The New Bucketlist Trek in Nepal – The Khopra Ridge Trek

If you thought one of the bucket list treks to do in Nepal was the Annapurna Base Camp trek, then I have news for you. It is not. It is the new Khopra Ridge Trek.  

The Khopra Ridge Trek.

Our Trek Leader, Himanshu Thapa, who went on this trek has this to say. “Annapurna Base Camp is nothing compared to the views on this trek.” Himanshu would know. Being a Nepali himself and having done the ABC treks many times, he knows what to expect. The Khopra Ridge Trek has turned out to be a stunner!

You see 23 big mountains from the Khopra Ridge

Out of which 3 are amongst the 14 highest mountains in the world – Mt Manaslu (8th highest), Mt Annapurna I (9th highest) and Mt Dhaulagiri I (7th 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!

The Khopra Ridge trek is not just a ridge walk. That would be underestimating it. Simply put, it is a walkthrough on one of the rarest big mountain views of Nepal.

Look at these pictures below for instance. The red line is the ridge you’ll be walking on. Look at the proximity of the big mountains around.

(Click to enlarge) The small red line is the Khopra ridge. Notice how Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machapuchare are surrounding the ridge
(Click to enlarge) Perhaps this is what makes Himanshu say that it’s better than the ABC trek. Observe the proximity of the Annapurna Range to the ridge.
(Click to enlarge) This is the view looking back from the Khopra Ridge. You see the whole Dhaulagiri Range behind you. It’s actually much closer than it looks in this map.
Seeing the Dhaulagiri range up close on the Khopra Ridge trek. Picture by Himanshu Thapa

Great views from inside tea houses.

Himanshu was chuckling when he said this, “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.”

The tea house at Ghandruk, with Mt Machapuchare and the Annapurna Range behind it

Additional highlights

Well, there’s a lot of talking points here. We take a deviation to Khayer Lake. It is 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 tek 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, seeing the sun set 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 in a crowded trail in Nepal. The Khopra Ridge is a godsend in that respect. No maddening crowd on this trail.

A sunset above the clouds

What to expect on the trek

  • This is an 8 day trek. It starts from Syauli Bazar, a short drive from Pokhara (Same base as Annapurna Base Camp).
  • It is a moderate-difficult trek. There are sections with tough ascents, nothing technical, just endurance-testing.
  • You cover more than 8 km almost every day of the trek.
  • The highest point on the trek is 15,640 ft (4,767 m). For adrenaline junkies, the altitude is a lot!
  • We would recommend it for those who already have some high altitude trek experience, and not for beginners, unless you’re really fit!
  • The trek doesn’t involve camping anywhere. You stay at tea houses.

When are we running the trek?

We have opened two dates in April. Considering the rhododendron forests will be in bloom during April, the forests are going to be a pleasure to walk on! Not to forget the crisp, clear April views of the big mountains.

We’ll be taking 2 small teams of just 10 people each. So sign up quickly if you’d like to be one of the first few Indiahikes trekkers to be on this trail. 🙂

Find the dates here.

Drop in a comment if you have questions about the trek. We’ll write back to you!

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Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy is the Chief Editor at Indiahikes. She heads the content team and runs a video series called Trek With Swathi. Before joining Indiahikes, she worked as a reporter and sub-editor at Deccan Chronicle. She holds a Masters in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications such as Deccan Herald. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates that mind like nothing else can. Through her work at Indiahikes, she hopes to let more people experience this sense of liberation, by spreading information about trekking and by instilling the right spirit of trekking in them.Read Swathi's other articles. Watch Swathi's video series here.

5 thoughts on “The New Bucketlist Trek in Nepal – The Khopra Ridge Trek

  1. Happy to know that one more good trek is found in Himalaya. We are also running trips of trekking in panchachli n pindari. What discount you offer for group of ten.

  2. I did this hike as a solo traveler in 2014 with my then-boyfriend. It is AMAZING. I dream everyday of going back. I would NOT recommend doing it alone, as we had many scares along the way. One, the sheer height and exposure of the ridge. This is one of the most vivid memories of my life. Two: we got lost by going on the wrong path for and hour, and that set us back on the longest hiking day, and we arrived to Khopra Dhanda at nightfall. We were very afraid that the camp was vacant, but there were two camp keepers there. We were the ONLY two people on that trail who we saw. We also thankfully had our life straws and could drink clumsily from streams we passed, as we had run out of water on that very long day. (The one from Dobato to Khopra Dhanda). VERY FUN. I am dreaming of going back and highly recommend this trek to everyone. Especially in the hands of an experience company like India Hikes, everyone who goes is in for the hike of a lifetime. Amanda, DC, USA

    1. That’s wonderful Amanda! If you have some pictures from the trail, it would be wonderful if you could share them with us! We have a very few pictures for our documentation. Do send them to swathi@indiahikes.com, if you’re alright with it. 🙂

  3. Honestly, I don’t see big difference from ABC which I did a few years ago: mostly the same places and views, and Dhaulagiri as it seems is pretty far away, as from Poon hill. It may be less populated than ABC if it matters…

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