You will be able to glance over the mighty mountain ranges which include Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang and Nilgiri. Alongside, you will also be able to view the amazing nature along with lakes and caves while in Pokhara and sunset from Poonhill.
Furthermore, you can go up to KhopraDanda ridge for more amazing views filled with rhododendron flowers. or trek to Kaire Lake on the way if you would like to (this is optional and not included in the package).
Besides that, the village of Ghandruk and the farmland there will leave you speechless with the environment that they have protected. Then, you can have delicious Cheese made locally at a Cheese factory at Poudwar. As a whole, this trek is not much explored and therefore is a perfect place for trekking for beginners as well.
Khopra Trek is a trek which lets you explore the off beaten track which is located at the Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek enables you to have great views of the Himalayan ranges like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna towards its southern part, Himchuli, Nilgiri, Machhapuchre, LamjungHimal. Besides that, you will be able to see the rural villages along with rice fields, and floras and faunas like the rhododendron and yaks, pheasants, etc. On the way, we can also have amazing views of the sunrise and sunset especially in Poon Hill if the weather permits.
As to this, regarding our package tour, we begin our journey from Kathmandu. We go to major places in Kathmandu the second day and then go to Pokhara the third day. Then, we rest that day at Pokhara and visit some places and go to our other destination Ghandruk. Then, from there our trekking begins. In Ghandruk, you can explore the Gurung culture and furthermore, you will continue your journey. On to reaching your destination i.e. KhopraDanda, you will be able to see the panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range. Talking about the trek as a whole, this trek is not that difficult plus it is even quite short trek in comparison to other treks.
Note- This trek will take you approximately around 6-7 hours of bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara which is included in the package. But if you would like to travel through flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara in order to experience domestic flight, you can opt for that as well. The charge of this however will not be included in the package and you will have to take it out from your own pocket. The same goes for returning back from Pokhara to Kathmandu if you wish to. The other thing that we would like to mention is that you will be briefed about the trek as a whole about the trek to KhopraDanda before we head up our journey to Pokhara while you are in Kathmandu itself.
Welcome to Kathmandu
On the first day, you will arrive to Kathmandu Airport from where you will be escorted to your hotel. You rest on this day and later on for dinner; you will have a traditional Nepali food. If you do not want to rest then you can explore around the hotel or places nearby. But while strolling around, make sure that you have not gone much far from the hotel and know your location. On this day, you can buy things that you need for trekking or some souvenirs to take back home in Thamel area as the price in Nepal is quite reasonable and not so expensive. But for gears, if you would like to have it then we suggest you to bring it yourself.
Visit major places in Kathmandu
On the second day, we will be visiting some major places in Kathmandu valley. As there are many places to visit in Kathmandu, we have decided only to visit BaudhanathStupa and SwawembhunathStupa as Boudhanth is one of the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and SwawembhunathStupa is mainly known for being a monkey temple where you can see a lot of monkeys. And as Nepal is considered to be a place of origin of Buddhism even though there are majority of Hindus, we would like to visit these monasteries also known as stupas while in Kathmandu.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Now, on the third day, you will be moving towards your next destination which is Pokhara. It will take approximately around 8 hours to reach Pokhara while you take a break in the middle for lunch. On the way, you will notice the amazing scenery of the hills, river and trees covered by the road. As you reach Pokhara, you will head up to your Hotel and later on for dinner, you will be going to a restaurant where you can enjoy your dinner with the traditional Nepali music and dance.
Drive from Pokhara to Sauli Bazar and then trek from Sauli Bazar to Ghandruk
Now, moving on to the fourth day of our journey, we will be departing from Pokhara and go to our another destination Sauli Bazar via a jeep. But before that, we will be visiting Sarankot which is in Pokhara for viewing the sunrise and then come back to the Hotel, have breakfast and then finally leave. Then, as we reach Saulibazr, we will rest there for a while and then proceed further to our next destination that is Ghandruk. Now, for going to Ghandruk, we no longer will be going in a jeep but will be trekking. We then will be spending overnight at Ghandruk and prepare ourselves for the next day
Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani village
On this day, we will trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani village after having our breakfast or maybe even after having our lunch as it is only 9.5 kilometers distance from Ghandruk to Tadapani. We will climb up slowly and taking time as we are in no hurry to reach Tadapani too early. You can take photographs along the way, rest at some places, look at the villages, the mighty mountains and the forest along the way.
