Annapurna Base Camp Weather Conditions in Spring
Annapurna Base Camp in March
March is the beginning of spring in Nepal. With relatively mild temperatures, low humidity and lower chances of rain and snowfall, this month is great for trekking. In lower altitudes, flowers are blooming; the bright red Rhododendrons make this season especially beautiful. The average temperatures in the lower parts of the trek are around 10 °C during daytime, while they can drop way below zero at night. The clear sky offers stunning views.
Annapurna Base Camp in April
April is the most popular trekking month in spring, thanks to drier weather conditions and pleasant temperatures. The vegetation is lush and green, the views are crisp and clear and wildlife is abundant. There might be some occasional rainfall in lower altitudes, but that usually stops in higher areas. Temperatures at Ghorepani are 10 °C on average, while they drop to an average of 2 °C at Annapurna Base Camp. Minimum temperatures at ABC are around -9 °C, so a warm sleeping bag is a must.
Annapurna Base Camp in May
May is the last month of the spring season, so there is a risk of rainfall. To be more precise, the chances of rainfall in May are twice as high as in March and April. However, the higher the altitude, the drier it is. Temperatures are warmer with an average of max. 13°C in Ghorepani and around 10 degrees at Annapurna Base Camp (minimum temperature: -3 °C). Even though monsoon season is approaching, you can still catch beautiful views while enjoying quieter trails.
Annapurna Base Camp Weather Conditions in Monsoon
Annapurna Base Camp in June
June is the beginning of the monsoon season. While rain is very likely, it does not necessarily mean the downpour is non-stop. Humidity is higher, but the temperatures are pleasant and warm with an average of 16 to 3 °C. Beware though that it can get cold at night. Once the clouds fade away, you can witness clear mountain views on quiet trails. Just make sure you are equipped for rain and don’t mind a trek in wet conditions. Having said that, a trek to Annapurna Base Camp in June lets you experience vibrant and lush nature. There will be less trekkers on the way, which is another advantage if you are looking for some solitude.
Annapurna Base Camp in July
By July, the monsoon has arrived; Trekkers who venture out to ABC during this month should expect heavy rainfall. Because there is a bigger risk of slipping, you need to be experienced in trekking under wet conditions. Another disadvantage of this season are leeches and mosquitoes. Also keep in mind that the rain turns into thick snowfall in higher altitudes. Nonetheless, the exception proves the rule: If the weather clears up, you will be blessed with clear views in peaceful surroundings. The temperatures at this time of the year are mild between 18 and 6 °C.
Annapurna Base Camp in August
August is the last month of the monsoon season. Similar to July, the weather conditions are humid and warm. While this month is not recommended for trekking, a trek to ABC is not impossible. Prepare with the right equipment, the right mind-set and expect clouds hiding the mountains. Shoes with good grip are a must. On the brighter side, when the sky clears up after heavy rainfall, the morning views can be amazing. Plus, the trails are empty. The temperatures are warm between 19 and 7 °C.
Annapurna Base Camp Weather Conditions in Autumn
Annapurna Base Camp in September
The autumn trekking season in the Annapurna region starts in September. While the monsoon is coming to an end, the temperatures are mild with an average between 17°C and 4°C. The first half of the month can still bring some rain, but usually, the rain subsides by mid September. Whatever time you start your trek in September, rain gear should be part of your equipment. Because of the good weather conditions, the trails start getting busier. The vegetation is lush and the mountain views are vibrant and clear. Keep in mind that the nights get a bit colder compared to monsoon season.
Annapurna Base Camp in October
October is the most popular month for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. For a good reason: The weather conditions are usually dry and stable with crisp clear views of the Himalayas. In other words: Many trekkers from all over the world hit the trails during this time. The temperatures in the lower regions can reach above 20 °C during daytime and around 10 °C at night. However, they can drop below zero at the Base Camp. Even though the risk of rain is very low, a rain jacket is never a bad idea.
Annapurna Base Camp in November
November is the last month of the autumn season, with temperature dropping slightly compared to October. Expect colder temperatures by the end of November when the winter approaches. Because the weather is dry, you can enjoy beautiful clear views of snow-capped peaks. November is almost as popular as October, but once the temperatures drop by the end of the month, the trails will be quieter. The weather in November is usually stable. Nonetheless, it is advisable to bring warm gear and be prepared just in case the cold kicks in.
Annapurna Base Camp Weather Conditions in Winter
Annapurna Base Camp in December
December marks the beginning of the winter - the coldest time of the year in Nepal. Temperatures vary between 4 and -8 °C. Some days may be cloudy, but normally, the weather is dry and clear. That means, the chances of mesmerizing mountain views are high. By the end of the month, snowfall becomes more common and you will most probably walk on snowy trails. Be prepared with proper gear and warm clothes. As the weather can be unpredictable, keep in mind that there might be occasional storms bringing snow to lower areas.
Annapurna Base Camp in January
The Annapurna Base Camp trek in January is a winter adventure for those who don’t mind chilly wind and cold conditions. The temperatures in the Annapurna region vary between 1°C to -11°C, and snowfall is common. The conditions may be harsher, but the rewards can be big: Enjoy less crowded trails, sunny days, beautiful night skies and stunning views of snow-capped peaks. The risk of rainfall is extremely low due to the cold temperatures.
Annapurna Base Camp in February
February marks the end of the winter in Nepal. The weather conditions are similar to those in January. By the end of the month, temperatures usually start increasing. If you want to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek in February, prepare for wind, cold temperatures and heavy snowfall in higher altitudes. On the brighter side, sunny days await and offer fantastic views of the snowy Himalayan landscape. In addition, the trek is quiet in this off-season month.