Nepal Govt. Reged. No: 39829/2005

Tourism License No.:805/2005

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Khayar lake and Poonhill Trekking

Khayar lake and Ghorepani poon hill trek cost

Khopra ridge / Khayar lake and Poonhill trek highlights

  • Visit Pokhara - a paradise on Earth, A beautiful Fewa lake city with a panorama of high Himalayas.
  • Walking through cultivated and pasture fields above Pokhara, Excellent views of Mt Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Mahhapurche (Fishtail) from Poon hill and Khopra ridge / khayar lake
  • Sunrise at Poon hill, Exploring the scenic and magnificent beauty of the rich Nature
  • Discover pristine Khayar lake, YAK Blood drinking festival and experience the life styles of gurung ethnic groups.

Khopra ridge or Khayar lake trekking located in the heart of Annapurna region that is still remains secret trekking route; however the Annapurna Region is most frequented by trekkers. The majestic Daulagiri (8,167m), which is the seventh highest mountain of the world, Nilgiri, Tukuche peak, Annapurna south, Himchuli, Fish-tail, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna IV, III, Dampus Peak, Mana Pathi Peak, Annapurna Fang, all plunk up in line wearing a veil of endless snow.
Mainly, during the spring season, this khayar / khopra ridge trekking trails promises to enhance your spirit by the glow of various flowers found only in this region, one hand and other hand while trekker’s visit “Newly open - Khopra ridge / khayar Trek” is the open arms of locales and their strong believes on colorful cultural traditions. Every March, April and July, August all the local people get to together on the top of the ridge Khopra ridge / khayar, as follows the tradition; slain Yak and drink the blood while it is hot, as they believe it the ideal treatment for any kind of illness. The next occasion, during the day of sacred-thread replacement, people believe that they will receive everything they pray for Khopra ridgee / khayar Baraha. Particularly the married barren women visit here asks for the fertility of their wombs.
If Khayar lake Trekking itinerary is not suitable for you, we design another tailor made itinerary as upon your requirements. Khayar lake trek can be arranged any time through out the year except winter and Monsoon season. We are devoted to make your holidays in Nepal worth remembering forever.

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 01: Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel
  • Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 kilo meter west of Kathmandu). Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 04: Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) And Trek to Tikhedhunga. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 05: Trek from Tirkhedhunga to upper Ghorepani (2875 m). Sunset tour
  • Day 06: SUNRISE TOUR: Hike to Poon Hill (3180m.) and trek to Swanta (2270m) 4 hours
  • Day 07: Trek Sewata to Kobra Danda (4020m) also known as khopra ridge trek, 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 to Tadapani (2675m.) village, then walk down hill to Ghandruk (1950m), 8hrs
  • Day 14: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul then to Pokhara, 5hrs
  • Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Trip finish
  • Day 16: Final departure

Cost Include

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 3 nights twin sharing on tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • 2 night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
  • English speaking license holder mountain trekking guide
  • All land transportation as per written onn above itinerary.
  • Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Trekking tours
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of guide and porters.
  • Phewa lake side of Pokhara - Nayapool Bazzar - Pokhara phewa lake side transfer by private car / taxi
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu transfer by Tourist Bus
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
  • A special gift from our company.

Cost Exclude

  • 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 are not mentioned above

Khopra ridge of khayar lake and poon hill detail itinerary

Day 01 : Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel (1350 m)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.

Day 02 : Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley

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.

Day 03 : Drive or fly to Pokhara

Better to take flight if you are going to Pokhara during the Monsoon Season. It takes only 25 minutes by flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, transfer to Hotel for an overnight. In the afternoon you will be with your trekking Guide to Observe the Natural Beautiful town of Pokhara. However, if you are driving to Pokhara by Tourist bus / car, It takes around 7 hours. During the bus journey you will have beautiful landscapes on the way.

