Khopra Ridge Trek 14 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus and Public Jeep
  • Activity Cultural City Tour, Treking and Hiking
  • Best Season Feb-May, and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 1, Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 4,500m/14,765ft

Highlights

  • Magnificent views of 22 majestic mountains including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri
  • Heavenly experience on trails over beds of clouds
  • Stunning sunrise view over Dhaulagiri, Annapurna
  • The deepest gorge Kaligandaki River
  • Teahouses with offer panoramic view
  • Pastoral villages
  • Sacred Kaire Lake at the foot of Annapurna South
  • Solitary trails in the Annapurna region

 

 

Khopra Ridge Trek Overview 

The Khopra Ridge is situated in the Annapurna region. The route of Khopra Ridge Trek moves away from the main trails through the solitary off-the-beaten-path. The viewpoint at Khopra Ridge offers a stunning view of over a score of majestic Himalayan peaks including, Machapuchare, Nilgiri North and South, Himchuli, and Gangapurna. The Annapurna massif appears at arm’s distance while Mt Dhaulagiri appears right in front.

The deepest gorge in the world — Kaligandaki River — separates the Dhaulagiri range from the Annapurna range. During the trek, the trails drift above a bed of clouds that help gain the heavenly experience. It is worth catching the sun setting above the beds of clouds. Kaire Lake is a major attraction of this trek which is located closer to the Khopra Ridge trekking trail. The lake hidden alpine lake is a pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists. A number of shrines can be seen nearby the lake. The Khopra Ridge Trip is a great choice as it combines the best of what Nepal has to offer — amazing mountain views, agricultural and pastoral villages with rice and potato fields layered on top of each other, descending down onto the valley. It could be the best part that very few people know about Khopra Ridge Journey.

There are very few treks in the world where you walk for two whole days on a ridge with the great mountains on either side. The Khopra Ridge Treks offer magnificent views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif that has a peak over (8,000m/26,000 ft), 13 peaks, and over (7,000m/23,000 ft), and 16 others over (6,000m/20,000 ft). The off-the-beaten-path of Khopra Ridge goes uphill and downhill but does not have the steps like in Annapurna Base Camp. Also, the trails are less crowded than the ABC Trek.

Before the trek epic begins, you will visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. The following day, you will take a flight to Pokhara, the base camp for Khopra Ridge Trek. From Pokhara, you will take a drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk. From here, you will gain access to the Khopra Ridge by hiking through Tadapani, Bayerka Kharka, and Upper Chistibung in five days.

Although the route of Khopra Ridge was officially opened in 2012, the tea houses in the region serve the best quality food compared to other trek routes. In the beginning, the trail passes through a valley covered under dense oak trees and then through Rhododendron forests. The trails appear to be isolated, but as you advance the abandoned huts start popping out of nowhere. It takes effort and pain to climb the Khopra Ridge (3,660m) which is rewarded with unobstructed views of the magnificent peaks. Gaining a high altitude may pose a little challenge as it requires one to have good endurance.

It has to be noted that the altitude and position of the ridge offer spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks also during the sunset. Likewise, hiking to Kaire Lake (15,700 feet) from the ridge becomes an adventure as it helps gain spiritual experience. Subsequently, you will pass by the village of Swanta which spreads out to the top of the hill where the huts are not clustered together. You will be mesmerized at the sight of huts separated by terraced farms. The farms are rice and potato fields.

The trail further goes through dense green oak trees relatively different from Brown oak. This also demonstrates the presence of a variety of forests in the region. The diverse landscape keeps one engrossed throughout the trek. The landscape changes depending on the seasons. The Khopra Ridge Tour is suitable throughout the year except for the monsoon (July to mid-September). You will complete the trip with a unique heritage, culture, and breath-taking view of the landscape. The epic trek ends at Ulleri from where it takes a three-hour drive back to Pokhara.

