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Hiker Himalaya Treks & Expedition

Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake Trekking

Trip code KRKLT-46
Package name Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake Trekking
Duration 14 Days
Max. elevation 3350 Meter
Transportation private vehicle, Deluxe touristic bus as itinerary 
Accomodation Three-star hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara; and tea house lodge during the trek
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Pokhara-Nayapul-Ghandruk-Tada Pani-Dobato-Chistebung-Khopra danda-Khair Lake-Sauta Village-Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Tirkhedhunga-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Cost USD 1,075 per person



Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake Trekking, this adventure is often known as Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Treks. Due to the closeness of both massive mountain ranges as you look from the high scenic ridge of Khopra. A marvelous trek to enjoy the harmony of beautiful forest surroundings of tall rhododendron, pines, magnolia, and oak tree lines. In the backdrop of high snow, peaks remain constant throughout the walks from the start to the end of the journey.

Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake Trekking can be done taking two routes as options clock-wise or anti-clock-wise. Hiker Himalaya has set the itinerary for the later ways heading into off-beaten tracks first then joining the main trails. After a visit to Khopra and the holy lake of Khair reach the busy route at Ghorepani village.

A nice and pleasant walk to reach the highest point of the adventure to Khopra Ridge, and then to Khair Lake. A glacial pond tucked in between the high peaks of Annapurna South and Vara Shikar or Annapurna Fang. Khair Lake is regarded as sacred and holy by the local villagers. Where once a year in August, a great religious fair and festival takes place as per the Hindu Lunar calendar. Thousands of pilgrims and devotees visit for worship and prayer and to take a bath and dip in the icy pond.

The belief is that relinquishes the sin of hundreds of lifetimes, as well as sacrifices some animals like goats, sheep, and chickens. As an offering to nature spirits stands a small temple of Shiva as well amidst towering mountain surroundings. Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake Trekking with Hike Himalaya start from lovely Pokhara city, after an exciting overland journey from Kathmandu.

From Pokhara head west to reach the end of a drive, where our adventure begins heading up to Ghandruk village. A large village populated by Gurung people, the main hill tribes of the Annapurna Himalayas, as well as the gateway to various trekking routes. Gurung people practice Buddhism and their own ancient culture of Bon a pre-Buddhism sect, worship ancestral and natural spirits.

This will be the last village till Ghorepani is reached after spending time around the complete mountain wilderness. The other places on treks are just temporary settlements of cattle herders and villagers with simple lodges and inns for travelers.

From Ghandruk heading high walking through enchanting woodland and beyond the main trail towards Khopra Ridge, located on a high scenic ridge. A place with few houses that serve as shelter and food for the trekkers, as this region is ventured by only a few groups of trekkers. Spending an extra day around this beautiful scenic high ridge, with the closest views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Nilgiris peaks.

A full-day hike takes you to far-flung hidden corners at holy Khair Lake, an amazing place to be. Within tranquil surroundings of high snow peaks, from here our adventure heads down and up to Ghorepani village.

Located on a high hill and at the main trail of the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route to Tibet, which extends beyond the Mustang area. A popular spot for trekkers, here lodges offer nice accommodation and varieties of food menus. Next early morning hike up to the famous scenic Poon Hill, a magnificent viewpoint for a stunning sunrise over an array of Western Himalayan peaks. Enjoy the sunrise with a super mountain panorama, and then downhill to low warm areas, where a few hour's drives brings you to beautiful Pokhara.  

Pokhara is located on a verdant valley surrounded by tiers of green hills with a massive range of Annapurna Himalayan peaks. Includes grand views of majestic Machhapuchare Himal the famous Fish-Tail peak that reflects on calm lakes of Phewa and Begnas. After Pokhara an interesting drive back to Kathmandu, where our marvelous adventure and memorable experience on Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake Trekking concludes.

