When is the best time to hike to the Annapurna region?
Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna region are attractive centers for a trekking adventure. Nepal has been always famous for getting tourists for trekking and traveling. The Annapurna massif and the Annapurna circuit are full of mystery and amazingly built up full of nature. The unique landscapes, the serene environment, and the magical views of the gigantic Himalayas are the virtues of the Annapurna region. So, the travelers or the trekkers must choose the right time of the year and the right season to hike the Annapurna Circuit and other regions in Annapurna massifs. Trekking to the Annapurna circuit and the Annapurna region is one of the most selected trekking routes in Nepal. It is really an amazing and thrilling adventure vacation trip leading to the lap of Mt. Annapurna.
One of the main important reasons to choose the trekking in Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna region is that it is drier in the Annapurna region than in the Everest region as it receives less rainfall in comparison to the Everest region. So, you can opt to choose this trekking route at any time of the year in any season. We also do have some shorter treks in this region like Hike to Poon Hill, Hike to Ghandruk, etc. During the nighttime in the eastern region of the Annapurna massif, there are heavy downpours but for a shorter duration in the months of June, July, and August. Otherwise, the days are relatively dry and the skies are drier. While at Manang, Jomsom, Lukla, we receive rainfall frequently.
Even though the Annapurna circuit receives scanty rainfall, it is enough for making the roads muddy and slippery. The advantage of it is the vehicles are off the road but the disadvantage is the trail is slippery to walk. It is advisable to trek in the Annapurna circuit and Annapurna massifs during February, May, and September i.e. Summer season. If you can muddle a little bit with the rainfall, this is the time you can trek. As during this time, the trails are empty and the surrounding is quite quiet. The less humidity and the cooler temperature are also to be considered in this Summer Monsoon.
While during the Winter season, the western part of the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna region are much colder and challenging. The temperature ranges from –5°C to 5°C. The Annapurna Circuit from December to February is usually closed for trekking for several months in winter season as there are snowfalls and the trekkers or travelers need a warm, heavy trekking sleeping bag. The Winter season is always exciting but also it is very important to take care of your health. One must be physically fit enough to cope with the alpine climate and get ready to enjoy the chilling Annapurna massif and Annapurna circuit.
Finally, the main conclusion is to hike the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna region in the best season of the year. Just remember that this trekking gives lifetime memories in the high mountains and the climate is always unpredictable. So, you have to be ready enough to face the challenges and enjoy the environs accordingly. It is always good to be prepared by getting a quick review of the weather forecast in the Annapurna region before starting the trekking. Step on Himalaya will be ready to help you to get into this Annapurna circuit and Annapurna region for trekking and exploring the enthralling landscape and combo of beautiful nature and culture.
Author: Step on Himalaya
Date: 29th April, 2019