Since commercial trekking was introduced in Nepal, Annapurna Region has been receiving the bulk of Nepal’s trekking business. From picturesque river valleys, alpine pastures, terraced fields, lunar mountaintops, and high altitude deserts, Annapurna Region has a variety of landscapes. Every year thousands of trekkers trek along the numerous trails cutting through these incredible landscapes.
While most of the region has been explored, there are still some wild pockets that have remained unseen and unvisited. Khopra Ridge is one such destination in the Annapurna Region. Less crowded and less popular but with epic views of the mountains, the newly introduced trekking route to Khopra Ridge is worth exploring.
The trail to Khopra Ridge passes through a pristine rhododendron forest and small villages that are not as prosperous as the ones situated in the popular Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit trails. The tea houses along the Khopra Ridge route are community-run, which means the entire village benefits from the business generated from each teahouse. You will be directly helping local communities by choosing to stay at these teahouses.
The walk to Khopra Ridge and Khayer Lake are the highlights of this awesome trek. From the ridge one can enjoy awesome views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre or Fishtail peak, and Annapurna South. A walk on the exposed ridge takes you to Khayer Lake, a sacred mountain lake. The summit of Annapurna South appears very close to the lake.
A journey to Khopra Ridge will have you enjoying the peace and tranquility of the trail while soaking in the spectacular views of the Himalayan mountains.
If you are looking for a real off-the-beaten-path experience you should head to Khopra Ridge or Danda. You can complete the trek within 7 to 9 days. You can also extend your trek to Mardi Himal and Ghorepani-Poon Hill.
If you have already made up your mind about hiking to Khopra Ridge, you can choose an inspiring itinerary from the ones listed below.