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Annapurna North Base Camp Trekking – 8 Days

Trip Facts

Weather

Weather -15°C to 15°C View Weather Detail

Duration

Duration 8 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Moderate

Accommodation

Accommodation Camping/Lodges

Meals Included

Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Best Season

Best Season Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May

Transportation

Transportation Overland

Daily Activity

Daily Activity Approx. 5 - 6 hours

Religion

Religion Buddhism

Ethnic People

Ethnic People Gurung, Thakali

Geographic Terrain

Geographic Terrain Mountain, Forest

Region of Nepal

Region of Nepal Dhaulagiri, Annapurna

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude 4190m

The trip begins in Kathmandu after you make final preparations for the trek. Then, your drive to Pokhara and follow with another drive to Lower Narchyang via Tatopani. The awesome trekking journey will take you across the beautiful traditional villages and people through upper Narchyang, Kalokhola, Chhotepa, Hum Khola Dovan, Sandhikharka, Bhuskot mela, Sun Khola and finally reach Annapurna North Base Camp. During this route, you can see the glorious mountain based in the Annapurna region and the authentic culture of Nepal. On the trail, you will be mesmerized by the impressive views of Nilgiri Himal (7061m), Tilicho Peak (7134m), Mt Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna 1 (8091m). Interspersed among the mountains are rich blue alpine lakes.

8-Days Annapurna North Base Camp trek is a short remote area trekking in Nepal. It takes 2 days to reverse down to Tatopani. From here, you drive to Pokhara to conclude the trip.

Background

Annapurna North Base Camp Trek is a less-explored, least crowded, historic and more pristine trekking trail in the Annapurna region. This trek offers a fantastic adventure experience that is as unique as it is wildly exhilarating for those looking for alternate trails in the Annapurna region.

The tenth world’s highest peak Mi. Annapurna 1st (8091m) is one of the most technically difficult mountains to climb. 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.

About Us

We, at Nepal Alternative Treks and Expedition, are at your service to make your 8-day trip to Annapurna North Base Camp trekking memorable and hassle-free. You can customize the trip as per the requirements of your schedule. Be a part of the trip to witness the surreal views of the mountains. We cater to all your needs regarding travel services.

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience challenging trek  with the immense natural beauty of the Himalayas
  • Mesmerizing views of high mountains such as Annapurna I, Mount Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, and Dhaulagiri
  • Dense green forests, waterfalls, hot springs, caves, and glaciers
  • Visit Narchyang Lake, which remains frozen during the winter
  • Rich in biodiversity, flora, and fauna
  • Encounter wild lives such as musk deer, snow leopards, bears, wild dogs, and blue sheep
January
-25°C to -10°C
February
-25°C to -10°C
March
-20°C to -5°C
April
-15°C to -1°C
May
-10°C to 5°C
June
-5°C to 9°C
July
0°C to 15°C
August
0°C to 15°C
September
-5°C to 10°C
October
-10°C to 5°C
November
-20°C to -5°C
December
-25°C to -10°C

Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Pokhara

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

200km Drive
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Hotel in
Pokhara

Altitude

( 820m./2706ft. )

Annapurna North Base Camp Trek begins with a scenic half-day long drive to the famous city of Pokhara. Begin driving through the Prithvi Highway alongside the Trishuli River. The scenic road journey goes along the beautiful small towns of Malekhu, Manakamana, Byas, and Lekhnath towards Pokhara. Upon arrival, you’ll check into the hotel located just beside the beautiful Phewa Lake. Spend the evening exploring the beautiful lakeside city and indulging in a short walk around Phewa Lake. Prepare for the upcoming trek.

Day 2

Drive to Tatopani – Lower Narchyang – Trek to Upper Narchyang

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

Drive
(Av 6hr)
1.5km Uphill hike
(Av. 1hr)

Accommodation

Lodge in
Upper Narchyang

Altitude

( 1050m./3465ft.)
(2041m./6735ft.)

The drive from Pokhara to Lower Narchyang is fairly long but uneventful. The end of the road is bumpy and trail like. From there, it’s a welcome relief to get out and trekking if only for an hour or so. It’s also nice to be out and surrounded by green forest. Make us of your night in Upper Narchyang .

Day 3

Trek to Choote Pa

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

13.5km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Lodge in
Choote Pa

Altitude

(2455m./8101ft.)

