Khopra Poon Hill Trekking-15 Days

“In Hidden Pockets of Annapurna Himalaya on the high ridge with exceptional views of Mountains”
Good to Know
  • Duration 15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate

Highlights

  • Exceptional panorama of Mt. Annapurna / Mt. Dhaulagiri from the high Khopra scenic ridge.
  • Unique and dramatic country amazes you with views of rolling green hills and mountains.
  • Explore traditional villages of Gurung and Magar / Poon villages of great cultural interests.
  • The constant view of snow-clad peaks on daily walks from the beginning to the end of the trek.
  • Enchanting alpine woods of tall rhododendron and magnolia a natural garden in flowering time.
  • A striking sunrise over the world's three highest mountains Annapurna-Dhaulagiri and Manaslu.
  • On least explored areas of Annapurna Himalaya on quiet and tranquil wilderness.

An Advantage of Booking a Trip with Nepal Trekking Planner.

  • Private vehicles pick up and drop off passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s down jackets, t-shirt, and cap, if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Discover the pristine and charming hiking location in the heart of the Annapurna Region, Khopra Ridge and Khayer Lake with Poon Hill hiking.

Trip Introduction: Khopra Poon Hill Trek 2024/2025

Khopra Poon Hill Trekking explores the unscathed and quaint trekking destination located in the heart of the Annapurna Region. Get all the elements of a typical trekking trail in Nepal in this trekking and in addition to that have the quaint trail at your disposal while you trek. Join this trek to experience one of the most exotic trekking adventures in the hills of Nepal with panoramic views, diverse vegetation, wildlife, a varied range of landscapes, culture, and traditions. Termed as the alternative to the Ghorepani Trek by some, Khopra and Khayer lake trekking takes you to another great panorama of the Annapurna Massifs. In this relatively new trekking trail, you get to experience beautiful and untouched nature.

During this trek, individuals shall be closer to the Annapurna Region, and explore the forest with diverse vegetation including pine, oak, rhododendron, and bamboo. Along the route, travelers can traverse through the settlements with the inhabitation of diverse communities including the Magar, Gurung, Chettri, Brahmin, Kami, and Damai. Individuals can get to witness the breathtaking view of the mountains including Annapurna Massifs, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri Peak, Machapuchare or the Fishtail Mountain, Baraha Sikhar Peak, and many others.

Khayer lake and Khopra hill trek has some strenuous sections and mostly easy trekking in the hills of Annapurna Region. For trekking, historical and cultural excursions, and quaint trekking experiences, this trekking trail is an ideal choice. Interact with locals and observe their authentic culture on this trek. Join the professional service of Nepal Trekking Planner where we provide high value for your money spent and make sure that visitors can make the best out of this trek. Come and get a new trekking experience in Khopra Poon Hill Trekking with Trekking Planner Nepal.

How does Khopra and Khayer lake trek start and end?

Khayer lake and Khopra hill Trekking welcomes people with a beautiful and scenic start in the Pokhara Valley. Proceed along the trail from Nayapul to reach the village of Birethati, an affluent village at the confluence of Modi and Bhurungdi Rivers. Accompanied by the Modi River, the trek continues through lush green forests, waterfalls, and the marvelous view of the mountains en route.

Traversing through the settlements of Syauli Bazaar, Kilu, Kimchi, and Kyumi, we reach one of the popular villages in the Annapurna Region, the village of Ghandruk. The village is perched on a hill that faces the range of the Himalayas; Ghandruk is one of the biggest Gurung settlements in the region with beautifully arranged houses and pieces of evidence of well-preserved culture practiced since ages. We ascent on to the Tadapani village and branch off from the main trail to join the trail of side-trips and head on to reach Bayeli Kharka; the summer settlement across several small streams and past the lush green hills. Upon ascending, trekkers will traverse through Upper Chistibung to reach the destination of Khopra Ridge.

