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Mardi Himal Trek - 8 days

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US$ 210
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US $ 840
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Max. Elevation
4500.00m
Group size
2 min - 18 Max
Trip grade
Beginner
Transportation
Grounded vehicals only .
Best Season
Sept – Dec, March – May
Accomodation
3 *** hotel in Pokhara Hotel and Lodge twin sharing bed basis during the trekking.
Meals
All Meals (Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast) with cup of Tea/Coffee during the trekking .
Starts at
Pokhara
Ends at
Pokhara

Highlights

        •  Great mountain views of the Annapurna Range.
        •  Australian Camp, Pothana, Deurali, Badal Danda, View Point, Mardi Himal Base Camp nice spot for the view.
        •  The trek is combinations of Jungle walk and Himalayas scenery
        •  Nice view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna south, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and other Himalayas view.
        •  The trek is newly develop and became very popular shortly. The trek is mostly Jungle walk , wild birds and animals.
        •  Rhododendron flowers can be seen in February, March and April.
        •  Passing through terraced cultivated fields, settlements and beautiful forests.
        •  Beautiful village tour, Aalpine forest, Gurung and Thakali culture shows.
      Mardi Himal Trek is just a week long trek which is newly opened off the beaten route. It is situated just east of Modi Khola and is known as the hidden treasure in the Annapurna region. This trek is a wonderful introduction to the mountains of Nepal, or for those who is bounded by a time.


      Mardi Himal is the least visited trekking trail and ideal for those who want to avoid the crowd in the trekking trail. It is one of the striking and beautiful treks in Nepal, uncrowned terrains providing the golden chance to explore traditional villages, incredible scenery, infinite and diversity of culture. One can have a spectacular views of silvery mountains and tempting views of river and exotic valley on the way of trekking trail.

      It is situated just east of the Annapurna Region and is a hidden gem. Mardi Himal trek can be done within a week from Pokhara. You will be travelling to Pokhara from Kathmandu either by tourist bus (7 hours drive) or the plane (30 minute flight) and your trekking starts from the next day when you arrive at Phedi after an hour of drive from Pokhara. Mardi Himal trek starts from Kande, 20 minutes drive from Phedi. Trekking trails leads you to Pothana, forest camp, and High Camp and Mardi Himal base camp and when you return you will be trekking down through the different villages like Siding, Lwang and Khora muk to finish the trekking. It is a stunningly beautiful trek, taking you up through ancient rhododendron forests, to what feels like the face of the mountains themselves, as you get up close and personal with Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Ganga Purna, Annapurna I and Mardi Himal. We can also see farming field with dramatic landscape. Culturally, it follows mixed but mostly Buddhism in the region. After that, we return all the way down to Forest camp. From high camp, we climb up towards the knoll of Mardi Himal (5500 m), enjoying stunning views of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997 m), the Annapurna Mountain ranges and Lamjung Himal. The great rice fields and the blue glaciers of the Annapurna sanctuary walls lie below the trail.

      You are free after the trek either you stay few more days to enjoy the beauty of Pokhara city (most beautiful city of Nepal) or you can head back to Kathmandu the following day. It has just been opened as lodge trek so you have no problem of your food and lodge but you have to go with the way they live and they eat. If you are expecting fancy lodge and food, you better choose other parts of Annapurna trek. Mardi Himal trek can be attempted by any inexperienced trekkers too, its relatively easy trek.

      Outlined Itinerary
      Day 01: Drive Pokhara to Kande – 45 minutes drive. Trek to Pothana (1950 m.) – 4 hours walk

      Day 02: Trek Pothana to Forest Camp (2500 m.) – 6 hours walk

      Day 03: Trek Forest Camp to Low Camp (2990 m.) – 4 hours walk

      Day 04: Trek Low Camp to High Camp (3580 m.) – 4 hours walk

      Day 05: Trek Mardi Himal Base Camp (4450 m.) and back to High Camp – 5 hours walk

      Day 06: Trek High Camp to Siding village (1885 m.) – 4 hours walk

      Day 07: Trek Siding Village to Lwang Village (1460 m.) – 5 hours walk

      Day 08: Trek Lwang Village down to Khora muk (1 hour walk) and drive back to Pokhara (2 hours drive)

      Trip Itinerary

      Our journey begins with a 45 minutes drive from Pokhara to Kande which is the starting point. The trail is good, first slowly up, then a bit steeper to Australian Camp (2060m – About one hour), then after that slightly downhill to Pothana (1950m). You have to climb up the stone stairs passing through terraced cultivated fields, settlements and forests taking you to Pothana where you will have great mountain views of the Annapurna Range. Overnight at normal tea house or lodge.

      Max. altitude

      1,950m / 6,398 ft.

