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FISHTAIL MOUNTAIN TREK

Moderate Nepal

Fishtail Mountain Trek

THE TRAIL LESS TRAVELLED TO ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR PANORAMAS ANYWHERE IN THE HIMALAYAS.

Fishtail mountain, known locally as Machupuchare, is one of the Himalayas' most iconic and revered mountains not only because of its unique appearance but also because local traditions consider the summit home to the Hindu Lord Shiva. The trek to Mardi Himal base camp, at the foot of this natural wonder, is one of the most immersive and transformative adventures on the LHO bucket list and perfect for first-timers and experienced trekkers alike.

Trekking

TRIP TYPE

Trekking

Trip duration

DURATION

9 Days

Trip Destination

DESTINATION

Nepal

ACCOMMODATIONS

Tea House, Hotel

1

Challenge yourself with a remote trek to the base of the holy Machupucharre mountain.

2

From the rice patties to the glaciers, this trail is uniquely diverse in the Himalayas.

3

Experience Pokhara, Nepals most vibrant lakeside city, at the end of the trail.

Itinerary

One of the few trails on the planet with a moderate challenge rating that leads right up to one of the most stunning high-altitude view points in the Himalayas. This adventure is ideal for first-time trekkers or anyone wanting to get a real Himalayan experience without committing to a long expedition.

DAY 1: ARRIVING TO KATHMANDU

Day 1 is arrival day. We’ll be picking you up from the airport and checking you into the Kathmandu Guest House. Kathmandu airport can be a bit of an experience unto itself. Once you’ve navigated your way out, you’ll be met by your LHO team leader. Depending on what time you arrive you’ll benefit from a tour of Kathmandu which includes Durbar Square, Boudanath Stupa and Thamel. At 8:00pm we’ll have a team dinner and briefing before heading back to the hotel for gear checks and last-minute preparations.

DAY 2: POKHARA TO DEURALI

We’ll start our day at 5am to catch our internal flight to Pokhara. Although we book onto the first flight of the day, we don’t expect to fly out without at least a 1 hour delay to our flight as is typical for internal flights in Nepal. Upon arrival to Pokhara we’ll be met by our porter team who will escort us to the Pokhara Batika Hotel for last minute checks and to drop off anything not needed for the trail. From there it’s a 1 hour drive to Kande, the starting point of our trekking experience. We’ll be trekking for around 2 hours until we reach the Australian Camp for a lunch stop. Then, it’s another 2 hours to reach our destination, Deurali, at 2,125 metres. Here, we’ll check in to our tea house and have the remainder of the day to rest.

DAY 3: TREK TO FOREST CAMP

We’ll start our first morning on the mountain with a breakfast at the tea house in Deurali at 7am before we head out to continue our trek to Forest Camp. This day is rich in picturesque views. We’ll be trekking for around 5 hours, having lunch on the way, until we reach Forest Camp at 2,600 metres where we’ll be checking into our tea houses, to rest and then have dinner.

DAY 4: REACHING BADAL DANDA

The next day we’ll be trekking for a total of 5 to 6 hours to Badal Danda. After ascending through the Rhododendron forests for around 3.5 hours we’ll reach Low Camp. You’ll be able to gaze at the beauty of the peaks surrounding us. After having lunch in Low Camp, we’ll be heading out for another 2 hours to reach Badal Danda at 3,300 metres, where we’ll have dinner and enjoy a good night’s sleep.

DAY 5: REACHING HIGH CAMP

Our morning begins with gradually ascending to 3550 metres along the Mardi Himal ridge. We expect to reach High Camp after a few hours. On this trail, we’ll see the majestic vistas of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna ‘South’ and Hiunchuli. We’ll get to also see the Rhododendron bushes and the colorful Danphe birds that are mesmerizing. After our lunch break, we’ll have two options: Either we leave to the high viewpoint for a 3.5 hour sunset hike, enjoying the golden light on the surrounding mountains. Or we rest and prepare for a magnificent sunrise hike starting at 3am to the same viewpoint. In any case, we’ll be spending the night at High Camp. The lodges are perfect viewpoints of the snow-covered peaks across the entire Annapurna Sanctuary.

DAY 6: GOING DOWN

On this day, we’ll be trekking back down to Forest Camp and stopping on the way at Badal Danda for a tea break. Our next stop will be at Low Camp for lunch. Our final destination for the day is Forest Camp. Here we’ll have a chance to rest our knees and stretch our bodies before having dinner and a good night’s sleep.

