Timing is everything when you have chosen to do treks in the Himalayas. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a dream vacation for many trekkers around the world. The easier trails with the moderate climatic conditions make this trek popular among the travelers.
Annapurna Base Camp is doable throughout the year. Depending on the region and the season, weather, and temperature in Nepal vary. As you go higher, the weather changes. Yet, autumn is the perfect time to trek Annapurna Base Camp to feast on the magical sights. The autumn weather in the Himalaya is pleasantly warm, with crisp and clean air.
September, October, and November are the local autumn months in Nepal. These are the best months for Annapurna Base Camp trek.
From these three months, you can choose anyone. Each has a unique flavor and appeal.
Autumn in Nepal
Nepal has 6 seasons. Each last about two months. The six seasons are Spring, Summer, Monsoon (Rainy), Autumn, Pre-winter, and winter.
The 4 popular seasons worldwide are Spring, Summer (monsoon), Autumn (fall) and Winter. Rainy and pre-winter are usually considered as summer and winter respectively.
The autumn season of Nepal falls in the months of September, October, and November.
Moderate temperatures, mild wind, and low precipitation make Autumn a season of wonderful trekking conditions. The weather and temperature do vary between the months.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Weather in September
September marks the beginning of the autumn season in Nepal. You can feel the last traces of the monsoon in the early days of September. Occasional short storms and light rainfall can happen a few times during these part of September.
But, it is nothing like the torrential rainfall you may experience during summer (monsoon). Light snow also occurs at high altitudes.
Yet, by mid-September, autumn will make its presence felt.
The monsoon clouds exhaust themselves and dissipate by mid-September. You can enjoy clear skies, with a few, lingering harmless stray clouds. On an average September sees about 12 overcast days. These occur mostly in the early days of September.
By mid-September the weather turns dry and clear. The temperatures range from a warm 12-21 degrees Celsius. The trekking trails are also neither too wet nor too slippery.
You can enjoy long warm days and cool nights during this month. The weather is ideal. It is neither too hot nor too cold.
As September is the beginning of the peak season of Nepal, the number of trekkers is still quite less. You will have the trails to yourself. You can enjoy the magnificence of the landscapes, surrounding and scenery at your own pace. You will not have to rush for anything. You will get your choice of tea houses, rooms during September.
Nepal celebrates a wide range of festivals. Every month you can enjoy a different festival. The festivals give you a glimpse of the local culture, tradition, and lifestyle.
Nepal celebrates Teej and Indra Jatra during September. As Nepal follows the lunar calendar, the dates of these festivals do change.
Teej is a beautiful and colorful festival. It is a festival mainly celebrated by the Hindu women of Nepal. You will see the women dressed in their finest on this day. You can see them dancing, singing, and merry-making throughout the day.
The women ask for blessings for a blissful and fulfilling marriage. The single women usually pray for a good and supportive life partner. The women visit the temples and in the queue dance, sing, joke, and mingle with the rest.
Indra Jatra is another great festival celebrated in the Kathmandu valley. During this festival, people worship Lord Indra, the king of the Gods. They thank him for the good monsoon and celebrate him. It is usually celebrated for a week.
Highlights of ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) Trek in September
- See the nature and wildlife in its full glory. As the monsoon has just passed, the rivers, waterfalls, gorges, lakes are in their full glory. You can see many waterfalls and streams that dry up by October during this month.
- Stunning views of lush green forests of rhododendron, pine, and bamboo in the lower regions of the trek.
- Two seasons in one trek. You can experience the diversity of seasons of Nepal on this single trek.
- Clear days make for amazing visibility. You can see the mountain and landscape scenery at their best in September.
- Less crowded trails make for comfortable and relaxing pace. You will not have to rush to get the best rooms, a tea house in September.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Weather in October
Within autumn, October is the best month to do trekking in Nepal. The days are bright and pleasant. The temperatures range between a cool 12-19 degrees Celsius.
On the higher elevations of 1000-3500m, the temperatures drop to 5 degrees Celsius at night. October experiences great and stable weather conditions. It also has amazing visibility.
You will get the best out of your trekking experiences this month. From perfect weather to great visibility, this month has all the best conditions for your trek.
