Khayer Lake Trek - 11 Days

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US$ 1160/pp  

Khayer Lake Trek - 11 Days

  • Starting Cost
    US$ 1160
  • Duration:
    11 Days
  • Destinaiton:
    Annapurna
  • Season:
    Spring & Autumn
  • Difficulty Level:
    Strenuous
  • Max Altitude:
    4,660 m

Highlight

  • Sight of the renowned mountains and their little known slopes.
  • Synchronize with nature as we enter the alluring Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • Visit the sacred Khayer Lake
  • Taste authentic Yak cheese in Swanta village. 
  • Enticing views of Dhaulagiri I, Nilgiri, Annapurna South and Annapurna I.
  • Capture the sunrise from Poon Hill as the sun bursts upon 32 colossal peaks.
  • Bathe in natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda

Overview

The Khayer Lake trek, a trail in the Annapurna region which has started to flourish quite recently. Khayer Lake trek offers breathtaking vistas of mountains and their distinctive faces from a unique direction. This trek has a moderate level of difficulty, making it an excellent choice for families with children or elderly members. If you’re seeking a short and accessible trek away from the crowds, this trek—also known as Khopra Ridge or Khopra Danda trek—promises pristine and exotic trails. Trekkers have lauded it as one of the finest viewpoint treks in western Nepal.

As you traverse the trail, you’ll venture through dense forests adorned with rhododendrons, bamboos, and pines. The path often welcomes langur monkeys, adding to the natural charm. Along the way, prepare to be mesmerized by stunning vistas of the Annapurna region, rural villages, and lush rice fields. The journey culminates at the majestic Khayer Lake, known for its scenic beauty. With well-maintained paths and captivating landscapes, the Khayer Lake trek offers an unforgettable exploration of Nepal’s western wilderness.

 

Itinerary (Plan)

Time : 25 mins Drive
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
3 Star
N/A
  • Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
  • The program will be briefly explained on the way to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day varies depending on your arrival time; some activities can be arranged if you arrive by midday or late afternoon.

Time : 25 mins flight, 3 hours drive
Max Altitude : 1,940 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu
  • We then take a scenic drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk Village. 
  • Stay overnight in Ghandruk Village.

Time : 8 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,432 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • We begin the trek from Ghandruk towards Bayeli Kharka on a scenic trail moving through the lush forests of rhododendron, primula, oak, and picturesque abodes. 
  • Reach Tadapani, a charming village nestled amidst the mountains, offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Take a lunch break in Tadapani, enjoying a hot meal and soaking in the panoramic vistas before continuing your trek.
  • Arrive in Bayeli Kharka, where you'll be resting for the night amidst stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,640 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the teahouse, then start the descent towards Chistibang.
  • Descend through the forests towards Chistibang pastures, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the landscape.
  • Capture photographs of the breathtaking views of the Kali Gandaki gorge, known as the deepest gorge in the world.
  • Keep an eye out for wildlife such as Himalayan Tahr and Lophophorus along the way, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.
  • Reach Khopra Ridge, your destination for the day, where you'll be greeted by stunning panoramic views of the Dhaulagiri, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, and Annapurna South.
  • Watch the sunset over the Himalayas from Khopra Ridge, enjoying the changing colors of the sky as day turns to night.

Time : 9 Hours
Max Altitude : 4,660 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Today we ascend towards Khayer Lake, following the trail that winds upwards through the rugged terrain of Khopra. 
  • Arrive at Khayer Lake, a sacred body of water revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike.
  • Spend some time exploring the vicinity of the lake, visit the Hindu and Buddhist shrines, and immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of this sacred location
  • Begin the descent back to Khopra Ridge, retracing your steps along the trail that leads down from Khayer Lake.
  • Complete the hike to Khayer Lake after a full day of exploration.

Time : 5 Hours
Max Altitude : 2,214 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Today we descend to Swanta Village navigating our path through the lush forests of rhododendron, primula and oaks.
  • After some steep descent we get to the village of Swanta where we will be resting for the night.
  • Taste the authentic Yak cheese aka “Churpi” in Swanta Village.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 2,874 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Start the descent from Swanta, passing through the village fields and enjoying the scenic view of the surrounding.
  • Trek uphill from Chittre to reach Ghorepani, your destination for the day.
  • Reach Ghorepani, a spectacular settlement nestled on a ridgeline, where breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including Annapurna, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri and Machhapuchhre, await.

Time : 2 Hours Poonhill, 6 Hours Tadapani
Max Altitude : 3,210 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) for stunning sunrise views over the high Himalayas.
  • Spend 1 to 2 hours capturing photos of the sunrise and panoramic scenery of 32 different mountain peaks.
  • Start trekking towards Tadapani (2,610m) passing through Banthanti.
  • Enjoy the picturesque landscapes of pine and rhododendron forests along the way.

