14 days into wilderness: Macchapucchre Base Camp Trek

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The Macchapucchre Base Camp trek offers an opportunity to escape from the hustle ad bustle of daily life and indulge oneself into the depths of the wilderness, mountain scenery, and delight. Venture to the deep forests, roam around high alpine pastures and experience the best of Nepal. The path takes you to the depths of the mystical Nepal, into the area untouched by urbanization and modernization and away from the pollution to areas of natural bliss.

The villages situated in the area are untouched by the waves of modernization and you will have to live in with the traditional populations of the area and learn their culture in its purest form. The highlight of the trek is the Base of the Macchpucchre Mountain, however.

Macchapuchhre is a Nepali word and it translates into “Fishtail Mountain” in English. True to its name, the Macchapucchre Mountain has the top shaped like the tail of a fish; its characteristic shape makes it one of the most famous mountains in Nepal. The Macchapucchre is situated in the Annapurna region of Nepal and is one of the most exotic looking mountains in Nepal. It stands tall and mighty at the height of 6993 m above the sea level. It has also been nicknamed as the Matterhorn of Nepal. This particularly striking peak is a marvel in itself.

The trails of the trek are not well used and offer some kind of adventure out all kinds of thrill seekers. The path is less trodden and offers the unique and true essence of the insides of Nepal. Outstanding mountain views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other peaks close by. The captivating images are surely set to impact your mind for a long time to come. The ethnic dwellers and the unique lifestyle of the warm and welcoming participants of Nepal are worth visiting.

The locals view the mighty mountain as lord Shiva and consider it to be a sacred identity. The fresh trekking trail to the Macchapucchre Base Camp traverses through five village development committees and you will have the numerous choices of trekking and hiking activities which are surely set to blow your mind.

The trek’s difficulty level can be categorized as moderate. However, care must be taken to avoid any kind of altitude sickness by proper acclimatization. The amazing fact about the Maccchapucchre is that it has never been summited while attempt was made once on 1957. This is why the mountain has been deemed to be sacred, hence no further attempts have been made to scale the mountain itself.

The 14-day trek can be changed, added or subtracted as per your needs and this tailored trek is recommended for all thrill seekers from around the world. All in all, it can be said for sure that the trail to the Macchpucchre Base Camp is one of the most recommended, less trodden and unique path trekking trails in the world.

macc1Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 2: Kathmandu- Pokhara (1300m- 960m)

Day 3: Pokhara- Dhampus (960m- 1600m)

Day 4: Dhampus- Forest Camp (1600m- 2480m)

Day 5: Forest Camp- Humal (2480m- 3150m)

Day 6: Humal- Guhe (3150m- 4100m)

Day 7: Guhe- Macchapucchre Base Camp (4100m- 5000m)

Day 8: Guhe- Sedding (500m- 1500m)

Day 9: Sedding- Mardi Pul (1500m- 1160m)

Day 10: Mardi Pul- Thulo Chaur (1160m- 1600m)

Day 11: Thulo Chaur- Ghachock (1600m- 1150m)

Day 12: Ghachock- Pokhara (1150m- 960m)

Day 13: Pokhara- Kathmandu (960m- 1300m)

Day 14: Departure

macc4Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Today, from our respective locations, we will be arriving in the capital of the beautiful country of Nepal, Kathmandu, Kathmandu as the name suggests, was named from the Kasthamandap, which is made from a single piece of wood. Kathmandu is rich in cultural diversity and architectural delights. Some of the UNESCO-certified world heritage sites are present in Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the options to either stroll around the streets and live in the ambiance of the surrounding or relish the exquisite Nepali cuisine that makes Nepal so famous.

Day 2: Kathmandu- Pokhara (1300m- 960m)

Today, we embark on an early morning drive to the Lake City of Pokhara. Pokhara is aptly called the Lake City due to the presence of several lakes which beautify it. The drive to Pokhara is in itself a scenic one. The drive takes place beside the mighty and roaring Trishuli, to terraced farms and green hills. In Pokhara, we can embark on a beautiful boating at the Phewa Lake, or visit the several museums and other religious locations scattered all around the city. An evening walk beside the Phewa Lake will surely set your mood right for the adventure of the upcoming trek. The trek takes about 6 hours to complete.

