Khayar Lake Trek
- Country: Nepal
- Destination: Nepal
- Maximum altitude: 4552 meter
- Group size: Min - 1
- Best Season: Spring & Autumn
The Khayar Lake Trek is an alternate fascinating trekking destination of Annapurna Base Camp. It is one of the most of the exotic and impressive trekking areas of Nepal. It was discovered and used as a trekking route only a few years ago. The trek unlike others fuses and blends in natural excellence with cultural enigma unknown to outside world.The journey combines both the element of chaotic nature of the city and the beauty of massifs and greenery.
The trek begins from Pokhara one of the most famous tourist destinations in Nepal. The trail though remains less crowded and untouched than other trails in this region. The major highlight of Khayar lake trek is the view of Annapurna massif over the magnificent Khayar Lake at 4827m. The titanic Annapurna region is captured in a unique and charismatic dominance over the blue sky. The colossal Annapurna massif includes Annapurna South, Annapurna III,IV, Himculi , Machapuchre and many more.
The panoramic scenes of the green landscapes are also along the trail. Rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal in the evergreen forests of the trail just adds icing in the cake. Along the serpentine highways to Pokhara the boredom of one's ride is hijacked by the soothing sound of streams and green pastures. Pun Hill, one of attraction of this trek is famous of its captivating sunrise through the mountain peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri where the color of the sunlight changes from pink to red.
Khayar Lake trek also provides the opportunity to explore the cultural diversity of Nepal. The trail follows through many villages with their unique traditional lifestyle and culture especially that of Gurung,Magar and Tamang community. We can simultaneously explore and enjoy the views of mountain ranges through paddy fields.Ghandruk village is well known home to Gorkha soldiers. The route also accommodates lodges and teahouses for relaxation and also serves local cuisines native to only that region.
The trek also involves sightseeing of various UNESCO world heritage sites in both Kathmandu and Pokhara. The sightseeing includes sites that carry historical and cultural importance of Nepal.
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
As you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu you will be greeted by a designated individual. Then you will be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed on the set itinerary to make necessary trip preparation.
Day 2: Drive to Pokhara
We will take 6-7 hours of drive after breakfast from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Along the trip sceneric views of hills, forests and rivers can be enjoyed along the peaceful serpentine highways. In the evening we can enjoy sightseeing in the lakeside area and stay overnight in the hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Hile
We drive to Nayapul from Pokhara.The trekking begins from the entry checkpoint of Annapurna Conservation Area Project(ACAP).We continue to trek along the Bhurungdi river and reach Sudami.Then we climb to reach Hile where we spend overnight at a lodge.
Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani
We start our walk from Tikhedhunga to steep steps of Ulleri while passing along villages and streams. Here we get our first sight of the Himalayas since the trekking. The trek then passes through Rhododendron forest that leads into Ghorepani.
Day 5: Early morning trek to Pun Hill and then to Swata village
Early morning we hike from Ghorepani to Pun Hill to observe the sunrise along the peaks of mountain ranges. Then we return for breakfast.We again trek for about 4 hours through the Rhododendron forest to Swata village where stay overnight at a lodge.
Day 6: Trek to Khobra Danda
From Swata village we trek for about 5-6 hours in an uphill trail passing beautiful landscapes and gorges to reach Kobra Danda.The magnificent view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Machapuchre can be seen. We spend overnight at a local lodge.
Day 7: Trek to Khayar Base Camp
After breakfast we trek from Khobra Danda to Khayar Base Camp. The trail is difficult and take about 4-5 hours to reach. We spend overnight in a local lodge.
Day 8: Explore around Khayar Base Camp
In early morning we observe the sunrise over the mountain ranges of Annapurna massif. After breakfast we explore around Khayar Lake and its surroundings. We return back to the base camp to spend the night.
Day 9: Trek to Khobra Danda
We return back to Khobra Danda from the earlier trail. The 4-5 hours of walk is rewarded by the wonderful trail and scenery along the way. We spend overnight in Khobra Danda.
Day 10: Trek to Chistibung
After breakfast we walk past gorges in the hills and through a forest.It is an easy trek of about 4-5 hours. We reach Chistibung where we spend overnight.
Day 11: Trek to Dobato
We follow a rough trail from Chistibung to Dobato village with many climbs and descents.The trek is 5-6 hrs long.Along the way beautiful landscapes filled with forests and panoramic views of mountain ranges can be observed. We spend overnight at a lodge.
Day 12: Trek to Tadapani
The trail to Tadapani is comparatively easier and requires 4-5 hrs. We can enjoy panoramic view of Annapurna massif and Himchuli. Diverse flora and fauna along with streams and waterfall can also be observed. We spend overnight at Tadapani.
Day 13: Trek to Ghandruk village
The trail to Ghandruk village descends through Rhododendron forest along with waterfalls and streams. Ghandruk village is one of the largest Gurung settlements in Nepal. Here we can get a firsthand experience in culture and traditions of the Gurung people. The village also provides awe inspiring views of Annapurna and Machapuchre mountains.
Day 14: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
We descend through stone steps to reach Syauli Bazaar. We reach Nayaul after following a rough trail along Birethanti with views of the mountains. We then take a drive from Nayapul to reach Pokhara.
Day 15: Back to Kathmandu
We explore Pokhara in the morning and return to Kathmandu by 45 minutes flight or by long drive. In Kathmandu you are free to explore on your last day.