Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek (Khopra)

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Places to Visit Annapurna Region
  • Max Altitude 3,600m/11,811ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Ghandruk
  • Ends Ulleri
  • Activity Teahouse Lodge Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn/Winter

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek Highlights

  • Offers a unique and less crowded trekking experience.
  • Provides stunning panoramic views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, and the iconic Machhapuchhare (Fishtail).
  • Walk to the high elevated remote trail to Khopra Ridge offers you the most astonishing views of towering mountains along with the world's deepest gorge which appears into the depth of profound valleys.
  • Khopra Danda (Khopra Ridge) Khopra Ridge, the high elevated Himalayan meadow is simply stunning and an overnight stay at the community lodge with the most charismatic mountain views is the highlight of the entire trip which is priceless.
  • Experience unique community-based eco-tourism lodges, enjoy the warmth of local hospitality, and indulge in traditional Nepali cuisine.
  • Charming Gurung and Magar villages, allow trekkers to dissolve themselves in the local culture and traditions.
  • Trekking through lush rhododendron forests offers the possibility of spotting various wildlife, including pheasants, langur monkeys, and Himalayan Thar.
  • Offers a quieter and less commercial experience, making it ideal for those seeking a peaceful, off-the-beaten-track, and authentic Himalayan adventure.
  • Enjoy the tranquility of trekking on trails that are far less crowded than other popular treks in the Annapurna region.
  • Excursion to holy Khayer Lake is OPTIONAL due to very long hours excursion though it is rewarding in terms of both views and mysticism despite it being a strenuous walk.

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek Overview:

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek is known by diverse names - some call it Khopra Ridge Trek and many call it Khayer Lake Trek. Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek OR Khopra Ridge Trek is a small circuit trek that takes anyone into a genuine wilderness setting.

The history of curiosity among nature lovers, trekkers, and mountaineers to explore the concealed valleys of Annapurna started after 1950. In the year 1950 the French climbers, Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal made a breakthrough in climbing the 10th highest mountain in the world, Annapurna I. This ascent of Annapurna 8,091 m/ 26,545 ft, was indeed the first-ever human conquest of the 8,000 m in the history of mountaineering.

The incident, however, generated awareness and motivation among people far and wide to conquer these majestic and mystical Himalayas. Since then, the Annapurna region which was believed to be hidden for so long was eventually revealed to the outside world.

Thousands of travelers every year visit Annapurna which is rich in biodiversity and has exceptional features. All these make the Annapurna region one of the most beautiful holiday destinations. Moreover, Annapurna Dhaulagiri Khopra Ridge Trek is an exceptionally phenomenal trekking destination and should be on the bucket list of all. It is one of the mesmerizing Annapurna Trekking Destinations that finally connects with the final portion of the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek trail.

“The Mountains are calling and You must Go”

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek OR Khopra Ridge Trek OR Khayer Lake Trek Summary:

Nonetheless, now the Annapurna region happens to be the largest protected area in Nepal. This incredible 9-day TEAHOUSE Khopra Danda Trek exploration starts from the foothills of Annapurna and eventually takes you to the secluded mountain terrain of Khopra Ridge OR Khopra Danda is sensational.

As a matter of fact, Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek OR Khopra Trek is one of the most marvelous hikes to experience beautiful Nepal. Furthermore, the exceptional culture, beautiful people, and amazing views of lofty peaks are mesmerizing. From Khopra Ridge or Danda at the elevation of 3,600 m / 11,811 feet, we have a majestic mountain view.

The view includes Annapurna I, II, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, and Annapurna Fang (Varaha-Shikar) which is unbelievable.

The 15-day AD Circuit Trek starts with a drive to the most beautiful city of Pokhara. The panoramic mountain vistas from Pokhara are unbelievable. We further drive to Kimche and walk to the traditional settlement of Ghandruk, the biggest GURUNG village in the region. The region is dominated by an awesome view of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

We further cruise into the most enchanting forested trail of Rhododendrons, Pine, Maple, and Bamboo that takes us to Dobato. Excursion to Muldai Viewpoint (3637m) is another beautiful experience that gives you the most stunning views of the Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna range, Nilgiri, and many more.

Eventually, we climb to Khopra Danda which displays you the spectacular view and gives you a vivid display of the world's deepest gorge, KALI GANDAKI. We further walk to the delightful settlement of Ghorepani and our excursion to POON HILL is an experience found nowhere.