Witnessing the panoramic view of the sunrise over the mountain ranges of Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang, and Nilgiri from the top of Khopra Ridge, trekkers shall then explore the small, quaint and beautiful Kaire Lake. After a scenic stop at Kaire, travelers retrace their steps back to the village of Swanta. Across a couple of streams, we then trek to Ghorepani, the ancient stoppage for traders. Trekkers shall then descend to the Birethanti village that hosts the ACAP check post following a drive back to Pokhara and return to Kathmandu which marks the end of the trek.

What is the best time for Khopra Hill and Khayer lake trekking?

The best season to go for Khopra Poon Hill trekking depends upon a number of factors including personal preferences, length of itinerary, peak and off-peak seasons, activities of interest, budget, and accessibility along the route. So, keeping all these factors in mind it is best for travelers to prioritize what matters the most.  

Apart from this, the best season recommended for Khopra Lake is generally spring which lasts from March to May, and autumn which lasts from September to November. During the spring season, the weather is mostly moderate offering clear skies and comfortable temperatures. The rhododendron forest along routes will be in full bloom offering a spectacular display of crimson colors throughout the forest. The trails along the way are dry, lush, and green.

Another best time for the Khopra Hill region trek is autumn. The weather during the period is cool and dry with a clear visible sky. The season also offers striking views of majestic peaks like Mt Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters/26,795feet), Annapurna (I, II, III and South) (above 8000 m), Machapuchare (6,993meters/22,943feet), Hiunchuli (6,441 meters/ 21,132 feet), Nilgiri (7,061meters/ 23,166 feet) and Lamjung Himal (6,983meters/22,901 feet) from Poon Hill. Similarly, the trekking trails are less muddy and slippery as compared to the monsoon season.

This hike is also possible in the winter. However, it gets more difficult due to cold weather, which necessitates extra packing, and the cost may climb due to additional heating charges at various accommodations. Similarly, during the monsoon season, the trails may become slick due to excessive rain. There is a possibility of landslides and flooding in specific regions, which could result in a barrier causing an impediment during the trek. It is advised to take extra precautions if the trek is to be completed during the winter and rainy seasons.

Note: Before beginning the Khopra Khayer Lake Poon Hill trekking journey, it is critical to adequately organize your trip, book accommodations, and obtain a weather forecast. Any confusion or problems about the journey can be resolved by a Trekking Planner Nepal expert who will support you during the expedition.

What are the permits/documents required for Khayer lake and Khopra hill trek?

Trekking in Poon Hill requires different permissions in order to commence trekking in and around the area. These permits are important to modulate tourist numbers and promote the preservation of the local ecology and culture which include:

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): Being a protected area, the Annapurna Conservation Area requires all hikers to get an ACAP permit. This permit can be made available by the Trekking Planner Nepal best agency in Kathmandu or Pokhara, as well as at the ACAP entry points along the trekking route.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card: Trekkers also need to obtain a TIMS card, which helps track trekkers and provides assistance in case of emergencies. There are two types of TIMS cards: one for organized treks and another for individual trekkers. TIMS cards can be obtained from an authorized trekking agency like Trekking Planner Nepal in Kathmandu.

Other documents that are required are a valid Passport and Visa, Travel Insurance, Trekking permits for Support Staff, and any Emergency Contacts.

What are chances of AMS during the trek?

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a condition that occurs when the body does not have enough time to acclimate to decreasing oxygen levels after rapidly rising to high altitudes. It could be a problem for trekkers in high-altitude areas like the Annapurna Region during the Poon Hill and Khayer Lake trek.

Headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, exhaustion, and difficulty sleeping are some of the symptoms of AMS. These symptoms usually occur within 6 to 12 hours of arrival at higher elevations. While AMS is often seen as a benign ailment, if left untreated, it can escalate to more serious forms, such as High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) or High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), which can be fatal.

How to cope with AMS during Khopra Poon Hill Trekking?

To decrease the potential of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) during high-altitude trekking in the Poon Hill region special guidelines should be followed. First and foremost proper acclimatization is critical which can be covered by giving your body time to adjust to lower oxygen levels at high altitudes. Ascend slowly and include rest days in your trekking plan for the acclimatization process.

