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Khayer Lake Trek

Khayer Lake Trek


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Trip Name:

Khayer Lake Trek

Best Month:

March-May & September- December

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Hotel, Lodge & Teahouse

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Annapurna Region of Nepal

Select the Khayer Lake Trek for the best opportunity to experience the culture and hospitality of local communities while enjoying stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. This trek is a hidden gem in the Annapurna region of Nepal.

Khayer Lake Trek - 14 Days

Khayer Lake Trek is a less commonly known but wonderful trekking route in Annapurna Region of Nepal which offers excellent and undiscovered mountain views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains ranges with unique culture and lifestyle of the local communities. The Khayer Lake trek is Known as Khopra Ridge trek and the trekking route passes through farming lands, local villages, rhododendron forest and many pasture lands. 

Located at the height of 4,620 m (15,157 ft), Khayer Lake is regarded as an ethereally beautiful lake in the Annapurna Region. Khayer Lake is a recently discovered trail in the Annapurna region nestled between classical Annapurna Base Camp and the Jomsom trail. This newly promoted trail offers a unique blend of ethnic Gurung and Magar communities and exceptional views of the snow-capped mountain including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Nilgiri. The majority of trekkers visit for all the beauty it offers but some visit for some days out of the main track to off quiet route.

Very few travelers know about this trek so this trail is one of the highly pristine and off-the-beaten tracks in the Annapurna region. Accommodations are usually in the village community and sometimes in people’s homes. Eating is often on a communal basis so there’s real-time interaction with locals. We can visit a cheese-making project, explore the Yak farming project and hike to the highest point of the trek at Khayer Lake (4,620m) engulfed with a shrine, natural grandeur, and soaring Annapurna range right at the front.

As we ascend higher through the rhododendron woodland, the view of Annapurna, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (fishtail) goes magical. We leave the settlements behind and wander through the forest till we reach above the tree line at Khopra ridge. The view of Annapurna massif and Khayer lake Khorpa ridge is magnificent. You can also experience the famous Khun Khane (Yak blood drinking) festival which is really popular. After the exploration of Kahayer Lake, the trail takes back to Pokhara via Ghorepani, Tadapani, and Ghandruk, the colorful and vivid village of the Annapurna region.  

Khayer Lake Trek Highlights 

  • Off the Beaten Trekking Trail in the Annapurna Region of Nepal. 
  • Khayer Lake (4620 m) - the highest point of the Trek
  • Panoramic Views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain Range
  • Walking trail on a Green forest of Pine, Bamboo, and Rhododendron 
  • Unique cultures and lifestyles of Magar and Gurung peoples 
  • Community Lodge Trekking experience in Nepal

Khopra Ridge (Danda)

Khopra is a captivating destination and one of the most sought-after viewpoints for witnessing the majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Situated in the Annapurna region, in the western part of Nepal, it is accessible via the famous Khayer Lake Trek, making it widely known as the Khopra Ridge Trek or Khopra Danda Trek. The Khayer Lake and Khopra Ridge are the primary highlights of this trek, offering breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscapes.

One of the unique features of the trek is the Khopra community lodge, where travelers have the incredible opportunity to immerse themselves in the traditional lifestyle of the locals and indulge in delicious organic home-cooked meals.

Best time to Visit Khayer Lake Trek

The best time to visit the Khayer Lake trek is during the two main trekking seasons namely spring and autumn season in Nepal. These two seasons offer the most favorable weather and spectacular views, making your trekking experience enjoyable and memorable.

Spring season (March to May):

Spring is the best time for the Khayer Lake Trek. During this season, the weather is generally stable, with mild temperatures during the day and clear skies, providing excellent visibility of the surrounding mountains. The trekking trail is decorated with vibrant rhododendron blooms, creating a colorful and picturesque landscape. The temperatures are pleasant, making it a comfortable time for hiking and the days are longer, allowing for more exploration.

Autumn season (September to November):

Autumn is another popular and recommended season for the Khayer Lake Trek. The weather is dry, and the skies are generally clear, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks. The temperatures are moderate, and the conditions are favorable for hiking. Autumn is also known as the post-monsoon season, so the air is crisp and clean after the rains, providing stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains and landscapes.

Summer and winter season (July to August and November to February)

Khayer Lake trek is possible during the summer and winter seasons but can be more challenging compared to the preferred trekking seasons of spring and autumn. Summer is not the most recommended time due to the challenging weather conditions and potential risks involved. Winter season can be suitable for experienced trekkers but you have to prepare for the cold conditions and have the appropriate gear and equipment.

However, the weather and trail conditions may not be as favorable and you may encounter more challenges, such as rain and snow during the winter months (December to February) or the possibility of monsoon rains and leeches during the summer months (June to August).

