Nepal: Mardi Himal Trek
Trekking grade: Moderate
Mardi Himal Trek is an up and coming trekking destination and therefore could be an ideal choice for those looking to traverse ‘off the beaten’ path in the quieter parts of the Annapurna region. This one ultimately gets you to the base camp of Mardi Himal, right in the laps of Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre. Could the majestic mountain views get better than this?
As with other Annapurna trails during this trek we get to acknowledge beauty of the lush green forests, interesting villages, remote valleys, terraced farms, ever flowing rivers and mesmerizing views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Hiunchuli mountains. Another positive thing about this trek is that its trail makes a small circuit up to the base camp of Mardi Himal so trekkers do not have to repeat walking on the same terrain.
- A 9 days adventure with 5 days of trekking to the Mardi Himal for spectacular views of Mounts Annapurna Ranges & Machepuchare staying in lodges for 2 nights & camping for 2 nights. In Kathmandu & Pokhara stay in hotels
- Trekking guide, camping equipment and porterage for 20 kgs
- Assistance representative for transfers and transportation by SUVs
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) & TIMS Permit Fee
- Entrance fees to monuments in Kathmandu as mentioned in the itinerary
- Prices on request
Kathmandu - city of peace, lives true to this description. The city is charming, busy, bustling, serene, alive and asleep - all at once. The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is the most accessible city in the country - it is Nepal's only metropolitan city as well.
Pothana is a small village along the Mardi Himal trekking route just south of the Annapurna Range. It’s located in the Annapurna Conservation Area and can be accessed both by walking and by vehicle. The village formed around 1970 when expeditions began to come to the area. In 2000, it was a popular camping ground.
You may spend a night or just stop for lunch in Forest Camp. If you are doing an itinerary of five days or less, you’ll likely come here for lunch on the way to Low Camp. Longer itineraries (six to seven days) may spend a night here. Forest Camp is a large village that formed over 30 years ago. Around 2010, it became a popular stop along the Mardi Himal trek and teahouses began to pop up left and right. Now the town has twelve teahouses (and counting) making it a comfortable place to stop on the trail.
With its stunning scenery, adventurous activities, a galore of food and many other attractions, this city of Pokhara will tick the right boxes on your Tour planning .Cradled at the foothills of the Himalayas, Pokhara is a metropolitan city in Nepal - it is even called the Tourist Capital of Nepal. This city offers a myriad of options for travelers of all kinds - from thrilling adventures and unforgettable journeys into the wild, to tranquil contemplation and serene meditation.
It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you check into hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.
Overnight at hotel (no meal)
After breakfast commence sightseeing tour of the below sites.
Said to be around 2000 years old, this Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hillock 02 kilometres west of Kathmandu overlooking the valley. The oldest written reference to the stupa dates from the 5th century, but it could have existed much earlier. Moreover, a legend has it that the stupa evolved spontaneously at the time of the Kathmandu valley’s creation. Swayambhunath is famously known as the ‘Monkey Temple’ owing to the presence of a large number of monkeys around the area.
KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE
The main durbar square with its arrays of temples, courtyards, monuments and the ancient palaces of the former Nepali Royals is located in Basantapur in the heart of Kathmandu city, the country’s capital. Chief attractions here include Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the magnificent Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; the temple of Ashok Vinayak dedicated to lord Ganesh (elephant headed deity), and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. There is a giant pagoda of ‘Kasthamandap’, a structure which is said to have been built out of a single tree (this structure collapsed during April 2015 earthquake). The name of the capital ‘Kathmandu’ is said to be actually derived from ‘Kasthamandap’.
After sightseeing tour of Durbar Square get on a rickshaw (tricycle) for an interesting 20-minute ride to the tourist hub of Thamel. Travelers and the locals consider it a tourist haven. Its filled with narrow streets, all lined with budget hotels, small shops selling everything from food and provisions to clothes, carpets, walking gears, music CDs, DVDs, handicrafts, paintings which make it an ideal place for souvenir shopping. The area also has some very good restaurants when you need to stop for munching.
PATAN DURBAR SQUARE
Located 5 km southeast of Kathmandu, the Patan city popularly known as ‘the city of artisans’ accommodates a magnificent square housing the palace buildings of the then royals, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples – a display of Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of the Malla kings. It is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, and ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments.
Overnight at hotel (B)
Fly To Pokhara, Drive To Kande, Trek To Pothana (4 hours)
After breakfast connect the flight to Pokhara.
Upon arrival drive to Kande. From here we begin our wonderful journey. Our destination walk for the day is to Pothana, a beautiful overnight place with the spectacular Himalayan view from the viewpoint just above the camp. The walk is short and peaceful today. Only after about four hours of walk, you reach Pothana to stay overnight.
Overnight at lodge (B, L, D)
Trek To Forest Camp Via Deurali (5 hours)
Today, we commence our trek uphill through the jungle and eventually continue to get to the ridges of Forest camp. From the Feb and end of March rhododendrons, flowers will come along the way.
Overnoght at Camp (B, L, D)
Trek To High Camp (6.5 hours)
Today an hour or so above Low Camp the trail breaks out above tree lines for the good views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. The trail continues along the Mardi Himal ridge and the thin rhododendron bushes. Look out for the national bird of Nepal, colorful pheasant, Danphe which you might see if get lucky. A gentle walk up to Badal Danda (could hill) after the break and this is the place where we going to stop for lunch. From Badal Danda to High camp is about 1 and half hour maximum but the landscapes are just amazing and you will be surprised with Mardi Himal trek trail.
Overnight at camp (B, L, D)
Trek To Mardi Himal Base Camp Back To Badal Danda (6-7 hours)
Today we walk early morning to the Mardi Himal viewpoint (4,200 m) 13,780 ft to see sunrise and Mountains. The trail to Mardi viewpoint and base camp is well established. Enjoy the morning view at the Upper viewpoint. After spending some time at Mardi base camp, we will trek back to the Badal Danda. Badal Danda is another best viewpoint on this trail so enjoy the evening watching Yaks, sheep’s gazing around. Sunset view is beautiful from here.
Overnight at lodge (B, L, D)
Trek To Sidhing Village (3.5 hours) Drive Back To Pokhara (3 hours)
Today wake up early and climb 10 minutes from the lodge where you can see the beautiful morning view. After breakfast, walk down to the siding village via Low Camp. After lunch at sidhing, we will drive back to Pokhara. Roads are not paved so it's bumpy! Enjoy your evening at Pokhara.
Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)
- Day 8 Fly Back To Kathmandu
- Day 9 Final Departure