 

Day 3: Pokhara- Dhampus (960m- 1600m)

Today, we start our trek with anticipation. We will drive for about 30 minutes and then move along for a trek to reach Dhampus. From Dhampus, one can view the spectacular views of Annapurna. Dhampus is a Gurung settlement, so we can talk and mix in with the ethnic populations residing in the area. 2 hours trek.

Day 4: Dhampus- Forest Camp (1600m- 2480m)

Today, we will be leaving behind other tourists and move towards areas, with a scarcity of population. We will move along enhanced forests of birch and rhododendron. Also view the flora like the unique mountain oak, daphnia, hemlock, and maple. The night will be spent by camping in a clearing, beside the beaten trail that we arrived from. The name Forest Camp certainly fits the description well. 6 hours trek.

Day 5: Forest Camp- Humal (2480m- 3150m)

Today, our destination is the viewpoint of Humal, which offers close-up views f the beautiful Fishtail Mountain. The trek today, commences with classic cloud forests of lichen and mosses. Tree ferns and beautiful orchids adorn the trail which is present atop the harder trees. Natural windows, from within the forest, give out to the views of the exquisite snow-capped peaks beyond. We will be observing the close-up views of Hiunchuli and with delight move on towards the Annapurna South. The Modi Khola Valley is visible from far away, leading up to the Annapurna sanctuary. We will be surrounded by forests today too, but natural wines give in to the views of the glistening Macchupucchre mountain. 5 hours trek.

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Day 6: Humal- Guhe (3150m- 4100m)

Today, we will be following a steep climb to reach out of the forest. The grassy and snow filled ridge will take us towards the high camp called Guhe. Guhe offers views of the Fishtail, so close and so beautiful that you are surely set to be awestruck. We will acclimatize for the rest of the day. The up close views of the Annapurna are surely set to enhance your mood and relax your tiring muscles. 4 hours trek.

Day 7: Guhe- Macchapucchre Base Camp (4100m- 5000m)

Today is the day we had been waiting for. We will be traversing into the Macchapucchre Base Camp with delight. With favorable conditions, we can easily reach up to the height of 5000 m in the beautiful mountain. The blue glaciers, as well as the ice files of the sanctuary, give in to the roundabout view of the extremely beautiful Annapurna range. Dhaulagiri and Mustang can be seen a certain distance away too. The views from the Base Camp are immeasurable and are something out of an HD movie that you can never forget. The views are unparalleled and will be to die to for.

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Day 8: Guhe- Sedding (500m- 1500m)

We will make an unhurried descent down the shade of the forest and through terraced fields. We will move down from the Mardi Khola  through snowy fields and warm valley and villages with friendly people.

Day 9: Sedding- Mardi Pul (1500m- 1160m)

Now the path is an almost flat one. The siding now follows the path through several pastures and will take us to the Tamang and Gurung villages. The rugged mountain landscape is surely a delightful experience.

Day 10: Mardi Pul- Thulo Chaur (1160m- 1600m)

We will move along from the Mardi Pul to Thulo Chaur. Thulo Chaur means big field in Nepali and the area we reach aptly is true to its name. We will rest our aching feet in the area and watch the views of the perfect high snowcapped peaks.

Day 11: Thulo Chaur- Ghachock (1600m- 1150m)

The trail today will take us to Ghachock along paths from villages and forested areas. We spend the night in Ghachock.

Day 12: Ghachock- Pokhara (1150m- 960m)

We will walk from Ghachock for about three hours and then move along to reach Pokhara after a 1-hour drive.

Day 13: Pokhara- Kathmandu (960m- 1300m)

In Pokhara, we will have the chances to embark on an early morning beating in the Phewa Lake. After breakfast we will depart on our way back to Kathmandu, upon reaching there, souvenirs can be bought for people back home.

Day 14: Departure

With an intention to come back and experience more of Nepal, we finally depart back to our destinations, with our hearts content for the spectacles we have witnessed in the trail to the Base Camp of the beautiful Macchapucchre.

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