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After resting for some time at your Hotel, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

After breakfast, our city guide will take you to the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath stupa, the famous Buddhist monkey temple is located on the hill from where you can get a picture of Kathmandu valley from a bird’s view. Pashupathinath temple, one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus, is located in the eastern part of the city. Likewise, Buddhanath is the largest spherical stupas in Asia. You will also visit the Kathmandu Durbar Squire, a centuries-old royal palace, now turned into national museums, temples, and other buildings, with the finest architecture, fine cuts, and wood carvings. In the afternoon, we get our equipment checked by our Trekking leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip  Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast.
  • Max. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

After breakfast, we will drive to Pokhara, the second-largest city in Nepal. The overland vehicle journey provides an opportunity to establish a visual connection with lush green hills, meandering Trishuli River, and farms in the countryside. You will enjoy interacting visually with nature through the window of the vehicle during this six-hour journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara. In Pokhara, check into a hotel and take a rest for a few hours. In the evening, we will take a boat ride on Fewa Lake. On a clear day, you can enjoy the view of Mount Machhapuchchhre and the Annapurna Range and also their lucid reflection on the crystalline surface of the water. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast and Lunch.
  • Max. Altitude910m/2,985ft

After breakfast, we take a drive to Naya Pul which is 42km and takes about 80-minutes. Before we reach Naya pul we cross the village of Lumle. During the drive, we get countryside sights of terrain brimming with terraced farmlands and hills covered in green vegetation. From Nayapul we set off on a trek to Ghandruk following the trail alongside Modi Khola and hiking until we reach the village of Ghandruk situated at 1,920m. The beautiful village of Ghandruk has mostly Gurung community. The village offers amazing views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchchhre peaks. There is also a famous Gurung museum in the village. We may visit the museum if we have adequate time. Overnight in Ghandruk.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,920m/ /6,365ft

We continue our journey ascending the trail to Deurali and then hiking through rhododendron forests. Trudging over a small pass, we reach the settlement of Tadapani. The trail is surrounded by rhododendron forests that bloom during the spring season. Overnight in Tadapani.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,590m/8,497ft

We move away from the main trail to traverse an off-beaten path that goes through a remote area of the Annapurna region. We continue hiking along the path through rhododendron and oak forests. These paths are used by villagers from Ghandruk to take the herds of buffaloes, sheep, and goats to the pastures at higher altitude during summer. The trail gradually crosses the treeline and continues to a ridge to Deurali, a small pass. Further hiking uphill, we reach Bayeli Kharka. Here, we get the majestic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), the seventh highest mountain in the world. Overnight in Bayerka Kharka.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,420m/11,220ft

From Bayerka Kharka, we follow the trail that goes through pastures with the grown-up shrubs. As we pass by herders’ huts, we can see the herds of cross-breeds of cows and yaks, called Dzos, put out to pasture. We may spot colorful Danphe a species of pheasants on the grassy ridge above the trail. It is very common to come across Himalayan Thar in this section. We reach Chistibung where we stay overnight. Overnight in Chistibung.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,975m/9,760ft

We ascend along the trail above the treeline through meadows and pastures to reach Khopra. The top of Annapurna South becomes visible as we reach Khopra Ridge. After we reach Khopra, we make a short excursion walk to a viewpoint overlooking Kaligandaki River far below in a deep valley. Khopra also offers a stunning view of mountains including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna South. We stay overnight in Khopra. Overnight in Khopra Ridge.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,660m/12,007ft

In the early morning, we begin the trek toward Kaire Lake which is considered sacred by Hindus as well as Buddhists. From here we attain splendid views of Fang and the surrounding mountains. Hindu and Buddhist devotees and revelers believe that taking bath in the lake help attain Moksha or Nirvana. As the lake is the pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists, a number of shrines can be seen on the lakeside. Here, you will have the option, of either walking all the way to the lake or a half-day walk from Khopra with packed lunch. Overnight in Khopra Ridge.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,500m/14,765ft

