No doubt, Annapurna region is a treasure for all the mountain lovers in the world. Annapurna Circuit winter means the toughest winter and it’s definitely not the best month for trekking in the mountains. Still, if you love the snow (just like me:P) and can withstand the winter, no other month could be better. Annapurna Circuit trek in winter and Annapurna base camp trek in winter is harsh, but not impossible.
You will meet only a few of adventure freaks wandering in the Annapurna in January. January is the month of snow and thus the mountain peak looks more stunning than any other time. The clear sky during the morning offering the most mesmerizing view of Annapurna. The freezing winter temperature and wild weather will definitely make things interesting and complicated to you. Here is a detail of Annapurna Circuit winter.
Annapurna in winter temperature:
January in Nepal means the toughest winter. The days might be sunny but the temperature is low while the nights and mornings are chilling. During January, snowfall will add adventure to your trek experience. The lush forest with white covering makes the surrounding landscape even more mesmerizing. The sky the clear during the morning when you can enjoy the views of mountain peaks as Mount Annapurna (8091m), Mount Machhapuchhre (6997m), Fang (7647m), Gangapurna (7454m), etc awe-inspiring.
The average daytime temperature of January at higher altitudes is around 1 degree Celsius. But at the base camp, it’s even colder. However, the nights are freezing as with the temperature of below -10 degrees Celsius. The sunshine hour is during January is only 5 to 6 hours which means you should start your trek early in the morning. Annapurna Circuit winter is definitely freezing.
Annapurna Circuit winter Highlights:
- Awe-inspiring views of mountain vista
- Mesmerizing view of sunrise view and Himalayas from Poon Hill
- Spectacular views of frozen glacier
- A calm bath in hot spring at Jhinu Danda
- Visit to the Gurung village of Ghandruk
- Witness the bio-diversity and some exotic floral along the trail while you make Annapurna Circuit winter trek
- Be the part of Nepal’s rich tradition and culture
Annapurna Trek in January Difficulty:
Annapurna Base Camp trek is usually considered a moderately difficult trek. The trek neither demands any advanced physical fitness nor any previous trekking experiences.
But with the cold and wet winter days, the trek gets quite tough. The white crystal snow sometimes adds to the fun but sometimes doubles the trouble. But with the right gear and preparations, there is no big risk for Annapurna Circuit winter trek.
Annapurna Circuit winter Accommodation:
January, the beginning of winter is less preferred months for alluring the natural beauty. You don’t have to worry much about booking an accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara or even the higher regions. You will have a tons of options to choose for accommodation and you don’t have to book the room in advance
Almost all tea houses in the region have a small private room with twin beds. The room cost around $3 to $6, but as winter is the off-season; you might get them even at lower rates.
Annapurna Trekking Permits Costs:
Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit cost the US $2 for citizens of SAARC countries and the US $30 for the citizens of other nationals. the cost of Trekkers’ Information Management System card Cost US $20/ person.
Annapurna trek Tips In January:
- As the weather high altitude during winter is unpredictable, be prepared even for the worst time.
- As winter is an off-season for Annapurna region trekking, you might not meet a lot of people in the way, it’s safe to hire a guide
- Start the trek early in the morning so that you can reach your destination before it gets hard
- Pack very warm clothes and sleeping bags
- Hire a porter as you need to carry a lot of warm clothes
- Take enough time to let your body acclimatize
- Stay hydrated and always drink non-polluted water
- Carry enough cash as there are no ATMs in the ABC route.
The heavenly view of the giant Himalayas is always captivating. But the perfect weather and snowfall in January make it even better. Contact us here to book your perfect trek to Nepal.