UNIQUE TREK TO THE HIDDEN LAKE OF THE ANNAPURNA RANGE
- Combining two little-traveled hiking routes
- Khaire lake & Mardi Himal High Camp
- Rugged wilderness around Annapurna South
- Scenery dominated by 8,000 meter giants
- Supported, full service camping trek
- Up close with Machapuchare (Fishtail) peak
- Traditional villages and colorful forests
Barely 25 miles north of Pokhara sits the most beautiful mountain range in Nepal – the Annapurnas. It was not until the mid-1950s that these majestic mountains were first explored by the outside world. Today the Annapurna Range is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world, and with good reason – it is easily accessible from Pokhara and offers tremendous potential for scenic walks and for alpine exploration in a splendid high Himalayan setting. The mountains forming the great Annapurna Range boast no fewer than eight peaks over 7000 meters, including Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna 1 (8091 meters), Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Annapurna V. Macchapuchare (Fish Tail) is surely the most famous mountain in this range, standing only 23 feet (7 meters) below the magical 7000 meter mark.
Our new Hidden Lake Trek is seldom-traveled by Western groups in its entirety, as access to this area is barred by steep-sided valleys, high ridges and requires groups to camp instead of staying in lodges. This trip is actually a combination of two separate trekking routes (Kopra Danda and Mardi Himal), which we will connect via the trails running west to east across the foothills of the Annapurna Range. The hidden Khaire Lake is situated beneath the shapely peak of Annapurna South, at 7,219 meters / 23,684 feet (the 101st-highest mountain in the world) and first ascended in 1964. This is an area of bamboo and rhododendron forests providing an undisturbed home to a variety of wildlife.
As 2019 will be the initial year of this new trekking route, our first groups will be helping to improve the itinerary for those to follow! This unique trip makes for a challenging, panoramic and rewarding hiking adventure away from the crowds, occasionally not even on an established path with the mighty Annapurna Range towering above.
Our new Hidden Lake of Annapurna South is part of our Himalayan Classic Trek Series. In addition to our listed group date, we are also able to arrange our new Hidden Lake Trek in Nepal as a private departure for you and your travel companions beginning on any date during the months of late March through May and mid-September to late November for a group of 1 to 10 people
Day 1: Welcome to Nepal and the Himalayas! Transfer to our group hotel.
Day 2: Short flight to the lakeside town of Pokhara. Drive to Birethanti.
Day 3: Trek to Moriya via Tikhyan. 6,105 feet. Trekking time: 4 to 5 hours.
Day 4: To Kharka Camp via Barahi Lake. 8,860 feet. Trekking time: 6 hours.
Day 5: Trek to Dobato Village. 11,310 feet. Trekking time: 6 hours.
Day 6: Hike from Mulde view point to Timuje Village. 12,000 feet. Trekking time: 6 hours.
Day 7: Khaire (Khayer) – Hidden Lake. 14,105 feet. Trekking time: 7 hours.
Day 8: Day hike to Annapurna South Base Camp.
Day 9: Trek to Tiribung via Pore. 11,250 feet. Trekking time: 6 hours.
Day 10: Jhinu Danda via Gurung Hill. 5,840 feet. Trekking time: 5 to 6 hours.
Day 11: Trek to Landrung Village. 5,140 feet. Trekking time: 4 hours.
Day 12: Forest Camp. 9,515 feet. Trekking time: 6 hours.
Day 13: Mardi High Camp. 11,480 feet. Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours.
Day 14: Mardi Base Camp. 14,760 feet. Trekking time: 5 to 6 hours.
Day 15: To Lawang Village. 4,920 feet. 6 to 7 hours.
Day 16: Drive to Pokhara. Hotel.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu. Afternoon is free for independent activities. Hotel.
Day 18: Transfer to the airport & depart Kathmandu.