The jaw-dropping beauty of Annapurna Base Camp brings thousands of trekkers to this classic trekking route. This trek allows you to experience classic Nepali villages, lush green forests and the majestic mountains of this region. You can come to trek in this region all year round.
Different people like different trekking conditions. Some might prefer to trek in during the winter season when it is really cold while others enjoy the warmth of the summer during their treks. So in order to know which is the best time to trek Annapurna Base Camp, you will need to look at the weather pattern of each season and decide which the best time for you is.
Another factor which might help you choose the best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp is the number of trekkers in the region. During some seasons, the Annapurna Base Camp is more crowded than the others. If you are someone who prefers to trek in solitude, you might prefer coming here is off-season.
Let us look at the seasons in the Annapurna Base Camp, what the climate is like in those seasons and how popular these treks are during those seasons.
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Seasons in Annapurna Base Camp
Just like any other part of Nepal, Annapurna Base Camp has four seasons. They are Summer, Spring, Winter, and Autumn. These seasons fall in different months and have their unique climatic conditions.
The climatic conditions of Annapurna Base Camp depend upon various factors like the number of sunshine hours, the maximum and minimum temperatures, wind speed as well as precipitation. Let us take a look at all these factors in detail to see which month will be the most comfortable one for you to travel.
Summer Season in Annapurna Base Camp
The Summer season in the Annapurna Base Camp falls in the month of June, July, and August. Needless to say, these are the hottest months in the Annapurna Base Camp. You might be tempted to go to Annapurna Base Camp trek during this month but you have to be wary of the rain too.
During Summer season in Nepal comes the monsoon rain. So summer along with being the hottest season is also the wettest. There are also some chances of being infected with leech and the problems of mosquito bites are also present.
Rain during monsoon is not unending. Most of the times, it rains for a certain period of time after which the skies are clear and you can resume trekking. Also, it doesn’t rain every day during the monsoon. So you don’t have to worry about spending many numbers of days idly.
August is the wettest month of the year in Annapurna Base Camp. An average precipitation of 136 mm is observed in August. June is the coldest of the summer months and receives the lowest amount of rainfall in this season. The minimum temperature of the Annapurna Base Camp during June is 0 degree C.
The maximum temperature of Annapurna Base Camp during the summer is 22 degrees C. The lower regions of the trek have even higher temperatures. The lower regions also receive a higher amount of rainfall than the high altitude regions.
If you want to come for a summer trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, you need to have a flexible schedule. You have to accommodate for the fact that some days you might not trek due rain.
While packing for trekking in Annapurna Base Camp during summer, make sure you have trekking boots that have a firm grip. Some tracks might get slippery and having shoes with firm grips is necessary. You should also bring rain covers, waterproof down jackets as well as trousers. Umbrella is another piece of equipment that you will need for summer trekking in Annapurna Base Camp.
Pros of ABC Summer Trek
- Only a limited number of people complete the summer treks. So you can enjoy trekking and viewing the mountains of this region in solitude.
- Due to rain, the pollution of the places will be at a bare minimum. Thus the air is fresh and dust free.
- Bargaining during summer season might bring about discounts in your accommodation.
- You don’t have to queue up for charging your devices.
Cons of ABC Summer Trek
- Interruptions of your trek due to rain might extend your trip.
- You have to be wary of leech, mosquitoes and poor quality of drinking water.
- If you are not careful during trekking, you might slip.
Autumn Season in Annapurna Base Camp
Autumn in Nepal falls in the month of September, October, and November. These are months that are the most popular for trekking in the Annapurna Base Camp.
Among all the months of Autumn, September is the wettest month in Annapurna Base Camp. 62 mm of precipitation is observed in the month of September. The latter parts of September are relatively drier than the earlier days.
Merely 6 mm of precipitation is observed in the Annapurna Base Camp during the October whereas there is virtually no precipitation during November. The mean daily maximum temperature during these months is 17 degrees C and 11 degrees C respectively.
The maximum number of sunny days in Autumn season is observed in the month of November. You are likely to encounter 28 sunny days in the Annapurna Base Camp in November compared to 13 sunny days, 12 partly cloudy, and 5 days of overcast conditions in September.
However, the nights can be extremely cold in November. The average minimum temperature during November is -5 degrees C. This can get as low as -10 degree C as well. Even in the coldest nights in September, the lowest temperature is 0 degrees.
