Khopra trekking is newly opened nature trekking in Annapurna region, fit for all trekkers. Trek to Khopra village and watch the local lifestyle and culture closely. A good level of fitness and trekking equipment is required for this trekking. Autumn and Spring is the best time for Kopra trekking.
Khopra trek is one of the most awesome newly opened beautiful untouched natures trekking in Annapurna region. This trek is suitable for all trekkers. Parts of this trail are more strenuous while other parts are easier. The path goes through deeply lush thick pine, oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest with gorgeous vistas, crossing beautiful Magar, Gurung, Kami, Damai and Kshetri - Brahmin villages with its beautifully terraced farming lands. This trip can be done as a special combined tour and adventure hike up to Khayar Lake 4565m, the highest point, the most spectacular, picturesque and breath-taking views of snow capped peaks and mesmerizing landscapes!
The diversity of ethno-culture, colorful festivals, temples and gompas, mixture settlement of friendly loving people is special feature of Khopra trek. On this trip you will have chances to mix with those people and observe their lifestyle, culture and traditions. These things make this trek, one of the best. Our former trekkers said it was one of the most unforgettable trips and it was much more beautiful than Ghorepani poon hill trek. This trek can be done in 8 to 14 days, and 16 - 18 days if you include the Annapurna sanctuary (ABC). Below is the trekking itinerary of Kopra trekking. If you have any suggestion inquiry for Kopra trekking, please feel free to write the professional trekking team form of trekking guide and tour leader.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
On Arrival at Kathmandu airport, you are met by our representative who will be waiting with your name outside at the exit entrance terminal of Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. After you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your guide and manager in the afternoon. Discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Guided tour of Kathmandu’s world heritage sites- Kathmandu durbar square, the palace and house of Living goddess Kumari, Asia’s the holiest Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa and Swoyambhunath stupa known as monkey temple as well.
Day 3: Kathmandu -Pokhara.
Drive or fly to Pokhara. Take 6 hours drive or 30 minutes flight to Pokhara.
Day 4: Pokhara -Ghandruk (5/6 hours trek).
After breakfast, we drive to the road head at Nayapul and start your trek to Birethati and continue follow the trail along Modi River, walk upto Ghandruk (2012m). Ghandruk is a mountain village inhabited mainly by the ethnic caste of Gurungs; this village is famous for being a major recruiting source of Gurkha soldiers for both British and Indian Army. Most of the houses are of traditional design however there are now a few newer concrete buildings being constructed these days. There are fine views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre from Ghandruk. Stay in a tea house lodge.
Day 5: Ghandruk -Tadapani (2590m, 4 hours trek).
From Ghandruk continue upwards through Deurali and into the forest of rhododendron and over a small pass to Tadapani.
Day 6: Tadapani-Bayeli Kharka (3420m, 5/6 hrs trek).
After Tadapani we leave the main trail and for the next five days we will walk in more remote area of the Annapurna region while staying at a network of community lodges. This is a lovely walk through rhododendron and oak forest following a trail originally used by villagers from Ghandruk to take their buffaloes, sheep and goats to the higher pastures in the summer months. The trail starts to ascend above tree line and follows a ridge to Deurali and then continues upto Bayeli Kharka where the first community lodge is located. From the lodge the view to west is dominated by Mt.Dhaulagiri (8167m).
Day 7: Bayeli Kharka-Upper Chistibung (2975m, 4 hours).
This section of the trail is on a grassy slope and traverses through pasture with a number of herder\\\\\\\'s huts and yak grazing. Look out for the colorful Danphe pheasant, the national bird of Nepal as well as Himalayan tahr on the grassy ridge high above the trail.
Day 8: Chistibung to Kopra Ridge (3660m, 3/4 hours).
From Upper Chistibung lodge there is a steady ascent through alpine meadows and pastures then as one reach Kopra ridge one sees the tip of Annapurna South. However it is only on arrival at Kopra community lodge that the full panorama is revealed -Mt.Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna Fang and South can all be seen. After lunch it is well worth going for a short walk down Kopra ridge to a viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki river far below in this deep valley.
Day 9: Kopra to Swanta Village (2200m, 5 hours).
It takes hours of descent to get back down to Upper Chistibung community lodge, it is worth stopping for drink then carry on down to Swanta village. Along the way we got more views of Mt.Dhaulagiri with this mountain providing a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages. At Swanta village it is worth visiting Swanta Primary school.
Day 10: Swanta village to Ghorepani (2800m, 2/3 hours).
An hour or so after leaving Swanta village we join the main trail to Ghorepani where there are of course others trekkers making one appreciate the quieter days walking along the Kopra ridge.
Day 11: Ghorepani -Pokhara via Nayapul.
After Ghorepani we descend through rhododendron forest to Ulleri where we stay in a tea house for the night.
Day 12: Pokhara.
This is our last day of trekking where we walk out to Nayapul to meet our private transport for the drive back to Pokhara. We spend 2 nights in Pokhara besides Lake Phewa relaxing before flying back to Kathmandu.
Day 13: Pokhara Kathmandu.
Drive or fly back to Kathmandu. Shopping Souvenirs to your friends and family and join our farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant with some traditional culture program.
Day 14: Kathmandu Airport.
Final transfer to Kathmandu airport to get your flight back to home.