Khayar Lake Trek -10 Days

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PRICE PER PERSON

  • 1 PAX US$681
  • 2 PAX US$590
  • 3 PAX US$558
  • 4 PAX US$550
  • 5-10 PAX US$535
  • 11-20 PAX US$527
Price Per Person US$ 527 All included Services

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Iconic peaks like Annapurna South, Machapuchare (Fishtail), Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri.
  • Traditional Nepalese villages inhabited by the Gurung and Magar communities.
  • Beautiful landscapes, including terraced fields, lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and crystal-clear streams.
  • Ghorepani village, located at an altitude of around 2,850 meters, offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Sunrise view from Poon Hill as the sun rises behind the Himalayan peaks.
  • Interact with the locals, experience their warm hospitality, and learn about their unique culture and traditions.
  • Visit teahouses, monasteries, and Gurung settlements.
  • Encounter various bird species, monkeys, and other wildlife during the trek.
  • Natural hot spring.

Khayar Lake Trek Overview:

Khayar Lake Trek - 10 Days

Khayar Lake Trek is a popular trekking route located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is a relatively short and moderate trek that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range, including the majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks. This route offers you a view of sparkling rivers, waterfalls, beautiful villages, way of Nepalese life. The sunrise & sunset from Poon Hill (Ghorepani) over the mountain are like miracles. Views of the Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna & Machhapuchhre are unique. 

Nayapul is the starting and ending point of the trek. It is a small town located at the confluence of the Modi Khola and Bhurungdi Khola rivers. From Nayapul, the trail winds through beautiful villages, terraced fields, and dense forests. Tikhedhunga is one of the early villages you will come across on the trek. It is a small and charming village where you can experience the local culture and lifestyle of the Gurung community.

You can also visit the nearby Bhurungdi River and enjoy its serene beauty. Ghorepani is the main village and a popular stopover point on the trek. The village is located at an altitude of around 2,850 meters (9,350 feet). It offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and is an ideal place to rest and acclimatize. Ghorepani is known for its warm hospitality, and you can interact with the locals and learn about their way of life.

Poon Hill is the highlight of the trek. It is a viewpoint situated at an altitude of 3,210 meters (10,532 feet) that offers panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. You can hike to Poon Hill early in the morning to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the mountains. It is a mesmerizing experience and provides ample opportunities for photography.

Ghandruk is a beautiful Gurung village located at an altitude of approximately 1,940 meters (6,364 feet). It is one of the largest Gurung settlements in the Annapurna region and is known for its traditional houses, narrow alleys, and terraced fields. Ghandruk offers splendid views of the Annapurna and Machapuchare (Fishtail) peaks. You can explore the village, visit the Gurung Museum, and interact with the friendly locals. Trek through beautiful landscapes and forests to reach Australian Camp, a peaceful spot with panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

The trek takes you through picturesque landscapes, including terraced fields, dense forests, and charming villages. The trail is well-defined and offers a mix of ascents and descents, providing a moderate level of challenge. The surrounding scenery is stunning, with lush greenery, vibrant rhododendron forests (in the spring season), and panoramic mountain views. Throughout the trek, you are treated to stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The towering peaks, including Annapurna South, Machapuchare (Fishtail), and Dhaulagiri, dominate the horizon, offering a sense of grandeur and majesty

The constantly changing views as you move along the trail create a sense of excitement and anticipation. Along the trail, there are teahouses and lodges that provide basic accommodation and meals for trekkers. These teahouses offer a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, giving you a chance to rest, refuel, and connect with fellow trekkers. You can enjoy warm meals, sip on a cup of tea, and share stories with other adventurers, creating a sense of camaraderie and a memorable trekking experience.

One of the most memorable moments of the trek is the sunrise view from Poon Hill. You wake up before dawn and hike to the viewpoint, where you witness the sun rising behind the Himalayan peaks. As the first rays of sunlight touch the snow-capped mountains, the entire landscape is bathed in golden hues, creating a truly magical experience. The panoramic view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, with their towering peaks, is awe-inspiring and stays etched in your memory. In addition to the sunrise view from Poon Hill, the trek also offers the chance to witness beautiful sunsets over the mountains.

