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Khayar Lake Trek - 15 Days

Khayar Lake Trek

Wake up early morning to enjoy an amazing sunrise over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas, Stay at a teahouse with one of Nepal's best panoramic views, Watch the yaks come to pasture, Descend through pastoral villages on your way down to Tatopani, Take an extra day to hike to Khayer Lake at the altitude of 4728m, a sacred lake at the foot of Annapurna South

Khopra Danda (Ridge) Trek also known as Khayer Lake Trekking is one of the most impressively attractive untouched nature and freshly opened territory for trekking sport in Annapurna. This trek is seemly good for all opinioned trekkers. Parts of this trail are more strenuous while other parts are easier. The path goes through deeply lush thick pine, oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest with gorgeous vistas, journey through beautiful Magar, Gurung, Kami, Damai and Kshetri - Brahmin villages with its beautifully terraced farm lands. This Khopra Danda Trek can be done as a special combined tour and adventure hike up to Khayar Lake 4827m, the highest point, the most spectacular, picturesque and breath-taking views of snowcapped peaks and mesmerizing landscapes! On this trip you will have chances to observe real Nepali life styles (their culture, art of living and religion), stay together with the family at home stay, that's why you have chances to share experiences with the families, hiking in the lush pristine forest with great vistas and the best place being far away of crowd and hectic boring life.

Other thing about this trail is; very few tourist you see on the way, so it’s quiet and peace trail also. Mountains views are just awesome 180 degree from Dhaulagiri 8167m, Annapurna I 8091m, Manaslu 8163m etc. + green high hills, rhododendron forest and the southern green slopes with terraced farming lands. Khopra Trek or South of Annapurna region is one of Nepal’s last Himalayan jewels; a glittering array of panoramas, gigantic peaks and peaceful nature awaits the adventurous explorer. However, as magnificent as the mountains are, it is perhaps the people of Nepal that are its greatest asset. Khopra Danda trek is the diversity of ethno-culture, colorful festivals, temples and gompas, mixture settlement of friendly loving people. On this trip you will have chances to mix with those people and observe their lifestyle, culture and traditions. These things make this trip one of the finest.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Meet and greet in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Preparation, rest if your fight is long. sightseeing (optational)
Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara (800m) from Kathmandu.
Day 04: Drive to Kande and trek to Pitam Deurali (2100m).
Day 05: Trek to Ghandruk (1940m), 
Day 06: Trek to Tadapani (2610m), 
Day 07: Trek to Dobato (3350m), 
Day 08: Trek to Chistibung (3000m). 
Day 09: Trek to Khopra Danda (3640m), 
Day 10: Excursion Khayer Lake (4727m)
Day 11: Trek to Narchyang Village 1200m.
Day 12: Trek to Tatopani (1190m).
Day 13: Drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara
Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 15: Fly back home

Short Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive or fly yo Pokhara. 
Day 03: Trek to Tirkhedhunga (1525m)
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (2875m)
Day 05: Trek to Swanta / Upper Chistibung , hike Poon Hill early morning) 3200m. 
Day 06: Trek to Khopra Danda (3640m.
Day 07: Trek to Khopra Danda (Day-trip to Khayer Lake, 4728m)
Day 08: Excursion Khayer Lake (4727m)
Day 09: Trek to Tatopani (1250m)
Day 10: Drive to Pokhara.
Day 11: Drive or fly to Kathmandu
Day 12: Fly back home

A short note: Khayer Danda trek can be custom-made as per your interest. The trip price here we have offered is on double occupancy basis. Single supplementary will cost additional USD 125. Trip price may differ according to group size, mode of transportation and kind of accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara we include, so please kindly provide us your details for tailored program. International tour leader are encouraged to get special discounted rate and attractive complimentary.

Day 01: Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Arrival in Kathmandu and you will be met at the airport by our company representative who will be waiting with a Wilderness Excursion or with your "Name sign" outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and coordinate any last minute arrangements.

Day 02: Preparation, rest if your fight long. Sightseeing optional
Wilderness Excursion prepares your trekking permits and other essential things today, you have choices to rest if you are tired after long way flight from home country and either you could choose a guided sightseeing in UNESCO Listed World Heritage Sites. In the evening our Manager and your guide will brief you for next day departure.

Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara (800m), Overnight in Hotel
Fly or drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the morning with scenic mountain views including Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna Massif. Once we reach in Pokhara, we can visit such as interesting places like Devi’s fall, Gupteswor Cave, Temple Barahi and boating on Phewa Lake in Pokhara. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Kande and trek to Pitam Deurali (2100m), Overnight in Lodge
From Pokhara you will be transferred by road (private bus) to the starting point of the trek at Kande. We stop to stretch your legs while the porters organize the load, you will set off on the walk. About one and half hours walk up takes us at Australian Camp, a beautiful place now you will have spectacular views of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Machapuchhare (6993m), and Hiunchuli (6434m).We continue our trek through via Pothana to Pitam Deurali nestled in the peaceful and tranquil jungle pass.

Day 05: Trek to Ghandruk (1940m) 6-7 hours walking.Overnight in Lodge
Today, we walk to Ghandruk inhabited by the Chettris and Brahmins. Soon you will reach Tolka and then Langruk beautiful hamlet of Gurung Village, after having lunch at Landruk descend down Modi Khola then walk up to Ghandruk. The trail now climbs up steeply up stone steps. After about 2 hours walk from the lunch place we get to Ghandruk, is one of the biggest Gurung villages in the area, the difference in the Gurungs lifestyle here to that of their neighbors in the lower areas is very apparent. Ghandruk is well known for the number of its men folk who have served in the British Gurkha regiments. From the lodge at Old Ghandruk, you will have spectacular views of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Machapuchhare (6993m), and Hiunchuli (6434m).

Day 06: Trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani (2610m) 4-5 hour walking. Overnight in Lodge
Another day ascending ahead, but the walk will be easier now that you’ve found your trekking legs! Leaving the terraced hillsides and the village of Ghandruk behind, you will enter oak and rhododendron forest. This is a particularly pretty part of the walk, the forest is alive with the sound of birds and small tumbling waterfalls, and if you visit in spring, (late March to April) the rhododendron will be in full bloom. There are no villages on today’s route, but there will be a few teahouses at Baisi Kharkha, providing welcome drinks and a place to rest. There will be fine views of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7237m), Machhapuchhare (6993m) and Lamjung Himal (6931m) along the way. Your lodge at Tadapani is the perfect setting for sunset and sunrise views.

Day 07: Trek Dobato (3350m) 5-6 hours walk. Stay overnight lodge.
Trek from Tadapani to Bayli Kharka You will leave the main trail that leads to Ghorepani today and follow a rarely used trail - initially through thick rhododendron forest - that leads to local water buffalo pastures. The climb is gradual and soon you will emerge above the tree line to superb views of the Annapurna range. You will take lunch by a small stream and then continue to climb gradually though open countryside to reach a small pass, where the trail descends through rhododendron to an open clearing known as Bayli Kharka, and the lodge. From the lodge there are great views of Dhaulagiri Himal.

Day 08: Trek to Chistibung (3000m). 4-5 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Trek from Bayli to Upper Chistibung This morning you will descend through open ground and forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung, where you will have lunch. After lunch you will continue to walk through forest, ascending gradually and passing through several buffalo grazing pastures to reach a clearing and temporary herder’s settlement at Upper Chistibung, where you will stay in the small community lodge. For the next week you will stay in lodges run by the local communities. We have contributed to the construction of these lodges, part of a series of projects to designed to aid the local community. Being off the beaten track, the villages haven’t previously enjoyed the benefits of tourism. Now with the network of our Community Lodges, there are profits to benefit local projects and schools.

Day 09: Trek from Chistibung to Kopra Ridge (3640m)
To reach the ridge at Kopra, situated at the altitude of 3640 meter from the sea level, you will embark on a steady climb that carries you above the tree line. This area is noted for wildlife, so you should keep your eyes open for Himalayan tahr and Danfe pheasant. The best way to tackle the climb is to ascend steadily, take your time and rest as often as you wish. You will reach the lodge on Kopra Ridge in time for lunch and will be greeted by more awe-inspiring views. This extraordinary panorama includes Annapurna South, towering directly above you at only six kilometres away, with Fang and Nilgiri prominent to the north. Across the depths of the Kali Gandakhi Valley, the Dhaulagiri Himal dominates the entire western skyline. The Kopra Community Lodge is the highlight of our work in the region

