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.
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara then drive to Kimche (1640m) and hike up to Ghandruk (1940m)
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.
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.
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.