The Complete Guide to Annapurna Base Camp Trek North
Nestled in the heart of the Annapurna region lies a trek that is as diverse in its scenery as it is in its cultural experiences. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek from North is a journey that takes you through charming villages, lush forests, and towering mountains that have captivated adventurers for generations.The Annapurna region is located in central Nepal and is the largest conservation area in the country, spanning over 7,639 sq km. It is a protected area and home to several ethnic groups such as Gurungs, Magars, Thakalis, and Manangis, each with their own distinct culture and traditions. The region's cultural significance is as rich as its natural beauty, making it a unique and memorable destination for any traveler.
As you trek higher, you'll be welcomed with breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhre, known as Fishtail Mountain. You'll also have the opportunity to explore the Annapurna Sanctuary, a natural amphitheater surrounded by towering peaks that is one of the world's most spectacular trekking destinations.The trek is moderate in difficulty and can be accomplished by trekkers with a good level of fitness. The route is 12-13 days long, depending on your walking speed, and takes you through picturesque villages such as Tal, Dharapani, and Chame. You'll need to be prepared for long days of hiking, with some steep uphill and downhill sections, but the experience is worth it.
DAY 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m) & Transfer to the Hotel
Namaste! Welcome to Kathmandu, the vibrant capital city of Nepal. Our representative will receive you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Take some rest to recover from jetlag and enjoy the local cuisine in the evening.
DAY 2 - Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
After breakfast, we will embark on a full-day tour of Kathmandu valley. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Immerse yourself in the rich history, culture, and spirituality of the valley.
DAY 3 - Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara & transfer to the Hotel
Early morning, take a scenic flight to Pokhara, the gateway to Annapurna region. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and relax. In the evening, stroll around the tranquil Fewa Lake and enjoy the breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range.
DAY 4 - Drive from Pokhara to Tatopani (1,190m)
Today, we will drive to Tatopani, a hot spring town located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Enjoy the stunning views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges along the way. Relax in the natural hot springs in the evening and rejuvenate your body and mind.
DAY 5 - Trek from Tatopani to Ghopte Odaar (3,110m)
Our trek begins today! We will follow the Kali Gandaki River upstream, crossing suspension bridges and passing through picturesque villages like Ghara and Sikha. Enjoy the stunning views of Nilgiri and Annapurna ranges from Ghopte Odar.
DAY 6 - Trek from Ghopte Odaar to Phulbari (3,560m): crossing Hum Khola
After breakfast, we will trek through dense rhododendron forests and cross the Hum Khola. Enjoy the panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Reach Phulbari and stay overnight.
DAY 7 - Trek from Phulbari to Annapurna I Basecamp (4,190m)
Today, we will trek to the Annapurna I Basecamp, the highlight of our trip. Enjoy the stunning views of Annapurna massif, including Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli. The feeling of standing at the foot of the majestic Annapurna I is unparalleled.
DAY 8 - Rest Day in Annapurna Basecamp (Acclimatization day)
Take a rest day to acclimatize and explore the Annapurna Basecamp. Enjoy the sunrise over the Annapurna range and take a short hike to the nearby glaciers. Interact with fellow trekkers and locals and learn about their culture and way of life.
DAY 9 - Trek from Basecamp to Ghopte Odaar)
Today, we will retrace our steps and trek back to Ghopte Odar. Enjoy the stunning views of the Annapurna range and the Kali Gandaki River valley along the way.
DAY 10 - Trek from Ghopte Odaar to Tatopani
We will trek downhill through the lush forests and cross the suspension bridges to reach Tatopani. Enjoy the natural hot springs and relax in the evening.
DAY 11 - Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara
After breakfast, we will drive back to Pokhara. Relax in the afternoon and explore the lakeside bazaar. You can also try paragliding or zip-lining to add some adventure to your trip..
DAY 12 - Sightseeing in Pokhara .
Today, we will explore Pokhara city, known as the 'city of lakes'. We will visit the Bindabasini Temple, Seti Gorge, Davis Falls, and the World Peace Pagoda. Take a boat ride on the serene Fewa Lake and enjoy the spectacular views of the Annapurna range.
