Annapurna B.C & Khopra Ridge

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Annapurna Base Camp & Khopra Ridge
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Mt. Annapurna (8091m) is the 10th highest mountain in the world and the journey to its base camp is one of the most popular treks on earth. Like any other trip in the Annapurna region, our trek also begins in Pokhara, widely known as the ‘Lake City’ and passes through cascading waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, and amazing mountain vistas before reaching the base of the mighty Annapurna.

 

The 20-day Annapurna Base Camp & Khopra ridge trek itinerary is designed for trekkers who would like to trek to the famous Base Camp and also be of the beaten track at the same time. This spectacular adventure treks through the Annapurna foothills to the wild and remote Khopra Ridge – one of the best vantage points in the Himalaya. We stay in tea houses while on the main trail but after we leave the main trail at Ghorepani we stay in the community lodges .The profits go directly to the local community thus helping them with village  and school projects. we leave the popular main trail and for the next week head through remote alpine terrain to Dhankharka, before ascending to Khopra Ridge. Here we view the mighty peaks of Nilgiri, Annapurna South,Vara Shikhar and Tukuche. Dhaulagiri dominates the western skyline across one of the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Ghandaki.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu (1360m)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met by our Himalayan Hikers representative and transferred you to the hotel. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes.After your checkin the group leader will set a time for your trek briefing to discuss in regards to the trek. The evening is free but your trek leader will organise a welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant.

 

Day 2 : City Tour (1360m)

Today, you will visit BodhnathStupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world and Pashupatinath ,the main temple for the hindus. Here you will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The rest of your afternoon is free. In the late afternoon you will be issued with your trek.Departure information for the next morning will also be given.Meals included: B

 

Day 3 :Fly to Pokhara & trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m)- 3 hrs

Transfer to the domestic terminal and fly to Pokhara, with a flight time of about 30 minutes. There are spectacular views of the main Himalayan chain to the north, including the 8000 metre peaks of Manaslu and Annapurna during this short flight. After arriving in Pokhara you are transferred by private transport to NayaPul.Here You stop for a while to get the crew organized and start the trek .Youleave Nayapulfollowing  theModiKhola River to Birethanti where you will have your trekking permits checked. From here you get great views  of the ‘fish tail’ Machapuchhare (6993m) . After checking our trekking permits you follow the BhurungdiKhola River valley passing through small settlements of Matathanthi and Sudame.You may like to stop here for some refreshment before reaching Hille.From here it is only a short walk to the village of Tirkedunga and our overnight halt in the village.You can go for a walk to have a look at the waterfall,which  is closeby from the tea house. Meals included : B, L, D

 

Day 4 :Trek to Ghorepani (2860m) - 7 to 8 hrs

We pass through the village and cross a small suspension bridge before ascending 500 metres up a stone staircase to the village of Ulleri. From Ulleri we get great views overlooking the valley below.we ascend gradually through beautiful forest of rhododendron, oak and  little creeks before reachingBanthanti.You enjoy a welcome break over a cup of tea or soft drink before continuing the gradual ascent through forest to Nangethanti where we stop for  lunch. In the afternoon you continue to ascend before a final steep ascent leads to the village of Ghorepani. From the village there are views of theDhaulagiri,Annapurna south and Hiunchuli.Ghorepani is a popular overnight halt with trekkers as the views from nearby PoonHill,thevantge point offer one of the best mountain panoramas in Nepal. Meals included : B, L, D

 

Day 5 :Trek to Swanta (2450m)- 4 hrs

In the morning we rise early to enjoy the sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from  Pun Hill (3210m). If conditions are clear,the views from here are breathtaking. one can see Dhaulagiri ,Nilgiri,Varashikar,Annapurna,Hiunchuli,Fishtail,Manaslu and other snow capped mountains.This is a major highlight of the trip and it is really worthwhile making the effort to make an early start. We return to our lodge for breakfast and then make a liesurely start for the walk to Swanta. where we overnight in the newly constructed lodge. Here is where our unique trek takes on an interesting dimension as we are now travelling in an area that has only recently opened up for tourismand still sees very few travellers.

