Difficulty

Moderate - Difficult | Level 1

Duration

9 Days

Highest Altitude

15,710 ft

Age

13 to 55 years

Duration

9 Days

Age

13 to 55 years

Difficulty

Moderate - Difficult | Level 1

Highest Altitude

15,710 ft

Khopra Ridge Trek

An Off-beat Nepal Trek that Takes You Close to 22 Big Mountains

For many decades now, the Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp treks have been the bucket list treks for most trekking. If you think about trekking in Nepal, these are the two treks that come to mind.

But there’s another trek, very close to Annapurna Base Camp and much more rewarding, and that’s the Khopra Ridge Trek. Why is it more rewarding?

You see 22 big mountains from the Khopra Ridge.

Out of which 2 are amongst the 14 highest mountains in the world – Mt Dhaulagiri I (7th highest)! and Mt Annapurna I (10th highest). But that’s not the full picture. You see the Annapurna massif at an arm’s distance (even closer than on the ABC trek). You see the Mt Machapuchare as glorious as ever. You see Mt Nilgiri North and South. There’s Mt Himchuli, Mt Ganga Purna, it’s endless!

Let’s not forget Mt Dhaulagiri. It is right in front of you!

Quick Itinerary

A route map of the Khopra Ridge trek

Day 1

Reach Pokhara from Kathmandu

Drive distance: 215 km | Trek Duration: 7 hours | Stay for Indiahikes Trekkers: Hotel Paradise Inn, Pokhara

You will reach Pokhara on your own by either taking a bus or flying in from Kathmandu. You are expected to reach by 4 pm. You will meet the rest of the team at Hotel Paradise Inn. Your stay at Hotel Paradise Inn is taken care of by Indiahikes. You don't need to pay extra for this.

Please note: We will only be serving dinner at Hotel Paradise after trekkers arrive post 4 pm.

Day 2

Drive from Pokhara to Kimsee. Trek to Ghandruk

Drive Distance: 56 km | Trek Duration: 2.5 hours | Altitude Gain: 2,760 ft to 5,440 ft

Trek Distance: 3.7 km | Trek Duration: 2 hours | Altitude Gain: 5,440 ft to 6,561 ft

Transport will be arranged by Indiahikes, but the trekkers will have to share the cost. Approx Rs 2,500 INR per person including both the drives to the base camp.

Day 3

Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani

Trek Distance: 6.4 km | Trek Duration: 4.5 hours | Altitude Gain: 6,561 ft to 8,705 ft

Day 4

Trek from Tadapani to Dobato

Trek Distance: 6.2 km | Trek Duration: 6.5 hours | Altitude Gain: 8,705 ft to 11,225 ft

Day 5

Trek from Dobato to Chhistibang via Muldai Top

Trek Distance: 9.2 km | Trek Duration: 6-7 hours | Altitude Gain & Loss: 11,220 ft to 9,678 ft via 11,811 ft

Day 6

Trek from Chhistibang to Khopra Ridge

Trek Distance: 3.5 km | Trek Duration: 3 hours | Altitude Gain: 9,678 to 11,975 ft

Day 7

Trek from Khopra Ridge to Khayar Lake, and back to Khopra Ridge

Trek Distance: 16 km | Trek Duration: 8-9 hours | Altitude Gain and Loss: 11,975 ft to 15,300 ft, and back to 11,975 ft

Day 8

Trek from Khopra Ridge to Paudwar via Gorge Point

Trek Distance: 8.5 km | Trek Duration: 6.5 hours | Altitude Loss: 11,975 ft to 6,561 ft via

Day 9

Trek from Paudwar to Tatopani | Drive from Tatopani to Pokhra

Trek Distance: 4.7 km | Trek Duration: 3 hours | Altitude Gain: 6,561 ft to 3,871 ft

Bus Drive Distance: 110 km | Drive Duration: 5 hours

You will reach Pokhra by 7pm.

Please note: The distance between campsites may vary by 100 meters depending the weather conditions and the route you take. The altitude may also vary by 100 feet for similar reasons.

IMPORTANT POINTS

- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

- At the base camp, your stay will be arranged in lodges.

- On the trek, you will be staying in tea houses.

- We do not have a cloakroom facility at Pokhara. Do not carry any excess luggage on the trek.
- We wont be providing accommodation on the last day at Pokhra.

A route map of the Khopra Ridge trek

PRO-TIPS

Onward Travel

If you're planning to reach Pokhara, take a bus instead of a flight from Kathmandu on Day 0 of your trek. Buses are a lot more reliable than flights that usually get cancelled in case there is a weather fluctuation.

Return Travel

While returning, you will reach Pokhara between 6.00 - 7.00 PM. Plan your travel any time after 9.00 PM from Pokhara.

