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We will be staying at Hotel Royal singi Hotel Manaslu or similar hotel 3 star in Kathmandu : and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Discovery Mountain Trek will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.
PHYSICAL CONDITION & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Khopra Annapurna & dhaulagiri Trek- 14 days is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Annapurna trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is also important that we consult our doctor. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Discovery Mountai Trek before booking the trek.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to trek to the Khopra Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Trek is Spring (February to May) and Autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
LEADER(S) & STAFF ARRANGEMENTS
The most significant thing that makes this trek enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful leader(s) and crew members who have the ability of guiding our trek on the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of Discovery Mountain leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Discovery Mountain only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region(s). The trek and expedition leaders have undergone the following trainings:
We are firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters. (International Porters Progress Group.
The Everest Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as much as we do. Therefore, we believe that the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Discovery Mountain employs a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Discovery Mountain, therefore, enforces a number of do’s and don’ts. Please talk to your trek leader to avoid environmental impacts.
It is a condition upon joining any of Discovery Mountain’s trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, we take rest in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude.
EQUIPMENTS & PACKING LIST
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Discovery Mountain inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS
RUCKSACK AND TRAVEL BAGS
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions Company is a trustworthy and registered Company under the laws of Nepal Tourism Industry and accepts your bookings under the following terms and conditions.
All bookings are made with Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions P. Limited, Registered Company Number 161822/073/074 (hereinafter referred to as The Company) whose registered office is The Kapan 14, Kathmandu, Nepal. The Head of The Company is Ang Chhiri Sherpa.
Payments should be wired to one of my following banking Accounts
NCC BANK LIMITED
Current A/c No: 014000136121U
A/c Name: Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition P.LTD
Bank wire service charge should be paid by the clients themselves at the time of deposit.
RISK & RESPONSIBILITY
Your safety and enjoyment is my prime concern. I therefore carry out my responsibility honestly & sincerely to ensure your holiday trouble – free as well as you have desired. Nevertheless, unless stated otherwise, trip may be change under uncertain and inherent circumstances such as land-slides, road blockage, flood, snow political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents etc. Any extra cost incurring there is your personal responsibility and should be borne on the spot.
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Discovery Mountain. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.Please note that often the Jomsom to Pokhara flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities which can be arranged by Discovery Mountain upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc. In case the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.
THE TREKKING GROUP
For this trek there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size but we after years of experience we have found a maximum of twelve people to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to book this trip for a larger group then that can be arranged too.
And I big hope you will have very good trek with enjoyment and run smoothly in advance.
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A trek to Khopra Ridge (or Khopra Danda) is one of the best trekking programs in the Annapurna Region of Nepal. This splendid two-week program from Discovery Mountain is an excellent opportunity to see the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massifs from entirely new vantage points, especially the southern faces. Get an experience of the unique wildlife, quaint villages, panoramic mountain views, immersive geographical diversity, fantastic gorges, and a high-altitude lake – all in a matter of less than two weeks.
You will trek through pine and oak forests, rhododendron bushes, and alpine forests. The trails are mostly through dense forests, but with ample amount of trekking via open grasslands, streams, and villages. The accommodation is mostly in tea-houses and lodges, and also camping if you prefer at the time of booking.
The program begins with a drive to Nayapul from Pokhara followed by a trek to the popular village of Ghandruk. This beautiful village is mostly occupied by the Gurung community, and is also the home of the Gurkha. As it is less-frequented compared to other trekking regions of Annapurna, you will encounter just a handful of trekkers along the way to Khopra Ridge and up to Lake Kaire. On your way back, you will come across a section of the popular Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp trekking routes; and later come to Pokhara.
Spending time in the quiet and isolated location of Lake Kaire will give you a meditative experience of the environment. The remarkable views of several peaks from different locations of the trek will enrich your experience even more. In addition, you will see at least one magnificent sunrise over the mighty Himalayan peaks.
You are expected to have a good fitness level and a regular walking habit to reach Khopra Ridge and Lake Kaire. We have allocated enough time for rests and stops along the way, so that you can focus on the pleasure and gain a richer experience of the program. This trek from Discovery Mountain can be done in the spring and summer, and also in the fall seasons – giving you flexible alternatives to book this trip.
A quick welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given a brief of the program and introduced to your trekking guide. Later, take an evening stroll around and stay overnight at the hotel.
To Pokhara, you will be taking a scenic route along Trishuli River. The drive will take around seven hours through winding hilly roads. One you arrive there take a brief stop, drive to Nayapul and begin the trek to Syauli Bazaar. First you will pass through the bank of river, cross dense forests and take a scenic route to Syauli Bazaar where you will stay overnight at a guesthouse.
