NABC (NORTH ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP) TREK:
(WRITTEN BY PREM RAI)

NABC (North Annapurna Base Camp) or Maurice Herzog trek is a “Hidden-Treasure” with a great value that only few diligent and manful workers may able to dig up it. There are particular places on the earth, where you get the energies of positive, transformative and healing. You definitely gain all these energies by walking this trail. Annapurna-I (8091 meters) was climbed for the first time on 3 June 1950 by the French climbers Maurice Herzog and Louis Lacahenal and they did it from the northeast face.

Maurice Herzog trail; as well as being important for wildlife and a hub-zone for medicinal plants like – lichen species, salep orchid, cordiceps sinensis, paris polyphylla, kutki, nirmansi and betula utilis (Himalayan birch) tree etc. It is said in the ancient era sages used to write scripts on the bark of betula utilis.
It is a real adventure and isolated nature of natures. Clockwise; the trail up to thulo Bukin is Godly made amphitheatre - where the snow-clad mighty Himalayas dramatize themselves including the whole range of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Fang and the mysterious valleys in the south. And you see the most impressive face to face view of Dhaulagiri!
After many ascent and descent on the grassy steep, you will enter the deep gorge of Mristikhola; I call it waterfalls-gorge”. Walking up to the wide range of moraine and come to see the pure glacial lake of Diki Cho. There are three different base camps of NABC and hugely deposited icefall scenery including the rock-noir wall, Annapurna I, Tilicho peak and Nilgiries give you the real feelings of a different planet.
Descending in the Mristikhola gorge “waterfalls-gorge” is an extra challenging (especially after the confluence of Humkhola and Mristikhola or between Humkhola Dovan and Narchyang). Other hands you will be speechless before the joyous waterfalls, lush greenery forest and the delightful landscapes.
Trail condition between Humkhola Dovan and up to NABC is easy and well maintained. Let’s hope till Nov – Dec of 2018, the Nilgiri hydro project will bring the dirt road to here, then you will have better chance to trek to NABC.
Doing this trek; you have to know the best timing or season, because it’s impossible to trek whole round the year due to the heavy snow fall and may block the path. I can say, it’s good time to trek mid. Sept. - mid. Oct. and first week of May - mid. June (you have to take the current information, if the snow is totally melted). Also just after monsoon is over; most of the wooden bridges are swept, so you have to hire strong supporters who will able make instant bridge for the group being involved with.
The guide and supporters must be well experienced. At least 50 meters of climbing rope, light-crampons and ice-axe are compulsory to have with you in-case. It is totally recommended for camping trek yet. It depends on the length of your vacation; if you will have shorter visit can only do the water-falls valley trek. But, you have to make sure about well acclimatized. Total distance of this trail is 63 kilometers.
I was told about the waterfalls-valley -there is a plan made to build some community lodges to support prabha ma vi school of Narchyang. To get detailed information can contact CMC (conservation management committee) chairperson Mr. Tej Gurung at Narchyang village. His mobile nr: +977 9857622133.
I’ve done this research on my own (Prems Nepal Trek) expenses. I was accompanied by Pawan Magar Pithakoti (one of my agency guides) and Jwaharlal Tulachan as a local guide from Jhipradeurali Mustang. Mr. Tulachan is well experienced about the trail between Jhipradeurali and ANBC. His mobile nr: +977 9847711086.

Note: Time duration I have mentioned here below is only "Walking-Time" an extra break time, count yourself.

Pokhara to Tatopani (hot spring) 1200 meters (5-6 hrs approx)
Drive with jeep or bus to Tatopani and by evening take a natural bath in the hot-spring! It definitely makes sense to relax and energize your body before tough climbing the mountains. Or I can say it would even be better to spend two nights at Tatopani.

Tatopani to Kalopani/Lete 2535 meters (2 -3 hrs drive)
Kalopani/Lete is a beautiful place to spend over night, where you can view the sunset/sunrise at the Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Nilgiries and Annapurna-I. I love to stay at See You Lodge with good food, neat and clean rooms and nice people.

