Jan 23 - Jan 29, 2020 | Change

Classic finish via Poon Hill side trek (7 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

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Highlights: Muktinath, Kagbeni, Marpha, and Poon Hill

Difficulty: challenging
Classic finish via Poon Hill
Starting at $254 usd
For 1 person -Guide & Permits
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees
$31.04 /day per person for guide
+ $36 per person for permits

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

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Included Services
  • Permits ACAP
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance

Would you like to request a specific guide?

If you do not specify a guide, a request will be sent to all available guides (once a payment is made and the trek is confirmed). Once confirmed, you can choose from the guides who indicated that they would like to lead your trek, or ask us to recommend a guide.

For the satisfaction of doing the full Annapurna circuit, continue through the villages of lower Mustang and follow the rushing Gandaki River down from arid Mustang into the green middle hills. Finish the trek with a climb to the panoramic view point of Poon Hill and wave goodbye to the 8000 m peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

Weather Conditions in January

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January is one of the coldest and driest months, which makes it good for Himalayan views while wearing lots of layers. While there is little rain, skies in the hills and valleys further from the high mountains can be hazy from dust and pollution. The days are short and the nights long, so you can finally catch up on War and Peace while hiking the Himalayas. Now that’s something to be proud of! Go with the e-book version, your back or your porter’s back will thank you for it. At high altitudes, temperatures can drop to well below freezing. Even during the day, temperatures may not rise much above freezing, if at all, and the snow that does fall doesn’t melt and can become hard and icy. This can make crossing high passes more difficult. During this season it may be wise to bring crampons or at a minimum a good trekking pole.

At a glance
On average there are 2 days with precipitation in January. The highest point on the trek is Muktinath at 3800 m. During January, expect high temperatures of around 4.6°C (40°F) and lows down to -12.4°C (10°F) at Muktinath.

Classic finish via Poon Hill Side trek
(Elevation Profile)

Extra rest days and overnights can be added once the itinerary is created. However any side trips must be added in this step before the itinerary is created.

Thu Jan 23 (day 1)

Muktinath (3800 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 4.6°C (40°F) and lows of about -12.4°C (10°F) in January.

Muktinath
Fri Jan 24 (day 2)

Kagbeni (2840 m)

From Muktinath, about 3-3.5 hours via Jharkot or 6 hours via Jhong.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.4°C (51°F) and lows of about -6.6°C (20°F) in January.

Kagbeni
Sat Jan 25 (day 3)

Marpha (2780 m)

About 4-4.5 hours from Kagbeni
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.7°C (51°F) and lows of about -6.3°C (21°F) in January.

Marpha
Sun Jan 26 (day 4)

Tukuche (2580 m)

From Marpha, about 5-6 hours via Chhairo and Chimang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.9°C (53°F) and lows of about -5.1°C (23°F) in January.

Tukuche

Larjung (2560 m)

About 1-1.5 hours from Tukuche
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.0°C (54°F) and lows of about -5.0°C (23°F) in January.

Larjung

Lete (2480 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.5°C (55°F) and lows of about -4.5°C (24°F) in January.

Lete

Kalopani (2480 m)

About 2.5-3 hours from Larjung
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.5°C (55°F) and lows of about -4.5°C (24°F) in January.

Kalopani
Mon Jan 27 (day 5)

Ghasa (2000 m)

About 2.5-3 hours from Kalopani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.4°C (60°F) and lows of about -1.6°C (29°F) in January.

Tatopani (1190 m)

About 6-7 hours from Ghasa
Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.3°C (69°F) and lows of about 3.3°C (38°F) in January.

Tatopani
Tue Jan 28 (day 6)

Ghorepani (2874 m)

About 6-8 hours from Tatopani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.2°C (50°F) and lows of about -6.8°C (20°F) in January.

Ghorepani
Wed Jan 29 (day 7)

Poon Hill (3210 m)

About 2 hours above Ghorepani, and an hour return
Expect typical high termperatures of about 8.1°C (47°F) and lows of about -8.9°C (16°F) in January.

Poon Hill

Tikhedunga (1525 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.3°C (65°F) and lows of about 1.3°C (34°F) in January.

Naya Pul (1000 m)

About 7-9 hours from Ghorepani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 21.4°C (71°F) and lows of about 4.4°C (40°F) in January.

Public bus from Naya Pul to Pokhara (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $2.00
Travel time: about 2 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.4°C (72°F) and lows of about 5.4°C (42°F) in January.

Pokhara
you can add extra rest days after the itinerary is created

by Samuel (Australia) on Oct 26, 2019

Annapurna Circuit Classic finish via Poon Hill, via Tilicho Lake, and Classic Start from Besi Sahar led by Ang Tsering Sherpa

Some great views from Poon Hill, we were unlucky with the weather but the views were still spectacular!

by Robert-jan (The Netherlands) on Dec 29, 2018

Annapurna Circuit Classic Start from Besi Sahar and Classic finish via Poon Hill led by Sanjaya Tamang

by Tania (Canada) on Dec 18, 2018

Annapurna Circuit Classic Start from Besi Sahar and Classic finish via Poon Hill led by Dawa Sherpa

Poon Hill is worth the 30 minutes sidetrip from Ghorepani and will feel easy after all of the uphill on the first half of the trip. Most people got up early to be at the top for sunrise. I do not recommend this unless you want to share the viewpoint with hundreds of people. Sleep in, have a nice breakfast and enjoy the people free views later in the day.

by Nee (Malaysia) on Oct 25, 2017

Annapurna Circuit via Tilicho Lake and Classic finish via Poon Hill led by Mingma Nuru Sherpa