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Machhapuchhre Base Camp Trek

Overview
Trips Details

activity
Activity : trekking, tour
trip length
Total Days : 10 Days
trip days
Trekking Days : 7 Days
difficulty
Difficulty : Easy- Interesting
start end
Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
hightest altitude
Highest Altitude : 4040 M
season
Season : All

Machhapuchhre Base camp Trek also calls Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) model trekking, which is situated in of north central Nepal is one of the widely known and popular trekking in Nepal. Machhapuchhre is at the end of a long ridge, coming south out of the mainstay of the Annapurna Himal, that forms the eastern boundary of the Annapurna Sanctuary.

Machhapuchhre Base Camp Trek has been recently promoted as a new trekking trail that provides you with a great experience of wilderness and wonderful views of Annapurna mountain ranges that include Gangapurna, Himal Chuli, Machhapuchhre and many others. This is a unique trek on the foothill of the Annapurna south designed for those who love to enjoy the flora and fauna, panoramic view of the Himalayan range in a comfortable way. Further, in south, the valley opens up into a wide and fertile valley which is the main inhabitants of the Gurungs. During the trek, we will with have an opportunity to visit Modi Khola that offers some of the best short trekking routes, and the valley is located so that these treks can be easily combined with treks into the Kali Gandaki region to the west. Machhapuchhre Base camp trekking trail passes through seven villages called Lachok, Ghachok, Machhapuchhre, Lwang Ghalel, Ribhan, Sardikhola and Dhital. These are the important villages situated here benefitting 16,000 local villagers and several other communities. The trails we follow are not well used and sometimes hard to identify.  

Machapuchare Base Camp trek is designed to provide you with an outstanding mountain views and to get away from the tea-house trails into the forests and villages that have not felt the impact of tourism. This trek provides you with an opportunity to see the combination of rich cultural heritage of diverse ethnic groups like Gurung, Tamang, Magar, Chhetri, Damai, Kami, Sarki, and Newar. If you are looking for a fresh trekking trail that offers you appealing views of mountain ranges, rich flora and the culture and lifestyle of the ethnic dwellers then Machhapuchhre Base Camp Trek is just the perfect one for you.  

  

Machapuchare Base Camp trek Itinerary outline:

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about six hours.

Day 02: Drive from Pokhara to Hemja Milanchok takes 20 minutes.

Day 03: From Anante Thati (1100m) you trek to Lalka (2250m) passing thru Ribhan which is the last village on the trail.

Day 04: Trek from Lalka to Khumai Danda (3245m) which takes 7 hours.

Day 05: Trek from Khumai Danda to Campsite (3699m) which take 6 hours on a completely ascending trail.

Day 06: Trek from Campsite to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (4000m) takes 5 hours.

Day 07: This day your trail takes you from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Pilicho Camp (2900m) which takes 6 hours.

Day 08: From Pilicho Camp, you trek to Karuwa (1380m) takes 4 hours on a completely descending trail.

Day 09: Trek from Karuwa to Ghachok (1254m) takes 5 hours

Day 10: Trek from Ghachok back to Hamja Milanchok to retrieve your vehicle back to Pokhara.

Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours.

Itinerary Detail

Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about six hours.

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about six hours. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to explore the various sites of Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02:Drive from Pokara to Hemja Milanchok takes 20 minutes.

Drive from Pokara to Hemja Milanchok takes 20 minutes. Your trek begins from Hemja Milanchok to Lachok where you stop for lunch and then on to end the days trek in Anante Thati. Along the way enjoy views of Nepal’s rice terraces. You will also pass over the Mardi Khola River via suspension bridge. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 03:From Anante Thati (1100m) you trek to Lalka (2250m) passing thru Ribhan which is the last village on the trail.

From Anante Thati (1100m) you trek to Lalka (2250m) passing thru Ribhan which is the last village on the trail. This day is ascending trail the entire way takes six hours. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 04:Trek from Lalka to Khumai Danda (3245m) which takes 7 hours.

Trek from Lalka to Khumai Danda (3245m) which takes 7 hours. This day is a completely ascending trail as well with some place being extremely steep. The views you can obtain at the end of the day are worth it with panoramic views of entire northern portion of the Annapurna range. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 05:Trek from Khumai Danda to Campsite (3699m) which take 6 hours on a completely ascending trail.

Trek from Khumai Danda to Campsite (3699m) which take 6 hours on a completely ascending trail. During winter months it is difficult to find water in this area. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 06:Trek from Campsite to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (4000m) takes 5 hours.

Trek from Campsite to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (4000m) takes 5 hours. From here you have fantastic views of all the mountains in the Annapurna Range including Machhapuchhre, Lumjung, Annapurna I, II, and III as well as many other peaks. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 07:This day your trail takes you from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Pilicho Camp (2900m) which takes 6 hours.

This day your trail takes you from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Pilicho Camp (2900m) which takes 6 hours. This is a completely descending path with very steep portions. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 08:From Pilicho Camp, you trek to Karuwa (1380m) takes 4 hours on a completely descending trail.

From Pilicho Camp, you trek to Karuwa (1380m) takes 4 hours on a completely descending trail. Some areas are very steep on this day as well. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 09:Trek from Karuwa to Ghachok (1254m) takes 5 hours

Trek from Karuwa to Ghachok (1254m) takes 5 hours. Today’s trek is very nice walking across mostly flat land along the bank of the Seti River. You will pass thru Kharpani which has a relaxing hot spring to enjoy along your trail. You will also pass thru many local villages and farmland. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 10:Trek from Ghachok back to Hamja Milanchok to retrieve your vehicle back to Pokhara.

Trek from Ghachok back to Hamja Milanchok to retrieve your vehicle back to Pokhara. Today you can enjoy the views of Machhapuchhre as well as Annapurna II and III while walking along the bank of the Seti River and the beautiful rice terraces. Spend the night at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 11:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours.

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En- route, you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. 

Include/Exclude

Costs include/ exclude of trekking companies:

Costs included in the Machhapuchhre base camp trek Package:

  • Pickup and drop at Airport
  • Hotel stays in Kathmandu
  • Hotel stays in Pokhara 
  • Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trekking period
  • Accommodations during the trek
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour inclusive of guide, entry fees and transportation
  • A government license holder guide
  • A Porter to carry your baggage 
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation and local tax for guides and porters
  • Ground Transportation Charge while returning back to Kathmandu from the trekking destination
  • TIMS card(Trekker’s information Management System)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Entry Fees wherever required
  • Trekking Permits needed
  • All government taxes and service charges
  • Farewell dinner prior to departure

Costs excluded in the trek to Machhapuchhre base camp package:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara 
  • Travel insurance,
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
  • Drinks (hot/soft/cold) and liquors
  • Personal shopping and laundry, Personal trekking equipments, Gifts and souvenirs
  • All items not listed in Cost included section

Notes: Costs are prone to change in itinerary. So costs will be recalculated if the trekking days get modified.  

Equipment List

The basic equipments check lists for trekking:

  Sun hat or scarf

  Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

  Sunglasses

  Sun protection cream 

  Gloves

  Camera

  Basic First Aid Kit

  Down vest and/or jacket *

  Rain cote

  Water bottles

  Trekking shoes

  Thick and thin both type of socks

  Warm clothes

  Tissue and Toilet papers

  Tooth brush/paste

  Large plastic bags – to keep items dry inside the trek bag

  Towel etc…..

 

  Extras Equipments:

   Binoculars

   Reading book

   Travel game i.e. chess, card etc

   Swimming customs

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