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Kopra Trek – 14 Days

14 Days

Kopra trek is one of least explored and incredible trekking destinations in Nepal. The Kopra is located away from the busier trails of Annapurna region. It is one of the most exotic and interesting trek routes in Annapurna region. This trek contains all of the elements of a classic Nepal trekking experience including villages, wildlife, panoramic mountain views including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang and Nilgiri and range of landscape from forest to high alpine trek. Another attraction of this trek is the holy Kaire Lake. Kopra trek is often compared to its neighbouring destination Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. However, regarding altitude, Kopra danda rises to an elevation of 3,640 meters whereas Poon hill is located at 3,210 meters. There is no doubt that Kopra Ridge is one of the best short treks in Nepal.
Though it is in the heart of Annapurna region trekkers, have often underrated this destination because it is hidden from the main trail of Annapurna circuit. Kopra trekking provides immense views of Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (7061m), Bharha Shikhar (7647m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South (7219m) Hiunchuli (6434m), Fishtail (6997m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna IV (7525m) , Lamjung Himal (6983m) and other famous mountains. The path to Kopra goes through dense and lush green forests of pine, oak, and rhododendron. On the route, you will see especially the Magar and the Gurung communities who have developed for themselves the identity of successful hospitality providers. Hence Kopra trek trail is a splendid opportunity to explore the exotic lifestyle and culture of local communities.
Highlights of the trek
1. Short trek in Annapurna avoiding the crowd
2. Explore the several Himalayan viewpoints including the popular Poon Hill
3. Day hike to Kaire Lake at 4,660 m
4. Discover the pristine yak grazing and the higher reaches off the villages
5. Enjoy an amazing sunrise over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna’s
6. Descend through pastoral villages to Tatopani

Accommodation: Lodge, Teahouse
Location: Annapurna
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
Trip Duration: 14 Days
Trip Level: Middle
Max Altitude: 3640m
Suitable for: All
season Sept. to Dec. and Feb. to Apr.
Route:

Kathmandu - Pokhara - Nayapul - Ulleri - Ghorepani - Swanta - Dhankharka - Kopra Danda - Bayeli - Tadapani - Ghandruk - Pokhara - Kathmandu.

The price includes the following services::

The price Includes the following services:
• Airport pick-up and drop off service by with Private vehicle.
• Standard twin - Share accommodation in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (3 night) and Pokhara(2 Night).
• Accommodation in Lodge (Tea house) during the trek in generally twin- share and occasionally dormitory- style rooms.
• All meals (breakfast, lunch, diner) during the trek.
• Trekking guide/s.
• Porters (one porter carries 25kg of luggage) - each two-person one porter.
• Sleeping bags, trekking sticks if required.
• Trekking Permits & teams.
• All land transportation from (Kathmandu - Sothi Khola and Besishar - Kathmandu) by private vehicle.
• Insurance and equipment for trekking staffs.
• One farewell dinner with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on last night.

 

The price does not includes the following services::

The price does not Includes the following:
• Nepal entry visa.
• International air fare and airport departure tax.
• Meals at Kathmandu and Pokhara.
• Travel in insurance.
• Tips to the guide.
• Entire cost of beverages, mineral waters, juice and beer etc.
• Any others expenses which are not mention on cost of includes.

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Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu.

After arriving in Kathmandu, our airport representative will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest or visit beautiful Thamel city. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Colors Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus – 7 hours drive.

After early breakfast in the morning and then we leave for Pokhara, also known as the City of lake due to the large number of lakes in the city. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m / 26,794 feet), Manaslu (8,156m / 26,759 feet), Machhapuchhre (6,993m / 22,943 feet), the five Annapurna peaks and others. Then we checked into our hotel and take a break. We enjoy sailing on Fewa Lake and stroll through the picturesque streets of the city. Overnight in Pokhara.

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Day 3: Pokhara to Ulleri via Nayapul(2080m) – 5 hours trek.

hours to get there. We start our trekking from Nayapul. During the trek, we pass through many local villages, teahouses, gentle green rolling hills, rivers and local people. After crossing the Tikhedunga Khola on the suspension bridge, the trail begins to climb up quite steeply on a stone staircase that is more than 3200 steps. After climbing the hill we arrive at Ulleri village where we can see Mt. Annapurna south (7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m). Overnight in Ulleri.

