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Khopra Ridge hiking holiday 15 Days

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu(1337m)

You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A staff member will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu(1337m)

A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati,  Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas.  Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.

Day 03: Kathmandu-Pokhara (820m) by bus 6-7hours /air 35munutes

This day we travel for 6-7 hours if we are going bus. But if we are going by air it will take just 35min to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Immediately after you left Kathmandu you climb to the pass over the mountain ridge that surrounds Kathmandu valley. If it is a clear day, you can enjoy the phenomenal view of Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna on the way. The road descends to about 400 meters and runs along the Trishuli River. Sometimes we can see group of people in rafts in the Trisuli River. The bus stops for lunch on the way. Finally we reach Pokhara the most beautiful city of Nepal by the afternoon. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul  to Ghandruk (1,940m)  5-6 hours walk    Drive 2 hours

From Pokhara you will be transferred by road (private  Ben ) to the starting point of the trek at Nayapul.  and after  guide and  porters organize the load, we  will set off on the walk. We will  cross a small stream via suspension bridge and continue on a dirt road before crossing the Modi River to reach Birethanti. Soon you will reach the small hamlet of Shyauli Bazaar where you will stop for the lunch. After lunch you will start the climb to Ghandruk. From here the trail climbs more steeply up stone steps through settlements of Klieu, Kimche and Chane, where one can see beautiful scenery and village life. From the small village of Chane the trail traverses and then climbs up to the village of Ghandruk. Stay overnight at Ghandruk.

 Day 05: Ghandruk to Tadapani (2,630m) 5-6 hours

Another day, ascending ahead, but the walk will be comparatively easier with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff, now that you’ve found your trekking legs! Leaving the terraced hillsides and the village of Ghandruk behind, you will enter oak and rhododendron forest. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal. This is a particularly pretty part of the walk, the forest is alive with the sound of birds and small tumbling waterfalls which gives the perfect combination of nature and flora and faunna,In Spring, the rhododendron will be in full bloom. There are no villages on today’s route, but there will be a few teahouses at Baisi Kharkha, providing welcome drinks and a place to rest. There will be fine views of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m) Annapurna South (7237m), Machapuchare (6993m) and Lamjung Himal (6931m) along the way Your lodge at Tadapani is the perfect setting for sunset and sunrise views. Stay overnight at Tadapani.

Day 06: Tadapani to Bayli Kharka (3,437m) 5-6 hours  

You will leave the main trail that leads to Ghorepani today and follow a rarely used trail – initially through thick rhododendron forest – that leads to local water buffalo pastures. The climb is gradual and soon you will emerge above the tree line to superb views of the Annapurna range. You will take lunch by a small stream and then continue to climb gradually though open countryside to reach a small pass, where the trail descends through rhododendron to an open clearing known as Bayli Kharka, and the lodge. From the lodge there are great views of Dhaulagiri Himal. Stay overnight at Bayli Kharka.

Day 07: Bayli to Upper Chistibung (2,975m) 3-4 hours

This morning you will descend through open ground and forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung, where you will have lunch. After lunch you will continue to walk through forest, ascending gradually and passing through several buffalo grazing pastures to reach a clearing and temporary herder’s settlement at Upper Chistibung, where you will stay in the small community lodge. For the next week you will stay in lodges run by the local communities. Being off the beaten track, the villages haven’t previously enjoyed the benefits of tourism. Now with the network of our Community Lodges, there are profits to benefit local projects and schools. Stay overnight at Upper Chistibung.

Day 08: Chistibung to Khopra Ridge (3,660m) 3-4 hours

To reach the ridge at Kopra, you will embark on a steady climb that carries you above the tree line. This area is noted for wildlife, so you should keep your eyes open for Himalayan tahr and Danfe pheasant. The best way to tackle the climb is to ascend steadily, take your time and rest as often as you wish. You will reach the lodge on Kopra Ridge in time for lunch and will be greeted by more awe-inspiring views. This extraordinary panorama includes Annapurna South, towering directly above you at only six kilometers away, with Fang and Nilgiri prominent to the north. Across the depths of the Kali Gandakhi Valley, the Dhaulagiri Himal dominates the entire western skyline. Stay overnight at Kopra Ridge.

