There are many trekking trails in the Annapurna region. Among many routes Annapurna circuit trek, Annapurna Base camp trek is more popular and loved by many trekkers around the world. Annapurna north base camp is a recently explored trekking route in the Annapurna region and it is gaining popularity because of its historical significance and amazing adventurous experience among adventure seekers.
The route to the North base camp of Annapurna is a hidden trail in the Annapurna region which has not been explored well. This route was explored in 2019 by the Annapurna Rural municipality (ARM) group. Different trekking association of Nepal like Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and Ministry of tourism is making an effort to bring this route among different groups, travel agencies, individual trekker for the promotion of this historic trek route.
Short History of the Annapurna north base camp
Before 1950, no mountain with a height above 8000 meters was conquered. But on the 3rd of June 1950, A French expedition team which was led by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal became the first climbers to ascend the top of Mount Annapurna I(8091 meters), 10th highest peak in the world.
This route is still one of the least crowded trails because of its trek difficulty. There are also no accommodation facilities above upper Narchuang(Lek Gaun) so the only way to accomplish this trek is camping. This route 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.
Annapurna North base camp Trek Highlights
- This is a technical and difficult trek, however, it will allow one to experience the natural beauty of the Himalayas closely.
- You will get a chance to experience the mesmerizing panoramic view of various high mountains like Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, Annapurna North, Mount Machhhapuchre, Dhaulagiri.
- You can get to know about the popular Nepali culture, rituals, and warm hospitality.
- Natural hot springs, glaciers, waterfalls, caves, green forests with rhododendron flowers and view of snow-covered mountains.
- You will be walking over the typical suspension bridges, stone steps, and mountain terrains.
- You will get a chance to trek one of the tough and most technical trails in the Annapurna region.
- The wide view of the Annapurna North base camp will definitely amaze you.
- Tranquil Narchyang Lake is one of the major attraction of this trek. It is frozen most of the time during the winter.
- Rich in biodiversity, flora, and fauna. You can see some rare wild lives like Himalayan monal, thars, gorals, musk deer, snow leopards, blue sheep, bears, and wild dogs.
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Annapurna North Base Camp Trekking Itinerary
Day 01: Drive to Beni then Bhurung Tatopani- Lower Narchyang, Overnight stay at Lower Narchyang (1330m).
Day 02: Trek to Upper NarchyangKalokhola. Overnight stay at Khalokhala (2460m).
Day 03: Trek to Chhotepa. Overnight stay at Chhotepa (2484m).
Day 04: Trek to Hum Khola. Overnight stay at Hum Khola (2883m).
Day 05: Trek to Sandhikharka. Overnight stay at Sandhikharka (3160m).
Day 06: Trek to Bhusket Mela. Overnight Stay at Bhusket Mela (3551m).
Day 07: Trek to Annapurna North Base Camp. Overnight stay at Base Camp (4190m).
Annapurna North Base Camp trekking Map
Food, Accommodation and other trekking requirements during the trek
We will manage all of your food requirements including the two-time meals, breakfasts during the whole trek. At lower altitude regions, accommodation will be on the simple teahouses, guesthouses or hotels. However, there is no lodge or teahouse about the Upper Narchyang (Lek Gaun) so camping with quality tents and sleeping bags is needed. We will also manage all the trekking materials like tents, hiking poles, cooking stuff, medical kit and more.
Best time to plan the trek
As other high altitude trekking routes, the best season for Annapurna North Base Camp trek is Spring season (March, April, and May). However, trekking is preferred in the month of September to November too. April and May are considered the peak hiking season in Nepal. During this time of the year, other trekking routes often get very busy, However, this trail is always less crowded because of its difficulty. On the monsoon season(May-September), the trekking trails get muddy and slippery, which makes it dangerous for trekking.
Required permits for the trek
As any other trek inside the Annapurna region, you have to issue a TIMS card and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit), which you can receive at Tourism Information Center in Pokhara. The required documents to get the Permits and TIMS card are
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Note: If you are planning your trek with a Travel Agency in Pokhara, they can manage the permits and other documents for you before your arrival in Nepal.
Why choose us for this difficult trek?
North Nepal Travel and Trek is a reputed travel and trekking agency in Pokhara. We have helped many trekkers to complete their trek by planning the hike as per their needs and availability. We are trusted by many trekkers around the world.
With us, your health and safety will be our utmost priority. Our team includes highly qualified travel guides who have years of experience in this field. They are easy to communicate with and are familiar with almost all the trekking routes. They are trained to handle any kind of bad situation due to any circumstances like bad weather effectively and efficiently. We can also manage the porter to carry around your stuff. We will be covering all the food, accommodation, insurance cost for our guides and porters as they are part of our team.
If you are looking for a travel company in Pokhara to plan your trek and make it an unforgettable memory, please feel free to contact us and we will discuss your trekking requirements and availability.