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Kopra Ridge Trek


Kopra Ridge Trek

The Kopra Ridge Trek, also known as Kopra Danda, Kopra Khayera Lake Trek, or Khaire Lake Trek, is a popular adventure in Nepal's Annapurna region. Starting from Kande, the trek passes through quaint villages and forests, offering glimpses into Nepalese culture and traditions. The ridge offers panoramic views of Annapurna South, Fang, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri peaks. A side trip to Kaire Lake provides an alpine oasis. The trek also includes encounters with Gurung and Magar communities, as well as monasteries and shrines.

The Kopra Ridge Trek, which is also referred to as the Khopra Dada Trek, is a wonderful and secluded trail that winds through the Annapurna region of Nepal, which is quite breathtaking. This less-traveled route is perfect for adventurers who are looking for a genuine and one-of-a-kind experience. The trail allows trekkers to experience the natural beauty of the area while also immersing themselves in the culture of the communities they visit. You will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the towering Annapurna ranges and the majestic Mt. Dhaulagiri as you travel through the remote mountain ridges and verdant forests at the end of your trek.

The Kopra Dada Trek is an incredible trek that will take you through a variety of different landscapes en route to its destination. As you make your way from the verdant lowlands to the enchanting high alpine pastures, you will encounter something new and exciting at every turn. It is possible to complete the trek if you are in good physical condition, even though it presents some difficulties. This is an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life because you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the mountain ranges and valleys that are located in the surrounding area with each successful step.

The Kopra Ridge Khayera Lake Trek is an incredible trek that offers a view of Nepal's natural splendor that is unmatched by any other. This hike is a highlight because it takes trekkers to the holy Khaire Lake, which is located at an elevation of 4,650 meters, and provides them with a breathtaking experience in the surrounding mountains. You will travel through remote Gurung villages and enchanting forests as you embark on this journey. You will also explore high alpine pastures that are rarely visited, and all of this will take place while you are immersed in the tranquility that nature provides.

This trek is truly one of a kind because it takes you off the beaten path, which enables you to have meaningful interactions with the residents of the local communities, who are known for their warm hospitality. As you trek through both traditional Gurung and Magar villages, you will have the chance to gain insights into their culture as well as their way of life. You will be able to create memories that will last a lifetime as you take in the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayas, including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

You will be rewarded with breathtaking views from a stunning vantage point that captures the wild beauty of the natural world below as you begin the trek. These views will be unforgettable. The Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, and majestic Dhaulagiri massifs are the tall peaks that make up the Kali Gandaki Valley, which together form a surreal and breathtaking landscape. Those who are interested in developing a more profound connection with the natural world have the opportunity to take a side trip to Khayar Lake, which is a holy lake located at a high altitude and brings a sense of peace and spirituality to the trek. The lake's peace and tranquility, along with the surrounding snow-covered mountains, make it the ideal setting for reflection and introspection.

Kopra Ridge Trek

Kopra Ridge Trek Highlights and Attractions




18 Days

Starting Price

USD 1,800.00

Group Size

6 Plus




Land Transportation


Hotel, Community Lodges and Lodges

Meal Plan

AP Plan

Trip Grade


Max. Altitude


Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Trip Hours/Day

4-8 Hours

Trip Itinerary

  • 01

    Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m).

    When you arrive at the airport, our company representative will greet you warmly and ensure a smooth transfer to the hotel. At the hotel, you will have the opportunity to meet our team. We will organize a pre-trek briefing in the evening, between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. This gathering is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the other members of your group before we all proceed to enjoy a delicious dinner. The welcome dinner will feature authentic Nepalese cuisine and captivating cultural dance performances, immersing you in Nepal's rich cultural traditions.

    Transfer: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Welcome Dinner
  • 02

    Full day Guided Tour in Kathmandu valley with City Tour Guide

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our knowledgeable city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several notable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will learn about the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic landmarks. Prepare to be captivated by Kathmandu's unique charm and spiritual ambiance.

    Sightseeing: 7-8 Hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
  • 03

    By Private Bus: Kathmandu to Kande (1740m). Trek to Australian Base Camp (2165m)

    After breakfast in Kathmandu, you will drive for eight hours to Pokhara, passing through charming villages and catching glimpses of the Trisuli River along steep mountain roads. As you approach Pokhara, the breathtaking Annapurna mountain range comes into view. Kande is an hour and 30 minutes drive from Pokhara. The trail begins with a gentle ascent through terraced fields and small houses, leading to the breathtaking Rhododendron forest. After about an hour, you will arrive at Australian Base Camp, which has spectacular views of the Annapurna Range and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). After a brief rest, the climb continues up stone staircases for about an hour, eventually arriving at Australian Camp. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to watch a breathtaking sunset over the Himalayas, creating an unforgettable experience.

    Distance: 231km |  Distance: 8-9 Hours |  Altitude Gain: +425 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 04

    Australian BC to Landruk (1,640m)

    After a breathtaking mountain sunrise, we travel through the enchanting Rhododendron forest and the captivating Landruk Gurung villages, where time-honored traditions are still practiced. Following a delicious breakfast, we began the trail by gently descending before gradually ascending through charming villages such as Deurali, Tolkha, Chandrakot, and Bheri Kharka. The path winds gracefully along a ridge, providing ascents and peaceful forest breaks. Prepare yourself for thrilling moments, as some sections of the trail may be steep, adding an exciting sense of adventure to our trekking experience.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +200 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -450 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 05

    Landruk to Ghandruk (2,050m)

    Our destination today is the picturesque Gurung village of Ghandruk, which is visible across the valley. We begin our journey by gradually descending through the picturesque rice terraces and crossing a sturdy steel bridge over the glacial Modi Khola river. From there, our ascent begins, taking us up numerous staircases. As we climb higher, we are treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayas from a relatively close distance, with glaciers flowing from their peaks to form rivers below. The setting is truly breathtaking, making it a photographer's dream. Our leisurely approach along these ridges, with their spectacular mountain views, allows for proper acclimatization and a relaxed opportunity to fully appreciate the breathtaking scenery.

