On first arrival at Kathmandu-Nepal international airport, our staff and guide will receive with traditional welcome. A short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, on checking into your nice rooms. After getting refreshed from the jet-lag, join at the hotel lobby and at meeting room for trek briefing provided by our guide or leader. Information about the hotel, lodge on treks with full details of trekking trails, food and accommodation on treks. As well with do’s and don’ts with welcome group dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurants with local cultural program along with Nepali meals.
Morning after breakfast, the city / cultural guide will meet you at the hotel for tour around Kathmandu World Heritage Sites. As well visiting interesting places of steeped with history and culture. After the tour back at the hotel, preparation for Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake Trekking.
Morning leaving the hotel for exciting overland journey to beautiful Pokhara, the renowned tourist city in Nepal. The drive leads on the main highway following the Trisuli River, quite popular river for rafting. On reaching Mugling Bazaar, then heading due west facing views of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayas.
As the drive reach Pokhara city, and then transfer into a nice hotel by the calm Phewa Lake side. Where all good hotels, restaurants and shops are located.
Morning after a good breakfast, a few hours interesting drive leads away far from Pokhara city and valley outskirt. On drives enjoy views of Annapurna range of peaks with majestic Machhapuchare Himal the famous Fish Tail that dominates the Pokhara valley. The drive leads on Pokhara-Baglung, Beni highway reaching Nayapul town, the drive follows on dirt rough dirt road. Then ending the bumpy and exciting ride at a small village of Hille and Tirkhedhunga. Our walk begins crossing over a bridge with views of wonderful waterfalls. The climb continues on stone steps all the way on top of a hill at Ulleri village. On arrival check into a nice local simple lodge facing views of Annapurna peaks.
After an exciting walk and climb on first day, morning a pleasant trek amidst beautiful rhododendron and pine forest. Following on winding gradual uphill to Ghorepani village, inhabited by the Poon-Magar people, the tribes of western Himalayan hills. Ghorepani one of the most popular short moderate treks around Annapurna region, due to its magnificent views from Poon Hill.
At Ghorepani check into a lovely lodge for lunch and overnight halt, with time to explore facing grand views of Dhaulagiri Himal.
Early morning before breakfast at the break of dawn, a short hike of an hour climb to Poon Hill. From the top of Poon Hill, enjoy glorious sunrise views reflecting over an arrays of snow peaks. Overlooking Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and Annapurna Himalayas with Manaslu range of peaks, including majestic Machhapuchare Himal the famed Fish-Tail. After a refreshing morning hike with marvelous views down to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue walks towards Khopra Ridge.
The trail leads down to Chitre village, from here our route diverts from the main trail. As walk leads towards off the beaten tracks, away from popular trekking areas to remote isolated village of Sauta. At Sauta transfer to a nice simple guest-house or lodge, facing wonderful views of Dhaulagiri Himalaya range.
Morning leaving the last permanent farm village of Sauta, a short day walks of few hours. Following the forested path, and the climb starts heading into dense woods through nice grassy meadows. Then ending the morning trek reaching Chistibung, a small settlement amidst lovely forest surroundings. Having few small simple huts, serving as lodges with basic facilities but nice and cosy.
Enjoy the lunch and relax, or take a short hike with chances of spotting some Wildlife like mountain goats, and colorful Danfe pheasant. The national bird of Nepal, often seen around this serene surroundings.
A short and wonderful morning hike to our main destination and highlight of the adventure to high Khopra Ridge. Morning after a simple breakfast, walk into dense vegetation and tall tree lines, soon the tree lines fades. As climb follows on a high grassy hill to reach on top of Khopra Ridge, an amazing place.
Facing close views of Mt. Dhaulagiri in the North West with Annapurna Fang / Vara Shikar towards North. Includes Annapurna South at near distance from where you stand at Khopra Ridge. Enjoying the stunning scenery then check intoa nice lodge for two overnights. Having lunch, afternoon at leisure relax and enjoythe glamorous scenery or taking short scenic walks.
At Khopra Ridge for a day hike to hidden Lake of Khari, regarded as a holy place,morning having breakfast. As well carrying packed lunch, start the hike following a ridge line, high above from where we walked previous days. Heading close toAnnapurna South, then route leads due north in front of Vara Shikhar and Annapurna-I and Gangapurna Himal. Having short rest, then climb to a high ridge and then down to Khair Lake, a beautiful spot. Located amidst stunning surroundings of towering white peaks and rocky high cliff walls.
Khair Lake with a small temple and shrine of Lord Shiva, as well having few shades and shelters for pilgrims. Once a year in monsoon wet time of August as per Hindu Lunar calendar, a religious festival is held. Hundreds of pilgrims, devoteesand villagers pays homage to the lake for a holy bath and a dip.