DAY 13 - Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu & transfer to the hotel
After breakfast, take a short flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and relax. You can visit the Thamel area, known for its vibrant nightlife and shopping.
DAY 14 - Transfer to the International Airport for final departure
Your memorable trip to the Annapurna region comes to an end today. Our representative will transfer you to the airport for your final departure. Fly back home with unforgettable memories of the majestic Annapurna range, the warm hospitality of Nepalese people, and the spiritual aura of Kathmandu valleys.
TRIP ENDS HERE!
ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU : sharing a twin bedroom at the hotel (3 Star category) in Kathmandu on a bed & breakfast basis
AIRPORT PICK-UP & DROP : Airport - Hotel transfer – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
WELCOME DINNER : One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
Permits : All necessary paper works: Trekking Permit including MCAP and special permit, TIMS Card & conservation entry fee
STAFF INSURANCE : Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
MAP: Trekking map of the trek
MEMBER TRANSPORTATION : Land Transportation Kathmandu
MEMBER LUGGAGE: Up to 15 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carried by porters.
FOODS & LODGING : 3 meals a day (BLD; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation sharing basis in tea house/camp during the trek.
DRINKS : 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
Guide : Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sight-seeing in Kathmandu valley.
PORTER : Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) during the trek.
STAFF SALARY & ALLOWANCE : All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
MEDICAL KIT : Comprehensive Medical kit.
Meals on treks only: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner.
What's Not Included
NEPAL VISA FEES : Nepali Visa fee is US$ 60 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 120).
LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
EXTRA NIGHTS IN KATHMANDU : Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
INSURANCE : Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
RESCUE EVACUATION : Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Medication, Medical Tests, and Hospitalization costs.)
PERSONAL EXPENSES: Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer, and any alcoholic beverages.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears, etc.
TOILETRIES : Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
FILMING : Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
INTERNET SERVICE : Internet facility during the trek is not included.
EXTRA PORTER : $35 USD for an extra porter per day (If an extra porter is demanded).
TIPS : Tips for Guide, porters, and staff.
EXTRA : Any other services or activities not mentioned in the itinerary. Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.
Booking Receipt, if Booked Online (PDF will work)
More than 30-days prior to departure - 50% refund.
In Between 15-30-days prior to departure - 25% refund.
Less than 15-days prior to departure - No Refund.
Frequently Asked question
Absolutely! Whether you're a solo trekker or with a group, you can easily book your trek through our website or by contacting our Kathmandu office directly. We can even pair solo trekkers with groups, if desired.
On our treks, you'll enjoy a blend of traditional Nepali meals like 'dal bhat' (lentil soup with rice) and other international cuisines. We ensure our food is nutritious and energy-packed for the trekking journey. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with prior notice.
Yes, we offer secure luggage storage at our office in Kathmandu. You can leave behind non-essential items and pick them up once you return from your trek.
Yes, depending on your trek's region, you'll need permits like the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems) card and regional conservation or national park permits. Our team takes care of all the necessary paperwork and permits for you.
Absolutely! We offer both fixed-departure and tailor-made treks. If you have specific preferences, routes, or places you'd like to visit, just let our team know, and we'll help design a trek that meets your desires.
Altitude sickness is a concern in the Himalayan treks. Our itineraries are designed to allow gradual acclimatization. It's essential to communicate any discomfort to our guides, who are trained to assist in such situations.
Yes, Kathmandu offers several rental shops where you can rent or buy trekking gear. If you're missing something, it's likely you'll find it here. However, for personal comfort, we recommend bringing specialized items like hiking boots from home.
Accommodation varies depending on the trek's route. In popular trails like the Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit, you'll find well-maintained teahouses offering basic amenities. However, in remote areas, the facilities might be more basic. Camping may also be part of certain trekking routes.
Our guides carry communication devices and have contacts with local agencies to ensure swift action during emergencies. In extreme cases, helicopter evacuations can be arranged, given that the trekker has suitable insurance coverage.