    Walking duration: 3-4 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +650 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -250 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 06

    Ghandruk to Tadapani (2,650m)

    The trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani is a fascinating journey through the breathtaking Himalayan scenery. The trail begins in the charming Gurung village of Ghandruk and winds uphill, providing stunning views of fields and the majestic Annapurna range. The forest's vibrant rhododendron and magnolia trees create a magical atmosphere. Along the way, we come across tranquil waterfalls cascading down narrow gullies, adding to the trek's natural beauty. The trail is a haven for delicate plants and ferns, making the surroundings lush and serene. After a rewarding day of trekking, we find peace in Tadapani, a peaceful clearing nestled in the forest that provides an ideal resting spot before continuing our adventure.

    Walking duration: 3-4 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +700 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -0 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 07

    Tadapani to Dobato (3,420m)

    We leave the main trekking trail and ascend a less-defined path through the forest until we reach a grassy clearing, which serves as an ideal spot for a delicious lunch. This area provides an excellent opportunity to explore and appreciate the majestic mountains, lush vegetation, and diverse fauna. For photographers, a short hike will reward them with breathtaking views of the Annapurna Himalayas. Our campsite is located in a secluded, tree-lined gully, providing a sense of tranquility and isolation. Climbing the hill behind the campsite reveals something unique—a breathtaking Himalayan highlight. Keep an eye out for wildlife, such as Himalayan thar, hyrax, or Ressus and Langur monkeys, which will add to your unforgettable experience.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +800 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -150 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 08

    Dobato to Chistibung (2,975m)

    The trail takes us along a ridge that runs from the summit of Annapurna South. As we crest a spur, the imposing and massive cliffs of Dhaulagiri 1 (8,167m) become visible, creating an awe-inspiring sight. Far below lies the Kali Gandaki Valley, which reaches an incredible depth of around 7,000 meters and is thought to be the world's deepest gorge. The landscape's scale serves as a reminder of our relative insignificance. It is fascinating to think that the peaks around us were once part of the ocean floor. Throughout today's trek, we will pass through the pristine Himalayan forest, reminiscent of the enchanting settings in Tolkein's books. A small stream has lunch in a sheltered gully, and in the afternoon, we climb through a dwarf rhododendron to our camp below Kopra Ridge.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +290 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -600 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 09

    Chistibung to Kopra Ridge (3,660m)

    Our goal for today is the ridge above our camp, which we can reach with a steady and comfortable morning walk. We climb through the forest, gradually leaving the tree line behind. When we reach the top of the ridge, we take a contour path through the grassy alpine meadows, which leads us to our campsite in a truly spectacular setting. From here, we have stunning views of prominent peaks such as Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna 1, Fang, Annapurna South, Tukuche Peak, and the Nilgiris. The vista extends deep into the valley, providing a glimpse of Tibet's magnificent mountains. It is one of the most scenic and expansive views in the Annapurna region. As we explore the grassy areas, we may be lucky enough to see the majestic pheasant, Nepal's national bird. There is also a chance of seeing more wildlife on the rocky cliffs, which will add to our experience in this breathtaking environment.

    Walking duration: 3-4 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +650 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -0 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 10

    Excursion to Khaire Lake (4,650m)

    Our trek begins early, around six a.m., as we head towards Khaire Lake. The lake provides stunning views of the majestic Fang and its surrounding mountains. This sacred lake is significant to Hindus because it is believed that bathing in its waters will lead to Nirvana. The cultural intertwining of Hinduism and Buddhism in Nepal is visible here, with numerous shrines to both religions adorning the lakeside. For those who prefer a shorter trek, there is the option of walking from Khopra, which takes half a day. We will bring a packed lunch with us for the day. We will spend the night at Khopra Ridge.

    Walking duration: 6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +990 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -990 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 11

    Kopra Ridge to Swanta (2,200m)

    As we descend steeply from Kopra Ridge, we will follow the ridge line that leads to the Kali Gandaki Valley. We will pass by shrines that tourists frequently visit during their annual pilgrimages to the holy lakes. During our descent through settlements, we may encounter shepherds and villagers going about their daily activities, providing a stark contrast to the peaceful trekking experience we had on the high ridges.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +230 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,650 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 12

    Swanta to Ghorepani (2,865m)

    The trek from Swanta to Ghorepani is a captivating journey through the picturesque Himalayan scenery. We depart from Swanta and follow a scenic trail through quaint villages and lush forests. As we steadily ascend, we are rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Throughout the trek, we will have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the region's rich cultural heritage and interact with welcoming local communities. Finally, we arrive in Ghorepani, a vibrant town with a bustling bazaar, where we can soak up the unique atmosphere and discover the beauty of this remarkable destination.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +850 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -150 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 13

    Hike to Poonhill (3,210m). Trek to Ulleri (2,080m)

    . We begin our day at Ghorapani with a 45-minute climb to the 3,210-meter summit of Poon Hill before dawn. The Himalayan views from here are breathtaking, with lush, forested foothills in the foreground and some of the world's most impressive mountain ranges surrounding us. The view of the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna ranges illuminated by the rising sun is breathtaking. After descending, we eat breakfast before continuing our morning trek through forests and charming small towns. As we descend into a deep ravine, we are enchanted by the numerous waterfalls along the trail. We set up camp just outside Ulleri village, which provided us with a strategic vantage point to appreciate our trek route overview as well as the majestic Annapurnas at the valley head.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +250 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,130 meters    |    Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 14

    Ulleri to Birethanti (1040m). Drive to Pokhara (820m)

    This morning, we begin shortening our route through the village before joining a lesser-known local trail that takes us through lush forests. As we walk through the forest for several hours, we may be lucky enough to see monkeys among the trees. The trail then leads us to a stunning traditional Gurung village, where we can immerse ourselves in the local culture. We continue through terraced fields until we reach the charming village of Bukha. It is a lovely day and a fantastic way to end our journey. We will take the bus from Birethanti to Pokhara, bringing our unforgettable journey to an end.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Loss: -1,040 meters    |   Transfer : 42 km, 2 Hours  | Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch
  • 15

    Excursion day in Pokhara

    Start your day early, around 4:30 a.m., by driving to Sarangkot for a breathtaking sunrise experience. Sarangkot provides breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and is ideal for starting your day on a high note. Continue your day's itinerary after you have enjoyed the sunrise. Here are some recommended places to visit:

