Jan 28 - Feb 5, 2021 | Change

Ghandruk, Khopra Ridge, & Poon Hill Khayer Lake Day Trip trek (9 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

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

Difficulty: challenging
Ghandruk, Khopra Ridge, & Poon Hill
Starting at $388 usd
For 1 person -Guide & Permits
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees
$31.03 /day per person for guide
+ $30 per person for guide's insurance
+ $29.25 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)

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.

Side trip Khayer Lake Day Trip: 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.

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 Khayer Lake at 4660 m. During January, expect high temperatures of around -0.6°C (31°F) and lows down to -17.6°C (0°F) at Khayer Lake.

Ghandruk, Khopra Ridge, & Poon Hill Khayer Lake Day Trip 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 28 (day 1)

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
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 21.4°C (71°F) and lows of about 4.4°C (40°F) in January.

Birethanti (1025 m)

About 1 hour from Naya Pul
Expect typical high termperatures of about 21.3°C (70°F) and lows of about 4.3°C (40°F) in January.

Syauli Bazaar (1170 m)

1 hour easy walk from Birethani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.4°C (69°F) and lows of about 3.4°C (38°F) in January.

Ghandruk (2000 m)

About 2-3 hours from Syauli Bazaar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.4°C (60°F) and lows of about -1.6°C (29°F) in January.

Ghandruk
Fri Jan 29 (day 2)

Tadapani (2590 m)

About 3-4 hours from Ghandruk (trail climbs through forest)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.9°C (53°F) and lows of about -5.1°C (23°F) in January.

Sat Jan 30 (day 3)

Dobato (3350 m)

About 4-5 hour from Tadapani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.3°C (45°F) and lows of about -9.7°C (15°F) in January.

Sun Jan 31 (day 4)

Muldai (3637 m)

About 30 min from Dobato.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.6°C (42°F) and lows of about -11.4°C (11°F) in January.

Muldai
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Bayeli Kharka (3440 m)

About 1 to 2 hours from Dobato
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.8°C (44°F) and lows of about -10.2°C (14°F) in January.

Chistibung (3000 m)

About 5 to 6 hours from Dobato and 4-5 hours from Bayeli Kharka
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.4°C (49°F) and lows of about -7.6°C (18°F) in January.

Mon Feb 1 (day 5)

Khopra Danda (3640 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.6°C (46°F) and lows of about -9.4°C (15°F) in February.

Khopra Danda
Tue Feb 2 (day 6)

Khayer Lake (4660 m)

About 6-7 hours round trip from Khopra Danda (pack a lunch no food)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 1.4°C (35°F) and lows of about -15.6°C (4°F) in February.

Khopra Danda (3640 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.6°C (46°F) and lows of about -9.4°C (15°F) in February.

Khopra Danda
Wed Feb 3 (day 7)

Chistibung (3000 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.4°C (53°F) and lows of about -5.6°C (22°F) in February.

Swanta (2350 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.3°C (60°F) and lows of about -1.7°C (29°F) in February.

Thu Feb 4 (day 8)

Ghorepani (2874 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.2°C (54°F) and lows of about -4.8°C (23°F) in February.

Ghorepani
Fri Feb 5 (day 9)

Poon Hill (3210 m)

About 1-1.5 hours up and a half hour back down to Ghorepani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.1°C (50°F) and lows of about -6.9°C (20°F) in February.

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 20.3°C (69°F) and lows of about 3.3°C (38°F) in February.

Birethanti (1025 m)

About 1-2 hours from Tikhedunga
Expect typical high termperatures of about 23.3°C (74°F) and lows of about 6.3°C (43°F) in February.

Naya Pul (1000 m)

About 45 minutes from Birethanti
Expect typical high termperatures of about 23.4°C (74°F) and lows of about 6.4°C (44°F) in February.

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 24.4°C (76°F) and lows of about 7.4°C (45°F) in February.

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.