As the autumn season settles in, you can enjoy the vibrant colors of gaiety throughout the trekking trails. You can enjoy the changing colors of the forests and flora of the region. The trees in the lower regions turn from their usual green to beautiful shades of yellow and orange. The leaves of the flora turn to different shades of ember, rust and amethyst.
The Annapurna Base Camp trails are dry, colorful and in their top shape during this month. It is also a great time to meet fellow travelers and trekkers. Many great friendships will blossom on these trails.
Two of the biggest festivals of Nepal occurs during this month- Dashain and Tihar.
Dashain is the “festival of Victory”. It is a festival of family reunions. Nepalese from all over the world return home to celebrate this festival. It is a festival that brings families together and strengthens the family ties.
Tihar is the “the festival of Light”. You will see many shops, houses decorated and lighted. This is to welcome the Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi.
Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp in October
- You can experience the trekking trails in their ideal conditions.
- Amazing visibility making for great views of the surrounding mountain peaks and landscape.
- Opportunity to see the locals in their festive mood. An opportunity to take part in the local culture, tradition.
- Dry and cool weather.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Weather in November
The great weather conditions of October continues in November. Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in November is close to perfect for trekkers.
The clean fresh air and mild temperatures of 7-18 degrees Celsius make it a great time to do trekking in Nepal. You will get unobstructed views of the mountain peaks and the surrounding landscapes.
The chance of clouded skies is almost nil in November.
Both the sunrise and sunset views are beautiful with clear skies and the magnificent view of Himalayan ranges. The last few days of November has a few cold days and nights as winter will be arriving soon.
So, you need to prepare accordingly.
This is the month of the second biggest festival Tihar and Chhath in Nepal. You get to see the houses of local Tamangs, Brahmins, Chhetris, and other ethnic groups decorated in dazzling lights and colorful garlands.
Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp trek in November
- Ideal trekking conditions
- Amazing views of sunrise and sunsets in the mountains.
- Great, unobstructed views of the surrounding mountain peaks, landscapes, villages.
- May get to enjoy light snowfall during the last days of November.
Extra tips for your Annapurna Base Camp trek
- The Annapurna Base Camp trek is an easier trail compared to the Everest Base Camp. This is in terms of altitude, duration, trail conditions, distance.
- There are a lot of trekking trails to reach the Annapurna Base Camp. Get as much information about them and select one that suits you.
- Weather up in the mountains, high altitude area, changes drastically. It is best to prepare your gear and equipment for your trek, even if you are going on a perfect best season.
- Autumn is a peak season. The number of trekkers is quite high during these months. Make sure you book everything in advance to ensure you get your choice of rooms, tea houses, and flights.
- In early September, chances of rain in the lower altitude is high. So, you should prepare yourself for a bit of muddy and slippery trails.
- Make sure you pack the appropriate clothing depending on the conditions mentioned above.
- Do not rush, rather maintain your trekking pace. Always stick to your own pace. This is not a competition. Enjoy it.
- Always stay hydrated. This helps to keep most ailments at bay.
- Learn as much as you can about altitude sickness. This is something that can and do happen.
- Take your favorite light snacks to nibble on during your treks. They are great for boosting your energy and morale.
- Get information about the weather in Pokhara and Kathmandu as well. You may end up staying overnight at these places.
Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Autumn
- Opportunity to visit two Base Camps in one trek. You will see both the Machapuchare Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp on this trek.
- Panoramic views of the whole Annapurna region and Dhaulagiri region. You can see mountains like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I, II, III and South, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri.
- Kaligandaki- the world’s deepest gorge lies on this trek.
- Natural hot springs on the trails.
- Opportunity to explore the diverse culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the remote regions of Nepal.
- Flora and fauna of the regions including rhododendrons, subalpine flowers.
- Rare opportunity to spot exotic wildlife in the Annapurna Sanctuary.
Trekking never stops in Nepal. You can trek throughout the year in Nepal if you choose.
You can choose the season or month based on your preference. Do not choose something because it is ideal on the websites and for other people.
Autumn is a great choice for many reasons. Autumn season sees the dry and clear weather. Along with great visibility, autumn is the ideal time for trekking anywhere in Nepal including Annapurna Base Camp.
The weather in the mountains is unpredictable. Be prepared for the uncertainty regardless of the season you travel in.
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