May 24 - May 31, 2024 | Change

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

View full itinerary: Annapurna Sanctuary

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

Difficulty: moderate
via Khopra Ridge & Poon Hill

This route climbs up the Khopra Ridge from Ghandruk for magnificent panoramas of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and other Himalayan peaks. Enroute you'll climb to the panoramic view point at Muldai before reaking Khopra Danda. 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. Finally you'll finish up via the classic view point at Poon Hill.

Weather Conditions in May

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May is the end of the ‘Spring Season’ when temperatures are more moderate and the pre-monsoon moisture increases the chance of precipitation as the month progresses. It can be hot and humid in the valleys at low elevations, so make sure you carry enough water. Like the rest of the spring, clear mornings typically give way to cloudy afternoons. At high altitudes, the precipitation can turn to snow, although at trekking elevations the accumulation does not usually get too deep. May is also the season when many 8000 m peaks are climbed so base camps of these mountains will be busy with activity.

At a glance
On average there are 12 days with precipitation in May. The highest point on the trek is Khopra Danda at 3640 m. During May, expect high temperatures of around 15.6°C (60°F) and lows down to 2.6°C (37°F) at Khopra Danda.

via Khopra Ridge & Poon Hill 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.

Fri May 24 (day 1)

Ghandruk (2000 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 25.4°C (78°F) and lows of about 12.4°C (54°F) in May.

Ghandruk
Sat May 25 (day 2)

Tadapani (2590 m)

About 3-4 hours from Ghandruk (trail climbs through forest)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 21.9°C (71°F) and lows of about 8.9°C (48°F) in May.

Sun May 26 (day 3)

Dobato (3350 m)

About 4-5 hour from Tadapani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.3°C (63°F) and lows of about 4.3°C (40°F) in May.

Mon May 27 (day 4)

Muldai (3637 m)

About 30 min from Dobato.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.6°C (60°F) and lows of about 2.6°C (37°F) in May.

Muldai
Ang Tsering Sherpa

Bayeli Kharka (3440 m)

About 1 to 2 hours from Dobato
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.8°C (62°F) and lows of about 3.8°C (39°F) in May.

Chistibung (3000 m)

About 5 to 6 hours from Dobato and 4-5 hours from Bayeli Kharka
Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.4°C (67°F) and lows of about 6.4°C (44°F) in May.

Tue May 28 (day 5)

Khopra Danda (3640 m)

About 4 hours from Chistibung
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.6°C (60°F) and lows of about 2.6°C (37°F) in May.

Khopra Danda
Wed May 29 (day 6)

Chistibung (3000 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.4°C (67°F) and lows of about 6.4°C (44°F) in May.

Swanta (2350 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 23.3°C (74°F) and lows of about 10.3°C (51°F) in May.

Thu May 30 (day 7)

Ghorepani (2874 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.2°C (68°F) and lows of about 7.2°C (45°F) in May.

Ghorepani
Fri May 31 (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 18.1°C (65°F) and lows of about 5.1°C (41°F) in May.

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 28.3°C (83°F) and lows of about 15.3°C (60°F) in May.

Birethanti (1025 m)

About 1-2 hours from Tikhedunga
Expect typical high termperatures of about 31.3°C (88°F) and lows of about 18.3°C (65°F) in May.

Naya Pul (1000 m)

About 45 minutes from Birethanti
Expect typical high termperatures of about 31.4°C (89°F) and lows of about 18.4°C (65°F) in May.

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 32.4°C (90°F) and lows of about 19.4°C (67°F) in May.

Pokhara