Annapurna Base Camp trek is a dream for all the trekkers around the world where some of them have experienced, and some of them will experience. It must be experienced once in a lifetime by the individuals who are fond of mountain trails and majestic views. Its experience is more than the standard mountain trekking because you will trek through the core Himalayan trails to visit the base camp of the world’s 10th highest peak – “Annapurna I”. It is the second most premium trek in Nepal where every year more than 30,000 trekkers visit. Annapurna trekking is of two types one is Annapurna Circuit, and the other one is Annapurna Base Camp trek. The circuit route is a length of 230 kilometres, and experience is required.
The Annapurna mountains are massive where more than 20 peaks exist in which the Annapurna I is the highest peak with the altitude of 26,000 feet above sea level. Other peaks have an elevation of 23000 feet or less than this. Trekking in this region is also the best way to know the culture of real Nepal. Throughout 13-15 days you will trek through remote and rural areas, and your stay will be at tea houses operated by local Nepalese people. So there you can get ample opportunities to get insight into the culture and traditions of Nepal. Also, it will be the best chance to taste the local dishes.
The altitude of base camp is 13,550 feet above sea level, so the climatic conditions change accordingly. To reach there, the initial point is Pokhara which is the lake city of Nepal and also called – “Gateway to Annapurna”. From Pokhara, actual trekking will start, and then the route goes through Ghandruk, Sinuwa, Deurali, Bamboo, Jhinu Hotspring and Nayapul. The significant factor is the weather in comparison to others which can make the trekking enjoyable or spoil the trip because at higher altitude areas of Himalayas weather changes dramatically.
The Weather at Annapurna Base Camp
The season for Annapurna Base camp is divided into four parts which are Spring, Summers, Autumn and Winter.
The months from February to April are called Spring season, and May & June are considered moderate for Annapurna Base Camp trek. It is one of the best times to visit. During the months of spring, the weather remains hot but not as scorching hot you may find pleasant during the day time and the nights are cold. The temperature of day time remains 17°C – 20°C so trekking will be comfortable at that time. The trails remain surrounded by wildflowers and lush green forests containing flora and fauna. The visibility remains clear, and the beauty of landscapes remains on the verge, which will be an excellent experience.
The summer months are considered to be from June to August. It is the confluence of Summers and Monsoon in Nepal. During this time the weather remains hot, humid and dry, so there is a strong possibility of thunder, heavy rainfall and rainstorms. The trails remain muddy and slippery, so it is also called off-season. The thing is that trekking remains open, but the risk is a risk as there may be land sliding also.
It is the best time to visit for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking as the weather remains most pleasant and suitable for trekking as the temperature remains cold during the day and the nights remain freezy. The Autumn months are September to November when the sky remains clear blue and views remain clear, which can also be experienced from far. At this time the maximum temperature is upto 17°C only. Due to the stable climatic conditions and pleasant weather, it is the perfect time to trek on the Annapurna Base Camp route.
The winters here are so cold and frizzy even the locals from the higher part relocate themselves in the lower regions of Nepal as the higher altitude areas are covered with snow. However, in this season you can trek till December with certain kinds of special clothes and equipment. This time only experienced trekkers can trek because they know how to deal with harsh temperatures.
It is all about Annapurna Base Camp Weather Characteristics. It will be the most remarkable experience to trek at the Annapurna Base Camp route.