The Khopra, trek is located away from the busier trails of Annapurna region but provides equally remarkable views of the snowcapped mountains. Another attraction of this trek is the holy Kaire Lake, which requires a little wandering away from the Khopra Ridge. We will have opportunity to visit a village weaving workshop and a cheese project. The high point of our trek is a visit to sacred Khayer Lake (4500m) surrounded with shrines, and with the peak of Annapurna towering above.
Khopra Trekking is very famous among those trekkers, who wish to walk off-the-beaten path in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Our trek itinerary allows trekkers to enjoy the magnificent views of towering mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre and other peaks, experience Rhododendron and Oak forest, waterfalls, wild animals and birds, rivers and pristine settlement of Gurung and Magar people and their sincere hospitality. In addition to this, the trip includes some of the major attractions of Kathmandu and Pokhara valley.
The trek can start from different sections like from Beni; the regular trail from Tadhapani and Tatopani .Our itinerary takes you through the less explored route which provides you the real taste of the village and ethnic cultures.
|Group Size||1 to 12 people|
|Trip Duration||12-17 Days|
|Activity||Trekking, Cultural tours|
|Maximum Altitude||4565 m|
|Trek Starts In||Pokhara|
|Trek Ends In||Pokhara|
|Trek Type||Tea House / Lodge|
|Accommodations||Hotel, Tea houses|
|Transportation||Flight/Private Car or Tourist Bus|
|INCLUDED IN THE COST||
|NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST||
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Sisne Rover. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
We will be staying in 3 star level hotels in Kathmandu/ Pokhara and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request with additional cost. We will have rooms with attached washrooms in most parts of the trek but this is not possible in a few remote locations. Also understand that single rooms are not easily available in higher elevations like they are in Kathmandu and the lower elevation regions.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be welcome or farewell dinners for guests. The most common cuisines in most menus will be Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian and the more common continental.
Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements
The most significant thing that makes this trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful trek leader and crew members with the ability of operating our days in the mountain smoothly. Our trek will be led by the best and professional leaders. All of Sisne Rover Trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their experiences, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Sisne only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region/s.
Sisne Rover is firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated and well paid. Furthermore, Sisne Rover also provides the required level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members. We have previously used helicopters at company’s expense to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter’s sake, all trekkers keep the weight of their luggage under 15kgs/33 pounds. We also support the work of International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
The Khopra Trek is within the Annapurna region .As other area in Annapurna area, this trek is also fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Sisne Rover employs a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Sisne Rover, therefore, enforces a number of do’s and don’ts. Sisne Rover’s experienced staff can advise us on how to minimize our impact on the local environment.
Like all Sisne Rover’s itineraries, the Khopra Trek is also planned to curb Acute Mountain Sickness which is very common during high altitude trekking. We ascend gradually so that we have optimum time to acclimatize to the high altitude environment. Trekkers with known heart, lung or blood diseases are required to consult their doctors before booking the trek.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Khopra trek is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers who can walk at least 5 -6 hours a day with a light backpack. No technical skill is required. Anyone who is physically fit with good health can participate in this trek. However, it is always best to start jogging and exercising regularly at least a month before the actual trek. Also, trekkers who have had experiences with high altitude trekking will find this trek relatively easier than others.
Best Time to Travel to Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for this trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature, then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan., and Feb.) could also be an option.
Brief Cultural Considerations
The challenge for you as a visitor to Nepal is to respect the rights and beliefs of the local people and to minimize your impact, both culturally and environmentally. ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) is working to conserve the natural and cultural resources of the area. We can all play a part in this by simply being aware of our actions and how they will affect the environment around us. Consider before you buy any sacred relics or endangered animals and take your rubbish with you.
Please consider the following when trekking:
Dress appropriately: more is better. Revealing clothing in the mountain villages is not suitable, especially for women. T-shirts and trousers/long skirt are the recommended dress, but long shorts are also acceptable. Demonstrating an effort to be sensitive to their culture will enhance your experience with the Nepalese people.
Don’t encourage begging: don’t hand pens, money or sweets directly to the children. This does not only encourage begging, but also causes much conflict amongst the children. You’d rather hand your gifts or pens to a school that will distribute them amongst the children.