Drinking sufficient water and fluids throughout the day can help to cope with dehydration effects during the route. Consuming alcohol and tobacco should be avoided while maintaining a proper balanced diet is a must.

A medical professional or experienced guide may recommend medicine in some circumstances to assist in preventing or relieving AMS symptoms. If you have any worries or a history of altitude-related difficulties, consult a medical expert before embarking on your journey.

Is it necessary to purchase Travel Insurance?

Travel insurance is not necessary, particularly for Khopra Ridge, Khayer Lake and Poon Hill Trekking. However, having travel insurance will assure fellow travelers of any uncanny circumstances. It can provide protection in the event of unanticipated events, such as trip cancellation, medical issues, lost or stolen property, etc. Travel insurance can assist you in recovering some or all of your costs if you have to cancel your trip or if something goes wrong while you are on the road.

Although theft is rare, it does happen, so make sure all valuables are hidden. Travelers can leave any valuables in our office locker while traveling. Please follow your guide's instructions provided by Trekking Planner Nepal if there is a landslide, avalanche, flooding, or earthquake on the mountain.  Likewise, if you become ill, let your guide know right away.

Outline Itinerary for Khopra Poon Hill Trek

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m / 4,430 ft and transfer to Hotel.
  • Day 2: Full day in Kathmandu half-day tour at places of interest.
  • Day 3: Drive to Pokhara 860 m on Nepal midwest highway - 6 hrs.
  • Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Kyumi and trek to Ghandruk 1,940 m -5 hrs.
  • Day 5: Trek to Tadapani 2,630 m - 4 hrs.
  • Day 6: Trek to Dobato 3,349 m - 4 hrs.
  • Day 7: Trek to Bayeli 3,437 m hike around Hidden Lake 4,372m - 6 hrs.
  • Day 8: Trek to Khopra Hill 3,660 m- 6 hrs.
  • Day 9: At Khopra Hill hike to Khayer Lake 4,620 m -6 hrs both ways.
  • Day 10: Trek to Sauta 2,200 m -6 hrs.
  • Day 11: Trek to Ghorepani 2,874 m via Chitre - 5 hrs.
  • Day 12: Hike to Poon Hill 3,210 m walk to Tirkhedhunga 1,450 m - 6 hrs.
  • Day 13: Trek to the main road at Bhirethati and drive to Pokhara - 5 hrs.
  • Day 14: Drive / Fly to Kathmandu - 06 hrs journey (30 mins via air)
  • Day 15: Final International departure from Nepal.
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15  Days Khopra Poon Hill Trekking itinerary listed above is the standard itinerary. The schedule can be adjusted to include shorter or longer walks each day based on your physical fitness, and some designated overnight stops may change due to room availability and other factors.

We will stick to the itinerary, but if it needs to be changed due to inclement weather, landslides, or participant difficulties necessitating additional days, our leader and head guides will make the best decision for the safety of the participants, with full authority from Trekking Planner Nepal.
 

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • Mealswelcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,350 m / 4,430 ft

On arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport via respective airlines, you will be received by our office representative who will be waiting for you prior to the arrival section. With a warm welcome and greetings, our representative will be responsible for your transfer to hotels in the hub of the city. After checking into your rooms and getting refreshed join the other groups for a briefing on Khopra Ridge and Poon Hill Trekking, our guide then offers you useful important information regarding the trek and your stay in Nepal with us. The evening includes a welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with the Folk Culture program of Nepal while having your dinner. Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,350 m / 4,430 ft

After a full breakfast at the hotel, today you will set out on an interesting excursion around the Kathmandu Valley to discover its intriguing and culturally rich attractions. Today, after meeting your Trekking Planner Nepal guide, you will begin by exploring the Kathmandu Durbar Squares. Following that, you will visit "Swayambhunath," a sacred place respected in both Hinduism and Buddhism, commonly known as "the Monkey Temple" because of the vast number of holy monkeys staying on the temple grounds. The next stop is "Pashupatinath," a sacred Hindu shrine on the banks of the Bagmati River. You will then be transported to the "Boudhanath Stupa," one of the world's largest and oldest stupas. After completing these educational tours, you will have the opportunity to sample local cuisines like the Traditional Nepali Thali, Dal Bhat (rice with lentil soup), Mo: Mo (dumplings), and a variety of other delectable options.