Kalopani/Lete to Jhipradeurali 2502 meters (1.5 hrs)
You start it, at See You Lodge, turn right on the road and walk for 2 min. to the water fountain, turn left and continue walking a min. just near the electric pole with red/white NATT signals. Here, turn left entering the pine forest, in 3 – 4 min. you will come to join the NATT trail, turn right to follow it for 19 min. will reach at the trail junction, continue further through a little settlement, and again hike in the forest for 11 min. come near a little field with green houses. Now, you slightly turn left to descend at the suspension bridge 2404 meters, will take 7 min. cross it and 6 min. later you will reach at the trail junction of Chhoyo village 2409 meters. Turn right, walk 3 -4 min. to cross a suspension bridge, after it turn left and follow the river bed trail in the pine forest for 26 min. Then turn right to climb up 6 min. reaching the water fountain of first village of Jhipradeurali, now you turn right to continue walking another 4 min. to the Annapurna Lodge and restaurant 2479 meters (near the school) with 4 basic rooms and 8-12 beds.

Jhipradeurali to Khalkyu Camp 3377 meters (4.33 hrs)
You walk on the rural dirt road for 20 min. to the last house of the village 2502 meters and just after this house you will branch left, soon you come to a trail junction, take a left to continue to Maurice Herzog trail.
In 5 -6 min. you reach the empty field (kind of meadow) 2494 meters. The trail is a bit confusing in the beginning you should take it right side for few min. and descend through, soon you will cross this field, now you have to bend left direction and go straight about 22 min. You will arrive at a little chautari 2490 meters. Another 10 min. walk to the last point of the meadow 2501 meters, entering the pine forest trail passing through a high cliff and come to grassy steep, descent in the bamboo forest to Bhutar Khola (2435 meters) took us 18 min. There is no bridge, in dry season no need it and normally temporary wooden bridge is set by shepherds or villagers. For the camp you are heading; need to bring water to cook from here minimum 3 ltr each of you.
Now, you start climbing the huge steep in the bamboo and rhododendron forest. In 1.5 hrs come at a little sitting place 3092 meters. Another 1.5 hrs to Khalkyu Camp (in Thakali language it is called water-pasture) but an interesting thing there no water indeed! It is a nice camp site with the view of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and the deep valley below. In the past seasonally piping water was provided to drink but it's destroyed with fire.

Khalkyu Camp to Thulo Bukin 4292 meters (5.06 hrs)
Take a walk along the bushy ridge with breath-taking view! After 40 min. straightly steep up 3577 meters, turn left in the bamboo forest, do walk some flat and gently descent for 10 – 12 m. and reach to a little cave on left side 3562 meters.
Oh, again you climb on the grassy steep of Dhadkharka for 1.6 to 2 hrs. to get the ridge with a little shelter spot for shepherds 3846 meters.
The view of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and the valley below is truly stunning! And the main attraction is you just standing face to face view at Dhaulagiri – I never seen such a massively spectacular face of this mountain and its icefall!
Continue 10 min. along the ridge and slightly bend left, reaching the metal railings and you start the danger zone 3886 meters and it ends at the little pass with a deurali (pile of rocks) and nice cave 4112 meters. Where, there are 5 – 6 people may sleep in.
As Jwaharlal says; where there is fresh snow or ice, it's danger to cross, because it's located on the northern (shadow) side, so the snow takes more time to get melted and of course this grassy steep path took us 1 hour. Also he says – there were 3 people (one local porter, Sherpa guide and a Korean tourist) died while crossing it.
Villagers have set metal railings almost 2 km. long but some parts of it destroyed from the avalanches. As long as there is no snow or ice; it's not that difficult, 2 – 3 meters wide path and not so much climb. But while there is snow, take it serious and in case of staying at the cave no water is available.
Now, few steps go ahead and slightly bend to right and climb along the grassy ridge, follow the rocks standing as trail signals. In 30 – 40 min. you will reach the temporary shelter spot 4239 meters. Here you can set tents, no water but an experienced person can bring it from the stream some hundred meters below. Views are just enormous, looking at the Mukut and Butterfly himal, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Thapa peak, Nilgiries, Annapurna I, Fang and many more including the mysterious valleys!
Continue to the view point of Thulo-Bukin, follow the same ridge, and gently bend left, 15 – 20 min. later you will come at salt-feeding spot for sheep with many stone plates and there is a kind of shrine, standing rock pillars, couple of min. further there is a camp site 4292 meters, temporary shelters, even you can land helicopter if necessary. No, water – if someone is experienced can bring from few hundred meters below (west side).
While weather is clear – views are mind blowing, see all the snow clad mountains as I mentioned an earlier including Narcheng village, Ghorepani, Poonhill, Mohore etc.

