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A journey starts with a scenic drive to Naya Pul via the famous scenic tourist spot of Pokhara city, from here in perfect wilderness for a week away from the main trekking trail to Khair Annapurna Panorama Trekking. A wonderful moderate adventure trek to Khair Trekking or Khair Annapurna Trek with Experience Treks leads you to fascinating trekking on the off beaten route away from the busy trekking within the popular Annapurna region, an awesome journey in the hidden ridge and place of west Himalaya for your interest. This wonderful Khair treks follows the quaint Gurung, Chhetri & Magar villages and farm lands without missing the super views of snow-capped mountains and its fabulous landscapes and then on the main trail to Poon hill and Ghorepani for few hours and then again on the off-beaten trail to Khopra Lake/ Khair ridge with optional hike to Bahra Pokhari (a glacial 12 ponds fed by the glacier of Annapurna south and Bahra Shikhar) where the elevation rises to 4,247 meters the highest spot of this trip. Khopra high ridges offer breathtaking views of the different mountains including world’s 7th & 10th highest mountains; Dhaulagiri 1st & Annapurna 1st along with Mt. Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna range with Nilgiri and Bahra Shikhar peaks (Annapurna Fang).
Experience Treks journey heads back to Pokhara with an alternative route through pristine alpine forest of rhododendron, magnolia, pines and Oaks tree lines and passing traditional Gurung & Magar villages with a lot of steep ups and downhill walk with grand scenery on the high mountains and landscapes, meeting friendly locals and finally this magnificent moderate adventure joins the main trekking trail at Gurung village at Ghandruk and then following the trail to the road head for the short scenic drive to picturesque Pokhara; one of the scenic spot in the Himalaya with sub-tropical climate of views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna & Manaslu ranges of mountains and Mt. Machhapuchhre “fishtail” reflecting in tranquil Phewa Lake.

Trip highlights:
• Excursion in mid hills within the shade of high staggering snow-capped peaks from paddy fields to alpine landscapes, pristine wilderness and mid-hills villages
• Panorama of high snow-capped mountains & enchanting rhododendron forest.
• Traditional villages, friendly mid hills people in mid hills of massif Annapurna on the off beaten trail with Annapurna, Bahra Shikhar and Dhaulagiri panorama.



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Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:
Drive to Nayapul 1,000 m via Pokhara 950 m/07 hrs journey

Day 03:
Trek to Lyangdi 1,650 m/06 hrs.

Day 04:
Trek to Sallijan 2,300 m/06 hrs.

Day 05:
Trek to Nangi 2,100 m/03 hrs.

Day 06:
Trek to Phulbari 2,500 m/06 hr.

Day 07:
Trek to Sauta 2,200 m/04 hrs.

Day 08:
Trek to Chistibung 3,000 m/05 hrs.

Day 09:
Trek to Kopra Ridge 3,870 m/03 hrs.

Day 10:
At Kopra Ridge for optional excursion to holy Khair lake.

Day 11:
Trek to Dobato 3,420 m/05 hrs.

Day 12:
Trek to Ghandruk 1,950 m/05 hrs.

Day 13:
Trek to Tolka 1,700 m/05 hrs.

Day 14:
Trek to Kande and drive to Pokhara/04 hrs walk an hour drive.

Day 15:
Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 16:
In Kathmandu with full day sightseeing tour.

Day 17:
Transfer to airport for international departure.

Service includes

• Airport pick up & drop off by private vehicles
• KTM to Pokhara to Nayapul by public transport
• 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara on 3 star category B/B plan
• A day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by private vehicle & professional tour guide
• TIMS & National park entry permit fee
• Basic accommodation during the trek
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during trek
• English speaking guide & porter during trek
• Food and salary for staff and porter
• Trekking gears for the local trekking staffs (shoes, jacket & trouser)
• Insurance for local trekking staffs
• First Aid Kit box/bag

Service does not include
• Nepal entry visa fee, Photographs & international flights fare
• Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (lunch & dinner)
• Pokhara to KTM airfare
• Personal nature expanses: telephone calls, cyber bills, bar bills, laundry service, battery recharge bills, hot shower (On trek),washing water, pots of hot drinks, bottle/boiled water, alcoholic and soft drinks
• Essential trekking gears
• Travel & health insurance
• Tipping for all trekking staffs (guide & porter/s)
• An emergencies or rescue evacuation cost/charge (helicopter), if required

Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airports our Experience Treks staff will receive and transfer you to respective hotel. At the hotel our guide will brief with orientation programs of the hotel, Kathmandu, trekking, do's and don’ts and other related information while you are in Nepal with Experience Treks.