This enchanting classical teahouse AD Trek is also very popularly known as the 'Community Lodge Trek'. In fact, we use community lodges for accommodation whose profits go to several projects for the benefit of the locals. Tourists visit this route very infrequently and is best for those who want to break away from the commercial trails.

It is certainly an experience to enjoy tranquility with outstanding views. Likewise, it undeniably gives you the real trekking experience as it is away from the traditional trekking destination. Enjoy the secluded and off-the-beaten track of Annapurna and feel the difference.

About Khopra Ridge OR Khopra Danda (3,600 meters / 11,811 feet)

Khopra Ridge, also known as Khopra Danda, is a hidden gem nestled in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is a lesser-known trekking destination compared to popular routes like Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp.

It offers a tranquil and awe-inspiring escape for trekkers seeking natural beauty and cultural richness. As you ascend, the lush greenery of terraced fields and rhododendron forests gradually gives way to pristine alpine meadows. The sensation of walking through a living painting is heightened by the beauty of the surrounding peaks, including the towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Atop Khopra Ridge, a serene paradise unfolds, where the tranquil sounds of nature and the chirping of birds become your companions. Witnessing the sun's first rays kissing the snow-capped peaks during a sunrise on the ridge is a moment of pure enchantment.

Visiting the yaks on the high meadows of Khopra Ridge is a memorable and heartwarming experience that adds a touch of rustic charm to your trekking adventure. As you ascend further to the lofty heights of Khopra, you'll encounter these majestic creatures grazing on the picturesque alpine meadows, an iconic symbol of the Himalayas.

The yaks, with their robust frames and shaggy coats, convey an air of tranquility as they peacefully graze against the backdrop of towering peaks. Their presence in this rugged landscape is a testament to their adaptability and resilience in the high-altitude environment. As you approach them, you may notice their gentle and contemplative nature, making for an enchanting encounter.

The Khopra Ridge trek is a hidden gem, where the simplicity of life and the grace of nature intertwine to create an unforgettable journey, leaving you with a profound appreciation for the Himalayan wonders.

The beauty of Khopra Ridge lies in its pristine natural surroundings, spectacular mountain vistas, diverse flora and fauna, and off-the-beaten-path experience. It offers a unique and rewarding trekking experience.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu Airport (1400 m/4593 feet) and Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 02:Half day city tour/ afternoon trek briefing and preparation / welcome dinner
  • Day 03:Drive to Pokhara (820 m/2690 feet) overnight at Hotel
  • Day 04:Drive to Ghandruk Village (1940m/6364 feet) via Nayapul - EXPLORE GHANDRUK
  • Day 05:Trek to Tadapani (2,630m/8,628 feet)
  • Day 06:Trek to Dobato (3,426m/11,240 feet)
  • Day 07:Morning excursion to Muldai view point (3637 m / 11932 feet) and Trek to Chistibung (2,950m/9678 feet)
  • Day 08:Trek Kopra Ridge (3,600m/11,811 feet)
  • Day 09:Trek to Swanta (2,214m/7263 feet)
  • Day 10:Trek to Ghorepani (2,860m/9383 feet)
  • Day 11:Excursion to Poon Hill (3200 m / 10,498 feet) and trek to MOHARE DANDA (3,300 m/ 10, 826 feet)
  • Day 12:Trek to Ulleri (lunch) and Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 13:Fly Back to Kathmandu
  • Day 14:Departure Day - Transfer to International Airport

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek (Khopra) Detailed Itinerary

Arriving at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport is the first step in embarking on a journey through the heart of Nepal. The moment you step off the plane, you're greeted by the unmistakable scent of incense and a sense of excitement in the air. 

The airport itself is a bustling gateway to the city, with travelers from around the world coming to create new adventure stories. 

As you collect your luggage and clear customs, you'll be received by the warm welcome of your Trekking Group Leader or Our Office Representative and transfer you to the hotel. 

The drive from the airport to your hotel takes you through the vibrant streets of Kathmandu, where ancient temples and bustling markets coexist with the modern world. 

The journey is a sensory overload, with the honking of vehicles, the aroma of street food, and the vibrant colors of Nepal's vibrant culture. 

