Machhapuchhare Base Camp Trekking – 17 Days 17 Days - Private Tour

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Trip Grading:
Moderate difficulty
Max Elevation
3,700 m
Major Attractions
Himalayan views, Machhapuchhare Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Gurung villages
Best Season
Spring or Autumn
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Teahouses, Hotel
Transportation options
Trekking on foot, optional use of helicopters
Trip Start/End


This 17-day adventure through Nepal seamlessly combines the cultural richness of Kathmandu with the breathtaking landscapes of the Annapurna region. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to the Hotel Himalaya or a similar accommodation. The following day is dedicated to a comprehensive exploration of the capital, encompassing the spiritual ambiance of Swoyambhunath (Monkey Temple) and the historical treasures of Patan.

The journey truly begins on Day 3 with a flight to Pokhara, followed by the commencement of a trek that takes you through enchanting locales. Nights are spent in picturesque locations, starting with Dhampus on Day 3 and progressing through Ghandrung, Chomrong, Hinko Cave, and eventually reaching the awe-inspiring Machhapuchhare Base Camp on Day 7. A well-deserved layover day at 3939 meters allows for acclimatization and appreciation of the surrounding Himalayan grandeur.

The descent begins on Day 9 as you trek from Machhapuchre Base Camp to the Bamboo Hotel, journeying through Kyummu Khola, Deurali, and Ghorepani in the subsequent days. Each leg of the trek offers a unique blend of natural beauty, from lush forests to serene riverside trails. The trek culminates in Hile, from where you’ll drive to Pokhara on Day 14, providing a final opportunity to absorb the tranquil charm of this lakeside city.

Returning to Kathmandu on Day 15 via a short flight, you’ll have the chance to revisit the capital’s cultural gems and explore the ancient city of Bhaktapur, the sacred Pashupati, and the revered Boudha on Day 16. The adventure concludes on Day 17 with a transfer to the airport for your final departure, leaving you with enduring memories of an enriching journey that seamlessly blends cultural exploration with the majesty of the Himalayas.

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Machhapuchhare Base Camp Trekking

Arrive Kathmandu, rest of the day at leisure, overnight at Hotel Himalaya or Similar.

Post breakfast then you have sightseeing around the Kathmandu city. It includes Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka, and the temple of living Goddess the Kumari. You visit kasthamandap, the famous temple built from a single tree from which Kathmandu derives her name. A Short drive takes you to Swayambhunath; the oldest Budhist shrine, located to the west of Kathmandu city on the hill. You will have lunch break at suitable and nice place will be shown by your guide.
In the afternoon you will be taken to the city of Patan, an ancient city of fine art. The King Vera Deva built it in the year 299 A.D. It’s renowned for fine arts in Copper, Silver and Bronze. Some time called ‘the city with a thousand golden roofs.’ The city remains a center for craftsmen and artist who are anxious to protect the tradition. We also visit the Tibetan handicraft center to watch the weavers weaving fine quality rugs. The back to the Hotel for overnight.

After early morning start, you will fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Prokhara is beautiful lakeside town. Upon your arrival you will drive for 30m. through the Tibetan refugee camp, the village of Brahmins & Chhetries. The drive ends at Dhampus phedi from where the trek begins. Before you leave for trek you will have lunch nearby Yamdi Khola. Lunch is usually long & relaxing affair through out your trip, which gives you ample amount of time to write dairy, washing, exploring around the area or simply stretch your legs and enjoy the atmosphere. Right after the lunch you start the trek. From the starting point the trail continues up to the ridge for another couple of hours to the Guesthouse area, in the Gurung Village of Dhampus. This is your first over night in the mountain with dramatic view of Annapurna south (7219m.), Hinchuli (6441m.), Machhapuchre (6993m.), Annapurna III (7555m.) & IV (7525m.) so takes time to enjoy the magnificence.

