Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2019 | Change

Classic Start from Besi Sahar side trek (5 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

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Highlights: Bahundanda

Difficulty: challenging
Classic Start from Besi Sahar
Starting at $192 usd
For 1 person -Guide & Permits
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees
$31.06 /day per person for guide
+ $36 per person for permits

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

Sherpana prices are based on group size. We refund you the difference if more people join your trek.
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Included Services
  • Permits ACAP
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance

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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.

Before the road existed, trekkers would start their journey around Annapurna from the market town of Besi Sahar. This journey takes you from lush rice paddy clad hills to the ice and rock of the Thorung La. To experience the full range of Nepal’s diverse mountain ecology, begin your trek at this classic start point.

Weather Conditions in December

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December is probably the most underrated month to trek, one of the driest months of the year skies are often clear from sunrise to sunset. The trails and teahouses are less crowded than in November.

At a glance
On average there are 1 day with precipitation in December. The highest point on the trek is Chame at 2710 m. During December, expect high temperatures of around 12.1°C (54°F) and lows down to -3.9°C (25°F) at Chame.

Classic Start from Besi Sahar 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.

Tue Dec 17 (day 1)
Public bus from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $6.00
Travel time: about 6 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Besi Sahar (800 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 23.6°C (74°F) and lows of about 7.6°C (46°F) in December.

Bhulbhule (840 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 23.4°C (74°F) and lows of about 7.4°C (45°F) in December.

Wed Dec 18 (day 2)

Bahundanda (1270 m)

About 3-4 hours from Bhulbhule
Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.8°C (69°F) and lows of about 4.8°C (41°F) in December.

Bahundanda

Ghermu (1140 m)

About 2-3 hours from Bahundanda
Expect typical high termperatures of about 21.6°C (71°F) and lows of about 5.6°C (42°F) in December.

Thu Dec 19 (day 3)

Syange (1080 m)

About a half hour from Ghermu or About 6-7 hours from Bhulbhule
Expect typical high termperatures of about 21.9°C (71°F) and lows of about 5.9°C (43°F) in December.

Syange

Jagat (1290 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.7°C (69°F) and lows of about 4.7°C (40°F) in December.

Chamje (1410 m)

About 3-4 hours from Syange
Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.9°C (68°F) and lows of about 3.9°C (39°F) in December.

Chamje

Tal (1700 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.2°C (65°F) and lows of about 2.2°C (36°F) in December.

Tal

Dharapani (1960 m)

About 5-6 hours from Chamje
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.6°C (62°F) and lows of about 0.6°C (33°F) in December.

Dharapani
Fri Dec 20 (day 4)

Bagarchhap (2160 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.4°C (60°F) and lows of about -0.6°C (31°F) in December.

Chame (2710 m)

About 6-7 hours from Dharapani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.1°C (54°F) and lows of about -3.9°C (25°F) in December.

Chame
Sat Dec 21 (day 5)
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

Great start to the trek, really enjoyed the town of besi sahar.

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

This is unfortunately bypassed by a lot of folks. The scenery is unique the villages feel more authentic because they are less visited by people. Climbing through the different eco-systems and landscapes is interesting, you'll have plenty of time to acclimate, and your first site of the snow capped peaks is that much more special. Also, there are lots of opportunities for taking alternate trails to avoid the road. Make sure you buy a good map and plan out your routes otherwise you can be stuck walking on the road.