THE KHOPRA RIDGE TREK
The Khopra ridge trek is one of the most rewarding short treks in the Himalayas. And if you only have a few days in Nepal and wish to get as close as possible to the mountains, this is the trek to choose. Magnificent mountain views, idyllic villages, alpine rhododendron and oak forests, and the feeling of being on top of the world are just some of the features of trekking to Khopra. Furthermore, up-close mountain views from Khopra ridge are simply superb. The mountain panorama includes Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang and Nilgiri. And as you ascend from Tadapani towards the Khopra ridge, the views of Macchapuchare (Fishtail) are simply spectacular. From Khopra ridge, you have the option to ascend further to Khayer lake. This trek is especially spectacular if you come in March/April when the rhododendrons are in bloom.
The Khopra ridge trek begins and ends in Pokhara. Our goal, Khopra ridge, lies north of Ghorepani-Pun hill. And it isn’t as busy as the Ghorepani trail. Check out more of our trek options in the Annapurna region.
Also, Meg Peterson, one of our most loyal trekkers (she’s trekked with us more than 9 times since the 90’s) completed this trek in December 2018 at the age of 90. Do read her blog which is an account of her Khopra ridge trek here.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
The Khopra Ridge Trek is a lodge trek. This means you will sleep and eat meals in local lodges along the trail. The quality of the lodges on this trek are basic but clean. Additionally, meals are quite varied with many options including rice with veggies, noodles, local breads etc. Read our article about food options on lodge treks.
Like most treks in Nepal, the best seasons for trekking to Khopra ridge are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (October-November). Furthermore, it is also possible to do this trek in Winter months of December, January and February. While it will obviously be very cold (upto -20 C/, -4 F), it will be less crowded and there aren’t as many trekkers in the area.
The Khopra Ridge Trek is rated “STRENUOUS”. It is rated 4 on a rating scale from 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging). The highest altitude reached is at Khayer Lake (4,660 m/15,300ft), the highest overnight elevation is at Khopra Ridge (3,660m/12,031 feet). Average daily hiking times is 5 to 6 hours with one long day of around 8-9 hours on the optional day hike to the Khayer lakes. Regardless, it is important to prepare for any trek in Nepal. Read our advice on training for treks.
WHY TREK WITH US?
All our Khopra Ridge treks are private treks for a minimum of two participants. We do NOT nickel-and-dime on services – all inclusions and exclusions are clearly listed in cost details. Some companies will advertise trips for very low prices but they have a lot of exclusions that is usually not clear. With over 30 years of experience, most of our trekkers are either repeat clients or referrals. We employ the most professional and friendly staff.
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