Highlights:

  • Pick up from the international airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel by your Group Leader.
  • Short preliminary briefing.
  • Arriving early gives you an opportunity to explore Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1400 m/4593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

Your Trek leader will introduce you to our Professional City Tour Guide. A half-day city tour to Pashupatinath and Boudhanath is a splendid introduction to the cultural and spiritual aspects of Nepal. Pashupatinath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world, situated on the banks of the Bagmati River.

This serene complex is a hub of spiritual activity, where pilgrims perform rituals and ceremonies.  The stunning pagoda-style architecture and intricate woodcarvings add to the temple's attraction.

Nearby, Boudhanath is a massive stupa and a center of Tibetan Buddhism, with its massive dome and the watchful eyes of the Buddha gazing out over the bustling streets. The stupa is surrounded by monasteries, prayer flags, and shops selling religious artifacts, creating a vibrant atmosphere.

After the city tour, the afternoon is dedicated to trek briefing and preparation, ensuring that trekkers are well-informed and adequately equipped for the upcoming adventure. This briefing typically covers the trek itinerary, safety guidelines, and important details about the journey. It's also an opportunity to address any questions or concerns.

The day concludes with a warm and welcoming dinner, where you and your team come together to build camaraderie and share your excitement about the upcoming trek. The dinner is often a blend of traditional Nepali cuisine and international dishes. 

  • Altitude: 1400 m/4593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast/Welcome Dinner
  • Transport: PRIVATE VEHICLE

To Drive to Pokhara we will leave the hotel early in the morning to get away from any sort of traffic or uncertainty. Pokhara happens to be the second biggest city in Nepal and one of the most beautiful city. Driving to Pokhara is not just a journey; it's an adventure filled with scenic vistas and glimpses of local life. The winding roads, lush landscapes, and the anticipation of reaching the serene lakeside city make it a fun and memorable road trip in Nepal.

Highlights:

  • 7/8 hours scenic drive.
  • Early drive to Pokhara to skip any uncertainty of traffic jams.
  • Fabulous scenery as you navigate through these new roads.
  • A very relaxing multiple break gives you time to stretch and enjoy.
  • A lunch stop in one of the highway restaurants with its excellent food choices is very comforting.
  • Being in Pokhara unlike Kathmandu will definitely add more excitement to your anticipation.
  • Altitude: 820 m/2,690 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours DRIVE
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 200 km
  • Transport: PRIVATE VEHICLE

The scenic drive to Ghandruk village is a journey that takes you to the breathtaking landscapes of the Annapurna region. As you wind your way through winding mountain roads, you'll be captivated by the lush green hills, cascading waterfalls, and charming terraced fields that stretch as far as the eye can see.

The journey itself is a visual treat, offering glimpses of the stunning Annapurna and Machapuchare mountain ranges. Upon reaching the enchanting village of Ghandruk, you'll find yourself in the heart of Gurung culture, with traditional stone houses and cobbled streets.

The warm and welcoming hospitality of the locals adds to the charm of this village, where you can explore the vibrant traditions, try local cuisine, and soak in the serenity of the surrounding landscape.

Ghandruk is not just a destination; it's a doorway to the natural and cultural wonders of the Annapurna region, making it a must-visit for any traveler seeking an authentic Himalayan experience.

After lunch, we will Explore the Ghandruk village -- visiting the old Ghandruk village, visiting the GURUNG MUSEUM, etc.

  • Altitude: 1,940m/6,364 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 3 hours DRIVE
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 54.8 km
  • Transport: PRIVATE VEHICLE

Leaving the stunning GURUNG village of Ghandruk we walk North of the valley and get devoured into the dramatic forested trail. 4-hour walk through the beautiful forest of Rhododendrons, Maples, Oak, and a number of other floras to Tadapani. The trail is not just a regular climb, it's more of an undulating and gradual ascent. 

Highlights:

  • Wake up call as set by your leader.
  • After breakfast, today's walk is pretty much on undulating trails.
  • Most of the time you are in the shade keeping you away from the harsh day sun.
  • Overnight stay in this small settlement of Tadapani is quite an experience.
  • The landscape and mountain views are stunning.
  • Stunning sunrise view from the tea house verandah itself.
  • Altitude: 2,630m/8,628 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 5.5 km

Morning sunrise view from Tadapani Lodge itself is one cherishing moment with the panoramic view of mountains like Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, etc. Today we walk the very untouched woodland trial also very popularly known as “The Lord of The Rings Trial” due to its dramatic forest setting. We gradually ascend to the very small settlement of Meshar and Isharu where we would stop for a tea. Walking into the most beautiful hill cut gradually up trial and stream valley trail we get to yet another small place of Dobato.

