Annapurna Dhaulagiri Khair Lake Trek
Annapurna Dhaulagiri Khair Lake Trek is one of the major attractions of Annapurna region which is considered as perfect trekking destination even if it is not mush preferred one. Beauty and serenity are the features of the lake. The Annapurna region is the most desired trekking destination in Nepal. Trekkers are rewarded by the striking snow-capped peaks of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and more which tower above the rhododendron forests and icy rivers and glaciers, and temperate jungles.
The lake is located on western part of Nepal in Annapurna region. And, walking on the laps of the Annapurna, and reaching the highest point of the trek and visiting the holy Khair Lake (4552meter) encircled with shrines, and witnessing the peak of Annapurna towering will be one of the most hallucinating experiences you will ever forget. Khair Lake is a holy ice lake. It is believed that to lay a hand on in to the water assures salvation after demise. The ethnic people like Gurungs and Magars dwell in this trekking area. And, best season to go for Khair trek is in the spring between March to May when the rhododendrons magnificently bloom as well as in the fall between Septembers to November.
Several trekkers come here to be mesmerized with the natural beauty. Apart from the natural beauty, this trek will take you to out-of-the-way track of rural Nepal where you will meet different ethnic people and explore around villages. This Khair trek, one of the virgin trekking destinations is designed by Unique Adventure for those who seek for a real sense of challenging adventure, witness natural beauty and who want to experience rural life in Nepal. Also, this moderate trek has occasional challenging days and consequently a sensible level of fitness is required but no technical experience of mountaineering is obligatory.
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
On your arrival, you will be welcomed by our representative of Unique Adventure International at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) but assure about our representative with a display board at the arrival gate. You will be then taken to the hotel where you can either relax in the afternoon or hang around. You will have a dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant where we take pleasure in a Nepalese cultural program as well. We will be staying in a hotel for overnight.
Day 02 : Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley, overnight at hotel
After having breakfast in the morning, our sightseeing trip will begin. The Swayambhunath (the Monkey temple), Pashupatinath temple, Bauddhanath; Patan Durbar Square Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square are the main sightseeing attractions in Kathmandu valley. Later in the afternoon, we will have a final preparations and short briefing for the trek. We will stay overnight in a hotel.
Day 03 : Drive to Pokhara, overnight at hotel
After breakfast, early in the morning you will arrive at Pokhara after a drive for nearly 6 hours. You will be able to have a breathtaking panorama of river and scenery all the way through your drive. Or, you might also take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara in half an hour (optional). You will be taken to your hotel and with a relaxing afternoon. You can even visit around lakeside region or you can go for boating at famous Fewa Lake. We will be staying overnight in the hotel.
Day 04 : Drive to Phedi and start trek to Tolka, overnight at guesthosue
Drive to Phedi by car (30 minutes) and we trek up to Dhampus, generally ascending through cultivated meadows and local villages. This beautiful Gurung Village is settled by ethnic people like Magar, Gurung, Brahman and it present a fantastic view of the mountain ranges which includes the Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range. We will then tenderly climb up through the oak and rhododendron forest. We can see the tremendous view of Machhapuchhre. We pass with the views of the Mardi Khola and the beautiful views of Annapurna South, Himchuli to the north, and Pokhara, Phewa Lake to the southeast before we reach Deurali. Then, we will make a vertical drop through the forests to a huge gorge of the Modi Khola and reach Bheri Kharka. We will move down and take the upper track crossing a stream above the suspension bridge. Then we go up gently through canyon and reach Tolka taking around 1 and half hour.
Day 05 : Trek to Gurjung via Jhinu, overnight at guesthouse
In the morning, we will move down a long stone staircase to a suspension bridge transversely the small river, then ascend through forests to a point where we will have an easy walk passing stream, fields before reaching a Gurung community of Landruk village. We can observe a second largest Gurung community of Ghandruk towering above us on the opposite face of the river. After that, we will go away from the village and opt for the right trail. We will walk on the wide jungle trail moving down through ferns to very well view of Annapurna South. Then, we will come across a long suspension bridge above the Modi Khola. We will go on climbing and then traverse over the stream. Then a little stiff climbs take us to Jhinu Danda where you will see a hot spring. We then move to Gurjung (2060meter) situated on the north side of Kimrong Khola about an hour walk to the east of Chhomrong. It is a small community with several restaurants and tea houses as well as a new school. It is a pleasant place to stop for lunch. We stay at camp.
Day 06 - 11 : Trek to Khair Lake (Isharu - Dobato - Chistibung - Khopra Hill (Daanda) - Khair Lake - Swata), overnight at guesthouse
Day 12 : Trek to Ghorepani, overnight at guesthosue
Today, we will walk to reach Ghorepani, one of the renowned spot of Annapurna region situated at an altitude of 2856 meter. Our hike simply moves up to Chitre going across oak and rhododendron forest. We keep on trekking until we reach to our ultimate destination Ghorepani through. Later we will be staying overnight in a hotel after trekking for almost 5 hours.
Day 13 : Climb Poon Hill early in the morning and continue trek to Hile, overnight at guesthouse
Early morning we march to Poonhill (3210meter) where nature allows us to view the striking mountains and beautiful sunrise. After an hour, we descend from Poonhill and continuously walk down to Hile taking around 6 hours to stay overnight.
Day 14 : Trek to Naya Pool and drive to Pokhara, overnight at hotel
Today, we gently move down to Birethanti. Walking further for around an hour from Birethanti we will reach Naya Pul. From Naya Pul, we retrace our steps back taking a locally available vehicle and arrive at Pokhara.
Day 15 : Drive back to Kathmandu
We take a drive with same picturesque view and reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. After you reach Kathmandu, we can relax or walk to visit different sights of Kathmandu. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner together.
Day 16 : Leisure day in Kathmandu
We can go around Kathmandu valley, if some important places have been missed according to your choices. After the hectic schedules of trek, today you can eithe go for shopping or have a day rest before departing from Nepal.
Day 17 : Departure own your destination
This is your last day, our airport representative of Unique Adventure International will drop you to the airport and you will depart from Nepal.
Highlights of the Trekking
- Holy Lake Khair
- Mt. Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Annapurna south, Hiunchuli, Lamjung ranges, Manaslu, Annapurna II, III, IV, Dolpo panorama
- Numerous view of Kaligandaki gorge
- Mystic mountainous region and different community with majority of Gurung, Magar (Poon), Bramhin, Chhetri people
Whatever conditions the stated itinerary follow, are for the visitors who prefer full package programme. At the same time, we also serve you based on your choice. The selection of itineraries and the staff depends on your choice and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement regarding your interest and financial condition.
All conditions stated in the itinerary are for the visitors who prefer full package programme. At the same time, we also serve you based on your choice. The selection of itineraries and the staff depends on your choice and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement regarding your interest and financial condition.