Difficulty

Moderate - Difficult

Duration

9 Days

Highest Altitude

15,710 ft

Age

13 to 55 years

Duration

9 Days

Age

13 to 55 years

Difficulty

Moderate - Difficult

Highest Altitude

15,710 ft

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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!

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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 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.

Day 2

Drive from Pokhara to Syauli Bazaar. Trek to Ghandruk

Drive Distance: 60 km | Trek Duration: 3 hours | Altitude Gain: 2,760 ft to 3,350 ft

Trek Distance: 12 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude Gain: 3,350 ft ft to 6,575 ft

Easy – Moderate. Gradual ascent from Syauli Bazaar to Ghandruk. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way and from Modi Khola river.

Day 3

Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani

Trek Distance: 6.70 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude Gain: 6,575 ft to 8,905 ft

Moderate. Mix of gradual ascent and level walk on forest trails. You can refill your water bottles from small streams and tea houses on the way.

Day 4

Trek from Tadapani to Dobato

Trek Distance: 6 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude Gain: 8,905 ft to 11,485 ft

Moderate-difficult. A gradual ascent through forest trails, with a short descent towards the beginning. The last hour of the trail is above the tree line. Carry two litres of water. There are no natural water sources on the trail today. You can refill your water bottles at two tea houses on the way to Meshar and Isharu (2 hours apart).

Day 5

Trek from Dobato to Khopra Ridge

Trek Distance: 11 km | Trek Duration: 7 hours | Altitude Gain: 11,485 ft to 11,975 ft

Difficult. A complete ridge walk with steep ascents till Khopra. You can refill your water bottles from streams and tea houses on the way.

Day 6

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

Difficult. Starts with a gradual ascent on a ridge and becomes steeper as you proceed. Carry two litres of water. After the first three hours, there are no water sources.

Day 7

Trek from Khopra Ridge to Shwata

Trek Distance: 9.5 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude Loss: 11,975 ft to 7,785 ft

Easy-moderate-difficult. Descend along a ridge for the first two hours. This is followed by a level walk through a forest all the way to Shwata. You can refill your water bottles from streams on the way.

Day 8

Trek from Shwata to Ghorepani

Trek Distance: 9 km | Trek Duration: 4.5 hours | Altitude Gain: 7,785 ft to 9,775 ft

Easy-moderate. A short day with gradual ascents and descents. You can refill your water bottles from natural streams tea houses on the way.

Day 9

Trek Ghorepani to Ulleri. Drive to Pokhara

Trek Distance: 7 km | Trek Duration: 3-4 hours | Altitude Loss: 9,775 ft to 6,400 ft

Drive Distance: 35 km | Drive Duration: 2-3 hours | Drop off point for Indiahikes Trekkers: Hotel Paradise Inn, Pokhara

Easy. Descent through the forests till Ulleri.

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.

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 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.

Day 2

Drive from Pokhara to Syauli Bazaar. Trek to Ghandruk

Drive Distance: 60 km | Trek Duration: 3 hours | Altitude Gain: 2,760 ft to 3,350 ft

Trek Distance: 12 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude Gain: 3,350 ft ft to 6,575 ft

Easy – Moderate. Gradual ascent from Syauli Bazaar to Ghandruk. You can refill your water bottles at tea houses on the way and from Modi Khola river.

Day 3

Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani

Trek Distance: 6.70 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude Gain: 6,575 ft to 8,905 ft

Moderate. Mix of gradual ascent and level walk on forest trails. You can refill your water bottles from small streams and tea houses on the way.

Day 4

Trek from Tadapani to Dobato

Trek Distance: 6 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude Gain: 8,905 ft to 11,485 ft

Moderate-difficult. A gradual ascent through forest trails, with a short descent towards the beginning. The last hour of the trail is above the tree line. Carry two litres of water. There are no natural water sources on the trail today. You can refill your water bottles at two tea houses on the way to Meshar and Isharu (2 hours apart).

Day 5

Trek from Dobato to Khopra Ridge

Trek Distance: 11 km | Trek Duration: 7 hours | Altitude Gain: 11,485 ft to 11,975 ft

Difficult. A complete ridge walk with steep ascents till Khopra. You can refill your water bottles from streams and tea houses on the way.

Day 6

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

Difficult. Starts with a gradual ascent on a ridge and becomes steeper as you proceed. Carry two litres of water. After the first three hours, there are no water sources.

Day 7

Trek from Khopra Ridge to Shwata

Trek Distance: 9.5 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude Loss: 11,975 ft to 7,785 ft

Easy-moderate-difficult. Descend along a ridge for the first two hours. This is followed by a level walk through a forest all the way to Shwata. You can refill your water bottles from streams on the way.

Day 8

Trek from Shwata to Ghorepani

Trek Distance: 9 km | Trek Duration: 4.5 hours | Altitude Gain: 7,785 ft to 9,775 ft

Easy-moderate. A short day with gradual ascents and descents. You can refill your water bottles from natural streams tea houses on the way.

Day 9

Trek Ghorepani to Ulleri. Drive to Pokhara

Trek Distance: 7 km | Trek Duration: 3-4 hours | Altitude Loss: 9,775 ft to 6,400 ft

Drive Distance: 35 km | Drive Duration: 2-3 hours | Drop off point for Indiahikes Trekkers: Hotel Paradise Inn, Pokhara

Easy. Descent through the forests till Ulleri.

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.

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.

Campsites at a Glance

At Indiahikes, we are very particular about choosing terrific campsites. For the Khopra Ridge trek too, after a lot of back and forth, we have settled on these terrific campsites, which trekkers have come to love.

Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder

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Trekking transforms lives. It has completely changed my life. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible. 

I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, and start new projects. These are life-changing experiences. 

I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.

In the mountains new professions, new economies and new businesses have opened up. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.  

Everyone must trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine.

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Arjun Majumdar, Founder, CEO

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

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.

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.

Picture by: Ujwala Kadam

The Pink Dusk

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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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.

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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