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Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake Trek

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  • 15 Days
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Destination : Nepal
  • Max Altitude : 4500m
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Best Season : Spring & Autumn

Highlights

  • Stunning mountain views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other peaks in the Himalayan range.
  • A unique cultural experience in the remote villages of the Annapurna region, where you can experience the local Gurung and Magar cultures and traditions.
  • Beautiful scenery including lush forests, traditional villages, and serene lakes.
  • The opportunity to visit the stunning Khayer Lake, a hidden gem in the Annapurna region that is not often visited by tourists.
  • Unspoiled wilderness in the Annapurna Conservation Area, home to a variety of flora and fauna.
  • The chance to hike up to the beautiful Khopra Ridge and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Overview of Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake Trek

The Khopra Ridge and Khayer Lake trek is a relatively new and less crowded trekking route that offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek is moderate in difficulty and takes around 12-14 days to complete, depending on your pace and itinerary.

The trek starts from Nayapul, a 1-2 hour drive from Pokhara. From there, you will trek through various villages, forests, and ridges, gradually gaining altitude. The first few days of the trek follow the same route as the popular Ghorepani Poon Hill trek but then diverges towards Khopra Ridge.

On the way to Khopra Ridge, you will pass through several charming villages, including Tadapani, Bayeli, and Chistibung. You can enjoy stunning views of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) peaks along the way. You can also visit traditional villages and interact with the friendly locals, who warmly welcome you.

The Khopra Ridge is a beautiful viewpoint that offers panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. From there, you can see the stunning peaks of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Nilgiri (7061m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), and Hiunchuli (6441m). You can also witness the beautiful sunrise and sunset views from this viewpoint.

After exploring the Khopra Ridge, the trek continues towards Khayer Lake, a sacred lake for Hindus and Buddhists. The lake is surrounded by beautiful mountains and is considered one of Nepal’s holiest lakes. Legend has it that a dip in the lake can cure various diseases and ailments.

On the way to Khayer Lake, you will pass through beautiful forests, streams, and meadows, where you can spot yaks, mountain goats, and other wildlife. The trek to Khayer Lake is challenging, but the stunning views and the serene atmosphere of the lake make it all worthwhile.

The best time to go on this trek is from March to May and September to November when the weather is dry and clear, and the views are spectacular. During the monsoon season (June to August), the trail can be muddy and slippery, and sponges may be on the way.

Accommodation options on the trek range from basic teahouses to comfortable lodges, and there are plenty of opportunities to try local Nepalese cuisine along the way. You can also hire a guide and a porter to help you with your luggage and navigation.

The Khopra Ridge and Khayer Lake trek is an excellent alternative to the more popular treks in the Annapurna region, offering stunning views, cultural experiences, and a sense of adventure. This trek will bring unforgettable memories of Nepal’s natural beauty and hospitality.

Overall, the Khopra Ridge and Khayer Lake trek is a beautiful but highly underrated trek in Nepal. It is one of the newly opened treks with less difficulty, is cheap, and has plenty of new places to explore around the Annapurna region. This is one of the most minor trek regions and has opened many roads for tourism in Nepal. Many trekkers who have visited the said trekking site have praised the management and beauty of the trekking route. So, let’s get to know the history of the trek.

History of Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake Trek

Khopra Danda is a beautiful hill station recently gaining tourists’ attention as a trekking destination. Before becoming a tourist station, the place was trendy for cattle and yak grazing; however, the location and the insane view of mountains from the Danda motivated the government to make it a tourist site. The place was relatively barren before, but nowadays, several lodges, hotels, and teahouses provide services to the trekkers.

Along with Khopra Danda, you will come across Khayer Lake if you pass through the same road, and it is one of the most beautiful locations in Nepal. The Khayer Lake is still treated as a religious site in Nepal as many local people believe the lake’s water is medicine for people suffering from skin disease. After the popularity of Khopra Danda started, the trekkers began trekking its surroundings when they found Khayer Lake, which also became an equally attractive trekking destination.

Major Attractions of Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake Trek

Despite being one of the underrated treks of Nepal, Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake trek are among the easy to moderate difficulty treks and fall under one of Nepal’s most beautiful trekking destinations.
During this trek, the trend kickers will take full advantage of the beautiful journey from Pokhara to Ghandruk and witness and explore some of the best attractions that the trek has to offer. Let’s look at some major attractions you can explore during this trek.

Ghandruk Village

Ghandruk village is a small but beautiful village that lies 32km northwest of Pokhara and is a VDC of the Kaski District. It is commonplace for trekkers to go on either the Annapurna Base Camp Trek or the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The village is beautiful, and the people are welcoming but less influenced by Western culture than in other major towns or cities in the Annapurna region. The main attraction of Ghandruk village lies on one of the highest elevations in the world. You can see beautiful mountains from the village, like Hiunchuli, Macchapuchre, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, etc.

