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Khopra Ridge Khayar Lake Trek

Trip Overview

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Easy

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Tea house

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Public / Private

  • Group size

    Group size: any

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Spring & Autumn

Khopra Ridge Trek – An off-beat trek to Nepal

Choosing trekking in Nepal is confusing because several treks lead you to different regions filled with exotic nature and stunning landscapes. Everest region and Annapurna region being mostly chosen trek, Nepal welcomes thousands of trekkers and travelers every year who wish to explore different corners of Nepal. Nepal is always rewarding with its astonishing natural beauty and unique historical places. Sometimes there is a wish to get lost in the mountains and just enjoy the serenity of nature without bothering about the destination. Walking up and down in the mountains gives the heavenly feeling that makes your heart pound for more and more pleasing sceneries. You walk on and fall in love with the mountains of Nepal.

The Khopra Ridge trek is one such trekking trail that is enjoyed by many trekkers and has loved the environment. It is an off-beat trek to Nepal that lets you have a close encounter with 22 big mountains in the world. Mt Dhaulagiri (the 7th highest) and Mt Annapurna I (the 10th highest) are the top 2 mountains in the world. Hold on, there are more namely Mt Nilgiri North and South, Mt. Ganga Purna, Mt Himchuli, and the ever-beautiful Annapurna massifs. The Khopra Ridge trek is a relatively new and less crowded trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Nowadays it is also selected as an alternative to the popular Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This trek to Khopra Ridge lets you enjoy the mesmerizing views of the Himalayas as well as gives you a chance to experience the local culture and way of life.

Ghandruk is the first village of this Khopra Ridge Trek. Starting from Nayapul of Pokhara, you will reach Ghandruk and then walk towards Tadapani with the amazing view of the sunrise along the soaring mountains. Heading towards Dobato, nature offers you more of its exotic charms. The view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and Himchuli from the Mulde viewpoint is fascinating and lets you indulge in the calmness. The Khopra Ridge Trek is a peaceful and quiet place, far from the crowds of other popular trekking routes. It is a comparatively less busy trek but is surely an excellent option for those seeking serene and crowd-free zone trekking. Khayer Lake is one of the highlights of this trek that is situated at 4660m. Accommodation wise as similar to other trekking routes and meals is mostly local Nepalese authentic foods. When you are in Khopra Ridge, always advisable to be adjusted for moderate to strenuous hiking and acclimatize yourself. Do not push ahead if you need to rest, take a day's rest and go further. It is the basic rule for all trekking to higher altitudes. 

The Khopra Ridge Trek is a beautiful and rewarding trekking experience that offers a chance to explore the natural beauty and culture of Nepal. It leads you to charming villages where you can experience local culture and customs. Most of all, once you reach the top of the Khopra Ridge, the views of snow-capped peaks towering above the lush green hillsides are heart-pounding. To have a clear view, it is recommended to travel during the months of March to May and September to November which are Spring and Autumn seasons respectively. Let’s get prepared for the adrenaline rush and get going to one of the astonishing places in the Annapurna region, the Khopra Ridge Trek.

Khopra Ridge Trek Highlights

  • An off-the-beaten trek offering mesmerizing views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges

  • Opportunity to explore and discover the isolated areas of the Annapurna region

  • An escape from the bustling towns to calm nature and pure nature

  • Pleasant walk to the highest point of Khopra ridge

  • Astonishing view of Khayer Lake at the foot of the Annapurna South

 Thinking about Difficulty level?

While grading the Khopra Ridge Trek, is easy to moderate and a perfect trek for novice trekkers and also for those who want to trek with families and friends with children or the elderly as well. Fitness always matters to trekkers. Every trekker needs a level of fitness but it doesn’t mean a novice trekker cannot go trekking without any training. So, if you are opting for any trek, it would be best to be in good shape with daily exercises or at least climb stairs without difficulty or brisk walks or jogs to improve your cardio. Maintain your pace and set yourself to walk for at least 6 hours daily and be able to ascents and descents. The highest point reached during the Khopra Ridge trek is Khayer Lake, at 4500m. So, one must be physically fit enough to attain this level without any health issues. It is always advised for trekkers to be prepared for the changes in high altitude such as headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, etc. Better to practice hiking or walking or running or cycling daily before starting the trek. It helps improve your endurance and build muscle strength. 

