Tour overview

Khayer Lake Trek is newly discovered alternative trekking trail in Annapurna region situated between classic Annapurna Base Camp and Jomsom trekking trail. It is a newly promoted beautiful Trekking route with mix culture of Gurung and Magar people and exceptional mountain views over the many Himalayas including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Nilgiri from Khopra Ridge and Poon Hill.

Khayer Lake Trekking synonymous to Khopra Danda trek is one of the less traveled trails in the Annapurna region. Sandwiched between the Annapurna Base Camp trekking trail and Jomsom trekking trail, this route takes you through deep jungles, rhododendron and bamboo forests, with rewarding views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri range throughout the trail. Khayer Lake, a sacred lake situated at an elevation of 4660 meters is the main asset of this trekking route, which gives the closest view of Annapurna South. A rich blend of culture, aesthetic beauty, wilderness of nature makes this off beaten track stand out and worth the exploration.

 Kopra Ridge (3640M):
The ridge holds two big festivals every year in the months of March and April and July and August when all the locals gather together on the top of the ridge (Khopra Hill). In the first case the locals slay a Yak and drink the blood hot as it is  believed to be a cure for all illness.

The Sacred Khare Lake (4660M):
The lake is a  pilgrimage spot especially on the occasion of sacred-thread replacement day (Full Moon in August) people believe that all their wishes will be fulfilled after praying at the lake. They also believe that if they touch the water, they will be granted salvation after death. Married women who have yet to conceive visit the lake to ask for the fertility.

Beside the scenic variety of the peaks, the warm hospitality of the Magar people along the way of Khair Lake Trekking is well off the beaten trail in Annapurna Region, on too long, remote mountain ridges, through rhododendron forest and to visit traditional villages. From Pokhara our Trip starts in the lower, more temperate region of forested hillsides and Gurung and Magar villages. As we move higher through the rhododendron woodlands the views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre are beyond your belief.

This trek not only lets you experience the rich and diverse culture of Nepal, but it also allows you to get insight into their lifestyle, culture, and tradition. Moreover, the best part of trekking in Nepal is you will get to have wonderful vistas of the Himalayas which you can get through this trek too. So, if you are looking for a short and easy at the same time adventurous trek in Nepal then come along make SIDDHA OM TOURS, TRAVEL &  TREKKING your travel companions and explore these paths that have been less travelled.

Trek Info

Here are some of the Trekking accessories that you require for the easy and convenient journey-

In general you will need four sleeping bags (we could provide you one for the trek), a duffel or a trekking bag of 70-80 liters (we can provide one), down jacket (this too we can provide one if needed for the trek) and a normal travel bag of 25-30 liters.

For clothing, you will require the following-

Upper body- For this-shirts, waterproof jacket, fleece jacket or pullover, water proof jacketare needed. Wind proof jacket are optional but preferred. For T-shirts, baggy cotton T-shirts are the best especially for warm days in lower altitudes. Moreover, we recommend synthetic T-shirts as they quickly absorb the moisture. Then, for the waterproof jacket, we recommend you to have nylon which is light.

Lower body- For this, you need hiking shorts, trekking pants, soft shell and hard shell pants, cotton pants or jeans. For hiking shorts, buy the fabric which dries quickly. For trekking pants, go for the ones which have zipper in the middle of the knees so that you can take off the bottom part when necessary. Forsoft shell pants, buy a synthetic fiber. Then, for hard shell, buy a waterproof one. Full zipper from top to bottom is preferred for both soft and hard shell pants. For extra wearable, have a pair of jeans or cotton pants.

Inner wears- Regarding inner wears, you need lightweight underwear which is preferably made up of synthetic. For women, own synthetic sports bras. You could also have swimsuit if you would like to.

Footwear- For this, you need a trekking boot, gaiters and sandals. For Trekking boots, get a hard sole lug-cleated boots for good performance for every kind of landscape. We then recommend you to have a pair as it helps keep your feet dry quickly and keeping dust, rocks and snow out of your shoes. We also suggest you to have a pair of sandals as it helps while you are in the lodge. Then, for socks, you require 4 pairs of synthetic and 3 pairs of woolen socks.

Hand wears- The hand essentials are gloves, mittens and hand warmers. For warm weather, buy synthetic or thin woolen gloves. For cold weather, buy a woolen or fleece gloves. While for mittens, Gore-Tex mittens are the best. Regarding hand warmers, it’s completely your choice whether you want to have or not.

Face protection- For protecting the face against the snowfalls, heavy wind, direct sun, etc. we recommend you to have a cap or a hat, a synthetic woolen hat, a lightweightedbalaclava, glacier glasses having 100% UV protected lens with side shields and hard-sided storage, headlamp, ear muffs, neck warmer, etc. Ear muffs and neck warmers are not necessary but are up to your choice.

First Aid Kit– Though the trekking guides will be carrying a first aid kit box, we suggest you to have one as well. So, for this, you will need to have basic emergency equipment. You can discuss with us regarding what all to take along with you.

Personal care- The personal care products that you will require while trekking are tooth brush, tooth paste (biodegradable is preferred), towel, soap, hand wash, sanitizers, wet wipes, deodorants, crèmes, etc. along with your other needs.

Miscellaneous but important- These include valid passport, passport size photos, airline ticket (and its copy), luggage locks, thick garbage bags, water bottle, small bag for travel documents, passport, wallet/purse, etc., pocket knife, sunscreen lotion (SPF 40 recommended) and lip balm of at least SPF 20.

Extras- The extras include trekking poles, snacks, books, games, chargers, binoculars, batteries, camera, guide book, extra glasses (if you wear), notebook/pen, sleeping bag liner, hydration bladder with drinking tube, pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women, thermos, etc.

Note- Tight fitting clothes especially made out of fabrics like lycra, especially to women can be offensive to the local villagers. So, make sure that you pack something to wear on top of them if you want to pack them.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu – Pick up upon arrival
Day 02: Drive or flight to Pokhara – stay overnight or same day begin trek
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri (1900m) – 6 hours walk
Day 03: Ulleri to Ghorepani Village (2856m) – 5 hours walk
Day 04: Morning hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani (2640m) – 6 hours walk
Day 05: Tadaoani to Dobato (Bhaisi Kharka) (3436m) – 5 hours walk
Day 06: Dobato to Chistibung (3026m) – 6 hours walk
Day 07: Chistibung to Khopra Danda (3660m) – 6 hours walk
Day 08: Exploration day – Hike to Khayer Lake (4600m) – 8 hours walk
Day 09: Khopra Danda to Narchyang Village (1510m) – 5 hours walk
Day 10: Narchyang to Tatopani Hot spring (850m) – 6 hours walk
Day 11: Drive back to Pokhara – Enjoy beautiful city
Day 12: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu
Day 13: depart from Kathmandu toward your own destinations
Fast & Short Trek
Day 1 Kathmandu To Tatopani by bus/jeep-12Hrs
Day 2 Tatopani To Pauduwar To Khopra Danda(3640m)-8hrs
Day 3 Trek Khopra Danda To Khayer lake(4660m)-10hrs
Day 4 Trek Khopra Danda To Narchyang To Tatopani-6hrs &Back to Pokhara/Kathmandu