Khopra Ridge Trek

Khopra Ridge Trek

Text: Dovan Rai Photographs: Sean P. Grady and Dovan Rai October 2016: Three of my friends were visiting Nepal for the first time and one of the interesting things they wanted to do in Nepal was trek in the mountains. Considering the tight schedule and their unfamiliarity in the terrain and my own, I picked the famous Poon Hill trek. But my friends wanted to go further and higher. So, we modified our original Poon hill trek itinerary and extended further north to Khopra hill. Khopra trek was not a well-known trekking route and I had my concerns. But I am very glad that we chose this lesser-known route. Within four days, we got to experience varied vistas: beautiful and breathtaking, heart-warming and humbling. Starting with beautiful villages and charming tea-houses, we walked through far-away forests and exhilarating ridges, taking elevation each day and feeling closer to the mountains. Our itinerary Day 1: Kade (1770 m ) to Ghandruk (1940 m) Day 2: Ghandruk to Dobato, Muldai Dhanda (3637 m) Day 3: Dobato to Khopra (3660 m) Day 4: Khopra to Tatopani   Day 1 Our hotel van drove us from Pokhara city and dropped at Kande. We started our trek from there. Since it was a peak trekking season, there were a number of people starting their trek from Kande. We also met a lot of people trekking towards us, probably concluding their trek. We walked through various cute villages. It was already dark when we reached Ghandruk. Day 2 Ghandruk as our starting point, we trekked up to Dobato as our destination for day 2. This was the most...

Manaslu Circuit Trek, Video (Itinerary)

This April, we trekked to the tough trail of the Manaslu Circuit, crossing one of the longest and the toughest Passes of Nepal, Larkye La. The journey was tough but totally worth it. Tsujan walked despite fevers while one of our travel companion had to return halfway through the trek due to injuries. But the journey continued, and we’re glad we did. We made some wonderful friends on the way, witnessed the culture and were lucky to see avalanche in the Frozen Lake. The people are amazing and the area is comparatively less crowded. Wildlife is abundant, and the locals very friendly. Highly recommended trek to anybody who’s looking for a great trekking experience in Nepal. Please like, share and leave your thoughts on the video. For more videos like this, do subscribe if you haven’t already. Itinerary Day 1: Kathmandu -Sotikhola Drive 9/10 hours Day2: Sotikhola -Machhikhola (Trek 8hours ) Day 3 : Machhikhola -Jagat 7 hours Day4: Jagat -Dang 7 hours Day5: Dang-Namrung 8 hours Day6: Namrung -Shyala 6 hours Day7: Shayala -Samagon 2 hours Day 8: Rest in Samagoan  Day9: Samagoan-Samdo 3 hours Day 10: Samdo -Dharmashala 4 hours Day 11: Dharmashala -Bhimtang via Larkye La Pass 9 hours Day 12: Bhimtang -Goa 7hours Day 13: Goa to Dharapani 3hours and drive to Besisahar Day 14: Beshisahar – Kathmandu   P.S., this itinerary excludes Tsum Valley which also falls under the circuit. Tsum Valley will require an additional one week....