The Kopra Ridge is located away from the busier trails of Annapurna region but provides equally remarkable views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang and Nilgiri. It is one of the most exotic and interesting trek routes in Annapurna region. Kopra ridge is newly established as a tourist destination.
This trek contains all of the elements of a classic Nepal trekking experience including villages, wildlife, panoramic mountain views and range of landscape from forest to high alpine.
Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.
- Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Accommodate at Kathmandu.
- Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.
- Day 03: Fly to Pokhara (895m/2,938ft)-drive to Nayapul & trek to Shyali Bazaar (1,025m/3,362ft) 1 ½ drive & 2 hrs hike
After breakfast, we take the morning flight to Pokhara. On arrival we drive for about an hour along the Seti River valley from Pokhara to the trek start point. The path follows a ridge in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas where there are good views of the mountains and Pokhara valley. The route then descends towards the Modi valley through bamboo and terrace farmland to Shayli Bazaar for overnight.
- Day 04: Birethati – Ghangruk village (1,970m/6,463ft) 4 – 5hrs hike
After an early breakfast, we start to uphill to Ghandruk. The trail to Ghandruk passes through rhododendron and oak forest, after 3hrs hike we reach Kimche(1,554m/5,098ft) for lunch. After lunch, we climb further higher until we will reach unusual oval-shaped houses and stoned streets of the people following Gurung Ethnicity, the settlement of the Ghandruk, The largest Gurung Settlement in the area. We will stay the night here.
- Day 05: Ghandruk – Tadapani(2,590m/8,497ft) 4hrs hike
With an early start, from Ghandruk we continue upwards through Deorali and into the rhododendron forest and over a small pass to Tadapani. Walking uphill we will reach the village of Tadapani by lunchtime and after lunch, you will have leisure time until night.
- Day 06: Tadapani – Bayeli Kharka (3,420m/11,220ft) 5 – 6hrs hike
Today we leave Tadapani as well as the main trail and for the next five days we will walk in more uncharted villages of the Annapurna region, while staying at a network of community lodges. Today is a lovely trek through rhododendron and oak forest following a trail originally used by villagers from Ghandruk. The trail starts to ascend above the tree line and follows a ridge to Deurali (small pass) and then continues up to Bayeli Kharka where the first community lodge is located and where we will rest the night. A clear view of Mt. Dhaulagiri can be seen to the west of the lodge.
- Day 07: Bayeli Kharka – Upper Chistibung (2,975m/9,760ft) 4hrs trek
Today’s trekking route is on a grassy slope and passes through numerous herders’ huts and Dzo (cross of Yak and cow) grazing in the fields. If you’re lucky you might spot beautiful Daphe pheasant, the national bird of Nepal as well the Himalayan Tahr high above the trail. On arriving to Upper Chistibung we will rest and stay the night at a community lodge.
- Day 08: Upper Chistibung – Kopra Ridge (3,660m/12,007ft) 3 – 4hrs trek
Today we leave for Kopra Ridge, as the trail starts we trek through steady ascent alpine meadows and as we reach closer to Kopra ride we will see the tip of Annapurna south. However, from Kopra Ridge the full panorama is revealed, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna south can also be seen. We will reach there by lunch hour so after lunch we can go for a short walk around the ridge for better views as we are staying the night here.
- Day 09: Day hike from Kopra Ridge
Today we will stay back in Kopra Ridge so a day hike to nearby destination will be organized. The best option for a day hike would be towards Kaire Lake, from there the view of Fang and surrounding mountains are amazing. As it is a long hike to the Lake, it might take 11 hours to reach there and return back to the lodge. For the ones who will not be able to hike all the way up to the Lake can join another half day hike. We all will return back to the lodge at Kopra Ridge for overnight.
- Day 10: Kopra Ridge – Swanta Village (2,200m/7,217ft) 5hrs hike
Today we trek to Swanta village, the trail takes an hour of descending until we get to Upper Chistibung where we can enjoy drinks and rest, Continuing our trek we descend further downwards to Swanta Village. Views of Mt. Dhaulagiri can be seen through the trail and once we reach the village we can explore around, specially the Swanta Primary School where two of the teachers are supported/funded from the profits earned by the community lodges. We will spend our night here in the village.