As you wake up in the morning and peep through your window, you see the breathtaking view the Annapurna range. The Fishtail Mt. is right in front of you. The wonderful spot for picture taking. After your breakfast you walk about an hour to reach the top of the Dhampus ridge called Pothana from where the mountain reappear. From Pothana you move along the ridge through the village of Bhichuk and Bherikharka. Descending steadily through the forest of tropical trees, fern, shrubs, you come across a stream where you might have a lunch break. The afternoon takes you down through the forest and small villages to Landrung. Along the way you pass by schools, people tending their stocks, working in the filed, presenting an opportunity to become acquainted with village life.
We go over the Modi Khola suspension bridge and then ascend above Modi valley along terraces, coming to our first encounter with stone as we climb up to Ghandrung. Ghandrung is a large and prosperous Gurung Village and is home to many of Gurkha Solders. Its also first regional headquarters for the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).

Beyond the Ghandrung village, you trek through the spare forest to Kimru Khola. From Khimru Khola the trail ascends through the scattered villages and descends to the village of Chomrong, the last settlement of the Annapurna Sanctuary. It takes about four hours from Ghandrung to Chomrang.

Chomraong to Hinko Cave (3000m.)
The trail, all the way from Chomrong to the Annapurna Base Camp is quite interesting and challenging. As you cross the Chomrong Khola, the trail ascends up gradually along the west bank of the Modi Khola, through the thick Bamboo and Rhododendron forest to Kuldi. Walking through the clumps of Bamboo and shrubs brings you to the campsite at Hinko cave where a big overhanging rock is.

The valley widens up further to the Sanctuary gate and the trails gets less narrow. The forest disappears and gives way to rocky hard ground. Continuing the trail you reach a place called Bhaati, Hut, highest camp of the trip. Another an hour & half from the Bhatti you reach Machhapuchre Base Camp.

A layover day here provides you the opportunity to walk up the Annapurna Base Camp and explore the amazing peaks and glaciers. Walk back to the camp for lunch.

You retrace your walk back to Bamboo Hotel, passing Hinko.

Return to Kyimmu Khola after having lunch at Chomrong.

Crossing the Kyummu Khola, the tributary of Modi Khola the trail climbs through the dense rhododendron and oak forest to Banthanti in two and half hours. Having lunch here the trail descends to Deurali for another two hours. Along the trail from Kyummu Khola to Deurali you have very good views to Annapurna South (7219m.) and Fishtail (6993m) at close distance.

Today again it is steady climb through the dense forest. You head up to the open ridge, 3030m. and get magnificent views of giant peaks of north west and Kaligandaki valley, the deepest gorge in the world. From the same ridge you descend to Ghorepani where you will encounter more travelers, both locals and westerners. While you are at Ghorepani you can walk up to the Pun hill to enjoy the entire Dhaulagiri Range.

Today you go up to the Pun Hill early morning about 40 minutes from Ghorepani, the view of the Thak Khola valley is unique and to enjoy the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Nilgiri (7061m.), Fang (7062m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.) in the north and Annapurna I (8091m.) & Annapurna II (7937m.), in the northeast. And back to your guest house for breakfast then
you will be descending for about 5 hours to Hile, The trail heads southeast through the dense evergreen forest and the terraces around the large Magar village of Ulleri at 2073m. where you will have lunch then the trail drops steeply to the river and some more easier walk to Hile for overnight..

After your morning breakfast you will be walking down along the river an excellent spot for wash and swim, if you are willing to dare the cold water. After the lunch at Birethanti you will walk along the flatten road for about 40 minute to end trek at Nayapul where your vehicle would be waiting for your drive to Pokhara. For over night.

Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley’s most medieval city Bhadgaon also known by its alternate name Bhaktapur. Here are ancient temples and palaces that show off the Newar craftsmanship of intricately carved wooden windows and latticework. We get to visit the Lion gate, Picture Gallery, Palaces of windows etc. after Bhaktapur you will visit Pashupati and Boudha as well. Then back to your hotel.

What’s included?

  • Guide and porter
  • Permits and fees
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Ground transportation
  • Trekking gear (optional)
  • Emergency evacuation insurance (optional)

What’s Excluded?

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Additional activities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips

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