KHOPRA RIDGE AND POON HILL TREK - 14 DAYS | Alpinist Club

KHOPRA RIDGE AND POON HILL TREK

Group Size

5-15people

meal

breakfast, lunch, dinner

accomodation

hotel, lodge

arrival on

kathmandu

departure from

kathmandu

trip level

easy

max. altitude

3600M

Best season

Autumn, Spring

trip highlights

  • No risk of altitude sickness,Possible of trek any time of year
  • Magnificent 360 degrees of more than 10 snow-capped mountain
  • Reward by nature beauties & Birds watching
  • The moderate altitude (no night above 4000 m), ideal for the first trek in Nepal.

trip introduction

Khopra Ridge and poon hill Trek is the most popular and easiest trek in the Annapurna region. it’s doesn’t require any experience in trekking. Khopra Ridge (3,635m)  lies under the greatest Annapurna Himalayan Range. The area is famous for fascinating traditional villages and is inhabited by ethnic communities. The trail with rhododendron forests, forests full of birds, and deep sub-tropical valleys, are all set below the Annapurna mountain. This magnificent trek is possible all year round. where we never take our eyes off the high peaks. We follow the classic “balcony of the Annapurna circuit trek.

khopra ridge and poon hill trek, our journey start from the mid-temperate region of the wooded hills with Gurung and Magar villages. we will visit the beautiful Gurung village Ghandruk. Then, we branch off to reach two incredible balconies close to the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri. Through, the trail to Tadapani, ishara dobato, chisitabung, and khopra. Additionally, we will hike the sacred lake of Khayer  (4827m). Trek is a new discover trekking trail in the Annapurna region. It is located on the foot of Annapurna Himal.

When we return back to Pokhara,  we follow the main trail of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek . one of the most famous panoramas in the Annapurna area.  Also, we have an alternative trekking route to head down to Tatopani from Khopra ridge.  Which lies on the way to Jomsom Muktinath’s upper mustang trek. It is possible to the khopra and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek throughout the year. But the months of March to May and from October or November are the most popular for trekking seasons.

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide,

Approximately 15 munites driving to the hotel from the airport
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 35,50 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Road to Pokhara (880m), Nepal’s second city, located on the shores of Lake Phewa where the Machhapuchhare (6997m), Annapurna III (7555m), and Annapurna IV (7525m) are reflected. We first take a bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara before changing vehicles to reach Nayapul then Birethanti where we spend the night.

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,050 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Our trek starts along the Modi Khola river. The trail then climbs to the mountain village of Ghandrung, known to be one of the largest villages of the Gurung ethnic group. This village is also known to have been a high place of recruitment of Ghurka, soldiers of the British and Indian armies. Many residents have obtained the Victoria Cross, the highest military honor of the British army. From the village, the view of the Machhapuchhare (6997m), the Annapurnas, and the Hiun Chuli (6441m) is already spectacular (weather permitting!).

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,900 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We resume the climb towards the Komrong Danda pass (2150 m). Very nice views of the Machapuchare. A balcony path leads to the villages of Melanje (2050 m) and Chiule (2050 m). The path straightens up and crosses a forest of imposing rhododendrons, real flowering trees from March. Set on the ridge, Thadapani (2560 m) offers us a bird’s eye view of the deep valley leading to the Annapurna sanctuary. Annapurna III (7555 m) and Gangapurna (7454 m) dominate the scene.

Approximately 6 hours of walk
Final altitude: approximately 2560 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

After the village of Tadapani, we leave the main route of the Annapurna tour to take a path mainly used by the inhabitants of Ghandrung to reach in summer, with buffaloes, sheep and goats, the mountain pastures. We move through a forest of oaks and rhododendrons before passing above the tree line and following a ridge to a small pass then Baisi Kharka and finally our lodge. To the west, the view is dominated by the imposing mass of Dhaulagiri (8167m, the seventh highest peak in the world).

Approximately 6 hours of walk
Final altitude: approximately 3,4500 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We are leaving today for Chistibung. We mainly walk through the pastures between herds of dzos (a cross between a zebu and a yak) and shelters of shepherds. With a little luck we will be able to observe the colorful Danphe (pheasant, the national bird of Nepal) and in the grassy slopes, the Tahr of the Himalayas.

Approximately 6 hours of walk
Final altitude: approximately 3,000 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

From the heights of Chistibung, we walk through alpine meadows to gradually approach Khopra Ridge and distinguish the tip of Annapurna South (7219m). Our efforts will be totally rewarded upon our arrival at the Khopra lodge. From there, an exceptional panorama is offered to us: Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna Sud. After lunch, we reach a viewpoint below the village of Khopra to enjoy the view of the deep valley of the Kali Gandaki which winds nearly 2500m below our feet.

Approximately 6 hours of walk
Final altitude: approximately 3,645 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Day hike from Khopra Ridge towards Lake Khayar. The view of Bharh Chuli (7647) and the surrounding peaks is superb. The hike to Khayar Lake can take almost 11 hours round trip from the lodge. The day will therefore be organized according to the level of the group and the desires of each one.

Approximately 3 hours of walk
Final altitude: approximately 3,645 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

In one hour of walking mainly downhill, we reach the lodge of Chistibung. Throughout our day of walking, we can enjoy the view of the Dhaulagiri which offers a superb background to the traditional terraced houses and cultures of the region.

Approximately 5 hours of walk
Final altitude: approximately 2,250 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

One hour after leaving the village of Swanta, we return to the main route of the Annapurna tour which takes us to Ghorepani. From there we continue through a rhododendron forest to Ulleri.

Approximately 6 hours of walk
Final altitude: approximately 2,000 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Last day of trek and descent to Nayapul through villages and bamboo forests. Our vehicle is waiting for us in Nayapul to drive us to Pokhara

Approximately 5 hours of walk 
Transport; 1 hours drive
Final altitude: approximately 850 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch 
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We take the direction of Pokhara airport before taking a flight to Kathmandu(flight subject to meteorological and operational hazards). Transfer to your hotel and end of the day at leisure.

Transport; 6 hours drive
Final altitude: approximately 850 m
Meals: breakfast 
Accommodation: night in the hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

Approximately 20mintues of driving to the airport
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast

Best Time to Visit

AUTUMN
During October and November, the sky is normally a deep blue, the sun often bright, and the view of the mountains mostly crystalline, the temperature during the day is rather pleasant. It is an excellent time for tourism and trekking, although temperatures can be cold, especially at night in the Everest region.

WINTER
Heavy snowfall sometimes makes several high-altitude passes impassable. Trekking is still possible, but at altitudes below 4000m because of the cold. The weather is very clear and the visibility of the mountains is excellent.

SPRING
From March to May, the days are sunny and the temperatures increasingly mild. The view of the mountains gets worse and worse as the monsoon approaches, but it is also the flowering period of the rhododendrons, absolutely magnificent, especially in the Annapurna region.

SUMMER
In June and July, the humid air masses of the Bay of Bengal collide with the Himalayan range. As they rise, they cool and condense to fall in the form of rain: it is the monsoon. Its effects are very uneven across the country. It gradually loses its intensity as it moves from the southeast to the northwest. Some regions are therefore less affected by the monsoon: the north of the Annapurna area (Manang, Naar, Phu), Dolpo, and Mustang. where else, the paths are sometimes slippery and often infested with leeches …

inclusion

what's included

  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle
  • 3-night hotel stays in Kathmandu on B/B Plan
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • food and accommodation for local team and insurance
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • Ground Transportation Charge while returning back to Kathmandu from the trekking destination
  • The permit for this region of Nepal.
  • All Government tax

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate.

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles.

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