Annapurna Circuit Trek Weather and Temperature

21 Apr, 2019   |   posted by Ishwar

The Annapurna Circuit trek is a fine trekking trail in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The circuit trek takes you through the splendid trekking trails around the gorgeous Annapurna massifs. The highest point on this trek is at Thorong La pass. The Thorong La pass is one of the difficult passes in the world.

The Annapurna circuit trekking is notable for its wide climatic changes, gorgeous Himalayas, diverse terrains, wild sceneries, rich traditions, and culture. The trek will also take you to the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki gorge. The view of gigantic Annapurna I and the Dhaulagiri Himalayas rising towards the east and west of the gorge is amazing.

This trek begins from the capital city of Nepal and takes you to the rugged trails of Himalayas. You can also visit the beautiful villages like the Manang, Ghorepani, Chame, Jomsom, and many others. At the villages, you can see different ethnic groups, cultures, and traditions.

The Annapurna region is rain shadowed region. Thus, this region receives less rain than the other trekking destinations in Nepal. The places on the trek aren’t all sheltered from the rain. However, the northern part of the trek receives less than 10% of monsoon rainfall.

While trekking from the lower regions, at Besisahar to the highest point at the Thorong La pass, this trek experiences a wide range of climatic variations. The temperature and weather differ drastically with the changing altitudes. Temperatures are greater at the lower regions and it increases with altitude gain.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek 14 days is notable for its climatic variations. Thorong La pass is a high altitude point where the weather and climatic conditions remain quite unstable. The Mustang region is a much drier semi-arid region. You can experience the various weather and temperature while walking from the beautiful subtropical meadows to the semi-arid lands, and to the snowy adventures at Thorong La pass.

Find more at Annapurna Region Guide

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Seasons for Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna region experiences four different seasons. They are Autumn, Spring, Summer, and Winter. Annapurna circuit is beautiful trekking that is doable at any time of the year. Trekking in different seasons in Annapurna Circuit will provide you with variable experiences.

To trek in different seasons, you will require different trekking gears. The packing list for Annapurna Circuit trek is almost the same for Autumn and Spring. However, you might require lots of special equipment and gears for Annapurna Circuit trekking in winter and for Annapurna Circuit trek in Monsoon.

Annapurna Circuit Weather and Temperature in Autumn

Autumn (September, October, and November) is a popular season for trekking in Nepal. In Autumn, the weather and temperature in the Annapurna region continue to be stable for months.

Autumn arrives as monsoon ends. Thus, the environment becomes clean and clear with the clouds of dust settled down and the dark clouds cleared. The monsoon rain leaves the forests and hills clean and green.

In the Autumn months, there will be lots of trekkers trekking in the Annapurna region. The flock of trekkers walks into popular trek routes like Annapurna Base Camp trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking, and Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho lake trekking.

Weather and Temperature in September

September is a transition month between monsoon and autumn. The traces of monsoon rains still remain in early September. The rainfall isn’t as heavy as in monsoon. You might encounter only the short bursts of rain.

Monsoon ends completely during late September. Trekking to Annapurna Circuit in September has its own perk. You can enjoy the trekking experiences as in October and November without having to see crowded trails and teahouses.

The temperature at Thorong La pass averages around -4 degrees Celsius in September. The other regions of the trek are warmer. At altitudes between 2500 to 4000m, the temperature varies between 8 to 12 degrees Celsius. Below 2500m, you can experience 18 to 22 degrees Celsius temperature in days.

Weather and Temperature in October and November

The weather and temperature at Annapurna Circuit are quite similar in October and November. The weather is stable and clear with best views of the glistening Himalayas, valleys, hills, and mountains.

The lower region in the trek is warmer with daytime temperature averaging around 15 degrees. Nights are colder than the days. The nighttime temperature can drop to 7 or 8 degrees min.

The higher altitude regions above 4000 meters are colder. The nights and mornings are freezing here. Days are also colder than in the lower regions. of this trek have negative degrees temperature. You should be ready for freezing weather in these areas. Though colder, nights are clear with millions of stars twinkling in the sky. Carry some warm clothing to protect you from the cold. The weather at high altitudes like Thorong La pass can change drastically at any time of the year.

Due to the features like warm and bright days and least chances of rain or snowfall, October-November is the busiest time of the year in Annapurna circuit.

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Annapurna Circuit Weather and Temperature

Annapurna Circuit Weather and Temperature in Spring

Spring (March to May) is the time when the harsh and icy winter goes away welcoming warmer weather. Spring is the season of colors. The wildflowers including the Rhododendron are in full bloom in Spring. The snow over the trails at high altitude places will also melt.

The atmosphere becomes bright, warm, and clear with least chances of unstable weather. In the lower elevations, the temperature averages around 10 degrees Celsius. During early March, it’s quite chilly. But the days become warmer day by day. Nights are still colder than the days. Remember, you’ll need warm clothing for the nights.

At places above 4000 meters, the evenings and mornings are nearly freezing. Put on your warm clothes and go out to watch the beautiful sunrise and sunset views.

May is the hottest Spring month. By May, the temperature starts to rise. At lower areas, the average temperatures during days vary between 18 to 22 degrees Celsius. As usual, nights are colder than days with temperature averaging around 5 degrees Celsius.

The semi-arid lands of Mustang get uncomfortably hot during days. Drink plenty of water and wear summer clothes in layers.

Annapurna Circuit Weather and Temperature in Monsoon

Monsoon and Summer (June, July, and August) coincides in Nepal. In early June and late August, there won’t be as much rainfall as in July. July is the month when the Annapurna region gets lots of torrential downpours.

The northern regions in the Annapurna region include the rain shadowed areas. These reasons experience very little rainfalls. This makes some of the Annapurna treks like Upper Mustang Trek, Dolpo Trek, and Tsum Valley trek favorable for trekking in monsoon.

The parts of the trail that does not make the rain shadowed areas experience occasional heavy downpours. It rains almost every afternoon. The rain continues through the night and stops in the morning. The rainfall makes the trekking trail wet and slippery. Also, the summer bugs like mosquitoes and leeches will be highly active on the trekking trail. Wear hiking boots with sturdy soles and get some insect repellants.

The water bodies of the area come to life. The streams, rivulets that are dry in the other months are alive in these months. You can enjoy lush green vegetation, flora, and fauna of the area.

Annapurna Circuit Weather and Temperature

Annapurna Circuit Weather and Temperature in Winter

Winter (December, January, and February) are the winter months in the Annapurna region. Winter is the coldest time of the year. During this time, you will snow on the trails at the upper regions on the trek.

At Thorong La pass, there will be huge snowfalls in winter. Also, the weather will remain very unstable. At the top of the pass, the snowstorms might blow. Also, there can be avalanches too. In the middle of winter, the pass remains closed due to heavy snowfalls and bad weather conditions.

Before going to the trek in winter, you must check about the currently prevailing weather conditions in the region. To avoid the blocked passes, you can go to Annapurna Circuit Trek in early December.

In the lower regions of the trek, the temperatures at days vary between 7 to 12 degrees Celsius. The temperature decreases with a decrease in altitude. At the regions from 2000 to 4000 meters, daytime temperatures range between 2 to 8 degrees Celsius.

The higher altitudes like the Thorong La pass have temperatures below freezing point. The higher regions receive occasional snowfalls as well.

Nights in the higher altitudes are always colder. You will experience a vast difference in the temperature between days and nights at the Annapurna Circuit.

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Annapurna Circuit Difficulties Due to Varying Weather

This trekking includes crossing the Thorung La pass, 5416 meters. The top of the pass is higher in altitude than the Everest Base Camp. It is a nerve-shaking pass if you attempt the climb the pass in difficult seasons.

The variable weather and temperatures during Annapurna Circuit trek can introduce various difficulties while trekking. Some of them are:

Avalanches or Mudslides

While trekking to Annapurna circuit in winter and in monsoon, there can be the risks of avalanches and mudslides. Due to heavy snowfall in winter, there can be avalanches. Whereas, mudslides can occur in monsoon due to heavy rainfall.

Blocked Passes

Due to harsh weather and climatic conditions at the passes, the passes remain block. The passes are regulated only after the weather becomes fairly stable and the huge bumps of snow at the passes melts. Due to blocked passes, you might not get to do the round Annapurna Circuit trek in mid-winter.

Slippery Trails

Except for the rain shadowed areas, the other regions in the Annapurna Circuit receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon period. Due to the occasional rainfalls, the trekking trails will get muddy and difficult to trek over. You must wear good hiking shoes having soles with grips. Also, you have to be more careful while making it through the Thorong La pass.

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Extra Tips on Annapurna Circuit Weather and Temperature

  • Choose the best time to trek on the basis of your own preferences.
  • Pack necessary and adequate gears depending on the season and weather that you are trekking in.
  • The weather and temperatures at Thorong La pass are one of the extremes in the region. Prepare yourself to encounter any sort of hassles on the trek. Get ready to encounter any challenges that the weather and temperature variations have to offer you.

At Last,

There are no seasons when the Annapurna Circuit trek isn’t doable. When do you want to trek is your preference. Every season has its own pros and cons. So, with smart preparation, clothing, gears, and supplies, you will have a beautiful Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 days.

We recommend Annapurna Circuit treks during Autumn and Springs as these are the best time for Annapurna Trekking. If you do not have time to go in these seasons, then you can also trek in the other seasons. Or you can simply choose to trek in the routes that are suitable for trekking in offseasons.

Do not hesitate to contact us, if you are planning your Annapurna Circuit Trek. We will be happy to organize a beautiful trek for you. Let us know when you are free. High Camp Adventure is a renowned trekking company in Nepal that organizes and arranges the beautiful treks and tours in Nepal.

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