Khopra Danda Ridge Trekking Itinerary explains all about the destination you will be visiting while you are on this trek. And other basic things such as altitude, accommodations, meals and much more if you go through the itinerary properly. This itinerary will help you prepare mindset for you Khopra Danda Ridge trek.
Khopra Danda Ridge Trekking Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu:
In accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip. After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section, we will lead you to our vehicle to drop you off in our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure, you will be on your own and you can do whatever you want to do for refreshment. But we definitely will be happy to guide you around the city.
Day 2: Preparation and Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu:
On the second day of arrival, we will be interacting with each other. After early breakfast, every guest needs to arrive at Company to review about their trip so that they can buy and manage the required stuff for their trips. After talking about the trip we will be taking our guest for the cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. The destination for sightseeing include Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders, Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the bank of a holy river, and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara:
We are heading to Pokhara today on an overland journey where the magnificent view of Mt. Macchapuchare (Mt. Fishtail) welcomes us. The road journey of about 6 hours starts after breakfasts and heads towards the west of Kathmandu valley past Swoyambhunath aka monkey temple. As soon as we get outside Kathmandu valley from the western ridge, we can immediately experience the charm of rural Nepal. The drive has some beautiful view of Himalayan peaks and countryside hills. The highway runs through small towns, river bank and winding curl exposing rural Nepalese wonders to us.
We reach Pokhara just to feel the welcome of this beautiful lake city. We are going to stay overnight at Lakeside. We will have free time to wander around lakeside on our own once we check in to the hotel.
Day 4: Drive to Pokhara to Ulleri:
Today we will be driving to Ulleri. Ulleri is 53 minutes ride from Pokhara and is 22.3 km away. The ride take us through the rural village of Pokhara. You can explore the diverse culture of Gurung ethnicity and diverse landscape.
Day 5: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani:
The walk today to Ghandruk is a gentle uphill trek. It goes through the rhododendron forest and gives a lovely feeling of walking in beautiful nature. About 5 hours of gentle traversing the trail towards Tadapani gets a beautiful reward in the form of close up view of Annapurna south, Fishtail and Himchuli peaks in the Annapurna range. Tadapani is a lovely settlement nestled in the foothills just across those mighty Himalayan peaks. It has a small market place and some beautiful guest houses for the travelers to stay. The nature walk and the most deserved rest gets us ready for the adventure that wait ahead of us.
Day 6: Trek from Poon Hill to Bayali Kharka:
We enter into a much quieter region on our trek from today onwards. We trek to Bayali Kharka entering the elevation above 3000 meters above sea level. The trail winds up and down the hill through rhododendron forest and moves further ahead towards Bayali Kharka. Spectacular views of the mountain peaks in the Annapurna range from right above the tree line make our day and help us divert our mind away from the tiring effort of trekking in high altitude.
Day 7: Trek from Bayali Kharka to Chhistibung :
The walk today goes to Chhistibung on a gentle trail involving walking up and down the trail. Chhistibung is a small and temporary settlement with a few places to stay. The trail today is mostly a gentle descent with the final ascent to upper Chhistibung. The descent to lower Chhistibung goes on a trail through forest and the ascend starts to upper Chhistibung. The walk is of about 4 hours at a gentle pace on beautiful trail.
Day 8: Trek from Chhistibung to Khopra Ridge:
The destination of todays’ trekking is Khopra ridge. The path to Khopra ridge consist of outstanding scenery of mountains that will blow off your mind.Walking towards the Khopra ridge is a slow paced and steady walk only for about 4 hours. We are taking it as an easy going day to adapt with the increasing altitude. The walk brings a river valley along with the stunning mountain views. We enjoy the serenity of the region all throughout the trek as a less trekked area unlike other Annapurna trails, Khopra trek offers quiet time in the massive mountains.
Day 9: Trek from Khopra Ridge to dobato:
We reach the highest elevation on the trek today when we hike to Khayar -Lake at the elevation of 4,600 meters above sea level. A long day of trek in the high altitude challenges us pretty much. It’s a tough day trek going up to the lake that is considered as a sacred lake by the Hindus living in the region. About 8 hours of effort on the high altitude is truly challenging for anyone but it brings some wonderful mountain views and incredible landscape to our sight. We trek back to Khopra after some beautiful exploration trip.
Day 10: Trek from Dobato to Tadapani
It’s time to trek the trail back down towards lower elevation towards Swanta. The trail descends towards the destination via Chhistibung. Spectacular views of mountains and valleys keep our pace engaged as we hike downwards. We pass through beautiful villages, wooded area and splendid view along the way.
Day 11: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk:
We start the trek in the dawn, descending to a river to take an uphill route to Ghorepani. The trail to Ghorepani is a nice and steady uphill walk after crossing the river. When we reach Ghorepani, we stop for our lunch and enjoy the scenery. Incredible Himalayan views make our lunch break a wonderfully memorable one. After the lunch, we start descending through lush green rhododendron forest towards Ulleri. Ulleri is a beautiful village with several guest houses to stay overnight.
Day 12: Trek from Ghandruk to Pokhara:
The early morning trek starts descending through the well-paved steps down towards Tikhedhunga. The steep step walk early morning can feel on our knees but we keep our pace steady so that we enjoy those steps to the outmost. Once we reach Tikhedhunga the trail descends further to Hile then meets a dirt road which gradually leads us to Nayapul. When we reach Nayapul, we get on our vehicle and drive to Pokhara. About 1.5 hours of drive on the beautifully scenic winding road takes us to Pokhara. We feel refreshed at hotel and enjoy leisurely time and celebrate the end of the beautiful Khopra Trek.
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu:
We take a drive back to Kathmandu via the same highway we took earlier to go there. Once in Kathmandu, we spend leisurely time back in the chaos of the city after so many days of serene mountain air and incredible adventure.
Day 14: See You Again:
As the last day on this trip, we drive you to airport as per your flight schedule back to home or onward destination.
We definitely hope that you enjoyed the Khopra Trek and hope to see you for another adventure soon.