Time : 5 Hours
Max Altitude : 1,780 m
3 Star
Breakfast, and Lunch
  • Begin the day with a downhill trek through dense rhododendron forests from Tadapani.
  • Pass across forests until reaching Gurjung, a village inhabited by the Gurung community.
  • Continue the trek to Jhinu Danda, enjoying the picturesque scenery along the way.
  • Reach Jhinu Danda and relax in the natural hot springs.
  • Drive to Pokhara from Jhinu Danda
  • Overnight in Pokhara

Time : 25 mins Flight, 20 mins drive to Hotel
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • Transfer to Pokhara Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu.
  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel.
  • Depending on your preference and energy level, you can either rest at the hotel or explore nearby attractions in Kathmandu.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.

Time : 25 mins Drive
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
N/A
Breakfast

The grand finale of our adventure in the Annapurna region has arrived! Today marks the conclusion of our remarkable 11-day trek to Khayer Lake. Our airport representative will accompany you to the International Airport, ensuring a smooth departure for your journey back home.

As we bid you farewell, we hold the hope that your wanderlust brings you back to Nepal once more. Safe travels!

 

Live Weather

Real Tempreture
24.5 °C
Feels Like
25.36 °C
Humidity
90%
Cloud
broken clouds

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Cost Include

  • All airport transfers (international and domestic) via private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation for 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the 7-night trek in the Annapurna Region.
  • Standard meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • First-aid trained, government-licensed trekking guide .
  • Porters for luggage during the trek (1 porter for every 2 clients). Max weight limit for a porter- 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Fee and Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and TIMS - Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please provide us with 2 passport-size photos required for your permit)
  • Filtered water during included meals intake
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International flight fare and Airport Departure Tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, with a fee of (USD 30 for a 15-day visa, USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any further expenses that are not included in the "Include" section.
  • Charges for any excess baggage (Limit: 9 kg per person) during the trek.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or an early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottled water, hot beverages like tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharge fees, extra porters, etc).
  • Individual clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for staff, guides and porters.

Additional Information


Physical Fitness

  • Nar Phu Valley trek is physically demanding, involving long hours of walking at high altitudes. Prioritize cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance in your training routine.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any fitness program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.

 

Altitude Sickness 

  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness - AMS) and be aware of the risks associated with ascending to high altitudes.
  • Acclimatization is crucial for your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
  • Headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of altitude-related sickness. If you notice any of the signs, consult your guide and follow their directions.
  • When suffering from AMS, do not continue the trek; instead, stay at the same location or move to lower elevations.

 

Accommodations

  • Familiarize yourself with the teahouse accommodation system along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide meals and shelter.
  • The rooms are primarily on a twin-sharing basis.

 

Connectivity

  • Be aware that internet connectivity is limited, and you may not have access to it in certain areas.
  • Mobile Networks are unreliable.

 

Environment Considerations

  • Respect local customs and the environment. Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and contribute to responsible tourism.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and purification tablets to reduce plastic waste.

 

Weather Condition

  • The best times to trek the Nar Phu Valley are autumn (mid-September to November) and spring (March to early June). Temperature varies from 20°C (60°F) to -9°C (15.8°F) during March and early June, and during the peak seasons of September and November, it is around 22°C (71.6°F) to -5°C (23°F).
  • Trek in the favorable seasons and keep away from the rainy season (July and August). In the cold months of January and February, the temperature can drop to -16°C (-3.2°F) and can be a little harsh in the mountains.
  • Traveling during bad weather conditions is the worst scenario possible, so always read the weather forecast or travel during peak seasons.

Trekking Permits and Documents 

Permits

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit - USD 25 (For SAARC and Foreigners) Rs 150 for Nepalese Citizen
  • Nar Phu Restricted Area Permit - From September to November per week per person USD 100
    From December to August per week per person USD 80.

Documents

  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A copy of international flight ticket
  • A copy of travel insurance 

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Equipments

For the Nar Phu Valley trek, you'll need a variety of equipment, clothing, and materials to ensure your comfort, safety, and success on the journey. Here's a comprehensive list:
 

Please note: We provide a Sleeping Bag containing sleeping bag liners which are graded to be used up to Camp 3 of Annapurna. We additionally provide a 75 liters Duffle Bag and Trekking Poles to use for the trek.