Mulde View Point

Mulde View Point, which lies east of Ghorepani, is another unique but underrated trekking destination in Nepal. It is one of the most comfortable treks for tourists as it has lots of accommodation services, straight, easy trekking trails, and various ethnic people with different cultures who are highly welcoming. One of the critical attractions of Mulde View Point is its elevation, where you can see many mountains and a surrounding area that consists of pine trees, fast-flowing rivers, and rhododendron forests.

Khayer Lake

Khayer Lake is the famous sacred lake located on the southern side of the base of the Annapurna Himal. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Nepal, with an equally beautiful vista surrounding it. The lake is at an elevation of 4660m, from which all the mountain ranges of the Annapurna region can be seen. The lake’s backdrop and the beautiful mountains vista make the place perfect for clicking photos and saving memories for a lifetime.

Best Time for Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake Trek

It is always essential to book your trek according to the time or season of the destination you are visiting. The climate, temperature, chance of rainfall, or natural disasters like floods will hamper your trek more than you can imagine, and they are all influenced by season, so let’s look at the best time for this particular Trek.

Autumn Season (September to December)

Generally, experts believe the best trekking season in Nepal is the Spring season, which falls from March to May; however, for Khopra Dada and Khayer Lake, mid to late autumn is the best season for trekking. Generally, this time, the weather is chilly, which makes the days and nights neither too hot nor too cold, and you can enjoy a whole trekking experience wearing comfortable clothes and even swim in the pools of the resorts or rivers and lakes if allowed.

Spring Season

Another good season for the trek is the spring, which is the dry summer season. Generally, the weather is clear, but there are sudden chances of rainfall and fast winds. The days are hotter, but as the afternoon passes, it becomes more incredible to trek.

Winter Season

The following season for a trek in Khapra Danda and Khayer Lake is winter when the place becomes very cold at an elevation of over 4600m. The chances of the Khopra Dada becoming close for trekking can be high this season, so you must research before planning your time. This season is still a decent trek time if you are OK with cold days and even colder nights.

Monsoon Season

Monsoon Season is the worst season to go on a Khopra Dada and Khayer Lake. Even since the pre-monsoon season begins, the weather becomes dry and humid, which is not fun for trekking for several days. Constant regular rainfall for even 5-6 days will ruin the fun. There are chances of insects and leeches, and the risk of floods and landslides is real. Clouds, humidity, and steam block the views, so the monsoon season is the worst season for trekking, which you should avoid duly.

Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu Arrival

On the first day of this exciting journey, you will land in the capital of Nepal, a city of temples, Kathmandu. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the representative of Adventure Walkway will be there to welcome you and assist in your transfer to the pre-booked hotel in Kathmandu.

After you are settled and refreshed, we’ll meet for a briefing and a short rundown about the trip. During t you’ll be invited for a welcome dinner of typical Nepali cuisine as our warm welcome and overnight stay and rest at the hotel before the challenging journey that tomorrow brings.

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trip preparation Day

Kathmandu is an ancient city full of unique arts and artifacts, one day is not enough to cover the whole city. After Breakfast at a hotel in Kathmandu, we will take you for a cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley which includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa.

Your tour will include visits to UNESCO-declared world heritage sites as you get to see thrilling historic monuments where the echoes of royal conspiracies & tragedy still ring in the corridors of these ancient symbols of a once-upon-a-time thrilling history that still lives on to this day. In the evening you will meet your trek leader and have a briefing on the whole course of the trip and you will have some time to shop for your trekking gear if you need it.

Day 3Drive to Pokhara

In the morning, you will drive to Pokhara, a beautiful city located on the banks of Phewa Lake. The drive takes around 6-7 hours, and you will have the rest of the day to explore the city.

Day 4Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1,577m)

After breakfast, you will drive to Nayapul, which takes around 1.5 hours. From Nayapul, you will start your trek and walk for around 3-4 hours to reach Tikhedhunga, a small village located on the banks of Bhurungdi Khola.

Day 5Trek to Ghorepani (2,860m)

Today, you will trek for around 5-6 hours to reach Ghorepani, a popular village located on a ridge. Along the way, you will pass through dense forests of rhododendron and oak trees and cross several streams.

Day 6Trek to Upper Chistibung (2,975m)

In the morning, you will hike up to Poon Hill (3,210m) to witness the beautiful sunrise and panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. After breakfast, you will continue your trek towards Upper Chistibung, a small village located in a remote area.

Day 7Trek to Khopra Ridge (3,660m)

Today, you will trek to Khopra Ridge, a beautiful viewpoint that offers panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Along the way, you will pass through forests of rhododendron and juniper trees and cross several ridges. The trek takes around 4-5 hours.

Day 8Rest day at Khopra Ridge

Today is a rest day at Khopra Ridge. You can explore the area, visit the Khayer Lake viewpoint, and enjoy the stunning views of the mountains.