Thulo Bukin to Humkhola Camp (Nilgiri South Base Camp) 4232 meters (1.85 hrs)
Now, turn left and take a hike just few meters below the shelter, in 6 min. you come at the ridge and walk always westside and 5 – 10 meters below the edge of this ridge. While there is fresh snow would be so slippery. Keep going 10 – 12 min. reaching the corner 4251 meters, turn left (don't try right even it looks like a trail) an easy climb on grassy slope for 5 min. and walk flat about 8 – 10 min. arrive to a sitting spot at another corner 4291 meters. Again take a left gradually climb 5 – 7 min. come at  the chautari 4316 meters, slightly bend left and straightly climb up, in a min. will reach shelter spot, continue 10 – 15 min. to the ridge (top of landslide) 4373 meters. At this point, you turn right just above this landslide and climb in the direction of Annapurna-I, in next 10 min. you will cross the Sandanda Pass 4419 meters.
Hike on Nepali-flat to Khanya Kharka 4395 meters for 15 min, nice camping site with shepherd shelter spots without water. Jwaharlal and Pawan foud four pieces of yarsagumba (cordyseps sinensis). You continue walking at the same elevation through the grassy steep for 15 – 20 min, and then you gently start to descend about 10 min, cross a small landslide 4243 meters, soon you are at Humkhola Camp (Nilgiri South Base Camp) 4232 meters. This is a beautiful campsite, water can bring from the nearest Khola. You can set many tents if necessary. The surrounding mountains and the valleys in the south are just amazing. Sometime Nilgiri south expedition team climbs from this point as well.

Humkhola Camp (Nilgiri South Base Camp) to Mristi Khola Camp 3543 meters (7.6 hrs)
Now, everyone has to take serious that you are going to walk a very difficult path; after 3 min. you cross Humkhola-I 4216 meters, now turn right and start one of the most difficult trail along the edge of a huge grassy cliff and after 30 min. descent reach at Humkhola-II (middle) 4116 meters. Make sure before; if it is crossable yet or not? Until this book is written there is no bridge, you always should bring minimum of 50 meters rope in case, in a minute you cross Humkhola-III and climb 15 min. to the little landslide 4173 meter. Again, 10 min. climb, come to shelter spot 4203 meters. Do continue hike on flat for 10 – 15 min. cross landslide area 4222 meters, reaching the next ridge (Tanamche Kharka) 4254 meters in 10 min. There is emergency campsite, no water.
Now, go ahead about 25 – 30 meters flat, slightly turn left and climb on grassy steep for 15 min. and then turn right, easy climb to come behind the grassy ridge, walk 8 – 10 min. cross a minor landslide, keep going straight for 4 min. cross a larger landslide 4347 meters. Be careful there are many loose rocks, steep and narrow path about 30 meters long.
7 min. later you will pass by a small cave and soon you start crossing many minor landslides area – will take 30 – 40 min. 4445 meters, then climb steep to Fanche Pass 4501 meters, took us 20 min. This is a large pasture for sheep with shelter spots, campsite without water, if you know the spring its somewhere down 1 hr round trip.
Continue 7 min. to the last shelter 4517 meters and then easy descent to the next grassy ridge 4441 meters in 22 min. There you see 4 small pillars of two feet height stones put as trail signals. You need to consider is; from here don't go right or left but straightly go ahead behind the grassy steep and try to follow the rock signals. You always keep descending more to the left direction, 40 – 50 min. later you reach at Ragate Odar (blood-cave) 4339 meters, where can sleep 5/8 people. Water can bring from the nearest river.
Still descent another 10 – 15 min. cross Ragate khola 4264 meters, no bridge jump rock to rock, walk 5 min. on grassy real flat of Ragate campsite, again cross side river, 7 – 8 min. flat hike and cross an easy landslide, soon you come to the ridge of Phulbaridanda 4238 meters. Now, do not turn right or left, just directly descent on other side, it is very steep and difficult, while getting down can grab grasses sometime. 25 – 30 min. later you reach at the bottom of the huge cliff 4105 meters, where you see few rocks as trail signal. Another hour difficult descent in the bushy and rocky trail to reach the edge of Phulbari (right above the huge cliff) 3846 meters.  
Again a big descent to exit from here; there is only one difficult trail; you have to grab bushes or fix rope. You keep descending 30 min. later come to landslide area 3691 meters, continue alongside of it for 15 min. and reach at the top of slippery cliff, now turn right descent for some min. to come at the bottom of this cliff, turn left and continue 9 min. to Mristi Odar (Cave) 3559 meters. This is a huge cave and many people can sleep in it.
Just before this cave you descent about 8 min. to Mristi Khola 3514 meters, where the trail connects with the trail leading from Tatopani or Narchyang. Now, turn left and follow the right bank of the river for couple of min. cross the wooden bridge 3509 meters and continue an easy climb along the left bank for 12 min. to campsite of Mristi Khola, there is a newly built Thanti (shelter) 3543 meters. Where, there are at least 20 people can sleep in, water available from the nearest river.

