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Machhapuchhre Model Trek

Duration 12 days
Max-Altitude 2645m. (Chichemle Khark)
Transportation Flight/Drive
Grade Easy
Accommodation 3 * Category hotel in kathmandu and Pokhara and Camping During Trek
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals during the trek
Best Season Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
Communication Avialable
Group Size 2+

Machhapuchhre Model Trek into the middle parts of the Annapurna region is completely off-the-beaten-path. During this trek, we can’t see another trekker for several days. Experience the real wilderness vibes as you wander through the unspoiled foothills. Sleep in a tent each night under the stars where Himalayan glory surrounds you.

Over the past few years, roads have been slowly creeping up the Annapurna Circuit Trek, taking away some of its attraction. It is one of the most beloved treks in the world, but not similar as it was 5/10 years ago. If you would like to trek in the Annapurna region in the pristine trail that few know about, the Machhapuchhre Model Trek is the best match for you. This is the recently build trekking trail and few Nepalese and foreigners alike even know it exists. It is uncommercialized trekking trail and is perfect for the budget traveler.

After an enjoyable night in Pokhara, drive to Milanchowk and start the trekking through the backcountry. During the trek, you have two option either to camp in the great outdoors or stay in a lodge and get to know the locals. Nepal trek is not proper until you interact with the local people in their village. Throughout the Machhapuchhre Model Trek, associate with the warmhearted Gurung and Magar people while exploring in their villages. The hospitality of the locals in Nepal’s hills never ceases to amaze. Explore their daily lifestyle, including their dress, language, food

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Day 02: Explore the city and prepare for the trek.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Milanchok and trek to Ghachok (1,254m).

Day 05: Trek to Dhiprang (1,440m).

Day 06: Trek to Chichemle Kharka (2,645m).

Day 07: Trek to Lalka (2,250m).

Day 08: Trek to Ribhan (1,430m).

Day 09: Trek to Lachok (1,160m).

Day 10: Trek to Milanchok and drive to Pokhara.

Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 12: Departure Day

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
A representative from HSA will pick uou up from the airport and take you to your hotel for overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Trek Preperation
Day tour of Kathmandu city , after breakfast in the morning you will be Proceed on to Boudhanath Stupa , Pasupatinath Temple , Patan Darbar square and Swayambhunath Stupa. Swayambhunath is a Buddhist Stupa said to be more than 2000 years old, is perched on a hillock 77 meters above the valley floor and offering a bird’s eye view of the Kathmandu City. Afternoon, tour of Patan, also known as Lalitpur or the “city of beauty” is the oldest city in the valley. A great center both of the Newari Buddhist religion and of traditional arts & crafts with 136 bahals or courtyards and 55 major temples. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (6-7hr)
After breakfast we will take a scenic bus drive of 7 hours to reach Pokhara. Walk around the lake side and explore Pokhara city on your own. Sitting at hotel balcony you can have an excellent view of the mountains as they are only 28 Kms away from Pokhara city, which lies at an altitude of 900m. When you explore Pokhara you will find out that Pokhara is the natural hub of Nepal.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Milanchok and trek to Ghachok (1,254m).
We start our drive to Milanchok after breakfast in Pokhara. It is a short 45 minutes drive after which we will start our trek to Ghachok which will last for 4-5 hours. We cross Mardi Khola and ascend to the stone-walled village of Ghachok. Ghachok is a traditional Gurung settlement. Home Stay facility is available at Ghachok.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Trek to Dhiprang (1,440m).
Today we will head towards the village of Dhiprang through the pine forest and small settlements of different ethnic groups. After walking for about 5 hours and a stop for lunch we will reach Dhiprang in the afternoon.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Trek to Chichemle Kharka (2,645m).
After a warm breakfast at Dhiprang we head east towards Chimchime.We. The walk goes through the rhododendron forest most of the times and we will walk for about 4 hours before we reach the camp for overnight stay. We stay overnight at camp.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Trek to Lalka (2,250m).
Our trek continues southward through the rhododendron forest to reach Lalka. We stay overnight at camp. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Trek to Ribhan (1,430m).
We start our day early today and after breakfast start a 5 hours walk to the village of Ribhan. After walking past some forest, small settlements and crossing the streams we reach the village of Ribhan which has a majority of the Gurung Community.
Included Meals : Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner  

Day 09: Trek to Lachok (1,160m).
Today our destination is Lachok, a small Gurung settlement situated at 1160m. We will walk for 3 hours before having the lunch break at a small settlement of Gurungs called Deurali. Further walking for a couple of hours we will reach Lachok,
Included Meals : Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

  Day 10: Trek to Milanchok and drive to Pokhara.
We will have a late morning today as the trek lasts only for about 2 hour. After reaching Milanchok we will take our Vehicle back to Pokhara. Pokhara is about half an hour from here.
Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu
Drive from Pokhara by Tourist Bus in the morning at 7 am to Kathmandu. Included Meals : Breakfast  

Day 12: Departure Day .
Our driver will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Price Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop by private car or Van
  • Trekking guide and Porter (1 porter for 2 trekker ) Max carries 20 kilograms of luggage
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Camping Tent during the trek
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Trekkers’ Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation
  • Insurance and equipment’s for the guide and porter
  • Himalaayn Sanctuary Adventure Duffel Bag
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • All applicable taxes,

Price Excluded

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for Guide and Porter
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara incase of Early return from Trekking

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also, understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important Documents And Items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or headscarf, 
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket 
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

 Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

SleepingRucksack And Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit.
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash
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