Day 1

Reach Pokhara from Kathmandu

Drive distance: 215 km | Trek Duration: 7 hours | Stay for Indiahikes Trekkers: Hotel Paradise Inn, Pokhara

You will reach Pokhara on your own by either taking a bus or flying in from Kathmandu. You are expected to reach by 4 pm. You will meet the rest of the team at Hotel Paradise Inn. Your stay at Hotel Paradise Inn is taken care of by Indiahikes. You don't need to pay extra for this.

Please note: We will only be serving dinner at Hotel Paradise after trekkers arrive post 4 pm.

Day 2

Drive from Pokhara to Kimsee. Trek to Ghandruk

Drive Distance: 56 km | Trek Duration: 2.5 hours | Altitude Gain: 2,760 ft to 5,440 ft

Trek Distance: 3.7 km | Trek Duration: 2 hours | Altitude Gain: 5,440 ft to 6,561 ft

Transport will be arranged by Indiahikes, but the trekkers will have to share the cost. Approx Rs 2,500 INR per person including both the drives to the base camp.

Day 3

Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani

Trek Distance: 6.4 km | Trek Duration: 4.5 hours | Altitude Gain: 6,561 ft to 8,705 ft

Day 4

Trek from Tadapani to Dobato

Trek Distance: 6.2 km | Trek Duration: 6.5 hours | Altitude Gain: 8,705 ft to 11,225 ft

Day 5

Trek from Dobato to Chhistibang via Muldai Top

Trek Distance: 9.2 km | Trek Duration: 6-7 hours | Altitude Gain & Loss: 11,220 ft to 9,678 ft via 11,811 ft

Day 6

Trek from Chhistibang to Khopra Ridge

Trek Distance: 3.5 km | Trek Duration: 3 hours | Altitude Gain: 9,678 to 11,975 ft

Day 7

Trek from Khopra Ridge to Khayar Lake, and back to Khopra Ridge

Trek Distance: 16 km | Trek Duration: 8-9 hours | Altitude Gain and Loss: 11,975 ft to 15,300 ft, and back to 11,975 ft

Day 8

Trek from Khopra Ridge to Paudwar via Gorge Point

Trek Distance: 8.5 km | Trek Duration: 6.5 hours | Altitude Loss: 11,975 ft to 6,561 ft via

Day 9

Trek from Paudwar to Tatopani | Drive from Tatopani to Pokhra

Trek Distance: 4.7 km | Trek Duration: 3 hours | Altitude Gain: 6,561 ft to 3,871 ft

Bus Drive Distance: 110 km | Drive Duration: 5 hours

You will reach Pokhra by 7pm.

Please note: The distance between campsites may vary by 100 meters depending the weather conditions and the route you take. The altitude may also vary by 100 feet for similar reasons.

IMPORTANT POINTS

- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

- At the base camp, your stay will be arranged in lodges.

- On the trek, you will be staying in tea houses.

- We do not have a cloakroom facility at Pokhara. Do not carry any excess luggage on the trek. - We wont be providing accommodation on the last day at Pokhra.

PRO-TIPS

Onward Travel

If you're planning to reach Pokhara, take a bus instead of a flight from Kathmandu on Day 0 of your trek. Buses are a lot more reliable than flights that usually get cancelled in case there is a weather fluctuation.

Return Travel

While returning, you will reach Pokhara between 6.00 - 7.00 PM. Plan your travel any time after 9.00 PM from Pokhara.

Picture by: Nitesh Kumar

Forest trail

Arjun Majumdar, Founder, CEO

As one of the veterans of the trekking community, here's Arjun Majumdar, the founder of Indiahikes, talking about one of the most beautiful treks of Nepal.

What I Like About the Khopra Ridge Trek

What I Like About the Khopra Ridge Trek

Arjun Majumdar, Founder, CEO

As one of the veterans of the trekking community, here's Arjun Majumdar, the founder of Indiahikes, talking about one of the most beautiful treks of Nepal.

1. More than just a ridge walk

The beauty of the Khopra Ridge is the fact that it is a ridge. You walk two whole days on this ridge. So for two days, there are big mountains on either side of you. I am not very sure if you understand the significance of this. There are very few treks in this world where you walk for two whole days on a ridge. Leave alone a trek with such astounding mountain views. When you combine these two, the Khopra Ridge becomes a very special trek.

Then there is the sense of adventure. On the Khopra Ridge trek, you climb to Khayer lake, which is at around 15,700 feet. Getting to an alpine lake at this altitude is thrilling and adventurous. Unfortunately, I don’t feel this on the ABC trek.

Photo by Nitesh Kumar

2. Great views from inside the tea houses

You see great views from even inside your tea house. Just like any other trek in Nepal, the Khopra Ridge trek has tea houses all along the trail, where you stay for the night. They’re almost luxurious compared to other treks where you camp.

