Khopra Ridge trek, Nepal – day four

Journey report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles. 

Nov three, 2019 – Dhan Kharka to tenting 3640m

I’d stayed at one in every of two equivalent lodges at Dhan Kharka (aka Chistibang 3020m).

Mine was profiting native faculties, I consider. The opposite non-public.

There was not a lot farming this excessive. However many sheep.

From there up, up, up a number of hours. About 640m in ascent.

As we speak 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 straight forward’.

I’d missed the perfect vistas as clouds had shaped in the course of the morning. However I might see a little bit of the highest of Annapurna South.

Right here’s that vista on a transparent day.

Recreation on. I ordered an enormous lunch, planning to start out up essentially the most difficult a part of the Khopra Ridge trek — a attainable climb to Khayer Lake (4600m). About eight hours return for me.

I used to be excited — however a bit apprehensive — as I in all probability wasn’t acclimatized sufficient.

My plan, nevertheless, was to tent half approach 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 harder 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 attainable 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 will be slippery / harmful in snow.

Although the path is faint, it’s marked by white & blue paint.

One spotlight was recognizing what I feel 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 acquired 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 an extended evening within the tent.

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