Depending on your itinerary and vantage points along the trail, you can enjoy mesmerizing sunset views painting the Himalayan peaks in a golden glow.

CULTURE AND PEOPLE:

The Gurung, Magar, and Thakali populations are among the many ethnic groups that call the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) region home. These communities have their own unique rituals, traditions, and ways of life, as well as a rich and distinctive cultural history.

The Gurung people, who make up the majority of the inhabitants of the ABC region, are renowned for their warmth and friendliness. They are incredibly proud of their heritage and have a long history of military customs. The iconic Ghantu dance, which is done at festivals and festivities, is just one of the traditional dances that the Gurung people are well-known for.

Another significant ethnic group in the area is the Magar, who have a long history in agriculture and animal husbandry. They follow their own distinctive traditions and rituals, such as the Magar wedding ceremony, which is characterized by feasting, dancing, and music.
A minority in the area, the Thakali people are renowned for their trade and economic prowess. Their traditional architecture, including their characteristic stone dwellings, may still be seen in some areas of the ABC region. They have a rich cultural legacy.

ACCOMMODATION AND LOGISTICS:

From modest teahouses to opulent resorts, the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) region offers a variety of lodging alternatives. Trekkers have the option to stay in teahouses, which are modest lodgings maintained by local families that provide straightforward rooms and meals while on the trail. Trekkers can fully immerse themselves in local culture and customs in the teahouses, which offer a distinctive and authentic trekking experience.

There are also upscale resorts in the area that provide cozy accommodations, hot showers, and delectable meals. For individuals who want more luxurious accommodations and are willing to pay more for them, these lodges are a wonderful choice.

Climate:

Located in the heart of Nepal’s Annapurna region, the Khayar Lake Trek boasts a dynamic and diverse climate. Trekkers witness a change in climate from subtropical to alpine as they travel through various heights. The lower sections start in lush, green valleys that are decorated with waterfalls and rhododendron woods. These areas have pleasant temperatures and sporadic rainfall, especially from June to September during the monsoon season. Trekking during this time of year can offer a vibrant tapestry of hues as the rain enhances the surrounding scenery. But the trails could sometimes get muddy and slick, so you have to be careful when navigating them.

Travelers will experience a significant change in climate as they go deeper into the Himalayan foothills. Particularly at night, the temperature drops and the air gets sharper. The best seasons for trekking are spring and fall, which run from March to May and October to November, respectively. These seasons provide bright skies and comfortable daytime temperatures. Trekkers should, however, be ready for unforeseen weather changes, such as rain or, at higher elevations, snowfall. In addition, the winter months of December through February bring extremely low temperatures and a layer of snow that transforms the area into a peaceful, pure wonderland for those who are brave enough to hike there.

Difficulty Level:

The Khayar Lake trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek. It involves steep ascents and descents, uneven and rocky trails, and high-altitude terrain. The highest point reached during the trek is Khayar Pass, standing at an elevation of approximately 4,765 meters (15,630 feet). The trek requires a good level of physical fitness, endurance, and some prior trekking experience. Proper acclimatization and pacing are essential to manage the altitude and challenging sections of the trail.

Duration:

The duration of the Khayar Lake trek can vary depending on the specific itinerary and individual trekking pace. On average, the trek takes around 8 to 10 days to complete. The trek typically starts and ends in Nayapul or Pokhara, with the Khayar Lake being the main highlight of the journey. The duration can be customized based on personal preferences and side trips, such as exploring nearby villages or adding extra days for acclimatization. It’s important to allow enough time for rest and acclimatization during the trek.

Insurance:

We highly recommend travel insurance for the Khayar Lake Trek, and we can assist you in acquiring suitable coverage. We work with reputable insurance providers to help you obtain comprehensive insurance that includes high-altitude trekking and helicopter evacuation in case of emergencies. We want to ensure that you are adequately protected throughout your trekking journey.