Day 9Trek to Khayer Lake (4,660m) and back to Khopra Danda

Today is the highlight of the trek as you will trek to Khayer Lake, a sacred lake for Hindus and Buddhists. The trek to the lake takes around 5-6 hours, and you can witness the stunning views of the mountains and the serene atmosphere of the lake. After spending some time at the lake, you will trek back to Khopra Danda, which takes around 4-5 hours.

Day 10Trek to Tatopani (1,190m)

Today, you will trek for around 6-7 hours to reach Tatopani, a small village famous for its natural hot springs. You can take a dip in the hot springs to relax your muscles after the long trek.

Day 11Trek to Ghara (1,700m)

Today, you will trek for around 5-6 hours to reach Ghara, a small village located on a hill. Along the way, you will pass through dense forests and several small streams.

Day 12Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m)

Today, you will trek for around 4-5 hours to reach Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village known for its unique culture and architecture. You can explore the village and interact with the locals.

Day 13Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara

Today is the last day of your trek. You will trek for around 4-5 hours to reach Nayapul, where your vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Pokhara. You will have the rest of the day to explore the city and relax.

Day 14Drive back to Kathmandu

Today, you will drive back to Kathmandu, which takes around 6-7 hours. You can explore the city and do some last-minute shopping.

Day 15Final Departure

The trip ends, and our Airport Representative will drop you at the Tribhuwan International Airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Price Includes

  • Pick-up & Drop from the airport on the day of your arrival & Departure
  • 3 Night Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu
  • The Government Register's English-Speaking Guide
  • If the group size exceeds 6 people, an assistance guide will be provided.
  • One porter for two clients
  • In trekking trails, accommodation is on a twin-sharing basis
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.
  • Trekking map
  • Trekking Permit & TIMS Card
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Staff salaries, insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Arrangements for emergency rescue services (Please make sure you have medical insurance from your country)
  • The agency service charge and the government tax/VAT
  • The certificate of achievement towards the Trip

Price Excludes

  • The cost of international airfare
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • All drinks During the Trip (Tea, Coffee, Cola, Beer, Mineral Water)
  • Personal Costs
  • Smoke
  • Insurance for travel
  • If more than the 3-night hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu meals
  • Hot shower during the trekking
  • Batteries and cameras that are chargeable during the trek
  • Natural or political disturbances beyond our control result in additional costs.
  • The Extra cost of any case early return from the trip.
  • Tips for Trekking Staff

Date & Prices

You can join a Group with our Fixed Departures and reduce your single Supplementary Cost. Contact Us for More Detail.

Feb 23, 2024 - Mar 09, 2024

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$1425
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11425
2-51375
5-101325
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Feb 27, 2024 - Mar 13, 2024

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No of People Cost
11425
2-51375
5-101325
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Additional Information

Accommodation and food during the Khopra Dada and Khayer Lake Trek

It is essential to research the accommodation and food services you will be getting at the trekking destination you are visiting. Hence, in this section of the article, we will provide you with all the details on these basic requirements during your trek.

Accommodation Services

Accommodation Services in city areas like Kathmandu and Pokhara are unique. You can stay in the three-star hotel, but you will get basic standard tea houses as you progress your trek and visit some remote areas. These teahouses are clean but small, with one expansive room and two or three beds. In some houses, the bathrooms are attached; in others, you may have to share them with other trekkers. You will get warm blankets, fluffy bed sheets, and pillows to make your night as warm and comfortable as can be.

Food and Drinks

Food and Drinks are essential for any trekking destination, so covering all the basic needs is critical. In the case of Food and Drinks, you will have three meals every day in the form of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

For Breakfast, the menu can be bread, chapatis, cornflakes, boiled or fried eggs, noodles, sandwiches, dumplings, vegetables, and fruits.

For Lunch, the menu includes Dal Bhat, a local Nepali meal, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, Roti or Chapati, Tibetan Bread, Eggs, Sandwiches, Thukpa, Spaghetti, Macaroni, etc.

For Dinner, the meals can be Dal, Bhat, Meat or Fish, Yak Steaks, Pizzas, Burgers, and anything you had for lunch.

FAQs

Which permit do you need during the Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake trek?

You need two permits to be eligible for the trek: a TIMS card and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, issued to tourists with legal paperwork.

Which is the highest elevation of the trek?

The highest elevation of the trek is Khayer Lake, which lies at an altitude of 4660m.

Can I trek solo during the Khopra Dada and Khayer Lake Trek?

According to government regulation, you must take at least one authorised guide for safety and protection.

Is altitude sickness common in this trek?

No Altitude sickness is not common in this trek because it is one of the lower altitude treks where there is little chance of this sickness; however, you can get cold due to the colder weather.

How many days does it take to complete the trek?

On average, It may take 13 to 15 days to enjoy the Khopra Dada and Khayer Lake trek thoroughly.

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