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Nepal>> Trekking in Nepal >> Annapurna Region >> Machhapuchare Base Camp Trek

Machapuchare Base Camp Trek 14 Days

Machapuchare Base Camp Trek

Machapuchare Base Camp trekking is famous for trekkers. The principal peaks of the western portion of the great Annapurna Himal, including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna, Ganagapurna, Annapurna 3 and Machhapuchhare, are arranged almost precisely in a circle about 10 miles in diameter with a deep glacier-covered amphitheater at the center. From this glacier basin, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, the Modi Khola knifes its way south in a narrow gorge fully 12,000 ft. deep. Further south, the gorge opens up into a wide and fertile valley, the domain of the Gurungs. The middle and upper portions of Modi Khola offer some of the best short trekking routes in Nepal, and the valley is located so that these treks can be easily combined with treks into the Kali Gandaki region to the west.

14 Days
Difficulty   Strenuous
Maximum Altitude:4130 m
       
DAY 01
Fly to Pokhara (885 metres), Trek to Tirkhedunga (1525 metres)
 

Fly to Pokhara (35 mins), where our trekking crew will be waiting for us. After sorting out our gear we load the bus and drive to Nayapul, which takes around 2 hours. The views from the ridge at Naudanda of the entire Annapurna range are spectacular and to the south is Phewa Tal. From Nayapul we walk for about 1 hour to our lunch spot, next to the Bhurungdi Khola, which is excellent for bathing. After lunch we follow the Bhurungdi Khola, through bamboo and rhododendron forests to Tirkhedunga, a village perched on the side of a canyon high above the river. (3 to 4 hours walking). Overnight lodge.

DAY 02 : Tirkhedunga – Ghorepani (2860 metres)    
From Tirkhedunga, the trail climbs very steeply to Ulleri, a large Magars village at the elevation of 2073m. It continues to ascend gradually through the fine forests of Oaks, Rhododendron. After arriving Banthati 2250m. we can have tea and biscuits here, then we head for Nayathati 2470m At last we will reach the Magar village, Ghorepani at the altitude of 2860m.
DAY 03 Ghorapani – Tadapani (2833 metres)
 
Continuing through rhododendron forests to cross the Bhurungdi Khola on a suspension bridge we begin the steep ascent towards Ghorapani. A series of stone steps brings us to the attractive slate roofed village of Ulleri, a large Magar village. As we gain height the views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli are becoming more impressive. From Ulleri the trail is less steep and it is a gentle climb through rhododendron forests to Banthanti. This marks the beginning of the oak and rhododendron forest that straddles the ridge. Continuing the ascent, we arrive at Ghorapani which means, "horse-water" and it is a welcome watering spot not only for teams of ponies but also for weary trekkers. From the pass we have a spectacular panorama of mountain peaks, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west to Manaslu in the east. (6 to 7 hours walking). Overnight lodge.
 DAY 04 Tadapani – Chhomrong (2530 metres)
  
 

For impressive views of the mountains at sunrise we walk to the top of Poon Hill (3192m) before breakfast. Dhaulagiri, the Kali Gandaki valley, Nilgiri, Annapurna 1, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machapuchare can all be seen. After breakfast we begin our descent to the Modi Khola, though it's not all down hill. From Bahune Pati it is a steep climb to the pass at Tadapani where Annapurna South and Hiunchuli tower impressively above. (5 to 6 hours walking). Overnight lodge.

 DAY 05 Chomrong – Hotel Himalayan Hotel (dovan) (2050 metres)
 
The trail drops steeply from Tadapani, through forests at first where colourful tree orchids can be found, then through cultivated fields to cross the Kymnu Khola. After lunch we begin the ascent of the Modi Khola valley climbing through forests and pastures to Chomrong, the last village and the start of the Annapurna National Park. Throughout the day we have tremendous views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machapuchare, snow-capped peaks rising from green-forested hills. (5 to 6 hours walking). Overnight lodge.
 DAY 06 Machapuchare Base Camp (3700 metres)
 
We continue through bamboo forest to Hinko cave (3170m), not really a cave but a large overhanging rock which was used to provide shelter for members of Bonnington's Annapurna South Face team on the approach march to the Annapurna Sanctuary in 1970. Now the valley narrows into a steep gorge until we pass through the "gates" of the Sanctuary, formed by Hiunchuli on the left and Machapuchare on the right. Once through the gates, the valley widens. Our lodge in the Sanctuary, is near Machapuchare Base Camp with Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machapuchare towering above. (6 hours walking). Overnight lodge.
DAY 07 Machapuchare Base Camp - Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m.)
 
Two days to explore the Sanctuary. We stay in a lodge near to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m), 1-2 hours away from Machapuchare Base Camp. The panorama is magnificent. The enormous south face of Annapurna towers above to the northwest and we are surrounded on all sides by snow capped peaks, fluted walls of ice and enormous rock buttresses. Starting from Hiunchuli (6451m) and turning clockwise we have Annapurna South (7230m), Fang (7646m), Annapurna 1 (8105m), Tent Peak (5673m), Gangapurna (7467m), Annapurna 111 (7568 m) and Machapuchare (7005m). Our days in the Sanctuary will allow time to explore the different view points and to witness the amazing sunrise and sunsets, when the mountains glow pink and gold. Overnight lodge.
DAY 08 Annapurna base Camp - Daurali to Bamboo (2534 metres)
 
We retrace our steps, out of the Sanctuary and down the Modi Khola Valley. (5 to 6 hours walking). Overnight lodge.
DAY 09 Bamboo - Chomrong (2050 metres)
 
Still retracing our steps down the Modi Khola valley, through bamboo and rhododendron forests to Chomrong, the first village encountered on the way out from the Sanctuary. (5 hours walking). Overnight lodge.
DAY 10 Chhomrong to Ghaundrung (1940m/6365ft)
 
This is an easy and short day trekking. From Chhomrong the trail descends through forests to Gurjung Khola and then the trail ascends slightly until Kimche, we reach Ghandrunk about noon. Ghandrunk is a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal; they have their own dialect, culture, costume, and life style. Ghandrunk is one of the famous destinations of trekkers for its beautiful mountain views and easy reach from Pokhara or Kathmandu. Our early arrival means we have the afternoon to visit the Annapurna conservation office, Museum and explore the village. 4:30 hours. O/N at Annapurna guest house or Hotel Milan.
DAY 11 Ghandrung -Tolka (1700 metres)
 
After climbing steeply out of Chomrong on a series of stone steps we follow the trail, descending to Jhinu Danda. This is a good place to stop for lunch, as 20 minutes walk from here are welcome hot springs. From lunch the trail descends through terraced fields to the Modi Khola River before climbing steeply to Lhandrung. Directly opposite on the far side of the valley is Ghandrung, the second largest Gurung village in Nepal. The views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare are outstanding. After 2 hours from Landrung we reach at Tolka.
DAY 12 Tolka – Dhampus (1650 meters)
 
The day starts with steps climb through the forest until Deurali. Deurali gives you a nice views of Pokhara valley on the south and the Annapurna ranges on the north. We then descends to Dhampus, a beautiful village.
DAY 13 Dhampus to Pokhara
 
Finally, we finished our trek after descending to Phedi and drive back to Pokhara. 2 hours
DAY 14 Pokhara - Katmandu by bus.
 
Itinerary Can be Customize as your Requirement. If this above itinerary is not suffice or have any questions, you can ask one of my expert team member for help.
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