences to trek up to Khopra ridge but if you want to go Khayar lake it is better if you have past experiences. If you think you are not fit enough than you can always shorten the route and chose the easy one. It is always better to do some light exercises and running before starting your trek. Suffering from altitude sickness is very low but still you have to be hydrated throughout the way and eat nutritional food.
Travel insurance- you can always purchase your own travel insurance. It usually cost around 150$(15000 NRS) good for 30 days. It is important to mention or cover high altitudes since trekkers sometime really needs to be evacuated from helicopter. Travel Insurance depends on the details you have provided that’s why it’s important to notify them earlier about the altitudes you will be reaching. You can get your travel insurance from travel agencies or insurance company itself.
Visas/passports – foreigners other than Indians need to have valid visas and passports prior to visiting Nepal. The passport must hold minimum 6 months of visa validity from their date of arrival. They can have the Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
Clothing and equipment
|Sleeping bags||Down jackets|
|Duffel bags||Fleece jackets|
|Warm shirts and T shirts||Hiking boots|
|Water proof pants||Hiking shocks|
|Water proof jackets||Slippers|
|Beanies and gloves||Sunglasses|
|Wash kit||Hand sanitizers|
|Safety kit||Tissue papers and trash bags|
|Water bottles and water purifier||Medicines|
|Camera||Thermal tops and bottoms|
|Charger/adapter||Passports and few passport sized photos|
|Power bank||Torch lights|
|Pads and tampons||Summer winter hats|