Why Khayer Lake Trek? 

Khayer Lake Trek is one of the most wonderful off-the-beaten trekking trails comparing the other trekking routes in the Annapurna Region as well as the best option for trekkers who want to explore a less crowded and quiet environment with incredible views of Nepal Himalayas. Khayer Lake Trek 14-day’s itinerary is flexible to all trekkers and it offers peaceful views, amazing landscapes, and warm hospitality by Gurung and Magar community lodge.

Khayer Lake is a holy lake for the Hindus and Buddhist religions. Many pilgrims go there during the Janai Purnima festival in July-August to pray for their wish to be fulfilled. Besides the mountain views and culture, the flora and fauna and other resources are other attractions that make the trekking even more exciting and memorable.

The Rhododendrons and other flowers in the trails make a beautiful region in the spring season. So, it will be a fantastic trip with lots of fun and adventure as well as experience the natural and mixed cultures of Nepal Himalayas during the trekking.  

How difficult is Khayer Lake Trek?

The difficulty level of the Khayer Lake Trek is considered easy to moderate level trek in terms of difficulty. It requires good physical fitness, good health condition, previous hiking experience and has to be able to walk 6-8 hours a day.  

Khayer Lake is situated at around 4620 meters above sea level. It is not a challenging trekking route compared with other trekking routes such as Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp but altitude sickness is potential anxiety to all trekkers to reach the places. You have to walk uphill and downhill in the higher elevation, which makes it tough to walk.  

The trekking trails are unfamiliar in the forest which makes it difficult to find the right trail in a few places. Solo trekking is not recommended for this route due to the lack of lodge accommodations throughout the journey. As a result, trekkers should be prepared to rely on a combination of lodges for their accommodation needs. The trek takes you through remote areas with limited facilities and services. It's necessary to be self-sufficient, including water and snacks.

The walking distance also depends on your fitness level, the terrain, elevations and destination. Normally the walking hours range is 4 to 8 hours a day during the Khayer Lake Trek. Anyway our guide manages the tea-house for accommodation, resting place of rest, acclimatization day to manage high altitude, slow walk, and short easy steps to complete the trip without any stress

Why Khayer Lake Trek with Us? 

Trekking to the Khayer Lake Trek with High Pass Adventure holds great significance. It goes beyond a simple journey; it symbolizes friendship, fun, and an experience filled with convenience and adventure, all while ensuring the utmost security and safety throughout the trip.

Team of the High Pass Adventure’s extensive experience in Nepal and unwavering dedication guarantees that your vacation is carefully planned, offering you the most extraordinary journey of a lifetime. Our flexibility in crafting a suitable itinerary allows for a personalized experience, whether you seek a quality hotel stay, prefer traveling in a small group, desire a family tour, wish to trek solo, are on a honeymoon trip, or part of a group trek.

Our guides are familiar in the region and experienced in first aid and boast many years of experience in the trekking field. Additionally, we employ strong porters who professionally shoulder the weight of your luggage, allowing you to focus on the nature and culture experience of Nepal during the Khayer Lake trek.

Throughout your trek to Khayer Lake, our professional and experienced trekking guides will accompany you from the moment you land at the airport until your departure. Furthermore, our strong porters ensure that each trekker's baggage is taken care of, with a maximum weight of 30 kg, ensuring a hassle-free completion of your Khayer Lake Trek. Trust High Pass Adventure to make your journey truly unforgettable.

Important Note for the trip:

  • During your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu, we provide you with a free T-shirt and a warm cap (beanie), as well as a refundable duffel bag for packing your trekking gear.
  • We assign one porter for every two trekkers, so the duffel bag should weigh around 10 to 12 kg, which is carried by the porter throughout the trek. Additionally, we can arrange other working team members according to your requirements.
  • You must have your own special daypack with a waterproof cover for carrying your daily necessities things like cash, necessary papers, a water bottle or bladder, sunglass, mobile phone, power bank, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, lip guard, a notebook, light clothing, etc. 
  • The guide will check your trekking gear and give you suggestions on what to pack and what not to pack. Any unnecessary items (non-trekking items) can be stored at the hotel or our office in Kathmandu.
  • A down jacket and a sleeping bag are required for trekking in the Nepal Himalayas. The sleeping bag should be rated for temperatures between -10 to 20 degrees Celsius, depending on the trekking route. If you don't have either of these items, you can rent them in Kathmandu for USD 2 per day. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you will be required to pay the cost of USD 100 per item.
  • Every day, the guide will brief you about the walk, nature, food, accommodation, culture, and other aspects of the trek. It's important to listen to and follow the local rules and guidelines provided by the guide.