As wash in the sacred pond relinquishes the sin of a hundreds life time.It is also an auspicious day for Jani Purnima for Hindu men and boys to change their holy threads. After feeling in high spirits and getting blessed with lovely scenery and being in holy spot. Return journey to Khopra Ridge for last overnightaround the high ridges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas.
Morning enjoy the final spectacular views of Dhaulagiri Himalaya range, and then downhill near Chistibung. Were route heads east with uphill into dense forested path to Bhainse Kharka, a wide pasture field with few huts serving as tea-houses. Walk follows on a narrow trail to reach overnight stop at Dobato, means a place of two routes. Dobato a summer grazing areas for local villager’s cattle to graze in midst of beautiful woods of rhododendron trees. The place at present provides few basic facilities for trekkers, like a simple lodge for overnights.
As well serving few limited food menu to enjoy, but this place offers superb views of Annapurna Himalayas in the north direction.
Enjoy the fantastic panorama of Annapurna Himalaya range with towering Machhapuchare Himal. Having breakfast, walk leads downhill through lovely forest reaching on the main trail of Ghorepani and Ghandruk villages at Tadapani.
Tadapani a small settlement of Gurung people the main hill tribes of southern Annapurna Himalayas. At Tadapani for short rest and continue walk through serene forest and down to Ghandruk village for last overnight.
Ghandruk, one of the largest villages around Annapurna range populated by the Gurung hill tribes. At Ghandruk enjoy the comfort of nice lodge accommodation with wide range of food menu.
Having breakfast along with grand views of Annapurna peaks, last day walk leads Kimche farm village. Ending the trek and taking a few hours of interesting drive back to Bhirethati village and at Nayapul town. Rest of the drive on main highway on winding up to Kande village, and then down to Pokhara valley.
As drive enters the Pokhara city around local markets, then finally reaching by Phewa Lakeside, and to the hotels. Afternoon enjoy leisure time in Pokhara Lakeside. An exciting and fun place where all shops, stores and top class restaurants are located.
Morning leaving the hotel in Pokhara, drive in a private vehicle or on regular Tourist Bus, as per size of a group. The scenic and interesting overland journey to Kathmandu on the same exciting highway. After hours of driving reaching back to your hotel in Kathmandu, rest of the day at leisure.
Enjoy an extra day in Kathmandu with individual activities or get into shopping spree. Interested people can join for another interesting tour of other cities of Kathmandu valley. Sightseeing around Patan / Lalitpur or the famous Bhaktapur city Durbar Square, worth a visit.
After an enjoyable and most mesmerizing time in Nepal, around Annapurna Himalayas on Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake Trek. As time for departure, our staff transfer you to international airport for flight homeward bound or to next port of call.
As this trek involves moderate to adventurous walks of more than a week preferable age are above 15 years to 70 years people can join. But all needs to be physically fit and in sound health to cope altitude with ups and downhill walks.
Rest of the walks is normal spending overnights in a nice simple lodge with basic food menu to enjoy, after Ghorepani until Ghandruk villages.
Nearly all villages and lodges have electricity from Hydro or Solar power, but on this trek on leaving Pokhara. As the trek leads to remote isolated settlements around the mountain village. Most lodges provides electricity run by solar power, where one can charge electronic items. On paying an extra fee for using the power as per electronic items charged. As for internet and cell phone communications, every lodges have the Wi-Fi and internet services, but can be quite disturbing sometimes due to weather and location wise.
From Pokhara onwards to Ghorepani, accommodation are nice with large rooms with common or attached bath and toilets. But after Ghorepani until Ghandruk villages around Sauta, Chistibung, Khopra and Dobato. The lodge facilities are basic and simple, but clean and tidy small rooms. Best to carry own sleeping bags for personal comforts, the food menu are basic with limited items. But Ulleri, Ghorepani and Ghandruk villages with good accommodation and serves wide range of comprehensive food menu. The foods includes from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan to Nepali meals and refreshing hot drinks of choices.
The itinerary we have provided, allows much time for acclimatization, although a high altitude walk. Where steep climb involves for some days, but taking short rest and enjoying the surrounding views will overcome the toughness. As well enjoying the climb to Khopra Ridge and to the highest point at Khair Lake.
Overall it is a moderate adventure, taking slow and following the itinerary days we have set to make the trek enjoyable and most interesting for all trekkers.
Yes, certainly of course a short panoramic flight of 30 minutes to land at Pokhara domestic airport, and vice versa on the way back. But the flight airfare depends upon the cost as set on the itinerary days. If the flight is not included on trip cost, it will be at extra cost, where trekkers needs to inform the Trek Landers Adventure on early booking.