Annapurna Base Camp Trek in December

Annapurna Base Camp Trek in December

Published on Nov 23, 2022

Some trekkers were brought by Trex Mount to the Annapurna base camp last December. The hikers first struggled with the decision of whether to go or not. They then asked us to plan their trips, complete with a knowledgeable guide and porter.

They had taken the hike to Annapurna Base Camp in the first few days of December. We were shocked to see that they were ecstatic when they returned. Even though it was December, they claimed that the weather in Annapurna was excellent. Some mornings the vistas were obscured by fog, but as the day went on, they became very stunning.

“We had some challenges on the trail at several points because of the cold and snow. One of them remarked, “However, our guide helped us a lot and he always urged us to go deeper. The other remarked, “The porter was helpful.

Annapurna Base Camp in December

The Himalayas appeared magnificent! All of our struggles were worthwhile when we saw the mountains of snow atop the Himalayas. The cold, too! Every minute was fantastic, we adored everything there, we couldn’t have survived if we hadn’t brought enough clothing, but we did,… Hearing them talk about their good experiences was quite moving.

Wait! Avoid being duped. There are other aspects to things besides just the good. While traveling on the routes of Annapurna base camp in December, some hikers must contend with inclement weather, snow blizzards, and severe snowfalls. To succeed in their voyage to the Annapurna sanctuary, they would have to overcome obstacles.

During ABC Trekking

So I’m not sure what I can say about Annapurna Base Camp in December with absolute certainty. All I can say is that everything is luck-based. If you’re fortunate, the December ABC trek will be among your top travel experiences. If not, your trek will be among the most exciting you’ve ever had.

Don’t take it lightly; before you can hike to Annapurna Base Camp in December, you must at least have some expertise in high-altitude trekking.

Don’t take it lightly; before you can hike to Annapurna Base Camp in December, you must at least have some expertise in high-altitude trekking.

December weather and temperature at Annapurna Base Camp

Let’s talk about ABC’s weather and temperature in December for a little bit. Winter months like December are less well-liked than other months. However, this does not imply that you cannot go on a trek due of the poor weather the entire month. You can go trekking if you start by gathering the necessary supplies.

Since winter, the climate and temperature have been markedly different from those of the other seasons. It is without a doubt freezing there. The temperature is always higher in lower locations than it is in higher ones. The temperature drops by roughly 6 degrees for every 1000 meters of elevation gain.

Even the lowest regions can occasionally have snowfalls in late December. The nights are really chilly. High heights experience temperatures that fall well below freezing. You must therefore cover yourself in really warm garments.

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Now let’s talk about the weather. Other days are sunny, some days are cloudy, and some days can be good or bad. The weather is occasionally clear, chilly like winter, and occasionally harsh like in the middle of winter.

There is no way to predict what you will see. You must therefore get ready to handle whatever comes your way with grace. A dedicated trekker behaves in this way. Go with a loaded gun and an open mind. You’ll love your trek through the Annapurna base camp.

Perks of Trekking in December

Every single day of the year is unique. Whether it is the peak season or the off-season has no bearing. A trek to Annapurna Base Camp can change your life and provide amazing experiences.

Winter officially begins in December. But it’s not as chilly as midwinter. At the Annapurna base camp, enjoy the sensation of walking beneath a gentle snowfall. The Himalayas will look their finest when donning their gorgeous winter coats.

The following are some justifications for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in December. Look at this,

Striking Himalayan Views

Therefore, the Himalayan mountain ranges blanketed in snow are the most magnificent feature of December. The hikers are blessed with breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas lined up together on the Annapurna base camp climb. The magnificent Macchapuchre and Dhaulagiri Himal will be displaying their best views for you.

The snow-covered Annapurna Sanctuary

The captivating Himalayas encircle the Annapurna base camp on all sides. It is sometimes referred to as a “sanctuary” because it is surrounded on all sides by the breathtaking Himalayas. In December, this sanctuary appears to be in heaven because it is covered in snow. You will be able to see the stunning peaks of Hiunchuli (6993 m), Machapuchhre (6991 m), and Annapurna I (8091 m).

A Wonderful Christmas at Annapurna Base Camp in December

Imagine spending Christmas with your friends and families at the Annapurna base camp in Nepal. How magnificent will it be? You must travel to Nepal and hike to Annapurna Base Camp in December if you want this illogical fantasy to become true.

