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ANNPURNA KHAIR LAKE & KOPRA RIDGE TREKKING
“adventure around hidden trails of Annapurna Himalaya with alluring views”

Highlights:

“On the least explored areas around high hills of Annapurna Himalaya,
Panorama of world 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range of peaks.
Exploring hidden pockets away from mainstream trekking trails with awesome views
Exceptional views of sunrise over range of mountains with lovely alpine forest.
Walking on high ridges of remote and isolated Kopra and to holy Khair lakes” 

Trip Summary:

Accommodation:                     On Hotels & Lodge basis on route trekking.
Trekking Grade:                      Moderate and Adventurous.
Activities:                                Sightseeing tours- overland drive and scenic trek.
Trek duration:                         09 Nights & 10 Days (Pokhara to Pokhara)
Maximum Altitude:                 3,870 m at Kopra Ridge & 4,247 m at Khair Lake.
Total Trip:                               13 Nights & 14 Days (Kathmandu / Kathmandu)
Season:                                    All season except July / August (monsoon wet months)
                                                     March to May best time for wild-flowers in full bloom
Introduction:

Annapurna Khair Lake & Kopra Ridge Trekking, a remarkable adventure around hidden pockets of high hills of Annapurna Himalaya.

A fascinating destination leading on the off beaten tracks away from mainstream trekking trails towards remote pristine and unspoiled areas of Khair holy lake and on high ridges of Kopra.

World Trail Finders Adventure with years of past experience exploring and pioneering new fresh areas, so that travelers can enjoy this marvelous Himalayan destinations with us.

Where only few other trekkers and adventurer have ventured on this new hidden area of Annapurna, leading you with daily views of mountains, walking into serene woodland of tall rhododendron-oaks and fir trees, in spring time this whole area turns magic with wild flowers in full bloom.          

Starting this magnificent journey from Kathmandu with exciting drive to scenic Pokhara a beautiful touristic spot, blessed with nature of high rolling green hills in the shade of Annapurna Himalaya where its reflects on its pristine lakes of Phewa and Begnas.

Pokhara the starting and ending point of our adventure, as the walk progress heading into high hills at Ghorepani and Poon Hill with striking sunrise views over chain of Himalayan peaks and then our route heads away from popular and busy mainstream trail towards isolated villages and hills at Kopra ridge with marvelous scenery of mountains and landscapes.

Annapurna Khair Lake & Kopra Ridge Trekking completes with a visit of holy Khair Lake fed from the glacier of Annapurna I and Annapurna South including Annapurna Fang (Vara Shikar).
On auspicious month of August where local pilgrims visits this holy lake for a dip and a bathe to relinquish the sin of a hundred life times.

Our return journey leads to lovely traditional villages of Tadapani and Ghandruk on the downhill walk to reach back at scenic Pokhara where this overwhelming adventure Annapurna Khair Lake & Kopra Ridge Trekking completes.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01:            Arrive in Kathmandu 1,315m and transfer o hotel.
Day 02:            In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03:            Drive on tourist bus to Pokhara 820m (220 k.m) - 06hrs.
Day 04:            Drive to Nayapul (trek starting point) with 4 hrs walk to Tirkhedhunga 1,440m.
Day 05:            Trek to Ghorepani 2,850m - 06 hrs.
Day 06:            Hike to Poon Hill 3,210 m and trek to Tadapani 2,640m - 05 hrs.
Day 06:            Morning hike to Pun-Hill and trek to Sauta 2,200 m - 05 hrs.
Day 07:            Trek to Shistibung 3,000 m -05 hrs.
Day 08:            Trek to Kopra Ridge 3,870 m -03 hrs.
Day 09:            At Kopra Ridge for optional excursion to holy Khair lake.
Day 10:            Trek to Dobato 3,420 m - 05 hrs.
Day 11:            Trek to Ghandruk 1,940 m - 06 hrs.
Day 12:            Walk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (4 hrs trek and 2 hrs drive)
Day 13:            Drive back to Kathmandu on tourist bus and transfer to your hotel.
Day 14:            Final International departure homeward bound.

Detail Itinerary:

Day 01:            Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport, where you will be well received by World Trail Finder Adventure Trek staff and guide, then transfer you to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, after refreshment join with other member of Annapurna Khair Lake & Kopra Ridge Trekking for group briefing regarding your stay in Nepal with trekking information.
Evening includes welcome dinner in a nice and pleasant Nepalese restaurant with folk and culture programs.

Day 02:            In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast our Trail Finder city tour guide will take you on interesting sightseeing tour around Kathmandu, the city a mixture of modern with lively ancient culture where you can marvel medieval period villages, retaining old traditions and custom steeped with ancient history, full of world heritage sites of Buddhism, Hinduism with temples and monasteries.

After an interesting tour heading back to your hotel, with free afternoon preparation for Annapurna Khair Lake & Kopra Ridge Trekking.

