Trekking and Walking

Annapurna North Base Camp Trek

Nepal

Annapurna North Base Camp Trek

Durtation: 9 Days

Price: US 699 All Inclusive

Annapurna North Base Camp is a newly opened, less-visited, off-the-beaten-track in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek is the best adventurous alternative for Annapurna Base Camp. The trek route was first discovered by the French Expedition Team lead by Maurice Herzog and now is getting popular after 70 something years.

This hidden Himalayan Paradise is protected by its remoteness and exposes trekkers to the wilderness and tranquility of the Himalayas. It offers trekkers to encounter the soaring snow-capped peaks including Annapurna 1, Nilgiri, Fishtail (Machhapuchhre), Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho, Pisang, and many more.

North Annapurna Base Camp lies at an altitude of 4,190 meters in the Annapurna Conservation Area north to the Annapurna Base Camp and south to Thorong La pass.

Trek Route

We commence our adventurous journey after a scenic drive from Pokhara to Tatopani. After staying overnight in Tatopani, we will start our trek from Tatopani to Ghasa through the winding trails, enchanting woods, sparkly rivers, and waterfalls, lush Rhododendron forests, terraced farms, meadows, and picturesque villages.

After spending the night in Ghasa, we will trek towards Lete in the morning. After few hours of hiking, we will reach the beautiful village of Lete surrounded by the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna ranges.

Next, we will begin our trek to Thulo Bugin from Lete and camp on the shore of Miristi Khola, a river that later reaches Kali Gandaki. The next morning we will forward our hike to the rugged trails of Annapurna North Base Camp crossing the river. After several hours of off-the-beaten trek, we finally reach the pristine Annapurna North Base Camp witnessing the miracles of nature. 

Alternatively, there is also a shorter and less-adventurous alternative route for this trek which starts from the trek to Narchyang from Tatopani after a 5-7 hours’ drive from Pokhara depending on the condition of the road and so on and so forth.

Annapurna North Base Camp (ANBC) is considered to be a moderate camping trek that can be done within 8/9 days. Although less explored, this trek is safe and has high potentiality. 

Major Attractions of Annapurna North Base Camp Trek

Annapurna North Base Camp lies in a very remote and isolated region. This trek is perfect for those adventure enthusiasts who wish to enjoy the wilderness of nature far from the crowd. The trail to North ABC is a classic route, hence, trekking here also requires a hint of the venture.

Trekking in this region also offers a sublime view of the Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri range, however, the crowning glory is enjoying the up-close view of Annapurna 1 (north side) standing on the foot of it. 

One of the many highlights of this trip is that trekkers can experience that out-of-this-world feeling even in a limited timeframe. Since ANBC falls in the Annapurna Conservation area, you might get a chance to encounter endangered species like Snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer, Himalayan tahr, weasel, marten, and many more.

This route is also well-known for finding Yarshagumba, a medicinal Himalayan herb that is worth more worth than gold. Similarly, crossing Thulo Bugin Pass and Miristi Khola also marks this trek as an adventurous journey.

During the lower part of the north Annapurna Base Camp trek, you will get to experience the culture, tradition, cuisine, and warm hospitality of the Magar and Thakali ethnicity. 

Trekking through the lush green forests, terraced farms, meadows, rivers, winding paths to the rocky hills, pine forests, rugged paths, and glacial lakes is a privilege in itself.

This region is also famous for having lots of waterfalls. You will get to see frozen icy waterfalls, fast-flowing waterfalls, tiny to huge waterfalls, and the one that stands out the most is the Phutphute Fall. It falls through a single hole in an enormous rock and onto a turquoise pond. 

Staying in Tatopani is another bonus point of this trip because there are two natural Himalayan hot springs here, one relatively warmer.

Trekkers can enjoy their calm time in the hot spring relieving their bodies from the trek. Since the trek also covers the Mustang district, you will get to eat the world-famous Mustang apples if you visit during the apple season.

Likewise, since this is a camping trek, it could be more beneficial to you if you are a fan of stargazing listening to the music produced by rivers and birds. 

Best Season for Annapurna North Base Camp Trek

The best time for Annapurna North Base Camp Trek is from Spring (March-May) and Autumn because of mild temperature, lowest chances of rainfall, snowfall, and natural disasters. Trekking here during Monson and Winter is not recommended at all. Nepal has Summer Monsoon and during that time of the year, it is very difficult to trek due to leeches, muddy and slippery routes, unclear views, and chances of natural disasters like flood, soil erosion, etc., and especially since ANBC is a camping trek. Likewise, it is not possible to trek during winter due to harsh cold weather. 

Entrance /Permits

There are two permits required for Annapurna North Base Camp Trek which include the Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS). Issuing and purchasing necessary permits will be managed by Himalayan Trekkers and will provide you the permits after completion of documentation and royalties.

