Dec 2 - Dec 12, 2019  confirmed

Annapurna Sanctuary via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) (11 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

Rating: | 7 reviews
Difficulty: challenging

Public trek | 3 confirmed trekkers

Annapurna Sanctuary via Ghorepani (Poon Hill)
$159 usd
For 1 person to join this trek
Guide & Permits Only
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees:
$9.32 /day per person for guide
+ $7.50 per person for guide's insurance
+ $48 per person for permits

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

Included Services
  • Permits ACAP and TIMS Card
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance
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

Guide
Lhakpa Sona
Languages
English, Hindi, Nepali, and Sherpa
Ratings
new on Sherpana
Currently 3 Trekkers
3 confirmed trekkers
confirmed

Melody

With 2 guests: Eric (USA) and Gabriel (USA)
Hired 1 porter

For those with limited time, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek offers a journey of shifting landscapes; from the lush middle hills to the cauldron of ice and rock at Annapurna Base Camp, referred to as the Annapurna Sanctuary for the high mountain walls that surround it. The trail passes through a steep narrow valley with Machapuchare (Fish Tail Mountain)] towering above the valley. The view at Annapurna Base Camp is awe-inspiring as you stare up at the whiteface of Annapurna I surrounded by snowclad peaks in every direction. This trek is most comfortably done in 9 days but for those with even more limited time it is possible to do this trek in as few as 7 days. Add the Short Modi Kola Start option to reduce the trekking by a day. Add the 'Annapurna Base Camp Day Visit' option to reduce the trek by another day. This is least desirable since the best weather is often early in the morning.

Side trip via Ghorepani (Poon Hill): 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.

Weather Conditions in December

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 Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 m. During December, expect high temperatures of around 3.6°C (38°F) and lows down to -12.4°C (10°F) at Annapurna Base Camp.

Annapurna Sanctuary via Ghorepani (Poon Hill)
(Elevation Profile)

Itinerary
(11 days / 10 nights )
created by Melody

Mon Dec 2 (day 1)

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
Public bus from Pokhara to Dhampus Phedi (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $1.00
Travel time: about 2 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Dhampus Phedi (1130 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 21.6°C (71°F) and lows of about 5.6°C (42°F) in December.

Tolka (1700 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.2°C (65°F) and lows of about 2.2°C (36°F) in December.

Landruk (1565 m)

About 6-7 hours from Phedi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.0°C (66°F) and lows of about 3.0°C (37°F) in December.

Tue Dec 3 (day 2)

Chomrong (2210 m)

About 5-6 hours from Landruk
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.1°C (59°F) and lows of about -0.9°C (30°F) in December.

Chomrong
Wed Dec 4 (day 3)

Sinuwa (2340 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.4°C (58°F) and lows of about -1.6°C (29°F) in December.

Bamboo (2310 m)

About 5 hours from Chomrong
Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.5°C (58°F) and lows of about -1.5°C (29°F) in December.

Bamboo
Thu Dec 5 (day 4)

Dobhan (Dovan) (2500 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 13.4°C (56°F) and lows of about -2.6°C (27°F) in December.

Himalayan Hotel (2840 m)

About 3-4 hours from Bamboo
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.4°C (53°F) and lows of about -4.6°C (24°F) in December.

Himalayan Hotel
Fri Dec 6 (day 5)

Deurali, ABC Trek (3200 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.2°C (49°F) and lows of about -6.8°C (20°F) in December.

Machapuchare Base Camp (3700 m)

About 3-4 hours from Himalayan Hotel
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.2°C (43°F) and lows of about -9.8°C (14°F) in December.

Machapuchare Base Camp
Sat Dec 7 (day 6)

Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m)

About 2 hours from Machapuchre Base Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 3.6°C (38°F) and lows of about -12.4°C (10°F) in December.

Annapurna Base Camp
Sun Dec 8 (day 7)

Deurali, ABC Trek (3200 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.2°C (49°F) and lows of about -6.8°C (20°F) in December.

Himalayan Hotel (2840 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.4°C (53°F) and lows of about -4.6°C (24°F) in December.

Himalayan Hotel

Dobhan (Dovan) (2500 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 13.4°C (56°F) and lows of about -2.6°C (27°F) in December.

Bamboo (2310 m)

About 7-8 hours from Annapurna Base Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.5°C (58°F) and lows of about -1.5°C (29°F) in December.

Bamboo
Mon Dec 9 (day 8)

Sinuwa (2340 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.4°C (58°F) and lows of about -1.6°C (29°F) in December.

Chomrong (2210 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.1°C (59°F) and lows of about -0.9°C (30°F) in December.

Chomrong

Jhinu Danda (1780 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.7°C (64°F) and lows of about 1.7°C (35°F) in December.

Ghandruk (2000 m)

About 3-4 hours from Landruk (trail descends steeply towards the river for an hour then after crossing the river there is a steep ascent for about 2-3 hours with Himalayan views passing through several small villages)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.4°C (62°F) and lows of about 0.4°C (33°F) in December.

Ghandruk
Tue Dec 10 (day 9)

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.

Ghorepani (2874 m)

About 4-5 hours from Tadapani (after an initial steep descent the trail climbs through forests and along a high ridge via Deurali at 2990 m before descending again to Ghorepani)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.2°C (52°F) and lows of about -4.8°C (23°F) in December.

Ghorepani
Wed Dec 11 (day 10)

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.

Thu Dec 12 (day 11)

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
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 Birethani
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