THE DARK SIDE OF THE WORLD’S 10TH HIGHEST PEAK
- The remote north side of Annapurna I
- Picturesque Nepalese farming villages
- Diverse Hindu and Buddhist culture
- Legendary Himalayan mountain views
- Supported, full service camping trek
- Hiking into Nepal’s most beautiful mountains
- The little-traveled Maurice Herzog Trail
On June 3, 1950, an expedition led by French climber Maurice Herzog became the first team to reach the top of Mount Annapurna I. It was also the first time that climbers had reached the top of an 8000-meter peak. In 2020, Nepal opened up a new trail which follows the expedition’s route to the little-known and seldom-visited north base camp of Annapurna, the world’s 10th highest mountain.
Barely 25 miles north of Pokhara sits the most beautiful mountain range in Nepal – the Annapurnas. It was not until the mid-1950s that these majestic mountains were first explored by the outside world. Today the Annapurna Range is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world, and with good reason – it is easily accessible from Pokhara and offers tremendous potential for scenic walks and for alpine exploration in a splendid high Himalayan setting. The mountains forming the great Annapurna Range boast no fewer than eight peaks over 7000 meters, including Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna 1 (8091 meters), Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Annapurna V. Macchapuchare (Fish Tail) is surely the most famous mountain in this range, standing only 23 feet (7 meters) below the magical 7000 meter mark.
The Annapurna North Base Camp is located in the Annapurna Conservation Area, north of the popular Annapurna Sanctuary and south of famed Thorong La Pass, the high point of the Annapurna Circuit. The recently opened Maurice Herzog Trail is 29 miles (47K) of beautiful trail and offers a safe alternative to the old route which crossed the rugged and rockslide-prone Thulo Bugin Pass. This area is traveled very rarely by trekking groups and there are no lodges except for very basic shelters to escape the elements. We will operate this trek in tented camping expedition style and employing the services of a full cook and kitchen crew.
Our new Annapurna North Base Camp Trek is part of our Himalayan Classic Trek Series. In 2023, we are able to arrange our new Hidden Lake Trek in Nepal as a private departure for you and your travel companions beginning on any date during the months of late March through May and mid-September to late November for a group of 1 to 12 people
Day 1: Welcome to Nepal and the Himalayas! Transfer to our group hotel.
Day 2: Morning sightseeing tour in and around the Kathmandu Valley. Hotel.
Day 3. Short flight to the lakeside town of Pokhara at 2,690 feet. Hotel.
Day 4. Drive to Tatopani & trek to Narchyang at 4,530 feet. 5 to 7 hour drive and a 1.5 hour trek. Lodge.
Day 5. Trek to Chhote Pa. 8,050 feet. 6 to 8 hour trek. 8.5 miles. Camping.
Day 6. Trek to Sandhi Kharka. 10,645 feet. 6 to 7 hour trek. 5.6 miles. Camping.
Day 7. Trek to Annapurna North Base Camp. 13,747 feet. 6 to 7 hour trek. 6 miles. Camping.
Day 8. Annapurna North Base Camp exploration day. Camping.
Day 9. Return to Chhote Pa. 8,050 feet. 7 to 8 hour trek. 11.2 miles. Camping.
Day 10. To Tatopani. 3,905 feet. 6 to 7 hour trek. 9.5 miles. Lodge.
Day 11. Drive to Pokhara. Hotel.
Day 12. Fly to Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 13. Transfer to the Kathmandu International Airport and depart.