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Machhapuchhere Base Camp

OVERVIEW

Machhapuchhere in Nepali means “Fish tails” in Engliesh. The of shape exactly like “Fish tail” of this mountain can be seen from Chhumrung on the way to Base camp.  This 12 days trekking and Tour package covers 3 nights in Kathmandu, 3 nights in Pokhara and 5 nights in the mountain lodges. This Machhapuehhere Base Camp affords a fine opportunity to surround oneself with major Himalayan peaks, in a relatively short span of time, without having to contend with extreme altitudes. The trail goes northwest from Pokhara and along the Modi Khola directly north right into a natural amphitheater of high mountains with 3600– degree views of Annapurna “I” (8153m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7550m), Gangapurna (7454m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Hiun Chuli, Tharpu Chuli, Tent Peak and Many more mountain. This trek, within its short duration, provides an interesting variety of climates, vegetation and terrain-from lowland subtropical villages growing rice to alpine vegetation closer to the pass and into the sanctuary where access could be difficult in mid- winter because of snow. It is just 2 hour in walking distance south from Annapurna Base Camp.

Highlights of the Trekking

Gorgeous Annapurna Himalaya range, Annapurna Base Camp, different community with majority of Gurung, Magar (poon) people.

Itinerary of Machhapuchhere Base Camp

Our Company representative will be standing in front of arrival gate to meets you at Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu holding a board of our company SNOWPAL TREK AND EXPEDITION Pvt. Ltd. along with your Name and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Hotel on BB Basis

After Breakfast first we check all the trekking equipments and if missing some of trekking gear, we can buy during the sightseeing. Full day sightseeing proceeds to the prominent UNESCO world heritage site to Syambhunath Stupa the Buddhist sanctuary said to be nearly 2000 years old. The hill itself is pleasant place overlooking the entire valley of Kathmandu. The all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha painted in prominent blue atop the dome are visible from long distance from around the Kathmandu city. Then proceed to patan durbar squar also call Lalitpur the city full of fine arts. It cover the dozen of temples like Krishna Mandir, Kumbeswor temple, Golden temle. Next site proceed to Pashupatinath Temple the holiest Hindu Temple situated on the bank of sacred holy river Bagmati. Sightseeing continues to the Boudhanath Stupa the biggest Stupa around inhabited by Tibetan Refugee since 1959AD. The day ends at Kathmandu Durbar Squar where can visti the Living Goddes Kumari who appear on the balcony of her temple to greet her devotees, Kastamandap temple (Though now it is under reconstruction process after collapsed in earthquake in 25 April 2014), the temple made out of single tree and named Kathmandu as it was known as Kantipur in earlier times. Kathmandu Durbar Squar cover dozen of temple concluding Kumari temple, Hanuman Dhoka, Maizu dewal, Taleju temple, Nautale Durbar, Kaal Bhairav, freak street and many more.

Overnight in a Boutique Hotel on BB Basis

We request you to have an early breakfast and be ready exactly at 06:15 in your hotel loby, guide will pick up you and transfer to the tourist bus station and drive (approximately seven hours with breaks) through the beautiful river view and Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara lakeside. Lunch spot on the way to Pokhara and you will be arrived late afternoon at Pokhara approximately 2:00 o’clock. Pokhara lakeside sites walking around, “front row center” to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world.

Overnight at hotel on BB basis.

After breakfast approx 7: 30AM drive to Kimche via Nayapul (49Km) 2.5hr by Jeep via large village of Lumle, Birethanti a prosperous town to Kimche. From Kimche, we trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful village mostly inhabited by Gurung community. After lunch at Ghandruk we proceed to Chhumrung.

At this Juncture, we climb up for round an hour up to Kimrungdanda. On the way, we can enjoy great views of Annapurna south, Hinchuli, Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhere) and Ganggapurna. A steep descent taketakes us to the Kimrong Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimrong Khola to Chere danda, we descend for a while and then it’s a gentle walk to Chhomorong. Chhomorong is a beautiful village located on the lap of the gaint Annapurna massive. Overnight at Chhomorong

Breakfast served in the morning at 7AM. Start your journey to Himalaya approximately 8:00AM. From Chhomrung the trail descends on 2500 stone staircase and cross the Chhomrung Khola. Climbing high above the Modi Khola on its west banks, the trails passes through forest of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail you reach at Sinuwa, 2250metres. The trails continues rhododendrons forest, climb Kuldi. From Kuldi, the trails descends a long steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests, then short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo and time for Lunch. From Bamboo the trail climbs steeply through stands of bamboo, occasionally dropping slightly to cross the tributary streams, its take approximately one hours trek to Dovan.

We pass through the bamboo forest which is damp and cold then ascend steadily with a few steep sections. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. Overnight at Himalaya.

It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparse, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock-face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls.

Climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountain side. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre Base camp we get excellent views of the Majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hinchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Ganggapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience. The vegetation disappears on the way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna Sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The Sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 3600-digree panorama. We again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre. Overnight at Machhapuchhere Base Camp.