Best time to visit Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake Trekking:

We have two great seasons of the year autumn and spring, the best months of autumn are from mid-September to mid-December and the best months of spring are from mid-February to May. These two seasons are the best seasons for this trek because the weather is nice and warm. Great views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing levels at high altitudes.

Winter weather is also good for Khopra Ridge Trek. The only problem is the cold and heavy snow in Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake. Hiking is affected by rain and cold in summer, but in summer and winter, hiking routes are not as crowded as in spring and autumn.

Physical fitness is required for Khayar Lake and Khopra Ridge Trek:

The Khopra Ridge and Khayar Lake treks are generally classified as moderate, with some sections such as the day trip from Ali Kharka to Khopra Danda and Khayar Lake being difficult. The physical trek starts at 1,430 meters on the hill and then reaches Khayar Lake at 4,650 meters. You should walk for 5-6 hours from morning to evening per day which also covers a distance of about 10-12 kilometers and also some strong and adventurous climbing places that are physically needed.

A good physical level is required to withstand the switch-back uphill in mountaineering. Running, cycling, swimming, running, climbing stairs at home and office buildings, hitting the gym and, if possible, trekking to the nearest Nature Park should be prepared to return home.

Food and accommodation at Khayar Lake and Khopra Ridge Trek:

All tea houses have a menu of various food items (rice, pasta, noodles, potatoes, soups, desserts, dumplings, cereals, bread [including homemade and toast] delicious local dishes), and the menu card is managed by the locals. Hotel management community and ACAP.With a free refill of rice, fresh garden vegetables, dal soup, and gluten-free curry, dal Bhat will be the best option during the trek.

All soft and hard drinks are available at Trek at different prices. Also an alternative to drinking water like boiled water or safe drinking water or mineral water. Unlimited preference for hot drinks like tea (black / milk/lemon/ginger/mint / herbal etc.) and coffee.

The teahouses/lodges on Khopra danda / Khair Lake trekking are basic in most places and eat simple food. Hot showers are available and toilets are common in most Asian-style pans. You should buy drinking water, hot bath, toiletries, charging batteries, and WIFI separately. Wet tissue or wipe towel, hand sanitizer, protein bar, book, or portable games will be useful. during the trek, the room is simple but has is clean.

Equipment & Packing List for Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake Trekking:

This list outlines the required things to bring during the Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake Trekking Trek The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day-pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you to pack only what is necessary.

Important Items: Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Master Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.

For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.ftr5cwszxtrfw

For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket

For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.

For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.

For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.

Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag *; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional).

Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.

Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).

Note: If any items are not available in your hometown you can buy them in Trekking Store in Kathmandu before you on trekking

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel:

On arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport via various international airlines, received our guide and staff for a short transfer to the heart of Kathmandu city.

Where is your hotel located, after checking into your rooms, and then meeting other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for a briefing? The briefing includes important information regarding Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake Trek, to make your holiday in Nepal more enjoyable.

The evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the culture of Nepal with folk dance and music.

Meals: Breakfast, Accommodation: Three-star category Hotel in Kathmandu, Distance: 5 kilometers From Airport to Thamel

Day 2 : Drive to Pokhara 860 m, -06 hours and transfer to hotel:

The morning after early breakfast as per group size, either in a private car, coach, or taking a tourist bus to Pokhara, an interesting drive of six hours through many farm villages and towns, following the popular rafting river of Trisuli.

After a few hours of drives head west leaving the Trisuli River and heading towards a famous touristic spot in Pokhara for an overnight stop in a nice lovely hotel by the Phewa Lake-Side. Enjoy the evening with short walks by the lakeside where many good restaurants and shops are located.

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu Hotel, Accommodation: Three-star category Hotel in Pokhara, Distance: 200 kilometers from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 3 : Drive further from Nayapul, then Trek to Ghandruk 1, 960 m, -06 hrs:

After a lovely relaxing time in a nice hotel in Pokhara, and then having breakfast a few hour's drives takes you beyond Pokhara valley, overlooking views of the Annapurna range of peaks, as the drive ends further from the town of Nayapul.

