From
£990

Trip Overview

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A spectacular trek on Khopra Ridge in the foothills of the Annapurnas
  • Experience many of the colourful landscapes that make Nepal so special
  • Stunning ridge-walking on the Mohare Danda
  • Two of the best Himalayan viewpoints at Muldai and Poon Hill

Close to beautiful lake city Pokhara and to sections of the well-known Annapurna Sanctuary and Annapurna Circuit trekking routes, this is in fact a brand new itinerary. Taking advantage of a number of newly built community lodges, it penetrates some very exciting ridge and valley landscape on the south-western edge of the mighty Annapurna Massif. Generally at quite moderate elevations and not involving long days of trekking, this is a perfect trek either for a first visit to Nepal or for a different perspective on the country for repeat visitors. We start out in the Modi Khola, hiking up to Ghandruk and Tadapani, before heading out into the unknown; trekking through rhododendron forest and across open, grassy ridges used by local shepherds and their livestock.
The focus of this first part of the trek is Khopra Ridge and its extension towards the sacred Khayer Lake, a site of pilgrimage for Hindus during the summer months. The highest of the lodges we use is at the isolated hamlet of Khopra (3640m), an ‘eagle’s nest’ perched on a ridge and offering views of Annapurna I (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m) and a host of other snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Our route then takes us to Ghorepani and its famous viewpoint at Poon Hill, beyond which we enjoy 2 superb final days of walking along the scenic ridge of the Mohare Danda. This holiday shows off Nepal and its range of colourful landscapes really well. It has a mix of popular and well-known locations (Kathmandu, Pokhara, Ghorepani) as well as more than a week of trekking on trails that are as yet little visited.

Cost of the trip
The exact price of your trip depends on the date of travel and the number of travellers. We will quote you a price based on two people traveling together and sharing a twin/double room at a standard hotel in Kathmandu. If you require a single room or superior or deluxe accommodation please let us know. All prices quotes are starting from and ending in Kathmandu. The cost we quote you will include Pokhara to Kathmandu flights. Please see our pages on Visas and Flights.

Create your own trekking and tour Itinerary
The exact price of your trip depends on the date of travel and the number of travellers. We will quote you a price based on two people traveling together and sharing a twin/double room at a standard hotel in Kathmandu. If you require a single room or superior or deluxe accommodation please let us know. All prices quotes are starting from and ending in Kathmandu. The cost we quote you will include Pokhara to Kathmandu flights. Please see our pages on Visas and Flights.

***Please Note***
The cost of food whilst in the mountains is quite expensive and is excluded from many comparible Treks. Depending on the length of time you are in the mountains this can lead to a significant addition to your budget. A typical trek like the EAnnapurna Khopra trek can easily add an extra £100 – £150. All Sacred Himalaya trek prices are inclusive of breakfast, Lunch and Dinner whilst on the trek. Our prices also include all internal flights.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
On your arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan Airport, you will be met by a representative of Sacred Himalaya and taken to your hotel in the Thamel district of Kathmandu.

Day 02: Fly to Pokhara, drive to Kimche and trek to Ghandruk (1940m).
After breakfast in the hotel we take a bus to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 30 minute flight to Pokhara. It is a most interesting flight, with the peaks of the Greater Himalaya clearly visible through the right-hand window as we travel westwards. Particularly prominent are Manaslu and the Annapurna group as we approach the airport at Pokhara. Getting off the plane into the heat of Pokhara is impressive, as is the sight of the snow peaks of the Annapurna Himal which form the skyline to the north. At the airport we meet our transport and set off on the 45 kilometre drive to the start of our trek. Heading westwards from Pokhara, we reach the Modi Khola River at Nayapul and turn up this valley on a deteriorating road which takes us through Birethanti and up to Kimche (1640m). This drive will take around 3 hours. Arriving at Kimche, we meet our porters and crew and set off on a short first stage of trekking. The trail meanders across the valley side to Chine and here the panorama opens out with great views of the Annapurnas and of the sacred peak Machapuchhre (6997m). We overnight at the village of Ghandruk (1940m).