Important Note for Itinerary:

The itinerary provided given below is a just guideline for the Khayer Lake trek. If you have your own itinerary, we are flexible to follow it. If not, we will be happy to create a new itinerary based on your requirements and vacation time frame. This trek can be customized according to your preferred duration, budget, and schedule.

Khayer Lake Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Arrival on Kathmandu (1350 m) and Transfer to Hotel. Overnight in hotel

Welcome Dinner

Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. Overnight in Hotel

By flight 35 minutes or 6 hours drive by tourist bus to Pokhara (850 m) .Overnight in Hotel

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk (1940 m), 1:30 hrs drive and 5 hrs walk. Overnight in Tea-house

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Trek to Tadapani (2630 m), 4/5 hrs walk. Overnight in Tea-house.

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Trek to Dobato (3460 m), 5/6 hrs walk. Overnight in Tea-house

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Trek to Sistibang (3100 m), 5/6 hrs walk. Overnight in Tea-house.

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Trek to Khopra Dada (3650 m) 4/5 hrs walk. Overnight in Tea-house

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Exploration day to Khayer Lake (4620 m), 7/8 hrs walk. Overnight in Tea-house

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Trek back to Swata (1900 m) 5/6 hrs walk. Overnight in Tea-house

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Trek to Ghorepani (287 0m) 4/5 hrs walk. Overnight in Tea-house

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara (850 m) 8 hrs walk and 1:30 hrs drive. Overnight in Hotel

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

To Kathmandu by air or tourist bus

Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Final departure

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best guide and porter for the trekking. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up & drops 2 times domestic / International
  • 2 night's Hotel in Kathmandu and 2 nights Hotel in Pokhara on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Tourist Bus Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Private vehicles Pokhara-Nayapul-Pokhara
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
  • Accommodation on Tea-house during the trekking
  • An experience English Speaking trained, Government license Holder Guide
  • Necessary strong Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Annapurna conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits
  • (TIMS) Trekker’s information Management System
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Guide and porter salary, food accommodation and insurance during the trek
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above


Khayer Lake is  located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is a high-altitude glacial lake situated at an elevation of around 4,620 meters (15,175 feet) above sea level and considered a sacred site by hindus. The lake is a popular trekking destination and is often included in the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek or Mohare Danda treks. The Khayer Lake Trek offers stunning views of the Himalayas and the surrounding landscapes. 

There are two best seasons for trekking to Khayer Lake Trek. These are the autumn season (September to December) and spring season (March to May). So, the best time to go on the Khayer Lake Trek is during the spring and autumn. These both seasons offer unbelievable chances to experience the natural beauty, cultural richness with enjoyable weather. You can also do this trek throughout the whole year due to the  route  situated at a lower altitude.

There are some valuable advantages to choose the Khayer Lake Trekking package such as moderate trekking level, low altitude route, cheap package, can do throughout the year, spectacular scenery, unique cultural experience, less crowded trail, off-the beaten-path and supporting local communities.  We highly recommend this trek to all beginners’ trekkers to explore the real Nepalese nature and culture. 

The Khayer Lake Trek route is located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. So, the starting and ending points of the Khayer Lake Trek can vary depending on the specific itinerary and the direction you choose to trek. Generally, Nayapul, Tatopani and Dhampus are the starting and ending points of the Khayer Lake Trek.

The cost of the Khayer Lake Trek depends on group size and your preference. The 12 nights 13 days trip from arrival and departure date to Khayer Lake trekking package cost can range from USD 800 to 1300 per person. 

It depends on your trekking package like you are doing full package trek or just hiring a guide through a trekking agency. So, if you are doing a full package trek with a trekking agency, you do not have to carry much cash but you do have to carry a few of cash for your personal expenses. We advise you to carry cash approximately USD $ 25 to $35 per day. It can cover your personal expenses such as Wi-Fi, drinking water, hot drinks, charging mobile phones and cameras and  hot showers in a few places during the Khayer Lake Trek.

Absolutely! You have multiple payment options for the trip cost. You can settle the payment using credit card, bank transfer, or cash. However, we highly recommend paying the remaining trip balance in cash, as using a credit card incurs an additional 4% service charge by the bank.

Unfortunately, card payments are not accepted during trekking in the Nepal Himalayas or tours due to the remote nature of the areas. There are no facilities for electronic payments. Therefore, we strongly advise you to withdraw sufficient cash before embarking on your journey from the city.

