Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake Trek


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You need to be in average physical condition, able to walk up to a maximum of 5 hours a day on unpaved trails and track.



View Nepal Treks & Expeditions presents an exciting adventure to Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake Trekking. The walk takes you to the hidden pockets of the massif

Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalayas. A combination of scenic and cultural trekking exploring from main villages to remote high mountainous farm settlements.

Adventure off the beaten tracks for some days on leaving the main busy trail of Ghorepani and Poon Hill. A perfect choice for trekkers in search of quiet serene areas for short treks, around the hills of Annapurna Himalayas.

The walk leads to high and beautiful ridges at Khopra, located in between the giant towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. From the scenic areas of Khopra hill, the adventure leads to remote Khair Lake, a glacial pond. Situated on a basin enclosed by towering peaks of Annapurna South and Vara Shikar or Annapurna Fang.

The Khair Lake is regarded as a sacred site by Hindu followers, and hundreds of pilgrims visit it annually. In the festival of Janai Purnima of a full moon, devotees flocks around for a holy dip and bathing. A great pristine spot, and unexplored by the main flow of trekkers, visiting Khair Lake is a wonderful experience.

Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake Trekking is an adventure of more than a week, starting and ending at scenic Pokhara city. The walk leads through lovely villages of Bhirethati, Hille, and Tirkhedhunga with a steep climb to Ulleri a large settlement.

After a climb to Ulleri village, on gradual ups through serene rhododendron and pine forest to Ghorepani. A popular mountain destination for a few day treks due to its scenic Poon Hill. Offers striking sunrise over 360° Himalayan range of peaks with the world’s three highest Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, and Mt. Annapurna.

Includes a series of snow-capped peaks with majestic Machhapuchare Himal, the famous Fish-Tail peak, enjoying the views on top Poon Hill.

The adventure continues leaving the main trail towards off the beaten tracks to the high picturesque ridges of Khopra. One can notice the difference between the main busy areas of Ghorepani and around the high isolated Khopra ridge.

Enjoy the dramatic close views of Dhaulagiri Himalayas with Nilgiris, Annapurna Fang / Vara Shikar, and Annapurna South towards the north.

From Khopra a long scenic day hike takes you to hidden corners of Annapurna Himalayas at holy Khair Lake. A complete mountain wilderness is enclosed by towering snow-capped peaks and glaciers that feed the holy lake of Khair.

Spending time on the highest point of the adventure return journey to Khopra and down towards the main trail. Reaching the last mountain village at Ghandruk, populated by Gurung, the main tribes of Annapurna Himalayas.

At Ghandruk explore the lovely traditional village enriched with ancient cultures of Buddhism and the Bon sect (a pre-Buddhism). Enjoying a great moment at Ghandruk, our marvelous Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake Trek concludes with a short drive to Pokhara.

Why Khopra ridge & Khair Lake Trek?

  • Enjoy the glorious panorama of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas.
  • On the off beaten tracks for some days to scenic Khopra and Khair holy lake.
  • Explore the rural farm villages of Poon-Magar and Gurung the hill tribes.
  • Walk into beautiful forest covered in tall rhododendron and pine trees.
  • Exceptional views throughout the adventure with breathtaking scenery.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02: Tour of Kathmandu heritage sites of great interest.

Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara 860 m (30 mins by air)-06 hours on road.

Day 04: Drive to start point at Bhirethati 1,100 m and walk to Tirkhedhunga 1,425 m- 06 hours with drive and trek.

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani village 2,885 m - 06 hrs.

Day 06: Morning hike to Poon Hill and trek to Sauta village 2,200 m - 05 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Chistibung 3,000 m-05 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Khopra Ridge 3,870 m -03 hrs.

Day 09: At Khopra Ridge for day hike to Khair Lake-06 hrs. Both ways.

Day 10: Trek to Dobato 3,420 m - 05 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Ghandruk village 1,951 m via Tadapani - 06 hrs.

Day 12: Trek to road-head and drive to Pokhara 860 m- 04 hrs.

Day 13: Fly or drive to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 14: International departure for homeward bound.

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff receives and transfer you to the hotel. After checking into your rooms you'll be briefed regarding Mohare Danda Trek with dos and don'ts and other useful information. Evening a lovely welcome dinner in a Nepali restaurant an introduction to local food and culture.

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

Altitude

1400 m

Morning tour and explore UNESCO heritage sites: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, and Pashupatinath after breakfast. Experience the grandeur of palaces and temples built during the Malla era. Rest of the day relax and preparation for Mohare Danda Trekking, an early morning drive to beautiful Pokhara city

Meal

B

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

Altitude

1400 m

An early morning drive to scenic Pokhara city, an abbot of serene Phewa and Begnas lakes. The drives takes you beyond Kathmandu valley down towards low warm farm country, with views of snow peaks. As drive follows Trisuli River and then heading Mid-West reaching beautiful city in Pokhara by the serene Phewa Lake side. After checking into a nice hotel rooms with time for short walk around the Phewa Lake side facing view of high Annapurna Himalaya. (Options for short flight of half hour to Pokhara from Kathmandu)

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

Altitude

860 m

Morning enjoy the grand scenery overlooking Annapurna Himalayas, having breakfast. A few hour drive beyond Pokhara city and the valley reaching Nayapul town and Bhirethati village. Start the first day walk uphill facing beautiful waterfalls, and into cool shade of rain forest. The walk continues through farm villages to Hille and then reaching Tirkhedhunga village for overnight stop, check into a nice simple lodge. Enjoy the lovely views of waterfalls close to the lodge.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge/Home Stay