Variations in Itineraries of Khopra Ridge Trek

Khopra Ridge Trek is among the few trails that can draw your attention to spend your holiday time in Nepal. The beauty of this trek is letting you explore around without maddening crowds. This off-the-beaten trek has 2 variations in reaching the Khopra Ridge. Nayapul is the starting point for many trekking to the Annapurna region. Being the main trailhead, there is frequent public transport such as buses and jeeps. 

  1. By flight: The quickest way to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu is by flight which is about 25-30 minutes and offers stunning aerial views of the mountains. 

  2. By road: Kathmandu and Pokhara are well-connected by roadways which take around 6-7 hours of road journey. The scenic views of the countryside are mind-blowing. Tourist buses and private vehicles are readily available for travel between the two cities.

Short Itinerary for Khopra Ridge Trek

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) - Transfer to hotel & Trip Preparation

Day 2: Fly to Pokhara  - 25 to 30-minute flight or Road trip to Pokhara about (6 to 7 hours)

Day 3: Pokhara to Kimchi (2 to 3 hours) then 6 to 7 hours trek to Tadapani (2,600m/8,528ft) via Ghandruk (1,940m/6,365ft) 

Day 4: Trek to Dobato (3,350m/10,990ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek

Day 5: Trek to Khopra Ridge or Khopra Danda (3,660m/12,006ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Day 6: Hike to Khayer Lake (4,500m/14,762ft) and return to Khopra Ridge - 8 to 10 hours trek

Day 7: Trek to Swanta Village (2,214m/7,263ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Day 8: Trek to Ghorepani (2,858m/9,376ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek

Day 9: Hike to Poon Hill for sunrise view, descend to Hile, and drive to Pokhara - 4 to 5 hours trek and 2 to 3 hours drive

Day 10: Afternoon flight back to Kathmandu, 1400m (25-30 minutes) or Early morning Road trip from Pokhara to Kathmandu  about (6 to 7 hours)

Day 11: Final Departure

Khopra Ridge Trek cost

The cost differs from trek to trek and depends completely upon the group's size and requirements. It is always kept in mind the budget, accommodation, and services chosen by the clients. Step on Himalaya always maintains their arrangements to a comfortable level with safety but also has the special needs and preferences of our clients, we customize the package as well.

Trekking permits such as TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) permit and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) are essential to begin trekking in the Annapurna region. Regarding the accommodation and food during the Khopra Ridge Trek, it will be included in the package cost and managed accordingly. So, do not stress out about it. The salary and expenses of the trekking guide and porter also is included in the package as per the requirement of the trekkers. Thinking of more, transportation also is covered in the package cost but can vary depending upon the group size and the kind of transportation used. Extra expenses are snacks and drinks, internet usage, hot showers, extra bedding, tips, and souvenirs.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 111

Day 222

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) - Transfer to hotel & Trip Preparation

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel by the representative of Step on Himalaya in a private, air-conditioned vehicle. On reaching the hotel, get freshened up, rest, and prepare for the Khopra Ridge trip. If you want to buy clothes, equipment, or gear, strolling around the shops near the hotel is a good idea. Rest for the day. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Fly to Pokhara - 25 to 30-minute flight or Road trip to Pokhara about (6-7 hours)

Breakfast was then followed by the transfer to the Domestic airport to catch the flight to Pokhara which is about a 30-minute flight. Reminder again, you can reach Pokhara by road which is about 6-7 hours from Kathmandu. Whether aerial or roadways, the scenes on the way to Pokhara are mesmerizing. After reaching Pokhara, you will be transferred to the hotel, overnight stay at Pokhara and relax to start your trek to Tadapani via Ghandruk the next day

Day 3: Pokhara to Kimchi (2 to 3 hours) then 6 to 7 hours trek to Tadapani (2,600m/8,528ft) via Ghandruk (1,940m/6,365ft)

It will be around 2 to 3 hours drive from Pokhara to Kimchi. Then you start walking toward Tadapani from Kimchi via Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a beautiful, traditional Gurung village, from where you can have a mesmerizing view of Annapurna massifs and adjoining snowy peaks. It is about a 6 to 7  hours walk to reach Tadapani, traversing the lush vegetation and enjoying the view of beautiful rhododendrons. The colorful prayer flags are the signs that you have arrived at Tadapani village. Walk towards the teahouse and stay overnight. Rest for the day.

