Khopra Danda-khair Lake Trekking

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14 Days

Duration

Nepal

Country

Moderate to Adventurous walks

Grade

3660 M

Max altitude

Private/Domestic Vehicles

Transportation

Hotel/Tea Houses

Accommodation

Sep-Dec/ Mar-May

Best season

Minimum 01 - Maximum 12

Group Size

Overview


‘explore hidden areas of Western Himalaya within Annapurna and Dhaulagiri’

Main Highlights

“On least ventured area close between high Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya Adventure that leads you on hidden and scenic trails seldom ventured by trekkers Enjoy walk within beautiful dense rhododendron-pines-firs and oak forested area On high ridge of Khopra Hill with matchless views of high Western Himalaya range
Stunning sunrise views from scenic Poon Hill over world three highest mountains Explore beautiful areas around high Khopra ridge with visit of holy Khair Lake”

Brief Trip Profile

Mode of Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu / Pokhara with local lodge on trekking.
Trekking Grade:                  Moderate to Adventurous walks.
Highest Spot:                      Khopra Hill 4,018 m and Khair Lake 4,595 m high.

Walking Hours:                   Minimum 4 hrs with Maximum of 6 hrs sometimes
Activities:                            Guided tour, overland journey and scenic trekking.
Trekking duration:              07 Nights and 08 Days (Pokhara to Pokhara)
Total Trip:                            12 Nights and 13 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Best Seasons for Khopra Hill and Khair Lake Trekking

March to May and September to November months of the year, March to May when most of day is clear for views and pleasant walks with moderate temperatures, longer sunlight hours when wild flowers are in bloom, especially rhododendron of various species from trees to bush of different colors (national flower of Nepal the rhododendron).

March to May where late afternoon can get cloudy with chances of rain and snow in higher altitude sometimes.

September to November around autumn / fall best times with clear blue sky and sunny days (for short while from morning to mid day) can be cold and freezing during morning and night times above 1,800 m high.

Sunlight is short during autumn and winter seasons but most of the morning till late afternoon are clear for views and pleasant walks with chances of snow around higher areas above 1,800 m.

People and Culture

Low warm farm areas of Nepal Mid West are of mixed ethnic tribes of people with mostly Gurung, Magar with some Tamang including Hindu Brahmin, Chettries and Dalits with various cultures and custom with same farm traditional life of both Hindu and Buddhism religion.

Higher mid hill around Annapurna region where villages populated by Poon / Magar and Gurung ethnic tribes of Annapurna and Western Nepal, follows Hindu and Buddhism religion along with own ancestral culture and heritage, worship of nature and mountain spirits.

Poon / Magar and Gurung people are traditional farmers and cattle herders where most men folk are famous as courageous and brave Gorkha soldiers in British, Indian Army and as well in Singapore police infantry.

Introduction

Khopra Hill and Khair Lake Trekking leads you to fabulous and adventurous walks on the hidden trails of Western Himalayan in between massive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range.

Khopra Hill and Khair Lake Trekking certainly refresh you walking into pristine natural surrounding with fantastic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri with majestic Machhapuchare the Fish Tail peak.

One of the best adventure destinations around Himalaya within close to main popular trekking areas of Annapurna and yet far where route leads beyond busy trail and away from villages and human settlement for some days heading into complete wilderness.

Khopra Hill and Khair Lake Trekking starts from beautiful city of Pokhara and then heading far towards mid hills as walk continues visiting nice farm villages and into dense rhododendron forest to reach at Ghorepani village and famous scenic Poon Hill.

At Ghorepani short hike to Poon Hill for stunning sunrise views over panorama of Himalayan peaks that includes from Dhaulagiri, Annapurna to Manaslu range with Machhapuchare Himal the Fish Tail peak.

After Ghorepani and Poon Hill where our route leaves the main busy trail as walk enters into far and remote high hills at Khopra Hill located on a scenic ridge line with fabulous close views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks.

