Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake Trek

Trip Facts

  • Duration 12 Days
  • Trip Difficulty moderate_strenuous
  • Max. Altitude 4,247 m / 13, 934 ft
  • Start and End -
  • Best Time March to May & September to November.
  • Accommodation Best Hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara with local lodge on treks.

Trip Highlights

  • Adventure on scenic trails to Khopra in between giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna’s.
  • On off the beaten tracks away from main trails to hidden corners of Annapurna Himalayas.
  • Enchanting woodland of tall rhododendron trees to arid and barren scenic ridges of Khair Lake.
  • Exciting adventure walking from mainstream and towards remote areas of high Khopra Ridge

Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake is an exclusive adventure around the hidden pockets of Annapurna Himalayas, and close to Mt. Dhaulagiri. ‘Tamang Randomness Treks’ offers this special treks for travelers to enjoy walking in tranquil mountain wildernesses. Away from main busy trails and villages for some days in the harmony of pristine natural surroundings.

The trek due to its remote location, only a few groups of trekkers seldom visit the isolated and high ridge of Khopra. Trekkers will be fascinated with glorious scenery from Ghorepani onwards facing a stunning panorama of the Mid West Himalayas range. Besides lovely scenery of landscapes, walking in the forest is equally fascinating and worth enjoying Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake Trekking.

The adventure starts after a short drive from Pokhara and then walking towards the higher green hills of southern Annapurna Himalayas. A climb brings you to lovely Ghorepani village and then hike to scenic Poon Hill for striking sunrise. Reflecting on an array of Himalayan chains of snow peaks from Dhaulagiri, Annapurna to Manaslu Himalaya range.

After a wonderful moment walking on main trails, then our route diverts to remote corners of Annapurna Himalayas to Khopra Ridge. Which is much higher, close in between towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayas, a great isolated spot. From Khopra Ridge, walking on a high scenic ridge to Khair Lake is regarded as a holy site for
Hindu followers. Once a year a religious festival takes place at Khair Lake drawing hundreds of pilgrims to this sacred spot.

For worship and holy bathe, certainly, a special spot enclosed within giant peaks. After a great moment return journey downhill back into the lovely forested trail reaching back on the main trail at Tadapani. As the walk follows a pleasant path to a large Gurung village at Ghandruk, and then on the road to Pokhara. On reaching the beautiful city of Pokhara our memorable and exciting adventure on Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake concludes.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Fly or drive to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to hotel -06 hrs.
Day 03: Drive to start point at Bhirethati 1,100 m and walk to Tirkhedhunga 1,425 m- 06 hours with drive and trek.
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani village 2,885 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Morning hike to Poon Hill and trek to Sauta village 2,230 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Khopra Ridge 3,870 m-06 hrs.
Day 07: At Khopra Ridge for day hike to Khair Lake 6 hours walks both ways.
Day 08: Trek to Dobato 3,420 m – 05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Ghandruk village 1,951 m via Tadapani – 06 hrs.
Day 10:  Trek to road-head and drive to Pokhara 860 m- 04 hrs.
Day 11: Drive or fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 12: Depart for international departure

What's included

  • All transfers (usually by privatevehicle) according to tour plan (incl. transport during sightseeing)
  • Map
  • Accommodation (double room) in Kathmandu, in Pokhara and in simple teahouses/lodges during the trekking tour *)
  • Entrance fees in Kathmandu, Annapurna Conservation Permit and TIMS card
  • English speaking travel/city guide in Kathmandu
  • English speaking guide and porter during the trekking tour
  • Food (full board) incl. country typical drinks (tea, coffee) during the trekkingtour
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu und Pokhara
  • Airport tax
  • Welcome- Dinner in Kathmandu

What's not included

  • Visa for Nepal
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, mineral water during the trekking tour
  • Food (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All kind of drinks in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Food and drinks during the jeep/bus drive Kathmandu to Bulbule and Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Other domestic flights
  • Excess baggage charges domestic flights
  • Extra charge for hot shower during the trekking tour
  • Extra charge for recharging camera or mobile batteries during the trekking tour
  • Personal Travel- and health insurance
  • Emergency transport / emergency evacuation
  • Tips (for driver,city guide, trekking guide and porter)
  • All other things not mentioned in inclusion

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

    On first arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal international airport, our staff and guide receives you with traditional welcome. A short drive to your hotel, situated on the main part of the city, and then check into your rooms. After getting refresh join with other members of the group for trek briefing, our Tamang Randomness Treks guide. Will provide necessary information regarding the trek, culture with do’s and don’ts making your holiday in Nepal enjoyable. Evening a group dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurants with folk cultural programs, an introduction to Nepalese meals and culture.

  • Day 02: Fly or drive to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to hotel -06 hrs.

    Morning after an early breakfast, and then depart for Pokhara towards Nepal Mid-West, an interesting overland journey off 5-6 hours. As drive follows on main Nepal busy highway through many farm villages and towns, then reaching Pokhara. The hotel in Pokhara situated close to the beautiful Phewa Lake. (Options for short flight of 30 minutes to Pokhara from Kathmandu)

    Altitude: 860 m
  • Day 03: Drive to Bhirethati 1,100 m and walk to Tirkhedhunga 1,425 m- 06 hrs. with drives.

    Enjoy the morning views of Annapurna Himalaya peaks, having good breakfast getting ready for a short drive to Bhirethati village. Walk starts following uphill trail through farm villages then reaching Tirkhedhunga for overnight stop, a small village close to beautiful water falls.

    Altitude: 1,425 m
  • Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani village 2,885 m - 06 hrs.

