Annapurna- sacred Khopra lake

Peoples! who wants to hike gorgeous Annapurna range but wants to stay away from the super mainstreamy Circuit and Base Camp?? come come with us then to KHOPA HIKE! This is our plan:) –>

– Celebrate the Festival of colors HOLI together with the locals, with a big fun group of friends
– hike the HIMALAYAS among blooming Rhododendrons, among snow-capped 7000s m (23,000 + ft) peaks of Annapurna range… hike is stenuous, BUT doable for enthusiastic beginners
– Highlight is sacred Khopra lake (4,650m/ 15,200 ft) – I dare you to swim there and purify your life:)
– stay at local tea houses and homestays, learn about different Nepali ethnicities (mainly we will explore the culture of GURUNG people), visit Buddhist and Hindu temples and services, chill out by a campfire by the lake, get high on altitude and masala tea, and MUCH MORE!

Most importantly – you’ll get in deep touch with the Mountains, Nepali Culture and yourself. Also you’ll go thru all this beauty with a small dynamic international TEAM of friends! Every night we will be getting together w tea and discussing and debriefing our past day, analyze… talk about our dreams and intentions for the trip))))

I put it together for my friends, but you can join tooooo! here’s detailed program:

PROGRAM DETAILS:

March 7th, Sunday – arrivals
Welcome dinner

March 8th, Monday – Touring Kathmandu.
We promise to make the tour fun and unconventional. We will visit Kumari – the only living goddess in the world (she lives in Kathmandu and we will see her!) We will visit Hindu and Buddhist temples and services.

Also we will do shopping for the hike (any gear/ clothes that you need to buy/ rent? we got you!)

March 9, Tuesday – celebrating HOLI 🙂

Momo (nepali dumplings) and banana lassi party. Who wants to join momo eating competition?:)

March 10, Wednesday – bus to Pokhara (approx 8 hours. Splendid views begin!)
Chill evening on the Lakeside of a gorgeous Fewa lake

March 11, Thursday – Starting the hike!
4-hour jeep ride to Ghandruk (1940m/ 6365 ft)
We will stay in this Gurung village with a panoramic view, visit a small monastery and do an acclimatization hike
March 12, Fri – hike to Meshar (2,969m/ 9740 ft), approx 7 hours
Pretty challenging day, splendid views!

March 13, Sat – hike to Bayeli (3,432m/ 11,260ft)
On the way we do an acclimatization hike – 7 hrs total

March 14, Sunday – from here we go to Khopra ridge, hike to Khopra Danda (3660m/ 12,000ft), 7hrs

March 15, Monday – THE day:) Hiking to the sacred Hindu Khopra Lake (Khayer lake) (4,640m/ 15,200ft)
5-6 hrs going up, 3 hrs down
We will need spikes and gators, but we will all go up as a team, so don’t worry, we all make it! Would you also dare to swim in this lake?:)

March 16, Tue – Hike to Chitre (2,390m/ 7840 ft)

March 17, Wed – Hike to Sabeth (1450m/ 5760 ft), a traditional Gurung village. We will stay in family homestays/ enjoy getting to know Gurung community/ culture/ dancing.

March 18, Thu – half day stay at Gurung homestays/ village.
1 hr hike to Tikledhungga, 4 hr jeep ride back to Pokhara

March 19, Friday – day in Pokhara
Boat ride on the quaint Fewa lake
We also recommend you try paragliding (not included)
Romantic farewell dinner by the Lakeside

March 20, Saturday – Bus to Kathmandu
Free time in Kathmandu (time to do your Nepali shopping)

March 21, Sunday – Departures

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