Khopra Ridge – Khayar Lake Trek
The Khopra Ridge trek is a unique trek in the land of the highest Mountains in the world, Nepal. Different from the other treks in Nepal in terms of changing sceneries, mountain views, and the most unique aspect of walking on a ridge which gives a spectacular "on top of the world" feeling. The highlight of the trek is the sunrise view from Khopra ridge which is towering at a height of 3900 meters from where one can spot not one or two, but 23 major Himalayan peaks. The trail takes you through alpine meadows, dense forests, beautiful Rhododendron abundant sections, and pristine villages based in the Annapurna range of mountains. Unlike the popular and crowd favorite Annapurna Base Camp Trek, the Khopra Ridge Trek takes you away from the crowd and presents you with three major points: Poon hilltop, Khopra Ridge, and Muldai top, all of which are very rare to find in a single trek. This is a moderate grade trek which demands a good fitness level due to its fair share of ascends and descends. The Khopra Ridge Trek is perfect for anyone looking for an offbeat trekking trail in Nepal along with stunning mountain views and beautiful landscapes. Stay on this page for more info - Khopra Ridge Trek, Route Map, Itinerary, Photos, Videos, and Reviews that will help you plan your trek.
The Khopra Ridge Trek is a moderate level trek i.e. it requires more strength and endurance than easy level treks. It is recommended that you first gain experience of trekking to altitudes higher than 3000 meters, and then move one level up with this trek. However, if you are a beginner but committed to preparing, then you need at least 2-3 months to prepare physically & mentally for this trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale.
You must have done a small trek of 2-3 days before Khopra Ridge Trek and hiked to an altitude of more than 3000 meters.
This trek can be done throughout the year but the best months to do his trek are April due to the fresh bloom of Rhododendron flowers and the second one is in November due clear views and good weather throughout. Avoid the monsoon months of July - September.
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The base for the trek is Kathmandu, which is well connected from Delhi by air and land.
By Air: There are multiple daily flights from Delhi to Kathmandu.
By Rail:You can take a train from Delhi to Raxaul Junction in Bihar on the Indo - Nepal border. From Raxaul, take a 5 km bus/taxi to the border, from where Kathmandu is a 10 hour road journey. Buses and taxis are easily available at the border.
By Road: The road distance from Delhi to Kathmandu is 1,145 km. There is a Delhi Government luxury bus service from Delhi Gate for Kathmandu that takes around 36 hours. This is the most time consuming but budget-friendly option at INR 2300 for the bus journey. From Kathmandu, you can opt for transport to Pokhara with us, or take one of several shared cabs that ply on the route daily.
Over the last few years, the mobile/ cell phone network has improved significantly in more remote areas of Nepal. The best network above Nayapul on Khopra Ridge Trek is Nepal Telecom (NTC) or NCell. It is easy to buy an NTC SIM card from Kathmandu or Pokhara. You will need to provide your passport, so don't forget to bring it along.
Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, is a vibrant, noisy city. Packed full of history, palaces and temples, it is also within touching distance of Nepal's premier attraction: the Himalaya.
Kathmandu is home to places to visit like Durbar Square (with temples dating back to the 12th century), Boudhanath Stupa (a world heritage site), and Pashupatinath Temple (the country's most important Hindu temple, on the banks of the Bagmati river).
Another must-see attraction is the Royal Palace, the site of the infamous 2001 massacre of the Royal Family by the then Crown Prince, and now converted into the Narayanhiti Palace Museum.
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
You will be provided shared accommodation in a hostel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On the trail, you will be provided twin or triple sharing accommodation in lodges / tea houses / guest houses.
Since this is not a camping trek, tents and sleeping bags are not required. However, if it is too cold then, sleeping bags do come in handy. Rental options are available in Kathmandu.
There are adequate, hygienic facilities throughout the trail and at all accommodations.
Gaiters and microspikes will be provided for trekking in the snow if required. Not Applicable for treks in Nepal.
Meals are not included on this trek. The lodges/guest houses on this trek have ample eating options.
You can rent following items from Kathmandu- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack, gaiters, microspikes, sleeping bags.
Mid-September to October – partially Clear, Day – 10 deg. To 15 deg. Centigrade / Night – 5 deg. To -3 Deg.
November to January – generally clear skies, moderate chances of fresh snowfalls, Day – 8 to 10 deg. / Night – 3 Deg. To -5 Deg.
February to April – Chances of heavy snowfall in the month of February to March and the temperature will be below freezing most of the time during the evenings and night, however, during the day time the temperature will be pleasant.
There may be fresh snowfall in the region depending on the weather. There will be permanent snow accumulation at higher altitudes, though not necessarily on the trail itself.
You can offload your backpack (up to 10 kgs) on this trek. The portage fee is included in the trek cost.
A team of participants will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by the directions of the leader. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain a 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
You can buy your trekking necessities from Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for a solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing a tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
There are no specific documents required for this trek. However, please make sure you carry a government ID proof (Driving License, Aadhar Card, PAN Card) for the permits required for the trek. The permits will be arranged by us, and the cost for all permits is included in the trek fee.