Annapurna Base Camp Weather

The Annapurna base camp trek is one of the most beautiful yet arduous treks in Nepal. But, to embark on a trail this challenging and life-changing, you must be aware of the Annapurna Base Camp Weather. The weather of the base camp depends on the season. The spring season, which accounts for the months of March, April, and May, has a temperature ranging from 14 to -8 degrees Celsius.

The Annapurna Base Camp Weather for the summer months of June, July, and August is between 19 to 4 degrees Celsius. Next is the autumn season, which is also the peak season. In autumn, the temperature remains between 20 to -10 degrees Celsius. Lastly, the drastic temperature changes occur in the winter season. You can witness snow along with temperatures ranging from 9.3 to -20 degrees Celsius. 

To train for the Annapurna base camp trek, you must know more about the Annapurna Base Camp Seasons. There are mainly four types of seasons – summer, spring, autumn, and winter. The summer season is a relief to trekkers as it increases the temperature. However, the summer season is also the rainy season here. Frequent rainfalls and muddy terrains become common. In the spring season, low precipitation, clear skies, and vibrant nature make the trek even more memorable. The flowers in the forest bloom, making the trail even more ethereal.

The autumn season is the most preferred Annapurna Base Camp Seasons for trekkers. The temperature is not very low, and the skies are devoid of rainfall. Also, the glorious beauty of nature after the rainy season is unparalleled. If you opt for the winter season, you must be prepared for the harsh weather. The extremely low temperature can make the trek even more difficult. But, the beauty of seeing the trail laden with snow will be worth it.

Annapurna Base Camp Seasons

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Spring

Spanning over the months of March, April, and May, the spring season is the second best time of the year for Annapurna Base Camp excursion after autumn. April month, in particular, presents the most favourable trekking conditions, as the snow starts to melt away and the skies are usually clear, offering majestic views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks.

The forests blossom and appear exquisite with vibrant flowers of all shades, making the trail all the more scenic. Moreover, after the departure of winter, the average temperatures also start to increase, making the climate less harsh. Low precipitation and pleasant Annapurna Base Camp weather are another significant factors why this season is recommended for the trek.

Average maximum and minimum temperatures:

March: 4 degree Celsius to -8 degree Celsius

April: 8 degree Celsius to -4 degree Celsius

May: 14 degree Celsius to 0 degree Celsius

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Summer

Summer season is also the rainy season in this region of Nepal, so one can expect to encounter frequent rainfalls. As a consequence of rainfalls, the terrain becomes muddy and slippery, posing difficulties for trekkers on their endeavour. In terms of temperatures, however, this Annapurna Base Camp season offers some relief from extremely low temperatures as the average day temperature during summers may usually ranges from 18 to 25 degree Celsius.

It does get cold at night but one can expect bearable kind of cold which can be managed with the right clothes. Another plus point of undertaking this trek during the summer season is that you get to witness the region at its vibrant best.

Average maximum and minimum temperatures:

June: 16 degree Celsius to 3 degree Celsius

July: 18 degree Celius to 6 degree Celsius

August: 19 degree Celsius to 7 degreCelsius

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Autumn

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The autumn season, especially the month of October, is believed to be the best time of the year to plan a trek to Annapurna Base Camp. In terms of both scenery as well as climatic conditions, this season serves trekkers best. The autumn season in the region arrives soon after the beginning of September and usually stays active till the end of November.

During this season, you can expect to find clear skies allowing you to enjoy unobstructed views of prominent Himalayan mountain peaks and surreal sunrise and sunset vistas. The foliage looks fresh after the departure of the long spell of rains and adds a visual appeal to the landscape. As far as temperatures are concerned, the beginning of autumn is not that chilly but the climate begins to drop in November.