Day 02:
Drive to Nayapul 1,000 m via Pokhara 950 m/07 hrs journeys
Morning an early drive to Nayapul on the main west highway leading towards Pokhara; Nepal's second largest city and a remarkable touristic spot. Leaving Pokhara outskirts, this scenic drive lead on the long winding road to towns, villages and farmlands with views of Mt. Manaslu and Annapurna snow-capped peaks, ride continues for another short 02 hours of Pokhara up the newly built Chinese highway to Nayapul during the night camps by the river Modi.

Day 03:
Trek to Lyangdi 1,650 m/06 hrs.
Morning starts with a climb along with fine views of Annapurna South 7,219 m and Mt. Machapuchhre and to farm area’s at Deopur village, this village is a mixture of Magars, Gurungs, Chettris, Brahmins and Newars people continuing on for a short while coming across terraced fields. After some nice breaks then walk through terraced fields to Lyangdi village for overnight camp.

Day 04:
Trek to Sallijan 2,300 m/06 hrs.
Second day walks are climbing steadily on terraced fields, villages and rhododendron, oak forests, then reaching higher ground as the walk progress, one can notice the difference in the vegetation, landscapes as the air gets cooler. The rolling middle hills towards the south stretch far out into the Indian borders and to the north a rocky cliff shelves. The trek through the rhododendron forests then climbs to a small pass at 2,400 m. After gradual descent contours to the hill above the Sallijan village at 2,300 m for overnight stop.

Day 05:
Trek to Nangi 2,100 m/03 hrs.
After a long hours walk of previous days, today a short trek of three hours of the morning to another pass at 2,480 m with fantastic views of Tukuche, Nilgiri and Annapurna I. From here walking downhill for an hour of Nagi farm village at 2,100 ms for lunch and overnight stay, this small village is inhabited by the Pun Magar tribes, an interesting village with a school supportedby Singapore people and Australians. The school also looks after the camping grounds and maintains it. It has a phone and computers and as well as an internet access with well furnished library.

Day 06:
Trek to Phulbari 2,500 m/06 hr.
Morning walk leads to a steady climb away from the village to a ridge at 2,300 m with first super views of the word’s 7th highest Dhaulagiri Himal 8,167 m. It is a day of combinations of ups and downs, then walking on a small path winding through rhododendron and pine forest. After the morning walk of 3 to 4 hours, to reach at Ramche with excellent views of the high snow-capped mountains and then gradually climbing to open grazing pastures and towards Phulbari for overnight stop in a wonderful surrounding with awesome views of whole Dhaulagiri mountain range.

Day 07:
Trek to Sauta 2,200 m/04 hrs.
Today starting earlier to climb up to picturesque Pun Hill at 3,190 meters located above Gorepani, an amazing spot with complete panorama of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri Himal, all the way to world’s 7th highest Mt. Manaslu in the eastern horizon including majestic Mt. Macchhapuchhre vista which is laid out before you. Then descending to Ghorepani on the main trading route to Jomsom has many lodges catering the trekkers. From here, heading down on the main trail for a few hours of Chitre after a short distance walk, our route diverts from the main route to a nice farm village at Sauta for overnight camp.

Day 08:
Trek to Chistibung 3,000 m/05 hrs.
Morning walk once again on the off beaten trails through rural farm villages leads north through beautiful rhododendron and bamboo forest, then with a gradual climb into enchanting woodlands following the path towards Kopra, walk through the small stream then with uphill climb through grazing pastures to Chistebung for overnight stay; this is a small Sheppard’s place with few houses serving as tea-houses and lodge and a nice shelter for the porters.

Day 09:
Trek to Kopra Ridge 3,870 m/03 hrs.
From this nice little place, today a short day gaining more heights towards our destination at Kopra ridge, a steady climb leaving behind the tree-line for alpine shrubs and bush, rhododendron and junipers plant. Around this area there is a chance of viewing some wildlife like Himalayan Thar and the Danphe Pheasant (National Bird of Nepal). Then finally reaching overnight stop at Kopra ridge, overlooking the mind blowing scenery of surrounding green landscapes along with grandeur views of Mt. Dhaulagiri massive ranges and Vara Shikar (Annapurna Fang), Annapurna South towering directly towards this beautiful spot.

Day 10:
At Kopra Ridge for optional excursion to holy Khair lake.
Being here in this natural paradise, an awesome experience of a free day for optional excursions to explore this amazing areas for energetic people is an opportunity to visit the holy lakes at Khair Lake located 4,247 m. It is a long hour of strenuous walks but its worth the views, the site of religious festival occasions held annually around the month of August and September. Villagers from the surrounding area assemble here to offer prayers to Lord Shiva and bathe in the icy waters, offers sacrifice to sheep and goats. For an easier option, a walk high on the ridge offers impressive views of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) and its satellite peaks which dominate the western skyline. Annapurna I (8,091 m), Fang or Vara Shikhar (7,647 m), Annapurna South (7,237 m) and the Nilgiri (7,061 m) separated from Dhaulagiri range by deep Kali Gandaki gorge, towards north view of Tukuche Peak (6,920 m).

