Annapurna Base Camp Weather: Comprehensive Details

The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is a mesmerizing journey that takes you through diverse landscapes, traditional villages with rich culture, and terraced fields to Annapurna Base Camp. A crucial aspect of planning your trek is understanding the weather patterns, which can significantly impact your trekking experience. This comprehensive guide will delve into the detailed weather conditions you can expect throughout the year, providing the information needed to prepare for this incredible adventure.


Introduction to Annapurna Base Camp

At an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,549 feet), Annapurna Base Camp is a sought-after destination for trekkers worldwide. The trek offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna range, including Annapurna I (8,091 meters), Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain). 

Understanding the weather patterns of the Annapurna region is vital for a successful and safe trek. The weather greatly depends on the season, affecting trail conditions, visibility, and comfort. Let's explore the weather conditions in the Annapurna Base Camp region month by month.


1. Spring (March to May)

Spring is the most popular time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. The weather during this season is relatively stable, with moderate temperatures and clear skies. As you trek to ABC, you will pass through the blooming rhododendron forests. 



  • Temperature at ABC: Average max 4°C (39.2°F), average min  -8 °C (17.6°F)
  • Weather: The beginning of March can still be cold, especially at higher altitudes. Snow is possible at higher elevations, but it gradually melts as the month progresses.
  • Visibility: Clear skies are common and allow stunning views of the mountains. However, occasional clouds and fog may disturb the sights.



  • Temperature at ABC:  Average max 8 °C (46.4 °F), average min -4°C (24.8°F)
  • Weather: April is one of the best months for trekking, with stable weather and minimal precipitation. The rhododendron forests are in full bloom, adding vibrant colors to the landscape.
  • Visibility: Clear skies and excellent visibility are typical, making it ideal for photography and enjoying panoramic views.


  • Temperature at ABC:  Average max 14°C ( 57.2°F), average min 0 °C (32°F)
  • Weather: May marks the transition from spring to summer. The weather remains pleasant, but there is an increase in humidity and occasional pre-monsoon showers.
  • Visibility: Mostly, mornings are clear, but afternoons may bring clouds and haze, slightly reducing visibility.

2. Summer / Monsoon (June to August)

The summer months coincide with the monsoon season in Nepal, bringing heavy rainfall to the Annapurna region. This period is less popular for trekking due to challenging trail conditions and limited visibility.



  • Temperature at ABC:  Average max 16°C (60.8°F), average min 3 °C (37.4°F)
  • Weather: The onset of the monsoon occurs in June, bringing frequent rain showers. Trails can become muddy and slippery, increasing the difficulty of the trek.
  • Visibility: Visibility is often limited due to clouds, fog, and rain. Views of the mountains are sporadic and less predictable.



  • Temperature at ABC:  Average max 18°C (64.4°F), average min 6 °C (42.8°F)
  • Weather: July is the peak of the monsoon season, characterized by heavy and continuous rainfall. Landslides and flooding are potential risks in some areas.
  • Visibility: Poor visibility due to thick clouds and persistent rain. Mountain views are rare during this month.



  • Temperature at ABC:  Average max 19°C ( 66.2°F), average min 7 °C ( 44.6°F)
  • Weather: The monsoon continues in August, with frequent rain showers and high humidity. Trail conditions remain challenging.
  • Visibility: Similar to July, visibility is poor, with limited opportunities for clear mountain views.

3. Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is considered the best time for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. The weather is stable, the air is crisp, and the skies are clear, offering the best conditions for trekking.



  • Temperature at ABC: Average max 20°C (68°F), average min 0°C ( 32°F)
  • Weather: The monsoon gradually subsides in early September. By mid-September, the weather stabilizes, and trekking conditions improve significantly.
  • Visibility: Excellent visibility with clear skies and stunning views of the mountains.



  • Temperature at ABC: Average max 16 °C  (60.8°F), average min -6 °C (21.2°F)
  • Weather: October is the most popular month for trekking. The weather is stable, and rainfall is minimal. The days are sunny and warm, while nights are cooler.
  • Visibility: Crystal-clear skies and unobstructed views of the Annapurna range make this the best time for photography and enjoying the scenery.



  • Temperature at ABC: Average max 11°C (51.8°F), average min -10 °C (14°F)
  • Weather: November offers stable weather with cool temperatures. The post-monsoon freshness remains, and the trails are less crowded compared to October.
  • Visibility: Excellent visibility with clear skies and magnificent mountain views.


4. Winter (December to February)

Winter brings cold temperatures and snow to the Annapurna region. While it is less popular, trekking in winter offers a serene and less crowded experience.



  • Temperature at ABC: Average max 9.3°C (48.74°F), average min -14 °C (6.8°F)
  • Weather: Early December can still be favorable for trekking, but the temperatures drop significantly as the month progresses. Snowfall is possible at higher elevations.
  • Visibility: Clear skies are common, but the cold temperatures and potential snowfall can affect visibility.



  • Temperature: Average max 7 °C (44.6°F), average min -19 °C (-2.2°F)
  • Weather: January is the coldest month, with significant snowfall at higher altitudes. Trekking is challenging due to icy trails and freezing temperatures.
  • Visibility: Clear skies and excellent visibility, harsh weather conditions can frustrate many trekkers.



  • Temperature: Average max 6°C (42.8°F), average min -20 °C (-4°F)
  • Weather: February sees a gradual improvement in weather conditions, with temperatures slowly rising towards the end of the month. Snow remains at higher elevations.
  • Visibility: Clear skies and good visibility, similar to January, but with slightly milder temperatures.


Preparing for the Trek

Understanding the weather conditions is crucial, but being well-prepared is equally important. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the Annapurna Base Camp trek:

Clothing: Dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures. Include thermal base layers, fleece jackets, waterproof outer layers, and warm accessories like gloves and hats.

Footwear: Invest in good-quality waterproof trekking boots that provide ankle support. Ensure your boots are well broken in before the trek.

Gear: Bring a high-quality sleeping bag suitable for sub-zero temperatures, trekking poles, a backpack with a rain cover, and a headlamp with extra batteries.

Health and Safety:  You must acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness. Common ways to prevent altitude sickness are - to stay hydrated, eat well, and listen to your body. Carry a basic first aid kit and any necessary medications.

Discovery World Trekking conducts Annapurna Base Camp Trek throughout the year. If you are looking for a delightful and informative trek experience, you can contact us.

Paul Gurung

Paul has an extensive experience in the tourism industry. Through his blogs, he shares his deep knowledge about the stunning trek regions in Nepal, inspiring trekkers worldwide to explore these regions and enrich their lives. In addition to geography, his writings delve into the human side of the trek regions, including culture, traditions, religions, and etiquette, offering a comprehensive and enriching perspective on the Himalayan trekking and expedition experience.