    • International Mountain Museum: Gain insights into the rich history and culture of the majestic Himalayas at the International Mountain Museum. Learn about mountaineering, flora and fauna, and the local communities that call these mountains home.
    • Bindhyabshini Temple: Explore the Bindhyabshini Temple, an ancient Hindu temple known for its spiritual significance and unique architecture. Take in the serene ambiance and admire the intricate details of the temple.
    • White Water (Seti Gorge): Experience the beauty of the Seti Gorge and its white-water rapids. You may choose to take a relaxing walk along the riverbanks or enjoy the thrill of river rafting if it is available and safe.
    • Devi's Fall (Patale Chhango): Discover the mesmerizing Devi's Fall, also known as Patale Chhango. Marvel at the powerful waterfall and the natural wonder it creates. Be sure to capture some memorable photos!
    • Gupteshwor Cave: Venture into the Gupteshwor Cave, a mystical underground cave located near Devi's Fall. Admire the stalactites and stalagmites as you explore the fascinating caverns.
    • World Peace Pagoda: Complete your day with a visit to the World Peace Pagoda, a symbol of peace and harmony. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes and the city below.

    Please note that this itinerary is subject to change based on your preferences and the availability of time. Make sure to bring comfortable footwear, a camera, and sufficient water for your day of exploration. Enjoy your journey and create wonderful memories!

    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast
  • 16

    By Private Bus: Pokhara to Kathmandu

    After a delicious breakfast, we say goodbye to the enchanting lake city of Pokhara and embark on a scenic drive to Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day at our leisure to relax and rejuvenate or shop for souvenirs. Whether you choose to relax or explore the vibrant markets for unique souvenirs, this free time allows for personal enjoyment before we continue our adventure in this captivating city.

    Distance: 200 km l Transfer Duration: 6-7 Hrs l Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch
  • 17

    Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today we have free time to explore Kathmandu on our own. You could spend the day shopping for souvenirs, exploring the colorful streets and bazaars, or sampling the local cuisine. You could also go to some of the city's popular tourist attractions, such as Bhaktapur and Patan, which highlight Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. You could also participate in other activities such as hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate at one of the city's many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you decide, make sure to take in the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast
  • 18

    Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport to depart. After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will collect our belongings and head to the airport. We will arrive at the airport on time to complete all of the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we leave this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking Himalayan views and appreciate the Nepalese people's warm hospitality and kindness. This concludes our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable experience in Nepal.

    Meal: Breakfast
Included in package cost
  • Airport pick-up drop service on private vehicle.
  • Hotel: 4 nights in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara in a twin-sharing room on BB plan.
  • A warm welcome dinner at a typical and authentic Nepalese kitchen with a cultural dance.
  • Full-day Guided Tour in Kathmandu with an English-speaking Tour guide.
  • Land transportation on a private vehicle: Kathmandu to Kande, Ulleri to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Completely lodges treks which include Breakfast, Lunch, dinner, and room during the whole trekking period.
  • Trekking Permit: Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and TIM Card entrance fees.
  • First aid and medical kits.
  • Trekking staff: English Speaking Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide, and Porters.
  • Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staff.
  • All government taxes and official charges.
  • Agency service charge.
Not included in package
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara before and after Trek.
  • International air ticket.
  • Beverage and hard drinks and alcohol.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
  • Extra supporting staff, laundry, battery charge, and communication expenses.
  • Personal expenses like tea, coffee, bar bill, drinking water, beverage, snacks, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation/natural disaster, or personal reasons.
  • In any case of natural calamities, mishaps, or anything beyond our control.
  • Tips and gratitude for the members of the trekking or the tour.

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Kopra Ridge Trek in Nepal's Annapurna region is a captivating and less crowded adventure, offering lush forests, quaint villages, and awe-inspiring high-altitude landscapes. The trek leads to the breathtaking vantage point of Kopra Ridge, providing sweeping panoramic views of majestic Himalayan peaks like Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. This trek presents a unique opportunity to immerse in the pristine beauty of the Himalayas, experience local culture, and witness alpine settings with snow-capped peaks. Despite its moderate to challenging difficulty, the trek is immensely rewarding, leaving trekkers with a sense of accomplishment and cherished memories. Best experienced during pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons for stable weather, this expedition stands as a remarkable and professionally guided journey into the heart of Nepal's Himalayas, promising an unforgettable adventure for every nature enthusiast.

Kopra Ridge Trek typically lasts for 8 to 10 days, depending on the chosen itinerary. This duration encompasses the trek itself and includes dedicated acclimatization days to reduce the risk of altitude-related challenges.

Kopra Ridge Trek is classified as a moderate to challenging trek. Although it does not involve technical climbing skills, participants are advised to possess a good level of physical fitness and be prepared for extended hiking days with steep ascents and descents. Prior trekking experience and stamina are advantageous for fully enjoying the journey.

The best time to do the Kopra Ridge Trek is during the two primary trekking seasons in Nepal: the pre-monsoon (spring) season and the post-monsoon (autumn) season. These seasons offer the most favorable weather and optimal trekking conditions for Kopra Ridge and other treks in the region.

  • Autumn (September to November): This is considered the best time for the Mardi Himal Trek. The weather is generally stable and clear, offering excellent visibility of the mountains and landscapes. The temperatures are moderate during the day, making it comfortable for trekking, and the nights are cool. The colorful autumn foliage adds to the scenic beauty of the trek.
  • Spring (March to May): Another favorable time for the Mardi Himal Trek is during the spring season. The weather remains pleasant, and the hills come alive with blooming rhododendron forests, creating a spectacular sight. Like in autumn, the temperatures are comfortable for trekking during the day, but the nights can still be chilly at higher elevations.

During these seasons, the weather is generally more predictable, and the chances of rain and snowfall are relatively low, making the trekking conditions more favorable. The clear skies provide excellent views of the snow-capped mountains, including the Mardi Himal, Annapurna, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

While these two seasons are the best times for the Kopra Ridge Trek, it's essential to be aware that the trek can still be possible during other months. However, outside of autumn and spring, the weather can be more unpredictable, with a higher chance of rain, snow, and leeches in some areas. Trekking during the monsoon season (June to August) is generally not recommended due to the heavy rainfall and slippery trails. To enjoy the Kopra Dada Trek to its fullest and for the best trekking experience, plan your journey during the autumn or spring months.

