Khopra trek, is a lesser known trekking destination, but it is slowly gaining popularity among trekkers. The trek takes about 12 days to complete and during the time, takes you through amazing landscapes and beautiful places. Traversing through Rhododendron forests and encountering waterfalls, will surely cheer you up. Also, the wildlife and vegetation you will find along the way, is equally beautiful.
Our trekking in Annapurna region Nepal, begins from Kathmandu and then takes us to Pokhara to Ghandruk in the second day. We will then trek from Ghandruk, following the trail that leads to Tadapani. Next day, we will trek to Dobato, to Bayli Kharka. The trail from Dobato, separates into a more popular one to Ghorepani and to a lesser known one, Bayli Kharka. We will be trekking to Bayli Kharka, then to Chistibang. From Chistibang, we will travel to Khopra Danda, and take an excursion day trek to, Khair Lake. We will then follow the same trail back to Khopra Danda and then trek to Tatopani. Taking a jeep ride back to Pokhara, from Tatopani, we will reach Kathmandu, the next day.
With this amazing Annapurna region trek, we will have enjoyed the amazing and beautiful scenic beauty of the landscape. We will be accompanied by tall and majestic mountains, Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7237m), Machhapuchhare (6993m) and Lamjung Himal (6931m), all along the way. Forests we will be traversing through, will be blossomed with Rhododendron, during the spring. Also, Danphe pheasant and Himalayan Munal and Tahr will be see. Also, the hospitality of Gurung and Magar people will make us more, humble. In the end, we will be left with beautiful memories and amazing experience to cherish for a very long time.
The best time for this Khopra trek, is from October to late-November, and from March to May. It is not advised to trek during the monsoon season (July to August) and also during the winter season (December to January).
Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m / 4600 ft.)
Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kimche to Ghandruk (1940 m /6364 ft.)
Distance: 8km / 4.5 miles
Time:9:00 hrs drive / 02:00 hrs walk
Ghandruk to Tadapani (2,610 m / 8,563 ft.)
Distance: 9.5 km / 5.9 miles
Time: 03-04 hrs walk
Tadapani to Bayli Kharka (3420 m /11221 ft.)
Distance: 5.8 km / 3.6 miles
Time: 05-06 hrs walk
Bayli Kharka to Chistibang (2975 m / 9760 ft.)
Distance: 4 km / 2.4 miles
Time: 03-04 hrs walk
Chistibang to Khopra Danda (3640 m/11942 ft.)
Distance: 3.2 km / 12 miles
Time: 02-03 hrs trek
Distance: 16.5 km /10.25 miles round-trip Excursion to Khair Lake (4728 m/15512 ft.)
Time 7-8 hours walk
Khopra Danda to Narchyang (1200m/3937ft)
Distance: 4.3 km / 2.68 miles
Time: 05-06 hrs walk
Narchyang to Tatopani (1190 m/3905 ft.)
Distance: 3.2 km / 2 miles
Time: 02-03 hrs walk
Tatopani to Pokhara 827 m / 2713 ft)
Distance: 98 km / 61 miles
Time:4:00 hrs drive
Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400 m / 4600 ft)
Distance: 210 km / 130 miles
Time: 6-7 hrs drive
Day 1 of our Annapurna region trekking, marks you landing at the TIA at Katmandu. Our representatives from Mountain Routes will pick you up at the airport and drop you at your hotel. They will be explaining the trekking schedules and routes, and anything else you wish to know regarding the trek. You can freshen up at your hotel, then head out to explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu. Also, the beautiful night life of Thamel can be enjoyed during the night.
Today, we have a long road journey ahead of us. So, we will be leaving early today and drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara which will take us about 6 hours. We will have lunch on our way there. Upon reaching Pokhara, we again need to get going, so we will take a jeep to Khimche. Driving from Pokhara to Khimche will take us about 3 hours of time.
And, only from Khimche, we begin our trek to Ghandruk. It is a short trek, and will only take us about 1 hour. Ghandruk is the largest Gurung village in the Annapurna region, where not only the culture of the Gurungs can be explored, but it comes with an amazing scenery in the background. Beautiful view of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre, can be enjoyed while at Ghandruk. Overnight at Ghandruk.
On day 3 of our Khopra Trek, we will be trekking from Ghandruk to Tadapani, which will take us about 4-5 hours of time. The trail from Ghandruk to Tapapani traverses through, Rhododendron and oak forest. The pleasant sound of the birds and the stunning view of the small waterfalls, is sure to make you fall in love with the place. Trekking during the spring season, also lets you enjoy the forest blossomed with Rhododendron. There are no villages in the route, but few tea houses can be found. Amazing view of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7237m), Machhapuchhare (6993m) and Lamjung Himal (6931m), can be enjoyed all along the way. We will stay the night at Tadapani.