Day 4: Trek to Dobato (3,350m/10,990ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek

Early breakfast and start walking to Dobato. You climb up passing through the jungle filled with beautiful rhododendrons during spring. It takes 4 to 5 hours to reach Dobato. The ups and downs offer inspiring views of soaring mountains. After reaching Dobato, make your way to the teahouse and relax. Stay overnight and early to bed as you have to wake up to catch the sunrise.

Day 5: Trek to Khopra Ridge or Khopra Danda (3,660m/12,006ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

An early wake-up call to hike up to the Mulde point to catch the mindblowing view of the Himalayan sunrise. It is an astonishing sight you will never want to miss. After enjoying the magnificent view, you head back to the teahouse and take breakfast. Now you get ready for the famous Khopra Ridge. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges on the way. As this is the off-the-beaten trekking trail, you will not feel much crowd. Enjoy the peaceful nature. After walking for about 6 to 7 hours, you finally end up at the Khopra Danda. Get some relaxation and tea after reaching the teahouse. Rest for the day. Stay overnight.

Day 6: Hike to Khayer Lake (4,500m/14,762ft) and return to Khopra Ridge - 8 to 10 hours trek

Early call at dawn for hiking to Khayer Lake. The Khayer Lake is situated at a height of about 4500m from where the magical sun-rising view over the Himalayan ranges can be seen. To reach there, you walk up to the slopes of the towering Annapurna massif. Once, you reach there, you are blessed with an amazing view of the Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Fang, Himchuli, and other adjoining peaks. Do not miss this moment to grab in the cameras. Dipping in the Khayer Lake cleanses your sins and purifies your soul. This is the belief of the local inhabitants. After spending some time, you will go back following the same track to the teahouse. Massage your calves after the long tiring hike. Stay overnight at Khopra Ridge.

Day 7: Trek to Swanta Village (2,214m/7,263ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Another day at the Khopra Ridge. Get ready to trek to Swanta village after taking breakfast. There is a steep downhill. So, be careful while walking down to Swanta village which is the destination for the day. Have adventurous fun with the stunning landscape with terraced farmlands at the backdrop of the snowcapped Himalayas. Once you reach Swanta village, rest at the teahouse and mingle with the locals. Enjoy the locality and the traditional foods. Stay overnight.

Day 8: Trek to Ghorepani (2,858m/9,376ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek

Ghorepani is another beautiful village on the route of the Khopra Ridge trek. You walk past the paddy fields and the dense forest on the way to Ghorepani. You will pass by a local water mill and then after crossing a swaying suspension bridge on the way, you will head towards Chittre village. Ghorepani is a popular trekking route so you will meet many trekkers. Keep walking on the trail, you will arrive at the village of Ghorepani – which literally means "horse water" in Nepali. In the past, there was a watering hole for caravans who traveled through the ancient Tibet trade route. After arriving at Ghorepani, head to the teahouse, rest, and stay overnight.

Day 9: Hike to Poon Hill for sunrise view, descend to Hile, and drive to Pokhara – 4 to 5 hours trek and 2 to 3 hours drive

Today's trail is mostly descending as you walk down to end up at Poon Hill for the magnificent sunrise views. Poon Hill is considered to be one of the best and most popular Himalayan viewpoints of Nepal. You will be enthralled with the charismatic views of the snowy peaks of Dhaulagiri, Gangapugna, Annapurna massif, Hiunchuli, etc. After walking down to Ghorepani, you will take breakfast and make your way to Hile, from where you will hop onto the vehicle and drive to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, check in to the hotel and rest for the day or stroll around the souvenir shops or walk down the Lakeside. Stay overnight.

