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Machhapuchhre Model Trek - 12 Days

Machhapuchhre model trek

Major Attraction: Experiencing the majestic view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Hiunchuli.

Machhapuchhre Model Trek is a newly opened Machhapuchhre Trekking Route that is a great alternative to the famous Annapurna Circuit. So, for all those trekkers who are bothered by the increasing motor roads constructed in the Annapurna region, this is your liberation.

The name Machhapuchhre in Nepali means like-a-fishtail. This majestic mountain shaped just like a fishtail is second to none. This journey will offer you an unforgettable experience to live close to soaring peaks, witness the most assorted vegetation, and be a part of the centuries-old traditions of the indigenous people. This trail also offers you magnificent sights of natural ancient caves, mountain landscapes, natural hot water springs, waterfalls, and picture-perfect tea gardens.

We can complete the Machhapuchhre Model either by staying in the camping tents or in traditional houses in the villages of Machhapuchhre, Ribhan, Lachok, Ghachok, LwangGhalel, Sardikhola and Dhital. The Homestay practice has been a rewarding experience for more than 16,000 local villagers!

This ideal trekking route, also known as classic trekking route takes you to a magic land arrangement of Mt. Mardi, Mt. Machhapuchre, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri and other Himalayan range arranged almost in a ring about 10 miles in diameter with a deep glacier-covered dome at the center. Don’t miss out the opportunity to marvel at the captivating splendor of startling snowed Himalayan peaks from the close vicinity.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara by private vehicle (827m) 6 hrs
Day 04: Drive to Milanchok and trek to Ghachok (1254m) 3 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Dhiprang (1440m) 3 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Chichemle Kharka (2645m) 6 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Lalka (2250m) 4 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Ribhan (1430m) 4/5 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Lachok (1160m) 4/5 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Milanchok and drive to Pokhara
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m) 6/7 hrs
Day 12: Departure from Kathmandu

Join us on Machhapuchhre Model Trek in 2022/2023.

Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, for more information please e-mail us at info@alpinetrav.com

Day 1
Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal and after completing the visa formalities, collect your luggage at the airport and please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will be waiting for you outside the arrivals hall. And please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions Placard and your tour leader will take you to your hotel in Kathmandu after meeting you. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the evening at your hotel lobby. And get familiar with your surroundings by walking the streets in the evening.

Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1350m)

Today we have an organized sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. This will include a visit to Bodhnath Stupa, the largest Buddhist pilgrimage site in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims taking ritual baths, and occasionally, lighting pyres at the ghats. The cremation ground here is also used for the royal family and commoners living nearby. And return for lunch and the day will be free to relax at your hotel or visit the supermarket for some curious shopping. And likewise, you will be given your trek departure orientation by our senior guide.

Day 3
Drive to Pokhara by private vehicle (827m) 6 hrs

After breakfast at Kathmandu Hotel, we drive to Pokhara via Prithvi Highway. The journey takes around 6-7 hours on a scenic drive. During the drive, the views from your window seat give you a panoramic view of the majestic snow-capped Annapurna mountains. And after reaching Pokhara, one can visit this beautiful tourist city of Pokhara or take a boat to Fewa lake, and get familiar with the surroundings. We can also see David fall. This city of lakes – Pokhara is a beautiful city that must be visited.

Day 4
Drive to Milanchok and trek to Ghachok (1254m) 3 hrs

After breakfast, we will drive from Pokhara to Milanchok. From there we reach Ghachok by trekking. And we will reach Ghachok with some time walking across the exciting Mardi Bridge. And stay in a homestay, a beautiful traditional house of a local.

Day 5
Trek to Dhiprang (1440m) 3 hrs

Today after breakfast we will trek to the village of Dhiprang. It will take us around 3 hours to trek. The beautiful scenery of villages, meadows, and lofty hills and mountains will keep us occupied throughout the trek.

Day 6
Trek to Chichemle Kharka (2645m) 6 hrs

Today we will hike to Chichemlekhark for a slightly harder day. Trekking through magnificent rhododendron forests, dotted villages we may be able to spot exotic and rare flora and fauna. It takes us about six hours to trek from Dhiprang to Chichemle via Oden Hill. And we will spend the night in a homestay at a local’s house.

Day 7
Trek to Lalka (2250m) 4 hrs

We will trek to Lalka today. It will take us about 4 hours to reach our destination. The village offers a unique close-up view of Annapurna Dakshin (7219 m), Fishtail and Hiuchuli (6441 m) mountains. We will stay at Lalka camp for the night.

Day 8
Trek to Ribhan (1430m) 4/5 hrs

Today, we will trek to Rivan which will take us around 4/5 hours. From here we can enjoy a wonderful view of the mountains in the background. The sunset over the Himalayas looks amazing from here.

Day 9
Trek to Lachok (1160m) 4/5 hrs

In the morning after breakfast, we will trek down to Lachok. On reaching Lachok, we can spend the remaining time exploring the local area. The panoramic view of sunset on distant mountains looks truly beautiful from here.

Day 10
Trek to Milanchok and drive to Pokhara

We leave the mountain road and go to Milanchok. Last day of our trek after Milanchok. In Pokhara, the rest of our evening is free and you can relax under the warm sun. And you can reflect on the emotional experiences we’ve had while hiking through these small mountains that have helped us rediscover ourselves in the least expected way. This is our last day in these magnificent mountains. Later we celebrate the successful completion of our trek with our Sherpa guides and porters who we have come to know well and are now good friends. It is a pleasure to end this amazing journey on a happy note. Then we fall into a blissful sleep.

