Want to explore a new trekking route in the Annapurna region? let’s do North Annapurna base camp trek in the circumference of the Annapurna conservation area. It is off the beaten trek which was established 4 years ago in reference to expedition history recorded by Maurice Herzog in 1950, June 3. He successfully climbed Mt Annapurna starting from North ABC. The same route to the north base camp was explored in 2019 AD and declared as new trekking route in the Annapurna region. If you are in search of a challenging trial and short route to enjoy your holiday then North ABC trek is the best.
North ABC Trek Overview
North Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a recently established trekking route in the Annapurna region that offers a camping trek. Far from the crowded route, you can enjoy the off-the-beaten trek and camping in the Annapurna North trekking route. Since the trekking trial was identified in 2019 AD by a small group of Annapurna rural municipality, it has been least exposed and less popular among trekkers. If you want a challenging trek and experience camping on the mountain then non-other than Annapurna North Base Camp Trek can be the best option.
Annapurna North base camp trek is totally different than Annapurna base camp trek towards south. Trekking route, duration, Difficulty level, accommodation, Mountain View, starting point and difficulty level of both Annapurna North and South base camps are figured out in table 1. The trek to Annapurna north base camp starts from Beni. After driving 2-3 hours in Baglung highway we will start the trekking towards Upper Narchyang. Since the trekking route is less popular, we can see few guest houses/ tea houses for night stay. We will not get tea houses in higher elevation. Thus we can say that North Annapurna base camp trek is camping trek. We will do camping on Chhotepa (2370m/7775.591feet) and Sandikharka (3160m/10367.45feet). North Annapurna base camp is located in 4068m elevation which is 62 meter lower than South Annapurna base camp 4130m. Comparatively, the route of North ABC trek is undeveloped and challenging than ABC trek.
Table 1: Comparison between North Annapurna base camp trek and Annapurna Base Camp trek (South).
|Categories||North Annapurna Base Camp Trek||Annapurna base camp trek (South)|
|Trekking route||Pokhara – Beni – Upper Narchyang – Chhotepa – Sandhikharkha – North Annapurna Base camp – Back to Sandikharka – Lower Narchyang –Tatopani – Back to Pokhara||Pokhara – Nayapul – Ghandruk – Sinuwa – Deurali – Annapurna base camp – Back to Bamboo – Jhinu danda – Nayapul – Pokhara|
|Duration||7 days from Pokhara||7 days from Pokhara|
|Highest elevation||4068m/ 13346.46feet||4,130m/13549.87feet|
|Accommodation||Tea houses and Camping||Tea house|
|Mountain view||Annapurna I, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Dhaulagiri||Annapurna I, II, III, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri and Gangapurna|
North Annapurna base camp trek itinerary in brief
|1||arrival in Kathmandu||1400m|
|2||Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara||822m|
|3||Driver Pokhara to Beni and trek to Chhotepa||2370m|
|4||Trek from Chhotepa to Sandhikharka||3160m|
|5||Trek to North Annapurna base camp||4068m|
|6||Trek to North Annapurna base camp glacier and return back to Sandhi Kharka||4190m|
|7||Trek to lower Narchyang||1400m|
|8||trek to Tatopani and driver back to Pokhara||1190m|
|9||Driver to Kathmandu||1400m|
North Annapurna Base Camp trek highlight
- Off the beaten trek in Annapurna region with newly established trekking route
- Amazing view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna 1st, and massif Annapurna range.
- Glacier, lakes, waterfalls, caves, forest trial, rivers and Annapurna landscape with rich biodiversity
- Amazing fauna like musk deer, snow leopards, bears, wild dogs, blue sheep, wild goats, birds and butterflies