Dec 14 - Dec 21, 2023 | 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 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.

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.

Thu Dec 14 (day 1)

Ghandruk (2000 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.4°C (62°F) and lows of about 0.4°C (33°F) in December.

Ghandruk
Fri Dec 15 (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.

Sat Dec 16 (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.

Sun Dec 17 (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.

Mon Dec 18 (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
Tue Dec 19 (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.

Wed Dec 20 (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
Thu Dec 21 (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