Day 11
Drive to Kathmandu (1350m) 6/7 hrs

Today we will return to Kathmandu. Kathmandu is two hundred kilometers away from Pokhara. Prithvi Highway connects Pokhara to Kathmandu. It takes 6/7 hours to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel and rest for the day or explore the surrounding areas and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 12
Departure from Kathmandu

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned (Safe Journey!! We hope to see you again)

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals: B, L, D (Including tea, coffee and fresh fruit)
  • 4 nights standard hotels and 7 nights teahouse/Camping
  • Trekking permit, and Conservation fees
  • Trekking guide plus staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
  • 1 porter for every 2 trekkers, throughout the trekking
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu
  • All ground transport and listed activities
  • Map of the trekking area provided locally
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket 'if necessary
  • Employee equipment, insurance, and allowances
  • High altitude medicine and first aid kit
  • Helicopter rescue arrangement (If necessary)
  • Group farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare & Nepal Visa
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu/Pokhara only)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
  • Personal expenses & Personal trekking gears
  • Drinks & Souvenirs
  • Gratuities for staff

Trails generally go above 3000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 4 – 6 hours. The perfect setting for an introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down.


No previous trekking experience is required but you should be moderately fit and enjoy walking and adapt to high altitude conditions. Previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not necessary to take part in this journey. To fully participate in this journey, all passengers must be in good physical health. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the hiking experience will be. All of our travel itineraries have been designed with each aspect in mind and given enough time for adaptation.


The best season for Trek is from March to November. In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain, etc.)

Autumn/Fall (Sept to Nov)
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day.

Spring (March to May)
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white floras offering surreal experience along the trek. Spring season offers warm temperatures, blossoming flora and temperate days.


In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.

On Trek:
(Annapurna area) does not require large logistics accommodation for hiking as there are many clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, usually a bed with pillows and blankets, but there is a wonderful view from your window. All teahouses/lodges have ample warm dining room lounges. The rooms are very basic. Blankets are usually provided by the teahouse but we will provide warm sleeping bags for everyone.

The Bathrooms are often shared and in many places, toilets are squat type. Please note that some of these are very basic and require a sense of adventure.

Single supplement:
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. Especially when traveling in groups, we always pair up to share a room with people of the same sex and age. If in the case of single by default, customers do not have to pay for a single supplement. Please note that trekking, due to limited rooms in teahouses / lodges, is sometimes not possible for singles.


Includes food
All meals are included in the trek and we will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Tea houses range from traditional Nepali dal bhat, and momo (dumplings) to Indian food to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served at the tea house / lodge where you are staying and lunch will be on the way.

In Kathmandu, breakfast will be provided only to give maximum flexibility in deciding where and with whom to have lunch and dinner.

Typical Day

Daily wake-up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided the night before during the briefing time. The timetable for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.

Tea will be served in your room as a wake-up call. After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the Lodge where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. We will arrive at our destination by tea-time and the evening will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Group Size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining small groups to make it easier to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only charge up to 12 pax per group. If you join us, you can join people from different countries in any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, with a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 12 people required to conduct the trip.

Carry my own stuff

You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items, etc.) that you may need during the walk. The rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears.


We have a deep passion for alpine adventure and the outdoors, and with the small business group on board we have worked on the most isolated trails we are proud to be successful in every region of Nepal and this is all due to our diversity and qualified team of guides. So your journey will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter for every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide for every 4 participants.

Travel insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

Equipment Checklist

We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear:
-Long-sleeved shirts
-Warm Jackets
-Waterproof jackets
-Warm socks
-Warm Hat
-Trekking shoes
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others

-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities

Flight tickets:
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens

Toiletries and hygiene:
-Quick-drying towel
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Hand sanitizer
-Antiseptic wipes
-Hygiene products
-Basic first aid kit

All-inclusive service for the trek

Trekking is an all-inclusive journey which means you only need cash for your personal expenses and food in Kathmandu. At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation with as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical, or emotional. . All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be provided to you hassle-free before your arrival. On the walk, you will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio. On the trek, we offer you an open/select menu option which means you can choose your food directly from the menu.
Our itinerary is designed keeping in mind every aspect like customization, good campsites, real-life experiences, etc. (Down jacket, sleeping bag, and waterproof duffel bag), all the necessary permits for the trek, guide, and support staff, transfers, and transportation Kathmandu, etc. are included. The cost is mentioned in the inclusion

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
  • Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
  • In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
  • Drink at least three liters of water a day
  • Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
  • Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
  • However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.

Important Note: Your safety is a major concern while traveling. However, as we have to travel to remote mountainous areas for this adventure, we cannot guarantee that we will not be disturbed. Sometimes weather, health conditions of group members, unexpected natural disasters, etc. all may lead to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure the success of the trip as per the plan. But be flexible if necessary.

General Information

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Machhapuchhre Model Trek
From $1,200.00
per Person

Trip Facts

  • 10N/12 Days
  • Easy
  • 2645 Meters
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Private vehicle
  • Teahouse/Camping
  • 2 Max 12


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