Would you like to trek the Annapurna Base Camp? Is November the month that you have chosen for your Annapurna Base Camp trek? If so, then you would probably like to know more on Annapurna Base Camp trek in November.
By the end of this article, we hope to give you a precise view on the feasibility of trekking to the base camp during November. To do that, we will be addressing all issues by covering the following 5 topics:
From October to November and from March to May, is the best time for trekking the Annapurna Base Camp. These are peak trekking seasons, not only for trekking Annapurna, but for trekking in Nepal in general.
October and November are the autumn seasons around this part of Nepal. The temperature is cool, the sky is bright, and there isn’t much chance of rain. On the other hand, March and April are the spring season. During this time, it is heaven for flora lovers, with Rhododendrons, orchids, magnolias and blue irises are found in abundance.
November is a very good time for trekking the Annapurna Base Camp. It is the final month of peak season, so there are quite a lot of travelers visiting the camp. According to the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), 200-250 tourists a day take their permits for the base camp during the spring season. This number doubles during autumn (October and November).
For many travelers around the world, November is quite the time for trekking the Annapurna base camp. If you want more than statistics to convince you the on feasibility of trekking the base camp in November, here are the lists of pros and cons of trekking to Annapurna Base camp in November.
The autumn season is also known as the post monsoon season, so the rains will have ended by October and November. At altitudes between 1000 meters and 3500 meters, the temperature ranges from 20 degree Celsius to 5 degree Celsius. On the contrary, at higher elevations, the temperature during the night falls to -0 degrees. But for most of the afternoons, the temperature is quite pleasant, even at higher altitudes, ranging from 17 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius.
Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp during November can be quite dry. As can be seen from the figure above, November receives no rainfall at all. But this is not always going to hold true as the climate in the Himalayas is always changing.
October and November are just after the end of the rains, so much of the pollution, haze and dust are cleared away from the atmosphere. This makes the days clear and bright so that the mountains are crystal clear for viewing.
It will be very pleasant to trek Annapurna Base Camp during November, as the days are neither too hot nor too cold. It is just the right temperature to walk for long hours without getting too exhausted or chilly.
Most of the trails will be swarming with travelers, so it is an ideal time for socializing and interacting with a diverse group of trekkers.
The downside of trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in November is the overcrowded trails. Flights are quickly filled and accommodation options are packed. Sometimes, a lodge can receive up to 250 guests in a day, so the trekkers have to squeeze themselves in dining halls, storerooms or wherever.
Despite having favorable weather, in the mountains you can never really be sure as to when disaster can strike. In October of 2014 a crushing blizzard had claimed the life of more than 28 people. When such disasters can happen even at what is known as the peak seasons, trekkers should always be conscious and prepare themselves accordingly.
It can be difficult to get rooms at the hotels, tea houses and lodges at the Annapurna base Camp trek in November as they prefer giving out rooms to large groups, trekking agencies and guides during the peak season. If you are travelling solo, it would be good if you teamed up with a group.
When you trek to Annapurna Base Camp in November you will find that most of the rooms get packed quickly; you might have to adjust at dining halls and store rooms. This means that you will need a sleeping bag, as the blankets may not be available and the nights get pretty cold.
It is better to bring solar powered or battery powered charges for your electronic devices because there will not be enough outlets or enough power for your devices when the hotels are full.
While trekking the Annapurna Base Camp in November, you need to start your trek early in the morning because it tends to get dark at around 5pm. The mornings and nights will be quite chilly, so do bring layered clothing.