For the next four days we stay in lodges run by the local communities. We have contributed to the construction of these lodges, which is all part of a series of local projects. Being off the beaten track, the villages have previously not enjoyed the benefits of tourism. Now with the network of our Community Lodges, profits are going to benefit local projects and schools. Meals included : B, L, D

 

Day 6 :Trek to upper chistibung (3000m)- 5hrs

As we leave to the village of Swanta, we enter a thick oak and rhododendron forest. We continue to walk through forest, ascending gradually and passing through several buffalo grazing pastures to reach a clearing and temporary herders’ settlement, known at Upper Chistibung, where we stay in the small community lodge. Meals included : B, L, D

 

Day 7: Trek to Khopra Ridge (3667m)- 5 hrs

From Chistibung we continue along the side of a hill and ascend for most of the way with a few downhills en route. To reach the ridge at Kopra we have a steady climb that takes us above the tree line. This area is noted for wildlife and we should keep our eyes open for Himalayan tahr and Danfe pheasant. The best way to tackle the climb is to ascend steadily, take our time and rest as often as we wish.

At Kopra Ridge we are greeted by fantastic views. This extraordinary panorama includes Annapurna South, towering directly above and only six kilometres away, and Fang and Nilgiri prominent to the north, whilst across the depths of the Kali Gandakhi Valley, the Dhaulagiri Himal dominates the entire western skyline.The Kopra Community Lodge is the highlight of our work in the region. Profits from this lodge have contributed to the secondary school at Nangi. Meals included : B, L, D

 

Day 8: Trek to Bayeli Kharka(3200m)- 4.5 hrs

On our shortish trek today we remain high above the tree line, enjoying superb views of the Annapurna range. We take lunch by a small stream and, in the afternoon, continue to climb gradually though open countryside to reach a small pass, where our trail descends through rhododendron to an open clearing known as Bayeli Kharka and our lodge. From the lodge there are great views of Dhaulagiri Himal. Dhaulagiri I (8167m) towers high above the 6000-metre-deep Kali Gandaki Gorge. Meals included : B, L, D

 

Day 9: Trek to Tadapani (2600m) - 5 hrs

Today we continue to descend and walking is sure to be easier now that we have found our trekking legs! We re- enter the oak and rhododendron forest. This is a particularly pretty part of the walk and the forest is often alive with the sounds of birds and small tumbling waterfalls, especially if you happen to visit in spring. Our lodge is located above the main village in a quiet location where we continue to enjoy fine mountain views, in particular Annapurna South (7237m), Machhapuchhare (6993m) and Gangapurna (7455m). Meals included : B, L, D

 

Day 10:Trek to Chhomrong (1950m)- 5 to 6 hrs

The trek from Tadapani leads downhill through the cool forest reaching to Kimrong Valley and its river and to the last teahouse just by the path towards another Phedi. From here the path meanders on the slow uphill for a while then reaching the top ridge, the path walk gets better on the paved stone path till 
The large settlement of Chomrong is reached for the overnight stop.Our tea house offers the stunning views of the Annapurna range. Meals included : B, L, D

 

Day 11 :  Trek to Doban (2580m) - 6hrs

We head out of Chhomrong along the ModiKhola leaving behind inhabited foothills into the high step and wooded slopes of the Himalayas. We cross the suspension bridge then trek up to SinuwaDanda. The ascent from Sinuwa becomes somewhat flatter. The trail passes through a thick and dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then, we descend long and steep stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests through which we reach Doban shortly. Overnight in Dovan. Meals included : B, L, D

 

Day 12 :Trek to Deurali (3200m) - 3 to 4 hrs

The day starts with a gentle gradual ascent following the trail above the river through thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests up the side of the canyon. We pass by Himalaya Hotel and cross two streams over small bridges. The trail passes through solitary places. We get a sense of peace from the beauty of Mother Nature that surrounds us.  There is also the possibility of seeing a variety of wildlife species such as wild pigs, deer, and maybe even snow leopards. We climb again to Hinko Cave, an overhanging rock. Our further climb paves the way to Deurali. Overnight in Deurali. Meals included : B, L, D
 

 

Day 13 :Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4210m) - 5 to 6 hrs

Today, we start our trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). We make a gentle climb through a river bed and then a steep climb over to the mountain side. There are avalanche prone areas at some point on the trail. We have to be alert to protect ourselves. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous but the unfolding view of the majestic Machhapuchhre is certainly a rewarding experience. At this juncture, we enjoy the views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and, of course, the Fishtail or Machhapuchhre itself.