Altitude

1425 m

Morning cross over a bridge and then starts with steep climb on stone steps to Ulleri village. From Ulleri village enjoy views of Annapurna peaks, after a short break on gradual winding trail. The route follows into a cool forest of rhododendron and pine trees a slow climb brings you at Ghorepani. The village situated at the base of Poon Hill amidst rhododendron forest surroundings with views of Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. Overnight in a nice cozy lodge with the hospitality of Poon / Magar people the hill tribes of Western Nepal.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge/Home Stay

Altitude

2885 m

Start an early morning for an hour hike to Poon Hill, a popular scenic view point at 3,210 m high. Offers stunning sunrise over 360° panorama of Himalayan Mountain range. Includes Mt. Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Annapurna range with an array of snow peaks. After an enjoyable panoramic moment on top Poon Hill, walk back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Then continue walk on leaving the main trail from Chitre village, where route diverts towards north. Walking down to a stream and then up to Sauta, a nice farm village for overnight stop facing views of Dhaulagiri Himalayas.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge/Home Stay

Altitude

2200 m

After a pleasant overnight in Sauta village, morning walk on leaving the farm area of Sauta village. A nice pleasant walk for short while, as climb start heading into a cool forest of pines and rhododendron trees. As climb continues reaching Chistibung for overnight halt. A small settlement of cattle herders, having few simple and basic huts for overnight accommodation.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge/Home Stay

Altitude

3000 m

A short day morning walk, leaving the tree lines the route leads to a steep climb on a grassy hill. The climb continues until Khopra high ridge is reached for lunch and overnight halt. Khopra located on a high ridge in between towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan range. Includes Annapurna Fang / Vara Shikar and Nilgiris towards North with Annapurna South at close distance on the east side of Khopra ridge.

Meal

Hotel/Lodge/Home Stay

Accomodation

B-L-D

Altitude

3870 m

Another day at Khopra, for a long hike and carrying pack lunch for Khair Lake.The main highlight and highest point of the adventure, trail leads north east, close to the bottom of Annapurna South. As walk continues on undulating winding high trail, then reaching a small valley, where Khair Lake located. Enjoy the pristine mountain wilderness within the holy lake of Khair, enclosed by towering snow-capped peaks. A clear crystal glacial pond, an annual religious festivals takes place in the month of August on a full moon time as per Hindu Lunar calendar. After a marvelous hike to Khair Lake, return journey on the sameRoute back to Khopra Ridge for overnight halt.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge/Home Stay

Altitude

4247 m

Enjoy the stunning panorama of giant Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayas, walk heads down above Chistibung. The route diverts heading due east and back into dense rhododendron and pine forest reaching Dobato. A small place and a summer grazing field for local villagers’ cattle. At present Dobato offers few simple huts serving as lodge for trekkers. Facing grand views of Annapurna Himalaya with majestic Machhapuchare towards north.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

Altitude

3420 m

Morning enjoying the spectacular panorama of Annapurna range of peaks, walk downhill, where walk leads on main trail. Reaching a small settlement at Tadapani, which is on route of Ghandruk to Ghorepani. From here a pleasant walk within dense forest. After few hour of steady walk reaching Ghandruk village for last overnight stop around the mountain village. Ghandruk a large Gurung village for overnight stop in the comfort of a nice lodge. Rest of the day at leisure to explore around Gurung typical farm village, and visit a small Gurung museum. An interesting place to gain the knowledge of native Gurung history and culture with farming tools displayed in the museum.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

Altitude

1951 m

Last breakfast around the high hills of Annapurna Himalayas, enjoying the morning views of snow-clad peaks. A short walk downhill to a road-head and take an exciting drive to beautiful Pokhara city by the calm Phewa Lake. After checking into your lovely rooms, having time to browse the streets of Phewa Lake side.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

Altitude

860 m

Morning depart from the hotel for interesting overland journey to Kathmandu on the same scenic highway. Finally the interesting drive ends on reaching Kathmandu city and then transfer to your hotel. Rest of the afternoon, free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs. (Option for short flight of half hour to Kathmandu from Pokhara)

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

Altitude

1400 m

Last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, as per your international flight time our staff transfer you to the airport. Then bid farewell to the guide and staff as you enter the airport terminal for homeward bound flight, after a memorable experience on Mohare Danda Trekking.

Meal

Breakfast

Altitude

1400 m

What is Included ?

    • All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
    • Three Star (Tourist Standard) hotel in Kathmandu with bed / breakfast basis.
    • A guide who can speak English and government licensed.
    • Food in Trekking (B-L-D).
    • Lodge accommodation during trekking.
    • Applicable TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) card.
    • National Park permit for Sagarmatha national park and Local permit
    • Service of trekking guide and porter daily wages-medical insurance, meals, and transportation allowance.
    • Welcome or Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs.
    • Note: We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.

What is Excluded?

    • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.
    • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Heli services and personal medical kit.
    • Tips for guide and porter.
    • Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from trek and in Kathmandu including expenses of accompanying guide / porters.

The given cost are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you. We also organizes trips on small groups, so we recommend you to reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away. Hurry! The adventure awaits you.

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