Dec 9 - Dec 16, 2020 | Change

Ghandruk, Khopra Ridge, & Poon Hill trek (8 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

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Highlights: Ghandruk, Muldai, Khopra Danda, and Poon Hill

Difficulty: moderate
Ghandruk, Khopra Ridge, & Poon Hill
Starting at $353 usd
For 1 person -Guide & Permits
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees
$31.04 /day per person for guide
+ $30 per person for guide's insurance
+ $26 per person for vat tax
+ $48 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 and TIMS Card
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance
  • VAT Tax 13% Nepal Government Tax
Optional Services (Porter)
  • Porter Each porter may carry no more than 20 kg (44 lb). One porter is usually enough for 2 people's gear. Government required insurance covers the porter in case of an accident while on the trip.
    $20 per day per porter

    + $30 per porter for porter's insurance
    + $2.21 per day per porter for vat tax (porter)

This trip has optional side trips. Would you like to see the options?

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 higher altitudes, temperatures drop as the winter season approaches so it is important to carry warm enough clothing and sleeping bags. When properly prepared December can be a great month to trek

At a glance
On average there are 1 day with precipitation in December. The highest point on the trek is Khopra Danda at 3640 m. During December, expect high temperatures of around 6.6°C (44°F) and lows down to -9.4°C (15°F) at Khopra Danda.

Ghandruk, Khopra Ridge, & Poon Hill Trek
(Elevation Profile)

Available Side Trips

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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.

Wed Dec 9 (day 1)

Pokhara (827 m)

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

Pokhara
Public bus from Pokhara to Naya Pul (Not Included)

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

Naya Pul (1000 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.4°C (72°F) and lows of about 6.4°C (44°F) in December.

Birethanti (1025 m)

About 1 hour from Naya Pul
Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.3°C (72°F) and lows of about 6.3°C (43°F) in December.

Syauli Bazaar (1170 m)

1 hour easy walk from Birethani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 21.4°C (71°F) and lows of about 5.4°C (42°F) in December.

Ghandruk (2000 m)

About 2-3 hours from Syauli Bazaar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.4°C (62°F) and lows of about 0.4°C (33°F) in December.

Ghandruk
Thu Dec 10 (day 2)

Tadapani (2590 m)

About 3-4 hours from Ghandruk (trail climbs through forest)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.9°C (55°F) and lows of about -3.1°C (26°F) in December.

Fri Dec 11 (day 3)

Dobato (3350 m)

About 4-5 hour from Tadapani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 8.3°C (47°F) and lows of about -7.7°C (18°F) in December.

Sat Dec 12 (day 4)

Muldai (3637 m)

About 30 min from Dobato.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.6°C (44°F) and lows of about -9.4°C (15°F) in December.

Muldai
Ang Tsering Sherpa

Bayeli Kharka (3440 m)

About 1 to 2 hours from Dobato
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.8°C (46°F) and lows of about -8.2°C (17°F) in December.

Chistibung (3000 m)

About 5 to 6 hours from Dobato and 4-5 hours from Bayeli Kharka
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.4°C (51°F) and lows of about -5.6°C (22°F) in December.

Sun Dec 13 (day 5)

Khopra Danda (3640 m)

About 4 hours from Chistibung
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.6°C (44°F) and lows of about -9.4°C (15°F) in December.

Khopra Danda

Highlights: Khopra Danda
Difficulty: challenging
The long day hike to this remote sacred lake at the foot of Annapurna Fang is a strenuous but rewarding side trip climbing 1000 m from Khopra Danda to this small lake at 4660 m  (15,289 ft). You will need to pack a lunch and bring water or water purification equipment with you since there is no lodging along the route or at the lake. This hike brings you right next to the soaring rock and ice of the Annapurna Massif.

Mon Dec 14 (day 6)

Chistibung (3000 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.4°C (51°F) and lows of about -5.6°C (22°F) in December.

Swanta (2350 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.3°C (58°F) and lows of about -1.7°C (29°F) in December.

Tue Dec 15 (day 7)

Ghorepani (2874 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.2°C (52°F) and lows of about -4.8°C (23°F) in December.

Ghorepani
Wed Dec 16 (day 8)

Poon Hill (3210 m)

About 1-1.5 hours up and a half hour back down to Ghorepani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.1°C (48°F) and lows of about -6.9°C (20°F) in December.

Poon Hill

Tikhedunga (1525 m)

About 5-6 hours from Ghorepani (while not required it is recommended to add an overnight in Tikhedunga to avoid a very long day and more time on top of Poon Hill)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.3°C (67°F) and lows of about 3.3°C (38°F) in December.

Birethanti (1025 m)

About 1-2 hours from Tikhedunga
Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.3°C (72°F) and lows of about 6.3°C (43°F) in December.

Naya Pul (1000 m)

About 45 minutes from Birethanti
Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.4°C (72°F) and lows of about 6.4°C (44°F) in December.

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

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

by Brad (Usa) on Nov 13, 2019

Ghandruk, Khopra Ridge, & Poon Hill led by Lali (Laxmi) Malla

Bring cash with you to poon hill to buy hot coffee while you wait for sunrise. There is a snack bar up there and I regret not having coffee.