Day 10: Afternoon flight back to Kathmandu, 1400m (25-30 minutes) or Early morning Road trip from Pokhara to Kathmandu about (6 to 7 hours)

In the morning, after taking breakfast, you can go for a boat ride or cycle in the streets of Pokhara. Also, a short tour of major places like Davis Falls, Seti Gorge, Gupteshwor Cave, etc. can be done. Then you will be escorted to the domestic airport of Pokhara to board the flight to Kathmandu. If you choose a road trip by bus, you will not be able to do any activities in Pokhara as you have to catch the bus early morning. Reaching Kathmandu, head to the hotel, and then stay overnight. Walking around the main places of Kathmandu is a good pastime in the evening.

Day 11: Final Departure

The final day in Nepal with the early morning breakfast. You will be then transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport at least 3 hours before the scheduled time of the flight. Here ends the service of the Step on Himalaya but we will always be ready to welcome and serve you again.

Is the proposed itinerary suitable for you?
If you are looking for a custom itinerary, please feel free to reach out to our team of professionals at any time.

Cost Details

What is included?

  • Ground transportation for pick-up and drop at the Airport by private vehicle

  • Standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek

  • Government license holder guide 

  • Physically fit porter with proper equipment (1 porter for 2 people)

  • Salary, food, accommodation, and insurance for guides and porters

  • Lodge/Teahouse accommodation during the trek

  • All land transportation as per itinerary

  •  TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) card

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit

  • Two nights standard Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast

  • Comprehensive first aid kit

  • Government taxes and official expenses

What is not included?

  • International Airfare and taxes

  • Nepal entry visa fee

  • Medical and Travel Insurance (compulsory)

  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara

  • Entrance fee in the heritage sites during the city tour.

  • Personal expenses like beverages, bar bills, electricity, hot showers, internet, etc.

  • Any kind of drinks and desserts during the trek

  • Tips to guide and porter (Tipping is expected)

  • Anything not mentioned in the “What’s included” section

Trip Info

Best time for Khopra Ridge Trek

The weather in Nepal is always accommodating. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons are always considered to be the best seasons to explore Nepal.

Spring welcomes you with warm days and cool nights. The average temperature ranges from 15°C to 20°C during days and 0°C to 5°C during nights. Very minimal chances of rainfall, and skies are generally cloud-free with good visibility letting you view the stunning views of snowy peaks. The colorful sights of blooming rhododendrons are eye-soothing while walking past the hills.

Autumn usually with excellent visibility with crystal clear skies, offering the best weather conditions for trekkers. This is generally the peak season for trekking in Nepal. Days are warm and sunny with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 25°C with cold nights ranging from 5°C to 10°C. 

While in winter (December to February), the weather is very cold with temperatures dropping below freezing point. Snowfalls and unpredictable climate alterations make trekking trails difficult to navigate during these months. So, if you are thinking of trekking during the winter season, you should carry the right gear like microspikes, and gaiters with you. And during monsoon season (June to August), the roads are slippery due to heavy rainfall which makes the trek dangerous as there are chances of landslides and flooding anytime, anywhere en route. Walk firmly on the ground to make sure your feet have a good grip and take mindful steps especially while descending.

It is always recommended to plan accordingly before embarking on the Khopra Ridge and be well-prepared for any unexpected changes in weather conditions. Always advisable to trek with a licensed guide who is familiar with the local weather patterns and terrain.

Accommodation during Khopra Ridge Trek

There are several accommodation options available during the Khopra Ridge Trek, ranging from basic teahouses to community-managed lodges.

Teahouses are basic lodges that offer simple accommodations and meals. The facilities are usually shared, including toilets and bathrooms. The teahouses along the Khopra Ridge Trek are run by local families and offer a glimpse into the local way of life.

Community-managed lodges are nowadays getting popular on the route to Khopra Ridge. The Khopra Danda Community Lodge is a popular option for trekkers who want to experience the local culture and support the community. The lodge is managed by the local community and offers basic but comfortable accommodations and meals.

For those who prefer to camp, there are several campsites along the trekking trail to Khopra Ridge. However, camping requires a bit more planning and equipment but can be managed accordingly and need to inform ahead of trekking.