Day 10: Excursion to Khair Lake (4728m)
It is a very good idea to stay here at least two days; you can take a beautiful day’s hiking trip to Khayar Lake at the altitude of 4728m. This, however, is not recommended for every trekker, because it is a very long way to trek to the lake and come back the same way to Khopra. It takes a minimum of 7 to 8 hours as a round trip. But it is good idea to go as far as Thanti (around 4200m. high) and come back. At Thanti, there are some shelters for yak herders and shepherds to stay in during the monsoon. Khayar Lake is very famous for Hindu belief; on the occasion of Janai Purnima , around the full moon of Saaun (July-August) the high caste men, Brahmin and Kshetri , must change the janai, which they wear looped over their left shoulder. So Janai Purnima brings crowds of pilgrims to this sacred Khayar Lake and many pilgrims come from India as well. There they garland a statue of Shiva and throw coins at a temple and into the lake. There are two places to make pooja, seven minutes before this lake and a temple, where hundreds of sheep and goats are sacrificed on the same occasion. The pilgrims sleep one or two nights at Thanti, where the yak herders’ shelters are used to sleep in, but those are not enough for all these people. They bring large tents and set them up as shelter for many people and then they go up to the lake, making pooja, and it would be fantastic to take the Khayar lake trip. The views of nature’s beauty are mesmerizing!!

Day 11: Khopra Danda – Narchyang/1200m. Stay overnight in community lodge.
Trek down to Narchyang Village at the elevation of 1200m, Narchyang is the biggest Magar village in the area. Overnight stay in homestay or in the lodges.

Day 12: Trek to Tatopani
Today it is short walk to Tatopani, about 2-4 hours only. Here we enjoy natural hot spa after the body ache and leg sore trekking. Rest and relax. Overnight in lodge.

Day 13: Drive to Pokhara. Drive to Pokhara and stay overnight in hotel.
After breakfast we drive to Pokhara. evening enjoy at Lake side of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara

Day 14: Drve to Kathmandu. Drive to Kathmandu by tourist coach. Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 15: We see you off at airport for safe wish you a journey back to home.

Trip Cost Includes

  • All airport transfers by private car or van depending on group size.
  • 1 Government registered and well experienced local guide.
  • Assistant guides to walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size.
  • 1 Sharing porter for 2 clients to carry trekking stuffs (Porter weight limit is 25kg)
  • 3 Nights sharing twin/double deluxe room in 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu with buffet breakfast.
  • 2 Nights sharing twin/double deluxe room in best tourist standard hotels in Pokhara with buffet breakfast basis.
  • All breakfast in Kathmandu, Pokhara and during the trek.
  • 3 times meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits are served during the trek.
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu by A/C tourist bus.
  • Sharing twin/double trekking lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary of guide and porters.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porters.
  • TIMS Card and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) Permit.
  • All local government taxes, vat and office service charge.
  • Farwell dinner in one of the authentic Nepali restaurant with live culture show.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa, international air ticket and Personal travel insurance.
  • Hard drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Hot shower, hot water, toiletries and personal nature expenses.
  • Internet, battery charge and phone calls.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Advance deposit transfer fee to book your trek. 
  • Tips and gratitude for guide and porters.

Packing List and Equipment for Khopra Ridge Trek

Footwear

  • A waterproof trekking boot with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek,
  • Trail shoes or trainer or casual shoes, for walking or strolling around(optional)
  • 2-3 Pairs of warm socks for colder areas depending on trekking duration.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
  • Sandal or flip flop to take shower and walk around,
  • 2-3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene Liner socks to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

Leg wears

  • Trekking/hiking casual trousers and short, Thermal leggings for colder areas
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers and Waterproof trousers.

Body

  • Selection of hiking/trekking T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Thermal and warm shirts, possibly fleece shirt for colder areas.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Hard shell jacket with hood and hard shell pants if trekking in colder months/winter.
  • Windbreaker or waterproof jacket for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights and mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)

Head/Hands

  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Warm gloves
  • Buff and higher and colder place, not very important for ABC Trek.
  • Large handkerchief/bandana for neck
  • Head lamp/torch with spare batteries

Personal Trekking Equipment

  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries., rain cover for yourself and luggage, multi-purpose hiking pocket knife.

Optional items

  • Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS.
  • Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.

For water

  • Two water bottles one liter each is fine or preferably camel bag water bottle. Water treatment tablets: Iodine, Dioxide tablets, Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste if necessary. Vacuum flask and a cup preferably is doing teahouse.

Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.

Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade, prescribed medicines in required.

This above list is only an advice for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands. If you have questions please email at: info@wildernessexcursion.com

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Trip Facts

  • Max. Altitude: 4727m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trek Duration: 10 Days
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 Pax
  • Best Season: Spring and autumn
  • Accommodation: Teahouse and Community Lodge
  • Transportation: Bus, Car and Jeep

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