When is the Best Time for Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Annapurna Circuit Trek — This is one of the adventurous trekking trails in South Asia. Due to its breathtaking natural beauty and the diverse cultural variation, thousands of trekkers floods into the Annapurna Circuit trail each year.
So, are you thinking to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek? If you have decided to trek around the Annapurna Circuit, you may have a question about the best season to do this trek. To answer this question, I have come up with this blog to clear your dilemma. Continue reading forward to know about the best time for Annapurna Circuit trekking.
Generally speaking, this Annapurna trekking can be done throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Annapurna Circuit is during the Autumn (September, October, and November). The autumn season is the busiest time to do Annapurna Circuit Trek. In case, you are not available during this season, you should consider this trek during the Spring season (March, April, and May). Spring is the second-best time to do Annapurna Circuit Trek. During these times of the year, the weather and the temperature is just perfect for trekking.
Trekking around Annapurna Circuit offers an eye-catching view of the Annapurna Massif and other mountain ranges. You will wake across a beautiful lush forest through a variety of landscapes. And I am sure that you will be pretty amazed to see the amazing biodiversity, cultural variance, and wildlife.
Trekking in the best time means you will trek in a perfect weather condition, witnessing the best panoramic views of the great Himalayan range and the surrounding landscapes. Also, you won’t have to deal with the difficulties that you may face during summer and winter, which are considered as the off-season.
Annapurna Circuit Trek During Autumn – Best Time For This Trek
Autumn is the best time for trekking around the Annapurna Circuit. Most of the trekking trail in the Annapurna region such as Annapurna Base Camp Trek, are busier during this time of the year.
In autumn, you will experience the most stable weather condition of the year. During the day time, it will be consistently bright and sunny with clear skies. So, you can get a picturesque view of the massive Himalayas and mesmerizing landscapes.
There is a very minimal chance of rainfall during autumn. However, if you are trekking in the early autumn i.e. early September, you may witness occasional rainfalls. The temperature is normally mild during the day but can drop to zero at night. So, you may want to pack some warm gear for the night.
Tips for Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Autumn
- Pre-booking for the accommodation is recommended.
- Pack some warm gear for the night.
- Carry water resistance trekking equipment to trek in early September
Annapurna Circuit Trek During Spring- Second Best Time For This Trek
Spring is the second-best season to do Annapurna Circuit Trekking. Popularly known as the season of color, you will walk through beautiful lush forest combined with lots of wildflowers and Rhododendron blossoms. The vegetation is at full blossom during this time of the year. You will have a great refreshing trek with fresh air combined with the rich aroma from the new blossom of wildflowers.
Spring brings warmer, longer days and a refreshing alternative to the busy autumn season with pink rhododendrons in full bloom at the lower altitudes. Days are usually sunny and bright with white and low clouds in the sky making the sky look even better. The weather and temperature also remain constant for a long span of the day. During spring, there is a very low chance of rainfalls and snowfall in the Annapurna Region.
Tips for Annapurna Circuit Trekking in Spring
- Per-Book Accommodation.
- If you are trekking in early March, carry some warm gear.
- Similarly, during the early march, you may experience occasional snowfall. So, be careful.
- During the late spring, the temperature gets hotter leading to some occasional rainfall. So, pack rainproof gears as well.
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Annapurna Circuit Trek During Winter- Off-Season
The Annapurna Circuit trek is moderate trekking. That is why it can be done throughout the year. However, trekking here in winter is not popular as trekking in Autumn or Spring. Winter is considered off-season since there is a very less number of trekkers during this time of the year.
The Annapurna Circuit Trails gets quite difficult during winter due to cold weather and snowfall. The highest point of this Annapurna trekking is the Thorong La pass, situated at the altitude of 5416 meters above sea level. In such a high altitude, the weather condition goes through drastic changes within a short period and the temperature becomes very cold. So, heavy snowfall is quite common at the top of the pass. Hence, during such time, the trail is closed for trekking.
Due to these reasons, trekking the Annapurna Circuit during winter is not recommended. Additionally, you will experience heavy snowfall not just at the pass but in other high altitude areas as well. To get away from this harsh weather, most of the local people migrate to the lower land.
However, the view of the dazzling mountain peaks covered all white is just spectacular to witness. If you are looking for an adventurous trek, trekking Annapurna Circuit in winter is perfect for you.
Take full precaution about your safety, if you are planning to do Annapurna circuit trek in winter. Prepare yourself to face the harsh weather condition and challenges during the trek. And carry all the necessary trekking gears.
Annapurna Circuit Trek During Monsoon – Off-Season
Trekking Annapurna Circuit in Monsoon is also considered as an off-season. The weather during this season is quite hot as well as wet at the same time in the Annapurna region.
During monsoon, you will experience frequent heavy rainfall. It can go non-stop for days. Due to the downpour, the trails become too wet and slippery, making it hard to walk. Also, the rain causes the water level in the river, stream, and waterfalls to rise.
In addition to that, leeches on the trail are not unusual on the trail. Along with the leeches, other bugs such as mosquitoes are also active on the trail. So, if you are planning to trek during monsoon, carry some repellent with you.
Also, there are some chances that you may face avalanches and landslides during the trek. So, be extra careful about that.
And crossing the Thorong La is whole another story. It will be the biggest challenge of all. It will be very challenging as the trails are muddy and slippery.
No matter what time of the year it is, you can never be assured about the weather in the Annapurna region. Even if you are trekking during the best time, you can still experience frequent weather changes.
Despite the time of your trek, you should always be prepared with the necessary training and equipment. Keep up with the weather forecast during the trek. Similarly, we also recommend you to take a guide along with you just for your safety.
We have two trekking trips around the Annapurna circuit. If you want to go on the Annapurna Circuit trek or Tilicho Lake with Annapurna Circuit trek, let us know. Peregrine Treks and Tours have experienced and well-trained trekking crew member, please feel free to contact us.