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    Annapurna Region Khopra Dada Trekking - 14 days

    After leading several Himalayan expeditions myself, including the first American ascent of Annapurna I, I can attest to Chandra’s outstanding qualities as leader and organizer. He is an especially good guide for student groups. I first met Chandra when my daughter attended 8th grade at the Lincoln School in Kathmandu, Nepal, and he was the guide selected by the expat community to lead the 8th  grade students on a week-long “Explore Nepal” trek.  The students and parents really appreciated Chandran’s thoughtful planning and leadership.
    In the last twenty years, I've enjoyed a dozen diverse adventures in Nepal with Chandra.  He always provides great food, gear, and guides as well as personalized itineraries and attention for individual travelers and small and large groups. His company is a good choice for any individual, school, group or family that wants to enjoy their own trek with a personal itinerary at a relatively low cost.
    If you might like a Nepal adventure customized to your interests, abilities, and schedule,  you can learn more at at  Himalayan Icefall Trekking or contact Chandra at himtrekzone@gmail.com.

    Ms. Arlene Blum PhD, Biophysical Chemist, Author, and Mountaineer

    UC Berkeley, United States

     (Pic: Himalayan Icefall Trekking; Khopra Dada Trekking Group, Picture taken at Munde peak 3574m)

    Nepal is a beautiful Mountainous Landlocked country, with diverse cultured people and amazing landscapes. Nepal is widely popular for its beautiful Trekking and Travel destinations all over the world.  Annapurna region is Nepal’s number one tourist destination attracting several tourists. Khopra Dada Trekking is recently developed trekking trail with magnificent views of Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Fishtail and many more mountains and this Khopra Dada Trekking lies within the Famous Annapurna Region. Unlike other trekking routes within Annapurna region, Khopra Dada Trekking is one of the best trekking trail of its kind because till now only a few trekkers have visited Khopra Dada and this means, this trail is less explored with peaceful environment and has amazing attractions including Mountains, Landscapes, Flora & Fauna, Local people and their culture.
    Khopra Dada is located at the elevation of 3660m; this is also one of the preferred destination among the visitors, from where they can see the stunning panoramic mountain views of Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m) and its Range, this is also the seventh highest mountain in the world, Tukuche Peak (6800m), Nilgiri (6600m), Annapurna range including the Annapurna I (8091m), tenth highest peak in the world, Mount fishtail and many others. The other Beautiful attraction of this Khopra Dada trekking is the Khayar holy lake, considered as the sacred holy lake in Hinduism. This lake lies at an altitude of 4500m and also can be done as the side hike from the khopra Dada, which takes around 7-8 hours of hiking.  Himalayan Icefall trekking can arrange excellent tea house and camping trek for this region. We can also make short and long itinerary according to visitor’s requirement. Khopra Dada trek is naturally outstanding and culturally beautiful trek where we can provide excellent services at reasonable cost.

    Trip Hightlight

    Annapurna Region Khopra Dada Trekking Itinerary (13  Nights/14 Days)

    Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport.
    Day 02: Kathmandu full day city Tour.
    Day 03: Fly to Pokhara then drive to Kimche (1640) and hike up to Ghandruk (1940m)
    Day 04: Trek Ghandruk to Tadapani (2590m) (5 hours)
    Day 05: Trek Tadapani to Dobato (3350m) (5-6 hours)
    Day 06: Trek Dobato to Upper Chistibung (2,975m) 5-6 hours
    Day 07: Trek Upper Chistibung to Khopra Ridge (3660m) (4-5 hours)
    Day 08: Rest Day in Khopra Dada and hike to Khayer Lake (9-10 hours)
    Day 09: Trek Khopra Dada to Swanta Village (2,200m) 6-7 hours
    Day 10: Trek Swanta to Ghorepani (2860m) (4-5 hours)
    Day: 11 Hike to Poonhill (3210m) and trek back to Tikhedhunga (1540m) (7-8 hours)
    Day 12: Trek Tikhedhunga to Hile (1430m) then drive to Pokhara. (3-4 hours)
    Day 13: Fly back Pokhara to Kathmandu.
    Day 14: International Departure
     Annapurna Region Khopra Dada Trekking Itinerary (13  Nights/14 Days)
    Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport.
    Arrivals at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, Then welcome by our office representative, and transfer to the respective hotel. After checking in to the hotel, meet our experienced trekking guide then detail briefing about the Trekking. Trekking permit collection as well as other required documents for the trekking. Finally settle down all the payment procedures.

    Day 02: Kathmandu full day city Tour.
    After the morning breakfast, briefing about the Kathmandu full day city sightseeing. i.e Swoyambhunath, it is one of the holiest pilgrims for Buddhist and Hindus, and it is  located at the hilltop in the Kathmandu also popularly known as the monkey temple. 
    Then after we drive to Bouddhanath stupa, which is also the main important shrine for Buddhist around the world. Bouddhanath Stupa is one of the largest spherical Stupa in the world. Then finally we drive for Pashupatinath.
    Pashupatinath is located nearby Bouddhanth, this temple is one of the major important sacred pilgrim site for the Hindus around the world. And not to forget all above three shrines are enlisted in UNESCO world heritage site. Finally drive back to hotel, then have some rest, prepare for trekking which starts from tomorrow. Overnight.

