Khair Lake Trek – 15 Days


‘Grand views of world’s three highest mountain panorama on holy Khair Lake trek’

Highlights of your journey:

  • Exclusive adventure in the hidden areas of massive Annapurna Himalaya range
  • Exceptional views along the walks into green hills and farm villages of great interest
  • Grand panorama of more than 360° mountain with stunning sunrise views from Poon Hill
  • Walking within serene woodland of rhododendron-magnolia-oaks-firs & pines trees
  • Trekking on scenic landscapes of rolling green hills, valley & close to mountain views
  • Explore around traditional Gurung, Poon / Magar people villages of great interest
  • Daily views of high towering Annapurna with majestic Machhapuchare ‘Fish Tail’ peak

A little about trip:

Khair Lake trekking, an exclusive and elusive adventure in and around hidden pockets of massive Annapurna range of mountains, and close to Dhaulagiri and Vara Shikar Himal (Annapurna Fang) in perfect tranquility of mountains and dramatic landscapes. Khair Lake Trekking, where walk leads you to remote and isolated farm villages and on high scenic ridge of Kopra to reach at Khair Lake, regarded as holy pond fed from the glaciers of Annapurna and Vara Shikar peaks.

 

This will be one of the most beautiful adventures away from main flow of trekkers for some days on leaving the main popular trail of Ghorepani village, heading into complete wilderness and beyond from human settlement. Khair Lake Trekking starts from beautiful Pokhara, a popular touristic city blessed by natural wonders of snow peaks of Annapurna-Manaslu and majestic Machhapuchare Himal (Fish-Tail) with serene calm Phewa and Begnas Lakes.

 

Walk leads with a short drive from low warm country to reach into mid hills within traditional farm villages of Poon-Magar people at Ghorepani, where a short hike takes you to scenic Poon Hill for alluring panorama of mountains with striking sunrise views. From Ghorepani walking into deep rhododendron forest as walk leads beyond main trekking trail entering into total wilderness and then heading higher to reach at high and scenic Kopra ridge facing tremendous close views of Dhaulagiri-Annapurna South with Vara-Shikar peaks.

 

Slowly our trek leads to our main destination at Khair Lake surrounded by high peaks of Annapurna Himalaya, here enjoy its pristine environment in the harmony of serene surroundings of snow-capped peaks and the holy lake of Khair. Khair Lake where once a year in full moon of August, great numbers of local pilgrim’s visits for a holy dip and bathe in icy pond believing it cleanse the sin of hundred lifetimes, from here our walk leads back to Pokhara on an alternative route to join the main Annapurna trekking trails to Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara, our marvelous adventure completes with grand memories and enjoyable experience in Khair Lake Trekking.

Suggest Itinerary:

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1,350 meters / 4,429 feet) & transfer to hotel

Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour & trek preparation

Day 03: Fly to Pokhara & drive to Syauli Bazaar then trek to Ghandruk (1940m / 6364ft) 7 hours

Day 04: Trek to Tadapani (2630m / 8628ft) 4 hours

Day 05: Trek to Dobato (3350m / 10,990ft) 5 hours

Day 06: Trek to Upper Chistibung (2975m / 3198ft) 4/5 hours

Day 07: Trek to Khopra Ridge (3660m / 12,007) 4 hours

Day 08: At Khopra Ridge & exploration to Kaire Lake (4500m / 14,763ft) 10 hours

Day 09: Trek to Swanta Village (2200m / 7217ft) 6 hours

Day 10: Trek to Ghorepani (2860m / 9383ft) 7 hours

Day 11: Visit Poon Hill (3210m / 10,498ft) & trek Tikhedhunga (1430m / 4691ft) 5 hours

Day 12: Trek to Nayapul & drive to Pokahara (825m / 2706ft) 3 hours trek & 2 hours road journey

Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m / 4429ft) 7 hours road journey

Day 14: Time of your own at Kathmandu for relaxing, shopping, sightseeing and farewell dinner

Day 15: Transfer to airport for onward destination

Trip concludes

  • Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1,350 meters / 4,429 feet) and transfer to hotel

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal. It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

  • Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour and trek preparation

    Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath’ and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion as well as provides opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding our upcoming.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  • Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and drive to Syauli Bazaar then trek to Ghandruk (1940m / 6364ft) 7 hours

    We fly to Pokhara early in the morning. We can catch amazing views of the Himalayas from the right side of our airplane. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, the beautiful lake city, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna and others. Later, we drive to Syauli Bazaar and start the trek to Ghandruk. The village is a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers and is the hub of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which promotes many varied ecological projects.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Lunch

