The Khopra Ridge trek is one of the most interesting routes of medium duration in the southern part of the Annapurnas. It crosses areas of significant cultural richness and offers unrivalled panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks and the Kali Gandaki valley. It is a relatively unknown route, so it is still little explored and authentic.
13 days / 12 nights full trip in Nepal (minimum recommended)
8 days’ trek
Medium. With no technical difficulties
Highest altitude 4600m
Highest altitude overnight 3660m
Local mountain guide English speaking
Meals and overnight in lodges during the trek
Accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Transfers in private vehicle and domestic flights
This itinerary goes up through areas of small villages dedicated to agriculture and yak grazing, so we can observe and experience the way of life of its inhabitants and many of the lodges are managed by the community. It ascends through wooded areas during the first stages, passing through alpine meadows as we gain altitude towards South Annapurna. The views are perhaps the most spectacular in the whole area, as we have the deep valley of Kali Gandaki with the imposing mass of Dhaulagiri to the west, while the Machhapuchhre is sited to the east, among which we have the different peaks that make the Annapurna Circus.
The highlight of the route is the Khayer Tal (lake) at 4600m, although reaching it involves a long journey from Khopra Danda. As a final touch, we varied the itinerary to descend to the bottom of the Kali Gandaki valley, the great river that served as a commercial route between India and Tibet, to enjoy the hot springs of Tatopani, a well-deserved reward for the effort of the previous days.
This trek has recently been opened to tourism, which implies that it is not overcrowded, also implying that the conditions of the lodges are not as “luxurious” as the big routes and still preserves that genuine atmosphere of the treks not often visited by hikers.
The whole area between Ghandruk and Tatopani has an infinite number of paths that cross each other, so the options are quite wide and can be easily customized, joining it with Pon Hill or Mardi Himal for example.
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