There’s a series of farmlands and large valley opening up in the distance to get you started . Before crossing the Ghalemdi river, You follow the valley path along with open farmlands, brush and grasslands. It’s onto some ridge trekking as you being an ascent after the river. The icy mountain of Nilgiri seem to come closer much faster than expected. Green bamboo forests are your first moment of feeling like you are off the beaten path. You’ll soon come across a mountain stream which you can follow until you find an area good for setting up camp.

Day 4

Trek to Sandhi Kharka

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

9km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Lodge in
Sandhi Kharka

Altitude

(3245m./10708ft.)

Today, as you ascend up, it’s back into bamboo forest and thickets and finally out of the ridge of the forest. Below the valley is cut by the river as you follow it along while descending. Once you reach it the boulders truly look a lot bigger than from above. Continue following the main river due east as you climb up to and over a suspension bridge. You’ll then come across an amazing pool of fresh water that’s bright blue and sourced by a waterfall continue on for 45 minutes where there’s a good place to camp for the night.

Day 5

Trek to Annapurna North Base Camp

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

9km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Lodge in
Annapurna North Base Camp

Altitude

(4190m./13827ft.)

Keep your strength up with a good breakfast as it’s a long day. As you trek away from camp, the ground vegetation becomes more sparse. You’ll soon come across some cave like formations in the surrounding mountains. The valley becomes sheltered from the sun as you get nearer to base camp. Continue up and over a mini pass of sorts and you’ll arrive into a desolate windswept area filled with boulders and earth.  Welcome to Annapurna North Base Camp.

There is an attractive pool of glacier water here and a massive glacier ahead blocking the path to Tilicho Lake on the other side. The small temple here is used to make a puja for blessing to the mountain Annapurna 1. The temple contains Shiva and Ganesh while there is  also a Buddha Statue and prayer wheels. There’s a small open hut here which is useful for camping inside with a tent.

Day 6

Trek down to Chhote pa

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

16km Downhill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Lodge in
Chhote pa

Altitude

(2455m./13827ft.)

It’s usually a cold start to the day as the ice winds sweep down from the mountains. The sheltered valley makes it equally cold and blustery as you make your way along the way you came the day before.

The good news is the wind  is now likely to be pushing you along. Down some a rocky area it’s important to take care not to lose one’s footing. It’s faster on the way back but also easier to trip. Soon you’ll be back in he forest, grassland and ridges with the sun on occasion on your side of the valley. Back at the pool it time to set up camp for the last time. There’s a small hut here which can be used to camp inside .

Day 7

Trek to Lower Narchyang - Drive to Tatopani

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

3hrs Downhill hike
15km Drive
(Av. 2hr)

Accommodation

Lodge in
Tatopani

Altitude

(1263m./4167ft.)
(1190m./3927ft.)

The open trail makes things quicker here and with a lighter load you’ll be moving faster. Farmlands and houses quickly start to appear and the green valleys are a welcome sight. Passing through Nachyang you’ll drive to Tatopani as nicer lodgers are waiting with hot showers, bed and dal bhat.

Day 8

Drive to Pokhara – Kathmandu

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

320km Drive
(Av. 11hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Hotel in
Kathmandu

Altitude

(1295m./4273ft.)

There’s not much today. Staff usually want an early start but busses tend to leave throughout the morning to Pokhara so there is no real rush. Enjoy breakfast. The bus starts out bumpy but soon even out into the road on the way to Pokhara.  Continue road journey to Kathmandu.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport ( Airport – Hotel – Airport) transfer in Kathmandu .
  • All meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
  • Tented camp /Lodge accommodation during the trekking.
  • One experienced, English speaking, friendly and government authorized trekking guide, cook and required porters.
  • Guide and staff’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance and transportation .
  • Overland transportation as per mentioned in itinerary.
  • All camping equipment and kitchen utensils.
  • ACAP( Annapurna conservation area project) and TIMS (Trekker’s information management system) card.
  • A Trekking map, duffle bag, Oxygen saturation check up everyday, temperature check up everyday, face mask, hand sanitizer, water purification, company t-shirt, first aid medical and trekking completion certificate etc.
  • Assistance for emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Public Liability Insurance.
  • Government tax and service charge.

Excluded

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Hard and soft table drinks such as tea/coffee, coke, fanta, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone bill etc.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and staff .( Highly suggested ).

Route Map

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Currently, we do not have any scheduled group trips, but you are welcome to embark on the journey on a date that suits you best.

