Annapurna North Base Camp trek

9 Days

The Annapurna North Base Camp, also known as Annapurna Sanctuary, is a popular trekking destination in the Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal. It’s a stunning natural amphitheater surrounded by towering peaks, including the majestic Annapurna Massif. The base camp is situated at an altitude of around 4,130 meters (13,549 feet) above sea level.

The trek to Annapurna North Base Camp takes you through diverse landscapes, from lush forests to picturesque villages and eventually into the high alpine region. Along the way, trekkers can experience the rich culture and hospitality of the local communities, as well as breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and lush valleys.

The Annapurna North Base Camp trek is considered moderate to challenging due to the altitude and varied terrain. Trekkers should be in good physical condition and adequately prepared for changing weather conditions. Hiring a guide and a porter is a common practice for this trek, as it can enhance your safety and overall experience.

Trip Info


The Annapurna North Base Camp trek is a remarkable trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek starts from Pokhara to Tatopani. The trail takes you through lush green forests, breathtaking views of mountains, and many more. The base camp is situated at an elevation of approximately 4,190 meters (13,549 feet) above sea level. Proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. The trek typically takes around 8 to 12 days, depending on the specific route, pace, and acclimatization stops. It’s essential to give your body time to adjust to the increasing altitude.


  • The trek offers diverse landscapes and alpine scenery. You'll walk through rhododendron forests, which are particularly colorful during the spring.
  • Along the route, you’ll get to interact with ethnic communities such as Gurungs and Magars and learn about their culture and values.
  • The panoramic view of snowcapped mountains such as Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machapuchare (Fishtail), and Hiunchuli will melt your heart straightaway.
  • The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. You might spot various bird species, including pheasants, and encounter wildlife such as langur monkeys and Himalayan tahr.
  • The trek offers a mix of terrain, including uphill and downhill sections, providing a physical challenge that's both rewarding and invigorating.


Day 1:
Drive from Pokhara to Tatopani ( 1,190 m)

Our journey towards Annapurna North Base Camp starts from around 5 hours drive from Pokhara to Tatopani enjoying the lush green and Rhododendron forests, majestic view of the Himalayas, terraced fields and pastures, and villages. We will spend the night in a guesthouse in Tatopani relishing in greenery and hot springs.

Day 2:
Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa (2,012 m)

We will begin our trek after having breakfast at Tatopani. Apart from monsoon, transportation is available en route from Tatopani to Ghasa, but we recommend the travelers to trek unless they have a limited timeframe as it helps for acclimatization. We will be staying overnight in Ghasa after 5/6 hours of trekking through the villages, forests, farmlands, waterfalls, and streams.

Day 3:
Trek from Ghasa to Lete (2,438 m)

After having breakfast in Ghasa, we will trek for 5/6 hours towards the Himalayan village of Lete surrounded by Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri ranges. Transportation is also available from Ghasa to Lete for travelers who prefer to drive. We will spend the night at a tea house in Lete. Lete is the last part of the trek where a tea house is available. For places further Lete, we will be camping.

Day 4:
Trek from Lete to Thulo Bugin ( 3,260 m)

Trek from Lete to Thulo Bugin is relatively shorter than 4 hours but there is an altitude gain of 822 meters. We will start trekking after breakfast in Lete and the changes in the landscape will be noticed from here. We will trek through the off-the-beaten paths and will camp after reaching Thulo Bugin. The camping and food will be prepared by the guide/camping team.

Day 5:
Trek from Thulo Bugin to Miristi Khola (4,130m) crossing the Thulo Bugin Pass

We will trek forward to Miristi Khola after crossing the thrilling Thulo Bugin pass. Thulo Bugin Pass (4,400) will be our highest altitude during the entire trip. The duration of the trek on this day will be 6/7 hours but we will slowly proceed to gain altitude. We will be camping for the night on the shore of Miristi Khola at an altitude of 4,130 meters.

Day 6:
Trek from Miristi Khola to Annapurna North Base Camp (4,190 m)

An adventurous journey to our destination awaits us. After having breakfast in camp, we will trek for 6/7 hours. We will cross the Miristi Khola and proceed towards the Annapurna North Base Camp. Crossing Miristi Khola is very challenging as so are the further winding trails.

We will trek through the complete wilderness. After reaching the Annapurna North Base Camp, the team will prepare camp and we will enjoy the campfire and also the glorious sunset over the Himalayas.

Day 7:
Trek from Annapurna North Base Camp to Chhote Pa. (2,455 m)

After spending a night in ANBC, we will wake up early in the morning to see the wonderful view of sunrise peeking its way through the snowy giants. We will also stroll around the base camp and surrounding. And after breakfast, we will head towards Chhote Pa. The trek is a total of 7/8 hours which is the longest route in the entire trip but it is relatively easier than the previous days.

We will begin trekking through the icy, narrow, rugged paths, rockfalls, log bridges, and make our way to the forests, grasslands, and green hills. We will camp overnight in Chhote Pa at an altitude of 2,455 meters which will be the last camp of our journey.

Day 8:
Trek from Chhote Pa to Tatopani ( 1,190 m)

Now, we will move forward close to ending our trip. The trek from Chhote Pa to Tatopani is a total of 6/7 hours but this time we will be trekking through villages and farms. Green Valleys with a diverse culture of the locals will start to appear. We will spend the night in a comfortable guesthouse in Tatopani and will recover our bodies from all the trekking and camping in the natural hot spring.

Day 9:
Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara

After strolling around Tatopani and enjoying the local breakfast, we will head towards Pokhara by late morning. Our adventurous journey ends here.


Cost includes

  • All Land Transportation
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (B L D) including Tea or coffee
  • Accommodation on Tea House ( Lodge ) or provided Tents during the trek as mentioned in the trek type
  • High Experienced Government Licensed Guide and Necessary porter during the trek.
  • All Government local Taxes
  • National park Fees
  • TIMS Cards (Trekkers information Management System)
  • First Aid kit,
  • General equipment for Porter during the adventure trip
  • Guide and porter salary
  • All Filed Staff insurance during the trekking and extra services according to the guest per demand.

Cost excludes

  • Trekking equipment any type of personal expenses such as Alcoholic Beverage drinks,phone and Laundry
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance,Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health ,Loss Theift or Damage and personal effects. we Advice you to take out personal Travel Insurance.
  • Hot Shower
  • Tips and Gratuities.


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How difficult is the Annapurna North Base Camp trek?

The trek is considered moderate to challenging due to its varying terrain and altitude. While it doesn’t require technical climbing skills, good physical fitness, and proper acclimatization are important.

Do I need to be an experienced trekker to do this trek?

While prior trekking experience can be beneficial, the Annapurna North Base Camp trek is suitable for a range of trekkers, including those with moderate fitness levels. Hiring a local guide can provide valuable assistance.

Do I need permits for the trek?

Yes, you need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card. These permits help support conservation efforts and provide important information to trekkers.

What kind of weather can I expect during the trek?

Weather can vary, even on the same day. Days are generally mild, while nights can be cold, especially at higher altitudes. It’s important to pack clothing that can adapt to changing conditions.

Are there any health risks or altitude-related issues to be aware of?

Altitude sickness is a concern at higher elevations. Adequate acclimatization, staying hydrated, and ascending gradually are important. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of altitude sickness and be prepared to descend if necessary.

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