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Khayar Lake Trekking

Khayer Lake Trekking is the off-the-beaten trekking and into the wilderness in the Annapurna region. The trek is newly introduced trekking route among other routes in the Annapurna region. Only few people knew this trekking trail so this is the prime highlight of the trek. The trek is ideal for those who wish to hike out of the main trails and to more quite and less crowded routes. Initially the trek starts in the lower and more temperate locations of forested hillsides and going to sub-alpine kinds of vegetations passing along Gurung and Magar villages’ en-route. It’s a nice opportunity to observe the local culture and traditions and daily rural lives of these communities plus greeted by the warm hospitality of the locals. The ultimate goal of the trek is to reach the icy Khayer Lake located at an elevation of 4,500 meters. The trekking trail offers greats views of the mountains like Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre. Khayar Lake area is indeed one of the untouched and unique destinations of Nepal and ideal for those who are looking into wilderness experience. Some of the spectacular views can be seen from the Khopra Danda and Khayar Lake itself.

Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu Sightseeing tour at the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Explore Pokhara- the most beautiful lake city of the country with great mountain views
  • Enjoying views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and other Himalayan ranges
  • Hiking thru off-the-beaten paths passing
  • Witness variety of floras and faunas 
  • Spectacular view from the Khopra Danda (4,020m)
  • Discover the icy Khayar Lake at an elevation of 4,500 meters
  • Getting along with ethnic people and their culture
     

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Pokhara 6-7 hours bus ride

Day 04 : Drive to Kade & trek to Tolkha (1700m) 6 hrs

Day 05 : Tolkha to Ghandruk (1540m) 6 hrs

Day 06 : Ghandruk to Tadapani (2590m) 5 hrs

Day 07 : Tadapani to Dobato (3350m) 6 hrs

Day 08 : Dobato to Chistibung (3000m) 5 hrs

Day 09 : Chistibung to Khopra Danda (4020m) 5 hrs

Day 10 : Khopra Danda to Khayar Base Camp (4620m) 6 hrs

Day 11 : Hike from Khayar Base Camp to Khayar Lake (4500m) & back to base camp 3 hrs

Day 12 : Khayar Base Camp to Khopra Danda (4020m) 5 hrs

Day 13 : Khopra Danda to Swata (2270m) 5 hrs

Day 14 : Swata to Ghorepani (2870m) 4 hrs

Day 15 : Ghorepani to Hile (1460m) 6 hrs

Day 16 : Birethanti to Nayapul (1070m) & drive to Pokhara

Day 17 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (25 Minutes Flight

Day 18 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges/Camps.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Annapurna Conservation area entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara if needed.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)
     

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by a representative of the travel company at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you allotted hotels.  If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. O/N at Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva named which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening.  After concluding the sightseeing, there will be seminar for you to attend to discuss about the upcoming trekking plans. O/N at Hotel.

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Pokhara 6-7 hours bus ride

After exploring the historic Kathmandu Valley, on the day, you will board a tourist bus which will take you towards Pokhara, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. During this 6-7 hours bus ride, you can see Trishuli River along the way. You will reach Pokhara during the early afternoon hours. After lunch, you can wander around the beautiful lake city known for enthralling spectators with its superb mountain views. O/N at Hotel.

Day 04 : Drive to Kade & trek to Tolkha (1700m) 6 hrs

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will drive from Pokhara to Kade, the trek-start-point and commence the hike. The drive is about 40 minutes and the trail leads to Tolkha from Kade. Tolka is a beautiful Magar and Gurung village. O/N at Lodge

Day 05 : Tolkha to Ghandruk (1540m) 6 hrs

The trail today gradually descends from Landruk passing thru terraces and few villages. Then it steps descends down and reaches Modi Khola and after crossing an iron bridge and steeping uphill will finally reach the village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk is inhabited by mainly Gurung and few Brahmins communities. There are many lodges at Ghandruk including a Gurung museum and the houses are traditionally made of stone slabs. Great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna III, Glacier Dome and Fish tail can be seen from Ghandruk. O/N at Lodge.