If you wish to cancel the trip and request a refund of the advanced fund, our policies are straightforward and easy to follow. Firstly, kindly send us an email regarding the trip cancellation, and we will proceed with canceling your hotel, transport, and guide arrangements accordingly.
Regarding the refund process, please note that 15% of the advance deposit, which was used to confirm your booking, will be considered as a cancellation fee. Unfortunately, this portion of the fund will be non-refundable. However, we understand the value of your investment, and there are two alternative options available to you.
Option one is to postpone the trip to a later date when you are able to embark on the journey. Your advance fund can be used for the rescheduled trip, and we will gladly accommodate your new travel plans.
Option two is to recommend this opportunity to your friends or family, allowing them to utilize the advance fund for their own memorable journey. This way, your investment remains valuable and benefits someone close to you.

The walking distance depends on your fitness level, the terrain, elevations and destination. Normally the walking hours range is 5 to 8 hours a day during the Khayer Lake trek. 

The difficulty level of the Khayer Lake Trek route is moderate but sometimes also challenging due to bad weather. The trekking trails are rocky and steps in the forest which makes it tough to walk in a few places.  Our guide manages the tea-house for accommodation, resting place of rest, slow walk, and short easy steps to complete the trip without any stress. 

Khayer Lake Trek does not require technical climbing skills, so you don’t need special training for this trek.  But, we highly recommend having good physical fitness and need preparation to easily complete the Dudh Kunda Pikey Peak trek such as normal walking, day hiking, running, biking, jogging and swimming.  These practices are beneficial in preparing for the trekking in himalayas. 

Khayer trek is very safe during the spring and autumn season with our experienced trekking guide. We (high pass adventure teams) guarantee clients safety and security by preparing necessary trekking gear to face any condition of risk. It is considered not safe during the summer and winter season because you have to face slippery and humid trails due to rainfall and snowfall.  High Pass Adventure will be always with you to assist all emergencies during the Khayer Lake Trek. 

It is a not busy trekking trail compared with classic Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Langtang Valley Trek. but it is an increasingly popular trekking route by domestic and foreign trekkers during the  spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons.  

4620 meters high is the highest point of the Khayer Lake Trek. It is called the Khayer Lake, which is considered a sacred site by Hindus and the best view point of surrounding mountains including mount annapurna south. 

The weather condition of the Annapurna region is dependent on different seasons. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best weather conditions with milder temperatures for Khayer Lake Trekking. Summer (June to August) and winter (December to February) seasons are not recommended, but you can do the Khayer Lake Trek. 

Indeed, travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for Nepal trekking, ensuring your safety and peace of mind. It is crucial to ensure that your insurance policy adequately covers the highest elevation of your trek, including emergency evacuation provisions. For a comprehensive list of recommended travel insurance companies, please refer to the provided recommendations. 

Absolutely, trekking insurance for guides and porters is a crucial necessity during any trek in Nepal. At High Pass Adventure, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our staff, and therefore, all our team members are covered by life insurance specifically tailored for trekking in Nepal. Moreover, we take care of all the essential expenses, including daily wages, meals, accommodation, insurance, and necessary equipment costs, ensuring that you have a hassle-free experience, and all these are already included in your total trekking cost.

The places in the mountains region are always cold at night no matter which season or what time. The temperatures vary depending on the season and altitude but will be perfect temperature for trekking during the day time.  
So, It is recommended to bring suitable warm clothing, including thermal layers, a down jacket, a hat, gloves, and good quality trekking boots to stay warm and comfortable during the Khayer Lake  trek.

Certainly, we are pleased to offer you certain refundable trekking gear items such as walking poles, sleeping bags, and down jackets. However, please note that you are responsible for arranging the rest of the required equipment on your own. Our goal is to ensure your comfort and convenience during the trek, and providing these essential items will be one less thing for you to worry about. Should you have any questions about the trekking gear or need further assistance, our team will be more than happy to assist you.

Yes, you can buy or hire all the trekking gears in Kathmandu. There are many shops and offers the best price for trekking gear to sell or rent. We can assist to show the best shopping center to buy or rent the trekking and climbing gear in Thamel.  

There are tea houses and lodges available for accommodation with basic twin sharing rooms during the Khayer Lake Trek. The room may have a basic bed with mattress, bed-sheet, blanket and pillow. We recommend to trekkers that you should bring a sleeping bag for warmth and comfort especially at higher altitude. Toilet and bathroom (shower) are the limit in the teahouses, so we have to share with other groups.
The teahouses usually offer a variety of local and international dishes but options will be limited compared with cities but we provide basic local dishes during the camping. You may get local dishes such as chapati, rice (Dal Bhat), potato item, tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, Sherpa stew, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles, thukpa and a few other foods.  They also offer the western food such as Pizza, roast, pasta and burger during the Khayer Lake Trek. 


