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Annapurna Khopra Ridge Trek is one of the most magnificent trekking routes around the Annapurna region. It is the ideal trekking route for trekkers who want to submerge themselves and wanderlust in the lap of nature. Annapurna Khopra Ridge trek provides horde-free trails taking you all the way up to Khayer pond situated at the elevation of 4500 meters above sea level and is one of the holy pilgrimage sites in Nepal for people following the Hindu religion. From the Khopra ridge, you can enjoy the marvelous and mesmerizing panoramic view of one of the biggest mountains in the world, Mount Dhaulagiri, and its ranges along with Annapurna South and Nilgiri. This isolated route delivers the best trekking experience to every trekker as the snow leopard, Mountain Yak, and Impeyan Pheasant – the national bird of Nepal can be seen on the way.
Highlights of the Annapurna Khopra Ridge Trek are:
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Early in the morning, our team will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the foothill of Ghandruk. From here, walk for about one hour towards Ghandruk. Ghandruk village is a typical Gurung village with its unique culture still intact. From here, walk all the way up through the dense rhododendron forest to reach BhaiseKharka. Continuing our trail, we reach Tadapani.
Accommodation: Overnight in a best available local lodge in Tadapani.
In the morning, enjoy the beautiful sunrise and the magnificent view of Fishtail mountain. Afterwards, start your trek towards BayeliKharka. At first, you will descend down through the dense rhododendron forest and gradually your trail will take you all the way up to BayeliKharka. As you reach near to your destination, you can see your surroundings and can notice that you’re above the tree line. From here, you will start to walk into thin air. After reaching BayeliKharka, check-in at the tea house hotel.
Accommodation: Overnight in a best available local lodge in Baveli Kharka.
Today you will be walking all the way through the remote areas of the Annapurna region. The trail will take you all the way down to lower Chistbung first and from there, you will gradually walk all the way up along with the wind breeze passing through you and the view of Annapurna South and Dhaulagiri Mountains keep you delighting all the way. After some walking, you will reach Chistbung.
Accommodation: Overnight in a best available local lodge in Chistbung.
Though today is a short hike to Khopra Ridge, it’s a steady climb all the way up through the meadow and pasture trail to Khopra. If the luck favors you then you will be able to see the Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal, and the glimpse of the snow leopard as well. After reaching Khopra, you can observe the glorious view of Mount Dhaulagiri and the peak of Annapurna South. Check-in at the lodge and explore the surrounding of Khopra as from Khopra ridge viewpoint you can observe the Kali Gandaki river down the George.
Accommodation: Overnight in a best available local lodge in Khopra Ridge.
Wake up early in the morning at 6 and head towards Khayer lake as today is the longest hike in this trek as the trail leads you through the rocky path and all the way up to the lake. KhayerLake is considered as the holy and sacred lake around this region by the native people who follow the Hindu religion and there’s a belief that by bathing in the lake, you will attain tranquillity. You can see the Hindu Temple followed by the Buddhist temple standing in front of the massive Annapurna south. Explore the surroundings and get back to Khopra.
Accommodation: Overnight in best available local lodge Khopra Ridge.
We descend all the way down from the hillside through the steep trail to reach the Swanta village. As you keep on walking down, you can find yourself surrounded by the trees and soon the trail will lead you through the rhododendron forest having flora and fauna along with a glimpse of Mount Dhaulagiri throughout your trail. As the Swanta village comes nearby, you can see the terrace field and the colorful houses around. On reaching Swanta village, you can explore the village.
Accommodation: Overnight in best available local lodge Swanta Village.
Today, your trail will lead you through the flat land followed by the terrace field and on the way, you can observe the water mill and cross the river through the suspension bridge. From now, you will steadily walk up through the dense rhododendron forest all the way up to Ghorepani.
Accommodation: Overnight in best available local lodge Ghorepani.
Wake up early in the morning and hike towards Poon Hill all the way up through the stone staircase. From here, enjoy the breathtaking view of sunrise along with the panoramic view of Fishtail mountain, Annapurna mountain and ranges with Nilgiri mountain on your north and the Mount Dhaulagiri on your west.
Afterwards, return to the lodge and have your breakfast. Then you will be descending all the way down to Tikhedhunga. The trails will take you through between the rhododendron forest and down to steep steps to Tikhedhunga. In Tikhedhunga, our jeep will be waiting for you to take you to Pokhara. Our team will drop you at your hotel making the program come to an end.
Accommodation: Overnight in Batika Classic Hotel or similar at Pokhara.