Annapurna Dhaulagiri Khair Lake Trek
Highlights of the Trekking
- Holy Lake Khair
- World's 7th Highest Mt. Dhaulagiri and more snowcapped moutantains 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
Annapurna Dhaulagiri Khair Lake Trek is also popularly called as Khopra Hill Trekking. This is the most alluring off the beaten trekking route of Annapurna region trekking. The journey is diversified walking holiday activity as well because it touches Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek route, Annapurna Base Camp Trek route and tranquil village of Khopra. It is believed that Khopra Hill and Khair Lake are the best place to view Mt. Dhaulagiri. World’s 7th tallest mountain Mt. Dhaulagiri can be witnessed majestically along with other mountains like Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli etc. Unique Adventure International takes you to the serene place of Khopra and magnificent abode of hilly lake of Annapurna region.
Journey is definitely exciting during Khopra Hill Trekking or Annapurna Dhaulagiri Khair Lake Trek. Trekkers can take Jhinu (famous for natural hot water springs) route or they can take Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek route. Either way trekkers can enjoy to the fullest. We propose you to take Poon Hill route as it help in gradual acclimatization and experience of lower places of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking route in later phase. After you have experienced glittering sunrise from casement of Mt. Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Neelgiri, Dhaulagiri and other mountains in Poon Hill journey extends to Tadapani. Trekkers will finally reach Khopra Hill where the feeling of being above the clouds will keep you occupied. This tranquil village of Gurung and Magar people also showcases their unique culture and traditions. Khair Lake can be hiked and again trip returns back to Khopra for overnight. The mirror image of mountains seen in Khair Lake can be best described as photographer’s ecstasy. Trip then takes Jhinu route where they will enjoy the natural hot water springs bathing to get relieved from physical tiredness. Bus drive will again take trekkers to Pokhara from Nayapool.
Book the Khopra Hill trekking also known as Annapurna Dhaulagiri Khair Lake Trek with us. Experience off the beaten locale of Nepal Trekking with experienced and well traveled crew members of Unique Adventure International.
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.
Recommended Gear Lists:
- Good wind/rain jacket
- Warm fleece jacket or jersey
- Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots
- Good -20 Sleeping bag (which can be rented or buy in Kathmandu)
- A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband.
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottom
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Other necessary equipment:
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (We also provide comprehensive first aid medical kit and Oxymeter)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Water bottles (2 bottles recommended)
- Small wash towel
We would like you to know that although we try to follow the program given above, at times local trails or weather conditions may compel us to make slight changes if necessary. The itinerary may also vary slightly subject to our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This odyssey goes into untamed territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the safety of your trip and your life. Thank you so much for your understanding. We value your precious life.