Later that afternoon, a pre-trip meeting with a Trekking Planner representative will take place at your accommodation. Our office staff will give you a thorough overview of the upcoming excursion and handle any questions or concerns you may have. You'll spend the night in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time860 m

After a hearty breakfast, depart from your hotel for an interesting drive towards Nepal's Mid-West region with exciting views past farm villages and towns on Nepal's main highway to reach Pokhara city. On reaching Pokhara after six hours of interesting ride, transfer to hotels by the Phewa lake side with time to stroll around where most of the restaurants and shops are located. Pokhara is a tourist and scenic spot blessed with natural scenery of mountains-green hills-valley with serene and calm lakes of Phewa and Begnas. (Flying options to Pokhara of 30-minute scenic flights). After completion of the tour, do return back to the hotel for a wonderful dinner and stay overnight in Pokhara hotel.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,940 m

After a pleasant overnight stop at Pokhara get the views of the Annapurna Himalaya range of mountains with Machapuchare peaks 'Fish Tail’. After having a hearty breakfast in the hotel drive beyond Pokhara to commence our first day walks. The journey proceeds with grand views of Annapurna heading past farm villages and towns and then reaching the bank of Modi River to reach Kyumi farm village. From here walk starts on stone steps uphill to reach a large Gurung village at Ghandruk. Upon reaching Ghandruk stay overnight in a nice lodge with a view of Annapurna peaks with time to visit Gurung village.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2,630 m

Have a filling breakfast at Ghandruk. From Ghandruk walk to the top of the village an hour's climb and then on a gradual winding walk past farm villages with views of Annapurna peaks to reach a stream, after crossing the small stream with an uphill climb into dense woodland to reach a small place of Bhainse Kharka. After a refreshing stop continue walking on the pleasant path into a thick forest of rhododendrons, oaks, and pine trees to reach a scenic spot in Tadapani, a settlement to cater to the needs of the trekkers facing views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ peaks. Stay overnight at Tadapani and enjoy a traditional dinner.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,349 m

After breakfast, enjoy Tadapani morning with a stunning sunrise over the chain of peaks, where a walk leads to the hidden path away from main trails and villages for some days. As the walk progresses climb into forested areas to reach Dobato which faces tremendous views of Annapurna peaks, a peaceful spot in the middle of the forest. Enjoy the stunning vistas with Nepali cuisines along the way. Upon reaching Dobato rest at your accommodation place, have dinner, and stay overnight.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time4,372m

After breakfast, enjoy morning views of Annapurna and Fish Tail peaks, where the walk leads into dense woodland past grazing land with ups and downs facing close to mountain views and then reaching a remote and isolated spot at Bayeli. Bayeli is a summer pasture for local villager’s cattle’s where you can have sidewalk and hike to a small glacial and clear Hidden Lake. Overnight stops within tranquil environment overlooking close views of Annapurna mountain range within beautiful surrounding.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,660 m

On leaving Bayeli after breakfast, the altitude will gain slowly leaving tree lines behind. After a few hours of scenic walk, you will reach Kopra ridge for overnight stops. Khopra offers scenic views of landscapes facing the massive range of Mt. Dhaulagiri with Vara Shikar (Annapurna Fang), Annapurna South from this wonderful spot. Dinner is served at Khopra hill at your accommodation place.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time4,620 m