Start the trek from near the farm village of Syauli Bazaar, situated by the Modi River, as the walk leads to climbing on long stone steps heading past farm villages and terraces to reach Ghandruk. A large and major Gurung village of the Annapurna region, populated by Gurung the main hill tribes of Annapurna Himalaya. Famously known as the Gorkha, for the past 200 years recruited as brave soldiers in the British and Indian Armies.

The Gurung originally are farmers and raised livestock, Ghandruk is also a gateway to several trekking destinations of the Annapurna region. Time permitting explore the cultural village and its small museum with full information on Gurung traditions and customs.

Meals: (Breakfast Pokhara Hotel), Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in Ghandruk, Distance: 56.9 Kilometers

Day 4 : Trek to Tada Pani 2, 630 m, -05 hours:

Early morning enjoy views of Annapurna peaks while having a good breakfast, and then start the day with a climb above Ghandruk village, as the walk proceeds on a nice winding path for a while, a steep climb leads you into a cool forest to reach a small settlement at Bhainse Kharka, a place in the middle of woods.

From here an hour's walk into lovely woodland reach you to Tadapani for overnight in one of its nice cozy lodges. Located amidst a lovely forest with grand close views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchare Himal the Fish-Tail peak.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in  TadaPani, Distance: 9.8 Kilometers

Day 5 : Trek to Dobato 3, 345 m, -05 hours:

Morning from Tadapani, enjoying grand views of Annapurna Himalaya, having breakfast then start the walk with a climb into hidden areas away from mainstream trekking trails. As the walk continues with a steep climb within the dense forest to reach Dobato, situated on a hilltop surrounded by tall tree lines with views of Annapurna peaks.

A place with a simple and basic lodge overnight in a small lodge with clean rooms offers a limited food menu to enjoy dinner. As you are in a pure wilderness of high hills and mountainous areas far from villages and main trekking trails till Khopra Ridge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in  Dobato, Distance: 8 Kilometers

Day 6 : Trek to Chistebung 3, 350 m, -05 hours:

Walk in the morning begins with a short climb facing glorious views of the Annapurna Himalaya range, as the walk heads to a narrow path to reach a wide meadow and then down through the lovely forest to reach an isolated spot in Chistebung, a place with few small huts that serve as a lodge and Tea-House.

Spend the rest of the afternoon around this peaceful area surrounded by dense forest, with chances of seeing some mountain wildlife.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in Chistebung, Distance: 10 Kilometers

Day 7 : Trek to Khopra Ridge or Danda 3, 660 m, -04 hours:

From Chistebung, today is a short morning walk uphill, as the route leaves the forest and tall tree lines behind for short bushes and shrubs. As the climb continues on grassy slopes to reach Khopra ridge for lunch and an overnight stop. A scenic spot Khopra, perched on a high ridgeline with wonderful closest views of Mt. Dhaulagiri with Vara Shikar (Annapurna Fang), and Annapurna South, a great scenic ridge.

Afternoon relaxes for the next early morning hike to Khair Lake our final destination of the adventure. Overnight in a simple guest house or lodge with the area located far and remote from the rest of the villages and main trekking trails.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in Khopra Danda, Distance: 8.9 Kilometers

Day 8 : At Khopra Ridge for a hike to Khair Lake 4, 500 m, -06 hours:

Rise early morning for breakfast and then carry your packed lunch for the long day hike, start the morning walk on a ridge line close to Annapurna South peaks and then head northeast to reach holy Khair Lake at above 4, 500 m. Walking on a nice path used by local pilgrims on the auspicious time of the festival at Khair Lake, then reach the beautiful areas of Khair Lake and its small glacial pond Regarded as a holy site, once a year festival is held in August, as per Hindu Lunar calendar.