Photo by Nitesh Kumar

3. Additional highlights

Well, there are a lot of talking points here. We take a deviation to Khayer Lake. It is a small hidden lake. But getting there is like a spiritual experience. The locals revere the lake.

If you thought the Grand Canyon was full of deep gorges, on this trek you see the deepest gorge in the world — Kali Gandaki. It separates the summits of the Dhaulagiri range from the Annapurna range.

I am not going to guarantee it, but there’s a very high chance of walking above a bed of clouds. If you’re lucky, see the sunset above it.

I don’t know if it is right for me to say this about a favourite trek of ours, the Annapurna Base Camp, but the ABC is full of steps to climb and descend. After a while, it hurts to your knees. On the Khopra Ridge, it is a usual mountain trail. It has its ups and downs and challenges, but not the crazy steps of ABC.

For us, Khopra Ridge has turned out to be the best off-beat trek in Nepal. We know what it means to trek on a crowded trail in Nepal. The Khopra Ridge is a godsend in that respect. No maddening crowd on this trail.

Khayer lake. Photo by Mrinal

Know Your Trek

We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.

Use this section to learn about the Khopra Ridge trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find that extremely useful.

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PRO TIPS

We recommend jogging as the best routine to get fit for a trek. It works on the same muscles that you use while trekking — your calves, glutes and hamstrings. It helps increase your stamina day by day. It is also an easy routine that does not require any equipment or tools. 

Fitness target

To do this trek comfortably, you must be able to cover 5 km in under 35 minutes. This is the minimum fitness required for this trek.

How to achieve this fitness? 
  • Start jogging at least 4 days a week 
  • If you cannot run 5 km immediately, start with 2 km and increase to 5 km over 2-3 weeks.
  • Once you’re able to run 5 km, increase your pace day by day. 
  • Gradually increase your pace and bring it down to 5 km in less than 32 mins.
  • You must be able to run 5 km in 32 mins consistently for at least 2 weeks before the trek. 

This trek requires at least 6-8 weeks of preparation. The longer, the better. So plan your trek soon and start preparing. 

Here's a complete guide to get you trek fit.

Strength training tips

How to get Fitness Approval from the Indiahikes team

Every trekker needs fitness approval from the Indiahikes team 20 days before the trek date. Without this, you will not be allowed on the trek. 

What to upload? 
  • A minimum of 3 screenshots of your runs/jogs/walks/cycling 
  • Monthly summary of your routine

Why fitness matters: 

Every high-altitude trek comes with a set of challenges. Steep ascents and descents, uneven terrain, snow walks, stream crossings, pass crossings, and summit climb. Even the easiest of treks have some of these challenges if not all of them. Without fitness, trekkers struggle, get injured easily, lag behind, or simply fail to complete the trek. 

At Indiahikes, we take pride in the fact that our trekkers are among the fittest in the country. Those who do not meet the fitness requirements are often sent back. Our philosophy is that trekking and fitness go hand in hand. Without fitness, there’s no trekking.

Trek Trivia

Things Nobody Tells You About Khopra Ridge

Did you know you are trekking on the Annapurna Circuit trail when you trek to Khopra Ridge?

Khopra Ridge is an extension of the Annapurna Base Camp trek. It also falls in the line of the Annapurna Circuit. From Khopra Ridge, you go to Dobato and then to the Muldhai viewpoint. Kagbeni is a very rarely visited extension of the Annapurna Circuit.

Khopra Ridge gives a glimpse of doing Annapurna Circuit. It takes you to Kagbeni village which is one of the most beautiful villages in Nepal.

You have heard of Khayar Lake, but there is one more lake called the Hidden Lake, at the base of Annapurna South. This is frequented by the locals. You must not miss this lake when you are on the Khopra Ridge trek.

Do you know about the indigenous people of Nepal?

The ruler of the Shah dynasty, Dravya Shah started the Gorkha Kingdom in the 16th Century, and they began ruling the lands in and around Nepal.

It is said that the ruler did not have wealth. But he convinced his people that he will give them a share of the land upon conquering. And hence he began assembling his army.

The result was that everyone was fighting for themselves, and not for the king. This enabled them to expand the Gorkha kingdom rapidly.

This trait of the Gorkhas makes them one of the most fearless warriors in history. Fighting for the land and fearlessness is imbibed in their upbringing.

Green Trails: Sustainable Trekking

Green Trails is our promise to leave the mountains better. We have removed over 1 lakh kilos of the waste left behind by others on trekking trails. Yet this is a small percentage of what we do. Green Trails dives into reducing the use of resources, reducing our carbon footprint and bringing about a change in the daily practices of our trekkers too.

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