Trek from Tadapani to Dobato
On this day, we will head up to Dobato from Tadapani where you will reach Dobato by evening. Dobato is at the height of 3,400 m. While on the way, you can see the forest and mountain ranges which looks beautiful from there. The forest is filled with floras like bamboo, fern, cedar, spruce, white, pink and purple rhododendron, etc. The mountain ranges seen from here are Annapurna, Macchhapuchre and Dhaulagiri. Now, talking about the climate, it is always cold in this place and moreover there are just three guesthouses. So, make sure that you have space in any one of them if not then it is better if you carry tents along with you.
Sightseeing of Muldai peak and trek to Chisung village
Now, on the seventh day, we will get up early in the morning and trek from Dobato to Muldai which takes roughly around half an hour from where we will view the Himalayas and the sunrise from there. We go up to Muldai because we can see a clearer view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range and the sunrise from there is even more amazing. You can enjoy here even more than places like Poon Hill as there are not much people here. Then, as we view the sunrise, we have our breakfast and head our way to Chisung. But as Chisung is a village with not good network communication, we will not be doing advanced booking for teahouse but rather arrange it later on. Besides that, on the way to Chisung, you can see great views of the Ghorepani valley.
Trek from Chisung to KhopraDanda
Now, on this day we will be trekking all the way from Chisung village to Khopradanda- our final destination. We will have meal at the guesthouse and leave in the morning itself and then reaching Khopradanda, we will be looking at the natural beauty that surrounds by from the place especially the mountain ranges and then spend overnight in Khopradanda itself.
Descending from KhopraDanda to Paudvar
On this day, we will descend down from KhopraDanda to Paudvar village. But before that, we will roam about the place in KhopraDanda itself for taking some photographs. After having breakfast, we will go back to Paudvar. Paudvar is a small village with small houses. The specialty of this place is however that the traditional Nepali dish Dal Bhat is really good and tasty. So, we will have our lunch on the way and dinner here at a guesthouse in Paudvar and spend overnight here.
Further trek from Paudvar to Tatopani (hot spring) drive to pokhara
and then drive back to Pokhara via jeep- On the 10TH day, we will further descend our way from Paudvar village to Tatopani. Tatopani literally means “hot water” in Nepali language. While in Tatopani, you can find the hot springs where people wash face and some even take a bath there. Then, reaching Tatopani, we will rest for a while and have our lunch and then finally we will no longer have to trek. We then will descend down to Pokhara by road in a jeep from there. We will spend overnight at Pokhara on this day.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Now, on this day, we will have our meals and then go to Kathmandu from Pokhara through a tourist bus. On this day, you can either travel nearby places in Pokhara near the hotel or come to Kathmandu and then you can rest or roam about the city near the hotel as to which time the bus will move from Pokhara. You will spend overnight at Kathmandu on this day.
So, whatever you decide for an extra day, as to the itinerary you will have come to Kathmandu from Pokhara either on the 11TH Day if you wish to just relax in Kathmandu or on the 12TH Day if you want to see the views or go up for some adventure sports and on this day, you will leave Kathmandu and go to your own country or wherever your next destination is.
All necessary permits for the trek (ACAP, MCAP, and Manaslu Especial permit)
12 nights’ accommodation in the mountain
Kathmandu Arughat Sotikhola by private jeep
Dharapani to Besishar by local jeep
Besishar to Kathmandu Private vehicle
Sleeping bag for the trip
Water bottle and purified water during the trek
Duffel bag for the porter / trekking pole
What's not Included?
Nepalese visa (obtained upon arrival in the country at the border - $ 50)
Meals in Kathmandu and on the route of the trekking (approximately up to 15 - 20 dollars per day for 1 person - 320 dollars for the whole time)
Personal expenses, souvenirs
Medical sports insurance (mandatory, indicating the possibility of helicopter evacuation)
Porter up to 20 kg - $ 230 for the entire trip
Tips for porters and Nepalese guides
Here are some of the Trekking accessories that you require for the easy and convenient journey-
In general you will need four sleeping bags (we could provide you one for the trek), a duffel or a trekking bag of 70-80 liters (we can provide one), down jacket (this too we can provide one if needed for the trek) and a normal travel bag of 25-30 liters.
