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Mardi Himal Trek

Trip Overview

Mardi Himal area used to be accessed by very few trekkers with full camping crew and equipment to enjoy the scenic vistas of Mt. Mardi (5587m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6993m), and other Himalayan range. Originally, this area and the route were used by the shepherds to graze their livestock and still, this area provides a great spot for summer grazing.

This trip slowly started gaining popularity after the trek was officially opened in 2012 A.D. The tea houses in these areas are pretty basic and quite limited in number. So, not the best one for those who are seeking for top luxury trips. But in comparison to the previous days, the tea houses here are slowly becoming well organized making the trek an easy trip.

Highlights

  • Experience of the closer views of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, and many other peaks.
  • Walk the untouched and unspoiled off-the-beaten trail.
  • Enjoy the stunning vistas of landscapes, mountains, floras, and faunas.
  • A chance to witness the culture and lifestyle of local people with overnight stays at homestay like lodges.

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Welcome to Kathmandu. You will be received by one of our office representatives at the TIA exit section and escort you to your hotel afterward.

Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to stroll around the places nearby your hotel on your own.

  Hotel

Day 02: Permits preparation and trip briefing day.

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu while your specialist will take time to arrange permits for your trek. You will have time to explore around the Kathmandu valley on your own or enjoy the cultural tour with an experienced tour guide arranged by Trek Guiders.

In the evening, you will be met by your specialist in your hotel lobby. S/he will introduce you to your guide for the trek and brief you shortly about your trek, things to do/ not to do, and any optional activities you may enjoy during the trip. You can ask any queries or share feelings with your specialist during the briefing.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Drive to Phedi (1130m). Trek to Pothana (1860m)

After breakfast in your Kathmandu Hotel, you will be picked up by your trek guide 1.5 hours prior to your flight scheduled time. This will provide you to enough time to reach the domestic airport on time and go through the airport procedures before getting into the flight.

Upon reaching Pokhara, you will directly drive to Phedi, from where the trek begins. Praising the fantastic views of the mountains, ascend along the ridge to Dhampus. Take some time to capture the magnificent views of Fishtail and Annapurna after you have your lunch here. Continue some further walk to reach Pothana, where you will be staying overnight.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (2600m)

After breakfast, start walking to a place called Deurali (2230m) which is a small village located on a ridge with great views of Annapurna South, Mardi, and Machhapuchhre. You won't find any lodges or eateries on the way due to remoteness. So, you might need to carry pack lunch and sufficient water.

Continuing the trail through a dense forest of Oak, Maple, Hemlock, and Rhododendron, you will reach Forest Camp (Kokar Village). The lodges at Kokar are quite basic. Or we can say it's a homestay type lodge as there is no dining room. Serving the visitors helps these locals to earn some money. So, being thankful for their help and services, you will most likely get to enjoy the dinner in the kitchen with the owner, learning their experience and lifestyles.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Trek from Forest Camp to Low Camp (3150m)

As you continue walking from Forest Camp, you will see the forest getting richer with Rhododendrons and trees getting covered with moss, lichen and tree ferns.

Upon reaching Low camp, you will see the views of Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre getting much closer. There are around two basic lodges at Low camp. But if you wish, you can still walk further up to Badal Danda for the better view. Please note, there is only one lodge at Badal Danda.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Low Camp to High Camp (3700m)

Climbing further along the ridge towards Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre, you will leave the treeline of Badal Danda and arrive in the shrubby alpine area. Don't forget to look out for the Danphe Bird (Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal) on this section of the trail, as you may be lucky to have a sight of one.

The lodges at High Camp is comparatively larger with separate dining room. At High camp, you will find yourself above the clouds and the view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre are just superb.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Day trip to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m).

After an early morning breakfast, start your day trip to Mardi Himal Basecamp walking through the grass and with ascend and descend in the narrow and sometimes steep trail.

The Mardi Himal Base Camp will be reached in around 2 hours of walking but walking further to Upper Viewpoint (4600m) will give you the spectacular views of Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar (Mt. Fang) (7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singhachuli (6501m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and others.

Around early afternoon time, start the trek back to the High Camp for the overnight stay.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Trek from High Camp to Sidhing Village (1750m)

Taking a slightly different route today, you will take another trail that goes to Sidhing from the Low Camp instead of retracing the same path back to Kokar. Siding is a traditional Nepalese village, still untouched from modern tourist treks and it is likely you will stay at a homestay in Sidhing owned by the person who runs one of the lodges at Low Camp. It is a wonderful cultural experience finding out more about village life and you will probably eat dhal bhat in the evening with the family in their kitchen.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Trek from Sidhing to Lumre and drive back to Pokhara. Fly back to Kathmandu.

After an early breakfast, you will walk around 3 hours to Lumre that connects with the road. On the way, you will get to pass the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. Kalimati is a Brahmin village and Ghalel is a village with Brahmin and Gurung people living as a community.

From Lumre, you will be driving for around 2 hours in a private jeep directly back to Pokhara airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Upone reaching Kathmandu, the remaining day is free to lead on your own.

  Hotel

  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 : Depart Kathmandu.

You will be picked up from your hotel 3.5 hours prior to your international flight time by one of our office representatives to escort you to the TIA. Trip concludes !!

  Breakfast

Commencing this trip

The trip starts with the flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu (surface transfer option is also available if customized). Drive from Pokhara to Phedi, which will be the trek starting point of the trip, will take your approximately 1 hour of the day. Starting off from Phedi, you will start walking uphills enjoying the landscape views. You will get gradual ascent to the top getting acclimatized with the altitude. Please follow the suggestions of your guide to avoid AMS and walk as per the scheduled plan.

The trip is relatively easy unlike Ghorepani Trek but the day you hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp would be a bit tricky and strenuous while walking the narrow path and steep route. But the reward gained upon reaching the destination is unbeatable.

While returning, taking a slightly different route via Sidhing Village will give you a monotonous free trip.

Best time to do this trip

In order to make the most out of your trip, best to plan your visit in top season trek period. The best season considered for trekking is Autumn time (October till mid-December) and secondly during Spring (March till mid-June). This two-season provides the best landscape and Himalayas views with clear weather and blooming flowers.

Walking during summer will be a bit upsetting due to continuous rainfall, leeches on the route and muddy slippery trail. Some trekkers love to trek during winter time too but it all depends on their capacity to bear with cold and their luck with the weather.

10 days

Trip at a Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Moderate
  •    Destination: Annapurna Region
  •    Activities: Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Hotel, Tea Houses
  •    Meals: City (B), Trek (B,L,D)
  •    Group size: 2-15
  •    Best Season: March - May/ October - November

Trip Maps

Mardi Himal Trek Trip Route Map

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