Mardi Himal Trek
“into complete wilderness around Mardi Himal at the foot of majestic and virgin peak Fish-Tail”
“Interesting cultural and heritage sightseeing tour within historical area of Kathmandu valley
Exciting overland drive to picturesque and famous touristic Pokhara city
Amazing scenery on daily walks exploring mid hills Gurung farm villages
Pristine alpine woodlands of tall rhododendron-pines-magnolia-oaks and fir trees
On the off-beaten trail to Mardi Himal beneath towering Machhapuchare ‘fishtail’ peak”
Brief Trip Outlook:
Mode of the Trip: On Hotels – Tea-Houses and Lodge or Camping.
Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous with ups and downhill walks.
Trekking duration: 06 nights and 07 days (Pokhara to Pokhara).
Highest elevation: At Mardi Himal West Base Camp 4,500 m high.
Total Trip: 11 Nights & 12 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu).
Best Season: All season except July & August wet months.
(March to May flowering season around green hills)
Nepal Base Camp Treks presents an overwhelming and picturesque adventure to Mardi Himal, where you will be completely soaked with the views of snowcapped peaks, green rolling hills and walking into pristine forest of lovely rhododendron-magnolia-pines and oak tree lines.
On Mardi Himal Trekking where you will be walking on high ridges with constant grandeur views of Annapurna Himalaya and Dhaulagiri towards west and Manaslu mountain range in the east with towering South Face of
Mt. Machhapuchare ‘Fish Tail’ and Mardi Himal.
Mardi Himal Trekking a moderate to adventurous trip without the problem of getting AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), where our itinerary days are flexible with ample time to get acclimatize and to enjoy the surrounding views, as the walk progress on the high ridges towards Mardi Himal located beneath towering Mt. Machhapuchare or Fish Tail, the forbidden mountain one of the unclimbed peak so far.
Our Mardi Himal adventure starts from the Himalayan capital Kathmandu with scenic overland drive to reach famed and popular touristic spot at Pokhara, blessed with natural beauty where Annapurna mountains reflects on its serene Phewa and Begnas lakes.
From Pokhara where our real adventure begins walking along the high ridges of Annapurna area hills past traditional Gurung people farm villages of Buddhist culture and then entering into pristine woodland where in spring and summer this whole area turns into a natural garden when wild flowers are in full bloom.
Finally our walk leads to our highlight and destination at Mardi Himal West Base Camp which will be the highest point of this wonderful journey at 4,500 meter high, here enjoying the awesome panorama of mountains and marvelous landscapes and then heading downhill back to scenic Pokhara for the drive back to Kathmandu after a great fantastic and mesmerizing Mardi Himal Trek with great service and guidance of Nepal Base Camp Treks.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,315m | 4,270ft and transfer to selecte hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara 820m | 2700ft – 06-07 hours overnigh at selected hotel
Day 03: Drive to Kande 1,770 start trek to Potana 1,890 m via Australian Camp – 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Kokar Forest Camp 2,520m via Deurali 2,100 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Low Camp 2,970m – 04 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to High Camp 3,700m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: At High Camp for day hike to Mardi Himal West Base Camp 4,500m.
Day 08: Trek to Sidhing village 1,700m via Low Camp – 06 hrs.
Day 09: Drive back to Pokhara via Mardipul – 05 hrs.
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu – 06-07 hrs or option fly minutes evening farewell dinner.
Day 11: Final International departure homeward bound.
Trip in detail:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,327 m and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport via various respective airlines, our Nepal Base Camp Treks guide or staff will receive you with warm welcome and then a short drive to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.
After checking in your hotel rooms and getting refreshed join at the hotel lobby for group briefing and orientation program where our guide informs you regarding hotels, Kathmandu, Nepali culture and Mardi Himal Trekking with welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese restaurant with culture program.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara 820m - 06 hrs of 220 k.m. distances.
Morning an exciting drive on nice comfortable coach or in a private vehicle (depending upon the group size), the road to Pokhara lead on low hills of with views of Himalayan peaks and rolling green hills, passing through many farm villages and towns to reach at scenic and famed city Pokhara.
Pokhara located in the shadow of massive Annapurna range of mountains with pristine Lake Phewa, here in accommodation in nice hotels with time in the afternoon for walks on the lake side where you can browse around excellent shops-stores-restaurants.
(Options by air from Kathmandu 30 mins of scenic flight to Pokhara)
Day 03: Drive to Kande 1,770 start trek to Potana 1,890 m via Australian Camp - 04 hrs.