Day 06 : Ghandruk to Tadapani (2590m) 5 hrs

The trail passes thru rhododendron and oak forests with soothing chirping of birds en-route. This trekking route is also the best alternative for bird lovers. The trek is about 5 hours and upon arrival at Tadapini, check-in lodge and the rest of the time is free to explore around. O/N at Lodge

Day 07 : Tadapani to Dobato (3350m) 6 hrs

After breakfast, continue the trek leaving the main trail and ascend on a less defined path thru a forest.  The area itself welcomes you to explore and at the same time enjoy the spectacular mountain panorama and witness the diverse flora and fauna. After following the trail, you will finally reach Dobato. O/N at Lodge.

Day 08 : Dobato to Chistibung (3000m) 5 hrs

From Dobato the trail goes on a ridge following the very summit of Annapurna South. You will then further follow the trail to KaliGandaki Valley and finally reach Chistibung. O/N at Lodge

Day 09 : Chistibung to Khopra Danda (4020m) 5 hrs

Today’s walk will be steady but comfortable in the morning. We rise through the forest and above the tree line. Enjoying the excellent views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna South and Annpurna I, and Tukuche Peak, we eventually reach the wonderful ridge called Khopra Danda. O/N at Lodge.

Day 10 : Khopra Danda to Khayar Base Camp (4620m) 6 hrs

Today the trek is towards Khayar Base Camp from Khopra Danda. The hiking takes about six hours and upon reaching the base camp, we have to stay in tented camp. O/N at Camp.

Day 11 : Hike from Khayar Base Camp to Khayar Lake (4500m) & back to base camp 3 hrs

The hike to Khayar Lake is well worth the effort and upon reaching the base camp, you will be greeted with magnificent view. You will also spot a shrine where the annual Bhadau Purnima Festival is held. This hike takes you even closer to the sheer cliff face of Fang. Later on descend back at the base camp. O/N at Camp.

Day 12 : Khayar Base Camp to Khopra Danda (4020m) 5 hrs

Today trace the same route back to Khopra Danda from Khayar Base Camp. The trek is about 5 hours. O/N at Lodge.

Day 13 : Khopra Danda to Swata (2270m) 5 hrs

The trial descends steeply following the ridge line towards the Kali Gandaki. You shall pass the shrines used by the pilgrims on their annual visit to the sacred lake. Finally the trail reaches Swata. O/N at Lodge.

Day 14 : Swata to Ghorepani (2870m) 4 hrs

Continue the trek at first arriving at Chitre after a short walk. You will then follow a zigzag trail and at the same time witnessing great views of Dhaulagiri range. Finally the trek ends at Ghorepani. O/N at Lodge.

Day 15 : Ghorepani to Hile (1460m) 6 hrs

After breakfast, the trek involves going down towards Hile which takes about 6 hours. O/N at Lodge.

Day 16 : Birethanti to Nayapul (1070m) & drive to Pokhara

From Birethanti you will trek to Nayapul where our vehicle will be waiting for us to drive back to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, check-in hotel and the rest of the time is free to explore Pokhara or just rest at the hotel. O/N at Hotel.

Day 17 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (25 Minutes Flight

We will drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus today. Driving back to Kathmandu is a great fun as it offers wonderful views of beautiful rivers, landscapes and traditional villages on our way back. Upon reaching Kathmandu we will organize a farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant. The traditional dances and cultural shows at the restaurants would be a great opportunity to understand the Nepali culture and tradition. After the dinner we will get back to the hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 18 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 18 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: Feb - May and Sept - Dec

Max Altitude: 4,500 meters (Khayer Lake)

Transportation: Private vehicles, Tourist bus/flight as per the Itinerary

Accommodation: Hotel/resort in Kathmandu and Pokhara, lodges/tents during the trek

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Full board on trek

Trip Type: Lodge/Camping Trek

Starts/Ends: Kade/Nayapul

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

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