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Machhapuchhre Base Camp Trek (11 Days)

Trip Highlights

Duration: 11 Days

Type of Trek: Camping

Max Altitude: 4000 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Land Transportation

Grade: Moderate

Identified and developed by TAAN western Regional Chapter, Pokhara, Machhapuchhre Base Camp Trek starts and ends at Pokhara, the panoramic town west of Kathmandu. As the name suggests, the Macchapuchre Base Camp trek takes you to the base camp of Mt. Machhapuchre or Mt. Fishtail (6993m). Mt. Fishtail, a holy mountain among local Gurung people, has never been climbed.

The view of Machhapuchhre peak and the Annapurna range including the Annapurna I (8,091 m) is phenomenal.

The trek passes through alpine vegetation with forests of rhododendron, oak and maple. The highest altitude reached during the trek is 3700m. The trekking trail is comparatively less crowded and is graded moderate to slightly difficult.

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

Day 02: Drive from Pokara 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.

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.

The Trip includes following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • One trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in tea houses (lodges) or Camping arrangements during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks if required
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation
  • Insurance and equipment's for the guide and porter
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The Trip does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.a

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