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ESSENTIAL INFO

Best time to visit Annapurna North Base Camp Trek

The best time to visit Annapurna North Base Camp Trek is during the autumn (September, October, November) and spring (March, April, May) seasons. This season provides you with an ideal climate. During this time of the year, you can see a panoramic view of the mountain ranges in the Annapurna region and the beauty of the surroundings. But, many people do this trek during the monsoon seasons too. Annually, thousands of tourists including both national and international tourists come to Annapurna North base camp for trekking.

Is Annapurna North Base Camp Trek Really Difficult?

This trek is a difficult trip. You have to be both physically fit and experienced as well. In addition, the landscape of the place is also very dangerous. In addition, if you don’t come fully prepared for this trek then your difficulty will add up. Similarly, make sure you have all the essentials with you.

Meals and Accommodation During ABC North Trek

All meals include Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during trekking. Likewise, we also provide Western and Nepali foods which are very healthy. In addition, the lodges we provide are very secure and comfortable too. In addition, twin sharing tents during the trek.

Attraction Point During Annapurna North Base Camp Trek

Among the Annapurna North Base Camp’s main attraction point is its remote and serene trekking route. It is less crowded in comparison to the popular Annapurna Base Camp Trek route. Similarly, the trek is a perfect blend of natural beauty, adventure, and cultural exploration. The challenging trekking route provides a rewarding experience for the trekkers.
In addition to the scenic beauty, the Annapurna North Base Camp Trek also provides trekkers with mesmerizing mountain views. Trekkers can witness the mountain views of Annapurna I, Himchuli, Macchapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and many more. It is truly a unique experience to trek through the green forests while passing by beautiful waterfalls, caves, and glaciers.

Difference Between Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna North Base Camp

There is a significant difference between Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna North Base Camp Trek. Let us break down the details for each trekking route.

The Annapurna Base Camp is situated at an elevation of 4,130 meters (13,549 feet). It lies in the southern part of the Annapurna massif. The trek begins from Nayapul and sometimes from Phedi village. Based on the route, trekkers will pass through the picturesque villages of Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Ghorepani, Ulleri, Bamboo, Jhinu Danda, and several others. The route passes by terraced fields and rhododendron and oak forests. The trek takes 7 to 12 days to complete.

Meanwhile the Annapurna North Base Camp goes through remote and off-the-beaten-paths. It goes through the luscious green forests, charming villages, and terraced fields. The base camp is situated in the northern part of the Annapurna massif and lies at an elevation of 4,190 meters (13,827 feet). Trekkers will pass by villages like Tatopani, Narchyang, Choote Pa, and Sandhi Kharka while on trek. It is a short trek that usually takes around 5 to 7 days to complete.

Guide and Porter For Annapurna North Base Camp Trek

It has become mandatory to hire a government-licensed guide for trekking in Nepal as of April 1, 2023. The guides play a crucial role in providing support while also ensuring the trekker’s safety. They help to navigate the trail and make sure that you are on the right path. Similarly, they act as a bridge for communicating with the local communities. Carrying a heavy backpack while trekking on remote and rugged terrain is physically challenging. The porters help to reduce the physical strain by carrying the heavy baggage on the trekker’s behalf. Trekkers can freely enjoy the trek without additional burden on them. They can focus on enjoying the trek rather than on the physical burden.

Nepal Alternative Trek’s Annapurna North Base Camp Trek package comes with a guide, cook, and required porters. The guides are experienced, government-authorized, and fluent in English. Similarly, they are trained to provide first aid in case of emergencies.

Required Permits

The permits required for the Annapurna North Base Camp Trek are a TIMS card and ACAP.

TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card

The TIMS card collects the information of the trekkers, their itineraries, and emergency contact numbers to ensure their safety and security. Trekkers have to obtain a card for trekking any routes in Nepal. The cost for the card is NPR. 2000 for SAARC residents and NPR. 1000 for foreigners. The card is obtainable through registered trekking agencies in Nepal.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP)

The Annapurna North Base Camp route lies in the Annapurna Conservation Area. Hence, it is important to get a permit for the conservation area. It can be obtained in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Its costs are as follows:

  • ACAP: NPR. 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for SAARC.
  • Note: Children below 10 years are free

Travel Insurance

You must have your travel insurance with you. So, make sure your travel insurance company covers all your safety measures. Ensure that the insurance company provides you with every facility. It will come in handy and has a lot of benefits during the trek. Therefore, ensure that your travel insurance covers your injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, rescue mission, loss of property, etc. But, most importantly make sure your travel insurance has not expired. Furthermore, ensure that your Insurance policy covers your 4200m trekking and adventure policy.

