Trek through the incredible Annapurna region and be amazed by the Himalayas. The snow-capped peaks, mist-shrouded valleys, isolated communities, and beautiful monasteries will inspire those with bold spirit and craving for challenging nature experience. You can discover the ancestral tradition of the local people and engage yourself entirely in the fantastic mountains of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Reaching altitudes of more than 5000meters, this trip to Annapurna Circuit Trek will leave you with the lifetime experience and some unforgettable memories.
What is the Best Time To Go to Annapurna Circuit Trek?
You will always need the right time to travel to such challenging places. The best time for hiking to Annapurna Circuit time is during Autumn and Spring. The Weather and temperature are more stable at this time of the year. Being surrounded by a spectacular mountain, this time of the year is even more famous for watching stars due to the clear skies.
Annapurna Circuit Trek in Autumn
It might still rain in early September in the Annapurna region. You might see the wet trails and moist atmosphere while trekking at this time. The possibility of rain during the night is high.
You can experience stable weather in the time between Mid- September to mid- November. There are the least chances of rainfalls and snow falls during this time. The temperature in both day and night is moderate, which makes the day and night more beautiful, making Autumn the best time to go Annapurna circuit trek.
The Weather when the temperature at the Annapurna region lessens and inches towards the winter temperature is the pre-winter Weather. This Weather comes at the end of Autumn. The temperatures in both the days and nights declined, and the region became colder.
Highlights of Trekking to Annapurna Circuit in Autumn
- Perfect Weather and temperature
- Clear and beautiful views
- Amazing views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges
- Celebration of Dashain and Tihar, the main festival of Nepal
- Nature enriched with greenery
Tip for Trekking to Annapurna Circuit in Autumn
- If you are traveling in early September, Carry rainproof things like clothing and bags.
- Carry lightweight and warm stuff.
- Book your accommodation early.
Annapurna Circuit Trek in Spring
The second best time for trekking in the Annapurna circuit is during Spring. Spring is also known as the season of colors. The hills and the forested trails covered with wildflowers and Rhododendron blossoms are eye-catching. The combination of fresh air with the sweet fragrance of wildflowers is rejuvenating.
The skies are clear with white and low clouds making the vision in the sky. The Weather is stable for an extended period. There are very few chances of snowfall and rainfalls in the Annapurna region during Spring.
You will see the fantastic views of Himalayan ranges, hills, and mountains. As Spring arrives after Winter i.e., March, April, and May, the wildlife and plants in the region rejuvenate after their winter hibernation.
Weather and temperature at Annapurna Circuit Trek in Spring
The Weather experienced during early Spring is the post-winter Weather. You will experience the remains of winter weather during the Annapurna circuit trek in March. The temperature is colder in early Spring. Trekking to the Annapurna circuit in early Spring doesn’t guarantee clear skies and pleasant temperatures, and you might also encounter a few snowfalls on the trail.
During the mid-spring(late March to late May), the Weather is warm and stable in the Annapurna region. The region begins to warm up day by day during this time. Trekkers who don’t prefer cold can travel at this time. Flora and fauna seem to be much active due to the warming atmosphere. This time of the Spring is the best time to go on a trek to the Annapurna circuit.
You will experience humid pre-monsoon weather in the late Spring, and the Annapurna circuit becomes hotter during late May. You might even encounter a few rainfalls at the lower elevation of the trek. When Spring progresses towards monsoon rainfalls are becoming more frequent.
Highlights of trekking to Annapurna Circuit in Spring
- Chances of seeing wildlife species
- Clear and amazing views
- Warm temperature
- Lots of Rhododendron blossoms and colorful frosted trails
Tips for trekking to Annapurna Circuit in Spring
- Carry things suitable for cold temperatures if you are traveling in early March.
- Trails might be slippery due to the remains of snow in early March. So be careful while you trek.
- Carry rain covers; you might see some rains in late Spring.
Annapurna Circuit Trek in Winter – offseason
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate level trekking, and you can go on this trek at any time of the year. Annapurna circuit trek in off-seasons (Winter and Monsoon) isn’t as popular as in the Autumn and Spring.
The Annapurna circuit trek route is at an altitude of 5416 meters at the Thorong La Pass. At the top of the pass, the weather change is dynamic. The temperature at the pass becomes freezing due to its high altitude. The past experiences snowy Weather as a result. The pass remains closed for trekking as the trails dipped inside the vast piles of snow makes the trek challenging.
We do not recommend trekking in the Annapurna Circuit in Winter due to this reason. You will see heavy snowfalls at other higher areas on the trek while trekking in winters. The snow falls generally accompanied by harsh blizzards, which are also the reason for the local people in the higher altitude migrate towards the lower elevations.
However, The Himalayas look gorgeous while covered with huge piles of white snow, and the daring trekkers, the Annapurna circuit trek in Winter is a perfect adventure.