For clothing, you will require the following-
Upper body- For this-shirts, waterproof jacket, fleece jacket or pullover, water proof jacketare needed. Wind proof jacket are optional but preferred. For T-shirts, baggy cotton T-shirts are the best especially for warm days in lower altitudes. Moreover, we recommend synthetic T-shirts as they quickly absorb the moisture. Then, for the waterproof jacket, we recommend you to have nylon which is light.
Lower body- For this, you need hiking shorts, trekking pants, soft shell and hard shell pants, cotton pants or jeans. For hiking shorts, buy the fabric which dries quickly. For trekking pants, go for the ones which have zipper in the middle of the knees so that you can take off the bottom part when necessary. Forsoft shell pants, buy a synthetic fiber. Then, for hard shell, buy a waterproof one. Full zipper from top to bottom is preferred for both soft and hard shell pants. For extra wearable, have a pair of jeans or cotton pants.
Inner wears- Regarding inner wears, you need lightweight underwear which is preferably made up of synthetic. For women, own synthetic sports bras. You could also have swimsuit if you would like to.
Footwear- For this, you need a trekking boot, gaiters and sandals. For Trekking boots, get a hard sole lug-cleated boots for good performance for every kind of landscape. We then recommend you to have a pair as it helps keep your feet dry quickly and keeping dust, rocks and snow out of your shoes. We also suggest you to have a pair of sandals as it helps while you are in the lodge. Then, for socks, you require 4 pairs of synthetic and 3 pairs of woolen socks.
Hand wears- The hand essentials are gloves, mittens and hand warmers. For warm weather, buy synthetic or thin woolen gloves. For cold weather, buy a woolen or fleece gloves. While for mittens, Gore-Tex mittens are the best. Regarding hand warmers, it’s completely your choice whether you want to have or not.
Face protection- For protecting the face against the snowfalls, heavy wind, direct sun, etc. we recommend you to have a cap or a hat, a synthetic woolen hat, a lightweightedbalaclava, glacier glasses having 100% UV protected lens with side shields and hard-sided storage, headlamp, ear muffs, neck warmer, etc. Ear muffs and neck warmers are not necessary but are up to your choice.
First Aid Kit- Though the trekking guides will be carrying a first aid kit box, we suggest you to have one as well. So, for this, you will need to have basic emergency equipment. You can discuss with us regarding what all to take along with you.
Personal care- The personal care products that you will require while trekking are tooth brush, tooth paste (biodegradable is preferred), towel, soap, hand wash, sanitizers, wet wipes, deodorants, crèmes, etc. along with your other needs.
Miscellaneous but important- These include valid passport, passport size photos, airline ticket (and its copy), luggage locks, thick garbage bags, water bottle, small bag for travel documents, passport, wallet/purse, etc., pocket knife, sunscreen lotion (SPF 40 recommended) and lip balm of at least SPF 20.
Extras- The extras include trekking poles, snacks, books, games, chargers, binoculars, batteries, camera, guide book, extra glasses (if you wear), notebook/pen, sleeping bag liner, hydration bladder with drinking tube, pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women, thermos, etc.
Note- Tight fitting clothes especially made out of fabrics like lycra, especially to women can be offensive to the local villagers. So, make sure that you pack something to wear on top of them if you want to pack them.
The ideal time to trek in Nepal whether it is either in Autumn- from September to November or in Spring- from March to May. These two seasons are considered to be the best time due to good weather and moderate temperate suitable for trekking.
In regard to the difficulty of trekking in Nepal, it depends upon the mountain range. Not all the trekking routes are that difficult to climb but there are places where you can find trekking most challenging as well.
In order to be fit for trekking, you need to start walking more and possibly go for hiking or even short distance trekking before you trek for long distance like this. You can go for hiking in your own place nearby before coming to Nepal as well.
The documents that you will require for trekking in Nepal will be your passport which should be valid at least till next 6 months, a copy of your insurance, 2 or more passport sized photographs, flight tickets of course along with emergency contact number in case of any emergency.
Yes, travel insurance is necessary and while getting the insurance, make sure that the company covers the altitude that you are trekking at. And the other thing, it is even better if you get the insurance from your own country.