Mristi Khola Camp to NABC-I (Thadokhola) 3962 meters (1.96 hrs)
25 – 30 min. an easy climb, cross a landslide area 3626 meters, in another hour will cross Thadokhola a side river 3841 meters, no bridge need to find the dry rocks to jump on. Continue 25 min. just near the river turn right from the main trail and few min. climb on moraine and reach the campsite 3962 meters. The expedition team of Annapurna-I climbs from this point as well. There are few rocks piles as shrines around the camping site.

NABC-I (Thadokhola) to NABC (Diki Cho Lake) 4041 meters (50 min.)
Now, turn left and continue walking on the huge moraine trail to the beginning point of the Diki Cho Lake for 45 – 50 min. The campsite is just before crossing the lake and a newly built toilet. Well, there is another campsite just below the temple also, normally you are not allowed to camp here and it makes sense not to camp near by the temple and right above the lake. The main source of this lake is hugely deposited icefall of Annapurna-I, Rock-noir wall and Tilicho peak.

NABC (Diki Cho Lake) to NABC (New) 4173 meters (1.18 hrs)
If you are interested seeing the lake more to the north-east corner, then start below the temple and continue alongside of it for 10 – 15 min. and climb a little view point 4045 meters. Now, you see a real mysterious lake of melting-cracking and breaking sound of the solid-ice!! Now do not proceed your hike, just turn back couple of min.  and turn right to climb on rocky steep for 10 – 15 min. and will connect with the main trail, turn right to continue another 10 – 15 min. cross a stream 4136 meters (until mid-day there is nearly no water, after mid-day it will be a large khola with lots of dark water, because the melted ice-water of Tilicho peak arrives here lately). 4 min. later you will pass by a pile of rock 4158 meters, turn slightly right and walk on sandy flat about 20 min. to the corner 4173 meters. Where, there are some rock piles as shrines with some flags, this is safest newly built campsite for Annapurna-I expedition team. Water can bring from the nearest stream. Views are Annapurna-I and Rock-noir wall, Nilgiri, Tilicho peak and to see the valley below including the Lake need to climb the ridge some min. extra.

NABC (New) to Namaste Odar (Cave) 4273 meters (25 min.)
Less than 10 min. walk from the campsite, turn left and climb on the grassy slope to get the cave at the ridge will take next 15 min. tough climbing. While you reached this rock, still the cave is behind so you have to turn right and go there. If there is no fresh snow, you easily can see plastic bags, can and whisky bottles. 3 people max can sleep in it. Views are amazing to see the Annapurna-I and its icefall, Tilicho peak, Nilgiri, Diki Cho Lake and the valley.

Namaste Odar (Cave) to NABC (Old) 4303 meters (16 min.)
After 6 min. walked you will join the trail comes from NABC (New) and continue another 10 min. to NABC (Old) 43030 meters. In fact old one is more beautiful and wider camping ground with the massive icefall and glacier view just in-front of you, the Annapurna-I, Rock-noir wall, Tilicho, Nilgiries and the valley in the west-south.
This base camp used for many years. Unfortunately 13/14 years ago a massive avalanche fallen from Tilicho Himal and destroyed more than half of it. Good news is no one was killed. So you cannot use this spot anymore for camping. There are many memorial plates written in the names of who died during the climb the Annapurna-I. Water is available from the nearest stream. There is a helipad in case of emergency. The large part of the ground (campsite) is about to fall down as you clearly see the big cracks! Be careful not to go to the edge. If you go directly from NABC (New) to NABC (Old) will take 25 – 30 min. in maximum.