Beginning a short drive of an hour to reach outskirt of Pokhara on a hill village at Kande with glorious views of mountains along the ride, from Kande where our adventure starts with an hour uphill walk to Australian camp a scenic spot also known as Thulo Kharka, a grazing pasture land with amazing panorama of whole Annapurna range of mountains along with Dhaulagiri, Mardi Himal and Manaslu peaks including towering Machhapuchare ‘Fish Tail’.
After scenic break head downhill into cool forest to reach our overnight stop at Potana a small village with excellent views of snow-clad peaks in the midst of alpine woodland.
Day 04: Trek to Kokar Forest Camp 3,050m via Deurali 2,100 m - 06 hrs.
After a pleasant and refreshing first overnight stop in the high hills of Annapurna at Potana village with scenic views, walk continues on the main trekking trail reaching at Deurali with superb scenery of landscapes and snow-clad peaks. From here our route leads into complete wilderness away from mainstream trekking trail heading towards north along a ridgeline into deep forested area where the temperature drops to cool and refreshing air with super views of Annapurna I and South with Huinchuli including Annapurna IV -II and Lamjung Himal and then slowly walk leads to our overnight stop in the middle of a woodland where few lodges are located for trekkers.
Day 05: Trek to Low Camp 2,970m - 04 hrs.
From this forest area, walk leads higher on uphill path with steep climb to reach a pasture land for overnight stop on route Mardi base camp with fantastic views of surrounding landscapes and mountains at close range, today a short walk where you can marvel beautiful scenery at ease with moderate walk reaching at Low Camp for lunch and overnight stop in the comfort of nice basic lodge but with warm hospitality of the locals.
Day 06: Trek to High Camp 3,700m - 05 hrs.
After a pleasant overnight stop, morning walk leads beyond towards upper and higher ridgeline of Mardi Himal hills, as the walk progress leaving behind the tall tree lines and lush vegetation for alpine shrubs and dwarf rhododendron bushes.
This wonderful area offers great views of surrounding hills and landscapes with high snow-clad mountains as the walk approaches closer towards Mardi Himal and towering Mt. Machhapuchare, a perfect spot within absolute tranquility as the walk leads at High Camp where air gets thinner and cooler after a steep climb to reach our overnight stop at High Camp with few simple lodges and excellent panorama of Annapurna Himalaya.
Day 07: At High Camp for day hike to Mardi Himal West Base Camp 4,500m.
At High Camp with another free day for excursion and to explore the hidden ridges of Mardi Himal area in complete wilderness, morning hike to Mardi Himal following a high ridge line to reach the highest point of this trek at 4,500 meters.
Walk leads to a steep climb on the ridgeline reaching a hidden plateau right at the base of Mardi Himal South West Face with majestic Mt. Machhapuchare that towers into blue skyline; Mardi Himal also called as 'The Other Sanctuary' named by early explorer Mr. Jimmy Roberts, when he first ventured the area in late 1970's.
After a marvelous time at Mardi base camp with superb mountain views return walk on the same trail back to our overnight stop at High Camp.
Day 08: Trek to Sidhing village 1,700m via Low Camp - 06 hrs.
After an enjoyable and memorable walk on high ridges of Mardi Himal with awesome views our morning walk leads back into forested areas full of rhododendron and pines trees, retracing the path back into a forest reaching at Low Camp, from here downhill walk to reach at Sidang village situated on a junction to other East and West route of Mardi Himal as the walk leads to warmer area for overnight stop.
Day 09: Drive back to Pokhara via Mardipul - 05 hrs.
Last day of trekking of this wonderful adventure after being on a hidden trails of Annapurna area, where few trekkers venture, morning walk leads on the trail following Mardi River on a wide valley reaching more warmer areas with farm villages and rice paddy terraces, our walk finally ends at Mardi village where we will take a short drive back to Pokhara.
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu - 06 hrs evening farewell dinner.
After a great adventure on the hidden pockets of Annapurna at Mardi Himal area, morning journey with a drive back to Kathmandu with few rest stops for refreshment and lunch, after 6 hours of good drive reaching back at busy city life in Kathmandu.
(From Pokhara an option taking a flight to Kathmandu of 30 minutes).
Day 11: Final International departure homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal with awesome time in the high hills of Annapurna Himalaya and Mardi Himal trekking, our staff will transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your final flight back homeward bound or to respective countries.
Extra Ordinary Day: Kathmandu sightseeing tour.
In Kathmandu morning after breakfast and at given time our city guide will pick you up for sightseeing tour around places of interest around Kathmandu old part of the city, Kathmandu is famous for world heritage sites with tour of Pashupatinath a holy temple, Bouddhanath Stupa a Buddhist pilgrimage spot or tour of Kathmandu old Durbar (palace) