About Khopra Danda Ridge Trek - 15 Days
Khopra Ridge Trekking is a community lodge-based trekking that traverses the lower part of the Annapurna region. This trek is a newly designed trekking trail made to boost the economy of the region and best alternative of Annapurna Base Camp.
Khopra Ridge Trek is one of the best treks in Nepal in terms of both adventure and ease. The trek is designed to present you all the classic views like picturesque villages, terraced fields, lush green hills, wildlife, various floras, and stunning views of the Himalayan mountains. Being a newly opened trek, Khopra Ridge Trekking is relatively less crowded hiking trail. The trail is said to be natural heaven.
Kopra Ridge Trek trail is located away from the busier trails of Annapurna region. As it is a community lodge trek, you spend the night in the lodge that is run by the locals. This trek not only offers heavenly views and once in a lifetime experience, but also let you contribute to increasing the economy of the region. During your stay in villages, you get to see the lifestyle and the culture of the locals.
The trail further leads to the beautiful Ghorepani village surrounded by lovely rhododendron forests and mountains. It is one of the most popular villages in the Annapurna region. Next morning, you hike up to Poon Hill viewpoint as well to observe glorious sunrise along with the Himalayas.
We, Outfitter Nepal Treks & Expedition has been running Khopra Ridge Trek from the beginning of the trail. We are glad to inform you that we work directly with the locals of the region. Therefore, you will have the most of the trek with us. You can join one of our departure dates or send use queries to design your tailor-made itinerary.
Things you will get to see & experience during the Khopra Danda Trekking
Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Nayapul
From Kathmandu, you drive to Pokhara and further to Nayapul. The drive will be long and scenic. You get to see lush green hills, rivers, small settlements, dense forests, and waterfalls during the drive. The route Nayapul is short and requires around an hour-long drive.
Explore the land of Gurkhas, Ghandruk
Ghandruk is the main village, where the world-famous Gurkhas are chosen. People from the Gurung community resides here, therefore you get to see the lifestyle, culture, and tradition of Gurungs.
Get to see gorgeous sunrise/sunset from Khopra Ridge
As you will reach Khopra Ridge, you get to see an outstanding landscape view. In the evening, you see gorgeous sunset and next morning phenomenal sunrise along with numerous hills and mountains.
Spend the night in beautiful Ghorepani village
Ghorepani is one of the most beautiful and famous villages in the Lower Annapurna region. The village is surrounded by lively rhododendron forests and mountains. You get to see excellent views of the Himalayan mountains from this village.
Hike up to Poon Hill to see the stunning sunrise
Just above the Ghorepani village is a popular vantage point, Poon Hill from where you can see stunning sunrise along with western Himalayan mountains. The trail is short and steep from Ghorepani to Poonhill.
Interact with locals and get to see their daily lifestyle
Throughout the trek, you get various opportunities to look into the daily lifestyle of the locals and their culture. People here are kind and loving. You can talk to them and ask about them.
Witness spectacular landscape and Himalayan mountain views
Khopra Ridge Trek is a beautiful trek full of spectacular landscape views. Along with that, you witness snow-capped mountain views like Annapurna South, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, and many others.
Things you should know before going on Khopra Danda Trek
Khopra Ridge Trek itinerary
Khopra Danda Trekking starts with a day drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You then take a short drive to Nayapul and start the trek by following the trial of Ghandruk-Ghorepani to Tadapani. Further, following a remote trail to Khopra ridge for the next 5 days staying at the community lodges, you reach at Kopra lodge at 3,660 meters. It is the highest point of the trek, which is above the Poon Hill. You return to Ghorepani via Swanta village. Continue along the original trail of the Ghorepani trek to return to Pokhara.
Khopra Ridge Trek difficulty
Khopra Ridge Trek is an easy to moderate trek that presents the perfect balance of adventure and smooth trekking experience. This trek is an ideal option for anyone including the beginner trekkers. Previous trekking experience is not needed, but have to be in good health. You have to walk for around 5 to 6 hours on a daily basis, therefore good stamina is required.
Best time to go on Khopra Ridge Trek
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (October to November) is the best time of the year to go on Khopra Ridge Trek. The moderate climate and stable weather make the journey joyful. Moreover, hundreds of flora bloom in the entire region making the trail extremely beautiful
Food & Accommodation during Khopra Ridge Trek
Khopra Ridge Trek is a community lodge based trek. This means you will stay in a lodge with homely vibes. The rooms will be basic yet clean. Meals will be served as per the menu of the lodge. Dal bhat tarkari is the most common and staple food here like any other place in Nepal. You can also get meat items, curries, eggs, bread, tea, coffee, momo, etc.