Annapurna North Base Camp Trek

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Annapurna North Base Camp

Annapurna North Base Camp Trek Summary

    1. North ABC Trip Duration: 10 Days
    2. Trip Mode: Full Camping
    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: 1 – 12 People
    7. Best Time to Explore: March to December
    8. Trekking foods: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transportation: 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. The 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.

As per climbing history, Maurice Herzog assumed leadership of an ambitious expedition into the Himalayas, a brave team striving to conquer the towering apex of Mount Annapurna in 1950. This courageous attempt marked a watershed moment as it heralded the pioneering ascent of an awe-inspiring 8000-meter pinnacle. A great achievement of this moment granted upon the path leading to the Annapurna North Base Camp the distinction of being called the “Maurice Herzog Trail.”

Alternatively, this path is also renowned as the “French North Face Route,” a moniker that resonates with the gallant efforts of a French expeditionary group that would ultimately etch their names in the annals of mountaineering history. Their indomitable spirit culminated in the unprecedented triumph of summiting Mount Annapurna I, an accomplishment that resonated across the globe as an awe-inspiring first.

Furthermore, this trail served as the channel for their exploration of the so far uncharted territory of the North Annapurna Base Camp. It’s a feat that continues to capture the imagination of trekkers and adventurers to this day. Thus, in contemporary times, this route stands proudly promoted as the “North Face of Annapurna Trek,” an alluring odyssey among the grandeur of the Himalayan expanse.

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 wild lives like musk deer, snow panthers, bears, wild canines, blue sheep, etc. Annapurna North Base Camp Trekking tour is possible to explore at any time throughout the year.

How much does Annapurna North Base Camp Package Trip Cost?

The cost of the Annapurna North Base Camp Trip Package with a Gokyo Treks Agency (local DMC agency in Nepal) ranges between US$ 950 to 1475. The Annapurna North Base Camp trek cost depends upon the group size you are traveling to and the mode of transportation you use en route. The price covers transportation, a guide/porters, hotels, food and accommodation, and hiking permit facilities.

We also have special travel deals for group leaders. For example, if you could bring 10+ travelers (except you) on your trip, you are treated as a group leader. So you can hike the north base camp Annapurna for free of cost. Besides that, the Annapurna North Base Camp trek cost for Nepali is cheaper than for foreigners because of Annapurna permits. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and riding the bus reduces travel expenses.

It’s a standard trip package price for 10 days for Annapurna north base camp trek. If you are 2 people Annapurna North Base Camp Trek cost US$ 998 for 10 days as per the base camp trekking plan. We can modify the trek routes and the prices according to your wishes also. Here is the price list for the north base camp treks.

Price Per Person for 10 days Annapurna north base camp trek package

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 1475
2 PersonUS$ 998
3 PersonUS$ 998
4 to 6 personUS$ 990
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 975
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 950

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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 plan is 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 walk within a limited time. ask us for a tailor-made itinerary.

1 Day Arrival at Kathmandu valley

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, we’ll greet you with a private vehicle ready to transfer you to your hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. Ammar Raj Guni, the team leader of the company, will personally provide you with a briefing regarding your North Annapurna Base Camp trail programs.

2 Day Drive to Pokhara city (1,015m/3,330 feet), Transfer to hotel, 7 hours

You can take a flight 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 on a little excursion to the beautiful Phewa lake. Moreover, the drive with the Tourist bus takes you across beautiful landscapes, rivers, and the river valley. Driving to Pokhara by Tourist bus takes about 7 hours on a clear highway.

3 Day An express drive to Tatopani and trek to Narchyang Village (1,900m/6,233 feet), 4 hours

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 or in the tent.

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

The trek from Upper Narchyang to Chhotepa presents challenges due to uneven mountain trails. Our path, characterized by stone steps and grassy terrain, can be slippery. Today’s journey covers approximately 14 kilometers to reach the Chhotepa campsite. Hike to Chhotepa route passes through Lekhgaun, Ghalemdi, and Mristi Khola, culminating in an overnight stay at Chhotepa in an outdoor tent campsite.

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

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

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

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

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 Fish Tail, Himchuli, and Dhaulagiri. Explore the North Annapurna Base Camp glaciers and mountains and pack your gear to return to Sandhikharka. The north face of the Annapurna 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 easier to Thulobugin Phedi which takes about six hours. The journey today offers an excellent view also. We set up our campsite and stay overnight there.

9 Day Hike downhill 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. Hike to Titi Lake is an interesting journey but this all depends upon your fitness and interest to explore. Otherwise, if the time permits hike further downhill to Ghasa to stay overnight.

10 Day Drive to Pokhara – City of lakes. Transfer to the Phewa lakeside to your hotel.

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

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

Morning we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for breakfast & lunch. Roughly, 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 a wonderful journey back home.

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Cost

How much does Annapurna North Base Camp Trek Package Price?

This classic Annapurna North Base Camp Trek spans 11 days, starting at a price of US$ 950 per person on a double occupancy basis, with the potential to reach up to US$ 1475. Gokyo Treks and Expedition agency has released the updated Base Camp Trek price for 2024 and 2025, tailored according to group size you are traveling with.

