North Annapurna base camp Trek

North Annapurna base camp Trek

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North ABC, Natural Hot springs, Gurung culture, Lakes and waterfall
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8 days
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The Annapurna North Base Camp Trek offers a thrilling adventure for those who seek the untamed beauty of the Annapurna region. It's a less-explored route that takes you to the base camp of Annapurna I (8091 meters), a mountain that witnessed its first historic ascent in 1950 by a French expedition led by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal. Initially, the team aimed for Dhaulagiri but ended up conquering the challenging North Face of Annapurna, now famously known as the French North Face Route. Their daring ascent without oxygen marked a milestone in mountaineering history. The descent was equally treacherous, filled with snowstorms and avalanches, but they managed to return to their camp, albeit barely.

Since that historic climb, Annapurna I wasn't summited again until 1970 when a British Army expedition followed the same route. Today, adventurous souls with a passion for wilderness exploration venture to Annapurna North Face Base Camp. The trek is demanding, but it rewards you with awe-inspiring vistas of Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhepuchare, and Dhaulagiri. Along the way, you'll encounter natural hot springs, immerse yourself in the rich Gurung culture, and experience the pristine beauty of the Himalayas. The journey kicks off in Pokhara, leading you to Tatopani and then following the trail blazed by Maurice Herzog. After reaching the base camp on the ninth day, you'll have an unforgettable experience before making your way back, possibly through Lete in Mustang. This trek is a true adventure for those who crave the wild and breathtaking landscapes of the Annapurna region.

Trek Highlights:

  • Historic Significance
  • Panoramic Views
  • Natural Hot Springs
  • Gurung Culture
  • Base Camp Adventure

Trip Info for North ABC Trek:

  • Trek Start:
    • Usually begins in Pokhara to Tataopani.
    • Requires obtaining necessary permits and TIMS card.
    • The trail gradually ascends through diverse landscapes.
  • Accommodation:
    • Teahouses/lodges along the route offer basic lodging.
    • Tented adventure most of the days
    • Dormitory-style rooms or private rooms available.
    • Basic amenities like beds, blankets, and shared bathrooms.

  • Meals:
    • Teahouses provide meals: Dal Bhat (rice, lentil soup), noodles, rice dishes, etc.
    • Limited menu items, especially at higher altitudes.
    • Carrying some energy bars and snacks is recommended.

  • Typical Day:
    • Start early in the morning for better weather and views.
    • Trek for about 6-8 hours a day, with breaks in between.
    • Reach teahouse for the night, rest, and explore.

  • Communication:
    • Limited mobile network coverage, especially at higher altitudes.
    • Some teahouses offer Wi-Fi, but it might be slow and unreliable.

  • Electricity and Water:
    • Charging devices may come at an extra cost in teahouses.
    • Hot showers might be available for an additional fee.
    • Safe drinking water: carry purification methods or buy bottled water.

  • Tipping:
    • Tipping is a common practice to show appreciation for good service.
    • You can tip guides, porters, and teahouse staff if you're satisfied.

  • Trek Season:
    • Best seasons: Autumn (clear weather) and Spring (blooming rhododendrons).
    • Winter is colder but less crowded. Summer/Monsoon brings rain and more challenge.

North Annapurna base camp Trek Difficulty :

  1. For Beginners:
    • Not suitable for beginners
    • Not suitable for children and older adults.

  2. For Experienced Trekkers:
    • Experienced trekkers will find this trek challenging.
    • Familiarity with multi-day treks and altitude effects is beneficial.
    • Some sections might involve longer and more strenuous walks, especially at higher altitudes.
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Mohan Subedi

Mohan Subedi is the founder of Hinepal Treks. He is a professional trek and adventure guide.

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