But if the travelers have a limited timeframe, you could provide us all the documents beforehand so that we could issue the permits prior to your arrival.  

The ACAP is only valid for one entry and one exit and it covers the whole Annapurna Conservation Area. Since its validity is only for an entry and exit, you can use it for as many treks as you want inside the Annapurna territory but only till you exit. Similarly, the TIMS is required to pass the registration checkpoints along the route. Both of these permits are mandatory. 

Travel Insurance

We recommend all the trekkers who are planning to trek in any part of Nepal to get Travel Insurance that also includes Medical Evacuation. Travel Insurance will help you if any unfortunate like bad weather, natural disasters, altitude sickness, difficulties during trekking, physical injuries, misplaced or delay in getting luggage, robbery, etc. takes place. It provides travelers a layer of protection. And if any emergency medical treatment is required while you are trekking in the Himalayas, Travel Insurance will save you from wasting a fortune. 

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NOTE: Our below-prepared itinerary includes trek rather than drive but if the travelers are cramped up with time, transportation facilities reach up to Lete and you could start your trek Lete onwards. 

The below itinerary starts from Pokhara and ends in Pokhara and further amendments can be made to start from Kathmandu.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Drive from Pokhara to Tatopani

5 Hours Drive

1,190 m

Our journey towards Annapurna North Base Camp starts from around 5 hours drive from Pokhara to Tatopani enjoying the lush green and Rhododendron forests, majestic view of the Himalayas, terraced fields and pastures, and villages. We will stop in a couple of places to observe the mountain view, click pictures, and enjoy tea/coffee/snacks. 

We will spend the night in a guesthouse in Tatopani relishing in greenery and hot springs. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea House/Guest House

Day 2

Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa. Overnight at Tea house in Ghasa

5/6 Hours Walk

2,012 m

We will begin our trek after having breakfast in Tatopani. Apart from monsoon, transportation is available en route from Tatopani to Ghasa, but we recommend the travelers to trek unless they have a limited timeframe as it helps for acclimatization. 

We will be staying overnight in Ghasa after 5/6 hours of trekking through the villages, forests, farmlands, waterfalls, and streams.  

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea House/Guest House

Day 3

Trek from Ghasa to Lete. Overnight at Tea house in Lete

5/6 Hours Walk

2,438 m

After having breakfast in Ghasa, we will trek for 5/6 hours towards the Himalayan village of Lete surrounded by Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri ranges. Transportation is also available from Ghasa to Lete for travelers who prefer to drive. 

We will spend the night at a tea house in Lete. Lete is the last part of the trek where a tea house is available. For places further Lete, we will be camping. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea House/Guest House

Day 4

Trek from Lete to Thulo Bugin. Overnight at Camp in Thulo Bugin

4 Hours Walk

3,260 m

Trek from Lete to Thulo Bugin is relatively shorter than 4 hours but there is an altitude gain of 822 meters. We will start trekking after breakfast in Lete and the changes in the landscape will be noticed from here. 

We will trek through the off-the-beaten paths and will camp after reaching Thulo Bugin. The camping and food will be prepared by the guide/camping team. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 5

Trek from Thulo Bugin to Miristi Khola (4,130m) crossing the Thulo Bugin Pass. Overnight at Camp in Miristi Khola

6/7 Hours Walk

4,400 m

After having breakfast prepared by the Himalayan Trekkers team, we will trek forward to Miristi Khola after crossing the thrilling Thulo Bugin pass. Thulo Bugin Pass (4,400) will be our highest altitude during the entire trip. The duration of the trek on this day will be 6/7 hours but we will slowly proceed to gain altitude. 

We will be camping for the night on the shore of Miristi Khola at an altitude of 4,130 meters. Sleeping on the bank of a river, stargazing, and listening to the river singing is as astounding as it sounds. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 6

Trek from Miristi Khola to Annapurna North Base Camp. Overnight at Camp in Annapurna North Base.

6/7 Hours Walk

4,190 m

An adventurous journey to our destination awaits us. After having breakfast in camp, we will trek for 6/7 hours. We will cross the Miristi Khola and proceed towards the Annapurna North Base Camp. Crossing Miristi Khola is very challenging as so are the further winding trails. 

We will trek through the complete wilderness, there are no villages or people, just sky above, earth below, and peace within. After reaching the Annapurna North Base Camp, the team will prepare camp and we will enjoy the campfire, singing, dancing, and eating delicious meals. And also the glorious sunset over the Himalayas. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 7

Trek from Annapurna North Base Camp to Chhote Pa. Overnight at Camp in Chhote Pa

7/8 Hours Walk

2,455 m

After our beauty sleep in the ANBC, we will wake up early in the morning to see the wonderful view of sunrise peeking its way through the snowy giants. We will also stroll around the base camp and surrounding adoring its beauty. And after breakfast, we will head towards Chhote Pa. The trek is a total of 7/8 hours which is the longest route in the entire trip but it is relatively easier than the previous days. 