Average maximum and minimum temperatures:

September: 20 degree Celsius to 0 degree Celsius

October: 16 degree Celsius to -6 degree Celsius

November: 11 degree Celsius to -10 degree Celsius

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Winter

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This Annapurna Base Camp season brings with itself a new charm in the form of blankets of snow draping all the forests and valleys, which is certainly a sight to behold. The chilly temperatures during the season, though, are a challenge for trekkers, as the night temperature in the higher reaches of the trail drops down to as low as -20 degree Celsius.

However, if you are mentally and physically fit to indulge in this trek despite all the challenges and have experience of winter Himalayan treks, the adventure may surprise you with the undiluted beauty and stunning landscapes you get to witness here.

Average maximum and minimum temperatures:

December: 9.3 degree Celsius to -14 degree Celsius

January: 7 degree Celsius to -19 degree Celsius

February: 6 degree Celsius to -20 degree Celsius

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Shoulder Months for Annapurna Base Camp

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Shoulder Months for Annapurna Base Camp

The months of May, September, and December are the shoulder months for Annapurna Base Camp adventure. With good bargaining skills and luck on your side, you may end up cutting off a large chunk of your expenses by planning your trek around one of these months. Annapurna Base Camp weather is also usually moderate during these months.

May: Most trekkers leave by the month of May, making the accommodations as well flight fares cheaper as compared to the spring months of March and April. Annapurna Base Camp weather and foliage, however, is still pleasant to experience during this month.

September: Usually, the probability of precipitation becomes quite low with the arrival of September month. However, some irregular showers are not uncommon in the beginning of the month. Since the autumn season does not settle in yet, you get to enjoy the lush greenery of the monsoon.

December: The first half of December is a good time to save big on flights as well as accommodations as the off-season rebates can be enjoyed during this time, without having to deal with harsh climates of the approaching winter. Even then, it is better to go prepared for snowfall as there does snow in December.

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Tips for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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1. The trail is full of challenges, including harsh climate, unpredictable Annapurna Base Camp weather, and rough terrain, so one needs to come mentally and physically prepared.

2. The trek is categorized as moderate-difficult trek, so prior experience in moderate Himalayan treks is required.

3. It is a long trek, so pack wisely according to the season and pay heed to weather forecasts.

4. Autumn is the best Annapurna Base Camp season for indulging in trekking. Especially the month of October offers perfect temperatures and views.

5. Annapurna Base Camp weather is also pleasant during the spring season. So you can plan your trip around April and May months.

6. Keep yourself hydrated throughout the trek.

7. Walk at your own pace instead of rushing, let your body acclimatize well.

8. If you are going for this trek in winter, you must be prepared to confront extremely low temperatures.

9. If you are considering taking this trek in summer, you must prepare well to deal with rainfalls.

10. The best way to save money on accommodation and food is to undertaking this trek either during summer or winter season which are off seasons here.

