North Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Destination
Nepal
Activity
Trekking
Accomodation
Camping and Hotel
Region
Annapurna Region
Distance
23 km ~
Start / End Point
Humkhola/Humkhola
Duration
4 nights 5 days
Max. Altitude
4068 m
Meals Included
Breakfast/ lunch /Dinner
Group Size
2-25
Nature of Trek
Camping to camping
Best Season
March-May August-November
Trip Code
AT-NA
Activity Per Day
5-7 hrs
Transporation
Jeep / bus
Grade
Moderate

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.

Why you will love the North Annapurna Base Camp?
    •  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.

Trekkers Information for North Annapurna Trek:

    Trekkers Information of 2022 and 2023 for north Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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

Annapurna North Base Camp Trek Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Drive Pokhara to Tatopani to Humkhola, 2890 m

  2. day 2

    Humkhola to Busket Mela, 3650 m

  3. day 3

    Busket Mela to Campsite, 4050 m

  4. day 4

    Campsite to North Annapurna Base Camp, 4190 m and drive back to Tatopani.

  5. day 5

    Drive Tatopani to Pokhara, 800 m

North Annapurna Base Camp Trek Map and Altitude Graph

everest base camp trek map

What's Included?

    • All ground transfers in private vehicles as per availability, for every itinerary.
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, and his food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance.
    • 1 Porter to carry the kitchen goods and camping equipment during the trek
    • Camping tents and Kitchen tents during the trek
    • Sleeping bag, Crampones. Trekking poles during the time of the trek, if necessary. ( Return after the trip )
    • Most of these meals are during the camping trek. You can choose dishes before the departure of the trek.
      • Breakfast: Porridge, rice pudding, egg dish with toast, bread with jam and honey & hot drinks like tea or coffee.
      • Lunch & Dinner Items: Dal Bhat (mostly recommended), noodles soup / fried noodles, egg curry with plain rice, Thukpa, french fry, fried potato, boiled potato, and much more.
    • Complete trekking arrangements with the required TIMS for trekkers and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) permit.
    • First aid medical kit with Oximeter
    • GST, Government taxes, Local taxes, and office service charges.
    • North Nepal T-shirt and trekking/expedition achievement certificate.
    • Fresh/dry fruits along the trek and tea/coffee break during the trek.

What's Excluded?

  • Anything related to International flight airfares such as Nepal entry visa fees, excess baggage charges, International flight tickets, and so on.
  • Extra night accommodations due to changes in itinerary. 
  • Extra Supporter/porter to carry your luggage during the trekking.
  • Personal expenses before the trek such as ( cold drinks, alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, Wifi, cell phones, camera battery recharges, and so on).
  • Travel insurance covers high-altitude helicopter rescue and evacuation along with medical costs.
  • Tips and gratuities for guides and porters.
  • Additional costs, such as additional days due to delays caused by natural/uncontrollable phenomena such as bad weather, landslides, and change of plans(itinerary modifications) due to safety concerns, illness, and soon.
  • Lastly, all of the costs and expenses that aren’t listed in the “What’s Included?” section.

Trekking Equipment for North Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

Trekking to the North Base Camp of Annapurna I is a thrilling adventure, as it is rarely trekked and has a pristine natural environment.
Moreover, if you are planning for the North Annapurna Base Camp Trek, then you need to be even more careful. We suggest you trek the North Annapurna Base Camp with a trekking agency. 

Most of the days are spent camping, as there are no tea houses and very few guides know the route of the North Annapurna Base Camp Trek. You need to carry tents, a food cooking stove, and many more just for the sake of camping, and for yourself you can click here, for a detailed packing list.

Written by: Mohan Bhandari

1: Is travel insurance required for the North Annapurna base camp trek?
Travel insurance is mandatory for the North Annapurna Base Camp trek. The trek is challenging and located in a remote area with limited access to communication. So, we strongly recommend that you get travel and medical insurance covering up to 6000 meters altitude for your safety and peace of mind. The Helicopter rescue cost is now very high, making insurance even more crucial.

2: Can I do the North Annapurna Base Camp trek without a guide?
Certainly! Think twice if you're considering the North Annapurna Base Camp trek without a guide. ANBC trail is not an established trail. The hike requires 3 to 4 days of camping, and the terrain is challenging. It would help if you became experienced in setting up camp at such a high altitude and if you have proper gear; otherwise, you could find yourself in a tight spot.
Also, some of the hikes contain a landslide area, which brings in an element of risk that should be considered. An experienced guide doesn't just show you the way; they read the land, understand its intricacies, and foresee complications you might need to know.

3:Could you trek to the North Annapurna Base Camp alone?
No, with new regulation of NTB, you can't trek solo and given the complexities and inherent risks, we strongly recommend hiring an experienced guide. Trust us; this is one adventure where a local expert can make all the difference.

4: When is the best time to travel to Annapurna North Base Camp?
If you're thinking about when to lace up your boots for the North Annapurna Base Camp trek, let us tell you, there's not just one 'best' time. The route is incredibly rewarding and open throughout the year, but certain periods offer unique delights.
From March to June and again from September to November, you get to hike under the perfect blend of sunny skies and breezy weather. During these months, the journey is just impeccably timed. Should you decide to brave the trail in March-May, you'll find yourself walking in something close to a winter wonderland. With clear skies, the snowfall is magical and covers most of the hills, transforming the surrounding landscape into a snow-blanketed paradise. Remember the Narchyang Lake - it freezes up and is a winter marvel. But wait, the display of nature doesn't stop there. Come October through December, the skies are crystal clear, and the landscape changes its shade to dry and brown.

5: What about food and accommodation?
Tea houses are only available on the first day. On other days, the trekkers need to spend the night in a tent. So, all the necessary gear and tools for camping should be taken with us from the beginning. Since we are spending most of the nights in a tent, dry foods are a must, and other foods are also taken with us however, we need to cook the food ourselves.

6: How hard is this trek?
The trek is moderately challenging. Because of the ongoing construction of the Hydropower Project, the tracks are mostly covered by stones and mud, making it slightly confusing. Some places are prone to landslides, so the trails are mostly layered with rocks and dirt. Also, the paths are steep and need rope to support walking. In comparison to other treks, this trek is a bit hard.

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