|Tour Duration||11 Days||Group Size||Min 2 (Single Supplement $150)|
|Grade||moderate||Max Altitude||4,500 Meter|
|Starting Point||Kathmandu||Ending Point||Kathmandu|
|Accommodation||Three Night in Kathmandu, 2 night in Pokhara at 3*** hotel with breakfast and tea house during the trek|
|Meals||Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, All meals during the trek|
|Transportation||All ground transportation|
Mardi Himal Trek is a recently opened trekking trail that has gained lots of attention lately. It has now been taken as the best alternative for Ghorepani Poonhill trek. Unlike Poonhill, Mardi Himal traverses through a quaint and lush trail of off beaten nature. If you want to avoid crowds and want to enjoy the sheer glory of nature with majestic views of mountains in the Annapurna region, Mardi Himal is the best suit for you! The trek has been able to earn lots of compliments from fellow travelers in a short span of time. Hats off to the stunning views of Annapurna massif and neighboring peaks that can be perceived from Mardi Himal!
This used to be a lesser-known route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It was opened for trekkers only in 2012. Prior to that, the trail was used only by few self-supported travel groups. However, the fascination of Mardi Himal couldn’t be hidden from the rest of the world till long. As people started traveling to this location, the charm for this place started increasing day by day. As a result, Mardi Himal Trek is now one of the popular trekking trails in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trail to Mardi Himal runs along a ridge that lies just east to the popular Annapurna Sanctuary. From the top of the ridge, one can witness some astounding views of mountains in Annapurna panorama. The close-up views of Annapurna Himal, Macchapucchre Himal, and Mt. Dhaulagiri are simply amazing. Compared to other treks in the Annapurna region, the trail to Mardi Himal is short, easy and less crowded. However, it is nothing less than other treks in terms of mountain views and natural glory.
Like other journeys to Nepal, you will join us in the capital city of Kathmandu. After a day of sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, you have the option of either driving or flying to Pokhara. If you reach Pokhara a bit early, you can explore the vibrancy of the Pokhara city and lakeside area for a while. Mardi Himal Trek starts after a short drive from Pokhara to Phedi. From Phedi, we walk uphill along the foothills of Annapurna to Pothana. Pothana is a popular village in the region that is known for the best views of mountains in Annapurna Panorama. From Pothana, we traverse through the dense forests of rhododendron, birch, hemlock and oak to Forest Camp. On the way, we can catch some glimpses of mountains amidst the gaps of alpine trees.
Leaving Forest camp, we climb uphill towards the top of the ridge. As we ascend up, we can notice a drastic change in vegetation. The lush dense trees start to disappear and we come across the path with short bushes. At rest camp, we can get the first view of Mt. Macchapucchhre. Further, we march forward to low camp, high camp and then to Mardi Himal Base Camp. As we open up to the Mardi Himal Base Camp, we will be rewarded with some outstanding close-up views of Annapurna Himal, Macchapucchre Himal, Nilgiri Himal and other peaks in the Annapurna range.
1. It is amongst the short and easy treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal
2. The trail was opened for trekking in 2012
3. The highest point of the trek is Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500 meters
4. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and TIMS card is required for Mardi Himal Trekking
5. March to May and September to November are the best time for venturing into this trek
6. Being an off beaten trek, there are only a few guesthouses as you move ahead of the forest camp
7. The trek is ideal for beginners who would love to travel in less crowded areas.
8. The panoramic views of mountains in Annapurna range from Mardi Himal are simply fabulous.
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After arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in the mesmerizing city of Kathmandu, our staff will welcome and then transfer you to your respective hotels in the heart of the city-Thamel. Then after lunch, you can head out to enjoy some local Nepali delicacies and can also enjoy the folk cultural show.
In the morning, after breakfast, you will make preparations for the upcoming trek. You will pack your bags with all the necessary items, and then the guide will brief you about the trek. After this, you will head out to the Kathmandu Valley for sightseeing. You can visit the historical sights like Narayan Hiti Museum, and Kesar Mahal. If you are religious or love ancient architecture, then you can visit the Pashupatinath Temple or courtyards of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur or Patan Durbar Square. If you are opting a spiritual beginning to your tour, then you can visit the Swayambhunath or Boudhanath.
