Annapurna North Base Camp Trek is a less-explored and more pristine trekking trail in the Annapurna region. 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 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
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. There are no facilities of accommodation in many areas of the trail and so trekkers have to camp on the way for overnight stay.
What makes Annapurna North base camp intresting
- Although it is a moderately challenging trek it has an 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 forests, waterfalls, hot springs, caves, and glaciers.
- You will also visit Narchyang Lake, which remains frozen during the winter.
- The area is rich in biodiversity, flora, and fauna. Wild lives such as musk deer, snow leopards, bears, wild dogs, and blue sheep can be seen on the way.
Annapurna North Base Camp Trekking Itinerary
Day 01: Drive Pokhara to Tatopani through Beni (6-7 Hrs) and Trek to Upper Narchyang (2 Hrs). Overnight at Upper Narchyang 2140m.(Homestay)
Day 02: Upper Narchyang to Chhotepa (7 Hrs-14km approx) through Lekhgaun, Ghalemdi, and Mristi Khola. Overnight at Chhoteopa 2370m.(Camping)
Day 03: Chhotepa to Sandhikharka (6-7Hrs-9km approx) through Humkhola. Overnight at Sandhikharka 3160m. (Camping)
Day 04: Sandhikharka to Annapurna North Base Camp (A.N.B.C 7-8 Hrs-9.5km approx) through Bhusket Mela. Overnight at ANBC 4068m. (Camping)
Day 05: Explore North Annapurna Base Camp glaciers (4190m) and trek to Sandhikharka (7-8 Hrs-9.5km app.) Overnight at Sandhikharka 3160m. (Camping)
Day 06: Trek Sandhikharka to Lower Narchyang through Humkhola-Chhotepa, (6 -7 Hrs- 22.5 km approx) trek, then off-road drive (1.5 Hrs) down to Lower Narchyang. Overnight at Lower Narchyang (Homestay / Local lodge)
Day 07: A short trek to Tatopani and drive back to Pokhara (6-7 hrs)
Annapurna North Base Camp trekking Map
Food and Accommodation on Annapurna North Base Camp Trek
The trekking trail has guest houses and hotels up to Upper Narchyang. However, beyond Narchyang, there are no such accommodation facilities and trekkers have to camp for overnight stay. As your tour organizer, we will take care of the food requirements including the two-time meals and breakfasts during the whole trek. Additionally, we also arrange your trek with the necessary materials such as cooking utensils, medical kits, hiking poles, and tents.
Best time to plan the ANBC trek
Much like other high altitude trekking routes, the optimal time for Annapurna North Base Camp trek is the season of spring, which includes the month of March, April, and May. Alternatively, autumn or fall is also a good time for this trek, which comprises the months of September, October, and November. However, this trail is always less crowded because of its inconvenience. During the monsoon season(May-September), the trekking trails get muddy and slippery, which makes it difficult for trekking.
Required permits for the ANBC trek
As with 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.
Can I do the trek without a guide?
This is a recently opened trekking route that has not been explored adequately, and the trail is mostly off-the-beaten-track. There are not enough signposts that can be used to identify the right path. As the trail is moderately difficult, you can also come across some unforeseen circumstances. For trekkers without a guide, it can be challenging to find a way and even accommodations and good food services. So, we strongly advise you to go on Annapurna north base camp trek with an experienced guide.
Why choose us for this difficult trek?
North Nepal Travel and Trek Pvt. Ltd has been in the business for several years now. 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. . We have constantly ranked among the best in Pokhara and also received great reviews and testimonials from our customers. As such, you can be assured that you are receiving quality service when you become our client.
The Health and safety of customers are our topmost priority. We have a capable team of professionals, including travel guides, who have years of experience in this field. They are aptly trained to handle all kinds of unexpected situations and extreme weather conditions. Additionally, we also take care of everything for you during the trek including food, accommodation, and insurance cost for our guides and porters.
If you are looking for a trustworthy travel agency in Nepal 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.