Thousands of local villagers make a pilgrimage to worship and prayer to Lord Shiva. In Hindu belief, all Himalayan mountains are an abode of Lord Shiva and holy spirits. Where devotees take bath and a dip in the icy pond, as well as sacrifice sheep and goats to mountain spirits.

Enjoy the pristine surroundings enclosed within the high peaks of Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar or Annapurna Fang. After a lovely moment head back on the same route back to Khopra Ridge for the overnight stop.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in Khopra Ridge or Danda, Distance: 6-7 Kilometers

Day 9 : Trek to Sauta Village 2, 210 m, -06 hours:

After a marvelous time around the hidden corners of Annapurna Himalaya, a morning walk down to Chistebung and then continue descending into a forested area to reach Sauta village, facing super views of Dhaulagiri Himalaya.

Transfer to a village lodge, from here onward the lodges are better and up to tourist standard with a long list of menus to your delight. After the steep climb of a few hours, and then on a gradual path within farm terraces as the walk enters into a cool dense rhododendron forest to reach Sikha and Chitre villages.

As the climb gains heights then end the long day at Ghorepani village for an overnight halt in a nice lovely warm lodge with views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South peaks.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in  Sauta Village, Distance: 14 Kilometers

Day 10 : Trek to Ghorepani 2, 850 m, -05 hrs:

Morning from Sauta village, walk leads on the main trail to join at Chitre village, where a steep climb takes you into a beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron trees to reach Ghorepani. Located at the bottom of the famous Poon Hill amidst dense rhododendron woods facing fabulous views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South.

Where all houses are painted blue which blends perfectly with their green surroundings. Ghorepani a popular trekking spot with many good lodges to stay in provides an excellent food menu to enjoy with the friendly services of the Poon people of Magar ethnic hill tribes of the western Himalayas.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in Ghorepani, Distance: 11 Kilometers

Day 11 : Hike to Poon Hill 3, 210 m and trek to Tikhedhunga 1,430 m, -06 hrs:

Early morning an hour hike and climb to Poon-Hill at 3,210 m high, to catch stunning sunrise over the panorama of Himalayan peaks, that includes Dhaulagiri-Annapurna to Mt. Manaslu range. After a busy photo session return to Ghorepani for breakfast.

From Ghorepani walk on the main trail with much downhill through lovely rhododendron and pine forest. As walk follows through Bhanthati village to reach a large Ulleri village. From here on stone-paved steps to the suspension bridge at Tikhedhunga for an overnight stop. Enjoy walking near cascading beautiful waterfalls near the lodge of Tikhedhunga.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in Tikhedhunga, Distance: 13 Kilometers

Day 12 : Walk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara, -04 hours:

After Tikhedhunga, pleasant walk downhill to Nayapul where our trek ends then get in a vehicle for a short drive to Pokhara, as the drive heads past Bhirethati and Nayapul, which is on the main highway of Beni and Pokhara.

From here a scenic drive of fewer than two hours to reach Pokhara for an overnight stop by the serene Lake Phewa with time for a visit around the Lake and bid farewell to the rest of the trekking staff and porters.

Meals: Breakfast, and Lunch, Accommodation: Three-star category Hotel in Pokhara, Distance: 55.6 Kilometers

Day 13 : Drive back to Kathmandu, -06 hours:

An enjoyable time in Pokhara, a great place to relax, from this scenic city morning drive to Kathmandu on the main interesting highway past many farm villages and towns, and then the up-on winding road to reach the outskirt of Kathmandu valley. 

From the top of Nag-Dhunga and Thankot town, down towards the hustle, and bustle city in Kathmandu, and then back to your hotel, where our great adventure completes.

Meals: Breakfast, Accommodation: Three-star category Hotel in Kathmandu, Distance: 200 Kilometers

Day 14 : Departure Day for International flight homeward bound:

On your last day in Nepal, enjoy a memorable adventure and experience on Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake Trek, as a time for your international flight our staff transfer you to the airport for homeward bound.

We trust you made some incredible memories with us. Thank you, and have a safe journey home.

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