Peaceful and Quiet Trails

Walking in Annapurna Base Camp during the month of December is less common. As a result, there won’t be as many hikers using the Annapurna base camp trails. You’ll enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. Trails with less traffic are more tranquil. Trek to Annapurna base camp in December if you enjoy spending quiet time in nature.

Stunning Photograph Opportunities

December is a fantastic season to hike in Annapurna base camp for photographers. The Himalayas are encased in snowy clumps. They certainly appear to be exaggerating. Additionally, on occasion in December when the weather is consistent, the views will be just as stunning as they are during peak seasons (autumn and spring).

Capturing  Photograph of Annapurna Base Camp in December
Taking Photograph

Notably, many photographers choose to take a helicopter to Annapurna Base Camp.

Reduced prices at the Teahouses

The teahouses on the Annapurna trekking paths provide discounts on lodging and food to their clients because the route to the Annapurna base camp has fewer tourists and fewer crowds. Additionally, particularly during the off-seasons, teahouses serve some of the regional cuisines.

Is there a chance here? You’re in the Himalayas enjoying the time of your life, taking advantage of unexpected bargains, and savoring delectable regional cuisine.

Packing list for the December hike to Annapurna Base Camp

When you travel with the right gear and equipment, half of your trek problems are resolved. And December is a challenging month. The snow crowns start to look thicker since it is chilly. Therefore, you must create a thorough packing list for the December trek to Annapurna base camp.

Based on our trekking experiences and what we needed for December, we have created the following packing list. Look at this,

Hygiene and Toiletries

  • Sunscreen with a high SPF
  • Moisturizer for face and body
  • Lip Guard
  • Toothpaste and a Toothbrush
  • Soap or an anti-bacterial handwasher
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hand sanitizer
  • A lightweight Towel
  • A toilet roll
  • First aid kit box with medicines, bandages, ointments, and medical sprays.
  • Important Travel Documents

Important Documents

  • Your Passport
  • Your Nepalese Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Passport-Sized Photos
  • Map and Guide Book
  • Handcash (keep it safe)
visa for Annapurna Trekking


  • Full-sleeved warm shirt and trousers
  • A woolen cap or a hat
  • A warm woolen scarf
  • Warm thermals (both top and bottom)
  • Woolen jumper
  • A down jacket
  • Fleece or woolen trousers
  • Warm gloves
  • A comfortable pair of hiking boots
  • A gaiter for walking on snow
  • A pair of teahouse sandals

Other Items

  • Camera and essentials
  • Head torch
  • Trekking poles
Backpacking for Annapurna Trekking
Backpacking for Annapurna Trekking

Is it difficult to trek to Annapurna Base Camp in December?

You may believe that the cold will bother you while you trek to Annapurna Base Camp in December. Given that winter has already started, what do you consider to be fair? But relax; it’s not as horrible as you would imagine.

The month of December marks the start of winter at Annapurna base camp. The trek to Annapurna base camp in December is full of dazzling beauties and thrills. The journey is wonderful, but there is always a chance for danger.

Here are some of the challenges you can encounter on your climb to Annapurna Base Camp in December:


Would you have anticipated anything else than the first cold here? Well, the main trek challenges begin with a cold when they are related to winter. When winter comes early, higher elevations see snowfall and extreme cold in December.

If you don’t have warm gear, the cold can damage your breathing and respiratory system. It’s dangerous to be exposed to a respiratory threat from cold at higher altitudes. You need to take into consideration the possibility of altitude sickness. At higher altitudes, up to 4100 meters, you cannot afford any kind of respiratory problems brought on by the cold.

Man facing cold environment at Annapurna Region
Man facing cold environment at Annapurna Region

It isn’t finished yet. Threats of sporadic snowfalls and snowstorms can be found along the trail in various locations. When avalanches, worsening snow blizzards, and significant snowfall occur at higher altitudes, the trail may be closed.

The Limited Days,

December has short days. You observe the sunrise, you hike, and then the day begins to get shorter. Consequently, starting early and arriving at your teahouse before dusk is one of the goals when hiking to Annapurna Base Camp in December. You must therefore be able to travel a great distance quickly.


Where there is no risk, there is no adventure. Consequently, be prepared to hike to Annapurna Base Camp in December. You will have experiences with us that you have never had before, I assure you of that.

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