The Kopra Ridge Trek is a fantastic short trek that lets you trudge along the trails of the Annapurna region. It packs breathtaking mountain views, exotic wildlife, varying landscapes, and a mixture of culture into one trek.
You can catch glimpses of famous snow-capped peaks such as Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, and more all along the way. On reaching the ridge itself, you will witness the stunning 360° view, where the mountains seem to almost loom closer. The mesmerizing sunrises you’ll see over Poonhill, Ghorepani and Kopra Danda is sure to be something you will remember forever.
The trek itself will include about 6 days of walking and 10 days in total. Right from the get-go, prepare to feel transported as you walk along vast, green farmlands and cross suspension bridges over fast-flowing rivers. You will also be walking through lush oak and rhododendron forests right in the heart of nature.
Greenery aside, you will get to trek up to Khayer Lake. All along the way are shrines of cultural significance to both Hindus and Buddhists. You will be passing through multiple settlements and get a great look into the everyday lives of people in this region. You will also get to see local shepherds out with their cattle and possibly spot our national bird: Danphe.
The best time to go on this trek is Spring and Autumn. You don’t need any prior trekking experience as this is an easy to moderate trek. We recommend avoiding these trails during monsoon as it does include some steep climbs that might be slippery. The views will also be much clearer during summer and autumn.
With Nepal Social Treks & Expedition, our well trained professional guides are ready to lead you on these trails expertly. Whether you are craving history, culture, or aesthetic beauty, our guides have their stories of the land you trek on. We also have our first-aid kits and a team of porters ready to ensure that this trek is a breeze.
For a trek that combines stunning visuals, holy sites, and diverse cultural beauty, the Kopra Ridge Trek will be a perfect choice.
Why You’ll Love Kopra Ridge Trek
- Panoramic views of Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, and some other peaks
- Trekking up to Khayer Lake, a lake that holds considerable spiritual significance for Hindus
- Breathtaking 360° view from Kopra ridge
- Relaxing in the natural hot springs of Tatopani
- Following trails through thick oak and rhododendron forests
- Sunrise from Poonhill (3210M) with breathtaking 360° views
- Experience the Gurung cultures.
- Short and easy trek for beginners.
IsKopra Ridge Trek Right For You?
- You will be walking for 4-6 hours per day for about a week. If you are not very active, you might want to consider some physical and mental preparation in advance.
- While this trek is of moderate difficulty, we recommend maintaining some degree of physical fitness before going on this trip.
- The lodges in the more remote areas have only the necessary amenities. Rest assured, you will have clean and comfortable rooms and hygienic food. Still, you may need to bring any additional materials on your own.
- The elevation on this trek crosses 4500m as we will be crossing very high passes. So there is a risk of altitude sickness. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you need to seek medical advice before booking this trek. However, we have a comprehensive first aid kit and a trained staff on board to take care of your safety.
Day to Day Itinerary Table – Kopra Ridge Trek
|Day||Itinerary||Altitude (m)||Duration (hours)|
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu||1400||-|
|2||Kathmandu to Pokhara (Flight), Pokhara to Tirkhedhunga (Trek)||1488||2|
|3||Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (Trek)||2875||2020-04-05 00:00:00|
|4||Ghorepani to Upper Chistibung (Trek)||3000||2020-05-06 00:00:00|
|5||Upper Chistibung to Kopra Danda (Trek)||3640||3|
|6||Rest day in Kopra Danda, Day-trip to Khayer Lake||3640 - 4660m||2020-07-08 00:00:00|
|7||Kopra Danda to Tatopani (Trek)||1250||2020-04-05 00:00:00|
|8||Tatopani to Pokhara (Drive)||815||4|
|9||Pokhara to Kathmandu (Flight)||1400||1|
- We recommend that you carry a universal adapter for your charging needs. We will be trekking to remote places where you might not find the exact match. You can also purchase this in shops at Kathmandu itself.
- As the weather can be unreliable, you should also pack a down jacket to protect you even if it gets too cold or rains.
- Remember to have some cash ready for your purchases as ATMs and credit card acceptance are scarce in higher altitudes.
- You might need to carry some passport size photographs for your permits.
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
This permit is a must for the Kopra Ridge Trek. This permit’s cost remains the same no matter how long you spend in this area or whatever time of year you choose to travel. It will cost you USD 30 per person. You might need to carry a printed photograph, so be sure to have that handy.
Once you obtain this permit, you will also need to get a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) as it is mandatory for all trekkers.
Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card
This permit is mandatory for all trekkers traveling in Nepal. To obtain this permit, you will need to carry some passport size photographs and also a photocopy of your passport. The costs are detailed as follows:
- USD 20 for individual trekkers
- USD 10 for trekkers in groups
- USD 6 for individual trekkers from SAARC countries
- USD 3 for group trekkers from SAARC countries