Journey report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles.
Nov three, 2019 – Dhan Kharka to tenting 3640m
I’d stayed at one in every of two similar lodges at Dhan Kharka (aka Chistibang 3020m).
Mine was profiting native faculties, I imagine. The opposite personal.
There was not a lot farming this excessive. However many sheep.
From there up, up, up a number of hours. About 640m in ascent.
At this time I noticed my first yaks. They don’t like grazing beneath treeline.
I reached Khopra Group Lodge (additionally profiting faculties) about Midday, perched ‘magnificently on a spur with the block-face of Dhaulagiri instantly forward’.
I’d missed the very best vistas as clouds had shaped in the course of the morning. However I may see a little bit of the highest of Annapurna South.
Right here’s that vista on a transparent day.
Sport on. I ordered an enormous lunch, planning to begin up probably the most difficult a part of the Khopra Ridge trek — a doable climb to Khayer Lake (4600m). About eight hours return for me.
I used to be excited — however a bit of fearful — as I in all probability wasn’t acclimatized sufficient.
My plan, nevertheless, was to tent half manner up. And proceed with a day pack subsequent morning.
Throughout lunch a pair returned. They’d not made it to Khayer saying it was colder and tougher than anticipated. Additionally, having no views was discouraging.
They talked me down. After lunch I climbed for about 20 minutes. Give up proper right here.
Oh effectively. Climate occurs.
Right here’s Khayer Lake. (VIDEO)
Plan B was to backtrack to a seldom used excessive traverse to Bayeli, the following doable cease on the Khopra trek. I’d in all probability tent en route.
This path is adventurous. Although principally above tree line, a little bit of route discovering is required. It could be slippery / harmful in snow.
Although the path is faint, it’s marked by white & blue paint.
One spotlight was recognizing what I believe is a Yellow-throated Marten. An animal I’d by no means seen earlier than within the Himalaya. It leaves scat on the paths. I bought some video.
One other spotlight is bamboo. I really like bamboo.
About 4pm I picked a spot to tent in a seasonal herding encampment (3460m), near a waterfall.
One draw back of trekking Nepal in November is brief days. It was darkish by 5:30pm. That makes for a protracted evening within the tent.