Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most classic treks in the country. And April is the second most popular month to do the Circuit Trek. The Annapurna Circuit Trek in April rewards the trekkers with a clear and amazing view of mountains.
It is the time of Spring when the temperature is mild and so suitable for trekking. Also, there are very fewer chances of weather changes like rainfall in April. About 15% of annual visitors come in April out of the total tourists trekking the circuit annually.
During the trek, you will go through one of the most diverse and stunning tea houses in the Himalaya. You will also get a chance to witness the ethnic groups with their own diverse language and tradition during your trek. The views of some of the most stunning peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges will make your trek more exciting.
This trek is also known as the round trek to the Annapurna region.
Annapurna Circuit Trek begins at Besisahar inside the Marshyangdi river valley and finally ends up in the Kali Gandaki gorge. This is the deepest gorge in the world. The time taken to finish the adventure is usually 10 to 15 days.
Another highlight of this trek is crossing the Thorong La pass at 5,416 meters. It is an achievement to cross Thorong La as it is the highest and most challenging pass on the circuit. You can get a stunning view of the Himalayas from this point.
Local meals and cozy tea house accommodation available along the trek. Don’t forget to try the delicious apple pies you will ever have while trekking in the Annapurna region in April.
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What is the main attraction of Annapurna Circuit Trek in April?
- Clear weather in April
- Experiencing different festivals like Bisket Jatra, Nepali New Year, Nepalese Mother’s Day and Buddha Jayanti.
- Amazing views of Mountains
- Exploring the Annapurna Conservation Area
- Early morning views are breathtaking
- Visiting the holiest site of Hindus and Buddhists, Muktinath Temple
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Preparation day for the tour and sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Bulbule (923m).
Day 04: Start of the trek from Bulbule to Chyamje (1400m).
Day 05: Trek from Chyamje to Bagarchhap (2160m).
Day 06: Early in morning trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m).
Day 07: Chame to Upper Pisang (3300m).
Day 08: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m).
Day 09: Acclimatization day in Manang.
Day 10: Trek from Manang to Ledar (4250m).
Day 11: Early morning trek from Ledar to Pedi or High camp (4,600m).
Day 12: Phedi to Muktinath (3,710m).
Day 13: Visit Muktinath Temple and trek to Jomsom (2750m) Via Kagbeni.
Day 14: Drive from Jomsom to Tatopani(1190) Natural hot spring.
Day 15: Trek down to Ghorepani (2850m).
Day 16: Trek to Poon Hill – trek down to Ghorepani and Nayapul – back to Pokhara.
Weather and Temperature
April is known as mid-spring in Nepal. During April, the average temperature in the Annapurna region can reach up to 20 degrees Celsius. But this is only true at elevations below 2500m.
You should know that for every 1000m increase in height, the temperature goes down by 7-10 degrees during April.
However, the average monthly temperature at the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit is -6 degrees Celsius.
You may experience moderate to heavy rainfall along with lightning and thunderstorms in the month of April in the lower part. However, In the area of Manang and Mustang of the Annapurna circuit, it is pretty dry as it is located in the rain shadow area. So there are the least chances of rainfall in the upper region.
Benefits of Annapurna Circuit Trekking in April
As the climate during April will be warmer which means you do not have to burden yourself with heavy layered clothes. You can travel light with just a t-shirt or a windcheater while trekking to Annapurna Circuit in April. But you might need layered clothing at altitudes above 3000m.
The weather is quite dry at the higher altitude giving you uninterrupted viewing and fulfilling trekking experience.
You will get to explore many species of wildflowers that are in full bloom around this time.
The Annapurna region is alpine heaven for those who trek during April. The red and yellow rhododendrons, blue irises, orchids, magnolias, and golden raspberries are at their best during this time.
Annapurna trek during April can also be a good time to interact with fellow trekkers and also the local people on the route as there are going to be quite a lot of them. You might even coincide with the Nepali New Year during your Annapurna Circuit Trek, which can add more flavor to your trekking experience.
How Difficult is Annapurna Circuit Trek in April?
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate trek which is the best option for the inexperienced trekkers as well. There are no experience limits nor any age limit for this trek. Any person with moderate physical fitness and a positive mindset can easily go on this trek.
You get to walk along the stone stairs most of the time as the trails are well-managed. There are thousands of stairs either uphill or downhill with the side views of rhododendrons and the typical settlement areas.
Since you will be walking over the height of 4200 meters, you might have to worry about getting altitude sickness. As anyone can have this problem once you exceed above 2500m. So it is recommended to know more about altitude sickness, its symptoms and ways to prevent it.
April is the time of hot and dry weather, so you will not have to worry about the rain and cold. Plus, you will be safe from the chilling cold of the winter months. Hence, you will have a much easier time walking on the lap of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna mountain ranges.
And, you do not have to worry about going homeless or food-less in the mountains as there are enough tea houses which provide the finest services.