Day 03: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani (2630m).
Ghandruk is one of the biggest Gurung villages in the area and each family is proud to have at least one family member who has served in the Gurkha Regiment of the British Army. We will take the time to explore the village, which has a number of temples and museums, before setting off on the day’s walk to Tadapani (a name that means ‘far from water’ in the Nepali language). Our route takes us up towards the ridge of the Komrong Danda and along a scenic trail through the villages of Melanche and Chuile with, once again, great mountain views towards the north. We pass through impressive rhododendron forest in places and reach Tadapani in the middle of the afternoon. Situated on the crest of the ridge, this pretty settlement commands great views of the Modi Khola Valley and of the peaks of Annapurna 3 and Gangapurna.

Day 04: Trek from Tadapani to Dobato (Isharu) (3420m).
After breakfast at our lodge we set out on the main trail heading westwards towards Ghorepani. After little more than a kilometre, however, at the place known as Liui Kharka (2680m), we take a right turn onto a trail used rarely by anyone other than local people. The path climbs through rhododendron forest and by way of a number of clearings used by people from Tadapani to graze their livestock. During the spring when the rhododenrons are in bloom this part of the trek is particularly colourful. Rising above the trees, the Annapurna sky-line is simply magnificent. We reach our simple community lodge at Dobato (Isharu) (3460m) in the early afternoon.

 

 

Day 05: Hike up to the viewpoint at Muldai (3640m) and continue to Chistibung (3020m).
We will have a pre-breakfast start this morning for the hike up to the viewpoint at Muldai (3640m), aiming to get up there to witness the spectacular sunrise over Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machapuchhre. This is an even better viewpoint than Poon Hill (which we will see in a few days) and the likelihood is that we will have the place to ourselves. Returning to the lodge at Dobato after a couple of hours, we will have breakfast and then set off on the day’s walk to Chistibung. This is a great section of trekking along a grassy ridge with a number of herders’ huts and (probably) grazing dzos which are a cross between a cow and a yak. Then, crossing a low col, we descend through rhododendron forest to a river (2600m) before re-ascending, again amongst rhododendrons, to Chistibung (3020m).

Day 06: Trek up onto Khopra Ridge (3640m) and excursion towards Khayar Lake (4025m).
Once again, we trek up amongst rhododendrons, passing a sacred pool and continuing on a trail that meanders between boulders to a promontory with a superb view across to Dhaulagiri. Shortly thereafter we reach the lodge on Khopra Ridge (3640m) which commands another fantastic panorama; both of giant Himalayan peaks and down into the depths of the Kali Gandaki Valley. After lunch at the lodge, there is the option in the afternoon to make the return hike up towards the pilgrimage site of Khayer Lake (4025m). This is an airy walk on a ridge line that rises above Kopra towards the east and our objective is to reach a fine viewpoint at around 4000 metres. We return to spend the night at the community lodge on Khopra Ridge.

Day 07: Trek down to the village of Swanta (2200m).
Setting out today, we follow a path which descends steeply through an area known for its wildlife. Keep a look out for Himalayan tahr, a hairy species of goat, and for the very colourful monal pheasant, Nepal’s national bird. Reaching the rhododendron forest close to the lodge at Chistibung, we cross a wooden bridge and continue our descent on a well-marked trail to the terraced rice fields and pretty house of Swanta (2200m). The thriving primary school here is in part supported by the local community lodges that we have been using during the last few days.

Day 08: Trek from Swanta to Ghorepani (2860m).
Today’s trek is a journey amongst the rice fields. We descend at first to a small river where there is a water powered flour mill serving the needs of several nearby settlements. From here, we cross a suspension bridge to Chitre, where we join the main Annapurna Circuit trail leading up to Ghorepani (2860m). There are great views looking back to Dhaulagiri and its satellite peaks as we ascend steadily to our comfortable overnight lodge. Ghorepani occupies a notch in a ridge overlooking the Kali Gandaki Valley and has a colourful collection of lodges and shops.