Day 11:
Trek to Dobato 3,420 m/05 hrs.
After a most memorable time here in this beautiful Kopra area, the walk leads to a long descend to east through grazing lands in the midst of rhododendron bushes. After a long downhill walk reaching back to tree lines and to the summer pasture at Dobato for overnight camp on a small clearing with grand views of Annapurna South and Mt. Macchhapuchhre at its grandeur 6,993 m.

Day 12:
Trek to Ghandruk 1,950 m/05 hrs.
With a lovely morning with striking views, the walk leads on the pleasant downhill trail through forest of rhododendron, oak and magnolia tree lines, then slowly with steady walk reaching at Tadapani on the main trekking route coming from Ghorepani and Gandruk joins, after this village heading downhill to Ghandruk the largest village of this area. Here at Ghandruk in comfort of nice lodge for the overnight stay with views of Annapurna Himal.

Day 13:
Trek to Tolka 1,700 m/05 hrs.
After Ghandruk, the morning walk on the long stone steps to Modi River gorge passing paddy terraces and small hamlets, then crossing the bridge over the raging Modi River, an hour climb to Landruk village. From here an easy moderate walk on the winding scenic trail overlooking views of landscapes and valleys below, after few hours of good walks a short steep climb to overnight stop at Tolkha; a small scattered village with great views of Annapurna South and Huinchuli peaks.

Day 14:
Trek to Kande and drive to Pokhara-04 hrs walk & an hour drive.
Today, the last walk of this wonderful scenic journey to Tolka, a two hours of pleasant treks then with an hour uphill to a small pass at Deurali top at 2,250 meters, a nice spot with couple of teahouses with great views of the landscapes and mountains from Dhaulagiri to Annapurna range, then with a nice easy walk through lovely forest with more magnificent scenery of the Annapurna’s and Mt. Manaslu range, all the way to the village of Pothana situated in the midst of the woods overlooking panoramic mountain views. From here a short climb towards picturesque Australian Camp or Thulo Kharka in the midst of lovely forest surrounding, from here downhill walk to Kande on the Pokhara-Baglung highway, it is also the start and ending point of various trekking route in the Annapurna region. From here a short drive to scenic Pokhara for the last overnight in the comfort of good hotels.

Day 15:
Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
With a wonderful mesmerizing trip to Khair Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Panorama drive or fly back to Kathmandu, if it’s a flying option a short 30 minutes scenic flight will reach you in Kathmandu transfer of respective hotels with afternoon free for individual activities.

Day 16:
In Kathmandu with full day sightseeing tour.
Kathmandu is full of World Heritage Sites-the temples, monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard; full day sightseeing will be interesting and a memorable tour before setting for the mountains.

Day 17:
Transfer to airport for international departure.
Last days in magic awesome Himalaya and with grand memorable time in the mountains with Experience Treks, as per your flight time our staff transfer you to airport for your final departure for homeward bound.


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Health Requirements
Since, you are preparing for a trek in the higher altitudes of remote Himalayan region. Hence during this treks, the physically, emotionally & mentally demanding mountain trek & you may face Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), if you trek/hike quickly/ascended too fast as well as other health related problems. In this regard, Experience Treks strongly recommends for those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lungs and blood pressure/diseases make know to us before booking this trip.

Experience Requirements
The remote mountain trekking requires 4 – 6 hours walking in per day a basis and at times it even exceeds to 7 – 8 hours depending on your walking pace, age groups, weather condition & seasons. Despite this fact, we do not suggest you for mandatory hiking or technical climbing experiences. Yet, it will be better if you have a regular jogging habit of few weeks before booking this trip.

Travel Insurance
Experience Treks does not sell or arranges any kind of insurance plan/packages for foreigners except local staff/s. Yet, it will be mandatory to join our trips that you should be insured for comprehensive expenses that may arise from the trip for your own safety. Your Insurance plan must be covering medical/travel issues as well as unforeseen accidents that may occur to the trips. In such a case, you may to take the facility like an air ambulance, helicopter rescue, Clinical attention and so on.

Acclimatization
Trekking in higher altitudes may even cost the life of travelers! The more you go higher elevation/height, the lesser will be availability of Oxygen pressure in the air. Therefore, your body requires a few days too many days to adopt the newer situation/climate in an environment with less oxygen. The higher you climb the more will be the possibility of undergoing through Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) problems. Hence, Experience Treks`s itineraries are extremely concern on this problem/issue. With our expert team, you can easily cops with altitude sickness problems. The AMS will attract you after 3,000 m. The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), non-profitable medical institution recommends to all trekkers/hikers to ascend slowly after 3,000 m (either ascends 300 m each day or every 600 m spend an extra night, the same altitude). The rule is slowly ascents to go higher elevation to be safe!