Absolutely, permits are indeed required for the Kopra Ridge Trek. There are two main permits that trekkers need to obtain: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is issued by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Its purpose is to support the conservation and sustainable management of the Annapurna region. The permit fees contribute to the preservation of the natural environment, cultural heritage, and local communities.

Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card is a registration card that helps to ensure the safety and security of trekkers. It provides essential details about trekkers, including their trekking routes, emergency contacts, and other relevant information. The TIMS card also helps in collecting data for trekking statistics and contributes to the overall management and promotion of trekking in Nepal.

Both the ACAP and TIMS card can be obtained in either Kathmandu or Pokhara, the major starting points for the Kopra Dada Trek. You will need to submit the necessary documents, such as your passport, passport-sized photographs, and the required fees to obtain these permits. It's important to carry these permits with you throughout the trek, as they may be checked at various checkpoints along the route.

During the Kopra Ridge Trek, trekkers can expect basic but comfortable accommodation in teahouses or guesthouses along the trail. These lodges provide twin-sharing rooms with simple amenities. In most cases, the bathrooms are shared. The accommodation facilities may vary depending on the altitude and remoteness of the location. As you ascend to higher elevations, the facilities may become more basic, but the teahouses still offer a warm and hospitable atmosphere, making your trekking experience enjoyable and memorable.

Trekking in Nepal now requires a licensed trekking guide and a trekking agency-issued TIMS Card, as per the Revised TIMS Provision effective from March 31, 2023. This rule applies to specific Protected Areas in Nepal, and it is mandatory for trekkers to be accompanied by a guide. This regulation is in place for safety purposes and to enhance the overall trekking experience.

Absolutely, hiring a guide for the Kopra Ridge Trek is highly recommended. While it is possible to trek independently, having a knowledgeable and experienced guide can significantly enhance your overall experience and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Here are some key reasons why hiring a guide is beneficial:

  • Navigation and Safety: Annapurna region can be challenging to navigate, with numerous trails and variations. A guide is familiar with the routes, knows the correct paths, and can navigate through tricky sections, especially when crossing high passes. They can help prevent you from getting lost, ensuring you stay on the right track and reach your destinations safely.
  • Local Knowledge and Cultural Insights: Guides are typically locals or have extensive knowledge of the region. They can provide valuable insights into the local culture, customs, and traditions, enriching your understanding of the area. They can also act as interpreters, facilitating communication with local communities and teahouse owners.
  • Altitude and Acclimatization: Altitude sickness is a concern in the Annapurna region. A knowledgeable guide can help monitor your health, recognize early symptoms of altitude sickness, and make appropriate decisions regarding acclimatization. They can suggest necessary rest days and guide you on proper hydration and pacing to minimize the risk of altitude-related problems.
  • Logistics and Communication: Guides are well-versed in the logistics of the trek. They can assist with arranging accommodations, meals, and necessary permits along the way, saving you time and effort. In case of any emergencies or unforeseen circumstances, a guide can quickly communicate with local authorities and arrange necessary assistance.
  • Support and Motivation: Trekking in the Annapurna region can be physically and mentally demanding. A guide provides valuable support, encouragement, and motivation throughout the trek, helping you overcome challenges and keeping your spirits high.
  • Overall, hiring a guide for the Kopra Dada Trek offers numerous advantages, particularly in terms of safety, navigation, cultural insights, and logistics. It allows you to focus on enjoying the trek while leaving the complexities to an experienced professional.

Along the Kopra Ridge Trek and other popular trails in Nepal, teahouses act as essential rest stops for trekkers, providing basic accommodations and meals. These teahouses offer a variety of dishes, including traditional Nepali favorites like Dal Bhat, momo, and curries, as well as international options like pasta and soups. However, at higher altitudes, the availability of some items may decrease due to transportation challenges. Despite this, teahouses still offer nourishing meals. Carrying high-energy snacks is advisable, especially for those with specific dietary needs. Experiencing the local cuisine and hospitality at teahouses is a trekking highlight, making trying Nepali dishes highly recommended. Resting and enjoying warm meals in cozy teahouses after a day's trek is a cherished part of the adventure.

Communication and internet access during the Kopra Ridge Trek and other treks in Nepal's Annapurna region have improved but remain limited and unreliable in certain areas. Some teahouses in lower altitudes offer basic Wi-Fi, but it may vary in quality and come with an additional cost. As you go higher and into more remote areas, internet availability decreases, and mobile networks might not be accessible until you descend again. Trekking in the Himalayas is about disconnecting from modern life and embracing nature, but if you need to stay connected, consider carrying a satellite phone or PLB for emergencies.

For the Kopra Trek, it is essential to have the right gear to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment throughout the journey. Here is a list of essential gear you should consider packing:


  • Base Layers: Moisture-wicking and quick-drying long-sleeved tops and bottoms to provide insulation and regulate body temperature.
  • Insulating Layers: Fleece jackets or down jackets to provide warmth in cold conditions.
  • Waterproof Jacket: A waterproof and breathable jacket to protect against rain, wind, and snow.
  • Trekking Pants: Lightweight, quick-drying pants with zip-off options for versatility.
  • Hiking Shorts: Comfortable shorts for warmer days or lower altitudes.
  • Thermal Underwear: Extra layer of thermal tops and bottoms for colder conditions.
  • Trekking Socks: Moisture-wicking, comfortable, and thick socks to keep your feet dry and prevent blisters.
  • Headwear: Sun hat, beanie or warm hat, and a buff or neck gaiter for protection against the sun, wind, and cold.
  • Footwear:
    • Trekking Boots: Sturdy and waterproof boots with ankle support for comfortable and safe trekking. Trekking Sandals: Optional for wearing around the lodges during rest days or for lower-altitude walks.
    • Backpack:
      • Daypack: A comfortable and durable backpack with a capacity of around 20-30 liters for carrying your essential items during the trek.
      • Sleeping Gear:
        • Sleeping Bag: A warm and lightweight sleeping bag suitable for temperatures down to freezing or lower, depending on the season.
        • Trekking Equipment:
          • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and lightweight trekking poles to provide stability and support during the trek.
          • Headlamp: A headlamp with extra batteries for visibility during early morning starts or in case of power outages.
          • Water Bottle: Reusable water bottles or a hydration bladder to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
          • Accessories:
            • Sunglasses: UV-protective sunglasses to shield your eyes from the strong sunlight at high altitudes. Sunscreen: High SPF sunscreen protects your skin from intense sun rays.
            • First Aid Kit: A basic medical kit including bandages, antiseptic cream, painkillers, and any necessary personal medications.
            • Toiletries: Travel-sized toiletries including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and a small towel.
            • Electronics: Camera, extra batteries, power bank, and charging cables.
            • It's important to note that the gear requirements may vary depending on the season and your personal preferences. It's advisable to check with your trekking company or travel agency for a detailed gear list specific to the Kopra Dada Trek, as they may have additional recommendations or requirements. Additionally, it's recommended to pack light and bring only the essentials to avoid carrying excessive weight during the trek.

