Kopradanda Trekking | Ridge in Annapurna region
Khopra Danda (Ridge) Trek is popular trekking destination in Annapurna region. This trek is also known as Khayer Lake Trekking. It provides equally remarkable views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang and Nilgiri. This trek is suitable for all opinioned trekkers. We start this trip with Kathmandu world heritage site visit. The route goes through deeply lush thick pine, oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest with gorgeous vistas, journey through beautiful Magar, Gurung, Kami, Damai and Kshetri, Brahmin villages with its beautifully terraced farm lands.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome you in Kathmandu airport and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 860 m -06 hrs overland ride.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul or beyond and trek to Ulleri 1,960 m - 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,880 m - 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek from Ghorepani to Upper Chistibung
Day 07: Trek from Upper Chistibung to Khopra Danda
Day 08: Rest day in Khopra Danda, Day-trip to Khayer Lake (4660m) 3640m 7-8 hours
Day 09: Trek from Khopra Danda to Tatopani (1250m) 4-5 hours
Day 10: From Tatopani, drive to Pokhara
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 12: Depart Nepal for international flight home-ward bound.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu, as the valley is steeped with many world heritage sites and important monuments and religious-historical sites. You will visit Pashupatinath (Hindu Temple), Baudanath stupa, Swyambhunath stupa (Mokey temple), Patan durbar square.
The morning after early breakfast transfer for a long drive of 5 to 6 hours of exciting drive to reach the scenic city in Pokhara, located Nepal Mid-West a warmer country but with incredible views of Annapurna Himalaya that reflects on its calm Begnas and Phewa Lakes. On reaching Pokhara then transfer to a nice hotel by the lakeside of Phewa Lake, with to wander around the lakeshore full of stores, shops, restaurants, and hotels. (For interested people can take 30 minutes of scenic flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu). that cost extra.
With pleasant nigh-stop at Pokhara, morning leads with a short draw is to reach starting the point of the trek at Nayapul town or beyond to Bhirethati village, a nice place on the side of Modi River. The walk starts heading with slow uphill trail past farm villages overlooking cascading waterfalls entering forest within farm areas and then climb to reach Tirkhedhunga, a nice farm village close to its beautiful waterfalls. From Tirkhedhunga morning walks up the hill on stone paved steps all the way to reach a high ridge top at Ulleri village for overnight stops after a tough walk of few hours. Ulleri a large Gurung and Magar village facing views of rolling hills and snow-capped peaks of Annapurna South, Huin Chuli and top of Machhapuchare Himal.
From Ulleri after a nice overnight morning walk leads on was ending but on a gentle path within oaks-pines and rhododendron forest, where walk slowly gains altitude to reach Ghorepani village. Ghorepani offers fabulous views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and Vara-Shikar also called Annapurna Fang, a village with blue painted houses serving as good lodges located at the base of Poon Hill, populated with Poon people of Magar ethnic tribe.
Morning catches fantastic views of Annapurna range with another sunrise views and then having last breakfast on high hills, our memorable and exciting short adventure completes taking to Birethanti then drive to scenic Pokhara by its calm Phewa Lake.
Having early breakfast where interesting drive brings you back in Kathmandu, as drive departs from Pokhara, as journey leads past many nice farm villages and town, from Mugling Bazaar following Trisuli River for sometimes, and then on winding uphill to reach into Kathmandu valley as well back to your respective hotels.
Last day in the country of Himalayan wonders, after an amazing experience and wonderful memories of Ghorepani and Poon Hill trek, depart from the hotel as per your flight time our staff transfers you to Kathmandu international airport for your homeward flight or to next respective countries.
What is Included?
Kathmandu airport pickup and drop
3 nights hotel accomodation in tourist standard hotel in kathmandu with breakfast.
Kathmandu sightseeing with well trained city tour guide (Pashupatinath, Syambhunath, Baudanath, Patan city)
Pokhara kathmandu AC toruist bus transportation
2 nights hotel accommodation in tourist standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
Pokhara to Nayapul - Kande or Phedi to pokhara transportation in private vehicle
A well trained and experienced, English speaking, trekking guide (his food, accomodation, insurance, salary).
Two guest = 1 porter (his food, accomodation, insurance, salary) included .
All meals during trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Annapurna conservation area permit (ACAP).
Government permit (Trekkers information management system (TIMS) permit.
Accomodation during trekking (tea house/lodges/hotel).
Trekking equipments (sleeping bag and down jacket).
First Aid Kit.
All Government and local taxes.
1. If you would like to reduce any service included in package like, airport pick up drop, hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, poter, Kathmandu sightseeing, the cost will be reduced accrdingly.
2. If you would like to add any service which is not included in the package such as: Kathmanu - Pokhara, Pokhara-Kathmandu by flight or private car, Luxurious star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, white water rafting, Paragliding, Pokhara tour, we will arrange accordingly and that is subjected to extra cost.
What is Excluded?
Your personal nature expenses and travel insurance.
Food during your stay in Kathmandu and Pohara
Drinks (tea, coffee, coke, beer), beverage, hot shower and heater charge during trekking.
Entry permit for temple and stupa during Kathmandu sightseeing
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White water rafting
Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience. What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK
Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
Lip Balm with Sunscreen
Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
Water Bottles or Camel Back
Headlamp with extra batteries
Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
Trekking Poles (optional)
Thermos (optional for hot beverages)
CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS
Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
Long underwear pants (2)
Underwear (5 to 7)
Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
Long sleeve shirts (2)
Trekking Pants (2)
Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
Wide brimmed hat
Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS
Hiking boots with ankle support
Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
Hiking socks (10)
Sock Liners (optional)
Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
Sleeping bag liner (optional)
Sleeping bag stuff sack
DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS
Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
Waterproof cover for daypack
Drybags in several sizes
Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes
FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES
Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
Advil or Ibuprofen
Diamox (for altitude sickness)
Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
Panty Liners and Tampons
Ear plugs for sleeping
Portable Solar Charger
Journal, pen and paper
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow