Trek the Khopra Panorama Trail

Trek through rugged terrain and Hindu villages off-the-beaten track in the Annapurna region. 10 days.

See Prices & Book

REF: 08952

Trek the Khopra Panorama Trail

Trek through rugged terrain and Hindu villages off-the-beaten track in the Annapurna region. 10 days.

The Khopra Skyline trek combines the excitement and challenge of the Annapurna region, with the tranquillity and relaxation of Pokhara city. This scenic trek of the Annapurna region goes beyond the usual trails offering a unique hiking adventure. This hidden gem adventure includes:

  • 8 days of trekking
  • 7 nights of accommodation on the trek
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Pokhara
  • Local, professional English-speaking guides
  • Assistant leader on 4:1 basis
  • Porter on 2:1 basis
  • All meals during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • Transfer to and from Nayapul to Pokhara via private vehicle
  • Transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu via tourist bus
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for:
Experienced hikers who are looking for a scenic trail away from the usual tourist routes.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival and overnight in Kathmandu

Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), your host will pick you up via private vehicle and drop you at your hotel. After checking in, you will have a 5:00pm pre-departure meeting with the guides to run through the final plans and arrangements for the upcoming trek.

You’ll finish your first day with a team dinner to get to know everyone before you head to Pokhara tomorrow, so get a good night’s sleep!

Day 2: Kathmandu - Pokhara

To get the most from the day, your bus to Pokhara leaves early in the morning, so grab a strong cup of coffee and head to the bus park. You will be driven through the beautiful landscapes, passing by rivers, terrace farming settlements and waterfalls, with the Himalayan mountains looking down from the hilltops. Alternatively, take a 25-minutes flight to admire the views over the Himalayas from the top.

Once you arrive in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara, you will be taken to your hotel.

7 hours of driving

Day 3: Pokhara - Nayapul - Ghandruk

Your trek for the day will roughly follow the Modi Khola upstream, crossing suspension bridges and passing through villages on the way. The trail has amazing views of Mount Machapuchare, giving you a taste of the mountain views to come.

The trail gradually ascends upward to Ghandruk (1950m), crossing suspension bridges and climbing stone steps. You will get the chance to enjoy the beautiful sceneries and culture of the villages as we visit nearby Gurung villages.

Upon arriving at Ghandruk you will be greeted with views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machapuchhare as you settle in for the night at a local tea house.

5 hours of hiking

Day 4: Ghandruk - Tadapani

Your hike today is relatively easy and totally mesmerising as you walk under the forest of rhododendrons, waterfalls and birdsong. You’ll have a pitstop at a tea house where you’ll be welcomed with drinks and views of Annapurna, Machapuchhare and Lamjung Himal.

Your overnight will be in Tadapani (2450m).

4-5 hours of hiking

Day 5: Tadapani - Bayli Kharka

As you reach the middle of your adventure, your hike will take on a different trail through the forests. You’ll ascend almost 1000m today, but once you’ve trekked above the tree line, there are magnificent views of the Annapurna range.

Take in the views and enjoy your dinner in Bayli Kharka (3400m), as you’ll be heading back into the forest tomorrow.

4 hours of hiking

Day 6: Bayali Kharka - Upper Chistibung

After a relaxed breakfast, the day will predominantly be spent descending through the forest and down towards Lower Chistibung (3000m). After a lunch here, you will continue through the forest and pastures to Upper Chistibung where you will spend the night.

5 hours of hiking

Day 7: Upper Chistibung - Kopra Ridge

As you climb back above the treeline to Kopra Ridge (3660m), the highest point of your trek, you’ll enter an area of natural diversity. From Himalayan birds to mountain Buffalo, this is a great place for animal spotting so keep your eyes peeled. Just try not to miss the panoramic views of Annapurna South and Dhaulagiri Himal.

6 hours hiking

Day 8: Kopra Ridge - Swanta

Your descent begins on a steep hillside trail which will retrace the route back to Chistibung. You will continue to descend another 800m from here to Swanta (2200m), where you will spend the night.

5 hours of hiking

Day 9: Swanta - Ulleri

As you leave the Swanta village, your hike will continue through village and fields to a river where you’ll get to see a local water mill and how it is used. Your day continues trekking over suspension bridges, through rhododendron forests and around streams until you reach Ulleri (2070m). You can either spend the night relaxing or exploring the village before your final day of hiking.

4 hours of hiking

Day 10: Ulleri - Nayapul, drive to Pokhara

Early in the morning you will walk to Burungdi Khola by crossing a small suspension bridge to Tikhedunga. Your guide will lead you to Birethanti village for lunch before the short walk to Nayapul where a car will collect you.

It’s only a one-hour drive back to Pokhara where you can explore the city or go for an evening stroll along the lake.

4 hours of hiking, 1 hour of driving

Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu

We’ll need to set off early for the 7-hour drive back to Kathmandu, which passes the beautiful rivers of Marshangdi and Trishuli. Upon arriving, you’re free to explore the city or do some last minute souvenir shopping!

Final day in Kathmandu:

Enjoy a lie in and breakfast at your hotel. You can spend the last day exploring the city or take the transfer back to the airport, and back to reality.

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

Generally, most adventures to Nepal are based in remote areas where the accommodation will be basic. We have different star hotels available in the city area but during the trek, we will be staying at tea houses. They have dorm rooms, shared toilets and common areas. There’s no heating, so you need a sleeping bag. Wifi is often available for a small cost, and many places offer hot showers for a small surcharge.

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay at the centrally situated Kathmandu Resort Hotel. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television and wifi. Should you wish to treat yourself to a more comfortable place in Kathmandu, just let your host know and they will upgrade you to stay at the renown Kathmandu Guest House. The hotel is located in the heart of Thamel, close to the shopping centres and the heritage sites. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television, 24/7 room service, and a balcony to look over the city.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu - Deluxe Room Payable Before Departure
Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu £55.00
Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu £65.00
1 Night Accommodation in Pokhara Payable Before Departure
1 Night Accommodation in Pokhara £30.00
Transfer Kathmandu - Pokhara Payable Before Departure
Flight ( 35min, incredibly scenic) £100.00
Private Vehicle (offers most flexibility) £55.00

Trip Photos

Location

View map

Pokhara is a popular gateway for many trekkers and mountaineers to the Annapurna range. Not only does it offer spectacular scenery along the tranquil river, but a plethora of adventure activities, cultural trips and amazing restaurants!

The starting point of Kathmandu is famed for its World Heritage sights which include the holiest Hindu temples and one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Despite the 2015 earthquake which brought devastation to parts of the city, the heart of Kathmandu is as intoxicating and exciting as ever.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • International airport tax
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance (incl. helicopter evacuation)
  • Tips for guides (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 1 person and a maximum of 12.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Nepal has a huge variety in different foods. Your guide will help you experience the vast array of foods available but ultimately you can pick what you like at a variety of prices. We recommend trying the Dal Bhat - a spiced mixture of lentils and rice - as it is the traditional Nepali day-to-day dish (not to mention it’s extremely healthy and affordable!)

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

You’ll hike from 4 to 6 hours a day, averaging around 10km per day and gradually ascend from 1070m to 3660m. While the trail is generally good, there are some more challenging uphill sections of the journey.

The trail can challenging at times, but you do not need to be particularly fit to start with! Whatever exercise you do beforehand will help, as you will be carrying your rucksacks for on average 10km per day but your guide will help you and make sure you go at a pace that suits you.

Our adventures are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travellers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

When you trek in the mountains, there always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. The symptoms can vary from one person to the next – from a headache to breathing heavily or numbness in your fingers – and if you find any of these symptoms, you must descend the mountain. Your guide will always be around to help and instruct you to avoid any danger.

Due to the Annapurna regions location, weather is considerably different here than in other major regions, as it is in a ‘rain shadow’ - so it’s your best bet to avoid to rain!

From October to December and March to May the weather is general warm at 10 - 15°C but as you climb higher, the temperatures will drop significantly.

Yes, of course. Just send any enquiries to the host and they will create a bespoke itinerary that suits your needs. Alternatively, have a look at our shorter itineraries.

Your host recommends to pack the following:

  • 1 pair rucksack/backpacks
  • 2 pair lightweight trousers
  • Sunglasses
  • 1 small daypack (20-30l)
  • Trainers
  • Money belt
  • Sunhat / warm hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • 1 Torch / flashlight
  • 1 Swiss army knife
  • 1 Swimming costume
  • 1 pair shorts
  • Underwear (including thermals)
  • Personal medication / first aid kit
  • 1 Washing kit
  • 1 pair of strong walked-in mountain boots
  • 1 four-season sleeping bag (comfortable to -15c)
  • 1 down jacket / All-weather anorak
  • 1 water bottles (1 ltr.)
  • 1 pair waterproof gaiters / over trousers
  • 1 Inner sleeping sheet
  • 1 Medium sized towel
  • 1 Fleece/warm sweater
  • 1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
  • 2 Long sleeve cotton or (polypropylene) shirts
  • Warm waterproof gloves
  • 3 Pair heavy wool sock, 2 pairs light socks
  • Cotton headscarf/bandana
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Sunblock / lotions
  • Water purifying tablets (if you don’t want to buy bottled water)

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

Loading Reviews...

 Loading map...

Loading similar products...

Who are we?

We're a global community of like-minded people committed to filling our lives with adventure. Join us.

Award-winning Experiences

We were voted the UK's 'Best for Experiences' in 2016 for a reason. We’re pulling together the best adventures and experiences on the planet, on a mission to transform your free time.

Trusted Local Hosts

All our trips are run by carefully chosen local guides and hosts. They have a great reputation, intimate local knowledge, and the passion needed to deliver the best experiences on the planet.

Hassle Free Packages

Forget complex logistics, your hosts have taken care of all the details. We've married their amazing experiences with simple, secure booking, and easy payments for both individuals and groups. Just click book, then remember to show up.

Reward Program

Booked? You'll join our Reward program, and get £25 credit towards your next trip. Refer a friend to give yourselves both an extra £25. Members also get alerted to new trips before anyone else, and other random perks we dream up.

Support Conservation

We believe in the power of adventure to change the world. Giving a value to nature, and supporting great local, independent businesses worldwide is the core of our mission, so we’re also building a foundation to support conservation and sustainable development.

Photos
Map Ask Share Book