Mardi Himal trek is the less traveled route in Annapurna region. It is best to experience the brilliance of solitary ever snow capped peaks and the great opportunity of an excellent cultural experience and venture of Machhapuchhare Basecamp. The exotic and interesting trail wanders through lush valleys, alpine meadows, lichen-laden dense forests, numerous streams, and waterfalls, all the while the fascinating mountain sceneries glossy upon the close horizon. The path is so less used and non-touristy that you feel like embarking upon a discovery expedition.

the trail starts from the very beautiful city Pokhara having the chance to boat in Phewa Lake and enjoy spectacular views. The trail goes through the pine, Juniper and rhododendron dense forest with raging rivers making a sound then different route take us steeply down to the upper Mardi Khola.  The stream has been the ice and the snow of the Mardi Himal.  The trail follows through the lovely rice terrace, unique culture villages and spectacular views of livery mountains. The journey of Mardi Himal Trekking ascends through the forest and actuality wildlife. Mardi Himal trekking offers superb Himalayan scenery including the Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna Ranges, Mt.  Hiunchuli, Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchhare) etc.

hiking on this route will give you a great place to get a taste of the real thing if you are light on alpine experience. The climbing trip can be combined with a trekking adventure in the remote steep-sided valleys heavily wooded with bamboo and rhododendron. Above the forest, high alpine pastures provide good grazing and undisturbed habitat for wildlife.  It’s prominence on the wilderness zone of mountains designed to provide outstanding mountain views, and to get away from the tea-house trails and into the forests and villages that have not felt the impact of tourism.

Outline Itinerary

Day  01:  Pick up from Pokhara airport or bus park(900m)
Day  02:  Pokhara to Pothana. (1970m/5 hours)
Day  03:  Pothana to Forest Camp. (2550m/ 7 hours)
Day  04:  Forest Camp to High Camp. (4100m/ 6 hours)
Day  05:  High Camp, trek to Base Camp.
Day  06:  High Camp to Siding Village. 1280m/ 7 hours
Day  07:  Siding Village to Pokhara.( 900m)2.5 hours trek and 1-hour drive
Day 08:    Final Departure or next Trip

Additional information

Duration12 days
GradeModerate

Day  01:  Pick up from Pokhara airport or bus park(900m)

we will pick you up from either Pokhara airport or bus park, transfer to Hotel & our trekking officer will greet you at our office & manage your permit & times.

Day  02:  Pokhara to Pothana. (1970m/5 hours)

Pothana is the destination set for the day. After having breakfast, the trip continues with a 40-minute bus ride to Phedi. The upward hike begins from here. A climb through the jungle, passing several small villages takes us to the beautiful Gurung village -Dhampus. From Dhampus, a steep climb will first take us to the Australian Camp, passing Deurali. We further walk up to Pothana situated on the Annapurna Circuit trail. The evening can be spent exploring Pothana and enjoying the views of the mountains. The night will be spent guest house at Pothana.(Highlights of the day: Spectacular view of the Annapurna Mountain range and Machhapuchchhre, a number of beautiful Gurung settlements; their lifestyle and traditional houses surrounded by the farmland.)

Day  03:  Pothana to Forest Camp. (2550m/ 7 hours)

The Forest Camp is the destination set for the day. From Pothana, the upward hike continues on the stone paved trail till Deurali. On reaching Deurali, we leave the circuit trail and catch an off-the-beaten-trail that heads east. The trail passes through the dense forest, presenting the glimpses of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif and some wildlife en route to the Forest Camp. We reach the Forest Camp around the afternoon, where we set up the tent for overnight stay. The night will be spent Lodge at the Forest Camp.(Highlights of the day: Magnificent, closer view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, glimpses of leopard, deer, monkeys and various species of birds, dense forest and the experience local culture

Day  04:  Forest Camp to High Camp. (4100m/ 6 hours)

The High Camp is the destination of the day. Leaving the Forest Camp you proceed towards the High Camp. Though the distance is short the climb through the forest of Rhododendron and Juniper forest is quite steep. The settlement is almost nil around this area. You first pass Manjh Danda to reach the low camp, and then we pass the Nangle Danda to reach the high camp. The top greets you with the most spectacular view of Machhapuchchhre, the Annapurna Range, the valley of Annapurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal. The night will be spent guest house at  High Camp.(Highlights of the day: the Dense forest of Rhododendron and Juniper, splendid views of Machhapuchchhre, the Annapurna Range, the valley of Annapurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal.)

Day  05:  High Camp, trek to Base Camp.

Mardi Himal Base Camp is the destination set for the day. Today you wake up earlier than usual to enjoy the sunrise view from the High Camp. Today is a challenging day as the day requires walking on a narrow, rocky trail. Leaving the High Camp, we ascend for about 4 hours to reach the base camp of the Mardi Himal. After enjoying the views from the base camp, you walk back to the High Camp. The night will be spent lodge at the High Camp.(Highlights of the day: The spectacular sunrise view from the High Camp, view of the great ice fields and the blue glaciers of the Sanctuary wall, the stunning Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal with a dozen of glistening snow-bound giants and also the hovering Lophophores above you.)

Day  06:  High Camp to Siding Village. 1280m/ 7 hours

Siding Village is the destination set for the day. From the High Camp crossing the Nangle Danda, a steep descent brings us back to the Low Camp. From the Low Camp, you leave the trail used earlier and head towards the Mardi Khola River through the dense forest. The walk continues till Sidhing. The night will be spent guest house at Sidhing.(Highlights of the day: Dense forest, friendly little settlements, lovely fields and the experience of pristine Nepali countryside.)

Day  07:  Siding Village to Pokhara.( 900m)2.5 hours trek and 1-hour drive

Pokhara is the destination set for the day. Leaving Sidhing, you now hike down following the line of the river valley, passing various small settlements of Gurung and Tamang people until we reach Lumre. At Lumre, you catch a vehicle that will take us to Pokhara in one hour. The evening can be spent exploring the Lake area. The night will be spent at a tourist hotel in Pokhara (Highlights of the day: Beautiful view of mountains, and the cute little settlements of Tamang and Gurung people, attractions of Lakeside in Pokhara.)

Day 08: Final Departure or redy for next destination.

ABC Treks have made every effort to keep our price as competitive as possible, by still providing an excelling service to our customer. We pay our porters and guide the legal wages agreed with the porters union, our trekking staffs are some of the best paid in Nepal which allow us to attract only the best guides and porters and we have the same amount of Insurance for guide and porter which is more than Government fixed amount. All our price are net and there is no hidden cost everything is clear on cost includes and excludes this is the main reason all our customer are happy with our service. For up to date cost for the trip please contact us.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Hotel Accommodation in Pokhara on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing, and medicine.
  • Twin sharing Teahouse/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals are chosen from the Menu   (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Trekking Permit.
  • TIMS Trekking Permit (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Annapurna Trek
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • ABC Treks duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Pokhara to treks start point Nayapul and trek finish point Phedi to Pokhara transport by Private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu transport by tourist bus. (if you want to take a  flight or want to travel by private vehicle is available, by adding extra cost)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • ABC TreksGifts (T-shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Farewell Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa upon arrival at the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot shower
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

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24th April 2017

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