From Khopra Ridge we begin descending downhill on a steep trail. We get a majestic view of Mt Dhaulagiri in the background of terraced fields and traditional houses as we pass by villages. You may visit Swanta Primary School in Swanta village. Overnight in Swanta village. Overnight in Swanta Village.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,200m /7,218ft

We leave Swanta descending through the fields to a small river where we can see some water mill. After crossing a suspension bridge the trail leads us upwards to Chittre, a small village. Further, we continue walking to join the main trail at Ghorepani. After Ghorepani, we descend along the trail through rhododendron forest to Ulleri. Overnight stay in Ulleri. Overnight in Ulleri.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,050m /6,726ft

After breakfast, we prepare for the final epic of this adventurous trek. It takes around five hours on a trek to reach Nayapul. We take a drive back to Pokhara. We check in the hotel and take a rest before going out for a boat ride in Fewa Lake. You may explore around the city. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, and Lunch.
  • Max. Altitude910m/2,985ft

After Breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu via the same highway route. We follow the meandering Trishuli river in reverse this time. Once again, you will enjoy interacting visually with nature through the window of the vehicle in this six-hour journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Later in the evening, our company will treat you to a farewell dinner and receive your feedback. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, and Farewell Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

Our Khopra Ridge Trek ends here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home.

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities like jungle safari, Rafting, Bungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle.
  •  Standard twin-sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (3 nights only) and Pokhara (2 nights only) with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Private, round-trip land transportation between Pokhara and Nayapul.
  • Surface transfer between Pokhara and Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by a private tourist vehicle.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Government licensed; English speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Assistant trekking guides walk with the group to support as necessary. 
  • Staff costs include their, Food, salary, insurance, accommodation, transportation, and medicine.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, first aid kit, and trekking map
  • Duffel bag for the trekking
  • All Government and Local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days and US$125 for 90 days)
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
  • International airfares/ flights (Fares and flights can be arranged upon request).
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory.

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: WednesdayOctober 05, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayOctober 18, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $999
Start DateStart: SaturdayOctober 08, 2022End DateEnd: FridayOctober 21, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $999
Start DateStart: TuesdayOctober 11, 2022End DateEnd: MondayOctober 24, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $999
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 14, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdayOctober 27, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $999
Start DateStart: MondayOctober 17, 2022End DateEnd: SundayOctober 30, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $999
Start DateStart: ThursdayOctober 20, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayNovember 02, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $999
Start DateStart: SundayOctober 23, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayNovember 05, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $999
Start DateStart: ThursdayOctober 27, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayNovember 09, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $999
Start DateStart: SundayOctober 30, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayNovember 12, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $999

The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If the scheduled dates are not suitable for you, we will be happy to create our trips to suit your needs. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and our travel experts will help customize your dream destination.

Useful Info

Meals 

All meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — will be provided during the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu and Pokhara. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea-houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea-houses on the way. You have the option to choose from Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines. As we take care of our guests, we ensure that you are getting healthy food. We prioritize locally produced organic food and also provide you with seasonable fruits. During the climbing session, hygienic, freshly-cooked food will be provided.

Note: If you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance so that we could make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek 

Accommodations 

You will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and the best available teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Please note that since you will be trekking in remote regions, the services in the teahouses/guesthouse will be pretty basic. We will try our best to arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places do not have attached bathrooms.

Drinking-Water

Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but doesn't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or use a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

Acclimatization And High Altitude Sickness 

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to the higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS) which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from normal AMS feels giddy, gets headache, Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less amount of oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomit, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines. A person suffering from serious AMS shows heightened symptoms including shortness of breath even while taking rest. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker having serious AMS has to be taken to the lower altitude immediately.

Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid is accumulated in the tissues of the body. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen which can lead to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing pink frothy sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are pretty rare. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek, are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle it with care. We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.

First-Aid Kit

Our guides and porters are equipped with a basic first-aid kit during regular treks. For expeditions that take on the isolated and off the beaten trekking paths, a comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory, the same goes for climbing expeditions as well.