The internet service is available at all tea houses along the way to Khayer Lake Trek but you have to pay extra fees. We advise you to not expect internet access for communication during the trek because the internet does not work well and fast.  There are also mobile phone network services along the Dhdh Kunda Pikey Peak trek but not a strong network connection to the whole area to use the data. Our guide helps you to communicate with your family, friends or colleagues. 

Yes, you can charge all your electronics devices in a lodge but you also have to pay an extra cost.  Sometimes it is difficult to get a charging place and electric power during the busy trekking season, especially in higher places.  So we recommend you to bring your own power bank to charge your mobile and camera for the trekking in himalayas. 

Yes, you should bring advisable and basic medicines for the Nepal trek including Khayer Lake trek because the remote of the trekking routes where there is not a medical facility. 
If you have any allergies, it is important to ask with a healthcare or medicine specialist to consult about your detailed needs. They can advise you to take basic medicine depending on your health and trekking altitude. 

High Altitude Sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness. It is a common anxiety during the trekking to higher altitude. It is not possible to completely remove the risk of altitude sickness but you can follow these below rules for prevention. There is less chance to get altitude sickness during the Khayer Lake Trek. 
Follow these rules for prevention: 
-Drink plenty of water
-Climb slowly
-Take it easy
-Do not drink alcohol
-Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates
-Sleep lower elevation 
-Take a medication (Diamox or Acetazolamide) according to doctor 

To embark on the Khayer Lake Trek, all trekkers are required to obtain permits as the route falls within the Annapurna Region, which is part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Additionally, a permit called Trekkers' Information Management Systems (TIMS) issued by a trekking agency is also mandatory. Therefore, it is essential to secure both permits before commencing the trek. These permits not only support the conservation efforts in the area but also help ensure the safety and management of trekkers along the route. Our team will assist you in obtaining these permits to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trekking experience.

Indeed, it is essential to carry your own water bottle for drinking water during the Khayer Lake Trek. Purchasing bottled water becomes more expensive as you ascend to higher altitudes. The cost of a single bottle can range from 100 to 500 Nepali rupees at elevated places. To save costs and minimize plastic waste, we highly recommend using water purification tablets or drops. These portable and effective solutions will enable you to treat water from local sources, ensuring safe and clean drinking water throughout the trek. Our team will provide guidance on the proper usage of water purification methods, ensuring your hydration needs are met responsibly and economically during the journey.

Tipping your guide and porter is customary and highly appreciated as they play a crucial role in ensuring the successful completion of the Khayer Lake Trek. They are like heroes, assisting and supporting you throughout the journey. Expressing gratitude through tipping is a compulsory gesture to acknowledge their exceptional service and dedication to making your trek an unforgettable experience. Your generosity will not only be well-received but also encourage and motivate them in their future endeavors with other trekkers. We recommend tipping your guide and porter as a token of appreciation for their invaluable assistance and contribution to your trekking adventure.

Traveller Useful Information

Khayer Lake Trek Location

The Khayer Lake Trek is located northwest of Pokhara City, situated in the Annapurna region of Nepal within the Annapurna Conservation Area. This protected area is the largest conservation area in Nepal and encompasses a variety of ecosystems, landscapes, and cultural diversity. The trek usually starts from Nayapul, which is about a 1 to 1.5-hour drive from Pokhara. The trek culminates at Khayer Lake, a stunning glacial lake situated at the base of Annapurna South after reaching the Khopra ridge.

This trek is a more remote and less-traveled alternative to some of the more popular treks in the region, such as the Annapurna Circuit or the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. It takes you through pristine forests, traditional villages, and rugged landscapes, offering a unique and rewarding trekking experience away from the crowds.

Information of Annapurna Conservation Area Project

Annapurna Conservation Area project (ACAP) is largest conservation area of Nepal and located in north center in Nepal.  It has 7629 square Km and established in 2049 B.S. (1992 A.D.). It is bounded by the mustang in the north, Kali Gandaki River in the west, Marsyandi valley in the east and Pokhara valley is the south border. 

This project was initiated by National Trust for Nature Conservation (the king Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation) a non- government organization and donate by many international trusts. Nowadays, this project conserved by National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and local people community from local area. The head quarter of this ACAP is Ghandruk. 

How to go Khayer Lake Trek?

If you are wondering to go Khayer Lake Trek from Kathmandu, here is little information to complete the trip. The trek is starts and ends in Pokhara.  Pokhara is one of the best and popular touristic cities in Nepal. There is easily accessible from Kathmandu by air or land. It is west part and 200 km far from Kathmandu. Pokhara is gate way to the Annapurna Region Trekking and Khayer Lake Trek and it takes approximately 8/9 days to complete the trek from Pokhara. Even though Trekking Itineraries are always flexible because there are many starting and ending place, so it may take a little more or less than that. 

