Thinking about trekking the Annapurna circuit in July? Want to know if the Annapurna Circuit trek in July is a good idea? By reading this comprehensive article you’ll have the all information you need on trekking the Annapurna circuit in July.
The Annapurna Circuit trek is the second best trekking destination in Nepal after Everest base camp. About 35,000 trekkers from around the world come to the Annapurna Circuit to have the best trekking experience. Depending on the time and weather the ability to trek the Annapurna circuit can vary drastically. Therefore, it is very important to have a good understanding of the climate around the Annapurna region.
July is the summer monsoon season at Nepal and in the Annapurna region. The month is characterized as being the hottest and the wettest month after August. Even at 5,416 meters, the temperature is around 6 degree Celsius. At altitudes below 2500 meters, the temperature is 25 degree Celsius.
Trekking the Annapurna Circuit during July and August means getting drenched as the months are known for heavy rainfall throughout Nepal. The southern part of the trek, the Ghandruk and the surrounding areas receive more than 600mm of precipitation during July.
But, since Annapurna Circuit covers a vast expanse of the Annapurna Conservation Area, there are also the rain shadow areas, which receive minimal rain during this season. Even in the monsoon, these regions receive rainfall just above 250mm.
Monsoon season is not recommended by many for long treks. While it is true for most trekking destinations, it does not quite impact some parts of the Annapurna Circuit. The climate gets cooler and there is less rain at higher altitudes.
Annapurna Circuit trek during July is often avoided by many trekkers, so if you enjoy being among fewer trekkers, you are going to have a great time hiking. Likewise, the cost of trekking and accommodation is comparatively low in this season. It is a good time, especially for botanists and biological researches, as it is the time when the vegetation’s grow ripe and the wild plants sprout to life.
Despite the northern part of the Circuit, especially the Mustang and Jomsom region not seeing much rain, the southern part of the trek, around Pokhara sees quite heavy rainfall. Trekkers who partake in the Annapurna Circuit trek during July have often said that before reaching the rain shadow areas, the path is very humid and wet.
You have to traverse a large part of the southern region while circling the Annapurna massif, meaning you are going to encounter heavy rain falls, muddy paths, landslides and a lot of leeches along the way. Flight delays and road blocks are typical in the monsoon season due to low visibility and landslides.
Trekking the Annapurna Circuit during July means you cannot enjoy a good Mountain viewing experience because of the ever present rain clouds.
Have kitchen salt handy to sprinkle some on the leeches, as it will destroy them. Equip yourself with a reliable pair of hiking boots with strong grip as you are going to have to make your way through all the sticky mud and the slippery trail. Do not forget your rain gear. Do not wear cotton clothes while on the trek, as they get extremely heavy after getting drenched in rain. Bring light clothes that are easier to dry.