- Day 11: Swanta Village – Ulleri (1,309m/4,296ft) 5 – 6hrs hike
Today we descend to Ulleri, walking down for few minutes we will join the main trail to Ghorepani from where we walk downhill through rhododendron forest to Ulleri and stop at Ulleri for the night. Ulleri is a famous village of the region as many trekkers pass through the village during their trek in the Annapurna region.
- Day 12: Ulleri– Nayapul –Pokhara, approx 4hrs trek
From Ulleri after a good breakfast we join the trail that descends downhill all the way to Birethati and back to nayapul from where our trek started. As a vehicle will be waiting for us in Nayapul, we will return to Pokhara and stay overnight at one of the finest hotel in Pokhara.
- Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu
After breakfast transfer to airport and fly back to Kathmandu, receive and transfer to Hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 14: Back home
Leisure time and explore Kathmandu until the departure time when you will be transferred to airport and fly back home.
- Max altitude : (3,660m/12,007ft)
- Trek Destination : Kopra Ridge
- Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization
- Accommodation in the best selected lodges and tea houses along the trail and in Kathmandu
- Impressive views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Barha Shikhar, Annapurna Range, Hiunchuli, Fishtail and many more mountains.
- Traditional villages inhabited by Gurung, Thakali, Tamang etc
- Fauna found in the region- pika, blue sheep and Himalayan Tahr.
Most Common FAQs
- 1 . Why choose Kopra Ridge trek?
Kopra Ridge trek is newly discovered short trekking route in the Annapurna region; it is an alternative for Ghorepaani Poonhill trek. Although Kopra Ridge is in the heart of Annapurna region yet it remains rural and unknown for trekkers. The trek includes experiencing traditional village culture, wildlife, panoramic mountain views and rage of landscape from forest to high alpine, it is a classic trek. The trek passes through a different trail away from the crowded Annapurna trail.
- 2 . How fit do I need to be for this trek?
You will be walking for minimum of 5 – 7hrs a day, you don’t have to really fit but minimum level of fitness is required as the trek is not an easy one. You do have to be healthy and mentally prepared for trekking in this region although it doesn’t require mountaineering skills.
- 3 . What is the best time of the year for this trek?
The trek is possible throughout the year. However, autumn and spring are the best seasons; choose to trek in autumn (Sep-Nov) as spring is busy with expedition stuff.
- 4 . Why should I trek with Nepal Sanctuary Treks (NST)?
We (NST) believe in socially and environmentally responsible, sustainable tourism. Our personalized services are guided by these principles and our 27 yrs of experience in the field of trekking is invaluable in giving our clients quality service. Our itineraries are suitably designed for acclimatization and we use the best selected lodges through the trail and in Kathmandu.
- 5 . Can children trek in this region or are there any age restrictions?
Yes, children can trek as there is no age restrictions. Nepal Sanctuary Trek can design suitable trekking itinerary for all age group above 8yrs. However, for children fewer than 8 can have high time trekking for longer period of time and altitude sickness can be a problem.
- 6 . What to take for the trek (clothes, personal kits)?
To make it easier for you Nepal Sanctuary Treks have prepared you a kit check list, you can have a look at it below:
- 7 . Do I need travel insurance covered while trekking/traveling in Nepal?
Insurance is a compulsion as anything can happen in the trek; for emergency rescue, personal liabilities, cancellation, loss of luggage and other reasons if necessary.
- 8 . How much weight do I have to carry or how much will my porter carry?
You can bring as much as clothes you want but extra luggage is not required for the trek, you can leave your extra luggage in Kathmandu or Pokhara’s hotel. For the trek you can carry enough clothes you require in your backpack or carry only the camera, water bottle few clothes etc in your backpack. The potter can carry your extra duffle bag clothes which can weigh up to 15 to 30kg and a camping porter carries up to 40kg. However, the local domestic flights allows maximum of 18kg per person.
- 9 . What medical facilities are there on Kopra Ridge trek?
In case of emergency you need to get evacuated by helicopter to Kathmandu, you need to take proper care of your health. Anyways, you will find small clinics along the trek. However, you need to bring your medicine (if any) and a first aid box will be provided by Nepal Sanctuary Treks, also your guide will be trained for first aid in case of emergency.
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