It is important to note that accommodation options may be limited, especially during peak season, so it is advisable to take the available rooms rather than looking for more options. It is also important to carry a good quality sleeping bag and warm clothing, as temperatures can drop significantly at night. Drinking water is usually available for purchase along the trekking trail, but it is recommended to bring water purification tablets or a water filter to avoid any health issues.

Food during Khopra Ridge Trek

The staple food of Nepalese is dal bhat (rice with lentil soup), Tarkari (curry) with achar (pickle). Food options during the Khopra Ridge Trek likewise in other trekking routes are typically simple, but nutritious and filling. Most teahouses and lodges offer a variety of local and Western cuisines, including rice, noodles, soup, dal bhat (lentil soup and rice), and momos (dumplings). Vegetarian food items are available en route. Some lodges may also offer breakfast options such as eggs, porridge, and pancakes with tea or coffee.

The food menu is quite limited in some of the more remote areas of the trek, and the fruits and vegetables also may not be as fresh as that in the cities. It is advisable to carry some energy bars, chocolates, and snacks to supplement your diet.

Avoid consuming tap water or untreated water from streams or rivers to prevent waterborne illnesses. Always carry a water bottle that can be refilled in every teahouse and water purification tablets can be used.

Please remember to inform the trekking guide or lodge owner if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies so that they can plan accordingly and prevent any health issues.

Khopra Ridge Trek Packing List

This is a list of essential items for individuals doing the trek with Bikat Adventures. This list contains only those items which the participants are required to bring with them. The list excludes those items which are provided by Bikat Adventures on the trek. We have divided the items into five categories. All the items in the list are essential except for those marked as options


  • A scarf or sun hat (preferably Round)

  • Warm Fleece Hat or Balaclava or Ski-mask or Bandana

  • Sunglasses with UV protection

  • Sunblock or Sunscreen or Suntan lotion: UV 45 +


  • Airproof/waterproof warm and light-weighted gloves

  • Mittens or heavy-weighted gloves


  • Lightweight thermal tops or thermo-cots

  • Woolen or synthetic T-shirts

  • Fleece pullovers or jackets

  • Down Jacket

  • Lightweight/waterproof/ windproof breathable outers or rain jackets for winter and monsoon

  •  Quick-drying sports bra (for women)


  • Quick-drying cotton or soft undergarments

  • Hiking shorts or quarter pants

  • Light-weighted cotton Long trousers or pants

  • Fleece or Insulated pants or trousers

  • Waterproof/breathable fabricated shell pants


  • Light-weighted, comfy boots with good ankle support

  • Camp shoes or sneakers or sandals

  • Extra laces

  • Light-weighted, warm pair of inner socks

  • Thick, woolen, or cotton hiking socks

  • Gaiters for winter/monsoon seasons


  • Sleeping Bag

  • Headlamp with spare batteries (preferably from Petzl Zoom or the North Face)

  • Day Pack Bag

  • Duffel or rucksack bag

  • Large plastic bags

  • Boiling/Hot water-resisting bottles

  • Ear Plug

  • A small padlock or combination lock

  • Basic First Aid Kit


  • Medium-sized quick-drying towel

  • Toothbrush/paste (biodegradable recommended)

  • Multi-purpose soap with sachets of shampoo and conditioner

  • Lip balm

  • Face and body moisturizer

  • Antibacterial hand sanitizer

  • Wet wipes/baby wipes

  • Toilet/Tissue roll

  • Small mirror

  • Nail clippers

  • Feminine hygiene products (especially sanitary pads or napkins)


  • Trekking Guide Map /Guidebook

  • Pocket Diary with pen and pencils

  • Laptop/Tablets

  • Selfie sticks/Tripod/Drone Camera

  • Binoculars

  • GPS tracker and Compass

  • Novel or magazines

  • Indoor games like chess/snakes and ladders/cards, etc.

  • Swimming costumes for hot springs trek

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date - 5% deduction

  • Cancellations between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure date -  50% deduction

  • Cancellations within 15 days prior to departure date - No Refund                             

Please Note:

  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

  • This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.