Trekking and Walking

Khayar Lake Khopra Danda Trek

Nepal

Khayar Lake Khopra Danda Trek

Durtation: 14 Days

Price: US 1,199 All Inclusive

The Holy Khayer Lake is a sacred lake located at an altitude of 4500m in the heart of the Annapurna region of western Nepal. Legend has it that praying and offering the lake gives women fertility. Hence, making it popular with Hindu and Buddhist followers.

Our trek on khayer lake trek takes us to the wild and remote Kopra Ridge, one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the Himalayas.

Starting point of the hike is from Lumle, then follow the famous Annapurna base camp trail and next after Tadapani, we leave this popular trekking trail to venture into the unexplored parts of the Annapurna region. We begin the gradual ascent in the alpine terrain to Bayeli and finally descend to Khopra. 

We can enjoy majestic views of the mountains, including those of Nilgiris, Annapurna I, Fang and Annapurna South. The eighth highest mountain, Dhaulagiri, is seen across the Kali Gandaki gorge, dominating the western horizon.

Our return route descends through open alpine pastures, oak and rhododendron forests to Swanta.

Often regarded as an off the beaten path, (less traveled), you can explore the fascinating natural beauty, walk through dense isolated forests of rhododendron, oak and pine, Gurung and Magar settlements, and encounter the rich flora and fauna of the region.

The Khayer Lake hike with Khopra Danda is categorized as moderate difficulty as you need to hike 7-8 hours every day. The perfect month for this adventure would be March, April and May, where you will hike in the trials covered by the beautiful rhododendron forest. Likewise, after the monsoon, fall would also be a better option (September to November).

Trip Highlights

  • Witness the amazing sunrise over Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks
  • Walk through the unique trekking trails
  • Hike towards to the sacred lake at the foot of the Annapurna South
  • Amazing close of panoramic view of Annapurna massif
  • Beautiful view point PoonHill
  • Experience the lifestyle of local people (Magar, Gurung) and know about their cultural and traditions 
  • Walk through the lush green forest filled with different kind of flowers and plants and small cascades
  • Experience the meeting with Himalayan birds and animals
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

30 mins

1,350 m

A representative from Himalayan Trekkers will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. In the evening, you will be invited for the welcome dinner organized by us at an authentic Nepali restaurant. 

Dinner

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2

Fly/drive to Pokhara

30 min flight/ 6-7 hrs drive

827 m

You have an option to either fly or drive. For the first time, it is worthy to drive 7 hours and enjoy the beautiful landscape on the way with majestic Mountain View along the road. The flight is also scenic and in 30 minutes of the flight you can see 3 world’s tallest mountains, from the window. Taking a flight saves time and allows you time to explore some attractions of Pokhara or enjoy by the Lake.

Breakfast

3 star hotel

Day 3

Drive to Nayapul & trek to Ghandruk

1 hr drive & 5 hrs trek

2,012 m

You will start the early morning after breakfast and then drive to Nayapul, the trek starting point. The drive is 2 hours and offers quite nice insight into the Nepalese way of life as we drive past villages and farmlands, with Mount Fishtail in the background. After reaching Nayapul, you will start the trek to Ghandruk. The first few kilometers you walk on the motor trail so is not much fun but as you approach Ghandruk, it gets much better and in 5 hours you will reach Ghandruk. It is a famous village of the Gurkhas and many youths from this village have been part of the British Gurkha Regiment. You will explore the village and enjoy the sunset over Mt. Annapurna South.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges

Day 4

Trek to Tadapani

4-5 hrs

2,675 m

You start to ascend towards Tadapani through Bheri Kharaa which is notable for the lush greenery and richness in flora and fauna. Pheasants of several types are seen along the way including a lot of Himalayan birds. The hike is very pleasant and the view of mt. fishtail and Annapurna range add to the beauty of the area.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges

Day 5

Trek to Dobato

5-6 hrs

3,350 m

Today you will leave the main trail of the Annapurna base camp trek and start walking in a less frequented trail. You will start walking through the dense and lush rhododendron forest and will be accompanied by the mighty Fishtail until you reach the resting point at Masher (2969 m). From here you will continue to a higher altitude, involving gradual climbing and stop at Haire (3137m) for lunch and 1 hour and a half takes as to Dobato (3426m). Where you have a splendid view of greenery and mountain stay in the lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges

