Duration: 11 days
Cost: USD 825
Trip Type: Tea House/Lodge
Altitude: 4500 m
Best Season: Spring and Autumn
Destination: Kathmandu, Nepal
Group Size: 1-12
Mardi Himal trek is recently opened for tea house trek which provides incredible panoramic view from the base camp. It is to be remembered that this area has basic tea house, if you prefer luxury service we recommend you for a camping trek. This area is located close to Annapurna Base Camp and to the right hand side of the ridge. This trek is famous for different kinds of wild animals like monkeys and musk deer, birds where we can find Lopophorous (Danfe) as well as watching the incredible view of Annapurna & Machhapuchhre mountain ranges.
The trek begins at Phedi following half an hour driving from Pokhara. The trail is great, first gradually up, then a bit steeper to Australian Camp (2060m – About one hour), then after that somewhat downhill to Pothana (1950m) then up again to Deurali (2100m). There is a privilege turn in Deurali sign posted "Forest Camp" the trail is through wilderness, from the start up then undulating on the highest point of an edge, there is a segment just over half way where the trail drops steeply and after that gradually picks up stature and afterward back onto the edge and into Forest Camp (2600m). The trail is at first truly steep leaving Forest Camp however, soon gets less steep as you again get up on the edge. The trail leaves Low Camp again in the wilderness, however the trees soon begin to get smaller and after around one hour trekking broke out of the wilderness and onto the open edge with dynamite perspectives of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South to my left. It is conceivable to keep trekking along the edge for an alternate 4 to 5 hours to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and come back to High Camp in around 4 hours. After that, we get back down to Deurali. When we land to Deurali, we trek to Jhinu Hot spring where you can discover at regular hot spring through Tolka. After this, you will end your trek at Nayapul through Ghandruk town which is one of the well known Gurung villages in this region.
Note: It is regarded as an eco-tourism based trekking destination in Annapurna Himalayan region. Mardi Himal is located in the east of the Modi Khola across the valley from Hiunchuli. The main attraction fo this trek is close up dramatic scenery of Mt. Machapuchchhre, Mardi Himal and Annapurna range, Ghandruk village, the great ice fields and the blue glaciers. This trek is best for those trekkers who do not love crowds.
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Day 01: Airport Pick Up and drop you to the hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley
After breakfast, our manager visits your hotel where he will brief you about the trekking plan. Then proceed to Kathmandu sightseeing with your tour guide and around 5 in the evening, meet with your trekking staff then prepare your trekking gears, go for shopping if you need to buy any.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara by Tourist Bus
Driving time: 6 to 7 hours
Early in the morning our trekking staff visits your hotel and takes you to tourist Bus Park where you will find the bus to Pokhara. On the way you can see nice scenic view of green valley, majestic landscapes, farming land, amazing rivers, countryside village and traditional lifestyles of peoples staying there. At Pokhara enjoy walking around the city or reward yourself with boating in the Fewa Lake.
Day 04: Drive to Kande (1710m) then Trek to Pritam Deurali (2100m)
Driving time: One hour
Walking time: 3 hours
After breakfast, trekking staff visits your hotel then drives to Kande which is the starting point of Mardi Himal trek. From Kande to Australian Camp the trail is steeply uphill for about 1..5 hours then after the trail goes gentle uphill until Pritam Deurali. The trail follows through the local village and forest. You can see the nice view of Pokhara valley, dense forests, farming land, traditional local village, scenic Mountain View and variety of birds & wildlife.
Day 05: Forest camp (2600m)
Walking time: 5.5 hours
Trail goes steeply uphill through the forest until you reach the Forest camp. Between Deurali & Forest camp there is no any tea house of any sort for the lunch as well as water too. So before the hike, you need to prepare your snacks and water. From the morning you have to walk through huge forest of Oak, Rhododendron, and Bamboo where you can see many Longur & Musk deer. You can see incredible view of various mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machhapuchchhre and Mardi Himal.
Day 06: High camp (3700m)
Walking time: 5 hours
The trail goes uphill through the forest until our destination. Here the trail follows more open land as well as grassy meadows and ridge of the mountains where you can find trees like Rhododendron, juniper, and pine tree. The hike becomes difficult because of less oxygen level. You can also enjoy the 360 degree panoramic view of hills and valleys as well as various Mountains like Annapurna south, Machhapuchchhre, Mardi Himal, Annapurna 2nd, Gandarba Chuli and Annapurna Base Camp valley.
Day 07: Acclimatization day (Mardi Himal Base Camp 4500m)
Walking time: 5 hours
Early in the morning you can enjoy panoramic Mountain View around the sunrise time. After breakfast follow along the ridge to the Fishtail Mountain where you will see 360 degree panoramic Mountain View for the whole day. Today the trail follows windy ridge and is pretty hard uphill until the Base Camp. Enjoy yourself with the panoramic view of the majestic Mountains, mystique landscapes and valley views, alpine land, animal pasture and national bird of Nepal-Danphe (Lophophorus). Then back to hotel high camp where you stay overnight.
Day 08: Sidhing (1700m)
Walking time: 7-8 hours
Follow the previous trail through the Nange Danda ridge all the way to Low Camp. After reaching the Low camp, leave behind the trail going to Forest camp and follow the left trail which is steeply downhill through the huge forest until Siding via Bhimjung Panoramic view of different mountains, rain forests, different types of wildlife’s, some open meadows and mystic landscapes are the major attractions for the day.
Day 09: Sidhing to Pokhara.
Driving time: 3 hours
This day after breakfast we take a jeep direct to Pokhara.
Note: Also for those who has lesser days or want to save day can return Pokhara on Day 08)
Day 10: Back to Kathmandu from Pokhara
After breakfast, hire a taxi and reach the tourist Bus Park before 7 am, where you can find the bus to Kathmandu.
Day 11: End of the trip and transfer to the Kathmandu airport for your final departure.