Safety is of utmost importance when trekking the Kopra Ridge. There are several key factors to consider in order to ensure a safe journey. First and foremost, proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Take your time and allow your body to adjust to the increasing elevation. It's also important to stay hydrated throughout the trek. Being aware of the weather conditions is vital as well. Stay updated on the current weather forecasts and be prepared for any changes that may occur. Sudden weather shifts can affect the trail conditions and your overall safety.Carrying a basic first aid kit is highly recommended. It should include essentials such as bandages, antiseptic ointment, painkillers, and any necessary medications. Additionally, having travel insurance is a wise precautionary measure to cover any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies that may arise during your trek.

Lastly, it is essential to follow the guidance of experienced guides or porters. They possess valuable knowledge of the region, the trail, and potential challenges. They can provide insights, offer assistance, and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Before embarking on the trek, always check the current trekking conditions and any possible trail closures. This will help you plan your route accordingly and avoid any hazardous situations. By taking these safety considerations into account, you can have a more secure and enjoyable experience while trekking the Kopra Ridge.

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended and often required for the Rupina-la Pass Trek. It is essential to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes, including medical emergencies and evacuation. Here are some key aspects to consider when choosing travel insurance for the Kopra Ridge Trekking:

  • Medical Coverage: Ensure that your travel insurance provides coverage for high-altitude trekking and any potential medical emergencies that may arise during the trek. This includes coverage for altitude sickness, accidents, injuries, and emergency medical evacuation by helicopter if necessary.
  • Trip Cancellation and Interruption: Look for insurance that offers coverage in case of trip cancellation or interruption due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, injury, or natural disasters.
  • Evacuation Coverage: Verify that your insurance covers emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitudes, as this can be necessary in case of severe altitude sickness or other medical emergencies.
  • Baggage and Gear Coverage: Consider insurance that provides coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged baggage and trekking gear, as well as any additional equipment you may be carrying.
  • Personal Liability: Check if the insurance includes personal liability coverage in case of accidental damage or injury to others during the trek.
  • It is important to carefully review the terms and conditions of the travel insurance policy to ensure it meets your specific needs and provides adequate coverage for the Kopra Trekking. Be sure to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions to the insurance provider and understand any exclusions or limitations in the policy. Remember to carry a copy of your travel insurance policy and emergency contact information with you during the trek.

Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is dedicated to providing exceptional services, ensuring an unforgettable journey for you. We are committed to honesty and diligence, striving to make your experience smooth and enjoyable. All services will be delivered as agreed upon during booking, following our policies and those set by the Tourism Authority. However, please be aware of the inherent risks involved, and you must take responsibility for your actions and participation. The adventure may entail extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and itinerary changes beyond our control. Proper acclimatization to high altitudes is crucial. Our trips often take place in remote areas, where access to emergency services and medical facilities is limited. In case of serious injury requiring hospitalization, evacuation may take several days, affecting your recovery. While helicopters are commonly used for evacuation, they may not always be available due to weather conditions. We cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations due to factors such as government restrictions, natural disasters, political unrest, flight cancellations, delays, sickness, accidents, or vehicle breakdowns. Any additional costs incurred are the client's responsibility. Therefore, we strongly advise obtaining travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Proof of travel insurance is required on the first day of your trip, and without it, participation will not be possible.

Certified by the Government of Nepal and proficient in English, our Trekking Guide from Ethic Himalaya is designated to accompany you from the moment of your arrival in Kathmandu until your departure. Entrusted with the pivotal role of ensuring the triumph of your expedition, he holds the authority to steer its course. We encourage you to actively engage with him by seeking clarification through inquiries and, most importantly, by adhering to his expert counsel.

  • Sirdar (Sardar): The Sirdar is in charge of the whole team. Starting as a porter and moving up to roles like kitchen assistant or even cook, the team holds a deep respect for Sirdar's leadership.
  • Assistant Guide or Sherpa: The Assistant Guide or Sherpa assists and guides clients, regardless of their ethnic background. Their numbers vary based on the group's size, with a ratio of 4:1 Assistant Guides to clients.
  • Porters: In Nepal's mountainous terrain, the tradition of human porterage has endured over time. Some porters working with agencies request heavier loads for higher pay, exceeding 20 kg. We ensure extra payment for every kilogram beyond 20 kg. To avoid excessive strain, particularly loads over 25/30 kg, we kindly ask you to consider the weight of your belongings. We provide a 2:1 porter-to-client allocation.

You move on foot with a light backpack, containing your personal belongings necessary for the day (water bottle, camera, protective clothing...). The rest of the equipment is carried by the porters to the next accommodation. We ask everyone not to exceed 13 kg for the bag that will be carried by the porters. You will be able to leave your belongings at the hotel in Kathmandu and pick them up when you return from trekking.

NB: On your arrival at the hotel in Kathmandu, you will be provided with a suitable travel bag, in thick canvas. You will transfer your belongings there and can leave your bag or suitcase at the hotel. Although relatively waterproof, it is preferable to compartmentalize your belongings in plastic bags or waterproof sub-bags.

Nepal is a mountainous country, the tradition of human carrying dates back to the dawn of time, and still continues today. The porters earn little, but the income from this activity is still more lucrative than other manual tasks. Without trekkers, the mountain populations would live even more poorly, and the porters would lose their means of subsistence.