Day 6

Trek to Shistibung

4-5 hrs

3,450 m

You will have an early morning wake up today and will walk to the Hilltop at Dobato in the morning darkness and after walking for 40 minutes uphill, you can see the range of mountains including Lamjung, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and many more. After sunrise view, you will head back to Dobato and start walking to Shistibumg. Your lunch will be at a place called Bayeri and a gradual 3 hours walk will lead you to Shistibumg after lunch.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges

Day 7

Trek to Kopra Ridge

4-5 hrs

3,660 m

This will be the most exciting day of the trek in the Annapurna region as you will have a steep climb to reach the top of the Vantage point. This ridge can be accessed after 3 hours of walk from Shistibumg and offers a panoramic 240-degree view of the mountains in the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri range. Spending plenty of time on the cliff, you will come back to your lodges/camp around sunset.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges

Day 8

Day trip to Khayar Lake

7-8 hrs

4,655 m

If you have not been very tired after the long descent and ascent of the previous day, you will take an early morning trip to the Khayar lake which lies at bottom of Brahashikhar, a beautiful mountain shape of a boar. According to the Myths, Lord Vishnu, the Hindu deity of Preservation and operation of the Universe took the form of a wild boar and resided here. It is a great pilgrimage for Hindus. Return back to lodges where you spent you spent a night earlier day.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges

Day 9

Trek to Swanta

5-6 hrs

2,200 m

The descent through Khopra to Shistibumg and down to the river and a bit ascent through beautiful forest, a gradual day walk with a lush forest of rhododendron and occasional steep descent, you will reach Swanta for Lunch on this day. As it is a bigger settlement and there are lots of things to do such as visiting the school and the monastery or taking a stroll around the main village center. You will enjoy Swanta as it is a bigger settlement with the school, monasteries/stay in the lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges

Day 10

Trek to Ghorepani

6-7 hrs

2,820 m

Today you will join back the main trail of the Annapurna base camp trek as you approach Ghorepani. You will reach the famous village of Ghorepani after an hour and ascent for 3 hours. This village is notable for the blue rooftop in literally all the houses and the rhododendron forest that surround it. There are 32 distinct species of rhododendron found in Nepal and this area has more than 14. If you are there in April-May, the area is colorful with rhododendron.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges

Day 11

Trek to Tikhedhunga/Hile

5-6 hrs

1,640 m

You will start after breakfast and gradually ascend down the stone-paved trail towards Ulleri. The trail goes through the middle of a dense forest and encounter with various species of indigenous flora and fauna is possible. Ulleri is reached around the mid-afternoon and you will have a lunch break here. The two mountains Fishtail and Annapurna south will be looking at you while you are having lunch. After lunch, you will descend down the famous 3000 steps of Ulleri, quite a test for your knees, so take it slow and easy and you will stop at Tikhedhunga for overnight. You can continue to a village called Hile if you are willing to walk one more hour.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges

Day 12

Trek to Nayapul & drive to Pokhara

3 hrs trek & 1+ hr drive

1,070 m

Today, you will enjoy the soft descend and reach Nayapul from where you will be driving towards Pokhara. Free to explore on your own in the city of Lake paradise. Overnight at the hotel. 

Breakfast

Hotel

Day 13

Fly/drive back to Kathmandu

30 min flight/ 6-7 hrs drive

1,350 m

You can take any means of transportation to reach the capital city. Either enjoy the mountain flight or scenic drive to the city of temples. In the evening, farewell dinner with Himalayan trekkers family. Overnight. 

Breakfast

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 14

Final departure

30 mins

A representative from Himalayan trekkers will assist you to catch your scheduled flight. By collecting some reviews and message, they will also make request to visit Nepal in your upcoming holidays. 

Breakfast

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation. 

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place. 

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available.

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome or Farewell Dinner as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • All airport transfers 
  • TIMS
  • Permit
  • All required transportation as per the itinenary
  • Guide and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea)
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes and official charges 

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Visa fees and expenses
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, and others
  • Tips 
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Includes section

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing

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