- Trip Style: Mardi Himal
- Ways to Travel: Guided
- Activities: Trekking
- Group Size: 2-12
- High Altitude 4500 M
Make your holidays an opportunity to do some fun-filled activities in the lap of the Himalayas and gain some cultural insights as well. We have designed a leisurely program which you can take at your own pace, but that still enables you to get to know the real Nepal – from the bazaars and temples of Kathmandu to the traditional atmosphere of a village stay; to stunning Lake city of Pokhara. Situated just east of the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal trek is a hidden gem, as few trekkers make their way to Mardi Himal’s Base Camp, spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the beautiful and imposing Machhapuchhere or Fishtail.
Mardi Base Camp
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, Machhapuchhere, Ganga Purna, Annapurna I and Mardi Himal
End at: Pokhara
Duration : 9 days
Max. Elevation : 4,450/14,599 Ft. (M. Base Camp)
Activity : Trekking Adventure
Culture : Newar, Gurung and Brahmin
Best Season : October to May
Attraction : Annapurna, Mardi, Fish Tail Nilgiri, Himchuli, Dhampus etc
Day 1 Overland to Pokhara via Trishuli River Rafting [3 Hours] Hotel
After breakfast this morning, we leave the Kathmandu Valley behind and travel overland to Pokhara, one of the enchanting places to view the Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fish tail summit of Mt. Machhapuchhere (6977 m) rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic. The city situated in the tranquil valley (827 m), is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most trekking and rafting destinations. The valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers, clear lake and the world famous views of the Himalaya. Situated 200 km west of Kathmandu, Pokhara is connected by air as well as by road from Kathmandu.
On our way, we drive along the banks of the Trishuli River, past stunning traditional villages, terraced fields and if the weather is good, we will have some fantastic picturesque views to the Himalayan Range. Today we start with rafting which is not too wild, providing a great introduction to the sport with a few fun kicks here and there and you’re sure to get wet as well. We stop to enjoy lunch en route; at riverside spring resort on a hillside with outstanding views. After arriving in Pokhara, we will check in to our hotel and then head out to explore the lakeside and then relax over dinner.
Day 2 Drive to Kande (1.070 m) [1 Hour] - trek to Pothana (1.890 m) [4 hours] Tea House
After breakfast, we will have a scenic fourty five minutes drive from Pokhara to the starting point of our trek. In the afternoon, after an unhurried lunch with awesome mountain views at Australian Camp, we descend down to Pothana (1950 m) Here our first night’s stay is in full view of Machhapuchare.
Day 3 Pothana trek to Forest Camp (2.500 m) [5 hours] Tea House
Today begins with a real heart-starter! We will start our ‘secret trail’ leaving tourists, other trekkers and even villagers behind. We enter an enchanted forest of birch, giant rhododendron, mountain oak, maple, hemlock. If the weather is clear we will see stunning mountain views while trekking.
Day 4 Forest Camp to Badal Danda [3.210 m] ( 5 hours) Tea House
As we climb the flora has turned to classic ‘cloud forest’ with mosses and lichen, tree ferns and orchids hosted by the hardier trees. There are natural windows in the woods that look out onto thrilling panoramas – towards Hiunchuli and the knife-sharp traverse towards Annapurna South. Far below, to our left, we can see the Modi Khola Valley leading up into the Annapurna Sanctuary. We reach camp for lunch; for it is wise not to go too high too fast. Though still surrounded by forest, we have spectacular northerly views of the ever-closer ‘Fishtail’.
Day 5 Trek to High Camp (3.580 m) [4 hours] Tea House
Just a short, steep climb and we are out of the forest. A ridge, now grassy and sometimes under snow, takes us up to High Camp which we shall reach at lunch time and where a second consecutive afternoon is spent acclimatising and awestruck by the views. Annapurna South seems near enough to throw a rock at and Machhapuchare itself close enough to touch.
Day 6 Trek to Mardi Himla Base Camp and Back to Middle Camp [8 hours] Tea House
Our breakfast will be earlier than usual. Then with packed lunch we set off to reach our objective. Conditions being favourable, we should reach up to 5,000m and only the crest of Mardi Himal itself separates us 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 us, and an arc from horizon to horizon, from Dhaulagiri to the Ganesh Himal, are a dozen or more glistening snow-bound giants. You are standing on a spot that has been your constant aim for days now. A place, a time, a view that is almost impossible to equal – and you’ve earned it. Whatever our achievement, by 1300 we need to descend, returning to the welcome steaming mug, the hot food, the tea house of Middle Camp.
Day 7 Trek to Kalimati [5 hours] Tea House
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 ‘Tea-house’ trekking routes, our expedition now takes on the mood of the arm valley and the friendly villages into Kalimati
Day 8 Trek to Lwang Village- Home Stay [5 hours] 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 we meet a mothers group that is a part of an organisation that works to raise money for Local projects. Today we experience unique home stay accommodation.
Day 9 Drive to Pokhara - End of Trek Hotel
Further on the trail skirts an outcrop – there’s the road, and there’s our transport, and soon we’re back in Pokhara at our Base Camp and a final celebratory dinner. End of Expedition
Inclusions & Details
• Private transfer Kathmandu- Pokhara and to Trek Starting and ending point.
• 2 Nights Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
• Airport transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
• Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
• Best available teahouse/lodge accommodation (twin sharing) during the trek.
• Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking guide along with and porters (2 trekkers : 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and accidental insurance
• Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
• First aid medical kit
• TIMS, National Park Permits All government taxes & office service
• Insurance for Clients and Emergency Rescue.
• Personal Beverages.
• Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
• Round trip flight Kathmandu – Pokhara– Kathmandu including departure taxes with Guide Flight tickets.
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