As long as you have packed well to avoid any mild forms of rain and to keep yourself warm when the temperatures are as low as -10 degrees C, autumn treks will be perfect. Unlike summer season, you won’t have to worry about the slippery surfaces along your trek. Even in the lower parts of the trek, the temperatures are not very high. These factors make the autumn trek to Annapurna Base Camp extremely popular.
Pros of ABC Autumn Trek
- During the latter months of the autumn, the chances of cloud covering or rain are practically non-existent.
- There are many travelers along the way with whom you can share your experiences.
- Major festivals in Nepal fall in the autumn season making the environment pleasurable.
Cons of ABC Autumn Trek
- If you are a lover of trekking in solitude, Autumn might not be the season for you.
Winter Season Trek in Annapurna Base Camp
Needless to say, that winters are cold. But when you go to the higher altitude places of the mountains, the winter gets a lot more chilling. The same is true for the winter in Annapurna Base Camp.
Winter is Annapurna Base Camp falls in the month of December, January and February. The precipitation in these months is quite low and the same is true about the daily temperatures. Thus it is extremely important for you to pack well for trekking in the winter season in the Annapurna Base Camp.
The coldest of all winter months is February where the temperature in the Annapurna Base Camp can be as low as -19 degree C. Even in the hottest of days, the highest temperature of the Annapurna Base Camp in February is merely 7 degrees. So warm clothing, footwear, and headgear will be things you cannot do without while trekking to ABC during the winter season.
The precipitation in these months varies from 5 mm to 14 mm. At the maximum, you will encounter 3 overcast days in a month during winter. So the chances of cloud covering the views of mountains are pretty low.
Another major factor to consider while trekking to Annapurna Base Camp during the winter season is the speed of wind that blows. For around half of the month, the speed of wind in the Base Camp is over 28 kilometers per hour. For a couple of days a month, wind speed can be as high as 38 kilometers per hour.
There might also be occasional snows in the mountains during the winter. High Passes in the Annapurna Region like the Thorong La pass are usually closed in the winters.
Accommodation during the winter in the Annapurna Region is open. In fact, tea houses, lodges and hotels are open all year round. The same is true of eateries and restaurants.
Pros of ABC Winter Trek
- Just like the summer trek, winter treks to EBC are peaceful as the number of trekkers is quite low.
- Unlike other seasons, you won’t have to worry about mosquito bites or leeches.
- You can celebrate New Year or Christmas in the mountains in a splendid fashion.
- Skies are clear almost all month round. This invites for excellent photography as well as videography.
Cons of ABC Winter Trek
- You have to prepare extremely well for trekking in this season.
- You might not be able to visit High Passes due to snowfall.
Spring Season Trek in Annapurna Base Camp
The weather of the spring season in the Annapurna Base Camp is quite similar to that of the autumn season. The precipitation is usually low, the temperatures are mild and the views of the mountains are not interrupted due to cloud cover.
Spring season falls in the month of March, April, and May. The precipitation in the Annapurna Base Camp in these months is between 8mm and 13 mm. So you will encounter many sunny days with occasional overcast conditions.
The coldest of the autumn months is March where the temperature can be as low as -15 degrees C on the coldest of days. But April and May are much warmer and even in the worst of cold, the temperature in these months can only get as low as -9 and -3 degree C respectively.
The wind speeds in the spring months are also quite low. Most often the wind speeds in the spring tend to be around 19 kmph. There is some possibility of snow in March but you’re unlikely to observe snowfall in April and May.
The lower parts of the Annapurna region trek might be hot during spring. So it is always better to put on layered clothing so that you can add or remove clothing according to the temperature.
During this season, the flora of the Annapurna region come to life. Many trekkers come to trek to Annapurna Base Camp during the spring season. In terms of its popularity, it is second only to autumn trek.
Pros of ABC Spring Trek
- Mild daytime temperatures that range from 10 – 23 degree C makes trekking a pleasurable experience.
- As there is no snow, High Passes are also accessible during your trek.
Cons of ABC Spring Trek
- Early days of spring might be colder than you expect.
- As there is a fair number of travelers, trekking is not as peaceful as that in the summer of winter.
All of the seasons in the Annapurna Base Camp are quite different. If you are someone who enjoys trekking in colder and quiet climatic conditions, winter trek might be the one for you. But if you are looking for trekking in peak seasons, you should come during the autumn or spring season.
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