Normally, you will take a private vehicle along the Pokhara-Baglung road for one and half hours at Nayapul. From there, you will trek to Ghandruk, which is biggest Gurung Village in the region and spend the first night of the trek. After that, next few days you will heading to Khayer Lake through Tadapani,  Dobato, Sistibang, Khopra Ridge and explore the Khayer Lake and trek back to Pokhara through Swata, Ghorepani and Nayapul. The whole trip is wonderful place to see great panoramic mountains views including Mt Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna mountain ranges. 

Required Permits and Cost for Khayer Lake Trek

For the Khayer Lake Trek, you need two main permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) Card. The Khayer Lake Trek is situated in the Annapurna Conservation Area, so it is necessary to buy the ACAP permits for entrance. The TIMS card is for tracking trekkers, ensuring their safety and security during trekking activities.

Both of these permits are compulsory for the Khayer Lake Trek. These permits are obtained through registered trekking agencies from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara. It's recommended to obtain these permits in advance to avoid any hassles during your trek. You must carry these permits with you throughout the entire trek and present them at every checkpoint along the Khayer Lake Trek. If you are found trekking without these permits, you will have to purchase them on the spot at double the cost (penalty), or you may be required to turn back.

TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card

  • It Cost US$ 20 per person/ per Trek

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits 

  • It cost US$ 30 only per person/ per trek

Food and Accommodation in Khayer Lake Trek

Annapurna Region is second popular trekking destination in Nepal next to Everest Region Trek. There are many trekking routes and Khayer Lake Trek is best one of them. This trekking trail is well managed and managed by the Annapurna Conservation Area project and local community. 

There are lots of accommodations and restaurants running by village community along the trekking trail because every year increasing new house and add the room for trekkers. So, you can have easy to finding comfortable accommodation in the region. Almost all tea-houses are tried to give you best service for all traveler. Normally, lodges have private rooms (2 beds in one room) for customers with sharing indoor bathroom but if you need luxury lodge, they have luxury facilities and some places have limit lodges.  Every different place has different quality of the lodges so, you can choose best on your budget.

Every lodge have food menu and foods items are almost same. We strongly recommended typical Nepali dish “Dal-Bhat” (boiled rice, vegetable, lentil soup) but if you like, you can choose others food from food menu.  Most of the lodges produced fresh Vegetables on their garden and serve to costumer. Basically, the cooks are trained but food taste might be bit different than western. Meat is not fresh in the mountain area so you have tried to be vegetarian during the trekking in Nepal Himalayas. 

You can buy all types of drink in every lodge but the prices goes high as you go higher. You can drink normal water with using a purification tablets. Avoid the alcoholic drinks when you go higher.  

Communication in the Annapurna Region 

Annapurna region is popular trekking destination In Nepal. There are good mobile network services and internet services in the whole Annapurna region trekking area but not few places such as Nar Phu Valley, Tilicho Lake and Saribung Pass trekking.  The internet service will be available whole Region but tea-houses and lodges provide internet with some extra charge. If you have not Nepali SIM card for communication with your family and not use the internet service, our guide help to you for pass the massage because always our guide have cellular phone and he contact to Kathmandu trekking office about to know the trek and your health condition as well as we help any kinds of problem during the trek.

Hence, travelling is important things in life so we make sure you about safe and healthy during the trekking in Nepal. Nowadays, you can get the local SIM card in Kathmandu airport after arrival to use the 3g and 4g internet service because most of the trekking routes in Nepal have Mobile Network service. If you need Nepali SIM, we can provide to you for your trekking but you have to tell us before leave the trekking. 


High altitude sickness is common problem in the high Himalayan area when you go as higher elevation. It is appears very quickly but symptoms are   preventable. If you have previous high altitude trekking experience, it might be best but if not trek in above three thousand meters high you need to prevention of the high altitude sickness.  You need a extra suitable acclimatization days to complete the trip and Walk slowly, drink plenty of water, don’t drink alcohol, go higher and sleep low elevation as well as spend 2 nights on every 500 meters  above than 3500 meters heights are prevent the altitude sickness during the trekking in Nepal.   

All our trekking itineraries are flexible with acclimatization days and first priority for your health and safety to complete the trek without any problem.  We provide you basic medicine to support for emergency rescue, if situation gets worse. 

Hence, every day you have inform to your Guide or Leader about your health condition and he will response to decide whether and your overall health condition to continue the trip or return back. 

Tipping information 

The Guide, porter, driver and all workers who are working in tourism filed, they except some tips during your Tour Trekking and others activities in Nepal. Tipping is judgment of workers from travelers and workers offers the tips end of the trek. Travelers tips 10% of their payable amount but you can give to them depend on their services. 