The travel insurance is not included in the Nepal Alternative Treks’ Annapurna North Base Camp Trek. So, trekkers have to pay for the insurance by themselves. Also, read the terms and conditions of the insurance carefully before you take one. You should be clear about the insurance policy so that there will be no problem in the future.

Fitness and experience requirements

While trekking through high altitudes you must be physically and mentally fit. Most importantly, you should also not have any blood-related diseases. Furthermore, you should have experience climbing small peaks. Similarly, being confident and passionate about the trek is also important. Furthermore, make sure that you have some knowledge about the conditions of the trek.

Climate and weather

The climate and weather of Nepal is highly influenced by the seasonal changes. There are four distinct seasons which are spring (March to May), summer (June to August), autumn (September to November), and winter (December to February) season. It usually gets hot from May to August while it is cold and chilly from late November to February. Spring and autumn seasons have warm weather and a favorable climate for the Annapurna North Base Camp Trek. The vegetation is luscious and the landscapes are vibrant. Additionally, the visibility is brilliant without any obstruction during these two seasons. However, the weather can get a little unpredictable as you move to the higher elevations.

The summer season coincides with the monsoon which brings heavy rainfall across Nepal. The trail gets muddy, slippery, and filled with leeches. There is also the risk of landslides. Meanwhile, there is heavy snowfall in higher elevations in the winter season. It can block the high passes and there are also risks for the avalanches. The temperature can drop up to -13 degrees Celsius at the Annapurna North Base Camp. The harshness of the trails makes it difficult to trek during these seasons. But with proper preparation, it is possible to trek in these two seasons.

Safety and Security

Annapurna North Base Camp Trek is a strenuous-level trek. So, it can get a little difficult for new trekkers. And, we make sure our people are safe during the trek. So, the safety and security of the trekkers are important factors for our company. Similarly, we take full care of our consumer and their property. Similarly, our trip constantly operates monitoring every area of our travel. So, you should not worry about your belongings when you are traveling with us. Likewise, the accommodation facility we provide is also very safe and secure for your stay during the trek.

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. A comprehensive list of gear for all activities is listed on our dedicated page of Trekking Gear List 

Frequently
Asked Questions

Terms and Conditions

1. Cancellation Policy

There is no cancellation or withdrawal policy for the trip by the client after the trip has started. During the trip, any unused services provided by the company, like accommodation, food, permits, etc., won’t be refunded.

If you cancel the trip at any time before the departure date, 90% of the total cost is reusable for a year or refunded. Visit this page for more details on the cancellation policy.

2. Risk of unforeseen circumstances

Nepal Alternative Treks is directed towards the fulfillment of your every desire. In this connection, we perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, Nepal Alternative Treks will not take any responsibility regarding any change & alternations in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslides, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, flight cancellation, delayed arrival, sickness, or accidents. The clients shall bear any extra cost incurred there on the spots.

3. Clients' Responsible

A trekking guide representing Nepal’s alternative treks deserves all authority during your tours. If you commit an unlawful act, you must leave the tour, and no refund will be issued.

4. Impact on your journey

We put our every effort into ensuring you are comfortable traveling. Still, it is a must understand that what you might be accustomed to in the western affluent countries, the Himalayan countries can’t afford such facilities. Weather is another factor that directly impacts your journey. Hence, patience in mind, enthusiasm, and proper preparation before heading is a must to venture into a journey trip.

5. Travel Insurance

You must purchase a comprehensive travel insurance package against medical, natural calamity, helicopter evacuation, personal accident, trip cancellation, etc. This is strongly suggested to all our esteemed clients.

6. Your personal belongings

On any account, we’re not answerable for any loss or damage of your luggage or property belonging to you even when shouldered by guide cum porter or transferred by transport means. That means your personal possessions and luggage are at your risk at the time.

7. Porter weight limit

Porter will carry 10 kg each and 20 kilograms in total. A bit more or less can be adjusted per both parties’ mutual understanding.

We value
Service Excellence

We have the best team and array of services to provide a lifetime experience to all our travelers. Right from the airport pickup to a customized tour, we do the utmost to make sure you experience a hassle-free trip. Likewise, all our trips meet the safety protocols along with the highest health and hygiene standards.

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