Make sure you prepare yourself to see the worst weather conditions and get ready to face other challenges that might come along while trekking. You must be extra cautious regarding your safety in winters. You must also take appropriate and necessary trekking gears for trekking in the Annapurna circuit in Winter.
Annapurna Circuit Trek in Monsoon – offseason
Monsoon and Summer come together in the Annapurna region, and the Annapurna region will get hot and wet at the same time in Monsoon. You will see frequent heavy downpours in the Annapurna region during Monsoon.
It generally rains during the nights and continues till the next morning in Monsoon. The trails in Monsoon become too moist and slippery because of the frequent rains. The water in the rivers, streams, and waterfalls rises during the Monsoon.
There are chances of getting leech bites when you trek through the jungles. Other summer bugs like mosquitoes are also active on the trails along with other parasites. If you are traveling during Monsoon, you must carry some insect repellents with you.
Some portions of the trail have the risks of landslides where you must be extra careful. You have to take your shoes off if water from the streams overflows in the path in some places.
Are you wondering about the experience like when you have to cross the Thorong La Pass in the Monsoon? The real challenge while trekking in the Annapurna circuit in Monsoon is crossing the pass. As the trails are muddy and slippery, it will be very challenging.
Itinerary for Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek can be done on different days. There are 13days, 16days, 18days, and 19days tour plans for Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can choose the favorable days according to your schedule for Annapurna Circuit Trek. Given below is the 16 days standard tour plan for Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Itinerary for 14 days
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule for 7 hours
Day 04: Hiking upto Jajat village
Day 05: From Jajat village to Danakyu
Day 06: Trekking up to Chame
Day 07: Hiking to upper Pisang for 5- hours (3190m/10466ft)
Day 08: Hiking upto Ghyaru village from Pisang
Day 09: Full Rest Day in Manang for acclimatization.
Day 10: Trekking to Ledar
Day 11: Trek from Ledar to Thorong Phedi
Day 12: Trekking from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong-la passes for 8 hours(5416m/17769ft)
Day 13: Drive to Tatopani from Muktinath
Day 14: Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara
Day 15: Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 16: Departure to your home country
Similarly, the trek can be done for 18 days and 19 days, resting for a longer time and exploring other places during the trek. If you want more adventure, you can always go for the 18-day trek, which also includes trekking to Khangsar and Tilicho lake.
Your journey starts from Kathmandu and ends at Pokhara. On your first day, you will visit two heritage sites i.e., Pashupatinath Temple and Boudha Stupa.
Pashupatinath Temple: Located beside the Bagmati river, it is the most famous Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva. It is a golden pagoda style temple that is richly carved with silver doors. A big fair is held around February/March on the occasion of Shivaratri.
Boudhanath Stupa: It is one of the biggest stupas in the world that is located in the east in Kathmandu. In the four prime directions, it stands with four pairs of eyes keeping watch for virtuous behavior and social success. The stupa resembles the Mahayana philosophy.
Sightseeing in Pokhara
On your arrival to Pokhara, you will go to a hotel and then move towards the Fewa lake. The lake is known for its tranquility and picture-perfect postcards. In the center of the lake lies the Barahi temple, which is a two-story pagoda temple. It is a temple of the Goddess Durga, protector of Gods.
Do you have More Days to Spend after Trekking?
Ghandruk Loop hike for three days is covered during this short trek. You will drive to Phedi from where your hike starts. The trails ascend to Dhampus and then to Pothana. Dhampus is a Gurung village that allows you to explore the Gurung culture. After you reach Pothana, your final destination of the day, you can explore this town surrounded by the forest, having a marvelous mountain view and return to your hotel and rest.
The early part of the trek ascends for an hour up to Deurali, which passes through the forest of Oak and other splendid views. We walk deep downwards to Tolkha, a beautiful Magar and Gurung village. Moving towards the village Landruk, inhibited by Gurung and few Brahmins, the trail moves downward to Modi Khola, and crossing the iron bridge, and you follow steep uphill to Ghandruk.
Ghandruk is the final destination of your trek. There are many hotels, Gurung Museum, and traditional houses made of stone slabs. You can enjoy the fantastic view of Annapurna, Glacier Dome, and fishtail. You will explore the scenic and magnificent beauty of rich Nature, experience Gurung culture in Ghandruk.
On the next day, you will walk steep downhill from Ghandruk towards Nayapul via Shauli Bazaar and Birethanti. The trail from here to Birethanti is lovely along the river Modi. It is a 5-hour walk from Birethanti to Nayapul. From Nayapul, you will drive to Pokhara and spend the rest of your night enjoying the nightlife of Pokhara and resting on your own.
Several other side treks that are worth your money and time are available during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. It’s always a good idea to take the help of trekking agents if you are looking for a hassle-free trek. However, choosing the best time depends upon the type of trekker you are. If you are a beginner trekker autumn and Spring would be an ideal time for you. If you are an experienced trekker looking for a thrilling adventure with a lot of challenges, then Winter and Monsoon will provide you all those exciting trekking experiences.
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