The standard load must not exceed 25 kg per male/female carrier (outside the scope of expeditions). At the request of male carriers, their load can be increased within the limit of a maximum ceiling of 45 kilos. For each kilo over 25 kg, the carrier is awarded additional compensation.

We ask you, moreover, to make an effort to limit the weight of your bag entrusted to the porters:

  • At most 13 kg for a trek in a lodge or in a tent
  • At most 16 kg (including 3 kg for technical equipment) for a trek with summit ascent.

In addition, Ethic Himalaya takes care to take out insurance for the porters. Specific equipment is allocated to them for passages of the collar in altitude (even if often the carriers refuse to put the shoes for lack of habit...).

We strictly prohibit our local teams from hiring porters under the age of 16. This instruction is not always well understood by the Nepalese themselves. Reporting, on your return, abuses observed on the spot is insufficient. As a responsible traveler, it is also your responsibility to help us enforce this right by reporting any breaches to your guide and demanding that this part of the contract be honored from the start of the trek.

In Nepal, the traditional national dish is "Dal Bhat," which is lentil rice, served with white rice, lentil soup (dal), and accompanied by spicy vegetables and meat. We offer food services, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with occasional tea breaks. The meals are intentionally simple to cater to your preferences and ensure satisfaction. Before leaving Kathmandu, consider bringing 'trail munchies' for extra snacks during your journey. Nepal has a diverse range of foods, and our goal is to provide an authentic culinary experience while considering local limitations. Your guide will work with the kitchen teams or local cooks to create menus that allow you to explore various dishes at different prices. We recommend trying Dal Bhat to savor the traditional Nepali flavor and make the most of your culinary journey.

  • Breakfast: Begin your day with the customary "morning tea" complemented by Tibetan bread, toast, chapati, pancakes, and various egg preparations. Occasionally, muesli or porridge may be served.
  • Lunch: Depending on the trail's progress, enjoy a cold (picnic-style) or hot meal. The main course includes options like stir-fried rice with vegetables, pasta, potatoes, curry, and assorted vegetables. Tea or coffee is also available.
  • Afternoon Snack: Upon reaching your daily destination around 4-5 pm, a snack comprising cookies and tea awaits.
  • Dinner: Served typically in the early evening (around 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.), dinner features a soup or starter, a warm dish (dal bhat, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, etc.), and a dessert. Tea or coffee accompanies the meal.
  • Beverages: During each meal, two cups of tea or coffee per person are provided. Additional cups and other beverages are at your discretion. Drinking water during trekking days and extra meals is an additional cost.
  • Special Circumstances: For particularly arduous treks or when crossing challenging passes, breakfasts may be streamlined due to early departures. In such cases, energy-rich supplements become crucial. You're encouraged to bring energy bars, dried fruits, nuts, or chocolate from your home country or obtain them in Kathmandu.
  • Dietary Considerations: Should you have specific dietary preferences, restrictions, or allergies, please inform us during the trip booking process. Our field teams will strive to accommodate your needs, though certain local limitations might affect the range of alternative menus. For high-energy expenditure journeys, planning extra supplies (such as energy bars, dried fruits, and chocolates) is advisable to ensure adequate caloric intake.

During the trek, tea and coffee are provided with meals. Soft and alcoholic beverages, including mineral water, are not included and are the responsibility of the participants. You can refill your water containers at the lodges, but it's important to treat the water with purifying tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. To reduce plastic waste, avoid buying bottled water and opt for treated water available in the villages. This way, we can limit the issue of plastic bottles and promote responsible environmental practices during the trek.

Transportation within Kathmandu Valley is facilitated by private vehicles, tailored according to the group size. During trekking periods, we provide the services of Porters to carry your baggage for the day. It is important to note that one porter will be assigned to assist two members.

  • Transfers: Airport pick up and drop by Private vehicle.
  • Private minibus: Kathmandu to Kande, Birethanti to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.

We kindly request your attention to the mandatory use of seat belts in all vehicles utilized during the trip, both in the front and rear seats, where they are available and in accordance with the regulations enforced in the visited country. By participating in the trip, you agree to adhere to this safety requirement. Please be aware that Ethic Himalaya cannot be held responsible for any bodily injuries or material damages incurred if this safety provision is not complied with by you.

In Kathmandu, you will sleep in three-star hotels offering comfortable double rooms with good amenities at a reasonable price. These hotels provide basic facilities such as en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning or fans, TV, and Wi-Fi access. Additionally, they may have in-house restaurants serving a mix of local and international cuisine, along with possible amenities like rooftop terraces, business centers, or small fitness areas.

Trekking in the Annapurna region offers a variety of lodge accommodations, from basic to luxurious, blending comfort with nature. These lodges provide an authentic experience, different from modern options elsewhere. Accommodations vary, offering different services and amenities. Basic sanitary facilities are available, with showers for a fee, usually with lukewarm solar-heated water. At higher altitudes, lodges offer hot water basins on request to save energy. Electricity availability varies; some lodges lack it. Lodges with electricity charge for battery charging and limited Wi-Fi. If lodges are full near the pass, rustic tent stays without showers are an option. As single room reservations are rare, flexibility is key. Adequate preparation, like a sleeping bag and light sandals, enhances the trekking experience in the captivating Annapurna region.

Clients are required to inform the Company in writing about any medical conditions, physical challenges, or other mental and physical conditions that could affect their fitness to travel or any pre-existing medical conditions at the time of booking. Failure to notify the Company of such conditions, leading to cancellation, will result in the Client incurring 100% cancellation fees.

Trekking in Nepal involves long hours of walking daily, ranging from 3-10 hours and sometimes even up to 8-12 hours in high passes. To prepare for this physically demanding journey, Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends engaging in approximately 12 km of daily walking or jogging exercise for at least three months before embarking on the Nepal Trekking. This preparation is essential to endure the challenges of high-altitude conditions and remote areas for extended periods.

For a successful and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal, participants must possess strong willpower, the ability to tolerate harsh conditions, a high level of fitness, and good health. Participants are responsible for their medical and evacuation expenses. It's vital to consult a doctor for necessary vaccinations and other medical requirements before the trip. Additionally, Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming the booking for the trek. Being well-prepared physically and medically is crucial to ensure a safe and fulfilling journey through the beautiful landscapes of Nepal.

Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all travelers and must be obtained at the time of booking. The insurance should provide coverage for personal accident, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation, with a recommended minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for each category. It should also include accidents, injuries, illnesses, and related medical expenses, even for pre-existing conditions, as well as emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and air ambulance services if applicable. Personal liability coverage is also recommended. The Company also suggests coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage, and personal effects. Travelers must carry proof of insurance and produce it if requested by the company employees or suppliers. Failure to provide proof of insurance upon request may result in the cancellation or suspension of participation in the trip or certain activities, even after the trip has commenced, without any right to a refund.

Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for injuries, health conditions, emotional or other factors experienced by clients during the trip. Furthermore, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Thus, we strongly recommend clients to procure comprehensive insurance packages, encompassing medical emergencies and helicopter evacuation.

Trekking equipment is vital for a successful trek. High-quality gear, including proper clothing like moisture-wicking layers, insulating jackets, and waterproof outerwear, ensures comfort and safety in varying weather conditions.

  • Moisture-wicking base layers (tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece or down jacket)
  • Trekking pants and/or convertible pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants (shell)
  • Thermal socks and regular socks
  • Comfortable underwear
  • Sturdy and waterproof trekking boots or hiking shoes
  • Sandals or lightweight footwear for relaxing at lodges/camps
  • Headwear:
  • Sun hat or cap with a wide brim
  • Beanie or warm hat for cold weather
  • Buff or neck gaiter for protecting against wind and dust
  • Polarized sunglasses with UV protection
  • Handwear:
  • Lightweight gloves (for lower altitudes)
  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens (for higher altitudes)
  • Backpack and Daypack:
  • Reliable trekking backpack (60-80 liters) for porters to carry
  • Comfortable medium-sized daypack for your daily essentials
  • Sleeping Gear:
  • High-quality sleeping bag suitable for the trek's temperature range
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional for added warmth and hygiene)
  • Hydration and Water Purification:
  • Water bottles or hydration bladder (2 liters capacity)
  • Water purification tablets or a reliable water filter
  • Trekking Poles (optional but helpful for stability and reducing strain)
  • Personal Items:
  • Passport and necessary permits
  • Sufficient cash and cards (local currency and some USD)
  • Personal identification and travel insurance documents
  • Trekking permits and TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) card
  • Camera with extra batteries/charger
  • Portable power bank for charging electronic devices
  • Personal toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medications and a basic first-aid kit
  • Electronics:
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Mobile phone with a local SIM card (for communication and GPS)
  • Portable charger for electronic devices
  • Trekking Map and Guidebook (if applicable)
  • Snacks and Energy Bars
  • Emergency Whistle and Multi-tool

Being well-prepared with the right equipment allows adventurers to focus on embracing nature's beauty and conquering challenging trails with confidence. Always prioritize quality and reliability when selecting your trekking gear. Pack efficiently, and consider the weather conditions and altitude of your trek to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Prioritize comfort and safety to make the most of your trekking adventure.

Trekking members are required to submit passport copies and passport photographs for trekking permits before their arrival in Nepal. These documents can be sent to us either by mail or through a post box. Ensuring timely submission of these documents allows us to process the necessary trekking permits in advance, streamlining the trekking arrangements and ensuring a smooth start to the adventure once in Nepal.

If you encounter any issues or complaints during your tour, trekking, or expedition, it is essential to communicate them immediately to the hotelier and our company on the spot. Giving us the opportunity to address the problem promptly is crucial, as we cannot accept liability for any issues that are reported after you return home. If the matter cannot be resolved on the spot, you must inform us in writing within 30 days of completing your trip. Failing to follow this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against us. Timely communication is vital to ensure that we can take appropriate actions and rectify any problems you may face during your journey.

All clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond the return date. Nepalese visas can be acquired either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are as follows:

  • USD 30.00 or the equivalent in foreign currency for a 15-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 50.00 or equivalent for a 30-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 125.00 or equivalent for a 100-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
Visa Extension Fee
  • Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of a delay of fewer than 150 days additional USD 5 per day a late fine.

For most nationalities, E-Visas are available through the Government website: https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/on-arrival/IO01

This will be validated with your doctor, taking into account the recommendations of remount doctors, responsible for your safety during the trip. It will contain:

  • Treatment of altitude pulmonary edema (Nifedipine 20LP or Sildenafil50).
  • Treatment of altitude cerebral edema (Betamethasone).
  • Treatment of acute mountain sickness (Acetazolamide).
  • Blood thinner (aspirin).
  • Analgesic (Paracetamol).
  • Powerful analgesic (Tramadol).
  • Anti-diarrheal (Racecadotril).
  • Anti-spasmodic (Phloroglucinol).
  • Anti-emetic (Domperidone).
  • Anti-acid for heartburn.
  • Intestinal antibiotic (Metronidazole).
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic (Azithromycin).
  • Anti-inflammatories (tablets and ointment).
  • Antitussive (in tablets).
  • Lozenges for colds and sore throats.
  • Ophthalmic healing (Vitamin A Dulcis).
  • Tick tweezers, splinter, and blister needle, tweezers, 2/3 safety pins.
  • Disinfectant wipes, adhesive dressings (various sizes), double skin, 6 cm adhesive tape, Steri-strip.
  • Anti allergic treatment and cream against itching.
  • BIA fine and sunscreen.
  • Purifying tablets for water.
  • Appropriate antimalarial treatment, antiphrastic powder, and mosquito repellent.
  • Your personal medications

If you are traveling with children, minors are subject to the same obligations as adults (visa, passport, etc.): see above.

  • Formalities for leaving county territory

To leave the territory, all minors usually residing regardless of their nationality, if they are not accompanied by a holder of parental authority, must present the following three documents:

  • Identity document: Identity card or passport according to the requirements of the country of destination.
  • Authorization to leave the territory signed by one of the parents with parental authority.
  • Photocopy of the signatory parent's identity document.

Well, there is no fixed rate for tipping in Nepal. When our field staff is picked up from the trek starting points, they will bid you goodbye on the last day of your trek completion day. Most staff will simply accept whatever you give and never count the money in front of you. Although your guide may be with you on the next day too, best to tip him along with others in the group. Most of the trekkers are still confused about the tipping amount. They fear either giving too little or too much. We have tried to put together a guideline about a reasonable amount of tipping suitable for most cases. The amount of tipping and the rates expected will also vary depending on the length of the trek and the challenges involved. To calculate the amounts generally applied, multiply the daily amount given to each position by the number of working days.