    Day 03: Fly to Pokhara then drive to Kimche (1640m) and hike up to Ghandruk (1940m)
    After breakfast drive to Kathmandu Domestic Airport then fly to Pokhara (30 minutes flight). After arriving at Pokhara Airport we drive to Kimche on our private vehicle this takes around two and half hours. Upon arriving at kimche we hike up to the Beautiful cultural Gurung village of Ghandruk this takes around 2 hours. Check in to the hotel and at the evening enjoy the Gurung cultural dance organized by local Aama Samuha (Ghandruk Gurung Mothers community). Ghandruk village is popular for its typical Nepali Gurung culture, tradition, and hospitality, besides this village is also popular as the village of famous Gurkha Army. The most amazing attraction from this village is the stunning view of Mount Annapurna south (7219m), Mardi himal (5553m) and Mount Fishtail (6997m). Stay overnight at Ghandruk.

    Day 04: Trek Ghandruk to Tadapani (2590m) (5 hours)
    From Ghandruk we continue upwards through Bhaise kharka and into the dense rhododendron forests. The Rhododendron is Nepal’s national flower and when they bloom, the forests turn into gardens of dazzling red flowers when seen from the air or from a far. After trekking over a small pass we reach Tadapani where we get to enjoy excellent views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Hiunchuli mountains. Stay overnight at Tadapani.

    Day 05: Trek Tadapani to Dobato (3350m) (5-6 hours)
    After Tadapani we leave the main trail and walk in a more remote area of the Annapurna region. On our trek we get to see the diverse in flora and fauna of the region and surely the stunning view of Mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South. Trekking in a relatively easy trail we reach Dobato which is also famous for its excellent view of the Annapurna South. Stay Overnight in Dobato.

    Day 06: Trek Dobato to Upper Chistibung (2,975m) 5-6 hours
    After having our breakfast, we descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung. Next, we ascend gradually through a forest before reaching Upper Chistibung which is also temporary herder’s settlement. If we’re lucky, we might even spot the colorful Lophophorus (Danphe), the national bird of Nepal, as well as Himalayan tahr. Stay overnight in Upper Chistibung.

    Day 07: Trek Upper Chistibung to Khopra Ridge (3660m) (4-5 hours)
    We start our trek on a steady climb above the tree line through alpine meadows and pasture land to reach Khopra. As we come close to Khopra Ridge, we see the tip of Annapurna South. After arriving Khopra we go for a short walk down Khopra Ridge to a viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki river far below in this deep valley. From Khopra we also see the stunning mountain panorama including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna South. Overnight in Khopra.

    Day 08: Rest Day in Khopra Dada and hike to Khayer Lake (9-10 hours)
    On this day we wake early in the morning to view the Sunrise and beautiful mountain range then enjoy breakfast. After the breakfast we can also hike to Khayer Lake (4500m), considered as a holy lake in Hinduism. According to Hinduism bathing in the lake will help to go the heaven after the death. For those who do not wish to hike to the lake can do excursion around the Khopra Dada. Stay overnight at Khopra dada.

    Day 09: Trek Khopra Dada to Swanta Village (2,200m) 6-7 hours
    From Khopra Dada we descend off the hillside and continue downhill on a steep trail. Along the way we get more views of Mount Dhaulagiri(8167m) (7th highest mountain in the world) with the mountain providing a beautiful backdrop to the terraced fields and typical houses in the nearby villages. Overnight in Swanta village
    Day 10: Trek Swanta to Ghorepani (2860m) (4-5 hours)
    After Breakfast, we start our trek from Swanta. We descend through the village fields to a small river and take a quick look at the local water mill. From here we cross the suspension bridge and head upwards to the village of Chittre, where we’ll join the main trekking trail at Ghorepani. Take Lunch and Excursion around Ghorepani during the leisure time. Stay overnight at Ghorepani.
    Day: 11 Hike to Poonhill (3210m) and trek back to Tikhedhunga (1540m) (7-8 hours)
    Early morning hike up to the Poon hill for one and half hour, enjoy the morning sunrise from the view point. You can enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of Mount Dhaulagiri (8172m), seventh highest mountain in the world, Mount Annapurna (I) 8091m, tenth highest mountain in the world and other many mountains and peaks. Excursion around the poon hill view point area for about an hour then return back to Ghorepani, enjoy Hot breakfast then trek down to the tikhedhunga, this takes around 4-5 hours of trek from Ghorepani. Arrive at tikhedhunga, stay overnight.

