Khayer Lake and Khopra Ridge Trek

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Khayer Lake and Khopra Ridge Trek - Days

Trip Route

Pokhara - Poon Hill - Khopra Danda - Khayer Lake - Muldhai Hill - Ghandrunk Village

Trip Facts

Group Size
1+ PAX
Trip Grade
Easy to Moderate
Max. Elevation
4,500 M/14,760 FT
Full Boards Meal On The Trek
Private Vehicle/Bus
Best Season
Autumn to Spring

Khayer Lake and Khopra Ridge trek, newly open pristine trekking route in Annapurna region which is an alternative trail to avoid busiest Poon Hill trek path.
Khayer Lake and Khopra ridge trek
also known Annapurna three viewpoint trek where any route takes you Poon Hill, Muldhai [Muldai] Viewpoint, Khopra Ridge and Mahare Viewpoint. Khopra and Khayer lake route is a newly progressed trekking route in the center of the Annapurna region. Khopra and Khair Lake is not that much well-known for the hiker but still close by Annapurna base camp and Lower Mustang trek. The idea to open another trekking trail on foot of Annapurna south because of the beginning section of the Ghorepani Poon Hill and ABC trek route is pushed-up by jeep and buses. Khopra and Khayer lake trekking routes are ambling into Annapurna conservation area hills where local grazing sheep and yak during the summer. The trail permitted to climbs several amazing viewpoints, maximum altitude 3600 m above the sea level and get really nearby sights of spectacular Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I and whole Annapurna region. You will also experience a mixed culture of Gurung and Magar at the starting and ending point of Khayer lake trek where you will follow the trekking route throughout the traditional stone cluster villages.

Khayer lake trek highlights are landscapes diverse where the scenery change accordingly altitude gain from subtropical to the alpine zone. En route of Khayer lake trek, you will walk into the picturesque villages, the residence of Magar and Gurung ethnic group. Beyond the human residence ramble onto the dense diverse forest of rhododendron, pine, juniper, and bamboos, the unspoiled forest is home for several common and endangered flora and fauna. The less touristic path nonstop ascending up above tree lines till Khopra Danda and Khayer Lake on foot of Annapurna mountain range. A Khayer Lake day trek is an addition adventure of Annapurna trek. It is strenuous detour takes you the highest elevation point of your trek, Khayer Lake (4500 m). This nature and cultural combined off the beaten Khopra trek give you true hiking experience in your life.

Khayer Barahi Lake, a sacred lake for the native can visit from May to November and also celebrate the annual festival on the full moon of August where 6-month-old sheep sacrificed to make happy to the goddess. On our trek, we do Khayer Lake day trek from Khopra ridge and it takes around 7/8 hours to and fro. The path is quite steep up on Rustic Mountain till 4700 m but each step is rewarded by the stunning view of surrounding mountains and deep Kali Gandaki valley.  Then 200 m down to the green and blue color holy lake where the goddess temple is built next to the pond.

Daily itinerary

The drive commences north of Pokhara to Nayapul on the pitched road and it takes nearly 2 hours by private car/jeep. We make drive itinerary till Hile village because from Bhirethanti walking in the same driving road to Hile. Now tied your shoe and pull on small bag pack on your shoulder and starts trek throughout Magar village. In 30/40 minute walk reach another typical village Tikhedunga where might stop for the lunch and cup of Nepalese tea. 3340 stone stair uphill trail begins upon cross bridge on the Burungi River, it is steep up till Ulleri village. The second part of trek offers a magnificent view of the rice terrace and Annapurna south on above the rhododendron hill.

It is 5 hours trekking to Ghorepani (horse water spot) most of the trail is climbing up throughout the impenetrable forest also passes local tea shop. Keep in the mind from March to May, the colorful rhododendron flower makes trail beautiful beyond your imagination. Ghorepani is the nearest village from most popular Poon Hill viewpoint of Annapurna trek. Also, a wide range of private and shared bathroom accommodation is available with really good hot shower. Most of the winter (January-February) and till march possible to have snow on Poon hill. We arrange your room at Deurali Ghorepani, always see the stunning view of Annapurna mountain range with Dhaulagiri massive.

A 45-minute side trek to Poon Hill viewpoint offers a spectacular mountain view of Annapurna region. You will see more than 15 snow-peak including three mountains above 8000 m (Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu) than numerous another towering peak. After taken snapshot trek descends to Ghorepani for breakfast then pack luggage after that set-off to Swanta village. A 120 minute descend trail inside the rhododendron forest bring you on the small river then 15 minutes steeply up route take us Swanta village. Trek resume from Swanta, a path to Ali Kharka contains up and down inside the forest also get stunning waterfall view before arriving Ali Kharka. After crossing tiny stream steeply ascends up in the forest to Dhan Kharka, you will hear spotted deer roaring in close distance and also see langur monkey. The villager operating 2 community lodge with neat and clean basic accommodation.

Khopra ridge is only 3 hours far from Dhan Kharka for the normal walker and approximately 5 km distance but steeply climbing up on the ridge above tree line. Except for the summer, most of the time of the year yak is spreading here, on arrival Khopra ridge the best view of mount Dhaulagiri approach in front with towering walled mountains on north direction. After lunch short hike up to the first lake which would be 2 hours to and fro.