For altitude sickness, as it is quite common problems in higher altitude, we provide you with some of the guideline regarding what you can do at your own level if it is not much. But if the sickness continues to get worse then you should immediately get down to lower region. In case of emergency, our guides will take care of it as they are well trained with using first aid and have basic knowledge of physical injuries or some other problems. But if the injury, altitude sickness or any other problem arises then the rescue team will be contacted. For this reason, you insurance helps a lot.
Yes, you need to have a trekking guide if you are a new trekker as you may not know about so many things like mountaineering or altitude sickness or even about the topography, weather, etc. And most importantly you will be able to know about the place that you are travelling; the exact location and can also have a company. But if you have travelled and especially trekked a lot of places in Nepal trekked earlier as well for many times and think you don’t need a guide then you may proceed. But for this also, make sure that you have the permission from the local and government authorities as trekking guide is mostly compulsory in many parts of the Himalayan region.
This however is not a compulsion in many of the trekking routes but it is better if you take a porter along with you as you can enjoy your travelling experience without having to carry a lot of loads- your backpack. And the other reason the local people will get a work to earn for their daily requirements and as the people in High Himalayas don’t have riches and live a simple normal life, it will perhaps be a great help.
The permits that you need for the trek will be done by our company and need not worry about it. But however, for your information, you will need to have a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card- this is a basic permit for trekking in Nepal along with the necessary permits of where exactly you are trekking if needed. You can also have FIT (Free Individual Trekker) if you are a solo trekker. But this is not valid for the restricted areas where you cannot go forward for solo trekking. The other necessities will be Valid passport with at least six month remaining before it expire, a valid Nepal visa, e-copy of passport sized photo. The other necessities will be done by the company itself.
Yes, you can solo trek or travel in Nepal. However, for trekking in higher altitudes where the regions are known as Restricted Areas, there you are not allowed to go alone as you will have to buy at least two permits. But the interesting thing is that in most of the areas you also need to carry a guide along with you. So, if you can manage to trek with your guide paying for his permit and being with him throughout the trek, then you possibly might be able to trek in that way. Otherwise, you can get along with someone who also wants to trek solo and go together instead.
The foods are usually served in the teahouses which will be plain but good and hygienic as they cook the vegetables nicely. They even soak iodine in water before cooking the vegetables so that you can get good and healthy food. Whereas if you are camping then you can get local foods that you can cook it. Since in higher altitudes, you won’t find refrigerators and frequent power cut; you will have to be vegetarian during the trek even if you are not. Then, regarding water facilities, bottled water is available up to the most of the Base Camp itself which will cost around US$1-4. But however, you should not drink water from the tap or streams.
For souvenirs, you can get good hand knitted woolen goods, hats, cashmere shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings, jewelry, etc. as these are the things which are frequently bought by the tourists. You can get the souvenirs mostly at Thamel area when you are in Kathmandu. So, for all of the extra expenses including souvenirs, food and drinks other than what the Hotel/ Teahouse provides you, or perhaps some clothing or equipment for yourself then we recommend you to have around US$200-350 along with you. Besides that, you can withdraw money from ATMs while in Kathmandu as well.
Yes, you can buy trekking equipment in Kathmandu and it may even cost a little less amount but the quality of the product can’t be guaranteed. So, for this reason, we recommend you to bring the very necessary equipment like the trekking shoes along with you. But for other additional needs, you can buy it in Kathmandu itself.
You need to carry warm as well as cool clothing as there might be hotter in some of the places along the way or even in Kathmandu during summer season. Then, you have to have a sleeping bag as you might need it at times if the teahouses are unavailable or so in some places. The other things we recommend are small portion of snacks like chocolate bars, water proof wearable, cap, lotion, sunglasses, hand sanitizers, water bottle, first aid kit, etc. along with your daily necessities.
We don’t think you will need Ice axe or Crampons during trekking even in the Himalayas as the trails are marked nicely until and unless you go to trekking in the winter. Then, you will need them as there will be much more snowfall and will also be easy for you while trekking. In other season, instead of Crampons, we recommend you to have Micro spikes as they are not heavy and you can carry it easily. Plus, Micro spikes are comparatively less expensive as well. And regarding the Ice axe, we will provide you with one if it is really necessary though it’s not that necessary, as we will know more about the size and shape along with light weighted one.