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Long overlooked are two routes below Machhapuchhre: the Mardi Himal Trek and the Machhapuchhre Model Trek. Both climb above the tree line to the wild, rugged base camps of Mardi Himal.
Lower down the hillsides, trekkers can enjoy more intimate experiences through close contact with local people and their villages; eco-friendly, cultural homestay treks are the new buzz-word. West of Poon Hill on the sunny slopes above the Kali Gandaki River are the Parbat Myagdi Treks.
Not far from Pokhara is the Siklis Trek; once popular with camping groups, it remains a peaceful and traditional area.
Chowk Chisopani – Tandrangkot – Puranokot – Besisahar is the latest area to introduce homestay trekking. A little further north, the Gurung Heritage Trail is sure to enjoy more interaction with trekkers in the future.