Day 04 : Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) and Trek to Tikhedunga( 1577m)

After having breakfast at hotel we start our driving to Nayapul which takes approximately one and half hours. Then we conducts our journey to Tikhedhunga (1577M) Via Birethanti (1065m.). It is easy trekking passing through several small villages and settlements. Afterwards we ascend gently to the final destination of the day. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 05 : Trek to Ghorepani village ( 2675m)- 6 Hours

Today, we ascend steeply for the first 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti. During the journey, you will see good view of Machhapuchhare known as mount Fish Tail (6997m.), mount Hiunchuli (6441m.) and as well as Annapurna (7219m) south. Now, our trail is quite easier passing through Rhododendron and shadowy trees and ascends gently up to the final camp at Ghorepani village. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill (3180m.) and trek to Swanta (2270m) -3 to 4 hours

Today, very early in the morning, we hike about 45 minute up together to get Poon Hill (3232m.) station where you can enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountains in the morning then descend to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast at Lodge, and conduct your journey to swata village walking all the way downhill passing through Rhododendron forest, the beautiful flower makes the jungle colorful in spring when they bloom. Stay overnight at guest house there.

Day 07: Trek Sewata to Kobra Danda (4020m) also known as khopra ridge trekking, 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 to Tadapani (2675m.) village, then walk down hill to Ghandruk (1950m), 8hrs

You can walk all the way to Tadapani hill station passing through Rhododendron, pine and oak other kinds of dense forest. You could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. Langur Monkeys and musk deer can be seen along teh routes if you are luckly enough. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village you can see the views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.

Day 14: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (Pokhara): 5hrs

It is very easy trek by descending gently half of the way through the rice field and local villages. From Ghandruk to until syaulibazar, we normally descending then we walk over the flat land of Rice terrace untill Nayapul Bazzar. Crossing Modi river, then we take a private car to return Pokhara city which takes about 1:30 scenic drive to reach Phewa lake side.

Day 15 : Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus 6 hours and transfer to hotel Kathmandu.

Day 16 : Final departure day

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey!!!

Best time to Discover

The best seasons for trekking in Nepal are March to May in Spring season and mid September to mid December is in Autumn season.

Experience and Fitness

There are treks suitable for a wide range of experience and physical fitness. If you can walk uphill for a few hours each day, then you can find a suitable trek in Nepal. An easy trek with Nepali support (guide / porterguide / porter) and teahouse accomodation is quite attainable for anyone who is reasonably fit. Longer treks, crossing high passes and into remote regions demand a higher degree of endurance. For Trekking Peaks, i.e. summitting a mountain of 5650-6500m, it is desirable to have some alpine climbing experience


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 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track 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 & Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.

Climate and Weather information

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 of likeminded 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 of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized 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.

Question: Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: 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.

Question: Do I need experience for Poon hill / Khopra ridge / khayar lake Trekking?

Answer: On this trek is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a light weight day pack. For Ghorepani -Poon hill trekking - yes, you need to have experience in high altitude - somehow about 3000M above sea level.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Poon hill / Khopra ridge /khayar lake trekking?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with cozy bed with nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in Poon hill / Khopra ridge / khayar lake trek?

Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as 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.

Question: What opportunities will I have for shower along Poon hill / Khopra ridge trek?

Answer: Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking - we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on Poon hill / Khopra ridge / khayar lake Trekking?

Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotel and shops 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.

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

Answer: During the 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 along with you.

Is there any communication facilities on Poon hill / Khopra ridge / khayar lake Trekking?

Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?

No! So, for the trekking routes you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards works only in the bigger city tours / city areas.

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

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of mis understanding. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of the trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on Poon hill / Khopra ridge / khayar lake Trekking?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, our each porter carry maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guest (12.5 kg luggage of each guest) : 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: 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 roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking polls for Poon hill / Khopra ridge / khayar lake Trekking?

Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks while you are on trek.

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

Sarah Benearl, Ireland !!

These guys are simply great. Ammar and his team go to great length to offer a personalized, professional and overall quality service. When doing my trek, my guide was awesome ! A man of integrity, honesty, respect and generally a person with whom one could have the utmost faith. My trek was one of the best experiences of my life and I can’t forget Gokyo Treks especially my guide Ram with making my dream of seeing the Himalayas a reality.
If you are looking for just a trek, use anyone but if you are looking for a wonderful, reliable trekking company to help create something special, contact these guys.
Seriously they ARE good!
I will never be able to forget what they did for me, nor truly thank them enough..

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Trip Price: USD 799 Per Person
    1. Trip Duration: 15 Days
    2. Trip Grading: Moderate
    3. Max Altitude: 4500m
    4. Best Time: Oct -May
    5. Trip Mode: Tea House
    6. Group-Size: 2-12 People
    7. Transportaion: Car/Plane/bus
    8. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    9. Trek Hour: 6 Hrs
    10. Cancelation Fees: No Charge

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