Suitable time for Annapurna Trekking
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Deciding the best time to hike the Annapurna Circuit is an elimination game. Analyzing and researching on the weather condition first will always be helpful before you begin the journey to the mountains. One can rule out December through February–too cold. Take May off the list as that is the month which is excessively hot. It’s too wet during the time of summer so you certainly don’t want to go. Months from June to September are the monsoon seasons when as much as 70% of the annual rainfall occurs. During autumn, the nights are usually cold in the mountains and windy too, but the bright sun makes for pleasant day temperatures. During the day the temperature is 20° C, which falls to 5° C at night and this usually seen at an altitude varying between 2500 meters and 3500 meters. At higher altitude temperature varies. It ranges from about 20° C down to -10° C. Mornings are usually clear with clouds can be seen up in the sky during the afternoon while it disappears at night to revealing spectacular sky full of stars. During winter it is about 10 degrees colder. Early December usually has a break, but this can be considered as a good trekking season too. Perhaps, the Christmas period is too cold;also this is the holiday season where lots of travelers dominate flights and hotels. February is still cold; although lesser that’s why the spring trekking season of months March and April approaches. Trekking tapers off in the heat of May except at high elevations and altitudes. In the Middle Hills, full of dust and haze in April and May, especially around Pokhara in comparison to other cities of the nation, but the high country is usually clear.
As with most of the trekking areas in Nepal, the best time to visit are during spring and autumn. Usually, spring is cloudy, and cloud hides mountains after 12 0′clock but if you love flowers rhododendrons are in full blossom! It could be snow on the path in early spring. Rhododendrons along with the clearest skies are found after the monsoon in October and November. For the clearest views, this part of the season is considerably the best one since it has got ideal conditions. During October the monsoon will have just ended and this gives the amazing view of mountains. It is neither too hot nor too cold. So far, this can be considered as the right temperature.
Moreover, autumn is also perfect season for Annapurna Base Camp trekking. Considering this as best season numerous tourist are there during that time. So, October is taken as peak season and the popular one for trekking Annapurna. During this period of the season, the weather is generally mild and there is little rainfall. Whereas the other parts of Nepal, actually in the monsoon which is from June to September, is the suitable and appropriate time to visit this part of the region that falls in the rain shadow. Particularly, upper mustang region is the perfect destination during the time of rainy days. In fact, during months of winter, you will get good trekking conditions throughout the foothills but some higher passes will be closed due to snow.
Someone is thinking to give themselves a relaxed schedule then one should go for it. The essence of the Annapurna Circuit has got tranquil ability to cease time.