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Having trekked in the Sahayadris for over 4-5 years now and after doing two himalayan treks in the previous season, I wanted to do a more challenging trek. So finally I decided to climb the base camp of the highest mountain in the world. The majestic mountain range had been in my bucket list for many years. Now seemed to be the right time, and so I set off in search of the "Everest". I always thought how difficult could it be to climb mountains, after all, it just takes putting one step ahead of the other. I was wrong, it indeed turned out to be more difficult than I imagined. This is due to the rarefied air in the atmosphere, that makes breathing difficult. Even a nominal gradient while ascending seems to be a task. But thankfully I wasn't hit by any symptoms of AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ) which makes the mountaineer's job tremendously difficult at high altitudes. On the trek, it was the promise of some awesome photos, that helped me carry through many steep climbs. But, the sheer beauty of the barren mountains with clear blue sky in the backdrop and the ferocious Dudh Koshi River inspired me not to give up but to keep climbing. During the climb of Kala Patthar, I learnt the importance of balance and concentration, even when you are exhausted beyond limit. On the Kala Patthar summit day, I set out at 4 in the morning, climbing through the mountain with a 50-70 degree gradient; sub zero temperatures, chilly winds and freezing weather. It was total dark and the only thing I could see through my head torch was the next step. From this moment till 6 am in the morning, I only thought about the awesome feeling of summiting and achieving my goal. As the air was thin, I concentrated on breathing properly and adequately and took synchronized baby steps. And, finally at 6:30 am I reached the Summit (5643m)! The view of the sunrise on Everest was just spectacular and the feeling of having summited, exhilarating!! The Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar expedition made me realize that to achieve a goal, it is important to believe in your own efforts and strength (Both Physical and Mental).But more than that, we should be grateful towards the ecosystem around and factors beyond our control which play an equally important role in our journey to achieve anything.
Trekking the adorable Himalayas is always a must on the “to do” list of an avid trekker. After trekking over the Sahyadris and taking a few treks in Karnataka I decided to place my foot on the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. Going through the various options from Chadar, Sandakphu, Roopkund, Hampta Pass, etc. I finally narrowed down to the Everest Base Camp. The very thought of following the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay thrilled me to the core. The sight of having a close encounter with the highest point on earth just pushed further my excitement levels. After a series of e-searches and consulting with other fellow trekkers, I finally made up my mind to enroll for the 14 day EBC Trek with Thrillophilia. The EBC Trek was by far my best trek so far. Though the thin air made the ascent difficult and more challenging, I am glad that I was able to complete the trek. The amazing view of snow clad mountains, the vast greenery and above all the company of similar fun-loving folks made the trek a memorable one. Kudos to the team at Thrillophilia. The trek was not only organized well but the pricing was also reasonable. All the questions, concerns, doubts and apprehensions I that had were properly attended by the travel consultant at Thrillophilia, Miss Madhuri Mathur despite some of them being repetitive. The representatives Mr. Subid Sahoo and Mr. Nitish Singh as well as the trek Guide Mr. Bijay along with his assistants were all friendly and helpful. I will definitely suggest my pals to go for this trek. I wish to do it again sometime soon. Cheers, Vignesh
20 October 2014
Excellent
A good trek at a very reasonable price is what I need to say about this trek first of all. I had a comfortable and good stay at the base camp. The camping was a great fun and I enjoyed to the core. Heard that this was the most challenging trek of Nepal and so I decided to try this out. This was obviously challenging but I could make it out till the end. it was just out of the world experience
23 September 2015
Excellent
The mountains were brilliant and nice, the clear sky after the summer monsoon had dusted away the dust and we hence got a chance to have a clear view of the whole peak and the adjacent places. The days we spent at the camp base was cooler even though it could have been more long.
15 April 2019
Excellent
The trekking was very good. Also as we had a small group all the arrangements were good. As we did not expected more snow it was fun walking in snow for full day to reach the ABC. The view was spectacular at the base camp and got quiet good photos. Guide/Porter was very co-operating and helped us a lot while walking in the snow (as we did not had proper shoes to trek in snow :) )
I booked this tour as my first solo trip and I was amazed by its execution. We covered many old temples and monuments in a perfect span of time. The trip truly was amazing from the places to the people and the team were all very friendly. The food was delicious and pure. Will definitely plan our next trip with you.
I booked this trip from India to Nepal with my family. Nepal has best surroundings with cool environment and the highest mountain peaks. Everything mentioned was good and taken care of, the best thing was the time management, the staff and driver were friendly and gave a feel f home. It was an amazing trip which we visited and truly worth it. Would recommend anyone visiting, would try and visit with Thrillophilia.
We booked this tour after going thoroughly to the plan and it was interesting, so we finally decided to pick it and it. The places are filled with ancient temples and cool surroundings. All the transportation mentioned were managed by the team and it was on time, with a well-behaved driver. It was wonderful and absolutely recommended.
We booked this tour with our friends from Chennai. The great mountains range in Nepal make the whole trip more beautiful and scenic. Everything for the trip was well planned and specially the food served was mouth watering. Totally recommendable.
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  1. How long is the Annapurna base camp trek?