Guides:

Touch the Himalayas provides experienced and knowledgeable trekking guides who specialize in the Khayar Lake trek. Our guides are familiar with the trail, local culture, and terrain, ensuring a safe and enriching experience for trekkers. They will accompany the trekkers throughout the journey, offering valuable insights, guidance, and assistance. Our guides are trained in first aid and emergency response, ensuring the well-being and comfort of trekkers throughout the trek.

Permits:

We assist trekkers in obtaining the necessary permits for the Khayar Lake trek. We guide trekkers through the permit application process and facilitate the acquisition of the required permits. This typically includes the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card. We ensure that all necessary permits are obtained in compliance with local regulations, allowing trekkers to enjoy the trek without any hassle or inconvenience.

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Itinerary

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Arrive Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel

Max. Altitude: 1,400m/4,593ft. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: 2/3 Star Hotel
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Max. Altitude: 1,400m/4,593ft. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: 2/3 stars hotel
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Max. Altitude: 820m/ 2,690ft Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guest house/ Lodge
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Max. Altitude: 1,430m/ 4,691ft Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guest House/Lodge
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Max. Altitude: 2,800m/ 9,186ft Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guest house/ Lodge
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Max. Altitude: 2,540m/ 8,333ft Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guest house/ Lodge
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Max. Altitude: 1,940m/ 6,364ft Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guesthouese/Lodge
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Max. Altitude: 820m/ 2,690ft Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guest House/ Lodge
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Max. Altitude: 1,400m/4,593 ft. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch Accommodation: 2/3 Star Hotel
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Max. Altitude: 1,400m/4,593 ft. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: 2/3 Star Hotel

Itinerary Note:

This itinerary is just the guide line, it can be changed (longer or shorter) as per our client's wishes, fitness, ground reality and weather condition. If you're not satisfied or have an alternative plan please feel free to discuss it with us By Clicking :- ASK QUESTION or COSTOMIZE YOUR TRIP.

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What's Included / Excluded

Cost Incluldes

  • Airport picks up and drops off by Car, jeep, Hiace, or Bus. Depends on the number of arrives.
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner according to the suitability of our client’s time.
  • Beginning two nights stay on arrival in Kathmandu in a tourist standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • Internal transport and flight within Nepal as per the itinerary.
  • All necessary trekking and permit & fees, (Entry Permit, Annapurna conservation Area Permit and TIMs cards)
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  •  All accommodation during trek
  • An experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, first aid-trained special trekking guide and assistant guide (10 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Expert Annapurna porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Duffel bag, (to be returned after trip completion), complementary trekking maps. If needed down jacket and sleeping bag will be provided in rent.
  • Staff costs include their salary, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and accommodation.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary.
  • Basic First-aid kit (carried by your trekking guide)
  • All government and local taxes for Trekking, Agency service charges and government tax/vat.
  • Achievement Certificate

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than in the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal insurance which covers medical, emergency evacuation, loss or theft of property.
  • Personal gears and equipment.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, Wifi, etc
  • Entry fees and costs in sightseeing (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • Tips and gratitude provided to guide and porter.

Fixed Departure

September-23
October-23
November-23
December-23
March-24
April-24
May-24
September-24
October-24
November-24

Can't find trip as your Schedule Date?

  • Above mentioned departure dates “AVILABLE”‘ means these dates are currently open for bookings for the particular Trek. If the mentioned dates are not suitable with your preferred date, you can make your own private trip by clicking the box billow in the bottom.
  • A date “GUARANTEED” means that we give guarantees that the costumers will be able to start theirs trek on the specified date, regardless of whether the seats are fully booked or not.
  • “LIMITED”‘ Status refers to a type of seats booking for the trek, that has been certain seats available to book
  • In the status, “CLOSED” means that the Trekkers seats are fully booked and there are no more seats available for new booking. Trekkers may be put on a waitlist for a chance to get a seat if there are cancellations unless your are requested to plan your own private trip by clicking the box billow in the bottom.

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