  • Day 04: Trek to Tadapani (2630m / 8628ft) 4 hours

    In Ghandruk, we get to enjoy astonishing views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli Mountains. From here we continue upwards through Deurali and into the dense rhododendron forests. The Rhododendron is Nepal’s national flower and when they bloom, the forests turn into gardens of dazzling red flowers when seen from the air or from afar. After trekking over a small pass we reach Tadapani where we get to enjoy excellent views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Hiunchuli mountains. There are many Tibetans in the village who sell things for the tourists to take back home as a souvenirs.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Lunch

  • Day 05: Trek to Dobato (3350m / 10,990ft) 5 hours

    After Tadapani we leave the main trail and for the next five days we will walk in a more remote area of the Annapurna region. On our trek today we get to appreciate the diverse flora and fauna of the region and of course the magnificent view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South. Trekking in a relatively easy trail we reach Dobato which is dominated by the excellent view of the Annapurna South.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Lunch

  • Day 06: Trek to Upper Chistibung (2975m / 3198ft) 4/5 hours

    After breakfast, we descend through open ground and beautiful forest to reach the pastures of Lower Chistibung. Next, we ascend gradually through a forest before reaching Upper Chistibung which is a temporary herder’s settlement. If you are lucky, you might even spot the colorful Lophophorus (Danphe), the national bird of Nepal, as well as Himalayan thar on the grassy ridge high above the trail.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Lunch

  • Day 07: Trek to Khopra Ridge (3660m / 12,007) 4 hours

    We embark on a steady climb above the tree line through alpine meadows and pastures to reach Khopra. As we approach Khopra Ridge, we see the tip of Annapurna South. Upon reaching Khopra we go for a short walk down Khopra Ridge to a viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki river far below in this deep valley. From Khopra we also admire the stunning mountain panorama including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna South.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Lunch

  • Day 08: At Khopra Ridge and exploration to Kaire Lake (4500m /  14,763ft) 10 hours

    We begin trekking from around six in the morning towards the Kaire Lake from where we attain excellent views of the Fang and surrounding mountains. Considered to be a sacred lake by the Hindus, it is believed that bathing in the lake will help attain Nirvana. As Hinduism and Buddhism are intricately related in Nepal, we can even see a number of Hindu and Buddhist shrines on the lakeside. For those of us who do not want to walk all the way to the lake, a half day walk from Khopra can also be arranged. We have packed lunch today.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Lunch

  • Day 09: Trek to Swanta Village (2200m / 7217ft) 6 hours

    From Khopra Ridge we descend off the hillside and continue downhill on a steep trail. Along the way we get more views of Mount Dhaulagiri with the mountain providing a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Lunch

  • Day 10: Trek to Ghorepani (2860m / 9383ft) 7 hours

    An hour or so after leaving Swanta village we join the main trail to Ghorepani where there are of course far more others trekkers making one appreciate the quieter days walking along the Kopra Ridge. Finally you arrive in Ghorepani relax.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Lunch

  • Day 11: Visit Poon Hill (3210m / 10,498ft) and trek Tikhedhunga (1430m / 4691ft) 5 hours

    Very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of (3210m) – a brilliant spectacle. This vantage point provides unobstructed views of the early morning sunrise over the high Himalayas, weather permitting. There we spend about an hour. We return to Ghorepani where we take a hot breakfast at the hotel. We trek down towards Tikhedunga, walking down along the ridges and through rhododendron forests before finally reaching Tikhedhunga.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Lunch

  • Day 12: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokahara (825m / 2706ft) 3 hours trek and 2 hours road journey

    This is our last day easy trekking where we walk out to Nayapul to meet our private transport for the drive back to Pokhara.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m / 4429ft) 7 hours road journey

    Early morning drive by tourist bus to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside to reach the Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the time relax or explore the surrounding areas.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  • Day 14: Time of your own at Kathmandu for relaxing, shopping, sightseeing and farewell dinner

    This will be a spare day in Kathmandu after the tiring trekking program. We can stroll around the streets in Thamel, a popular Tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. You may also visit popular tourist attractions nearby. Either way, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

  • Day 15: Transfer to airport for onward destination

    It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.
    Accommodation: None. Included Meals: Breakfast

    Trip concludes

Equipment List

Correct Clothing & Equipment are essential for a safe and enjoyable trek. Experienced trekkers will often take only a selection of these items based on what has worked in the past. Please find the equipment list below for your personal use during your travel.


