The Best Months for Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp

We have been leading treks to the Annapurna region of Nepal for over a decade. In our extensive experience here are the best months for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp.  You need to consider on the experience you are looking to have. Trekking up Poon Hill and trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is one of our favorite trekking itineraries. Ian has climbed to the top of Mount Everest and trekked to Annapurna Base Camp 5 times. In his opinion, trekking into the Annapurna region is more desirable when there are less people on the trial.

Why you Should Trek Annapurna Base Camp

The Annapurna region has it all, sheer beauty, dramatic massive mountains, small villages, warmer temperatures and hot springs. Most of the Annapurna trail is steps up and down, therefore you need to come fully trained and prepared for this trek. The intoxicating mountain views will leave you in awe, as you walk through this magical place.  Trekking up around the famous Annapurna Sanctuary is truly astonishing experience, that will, without a doubt, stay with you forever.  If you really want to enjoy this trip you need to pick our unique Itinerary.  We have developed our itinerary over a number of years and it has it all.

There are Two Distinct Trekking Seasons

The best months to trek to Annapurna base camp are pre-monsoon are February, March, April and May.  If you are set on trekking post monsoon, we high recommend trekking in late September, October, November and December, furthermore early September is also an option but we prefer the months listed above.  Our personal favorites are February, March, November and December.

It is possible to make the journey to Annapurna Base Camp in January.  However, the region can be a little cold higher up -10C/ 14F to – 15C/ 5F.  Remember it can dump snow on the trail at any time of year. If you are planning on trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in these months, you are definitely going to need warmer gear. Weather conditions will be more challenging in these winter months.

Staircase hiking in the Annapurna region

Some Other Considerations

When planning your trek into the Annapurna region you need to consider the months listed above, additionally you also need to consider the function of our trip. Is photography an important part of your trip?  Do you want to be at Base Camp when climbers are making an attempt of the summit? Do you want to trek when there are less people? Consider these elements as you pick the right month for your trek.  Check out our upcoming trips to the region. Read some REVIEWS from our trips.

Beautiful light on Machapuchare mountain

The Two Main Months for Trekking

The main trekking season in the Annapurna region is April and October each year. A reminder of the danger and risks of climbing and trekking in Nepal. Ian was in Kathmandu when the earthquake hit. Feel free to read more about that experience HERE. The trail is back to full capacity with lots of people in the Annapurna region after the 2015 earthquakes. The better weather months are always going to have more people on the trail and you need to consider this along with weather in your decision making.

Annapurna South from Chhromrung

The Peace and Calm of the Annapurna Region

Nepal is rich in culture, history and the highest mountains in the world.  You might want to watch hundreds of climbers descend on Everest Base Camp in their attempt to stand on top of the world. The Annapurna valley, additionally the Annapurna Sanctuary, does not have the chaos of the Everest Region. No yaks and less people on the trails add to a better overall experience in the Himalaya’s.  If you feel the cold that little bit more, then you should consider going in April, May and September and October. We can never guarantee the weather in any month. It can be cloudier in May and it can still snow in Annapurna Base Camp in May.

The final hike into Machapuchare Base Camp

Trekking in the Post Monsoon Season

Traditionally you will find October, November and December will provide better views of the mountains, less heat haze, cloud and clearer views of these world class mountains can be spectacular.  This is not always the case but the trend usually follows this pattern. The weather can be crisp, but clear higher up as you make your way up to Annapurna Base Camp. There is always the risk of rain at lower elevations on the Annapurna side and snow higher up on the trail. Be prepared for all weather conditions and have the right gear.

Trekking towards Annapurna Base Camp

How Should you be Training

These are just a couple more things to consider when you plan your trek to Annapurna Base Camp. For more information about trainingpreparation and making a safe and enjoyable journey to Annapurna Base Camp feel free to CALL US or keep reading our blogs which have years of experience built into the content. You can also read our clients experiences from trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. We can get you up to speed and ready to go on your own personal adventure to Annapurna.

The best months for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp

The Beauty of the Annapurna Sanctuary

Those last few hours trekking into Annapurna Base Camp base camp are some of our favorite experiences.  There is something magical about arriving into the Annapurna Sanctuary and exploring the region. The sunset view over Mount Everest is truly spectacular, and equally amazing is sunrise across the Annapurna sanctuary. You will just have to go and experience this special place for yourself.  GET IN TOUCH TODAY!

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