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Khopra Ridge & Khyer Lake Trekking, adventure takes you in one of the hidden pockets within great range of Annapurna Himalaya with close views of world 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri and other beautiful peaks.
A perfect trek for people with interested in wilderness trekking, away from main stream trekking trails, as this Kopra Ridge & Khair Lake Trekking leads you into pristine wilderness on off the beaten tracks, seldom ventured by other few trekkers. Certainly, a fascinating place to be exploring the hidden areas and walk to holy glacial lake of Khair with awesome panorama of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range of mountains during this wonderful walk on Kopra Ridge & Khair Lake trekking.
Starting our marvelous trek from beautiful and popular touristic Pokhara city, heading towards high hills at Ghorepani, where walk leads on main trail for few days and then hike to scenic viewpoint at Poon Hill for stunning sunrise over chain of mountains. From Ghorepani onward leaving the main busy trail towards wilderness and tranquil areas of Annapurna past remote rural farm villages with a climb up to Kopra Ridge, here with time to enjoy close views of Dhaulagiri, Vara-Shikar and Annapurna peaks and walk to holy Khayer Lake.
Khair Lake one of the important pilgrimages of local villagers where religious festival takes place every year in monsoon time of August, people come here for a holy dip in the icy pond. With exciting and grand time at Khair and Kopra Ridge, walk follows to join the main stream trekking trails for short drive back to scenic Pokhara, after concluding a marvelous adventure on Kopra Ridge & Khair Lake Trekking.
Season: March to May and September to December months March to May flowering time on hills October to December with clear blue sky (can be cold at morn and night time with chances of snow).
Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300 m) Overnight at a Hotel.
Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley Overnight at a hotel.
Kathmandu drive to Pokhara (820 m) in a Tourist Bus 7 hours Overnight at hotel.
Pokhara drive to Nayapul (1,050 m) and Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) 4 hours overnight at a teahouse.
Tikhedhunga trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) 5 hours overnight at a teahouse.
Morning Hike to Poon Hill 3,210 m and trek to Sauta village (2,200 m) 5 hrs.
Sauta Village trek to Chistibung (3,000 m) 5 hrs.
Chistibung trek to Kopra Ridge (3,870 m) 4 hrs.
At Kopra Ridge for local exploration and hike to Khayer Lake (4,620 m).
Khyer Lake trek to Dobato (3,420 m) 5 hrs.
Dobato trek Ghandruk villages (1,950 m) 6 hrs.
Ghandruk trek to Bhirethati 4 hrs. and drive to Pokhara (860 m) 2 hrs.
Pokhara drive back to Kathmandu (1,300 m) in a tourist bus 7 hours overnight at a hotel.
Transfer to the International Airport for your final departure.
Arrival Tribhuvan International Airport (1,300 m)
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and he will be displaying an Adventure White Himalaya’ s signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.
Note: If you happen to arrive after 4 pm you would be briefed about the trip by our guide, this will be the pre-trip meeting for you, so please make sure that you ask all the questions. But if you arrive earlier than 4 pm, your pre-trip meeting would be on that very day at our office. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.
Kathmandu valley sightseen or trekking equipment’s preparing
After a breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below.
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.
Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going around the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.
Swayambhunath Stupa is known by Monkey temple which is in hillock center of the city. Where you may have to lots of Monkey but you should be careful with monkey, they are really bad don’t teach with them don’t hang any food in your hand they grab your things. You can see lots of things from there the view of valley it is really specular view Swayambhunath is the Buddhist stupa you can see lots of the Buddhist flags and prayers as well.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking essentials.
Kathmandu Drive to Pokhara 6 hrs. of driving
Our trekking staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30 am and escort you to the tourist bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:00 am. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna and Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west and Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our trek.
Pokhara Drive to Nayapul (1,050 m) then trek to Tikhedhunga (1570 m) 4 hrs. of trek
We begin our trek at Nayapul after an hour drive on a private vehicle from Pokhara. After a short 25-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1070 m), a large village with many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1495 m. After a short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1570 m. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region.
Tikhedhunga Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) 6 hrs. of trek
We move on towards the steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village at an altitude of 2070 m. The trail ascends more gently from this point, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons, towards Banthanti at 2250 m. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2460 m. After an hour walk, we arrive at Ghorepani (2840 m).
Morning Hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and trek to Sauta village (2200 m) 5 hrs.
Early morning before breakfast, hike up for an hour on top scenic Poon Hill at above (3210 m) high, from Poon Hill catch striking sunrise views over panorama of mountains Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiris, Annapurna Fang (Vara Shikar) Annapurna range of peaks with majestic Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ the unclimbed and virgin peaks of Himalaya View includes Mt. Manaslu with Lamjung extending towards Ganesh Himal due east horizon, after a marvelous photo session head back to Ghorepani for breakfast and carry on down-hill to Chitre after a short distance walk. After Chitre our route branch off from the main trail route to Sauta for overnight stop leave behind the main trekking trails to off the beaten tracks.
