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Khayer Barahi Trek

Khayer Lake situated on western part of Nepal in Annapurna region. It can be defined as virgin destination or untouchable destination by the trekkers because the lack of its publicity. It has an enchanting landscape offering glorious views of the Himalayas and plentiful wildlife. The most beautiful and tranquil Khayar Lake is key attraction of this area. The views from Khopra and khayer are incredible with the colossal ramparts of Dhaulagiri plunging to the misty depths of the Kali Gandakhi – the deepest gorge in the world. On the occasion of sacred-thread replacement day (Full Moon of August), people believe that will be fulfill their wishes after visit this Lake. People also believe that to touch in the water of Khayar Lake, they will be salvation after death. Likewise, the married barren women came here to ask for the fertility of their wombs.

Day 01: Pickup from airport and transfer you to the hotel
Day 02: half day sightseeing & final preparation
Day 03: Fly or drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 04: Pokhra to Phendi – Dhampus
Day 05: Dhampush to Landruk
Day 06: Landruk to Ghandruk
Day 07: Ghandruk to Tadapani
Day 08: Tadapani to Sat Dobato/Bhaisikharka
Day 09: Sat Dobato to Sistibung
Day 10: Sistibung to Khapra Ridge
Day 11: Khapra Ridge to Khayer Barahi Lake
Day 12: Khapra Ridge to Chitre
Day 13: Chitre to Ghorepani
Day 14: Ghorepani to poon hill to Pokhara
Day 15: Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 16: Rest day & shopping
Day 17: Depart Kathmandu: farewell friends

Day 01: Pickup from airport and transfer you to the hotel

    • Our representative will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport, after introductory meeting transport you to hotel in Kathmandu. Our guide will explain about the program in briefly along the way to hotel. Rest of the day varies upon your arrival time; we can organize some activities if you arrived by midday or early afternoon but late afternoon and evening arrivals have a free day for individual activities.

Day 02: half day sightseeing & final preparation

    • After breakfast, start the trip to visit Kathmandu Valley with its various important religious centres; Pashupatinath (Hindu Temple), nearby along the banks of the Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats, nearby Boudhanath is possibly the largest stupa in the world; Where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa and this is also kind of prayer centre for Tibetan school of Buddhism, Then our trip moves toward Swoyambhunath, one of the most glorious Buddhist Chaityas probably the oldest temple of Nepal, famous for its nickname as Monkey Temple. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing, exploration & final preparation for next morning to trekking. In the late afternoon your tour guide will confirm departure information for the next morning.

Day 03: Fly or drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

    • Early in the morning we take bus/ private vehicle heading toward Pokharapassing through the natural beauty or scenery of hills, rivers, local regions and so on. It takes about 5/6 hours drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It is about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. Once you climb up of the Kathmandu valley, then quickly descend again to the Trisuli 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. Pokhara is the starting point for some of the most famoustreks in Nepal, and there are also plenty of short walks and day trips, that can be made around the valley. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 35 minutes. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Pokhra to Phendi – Dhampus

    • . The drive to the road-head at Dhampus takes around one hour. Our trail then winds uphill through terraced fields and mixed oak and rhododendron forest. There is no need to rush. This is a short day with plenty of time to reach camp. Dhampus is located on a grassy ridge that affords inspiring views of the huge snowy face of Annapurna South and the sacred peak of Machapuchare. At dusk we can appreciate the lights of Pokhara over a thousand metres away from Dhampus.

Day 05: Dhampush to Landruk

    • After a glorious mountain sunrise we follow the trail through rhododendron forest before continuing through a series of Gurung villages where lifestyles have not changed substantially over the centuries. After lunch we follow a well-marked trail to the prosperous village of Landruk where we camp for the night. Our camp affords dramatic views of Annapurna South.

Day 06: Landruk to Ghandruk

    • Our destination this day is easily seen across the valley, the attractive Gurung village of Gandrung. Unfortunately we must descend to the valley floor to reach it! Slowly descending through rice terraces, we cross the steel bridge across the glacial river of the Modi Khola and commence our ascent. As we trek up the many staircases, we enjoy the beauty of the Himalaya at a relatively close range and observe the glaciers flowing from them to form the rivers below us. It really is a magnificent location and a photographer’s delight. Our leisurely approach along these ridges with their fine mountain views ensures proper acclimatization and the un-hurried opportunity to fully savor this magnificent scenery.

Day 07: Ghandruk to Tadapani

    • Our trail meanders uphill through fields and into the forest of rhododendron and magnolia. We pass by waterfalls that cascade down narrow gullies that provide the perfect home for many small ferns and delicate plants. Tadapani is a clearing in the forest and a rest place for porters. We make camp here and observe the local people as they travel by.

Day 08: Tadapani to Sat Dobato/Bhaisikharka

    • Leaving the main trekking trail we continue to ascend on a less defined path through forest to a grassy clearing which makes a good setting for lunch. The area lends itself to exploration and appreciation of the mountains, flora and fauna. To wander with your camera a little way will reward you with stunning views of the Annapurna Himalaya. Our campsite is in a treed gully and quite isolated. The view from the hillock behind is something very special and a Himalayan highlight. You may be fortunate and see some wildlife here; Himalayan Thar, Hyrax or Rhesus and Langur monkeys.

