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Khayar Lake Trekking

Khayar Lake Trekking description:

Khair Lake trekking (Annapurna South Base Camp excursion) is one of of the most famous trekking trail lies Annapurna region. Khair Lake trek can be done through the Tikhedunga - Ghorepani - Punhill - Swata - Khair Lake - Tadapani - Ghandruk or vice versa. Punhill is one of the best wilderness trekking routes which takes you into the heart of the Annapurna range with the magnificent, stunning and incomparable views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges including Mt. Manaslu. This Khair Lake trekking / Khayar Lake trekking trails follows the quite trails away from the popular routes passing through the traditional villages, lust forest, you will enjoy the views of the Annapurna massif from Khobra Hill, sacred Khair Lake (4500m) offers Khun Khane festival (Yak blood drinking) which is really popular, among the snow capped mountains besides all the Himalayan ranges as well as the best sunrise and sunset views on 180 deg angle



Khair Lake trekking highlights:

Amazing Annapurnas, Macchapucchare known as Fish Tail, and Dhaulagiri massifs, Year round Extensive flora and fauna, Unique and black hills, mystic cultures and landscapes to explore, pristine Khayar lake, Numerous peaks.


Khair Lake trekking grade:

Annapurna Khayar lake trekking tours is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require you to be super fit or have any previous trekking / mountaineering experience. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours everyday, you can do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. Along the trekking routes, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.


Khair Lake trek covers:

Kathmandu - Pokhara valley, Mystical Gurung village Ghandruk, Famous Khopra hill station and Poonhill station for best sunrise / sunset, Pilgrimage Khayar lake  - Pokhara.


Ghorepani - Poon Hill trekking outline itineary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu:(1348m, B/B Plan)
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu, B/B Plan
  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m) 7hrs by bus, B/B Plan
  • Day 04: Trek to Tikhedhunga (1575m) 5hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2850m) 7hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Swata (2270m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 07: Trek Sewata to Kobra Danda (4020m), F/B Plan
  • Day 08: Trek Kobra Danda to Khayar Base Camp (4620m), F/B Plan
  • Day 09: Explore day in Khyar Bace Camp (visit Kalibaraha holy Lake and Annapurna south glacier), F/B Plan
  • Day 10: Trek Khyar Bace Camp to Kobra Danda (4020m), F/B Plan
  • Day 11: Trek Kobra Danda to Chhistibung (3100m), F/B Plan
  • Day 12: Trek Chhistibung to Dobato (3460m), F/B Plan
  • Day 13: Trek Dobato to Tadapani (2520m), F/B Plan
  • Day 14: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m) 3hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 15: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (Pokhara): 5hrs, B/B Plan
  • Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu , B/B Plan
  • Day 17: Final departure for your onward destination


O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.


In our packages, we have included two nights in 2 star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and 1 night tourist standard hotel in pokhara on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows

Khayar lake or Khobra Ridge Hill trekking details

Day 01
Arrival day in Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport we will receive you with private car and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur with breakfast. Our representative will give you information about further programs.
Day 02
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Our Tour Guide leads you explore around Kathmandu valley for sightseeng. Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley Tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Baudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple which are World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO.. Please, check your insurance details and have a copy of your travel medical insurance policy with you.

Day 03
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m) 6hrs

Pokhara lake side located at 210 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trishuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. You can also take a flight from Kathamndu to Pokhara instead of drive.

Day 04
Drive to Nayapul (1010m) then trek to Tikhedunga village (1570 meters)

The first day trek start at Nayapull after 1 and half hour driving by private vehicle from Pokhara. After 20 minutes short walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1015m) a large village that has many shops and teahouses inhabitance of Gurung, Magar and Thakali. Then, the trail continues following the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola through villages and climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille (1495m) and after the short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga (1570m). Today’s treks offers a short and comparatively easy day, during the journey allowing getting use to the experience of trekking in Nepal. Stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day 05
Trek Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani village (2840m) 5 to 6 hours

After breakfast, we begin our journey with a steep climb to large Magar village at Ulleri (2070m) after crossed bridge. Then the trail leads us continue to ascend more gently, through dense forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti (2250m). Occasionally, we can see Lonmgur (long tail black mouth Monkey) jumping on the tree. Then we trek towards Nangethanti (2460m), after an hour walk we arrive at Ghorepani (2840m). Stay overnight at lodge

Day 06
Hike up Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) then to to Swata village (2270m) 3 to 4 hours

We will hike about 45 munities to Poon Hill (3210m) earlyin the morning; this viewpoint provides an unobstructed beautiful sunrise over the high Himalayas with panoramic view giants Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna (8,091m), Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Hiuchuli, South Annapurna etc. along with a network of other peaks, slowly begin to appear like magic before our eyes. We come back to Ghorepani for a hot breakfast, and start walking to Sewata through the pine and rhododendron forests and Chitre Mager village. Overnight in tented camp. It is our first night of camping overnight

Day 07
Trek Sewata to Kobra Danda (4020m) 4 to 5 hours
Day 08
Trek Kobra Danda to Khayar Base Camp (4620m) 5 to 6 hours
Day 09
Explore day in Khyar Bace Camp (visit Kalibaraha holy Lake and Annapurna south glacier)
Day 10
Trek Khyar Bace Camp to Kobra Danda (4020m) 5 to 5 ½ hours
Day 11
Trek Kobra Danda to Chhistibung (3100m) 4 to 5 hour
Day 12
Trek Chhistibung to Dobato (3460m) 5 to 5 ½ hours
Day 13
Trek Dobato to Tadapani (2520m) 4 to 5 hours

After breakfast, the trail descends through the alpine ridge, with breathtaking mountains panoramic vista to the Tadapani Hotel. Today we see many trekkers on main route, can get hot shower in our lodge. The trail climbs down gently along ridges with pine and rhododendron forests to the Deurali, then descent through main trekking route with the beautiful waterfall, stream, and dense forest to the Banthati. The stream has some clear pools alongside the trail and finally climb up to the final destination Tadapani, meaning ‘far water’ and the water supply for this village is a long distance below.

