Annapurna Base Camp Weather & Best Seasons: 2020 (Updated)

Annapurna Base Camp weather is majorly divided into four different seasons: winter, spring, summer, and autumn. Counted among the most popular high altitude treks in Nepal, this adventure attracts hordes of thrill-seekers in all the seasons. As far as the scenic beauty is concerned, every season brings its unique charm and colour pallette to the region transforming its landscape completely.

Since it is a high altitude region, regardless of the season, you are bound to experience a chilly climate. Considering that, spring and autumn seasons present the most ideal climatic conditions. These two seasons also offer the added benefit of the sights of blooming vegetation, decked with vibrant flowers, and are considered the best seasons for undertaking this trek.

Winter and summer seasons, on the other hand, are the least preferred seasons for visiting Annapurna Base Camp due to extreme temperatures and frequent rainfalls, respectively. However, if you want to save big on your expenses and avoid having to put up with crowds, these months can still be considered with good preparations and right equipments.

Annapurna Base Camp Seasons

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Spring

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

02

Summer

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

 Autumn

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

04

Winter

Winter

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

Shoulder Months for Annapurna Base Camp

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Shoulder Months for Annapurna Base Camp

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.

Some Extra Tips

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Tips for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Tips for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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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03 May 2017
Excellent
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.
30 July 2018
Excellent
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
04 May 2016
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 :) )
26 October 2019
Excellent
The trek was really good, there’s lodges in the whole route , you can carry less for the trek, the view of trek is awesome , the guide and porter are helpful
19 October 2019
Excellent
A must-do for all the people who wish to try something adventurous in your life. I just cannot forget the amazing scenes of those beautiful mountains and all that thrill of those treks. Yes, they are very tough to do but the end result is totally worth it. When we reach on our last destination of Lukla it is at the height of 2,860m, I really felt like I was on the top of the world. Thankyou Thrillophilia for such a wonderful experience.
18 October 2019
Excellent
My first day in Nepal and what a start! My guide Ram was brilliant. His English was excellent and the tour full of detail. He answered my many questions with a smile and certainly helped me understand the Nepalese culture. I am female, travelling on my own and felt very safe with him and certainly wouldn’t have seen as much or walked as far had I not done this tour. This tour is a must and highly recommended to all. Thank you.
09 October 2019
Excellent
ONE OF THE MOST GORGEOUS DESTINATIONS ON PLANET EARTH. MIND BLOWING VIEW GAZING AT THE GRANDEUR OF THE HIMALAYAS. THE OLIGOTROPIC LAKES WERE EYE POPPING TO LOOK AT ON THE WAY TO GOKYO RI. I WAS ENTHRALLED BY THE SHEER BEAUTY OF THE (7000+ METERS) MOUNTAIN PEAKS AND THE NGOZUMPA GLACIER THAT COULD BE SEEN FROM GOKYO RI.
23 September 2019
Superb
This sightseeing trip included lots of interesting places to see. Although its a one day tour but during my stay it was raining heavily & the guide there was kind enough to split this trip into 2 days for me.

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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?

    Annapurna base camp trek needs the right level of necessary fitness which you can acquire by starting a month before the commencement of the trek. You just have to start basic exercises and watch your diet, and the trek should not be any difficulty for you.
  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.

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