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Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the most popular trekking trail for mountain scenery and classical walking holidays. This is the stunning trekking trail along the terraced farmland, spectacular landscape, through colorful forests, villages and bank of river. Located at the Annapurna Trekking Region, Annapurna Base Camp hiking trail is the trekkers paradise to enjoy the great Himalayan villages and mountains in-front of you. This world’s famous trekking trail also known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking provides you the opportunity to meet the local ethnic people, their culture and festivals. The trek starts from the low land and winds its way up to 4130m where you will get opportunity to view the soaring Himalayan peaks.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Weather and Best Season
The best time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek is from mid September to November in autumn season and March to May in spring. However, it can done all the time in a year. Every season in Nepal has its specific features to offer to the trekkers. Trekking in Monsoon season will be good for photographers, videographers, researchers, botanists and adventure enthusiasts.
Autumn Season (September, October, November)
Autumn is the best time of year for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. It is a dry season, moderate temperature, clear skies and beautiful mountain views. The visibility is high, crowded trekking trails and busy hotels. Experience the culture, festival and colorful surrounding at your best.
Winter Season (December, January, February)
If you like quieter, trek Annapurna base camp in winter. It is possible even in January and February but warm trekking gears are must. Dry air, clear skies, warmer days and best mountain visibility are to experience. Never trek alone in winter. You can’t underestimate the weather of mountains.
Spring (March, April, May)
This is another best time after Autumn season and most busiest time of trekking. In spring, the weather is warm and cool night. Rhododendrons are at full bloom with red hills.
Monsoon Season (June, July, August)
Monsoon is the rainy season and has the high risk of landslides, flood, mosquitoes and leeches on the trail. The view will not be good if it rains all the day. So, Annapurna Base Camp Trek during monsoon is not highly recommended. However, you can trek to ABC even in the monsoon season with rain gears, guide and full preparation.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty
Hike to Annapurna Base Camp at an elevation of 4310m wouldn’t be so much difficult if you are a good walker/hiker. Annapurna base camp trek is a moderate type of trekking. Even a non-professional trekker can do it easily. A few days hiking up to 4310m will provide you the glimpses of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Fishtail at a close. You will have a exciting experience hiking through the hills, dense alpine forests, villages and banks of holy rivers.
The following points will define the difficulty of Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Duration of ABC Trek
Usually, it takes around two weeks to trek Annapurna Base Camp but if you are experienced hiker and go for rapid, you can make it within 7-9 days. The trek itinerary can be extended or reduced as per your requirement. Due to transportation access Annapurna Base Camp trekking can be done within 1 week.
On an average, the walking hour during trekking will be 5-6 hours. But, if you go longer time walking, the trekking length would be shorter. But, you would not have happy trekking experience if you go express walking.
Take a look at our blog post, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Preparation and training for detail information how much you walk a day.
For ABC trek, you need to have basic knowledge about the mountain path, hiking experience as this is moderate trek. There might be gradual elevation rise and some long step stone stairs en-route. You might experience the symptoms of altitude sickness during trekking. Be careful of it. Consult to your guide if you have some experience of dizziness, headache, dehydration and vomiting.
Trekking Season, Weather and Temperature
Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is best during autumn and spring. But, if you consider winter and monsoon time, it may be worse (sometimes but not always). It is well known that trekking in Nepal during monsoon and winter is not highly recommended.
But you can do it if you have strong determination. Be careful about the altitude sickness, availability of tea house en-route, snowfall at winter and the road link. Sometime, the flood, landslide may cause disconnecting the roads and bad weather may be the reason for flight cancels.
Annapurna base camp short trek
If you are limited by time, no problem we can arrange you Annapurna Base Camp Trekking 10 days or Annapurna Base Camp Treks 7 days. These are the short ABC trek itineraries that we have for the trekkers who do not have much time to trek Annapurna Base Camp Trek 13 days.
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