Machhapuchhre Model Trek

9 Days

Machhapuchhre Model trek is an innovation to fulfill the necessity of alternative trekking trail to the popular Annapurna Circuit trek. The Annapurna Circuit trail is experiencing some risks due to the construction of motor-able road from Besi-Sahar to Chame. It is a quiet trekking trail for trekkers who are looking for less crowded trek route in the Annapurna region.

This less explored trek is named as Machhapuchhre Model trek. It is a joint effort of TAAN and local tourism entrepreneurs to develop the alternative destinations in the Annapurna region. The main feature of this trek is the exotic view of the Mt. Machhapuchhre or Fishtail (6,997m/22,957ft). Therefore, the trail got its name from the sacred peak Machhapuchhre.

Brief Itinerary:

01Drive/fly Kathmandu to Pokhara884m/2,900ftDrive: 6-7 hours
Fly: 30 minutes
02Short drive to Milanchok and trek to Ghachok1,254m/4,114ftTrek: 4-5 hours
03Trek Ghachok to Dhiprang1,440m/4,724ftTrek: 4-5 hours
04Trek Dhiprang to Chichemle Kharka2,645m/8,678ftTrek: 4-5 hours
05Trek Chichemle Kharka to Lalka2,250m/7,382ftTrek: 5-6 hours
06Trek Lalka to Ribhan1,430m/4,691ftTrek: 4-5 hours
07Trek Ribhan to Lachok1,160m/3,805ftTrek: 4-5 hours
08Trek Lachok to Milanchok and drive back to Pokhara884m/2,900ftTrek: 2-3 hours
09Drive/fly Pokhara to Kathmandu1,350m/4,430ftDrive: 6-7 hours
Fly: 30 minutes

This route is still virgin and available for 3 to a maximum of 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 Mount Annapurna and Fishtail, 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.

Season for Machhapuchhre Model Trek

  • High Season: Machhapuchhre Model trek is best to do during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). Among the two major seasons, spring can be more pleasant with the rhododendron flowers blooming over the hills while autumn offers an enchanting view of the mountains because of the clear sky by the summer rainfall.
  • Low Season: The remaining two seasons can be less interesting but still doable. However, it is possible to trek during winter and summer is still favourable who are fond of summer hiking. A good sleeping bag and jacket are necessary for winter trekking and a rain coat and water proof back pack should be managed for trekking especially in summer.


  • The spectacular views of Mt.Annapurna and Mt. Fishtail
  • Home staying with local family
  • Rhododendron forest
  • Various species of flora and fauna
  • Amazing view of waterfalls and ancient caves
  • Mixed indigenous lifestyles
  • The great countryside, terrace farming and mountain landscapes


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 nearby 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.

Cost Includes:

  • Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) permit and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Three meals (B/L/D) a day on trekking available at village kitchens/camps
  • Accommodations at village homes (Home Stay)/camps in the mountains
  • An English speaking Trekking Guide along the camp crew
  • Necessary porters
  • Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
  • Land transportation before and after the trek in Pokhara by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu overland transfers by Tourist bus
  • First aid kit box
  • A farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program

Cost Excludes:

  • Bar and beverages bills, bottled water
  • Nature of personal expenses
  • Personal cloths and equipment such as sleeping bag, jacket, boots etc.
  • Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
  • Tips to the staff
  • International Airfare and Taxes
  • Kathmandu City Cultural Tour
  • Mt. Everest Flight
  • Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia National Park
  • Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  • White Water Rafting in Nepal
  • Bungy Jumping / Canyoning / Paragliding / Ultralight Flight
  • Shopping Tours

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Machhapuchhre Model Trek