The impeccable beauty of Khopra Ridge
Kanchan Shrestha | January 3, 2021
The impeccable beauty of Khopra Ridge, Wandering into the mountains is like a treasure hunt! The more you explore, the greater probabilities of coming up with some new valuables. The Himalayan ranges have always been a great deal of interest to many travel lovers and adventure seekers. For, there are many possibilities hidden amidst their grandeur. And, Khopra Ridge is one of them. It is a recently discovered trekking destination that has awed the hearts of many. Located at the heart of the Annapurna region of Nepal, the ridge offers some spectacular views of mountains that include mountains such as Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna South, Fang, Nilgiri, etc. Most of us are familiar with Ghorepani Poonhill as it is the most popular and frequented viewpoint in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Now, Khopra Ridge is taken as an alternative to the busy trail of Ghorepani Poonhill. Khopra Ridge Trek has now been introduced as an emerging trail that takes you higher to another great viewpoint in the Annapurna region of Nepal.
A quick glance at Khopra Ridge Trek
The popularity of Khopra Ridge Trek is increasing day by day. The route was officially opened for trekkers in 2012. But recently, it has gained a lot of attention from fellow travelers. As the popular trails are being crowded, trekkers are looking for something different, a serene and wild trail where they can unleash the raw appeal of mother nature. And, what could be a greater option than Khopra Ridge Trek. It is a short, scenic, and off beaten nature trek that takes you deep into the wilderness of nature. You can walk past the beautiful hills, forests, quaint villages, ridges, and pastures to the top of a ridge where you can witness the mesmerizing views of mountains, sunrise/sunset, and lakes. There is a beautiful lake popular as Khayer lake near the ridge. It adds to the glamorous beauty of this place.
The delightful route to Khopra Ridge
The exciting trip to Khopra ridge starts with your arrival in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is a historical and administrative capital city of Nepal. The city unravels some historical and cultural aspects of Nepal. The ancient palaces, temples, monuments, and heritage sites are the treasures that the city will welcome you with. You can visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath stupa, Pashupatinath temple, and Boudhanath stupa which is some of the UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. After sightseeing in Kathmandu, you will be escorted to the picturesque lakeside city of Pokhara.
The trekking trip actually starts from Nayapul when you pack your bags for a day walk along the lush and pleasing trail. You walk past the traditional villages, terraced farmlands, crop fields, and forests to the village of Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a large Gurung village placed in the beautiful backdrop of the Himalayas. What is exciting about Khopra Ridge Trek is that you can experience the popular Ghorepani Poonhill Trek along with this trek. From Ghorepani, the trail climbs up to Poonhill from where one can applaud the splendid views of mountains in the Annapurna range. Leaving Poonhill, the trail drops down to Tadapani and heads to Khopra ridge via the pastures of Baili Kharka.
During the entire trip, the highest point that you will reach is Khopra Danda at 3660 meters. There is an option of hiking to Khayer lake from Khopra Danda. If you opt for the hike, then the highest point that you will reach will be Khayer Lake at an elevation of 4600 meters.
The average time for the trek
The length of the trek depends upon the start and finish point of the trek. A standard trekking journey to Khopra Ridge Trek takes around 15 days. But it can be finished Justin 5-6 days if you are already in the Annapurna region of Nepal.
Why is Khopra Ridge trek the best choice?
Khopra Ridge Trek is the best trekking option when it comes to trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It takes you from the foothills of Annapurna to the high altitude region via a sub-tropical atmosphere. Hence, one can witness a diversity in terms of climate, vegetation, weather, floras, and faunas. Also, the region is less crowded than the other trails of the Annapurna region. Khopra Ridge Trek can be an ideal trek for those who want to explore some quaint sections of the Annapurna region.
Did you know? The Annapurna massif is 55km long with one peak over 8000m, 13 peaks over 7000m, and 16 peaks over 6000m? You can witness this magnificent panorama in a single glance as you climb up the Khopra ridge! Isn’t that interesting?
Besides, Khopra Ridge Trek is a short and easy trek perfect for solo travelers. The mountain culture, traditional villages, and friendly people are other aspects that make this trek even more special.
Highlights of Khopra Ridge Trek
- The scenic, quaint, and off beaten route to the ridge
- Diverse vegetation and biodiversity
- Annapurna Conservation Area
- Ridge walk to Khopra ridge at an elevation of 3660 meters
- Hike to Khayer Lake at an elevation of 4600 meters
- Mesmerizing views of sunrise and sunset amidst the mountains
- Amazing views of mountains in the Annapurna panorama such as. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Mt. Macchapucchre, Mt. Nilgiri, etc.
- Traditional villages like Swanata village
- Mountain people and mountain culture
The best time for Khopra Ridge Trek
The autumn and spring seasons are blessed for almost all the trekking activities in Nepal. So, is for Khopra Ridge Trek. Generally, October to November is the best time for Khopra Ridge Trek. Another, best time can be between March to May. At this point in time, the weather is clear and pleasant. One can have some astonishing views of the mountains. Even walking becomes more interesting and easy. Trekking in winter is too cold and trekking during monsoon is not so desirable. The trail is wet, weather is cloudy and patchy. Even walking is very difficult and dangerous during monsoon. So, if you are planning for a Khopra ridge trek in Nepal, make sure that you plan your trip during spring or autumn.
Himal Eco Treks for Khopra Ridge Trek
Himal Eco Treks organizes some guaranteed trips to Khopra Ridge annually. If you are interested in the Khopra Ridge trek, then you can join us on those dates at your convenience. If the dates don’t suit your trip dates, please let us know, we shall organize a customized trip as per your dates. Please go through our site – Khopra hill trek for more details regarding Khopra Ridge Trek.
Himal Eco Trek is a reliable and professional travel partner that offers the best service in the market. Come join us and we shall show you the best of Nepal. Remember us for Khopra Ridge Trek or any other tour and trekking related activities in Nepal.
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