|Package name||Khopra Ridge and Khair Lake Trekking|
|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|
|Trip route||Kathmandu-Pokhara-Nayapul-Ghandruk-Tada Pani-Dobato-Chistebung-Khopra danda-Khair Lake-Sauta Village-Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Tirkhedhunga-Pokhara-Kathmandu|
|Cost||USD 947 per person|
On arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport via various international airlines, received by our guide and staff for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms, and then meet other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for 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.
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 drives head west on leaving the Trisuli River 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.
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 Annapurna range of peaks, as the drive ends further from the town of Nayapul. Start the trek from near farm village of Syauli Bazaar, situated by the Modi River, as 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 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 of Gurung tradition and custom.
Early morning enjoy views of Annapurna peaks while having good breakfast, and then start the day with a climb above Ghandruk village, as 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.
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 the dinner. As you are in a pure wilderness of high hills and mountainous areas far from villages and main trekking trails till Khopra Ridge.
Walk in the morning begins with a short climb facing glorious views of Annapurna Himalaya range, as 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.
From Chistebung, today a short morning walk uphill, as the route leaves the forest and tall tree lines behind for short bush 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 as the area located far and remote from rest of the villages and main trekking trails.
Rise early morning for breakfast and then carry your pack-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 as used by local pilgrims on auspicious time of 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 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 sacrifice sheep and goats to mountain spirits. Enjoy the pristine surroundings enclosed within 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.
After a marvelous time around hidden corners of Annapurna Himalaya, morning walk down to Chistebung and then continue descending into a forested area to reach Sauta village, facing super views of Dhaulagiri Himalaya. Transfer into 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 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.
Morning from Sauta village, walk leads on the main trail to join at Chitre village, where steep climb takes you into a beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron trees reach Ghorepani. Located at the bottom of famous Poon Hill amidst dense rhododendron woods facing fabulous views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South. Where all houses are painted blue that blends perfectly with their green surroundings. Ghorepani a popular trekking spot with many good lodges to stay, provides an excellent food menu to enjoy with friendly services of Poon people of Magar ethnic hill tribes of western Himalayas.
Early morning an hour hike and climb to Poon-Hill at 3,210 m high, to catch stunning sunrise over 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 a 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.
After Tikhedhunga, pleasant walk downhill to Hille village 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.
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 hustle, bustle city in Kathmandu, and then back to your hotel, where our great adventure completes.
On your last day in Nepal, enjoying 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.
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