Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek in Spring is the most pleasant and affordable time for most of the trekkers planning to explore Annapurna region. Spring (March, April, and May) is the second-best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp.
It is the time when the winter has already bid farewell and the summer approaches every single day. So, the days start to become hotter and the weather remains stable almost every day. That means you will have much pleasant time trekking and exploring along the route.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Spring takes you to the pleasing typical villages ready to welcome Nepali New year. The villages are Chhomrong, Sinuwa, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Ulleri, and so on. The smiling faces and the warm hospitality of the locals en route is sure to entice you. You will have much pleasant time walking on the foothills of Annapurna ranges.
The whole surrounding becomes a photographer’s paradise with the best panoramic views. The views of the terraced green field downhill, colorful veils of rhododendron and wildflowers in the hillocks on the backdrop of the clear views of the chain of smiling Himalayas serve as the photographic subject.
In Spring, you will find many fellow trekkers en route so you can opt for solo treks if you wish to.
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What are the Highlights of ABC Trek in March, April, and May?
- The whole surrounding blooms in rhododendrons and other wildflowers
- You get to walk past the pleasing cascading waterfalls and rivers
- Enticing mountain views with the blooming rhododendrons in the foreground.
- Enjoy the 360-degree views of the chain of Himalayas in the Annapurna region. It includes Annapurna ranges, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, GangaPurna, Nilgiri, Mardi Himal, and others.
- Catch the most alluring sunrise and the sunset views from the Poon Hill.
- Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp in the pleasant weather conditions.
How is the Weather of ABC Trek in Spring?
Weather of Annapurna Base Camp trek must be your primary concern before you plan the trek.
Spring is among the most favorable time of the year with the stable weather and a temperate climate. Annapurna Base Camp in spring dazzles in its full bloom. With the best views of the mountain peaks, rhododendron blossoms, and the lively villages en route.
ABC Weather and Temperature in March
March is the beginning of the Spring season in Nepal. It is the time where the winter has just ended. So, the mornings and nights are quite chilly. However, the temperature starts increasing slowly with the sun.
In average the temperature in the Annapurna Base Camp remains from high at -4 degree Celsius to -8 degree Celsius as a minimum temperature. Whereas the daily temperature in the lower altitude remains around 10-degree Celsius.
This is the time when the rhododendron buds start appearing giving the signs of the beginning of Springtime in Annapurna region. This season offers the clearest views under the deep blue sky. You may get to play in the snow in some parts of the trails as well.
ABC Weather and Temperature in April
April is the second month of Spring in Nepal which offers the dry weather and the moderate temperature. It is the most pleasant time where you do not have to worry about the rain, nor snow, nor cold. You will get to walk freely on the lap of scenic landscapes and great mountain views on the background.
The humidity is low in this season so, you will catch the surrounding and mountainscapes. Plus, the cloudless sky promises the unobstructed views. In the Annapurna Base Camp, daytime time temperature remains around 10-degree Celsius whereas the night and mornings drop to zero degrees.
This month has a bonus of the best views of colorful hillocks and white chain of Himalayas. At the mid of the month, the temperature starts rising so the days go much hotter in lower altitudes.
ABC Weather and Temperature in May
May is the last month of Spring season in Nepal. And it is the hottest month in Nepal. And, so is the Annapurna Base Camp trek.
During the sunny day, the temperature in the trek region remains around 20-degree Celsius in the lower altitudes. Whereas, it remains around 9 degree Celsius in the night. This is a much bearable temperature, especially in the night.
This month also offers the best and clear views of the mountains, the surrounding landscapes, and the cascading waterfall. Plus, you will get a chance to walk through the heart of Rhododendron forests.
Towards the end of the month, the monsoon season starts to show the signs. You may face occasional rains and thunderstorms in the evenings. But not always. Yet, it is wise to pack the rain gears as well.
Why Should I Choose ABC Trek in Spring?
Annapurna Base Camp is a moderate trek in the Annapurna region which is doable any time of the year. But in Spring the trek becomes easier and spectacular than other time of the year.
Here are some reasons why you should trek Annapurna Base Camp in Spring:
Spring is a hot month in the Annapurna Base Camp trek. And, is a dry season due to the least to rare rainfall in the region. So, the humidity is also less with low precipitation. That means you will catch the sharpest views of the mountain peaks and the landscapes on the horizon. Plus, you do not have to worry about the fog and clouds covering them during this time of the year.
Moderate Climate Along the Route
This is the time when you will experience neither extremely hot nor extreme cold. You will feel the moderate climate. At the lower altitudes, you may feel hot during the day treks. But the lush forests, perennial rivers, and the waterfalls add a chill to your body and soul.
And, during nights you will feel the chilling cold but it is absolutely bearable. Plus, the weather remains almost stable so, you will have much easy time to trek.
This is the best time to catch the stunning views of the sky-rocketing snow-covered peaks. The days are usually crisp with few to no clouds. So, the mountain views remain intact from any point of the trek route.
Plus, the freshly blooming vegetation, lush forests, and the glamorous rivers and waterfalls offer the most alluring views. Thus, promising the best photographs.