NABC (Old) to Mristi Khola Camp 3543 meters (2.83 hrs)
Descending down NABC (Old) to NABC (New) takes 15 min. then to the lake of Diki Cho about 30 min. Continue to the trail junction of NABC (I) nearby the river will take 25 – 30 min. and exactly 20 min. descent at Thadokhola 3851 meters. To Mristi Khola Camp 1.25 hrs.

Mristi Khola Camp to Humkhola Dovan 2909 meters (4.5 hrs)
Easy descents to the bridge come along the right bank of the river and continue 25 – 30 min. to cross a landslide area 3450 meters. Walk 5 min. cross again a minor landslide, 3 min. later come to a confluence of two rivers with beautiful waterfall view 3413 meters and you cross the side river. Go ahead 5 min. you will cross a larger landslide area and right above can see Jharal or Himalayan thar by chance. 10 – 12 min. later cross an old landslide, in 7 – 8 min. another landslide area 3344 meters and watch out of stone may fall down. Soon you will come to a beautiful place of Chattane Jharna with a high-waterfall view on other side of the river 3324 meters. But do not stay here for a long time, because if there is fresh snowfall over high mountains may easily slide down to here as avalanches. Continue 8 – 10 min. further at landslide area and can see another waterfall. In 15 – 20 min. you will enter the good smelling pine forest trail high above the river 3264 meters. And then 25 – 30 min. easy descent to come at the bottom of a huge cliff (chattane chhahara or rock water spring), where you get purely natural taste of water dripping out of it and you can use it for cooking, in fact we prepared lunch with it, 3209 meters.
Now, walk along this cliff-bottom for 15 min. and cross the wooden bridge over Mristi Khola of Salleridanda 3201 meters, follow on the left bank, few min. later will reach at a place where can set tents under the trees. 12 min. walk in the bamboo and pine forest, you pass by a little Cave 3203 meters, soon you descent to the river takes 15 – 18 min. and cross a suspension bridge over Futfute jharna 3126 meters with the most amazing view of waterfall!
Keep walking 10 min. just above the river and climb steep up in the dense bamboo forest, come to a beautiful Gunrase chautara 3152 meters took us 25 min. Flat hike 2 min. and descent steep in the forest for 16 min. reaching a minor landslide and follow it couple of min. till the suspension bridge 3039 meters, just after this bridge there is a nice Cave (Gunrase Odar) 3042 meters, 5 – 7 people can sleep in. Now turn right and continue 40 – 45 min. to the confluence of Mristi and Humkhola (it called Humkhola Dovan) 2909 meters.
According to the master plan of CMC (conservation management committee) of Narchyang; they suppose to build community lodges along the Mristikhola (Water-falls) valley to support shree prabha ma vi school of the village and one of the lodges is going to build at this point too.

Humkhola Dovan to Chhotepa Odar (Cave) 2400 meters (4.61 hrs)
Now, as you descending; continue walking left bank of the river, don't cross the wooden bridge just at the right side (also not to cross it while coming up). 10 – 15 min. later come to Nigale Odar (Bamboo Cave) 2883 meters, no water but can bring it from the nearest spring.
Still, need to descend 15 min. near the river and starts difficult hike on rock to rock another 10 – 15 min. and cross a wooden bridge 2787 meters. Few min. later come to a Cave just nearby the river, now you climb up for 10 – 15 min. and it begins (2774 meters) the most difficult part of Mahabhir trail passing through the high cliff and far above the river and it ends at 2843 meters, took us 30 min. Keep going the slippery trail in the forest for 1.33 hrs and reach at a Mahabhir Odar (Cave) 2668 meters. About 5 – 6 people can sleep in it. Water can bring from the nearest stream. As Mr. Tej Gurung said; there is a camping site under trees just 10 – 15 min. further up (while you come from Narchyang side), we could not realize it while we were coming down in the dark! And he says there is water spring somewhere near.
Few min. walk and cross a water stream, 10 min. in the dense forest and turn right to climb up, soon cross a monsoon stream in 10 min. 2627 meters, go down and cross two little streams in 8 min. 2585 meters. Continue descending in the bamboo forest for 25 min. and step-down a slippery wooden ladder 2525 meters, in next 4 min. you will cross a suspension bridge over the Mristikhola 2507 meters.
18 min. in the bamboo forest and come to a point to see a high waterfall (especially just after monsoon) 2478 meters. Again 15 min. in the forest and cross the wooden bridge 2448 meters, 6 min. after it, there is a ground can set tents under high trees 2422 meters (in dry season is good), water can bring from the river. 5 – 7 min. gentle descent to a huge Cave (Chhotepa Odar) 2400 meters just above the river and it is always dry place, where at least 10 - 15 people can sleep at once. While coming down, it is situated at left side few seconds to step there from the trail.

