Khopra Hill Trek with Ghorepani and Poonhill is an amazing opportunity to explore both well-known and less-known but equally awesome sites within the Annapurna Region. Our itinerary takes you to the serene and peaceful place, Khopra Ridge which is an amazing vantage point to get the majestic views of the mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna I, II, III, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Lamjung Himal and Mt. Nilgiri. This trek takes you along the dense forest of Rhododendron and pine with the chance to see various exotic animals.
Khopra Ridge trek doesn’t demand that much of physical endurance and is a perfect trek to do with your family or friends who may not want to do other strenuous treks but want to enjoy the amazing beauty of Nepal. Staying at tea houses with basic accommodation and homely treatment will be an amazing experience to those wanting to explore a simple way of living.
Khayer Lake is the highest point you get to go during this trek and is an amazing place with lots of religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists. Poon Hill is yet another viewpoint and amazing village you get to encounter while returning. Khopra Danda trek is a relatively new trekking destination and is less crowded than other popular trekking routes. This off-the-beaten trail takes you to some of the amazing villages like Ghandruk and Ghorepani with amazing Gurung culture. Other ethnic groups also reside these and other villages you will come across practicing various traditions and living in harmony.
KHOPRA HILL TREK HIGHLIGHTS
- Enjoy the scenic bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Nayapul
- Walk through the lush forests of rhododendrons and oaks with the possibility to see different animals including Himalayan Thar and Lophophorus
- Explore the diverse cultures and traditions of various ethnic people like Magar, Gurung, Brahmin, Chhetri, etc.
- Explore the beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk
- Catch breathtaking views of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung, Nilgiri, etc. from the top of Khopra Ridge
- Get to Khayer Lake at the foot of Annapurna South to get the awe-inspiring view of the landscape and Himalayas
- Enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals during the trek
- Hike to Poon Hill, the viewpoint for the best sunrise/sunset views over Annapurna ranges
- Catch many photographic spots during the trek on almost every point of your trek
What to Expect:
1. Food and Accommodation
During this trek, food and accommodation will be provided by tea houses run by local people. Simple food like Dal Bhat, pasta, noodles, potatoes, vegetables, cereals, eggs, rice, soup, etc. are served as breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
While your days in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will stay at a 3-star hotel with breakfast service. These cities offer different amazing restaurants of various styles where you can go and try a new food or eat food you like for lunch and dinner.
The lake city of Pokhara is an amazing place to spend your evenings strolling along the Phewa and Begnas lake, going for boating, visiting temples, caves, etc. Similar to Kathmandu, it has various places you can go and try different foods and enjoy your free time. Sarangkot is a viewpoint a few hours away from Pokhara, popular for amazing sights of sunrises and sunsets.
3. Khopra Danda ( Khopra Hill)
This is our final destination and provides you the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic view of landscapes with snow-capped mountains. Khopra ridge also offers you the view of Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. Getting there early in the morning or during the sunset gives you even more serene and mesmerizing views.
4. Khayer Lake
Khayer Lake is yet another vantage point at the height of 4600 m is the highest place you will be at during this trek. A remote path from Khopra Danda takes you to Khayer lake. This beautiful lake is an amazing spot to get outstanding views of the Mount Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.
5. Ghorepani, Ghandruk and other culture rich villages
One of the main highlights of this trek is to get an outlook of the lifestyle of people living in the villages. They preserve their tradition and live a culture rich life which we get to explore during this trek. One of the ethnic groups living predominantly in the village like Ghandruk and Ghorepani. Other ethnic groups like Brahmin, Chhetris, Magar also live in the villages you come across during the trek. They have different traditions and ways but live in harmony with each other. Hinduism and Buddhism is majorly followed by these people. It is an amazing way to learn about these amazing people and their ways while staying with them at tea houses.
6. Poon Hill
Poon Hill itself is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region for activities like viewing the sunrise and sunsets over the Himalayas. The picturesque view you get from Poon Hill on a clear day is marvelous.
7. Landscape and wildlife
Beautiful landscapes are what makes each step of this trek a destination on its own. Lush Rhododendron forests with habitats like deer, blue sheep, monal, Himalayan Thar, Lophophorus, etc. is your trekking route. Either you get to see any of these animals or not depends upon the mere chance. Landscapes majorly include forests, rivers, waterfalls, etc. with snow-capped mountains in the backdrop. Different species of birds are also found in this area and their soothing chirps energizes you.