Annapurna Khayer Lake Trekking
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Overview

Annapurna Khayer Lake Trekking is one of the most beautiful, adventurous, and diverse treks in Annapurna region. The destination remains untouched and unique as the trail is not as famous as others in the western region. The moderate difficulty trek takes you to Khayer Lake at an elevation of 4620 meters for a memorable trip.

The best seasons for the 16 days’ long trip are during February-June and September-December. The tranquil Khayer Lake and enthralling mountain views are worth the entire endeavor. The Tamang and Gurung settlements welcome us with warm hospitality and unique cultures.

The flora and fauna are other treasures that make the trekking even more exciting. The rhododendron forests and other flowers in the trails make for a natural experience. The highlights of the trip are the crystal clear views of the spellbinding mountains.

The trek destinations are rewarding with the most blissful views, landscape, and weather. The clear blue skies with the mountains in the backdrop and green surroundings provide an escape from the bustling city life. The vantage points and traditional villages make the trek a natural and cultural experience.

Highlights of Annapurna Khayer Lake Trekking

  • Breathtaking Mountain views of giants like Annapurna, Nilgiri, Himchuli, Lamjung, Tukuche, and Machchhapuchhre.
  • Experience unique cultures and traditional lifestyles of Nepalese, especially Tamangs, Magars and Gurungs.
  • Sightseeing tours in Pokhara (caves, lakes, temples, stupas) and Kathmandu (museums, temples, palaces).

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive to Kathmandu airport (1380m)

Welcome to Kathmandu. Once you reach the airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly received by our airport representative who will help you with the transfer to the hotel on a private car or a bus. After Checking into your hotel, you can either rest or stroll around to explore your vibrant surrounding at your convenience.

Day 2
Sightseeing tour Kathmandu valley and trip briefing.

Your sightseeing trip starts from the hotel after breakfast at around 8:30 am. We will be provided private vehicle and a professional tour guide for the tour. You will start your sightseeing tour from the largest Hindu temple Pashupatinath, then visit Bouddhanath and Swoyambhunath (the Monkey temple). At the end of the day, you will visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square and then drive back to the hotel to prepare for the trip with a short briefing about the trek.

Day 3
Drive to Pokhara. Overnight in hotel.

We take 6-7 hours’ drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The scenery of rivers, forests and green fields along the way make the trip an enjoyable one. We can enjoy the lakeside area and boating in Phewa Lake in the evening.

Day 4
Drive to Nayapul and trek to Hile.

We drive to Nayapul from Pokhara. Our trek begins from here. After we cross a suspension bridge, we follow on the banks of Modi River to Birethanti. The trail passes through bamboo forests and a large waterfall hole. All the while it stays on the north bank of Bhurungdi River. After we cross a pasture land, we reach Sudami and then climb to reach Hile.

Day 5
Trek to Ghorepani (2840m).

We start our walk from Tikhedhunga to the steep climbs of Ulleri as we pass through villages and streams. We reach the stone steps of Ulleri and see the first sights of mountains. Then, the trek passes through beautiful rhododendron and oaks forests that lead to Ghorepani. Annapurna, Himchuli, and Fishtail are the highlights of the trail.

Day 6
Early morning trek to Poon hill (3210m) for Sunrise then to Swata village.

As the trek proceeds, we walk through stone steps for about an hour. From Poonhill,we enjoy the breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna range, Himchuli, and Fishtail. Then, we make a 3-4 hour long walk through a narrow and rugged trail to Swata village.

Day 7
Trek to Kobra Danda (4020m).

We pass through beautiful landscape and gorges to reach Kobra Danda. After 5-6 hours long, strenuous trek, we climb to Kobra Danda at a higher elevation.

Day 8
Trek to Khayer base camp (4620m).

We follow a difficult trail that takes about 4-5 hours to reach the Base camp. We stay here overnight.

Day 9
Explore around the Khayer Base Camp.

The day is blissful as we watch Annapurna and Dhaulagiri shining in the golden sunlight. We ascend the steep slopes of Annapurna Mastiff to Khayer Lake, which is just 6 km. below the summit of Annapurna South. We return back to the base camp to spend the night.

Day 10
Trek from the base camp to Kobra Danda.

We trace back our steps to Kobra Danda. The wonderful trail with beautiful views rewards us for the strenuous walk of the day. We reach Kobra Danda where we spend the night.

Day 11
Kobra Danda to Chistibung (3100m).

We walk past gorges and a forest which is easier compared to previous days’ treks. We gradually reach Chistibung where we spend the night.