Footwear:
Running Shoes: 1 pair for casual Comfortable support shoes wear on lighter walking days. Sandals or flip flops for camp.


Light Hiking Boots:
 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots in which you should wear a light synthetic sock under a warm heavy sock comfortably, either wool or synthetic. Sole should be flexible but still provide enough support for your feet. Boots should be very water repellent.


Hiking Gaiters (Optional):
 1 pair keeps rocks out of shoes and boots dry in case of precipitation. Optional if trekking pants are worn.


Wool Socks:
 3 pair heavyweight wool socks to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. Remember to keep one fresh, dry pair of socks available at all times. Socks with padded shins are especially nice with boots.


Liner Socks:
 3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.


Clothing: 

Lightweight Long Underwear: 2 pair, tops and bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for intense sunny days and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most versatility.


Light Trekking Pants:
 Lightweight nylon pants designed to be used while trekking. They are extremely air permeable, dry quickly and provide sun protection. Zip-off lower leg sections are convenient for switching to shorts.


T-Shirts:
 Lightweight crew style T-shirt that wicks away moisture. Shirt can be made of any synthetic material.

Woolen or thick cotton long arm shirt – can double as a light jacket when required and also protects arms and neck because of the collar…good to wear in the evenings.

Thin woolen jumper / sweater can be reassuring and comfortable at nights in the lodges.


Bandana:
 Bring bandanas for face masks and other tasks.


Synthetic/Soft Shell Jacket:
 A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.


Insulted Down-Jacket:
 Down jacket need for this depends on the season and where you are going.


Hard Shell Jacket With Hood:
 We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain.


Hard Shall Pants:
 Waterproof, breathable. Any side zipper length is fine as long as you can get them over your boots.


Handwear:

Fleece/Soft Shell Gloves: 1 pair. A heavier fleece will do a better job of keeping hands warmer when wet than lighter polypropylene or Capilene.


Shell Gloves With Insulation:
 1 pair. Insulation does not need to be removable. A good quality ski glove is sufficient.


Headwear:

Headlamp With Spare Batteries: A good quality climber’s headlamp. For use at night, bring extra batteries and bulbs!


Sun Hat:
 The sun can be intense at high altitude. A hat with a good visor provides protection for the nose and eyes. Baseball hats work well. A Buff is recommended to reduce the amount of dust inhaled while trekking and reduces the chance of infection.


Neck Gaiter Or Buff:
 Buff is preferred for covering the face and preventing sickness.


Glacier Glasses:
 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers, leashes, and a nose guard is particularly helpful. No more than 8% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses—it is a good idea to have these with “photo-gray” or equivalent light-sensitive material so they can double as emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber). Talk to your eye care professional to find out where prescription glacier glasses are available. Regular sunglasses are not dark enough and do not provide any side protection from the sun.


Personal Equipment:

Sleeping Bag: Sleeping bag and liner – a 3 or 4 season bag is recommended, depending on your trek.

 

Backpack: A day pack big enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing. 3,000cu.in. max

 

Adjustable 3 Section Trekking/Hiking Poles: Optional

 

Water Treatment Tablets: Iodine or Chloride Dioxide tablets. A small bottle or multi pack is sufficient. Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste. Chloride Dioxide formulas will not discolor water.


Water Bottles:
 2 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Liter capacity per bottle. No water bag or bladder systems, they freeze or are hard to fill.

 

Sunscreen: SPF 30 or better, 2 small tubes. Make sure that the sun screen is not older than 6 months. Sunscreen older than six months loses half of its SPF rating.

 

Hand/Foot Warmers (Optional): Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.

 

Lip Screen: SPF 30 or better, at least 2 sticks. Not older than 6 months.


Traveling:
Large Duffle Bag With Travel Locks & Tags: 1 for transporting and storing gear. These bags are needed to transport your clothing. (Suitcases are not suitable).

 

Plastic Bags (5): For lining stuff sacks and pack to keep gear dry. Trash compactor bags work best.

Dry bags / waterproof rucksack covers to protect your belongings from rain and dust.

 

Travel Clothes: You will need street/casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.


