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Khumai Danda, located at an elevation of 3245 meters, is a hidden treasure in the Himalayas that feels like a slice of heaven on earth. Situated in the Machhapuchhre Rural Municipality of the Kaski District in Nepal, this tranquil spot offers unparalleled views of the majestic Machapuchare, also known as the “FishTail” mountain, standing proudly in the conserved Annapurna region. The journey to Khumai Danda blends adventure and serenity, where lush green forests, terraced fields, and quaint villages welcome you with open arms. As you ascend, the landscape transforms, unveiling a panoramic vista that is nothing short of magical. From the summit, the sunrise paints the snow-capped peaks in hues of gold and pink, creating a spectacle that etches itself into your memory. Khumai Danda is not just a destination; it is an experience that encapsulates the essence of Nepal’s natural beauty and cultural richness.

A women working in the field on the way to Pokhara
A women working in the field on the way to Pokhara

Here is a summary of the journey we made to Khumai Danda. We hope that this will inspire you to at least peek at the Machhapuchhre and Annapurna in their close periphery and enjoy a peaceful trek that will help you escape your day-to-day hustle for a while.

About the Great Machhapuchhre Trail 

The Great Machhapuchhre Trail (GMT), also known as the Machhapuchhre Model Trek or Khumai Danda Trek, is rapidly gaining recognition as a prime destination for hikers. In recent days, this trek has proven to be an excellent alternative to the overcrowded Mardi Himal Trek. Both the Mardi Trek and the Khumai Trek offer similar landscapes and breathtaking views. However, the key difference lies in the perspective they provide: from Khumai Danda, trekkers enjoy a clear front profile of the majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre, while the Mardi Himal Trek offers a closer, sectional view of the mountain. This unique vantage point makes the Khumai Danda Trek a standout choice for those seeking a serene and picturesque trekking experience.

Local lifestyle on the way to Ghachok
Local lifestyle on the way to Ghachok

Here’s a summary of our journey to Khumai Danda. We hope you find it informative and inspiring.

Day 1: From Kathmandu to Pokhara

Our adventure began in the bustling streets of Kathmandu. The roads varied from dusty paths to well-paved highways, reflecting Nepal’s ongoing infrastructure development. The day’s highlights marked a brief stop at Malekhu Bazaar by the Trishuli River and a serene stay at Hotel Crown Himalaya in Pokhara. The ride was tiring, but the environment of Pokhara made us forget all our fatigue, and we were ready to embark on a new journey the next day.

A boat rider in Fewa Lake, Pokhara
A boat rider in Fewa Lake, Pokhara

Day 2: Journey to Khumai Danda 

The morning at Phewa Lake was a tranquil start, with the serene presence of Machapuchare in the background. Leaving Pokhara, we headed towards Baglung, turning from Milan Chowk towards Machapuchhre Rural Municipality. The drive to Tuse and further to Saripakha presented a mix of rough roads and picturesque views, underscoring the importance of good infrastructure for tourism.

Faces of Saripakha, near Ghachok.
Faces of Saripakha, near Ghachok.

Day 3: Trekking through Saripakha to Chichimle (1690m-1740m)

Saripakha was the last village settlement on the trek. The local community offered us a warm welcome. The trek began through lush greenery and vibrant landscapes, with the rain adding a refreshing touch. Encounters with locals and glimpses of rural life enriched our journey.

Hilekharka seen while trekking towards Chichimle
Hilekharka seen while trekking towards Chichimle

Day 4: From Chichimle to Khumai (1740m-3245m)

The trek from Chichimle to Khumai was a blend of adventure and beauty. Despite the rain and challenging paths, the journey was filled with breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment. The homestay at Khumai Danda provided a comforting end to the day’s trek.

Way to Khumai Danda
Way to Khumai Danda

Day 5: Discovering Khumai Danda

At 3245 meters, Khumai Danda offered an awe-inspiring view of the Himalayan range. This less-traveled destination’s tranquility and pristine beauty provided a profound connection with nature.

Welcome to Khumai Danda
Welcome to Khumai Danda

Day 6: Concluding the Adventure

The trek concluded with a sense of fulfillment and gratitude. The love and support from our audience have been invaluable throughout this journey, inspiring us to continue exploring and sharing Nepal’s natural and cultural treasures. 

Mount Machhapuchhre seen from Khumai Danda
Mount Machhapuchhre seen from Khumai Danda

At the end

As we bid farewell to the enchanting vistas of Khumai Danda, our hearts brimmed with gratitude for the warm hospitality and unwavering spirit of the people of Machhapuchhre Municipality. Their dedication to preserving this region’s natural beauty and cultural heritage ensured that trekkers worldwide could continue to enjoy its splendor. A special thanks to the organizers of the Great Machhapuchhre Trek, whose meticulous planning and support made this unforgettable journey possible. Khumai Danda will forever remain a cherished memory, a testament to the harmonious blend of nature and community that makes this corner of the Himalayas so uniquely captivating.

Some of the photos of the trip:

Aerial Shot of Khumai Danda
Aerial Shot of Khumai Danda
A flock of Sheep in Khumai Danda
A flock of Sheep in Khumai Danda
Forest Trail on the way to Khumai Danda
Forest Trail on the way to Khumai Danda

 

Great Machhapuchhre Trail - GMT
Great Machhapuchhre Trail – GMT
Porter on the way to Khumai Danda
Porter on the way to Khumai Danda
Board indicating the way to Khumai Danda
Board indicating the way to Khumai Danda
Trekkers enjoying the view
Trekkers enjoying the view
Landscapes of Khumai Danda
Landscapes of Khumai Danda

Keywords: Khumai Danda, Tourism, Nepal, Trek, Machhapuchhre Trail, Annapurna, Himalayan Trek, Machhapuchare Mountain, Khumai Trekking, Pokhara to Khumai Danda, Nepal8thwonder, Nepal 8th wonder.

Article By: Puspa Devkota

Photos: Abhishek Dhakal (Camera) & Sushant Chand (Drone Photos)