Chhotepa Odar (Cave) to Kalokhola Camp 2415 meters (2.58 hrs)
20 min. walking in the dense bamboo forest and you come to see the best waterfall view of Dovan Jharna 2328 meters. Immediately descent at a difficult wooden ladder and slippery cliff! Continue 15 – 20 min. in the bamboo forest, see again a wonderful waterfall and cross a wooden bridge 2257 meters. 8 min. walk to cross a wooden bridge over upper Kalokhola (tallo mahabhir jharna); unfortunately it was destroyed by the monsoon and we had to jump rock to rock. The waterfall view is breath taking!
Now, walk Nepali flat about 30 min. in the dense forest and climb steep up for 30 – 40 min. 2430 meters, again couple of min. flat hike and climb up 15 min. 2436 meters. Some descent and ascent for 15 min. and cross tallo Kalokhola (lower Kalokhola) 2434 meters, next 5 min. to come at a place where you can camp under the trees (Kalokhola Camp) 2415 meters. This is a nice spot to camp in dry season and water can bring from the both kholas (after and before it).

Kalokhola Camp to Sirupate Odar (Best Cave) 1915 meters (3.74 hrs)
In couple of min. you will pass by a little chautari, 6 min. descent at one of the Kalokholas (in dry season no water) and climb up for 15 – 20 min. 2484 meters. Turn right and continue climbing to the top 2529 meters took us 35 min. and next top to climb for 5 – 7 min. 2539 meters. 20 – 25 min. later you will come at the ridge 2502 meters, turn right to descend and few min. later you will come at a nice chautari of Falang-Filing 2483 meters. Keep descending in the dense forest to the Cave 2185 meters, took us 1.16 hrs. Cross a little landslide area and 15 min. hike to a beautiful view point of mathillo Khelung (upper Khelung) 2150 meters.
20 min. descent to the chautari of tallo Khelung (lower Khelung) and Cave just 15 meters above the trail 1994 meter, no water. At this cave can sleep few people and there is automatic trapping camera is set. You continue going down about 15 – 20 min. turn left (1923 meters) and walk along the cliff bottom for couple of min. reaching at the Sirupate Odar (one of the best cave that I  mentioned an earlier) 1915 meters, at least 10 people can sleep in it. Mr. Tej Gurung said; water can bring from the nearest spring, need to follow the hydro project trail about 10 – 15 min. to the left while you come up from the direction of Tatopani or Narchyang.

Sirupate Odar (Best Cave) to Baskot Gaon 1512 meters (1.41hrs)
In a min. you descent at a Sirupatedanda with a small chautari 1913 meters, (now at this point take a left to go down but while you are coming up the valley step on right above this Chautari to get in the Sirupate Odar  or the best Cave) after some min. you walked, will reach at a very steep and high cliff that your path goes through it, soon cross a landslide and continue descending a min, turn left and hike the narrower trail for 8 – 10 min. and arrive at the trail junction 1822 meters.
Here, if you want to go via Narchyanglek (upper Narchyang); follow left to the ridge and continue further. But if you have plan to go down to Tatopani then turn right and keep going down for 20 - 25 min. to cross the bridge over Mristikhola 1630 meters, join the hydro project road and area (there are five different hydro project companies), continue walking on this road for 40 – 45 min. and enter the Baskot Gaon 1512 meter. There are twenty five households including three busy lodges because of the hydro project.

Baskot Gaon to Tatopati (hot spring) 1200 meters (2.43 hrs)
At the middle part of the village turn left a bit, descent couple of min. turn right near by the white house and continue for 15 min. to a Chautari near the Tatopani hydropower station and walk 9 min. more to connect with the NATT main trail, right at the Nilgiri Aadharbhut School 1351 meters. It is an important to notice about this school is a landmark as entering or exit point for the Maurice Herzog trail. Turn left and continue to Tatopani via lower Narchyang village or on the rural dirt road. To get more information you can read the NATT book. Tentatively it takes 2 hrs more to Tatopani.

