Kopra Ridge and Khayer Lake Trekking

Kopra Ridge and Khayer Lake Trekking

‘adventure around hidden areas in between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massive range’

Why and what makes Kopra Ridge and Khayer Lake trekking so special??

“Adventure around Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of mountains within pristine wilderness
An exclusive journey in the hidden pockets of Annapurna region away from mainstream trails
Exceptional scenery of dramatic landscapes of rolling green hills and mountain views on walks
From low warm paddy fields and terraces to high alpine hills and within glacial pond of Khayar
Enchanting woodlands of tall rhododendron-magnolia and fir tree lines a natural garden
Stunning sunrise views over 380◦ degree arrays of world’s highest mountain range”

Trip Summary:

Trip Mode:                  Hotels and in lodge or camping on request
Trek Grade:                 Moderate to Adventurous with touch of high altitude
Highest point:              4,020 m at Kopra ridge and Khayer lake 4,620 m high
Activities:                    Exciting drives, scenic walks with time to marvel the beautiful scenery
Trekking duration:      09 Nights & 10 Days (Pokhara to Pokhara)
Total Trip:                   15 Nights & 16 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Seasons:                      All year round except July and August monsoon the wet months
March and April are flowering times on hills, however September to
November best for clear day with fine views of mountains.

Introductions:

Kopra Ridge and Khayer Lake Trekking, one of the most exclusive journeys leads you into pure wilderness away from main flow of trekkers into hidden pockets of Annapurna on the least traveled areas by other visitors, where you can enjoy its pristine natural surrounding within massive mountain range of world 7th highest Dhaulagiri and 10th highest Mt. Annapurna Himalaya.

Buna Treks & Expeditions presents this marvelous Kopra Ridge and Khayer Lake trekking with sensational panorama of mountains on daily walks within high alpine hills around Ghorepani, where a short hike leads you atop 3,210 m high Poon Hill for super stunning sunrise views of sunrise over chain of snow capped peaks from Dhaulagiri, Annapurna-Lamjung Himal and Manaslu range with magnificent Machhapuchare ‘Fish Tail’ peaks.

A magnificent walk on high hills and ridges of Annapurna Himalaya away from main from main flow of trekkers towards remote and isolated areas at Kopra ridge and Khayar above 4,620 m high, a holy pond feed from the glaciers of Vara Shikar, Annapurna I and Annapurna South.

Where local pilgrim visits from all across the country for a dip in the holy pond belief is that washes the sin of a hundred lifetimes. Walk leads back to scenic Pokhara heading towards lovely villages of Ghandruk with impressive views of Annapurna within enchanting rhododendron forest, and then finally walk leads with a short drive to Pokhara after concluding a most remarkable and marvelous Kopra Ridge and Khayer Lake Trekking.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:   Arrival in Kathmandu received by our staff and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:  In Kathmandu sightseeing and trip preparations.
Day 03:  Drive or fly to Pokhara 950 m – 06 hrs journey ( 30 mins by air)
Day 04:  Few hour drive to Nayapul and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,460 m – 04 hrs walks
Day 05:  Trek to Ghorepani 2,840 m via Ulleri and Bhanthati – 05 hrs
Day 06:  Morning hike to Poon Hill 3,210m walk to Sauta village 2,200m – 05 hrs.
Day 07:  Trek to Kopra Danda 4,020m – 06 hrs
Day 08:  Trek to Khayer Lake 4,620m – 05 hrs.
Day 09:  At Khayer Lake for local hike and exploration.
Day 10:  Trek to Chistibung 3,100m – 04 hrs.
Day 11:   Trek to Dobato 3,460m – 05 hrs.
Day 12:   Trek to Ghandruk 1,950 m – 04 hrs.
Day 13:   Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara (4 hrs walks and 2 hrs drive).
Day 14:   To Kathmandu overland drive or by air.
Day 15:   In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Day 16:   International departure for home ward bound.

Price Includes

  1. Airport pick ups & drops and hotel transfer as per itinerary by private vehicle
  2. Accomodation in hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in local lodges during trekking
  3. Three times meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking
  4. Kathmandu to Pokhara transfer in private vehicle
  5. Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer by tourist vehicle
  6. A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder trekking guide and porter as per necessity including their food, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance, equipment, medicine, etc.
  7. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System.)
  8. All government taxes and office service charges

Price Excludes

  1. Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  2. Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  3. International airfare and airport departure tax
  4. Nepal entry visa
  5. Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  6. Personal Expenses (phone call, battery recharge, laundry, bottled or boiled water, personal trekking equipment).
  7. Tips for trekking staff and driver.
  8. Any others expenses which are not mentioned in ‘Price Includes’ section.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport, Buna Treks and Expeditions staff will receive you for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu city to your respective hotels.