Hence, it is important to High Pass Adventure working team who take care to you all the time during the visiting in Nepal, motivated with outstanding service and offer inspiring trip in a lifetime experience.  

Trip extension 

If you have extra time after complete the trek, you can do different activities or different short trek in Nepal. We have many short tour packages and adventure activities such as Chitwan National park and Bardiya National Park for Jungle safari tours. You can visit Pokhara city, Nagarkot Hiking, Dhampus hiking or day Rafting tripin Trisuli River. 

Adventure activities are like paragliding, canoeing, Ultra light flight, Bungee Jump and Mountain Biking. These all package are extra activities as optional tours and not included in your package cost. If you will do these activities after the trip with us, we arrange at a reasonable cost and we give to you good discount. 

Trekking Gear List 

Travel equipment are necessary to pack before you travel.  We hope it is too much to carry from your home to others country but some are the necessary equipment can be hired or buy in Kathmandu around Thamel. These general equipment are for all seasons while on trekking in Nepal, but may be different as per the different season and duration of trekking routes on your chosen trip.


  • Passport and 4 passport size photos 
  • Travel insurance details (in case an emergency evacuation if needed)
  • Boarding passes for flights
  • Driver’s license (if needed)
  • Cash USD
  • Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card in case an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)


  • Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)
  • Sleeping bag liner (Optional)


  • Trekking boots: one pair  lightweight
  • Sandals for city and tea house footwear 
  • Shoes for the plane and tea houses (Optional)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Clothing for Body: 

Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking.

  • Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)
  • Fleece/Windproof jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket for warmth
  • Travel clothes and City Wear
  • Underwear
  • Base-layer trousers (optional)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Trekking trousers
  • Trekking shorts (Optional)
  • Gloves and wool hat
  • bandanna or scarf 

Health Requirements (Basic First Aid Kit)

  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu


  • Sunglasses and Sun cream 
  • Towel
  • Book (reading and writing materials)
  •  MP-3 /Music, headphones and ear plug (who know some people on group are snoring) as optional.
  • Travel wash
  • Hand sanitizer, wet wipes
  • A day bag: 35 liters
  • A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 12 kg of weight for porters to carry)
  • Dry Liner or Dry Bag
  • Water bottle/thermos/ camel bag: At least 2 L. Nalgen bottles best.

General Toiletries

  •  Toilet papers/ tissue 
  • Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • On Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Anti-bacterial hands wash

Others (optional) 

  • Trekking Poles 
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit / duffel bag
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble. (for luxuries) 
  • Binoculars (for luxuries)
  • Trail Map/Guide book (if you are alone)

Getting There: Nepal 

Between China's Tibet Autonomous Region and India, Nepal is a landlocked Himalayan nation. It has eight of the top ten mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. There are numerous points from China and India where one can enter Nepal by land. Tourist visas for Nepal are available on arrival at all Indian and Chinese borders if you are traveling there by land. There are numerous foreign airlines providing nonstop connecting flights to Nepal if you're arriving by air. Nepal Airlines, Turkish Air, Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Air, Jet Airways, Air India, Biman Bangladesh, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Travel Dubai, Air Arabia, and Air China are a few of the well-known airlines that fly to Nepal. From China or India, one can also go overland. Please check your flight and get in touch with us before arriving in Nepal. At the airport in Nepal, you can easily obtain a on arrival visa.

Visa and passport information

Except for Indian passport holders, all foreign visitors to Nepal need a visa; however, you must have a passport with a six-month validity date in order to apply for a tourist visa. At the Tribhuvan International Airport and the Chinese-Indian border in Tibet, visas are available on arrival. To apply for a visa to enter Nepal, you must have a color photograph in PP size. Please click this link for more details about Visa Information. 

Money exchange rate and prices

If you're seeking for the best foreign exchange rates and locations in Nepal, you may easily exchange the majority of your foreign currency at a local bank or authorized money exchange facility in a well-known tourist destination. The Nepal Rastra Bank controls all exchange rates (Center Bank of Nepal). You can exchange small amounts of money at the hotel if you want to. Because our banks will not take dirty or old notes, kindly bring clean and fresh notes.

In order to avoid the time-consuming processes associated with cards and traveler's checks, Nepalese people typically prefer cash in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and other locations. You can use an ATM to get cash (in Nepali Rupees) if you have a credit or debit card. In the main tourist city, there are a number of ATM counters with 24-hour service. If you use a card, the maximum withdrawal amount is between 30,000 and 35,000 rupees at once, plus a processing fee of 500 rupees. 

