Jan 29 - Feb 2, 2022 | Change

via Khopra Ridge (Danda) side trek (5 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

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Highlights: Poon Hill and Khopra Danda

Difficulty: moderate
via Khopra Ridge (Danda)

This route climbs up the Khopra Ridge for magnificent panoramas of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and other Himalayan peaks. An overnight at Khopra Danda (3640 m, 11,942 ft) lets you wake to this spectacular view just outside your room, at what must be one of the best lodge locations in the region.

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 Khopra Danda at 3640 m. During January, expect high temperatures of around 5.6°C (42°F) and lows down to -11.4°C (11°F) at Khopra Danda.

via Khopra Ridge (Danda) Side trek
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Sat Jan 29 (day 1)

Ghorepani (2874 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.2°C (50°F) and lows of about -6.8°C (20°F) in January.

Ghorepani
Sun Jan 30 (day 2)

Poon Hill (3210 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 8.1°C (47°F) and lows of about -8.9°C (16°F) in January.

Poon Hill

Swanta (2350 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 13.3°C (56°F) and lows of about -3.7°C (25°F) in January.

Chistibung (3000 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.4°C (49°F) and lows of about -7.6°C (18°F) in January.

Mon Jan 31 (day 3)

Khopra Danda (3640 m)

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

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.

Tue Feb 1 (day 4)

Tatopani (1190 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.3°C (72°F) and lows of about 5.3°C (42°F) in February.

Tatopani
Wed Feb 2 (day 5)
Public bus from Tatopani to Beni (Not Included)

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

Beni (830 m)

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

Public bus from Beni to Pokhara (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $4.00
Travel time: about 4 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 James (United Kingdom) on Sep 30, 2019

Poon Hill via Khopra Ridge (Danda) led by Rajkumar Sunar