The day begins with a breakfast in Khopra Hill. The morning hike leads to the holy lake at Khair Lake located at 4,620 m. which is a long walk, but worth facing close views of giant mountains, it is a religious site, where the festival is held annually around the month of August and September. Villagers from the Annapurna area visit to worship and pray to Lord Shiva and bathe in the icy waters, as well sacrifice sheep and goats, after a great moment head back to Khopra ridge for overnight stops with constant views of peaks. Dinner is served at the accommodation place.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2,200 m

After breakfast in a complete wilderness of mountains and grand views, the morning leads to a long descend within green forested areas reaching back into the farm village at Sauta populated by Poon-Magar people, the tribes of Western Nepal hills. At Sauta enjoy views of the Dhaulagiri range of peaks with tips of Annapurna Mountains towards north-east direction. Enjoy dinner at any one teahouse or lodges at Sauta. Stay overnight in Sauta farm village.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2,874 m

Starting from Sauta Farm Village after breakfast, the trail gradually descends to a stream, followed by a short climb to reach Chitre Village. From there, continue along the main trail to reach the picturesque Ghorepani Village. After a refreshing break in Chitre, the path leads to steep ascents for a few hours through the cool alpine woods of rhododendron and pine trees, culminating in a pleasant arrival at Ghorepani Village. Here, you can enjoy stunning views of the Dhaulagiri range. Stay overnight in Ghorepani

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,210 m/1,450 m

After a fulfilling breakfast, embark on a morning hike to the picturesque Poon Hill, where you can witness a breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayan mountain range, including the majestic peaks of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, and even as far as Ganesh Himal on the far-eastern horizon. Take in the fantastic panoramic views of these mountains and the sunrise before returning to Ghorepani. Afterward, continue your walk through the tranquil rhododendron forest, heading towards Ulleri Village. You'll encounter a long descent that eventually leads you to Tirkhedhunga, where you'll spend your final night of the trek.

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast and Lunch
  • Max. Altitude/Time860 m

After a refreshing and pleasant time at Tirkhedhunga with views of cascading waterfalls, today's walk was completed after heading down to warmer low areas at Bhirethati a nice village, where trekking ends and then taking a drive back to Pokhara, as the morning drive leads on Beni and Pokhara highway, and then on good road of few hours exciting ride to reach at scenic Pokhara for last overnight stop by its calm Phewa Lake.

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast and farewell dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,350 m / 4,430 ft

After a refreshing and pleasant time at Tirkhedhunga, with views of cascading waterfalls, today's walk concludes with a descent to warmer low areas at Bhirethati, a nice village where the trekking concludes." You may refuel your energy here with a wonderful supper. Following your supper, you will return to Pokhara by car. The morning trip takes you down the Beni-Pokhara highway, and then you'll continue for a few hours on an excellent road, enjoying an exhilarating ride that will eventually lead you to the gorgeous city of Pokhara. This will be your final overnight stay, and you may enjoy a delicious lunch by the tranquil Phewa Lake.

  • MealsBreakfast

On your final day in Nepal, a Himalayan wonderland, you will travel according to your international flight schedule, either homeward or to your next connecting destination. After presenting you with fascinating memories and a lovely time on the Khopra Ridge and Poon Hill Trekking trip, a dedicated team and guide from Trekking Planner Nepal will assure a seamless transfer to Kathmandu airport.

 

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Trip Map
Khopra Poon Hill Trekking-15 Days Map
Inclusions
What's Included
  • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in an Authentic Nepali cultural Restaurant.
  • 3-night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation with breakfast at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 2-night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation with breakfast at a three-star hotel in Pokhara.
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with privet vehicles (entrance fees extra).
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by deluxe tourist bus(if you want a way flight or private vehicle also available at additional cost).
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card).
  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance.
  • 1 porter for 2 guests with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation, and equipment.
  • Twin/double sharing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and tea/coffee during the trekking.
  • Safe drinking water.
  • Pokhara to the trek Starting point and ending point to Pokhara by private vehicle.
  • first aid kid box.
  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
  • Oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to identify Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms).
  • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
What's Excluded
  • Your Nepal Visa fees.
  • All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  • In case of extra night accommodation, lunch and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of the itinerary.
  • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
  • The Tips to the trekking crews and driver.
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, or any event out of our control.
Departure Dates

If the given date is not appropriate for you, Please CONTACT US (Call/email now for a private trip, info@nepaltrekkingplanner.com, Mobile +977 98510 71767 (24 hrs) - WhatsApp and Viber)so that Trekking Planner can happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.