Daily amount per item:
  • English-speaking guide USD 3 to USD 4 per day/participant.
  • Porter USD 1 per day /participant.
  • Driver USD 1 to USD 2 per day/participant.

The tripping amount mentioned above is communally in the case of a group trip, not individually. If you are a solo traveler, the tipping amount can be slightly less by a few dollars per day.

Annapurna region's climate varies greatly with altitude, resulting in distinct temperature and weather changes at different elevations. Here's an overview of the climate at different altitudes:

  • 1,000 to 2,000 meters (3,280 to 6,560 feet): In this range, including trekking starting points like Nayapul, the climate turns temperate. The averages are 10°C to 30°C. It's pleasantly mild, making it great for trekking.
  • 1,000 to 2,000 meters (3,280 to 6,560 feet): As you ascend higher to areas like Ghorepani, the climate gets cooler and alpine. Averages range from 5°C to 25°C. Nights are chilly.
  • 2,000 to 3,000 meters (6,560 to 9,840 feet): This range, including places like Manang, is colder, especially at night. Averages are 0°C to 20°C (32°F to 50°F). Days are trek-friendly, but warmer clothes are needed at night.
  • 3,000 to 4,000 meters (9,840 to 13,120 feet): This range, including places like Manang, is colder, especially at night. The averages are 0°C to 20°C. Days are trek-friendly, but warmer clothes are needed at night.
  • Above 4,000 meters (13,120 feet): Climbing even higher to places like Thorong La Pass and Annapurna Base Camp, the climate turns significantly colder. Averages drop below freezing, ranging from -10°C to 15°C. Expect snow, especially in winter.
  • Keep in mind that these are approximations and can change based on location, season, and weather. Altitude effects are stronger as you go higher, making altitude sickness a concern. Be ready for changing weather and have proper clothing and gear for your Annapurna trekking adventure.

    The itineraries or programs mentioned may be subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden sickness, and more. We are open to customizing the program based on clients' interests. In the event of trip cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd will be pleased to offer an alternative trip of similar standard. We will hold the reservation for your next trip, but not for longer than one year.

    Before departure, if there is a major change in the itinerary affecting at least one day in five, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible. You may choose between accepting the change, getting a refund of the money paid for the land portion of the trip only, or accepting an alternative tour offered.

    After departure, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to local circumstances or events beyond our control. In such emergency situations, any additional costs incurred for necessary itinerary alterations will be borne by you. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any incidental expenses resulting from changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight costs.

    To secure your booking for Kopra Ridge Trek, a non-refundable deposit of USD 500 per person per trip is required. Once this deposit is received, your booking will be confirmed. In case your booking is made within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid before or upon your arrival in Nepal prior to the trip's departure. The non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its designated Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is specified in this clause, the company will inform you during the booking process. You can make the booking deposit through bank transfer or by using a Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Detailed instructions for payment can be found on the provided booking form.

    For Kopra Ridge Trek, the final payment can be made upon your arrival in Nepal. Various payment methods are accepted, including bank transfer, travel checks, cash, or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applicable to all card payments, including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and other miscellaneous purchases. So, if you choose to pay by card, keep in mind the additional surcharge.

    We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates, as displayed on our marketing materials and website, under certain circumstances or when influenced by external factors beyond our control, such as fluctuations in exchange rates or government actions. It's important to note that domestic flight fares may also change due to increases in fuel prices. We make every effort to present current and accurate prices for our treks and tours.

    Once you have paid the deposit, your trip is confirmed, and the remaining fees are due 90 days before the trip's start date. If you decide to cancel your participation, the following cancellation charges will apply:

    • More than 45 days before departure: Deposit will be retained.
    • Between 45 to 31 days before arrival: 30% of the total tour price.
    • Between 30 to 14 days before arrival: 40% of the total tour price.
    • Between 14 to 09 days before arrival: 70% of the total tour price.
    • Between 08 to 02 days before arrival: 80% of the total tour price.
    • Less than 48 hours before arrival: 90% of the total tour price.

    We reserve the right to cancel a trip up to 56 days before departure, considering Clause 14. We may also cancel a trip prior to departure if it becomes unfeasible to operate the planned itinerary due to factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other external events. If we cancel your trip, you have the option to transfer the amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a full refund. In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be adjusted for any unrecoverable costs. Please note that we are not liable for any incidental expenses you may have incurred in relation to your booking, such as visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flights. Different cancellation conditions may apply to specific trip styles, and your booking consultant will inform you of any variations if applicable.

    If you intend to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party, you must inform us at least 30 days prior to the planned departure date. A fee of USD 200 per person per change will be applied, along with any additional charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. If you notify us less than 45 days before the departure date, the cancellation refund policy will be applicable. Transfers to a third party are allowed only if the transferee meets all the requirements for the trip, and transfers to another departure are permissible within the current validity period.

    Modifications to other arrangements associated with your trip will incur an administration fee of USD 200 per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. No amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of departure.

    The price listed on our website covers a group size of 6 to 15 individuals for the Kopra Ridge Trek. Upon request, this trip can be arranged as a private experience, starting with a minimum of two participants. For group bookings involving 15 or more people, there's a substantial discount available, which includes the opportunity for one person to join the trip for free. We understand that many clients have questions about their preferred dates. However, our pricing is influenced by the following factors:

    • Group Size: The cost of the trip varies based on the number of participants in the group.
    • Accommodation Tier and Budget: The selection of hotel accommodations and the budget preferences of clients play a role in determining the overall cost.
    • Customization: We're open to adjusting the trekking itinerary to suit your available time and specific requirements.
    • Extra Services: If you wish to incorporate additional services, we can discuss and mutually agree upon adjustments to the price.
    • Support Staff: The presence of Trekking Guides, Assistant Guides, and extra porters can impact the overall cost.

    Feel free to reach out to us for further clarification or to tailor the trip to your preferences. We aim to provide a transparent and flexible pricing structure that aligns with your needs.

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