Machhapuchchhre Model Trek

This is newly designed and identified trekking route as Machhapuchchhre (Fish Tail) model trek by TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal) western regional Chapter Pokhara.This is very easy, short, sweet and lovely camping trekking destination to discover multi ethnic cultures of Western Nepal near and surroundings the most beautiful city Pokhara.

Machhapuchchhre Model Trek  can do either within 10 days or within 5 days according to your time table. Except the natural and cultural attractions during the trekking trails, we can also have magnificent views of Annapurna Himalayan range, Himchuli peak, Machhapuchhhre (Fish Tail) holy sacred peak and other beautiful several peaks in the region.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Machhapuchchhre Model Trek
Maximum Elevation: 3165 m.
Walking Level: 5-6 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 12 Days
Mode of Operation: Home Stay and Camping Trek.
Best Season: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.
Trip Grade: Moderate
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline  Itinerary: Machhapuchchhre Model Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus 6 hours. Overnight stay at hotel comfort bed and breakfast.
Day 03: Pokhara to Ghachok and Hile. 5 hours. Overnight camp
Day 04: Hile to Kumai. Overnight camp.
Day 05: Kumai to Korchung and walk up to Kharka. Overnight camp
Day 06: Kharka to Pipar. Overnight camp.
Day 07: Pipar to reach Napping area. Overnight camp.
Day 08: Pipar to Karuwa. Overnight camp.
Day 09: From Karuwa to Ghiprang and to Ghachok. Overnight camp.
Day 10: Ghachok to Mardi Pool and finally back to Pokhara hotel comfort bed and breakfast.
Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus 6 hours and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 12: International departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-All airport/hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-2 nights 2 star hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast.
-2 nights comfort  hotel in Pokhara city  with breakfast except lunch and dinner.
-All lodging or camping and hygienic food with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, trekking equipment, transport, food and lodging for all staffs.
-Kathmandu to Pokhara round trip by tourist bus.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant  guide, chef cook, assistant cook and porters.
-Trekking permits of  Annapurna Conservation Area Project and TIMS Card.
-All government and local taxes will be paid by our company.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal visa fee 25 $ for two weeks 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International Airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.
-Personal expenses: Phone Calls, Laundry, bar bills during the trekking, Battery recharge of camera or mobile, extra porters if you wish to take, mineral water, Shower etc.
-Tips for guide, assistant guide, cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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