Trekking Planner also organizes various trips in small groups that can suit you. We recommend you reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away for a wonderful experience with us. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you.

Essential Info

Equipment and Gear List

trekking iconGeneral

  • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
  • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
  • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

HeadUpper Body

  • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
  • warm woolen hat
  • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
  • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
  • Polarized sunglasses

TorsoTorso

  • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
  • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
  • Fleece jacket or down jacket

PantLower Body

  • thermals inner
  • Hiking pants at least 3
  • Comfortable pants for teahouses
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Hiking shorts

GlovesHands

  • Woolen gloves for the tea house
  • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk

FeetFeet

  • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
  • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
  • Crampons (For passes)
  • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
  • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

UndergarmentsUndergarments and inner wears

  • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
  • Sports bras (women)
  • sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

MedicineFirst Aid Kits and Medications

  • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
  • Lip balm or Vaseline
  • ointment cream
  • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
  • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

(Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.)

Other essentialsOther Essentials

  • Passport
  • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
  • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
  • water bladder for the day bag
  • small towel for personal use
  • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
  • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
  • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
  • Power bank or extra batteries
  • Cameras and mobile phone
  • Cards/book
  • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
  • Trekking poles
  • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
  • Thermos for hot water during the nighttime
  • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
  • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
  • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
  • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
  • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg/33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
  • A down jacket with a hood(cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
  • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
  • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

FAQs
  • The trek takes around 10 days in the mountains, and 5 days of accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara which are included in the package, and it will take about 15 days to complete.

  • The highlight of the trek is a hidden lake situated at an altitude of 4,372 m. Ghorepani Poon Hill, which is located at 3,210 m; Khopra Hill, situated at an altitude of 3,660 m; and Khayer Lake, which is located at an altitude of 4,620m.

  • The long walks of 5–6 hours can be challenging if we don't prepare mentally or end up in the mountains after 3,500 meters; sometimes, we don't know how the weather will be, as a stiff wind can change the temperature instantly. As trekking involves traveling in rural areas with basic facilities, it can also be challenging. Traveling and trekking without a guide will always be the biggest challenge.

  • As we enter the Annapurna conservation area, there can be some wildlife encountered during the trek, like bears, mules, horses, langurs, Himalayan tahr, musk deer, red pandas, and the rare birds Himalayan monal, pheasants, Himalayan griffon, and various thrushes.

  • It's entirely possible, and Trekking Planner Nepal always welcomes our clients to get ideas and a custom itinerary. Complete trip customizations are available according to our trekkers' and clients' needs and demands.

  • The Ghorepani trail gets quite crowded during peak season. The hidden lake can be crowded at times, but the rest of the trek is relatively quiet, as this is a really underrated trek due to the lack of visitors.

  • Trekking Planner Nepal advises various environmental guidelines like leave no principle, staying on the trail, and respecting the culture and tradition of the rural areas while walking through the holy places. Try to walk to the left, avoid trampling during the trek, respect the wildlife, and don't lick up the flowers and manage the waste. Use dustbins, and if you get confused about certain things, let the official representatives know for additional details.

  • The weather during the spring is moderate; the visibility and views are astonishing, and the temperature can range from 0 degrees to 15 degrees and get below 0 degrees in the spring.

    During the summer and monsoon, heavy rainfall and light rainfall for days, and there are problems with sponges, and clouds often cover the views.

    During the autumn, the skies are clear, making the season much more popular, with mild days and cold nights with excellent views and morning sunrises. Still, sometimes, at higher elevations, snowfall may occur.

