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Annapurna Sanctuary via Khopra Ridge & Poon Hill (15 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

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Difficulty: challenging

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Annapurna Sanctuary via Khopra Ridge & Poon Hill
$608 usd
For 1 person to join this trek
Guide & Permits Only

Price drops to $353 if 1 interested trekker joins this trek

Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees:
$31.02 /day per person for guide
+ $30 per person for guide's insurance
+ $48.75 per person for vat tax
+ $48 per person for permits
+ $15 for private trek surcharge

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

Included Services
  • Permits ACAP and TIMS Card
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance
  • VAT Tax 13% Nepal Government Tax
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
    + $2.21 per day per porter for vat tax (porter)

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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 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

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 Khopra Ridge & Poon Hill
(Elevation Profile)

Itinerary
(15 days / 14 nights )
created by Jack

Sun Dec 22 (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.

Mon Dec 23 (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
Tue Dec 24 (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
Wed Dec 25 (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
Thu Dec 26 (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
Fri Dec 27 (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
Sat Dec 28 (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
Sun Dec 29 (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)

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

Ghandruk
Mon Dec 30 (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.

Tue Dec 31 (day 10)

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.

Wed Jan 1 (day 11)

Muldai (3637 m)

About 30 min from Dobato.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.6°C (42°F) and lows of about -11.4°C (11°F) in January.

Muldai
Ang Tsering Sherpa

Bayeli Kharka (3440 m)

About 1 to 2 hours from Dobato
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.8°C (44°F) and lows of about -10.2°C (14°F) in January.

Chistibung (3000 m)

About 5 to 6 hours from Dobato and 4-5 hours from Bayeli Kharka
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.4°C (49°F) and lows of about -7.6°C (18°F) in January.

Thu Jan 2 (day 12)

Khopra Danda (3640 m)

About 4 hours from Chistibung
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.6°C (42°F) and lows of about -11.4°C (11°F) in January.

Khopra Danda
Fri Jan 3 (day 13)

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.

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.

Sat Jan 4 (day 14)

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 5 (day 15)

Poon Hill (3210 m)

About 1-1.5 hours up and a half hour back down to Ghorepani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 8.1°C (47°F) and lows of about -8.9°C (16°F) in January.

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 18.3°C (65°F) and lows of about 1.3°C (34°F) in January.

Birethanti (1025 m)

About 1-2 hours from Tikhedunga
Expect typical high termperatures of about 21.3°C (70°F) and lows of about 4.3°C (40°F) in January.

Naya Pul (1000 m)

About 45 minutes from Birethanti
Expect typical high termperatures of about 21.4°C (71°F) and lows of about 4.4°C (40°F) in January.

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 22.4°C (72°F) and lows of about 5.4°C (42°F) in January.

Pokhara