On this day you will be heading towards, but this is not a trekking day. You can either fly or drive to Pokhara. While the drive takes nearly about 6 hours, the flight takes around 45 minutes. The trip to Pokhara is cheaper than the flight. However, it will be difficult if you have motion sickness or if you cannot stand massive crowd and long hours at the bus. Throughout the way, you will see snow-capped mountains peeking from the green hills and the rivers flowing swiftly down below.
On this day you will take a local bus and drive to Phedi. Then after reaching Phedi, you will begin your trek to Pothana. Pothana, with the views of green hills, and snow-capped mountains, are a nature lovers paradise. Further up you can hike to the Dhampus village. You will then head back to your hotel in Pothana for the night.
On this day you will trek from Forest Camp to the Rest Camp. The trail takes you through forests of rhododendron, pine, and oak. Also, you will spot daphnia, hemlock, and birch in the giant forest. After a slightly tedious climb, you will reach another forest that is misty most of the day. Mosses, lichen, orchids, and tree ferns surrounding the area will tingle the nerves of any nature-lover. The trees here are taller, denser and larger since this area received much rainfall and adequate sunlight, keeping it moist and suitable for them to grow. From amidst the line of trees the silent Mt. Machhapuchrey, Mardi Himal and the Annapurna massif are seen peeking through. After reaching Rest Camp, you will stay there overnight at a lodge.
On this day you will be moving towards Badal Danda at an elevation of 3250. From the rest camp, the trail will take you to Low camp. The view is the same since the thick forest of rhododendron and pines won't subside. However, the southern ridge of Annapurna Massif is more visible. You will instantly realize that you have reached Badal danda (hill in the cloud) as you see the mesmerizing view from above. Also, the low clouds almost seem to touch you. You will stay at a lodge in Badal Danda.
After having breakfast, you will head from Badal danda to the High Camp which sits at an elevation of 4100m. Since you will be crossing 4000m, it is suggested that you take small steps, do not rush, and take altitude sickness avoiding medicines. The panoramic views of Annapurna and Himchuli are close throughout the trail. You will eventually reach the Mardi Himal Ridge. The rhododendron bushes and the peaks in the backdrop will give you a picture perfect frame. The national bird of Nepal, Danphe can also be spotted.
This is a long days trek and can be challenging for some. This is also the highlight of the entire Mardi Himal Trek since you will reach the Mardi Base Camp. You will begin by taking a climb from the High Camp to Mardi View Point at the base camp. Since this is the best spot to view the Mardi Himal and the other mountain ranges in the area, you might spot some fellow trekkers clicking pictures here. On a bright and clear day, you can spot the Annapurna massif and Macchapuchrey. Then after, you will head back to the Low camp at the elevation of 2990m. Stay overnight at the low camp and enjoy some warm meal.
On this day you will be bidding farewell to the Mardi Himal as you head to Siddingg Village. You will be passing through the Mardi Khola and also walk through lush green forest and crop fields. You can spot only a few settlements in this area. Then eventually you reach sidding village after crossing a suspension bridge. Sidding is an authentic Nepali village with warm and welcoming locals. You can intermingle with them to understand their culture, tradition. The community living here is indeed very hard working, and they rely mostly on agriculture for sustenance. You can then take a bus ride to Pokhara. The scenic bus ride offers views of high hills and mountains at a distance. You can enjoy nearby the Phewa Lake at night in Pokhara.
On this day, you will head back to the Kathmandu City after the wonderful Mardi Himal Trek. He drive back to Kathmandu is indeed very scenic and offers the views of Lush green hills, fields, snow covered mountains at a far distance. After you arrive in the Kathmandu city, you will be transferred to your respective hotel. In the evening you can either go for souvenier shopping around the Thamel Market, or you can enjoy at a pub.
This is your last day in the wonderful country of Nepal. As you head towards the Tribhuvan International Airport, you can bid goodbye to your local guide, and your new found friends in Nepal. As you head back home, you can make plans and preparations for a similar adventure trek in Nepal. You can also take the Annapurna Base Camp trek, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley Trek, which are all suitable and only a step challenging than Mardi Himal Trek.
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