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North Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The North Annapurna Base Camp is a hidden gem, emerging as the best new trekking destination in the Annapurna region. This unexplored trail unveils awe-inspiring landscapes, including suspension bridges, Rhododendrons, wild animals, National Birds, cascading waterfalls, pristine lakes, and majestic high mountains, offering a truly enchanting trekking experience.

Highlights: What you’ll see on the trek

Special Fuche Rhododendron: See the rare and colorful Fuche Rhododendron that only grows in Nepal.

 Short Tail Himalayan Mouse: Spot the shy short-tailed Himalayan mouse, a unique animal on the trail.

 Beautiful Waterfalls: Enjoy the beauty of the Narchyang, Futfute, and Rato waterfalls.

 Fifth Bliss Lakes: Find the hidden and beautiful Fifth Bliss Lakes.

 Yersa Gompa Herbal Place: Visit Yersa Gompa, known for its special and valuable herbs.

 Natural Beauty After Humkhola: Stay in local huts and enjoy the untouched nature after Humkhola.

 Magar Community: Learn about the rich culture of the Magar community as you walk through their villages.

Cooking Picnics: Have fun cooking your meals, making the trek feel like a picnic with friends.

🍳 Introduction, Discovery, and Recognition: 

Explore the off-the-beaten-path charm of the North Annapurna Base Camp trek, a recently discovered jewel in Nepal’s Annapurna region, recognized as the Maurice Herzog trail. This less touristy trek, unveiled in 2019 by the Annapurna Rural Municipality (ARM) Community group, stands out as a pristine alternative to the bustling Annapurna circuit. In collaboration with local communities and official bodies such as the Nepal Tourism Board and Trekking Agencies Association Nepal (TAAN), the route has been officially established. What sets this trek apart is not just its scenic beauty, but the concerted efforts of local communities, trekking agencies, and official bodies that have transformed it into a unique and professionally endorsed trekking destination.

Immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the Annapurna region while trekking through the North Annapurna Base Camp trail. Discovered through the combined efforts of the ARM Community group and various authorized offices, this trek offers more than just a scenic adventure. The route’s untouched landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, and the warm hospitality of local communities make it a compelling choice for trekkers seeking an authentic Himalayan experience. As you traverse this hidden marvel, relish the tranquility of less crowded trails and savor the beauty that unfolds, showcasing the rich collaborative efforts that have shaped the North Annapurna Base Camp trek into a unique and professionally endorsed trekking destination.

Pokhara to North Annapurna Base Camp Route introduction:

The North Annapurna Base Camp trek begins in Pokhara, a charming city in Nepal. The trail from Pokhara to Beni is filled with scenic villages and lush landscapes. En route to Tatopani, trekkers encounter stunning waterfalls like Narchyang and Futfute. The trek then passes through Humkhola, where natural beauty and locally made sharing huts provide unique overnight stays. Trekkers cook their meals, adding a fun, picnic-like element to the journey.

The trail is adorned with vibrant rhododendron blooms, leading to the breathtaking North Annapurna Base Camp at 4,190m. The trek includes varied terrains, bridges over rivers, and stunning views. Proper trek gear, including sturdy boots, is essential. Experienced guides and porters contribute cultural insights and ensure a safe trek amidst the Himalayan splendor.

When to go- Best time in a year:

The ideal time to embark on the North Annapurna Base Camp trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. The recommended months are March to May and September to November.

During spring, the region experiences mild temperatures, blooming rhododendron forests, and clear skies. This period offers excellent visibility of the stunning Himalayan peaks, creating a picturesque trekking environment. The temperatures are comfortable, ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius during the day.

Similarly, autumn provides stable weather conditions with clear skies and crisp air. The temperatures remain moderate, making it conducive for trekking, ranging from 10 to 15 degrees Celsius during the day. The post-monsoon season also offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, enhancing the overall trekking experience.

Choosing these seasons ensures pleasant weather, optimal trekking conditions, and spectacular views, making the North Annapurna Base Camp trek a memorable and rewarding adventure.

Brief Annapurna North Base Camp Trek History

In 1950, Maurice Herzog led a groundbreaking expedition that achieved the first ascent of Mount Annapurna, marking a historic triumph in mountaineering. This accomplishment, the inaugural ascent of an 8000-meter peak, bestowed the trail with the name “Maurice Herzog route.” Alternatively recognized as the French North Face route, it commemorates the French group’s pioneering exploration of Mount Annapurna I. Despite its historical significance, the trail remains less frequented due to its challenging terrain and the absence of tea houses. Trekkers embarking on this journey should be prepared to camp overnight, enhancing the adventurous spirit of this unique trek through both natural landscapes and mountaineering milestones.

Why North Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

 Tranquil Retreat: North Annapurna Base Camp offers a peaceful escape, surrounded by pristine natural beauty and tranquility.

Photographer’s Paradise: Capture breathtaking moments with stunning landscapes and mountain vistas, creating lasting memories

 Starlit Nights: Experience the mesmerizing beauty of starlit nights at higher altitudes, away from city lights.

 Local Hospitality: Engage with warm locals, experiencing their hospitality and sharing cultural exchanges along the trail.

 Floral Wonderland: Explore a floral wonderland with diverse plant life, adding vibrant colors to your trekking adventure.

 Sense of Solitude: Enjoy moments of solitude amidst nature, providing a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

 Thermal Springs: Relax and rejuvenate in natural thermal springs, soothing your muscles after a day of trekking.

 Historical Sites: Discover ancient caves and historical sites along the route, adding a touch of intrigue to your trek.

 Spiritual Serenity: Experience a sense of spiritual serenity as you trek through landscapes that hold cultural and religious significance.