Day 03:            Drive on tourist bus to Pokhara 8 20m (220k.m) - 06hrs.
Annapurna Khair Lake & Kopra Ridge Trekking begins with an exciting overland drive on Nepal’s busy highway to reach at scenic and famous touristic Pokhara city, drive leads past farm villages and towns with views of mountains. Then finally reaching at Pokhara with overnight in a nice hotel by the beautiful serene Phewa Lake where most of the hotels are located. 
(By air options of 30 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara with panorama of mountains)

Day 04:            Drive to Nayapul (trek point) with 4 hrs trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,440m.
Morning a short drive of two hours to Nayapul, where our trek starts walking into lovely Bhirethati village located near Modi River, and then walking through farm villages as our route leads uphill on stone steps to Tirkhedhunga farm village, with gradual climb with views of cascading waterfalls on the walk, after a pleasant walk reaching to overnight stop in a nice spot at Tirkhedhunga after a good walk of the day.

Day 05:            Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m | 9,130ft) overnight in lodge - 06 hrs.
From this beautiful spot of waterfalls at Tirkhedhunga, morning begins steep climb on series of stone steps for an hour to Ulleri village, a traditional moderate size Gurung villages with houses built in traditional style of slated roofs, from here continue walk into cool shade of rhododendron and pine forest to reach at scenic Ghorepani village, perched on a ridge surrounded with beautiful rhododendron trees. This village populated by Poon of Magar tribe people beneath famous Poon Hill view top which is an hour climb from Ghorepani.

Day 06:            Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Sauta village (2,200m) - 05 hrs.
An early morning start to reach at Poon Hill view point, for striking views of sunrise over chain of peaks includes world 7th highest Dhaulagiri-10th highest Annapurna with range of peaks including world 8th highest Manaslu with majestic Machhapuchare peak “Fish Tail”.

After enjoyable and exciting time downhill to Ghorepani, and then continue walk downhill to Chitre  village, from here our route heads north away from the main popular route to reach Sauta for overnight stop, a nice farm village with grand views of Dhaulagiri mountain range.

Day 07:            Trek to Shistibung 3,000 m -05 hrs.
Starting morning walk through farm fields and scattered villages, leading into lovely rhododendron and bamboo forest, then a climb into woodlands following the route to Khair ridge, with an uphill through meadow and summer pastures to Shistibung for overnight stop, a, a small place of few huts serving as tea-houses.

Day 08:            Trek to Khair or Kopra Ridge 3,870 m - 03 hrs.
Morning walk for few hours leading to our destination at Kopra ridge, from here on gaining altitude after leaving the tree lines for short alpine bushes and shrubs, around this place chances of seeing some wildlife like Himalayan Thar, Danphe Pheasant (National Bird of Nepal).

2-3 hours of good climb brings at overnight stop at Kopra ridge, a scenic spot with amazing views of surrounding landscapes and Mt. Dhaulagiri massive range, Vara-Shikar (Annapurna Fang), Annapurna South which towers from this wonderful spot.

Day 09:            At Kopra Ridge for day hike to holy Khair lake.
A great spot for rest day and excursion to holy Khair Lake located at 4,247 m. which is a long and tough hike and worth the views, a holy site with religious festival held annually around the month of August and September.

Villagers from surrounding area visit on pilgrimage to offer prayers and dip in the lake. 

Day 10:            Trek to Dobato 3,420 m - 05 hrs.
After an enjoyable time at Kopra ridge & holy Khair Lake, morning walk with downhill past grazing lands to reach back into tree lines and to our overnight stop at Dobato, a summer pasture a grazing land with super views of Annapurna and Mt. Machhapuchare.

Day 11:            Trek to Ghandruk 1,951m - 04 hours.
From Dobato walk leads downhill to join the main popular trekking trail to Ghandruk at Tadapani village, starting with moderate gradual walk and downhill to Tadapani within thick alpine forest, with views of mountains; after Tadapani downhill to Ghandruk village for overnight stop after walking past Tadapani village on the mainstream trekking trail.

Ghandruk, a large Gurung village the men folk of this area have hundred years of tradition supplying some of the world finest soldiers in Gorkha Regiment to both British and Indian armies. Besides being solider they are traditional farmers and cattle herders of Tibetan Buddhism religion and as well practice ancient Bon culture. 

At Ghandruk in the comfort of a nice lodge with mountain views, afternoon free to explore around this lovely village and the museum to observe Gurung history and culture.  

Day 12:            Walk to Nayapul and then back to Pokhara (4 hrs trek and 2 hrs drive).
Morning with stunning views, our final day of trekking leads downhill into warmer areas around farm villages and terraces then following the Modi River to Bhirethati and back at Nayapul for the drive to scenic and beautiful Pokhara with overnight in excellent hotel by the pristine Phewa Lake.

Day 13:            Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus transfer to hotel.
After a wonderful time on the high hills around Annapurna Khair Lake & Kopra Ridge Trekking, morning on leaving beautiful Pokhara   with an exciting overland drive to Kathmandu with six hours of interesting journey reaching back in Kathmandu, and then transfer to your hotels with afternoon free for individual activities and souvenirs shopping.

(option by air 30 minutes of scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu with views of mountains)

Day 14:            International departure for home ward bound.
Your last day in this amazing country Nepal full of Himalayan wonders, as per international flight time leave the hotel where Trail Finders guide and staff transfer you to airport for your flight back home or to respective countries, after an enjoyable and memorable time on Annapurna Khair Lake & Kopra Ridge Trekking, with great service and guidance of World Trail Finders Treks and Adventure.