Khayer Lake Trek (8 nights / 9 days)

Khayer Lake Trek Overview:

Trip Duration: 8 nights, 9 days.
Max Altitude: 4600m
Start: Pokhara
End: Pokhara
Difficulty: Moderate
Transport: Private vehicle, local bus & Jeep
Accommodation: Tea House
Group Size: For individuals, friends, and family members. All our treks are private.
Meals: All included

Best seasons: September to December and March to May


The Khayer Lake Trek is a unique and captivating trekking experience in Nepal, perfect for those looking for a less crowded trail in the Annapurna region. Along the way, trekkers can immerse themselves in the rich culture of traditional villages, witness breathtaking scenery, and enjoy views of majestic mountains, rivers, and valleys. The Khayer Lake, a serene and picturesque body of water, is the highlight of the trek and offers a peaceful respite for tired trekkers. The trail leading to the lake is lined with vibrant rhododendron forests, which bloom in the spring, adding to the beauty of the journey. The Annapurna Khayer trek offers a mix of cultural and natural experiences, with stunning views of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchhare (fishtail), Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche Peak, and Nilgiri mountains.

Why do the Khayer Lake Trek?

  1. Stunning mountain views: The trek offers breathtaking views of some of the tallest peaks in the Annapurna region, including Annapurna, Nilgiri, Himchuli, Lamjung, Tukuche, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).
  2. Cultural immersion: The trek takes you through traditional villages and offers an opportunity to experience the unique cultures and lifestyles of the Nepalese, especially the Tamangs, Magars, and Gurungs.
  3. Rhododendron forest: The trail is dominated by the colorful rhododendron forest, which blooms in the spring, making it a picturesque and photogenic destination.
  4. Serene Khayer Lake: The Khayer Lake is a stunning and tranquil destination, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and pristine natural beauty, which offers a unique and unforgettable trekking experience.
  5. Off-the-beaten path: The Khayer Lake Trek is a less-traveled route, offering a peaceful and undisturbed trekking experience away from the crowds and the noise of the more popular trekking destinations in the region.


Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk (1950m) and trek to Tadapani (2630m) (4-5 hours)

We will drive from Pokhara to Ghandruk by jeep. Ghandruk is a beautiful village inhabited by the Gurung community. From there, we will start our trek to Tadapani through lush forests of rhododendrons and magnolia, with stunning views of the Annapurna range. Overnight stay in Tadapani.

Day 2: Trek from Tadapani to Dobato (3420m): 6-7 hours

Today’s trail offers magnificent views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. We will trek through dense forests, waterfalls, and streams. Overnight stay in Dobato.

Day 3: Trek from Dobato to Chistibang (3026m) 5–6 hours

The trek to Chistibang offers us breathtaking views of the mountains and the forests. We will walk through lush rhododendron and oak forests, with occasional sightings of wildlife. Overnight stay in Chistibang.

Day 4: Trek from Chistibang to Khopra (3660m) 5–6 hours

Today’s trek takes us through a beautiful ridge with panoramic views of the mountains. We will pass by several waterfalls, suspension bridges, and meadows. We will also visit a small temple along the way. Overnight stay in Khopra.

Day 5: Trek from Khopra to Khayer Lake (4660m) and back to Khopra (6-7 hours)

Today’s trek will be a bit challenging as we will be ascending to Khayer Lake. However, the stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range from the lake make it all worthwhile. We will spend some time at the lake before descending back to Khopra. Overnight stay in Khopra.

Day 6: Trek from Khopra to Swanta (2200m) 5–6 hours

Today, we will descend through forests of rhododendrons and oaks to the beautiful village of Swanta. We will also pass by traditional water mills and enjoy the local hospitality. Overnight stay in Swanta.

Day 7: Trek from Swanta to Ghorepani (2850m) 5–6 hours

The trail from Swanta to Ghorepani passes through traditional villages, terraced farmland, and lush forests of rhododendrons and magnolia. Overnight stay in Ghorepani.

Day 8: Trek from Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga (1577m) 5–6 hours

We will wake up early in the morning to hike up to Poon Hill to witness the sunrise over the Himalayas. We will then return to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue our trek to Tikhedhunga. Overnight stay in Tikhedhunga.

Day 9: Trek to Nayapool (1070m) and Drive back to Pokhara. 4.5-5hrs.

We will enjoy an easy downhill trek to Nayapul, taking approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. From Nayapul, we will drive back to Pokhara, which takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes.)

Please note that the trekking duration mentioned for each day is an approximate estimate and can vary depending on individual hiking paces, weather conditions, and other factors. 

What’s included:

  • Trekking permits
  • Trekking guide
  • Trekking poles
  • Trekking map
  • Food (meals include only the main course and tea or coffee) It doesn’t include starters or desserts.
  • Private lodgings
  • Hot shower
  • Water purification tablets
  • A first-aid kit or Medical kit
  • Transportation (pick-up and drop-off services from your hotel)

What’s not included:

  • No alcoholic beverages or soft drinks.
  • A porter isn’t included. If you need a porter, we can provide one for an extra fee.
  • Sleeping bag (we rent sleeping bags for an additional fee).
  • Wifi
  • Cell phone charging
  • Hot drinking water
  • Your Personal Expenses
  • Personal Travel Insurance.

Personal supplies for the trek 

The personal supplies you require for this trek depend on the season in which you are trekking. 


  • Sun hat or scarf 
  • Winter hat 
  • Headlights with extra batteries


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Face/body wipe


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves


  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Hooded rain jacket or wind shell
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirt ( bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene Underwears
  • Down jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and pants


  • Hiking boots
  • Thick & light socks( take an extra pair of thick and light socks)
  • Sandals 

Essential gear

  • Backpack or day pack bag
  • Thermal bottle
  • Medium-size drying towel
  • Sleeping bag


  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Face wash 
  • Body wash

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Power Adapters and Chargers

Extra supplies

  • First aid kit (Note: The guide will carry a first-aid kit on the trip. However, personal kits and medications are highly recommended.)
  • Lip Guard
  • Notebook and pen.
  • Mosquito Repellent spray
  • Moleskin for blister

Contact us today for more information and pricing details.