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Annapurna Machapuchare

This trek offers the opportunity to explore some of the Annapurna regions quieter trails, venturing into both the deep forests and the high alpine pastures to the base of the sacred, fluted peak of Machapuchare. We commence our trek through Hindu villages and lush forests, gradually gaining altitude as we hike north towards the superb alpine campsite at Guhe for sweeping panoramic views of the Annapurna Range. After reaching the base of Mardi Himal, a prominent peak to the immediate south of Machapuchare, we descend through the bustling Gurung villages of Landruk and Ghandruk to Pokhara.

Inclusions

*12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$450
Airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 13 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions
flight Pokhara/Kathmandu/Pokhara valued at US$266
expert bilingual guide and group medical kit
good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness or private eco campsites
use of a trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fibre filled jacket and insulated mat, valued at USD $500
souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
all park entrance fees and trekking permits
Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porters insurance
Hightlights
Explore Annapurna's quieter trails to the sacred peak of Machapuchare
Trek to the little visited Mardi Himal Base Camp for brilliant views
Enjoy a spectacular mountain flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Savour three hearty meals daily, prepared by our outstanding cooks
Experience the Gurung villages of Landruk and Ghandruk
Soak in the sunset upon Himalayan giants
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
13
Price From
AUD $2,760
Start Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
End Location
Nepal
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
29 Sep 201911 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,760
03 Nov 201915 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,760
15 Dec 201927 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,760
19 Jan 202031 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $2,760
08 Mar 202020 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,760
16 Mar 202028 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,760
07 Apr 202019 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,760
27 Sep 202009 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,850
01 Nov 202013 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,850
13 Dec 202025 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $2,850
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 4.30-5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. This evening we will head out for dinner, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members. Overnight: Radisson Hotel or similar
Day 2
Today you have a full day to explore Kathmandu’s bustling streets and significant landmarks. You may wish to start by exploring the city’s two most important World Heritage Listed spiritual sites: Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple and an important cremation site; and Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist shrine outside of Tibet. Alternatively you could wander through the markets and shops of the busy Thamel precinct or explore some more of the city’s significant sites such as Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) or the World Heritage Listed plazas of Patan, Bhaktapur or Durbar Square. Overnight: Radisson Hotel or similar
Day 3
This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest town and our first night's camp. Overnight: Private eco-camp
Day 4
We drive a short distance passing a Tibetan Refuge Camp and then commence our trek. We immediately leave the main road and ascend steeply towards the ridge where we gain panoramic views of the Annapurna mountain range in the distance. The scale of the imposing mountains astounds us as we gaze at the adjacent peaks of Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m). Following a ridge through fields and clumps of bamboo we soon arrive at a pleasant location for our picnic lunch at Dampus. Villagers greet us with "Namaste", the traditional Nepalese greeting as we pass through Chetri and Brahmin settlements and onto the ridge top. After lunch we head towards our overnight stop with perfect sunset photo opportunities. Overnight: Wilderness camp
Day 5
The views from our campsite are excellent, and morning generally offers the best opportunity to view the huge peaks. As we walk, the peaks of the Annapurnas will be visible through the scattered rhododendron forest, offering a sample of the trek to come. As we reach Deroli (2200m) we can get our first views of Dhaulagiri, the world's 6th highest peak. We break for lunch at Forest Camp, and after our longer uphill morning session, this afternoon will be a more gradual ascent to our overnight spot. Overnight: Wilderness camp
Day 6
We start the day with a gradual ascent, enjoying the impressive views of the distant steep terraced paddy fields and villages that cling to the hillsides. This is followed by a climb through forest to our dramatic wilderness campsite, high on a grassy knoll, providing spectacular views of Annapurna and Machapuchare. Overnight: Wilderness camp
Day 7
The mountain views this morning are among the best on earth. We have time to appreciate the enormity of these mountains, with their jagged profiles and huge tumbling glaciers. The views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machapuchare get better with each step we take upwards through the lush forest of rhododendron and birch. We enter a zone of dwarf rhododendron before breaking into the grass hills above the tree line to our ridge-top wilderness campsite.
Day 8
We wake this morning to even more spectacular mountain views. As we are not moving camp today you have a choice to relax at camp and savour the views in the vicinity, or join a day hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp. The options are of course weather dependent, but which ever you choose you will be well rewarded with an exceptional day in the mountains. As you climb you get closer to the gigantic face of Machapuchare. If time allows, you may be able to traverse close to the glaciers, or view the giant sanctuary of Annapurna 1 or Annapurna 4. Overnight: Wilderness camp
Day 9
After a relaxed breakfast we descend reluctantly, stopping often to soak in the mountain views. This is a leisurely day as we return through the forest en-route to tonight's wilderness camp.
Day 10
We descend steeply towards the Mardi Khola today, trekking through dense forest of rhododendron, oak and birch until we reach the terraced fields of Landruk. Our destination today is easily seen across the valley, the attractive Gurung village of Ghandruk, We descend the valley floor through terraced fields and cross steel suspension bridge to commence our ascent. As we trek up the staircase, we enjoy the beauty of Himalaya at a relatively close range and observe the glaciers flowing from them to form the river below us. It really is a magnificent location and a photographer's delight. On our approach along these ridges we savor the magnificent scenery with fine mountain views. Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal and provides a further insight into the lifestyles of villages that have traditionally provided the backbone of the famous Gurkha regiments. The afternoon can be spent at leisure, or take a tour of the old village. Overnight: Private eco-camp
Day 11
After soaking in the early morning views of Annapurna South, we head down the Modi Khola to Syauli Bazar where we stop for lunch by the river side. From Syaulibazar we will drive directly to Pokhara and have the afternoon at leisure before our final dinner with the trekking crew. Overnight: Private eco-camp
Day 12
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to Kathmandu, a spectacular mountain flight along the face of the Himalaya. On arrival we transfer to the hotel. Overnight: Radisson Hotel or similar
Day 13
Arrangements cease after breakfast unless further arrangements have been made. Those travelling by aircraft to further destinations will be transferred to the airport.