- Total Duration:14 Days
- Trip Grade:Moderate
Mardi Himal a newly explored trip in the Annapurna. It is a great introductory to isolated and off- beaten trials for breathtaking scenery, traditional rural village, lush forests, rhododendrons in full bloom, diverse range of dramatic landscapes in the high alpine and complete wilderness with the backdrop of the soaring snow-capped majestic mountains, Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Hiunchuli.
This trek is considered as an alternative trek route for Annapurna circuit trekking as trek encompasses all of the elements of a classic Nepal trekking experience of villages, wildlife, panoramic mountain views and range of landscape from forest to high alpine.
Trekking around Mardi Himal base camp is a shorter trek making it a great for first-timers and more experienced trekkers, as it takes around the least explored trail much away from the crowd of trekkers through south of Annapurna then towards Mardi Himal (5587m), a prominent peak lying directly under the inspiring summit of Machhapuchare and directly opposite the massive south face of Annapurna 1.
First, we take a bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara that takes around six hours of drive. Then drive to the trailhead at Phedi, the starting point of our trek. The walk goes on through the forest until low camp with the best views of Machhapuchare.
During the spring season, routes are in its best with the blossom rhododendron forests offering a spectacular demonstration of pink and red. The landscape changes into a rugged high mountain landscape with views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchare, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. We arrive at high camp which again offers stunning views overlooking the entire Annapurna range. Reaching base camp of Mardi Himal rewards us with the views of overlooking Annapurna ranges- an excellent introduction to trekking in the Himalaya. Leaving High camp we descend to natural hot spring at Jhino Danda to have refreshed. We drive back to Pokhara where our trek package completes.
Trekkers visiting Mardi Himal trekking can experience Himalayan ranges, mountain landscapes, natural hot springs, mixed indigenous lifestyle, rhododendron forest, alpine meadows, an abundance of wildlife, ancient caves, waterfalls, various species of flora and fauna- truly wilderness experience.
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
- Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.
- Day 03: Fly or Drive to Pokhara (900m), drive to Kande and walk Bhaisikharka (Australian camp) or Deurali (2060m)
- Day 04: Deurali to Forest Camp (2500m)
- Day 05: Forest Camp to Low Camp (2970m)
- Day 06: Low Camp to High Camp (3550m)
- Day 07: High Camp (3550m) to Mardi Base Camp (4500m) back to High Camp
- Day 08: High Camp to Sidding (1700m)
- Day 09: Sidding to Lwong(1460m)
- Day 10: Lwong to Khoramukh then drive to Pokhara
- Day 11: Pokhara sightseeing.
- Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu drive
- Day 13: Love Kathmandu Tour (Hidden place in Kathmandu and Durbar square) 4 hrs
- Day 14: Departure.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Our representative will welcome and receive you at the Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu. Then you transfer to the hotel. Preparation for the trek. Overnight stay.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.
Pashupatinath Temple: It is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva, located beside the Bagmati River. It is one of the most significant temples for the Hindu devotes around the world and the UNESCO site. The golden pagoda style temple is richly carved with silver doors. On the day of Shivaratri, a big fair is held around the month of February/March.
Boudhanath Stupa: One of the biggest Stupas in the world, is located on the east in Kathmandu. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four prime direction, keeping watch for virtuous behaviour and human success. King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini had built this remarkable Stupa. The Stupa resembles the Mahayana philosophy.
Day 03: Fly or Drive to Pokhara (900m), drive to Kande and walk Bhaisikharka (Australian camp) or Deurali (2060m)
In the morning, we take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara for half an hour. Another option is taking about 6 hrs drive There is also an option of the drive through Prithvi Highway. The picturesque landscape and hilly gorges can be explored. Leaving Pokhara, we take a scenic drive to Kande and begin the trek from here. The trail then is steeper up to the Australian Camp (2060m). After lunch, we slightly downhill to Pothana and entry our check in at the ACAP counter. Climb up to Deurali for Overnight.
Day 04: Deurali to Forest Camp (2500m)
Second day starts from Deurali to Forest Camp. On the way, we walk on the plain way for an hour, which goes through the road dotted with pine forest. Then it goes through the rhododendron forest, which makes the whole forest area extremely colorful. We bring packed lunch and reach to forest camp for the overnight stay. Overnight at teahouse
Day 05: Forest Camp to Low Camp (2970m)
Today we have shorter walk good for acclimatization as you are approaching almost 3000m. After breakfast we start our walk. You will get your lunch at Low camp and stay overnight here. You can enjoy the astonishing view of Mt. Machhaapuchhre (Fishtail) view in the evening and morning.
Day 06: Low Camp to High Camp (3550m)
Today we have short walk to help your body adopt with the altitude. Drink adequate water and enjoy the forests and great views of the snow-capped Himalayas as South Annpurna, Himchuli, Mt. Fishtail along with the stunning villages as Chhomrong Village, Ghandruk Village and Fishtail Basecamp valley can be seen. Reach to high camp and rest. Enjoy Sunset view.Overnight at teahouse.
Day 07: High Camp (3550m) to Mardi Base Camp (4500m) back to High Camp
After enjoy sunrise and warm breakfast, we embark from High Camp to Mardi Base Camp via View point from where you can enjoy mountain views and other view. We take packed lunch as there is no palce to eat on the way. It is about 7 hours walk through the steep trail and rocky climb. Today is hardest day of the trek.It separates the grassy land to the rocky and glacial area and the walk goes through lush, green and high mountain. Enjoy your packed lunch with a magnificient view of Mardi Himal, Annapurna-I, and others. You back same way to High camp for Overnight at teahouse(Lodge)
Day 08: High Camp to Sidding (1700m)
This is a precious morning to view the breathtaking sunrise. After having breakfast, we start to trek down to Sidding through the pie forest and rhododendron forest. Having lunch at the low camp, we continue walking down to Sidding. Overnight at teahouse(lodge)
Day 09: Sidding to Lwong(1460m)
With a breakfast at Sidding, we start walking towards Lwong which is gradual up and in some places through the flat trail as well. At Ghalel, we stop for the lunch. It is a tiny but picturesque Gurung village that has got home stay facility. Then we walk to Lwong, which is an old village with traditional houses. There is tea garden and ACAP office. The evening can be melodious with folk singing and dancing organized by the local mother group. Overnight at Home stay.
Day 10: Lwong to Khoramukh then drive to Pokhara
Early morning we walk to enjoy the tea garden. We can also enjoy the mountain views. Then we back to Lwong and have a breakfast. Then we trek to Koramukh and drive further to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Pokhara sightseeing.
After breakfast, we set out for the refreshing sightseeing in Pokhara. You can visit Davis falls, Gupteshower cave, international mountain museum, take boating to Fewa Lake than evening, walk around the lakeside area. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu drive
We drive for Kathmandu from Pokhara today. In the beginning, we get amused by the Marshyangdi river valley and its surrounding scenarios and of the Trishuli river valley in the second part. You will enjoy local things happening on the way. After reaching Kathmandu, you transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the evening as you wish. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Love Kathmandu Tour (Hidden place in Kathmandu and Durbar square) 4 hrs
After breakfast, take a tour around the local town in Kathmandu to feel the local life and culture. The tour lets you a great moment to enclose with the religious and cultural affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries.
Day 14: Departure.
At the farewell day, our representative drops you at the airport for your final departure. Thank you for your wonderful experience with us.
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