Khopra Danda offers the best and close view of Mount Dhaulagiri, you will see glorious sunrise on thick snow mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna colossal. After breakfast departure from community lodge, follow the little downhill path till stone rest place. Now take a narrow branch trail on the sloppy ridge also passes bamboo shrubs and some of our previous clients have spotted Red panda in the bush. The yakherd said also possible to see leopard by chance. Upon arrival, Bayeli stops for the lunch where only one restaurant available but open across the year. Dobato is an only bit more than hour trek from lunch spot. The route is very silence, often sights blue sheep, spotted deer and Himalayan Monal before reaching Dobato.

Early morning 20-minute side trek to Muldhai Viewpoint (3,637 m), the viewpoint offers panoramic Mountain View including Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Fishtail and Mount Manaslu. Then ramble back to lodge and trek continuously after breakfast. We follow descend trail onto the forest then passes Isaru and Meshare. After 3 hours walking in thick rhododendron, jungle arrives Tadapani, a touristic junction where the Ghorepani trek and ABC trek trail meetup. From here follow pleasant descend trail toward Kot Danda through a trunk of a mixed forest where can see maximum sort of birds. We will hardly see any other tourist in this route till Kumrung Danda, from here 25-minute gentle ascending up little paradise lodge, such a beautiful place for a night in Annapurna region. The peace and harmony place with a comfortable bedroom and good internet connection also mount Fishtail, Annapurna South and Hiuchuli are on the head of a lodge.

Today is last day of Khopra Ridge and Khayer Lake trek, retrace to Kumrung Danda, then trek throughout the village to Ghandruk. We do Gurung cultural excursion into Ghandruk village then trek nonstop on a pleasant trail to Kimche. From here off-road drive starts, it is 4 hours' drive to Pokhara.

What's included?

  • Airport/hotel pick-up & drop-off service
  • All the required ground transportation as mention in the Itinerary
  • Khayer Lake Trek Permits (TIMS card and Annapurna conservation area)
  • Experienced English speaking licensed guide with salary, insurance, food, and lodging
  • Three meals a day during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner with Hot drinks)
  • Seasonal fresh fruits apple, orange, banana etc
  • Musical Adventure Trekking Complimentary trekking equipment's four seasonal sleeping bag, down jacket, trekking stick etc (should be returned upon completing the trek)
  • Pokhara to Hile by local bus/jeep
  • Ghandrunk to Pokhara by local bus/jeep
  • First aid medical kit, oximeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Normal lodge/guesthouse base accommodation during a trek in the mountain

Add On:

  • Porter for carrying luggage (1 porter carry 2 trekker's bag pack)
  • Pokhara to Hile and Ghandrunk to Pokhara by private transport
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara accommodation with heavy breakfast
  • To and from Kathmandu by flight

What's not included?

  • Meals & accommodation at Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Nepal visa fees 15/30/90 Day in the cost of U$D 25/40/100
  • Travel insurance which should cover any sort of rescues such as Helicopter or Horse
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing entrance & monuments fees
  • Personal expenses battery charge, hot shower, phone calls, Internet, laundry etc
  • Gratitude (Tips) to guide and porters

Fixed Departures

Sorry, No fixed departure dates availabe, Please request for Private Trip

Essential Information

Meals and foods on Khayer Lake and Khopra Ridge Trek

All the tea house has a food menu with a variety of food items (rice, pasta, noddle, potatoes, soup, dessert, dumpling, cereal, bread [homemade and toast] with yummy local dishes), the menu card is managed by local hotel management community and ACAP. Dal Bhat would be the best choice during the trek with free refills of rice, fresh garden vegetable, lentil soup, and curry also Gluten-free. All the soft and hard beverages are available across the trek at different prices. Also option for the drinking water like boiled water or safe drinking water or mineral water. Unlimited preference for hot drinks like tea (Black/Milk/Lemon/Ginger/Mint/Herbal etc) as well as coffees.

Khopra Ridge and Khayer Lake Trek Route

Option A
Pokhara - Ulleri - Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Khopra Danda - Khayer Lake & Hidden Lake - Mulde Viewpoint - Kot Danda - Ghandruk - Bhirethanti - Pokhara

Option B
Pokhara - Lespar - Nagi Village - Mohare Danda - Tikot Village - Khopra Danda - Mulde Viewpoint - Kot Danda - Ghandruk - Bhirethanti - Pokhara

Option C
Pokhara - Beni - Nagi Village - Mohare Danda - Tikot Village - Khopra Danda - Mulde Viewpoint - Kot Danda - Ghandruk - Bhirethanti - Pokhara

Accommodation in Khayer Lake and Khopra Ridge Trek

Basic and standard twin sharing accommodation is possible en route of the Khayer Lake and Khopra ridge trek. We arrange inside toilet accommodation several places Ulleri, Ghorepani and Kot Danda then the rest of other villages shared toilets and bathrooms. Internet connectivity available most of the tea houses also can charge all the electronic devices throughout the trek.