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Upper Narchyang

  • Morning: Arrive in Pokhara and embark on a scenic 6-7 hour drive to Tatopani via Beni Tatopani.
  • Afternoon: Commence a 2-hour trek to Upper Narchyang (2140m), where a homestay experience awaits.
  • Evening: Relax and immerse yourself in the local culture. Overnight stay at Upper Narchyang.

Day 2: Chhotepa Exploration

  • Morning to Afternoon: Trek from Narchyang to Chhotepa (2370m) for approximately 7 hours, covering 14km through Lekhgaun, Ghalemdi, and Mristi Khola.
  • Evening: Set up camp at Chhoteopa and enjoy the serene surroundings. Overnight stay at Chhoteopa.

Day 3: Scenic Trek to Sandhikharka

  • Full Day: Trek for 6-7 hours (9 km approx.) from Chotepa to Sandhikharka (3160m) through the stunning Humkhola region.
  • Evening: Camp at Sandhikharka and embrace the natural beauty. Overnight stay at Sandhikharka.

Day 4: Annapurna North Base Camp Expedition

  • Morning to Afternoon: Embark on the Basket Mela trail from Sandhikharka to Annapurna North Base Camp (A.N.B.C.) for a challenging 7-8 hour trek (9.5km).
  • Evening: Camp at ANBC (4068m) and relish the panoramic mountain views. Overnight stay at ANBC.

Day 5: Glacier Exploration and Return to Sandhikharka

  • Morning: Explore the glaciers at North Annapurna Base Camp (4190m).
  • Afternoon to Evening: Trek back to Sandhikharka (7.5 hours, 9.5km approx.) and camp overnight amidst the tranquility.

Day 6: Trek to Lower Narchyang and Transfer

Morning to Afternoon: Trek from Sandhikharka to Lower Narchyang via Humkhola-Chhotepa (6-7 hours).
Late Afternoon: Drive for 1.5 hours to Lower Narchyang and choose between a homestay or a local lodge for the overnight stay.

Day 7: Lower Narchyang  to Homeward Bound -Return Pokhara

  • Morning to Afternoon: Trek to Tatopani and embark on a 6-7 hour drive back to Pokhara, concluding the journey with lasting memories of the diverse landscapes.
What is included
  • Pickup and Drop services,
  • Inclusive of all Government Taxes
  • Provision of Trekking and Camping Equipment/Gear
  • Full-board meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, with Tea/Coffee provided throughout the entire trek
  • Comprehensive Trekking and Medical Insurance coverage for the Guide and all helpers,
  • Experienced English-speaking Local Guide and essential support from Camping and Trekking Crew,
  • Transportation via Bus/Jeep, as per the agreed-upon service, for transfer to/from the trek’s starting and ending points
  • Accommodation in Tea Houses/Tented Camps during the trek
  • Tea houses and Tented Camp Accommodation During The Trek,
What is not included
  • Your Travel Insurance,
  • Cost for Emergency Evacuation and Any Medical condition,
  • Any cost occurred from unfavorable circumstances such as weather, health, political issues,
  • Extra Activities out of the package included and Meals in Cities,
  • International & Domestic Airfare,
  • Nepal Visa Fees,
  • Tip for Guide and Porters.
Start Date End Date Price In US Dollar($) AVAILABILITY Booking
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Your Program Duration = 7 days Days
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Driving to Hum Khola:

Start your journey from a major city like Pokhara or Kathmandu and hire a reliable vehicle suitable for off-road conditions. The drive may take several hours, so plan accordingly. Engage an experienced local driver who is familiar with the route.

Trekking from Hum Khola:

The trek from Hum Khola to the North Annapurna Base Camp is approximately 21 km. The trail is diverse, taking you through lush forests, terraced fields, and picturesque villages. Be prepared for varying elevations and challenging terrain.

Tea Houses Until Narchyang:

Tea houses along the trail provide basic amenities such as a bed, blankets, and meals. These are great places to rest, interact with fellow trekkers, and enjoy local hospitality. Popular tea house stops might include Ghorepani and Tadapani.

Shared Public Building Beyond Narchyang:

After Narchyang, accommodation options may transition to a shared public building. This could be a communal space where trekkers gather, cook their own meals, and sleep in a shared area. Facilities may be basic, emphasizing a more communal and self-sufficient experience.

Carrying Food Supplies:

Since the shared public building might not offer prepared meals, pack essential food supplies. Lightweight, non-perishable items like instant noodles, energy bars, and snacks are practical. Consider bringing a mix of carbohydrates and protein for sustained energy.

Cooking Facilities:

Confirm the available cooking facilities at the shared public building. Bring a portable stove, fuel canisters, cookware, and utensils. Check if there’s a communal kitchen or if you need to cook outdoors. Having a versatile cooking setup ensures you can prepare meals effectively.

Sleeping Gears:

Given the shared nature of accommodation, a good sleeping bag suitable for the expected temperatures is crucial. Include a sleeping mat for insulation from the ground. Layer clothing for warmth, and consider additional insulation for higher altitudes.

Water Sources:

Identify reliable water sources along the trail. Carry a water purification system such as water purification tablets or a portable water filter. Staying hydrated is essential, especially at higher altitudes.

Navigation and Maps:

Carry detailed trekking maps or use a GPS device with pre-loaded maps. The trail may not always be well-marked, especially in less frequented areas. Offline maps on a smartphone can also be useful, but have a backup plan in case of battery issues.

Local Information:

Interact with locals to gather information about trail conditions, recent changes, and weather updates. Villagers are often helpful and can provide valuable insights, ensuring a smoother and safer trek.

Remember to adhere to responsible trekking practices, minimize your environmental impact, and respect the local culture throughout your journey to make the most of this unique trekking experience.

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