DAY 7: POKHARA

The day will kick off by descending the trail on a combination of stairs and gentle downhill slopes through the forest to Kalimati. That’s the final stop on our trail. We’ll be sharing lunch with our full support team, and this will be the last opportunity to sit with everyone. We usually use this time to present the group tip that would have been collected by your team leader prior to lunch. After that, we’ll make our way by car to Pokahara, check into our hotel and have the afternoon off to roam around and do some shopping. Dinner will be a la carte in a trendy downtown restaurant.

DAY 8: KATHMANDU

We’ll be catching an early afternoon flight to Kathmandu. That gives us a free morning to roam around and do some shopping. For those of us interested in paragliding over Pokhara, a very popular activity in the town, it can be arranged. For the rest of us we’ll be grabbing a late breakfast at the hotel and then given free time. Lunch is available for those who’d like to join but we understand that the team may wish to spend their time exploring instead. Upon arrival to Kathmandu, we’ll check in to our hotel and head straight to our cultural show and dinner event. This will be the last dinner we share together.

DAY 9: NAMASTE!

The last day is dedicated to airport shuttles. Breakfast at the hotel is included. For those of us who missed out on the city tour on arrival day an alternative tour can be arranged. Please make sure to provide us with your arrival and departure details before the first day of the trip.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides, Porters & Permits
  • Indicated Team Equipment

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • International Flights
  • Entry Visas
  • Tips & Gratuities for Local Team
  • Personal Gear & Rentals
  • Personal Medical Insurance
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Additional Nights Outside the Itinerary
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HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES

HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES

We do our best to ensure your wellbeing on LHO adventures. That's why the facilities we use throughout our trips are required to meet our health and safety standards. We also follow the laws and protocols of every country that hosts our adventures. This extends to national regulations requiring Covid-19 testing, vaccination certificates, mask wearing or any other local guidelines that may apply. Contact us for the most up to date protocols related to your destination.

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Top Questions

What's the temperature like?

Temperatures during the day are usually between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius. At night it can dip to single digits and may even reach 0. Above Higher Camp temperatures can drop below zero and sometimes reach as low as -10.

Temperatures during the day are usually between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius. At night it can dip to single digits and may even reach 0. Above Higher Camp temperatures can drop below zero and sometimes reach as low as -10.

Are there showers on the trail? How much do they cost?

Yes there are. Hot showers in the tea houses on the trail cost between 200-500 Rupees. Hot water is not always guaranteed because the boilers in some of the more remote areas operate on solar power. Usually, this is only an issue on one or two nights throughout the trek.

Yes there are. Hot showers in the tea houses on the trail cost between 200-500 Rupees. Hot water is not always guaranteed because the boilers in some of the more remote areas operate on solar power. Usually, this is only an issue on one or two nights throughout the trek.

For how many hours are we trekking/day?

The longest day on this trail is usually around 7 hours when we reach Upper View Point of Fishtail Mountain. All other days are around 5 hours long.

The longest day on this trail is usually around 7 hours when we reach Upper View Point of Fishtail Mountain. All other days are around 5 hours long.

What's the accommodation like on the trip?

For the nights spent in the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara, we use carefully selected accommodation that blends international standards and local tradition. You can expect a good level of general comfort in addition, private toilets, comfortable beds, garden areas or easy access to main market and walking areas, front desk, concierge, restaurant and breakfast area.

For the nights spent on the trail, we stay in tea houses. These are basic family-run accommodation that are very much p

For the nights spent in the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara, we use carefully selected accommodation that blends international standards and local tradition. You can expect a good level of general comfort in addition, private toilets, comfortable beds, garden areas or easy access to main market and walking areas, front desk, concierge, restaurant and breakfast area.

For the nights spent on the trail, we stay in tea houses. These are basic family-run accommodation that are very much part of the experience when trekking in the Himalayas. They consist of shared bathrooms, showers and a restaurant.

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ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE

€1,600

  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides, Porters & Permits
  • Indicated Team Equipment

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An adventure holiday for anyone with a pulse. No fitness requirements or prerequisites. Come as you are. Great for those who already train 1-2 times per week or would like to use this upcoming adventure as an opportunity to kickstart a fitness journey. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure.Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Need we explain further? No prior experience is required. Basic skills may be taught during this adventure. The skills necessary to safely complete this adventure will be taught as a part of this experience. This adventure requires prior experience, pre-requisite skills or certifications. See below for details.