Khair Lake and Khopra Ridge Trekking, where most trekkers and adventurer unaware of hidden trails to exotic areas of Annapurna Himalaya, where you have excellent opportunity to walk in this pristine wilderness in the tranquil natural environment for some days away from the main flow of trekkers.
On this wonderful Khair Lake and Khopra Ridge Trekking with the combination of Ghorepani and scenic Poon hill within beautiful forested areas of tall rhododendron, regarded as one of the world’s largest natural garden, where you can witness in the months of March to April when wildflowers with rhododendron (Nepal national flower) in full bloom.
Besides daily views of snow-capped peaks of Annapurna-Dhaulagiri with majestic Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ and as far to Lamjung Himal and Manaslu mountains the local culture and traditional life of high hills people Gurung and Poon / Magar is equally interesting on this beautiful walks.
Beginning ‘Khair Lake and Khopra Ridge Trekking’ taking a drive from Kathmandu to scenic Pokhara where our adventure starts heading into high hills within villages and alpine woodland to Ghorepani and Poon Hill with fabulous sunrise and panorama of mountains.
Our treks then enter into complete wilderness avoiding the main trail heading towards remote farm villages and on the high scenic ridge at Khopra where a day hike reaches you to our highlight at Khair Lake, regarded as the sacred pond, where locals have great religious events in the month of July and August.
After a grand time on hidden ridges and valley of Annapurna, our route leads back to Pokhara taking an alternative trail providing you more views of the high hill country and then ending our mesmerizing adventure of a lifetime experience on Khair Lake and Khopra Ridge Trekking at Pokhara and then drive back to Kathmandu.
On arrival at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines, where you will be received by our office staff and guide with the warm welcome greeting and then transfer to your hotels in the hub of the city.
After checking into your rooms and getting refreshed join the other groups for the briefing on Khair Lake & Khopra Ridge Trekking, here our guide provides you with useful important information regarding trek and your stay in Nepal with us.
The evening includes welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk Culture program of Nepal while having your dinner.
Morning, depart from the hotel for the exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest, Kathmandu city and its valley steeped with historical and religious monuments temples and monasteries listed as World Heritage Sites.
After an interesting tour afternoon free to relax and prepare for Khair Lake & Khopra Ridge Trekking next early morning overland drive to Pokhara.
Morning depart from your hotel for interesting drive towards Nepal Mid West with exciting views past farm villages and towns on Nepal's main highway to reach Pokhara city.
On reaching at Pokhara after six hours of the interesting ride, transfer to hotels by the Phewa lakeside with time to stroll around where most of the hotels-restaurant-stores and shops located.
Pokhara a touristic and scenic spot blessed with natural scenery of mountains-green hills-valley with serene and calm lakes of Phewa and Begnas.
(Flying options to Pokhara of 30 minutes scenic flights)
Moring few hour drives take you further west to reach at Nayapul with the panorama of Annapurna and Manaslu Himalaya during the drive.
On reaching Nayapul first day walk follows Modi River to the lovely village at Bhirethati and then heading North West on gradual uphill for some hours, walking past interesting Gurung people farm villages and terraced fields on the stone paved steps to reach at Tirkhedhunga within beautiful cascading waterfalls for overnight stops.
Second day of the trek starting with a climb on nice stone steps to reach at Ulleri a large and typical Hill village, inhabited mostly by Gurung tribes with thatched and slated roofs offering views of Machhapuchare Himal with Annapurna South and Huin-Chuli peaks.
From here on gradual winding up trail to reach at Ghorepani as walk leads into magnificent tall rhododendron and pine tree woodland.
After a great pleasant walk reaching at Ghorepani for next morning hike to Poon Hill, Ghorepani home of Poon people of Magar origin tribe, an ethnic hill tribes of Nepal famous as Gorkha soldiers in UK-India and other foreign countries. This village with many good lodges offers marvelous views of Dhaulagiri-Tukuche-Nilgiris and Annapurna Himalayan mountains.
