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Mardi Himal Trek-12 Days

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11 Nights/ 12 Days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

2-15 people

Overview

Mardi Himal is a hidden gem, just east of Annapurna Base Camp. Few trekkers make their way to Mardi Himal’s Base Camp, spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the beautiful and imposing Machapuchhre (or Fishtail). It’s enough of a challenge (yet suitable for most travelers) and very accessible from Pokhara. You’ll reach a maximum altitude of 14,599 ft (4,450 m) and pass through Newar, Gurung, and Brahmin villages.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Off the Beaten Track: The Mardi Himal trek is one of the least visited trials in Nepal.
  • Natural and Cultural diversity
  • Closet view of exquisite Annapurna Himalayas
  • Traditional villages and sophisticated hospitality
  • Connected with Poon Hill longer version

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu!
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu!

Flying into Kathmandu, you'll have views over the valley, the Himalaya, and the terraced fields below. After completing customs, a representative will be waiting to greet you outside the airport and to guide you through the initial culture shock of Kathmandu’s narrow, winding streets to your hotel.

Day 2: Explore Kathmandu
Day 2: Explore Kathmandu

Kathmandu has a special atmosphere during the early morning hours when the city is slowly coming to life yet not too chaotic. It's a great time to walk and explore the streets or have a chai overlooking one of the local courtyards or durbar squares.

After breakfast, there are then a number of ways you can spend your day given the myriad famous sights around the Kathmandu Valley. You can use this as a free day or you can utilize a local English-speaking guide who knows the city well and can explain the history and significance of the sights (along with a private jeep to take you around).

Later in the evening, we will meet at your hotel lobby for a short trek briefing and at the same time, we will introduce you to your trek guide.

Overnight: Kathmanu

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Trek to Pothana (6,102 feet / 1,860 m)
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Trek to Pothana (6,102 feet / 1,860 m)

Today is the first day of your trek!

After an early breakfast, you'll be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport to catch your flight to Pokhara. This is a city located west of Kathmandu. Your specialist can help you try to get a seat on the right-hand side of the plane for views of the Himalayas en-route.

Upon arrival, a jeep will be waiting to drive you to Phedi where the trek begins towards Pothana. The trail ascends through forests of rhododendron, magnolia, oak, sandalwood, and pine until you reach the village called Dhampus. This is an authentic Gurung village, which gives you an opportunity to look at the magnificent views of the Annapurna ranges, as well as notable peaks like Lamjung Himal.

From Dhampus, the trail continues to ascend along a stone-paved path through more forests and mossy trees (keep an eye out for orchids). Once you get to the small village of Pothana, you’ll find a range of trekker facilities including shops, teahouses, and eateries. Relax and enjoy the magnificent mountain views.

Trekking time: 4-5 hours (3.5 miles / 5.6 km)
Overnight: Pothana

Day 4: Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (8,202 ft / 2,500 m)
Day 4: Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (8,202 ft / 2,500 m)

Today, you'll leave the popular trekking trail and head off the beaten path. You'll enter an enchanted forest of birch, giant rhododendron, mountain oak, maple, and hemlock. If the weather is clear, you'll see stunning mountain views throughout the day.

Trekking time: 5 hours
Overnight: Forest Camp

Day 5: Trek from Forest Camp to Badal Danda (10,532 ft / 3,210 m)
Day 5: Trek from Forest Camp to Badal Danda (10,532 ft / 3,210 m)

As you climb, the flora transitions to ‘cloud forest’ with mosses and lichen, tree ferns, and orchids hosted by the hardier trees. Through breaks in the forest, you'll have beautiful panoramas—towards Hiunchuli and the knife-sharp traverse towards Annapurna South. Far below, to your left, you can see the Modi Khola Valley leading up into the Annapurna Sanctuary.

You'll reach camp at lunchtime, as you'll want to walk slowly today given the gain in altitude (walk at an even pace where you don't lose your breath). Though still surrounded by forest, you'll have spectacular views of Machapuchare to the north.

Trekking time: 5 hours
Overnight: Badal Danda

Day 6: Trek from Badal Danda to High Camp (11,745 ft / 3,580 m)
Day 6: Trek from Badal Danda to High Camp (11,745 ft / 3,580 m)

A short, steep climb and you're out of the forest. A ridge, now grassy and sometimes under snow, takes you up to High Camp where you'll reach at lunchtime and where a second consecutive afternoon is spent acclimatizing and enjoying the views. Annapurna South seems near enough to throw a rock at and Machhapuchare itself close enough to touch.