Other things you need:

Toiletries:

  • Minimum cosmetics
  • Toothpaste, tooth brush & biodegradable soap – one for every need
  • Towel – (preferable thin & light)
  • Scarf
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper / wet tissues
  • Lighter / matches
  • Skin moisturizer
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Deodorants

 

Pee bottle for men & pee funnel for women (Optional) but very useful.
Funnel For Women (Optional): Lightweight urinary director. (For minimal undressing for discreet use)

 

Others Practical Items:

  • Batteries / chargers
  • Light weight point & shoot camera with extra cards & batteries
  • Waste bag
  • Small folding pocket knife / Swiss knife
  • Small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • Small stainless steel thermos (Optional)
  • Ear Plug

 

Extras Luxuries:

  • Reading, guide book, Trail map, Journal pen & Notebook
  • iPod / Mp3 player (Optional)
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses & /or camps)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow
  • Alarm clock / watch
  • Compass or GPS (optional)
  • Modest swim suit for cities & hot spring
  • Bum bag / Rain Poncho (optional)

 

Eateries / Snacks:

  • Favorite snacks
  • Energy bars (chocolates)
  • Glucose tablets
  • Electrolytes or Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS)

 

Important Documents & Items:

  • Valid passport & extra passport photos.
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance.
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy & leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants & hotels, for gratuities, snacks & to purchase your own drinks & gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.

 

FIRST AID:
Personal First Aid Kit (small and simple): Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids.


Note:
 These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Please ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!


What to take with you in your day pack:

Please carry the following in your day pack, as a minimum:

  • 2 liters of water (please make sure your water bottles will take boiling/hot water)
  • sunscreen, sun glasses, sun hat, lip balm, dust mask / scarf / ‘buff’ to help on dusty trails
  • warm fleece or thermal layer & gloves
  • water proof layer
  • head torch
  • hand cleaner
  • your camera
  • any money you want for snacks/drinks along the trail
  • Critical– take any personal medications you require during the day – you will not see your kit bag until evening.

 

The rest you can put into your kit bag which will be carried by the porters, whom you won’t see until camp in the evening. It’s a great idea to use dry bags (ie airtight/waterproof) in your kit bag to store your dry clothes in to keep them DRY in case it rains and one to put your dirty laundry in (to keep from making everything else in your bag smell bad!). These dry bags are readily available in Kathmandu.


What about gear I want to leave in Kathmandu?
Before departure for your trek you might pack your ‘town clothes’ and anything you don’t want on trek with you and ask your hotel (if you come back to the same hotel) or your guide to store it for you. If you want to do this, then consider bringing or buying a simple bag here for this purpose.

Your Price Includes:

  • All transfers & ground transportation as per the itinerary which includes airport pickups & drops in a private vehicle
  • Twin share tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast as per the itinerary
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu & Pokhara with entrance fees by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara domestic airfare with necessary luggage charge & tax
  • All meals on trek (Breakfasts, Lunch, Dinner & different soups) with tea & coffee as per menu
  • Best available tea house accommodation while on trek (1 room for 2 trekkers)
  • Your trekking guide during the whole program from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Strong supporting porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers & weight limit 15 kg)
  • Cost includes guide & supporting porter’s transport, equipment, insurance, meals, daily salary & accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork, trekking permits & entrance fees
  • All government taxes/vat, official service charges & expenses etc.
  • Travel & emergency rescue arrangements

Your Price Does Not Include:

  • International airfare to/from Kathmandu & Nepal entry visa fees
  • Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation & rescue evacuation should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. mineral or boiled drinking water, soft drinks, bar bills, can items & extra snacks etc).
  • Day & evening meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara (also in the case of earlier return from the trek than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Any personal gear or equipment that you may need to buy/rent
  • Any extra charge that tea house owner may levy for internet, hot shower, laundry (if these facilities are available) & charging of batteries
  • Entrance & monument fees in the historical site including photography, postage & donation etc.
  • Additional nights, optional trips & sightseeing tours outside the mention itinerary
  • If any emergency rescue service or evacuation cost
  • Tips for your trekking crew, city guide, drivers & hotel restaurants etc. (Tipping is expected)
  • Cost incurred due to changes in program & reservation due to unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, strikes, roadblocks, landslides due to natural climates & politically etc.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section, but may be incurred due to unforeseen circumstances

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Trip Profile

  • Total Duration: 14 Nights & 15 Days
  • High Altitude Gain: At Khair Lake (4600m / 15,091ft)
  • Trip Grade: Moderate to Adventurous
  • Mode of Trip : Hotels & tea house/local lodge
  • Journey Start-Ends: Kathmandu, capital of Nepal
  • Group Size: Any number
  • Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu, Pokhara & all meals during the trek
  • Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara & best available tea house on trek
  • Transportation: Comfortable private vehicles & domestic flight
  • Suggested Best Seasons: Nearly all year except the monsoon months from June to August

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