|Min. duration||5 days|
|Max. elevation||3640m (Khopra ridge) / 4660m (Kayer Lake)|
If you're looking for the perfect week-long trek, a little off-the-beaten path and with great views, this trek is a great choice. It combines the best of what Nepal has to offer: amazing mountain views, pastoral villages, and rice fields layered on top of each other, descending down into the valley. The best part is that so few people know about it.
The route follows a local trail that takes you down into the valley north of Ghorepani, before climbing up another ridge, known as "Khopra Ridge". Without a doubt, one of the best short treks in Nepal.
- Wake early morning for an amazing sunrise over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas
- Stay at a teahouse with one of Nepal's best panoramic views
- Watch the yaks come to pasture
- Descend through pastoral villages on your way down to Tatopani
- Take an extra day to hike to Khayer Lake, a sacred lake at the foot of Annapurna South
The route follows the same trail to Ghorepani, but then dips down into the valley before climbing back up again to a ridge (Khopra Danda) north of Poon Hill. This takes about a day, unless you want to break it up into two days and stay at a teahouse in the village Swanta. Atop the ridge, you'll find a single teahouse run by a caretaker that comes up each day from the villages below.
During this trek with my brother, we brought a tent and camped on a small outcrop just up the ridge from the teahouse. The views were superb, both at sunset and sunrise, when the valley filled with clouds below us with Dhaulagiri towering clear above. In the evenings, local yak herds are brought to over night and graze on the slopes just below us.
From Khopra Danda, it takes a day to reach Tatopani where you can catch a bus back to Pokhara (you'll have to switch in a nearby town on the way). As you descend back down into the valley, you'll pass through villages and terraces and can stop for lunch or even spend an extra night in one of village teahouses. At Tatopani, you'll find a built up hot spring open to the public.
|Day 01||Tirkhedhunga||1488m||2 hours|
|Day 02||Ghorepani||2875m||4-5 hours|
|Day 03||Swanta / Upper Chistibung (Poon Hill early morning)||3000m||5-6 hours|
|Day 04||Khopra Danda||3640m||3 hours|
|Day 05||Khopra Danda (Day-trip to Khayer Lake, 4660m)||3640m||7-8 hours|
|Day 06||Tatopani||1250m||4-5 hours|
|Day 07||Pokhara||815m||4 hours (private jeep)|