Jan 30 - Feb 4, 2022 | Change

via Ghandruk and Chomrong side trek (6 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

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Highlights: Ghandruk

Difficulty: easy
via Ghandruk and Chomrong

Return via the picturesque villages of Ghandruk and Chomrong

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 High Camp (Mardi Himal) at 3900 m. During January, expect high temperatures of around 4.0°C (39°F) and lows down to -13.0°C (9°F) at High Camp (Mardi Himal).

via Ghandruk and Chomrong Side trek
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Sun Jan 30 (day 1)

High Camp (Mardi Himal) (3900 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 4.0°C (39°F) and lows of about -13.0°C (9°F) in January.

Mon Jan 31 (day 2)

Forest Camp (Kokar) (3050 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.1°C (48°F) and lows of about -7.9°C (18°F) in January.

Tue Feb 1 (day 3)

Landruk (1565 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.0°C (68°F) and lows of about 3.0°C (37°F) in February.

Wed Feb 2 (day 4)

Chomrong (2210 m)

About 5-6 hours from Landruk
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.1°C (61°F) and lows of about -0.9°C (30°F) in February.

Chomrong
Thu Feb 3 (day 5)

Ghandruk (2000 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.4°C (63°F) and lows of about 0.4°C (33°F) in February.

Ghandruk

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Highlights: Ghandruk and Poon Hill
Difficulty: moderate
A moderate hike in the Annapurna region for those who want a taste of trekking without the high altitude. While relatively easy by Nepal standards, this trek still packs a punch, with some steep climbs and awesome views, including the famed Himalayan panorama from atop Poon Hill. Images from via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) Side Trek

Fri Feb 4 (day 6)

Birethanti (1025 m)

About 3 hours from Ghandruk
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 Birethani
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

by Israel (Germany) on Jul 28, 2019

Mardi Himal led by Pema Futi Sherpa

by Christine (Canada) on Apr 15, 2019

Mardi Himal led by Nirmala Subedi

by Israel (Germany) on Jul 28, 2019

Mardi Himal led by Pema Futi Sherpa

by Brian (Australia) on Mar 28, 2019

Annapurna Sanctuary via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) led by Ang Tsering Sherpa

The side trip to Poon Hill was beautiful although the view at Khopra was more dramatic and far less crowded. If we did the Khopra trek again, I probably would not go to Poon Hill as well.

by Chris (Australia) on Dec 26, 2018

Ghandruk Loop via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) led by Mingma Nuru Sherpa

by Michael (United Kingdom) on Dec 8, 2018

Ghandruk Loop Australian Camp Out and Back and via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) led by Samikshya Chaudhary

The final ascent from Ghorepani to Poon Hill is not as difficult as some other parts of the trek, and is certainly worth doing for the spectacular views of the sunrise over the Annapurna range from the top.

by Chong fah (malaysia) on Nov 11, 2018

Annapurna Sanctuary via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) led by Ang Tsering Sherpa