Machhapuchhre TAAN Model Trek - Emerging Nepal

Machhapuchhre TAAN Model Trek

In an attempt to provide tourists with an alternative taste to the classical trekking in Pokhara, TAAN Western Regional Chapter Pokhara has devised the latest trekking route in Pokhara. Machhapuchhre Model Trek route stretches through seven of the most culturally rich villages where local people still adopt the traditional ways of living. Enjoy your journey through the rarely visited trekking destination which was chosen after discussion with Nepal Tourism Board. Immerse yourself in the close up views of natural pyramids including Machhapuchhre Mountain. Get the first hand experience of visualizing the diverse species of mammals, colorful birds and flowers. Pass through temples and monasteries and enjoy your stay in the house of locals with an opportunity to try the authentic local dishes that are finger licking good.   

This trail provides an alternative to the conventional Annapurna Trekking Route. You can either develop it as a camping trek or you can contribute in developing the eco tourism by participating in our homestay packages in Machhapuchhre region. We recommend you to choose homestay package. Not only will you provide financial support to the locals but also you will get to have close up look into the culture and lifestyle by choosing homestay.
Milanchok, Gahachok, Dhiprang, Chichemle Kharka, Lalka, Ribhan and Lachok are some of the VDCs that you will explore by joining this trekking package.    
Itinerary Outline
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (884m) 5hrs, half day city tour
Day04: Drive to Milanchok and Trek to Gahachok (1254m) (5hrs)
Day05: Trek to Dhiprang (1440m)
Day06: Trek to Chichemle Kharka (2645m)
Day07: Trek to Lalka (2250m)
Day08: Trek to Ribhan (1430m)
Day09: Trek to Lachok (1160m)
Day10: Trek to Milanchok and Drive to Pokhara
Day11: Return back to Kathmandu
Day12: Departure
Costs included in the price :
1. Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus
2. Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara as mentioned in the itinerary. 
3. Guided city tours (if applicable by private car / van / bus)- depending on the number of tourists.
4. All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
5. Local licensed English and other language speaking guides. (We have guides for different language including Russian, etc.)
6. Local staffs and porters to carry your luggage during the trek
7. Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staffs
8. All necessary land transportation 
9. Inclusive of government tax. 
10. Official expenses
11. Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) 
12. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry fee.

Costs excluded in the price :
1. All meals (lunch and dinner) in City or the Capital.
2. Your travel insurance (compulsory)
3. International airfares and airport departure tax
4. Visa fees
5. Alcoholic, cold and hot drinks, laundry
6. Personal trekking equipments
7. Tips for trekking staffs and driver. (Note: Tipping is expected)
8. Certain sightseeing/monument entrance fees
9.  Any others expenses which are not mentioned in above section. 
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
Once you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will find the representative from Emerging Nepal waiting for you at Tribhuvan International Airport. After completing your visa formalities, you will meet our staff who will pick you up from airport and take you to the luxury hotel where you will get refreshed and stay overnight.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
We will take sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and visit UNESCO World Heritage sites of Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayamvu and Kathmandu Durbar square. It will be the half day sightseeing tour. You are free to enjoy the casual walk in the evening.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (884m) 5hrs, half day city tour
We will cover 200km in about 5hrs to reach Pokhara. The journey continues through scenic Prithvi Highway which offers striking views of country side including cable cars in Manakamana Temple and Trishuli River. We will reach Pokhara during midday. After getting bit refreshed in hotel in Pokhara, we will head out for Pokhara Tour which include boating in Phewa Lake and visit to Bindyabasini Temple and Gupteswor Cave.    

Day 04: Drive to Milanchok and Trek to Gahachok (1254m) (5hrs)
We will take 45 minutes of brief drive from Pokhara to Milanchok. Machhapuchhre Model Trek begins at Hemja Milanchok. We will cross Mardi Khola and take the escalating trail to scenic Ghachok village of Gurung community which is heavily fortified with stone walls. Homestay is available in Ghachok.  

Day 05: Trek to Dhiprang (1440m)
Leaving the beautiful Ghachok village, we will follow the trail through forest of pine woods. We will pass through dispersed settlements of ethnic tribes and reach Dhiprang in about 5 hrs. Dhiprang is the pretty village and homestay in Dhiprang is available. 

Day 06: Trek to Chichemle Kharka (2645m)
We will wake up early in the morning and reach to the top of small hill which offers excellent sight of distant mountains. Returning back, we will take hurried breakfast and then continue our trail through rhododendron forest to pasture land of Chichemle Kharka where we will stay overnight.  

Day 07: Trek to Lalka (2250m)
From Chichemle Kharka, we will head south and traverse the colorful forest of rhododendron and orchids. We will take the downward trail and pass through few settlements to reach Lalka where we will stay overnight.   

Day 08: Trek to Ribhan (1430m)
After taking early breakfast, we will leave Lalka and follow the downward trail with scenic views of mountains at the backdrop to reach Ribhan. We will reach Ribhan after 6hrs of trek. Homestay facility is available at Rivan. 

Day 09: Trek to Lachok (1160m)
We will proceed through few tea houses to enter the forest where we can get the chance to see several species of colorful local birds like pheasants. Exiting from the forest, we will cross the flat space to reach Lachok where we will stay overnight. Homestay in Lachok is a pleasant experience. It takes about six hours of walk to reach Rivan from Lachok.    

Day 10: Trek to Milanchok and Drive to Pokhara
Brief walk from Lachok will take us to Milanchok. From Milanchok, we will catch the vehicle and drive all the way to Pokhara. We will reach Pokhara after 45minutes of driving. Returning back to hotel in Pokhara, we will explore Pokhara.

Day 11: Return back to Kathmandu
We will follow Prithvi Highway and retrace our route back to Kathmandu. It takes 5hrs of scenic driving to make it to hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 12: Departure
It is the day of departure. After assisting in your last moment preparation, you will be taken to Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope we will see you soon. Goodbye!!

Trip Facts

Duration: 12 Days
Accomodation: Hotel, Lodge
Altitude Height: 2,645m.
Seasons: February-June, September-December
Level: Easy
Trip Departure: Kathmandu
No. of Pax: 1-30 people
Activities: Trekking
Mode of Travel: Domestic flight, Car, Bus

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