Khair Ridge trekking is a perfect trek for those who are looking for a trek that encapsulates just the right amount of adventure, adrenaline-pumping thrill, and serenity in the close vicinity of the pristine Himalayas. Often shadowed by popular trekking routes like Annapurna Base Camp, and Annapurna Circuit Trekking, the Khair Ridge Trekking is comparatively less-known and less trekked. This means that the routes are still hugely unexplored, and have their remoteness and Himalayan Shangrila charm intact, in contrary to the much popular and commercialized routes in the region.
The views of giant Massif of Annapurna and its towering satellites, Mt. Dhaulagiri plunging to the mysterious depths of Kali Gandaki – the deepest gorge in the world, and a trek to the sacred glacial lake of Khair Pokhari and incredible Kopra Ridge Trek make the trek one of the most enriching experiences in the world.
On top of that, the warm hospitality of the predominant inhabitants, Gurungs and Magars, make the trek even more worthwhile. While staying in the traditional tea houses and trekking through picturesque villages, we will be able to immerse in the simple, yet very deeply rooted culture and tradition of these ethnic groups. Such warm hospitality at the foothills of the youngest peaks in the world is bound to make your trip a beautiful one!
The 15-day long Khair Ridge Trekking commences with a short sightseeing trip of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, we will travel on road for around six hours to reach the tourist hub of Pokhara. After a scenic bus ride of an hour to reach Nayapul, our trek journey will finally begin. We will trek through very famous Gurung villages of Tirkhedhunga and Ghorepani to reach Poon Hill. Poon Hill is a staggering viewpoint at an elevation of 3,210 meter that offers panoramic views of over 21 mountains including Mt. Annapurna 1, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri.
From Poon Hill, we will trek down to Chistlibung via Sauta before embarking on an uphill trek to reach Kopra ridge. We have allocated a full-day for exploration and acclimatization of the Kopra Ridge. After we have reached the saturation point of the trek at Kopra Ridge, we will trek down to the scenic village of Ghanduk via DObato. From there, we will trek down to Tolka and subsequently Kande and drive back to Pokhara, where our trekking journey will come full circle.
The rich variation in landscape ranging from terraced fields to lush forests of rhododendron, oak, and pine, from high alpine pastures to windswept valleys will keep you engaged and in awe throughout. It is not an easy trek, however, with a good level of physical fitness, anyone with no previous trekking experience can embark on this incredible adventure.
What is the trip about ?
|Trip Standard||Hotels / Lodge basis.|
|Trek Grade||Moderate with HighHills|
|Highest Spot||4, 247 m at Vara Pokhari or Khair lake.|
|Trekking||09 nights 10 days (Pokhara to Pokhara).|
|Total Trip||14 nights 15 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu.|
|Season||All season except mid June to August.|
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
Our guide will inform on details regarding the trek to Khair Ridge Trekkking .
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m – 06 hrs journey.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul 1,100m and trek to Tirkhedhuga 1,450m.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,874m – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Morning hike to Pun-Hill trek to Sauta 2,200m – 04 hrs.
After an exciting and enjoyable time head down to Ghorepani for breakfast and start trekking towards Sauta through serene rhododendron and pine forest throughout the walk on the downhill, after being on the main path for a while our diverts to Sauta village in complete isolation from the popular route, from Chitre village a short distance walk to a lovely farm village at Sauta for overnight stop.
Day 07: Trek to Chistibung 3,000 m -05 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Khair or 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, 951 m – 05 hours.
Gandruk the gateway to many Annapurna treks and to Annapurna Sanctuary, here overnight in nice Gurung lodge with views of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Machhapuchhre “Fish Tail” peak.
Day 12: Trek to Tolka 1,630 m – 04 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Kande 1,460m and drive to Pokhara.
(in Pokhara extension trips Paragliding, kayaking clinic, Ultra light flight, Zip Flyer on long cable wire or Bungy Jump called Touch the Lake)
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 15: International departure homeward bound.