On the way to Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchhre Base Camp, the vegetation disappears. We will see the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The path widens as we enter the sanctuary. We follow a stream and then climb to a few huts alongside a moraine. There are sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. Annapurna Base Camp sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. After arrival at this view site, we savor the mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp. Meals included : B, L, D

 

Day 14 Trek to Bamboo (2310m) - 7 to 8 hrs

At dawn, we relish the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from Annapurna Base Camp. After breakfast, we start descending from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo back through Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Deurali, and Dovan until we finally reach Bamboo. Heading back down to the valley is much easier than climbing up. We will see the waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the rocks below. We further pass through the forests with great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains. Meals included : B, L, D

 

Day 15 :Trek to Jhinu Hot Spring(1760m) - 5 to 6 hrs

From Bamboo, we head for a steep ascent to the Kuldi Ghar and then to Sinuwa following the stone steps that lead to Lower Chhomrong. Then, we ascend on the thousand stone steps taking us to Upper Chhomrong. From Chhomrong, we descend to Jhinu Danda. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy hot springs just 15-min walk from the tea house. Meals included : B, L, D

 

Day 16 : Trek to Shyauli Bazaar- 4 hrs

We trek from Jhinu Danda to new bridge and then to Kyumi village.After having lunch at Kyumi we follow the Modi Khola to Shyauli Bazaar for the last night in the Mountains.In the evening we celebrate the last night with the crew with a few celebratory drinks. 
Meals included : B, L, D

 

 

Day 17 : Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara(850m)-  1.5 hrs trek and drive to Pokhara

Today we have a leisurely breakfast and start walking to bireythanti.The final part of the trek is on the motorable dirt road to Bireythanti.Here you stop for lunch and have your permits checked out.You then cross the bridgeand follow the river to Nayapul,your pick-up point. After saying farewell to your porters you are transferred by private coach back to your hotel in Pokhara where the rest of the afternoon is free to relax or do some exploring. In the evening there is the option to dine out at one of the many lakeside restaurants. Meals included : B

 

Day 18 :  Explore Pokhara

A free day in Pokhara to explore, shop or just take it easy. Your trek leader will be there to assist you for further sightseeing’s in Pokhara. Meals included : B

 

Day 19 : Drive back to Kathmandu (1360m)- 7 hrs Drive

After breakfast we drive back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel. The rest of the day is free to do shopping or further sightseeing.Our final night in Kathmandu gives us a chance to go out on the town and enjoy a final dinner (optional) with our travelling companions and new-found friends.Meals included: B

 

Day 29 :  International Departure

Our trip ends today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements.

 

 

 

 

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • All arrival and departure transfers
  • 3 nights in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast
  • 2 nights in Pokhara with bed & breakfast
  • Standard guest house/lodges in mountain
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • A half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and monumental fees
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) assistant guide also known as Sherpa, porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter)
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Himalayan Hikers Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag, cottonliner are to be returned after trip completion)
  • A comprehensive medical kit, with medical oxygen on high altitude trips and PAC BAG (Portable Altitude Chamber)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS and insurance of the staff)

 

Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure or early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case you return early from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides , porters and drivers

 

Gear List

SUGGESTED CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
 

Head:

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body:

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands:

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories:

  • Sleeping bag  *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry 
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries:

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene:

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash

Extras/Luxuries:

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Gadgets - music and communication
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, cards etc

Swimming costume (for Kathmandu & Pokhara)

Please note:

The gears  with an asterisk (*) sign are handed out  by Himalayan Hikers as a part of service 

You can use your personal gears if you prefer to do so i.e. sleeping bag, liner, down jacket.

 

 

Departure Dates

Trip Date Availability Price
Apr 20, 2019 - May 09, 2019 Available Enquiry for Price
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Mar 09, 2019 - Mar 28, 2019 Available Enquiry for Price
Mar 02, 2019 - Mar 21, 2019 Guaranteed Enquiry for Price

Duration 20 Days

Grade Hard

Max-Altitude 4200m

Accommodation
Tea House

Country Nepal

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