North Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Hotel, Lodge and Tea house
Annapurna Region
40 km ~
Start / End Point
6 nights 7 days
Max. Altitude
4068 m
Meals Included
Group Size
Nature of Trek
Lodge and Camping Trek
Best Season
March-May August-November
Trip Code
Activity Per Day
5-7 hrs
Jeep / bus

North Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview

Annapurna North Base Camp Trek also known as Maurice Herzog Trail is a less-explored and more pristine trekking trail in the Annapurna Circuit. For those looking for alternate trails in the Annapurna region, this trek offers a fantastic adventure experience that is as unique as it is wildly exhilarating. This route was explored in 2019 by the Annapurna Rural municipality (ARM) group. Different trekking associations of Nepal like the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), Local people and the Ministry of tourism is making an effort to bring this route among different groups, travel agencies, and individual trekkers for the promotion of this historic trek route. Thorugh information about the trail can be found in the North Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary.

What makes Annapurna North base camp interesting
    •  Although it is a moderately challenging trek it has the immense natural beauty of the Himalayas.
    • The trail and the camp offer some mesmerizing views of high mountains such as Annapurna I, Mount Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, and Dhaulagiri.

    • The path goes through dense green forestswaterfalls, hot springs, caves, and glaciers.

    • You will also visit Narchyang Lake, which remains frozen during the winter.

    • The area is rich in biodiversityflora, and fauna. Wild lives such as musk deer, snow leopards, bears, wild dogs, and blue sheep can be seen on the way.


Short History of the Annapurna North Base Camp

On June 3, 1950, an expedition team led by Maurice Herzog became the first climbers to reach the top of Mount Annapurna. It was also the first time that climbers had reached the top of an 8000-meter peak. As a result of this history, the trail to Annapurna North Base Camp is also known as the Maurice Herzog trail.

Alternatively, it is also called the French North Face route. after the french group conquered the summit of Mount Annapurna I for the first time in the world where they also explored the North Face of Annapurna.

The trail remains one of the least crowded trails, owing to its difficult path. Also, there are no tea houses in this area and because of that there are no facilities for accommodation in many areas of the trail and so trekkers have to camp on the way for overnight stays.

North Annapurna Base Camp Trek Weather

The weather in the high Himalayas is always unpredictable. However, it also depends on the season as most people prefer to hike during the Autumn and Spring season. During this season, the sky is clear and rainfall rarely occurs and even more, snowfall can be perceived.

In addition to that, On the high-altitude treks, fogs often hamper the vivid view of the Himalayas so, people favour the season when there is no fog and no rainfall.

About Annapurna Conservation Area Permit

In order to enter this area, one may need to pay a certain sum as a permit cost. It usually costs around US$ 25 for each person.

North Annapurna Base Camp Trek

North Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  1. day 1

    Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

    Highest Altitude 1400 m

    After your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be picked up by a private vehicle and drop you off at your hotel. You can rest in your hotel room and get rid of your jet lag from your flight to Kathmandu.

    In Kathmandu, you will be placed in a deluxe hotel. You will be provided with breakfast in the morning. So, rest well for we have a lot of new things to experience in the morning.

      • Overnight stay at a hotel.
  2. day 2

    Fly or Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus

    Flight Hours 25 mins
    Highest Altitude 1400 m
    Trek Duration 7-8 hours

    Our second day is filled with beautiful scenic views from the ride to Pokhara, we will take a tourist bus to get to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful surrounding views of the landscapes and the mountains. We will stop on the way for lunch and reach Pokhara in around 6-7 hours. We will have dinner in Pokhara and stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

    You can also take a flight to Pokhara which takes about 25 mins.

      • Overnight stay at a hotel
      • Included meal Breakfast.
  3. day 3

    Drive from Pokhara to Beni and trek to Upper Narchyang

    Highest Altitude 2140 m
    Trek Duration 6-7 hours drive + 2 hours trek

    Our journey starts with 6-7 hours of drive from Pokhara to Tatopani passing through rhododendron forests, villages and mountain views. Without sparing any time of the day we will hike for about 2 hours to reach Narchyang.

    We will spend the night in Upper Narchyang.

      • Overnight stay at Homestay

      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Upper Narchyang to Chhotepa (2370m)

    Highest Altitude 2370m
    Trek Duration 7 hours

    We begin the day’s trek towards Chhotepa after breakfast. The hike will take you through a series of farmlands, grasslands, Lekhagaun and also rivers like Ghalemch, and Mristi Khola. After about 7 hours of hiking, we will reach our destination and camp there.

      • Spend the night camping.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Chhotepa to Sandhikharka (3160m)

    Highest Altitude 3160m
    Trek Duration 6-7 hours

    From Chhotepa our today’s destination will be Sandhikharka which will take about 6-7 hours to hike. Through the nearby streams and bamboo forest our trek continues and as we come out of the forest the NACP’S mountains look closer and it is the best treat of the day. We will spend the night in Sandhikharka camping.

      • Spend the night camping.
      • Included Meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Sandhi Kharka to Annapurna North Base Camp (4068m)

    Highest Altitude 4068 m
    Trek Duration 7-8 hours

    It is going to be a long trek from Sandhikharka to Annapurna Base Camp. For about 7-8 hours of hiking through Bhusket Mela, we reach North ABC.

      • Spend the night camping.
      • Included Meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
  7. day 7

    Explore North Annapurna Base Camp glaciers (4190m) and trek to Sandhi Kharka (3610 m)

    Highest Altitude 4190m
    Trek Duration 7-8 hours

    On the 7th day of our trek, we will explore the unique beauty of this place. We will be able to see the pool of glacier water and a massive glacier ahead blocking the path of Tilicho lake on the other side. On the same day, we will then return back to Sandhi Kharka and camp there.

      • Spend the night camping.
      • Included Meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
  8. day 8

    Sadhi Kharka to Lower Narchyang.

    Trek Duration 6-7 hours + 1.5 hours ride

    We will trek back to Lower Narchyang passing through the river Humkhola in Chhotepa. It will take about 6-7 hours to reach Chhotepa. Then from Chhotepa, we take an off-road drive of about 1.5 hours to reach Lower Narchyang. We spend the night here in a Homestay.

      • Overnight stay at a Homestay.
      • Included Meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
  9. day 9

    Lower Narchyang to Tatopani to Pokhara

    Trek Duration 2 hours trek + 6-7 hours drive

    On the last day of the North ABC trek, we trek back to Tatopani and then we take a short drive back to Pokhara.

      • Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
      • Included Meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).

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