    Annapurna Base Camp trek is 115 KM long which would take 7 to 12 days to complete depending on the capability of the trekkers.
  2. Is Annapurna base camp dangerous?

    Annapurna Base Camp is somewhat challenging because the mountain is the world's most dangerous mountain. The feeling of completing this treacherous trek is genuinely astounding and fulfilling.
  3. How difficult is Annapurna base camp trek?

    The Annapurna base camp trek is classified as a moderate to difficult trek due to the high altitude and lack of oxygen and elevated landscapes. Thus, prior experience of trekking in moderate trails is necessary before you set foot in this trail. But, novice trekkers can also try this trek.

    Keep into account that you must be in a good physical condition to be on the Annapurna base camp trek. If you start appropriate training and watch your diet at least one month before the starting of the trek, you can expect to find the trail fairly moderate.
  4. Can you see Everest from Annapurna base camp?

    No. It is not possible to see Mount Everest from Annapurna Base Camp. You can only see Mt Machhapuchhre (fishtail mountain) and Annapurna ranges from ABC.
  5. Is Annapurna so difficult?

    No. Annapurna is not at all difficult if your will and health is well prepared to climb the mount up. Just do not do it in the pressure of someone and have your full guts in commencing the trek. Before the trek, you should also consider watching your diet and starting to jog in the morning, followed by a little exercise.
  6. What mountain has never been climbed?

    Mount Gangkhar Puensum in Bhutan has never been climbed as hiking mountains higher than 6,000 m of height has been prohibited since 1994.
  7. Do you need a guide for Annapurna base camp?

    A guide for Annapurna Base Camp trek is not necessary. However, in case you decide to trek solo, you have to be better planned and prepared. But you can also book a tour package and join a larger group with a guide which would be the most ideal thing to do.
  8. What is the height of the Annapurna base camp?

    The height of the Annapurna base camp is 4130m. The view that encompasses the Annapurna base camp is simply astonishing. You will get the opportunity to marvel at the majestic snow-covered peaks of Annapurna, Machapuchhre, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli.

    Despite the lack of oxygen at a higher altitude and the somewhat challenging trek, you will find that the end justifies every pain.

  9. How long does it take to reach the Annapurna base camp?

    The length of the Annapurna base camp trail is 115 km. As such, it takes approximately 7 to 12 days to reach the endpoint. The difference in the days is entirely dependent on the trekker. If you are physically fit and are quite apt at trekking challenging trails with ease, you can cover it within a week.
  10. What should I bring to the Annapurna base camp trek?

    For the Annapurna base camp trek, you should bring –

    - Clothing depending on the season
    - Toiletries
    - Sunscreen lotion
    - Hand sanitizer
    - Toilet paper
    - Towel
    - First aid kit with any medicine that you need to take regularly
    - Emergency cash
    - Visa
    - Passport
    - Other important documents like photos, travel insurance, etc.
    - Necessary permits
    - A backpack that supports all the gear
    - Trekking socks
    - Hiking shoes
    - Sleeping bag
    - Camera
    - Power bank
    - Mobile phone along with a charger

  11. How do I train to Annapurna base camp?

    You have to undergo a high level of training for the trek to the Annapurna base camp. The trail covers a range of 6 to 15 km. So, you must be able to walk for at least 6-7 hours through a difficult elevated landscape. Simply jogging or running will not do. You must hit the gym or enroll in proper mountaineering training. You also have to be prepared for the lack of oxygen, cold weather, and rainfall.
  12. How do I get from Kathmandu to Annapurna base camp?

    You can reach Annapurna base camp from Kathmandu by opting for bus or air transportation to Pokhara. If you take the bus, it will take approximately 7 hours, but with an airplane, you can reach within a mere 20-25 minutes.

    From Pokhara, you will have to go to Nayapul, which is the starting point of the Annapurna base camp trek. It takes almost 2 hours to reach Nayapul by bus.

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