Machapuchare View Trek

Machapuchare View Trek

This Machapuchare View Trek offers the opportunity to escape Nepal's tourist trails, to venture into the deep forests and roam the high alpine pastures to the base of the sacred, fluted peak of Machapuchare. The emphasis of this trek is on the forest and wilderness zones, combined with a sense of exploration. We ascend through Hindu villages and pristine forests (magnolia, oak and rhododendron) to the superb alpine campsite at Guhe for sweeping panoramic views of the Annapurna Range. Forays to the base of Machapuchare provide a further highlight before a delightful return through Gurung villages to Pokhara. up to 30 degrees Celsius and mild nights. At higher altitudes it is similar to the conditions of the post-monsoon period; however there is usually more snow, which has accumulated over the winter period. There are spectacular displays of rhododendrons and wildflowers at this time of year. Late spring conditions ie April and May, are generally hot at low elevations and as the clouds build up to the next monsoon, daily afternoon rainstorms are common.

Machapuchare View Trek Itineary:

Day 1: Drive or fly by Kathmandu to pokhara flights. Explore Pokhara , trekking briefing.

Day 2: Leave Pokhara (at 915m, 3,000ft) for a drive to the Tibetan Refuge Camp at Kaski. Then set off by foot to Suiket and in the afternoon, after an unhurried lunch, we climb from Phedi steeply up to the main trail along the ridge to Dhampus. The first night's camp at 1620m (5314 ft) is in full view of Machhappuchare.

Day 3: Dawn usually brings a spectacular sunrise with the Fishtail tuning from pink to gold and the bare rock wall of Annapurna II still in shadow. Now we start on the 'secret trail' leaving tourist, other trekkers and the villages behind. We enter an enchanting forest of birch, giant rhododendron, mountain oak, maple, hemlock and daphnie. That evening we camp in a small clearing at 2550m (8360 ft) far from the beaten trail.

Day 4: As we climb the flora changes into classic cloud forest with mosses and litchin, tree ferns and orchids. Now and then there are windows through the woods that look that look out onto the thrilling panorama, towards Hiuchuli and the knife-sharp traverse towards Annapurna South. Far, far below, we can see the Modi Khola Valley leading up into the Annapurna Sanctuary. We stop climbing at lunch so as not to go too high too fast. The afternoon is at leisure, camped at 3400m (11020 ft) and through the forest, we have mesmerizing views of the ever-closer Machhappuchare.

Day 5: After just a short steep climb we are out of the forest, above the tree-line. A ridge, either grassy or under snow depending on the season, takes us up to our 'High Camp', which we reach at lunch. We take another afternoon at leisure to acclimatize, at 4100m (13,550 ft). The views here are awesome. Annapurna South seems close enough to throw a rock at while Machhapuchare seems close enough to touch.

Day 6: Breakfast will be earlier than usual and with packed lunches, we set off to reach our objective. Conditions being favorable we should reach up to 5,000m to 5,300m (16,400 ft to 17,400 ft) and attain our absolute goal, the crest of Mardi Himal. It's the only thing separating us from the south face of Machhpuchare, looming now just in front of us. This is the sacred mountain and permission to reach the summit is never given. The great ice fields and blue glaciers of the Sanctuary Wall lie below and Annapurna I am beyond. In an area from horizon to horizon, from Dhaulagiri to the Ganesh Himal are a dozen or more glistening snow-bound giants of the Himalaya. You are standing on a spot that has been your constant aim for days, a place a time a view that is almost impossible to equal and you've earned it! Whatever our achievement, by 1pm we need to descend back to 'High Camp.

Day 7: After a relaxed breakfast we make an unhurried descent down through the shade of the forest and out onto the terraced fields near the Siding Village. We continue down to our camp at 1750m 95740ft) near the Mardi Khola.

Day 8: The trail from siding now follows the contour of the river valley, gradually down between the pastures and through Tamang and Gurung villages at 1,160m (3,800 ft).

Day 9: With just a few hours of walking, we meet the road and our transport takes us Pokhara within a lunch time.

Day 10: Drive or Fly back to Kathmandu

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Activities: Trekking (walking)
Difficulty: Challenging
Max Elevation: 5545m
Trekking Style: Lodge to Lodge
Meal: All Meals Included during the Trekking
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge on trek
Transportation: Flight & Private Car
Trip Duration: 10 Days

Cost Includes

  • Airport/ hotel/airport pick up & transfer by private car
  • Three nights’accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours, inclusive of all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara and Pokhara – Kathmandu transports by private car
  • Pokhara – Nayapuland Nayapul – Kathmandu transports by private car/taxi
  • First aid medical kit
  • Annapurna conservation permit fee TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes &office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare & Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance & personal expenses
  • Tips for Guide and Porter ( it is expected).

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