For deluxe and luxury trekking tour plans, we add Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3-5 star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING 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 Price Includes:-

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer with private car (2 times).
  • Single night double bedroom accommodation in a tourist standard hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu.
  • 1-night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara with Breakfast Plan
  • 10 Breakfast, 9 Lunch, and 9 Dinner serve with Tea/coffee.
  • 6 Nights 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, cook and each guest will have a 1 Porter basis.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permit [ACAP] and TIMS permit for the Annapurna North Face route.
  • Pokhara to Tatopani transfer by a Bus/jeep [sharing basis].
  • Available local jeep or Bus ride from Ghasa to Pokhara [Sharing basis].
  • Medical and accidental insurance, Food and accommodation, and salary of Nepali trekking staff.
  • Seasonal fruits like apples and pomegranates as a dessert after dinner for north face base camp trekking.
  • Agency’s duffle bag (50 liters capacity) and trekking poles if Necessary – return after the trek.
  • Updated Annapurna north base camp trek map and trek completion certificate – keep them as souvenirs.
  • First aid medical kit including Oximeter to check oxygen level and Pulse rate every day to save you from higher risk.
  • In a worst case, help with all Rescue and evacuation arrangements (but not the rescue bills).
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

Annapurna North Base Camp Trek Price Exclude :

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Domestic flight: Kathmandu to Pokhara city and return airfare (if the guest wishes to fly).
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].

Group join

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

FAQ

Question: Do I need the experience to do north Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

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

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

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

Question: Can I store my luggage/stuff in Kathmandu or in Pokhara?

Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office for free.

Question: Is Annapurna North base camp hike is a safe for Solo woman Trekkers?

Answer: Yes, this Annapurna north base camp trekking is widely regarded as safe for solo female trekkers. However, as with any trekking adventure, it’s crucial to take precautions and remain aware of your surroundings.

Our team consists of honest and friendly guides who treat every trekker like a family member. We have been organizing treks for solo female travelers since our establishment, ensuring their safety and enjoyment throughout the journey.

Question: What kind of accommodation and food can I expect?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and a tent camp accommodation on trek routes. Likewise, our professional cook will cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian meals everyday. Such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, rice and lentils, bread, soups, and fresh vegetables. Dinner and breakfast serves in the same place where you spend the overnight and Lunch provides on the way.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower?

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

Question: How do I get drinking water?

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: Are there any communication facilities on Annapurna North Base Camp Trekking?

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

Answer: To avoid misunderstandings, we recommend booking your trip with us as soon as possible. While we strive to accommodate last-minute bookings, a 25% advance deposit is required to confirm your reservation. Likewise the remaining part of the payment can be made upon arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage?

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 24 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 gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for each day, however, you need to prepare to walk roughly about 5 hours to cover an average of 8 kilometers.

Question: Do I need walking poles?

Answer: For camping outdoor excursions, 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 your hikes.

Annapurna North Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Hike into the wilderness Himalayan trail – north base camp route in Annapurna.
  • visit Narchyang Lake, which remains frozen in the winter months.
  • Amazing view of Diki Cho Lake and majestic waterfall
  • Get a tent camping trekking experience in wilderness Annapurna zones.
  • Natural hot spring TATOPANI, beautiful Rupse fountain along the journey.
  • Experience the Gurung, Magar, and Thakali ethnic community cultures and their lifestyle.

Best time for Annapurna North Base camp trek

The best time to hike to Annapurna North Base Camp in Nepal is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. March, April and May are called Spring season for hiking in Nepal and considered the best time for the Annapurna North Base Camp Trek. Climate – weather during spring is generally stable with clear skies and mild temperatures.

Thriving Rhododendron forests, amazing Diki Cho Lake and majestic waterfall adding to the scenic beauty of this entire Journey. In terms of natural aspects, hike in those months especially on the camping wilderness, trails are super amazing and tranquil.

September, October and November are called Autumn season, another best month to hike. In the Autumn months, the weather is stable, with clear skies, pleasant temperatures, and relatively low precipitation. Hike in those months offer the stunning view of Mountains, hills and the valleys.

Both seasons provides an excellent trekking conditions, with minimal chances of rain or snowfall, allowing for better visibility and a more comfortable hiking experience. Hike into the wilderness landscapes of northern Annapurna comes with certain challenges and considerations in the winter months.

Weather generally gets cold and unpredictable in the higher altitudes. Trails over Diki Cho Lake to basecamp might be snowy and often icy. However, if you are well-prepared with proper clothes, trekking poles and boots, and are experienced in cold-weather trekking, you can still enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the northern base camp of Annapurna.

Notes for Annapurna North Base Camp Trekkers:

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

The northern part of Annapurna base camp travel information stated above is just a standard template guideline. The weather in the mountains are unpredictable, so it’s always advisable to check the latest weather forecasts and prepare your hiking gears accordingly.

It’s 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 during on trip.

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. When 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 and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet Earth. This Annapurna North Base Camp trek stands out for its unparalleled blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and the gratification of conquering a challenging yet immensely rewarding trekking adventure.

We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. First safety and success 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 help to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

North Annapurna Base Camp Trek Review

North Annapurna Base Camp Hike just superb

October 3, 2019

We met Ammar in 2010 and arranged some hikes for our friends sometimes. In 2019 September, we hike the north Annapurna base camp with a tent trek.

Ammar suggested an optional visit to Kali Gandaki valley taking some extra days but we were tight in our hiking schedule so we descend Pokhara via road-long ride. If you are planning to hike Nepal to achieve a wilderness experience then visit the north base camp Annapurna route.

Our Guide was a Pasang, a local Sherpa guide from Everest who helped us arrange the best hiking gear for camping trips. Ammar, owner of the agency answered all our questions and also arranged everything like booking a hotel in the city, porters, cook, guide, all permits, and Ghasa to Pokhara jeep ride. Once again, thank you, and looking forward to going on another trip with you guys.

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