Being of the early morning wake up and climb to view point spot where you can see sunrise over the mountains. You will also visit nearby ABC for 3600 view of majesty Himalaya then we retrace our steps to Dovan after Breakfast at ABC. The track remains on the west bank of the Modi, now flowing through a more open valley and eventually emerges into the Sanctuary. Straight ahead is the high lateral moraine. After the sunrise trip, return to our camp and time for breakfast. After breakfast you will return same way to Bamboo. Overnight at Dovan.

From Dovan gradually descend to Bamboo, then trail short distance is muddy Bamboo, then it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar  2300 metres. The trails continue in rhododendrons forests down to Sinuwa, 2250 metres. Continue retracing to to Sinuwa trail is down till Modi Khola. After passes the river, the trail climb steep way approx. One and half hour to Chhomrung. Then continue descend to Jhinudanda. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs which is just a 15-20 minute Walk down at the bank of glacial Modi Khola to soothe our aching body by netural hot spring. Overnight at Jhinudanda.

These days because of road extension, 4WD Jeep will be waiting at the distance of 1:30 hour walk from Jhinudanda.  We start to do off road driving along with the amazing hilly landscape views of western Nepal. You will arrive Pokhara before lunch. After lunch you will have full leisure day to relax at your hotel after long walk and drive. Overnight at Pokhara on BB basis.

Explore the second largest city of Nepal dominated by the peaks of Annapurna range. Pokhara (931m/3,054ft), is only fifty kilometers from Annapurna (8,091 meters) clearly seen from the valley. The prominent peaks from east to west are Annapurna South (7,219m), Varaha Shikhar (7,647m.) Annapurna I (8,091m.), Khangsar Kang (7,485 m), Tarke Kang (7, 193m) Gangapurna (7,455), Annapurna III (7,555m ), Machhapuchhre (6,997m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Annapurna II(7,937m) and Lamjung Himal (6,983m). In addition to these Dhaulagiri I can be seen to the north- west and Manaslu and Himalchuli to the north –east.

Main Sightseeing spot and focused program,

Drive to world peace pogada and on the way back travel to David’s fall and see the Hindu shrine at Gupteshow Mahadiv Cave. Go to Seti Gandaki Gorge, and in the evening boating in the Phewa Lake than visit to a temple dedicated to Varahi temple on a small island, where devotees go for their worship. Explore the Mountain Museum, local tribals museum. Overnight in Pokhara on BB basis.

We request you to have an early breakfast and be ready exactly at 06:30 in your hotel lobby, Vehicle driver will pick up you and transfer to the tourist bus station and drive (approximately seven hours with breaks) through the beautiful river view and Nepalese countryside to return back to Kathmandu. Lunch spot on the way to Kathmandu and you will be arrived late afternoon at Kathmandu approximately 2:00 o’clock. Transfer to hotel and rest of the day will be leisure day. Overnight in Kathmandu on BB basis.

On your flight time, transfer from hotel to international airport to board onward journey flight. Or combine with other trip like white water rafting or safari tour at Chitwan Park. The cost would be extra for rafting and safari.

Cost, Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure from International airport.
  • KTM city tour by car with Driver.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu Tourist bus tickets.
  • Pokhara to Kimche and Jhinudanda to Pokhara by Jeep.
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry permits.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Permits.
  • 03 nights in Kathmandu (2 nights before and 1 night after) trekking on BB basis in 3 star hotel.
  • 02 nights in Pokhara (1 night before and 1 night after) trekking on BB basis in 3 star hotel.
  • All meals (Breakfast /Lunch /dinner with tea/coffee) during the trekking period.
  • Accommodation in teahouses during the trekking period.
  • A English speaking gov. licensed holder Nepali guide
  • Potters (two guest one porter).
  • All necessaries fees for Nepalese staff (all meals, accommodation equipments).
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff.

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight Tickets.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (also in case of early return form trekking/expedition then the schedule itinerary).
  • Extra night in Kathmandu (In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking/expedition (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary.
  • Sightseeing entry fee in Kathmandu and City guide.
  • Laundry expenses, hot shower, Internet, landlines phone, battery charger.
  • Bar bill and any bottled drinks such as alcohol, mineral water.
  • Personal clothing, Packing items or bags.
  • Any extra service, products offers or activities which are not mentioned in the Itinerary.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Helicopter for rescue (required to make insurance). If needed we are 24 hour ready to rescue and rescued amount will be claimed from your insurance.
  • Staff tips after the successful trekking.
  • Any Services/items not mentioned in cost includes.
  • Trip Code: SNT-T-A-002
  • Destination: Machhapuchhere Base Camp
  • Group Size: 1-12
  • Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Max Altitude: 4,131 meter
  • Trip Starts/Ends: KTM-KTM
  • Transportation: Bus/Jeep
  • Accomodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Trip Grade: moderate to challenging

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