Machhapuchhre Model Trek route is an innovation of TAAN in order to fulfill the necessity of alternative trekking route to the popular Annapurna Circuit trail that has experienced some risks due to the motor-able road being constructed from Besi-Sahar to Chame. This less explored trek is named as Machhapuchhre Model Trek as the main feature of the trek is the exotic view of the Mt. Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6,997m/22,957ft). This route is yet unspoilt and the trek can be done for 3 to maximum 8 days. Trekkers may extend the trek up to Mardi Himal Base Camp enjoying the great views of snow-capped Himalayan range including the popular Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail), mountain landscapes, natural hot water springs, mixed indigenous lifestyles, rhododendron forest, ancient caves, waterfalls, various species of flora and fauna and obviously the amazing view points. This trek route provides a socio-cultural experience promoting the village tourism with home stay provisions in 7 different villages en-route namely Lachok, Ghachok, Machhapuchhre, Ribhan, Lwang Ghalel, Sardikhola and Dhital thus benefiting almost 16,000 local villagers. This trek is more environmentally-friendly and economically beneficial to the local communities.
Weather in the Annapurna region:
Trekking in Annapurna region is the best in spring (March to mid May) and autumn (Sept to Nov). The days are sunny and warm but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. However, trekking in winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also possible in some parts of the Annapurna region. The only issue is cold and might be a problem due to ice/snow blockade on the high passes. The Annapurna region gets busier in spring and autumn but monsoon and winter are quieter.
We have categorized Machhapuchhre Model trekking as medium grade trek and are suitable for passionate trekkers who are ready to walk at least 5-6 hours each day. Regular exercising and jogging for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. If you have any previous hiking experience, that would be an asset. It is important that you consult with your doctor before making decision for this trek if you have any medical problems in the history. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs or any other serious disease should inform Trekking Encounters before booking the trek.
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Today we have a 200km (124 miles) drive (6-7 hours by bus or car) from Kathmandu to Pokhara. We take a tourist bus that leaves at 7am from Kantipath, near Thamel. This is a scenic drive along the bank of the Trishuli River with great country side. Alternatively one can also fly between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
We take a short drive from Pokhara to Hemja Milanchok and start our trek to Ghachok. 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. Trekking time 4-5 hours.
Today we contine our trek to Dhiprang. Home Stay facility is available at Dhiprang. Trekking time 4-5 hours.
We trek further to Chichemle Kharka through the rhododendron forest. We stay overnight at camp. Trekking time 4-5 hours.
Our trek continues southward through the rhododendron forest to reach Lalka. We stay overnight at camp. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
We trek to Ribhan today. Ribhan has Home Stay facility. Trekking time 4-5 hours.
Today's trek continues to Lachok. Lachok offers Home Stay facility. Trekking time 4-5 hours.
We have a short trek to Milanchok where we take a transport and drive to Pokhara, Nepal’s biggest tourist town. It has all the facilities and places of interest that one could possibly want and it is situated on the eastern shore of the gorgeous Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) and the skyline is dominated by the perfect pyramid of Mount Machhapuchhare (6,997m/22,957ft). Trekking time 2-3 hours.
We are more relaxed in Pokhara with the beautiful morning and later we drive or fly back to Kathmandu. Regular tourist buses leave at 7am.
Option available for extending your trip with Jungle Safari adventure, white water rafting or a trip of your choice.
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Kathmandu City Tour
Activity: Cultural tour to the World Heritage Sites.
Major sites: Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu/Patan/Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changunarayan Temple.
Duration: Full/Half day.
Frequency: Tour can be organized in any day and at your suitable time.
Cost: US$ 50 per person. Group discounts available.
Ground transfer: Included by a private vehicle as per group size (Car/Van/Bus).
Guide: English Speaking City Tour Guide included. Additional language Guides are also available on demand.
Meals: Not included.
Entrance fee: Applicable and not included. Ask more details
Mt. Everest Flight
Activity: Mount Everest sightseeing flight.
Duration: One hour.
Frequency: Everyday in the morning between 6am to 9am.
Cost: US$ 224 per person. Group discounts available.
Ground transfer: Included by a private vehicle. Two persons minimum needed.
Airport tax: Included.
Airline: Buddha Air, Simrik Airlines and Yeti Airlines. Ask more details
Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park
Activities: Jungle safari on elephant-back, jungle walk, canoe ride, jeep drive, experience of Tharu culture.
Accommodation: Resorts, Hotels and Lodges.
Transportation: Private Car included (Kathmandu/Pokhara-Kathmandu).
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights.
Cost: Starts from US$ 225 per person. Ask more details
Jungle Safari in Bardia National Park
Activities: Jungle safari on elephant-back, jungle walk, boat ride, jeep drive.
Accommodation: Jungle lodges.
Transportation: Not included.
Duration: 4 days and 3 nights.
Cost: Starts from US$ 475 per person. Ask more details
Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
Activities: Bird watching, boat ride and wildlife viewing on jeep drive.
Accommodation: Resorts, Tented camps.
Transportation: Not included.
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights.
Cost: Starts from US$ 480 per person. Ask more details
Rafting in Nepal
Trishuli River: 2/3 Class –1 Day – 17 Kilometers – Cost starts from US$ 30 per person.
Seti River: 3 Class – 2 Days – 32 Kilometers – Cost starts from US$ 80 per person.
KaliGandaki River: 4 Class – 3 Days – 56 Kilometers – Cost starts from US$ 140 per person.
BhoteKoshi River: 4/5 Class – 2 Days – 18 Kilometers – Cost starts from US$ 85 per person.
- Cost includes: Top quality Rafting equipment, Highly trained Crew, Well organized camping, Hygienic food.
- Transportation: Bus transportation included and depends. Ask more details
Bungy Jumping / Canyoning / Paragliding / Ultralight Flight
We can check and deliver information and cost as per your interest received for Bungy Jumping, Canyoning, Paragliding and Ultralight Flight. Bungy and Canyoning can also be customized together. Ask more details
Package available on demand.
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