Annapurna North Base Camp Trek
The Annapurna North Base camp is another Base Camp of Annapurna Mountain. It is least explored and newly found trekking route in Annapurna Region Trekking. This Annapurna North Base Camp is the Base Camp from where French Expedition Team had summited Annapurna I (8091 m) in 1950, 3rd of June led by Maurice Herzog – The French Expedition Team. There were some other climbers in the Team- Lionel Terray, Marcel Ichac and Louis Lachenal and five others alpinists. It was the world’s first successful summit on the top of 8000 meters. Amongst 14 8000 meters mountains of the world, Annapurna I (8091 m) is the 10th highest peak. In fact, they wanted to ascend Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8167 m). According to unproved facts, they missed the trail to reach to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, then they found the Annapurna I by hazard to summit. This coincidence helped to hold the record to Maurice Herzog with his colleagues and the entire French Expedition Team first time summiteer of Mt. Annapurna I. So, Maurice Herzog plus French Expedition Team become the first record holder of Annapurna I. And, it was from the North Face of the Annapurna Mountain.
When the French Expedition Team Leader Maurice Herzog and his mate ascent Annapurna I, just after 20 years, the British Expedition Team had arrived on the top of this giant mountain- Annapurna I (8091 m) in 1970. But it was from the South Face of Annapurna whereas, French Team with Maurice Herzog had done from the Noth Face. Chris Bonington- who was the British Expedition Team leader, had ascent successfully with other climbing members in 1970 May 27th from the South Face of Annapurna I. There were Don Whillans and Dougal Haston. Unfortunately, they lost one of their friend Ian Clough in 30th May 1970 because of serac hit. The British Expedition Team was the team of British Military.
So, there are 99.99% expeditions groups go to ascend Annapurna I (8091 m) from the south-face. But very few people go to climb the same mountain from North Face.
The Annapurna North Base Camp Trek is almost completely wilderness Trekking. There are no any better lodges yet. That’s why, it is almost zero crowed trekking destination till today.
Duration of this trekking is about two weeks. We have walk about 8-9 days while going up to Annapurna Noth Base Camp and need about 4-5 days to get back. Then, you can extend your further trekking to Ghoprepani Poonhill Trekking or Khopra Mohare Trekking. But it depends on your time period.
North Annapurna Base Camp Trek route is without doubt – The off-The-Beaten-trail in Nepal. If offers majestic views of Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Nilgiri, Pisang Peak, Machhapuchhre (6993 m), Annapurna-South and Hiuchuli (6441 m). The heigh of Annapurna North Base Camp is 4190 m from the sea-level. If you remember that Annapurna South Base Camp is just 4130 m.
For this authentic adventurous trekking, Glacier Family Treks offers experienced and trained guides and porters to accomplish your dream journey to Annapurna North Base Camp Trek.
Itinerary of Annapurna North Base Camp
Day01: Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport- Kathmandu.
Welcome to Himalaya Nepal! We promptly transfer to hotel. A short discussion about the entire program and O/N in hotel according to your plan.
Day02: After the breakfast, heading to Bus Station if you prefer Tourist Bus and drive to Airport to catch up your flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. If you are using a Land transport, it takes about 7-8 hours and if you are heading by air, it takes only 22 minutes to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Check in hotel in Pokhara on the bank of Fewa Lake.
Day03: Drive to Pokhara to Lete (2438 m), 6-7 hrs.
The Annapurna North Base Camp Aventure begans here. Drive till 6 hours to 7 hours to Lete Village in Mustang region from Pokhara. We cross all the way to Naudanda, Nayapul, Tatopani, Ghasa then we get to Lete. It will be really scenic driving. And, don’t miss the gorgeous view of Mt Dhaulagiri (8167 m) from Lete! O/N in Lete Village.
Day04: Lete to Thulo Bugin (3260 m), 4-5 hrs.
Today is our very first day of Annapurna North Base Camp Trek. We feel obviously climate changing because we are in mountain villages and reach at the altitude of 3000 m plus. O/N in camp site in Tent.
Day05: Bugin to Miristy Khola (4,130m), 7 hours.
We prepare simple breakfast and start walking to the destination of the day to Miristy Khola. It is not only our second day of the entire trekking because today is the most adventurous day of our whole trek to cross The Thulo Bugin Pass (4400 m).
Day06: Miristy Khola to Annapurna North Base Camp (4190 m), 7 hrs.
We thoroughly proceed our journey of the day to Annapurna North Base Camp. This one is our ultimate destination point of our entire trekking. So, we meet perhaps to Maurice Herzog and his team!!!
Day07: Annapurna North Base Camp to Chhotepa (2455 m), 8 hours.
Early morning beautiful sunrise from the Base Camp! Breakfast to descend from 4190 m to 2455 m. <Goodbye> Annapurna North BC!!! We know the path is rocky, narrow and sometimes, we have to cross stone falling points, too. We entire team of Glacier Family Treks will take care of it for your better safety.
Day08: Chhotepa to Tatopani (1400 m), 7-8 hours.
We end today our trekking. We will get better lodges at Tatopani. Crossing different green valley, farms and some villages, our destination will over for today. O/N in Tatopani.
Day09: Drive to Pokhara, check in hotel.
About 5 hours of driving from Tatopani to Pokhara, we get in hotel. The whole day will be at your own.
Day10: Visit in Pokhara, O/N in hotel.
If you extend your days in Pokhara, we can conduct a full day activity for you or, if you would like to make at your own: Peace Pagoda, Davi’sfall and Tibetan Refugee camp and International Mountaineering Museum. O/N in hotel.
Day11: Proceed to International Departure from Nepal.
Cost of Annapurna North Base Camp Trek
North Annapurna Base Camp is developed to yet. So, there are no more tea houses during entire days from Lete to Base Camp of North Annapurna and until Tatopani. That’s why, for 5 days, we have to manage our sleeping tents, food and other material at our own. Glacier Family Treks will take care of these all.
The cost will depend on the number of trekkers in a group. Better numbers of trekkers, comfortable cost of trekking. The trekking cost depends on the provided or demanded service too. Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with it’s quality, sightseeing program with entrance fees and vehicle etc.
Finally, to provide a tentative cost of Annapurna North Base Camp Trek ranges from 600 USD and more on the basis of per person. Please kindly note that if you are single traveler, will cost about 1000USD.
Duration of Annapurna North Base Camp Trek
Only Trekking Duration of Annapurna North Base Camp Trek will be 7 days like Pokhara to Pokhara. Otherwise, you can extend more days to Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Khopra Mohare Trekking or some days to spend around Pokhara and Kathmandu city. It seems you need 14 weeks of time to profit enough.