“Mardi Himal Trek”
Mardi himal trek in the present day a very thought of destination for trekking in Nepal. With the idea of providing a different perspective of exploring the same region from a different angle this trek emerged not very long back. The trek mostly remains inside the Annapurna conservation Area, commonly known as ACA, but beats the influx trekking to the Annapurna base camp or any other famed route in the region.
Trekking in Mardi,
Mardi Himal trek, since the beginning, has always been overshadowed and has been more of off the beaten trek. Nevertheless, beginning from a different trek put in destination it primarily embarks on lush green forest and remains like that almost throughout. There aren’t many houses along the trail and it is absolutely perfect the way it is because it contributes to serene ambiance. The tea house are close to null and it is not a trek to experience culture and religion. The view on the other hand, is a stunner. You reach to an altitude of 4500 meters which is almost similar to that of Annapurna base camp. The zenith of the trek offers impeccable views of the mountains Fishtail, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Gangapurna.
Annapurna conservation is very popular for wildlife as well and since majority of Mardi Himal trek falls in the same you will spot several birds. You will also have few opportunities to witness variety of monkeys. You will as well hear a lot of stories of leopards taking their cattle and sighting of snow leopard footprints on the mountains but since these animals are very shy in nature and a very rare sighting.
There are several other reasons for you to trek to Mardi Himal base camp. One of the few reasons is one of the best rhododendron blossoms of the season. You will witness acres of land covered with rhododendron of different hue. Second, you will mostly walk on the ridges after certain point. You will walk on barren cliffs with best views on the both hands. Finally, for the best views of Mt. Fishtail.
Mardi himal trek is a short trek and of medium difficulty and can be completed within a very short time. If you want to go very close to the mountain without spending a huge deal of money and in parallel without having to deal with a large crowd then Mardi Himal trek is the best option for you.
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- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
- Day 02: Trek Preparation and shopping
- Day 03: Drive to Pokhara
- Day 04: Pokhara - Kande - Forest Camp (2550m)
- Day 05: Forest Camp - Low Camp (3000 m)
- Day 06: Low Camp - High Camp (3900m)
- Day 07: High Camp - Viewpoint - High Camp
- Day 08: High Camp to Siding (1200m)
- Day 09: Siding - Lumre - Pokhara
- Day 10: Pokhara - Kathmandu
- Day 11: Departure your destination.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Thank you for choosing Mardi Himal trek as your next adventure destination! On this day you arrive to Kathmandu and we transfer you to your accommodation. You rest and rejuvenate for days to come. You can as well explore the surrounding and get to know a little about the country and culture.
Day 02: Trek Preparation and shopping
You will meet your trek leader on this day and he would brief you about trekking in Nepal and your chosen destination. Meanwhile, the back office staff will prepare all required permits for your trekking. later in the day, you will do the last minute shopping for your trekking along with your guide. While our back office staff get ready preparing permits from the government offices, our guides help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to the most happening market in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara
On this day we have our breakfast by 6:00 a.m. in the morning and head towards tourist Bus Park at Thamel and board a tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus ride will take around 7 hours through curvy roads of hilly terrain with couple of breaks in between for snacks and lunch. The drive to Pokhara on one of the major highways is exhilarating with beautiful views of never leaving tributaries, lush green hills and roadside settlements.
Day 04: Pokhara - Kande - Forest Camp (2550m)
The drive from Pokhara to Kande usually takes around 45 minutes in private vehicle and 1 and half hours on a bus (public). Kande is a small hilltop town on Pokhara - Baglung highway. The drive through the scenic road, through the lush green hills and along the seti river is beautiful. The view of mountains and Pokhara valley from Nau danda, on the way to Kande is splendid. Once we reach forest camp we begin to ascent through the forest of rhododendron and red sandalwood. Another 45 minutes of gradual ascend and descent in slow pace we reach Australian base camp. The views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and the fishtail are highly acclaimed. From here we descent through the same sandalwood forest for 15 minutes to Pothana and further 45 minutes to Pitam Deurali. Pitam Deurali onwards the Mardi Himal trek officially begins and it takes 4 hours until Forest camp. The views of Dhaulagiri and Manaslu is very beautiful in this final section of the trek, if the weather is on the brighter side. Overnight in Forest Camp.
Day 05: Forest Camp - Low Camp (3000 m)
We begin out of forest camp by climbing gradually for around 45 minutes to rest camp. From rest camp it is a gradient ascent but however the trails are not demanding. Majority of today’s walk is through the dense forest of Rhododendron. Towards the end of the day, and close to low camp, the trail becomes flat and the forest opens to a meadow land. Overnight at Low Camp.
Day 06: Low Camp - High Camp (3900m)
The day involves uphill walk throughout. We begin uphill immediately after Low camp and traverse through sections with dense as well as patches of sparse trees. The views once in awhile from the barren cliffs are beautiful. Some sections of the trek on this day is steep as well as narrow. Towards high camp the views of lush green hills entirely covered with grass is beautiful. The most beautiful views in this section comes from an unnamed ridge that showcases the views of Annapurna range, including the closer view of Machhapuchhre. The views towards the south as well is unparalleled - the modi valley and the distant terrace fields, including the villages of Dovan, Chhomrong, Sinuwa and Ghandruk is beautiful. It takes around 5-6 hours to reach High camp. Overnight in High camp.
Day 07: High Camp - Viewpoint - High Camp
It takes around 3 to 4 hours on this day in order to reach the viewpoint and return back at High Camp. The high camp has no food and accommodation option, which is why we pack our food to the vantage point. Except for some sections where the trail shoots up the trail is not very demanding. In one section of the trail where the trail is exposed to a steep fall on the both end, it is recommended to be extremely careful. The views once we reach the top is world class. If we are blessed by the mother nature and the weather remains clear we would be able to spot Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna south 7219m, Himchuli 6441m, Baraha Shikhar (Fang) 7647m, Tent peak 5695m, Singu Chuli 6501m, Gangapurna 7454m, Gandarva chuli 6248m, little summit of Annapurna III 7555m, Machhapuchre (Mt. fishtail) 6993m and Mardi Himal 5553m. Towards the south we can see as far as Pokhara including MBC (Machhapuchre Base Camp), Deurali, Dovan, Sinuwa, Chhomrong, Ghandruk. After spending some time on the top we return back to High Camp. Overnight in High Camp.
Day 08: High Camp to Siding (1200m)
We take the same route on our way back and all the way to low Camp. This section includes the view of Annapurna base camp trail. From low camp the trail is downhill all the way to Siding. The walk is through dense subtropical forest and the chances of spotting wildlife is a high possibility. The mountain view is somehow blocked due to the dense vegetation. It takes tentatively 5 hours to reach Siding. Overnight in Siding.
Day 09: Siding - Lumre - Pokhara
The walk from Siding to Lumre takes around 2 hours. The mountain scenery is lost at this point but however we still have beautiful views of valleys and terraced hills. The small patches of houses and people working on their fields steals the show. The walk is good on the knees and more gradual and flatter. Once we reach Lumre we board on a vehicle as per our package and head towards Pokhara. It takes another 2 hours from Lumre to Pokhara and 80% of the ride is off road. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 10: Pokhara - Kathmandu
The bus ride takes around 7 hours to Kathmandu. The bus traverses through beautiful lush green hills and views of mountains (only in season). Once we reach Kathmandu we transfer you to your accommodation and hence officially come to the end of Mardi Himal trek.
Day 11: Departure your destination.
- Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle (depends on group size).
- 3 nights hotel accommodation at 3 star category in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast.
- Welcome dinner at typical Nepalese restaurant in Kathmandu.
- All government and local taxes and company service charge.
- Highly an experienced trekking Guide and potters for each pax.
- Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepaleese staffs.
- A comprehensive medical kit.
- All accommodations on the trails and full board meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or any one item from the menu ).
- Best available local lodges / Teahouse in mountain
- 2 Nights Hotel accomodation in Pokhara inclusive breakfast but food is not included.
- Domestic flight/Private jeep/tourist bus transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu.
- Certificate of trek Completion.
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water etc).
- Lunch & dinner in kathmandu hotel.
- In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides etc the extra charge should be borne by themselves.
- Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival (4 copies of passport size photo).
- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel.
- Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
- Tips fortrekking stafs.
- Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included
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