Today, on day 4 of our Annapurna region trekking, we will be trekking from Tadapani to Dobato. We will leave the main trail leading to Ghorepani, but instead follow a less used trail, leading to Dobato. Traversing through the beautiful Rhododendron forest, we will soon rise above the tree line to reach the amazing view of Annapurna range.
We will then have lunch by a small stream and continue hiking further. Following the trail further, we will gradually climb through open countryside to reach a small pass. Then, the trail descends through beautiful Rhododendron forest to an open clearing, Bayli Kharka. We will stay the night there.
Today, the trail follows through a grassy slope and traverses through pasture. A number of herder’s hut, Dzo grazing and Danphe pheasant, can be found along the way. Also, the amazing view of the mountains will accompany us through out. There are small community lodges, where we will be staying the night.
On day 6 of the Khopra Danda trek, we will start with breakfast at Chistibang, and follow the trail leading to Khopra ridge. Following the trail, we will slowly rise above the tree line. Some animals like Himalayan Tahr and Himalayan Munal, can be encountered along the way. Slowly ascending further and further, we will enjoy the panoramic view of Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, and other mountains. We will stay the night at Khopra Danda.
Today, on the 7th day of our trekking in Annapurna region Nepal, we will be going out to explore the amazing Khair lake. This however, is not advised for every trekker, because of the high altitude and the time it takes to make a round trip. Khair lake trek, holds a very high religious importance to the Brahmins and Kshetris, during the Janai Purnima ceremony. We will enjoy the amazing view of Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Annapurna Fang, along with the stunning view of the Khair Lake. After enjoying there for some time, we will return back to Khopra Danda, and spend the second night there.
On day 8 of our Annapurna region trek, we will be descending steeply from Khopra dada to Narchyang. Narchyang is the biggest Magar village in the region. After walking for 5-6 hours, we will reach Narchyang, where we will be staying the night.
Today, we will be trekking from Narchyang to Tatopani. This will be a short trek and after reaching Tatopani, we will enjoy the amazing natural hot spa. All our body ache and soring leg, will feel relaxed. We will spend the day there, relaxing.
On our 10th day of trekking in Annapurna region Nepal, we will be driving back to Pokhara. We will leave as early as possible, so as to explore some part of Pokhara. The beautiful city of lakes, offers many tourist destinations but due to our limited time, we will only visit some selected few. We can also do some shopping during the day, and at night, enjoy the amazing night life of Lakeside.
We will travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu, on the 11th day of our Annapurna region trekking. We will travel via roadways and it will take us about 6 hours of time. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will explore the city around a bit. Also, the fun night life of Thamel, can be enjoyed during the night. A good night’s sleep is all that is left for the day.
Day 12 marks the end of our Annapurna region trek, and also your stay in Nepal. We will have our representatives from Mountain Routes, pick you up from your hotel and drop you at the airport. We will share goodbyes, bade each other farewell. You will then board the plane, back to your home, with nothing but beautiful memories and amazing experience of the last 10 days.
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Trekking grade of the Khopra trek is categorized into moderate grade which involves 5-6 hours of trek per day on average carrying 5-8 kg of weight. The trekking route involves easy walk but you need to be active and in good health to enjoy this trek.
If you are looking for a non-tourist trail in Nepal then this Khopra trek might be a good choice. This trail involves community homestay and village life so you can get multiple experiences along with beautiful sceneries and mesmerizing mountain views.
Lightweight waterproof hiking boots are recommended. Make sure you use the boots before coming to Nepal so that it is not painful while trekking. Trail running shoes also works fine but won’t work if it rains and snows. If made from 100% waterproof Gore-tex then it is great.
Of course, it is possible to cut one or two stops but we recommend to go slow and steady so that you do not get the altitude sickness.
You will get surprised to see much variety of menu in remote trails like Nepalese, Indian, Chinese and western food.
Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara are the three-star level accommodation but once you start trek the standard of accommodation will decrease and you will be sharing your room with other fellow trekkers with no private bathroom.
It is always a good idea to keep some extra days in case of getting sick. Also in case of weather, you need more time to acclimatize etc.
You always need to pack wisely and not to forget the important items. We recommend not to bring too much than you need. Even if you feel you need something you can easily buy here so that you also help grow our local business. We recommend you to bring these clothing items:
Trekking Pants or Yoga Pants for women
T-shirt- Lightweight quick dry
Fleece clothes to keep you warm
Rain Poncho ( If you are planning to come in (May-Aug)
Cap / Hat