Annapurna North Base Camp Trek

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Annapurna North Base Camp

Trip Summary

    1. Annapurna North Hike Duration: 10 Days
    2. Trip Mode: Guest House Basis
    3. Annapurna North Base Camp Trek difficulty: Easy to moderate grade
    4. North Base Camp Height: 4,190m/ feet
    5. Trekking Hour: 6 Hours daily
    6. Trekking Group – Size: 2-15 People
    7. Best Time to Explore: March to December
    8. Trekking foods: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transport: Car/Plane/bus
Overview

Mount Annapurna North Base Camp Trek is a less-explored, least crowded trail, difficult path, and more pristine mountain trail in the Annapurna territory. North base camp Annapurna route is an optional trekking plan for those looking for alternate trails in the Annapurna region. Hike at the north base camp adventure route offers the majestic mountains and as well as Kali Gandaki valley view. Furthermore, this trek offers a fantastic adventure experience that is as unique as it is wildly exciting.

Hike the north Annapurna basecamp is promoted by Annapurna Rural Municipality, TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, Annapurna Conservation (ACAP), and Ministry of Tourism in order to an effort to attract tourists for historic trek route.

According to history, Maurice Herzog led an expedition Himalaya team to reach the top of Mount Annapurna in 1950. It was the first time that climbers had reached the top of an 8000-meter peak. Therefore, this nature trail to Annapurna North Base Camp is marked as the Maurice Herzog trail. Alternatively, it is also called the French North Face route. Later, the French expedition group conquered the Mount Annapurna I summit for the first time in the world where they also explored Annapurna North Face.

Likewise, the north basecamp trek route is more incredible and interesting in spring as the rhododendron forest turns red, pink, and white with rhododendron flowers. The zone is wealthy in biodiversity, flora, and fauna. In addition, the lucky traveler sees the wild lives like musk deer, snow panthers, bears, wild canines, and blue sheep, etc. Annapurna North Base Camp Trekking tour is possible to explore at any time throughout the year.

Itinerary

Annapurna North Base Camp Trek itinerary details

The highest mountain Annapurna North Base Camp Trek – 10 days itinerary compared to most walks in northern base camp Annapurna mountain trails. The particular base camp hiking trail route is designing for globetrotters who wish to hike in a more relaxed manner. However for travelers who wish to explore north base camp Annapurna trek quickly and walking within a limited time? ask us for a tailor-made itinerary.

1 Day Arrival at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan. Ammar Raj Guni, company owner will brief you about your north annapurna base camp trail programs.

2 Day Drive to Pokhara city (1,015m/3,329 feet), Transfer to hotel, 7 hours

You can take a fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara paying an extra cost USD 105 each foreign guest, takes only 25 minutes and transfer to Hotel. In the afternoon, our guide will take you for a little excursion to the beautiful Phewa lake. Moreover, the drive with the Tourist bus takes you across the beautiful landscapes, rivers, and the river valley. Driving to Pokhara with a Tourist bus takes about 7 hours on a clear highway.

3 Day An express drive to Tatopani and trek to Narchyang Village (1,900m/6,234 feet), 4 hrs

Take an early breakfast and catch a taxi to Bus station to go Tatopani. Tatopani is a natural hot spring located on the bank of the Kali Gandaki river. There are 2 ponds for a bath. Tourists can go and take a bath on your visit (only if you have time permits) otherwise, we begin to walk Narchyang Village. Our hiking today roughly takes 2 hours to reach upper Narchyang village. Stay overnight at Upper Narchyang at 2140 meters in a guest house.

4 Day Upper Narchyang to Chhotepa Trek (2,369m/7,773 feet), 7 hours

Upper Narchyang to Chhotepa is a tough journey as the mountain trails are not well made. Stone steps and grassy trail makes the trail sliper. We need to walk about 14 kilo meters today to reach Chhotepa campsite. Trek through Lekhgaun, Ghalemdi, and Mristi Khola. Overnight at Chhoteopa on outdoor tent camping.

5 Day Chhotepa to Sandhikharka trek (3,165m/10,384 feet), 6 Hours

After breakfast on camp, we start our day trip Chhotepa to Sandhikharka. It’s about 9 kilo meters journey but the trail is super amazing. We pass the waterfall and streams to get Sandi kharka campsite. Hike through Humkhola is an anotehr attractions on this journey. Overnight at Sandhikharka on a tent camp site.

6 Day Annapurna North Base Camp Trek (4,190m/13,747 feet), 7 Hours

The journey today from Sandhikharka to north Annapurna base camp is outstanding but the journey is more tough. We need to hike about one thousand meters upward to get a campsite at the base camp. The north base camp hike takes about seven hours to clear the 10-kilo meters distance. Gokyo Treks Agency’s expert guide will search for the best campsite on the north Annapurna foothills. Overnight stay on a tent camp at the base camp of Mountain Annapurna first.

7 Day Excursion around North Annapurna Base Camp and return to Sandhikharka (3,165m/10,384 feet), 7 Hours

In the morning, you will have mesmerizing views of high mountains such as Annapurna I, Mount Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, and Dhaulagiri. Explore the North Annapurna Base Camp glaciers and mountains and pack your gears to return at Sandhikharka. North Annapurna Base Camp to Sandhikharka trek distance is about 9.5 kilometers and takes seven hours. Overnight stay in a tent camp at Sandhikharka campsite.

8 Day Sandhikharka to Thulobugin Phedi Trek (3,500m/11,484 feet), 6 Hours

The journey today is more easier to Thulobugin Phedi which takes about six hours. We set up our campsite and stay overnight there.