Early morning before breakfast, hike up for an hour on top scenic Poon Hill at above 3,210 m, for striking sunrise over a panorama of mountains from 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 to the eastern horizon, after a marvelous photo session head back to Ghorepani for breakfast and carries on trekking downhill into beautiful woods of rhododendron trees with views of mountains.
Finally walks from Chitre village leaves behind main trekking trail where our route leads you towards complete wilderness on off the beaten tracks with overnight at farm villages of Sauta inhabited by Poon-Magar people with views of Dhaulagiri Himalaya.
Starting with a slow gradual morning walk on off beaten trail passing farm fields and scattered villages, trekking north leading through enchanting serene rhododendron and bamboo forest, then a slow climb into woodlands following the route to Khair ridge, walk leads by a small stream then with an uphill through meadow and summer pastures to Chistebung for overnight stop, a small place with few small huts serving as tea-houses.
Today’s walk for few hours to our final destination at Khair also called Kopra ridge, from this place gaining more altitude leaving behind the tree lines only for alpine bushes and shrubs, around this place chances of seeing some wildlife like Himalayan Thar, the Danphe Pheasant (National Bird of Nepal). Morning after few hours of scenic walk finally reaching at overnight stop at Khair or Kopra ridge, a scenic picturesque spot with awesome scenery of surrounding green landscapes along with stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri massive range and Vara Shikar (Annapurna Fang), Annapurna South which towers directly from this wonderful spot.
A grand wonderful spot for a rest or free day, being here will be an awesome experience for sporty and energetic optional hike to holy lake at Khair Lake located 4,247 m. which is long and strenuous walk, but worth the views, the site of religious festival occasion held annually around the month of August and September. Villagers from the surrounding area assemble here to offer prayers to Lord Shiva and bathe in the icy waters, offers sacrifices of sheep and goats.
After a great time at Khair ridge top, morning walk leads to a long descend towards east through grazing lands in the middle of rhododendron forest, from Khair a long downhill walk reaching back to tree lines and towards our overnights stop at Dobato a summer pasture a grazing land for the local Sheppard’s with striking views of Annapurna South and Mt. Machhapuchare 6,993 m.
With the grand morning views of the snow capped mountains in total wilderness, our walk continues on the gradual downhill trail into the forest of rhododendron, oak, and magnolia.
After couple hours of good scenic walks joining at main trekking route of Gandruk and Ghorepani trail at Tadapani.
Here, after a refreshing stop, our route descends to Gandruk village for overnight in the comfort of the nice and cozy lodge with views of Annapurna Himal.
Enjoy visiting this large Gurung village of Annapurna region here menfolk of Gandruk village have long traditions supplying one of the finest soldiers in Gorkha Regiment to both British and Indian armies.
Morning with glorious views heading downhill through the cool forest to reach a large Gurung village at Ghandruk, with time here to visit its local museum and then carry on walks downhill to Modi River and then up for a while to Landruk village.
From Landruk a pleasant walk on winding trails brings at Tolka for the overnight stop with majestic views of Annapurna South and Huinchuli peaks.
Today our end of the trek with 3-4 hours walks to Dhampus village, on this last day trekking starting on the gradual path and with the climb to Deurali with fantastic views of peaks and surrounding landscapes.
After a break heading on the downhill trail to Potana village and then at Dhampus village perched on a ridge top, offering the scenic panorama of Annapurna-Manaslu-Lamjung Himal with tips of Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchare Himal.
From Dhampus a short drive of an hour reaches you back at beautiful Pokhara for last overnight in Nepal Mid West region.
From Pokhara, overland drive leads on the same route back to Kathmandu with amazing and wonderful time on Khair Lake & Khopra Ridge Trekking, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with free afternoon for individual activities.
(Flying options of half hour on air to Kathmandu with the sweeping panorama of mountains)
Your last day in Nepal, country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to next respective connecting destinations.
Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing memory and great time on wonderful Khair Lake & Khopra Ridge Trekking.