Smile: easy to give, wonderful to receive. A smile surpasses all cultural boundaries.
Tip: remove your shoes before entering a Nepali home.
Water purification tablets or a good water filter will save you a lot of money and avoids even more unnecessary plastic in our environment. Iodine pills are very convenient for trekking .One pill will purify 1 liter of water in 20-30 minutes. They are available in Nepal. Gatorade can be a healthy and delicious item to add to your water. Vitamin C or Tang powder in different flavors will remove the unpleasant taste of iodine.
Altitude sickness, also known as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), is caused by a lack of oxygen at high altitudes (normally above 3,500m, but some may be affected at 3,000m). It occurs as a result of our bodies’ inability to adapt to a sudden increase in altitude. If given time, our bodies will adjust and a gradual ascent will decrease the possibility of altitude sickness.
How to prevent AMS
Go slowly, drink a lot of water and pay attention to the sensations of your body. If symptoms occur, you have climbed too far for the day. Resting at the same altitude will give you time to acclimatize and usually relieve mild symptoms. Mild symptoms include: headache, nausea, loss of appetite, mild shortness of breath with minimal exertion, difficulty sleeping, dizziness or light headedness, mild weakness, fatigue, a general unwell feeling. More serious symptoms include: inability to recover from shortness of breath with rest, severe persistent headache, low urine output, vomiting, confusion, delirium, loss of coordination. These require immediate descent as acclimatization will not take place at the same altitude. The best way to avoid AMS is to walk slowly, carry a light pack and just take it easy. Allow your body the time it needs to acclimatize.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: + 977 98560 20976 or 98460 30221
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu air port- transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and fly to Pokhara. Trek preparation.
Day 03: Drive Nayapul, and trek to Puranogaun (1370m): 3-4 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Lespar (1830m): 4-5 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Nangi (2390m): 5-6 hrs – lunch pack necessary
Day 06: Trek to Mohoredanda (3200m): 6-7 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Swanta (2214m): 5-6 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Chistibang (2900m): 4-5 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Khopra Danda (3645m): 4-5 hrs
Day 10: Excursion Day to Khayar Lake (4565m) with pack lunch for 8-9 (round trip).
Day 11: Trek to Bayeli (3432m.) via lower trail: 5-6 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Tadapani (2660m.): 4-5 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Ghandruk (1960 m.): 3-4 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Nayapul: 4-5 hrs and drive an hour to Pokhara
Day 15: Rest in Pokhara with valley sightseeing. Farewell dinner hosted by Sisne Rover Trekking
Day 16: Fly or drive to Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure for onward destination
What to bring
Nepal is a mountainous tropical country, which means there are climate extremes. Night and day temperature differences can vary between -10°C on the high treks and 30°C on the lower ones (14°F to 86°F), so you need to bring a variety of clothes.
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your trekking but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
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.
- Head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
- Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
- Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Prescription sunglasses (if required)
- Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket
- Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
- Lightweight poly-liner gloves.
- Lightweight wool or fleece gloves
- 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
- Non-cotton underwear briefs
- Hiking shorts
- Hiking trousers
- lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
- fleece or woolen trousers
- waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
- 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
- 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water
- , ankle support, “broken in”)
- Running shoes and/or sandals
- Resistant Cotton socks (optional)
- Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
- Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)
- Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
- Medium size rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
- 1 large duffel bag *
- A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
- Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
- 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
- Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
- 1 skin-blister repair kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Anti-headache pills
- Cough and/or cold medicine
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
- Water purification tablets or water filter
- 1 set of earplugs
- Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
- Compass or GPS(optional)
- Alarm clock/watch
- Digital camera with extra cards and batteries
- large Ziplocs
- Water bottles
- Small folding knife
- 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
- Medium-sized quick drying towel
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Female hygiene products
- Small mirror
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti-bacterial hand wash
- Reading book
- Trail map/guide book
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
- Modest swim suit
- Binoculars (optional)
- 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
Use rechargeable batteries whenever possible. If you use disposable batteries, please take the used ones with you and dispose them safely in your home country.
Many of these items can be bought or rented in Nepal