To the finest view in Nepal via a rarely visited lake. A little known trek in the Annapurna region.

The trek to Khayer Lake and Poon Hill has only recently opened as an alternative to the overcrowded Annapurna Sanctuary main trail. This trek is not one which is in the standard trekking companies’ itineraries. Whilst the trek is accessible from Pokhara, it is off the beaten track for part of it’s length and whilst you will see other people, it’s nowhere near the same quantity as on the main route. The views are superb and take in Dhaulagiri and Annapurna (two of the fourteen 8000mt peaks), Annapurna South, Machapuchare (the fabulous fishtail peak) and Nilgiri.

You will climb up to the famous viewpoint of Poon Hill before sunrise to view the rising sun on the Annapurna range. This is probably the finest view of the Nepal Himalayas, so is a must see. Add a few more days to your itinerary and you have the option of trekking in to the fabulous Annapurna Sanctuary which is a worthy addition.

Annapurna and Dhaulagiri from Poon Hill.

Annapurna and Dhaulagiri from Poon Hill.

One of the nice aspects of this trek is that it’s maximum altitude is about 4200mts, so if you have doubts about your ability to acclimatise, then this is the trek for you. So if you want a new take on a classic trek then have a look at the Khayer Lake and Poon Hill trek.

The Approach.

You travel by bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara. At the days end, you’ll be in Pokhara and staying in a clean and comfortable hotel in the Lakeside area. This is the nearest thing to a resort in Nepal. The main road is full of all types of shops and restaurants, so enjoy it, as tomorrow you’ll be in the mountains.

The Trek.

The  first two days trekking are to Ghandrung, then, over three days, we trek to Kopredanda. Next day we explore Khayer Lake and two days later we’re in Ghodepani. The following morning, we walk up Poon Hill in the dark to see the sunrise, then back down for a welcome breakfast. At the end of the following day, we’re back in Pokhara.

Annapurna and Annapurna South from Poon Hill

Annapurna and Annapurna South from Poon Hill

Duration.

Thirteen days from Kathmandu, to return to Kathmandu. If you like to gain time, it’s possible to complete the admin in the first morning and fly to Pokhara that afternoon and fly back after the trek. This may cut two days bus travel out your itinerary and costs about £70 each person one way. In addition your guide will also fly with you and you have to pay his airfare.

After your international flight, you need a day in Katmandu sorting out permits and paperwork. Then one day to Pokhara. The trek starts on the Day 3 in Nepal and is ten days long (more if you extend the trek to go into the Annapurna Sanctuary) so on Day 12 you arrive back in Pokhara. Day 13 arrive back in Kathmandu. Next day you fly home.

If you have never been to Kathmandu you should spend a few days there, as it’s a fascinating city. We can organise personal guided tours of specific locations such as Boudhanath, the holiest Buddhist site in Kathmandu.

As always, transport in Nepal is never guaranteed to happen on time so it’s a good idea to allow for a few extra days and also to have a flexible ticket.

Cost.

You pay a flat fee for guiding and portering. Then you pay for all your living expenses plus travel, etc. on top of that. We’ve estimated your living expenses at the upper end of the scale. Depending on your wishes you can either save money or spend more by, lets say, drinking beer every night.

Based on two trekkers sharing a room and one guide and one porter, the guiding only will cost £335 each. That includes the staffs’ accommodation and food, which they pay for.

On top of that you have your costs as individuals, which is roughly £600 each, which includes your food and accommodation on trek, bus for you and your staff, 3 nights in an average hotel in Kathmandu, permits, taxis, etc. So it’s roughly £935  each in total.

The way it works is : You pay the guide up front in full and pay the rest directly to the provider, eg lodge owner. The guide will organise the bill for lodges, etc. I find it best just to hand over a sum of money for the guide to pay the daily expenses and keep track of the running total. It makes life simpler that way.

This doesn’t includes staff tips. These are poor people, so please bear that in mind. I always give 12%.

This doesn’t include your international flight, extra days, etc.

More details from Steve Climpson via the contact form or phone 01256 895600.

Trekkers on suspension bridge
Manang mules
Trekking the Annapurna Circuit
Annapurna dawn
trekker & porters
Mani Wall
Porter in Annapurna region
Mule train
Annapurna Sanctuary
Braga Gompa
Many sheep come looking
Machapuchare ' Fish Tail' mountain. Annapurna trek

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