After a time for refreshment our guide will brief with information regarding your trek and your times with us in Nepal includes welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese Restaurants with cultural programs.

Day 02: Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
Morning our city guide will pick you for sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley, as Kathmandu although a metropolitan hub, but still retains its ancient culture and historical sites with World Heritage Sites includes ancient temples, monasteries, old king’s palaces after an interesting tour back to hotel, preparation for Annapurna & Khayar Lake trekking.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 860m (220 k.m) -06 hrs.
Starting our wonderful journey to Khayar Lake trekking with a drive on Nepal’s main and interesting highway to reach at Pokhara, drive leads through many farm villages and towns with views of snowcapped peaks. Finally drive ends at Pokhara near beautiful Phewa Lake where most of the nice hotels are located.

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul 1,100m and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,460m – 04 hrs.
After a stop in Pokhara, morning two hours’ drive from Pokhara through mid-hills towns and villages with views of Annapurna mountain range including Mt. Machhapuchare “ The Fish Tail,” after interesting drive reaching at Nayapul (new bridge).

From here our trek starts with through nice village of Bhirethati encountering trekkers, mule and donkey trains, our route leads on ancient Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route, walking through farm lands and villages, to reaching at Hille and Tirkhedhunga village for first night stop in a nice lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,840 m – 05 hours.
Morning walk leads on steep path for near two hours on stone steps all the way to Ulleri village with views of Annapurna South and Mt. Machhapuchare, after climb walk gets better on winding path into cool forest path, walking in alpine forest of rhododendron trees slowly walk reaches with a short climb to reach Ghorepani village with views of Mt. Dhaulagiri range of peaks, Ghorepani located on high spot t of old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route which stretches all the way to Upper Mustang unto Tibet the people of this area are of Pun Magar tribe.

This village offers hike to Pun Hill offering super views of world highest mountains and striking sunrise and sunset.

Day 06: Morning hike to Poon-Hill and trek to Sauta 2,200m – 05 hrs.
Early morning hike up to Poon-Hill at 3,210m this wonderful hill offers sunrise views over Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far to Ganesh Himal, on enjoying panorama of mountains and sunrise views, walk continues from Ghorepani to Sauta village away from main trekking trail in complete isolation for overnight stop.

Day 07: Trek to Khair or Kopra Ridge 4,020 m – 06 hrs.
From here gaining altitude leaving tree lines behind after few hours of scenic walk reaching at overnight stop at Khair or Kopra ridge, a scenic spot with scenery of landscapes along with stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri massive range and Vara Shikar (Annapurna Fang), Annapurna South which towers directly from this wonderful spot.

Day 08: Trek to Khayer Lake Base camp 4,620m – 05 hrs.
Morning hike to holy lake at Khayer Lake located at 4,620 m. which is long walk, but worth the views, the site of religious festival occasion held annually around the month of August and September. Villagers from the surrounding area assemble here to offer prayers to Lord Shiva and bathe in the icy waters, offers sacrifices of sheep and goats.

Day 09: Trek to Chistibung 3,100 m -05 hrs.
Starting with a slow gradual morning walk on off beaten trail passing farm fields and scattered Sheppard’s huts, trekking downhill through enchanting rhododendron and bamboo forest, walking small stream to summer pastures at Chistebung for overnight stop, a small place with few small huts serving as tea-houses.

Day 10: Trek to Dobato 3,420 m – 05 hrs.
After a great time around Khair hill ridge and holy lake, morning walk with long descend through grazing lands in the middle of rhododendron forest to our overnight stop at Dobato, a summer pasture with views of Annapurna South and Mt. Machhapuchare / Fish Tail peak at 6,993 meters.

Day 11: Trek to Ghandruk 1,950 m – 05 hrs.
With great views of mountains, morning walk continues downhill into forest of rhododendron, oak and magnolia, then reaching the main trekking route at Ghandruk and Ghorepani trail at Tadapani, after a short stop, downhill to Ghandruk for overnight in the comfort of nice and cozy lodge, with time to visit this large Gurung village of Annapurna region.

Day 12:  Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara – 06 hrs.
After Ghandruk village, morning walk downhill for an hour to Modi River our last day trek leads to a long descend reaching at Bhirethati and Nayapul villages on the road head to Pokhara. From here few hours’ drive leads back at Pokhara after a wonderful time up in high mountains.

Day 13: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu.
After a marvelous time on high mountains and hills of Annapurna Himal, morning depart Pokhara after breakfast with overland drive back to Kathmandu.
(Flying options 30 mins by air to Kathmandu)

Day 14:  International departure for home ward bound.
After a memorable time and great adventure around Annapurna & Khayar Lake trekking with your last day in Nepal, a country full of amazing views and Himalayan wonders, as per the flight time our staff transfers you for the final departure homeward bound.

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