Highlights:

  • Dazzling sunrise view with snow-capped mountains from the lodge itself.
  • A fabulous walk through woodland is peaceful.
  • Walking into the stream valley trail away from the harsh day sun is soothing.
  • Lunch at Dobato and a free afternoon for some activities.
  • Altitude: 3,426m/11,240 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 6 km

Early wake up for morning excursion to Muldai viewpoint from where the sunrise is one cherishing moment with a panoramic view of mountains like Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus peak, Fishtail along with the view of Kali Gandaki – the worlds deepest gorge. After breakfast, we leave Dobato and walk the mountain ridge trail that takes us to Baili. We descend down to the stream with the most stunning view of the landscape and deep valleys with exquisite forest settings of pine, rhododendron, and oak. After the foot bridge short undulating trail guides us to Chistibung.

Highlights:

  • An early wake-up call for the dazzling sunrise view with ample snow-capped mountains that would move many emotionally.
  • Fabulous walk through the mountain ridge trial and lush forest.
  • The landscape and mountain views are stunning.
  • Lunch at Chistibung and a free afternoon for showers and other activities.
  • Altitude: 3637 m / 11932 feet
  • Accommodation: Community Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7.5 km

Though a short walk we steeply ascend 600 m to Khopra Ridge. We climb all the way leaving behind the tree line area to the small holy pond from where the view is outstanding. The next short climb takes us to the alpine Khopra Ridge where there is only one lodge belonging to the community. Availability of rooms needs to be confirmed beforehand.

Highlights:

  • Most enchanting ascend with lots of floras and fauna.
  • Getting to the alpine Khopra with the most stunning mountain views is mesmerizing.
  • Getting closer to the soaring peaks overlooking the deepest gorge is breathtaking.
  • Lunch and free afternoon to explore and to see the herds of yaks around, sunset is never to be missed.
  • Altitude: 3,600m/11,811 feet
  • Accommodation: Community Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 2/3 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 2 km

After breakfast steeply descends retracing our trail back to Chistibung. We further descend down through the lush forest to a culturally isolated lodge for lunch. Continuing our trail through the forest of bamboo, oak, and rhododendron where few locals have spotted wild bears and tigers we get to the most beautiful terraced village of Swanta, considered to be one of the most attractive villages in the region.

Highlights:

  • Awesome walk through the forested trial.
  • Lunch in the middle of Timberland is yet another attraction.
  • Group trekking is suggested after lunch for group safety and any uncertainty against wild animals.
  • Being in the most attractive terraced village of Swanta is irreplaceable.
  • Time to relax and chill out.
  • Altitude: 2,214m/7263 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 10 km

4 hours of walking through the beautiful woodland trail of rhododendrons, maple, and oak is overwhelming, and getting to Ghorepani the leading protected area in Nepal with the world's largest Rhododendron forest is extraordinary. While walking to Ghorepani we ultimately connect to the most admired Annapurna Circuit trial. Ghorepani, the place that has served as a crucial place for the meet-up of traders during the salt trade era between Nepal and Tibet.

Highlights:

  • Unbelievable hike through the dramatic forest setup.
  • A lot to see if you are trekking in spring.
  • Getting to Ghorepani, the blue roof settlement is electrifying.
  • Know the legends of Ghorepani.
  • Free afternoon for self–exploration.
  • Overnight stay, marvelous dinner, and chill out.
  • Altitude: 2,860m/9383 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 6 km

The walk from Ghorepani to Poon Hill is a magical journey, it's a moment of reflection, gratitude, and a deep appreciation for the natural world.

Starting from the charming village of Ghorepani, we set out after breakfast towards Poon Hill. This late set out will give us ample opportunity to enjoy the view without many trekkers around who would usually make it up there in the early morning. The initial part of the trail leads through dense rhododendron forests, creating an almost mystical atmosphere, especially during the spring when the rhododendron blooms paint the trail with vibrant colors.