We will begin trekking through the icy, narrow, rugged paths, rockfalls, log bridges, and make our way to the forests, grasslands, and green hills. We will camp overnight in Chhote Pa at an altitude of 2,455 meters which will be the last camp of our journey. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 8

Trek from Chhote Pa to Tatopani. Overnight at Guesthouse in Tatopani

6/7 Hours Walk

1,190 m

After having breakfast in Chhote Pa, we will forward close to ending our trip. The trek from Chhote Pa to Tatopani is a total of 6/7 hours but this time we will be trekking through villages and farms. Green Valleys with a diverse culture of the locals will start to appear. 

We will spend the night in a comfortable guesthouse in Tatopani and will recover our bodies from all the trekking and camping in the natural hot spring. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea House/Guest House

Day 9

Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara

1,400 m

After strolling around Tatopani and enjoying the local breakfast, we will head towards Pokhara by late morning. Our adventurous journey ends here, bearing thrilling experiences and lots of unforgettable memories. 

Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation

From luxurious 5 star resorts, comfortable hotels, budget guesthouses to lodges, and homestays, everything you could wish for is available in Pokhara and Kathmandu. But as we start the trek, Tatopani and Narchyang will be the only places that have comfortable lodges.

As we trek forward to the base camp, the number of tea-houses will decrease with the increasing elevation, and in most of the places, there is no teahouse/accommodation available. So, we will be camping as we trek higher. The camp will be prepared by the Himalayan Trekkers guide/camping team.  

Meals in Annapurna North Base Camp Trek

In the cities like Pokhara, any type of food/cuisine is available. In Tatopani and Narchyang, Nepali, Indian, Tibetan, Continental, and Western cuisine are available. But as you start the trek, only the traditional Nepali meal Dal-Bhat is available. Dal-Bhat consists of boiled rice, lentil soup, vegetable curry, meat (optional), and pickles.

This meal is very healthy and full of nutrition that will provide you energy while trekking. After you start camping, you will be eating food that the camping team brought and they will prepare it for you. The camping meals usually including meat, canned tuna, powdered milk, low-weight noodles, pasta, rice, beaten rice, vegetables, and raw snacks. Soft cold drinks, tea/coffee, and hot chocolate are also available. 

The travelers will not have to worry about the hygiene and sanitary of the meals. The meals available in hotels and tea houses are very safe, tasty, clean, and nutritious and of course, the meal prepared by the Himalayan Trekkers camping team is delicious, healthy, and hygienic. 

Drinking-Water

Bottled mineral water, natural Himalayan Springwater, and boiled and filtered Springwater are available in the lower parts. But once you start trekking, only boiled and filtered Spring water is available in the local tea-houses.

The natural Spring water flowing from the taps, rivers, and streams is found everywhere. You will have to pay for boiled and filtered spring water to buy it from the locals. You could always fill the Himalayan Springwater and purify it using chlorine drops, UV water purifiers, or water filter hand-pumps which the trekkers will have to bring themselves.

Likewise, we recommend the trekkers to bring their own water bottles (not the plastic ones) and either purify the spring water themselves/asking help from the Himalayan Trekkers team or buy it from the locals as it helps in sustainability and local income generation. 

After starting the camping trek, options for drinking water will limit to only natural Himalayan Spring Water. The camping team/guide will either boil and filter the spring water from rivers/streams/taps or melt ice, boil and filter it as per availability and condition.

Our team will keep your safety and health as the first priority so don’t worry the spring water from water resources or ice is completely safe are applying the proper boiling and filtering steps.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Arrival and Departure Transfer as per Itinerary
  • Twin Sharing Standard Accommodation with breakfast in the city as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tea House/Tented Camp Accommodation during the Trek
  • Bus/Jeep as per Service Deal transfer to/from Trek Starting and Ending Points as mentioned
  • Annapurna Conservation and TIMS entrance fees
  • An experienced English Speaking Local Guide and Necessary Supporting Camping and Trekking Crew
  • All wages, Fees for Guide and Supporting Crew
  • Trekking and Medical Insurance for Guide and Crew Members
  • Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Tea/Coffee entire Trek
  • Trekking and Camping Equipments/Gears
  • All Govt Taxes

Whats Not Included

  • Nepal Visa Fees
  • International & Domestic Airfare
  • Extra Activities out of package included and Meals in Cities 
  • Accommodation, Transportation, Activities in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Any cost occurred from unfavorable circumstances such as weather, health, political issues
  • Cost for Emergency Evacuation and Any Medical condition
  • Travel Insurance

 

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing