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Khopra Rural Trek

Duration
13 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Existing to the south of Annapurna region, Khopra Rural trek is the newly opened trekking trail in Annapurna region. The path to Khopra Ridge diverts from the main trekking trail of Ghorepani Poonhill. Trekking to Khopra Danda follows off the beaten trail which passes through forest of blooming rhododendron that supports wildlife like Himalayan Thar and local birds like Danphe. The top of Khopra ridge offers exquisite views of Dhaulagiri and Langtang Mountain ranges and Annapurna South Himal.

We are currently offering 13days Khopra Rural trek package. We will leave Kathmandu early in the morning and head to Pokhara. Khopra Danda Trek begins after we take an hour of drive to Nayapul. We will traverse through the forest, meadow, ridges, stream and settlements to Khopra ridge. We will cross Ghandruk which is the largest Gurung village in the region. Ghandruk offers views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli Mountains. We will move in and out of the village of Brahmin and Chhetri ethnics at Tadapani to the meadow of Bayli Kharka. Khayar Lake exists at the close proximity of Khopra Danda. Khopra Danda is the farthest point that we will reach from Pokhara. We will descend through rarely visited Swanta village and meet the main trail in Annaurna region to descend to Ulleri from where we will arrive at Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara.

Itinerary Outline
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day03: Drive or fly to Pokhara, Drive to Nayapul, Trek to Syauli
Day04: Trek to Ghandruk
Day05: Trek to Tadapani
Day06: Trek to Bayli Kharka
Day07: Trek to Upper Chistibung
Day08: Trek to Kopra Ridge
Day09: Trek to Swanta
Day10: Trek to Ulleri
Day11: Drive to Pokhara
Day12: Drive to Kathmandu
Day13: Departure
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will find our representative ready to greet you as soon as you disembark from the flight. You will be transferred to the hotel where brief orientation about the Khopra Rural trek is provided before you enjoy the delicious welcome dinner.

Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Early in the morning, we will take the light breakfast and head out for half day guided city tour during which we will explore UNESCO enlisted sites of Kathmandu namely Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Returning back, we will prepare for Khopra Rural trek that begins on the next day.

Day03: Drive or fly to Pokhara, Drive to Nayapul, Trek to Syauli
We can either take 5hrs of drive in the tourist bus early in the morning or if you wish to take more luxurious tour, we can arrange for 35minutes of pleasant Kathmandu Pokhara flight. Once reaching in the beautiful lake city of Pokhara, we will take an hour long ride to Nayapul from where Khopra Rural trek begins. We will cross Modi River and arrive at Birethanti where our TMS will be checked by the authorities of Annapurna Conservation Post. We will enjoy the view of Machhapuchhre Mountain and reach Syauli Bazaar.

Day04: Trek to Ghandruk
We will follow the escalating trail from Syauli. The trail leads us to steel suspension bridge which we will cross and follow the stone steps. We will move in and out of the dispersed settlements of Kileu, Kimche and Chane and climb further to reach large Gurung village of Ghandruk which offers homestay facility.

Day05: Trek to Tadapani
We will walk up to the ridge in Ghandruk and enjoy the views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli Mountains early in the morning. Leaving Ghandruk village behind, we will traverse forest of blooming rhododendrons and reach Bhaisikharka where we will pass through few tea houses. We will have the striking views of Annapurna II, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Fishtail Mountain and Lamjung Himal and reach Tadapani where we will stay overnight.

Day06: Trek to Bayli Kharka
Leaving the usual trekking route to Ghorepani behind, we will tread through the less frequent route which continues through the forest to meadow. We will climb further up and exit the forest to meet rivulet which we will cross and ascend further to small pass. Lowering down from the pass, we will reach the clearing area of Bayli Kharka.

Day07: Trek to Upper Chistibung
Lowering down from Bayli Kharka, we will arrive at the meadow of Lower Chistibung. Proceeding further through forest, we will cross the meadow and reach Upper Chistibung which is the pretty but remote village located on the top of ridge.

Day08: Trek to Kopra Ridge
We will traverse the dense woods to reach the Kopra ridge. We will get the opportunity to view Himalayan wildlife like Thar and danphe in the forest. About 3hrs of ascend will take us to the top of Kopra ridge which offers striking views of Annapurna South Mountain, Nilgiri Mountain, Kali Gandaki valley and Dhaulagiri Mountain.

Day09: Trek to Swanta
Lowering down from the Kopra ridge, we will trek all the way to Chistibung. After brief rest at Chistibung, we will reach Swanta which is the remote and small village. We will explore local school and nearby area and stay overnight in Swanta.

Day10: Trek to Ulleri
The trail lowers down through the crop fields to rivulet which we will cross and pass along the site of water mill to suspension bridge. We will ascend to Chitre village. We will climb further to Ghorepani village. We will amuse ourselves with sight of Dhaulagiri Himal and lower down through rhododendron forest to Nangethanti. Trail continues to Ulleri village.

Day11: Drive to Pokhara
We will take sharp descend through stone steps to Bhurungdi River. We will cross the suspension bridge and reach Tikhedhunga. We will lower down further to Birethanti and cross the bridge to reach Nayapul. We will take an hour of drive back to hotel in Pokhara.

Day12: Drive to Kathmandu
5hrs of drive through Prithvi Highway will take us back tyo hotel in Kathmandu where we will celebrate successful Khopra Rural trek.

Day13: Departure
You will be assisted in your last moment preparation afterwards which our representative will take you to International Airport from where you will move to your next destination.
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Three nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu and Two Night accommodation in Pokhara hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and pokhara city, trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).

Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 13 Days
Accomodation: Tea house
Type: Medium
Activities : Trekking and hiking
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Khopra Rural trek is the newly opened trekking trail in Annapurna region.
  • Khopra Ridge diverts from the main trekking trail of Ghorepani Poonhill.
  • Trekking to Khopra Danda follows off the beaten trail which passes through forest of blooming rhododendron that supports wildlife like Himalayan Thar and local birds like Danphe.

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