Khopra Ridge Trek

Brief Description

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.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Day 1 - Arrive at Pokhara
2 Day 2
Day 2 - Drive from Pokhara to Hile (4922 ft) - 52 km. Trek from Hile to Ulleri (6578 ft) - 2.5 km / 1.5 hours
3 Day 3
Day 3 - Ulleri to Ghorepani (9318 ft) - 7.5km / 5 hours
4 Day 4
Day 4 - Ghorepani to Poon Hill Top (10,532 ft) and back - 1.5km / 1 hour. Ghorepani to Swanta (7218 ft) - 4.6km / 4 hours.
5 Day 5
Day 5 - Swanta to Sistibung (9843 ft) - 5 km / 5 hours.
6 Day 6
Day 6 - Sistibung to Khopra Ridge (12,467 ft) - 3 km / 3 hours.
7 Day 7
Day 7 - Khopra Ridge (12,467 ft) to Khopra Viewpoint (12,796 ft) to Dobato (11,319 ft) - 11 km / 7 hours.
8 Day 8
Day 8 - Dobato to Muldai Top (11,933 ft) to Ghandruk (6726 ft) - 12 km / 7 hours. Ghandruk to Pokhara - 60 km drive.
9 Day 9
Day 9 - Depart from Pokhara

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

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.

Eligibility: Experience required

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.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

  • Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tet, toilet tent.
  • Ascending & Descending technique for mountain trails.
  • Basic mountain mannerisms.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 4 Kms in 35-40 mins or Walk continuously for 8 Kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) - - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 25-30 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Khopra Ridge Trek

The Khopra Ridge Trek is a unique trek in Nepal completely different from any other trek in the Himalayas. It involves a unique ridge walk unlike any other trek with a constant change in sceneries along with mesmerizing views of mountains from the Annapurna Range. Climbing to a height of 3900m, this trek is perfect for beginners and experienced trekkers alike who wish to trek on less crowded trails without compromising on views.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

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 June to mid-September.

Packing List: What to pack



Click here for text packing list.

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

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.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

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.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

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.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

You will be provided shared accommodation in a hostel in Pokhara. On the trail, you will be provided twin or triple sharing accommodation in lodges/tea houses/guesthouses.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

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 Pokhara.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

There are adequate, hygienic facilities throughout the trail and at all accommodations.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

Gaiters and microspikes will be provided for trekking in the snow if required. Not Applicable for treks in Nepal.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Meals are included on this trek. The lodges/guest houses on this trek have ample eating options.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent the following items from Pokhara - Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack, gaiters, microspikes, sleeping bags.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

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.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

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.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

You can offload your backpack (up to 10 kgs) on this trek. The portage fee is included in the trek cost.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

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.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

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.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

You can buy your trekking necessities from Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

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.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for a solo woman to travel in fix departures. Depending on availability at the teahouses, women will get a separate room.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the expedition?

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.

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

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.

Eligibility: Experience required

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.

Eligibility: Requisite skills

  • Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tet, toilet tent.
  • Ascending & Descending technique for mountain trails.
  • Basic mountain mannerisms.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 4 Kms in 35-40 mins or Walk continuously for 8 Kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) - - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 25-30 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Khopra Ridge Trek

The Khopra Ridge Trek is a unique trek in Nepal completely different from any other trek in the Himalayas. It involves a unique ridge walk unlike any other trek with a constant change in sceneries along with mesmerizing views of mountains from the Annapurna Range. Climbing to a height of 3900m, this trek is perfect for beginners and experienced trekkers alike who wish to trek on less crowded trails without compromising on views.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

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. This particular trek in Nepal can be done in the winter months of December - March as well but be prepared to walk in the snow and bear cold temperatures.

Packing List: What to pack



Click here for packing list.

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

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.

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

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. Since the trek starts from Pokhara you can take regular buses and taxis that ply from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Pokhara is also accessible from Delhi by road or rail.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

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.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

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.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

You will be provided shared accommodation in a hostel in Pokhara. On the trail, you will be provided twin or triple sharing accommodation in lodges/tea houses/guest houses.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

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 Pokhara.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

There are adequate, hygienic facilities throughout the trail and at all accommodations.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

Gaiters and microspikes will be provided for trekking in the snow if required.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be provided to you during the trek at your accommodation. The lodges/guest houses on this trek have ample eating options. If you wish to have something out of our set menu then you will have to pay separately for it.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from Pokhara - Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack, gaiters, microspikes, sleeping bags.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

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.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

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.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

You can offload your backpack (up to 10 kgs) on this trek. The portage fee is included in the trek cost.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

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.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

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.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

You can buy your trekking necessities from Pokhara.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for a solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing a room with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate room depending on availability.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

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.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

You will have to arrive at Pokhara on your own.

Transport: What time will we reach the end point on last day of the trek?

We will reach Pokhara by late evening, so plan your further travel or stay accordingly.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the expedition?

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.

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I had the pleasure of successfully completing the recce of Khopra Ridge Trek in Nepal and I simply could not get enough of it. I was extremely lucky to get the chance to explore this trek which is one of the hidden gems of Nepal. This trek is well known in Nepal but not so much to the rest of the world unlike other popular treks in this region. The Khopra Ridge trek was perfect to beat the crowds and the trail is offbeat which made it interesting and fun. I had the best time exploring this trail and I can only recommend this trek to any beginner but with some preparation. This trek offered me not one or two, but three major points such as Poon Hill, Khopra Ridge and last but not the least the Muldai Top. There are many other things to look forward to in this trek but rather than spoiling it, I recommend one must experience it on their own. Simply the best trek I have done in Nepal, yet.

Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Accommodation in guesthouse/lodge on all trek days
  • Meals during the trek (Vegetarian)
  • Permits (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder & Rescue course from NIM Uttarkashi
  • Travel Insurance and Rescue Evacuation in case of emergency
  • Accommodation in Pokhara in hotel on Day 1 and 8

What's not Included

  • Transport to and from Pokhara
  • Any Expense of personal nature.
  • Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list.
  • Any meals during the trek/road journey/hotel accommodation

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