Day 12
Trek to Dobato (3460m).

From Chistibung, the rough trails have many climbs and descents to reach Dobato village. The trek is 5-6 hours with beautiful landscapes and panoramic views of the mountains.

Day 13
Dobato to Tadapani (2520m).

We enjoy the panoramic views of Annapurna and Himchuli on the easy trails of the day’s trek. We also see waterfalls, streams and diverse flora and fauna. After 4-5 hours, we reach Tadapani where we spend the night.

Day 14
Tadapani to Ghandruk village (1940m).

From Tadapani, we descend to the beautiful village of Ghandruk. The trail passes through rhododendron forests, waterfalls, and streams. Ghandruk, one of the biggest Gurung settlements in the country, still has Gurkhas. The village is surrounded by the beautiful views of Annapurna and Machchhapuchhre. The warm hospitality of the people and their unique traditions ensure an enriching experience.

Day 15
Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.

On the last trek of the trip, we descend through stone steps amidst fields to reach Syauli bazaar. Towards Birethanti, the rough trail is beautiful with the breathtaking views of the mountains. We finally reach Nayapool and take a drive to Pokhara from there.

Day 16
Pokhara to Kathmandu.

We explore famous sites of Pokhara in the afternoon. Bat cave, World Peace Pagoda, Phewa Lake, and Sarangkot can be visited in the short time. We take a short flight or a long drive to Kathmandu.

Day 17
Final departure.

On the day of the departure, our representative will pick you up from the hotel and drop you off at the airport. We would like to welcome you again to explore the treasures of Nepal.

What is Included

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle.
  • Three nights Hotel in Kathmandu and two nights hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during trek
  • Fresh fruit every evening after the dinner.
  • Tea houses and Eco Lodges accommodations during the trek.
  • Tourist Bus Kathmandu- Pokhara- Kathmandu.
  • Private transport Pokhara to Nayapul and back to Pokhara.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) fees.
  • An experienced fluent English speaking guide trained and licensed by the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism with his foods, wages, equipment and insurance
  • A Strong, helpful porter with his foods, wages, equipment and insurance (1 porter = two trekkers).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
  • Nepal Eco Adventure sleeping bags, Down Jacket, duffel and walking poles use during the trip( to be return after the trek)
  • Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and branded cap.
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour with private vehicle.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.

What is Excluded

  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport –
  • Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos.
  • Your Travel Insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Personal nature expenses. Telephone, Laundry battery charging.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic cold drinks.
  • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tips is expected).
  • Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees.

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FAQs

Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or online?

Yes, you can get on arrival tourist visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of people can obtain visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to travelling. $25 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days tourist visa. You need two photos.

You can apply online visa from 1st of March(http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/).

Does your company pick up from airport on arrival ? is that included pick up and drop?

Yes, our agency airport representative will pick you up from airport. We will be displaying our name card of Nepal Eco Adventure with your name on it. and when you finished you trip we will drop you to airport. Pick up and drop is complimentary from our company.

 When is the best time to visit Nepal?

Trekking at Nepal will be best during the seasons of spring and autumn. But according to the will of the trekkers, the trekking and visiting in Nepal can be managed. The trekking at the high altitude should be done during the summer time or September to November and March to May but the trekking at the low lands can be done at throughout the year.

 How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

The trekking in Nepal is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Nepal want to do. The trekking will take the visitors of Nepal to different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will goes for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of trekking grading from the easy, medium, challenging and demanding. Normally in Trekking covers 3000 meters to 8848 meters which has categories in various stage of grade. Expedition is challenging but trekking is normal and easy.

How fit do need to be for trekking? wil i be able to do it?

It depends on you; if you’re reasonably fit and enjoy walking then trekking is certainly  for you. Choose  the trekking route suites your fitness level. Obviously shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer and bigger treks require a better standard of fitness. If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should try some longer day hikes.

 How long will be the trekking?

The trekking at the different parts of Nepal will be different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are different places where one can go for trekking and the duration of the trekking will generally goes for about 1 to 4 weeks. But the trekking at the different places like in city tours will be short but the trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long.

What is teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal?

In Nepal, generally we can do two types of trekking. In the teahouses trekking, we will do the trekking by resting the night at the lodges or the teahouses at different places of the trekking trails. The teahouses trekking at Nepal will be comfortable than the camping trekking because the trekkers should not have to take any tensions regarding the accommodation and foods.  But besides the teahouses trekking, camping trekking in Nepal is also equally popular. The camping trekking will be based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps, where we will set up our camps at the different parts of the trekking trails for our convenience.  We will have our meals at the camps and will rest the night at camps. As compared to the lodging trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.