As you ascend, the path gradually opens up to sweeping vistas of the surrounding mountains. You'll encounter stone staircases that wind their way up the hills, surrounded by the lush greenery of the Annapurna region. The Poon Hill offers one of the most phenomenal views of the mountains and the deep valleys.

Shortly we will leave for MOHARE DANDA. We take the most magnificent forested trail which gradually ascends and descends, providing a mix of uphill and downhill walking that keeps the trek varied and exciting.

As you approach Mohare Danda, you'll find yourself in awe of the expansive meadows and open vistas. Mohare Danda is celebrated for its magnificent sunrises and sunsets, offering unobstructed views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. It's a place where you can truly connect with nature and feel a sense of serenity.

  • Altitude: 3,300 m/ 10, 826 feet
  • Accommodation: COMMUNITY LODGE
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 5 km

Today we will take a very newly opened trail to Ulleri. The trail descends through mountain ridges and into the forest. As you walk further down you will encounter a few Himalayan meadow ridge plateaus from where the view of landscapes and the mountains is simply remarkable.

Cautiousness needs to apply as you walk this narrow ridge trail. 

We will have lunch in the Stone-built community village of Ulleri. After lunch, we will Drive to Pokhara.

Free Afternoon in Pokhra

 

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 4 Hours walk/ 3 Hours Drive
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
  • Transport: PRIVATE JEEP

We will take the early morning Flight to Kathmandu. Sensational flight back to the capital city of Kathmandu with an outstanding panoramic view.

Highlights:

  • Sensational flight to Kathmandu
  • Explore the Capital City of Kathmandu as per your requirements.
  • CITY TOUR
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 25 min FLIGHT
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: Mountain Flight

Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be organized. Usually, your reporting time is 3 hours prior to your flight in Nepal. Your leader will be there to assist you and transfer you to the international airport.

  • Enjoy your farewell breakfast in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airport Transfer

The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your Group Leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.

What's Included
  • PERMITS: All Essential permits required to legally trek in the region are procured before arrival.
  • PICKUP AND DROPS: Roundtrip airport pickup and drop-off facilities for both domestic and international flights are included.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Twin-sharing hotel accommodation in both KATHMANDU and POKHARA at three-star hotels on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER: A traditional Nepali-style welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • SIGHTSEEING: A half-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu’s two most sacred UNESCO World Heritage sites with entrance fees included.
  • TAXES: All applicable local and national government taxes are covered.
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip PRIVATE VEHICLE ground transportation between destinations as per the itinerary.
  • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation for assistant guide, porter, and other trek staff as required.
  • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: One-way domestic flight from POKHARA to KATHMANDU at the end of the trek.
  • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak-Track, Trekking Poles, etc. are provided.
  • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
  • DRINKING WATER: Properly filtered and boiled water for drinking is provided each morning and evening. Trekkers are advised to carry reusable water bottles/bladder bags that can hold at least 3 liters.
  • GLORIOUS FOOD: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with hot beverages are provided throughout the trek duration.
  • TREK LEADER AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: An experienced trek leader holding legitimate licensing leads the group, along with assistant guides based on group size. Groups of 3 or more are typically assigned at least 1 assistant guide.
  • PORTERS: The porter to trekker ratio is 1:2 - meaning 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. However, for groups larger than 4 trekkers, an additional porter is provided specifically to assist with hot water supply during the trek.
  • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: Insurance coverage, wages, and allowances for all trek staff are included.
  • SAFETY CONCERNS: Emergency equipment including oxygen cylinders and a comprehensive medical kit is available at all times during the trek.
  • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Trekkers receive a duffel bag, t-shirt, multi-functional headwear, baseball hat, trekking map, and completion certificate to take home.
What's Excluded
  • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
  • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
  • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
  • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
  • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
  • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
  • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
  • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
  • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
Essential Trip Information

Holy Khayer Lake (4,500m / 14,763 feet):

Excursion to the Holy Khayer Lake is not mandatory and entirely optional. However, the trek to Khayer Lake is very spiritual and it probably takes about 9 hours approximately. We start early in the morning with an amazing view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. A very early wake-up call is set with the packed lunch. Soon after we are done with our quick breakfast we start with the established trial first.

Gradually we get to the alpine undulating trail that eventually leads us to the small but beautiful Holy Khayer Lake (4,500m / 14,763 feet).