AT Khopra where side excursion and hike takes you to hidden lake of Khair enclosed within high Annapurna mountains where the glacier feeds the pond regarded as holy, where once a year great religious festival take place.

Hundreds of Hindu pilgrims make their way here for a dip in the icy pond and worship to Lord Shiva and other mountain holy spirits, after a marvelous time head back for return journey to Pokhara.

Walk leads on eastern side of Khopra Hill within dense pines and rhododendron to reach at main trails towards Tadapani and Ghandruk villages populated by Gurung people the tribe of Annapurna Himalaya region.

Adventure continues on downhill to reach back into low warm farm country where short exciting drive brings you to beautiful city at Pokhara by its serene Phewa Lake for last overnight around Annapurna after a remarkable adventure and experience on Khopra Hill and Khair Lake Trekking.

Short Guide Line Itinerary

Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via various countries and airlines.

Day 02: A day in Kathmandu preparation for trek with options for tour.

Day 03: Drive or Fly to Pokhara 860 m (220 k.m)-06 hrs (30 mins by air).

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to start trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,460 m - 05 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,880 m/9,448 ft - 06 hrs.

Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill 3,210 m and trek to Sauta village 2,205 m-05 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Khopra Ridge 4,018 m - 06 hrs.

Day 08: At Kopra rest day for hike to Khair Lake 4,595 m - 06 hrs (both ways).

Day 09: Trek to Dobato at 3, 390 m - 05 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Ghandruk Village 1,940 m via Tadapani 2,630 m -05 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to road head and drive to Pokhara 3 hrs walks with 2 hrs drive.

Day 12: Drive or fly to Kathmandu -06 hrs ride or 30 mins by air.

Day 13: International Departure to respective country.