Sauta village Trek to Chistibung (3,000 m) 5 hrs. of trek
From here onwards on off the beaten track past rural farm villages, as walk contour into rhododendron and bamboo forest, following animal trail on route Kopra ridge, after a pleasant morning walk. Afternoon walk leads to slow climb uphill through local domestic cattle grazing pastures at Chistibung for overnight stop. Chistibung a small settlement, with some Tea-Houses serving as lodge for seldom visitor on this beautiful wilderness within forested areas of tall rhododendron trees.
Chistibung Trek to Kopra Ridge (3,870 m) 4 hrs. of trek
To gain the ridge, facing a steady climb and then soon leaving behind tree-lines with chances of spotting some wild-life like Himalayan Thar and Danphe (Impeyan / Lophorous Pheasant National Bird of Nepal) is a distinct possibility.
Getting up the ridge, rewarded with fantastic views of Annapurna South and of Vara Shikar (Annapurna Fang), half of the walk involves gradual ascent on good path to Kopra Ridge for overnight stop, this will be our one of a highest spot of the adventure.
At Kopra Ridge for local exploration and hike to Khayer Lake (4,620 m).
Here with free day to explore around this pristine wilderness where our day hike takes you to holy lakes at Kaire 4620 m, a long and demanding day. Khair Lake fed from the glacier of Annapurna and Vara-Shikar peaks also called Pautarko Kair, which is the site of ‘Badau Purnima’ festival held annually in August and September. Villagers from surrounding area converge here to offer prayers to Lord Shiva, bathe in icy pond, as well sacrifice sheep and goats. For those wishing an easier option, walk high on a ridge for fantastic views. Dhaulagiri I (8167m) and its satellite peaks that dominates western skyline includes Annapurna I (8091m), Fang or Vara Shikhar (7647m), Annapurna South (7237m) and the Nilgiris (7061m) to the east separated from Dhaulagiri range with drop of 6,000-m, forming world deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki River narrow valley.
After a wonderful time at Khair Lake and on the highest point of the adventure with awesome views of peaks head back to Kopra for last overnight in this complete wilderness.
khayer lake Trek to Dobato (3,420 m) 5 hrs. of trek
From Kopra Ridge, walk descend bearing east through small grazing pastures amidst scrub rhododendron. The area is only visited in the monsoon by villagers from Sauta who with their sheep, goats and buffalo occupy the small huts and shelters that we frequently pass along the way. After downhill walks trails climbs gradually rest of the day heading to a small notch that leads to the watershed of Modi Khola valley. There is no proper campsite but the best option would be to camp at Dobato, a small clearing on a ridge with great views of Annapurna South and Mt. Machhapuchare Himal (6,993m) the famous fish-tail peaks.
Dobato Trek Ghandruk villages (1,950 m) 6 hrs.
On leaving serene and off the beaten trail, morning walk leads to descend through forests of rhododendron, oak and magnolia and then reaching on the main trail at Tadapani small settlement with number of lodges with views of Annapurna. After Tadapani on pleasant trail to reach at Ghandruk one of largest village of the region populated by Gurung tribes, where men folk have long history serving as Gorkha soldiers in British and India regiments. Here with time to visit its local small Gurung museum with views of snow-clad peaks.
Ghandruk Trek to Bhirethati 4 hrs. of trek and drive to Pokhara (860 m) 2 hrs. drive
A long descend from Ghandruk village to reach at Modi river valley at Sauli-Bazaar back into low warmer areas of paddy fields and terraces farms.
Walking further for other hours to a nice village at Bhirethanti for the drive back to Pokhara which is about less than two hours, on reaching Pokhara transfer to respective hotels by the Lake Phewa.
Pokhara Drive back to Kathmandu 7hrs. of drive
We will be driving back to Kathmandu in the morning.
If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.
In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
Final departure day transfer to Tribhuvan international Airport
Note: The trip concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
Cost Included (✓)
✓ Airport pick up(Company Name Plate) & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.
✓ Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
✓ All your standard Meals during the lodge to lodge during the trek(Breakfasts,Lunches and Dinners).
✓ All trekking and climbing related permit & fees, (Entry Permit Annapurna conservation fees).
✓ TIMS (Trekking Information Management System)
✓ Adventure White Himalaya duffel bag/kit bag and T-shirt.
✓ Nepal Government license on holder English speaking trekking guide.
✓ The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests below 25 kg.).
✓ All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
✓ Official expenses Insurance foe guide and porters
✓ Salary for guide and porters
✓ All information about trekking, tour and expeditions.
✓ Certificate of achievement
Cost Excluded (✗)
✗ Emergency mountain medical rescue (provided by your insurance company please buy it in your country you can’t buy it in Nepal)
✗ Personal nature of expenses such as drinking water, hot shower Wi-Fi etc.
✗ Lunch and dinner in city
✗ Your personal trekking gears
✗ Food and accommodation in city
✗ Light weight trekking boot
✗ Down jacket Two pairs of loose-fitting long skirts
✗ Two pairs of cotton T-shirt
✗ Sun glass and sun hat
✗ One pairs of sandals
✗ Two pairs of thin and two pairs of thick woolen socks
✗ First aids kits
✗ Flash light
✗ Sunblock cream
✗ Water bottle
✗ Chlorine for the water purification
✗ Some dry food and candy as well
Note: Tips for the guide and porter (tips are not compulsory but this is your satisfaction with them if you are really happy with them service of them you can give as respect as tips).
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