This stunning holy lake is very well settled at the base of Varaha Sikhar (Annapurna Fang) (7647m). The Holy Khayer Lake is religiously significant for both Hindus and Buddhists. In the month of August during the full moon of the Janai Purnima festival, thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit the lake to worship. Soon we retrace our trail back to our community lodge.

However, anyone withdrawing from the Khayer Lake exploration can always go around the ridge. The ridge has so much to offer including the hike down to the viewpoint of the world’s deepest gorge.

Kathmandu to Pokhara Drive information:

Driving from Kathmandu to Pokhara is a popular and scenic route that takes you from the bustling capital city of Nepal to the serene and picturesque city of Pokhara, nestled in the Annapurna region.

The journey covers a distance of approximately 200 kilometers and can take around 6 to 8 hours, depending on road conditions and traffic. The drive offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains, terraced fields, and lush landscapes. However, it's important to be prepared for winding and sometimes bumpy roads, so a comfortable vehicle and a skilled driver are essential.

Along the way, you'll pass through charming towns and villages, providing a glimpse of rural Nepali life. Be sure to stop at viewpoints, such as Malekhu and Muglin, to capture the natural beauty on camera.

The Prithvi Highway connects the two cities, and numerous restaurants and rest areas are available for breaks and refreshments. The journey is not just a means of getting from one place to another but an adventure in itself, offering a taste of Nepal's diverse landscapes and cultures.

Caution before Driving from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Driving from Kathmandu to Pokhara can be an adventurous and rewarding experience, but it also comes with certain challenges and difficulties that tourists should be aware of:

  • Road Conditions: The road between Kathmandu and Pokhara, known as the Prithvi Highway, can be quite challenging. While some sections are well-maintained, others may be in poor condition, especially during the monsoon season. The road is winding and can be bumpy, so travelers may experience discomfort, especially if they are not accustomed to such road conditions.
  • Traffic and Congestion: Traffic congestion along this narrow highway especially around the Kathmandu Valley and the Muglin Narayanghat section, can lead to delays. The road can get crowded with vehicles, making it essential to plan for extra travel time.
  • Landslides and Natural Disasters: The region is prone to landslides, particularly during the monsoon season. Travelers should check weather and road conditions before embarking on the journey and be prepared for possible delays or route changes in case of natural disasters.
  • Local Driving Habits: Driving habits in Nepal can be different from what tourists are accustomed to. Even in the narrow roads Drivers OVERTAKING and HONKING HORNS are very common which can be a great cultural shock.

Scenic Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu

The scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu is a breathtaking journey that summarizes the incredible natural beauty and geographic diversity of Nepal. As the aircraft gracefully ascends from Pokhara's domestic airport, Travelers are immediately captivated by the unparalleled vistas below.

The sight of the towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, with their pristine snow-clad peaks, stretches out before your eyes. The flight provides an intimate perspective on these enormous giants, revealing their sheer magnitude and splendor.

Flying over the deep valleys and terraced hillsides, you witness a mesmerizing tapestry of Nepal's landscapes, a fusion of vibrant greenery and snow-dusted summits that's unlike anything else on Earth.

The journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes you on a visual pilgrimage, providing an extraordinary glimpse of the Nepalese countryside, with its charming villages, twisting rivers, and lush forests.

As the flight progresses, you begin to sense the transition from the serene Pokhara to the vibrant, bustling Kathmandu Valley.

This aerial adventure is not just a means of transportation; it's a window into Nepal's soul.

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  • Safety is our Prior Concern
    Safety is our Prior Concern

    Safety is our foremost concern at our Travel company. We prioritize the well-being of our adventurers above all else. We provide top-notch equipment and conduct rigorous safety checks to ensure every trek is as secure as it is adventurous.

  • Travel Sustainably
    Travel Sustainably

    Sustainability is at the heart of our mission. We ensure that the beauty and integrity of the destinations we explore are preserved. We believe in responsible tourism that contributes positively to the environment and the livelihoods of the local people.

  • Hassle Free
    Hassle Free

    Nepal Pyramids takes pride in making your journey hassle-free from start to finish. With our efficient services, expert Group Leading, and attention to detail, you can leave the hassles behind and focus on creating lasting memories during your travels.

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