Day 09:  Poon Hill and ridge-walk to Mohare Danda (3300m).
Another exceptional day of walking, again with an early start, as we ascend to the classic viewpoint of Poon Hill (3200m) which rises up immediately to the west of Ghorepani. Walking initially by the light of our head torches, we aim to reach the top of Poon Hill before the sun rises. Whilst most people will return to Ghorepani after watching the dawn on Poon Hill, we will take our breakfast at the viewpoint, before heading off along the crest of the Mohare Danda, heading south and gradually leaving behind the forest of rhododendron and oak. Passing an impressive farm, home to yaks and sheep, we keep to the ridge-line and (because of our early start) arrive at our overnight accommodation on the ridge shortly after midday. The community lodge on the Mohare Danda (3300m) is yet another amazing viewpoint. Mardi Himal, Lamjung Himal, Machapuchhare, Hiunchuli, the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak are just the most prominent of the peaks we can see. We can also catch a distant glimpse of Phewa Tal, the lake at Pokhara.

Day 10:  Walk out to Nangi (2260m) and transfer to Pokhara.
This is another great place from which to watch the sun rise. Then, after breakfast, we continue our walk, southwards along an impressive ridge, open at first and then forested with a number of clearings. We make an easy ascent to a high point on the ridge at the Hampal Pass (3000m), where we have a great view which drops steeply down into the Kali Gandaki Valley between Baglung and  Beni. From here, it’s a long and steady descent on a well-marked path to Nangi (2260m) where we meet our transport for the 5 to 6 hour transfer back to Pokhara. We overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 11:   Fly to Kathmandu. Afternoon to do some sightseeing.
We take the morning flight to Kathmandu.  Afternoon do some independent sightseeing. One of the attractions of any visit to Nepal is the chance to walk the streets of Kathmandu, which presents a fascinating mosaic of shops, cafes and restaurants, food markets and street vendors, as well as a bewildering array of colorful temples and shrines. This evening we will have a dinner in one of Kathmandu’s excellent restaurants.

Day 15: Depart Kathmandu
Depending on the time of your flight departure, you may have time for a lttle more sightseeing or shopping in Kathmandu. We will then take you to Tibhuvan airport 3 hours before the departure time of your flight home and see you to your departure terminal where we will say goodbye and hope very much, that you will have enjoyed your time with Sacred Himalaya.

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Pax Book Now
March 11, 2018 March 26, 2018 £990 Per Person 2-12 Book Now
April 5, 2018 April 20, 2018 £990 Per Person 2-12 Book Now

What's Included

What is Included:

  • Airport pickups and drops to and from hotels
  • Accommodation in our standard hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara according to trip itinerary – twin share basis.
  • Normal Trekking Guest House accommodation during the trek – twin share basis.
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All meals during the trek and in the countryside village like breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging with all the transportation.
  • All transport in Nepal, including domestic air ticket from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu according to trip itinerary and all entry fees in Heritage Sites.
  • All necessary paper work and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS )
  • 4 wheel off-raodoad express jeep for Village Trip.
  • All the Tent accommodation in village in camp
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Mountain phone contact in case of emergency
  • Expedition Facebook page which will be updated during the trip, including trekking phase.
  • All government and local taxes

What is not Included

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Cold drinks like coke, fanta, juice, water, bar bills .
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) outside 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 and porters.

Cost of the trip
The exact price of your trip depends on the date of travel and the number of travellers. We will quote you a price based on two people traveling together and sharing a twin/double room at a standard hotel in Kathmandu. If you require a single room or superior or deluxe accommodation please let us know. All prices quotes are starting from and ending in Kathmandu. The cost we quote you will include Pokhara to Kathmandu flights. Please see our pages on Visas and Flights.
Create your own trekking and tour Itinerary
The exact price of your trip depends on the date of travel and the number of travellers. We will quote you a price based on two people traveling together and sharing a twin/double room at a standard hotel in Kathmandu. If you require a single room or superior or deluxe accommodation please let us know. All prices quotes are starting from and ending in Kathmandu. The cost we quote you will include Pokhara to Kathmandu flights. Please see our pages on Visas and Flights.
**Please Note**
The cost of food whilst in the mountains is quite expensive and is excluded from many comparible Treks. Depending on the length of time you are in the mountains this can lead to a significant addition to your budget. A typical trek like the Everest Base Camp trek can easily add an extra £200 – £300. All Sacred Himalaya trek prices are inclusive of breakfast, Lunch and Dinner whilst on the trek. Our prices also include all internal flights.

Trip Overview

Trip Itinerary

Dates & prices

What's included