      Accommodation

      Hotel / Lodge

      Meals

      Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

      On the following day, we walk on the plain way for around one hour then there is a right turn in Deurali sign posted “Forest Camp” the trail is through Pine forest. The Forest is covered with the most unique flower called Rhododendron. At first, we have to walk up undulating on the top of a ridge, there is a section just over half way where the trail drops steeply and then slowly gains height and then back onto the ridge and into Forest Camp.


      Max. altitude

      2,500m / 8,202 ft.

      Accommodation

      Hotel / Lodge

      Meals

      Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

      Leaving forest camp, we trek towards Low camp. Initially, the trail is quite steep leaving Forest Camp but soon gets less steep as we get towards the ridge. We can see the most amazing and clear view of Mt. Fishtail here. After about four hours walk, we reach low camp where we will spend our overnight.

      Max. altitude

      2,990m / 9,810 ft.

      Accommodation

      Hotel / Lodge

      Meals

      Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

      From Low camp, our trail passes through the jungle ways again. But the trees soon start to get smaller and after about one hours trekking broke out of the jungle and onto the open ridge with spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South to our left. In between the journey of Low camp and High Camp there is a place called View Point where you can see various snow-capped mountains and villages like South Annapurna, Himchuli, Chhomrong Village, Ghandruk Village, Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna region, flora and fauna, beautiful village view, alpine forest, Gurung and Thakali culture, eco friendly villager as well as the least touristy trek. We will be walking around 4 hours through a series of steep, rocky climbs separated by leisurely walk through lush, green, High Mountain before reaching High Camp.


      Max. altitude

      3,580m / 11,745 ft.

      Accommodation

      Hotel / Lodge

      Meals

      Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

      Commencing trek from High camp, we climb up about four hours to Mardi Himal Base Camp which offers spectacular views of the entire Annapurna Range. It is also possible to return to high camp in around 4 hours which make it a long day walk. There is also a viewpoint approx half way where imaging view can be seen.

      Max. altitude

      4,500m / 14,764 ft.

      Accommodation

      Hotel / Lodge

      Meals

      Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

      Wake up early in the morning to have the most precious Sunrise view. Have your breakfast at High camp and descend towards Siding village. Siding is a simple traditional local village. Walking back straight descend to the same fine forest you can again see the beautiful red Rhododendron forest.


      Max. altitude

      1,885m / 6,184 ft.

      Accommodation

      Hotel / Lodge

      Meals

      Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

      On the following day, we leave Siding village and continue our trek towards Lwang which is gradual up and some were flat too. On your way to Lwang you reach a place called Ghalel, where you can have your lunch. Ghalel is a small traditional village with some small restaurants and home stay. After lunch again start up walking towards Lwang. Lwang is also a traditional old village. There is tea garden and ACAP office with some home stay for you to stay overnight. At the night time at your home stay the mother group will welcome you by singing and dancing in some folk songs.


      Max. altitude

      1,885m / 6,184 ft.

      Accommodation

      Homestay

      Meals

      Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

      Today is the last day of our trek. Early morning walk to tea garden to see the panoramic view of green tea garden and also the view of mountains. After that come back to Lwang for breakfast and walk towards Khora muk. The trail leads us though the bank of Mardi River. After reaching Khora muk transfer to Pokhara. After you reach Pokhara you have plenty of time so you can visit many places around it. As Pokhara is second tourist area there are numerous places where you can enjoy your moment.

      Max. altitude

      1,460m / 4,790 ft.

      Accommodation

      Hotel

      Meals

      Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
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      Includes

        • Airport drop and Pick up in Kathmandu.
        • Accommodation in Kathmandu , Pokhara 
        • Drive to Kande by Private Car 
        • Kathmandu -  Pokhara - Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
        • Trekking permits and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card.
        • Experienced and licensed trekking guide.
        • Porter service to carry your luggage (one porter for every two trekkers).
        • Accommodation in teahouses or lodges during the trek.
        • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
        • Safe drinking water throughout the trek.
        • Annapurna Conservation permit fee
        • Basic first aid kit.
        • Emergency evacuation arrangements (helicopter rescue, if needed).
        • Government taxes and service charges.

      Doesn't Include

        • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
        • Nepal entry visa fees.
        • Personal travel insurance (covering medical, evacuation, and trip cancellation).
        • Extra accommodation and meals in Kathmandu (beyond the itinerary).
        • Extra activities or sightseeing not mentioned in the itinerary.
        • Personal expenses, such as laundry, phone calls, internet access, etc.
        • Additional porters or services if needed.
        • Tips for guides, porters, and other staff (tipping is customary in Nepal).
        • Any expenses arising due to unforeseen circumstances, such as flight delays, natural disasters, political unrest, etc.

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