9 Day Hike down hill at Lete / Gasa (2,010m/6,595 feet), 6 hours

Cross the Thulobugin Pass, one of the highest pass on the journey at 4310 meters and trek to Lete village. If you have enough time to hike further downhill, stay overnight in a Gasa Guest house. Overnight in tourist standard guest house.

10 Day Drive to Pokhara – City of lakes. Transfer to Phewa lake side to your hotel.

Take a local jeep to Pokhara that takes around 9 hours of road drive. During the drive, if the sky looks very clear, you are amazed at the Annapurna Himalaya best view. Escort to your hotel at Pokhara. Farewell dinner with your hiking crew. 

11 DayDrive out to Kathmandu, 7 hours drive. Final departure to airport

Morning we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours to return to Kathmandu city. On your arrival at Kathmandu, we drop you at Kathmandu International Airport onward to your final destination flights. We wish you your wonderful journey back home.

Cost

How much does Annapurna North Base Camp Trek cost?

The tent camping route at Annapurna North Base Camp Trek cost is USD 998 per person on a double occupancy standard package plan. But of course, the trip price will vary according to group size and the category of your travel style. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and riding buses reduces the trip expenses.

For deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN), and 2-star hotel standard accommodation in Pokhara (BB plan) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discounts and attractive complimentary.

Annapurna North Base Camp Trek cost includes:

  • Kathmandu international airport with private vehicle transfer.
  • 2 nights twin sharing tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 1 night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara with Breakfast Plan
  • Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trek routes.
  • Tent base accommodation while on trekking days with all required camping gears.
  • Tourist Bus transfer from Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu as a round trip.
  • Fully escorted trek with English speaking license holder mountain trekking guide cum cook and each guest will have a 1 Porter basis.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits [ACAP] and TIMS permits for Annapurna North Base Camp Trekking route.
  • Pokhara Fewa lake side to Nayapool transfer by private vehicle [depends upon the group size].
  • Available local jeep or Bus ride from Ghasa to Pokhara [passanger collection basis].
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Medical and accedential insurance for guide and porters.
  • Updated Annapurna north base camp trek map 1 piece for each guest.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Annapurna North Base Camp Trek Cost Exclude :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Domestic flight: kathmandu to Pokhara city and return airfare (if guest wishes to fly).
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the annapurna hiking crew (Note: TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected).
  • Other things which are not mentioned above.
Group join

We can organize private Annapurna North Base Camp Trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.

FAQ

Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us your flight details and request to pick up. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need the experience to hike north face Annapurna?

Answer: No. Earlier hiking experience is not essential but if you have some experience to walk 4 hours a daily, with a lightweight daypack then it’s better.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect to express Annapurna North Base Camp Treks?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and a tent camp accommodation on trek routes.

Question: What kind of food can I expect on this trek?

Answer: Our professional cook cum guide will cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, rice and lentils, bread, soups, fresh vegetables. The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with a north Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

Answer: Excursionists can take a cold shower every day on a campsite. Despite that, if you wish to take a hot shower then the cook will provide you hot water in a bucket and you take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on abc north en route?

Answer: Travelers can buy aqua tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available almost everywhere in a stream or at the campsite along the base camp journey.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: Not possible. Thus, we recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.

Question: Is there any communication facilities on Annapurna Base Camp North Face route?

Answer: Hike the north base route is totally wilderness and a remote part of the Annapurna. However, buy a local SIM Card to get a connection often.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Kali Gandaki valley Trek?

Answer: No! you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger cities.

Question: When should I book my camping trip and what are the payment terms?.

Answer: Our camping outdoor trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-call bookings.

And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on kali Gandaki valley Trek?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carries a maximum of 25 kilos of backpacks.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: The distance you cover on hiking each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you need to prepare to walk roughly about 5 hours to cover average 8 kilometers.

Question: Do I need walking poles?

Answer: For camping outdoor excursion, it is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are suggested but not necessary.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.

North Annapurna base camp trek review

Wilderness North Annapurna Base Camp Hike just superb

100% 5 star based on – 308 Based on TripAdvisor Reviews

We met Ammar in 2010, arranged some hikes for our friends sometimes. In 2019 September, we hike the north Annapurna base camp with a tent trek. Ammar suggested for optional visit Kali Gandaki valley taking some extra days but we where tight in our hiking schedule so we descend Pokhara via road long ride. If you are planning to hike Nepal to acheive wilderness experience then visit north base camp Annapurna route.

Our Guide was a Pasang, a local Sherpa guide from Solu Khumbu helped us arranging the best hiking gears for camping trips. Ammar, owner of the agency answered all our questions and also arranged everything like booking hotel in city, porters, cook, guide, all permits, and Ghasa to pokhara jeep ride. Once again, thank you and looking forward to go another trip with you guys. – Dr Wolfgang und Isabelle, Salzburg, Austria.

Annapurna North Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Hike into the wilderness himalayan trail – north base camp rote in Annapurna.
  • visit Narchyang Lake, which remains frozen in the winter months.
  • Undergo the tent camping trekking experience in the wilderness Ammapurna north face zones.
  • Natural hot spring TATOPANI, beautiful Rupse fountain along the northface journey.
  • Experience the Gurung, Magar and Thakali ethnic community cultures and their lifestyle.

Annapurna North Base Camp Trek Note:

The northern part of Annapurna base camp travel information stated above is just a standard template guideline. However, the tour is possible to amend your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary on the journey.

It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

What makes Annapurna North Base Camp Trek trip special?

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet. You just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well-trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and helps to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

US$ 998See Group Discount
No. of peoplePrice Per Person
1 USD 1475
2 USD 998
3 USD 998
4 - 6 USD 990
7 - 9 USD 975
10 + USD 950
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