Tatopani to Pokhara 800 meters
There are two options going to Pokhara:

Option (a): Hiring a jeep or bus, drive via Beni may take 5 - 6 hrs.

Option (b): Still continue the most beautiful trek via Ghorepani Poonhill or Moharedanda. But there is other option also that; if you want to skip the hot spring and feel lazy to climb the Shikha and Ghara trail, then you already continue via Narchyanglek and Paudar village (less climb and beautiful view).



Itinerary for NABC or Maurice Herzog Trail:

Option (A) for fit walker:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal 1300 meters.
We will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara 800 meters.
You can take a flight for 25 min. or overland drive with car/bus and it will normally take 5 – 6 hrs, and to hotel.

Day 03: Pokhara to Pokhara.
Final preparation for the trek including meeting your guides, ensure permits and shopping if necessary.

Day 04: Pokhara to Tatopani 1200 meters (5 – 6 hrs).
Overland drive with jeep or bus to Tatopani, the road after Beni is bumpy. By evening take a bath in the natural hot spring. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Tatopani to Lete / Kalopani 2535 meters (2 – 3 hrs).
Bus or jeep drive for 2 – 3 hrs to Lete / Kalopani. If you have sufficient time to trek along the NATT-trail, it will be helpful for you to acclimatize. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Lete / Kalopani
It is always better thing to rest here at least one day extra to acclimatize.

Day 07: Kalopani to Khalkyu Camp 3377 meters (7 hrs approx).
Beautiful hike via Chhoyo village – Jhipradeurali and to Bhutar khola is easy, but after here you will have to climb up very tough to Khalkyu Camp. Views are wonderful. Stay overnight at tent. Bring packed lunch with you.

Day 08: Khalkyu Camp to Humkhola Camp (Nilgiri South Base Camp) 4232 meters (7 – 8 hrs approx).
Today's sceneries are enormously stunning! Trail condition up to Thulo Bukin is so strenuous. You need to bring sufficient water to drink with you. Stay overnight at tent. If you will have longer vacation then Thulo Bukin is truly amazing place to camp! Bring packed lunch with you.

Day 09: Humkhola Camp (Nilgiri South Base Camp) to Mristi Khola Camp 3543 meters (7 hrs approx).
Views are breath taking, trail condition is up and down and steep. At Mristi Khola you can stay overnight either at the campsite 12 min. after the bridge or at the cave 8 – 10 min. before ascending at the bridge. Bring packed lunch with you.

Day 10: Mristi Khola Camp to NABC (New) 4173 meters (4 – 5 hrs approx). 
Trail condition up to Diki Cho Lake is an easy, and rest part to NABC (New) is tough climb. Camping near the lake is very beautiful. It would be so nice to sleep near the lake and another night at NABC (New). Lunch can prepare nearby the Lake!!

Day 11: NABC (New) or Diki Cho Lake to Salleridanda 3201 meters (7 hrs approx).
An easy descent along the Mristi Khola with the views of green forest, waterfalls and the virgin landscapes! Bring packed lunch with you.

Day 12: Salleridanda to Chhotepa Odar (Cave) 2400 meters (5 – 6 hrs approx).
Beautiful landscapes, lush forest, waterfalls and difficult trail to descend along. Bring packed lunch with you.

Day 13: Chhotepa Odar (Cave) to Sirupate Odar (Best Cave) 1512 meters (7 hrs approx).
Mysterious landscapes, dense forest, waterfalls and lots up-down.  Bring packed lunch with you. 

Day 14: Sirupate Odar (Best Cave) to Tatopani 1200 meters (5 hrs approx).
Final descent to connect the NATT main trail at the Nilgiri Aadharbhut School via Baskot Gaon and continue to Tatopani.

Day 15: Tatopani to Pokhara 800 meters (5 -6 hrs drive)
Drive with jeep or bus, it will take normally 5 – 6 hrs.


Option (B) for fit walker:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal 1300 meters.
We will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara 800 meters. 
You can take a flight for 25 min. or overland drive with car/bus and it will normally take 5 – 6 hrs, and to hotel.

Day 03: Pokhara to Pokhara.
Final preparation for the trek including meeting your guides, ensure permits and shopping if necessary.