Rhododendron Blossoms Everywhere
Spring is the month of flowers, twigs, birds, and butterflies. You will witness a variation and newness in the flora and fauna of the region. The vegetation comes into life after the harsh winter in the Spring.
In the high hillocks along the route, you will walk through the blooming rhododendron flowers. The red, white, yellow, blue and other colored flowers in the jungle are sure to entice you.
Celebrate Nepali New Year at Annapurna Base Camp
April is the time of Nepali New Year. This is the time where you will see happiness in every Nepalese face to welcome the new year. If you trek during this time, you will get to join the Nepalese in New Year celebrations on the lap of towering peaks. Such a blissful time, isn’t it?
Dry, Bug-free Trails
This is the time of the year where you can go on treks without worrying about the slippery trails and snow. Nor, do you have to worry of the leech and mosquito attacks.
The dry weather and the least chances of rain and snow make the trail dry and bug-free. You will get to walk freely without worrying about slipping off the trails or getting wounds from bug-bites.
How Difficult is ABC Trek in March, April, and May?
Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderate trek to the heart of Annapurna region. Any people with a good health condition and eagerness to trek to the base camp can complete the trek successfully in Spring.
The trials to the Annapurna Base Camp are well maintained and they are dry in Spring. So, you will have the least chances of road accidents. And, the pleasant surrounding with the chirping birds will make you forget the tiredness of walking uphill and downhill along the millions of stairs en route.
Also, you will be safe from the harsh cold and heavy rainfalls. So, you will have a much easier time along the trails.
Since, Spring is the second best time for the trek you may find the tea houses along the route and the trails crowded. But if you pre-book for the rooms then you will have no problem for food and accommodations during the trek.
So, carry appropriate trekking gears, walk slowly, during enough water, and ascend to altitudes slowly. This way, you will beat every difficulty of the Annapurna Base Camp trek in Spring.
Can I Go on a Solo Trek to Annapurna Base Camp in Spring?
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is absolutely safe for solo travelers. And, Spring is the most feasible tie for the trek. You will get to walk in the pleasantest weather conditions with few risks of avalanches and landslides. So, your trek will be much safe although you trek solo.
And, once it is the second best time for this trek, you will find lots of other fellow trekkers on the route. So, you will have the least chances of missing the trails. And, the well-maintained trails will ease your trek very much easier and fascinating in Spring. So, solo trekking is absolutely possible in Annapurna Base Camp trek in Spring.
However, we recommend you to go with a licensed guide or a porter. This is for your safety. You need them if in case you get minor accidents or feel some symptoms of altitude sickness.
Are the Permits Available for ABC Trek in Spring?
Yes, permits are available for Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Spring. In fact, the permits are available at any time of the year. You just have to submit a copy of your passport and a photo at the Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu to get the permits. Or, you can buy them at the trailheads or at Pokhara.
You need two permits for this trek- TIMS card and ACAP permits whose cost remains the same all year round. You will not have to pay extra during the peak seasons.
What Things Should I Pack for ABC Trek in March, April, and May?
Springtime is the time just after winter has ended and the summer starts to spread its charm. So, as the days deepen it starts getting warmer. So, for such weather conditions, you can carry a pair of winter clothes and focus on summer packings. Plus, while packing you need not worry about either rain nor freezing cold. So, packing is also much easier.
What you pack inside your bag for the treks is a completely subjective issue. However, there are some necessaries that everybody must pack. Some of these lists are:
- Trekking Poles
- High SPF sunscreen and lip balm
- Head Scarf
- Sleeping Bags
- Hiking boots
- Trekking socks
- Down Jacket
- Shell Jacket
- Breathable underwear
- Trekking T-shirts
- Windproof trekking trousers
- First Aid Kits
- Medicines for common illness- Fever, tonsils, cold, headache, diarrhea, etc
- Water purifiers/ purification tablets
- Hand Sanitizers
- Toilet Paper
- Multi-purpose soap
- Quick drying towel
Important documents and items
- Visa, ticket, Valid passport, passport size photo
- Insurance paper
- Photocopy of your visa and passport
- Trekking permits
- Hand cash in Nepali currencies
What are the Tips for Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Spring?
- Since it is a pre-season, book the room and food in advance.
- Pack summer clothes. Do not overweight your bag with winter clothes.
- Pack light! Pack wise!
- The heat during the day dehydrates you very fast, so during as much water as you can.
- Do not rush. Walk slowly. Maintain your pace.
- You may face heavy traffic in the trails. Come prepared to cope with them.
- Carry a high SPF sunscreen and lip balm to prevent sunburns.
- Carry along the necessary permits for the trek. (TIMS card and ACAP permit)
- Carry the sufficient hand cash as there are no ATMs in the hillsides as you leave Pokhara.
- You may encounter occasional rains in early or late spring. It’s a good idea to buy waterproof trekking gears to walk on a safer side.
- Wear quick drying hiking shirts because you will sweat a lot during the hot days of April and May.
Annapurna Base Camp trek in Spring is the most appropriate time to enjoy the whole beauty of the Annapurna region. The weather, temperature, and side views are all in your favor during this trek in Spring.
So, plan the trip. Pack the bags. And spend your spring vacations in Annapurna Base Camp Trek. For further inquiry contact us.