Trekking Crew Arrangement
To facilitate the best trekking experience in the Himalayas, Experience Treks has arranged most hospitable as it is possible, more professional and long-terms experienced crew members. Your local trip member/s will have most extensive knowledge about mountain trails, mountain names & its height/elevation, people & their cultures, religions, socio-cultural aspects, eco-system, flora & fauna, geography of the respective treks/trips and history of the local regions. Besides, our crew members are fully undergone through Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Mountaineering, Intensive wilderness First Aid knowledge, Trekking guides, Eco trekking, knowledge about Responsible tourism business, Sustainable development, English language, Conservation & preservation basic knowledge and Bio-diversity trainings.

Meals Facilities
During the trek in the mountains, you will be served 3 times meals a day with typical Nepali food/meal along with Tibetan, Chinese, Indian, Continental & Italian dishes, depending on your choices. You will have an access to have hot chocolate, tea and other hot drinks as well, breads and snack as well in the camping/tented treks. The early morning breakfast and dinner will be served at the same tea houses or at the local lodges where you spend the night. At times, you too have to enjoy the breakfast and the lunch at the camping overnights sites. Unlike this, you will take your lunch on the way in the mountain trails in the side trips/day excursion. The lunch will be prepared for your team member of the camping/tented treks & in teahouse/lodges treks at local lodge/guest houses. At the climax of the trip, you will enjoy a trip celebration dinner in Kathmandu.

Accommodations Arrangements
During your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan & other cities, you will enjoy the budget accommodation to best class hotel /resorts accommodation depending on your budget, interest & hobbies where as on the other hand in the mountain trail, you will have to adjust at twin sharing, double bed & single bed rooms basis accommodations at the standard lodges or tea houses, mostly common sharing bathroom & toilet/rest rooms. However, you have to consider the remoteness of travelled places where single room may not be feasible at all the times & need to be the share with someone else in the peak season. Most of the teahouses/lodges are either double bed rooms or twin sharing rooms. Some of the majors trekking destinations, there are deluxe comfortable hotels & Resorts is also available.

Porter Care
We are tremendously concern over the rights of the porters who facilitate traveler`s adventure dreams in the Himalayas. Without porters hard working, your dream to go to mountains will not be certain/guaranteed. It is our serious concern that the porters should be well paid, make sure their warm clothing, well equipped and treated equally even in the harsh situation in the remote Himalayas. In case of emergency situations, we give equal to rescue facilities as other team members get in the adverse situation in the higher altitude including rescue services by Helicopter. Besides this, we too are concern about International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) which works in the field of trekking porter/s by protecting the rights of porter, basic language training to express their problems, make sure for enough warm clothing & other equipment, compulsory Insurance facility. In doing so, we recommend all our trekkers in the Himalayas just to keep their luggage under 30 kg so that it can be handled by porters smoothly in the higher mountains. If possible, try to make about 25 Kg. over 4,000 m & high passes.

Environmental Concerns
Being human beings, it is our responsibility to protect natural & cultural order, to conserve environment and to love nature. Himalayan region is ecologically very much fragile and hence we try to practice “to leave just footprints and take photos” so that future generation will to have chances to experience the beauty of Himalayan region. Respecting natural balance and being sensible towards local environment yields into protecting local cultures as well. Hence, our trip operations tremendously focus on environmental issues in the Himalayas and thereby eco-tourism.

Trekking Group Arrangement
Experience Treks generally provides one trek guide/trekking leaders for the trip operation and porter/s for luggage carrying. It means if there are 4 trekkers, there will be one trek guide & two porters. In the case of porter/s arrangements, there will be one porter for each two paying trekker. This arrangements helps to carry out the trip smoothly even in the adverse situation. Our trips generally accommodate the group of 10 people at a time. Despite this arrangement, we can adjust or run the trips over than 10 people at a time as well as.

Best Seasons
The best seasons of travelling/trekking in the Himalayas are autumn season (September-November) and spring season (March-May). Apart from these two seasons, there is a possibility of trekking in the Himalayas even in the winter and summer seasons which is called off-seasons. In the winter season, cold, snowing & flight delay or cancellation slightly affects the trips & high passes could be closed. But, travelling/trekking in the summer season comes with tremendous rewards for a passionate botanist despite of rainy days, flooding, landslides, flight delay or cancellation like winter season. It will be great in the least rain fall regions & high passes, where are lots of wild orchid blooming.

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If you are in need of more information on any kinds of trips, please contact us at Tel: +977 14429204, +977 9841969631, +977 9803810253 | Email : info@experiencenepaltreks.com.np
Or, you can even place your inquiry at our official websites, http://www.experiencenepaltreks.com.np

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