 Day 09: Khopra  Ridge  to Swanta (2,214m) 5-6 hours

From Kopra Ridge you will descend off the hillside and continue steeply downhill. You will retrace the route back to Chistibung. You will then head to the village of Swanta, where you will stay overnight in the newly constructed lodge. We have supported the local school over the years, and there is time to pay a quick visit, and perhaps interact with the kids. Stay overnight at Swanta.

Day 10: Swanta to Ghorepani (2,860 m) 5-6 hours

From Swanta you will descend through the village fields to a small river and take a quick look at the local water mill. From here you will cross the suspension bridge and head upwards to the village of Chittre, where you’ll join the main trekking trail. There is a further ascent to reach the village of Ghorepani where you will be met with great views of the Dhaulagiri massif and a well-earned rest. Stay overnight at Ghorepani.

Day 11:Ghorepani Via nayapul (1070m)  pokhara (827m) 5-6 hours  

After giving your knees next day to recover, you will continue a more gentle descent to the village of Birethanti, on the banks of the Modi Khola. Here you will have lunch and then cross the new bridge to the east bank, before following the river back to the pick-up point at  Jeep Tikhedhunga or  Nayapul After saying farewell to your guide and  porters, you will be transferred by coach back to Pokhara. Afternoon  together. You have an option to take Jeep from Tikedhunga from where offroad begins and ends at Nayapul. The Jeep drive takes one and Half hour.There is a pitch road from Nayapul to Pokhara . All the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff will be with you upto Pokhara. You will have farewell at Pokhara. From pokhara our team of staff will come Kathmandu themselves so our tour finally ends at Pokhara.

 Day 12: Sightseeing in Pokhara(827m)

We are in a naturally beautiful city Pokhara. After breakfast we go to Lakeside where we enjoy boating for sometime go to visit Peace Stupa on a hillock across the Fewa lake. We come back and have lunch in one of the restaurants in the Lakeside. After lunch we go to visit Devis Fall.  Then we visit some natural caves called Gupteshwor Mahadev cave, Mahendra Gufa and Chamere Gufa (Bat Cave).

 Day 13: Pokhara –Kathmandu (1337) 6-7 hours travel by tourist bus

Now the tour is almost coming to the end. We catch bus to Kathmandu right after the breakfast. The bus stops on the way for lunch. We can enjoy our bus tour since the road runs along the Marsyangdi and Trisuli River.The distance is just 200 km but the road is winding. So we drive slowly through the jungle along the Marsyangdi River in the beginning. Then from Muglin we drive along the Trisuli River through the jungle, terraced fields and small cities on the way. At the place called Kuringhat, we witness Nepal’s only cable car service: Manakamana Cable Car. The cable cars fly above the Trisuli River, several green hills and villages to the famous Manakamana GoddessTemple of Gorkha District. The term “Manakamana” means the “Wish of our Spirit”. The pilgrims to Manakamana Goddess Temple believe that the Goddess will make their wish fulfilled. We sometimes see the rafters in the Trisuli River through the window of the bus.  

Day 14: Shopping /Rest in Kathmandu Sightseeing in Bhaktapur 3-4 hours

This day you spend on your own either looking around Kathmandu, buying souvenir for your friends/family or you can have full rest or prepare for going back to your home country. Or if you wish you will be taken to Bhaktapur for sightseeing for 4 hours. But you have to extra charge for this. In the evening you will be served the Farewell Dinner by the company.

Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition representative will manage vehicle to drop our valuable guests at Tribhuvan International airport before 3 hours of departure and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye to you but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.