Journey report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles.
Oct 31, 2019 – Pokhara to Hile
Like most hikers, I began my Khopra Ridge journey from Pokhara.
Espresso and Eggs Benedict for breakfast. Final metropolis meal.
Khopra Ridge is an more and more fashionable various on the Annapurna Massif. Much less crowded than the longer established trails.
Raju, proprietor of Candy Desires Visitor Home ordered me a cab for 1pm. The leaping off level for Khopra Ridge (additionally Ghorepani Poonhill) is the tiny turnoff known as Naya Pul.
A automotive price $25 and took 2 hours. Bus might need been four hours / $four. It’s a really tough highway below fixed development.
From Lakeside (593m) the highway switchbacks instantly as much as Sarangkot (1592m). That is the place paragliding begins.
On reaching Naya Pul I made a decision to stroll up so far as I might in the direction of Tikhedhungga (1638m). This leg stretcher can be good warm-up for days of climbing to come back. And acclimatization. I began late within the day so I’d solely have 2-Three hours of strolling.
It’s a dusty, busy highway to begin. A number of automobiles stopped to supply me a journey.
Nonetheless, I used to be blissful to be again within the Annapurna Conservation Space, Nepal’s largest (supposedly) protected space. Sadly, I don’t see a lot safety. As a substitute there are extra roads, extra growth.
A couple of half hour from Naya Pul you attain 2 checkpoints: TIMS and ACAP.
As an impartial trekker I obtained my permits in particular person in Pokhara:
TIMS $30 (Trekking Info Administration System)
ACAP $20 (Annapurna Conservation Space Challenge)
As well as, two completely different colleges en route requested for cash. I donated to each.
You possibly can catch a journey, even a bus, all the best way to Tikhedhungga if the climate has been good.
Right here’s the worst part I noticed day 1.
Ultimately Nepali mountain villages will construct trails parallel to the highway, in any other case hikers will cease coming as they’ve on the Royal Trek.
There was one good off-road part day 1.
The homliest wanting lodges are known as Homestay.
By luck I discovered an exquisite group of lodges off the highway close to Hile.
My room was $Three and chow mien $four.50. Lodges right here ought to have the identical fastened costs.
Good electrical energy.
Right here’s my foothills vista at 1470m.