Leaving Syauli Bazaar behind, we ascend through forests and hills to reach Ghandruk. It is a village of the Gurung, a people with their own dialect, culture and fame. From here, you can have more scenic views of the mountains. The trekking duration today is around three to four hours with plenty of stopovers for rest, drinks, and photography before arriving at the popular village of Ghandruk at 1,930 meters. Stay overnight in guest house.
After an enjoyable breakfast at Ghandruk with views of snow-capped peaks, we trek along the ascending trail through Deurali to arrive at a dense forest of rhododendron. Take a break along the route and enjoy the purity of the environment, then head along a hilly pass to reach Tadapani. It’s a village nestled at the side of a hill overlooking several peaks of the Annapurna Range. The prominent peaks are Annapurna, Fishtail, and Hiunchuli. Stay overnight in a guesthouse.
Starting off from Tadapani after a hearty breakfast, we will enter the inner areas of the Annapurna Region. Today we are headed to Dobato a village at an altitude of 3,420 meters. Walking in an average pace amid scenic landscapes, we will continue through forests of oaks and pines. Emerge at Meshar Danda and walk to a grassland from where we will have excellent views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks. From here, trek on via an easy route to arrive at Dobato, where we will stay for night in a lodge.
Get up before dawn and trek up to the vantage point of Muldai. Here you will have unobstructed panoramic views peaks on the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges. After some time here, descend for an hour or so to Lower Chistibung, and then continue upwards on the trail crossing a wooden bridge to Upper Chistibung. Along the way, you might even spot the national bird of Nepal – the colourful “Danphe”. Stay overnight here in a lodge.
With around four hours of trek today, it’s a short day of trek to Khopra Ridge. Leaving Chistibung after breakfast, we will do a steady ascent at first to come out of the forest line. Like yesterday, we might encounter some wildlife such as the Himlayan Thar and some avians like “Danphe” and “Munal”. Take a short break along the route and ascend further to arrive at Khopra Ridge or “Khopra Danda” – a spectacular vantage point above Kali-Gandaki. Take out your camera and gear, and click away at the stunning views of the peaks ahead. Amid superb views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Fishtail and several other peaks in the range, set up camp for the night.
Pack your bags and leave early as it’s a long day of trek today. In total you will walk around six to seven hours including stopovers for photography, rest, and lunch. We will ascend further today to arrive at a pristine and beautiful lake called Kaire at an altitude of 4,505 meters. It is a holy lake where Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims flock annually for baths and blessings. Return to Khopra Ridge for the night.
Start at leisure today as the route is an easy downhill. Trekking under fiver hours today, we will descend to the village of Santa for the night. With beautiful views of the majestic mountains, we will to Chistibung, cross a dense forest, and hike up a bit to arrive at Swanta. Inhabited mostly by the Magar community, the beautiful village of Swanta is where we lodge tonight
In the morning we start early, descend through terraced farmlands, forests, and rivers. We will then cross some villages to arrive at the popular destination of Ghorepani at 2,860 meters. We will take a stop here for glorious views of some peaks on the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range. From here we will descend further through rhododendron forests along the stone stairs of Ulleri. Stop at Ulleri for the rest tonight.
The total trekking duration today is a little above five hours. After breakfast in Ulleri, we continue our journey with an easy walk all way down to Tikhedhunga and Birethanti until we arrive at Nayapul. Nayapul marks the end of our trek, from where we will drive for about an hour to reach the lake town of Pokhara.
Today you will drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Once you are in the capital, have a free day enjoying shopping, hot-water bathing, relaxing in a sauna, or simply seeing around town. Stay overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, we will take you on a sightseeing tour of some iconic places in the Kathmandu Valley, that will essentially include UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the evening, you are invited to join us for a farewell dinner.
According to your schedule, we will take you to the airport for your flight ahead.
We had an amazing trip to Nepal!
Me, my husband and daughter spent an incredible two weeks in Nepal on a trip arranged through Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition. We completed a jaw-dropping 10 days trek in the Annapurna region with our first-class Sherpa guides lakpa and Nima (these guys feel like family now – they were so good with our kid), It was the trip of a lifetime and the service and care that we received from everyone in Nepal was the best. Nepal is an amazing country due to the cultures, food, landscape, wildlife and most importantly the people. Ang Chhiri had arranged everything for us before we left Scotland so all we had to do was enjoy ourselves and have our minds blown by a truly unforgettable two weeks.
I can thank or praise the guys enough.