    Day 12: Trek Tikhedhunga to Hile (1430m) then drive to Pokhara. (3-4 hours)
    After breakfast at Tikhedhunga, trek to hile for one hour then drive to Pokhara on a private jeep for 2-3 hours. Arrive at Pokhara around afternoon then check in to the hotel, get fresh up then leisure time at your own. Overnight at Pokhara.

    Day 13: Fly back Pokhara to Kathmandu.
    After breakfast drive to Pokhara Airport then fly back to Kathmandu, this takes around 30 minutes. Check in to the Kathmandu hotel. Leisure time at your own and at evening Himalayan Icefall trekking company will take you for the typical Nepali dinner. Overnight Kathmandu.

    Day 14: International Departure
    After breakfast drive to Kathmandu international Airport for your onward journey. 
    Cost with Flight
    Cost starts from USD 1700.00 per person. (Up to 2 pax)
    From 3-5 person USD 1650.00 per person.
    From 6-10 person USD 1550.00 per person.

    •    Conservation/national park fees and all government taxes.
    •    Accommodation in the Lodges in trekking areas.
    •    All required land Transportation during the Trip
    •    Experienced & professional Trekking Guide, his Salary, food & Insurance.
    •    The necessary number of porters
    •    Kathmandu Valley city sightseeing tour
    •    Hotel in Kathmandu
    •    Porter’s salary, foods. Insurance & equipment’s
    •    All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
    •    First aid box.
    •    Celebration dinner after the trip in Kathmandu.

    •    Medical/personal high-risk insurance (suggest have rescue coverage policy as well)
    •    Personal Clothing/Gears for the trekking
    •    Tips for Nepalese staffs
    •    Nepal Visa Fee
    •    International Airfare fee
    •    Hot water Showers during your trek
    •    Internet cost during the trek

    Start Date End Date Availability Price  
    The major important checklist for the trekking are as follows: 

    1) Trekking boots - 01 pair with 4 pairs of  warm shocks
    2) Down Jacket - 01
    3) Sleeping bag- 01
    4) Long sleeves - 02 pairs
    5) Sun glass  - 01
    6) Hat  - 01
    7)  Water Bottle  - 01
    8) Half Pant  - 01
    9) Trousers  - 02
    10 ) T- Shirts - 04
    11) Trekking Stick - 02
    12) Sunscreen  - 01
    13) Mosquito repelling cream - 01 ( in case in the low land areas)
    14) Rucksack - 01
    15) Gloves -01 pair
    16) Wind proof jacket- 1
    17) Warm Cap-1
    18) Personal Medicines
    19) Flash light-1

    How long is the trek?
    The length of the trail depends on where you start and end your trek; it can be done in as few as 7-8 days, or as many as 10 days, if doing side trips. Usually it takes 7-8 days to do the shorter route, and 10 days for the full route.

    When is the best time to go?
    The best weather for trekking in the Annapurna region is during autumn (September to November) and spring (March-May). The skies are clear then and you will get a chance to enjoy some outstanding views of the Annapurnas, Fishtail, Heunchuli, and Mardi, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri etc. Keep in mind that even though it is not monsoon season anymore it will be much warmer and humid in the lower regions (jungle) and you still may encounter an unexpected shower or two. It will also be much cooler above 3500m. Even though it’s not technically winter you will need warm clothes and dawn jacket.

    Is it difficult?
    The Khopra Dada trek is considered to be a moderate trek. It doesn’t involve technical climbing but it’s good to have some hiking experience. The trek will go through different terrain, the higher you climb; the harder the trek will become due to the altitude, so take some rest when needed and remember to acclimatize properly (max. 400m in altitude per day).

    Is there are risk of getting altitude sickness?
    There is a risk since you will be hiking above 3000m. Different people react to altitude in different ways, no matter their fitness level or experience in the mountains. That’s why you should learn and understand what altitude sickness is and what the symptoms are beforehand. You can ask your local travel medicine specialist, search online or attend one of the lectures organized in Kathmandu.

    What is the lodging like?
    The Khopra Dada trek is a teahouse trek, which means there are guesthouses in almost every village but more high you go lesser the hotels for now. Some are better than others, but generally rooms are basic and come with shared bathrooms. Blankets are provided but it’s a good idea to bring your own sleeping bag as it gets chilly in the higher levels and there are no heating systems inside the buildings. Usually you will have to dine at your lodge in order to get a room.

    Do I need any permits?
    Yes. You will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekker’s Information Management System Card (TIMS card), which will be taken care by us but we need your copy of passport and a two copies of your recent passport size photo.

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    USD 1550

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    Trip Facts

    Duration : 14 Days

    Grading : B

    Trip Start : Pokhara

    Max. Altitude : 3660

    Trip Ends : Pokhara

    Destination : Khopra Dada

    Trip Route : Pokhara-Ghandruk-Khopra-Ghorepani-Pokhara

    Trip Style : Tea house

    Activity : Trekking and sightseeing

    Group Size : 1

    Activity Per Day : Trekking

    Best Season : Mar to May, Sep-Nov

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