15 days
Trip Level
Group Size
4500 m

Khopra Ridge Trek is undoubtedly one of Nepal’s most exciting short treks. This trek includes all components of a classic trek in Nepal. Apart from this, the tour makes cozy villages, wildlife, and extensive mountain views visible. It offers various landscapes, from forests to high alpine landscapes; however, the Khopra Ridge trek lies far from the busier trails of the Annapurna region.

However, Trek to Khopra Ridge provides equally outstanding views of the Himalayan ranges as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang, and Nilgiri. Khayer Lake is another attraction of this trek, which needs to be slightly rambling away from the Khopra ridge.

We start our trip from Kathmandu with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage sites. We will fly or drive to Pokhara, then go to Naya Pul, where the trek begins. We follow the paths of the Annapurna balcony until Tadapani from Naya Pul. Then we left the main trail and walked on a far way for the next couple of days. We will stay in the community tea houses during these periods.

The two-week trip is appropriate for those who would like to relish Mount Annapurna’s beauty while enjoying the soothing of more remote paths. The Khopra Danda trek has become famous as an alternative trekking route in the Annapurna Region. It is an easy and short trek but allows you to explore the culture and nature and get close to the giant Himalayas.

Trek to Khopra Ridge: Highlights

Hike to Khayer Lake, a sacred lake at the foot of Annapurna South
A short trek but one of the best treks in the Annapurna region

Spectacular sunrises view over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif
Walking through the Rhododendron forests with beautiful landscapes


Short itinerary

Days Destination Altitude in Meters Walking Distance
1. Drive Pokhara 920 6h00
2. Drive to Nayapul, then trek to Ghandruk 1410 at 5h00 includes a drive
3. Ghandruk to Tadapani 2590 4h00
4. Trek to Dobato 3350 5h00
5. Dobato to Upper Chistibung 2975 5h00
6. Trek to Khopra Ridge 3660 5h00
7. Hike to Khayar Lake, then back to Khora Ridge 4500 10h00 return trip
8. Khopra Ridge to Swanta village 2200 6h00
9. Trek to Ulleri 1790 6h00
10. Ulleri to Nayapul, then drive to Pokhara. 6h00 drive includes
11. Drive back to Kathmandu.
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The Khopra Ridge trek (also known as the Khopra Danda trek) is an excellent alternative to the most popular (and crowded) Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, taking you higher still to another superb viewpoint of the Annapurnas. The route follows the local trail, which takes you to Ghorepani before climbing Khopra Ridge.

Trek to Khopra Ridge is an excellent choice if you’re looking for the perfect week-long trek, but a little off the beaten track, with great views. Contact us to get started organizing your expedition.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m)

On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted and welcomed by our agency’s representative in front of the Arrival gate with a Display board of Himalayan Exploration Treks then transfer to your Hotel.

Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.

During the free day in Kathmandu, you may have a chance to visit the heritage site of Kathmandu Valley, followed by a pre-trip departure meeting concerning the forthcoming trip. You may meet the guide and other team members. They will brief you about the team formation, equipment, and other necessary information

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara (920m). 6h00 drive.

In the early morning, depart from Kathmandu by tourist bus. The bus goes to Pokhara by passing through several villages and beautiful landscapes and driving along the Trisuli River. The Hotel is near the lake. Hotel included.

Day 4: Pokhara –Nayapul(1100m) – Ghandruk (1410m). 2h00 drive and 2h00 walk.

Departure from Pokhara to Nayabul by local bus to Naya Pul. Approximately 2o minutes walk up to Birethanti, checking all the permits. The village is a significant recruitment center for the famous Gurkha soldiers and is the hub of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which promotes various ecological projects.

Day 5: Ghandruk – Tadapani (2590m) 5h00 walk.

Wе get tо enjoy Fascinating views оf Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli Mountains from Ghandruk. We continue to walk uphill through Deurali and into the dense rhododendron forests. After trekking over a small pass, we reach Tadapani, enjoying excellent views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Hiunchuli again.

Day 6: Tadapani – Dobato. (3350 m)

After Tadapani, we leave the main trail, and for the next five days, we will walk in a more remote area of the Annapurna region. We appreciate the region’s diverse flora and fauna and magnificent views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South. Trekking on a relatively easy trail, we reach Dobato, dominated by the excellent view of the Annapurna South.

Day 7: Dobato – Upper Chistibung (2975m) 5h00 walk.

After breakfast, we descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures оf Lоwer Chistibung. Next, we ascend gradually through a forest before reaching Upper Chistibung, a temporary herder’s settlement.

Day 8: Trek to Khopra Ridge (3660m) 5h00 walk.

Wе embarks upon a steady climb above the tree line through alpine meadows and pastures to reach Khopra. As we approach Khopra Ridge, we see the tip of Annapurna South. Uроn is reaching Khopra, and we go for a short walk down Khopra Ridge to a viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki River, far bеӏоw in this deep valley. From Khopra, we admire the stunning mountain panorama, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna South.

Day 9: Rest day, excursion to the Khayer Lake (4500m) 10h00 walk return trip.

We start hiking in the early morning towards Khayer Lake, enjoying excellent views of Fang’s surrounding mountains. Considered to be a holy lake by the Hindus, it is believed that bathing in the lake will help achieve Nirvana. As Hinduism and Buddhism are intricately related in Nepal, we can even see many Hindu and Buddhist shrines on the lakeside.

Day 10: Khopra Ridge – Swanta Village (2200m) 6h00 walk.

We descend off the hillside and continue downhill on a steep trail from Khopra Ridge. Along the way, we get more views оf Mount Dhaulagiri, with the mountain providing a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages.

Day 11: Trek to Ulleri.

From Swanta, we descend through the village fields to a small river and take a look at the local watermill. From here, we cross the suspension bridge and head to the village оf Chittre, where we’ll join the main trekking trail at Ghorepani. After Ghorepani, we descend through the rhododendron forest to Ulleri.

Day 12: Ulleri – Nayapul (1113m) – Pokhara (915m) 4h00 walk and 2h00 drive.

Discovering above all, the trail gradually leads you through the cultivated rice terrace and villages to Birethanti. Once exit the permits of the Annapurna region, walk up to Naya Pul to catch a bus for Pokhara. The Hotel is near the lake. (Hotel included).

Day 13: Pokhara – Kathmandu 6h00 drive.

Early in the morning, catch a tourist bus from Pokhara; it retraces the same road to Kathmandu and arrives in the afternoon. (Hotel included).

Day 14: Free day in Kathmandu.

On your free day in Kathmandu, you may have to visit the heritage site or look for another adventure.

Day 15: Final departure

You will transfer to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight.
DEPARTURE/RETURN Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 3 hours before the flight.
Airport transfer Accommodations
Meal during the trek TIMS and ACAP permits
Transportation as per itinerary Professional guide & porters
A First Aid Kits Applicable Government Taxes
International Airfare Nepal Visa fees
Meals in City Personal Expenses
Travel Insurance Tips for Guide & Porters

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Khopra Ridge Trek

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