Mardi Himal Trek is an easier trekking route situated in the Annapurna region. It is also one of the less crowded treks in Nepal which is becoming quite popular these days. This trek is a box full of surprises as it provides a scenic and remarkable experience to the mountainous environment merged panorama of green hills, snowcapped mountain and walks into the primitive forest of beautiful rhododendron and oak. The trail goes through the high range with the endless spectacle of Annapurna mountain ranges, Dhaulagiri, Mt. Machhapuchhre, and Manaslu mountain range.
Mardi Himal Trek takes you to the wonderful and remote villages like Siding and Liwang where you can observe the way of life, culture, custom, and friendliness of the local ethnic group, particularly Gurung. This trek rewards you with an unspoiled cultural and traditional experience. You can observe exotic flora and fauna varieties such as Rhododendron, magnolia, pine, and oak timberland along the trekking trail. Mardi Himal Trek is extremely viewed as an ‘Eco-Tourism course’ in the Annapurna district. It is a truly and moderately calm, short and unspoiled trek in the Annapurna region. You will feel refreshed and amazed by the greenery, vegetation, and terraced farms along with the trek route.
To move towards our final destination Mardi Himal, we go through the trail offering the scene of different mountains, forests, valleys, beautiful lakes, waterfalls, and many more. Mardi Himal Trek commences from Pokhara from where we catch a ride to Kande and then trek to Pothana or Deurali. Then we move towards High Camp via. Low Camp, and finally reach our destination Mardi Himal Base Camp. After the wonderful experience in base camp, we descend to Sidding. We walk down to Lwang Ghalel village from Sidding and then Mardi River basin from where we drive back to Pokhara by private vehicle (jeep, car, van, etc.) provided by the company.
After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative staff who will drop you off at the hotel. You will check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. Overnight in Kathmandu.
You will explore Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most significant places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple and Bauddhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, you are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip to our office. Overnight in Kathmandu.
You can either travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus or take a flight. It takes about 6-7 hours by bus whereas only 30-35 minutes by plane. Once you reach Pokhara, you can enjoy the amazing sights and its stunning setting by Phewa Lake.
After breakfast, drive for about 40 minutes to Kande on Pokhara Baglung highway. The trail climbs for about one and a half hrs. to the ridge at 2,060 m. As you move ahead, you will reach an area in the forest with lodge settlement which is known as ‘Australian camp’. The place is scenic with a panoramic view of the Annapurna range and Pokhara valley. The trail farther winds through the rhododendron forest to Deurali. Deurali is viewing into the Modi Khola valley stuffed between Annapurna South and Mardi Himal / Mt Fishtail.
We go off the main Annapurna trekking trail and follow the forested ridge to Forest camp after spending the beautiful morning in the ridge-top village of Deurali. Since this is a new trekking destination, there are no tea-houses along the way and we need to carry pack lunch and sufficient water. The day’s walk in the dense rhododendron forest is beautiful with continuous uphill.
The trail steadily ascends through the rhododendron woods following the ridge. The low camp has got a couple of tea houses in the clearing of the forest. You can observe the breathtaking scene of Mt Fishtail and Mardi Himal up close. You find yourself closer to clear blue sky with a view of layers of Himalayan foothills and a sweeping valley towards the south. Note: You can trek 1 more hr. to Badal Danda (Cloud Hill) above the tree line in the consent of a guide for a better view. There is only one lodge in Badal Danda.
The trail further ascends along the hill towards Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail. From Badal Danda, we leave the tree line and arrive in the shrubby alpine zone. Snowcapped peaks of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Fishtail rise in a distance over the deep valley on either side. High camp is a small meadow where you find yourself above the clouds and closer to snow-capped peaks.
The day trip is more difficult than other days with a steep climb and longer walk. The trail becomes more turning at some spots with rugged and steep rocky trails. The first sheer ascent will take about 2 hrs. to the moraine top which is regarded as MBC (Mardi Himal Base Camp). However, the real base camp will take about two hrs. more along the ridge. The view is amazing all along the ridge. While Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail appear right above us, view of Annapurna I, Gangapurna and Annapurna III also appear at a distance. We come back to High camp for lunch then move back to Middle Camp or Low Camp.
On the way back we take another route. As we reach Low Camp, there is a trail that goes down to Siding village rather than going back down Mardi Himal and back to Kokar. Siding is a traditional Nepalese village and less crowded than other treks. You will receive warm hospitality and wonderful cultural experience finding out more about people and their lifestyles.
We move down to the Mardi River basin and drive back to Pokhara. It will take about 2 hours to get to Pokhara in a 4WD on the dirt road. After reaching the hotel, you can wander around Pokhara or go boating in the scenic Phewa Lake, visit World Peace Stupa, Fewa Lake, David’s Fall, Gupteshwor Temple, Tal Barahi Temple, Sarangkot, Begnas Lake, International Mountaineering Museum and many other places. You can enjoy the evening in the beautiful Lakeside. Overnight at the Hotel.
To return to Kathmandu, you can take either take a 30-minute flight to Kathmandu or a 7-8 hour bus long drive. You will witness amazing landscapes either way. Upon reaching Kathmandu, feel free to stroll around the places of Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
We thank you for being a part of our tour and travel. We bid you farewell and drop-off at the airport, or the opportunity to join another of our programs. Our representatives will drop you at the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of your flight.
Airport pickup by private vehicle from an International/ domestic flight.
All the transportation as per the itinerary.
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with a B/B basis.
Tea house accommodation during the trek.
Three times meal in the trek.
Hot soup in high place 1 Day.
A professional guide for trek and tour.
An assistant guide for more than 10 pax.
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
Insurance for guides and porters.
Food and accommodation for guides and porters.
All necessary documents (Permits and TIMS).
All government and local taxes.
Necessary medical kit for staff.
Trekking map as itinerary.
T-shirt from the company.
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
Trip completion certificate.
Airport drop by private vehicle from an International/ domestic flight.
Visa for Nepal.
International flight to and from Kathmandu.
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Entry fee in monuments areas Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Travel insurance of clients.
Personal expenses: Hot shower, battery charge during the trek, bar bills, laundry service, and mineral water.
Extra night accommodation exception of the itinerary.
Tips for your guide and porters.
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Worth the Challenge
February 17, 2020
Our family had an incredible time completing this once in a lifetime opportunity through Attractive Travels and Tours. The trek was well-paced, the experience diverse, and we found the guides incredibly responsive to our every need. Prakash and Jeevan went out of their way to ensure a safe and comfortable experience. They were kind, thoughtful and competent. We cannot thank them enough for all they did for us- and we wish them every success into the future.