Our journey starts from Kathmandu to Pokhara; the city of lakes. The next day we drive to Kande from where we start our trekking adventure. Then the trek offers magnificent views of the world’s famous and most majestic mountains including Annapurna I (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna South (7219m), Fishtail (6988m).This trek is a unique experience for trekkers with the warm welcome & activities of the local folks who live by the trails as trekkers hike into the thick forests…
Mardi Himal is a short trek in the lovely Annapurna region of Nepal where we can try local delicacies, appreciate the excellent hills and mountain landscapes and enjoy the pristine views of mountains. The trek to Mardi Himal is not well marked and accommodation is limited so an experienced guide is needed along the way. This journey requires knowledge of the tracks and mountain experience as certain sections are risky.
We can arrange the trips to begin on any date during the trekking season. The best time to trek in Mardi Himal is pre and post monsoon; September – November and March - May. During the winter months of December – February, there is plenty of snow on the ground so this offers an extra adventure.
- Panoramic mountain views of Annapurna ranges, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu as well
- Explore ethnic culture and their lifestyle.
- Closest view of Fishtail from Mardi uppor view point
- Observing various species of flora and fauna .
- Off the beaten path trail .
- Rain forest walking along the ridge up to 2800 meters
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu - (1335m)
After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in medieval and modernized Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel. After check in and some refreshments, our senior Sherpa guide will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about the Mardi Himal Trek. You can then go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with the neighborhood, have supper and go to bed. This is your first overnight in the valley of temples and cows, probably the most in the world - breakfast
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara - (820m) 6/7hrs Drive
After breakfast, we leave our hotel early morning for a drive with scenic views along the road to Pokhara via Prithivi national highway. The drive could take roughly 7-8 hrs to reach Pokhara. We also have the option for a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara for 35 minutes. We will visit some prime spots in the lake city after refreshing at our hotel we will do a tour of some beautiful places in Pokhara that include Davids fall (if we reach early by road), and the Phewa Lake etc. we then do an overnight at our hotel by the lake in the lovely ‘city of lakes’ on BB Plan.
Day 3: Trek to Deurali-(2100m) 4 hrs walk
About 1 hrs drive from Pokhara to Kande. Trek starts from Kande gently & ascend through forests of Australian Camp, with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first town you reach is Potana (2030m.) where there are lodges and campsites. Now you pass through the ridge trail whichllowed you to see both side view of Himalaya and Villages. It takes approximately fourty five minutes to reach Pitam Deurali (2100m.) from Potana.Stay overnight at a lodge with all meals inclusive.
Day 4: Trek to Forest Camp - (2600m) 5 hrs walk
Today we will start on our discreet trail, leaving other trekkers and even the villagers behind. The trek climbs gently through birch, giant rhododendron forest, mountain oak, maple, hemlock and daphnia which make this a lovely enchanting trail all the way to forest camp, from where there are great views across a steep valley to Gandruk, a large Gurung settlement. We then continue uphill through foggy forests of more mountain oaks, and these scenes are astounding to watch in spring when in bloom. We set up camp in a spot that’s off the beaten track and get lost into another world of Forest camp…that’s real. B. L. D
Day 5: Trek to Low Camp - (2990m) 3 hrs walk
After an early b/fast, we set for a hike that climb’s up pretty easily through magnificent moss-covered trees in a classic ‘cloud’ forest with swirling mist. We also come across lichens, tree ferns and orchids set amidst tougher oaks; there is a great variety of flowers and shrubs hereabouts as well, including the very fragrant Daphne. As we hike the routes, we find some natural windows in the woods that open up fascinating vistas of Hiunchuli and the deep cutting traverse towards Annapurna south. Beyond the horizons as we look down to the left, we see the Modi Khola valley leading up to the Annapurna Sanctuary (another famous trek}; At Low Camp, you can spend hours relishing the sight of Machhapuchhre, which now looms almost overhead, so near, but yet so far. We camp for the night hereabouts. B. L. D.
Day 6: Trek to High Camp - (3580m) 4 hrs walk
Just a short steep climb and we come out of the protecting shady forest, brings us to a ridge, now grassy and sometimes under snow, takes us up to high camp which we reach sometime close to lunch for a well earned haul up and some rest. This is a second consecutive afternoon of some breathtaking views we enjoy on the way as we acclimatize naturally. Annapurna south seems near enough to almost touch. The views of the Annapurna Range are exasperating from this point onwards. We take much of the afternoon soaking in the flabbergasting landscapes and exploring this awesome spot. We bunk out here for the night under starry moonlit skies. B. L. D.
Day 7: Exploration Day : hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500 m) and return to High Camp - (3580m) 6-7 hrs walk
This is a lovely area to spend the entire day, and give our weary bodies a breather. But this doesn’t mean we spend all of our time lazing around. Moving around a bit will be good to explore our nearby surroundings…and the imaginative landscapes. We can also do some washing and cleaning and even catch up on some reading. Overnight in tents – B. L. D
Day 8: Trek to Sidhing - (1850m) 6 hrs
Retracing our steps to Low Camp, we then descend steeply through moss-covered rhododendron forest to the scenic Gurung village of Sidhing. We make an easy going descent through the shades of the forest and out onto terraced fields, down 1600m on the count; this is a different route that’s a roller coaster all the way down to the upper Mardi Khola, the torrents that get its source from the Mardi Himal. Although isolated and off the much used ‘teahouse trails’’, our journey now takes into different geographical settings of a warmer valley with welcoming friendly villages. We hike along the banks of the Mardi Khola from the hillock village of vibrant Siding, down through well-cultivated fields, past simply thatched farms and over some enjoyable bridges; we are now into typical Nepali countryside where the buffaloes and cows roam free under sunny skies. Overnight in tents – B. L. D
Day 9: Trek to Lumre (3 hrs walk) and drive to Pokhara (3 hrs drive)
Today we trek down to Lumre. A lot of the earth is more flat than mountainous. And we see it in this area; the path from Siding now takes a flat course of the river valley that goes gradually down and down between lush pastures through friendly ethnic villages of Tamangs and Gurungs in Lumre. After this, we board our vehicle for Pokhara. Overnight at our hotel by the lakeside in Pokhara - B. L
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling, and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple, this is a temple where most Nepalese come to have their wishes granted before leaving home or getting married. From Naubise we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu and finally reach our hotel & a lovely soft warm bed and farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with the cultural dance program.
Day 11: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day11 : Kathmandu SightseeingThe capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western cultures and influences. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments, and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur cities. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Soyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country. We then head back to our hotel for an overnight
Day 12: Departure Day
After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle and escorts will be on standby to drop you to the international airport three hours before our scheduled flight back home. At Glorious Adventure, meeting you has been a great honor and we pray for your Safe journey home and will reflect on the wonderful times we spent together. Bon Voyage!!! We hope to see you again someday…
- All the surface transportation inclusive hotel and airport transfer.
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive bed and breakfast.
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara inclusive bed and breakfast.
- Full board meals during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
- Twin sharing lodges accommodation during the trek.
- An experienced and trekking guide license holder.
- Required supporting porters to carry your luggage.
- Annapurna conservation fee, trekking permits and other essential permits.
- A comprehensive medical kit box.
- Farewell dinner program at typical Nepali restaurant.
What's not included
- International airfares and Nepal entry visa.
- Alcoholic beverages, bar bills and bottle water
- Your Travel Insurance
- Tips to the trekking crews
- Any other personal and non-personal expenses which are not include in our cost.