  • The all-inclusive full-board cost for clients can range from 1,100 dollars to even more, depending on the addition, which includes lodging and breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all transportation service accommodations, a full-board trip in the mountains, permits, and all applicable fees for guides and porters with their salary, food, and insurance.

  • During September, October, and November, trekkers and visitors can encounter the most significant local festival in Nepal, which is known as Dashain and Tihar. On our first day at Ghandruk, tourists can even wear Gurung dresses and enjoy the Gurung tribe culture at Ghandruk.

  • The average daily trekking duration lasts 5–6 hours per day for average-pace walkers. Still, it can be shorter or longer, depending on the pace of the trekkers.

  • Medical facilities are available at Ghorepani, and medicines are available in some villages. Still, the guides and porters will carry the medical equipment, first aid facilities, and oxygen cans if medical facilities are required.

  • There are a wide variety of dining options along the trek. There are different menus in different places, consisting of various Indian foods, Nepali foods, Tibetan foods, and various Western-style dishes.

  • Going solo for this trek is not recommended; at least having a trekking guide or porter is required for the Khopra Rig Poon Hill trek, as the accommodations are limited before booking, and taking a direction along the tour is recommended.

  • The main attractions along the trek are Ghorepani Poon Hill, from which we can see expansive views of mountains like Dhaulagiri Manaslu Annapurna Tukuche Peak and the same idea, but up close from Khopra Hill, the fishtail Machhapuchhre and the lake at the high altitudes, with the mountain in the background at Hidden Lake and Khayer Lake.

  • Khopra Ridge and Poon Hill Trek are trekking in the Annapurna region, which combines Khopra Hill, Ghorepani Poon Hill, and the hidden lake.

  • Altitude sickness is common when trekking above 3,500 meters the highest point during this trek, we don't stay at high altitudes too often, and the most increased length during this trek is 4,620m, so the risk of high altitude during the Khopra ridge poon hill trek is really less.

  • Trekkers and travelers who have good health conditions and are moderately fit can be physically fit for this trek, but trekkers who are not physically ready will be getting fit during this trek.

  • Regular trekking items and equipment are enough for the trek, and no extraordinary things are required. The gear that is needed is good shoes: trekking poles, maps, water bottles, purification tablets, and some cash according to your needs. A down jacket, fleece jacket, thermals, trekking pants, and trousers are required.

  • Trekking planner Nepal will book the accommodations in advance after the trip booking is made. As the itinerary is prepared, we will reserve the accommodations accordingly.

  • The accommodation facilities at Khopra Hill and Ghorepani Poon Hill are fundamental and have basic rooms containing two beds, a table, carpet, and blankets, as well as a shared bathroom on the same floor.

  • Annapurna conservation area permit and trekkers information management system card are the permits and documents required for the Khopra hill and Ghorepani poon hill treks, which are arranged by trekking planner Nepal.

  • The highest altitude reached during this trek is going to be the altitude of Khayer Lake, which is going to be 4620 meters above sea level. After that comes the hidden lake, which is at an altitude of 4,372 meters.

  • The difficulty level of this trek is considered perfect for beginners and people with an average amount of fitness. Khopra Ridge plus Ghorepani is ideal for travelers, and trekkers who have no prior trekking experience can get fit on this trip.

  • The best time for the Khopra Hill and Ghorepani Trek is during autumn, mid-August to mid-December. During spring, from mid-February to mid-June, the mountains are snowcapped, the views are better, the flowers bloom, and greenery is all around.

Client Reviews
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    Very good trekking

    Overall, we had a very nice trek to Khopra Ridge (7 days) with trekking planner. The office organized all the logisitcs well and the itinerary was beautiful. The price was also fair.

    Nevertheless, a few things keeps us from giving 5 stars. The english and communication skills of our guide/porter were not so great although they were very nice. We had trouble getting information sometimes and it was irritating to repeat the same questions over and over (where are we going? How long is it to the next village? Should we bring more water? Save our energy?). A guide should be proactive with its guests...and ideally know their first names by day 6.

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    AnthoCtotheLCanada,Apr 01, 2017
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