Khopra Ridge is one of the most beautiful trekking trails which cover hidden treasures of Annapurna region. The lush green forests, peaceful surrounding and the panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri are the best rewards for your trekking efforts. This trekking route offers off the beaten less-crowd and remote with sweeping mountain views. Khopra is located at an altitude of 3660 meters.
The region is home to two big festivals in Khayer Lake every year. The local people gather on the top of the ridge once in March and April and again in July and August. The villagers take blood from a yak and drink its blood while it is still warm! They believe that this will cure any illness. It is also the time people believe that they will receive everything they pray for including a wife, and also women asking for fertility.
Khopra Ridge trek known as Khayer Lake. This classical trek is an alternative to the popular trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek (4130m) Choosing this trek will take you to even higher altitude than Annapurna Base Camp within a short time the Khayer Lake is (4700m) the highest point of the trek.
01: Close-up view of Mt. Dhaulagiri – 8167m (Seventh Highest Mountain in the world) and Mt. Nilgiri along with other Annapurna mountain ranges.
02: Tantalizing views of Mt. Annapurna 8091m and all Annapurna range from Mulde view point.
03: Catch sights of rare species like Dzos, Himalayan Tahr, Danphe etc.
04: An uninterrupted view of Sunrise from Mulde view point (3400m) and Khopra Ridge (3660m).
05: Walk along the rhododendron and orchid forests of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).
06: Thrilling views of the Kali Gandaki gorge, which is the deepest gorge in the world.
07: Khayer Lake (4750m) situated in the foot of Annapurna South.
08: Watch Mountain Yak and stay in a community lodges and tea houses.
Khopra Ridge Trek is a moderate level trek. It is not difficult for a regular trekking lover. However, the trekkers have to be ready to gain, 3,640m within 5 days, which comes an average 600 m of elevation every day and 5 to 6 hours of walking.
It is recommended that if you are first time gaining experience of trekking to altitudes higher than 3000m, then think one level up with this trek. If you are a beginner but committed to preparing, then you need at least 1 to2 months to prepare physically & mentally for this trek.
Autumn (September, October, and November) Winter (December, January and February) Spring (March, April, and May) are the best seasons for completing the Annapurna Khopra Ridge trek. All those trekkers who come to complete this trek they come in these three seasons. The weather is often clear in these seasons. So you can see some stunning views Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.
From (September to November) are considered as the perfect seasons to start up Khopra Ridge trek. Moderate temperature, green vegetation and clear weather with negligible issues are the terms and conditions that demonstrate, autumn seasons is the great.
Winter is not as cold in Annapurna Khopra Ridge trek as like other high-altitude treks. December and January reaches below zero temperatures in night but weather would be cold and very clear but days are still beautiful and warm. The views of mountains are the most amazing in the winter season.
spring is March to May and it gets hot in March, April and May, just before the monsoon season.The temperature in March is around 12 degrees. This temperature goes up to 15-16 degrees in the month of April and peaks to almost 20 degrees in May.
If you prepare for the occasional showers and slippery trails by having sturdy trekking equipment to keep the effect of rain away, you can enjoy the Annapurna Khopra Ridge in the summer season as well.
Ascent slowly, Keep to a maximum ascend rate (height between sleeping places) of 400 meters per day above 3000 meters and 250 meters per day above 4000meters.
Avoid dehydration. Drink sufficient water (3 – 4) liters or more per day at altitude) to keep your urine pale and plentiful.
Proper Acclimatization, do not allowed strenuous exercise while acclimatizing.
Avoid alcohol and cigarettes, during trekking up to the Everest Base camp is strictly prohibited alcohol and cigarettes because of your health security and to be prepared with mentally.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wishes are taken into account, however, the Treks leader decision is final.