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    Annapurna Region Khopra Dada Trekking - 12 days

          Kazimierz Pichlak MD PhD,
    Doctor of Himalayan expeditions
     
     
                       
    Recommendation for Chandra Subba
     
    My name is Kazik Pichlak. I am a medical doctor, general and oncologic surgeon, with the passion for exploring  all possible  mountains in the world, but particularly Himalaya. In Nepal,   I have been 16 times.
     
     I cooperate with Mr Chandra and his agency Himalayan Icefall Trekking for many years. He arranged for me and my friends 10 trekkings to different parts of Himalaya and Tibet. Some of them  were standard trekkings, but some were very challenging to remote parts of Himalaya or, for example, with the passes above 6000 metres. All of these were always under the wing of Chandra agency.
    Twice I had serious health problems. Mr Chandra organized very effective help immediately – evacuation from mountain area by helicopter.
     
     All our trekkings were arranged perfectly. Mr Chandra and his agency’s team are the experts in leading excellent, unforgettable Himalaya trips.
     
    I recommend with all my heart Mr Chandra’s agency. He and his team guarantee the best service when exploring Himalaya.
    Contact:  himtrekzone@gmail.com
     

    Kazimierz Pichlak

    Poland


     (Pic: Himalayan Icefall Trekking; Khopra Dada Trekking Group, Picture taken at Khopra Ridge)

    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 Tea House Trekking Itinerary (11 Nights/12 Days)

    Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport.
    Day 02: Fly to Pokhara then drive to Kimche (1640) and hike up to Ghandruk (1940m)
    Day 03: Trek Ghandruk to Tadapani (2590m) (5 hours)
    Day 04: Trek Tadapani to Dobato (3350m) (5-6 hours)
    Day 05: Trek Dobato to Sistibung (2,975m) 5-6 hours
    Day 06: Trek Sistibung to Khopra Ridge (3660m) (4-5 hours)
    Day 07: Trek Khopra Dada to Swota Village (2,200m) 6-7 hours
    Day 08: Trek Swanta to Ghorepani (2860m) (4-5 hours)
    Day:09 Early morning hike to Poonhill (3210m) and trek back to ulleri (1960m) (7-8 hours) and same day drive to Pokhara(2.5 hours)
    Day 10: Fly back kathmandu from Pokhara (30 minutes) then directly go for full day city tour.
    Day 11: Kathmandu full day city tour.
    Day 12: International Departure



     
     Annapurna Region Khopra Dada Trekking Itinerary (11  Nights/12 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: 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.

                                                             (Ghandruk Village)

    Day 03: 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 04: 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 05: Trek Dobato to Sistibung/ Dhankharka (2,975m) (6-7 hours)
    Wake up early in the morning and hike up to the Muldai View point for an hour from where we will enjoy the Panoramic mountain views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain range. After spending sometime at the Muldai peak hike back to Dobato and enjoy your hot breakfast.
    After having our breakfast, we descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Chistibung. Next, we ascend gradually through a forest before reaching Sistibung 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 Sistibung.

                                                               (View from Muldai Peak)

    Day 06: Trek Sistibung to Khopra Ridge (3660m) (3-4 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 and its range, Nilgiri, Tukuche, Annapurna Fang and Annapurna South close to you. Overnight in Khopra.

                                                  (Mount Dhaulagiri from Khopra)

    Day 07: Trek Khopra Dada to Swota 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. The trail to Swanta village is a jungle walk with few tea houses in between so the trail is full of excitement. Overnight Swanta Village.

                                                             (Swota village)

    Day 08: Trek Swota 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: 09 Hike to Poonhill (3210m) and trek back to Ulleri (1540m) (7-8 hours) then same day drive to Pokhara.
    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 ulleri, this takes around 3-4 hours of trek from Ghorepani. After lunch at Ulleri drive to Pokhara city, this will further take around 2.5 hours. Overnight Pokhara.

                                           (Himalayan Icefall Trekking group at Poon hill)

    Day 10: Fly back Pokhara to Kathmandu.
    After breakfast drive to Pokhara Airport then fly back to Kathmandu, this takes around 30 minutes. Upon landing at the Kathmandu Domestic Airport move on for full day Kathmandu city tour. Overnight Kathmandu.

    Day 11: Kathmandu full day city tour
    On this day you will have kathmandu valley full day city tour and at the evening Himalayan Icefall Trekking will pick you for the Typical Nepali Farewell dinner.

    Day 12: International Departure
    After breakfast drive to Kathmandu international Airport for your onward journey. 


     
    Cost with Flight
    Cost starts from USD 1600.00 per person. (Up to 2 pax)
    From 3-5 person USD 1550.00 per person.
    From 6-10 person USD 1450.00 per person.


    Included:
    •    Conservation/national park fees and all government taxes.
    •    Accommodation in the Lodges in trekking areas.
    •    All required land/ Domestic Air 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.

     
    Excludes:
    •    Medical/personal high-risk insurance (suggest have rescue coverage policy as well)
    •    Personal Clothing/Gears for the trekking
    •    Major meals (Lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    •    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 1450

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    Trip Facts

    Duration : 12 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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