Trekking time: 4 hours
Overnight: High Camp

Day 7: Trek from High Camp to Middle Camp via Mardi Himal Base Camp (14,763 ft / 4,500 m)
Day 7: Trek from High Camp to Middle Camp via Mardi Himal Base Camp (14,763 ft / 4,500 m)

Today, you'll have breakfast earlier than usual. With a packed lunch, you'll then set off to Mardi Himal Base Camp.

Conditions being favorable, you should reach up to 5,000m and only the crest of Mardi Himal itself will separate you from the south face of Machhapuchare. The great ice fields and blue glaciers of the Sanctuary Wall lie below. Annapurna I, highest of all is beyond, and around you, and an arc from horizon to horizon, from Dhaulagiri to the Ganesh Himal, are a dozen or more glistening snow-bound giants.

You have reached the main goal of the trek! A place, a time, a view that is almost impossible to equal—and you’ve earned it. By 1 pm at the latest, you'll need to descend, returning to the welcome steaming mug, the hot food, and the teahouse at Middle Camp.

Trekking time: 8 hours
Overnight: Middle Camp

Day 8: Trek from Middle Camp to Kalimati
Day 8: Trek from Middle Camp to Kalimati

After a relaxed breakfast, tired bodies make an unhurried decent through the shade of the forest and out onto terraced fields, down 1600m in all. This is a different route down—down to the upper Mardi Khola, the torrent that has been the ice and snow of the Mardi Himal. Although remote and still away from all the much-used 'teahouse' trekking routes, the trek now takes on the mood of the arm valley and the friendly villages into Kalimati.

Trekking time: 5 hours
Overnight: Kalimati

Day 9: Trek from Kalimati to Lwang Village Home Stay
Day 9: Trek from Kalimati to Lwang Village Home Stay

The path from Siding now follows the contour of the river valley gradually down between the pastures and through Tamang and Gurung villages. Lwang village has organic tea gardens. In the evening, you'll meet a mothers' group that is a part of an organization that works to raise money for local projects. Tonight, you'll experience a unique homestay.

Trekking time: 5 hours
Overnight: Lwang

Day 10: Drive from Lwang Village to Pokhara
Day 10: Drive from Lwang Village to Pokhara

Soon the trail skirts an outcrop—there’s the road, and there’s your transport, and soon you'll back in Pokhara celebrate your trek with a nice dinner.
Overnight: Pokhara

Day 11: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 11: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After breakfast, you may have time to do more sightseeing, relax, or check out one of Pokhara's coffee shops. About 1.5 hours before your flight, you'll be picked up from your hotel and taken to the domestic airport to catch your flight back to Kathmandu.

In Kathmandu, you'll be transferred to your hotel and can enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Explore Kathmandu's streets on foot, bicycle, or rickshaw, perhaps shopping for souvenirs or seeing anything you may have missed at the beginning of your trip.

In the evening, choose from a selection of Nepali, French, Vietnamese, and Middle Eastern dishes in the city.
Overnight: Kathmandu

Day 12: Depart Kathmandu
Day 12: Depart Kathmandu

It's time to say farewell to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu with breakfast in a café, a final stroll through the narrow alleys and temples, and some souvenir shopping. A driver will be waiting for you at your hotel to take you to the airport for your return flight home. It's best to be at the airport at least two hours prior to departure.

Included/Excluded

  • International arrival and departure transfer in a private vehicle.
  • 3 nights standard accommodation in 2/3 star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the in trekking
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Annapurna Conservation permit
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and return airfare and airport transfer in a private vehicle.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide
  • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All necessary Government paper TIMS Card etc.
  • All government taxes and Vat.
  • International flights and visa fee
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Entrance fees for monasteries and museums
  • Hot showers and hot drinking water during the trek
  • Travel insurance and emergency rescues
  • A personal expense like phone calls bills, bar bills, Wi-Fi, gadget charging, laundry, gratitude, trekking gears
  • Other items not mentioned
  • Sightseeing Tour can be arranged according to your request

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