You must convert your money in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the hike because the majority of trekking routes do not offer a facility for international currency exchange. Additionally, inquire about the amount of money required for a Himalayan trek from your trekking operator or guide.

Safety and security

When traveling in Nepal, safety and security are crucial issues to consider both on the way to in and out. We are here for you at all times, and we promise to provide the greatest service to all of our cherished clients. Our guides have extensive training in the field of trekking and broad understanding of first aid items. Because it rises more than 4000 m above sea level, it is essential for hiking in Nepal. Because health is crucial, if a trekker becomes ill from the high altitude, our knowledgeable guide discusses the necessary medications and decides to continue the trek while organizing the emergency rescue.

You must be cautious when hiking trails pass one other because they are not wide enough to do so. During the busiest trekking season, there are lots of porters, yaks, mules, and Jokpe along the trail. You must stay on the safe side if you encounter them on a bridge or in a confined space because otherwise they may force you over the edge.

Safe drinking water

For a healthy body while traveling and staying hydrated, clean water is essential. It will be the most effective method of completing the Himalayan journey. If not, getting sick and having diarrhea is simple. Almost everywhere during the Nepalese tea house trip, but not during the camping trek, sells bottled water. Unfortunately, bottled water is very pricey. 

Please bring good water bottles (for boiling water) and water purification tablets or water filter bottles since plastic bottles are detrimental for the environment. Reusable water bottles are a good idea because they help keep the mountain clean. If you are concerned about finding a typical water tap to fill up your bottles in the trekking region of Nepal, they are very simple to locate. It can be found in rivers, streams, and lodges.

Travel insurance and insurance policy

Nepal hiking tours: The difficulty levels of the Himalayas range from easy to tough. As a result of the Himalayan climate changing, there is a risk of high altitude and potential mishap. 

Trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas demands practical trekking abilities at high altitudes (above 4,000 meters), so travel insurance is essential. If an accident occurs during a trip and requires medical attention or evacuation, the cost of returning to a city and receiving treatment may be significant. Therefore, you must ensure that your insurance covers the price of an air ambulance, medical care, and any risks associated with travel, such as delayed flights and lost, stolen, damaged, or missing baggage. Your complete itinerary while visiting Nepal should be covered by your insurance policy. Make sure your insurance policy covers hikes higher than 5,500 meters. If not, you will be responsible for all unforeseen costs associated with your trek through Nepal. 

All trekkers must send a copy of their certificate from their comprehensive travel insurance policy to High Pass Adventure as part of the booking process for trekking and climbing in Nepal.

High altitude sickness information

Mountain sickness is another name for high altitude sickness. You must be aware of high altitude sickness symptoms since they arise rapidly if you hike or ascend to a higher elevation. Here are some details if you're curious as to why it occurs. The air pressure is the main cause of altitude sickness. Your body needs time to adapt to the shift in air pressure when you travel to higher elevations since the air pressure decreases and there is less oxygen present. According to doctors, If you are at sea level, it begins at 8,000 feet (2400 meters).

1) Types 

There are three types of altitude sickness:

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): it is very common and symptoms feel like a tiredness, dizzy, headache, thirsty, muscle aches, nausea 

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): it is effect in the lungs, which can be very dangerous and hard to do life threatening

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): it is effective in the brain and most difficult to treat and you need to go to hospital attention the right way. 

2) Cause 

Following are the causes of high altitude sickness:

  • Generally living near sea level and travel to a high elevation 
  • Had the sickness before
  • Climbing quickly
  • Not being acclimatized to the altitude
  • Drinking alcohol when you ascend 
  • Medical problems of heart, nervous or lungs 

3) Symptoms

These symptoms will appear depending on your speed to climb and how hard you push. Symptoms range from normal to serious. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.

Here are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness 
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid Pulse (Heart Rate)
  • Short breath with action
  • Blue color of skin or gray soft skin 
  • Chest tightness or blocking
  • Confusion
  • Dry cough or coughing with blood
  • Cannot walk in a straight line 

4) Prevention 

Important keys to preventing of High Altitude Sickness are:

  • Climb the mountain gradually. 
  • Stop every 2,000 feet (600 meters) of climb above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and one or two nights sleep there.
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible.
  • Make sure that you have the ability to quickly descend if needed.
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness.
  • If you plan on climbing quickly, or climbing to a high altitude, ask your provider about medicines that may help.

If you are at risk for a low red blood cell count (anemia), ask your provider if your planned trip is safe. Also ask if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes you more likely to have mountain sickness.

5) While climbing, you should follow these rules:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Climb slowly.
  • Take it easy
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates.
  • Sleep lower elevation 
  • Take a medication (diomax) according to doctor

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