Day 14
Trek Tadapani to Ghandruk village (1940m) 3: 30 hours

Today is easier day, so after late weak up breakfast we will descend steeply through dense forests with breathtaking panorama view to the Ghaundrung village, inhabitance of Gurung people. But if you weak up early in the morning, offers excellent sunrise with mountains changeable face from your Tadapani. We will overnight here so have the afternoon to visit the Annapurna conservation office, museum and picturesque ancient Guring village, the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal.

Day 15
Trek from Ghaundrung to Nayapull village , Drive to Pokhara (950m) 1:45 hours

Today is our last day of trekking; we complete our trek in Nayapull at elevation of 1010 meters, short and easy walking through the terraces hill settlement. Then drive 1 and half hour by private vehicle followed by a ride back to Pokhara, a peaceful lakeside city harboring a unique setting of tropical climate and vegetation with the dramatic backdrop of the Himalayas. Stay overnight at Pokhara Hotel

Day 16
Explore day around Pokhara Valley

After late breakfast, we will start sight scene around Pokhara valley. The worth able places; Fewa Lake, Bagnes Lake, Devi’s water fall, Bisw Shanti Stupa (Worlde Peace stupa ), International Mountaineering Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. We will relax rest of the day in Hotel or Shopping around. Overnight at hotel

Day 17
Drive back to Kathmandu early in the morning by Tourist Bus 6 to 7 hours
Day 18
Drop you to the international airport kathmandu

Cost includes

  • Kathmandu international - domestic airport transfer by private car/van/bus.
  • 3 nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur within BB Plan
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Pokhara on Tourist standard basis
  • Meals as a full board plan (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) each day while on trekking
  • Lodge / Tent accommodation on twin sharing basis during the trekking days
  • All necessary grounded transportation according to this itinerary above.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permit and TIMS permits and thier fees.
  • Professional license holder trekking guide and necessary porters and trekking crews.
  • Food, salary, equipments and insurance of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • All Government taxes and company service charge
  • A special gift as a souvenir from our company.

Cost excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
  • Any other things which is not mentioned.


We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 45,000 meters, our guides carry basic medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to trak symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.

Travel Insurance

To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.

Climate and Weather

The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.

Group Size

We bring together a small group people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum 1 participants / trekkers to arrange this trekking. For individualized or group trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.

Responsible travel

Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.

Trekking equipments

The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
Upper Body
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lower Body
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (2)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters (Optional)
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Optional items
  • Binoculars
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Compass
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.

  • Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Alpine climbing harness
  • 2 x tape slings
  • 2 x screwgate karabiners
  • Descender/abseil device
  • Ascender
  • Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
  • Fleece trousers or silhouette
  • Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Yes sure !!! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.

Do I need Experience for Khayar Lake - Khobra ridge Trekking?

This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 5 - 6 hours in a day, with a light weight rucksack. For Khobra ridge or Khayar base camp trekking - you need no experience actually.

What kind of accommodation can I expect on Khayar Lake - Khobra ridge Trekking?

We provide you guest house accommodation along the trekking which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always better idea to bring your own sleeping equipment. You can do full board camping trekking also as an optional trips.

What kind of food can I expect in Khayar Lake - Khobra ridge Trek?

All the guest houses / lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.

What opportunities will I have for shower along Khayar Lake - Khobra ridge Trekking?

Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying. And in Camping trekking - we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.

How do I get drinking water on Khayar Lake - Khobra ridge Trekking?

Khobra Ridge hill / Khayar lake base camp trekking trails offers all places hotel and shop where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.

Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

in camping trek there are few places where you can charge the battery paying charge but in tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery we recommend to you bring extra pair for incase . Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries.

Is there any communication facilities on Khayar Lake - Khobra ridge Trekking?

In this trekking route you can get landline telephone services however you can buy also local Sim card to call and for 3G internet facilities. .

Can I use credit cards in Trekking?

No, for the trekking you need to have cash beacuse credit cards works city area of nepal only.

When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?

Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.

We prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of a trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.

Who will carry my luggage on Khayar Lake - Khobra ridge Trekking?

We provide porters they will carry your luggage.

Is there any communication while we are on Khayar Lake - Khobra ridge Trekking?

There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.

How much distance do I walk each day?

When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.

Do I need walking polls for Khayar Lake - Khobra ridge Trekking?

we recomend to take that it will be the helpful to you.

How much additional money do I need per day?

You can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner in kathamndu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks in trekking.

Responsible trekking

Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.

Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.

Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!

After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.

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Khayar Lake trekking facts

  • Starts Nayapul
  • Ends Nayapul
  • Duration 18 Days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Highest point 4500m (Khayer Tal)
  • Culture Encounter Gurung, Braman, chetri
  • Trek type Tea house or camping
  • Himalayan view Annapurna Himalayan Range, Dhaulagiri, mustang valley 
  • Attraction close Mountain View, Villages, lakes
  • Best Season February, March, April, May, October, November
  • Meal breakfast, lunch, and Dinner
  • Transportation tourist bus or private transport or by air
  • Accommodation tea house accommodation
  • Group size 1-12
  • Per day Walking 5 to 6 hours
  • Itinerary type Fixed / Customized

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