Annapurna Basecamp North

The Maurice Herzog Trail is a new trail put in recently by the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). The trail is not on any printed maps yet, but I have a GPX route to follow. There are no Tea-houses and you will have to buy and carry your food. There are porter huts along the way which can be slept in, but I will also take a 4-person tent. I am hiring a jeep from Pokhara to drop off and pick up in 5 days. I won’t be taking a guide or porters. If you are already acclimatised to 4000 metres and want to go on a short trek that is virtually unexplored and are willing to carry your pack, then this would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Water is not an issue as the trail follows the river the whole way. There are multiple waterfalls along the route. I have trekked in Nepal since 1980 and carry a Garmin inReach, oximeter and first aid kit. I will also be taking a 2 person pack raft. My 16-year-old daughter will be accompanying me. If you are looking for an adventure similar to what trekking was like 40 years ago, contact me for more info. We will more than likely not see anyone else on the trail. I am looking for a few people to help cover the cost of the jeep which will be our only real expense apart from buying your own food. The date is flexible but I will need to be back in Kathmandu on the 17th of October.



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  1. Hi Mark,

    this sounds really intriguing! The only thing I’m wondering about is where exactly you’d start from and whether it would be realistic for me and my partner to be that fast. I did the “normal” ABC trek which took me 8 days and was supposed to take 10-12, so 5 days sounds very ambitious.

    We’re planning on doing it again, as a group this time. Your time frame sounds optimal, so I’d love to hear from you about more details.

    Best wishes,

    • Moritz, thanks for your interest. Take a look at this commercial version of the trip. Go down to the map so you know where I’m talking about. I plan to take the Jeep to Hum Khola. Type in the Nilgiri Khola hydro scene in Google Maps. Their FB page is also worth looking at It’s just near the Huwung Khola Porter hut. From there we walk to either Sandhikharka or Bhusket Mela to stay overnight. From there it’s just a day’s walk to Basecamp North where I want to spend 2 nights before returning. Hum Khola to Basecamp North is 10 km. To get a better look at the area have a look at this youtube vid and start it at 8 minutes. You can also email me at