Detail Itenerary


On arrival at Nepal international airport in Kathmandu, where Professional Trekking Guide staff receives with warm welcome and then transfer to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu. On checking your rooms getting refreshed then join in at hotel foyer / lobby meeting with other members of the trek, where our guide will brief you with information regarding Khopra Hill and Khair Lake Trekking. Evening group welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese environment restaurant with native folk culture programs along with the dinner.
A free day in Kathmandu you can enjoy at leisure as well preparation for the trek, on this day interested people can join in our exciting guided sightseeing tour for half or full day tour at places of great interest around World Heritage Sites.
Morning either in charted bus, or in car as well in tourist coach (depending upon the size of a group), where overland journey takes you on main busy Nepal highway to reach country Mid-West at beautiful Pokhara. Pokhara an amazing city located on the laps of towering Annapurna Mountain range with famous Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ where reflection of the peaks touches its serene Phewa Lake. At Pokhara transfer to your respective hotels by the lake side with time wander 8on the street around the lake lined with shops and stores with many good hotels and restaurants. (Flying options taking 30 minutes flight to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu)
Wonderful adventure begins taking a short exciting drive to reach on the outskirt of Pokhara valley to reach at Nayapul or Bhirethati a nice and lovely village, from here within low warm area then start our walk of the day. Walk leads to a climb past farm villages and beautiful water falls to reach at Hille and Tirkhedhunga, and then with long steep climb for an hour to reach at Ulleri village for overnight night stop. The village offers views of Annapurna South and top of Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’.
Our adventure and walk for second day takes you to top Ulleri village with steady strenuous climb on stone steps, with time for rest on reaching Ulleri a nice and large farm village. From here on gradual path as walk lead past Bhanthati village, where route heads into cool shade of alpine forest covered with tall rhododendron-magnolia-oaks-pines and fir trees as trek progress then reaching at Ghorepani village for overnight stop. Ghorepani inhabited mostly by Poon a Magar tribe native of Western Nepal Himalaya, this scenic village located on the bottom of Poon Hill.
Early morning hike where climb takes on top Poon Hill at above 3,210 m, rewards you with superb sunrise views over 360° wide range of Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri, Mustang Himal, Nilgiri’s, Annapurna, Machhapuchare peak with Lamjung and Manaslu Himal. After great scenic time walk down to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek with descend to reach at Chitre village with views of Dhaulagiri mountain range, from here our route diverts from main trekking trails towards hidden areas of Annapurna Himalaya. A short walk of few hours on leaving Chitre to reach at Sauta village for overnight stop in one of best available simple local lodges.
After Sauta village morning on pleasant trail, then climb to reach small farm areas at Chistibung located within alpine forest of tall rhododendron-oaks and pines trees. After refreshing stop where climb leads beyond tree lines to reach Khopra high hill located on a ridgeline, at Khopra for overnight with glorious views of Dhaulagiri range with Tukuche, Nilgiri’s, Vara-Shikar (Annapurna Fang) and Annapurna South.
A rest and free day at Khopra to enjoy its beautiful surrounding of high snow-capped peaks, here with options for long hike to Khair Lake the highest point of the adventure at 4,595 m high. As walk starts to cover the longest trek and hike of the adventure as trail follow up hill to the end of a ridge on narrow path with short descend to reach at Khair Lake. Considered as holy site where annual religious festival takes place once a year in the month of August during Full Moon time, villagers of surrounding area visits here and offer prayer to Lord Shiva and bathe in icy waters, sacrifices sheep and goats to mountain spirits. After a great enjoyable time at holy Khair Lake return back to Khopra for last overnight around most beautiful and scenic spot.
After a grand wonderful time around Khopra and Khair Lake, morning walk heads east as trail follows past grazing area and into rhododendron forest, to reach our overnight stop at Dobato. Dobato in the middle of woods a small open area which is a summer pasture and grazing land for local herders facing views of Annapurna South and Mt. Machhapuchare the ‘Fish Tail’ peak.
With time around isolated areas of Annapurna morning walk on downhill for few hours to reach on the main trekking trail at Tadapani, a small settlement with houses serving as nice lodge for trekkers. From here a pleasant walks within deep cool forest as path lead to descend towards farm area on reach a large Ghandruk village for overnight stop with fabulous views of Annapurna Himalaya range. Ghandruk an interesting Gurung village with many good lodges in the shade of high Annapurna peaks and scenic landscapes, here with ample time to explore around Gurung village. Gurung people are farmers and cattle herder of age-old profession interwoven with Buddhism religion and as well practices their ancestral rites of Bon sect (pre Buddhism) worshipping nature and mountains as holy spirits.
Morning last day walks of the adventure as morning lead downhill to reach near River at Syali village, and then with gradual walk to Bhirethati or at Nayapul where treks completes. On reaching main motorable road, and then few hour drive reach you at Pokhara after a most enjoyable and scenic time on high hills around Annapurna Poon Hill Panorama trekking.
On leaving Pokhara where exciting drive take you back in Kathmandu as journey continues on same interesting road to Kathmandu to reach back at your hotels, with afternoon free to enjoy personal and individual activities and shopping. (Options for scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu of 30 minutes)
Final and last day in the country of Himalaya wonders with varied interesting cultures, after a memorable time and experience on Khopra Hill and Khair Lake trekking, with time for your international flight, where our staff and guide transfer you to the airport for flight back home or to next respective port of call.

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Cost Info


Cost Includes

    • Pickups and drops
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
    • 3 meals during the trek
    • TIMS and Permits
    • All sightseeing on private vehicle
    • Guided city tour of Kathmandu valley
    • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist coach/Domestic flights
    • Staff cost including air ticket, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance
    • Teahouse/Lodge accommodations during the trekking days
    • Welcome and farewell dinner
    • Licensed, English speaking guide
    • Porters ( 1 porter for 2 client with maximum weight of 20 kg)
    • All government taxes and service charges
    • All entrance fees
    • Best Nepal Guide T-Shirt
    • Medical first aid box
    • Trekking Map

Cost Excludes

    • Nepalese visa fee
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal communication, laundry, shopping
    • Nepalese SIM card
    • Hard drinks
    • International airfares and taxes
    • Tips

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FAQ

This trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.
To prepare for a strenuous trek like this you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.