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Day 4: Ulleri to Ghorepani(2700m) – 5 hours trek.

After breakfast, we ascend to the Ghorepani village. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and crafts. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather, especially in the evenings. Overnight in Ghorepani.

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Day 5: Ghorepani to Swanta( 2270m) – 5 hours trek.

From Ghorepani we ascend off the hillside and continue uphill on a steep trail. Along the way we get more views of Mount Dhaulagiri with the mountain providing a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages. Overnight in Swanta village.

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Day 6: Swanta to Dhankharka(3020m) – 5 hours trek.

After breakfast, we descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung. Next, we ascend gradually through a forest before reaching Upper Chistibung which is a temporary herder’s settlement. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the colorful Lophophorus (Danphe), the national bird of Nepal, as well as Himalayan thar on the grassy ridge high above the trail. Upon arrival at Dhankharka we will have a magnificent view of Himalayas. Overnight in Dhankharka.

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Day 7: Dhankharka to Khopra Danda(3640m ) – 4 hours trek.

We embark on a steady climb above the tree line through alpine meadows and pastures to reach Kopra. As we approach Kopra, we see the tip of Annapurna South. Upon reaching Kopra we go for a short walk down Kopra Ridge to a viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki river far below in this deep valley. From Kopra we also admire the stunning mountain panorama including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna South. Overnight in Kopra.

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Day 8: Khopra Danda to Bayeli ( ) – 7 hours trek.

From Khopra Ridge we descend off the hillside and continue downhill on a steep trail. This is a lovely walk through rhododendron and oak forest following a trail originally used by villagers from Ghandruk to take their buffaloes, sheep and goats to the higher pastures in the summer months. The trail starts to ascend above the tree line and follows a ridge to Deurali (small pass) and then continues up to Bayeli Kharka where the first community lodge is located. From the lodge the view to west is dominated by Mount Dhaulagiri at 8,167m is the seventh highest mountain in the world. Overnight in Bayeli.

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Day 9: Bayeli to Tadapani() – 7 hors trek.

From Bayeli we descend through the village fields to a small river and take a quick look at the local water mill. From here we cross the suspension bridge and head upwards to the village of Chittre, where we’ll join the main trekking trail at Ghorepani. After Ghorepani we descend through rhododendron forest to Tadapani where we stay the night.

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Day 10: Tadapani to Ghandruk - 4 hours trek.

From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense, dark forest. This part of the hike will be through a thick forest of old rhododendrons trees. In the afternoon, depending on the season, we can also enjoy blooming cherry blossoms on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After a few minutes of walking, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a colony of hills with stone houses mainly inhabited by the Gurung people. In addition to enjoying the incredibly narrow views of Fishtail, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli Mountains, we also learn about the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung people at Gurung Museum in Ghandruk. Overnight in Ghandruk.

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Day 11: Ghandruk to Pokhara via nayapul. – 3 hours drive 2 hours drive.

oday we trek from Ghandruk to Naya Pul then drive back to Pokhara. The trek will be downhill all the way to Birethanti. We step onto a staircase paved with stone slabs, curving in and out of the village and then into terraced farms. It keeps on going down almost without any breaks from Ghandruk until Modi Khola river valley. From Birethanti, a half-an-hour's walk takes us to Naya Pul. The journey on foot comes to an end at Nayapul. We then drive to Pokhara for an overnight stay.

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Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus – 7 hours.

After breakfast, we bid farewell to the beautiful northern horizon of Pokhara and head towards Kathmandu. This will be a trip along the banks of the river with wonderful views of the terraced hills and the Nepalese rural lifestyle. After arriving in Kathmandu, we take a break or do some souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Day 13: Rest day at Kathmandu.

Today is basically a rest day. If you are interested you can stroll around Kathmandu Valley. The Kathmandu Valley is so full of historical, architectural, and religious treasures that you don't need to leave (or go very far) to have rich experience in Kathmandu. Later in the evening you can stroll down the Thamel city. Thamel is the city's main nightlife zone. Thamel has been the centre of the tourist industry in Kathmandu for over four decades. To celebrate the success of our trip, we will have a farewell dinner at night. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Day 14: Departure to home.

Our Kopra trek tour ends today. A representative from the Colors Nepal will drive you to the airport about three hours before the planned flight. On your return flight, you can bring back incredible memories of your trip to Nepal.