Climate

EvK2CNR Meteo Station in Askole

EvK2CNR Meteo Station in Askole

The Central Karakoram National Park’s area is part of the “transitional zone” between the arid Central Asia and the semi-humid subtropics of the South Asia. Local climate is characterized by greater precipitation in winter and spring and by the effects of arid continental climate in summer with sudden onsets of cold weather in early autumn.

During winter and spring the Karakoram area is mainly influenced by westerly synoptic disturbances originating primarily from the Mediterranean or from the area of the Caspian Sea, and by convective storms in the pre-monsoon season. Karakoram and Himalayan mountains in northern Pakistan are characterized by a highly variable precipitation during summer and a rainfall maximum in winter and spring with a limited effect of the South monsoon circulation on the overall precipitation regime.

In the period of June-July weather is less stable while in September, dry temperatures and good conditions for hiking in the park can be often found. The snowfalls precipitations are concentrated in the first part of January and in February, and are not strong, while the strong wind and low temperatures often lead to temperatures reaching -15°C and in the villages closer to the CKNP boundaries to -20 / -25°C.
For more information about weather forecast please visit
Pakistan Meteorologichal Department website