Day 04: Pokhara to Tatopani 1200 meters (5 – 6 hrs).
Overland drive with jeep or bus to Tatopani, the road after Beni is bumpy. By evening take a bath in the natural hot spring. Stay overnight at lodge. 

Day 05: Tatopani to Baskot Gaon and Sirupate Odar (Best Cave) 1512 meters (6 hrs approx).
You can walk on the dirt road to Nilgiri Aadharbhut School and climb up to Baskot Gaon and continue walking on the hydro project road, cross Mristikhola and tough climb to Sirupate Odar (Best Cave), water need to find along the hydro project trail, stay overnight at cave. Bring packed lunch and with you.

Day 06: Sirupate Odar (Best Cave) to Kalokhola Camp 2415 meters (6 hrs approx)
It is strenuous climb in the dense forest, camp at under trees; it is located between two Kalokholas. Water can bring from one of these Kholas. This is a cool place to camp, oh! it is very fresh air and calm environment. Bring packed lunch with you.

Day 07: Kalokhola Camp to Mahabhir Odar (Cave) or Camp 2668 meters (7 hrs approx).
Tough hike in the purely untouched and dense forest, crossing rivers and reach at the little cave. It is not sufficient place for bigger group, so as Tej Gurung said 10 – 15 min. ahead is a camp site in the forest, which is I did not realize because we already got so dark. Water is available at the nearest spring. Bring packed lunch with you. 

Day 08: Mahabhir Odar (Cave) or Camp to Salleridanda 3201 meters (7 hrs approx).
Still long ascent and then cross the huge cliff trail to descend at Mristikhola, again climb up to Humkhola Dovan and continue many ascents and descents to Salleridanda to camp nearby the Khola of Mristi. Water is easily can use from the nearest  khola. Bring packed lunch with you.

Day 09: Salleridanda to Mristi Khola Camp 3543 meters (7 hrs approx). 
Today's trail condition is easier, not so much climb and the sky touching hills (most of them more than 4500 meters high) are just amazing, all day long you follow the Mristikhola. At the camp-site there is a large shelter can cook and sleep for many people. Water can use from the nearest spring. Bring packed lunch with you.

Day 10: Mristi Khola Camp to NABC (New) 4173 meters (4 – 5 hrs approx).
Trail condition up to Diki Cho Lake is an easy, and rest part to NABC (New) is tough climb.  Camping near the lake is very beautiful. It would be so nice to sleep near the lake and another night at NABC (New). Lunch can prepare nearby the Lake!!

Day 11: NABC (New) or Diki Cho Lake to Salleridanda 3201 meters (7 hrs approx).
An easy descent along the Mristi Khola with the views of green forest, waterfalls and the virgin landscapes! Bring packed lunch with you.

Day 12: Salleridanda to Chhotepa Odar (Cave) 2400 meters (5 – 6 hrs approx). 
Beautiful landscapes, forest, waterfalls and difficult trail to descend along. Bring packed lunch with you.

Day 13: Chhotepa Odar (Cave) to Sirupate Odar (Best Cave) 1512 meters (7 hrs approx).
Mysterious landscapes, dense forest, waterfalls and lots up-down. Bring lunch with you.

Day 14: Sirupate Odar (Best Cave) to Tatopani 1200 meters (5 hrs approx). 
Final descent to connect the NATT main trail at the Nilgiri Aadharbhut School via Baskot Gaon and continue to Tatopani.

Day 15: Tatopani to Pokhara 800 meters (5 -6 hrs drive)
Drive with jeep or bus, it will take normally 5 – 6 hrs.

Thus, your trip ends and much  congratulation!! 


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Prem Rai
PREMS NEPAL TREK PVT. LTD.
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Prem Rai was born at a beautiful little hamlet called Sintup 7, Tamku of Sankhuwasabha. It is located in the area of Makalu Barun National Park the most remote north part of East Nepal. He is self employed Trekking guide since 1999. He has over decade of experienced about trekking and tour organizing in Nepal through the Himalaya. On 26 Feb, 2004, he had received an “A” grade Trekking Guide License by His Majesty’s Government of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal.
“Feel open to contact him, whether you have any interest about Nepal and all related activities in tourism and adventures. He can help you arrange any treks and tours or itineraries in Nepal. You can make any of these trips longer or shorter to fit your stay in Nepal.".”
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Lakeside - 6, Khahare Chowk, Pokhara, Nepal.

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