Book This TripMachhapuchare Model Trek

Duration: 11 Days
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Best Season: Jan - May, Sept - Dec

Seldom visited, the high alpine pastures on the flanks of the holy mountain Machhapuchare offer the explorer stunning views in a pristine environment. For trekking purists this spectacular camping trek to Machhapuchare (6,993m) follows one of the least trekked routes in the Annapurnas. It is a remote trek at moderate altitudes through pristine forests and delightful villages that takes you further and higher into the mountains than on our Foothills of Nepal trek.

From Pokhara we ascend through luxuriant forests of Oak, Magnolia and Rhododendron gaining tantalizing views of Machhapuchare and the Annapurnas. The forest abounds with bird life, while the bubbling streams and grassy campsites complete the tranquil setting.

From our alpine camps we gain uninterrupted views of Machhapuchare. Its sacred, fluted peak looms high above us while the Annapurna range provides a distinctive and spectacular panorama. Trekking higher we enter a rugged world of huge cliffs and tumbling glaciers fed by the snowy flanks of Machhapuchare.
On our return we descend through seldom visited Gurung villages, following ever more delightful trails to Pokhara and our flight back to Kathmandu.

This trek offers the opportunity to escape Nepal’s tourist trails to venture into the deep forests and roam the high alpine pastures that flank the Annapurna range. The emphasis of the trek is on the forest and wilderness zone of these mountains. Some villages are visited on the last days of the trek and these receive few visitors and retain much of their traditional charm. There is an essence of exploration on this trek. The trails we follow are not well used and sometimes hard to identify. Sometimes shepherds and pilgrims pass by.

The Machhapuchare trek is designed to provide outstanding mountain views, and to get away from the tea-house trails and into the forests and villages that have not felt the impact of tourism.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: City tour in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara / Phedi / trek to Pothana
Day 04: Trek to Koke (forest camp)
Day 05: Trek to Ekle Deurali
Day 06: Trek to Bagale Deurali
Day 07: Trek to Mardi himal base camp west
Day 08: Trek to Sirkha Kharka
Day 09: Trek to Karchon
Day 10: Trek to Samsur Deurali
Day 11: Trek to Hile Kharka
Day 12: Trek to Rimdang village
Day 13: Trek to Anante Thanti / drive to Pokhara
Day 14: Fly or Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 15: City tour in Kathmandu
Day 16: Departure

5 Days Short Trek

Day 01: Drive or fly to Pokhara
Day 02: Trek to Ribhan
Day 03: Trek to Khumai
Day 04: Trek to Pokhara via korchung
Day 05: Fly or Drive to Kathmandu