What types of food will be served during the trekking?

While trekking in Nepal, meals are prepared in tea houses, good standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetable soaked in iodine water before cooked. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. If the trekking is camping trekking, then the trekkers will mainly be served with the local foods of Nepal and as well as continental and western foods. Due to the lack of electricity and refrigerators along our trekking route you will eat a largely vegetarian diet. In Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.

Does your company organize domestic flights, hotel booking and other services?

Yes. Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home. But domestic flight ticket, Kathmandu city tour, and you accommodation will be included in our package. If you like to organize individually river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain flight, jungle safari can be organized according to your interest.

 Do I really need trekking guide?

While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides is almost mandatory to trekking in Nepal for everyone. When you hired one your trip will lot more informative and memorable. You get lots of knowledge about country. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have visited at different places of Nepal many times then s/he may not need the trekking guides. But trekking guide can play big role to make  your trekking They will provide information about the trekking destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems will arise during the trekking, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve them.

Is trekking and travel safe in Nepal?

Yes Nepal is safe to Travel. Safety during the trekking or travel in Nepal is one of the prime concerns that every trekker or traveler want to know. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. but now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking as well as in whole Nepal.

Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Yes. . There are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world.

Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?

You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up to 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for traveling in Nepal. We suggest you to buy insurance policy in your country as we don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with your home country travel insurance company which covers the rescue helicopter from the mountain up to 5500m.

 Is there any telephone/internet facilities, when we are on the mountain?

 In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call. Popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area there good coverage of cell phones. and there internet cafe some lodges have wifi service.

What doI need to carry on trek?

A porter will carry your luggage and that belonging to your room-mate. Your clothing and sleeping bag must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at our hotel in Kathmandu while away on trek.

Each trekker will carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.

 What in case of altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitudes trekking destination of Nepal. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at the high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid the altitude sickness. Besides, if it will affects to any trekkers then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will immediately transfer to the nearby hospitals.

What happens if there is an emergency?

Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.

 Do I need to bring First Aid Kit?

Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhoea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.

How safe Women traveling alone with your company?

we are aware about safety of female travelers. we completely guarantee the safety of the women travelling or trekking with us. We will give you a personal room on lodge and personal tent for camping while trekking. we provide female friendly guide and porter. we are female friendly Company.

what currency should I bring to Nepal?

We advise you to bring US dollars /British pound s/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost and other expenses. most major currencies are usually accepted also. It is always better to travel with US dollars.

Does Nepal has good quality banking facilities?

Nepal has reasonable banking facilities having branches of some international local commercial banks Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as Visa and Master card are broadly accepted. ATM is widely available in Kathmandu and pokhara. There are some ATM in bigger town on treks. when you go remote area idea to carry enough cash. some trekking area has bank and ATM, they might not be reliable.

How early should I book my trip?

We recommend you to book your trip in few month advance. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodateLAST MINUTE BOOKINGS. However, for Trekking like Everest region we need to reserved the flight so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.

 What are your payment terms?

You need to pay 30% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you  arrive to kathmandu.

What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?

You must bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications.

How much  extra spending money should I bring?

This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There is something you spend your money on throughout the trek other than the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, Hot shower on the trek, Tipping and shop round on the trek. On the other hand Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise.. Frequently purchased items include hand-woven Tibetan carpets, hand knit woollen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and jewellery etc. we suggest you to bring $200-$350 US dollar. You can only buy Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.

 Is Nepal Eco Adventure guides/porters insured?                        

Yes our company trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas all of them are insured. we have bought insurance for all our staff from Neco Insurance. Their insurance cover up to $5000 USD.

 How much should I tip to my guide and porter?

Tips do not form any part of thewages of guides,porters and other trekking crews. but they are expected by the porters, guide, Sherpa and cook. it is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this trip. Our porters  and guides will be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies. we suggest to tip 10-20% of total trip cost. This amount must be given in Nepalese rupee. The porters live in small hill villages several days walking from the nearest bank or money changer. I will suggest you to be generous about tipping job they have done for you.

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Annapurna Khayer Lake Trekking

Trip Facts

  • 17 Days Annapurna Khayer Lake
  • Moderate
  • Minimum 02 person
  • February-June, September-December
  • 4620m
  • Tourist Bus
  • NEA-AT-09

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