Thus, well-maintained trails, with the bearable climate, and the availability of comfortable tea houses this trek will not be much difficult for you. With proper packing and physical fitness, you are good to go for the trek.
Food and Accommodation for Annapurna Circuit Trek in April
Annapurna Circuit trek in April is among the most popular season for trekking in Nepal. So, you will find enough services for the food and accommodations along the route. The option for it in Kathmandu and Pokhara is limitless. During this time, you will find numerous hotels ranging from simple tea houses to 5-star hotels with limitless services.
You will encounter many tea houses en route as you start walking on the trekking trail. You do not have to worry about their services as the price is maintained by the ACAP.
The tea houses normally provide you with a twin-bed room with a common toilet. You can even ask for extra blankets if needed. You will have a lot of choices in food because they serve all types of food like momo, noodles, coffee, the Nepali food- Dal Bhat along with seasonal vegetables and other continental dishes.
You must not forget to book a room in advance since April is the peak time for trekking in this region.
Packing List for Annapurna Circuit Trek in April
- Valid passport, extra passport size photos, visa, and ticket
- Proof of Insurance
- Nepali currencies in cash for tips, gratitude, and to purchase Visa
- Photocopy of your passport and visa
- Trekking permits
- Trekking T-shirts
- Windproof trousers
- Shell jackets
- Down Jacket
- Trekking socks
- Hiking boots
- Sleeping bags
- Bandana or headscarf
- First Aid kits
- Medicines against fever, diarrhea, headache, cold, etc
- Water purification tablets
- Hand Sanitizers
- Toilet paper
- Quick-drying towels
- Multi-purpose soap
Tips for Trekking to Annapurna Circuit in April
- Make your luggage as light as possible.
- Always stay hydrated to avoid getting altitude sickness.
- Bring Good pairs of hiking boots.
- Pack some snacks for the trek.
- Wear the right amount of clothing.
- Get proper trekking gears
- Get Travel Insurance
- Carry enough medicines for the whole trek (if you have any)
- Carry basic medicines like Cetamols, pain relief sprays, Diamox, etc.
- Do not forget to collect permits.
- Take enough rest. Do not rush.
- Since it is the peak season try to pre book your rooms and tickets.
Festivals You Can Be a Part of While Trekking in April
This is a festival celebrated during mid-April by the Newar communities in Bhaktapur.
The locals pull a huge golden chariot around the town until it reaches the Khalna Tole during Bisket Jatra. The chariot holds images of the god Bhairab. The locals take blessings during its journey from Bhaktapur to Khalna Tole.
You can also enjoy a game of tug-of-war during this festival. It takes place between the residents of the eastern and western sides of Bhaktapur.
This festival lasts for 4 days in which people enjoy public and private Bhoj (feasts) and celebrations.
Ghode Jatra takes place in the Kathmandu Valley. It is well-celebrated to ward off the demon ‘Gurumapa’. People believe that the soul of the demon still lives underground at Tundikhel.
Hence, the trained horses of Nepal Army perform horse race and circuses at Tundikhel on this day. The locals believe that these acts prevent the demon from rising again.
This festival marks the birth of Lord Buddha. It takes place on the full moon day of the 1st month of the Nepali calendar, Baishakh.
People celebrate this day by lighting butter or oil lamps. These are lit in different Buddhist monasteries, homes, and temples. You can also witness the prayer chants by Buddhist Lamas at stupas and chaityas.
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Is there any physical requirement for Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Anyone who is physically fit can join the Annapurna Circuit trek. The trek does not require any expert trekking experience. However, it will be helpful if you do some basic exercises before your Annapurna Circuit trek. You must seek medical advice from your doctor before considering the trek if you have any medical condition.
Who will receive me at the airport on my arrival?
Our team representative will be there to welcome you outside of the Arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport. He will be waiting with the name card with your name on it. You will be transferred to the pre-chosen hotel after that.
What kind of accommodation can I expect while trekking?
Accommodation depends on your preference and budget. We can accommodate you according to your choice as you can choose from a budget hotel to luxurious five-star services but usually we offer three-star hotel services in our itinerary. However, you will be staying in tea houses/lodges with basic facilities during the trek. We also offer sleeping bags if required, but it’s always a good idea to carry a personal sleeping bag. Depending on the availability and prior booking, we provide you with single and double rooms. It is quite difficult to get a single room during the peak season so we recommend you book early.
Can I extend my trek later?
Yes, it is possible to add some more days to your trek. We can customize your trek according to your preferences with additional costs including guides, accommodation, food, and porters.
If you are planning to trek to Annapurna Circuit in April, you are making the right plan. Trekking in April reduces trekking difficulties. Furthermore, you can experience the best of nature and get a perfect photo opportunity as well.
This is an overall trekking detail for Annapurna Circuit trek in April. You can also book the complete package for the trek. The itinerary can be customized according to your choices and the appropriate timings. For further details, you can email to [email protected].
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