 

Clothing

  1. Moisture-wicking base layers (Top and Bottom)
  2. Insulating layers (Fleece or Down Jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  4. Trekking pants and shorts
  5. Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts
  6. Thermal gloves and waterproof gloves
  7. Beanies and Sun Hat
  8. Hiking socks and liner socks
  9. Gaiters (Neck/Leg)
  10. Scarfs and Balaclavas 

Footwear

  1. Well fItted Hiking Boots with Ankle support
  2. Ice Cleats (For Winter Months) 
  3. Casual Shoes and Sandals 

Equipment 

  1. Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover.
  2. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  3. Trekking poles
  4.  Headlamp with extra batteries
  5. Sunglasses with UV protection
  6. Water bottles or hydration system
  7. Hydration bladder
  8. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)

Creams and Medications 

  1. Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 and above.
  2. Moisturizer 
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Healing Ointment
  5. Mosquito Repellent Cream 
  6. Cough Syrup 
  7. Medication for your Allergies 
  8. Blister Kit

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Waterproof cover for your backpack
  2. Energy Bars and Trial Mix
  3. Quick-dry towel
  4. Personal identification and necessary permits
  5. Money (cash) in small denominations
  6. Passport-size photos for permits
  7. Power bank or extra batteries
  8. Wet Wipes
  9. Pee bottle / Pee funnel for women
  10. Pillow Case

 

Remember, this list may vary based on personal preferences and the time of year you undertake the trek. Ensure that your gear is of good quality and suits the specific conditions of the Annapurna region.

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Khayer Lake Trek offers its most enchanting experiences during autumn and spring, making these seasons the prime choices for trekkers. Autumn, known as the post-monsoon period in Nepal, presents ideal trekking conditions. Temperatures are moderate, neither too hot nor too cold, ensuring comfortable hiking. The days are sunlit, providing clear vistas of the majestic Himalayas. Trekkers favor this season for its excellent weather and unparalleled views, making it the top choice for Khayer Lake Trek. Spring, the pre-monsoon phase, follows closely as the second-best time for the Khayer Lake Trek. While temperatures rise, the weather remains generally favorable with minimal cloud cover and rainfall. The vibrant bloom of rhododendrons adds to the trek's allure, enhancing the natural beauty of the surroundings. However, toward the end of spring, weather conditions can fluctuate, requiring trekkers to be prepared for potential changes. Monsoon, spanning from June to August, is not recommended for trekking due to adverse weather conditions. Heavy rainfall leads to cloudy skies, hindering visibility and overall trekking enjoyment. The risk of landslides and floods further deters tourists from embarking on treks during this season. Winter brings cold temperatures and hazardous conditions to the high Himalayas, making it unsuitable for trekking. Snowfall and cloudy weather pose significant challenges, particularly on high passes. Trekkers should exercise caution during this time, as the risk of encountering dangerous conditions is heightened.

Khayer Lake Trek offers its most enchanting experiences during autumn and spring, making these seasons the prime choices for trekkers. Autumn, known as the post-monsoon period in Nepal, presents ideal trekking conditions. Temperatures are moderate, neither too hot nor too cold, ensuring comfortable hiking. The days are sunlit, providing clear vistas of the majestic Himalayas. Trekkers favor this season for its excellent weather and unparalleled views, making it the top choice for Khayer Lake Trek. Spring, the pre-monsoon phase, follows closely as the second-best time for the Khayer Lake Trek. While temperatures rise, the weather remains generally favorable with minimal cloud cover and rainfall. The vibrant bloom of rhododendrons adds to the trek's allure, enhancing the natural beauty of the surroundings. However, toward the end of spring, weather conditions can fluctuate, requiring trekkers to be prepared for potential changes. Monsoon, spanning from June to August, is not recommended for trekking due to adverse weather conditions. Heavy rainfall leads to cloudy skies, hindering visibility and overall trekking enjoyment. The risk of landslides and floods further deters tourists from embarking on treks during this season. Winter brings cold temperatures and hazardous conditions to the high Himalayas, making it unsuitable for trekking. Snowfall and cloudy weather pose significant challenges, particularly on high passes. Trekkers should exercise caution during this time, as the risk of encountering dangerous conditions is heightened.

Khayer Lake trek is a trekking activity done in the Annapurna region of western Nepal, which leads us to Khopra Dada and Khayer Lake.

The most common way to reach Khayer Lake is by flying to Pokhara from Kathmandu and driving to Ghandruk before starting the trek to Khayer Lake.

The best time to trek to Khayer Lake is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to early June) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (Mid September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

You will need one permit: ACAP Permit. Additionally, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

The trek is challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. Regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training are recommended to prepare for the altitude and the demanding terrain.

Altitude sickness is a condition that occurs at higher elevations due to a decrease in the amount of oxygen. To prevent altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually. If symptoms persist, descending to a lower altitude is crucial.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good backpack, a sleeping bag, and a first aid kit. It's essential to pack light but be prepared for changing weather conditions.

The temperature rating of the ISO-certified sleeping bag we lend is -10°C (50°F) comfort level.

We recommend having cash of around USD 15-20; it should suffice for any additional costs you may need for a day.

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