    The morning begins with climb to Ulleri village, after an hour more uphill reaching on top at Ulleri village. From the high ridge enjoy views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’. After a short rest continue walk on gradual up within lovely cool forest of rhododendron and pines trees. As trail follows to our overnight stop at Ghorepani village, a lovely village on a high ridge. The village inhabited by Poon / Magar hill tribes runs many good lodge facing views of Dhaulagiri Himalayas.

    Altitude: 2,885 m
  • Day 05: Morning hike to Poon Hill and trek to Sauta village 2,230 m - 05 hrs.

    Early morning hike to Poon Hill, taking an hour climb reaching on the highest point of the trek at 3,210 m. Enjoy the glorious sunrise with world’s three tallest peaks of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu Himalayas with majestic Machhapuchare Himal.

    After an enjoyable moment down to Ghorepani for breakfast, and then heading downhill within rhododendron and pine tree forest. As walk leads at Chitre village, from here leaving the main trail towards Khopra Ridge on off the beaten tracks. A short climb and then on nice path to Sauta village for an overnight stop.

    Altitude: 2,230 m
  • Day 06: Trek to Khopra Ridge 3,870 m-06 hrs.

    From Sauta village a long day walk, the trail follows through dense forest on uphill path. Then reaching a small settlement at Chistibung, having lunch walk continues few hour climb on steep slope to Khopra Ridge. An exciting scenic spot located between giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range with an array of snow peaks. Khopra Ridge a place with few good simple lodges for overnight stop.

    Altitude: 3,870 m
  • Day 07: At Khopra Ridge for day hike to Khair Lake 6 hours walks both ways.

    After spending overnight on the highest spot of the adventure, start an early morning long day hike. Carrying packed lunch, then start the morning contouring the high ridge reaching a resting spot. After a short refreshing break an hour walk reaches to Khair Lake, an amazing scenic spot surrounded by giant peaks. Khair Lake regarded as a holy site, with a small temple near the lake side, where annual festival is held. After a great wonderful experience, return walk to Khopra Ridge for last overnight on the highest point of trekking.

  • Day 08: Trek to Dobato 3,420 m - 05 hrs.

    Leaving the Khopra Ridge, enjoying the morning glorious views of snow peaks, down to Chistibung. From here our route diverts heading east following a trail into forested area to Dobato for overnight halt.

    Altitude: 3,420 m
  • Day 09: Trek to Ghandruk village 1,951 m via Tadapani - 06 hrs.

    At Dobato, enjoy the morning views of Annapurna Himalayan peaks, as walk follows leads downhill to Tadapani. Where the main trail joins, from Tadapani having lunch and down to Ghandruk for overnight stop.

    Ghandruk a large village populated by Gurung, the main hill tribes of Annapurna Himalaya range, follows Buddhism religion. Afternoon with to explore around Ghandruk village and small interesting Gurung museum facing views of Annapurna Himalayas.

    Altitude: 1,951 m
  • Day 10:  Trek to road-head and drive to Pokhara 860 m- 04 hrs.

    Our last day trek of the adventure, having breakfast walk downhill to low warm farm villages at Kimche. From here taking a few hour drives to beautiful Pokhara for last overnight stop. After a marvelous Poon Hill Sunrise & Annapurna Panorama Trekking.

    Altitude: 860 m
  • Day 11: Drive or fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

    Morning depart from the hotel in Pokhara for drive to Kathmandu, reaching by late afternoon and back to your hotel. Rest of the afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and shopping souvenirs. (Options for flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara of half hour scenic flight)

  • Day 12: Depart for international departure.

    Last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, as time for your international flight our staff and guide transfer you to the airport. For your international flight homeward bound, after a great wonderful adventure on Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake Trekking.

Dates and Prices

All our published dates are guaranteed departures. If this dates don’t match with your travel plans, we will plan your trip as per your requirement. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for and our travel experts will help plan your tailor-made trips in your dream destination.

Arrival - Departure
Per Person
2022-09-15 2022-9-27
10 Spaces Left
USD $1450
2022-09-30 2022-10-12
6 Spaces Left
USD $1450
2022-10-05 2022-10-17
9 Spaces Left
USD $1450

FAQs of Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake Trek

  • 01: Is Khopra Ridge & Khair Lake tough and hard?

    The only tough part of the whole adventure is walking uphill for few hours. But taking at slow pace with enough short rest will make the trek much easier and enjoyable.
  • 02: Are there electricity power to charge our electronic gadgets and items?

    No worries, there are electricity power to charge our electronic gadgets in every lodges on route trekking. Where you use the facilities on paying a small fee for each items as per hour.
  • 03: What do expect on this trek?

    Nepal and the Himalayas, 80% of the country of hills and valleys including the world’s highest peaks. Where walk leads to steep climb and downhill, as well enjoying wonderful views of snow-capped peaks. The charm of this trek is walking into beautiful cool rhododendron forest and around villages of lively and impressive cultures.
  • 04: How are the food and accommodation on treks?

    From Pokhara onwards staying in local mountain lodges and guest house. Where most good lodges have rooms with common or attached bathe and toilets running hot and cold water for showers. A neat and clean rooms, however carrying your sleeping bags adds extra comfort. The food are served in a nice large dining rooms with a fire place to keep the dining warm and cozy. Nearly all lodges on treks serves comprehensive food menu to choose from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan. As well some places serves Korean, Japanese and Mexican food also, some restaurants with fresh bakery product also. But from Sauta village onwards for few days accommodation in a simple basic lodge with limited food menu to enjoy. After Dobato at Ghandruk staying in standard good lodge with excellent food.

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