Day 09: Sat Dobato to Sistibung

    • The trail leads us onto a ridge that flows from the very summit of Annapurna South itself. We crest a spur and the imposing and massive cliffs of Dhaulagiri 1 (8167m) rise before us. Far below lies the Kali Gandaki valley, at around 7,000m deep, said to be the deepest gorge in the world. It impresses upon us the insignificance of humans against this scale. It is hard to imagine that peaks around us were once part of the ocean floor. Today’s walk takes us though pristine Himalayan forest that is reminiscent of the setting of Tolkein’s novels. Lunch is taken by a small stream in a sheltered gully and the afternoon trek ascends through dwarf rhododendron to our camp below Kopra Ridge.

Day 10: Sistibung to Khapra Ridge

    • The ridge above our camp is our goal today and it should be accomplished in a steady but comfortable morning walk. We rise through the forest and above the tree line. Once atop this ridge we contour around the grassed alpine meadows to our camp site in a most spectacular setting. Excellent views are enjoyed of Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna 1 and Fang, Annapurna South, Tukuche Peak, the Nilgiri and deep along the valley into the mountains of Tibet. This is one of the most enjoyable and expansive views in the Annapurnas. In the grasses we may see the spectacular Danphe Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal, and more wildlife might be sighted on the rocky cliffs.

Day 11: Khapra Ridge to Khayer Barahi Lake

    • For those who are feeling fit and enthusiastic, the trip to Kaire Lake high above us is well worth the effort, not only for views and the feeling of exhilaration after your achievement but to see shrines that are the site of the annual Badau Purnima Festival. The walk takes us even closer to the sheer cliff face of Fang. In the early afternoon, we will descend for our overnight camp at Kopra Ridge.

Day 12: Khapra Ridge to Chitre

    • We descend steeply from our camp, following the ridge line towards the Kali Gandaki and pass shrines used by pilgrims on their annual visit to the sacred lakes. There may be shepherds on the trail, as well as villagers going about their daily activities as we descend. There is more activity and signs of settlement, a marked contrast to the trekking we have enjoyed on the high ridges.

Day 13: Chitre to Ghorepani

    • Chitre; where we join the old Tibet-Nepal trade route. The walk this morning offers excellent views of the Dhaulagiri range as the trail zigzags until we reach Ghorapani. This is a sizeable town and you may wish to wander through the bazaar this afternoon.

Day 14: Ghorepani to poon hill to Pokhara

    • Early morning wake up and trek up to Poonhill which is
    • surrounded by the national flower of Nepal called Laaliguras
    • (rhododendron). After walking about 45 minutes you will get to Pun
    • hill which is not only famous view point of sunrise and sunset but
    • also famous for best Annapurna Himalayas panorama. You can see the
    • whole Annapurna range from Pun hill and you can take magnificent
    • pictures of the himalayas and countryside. After your thousands clicks
    • of pictures and breath taking Himalayan panorama, reluctantly we will
    • decent back to Ghorepani camp for breakfast and during the morning we descend further through first and small settlements to enter a deep ravine where multiple water falls follow our trail. We pass through Ulleri village and at a point we will have an over view of our trek route, as well as views of the Annapurnas at the head of the valley. We continue on the main trail descending through small villages towards of Tirkhedhunga. After lunch an easy descent for 2 hrs along the Bhurung Khola takes us to Birethanthi, a large prosperous village and ancient trade centre with Tibet. From here, Nayapul is just 20 mints walk where we will board the bus for Pokhara.

Day 15: Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

    • Early in the morning, we take bus/private vehicle for about 200 kilometres drive back to Kathmandu which takes about 5/6 hours drive or alternatively there are domestic flights which take 35 minutes to Kathmandu. While your journey you better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be then transferred to your hotel. Rest of the time you can spend the evening leisurely. Stay overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

Day 16: Rest day & shopping

    • This day is leisure day for you to rest after many days trekking. You can either relax whole day or you can explore around the city. You can roam around the shopping malls or you can buy handicrafts, Thankas and other various arts and sculptures in the markets. Rest of the time you can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Nepali Travel staffs. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

Day 17: Depart Kathmandu: farewell friends

    According to your flight schedule, it is varies on your departure time rest of day is at leisure for independent activities of your interest until we pick you up at the hotel or we could plan some activities upon your choice if it is late hour flight and then transfer to airport for your further destination.

1.   Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara on B/B as per the program
2.   Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary (included tour guide, entrance fees and transportation)
3.   All accommodation along the trekking route
4.   Monument and national park entrance fees
5.   All ground transportation within Nepal including to and from airport
6.   An experience Guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), porters (generally 1 porter for 2 person)
7.   Trek as per the program
8.   Nepalese staff insurance
9.   Trekking information management system (Tims)
10.        Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment & Surface Transfer to destination from Kathmandu for Nepali staffs
11.        Office & Tourist service charges

1.   International airfare to and from Nepal

2.   Travel insurance and domestic airfare if not listed in trekking schedule

3.   Nepal Tourist Visa fee US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entries for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entries for 30 days. You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu.

4.   Breakfast, Lunch and dinner not mentioned in the program other than breakfast

5.   All items of personal nature (personal clothing, hot shower, hot water, cold drinks, alcoholic beverages, telephone and laundry etc.)

6.   Special permit fees for restricted areas

7.   Charges for delays caused by situations beyond our control such as bad weather, natural disasters, civil unrest, and emergencies.

8.   Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)

9.      Tips for guide, porters & driver

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