Alpine Explore Nepal
Himalayan of Nepal

On the circuit of Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre Base Camp

This trek offers the opportunity to getaway Nepal’s tourist trails to venture in to the deep forests and journey to the high alpine pastures that flank the Annapurna ranges. The emphasis of the trek is on the forest and wilderness zone of these mountains. Some villages are visited on the last days of the trek and these receive few visitors and retain much of their traditional charm. There is an essence of exploration on this trek. The trails we follow are not well used and sometimes hard to identify. Sometimes shepherds and pilgrims pass by. Our Annapurna /Machhapuchhre trek is designed to provide wonderful mountain views, and to get away from very busy (tea-house trails) and into the forests and villages that have not felt the impact of tourism.


Day 01Arrive at Kathmandu,
Height: 1300m Meet with our representative at the airport. Drive to hotel.

Day 02 Kathmandu, Full day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. O/N Hotel.
Duration: 6 hrs
Height: 1300m

Day 03 Kathmandu - Pokhara
Duration: 6 hrs
Height: 960m
Drive or fly to Pokhara and over night at Hotel.

Day 04 Pokhara-Dhampus
Duration: 30minute drive and 2hrs trek.
Height: 1600m
After break fast drive to Phedi via Tibetan camp and steep climb up to Dhampus village one of the big Gurung village. Spectacular panoramic views of Annapurnas.

Day 05 Dhampus - Forest camp
Duration: 6 hrs
Height: 2480m
Today we will start our secret trail leaving tourists, other trekker and even villagers behind. Trek enter an enchanted forest of birch, giant rhododendron, mountain oak, maple, hemlock and daphnia, camping in a small clearing far from the beaten trail.

Day 06 Forest camp-Humal
Duration: 5hrs
Height: 3150m
As we climb, the flora has turned to classic cloud forest with mosses and lichen, tree ferns and orchids hosted by the hardier trees. There are natural windows in the woods that look out on to thrilling panoramas towards Hiunchuli and the knife-sharp traverse towards Annapurna South. Far below, to left, can see the Modi Khola valley leading up into the Annapurna sanctuary. Though still surrounded by forest, have spectacular northerly views of the ever-closer Fishtail.

Day 07 Humal - Guhe
Duration: 4hrs
Height: 4100m
Just a short steep climb and out of forest. A ridge, now grassy and sometimes under snow, takes us up to high camp which we shall reach at lunch time and where a second consecutive afternoon is spent awestruck with the views and acclimatizing. Annapurna South seems near enough to touch.

Day 08 Machapuchhare Base Camp–day hike
Duration: All day
Height: 4100m
Hike up 5000m Breakfast will be earlier than usual. Then with packed lunch, set off to reach objective. Conditions being favourable, trip can reach up to 5000m and only the crest of Mardi Himal itself separates from the south face of Machhapuchare. The great ice fields and blue glaciers of the Sanctuary Wall lie below. Annapurna I, highest of all is beyond, and around, in an arc from horizon to horizon, from Dhaulagiri to the Mustang, are a dozen or more glistening snow- bound giants. Standing on a spot that has been constant aim for days now. A place, a time, a view that is almost impossible to equal –and earned it. Whatever achievement, by 1:00pm and back trip to camp.

Day 09 Ghue-Sedding
Duration: 7hrs
Height: 1500m After a relaxed breakfast, tired bodies make an unhurried descent through the shade of the forest, and out onto terraced fields, down 1600m in all. This is a different route down-down to the upper Mardi Khola, the torrent that has been the ice and snow of the Mardi Himal. Although remote and still away from the much-used ‘Tea – house’ trekking routes, our expedition now takes on the moods of the warm valley and the friendly villages. Here, we make our way along the banks of the Mardi Khola from the hill – side village or siding, down through the lovely fields, past the simple farms and over the interesting bridges. There is no doubting this is indeed the idyllic Nepali countryside.

Day 10 Sedding
Height: 1500m
Mardi Pul – 1,160m
So the Earth does have flat places! The path from siding now follows the contour of the river valley gradually down between the pastures and through the Tamang and Gurung villages. Our tents, familiar to us in rugged mountain landscape, look a little incongruous this evening planted here among the paddy.

Day 11 Sendding - Thulo chaur
Height: 1600m

Day 12 Thulo chaur - Ghachock
Height: 1150m

Day 13 Ghachock - Pokhara
Duration: 3 hrs walk and 1hrs drive.
Height: 960m
There are just a few hours of walking – the trail skirts an outcrop – there’s the road, there’s our transport, and soon we’re back in Pokhara for our last lunch. This last afternoon is spent showering and relaxing. Some have enough energy for rowing on the lake, others only for lounging in pie shops.

Day 14 Pokhara - Kathmandu
Duration: 6 hrs
Height: 1300m

Day 15 Depart Kathmandu

Note: All itineraries are subject to change without prior notice due to weather condition.

 The following information will allow you to better plan your budget for tours or treks. A range of costs is given. These costs are dependant on:
  • The mix of Touring and/or general Trekking,
  • The remoteness of the areas visited,
  • The number of guides or porters required,
  • The standard of accommodation required (if there is a choice), 
  • The type of ground transport used,
  • The length of your visit, and
  • The size of your group.

Depending on group size the costs of treks and tours range from:
1 to 3 pax     US$ 88 to 163  P/p per night.
4 to 8 pax     US$ 78 to 148  P/p per night
9 to 14 pax.  US$ 75 to 135 P/p per night.
15 to 20 and above US$ 60 to 110 P/p per night
Single supplement US$ 40 to 70 per night.

Note: The itinerary and cost for Peak climbing, Mountaineering, Tibet, Bhutan and India tours and trek are conditional apply.

Notwithstanding the costs shown above, we can tailor tours to suit almost any budget. Feel free to email us for more information.
Note: One tour leader will be free of cost for tours with 15 or more paying guests only. 

Children's bellow three years is free if sharing with their parents. And need to pay if they are participating on the trekking, and above three to nine year children half of the price.

Cost Includes: Accommodation in 3 to 4 star hotels in the cites as your choice, basic accommodation in a lodge or tea house or camping (depending on your itinerary and choice) during treks, guides and porters on treks, all land transfers by private vehicle, 3 meals a day on treks, all jungle safaris, all sightseeing tours as per itinerary and all necessary entry fees, permits and airport transfers.
Cost Excludes: Personal expenses, domestic air tickets, airport tax, drinks (soft drink, mineral water and alcoholic beverages and hot-shower on the trek), personal insurance, and extra cost due to natural calamities or accidents outside of our control.

Remarks: The cost of the trip determines with the services included during the trip so that it might be varies with the services, hotel and transfer of your wish.

Please note that our guides speak the following English languages and if required we will provide your language spiking guide on extra cost.

Note: Please contact for more information and prices


Contact Information:

Alpine Explore Nepal
P.O. Box: 4546, Kathmandu, Nepal
+977 1 4700714 / 4700175 / 4701974
Fax: +977 -1 - 4700970

Skype Address: explore.alpine
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18 April 2000

This was my third trek in Nepal, having visited the Annapurna Region in 1995 and with Bharat and Dave in the beautiful and wildlife-filled Langstang Valley in1998. Bharat's company "Explore Alpine Adventure"....
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