  •  A bandage in case of sprains.
  • Plasters/ Band-aids and antiseptic ointments for simple cuts
  • Iodine or water filter (optional) instead of buying bottled mineral water
  •  Moleskin/Second skin in case of blisters.
  •  Aspirin/Paracetamol -painkiller.
  • Oral rehydration salts-Nava Jeevan or Jeevan Jal (orange-flavored ORS)
  •  The broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
  •  Diarrheal stopper (Imodium - optional).
  • Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness).
  • Gel hand cleaner/sanitizer.

Note: We can add medical supplies as per the special needs of the trekkers to the first-aid kit given above.

Equipment And Packing List 

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that, appropriate adjustments can be made, reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. The items marked with an asterisk (*) will be provided by Adventure Club Trek at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your own such articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many of the trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the items imported from China often being of higher quality. There are also several high-end shops in Kathmandu which carry well-known brands. Since your pack will be carried by our porters, please remember the weight limit is 20kg (40 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you did not send me any list of gear.

* The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags,s and duffle bags.

* Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

Important Documents And Items 

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, and snacks, and purchasing your own drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

HEAD

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

LOWER BODY

  • non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  •  2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  •  Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

HANDS

  •  pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

TOILETRIES 

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  •  Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  •  Deodorants
  •  Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  •  Female hygiene products
  •  Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  •  Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  •  Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

SLEEPING 

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  •  Rucksack and Travel Bags
  •  medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  •  large duffel bag *
  •  A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  •  Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  •  Water purification tablets or the water filter
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  •  Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  •  Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  •  Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

Visa And Entry Procedures

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require visa for a period of 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visa on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist your visa processing. Taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you need to stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for online visa within15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo that needs to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate located in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the visa office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate around the world, you may CLICK HERE.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90 day visa as per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and we train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first aid training
  • Guide Training (trekking)
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expedition or climbing treks)

All our guides are carefully trained for leadership as good leadership is vital for your trek to be enjoyable, safe, and successful. Most of our guides grew up in Sherpa country or other mountainous parts of Nepal. Their pride in their region shows itself in the way they lead treks and interface with you. 

Porters Care

On any team, courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. At the conclusion of your trek, we believe you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We do expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 22kgs/40lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a full commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of serious accident or sickness, they receive the same care as anyone else employed on the trekking team, even including evacuation by helicopter at our expense if appropriate. We fully support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), which strives to maintain and improve our porter's working conditions.

Experience Required 

Khopra Ridge Trek is suitable for all adventurers who can walk for at least 5-6 hours a day. At some points, you may have to walk for 5-6 hours. The trek is moderate, but it is to take note that walking in higher altitudes can be more physically demanding than in the lowland. If you wish to make the Annapurna Base Camp Trek you do not have to be an expert in mountaineering. It only requires good mental health and physique. With the leadership of our experienced guide qualified in first aid, you will be able to complete the trek efficiently.

Best Time to Travel 

Autumn (Sept -Nov) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (July to Aug) will be affected by rain but a summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Travel Insurance 

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Adventure Club Trek has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Electricity, WIFI, And Battery Recharge 

During the Annapurna base camp trek, electricity is available at all the teahouses where you will spend the night. You can recharge your phones, laptop, or iPads from micro-hydropower and solar panels by paying a nominal charge. Regarding Wi-Fi, there are no free hotspots along the trekking trail, so we do not encourage carrying your laptop. Some teahouses do offer paid Wi-Fi services on an hourly basis but don’t expect high-speed connectivity on the remote trails.

Group Size And Team Composition 

We always try to form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share with each other in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 14 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members do not apply. We always strive to form a team ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

Tipping 

Tipping is not mandatory in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you are free to offer a tip to drivers, and hotel staff among others. People usually welcome such generosity. When it comes to tipping your porters or trekking leaders, use your discretion as per the quality of the services. Tip money does not form a part of our employees’ wages. However, you can use tipping as a way of showing appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

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