Machhapuchhre Model Trek, which was explored some years ago, confining seven Village Development Committees (VDC) of Kaski district in Mid-Nepal, has commenced to welcome numbers of domestic and foreign trekkers.
This was explored by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Chapter Pokhara as an alternative route when the world famous Round Annapurna Trek reached to the verge of collapse due to the road buildings. “We have opened model trek, collaborating with local communities two week before beginning the tourist season in Nepal,” said TAAN Pokhara President Basanta Raj Dawadi.
Machhapuchare Model trek, Annapurna Region
The newly opened model trek, elevates 900m to 3,700m, comes across the northern VDCs- Ghachok, Lahachok, Machhapuchhre, Lwang Ghalel, Ribhan, Sardikhola and Dhital- of Kaski district. According to TAAN, trekkers can go by three to 10-day in this route however there is an alternative that could be lengthened the trekking up to one month here. Korchon, which is locally known as Korja is the highest point of this route.
The map of the route was revealed in TAAN’s national convention held in capital city Kathmandu on Aug 28, 2009. More than 832 member agencies of TAAN have been informed about this virgin route. Trail marking task has reached to the final stage. Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR-NS-PAMS) North- South, South Asia Regional Coordination Office and Partnership Actions for Mitigating Syndromes (NCCR-NSPAMS) project built three of five porter centers in separate camp sites along the model trek and the rests are being built. Hospitality training to local people from Kabhre, Lwang, Dhiprang and other villages has already been provided. Machhapuchhre Tourism Development Committee President Bhakta Gurung said that the route adopts the trekking concept of home stay and the organized campaign.
Numbers of hot spring pools in the bank of Seti River, facility of recreation in snow even in the month of April, observation of various spices of pheasants, the Annapurna Mountain Range including virgin peak Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), flora and fauna are the major attractions of this route. More than half dozens of caves, water falls, wildlife, teagardens, rural handicrafts and culture also could be observed and enjoyed here. Most of the people are the Gurung and the farming, animal husbandry and remittance are the major sources of income.
Nepal Tourism Board, Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and NCCR-PAMS have assisted the TAAN in the exploration, development and promotion of this model trek. This route has adopted the concept that the living standard of people could be uplifted through rural tourism.
Promotion of new trekking areas, alternative incomes and opportunities of employment, preservation of tourism products and development of infrastructures are the major objectives of this route. ACAP also explored six different alternative trekking routes in the Annapurna Region which are due to be fully developed.
Minimum altitude: 1950 mtr.
Maximum altitude: 4450 mtr.
Grade : Fairly Strenuous
Season : Spring, monsoon & Autumn
Accommodation : Camping
Duration : 5 Days
Day 01: Arrive international airport in Kathmandu and free transport to selected hotel at Thamel, The hotel is centrally located in the Thamel area of Kathmandu which is renowned for its many restaurants, shops, bars, and nightclubs etc which cater for the tourists.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley full day sightseeing with professional tour guide.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (200 km. 6/7 hours driving) by tourist bus at 7:00 am from Kantipath. And stay over night at selected hotel near by Lake side.
Day 04: Drive to Phedi half hours driving by public bus) and trek to Pothana (1950 mtr. 4 hours walking) stay over night at lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Koke (forest camp) (2600 mtr. 7 hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 06: Trek to Ekle Deurali (low camp) (3500 mtr. 6 ½ hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 07: Trek to Bagale deurali (Kew) (3900 mtr. 6 hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 08: Trek to Mardi Himal base camp west (view point) (4450 mtr. 7 hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 09: Trek back to sirkha kharka (3460 mtr. 8 hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 10: Trek to Karchon (3682 mtr. 7 hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 04: Trek to Samsur deurali (2939 mtr. 7 hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 11: Trek to Hile kharka (2160 mtr. 7 hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 12: Trek to Rimdang village (1430 mtr. 7 hours walking) stay over night at camping
Day 13: trek to Annate thanti and drive back to Pokhara by local bus 2 hours, over night at Pokhara,
Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu (200 km. 6/7 hours driving) by tourist bus at 7:30 am from pokhara. And stay over night at selected hotel in kathmandu at Pokhara.
Day 15: Departure to international airport to fly your home country. We will provide you transport to international airport.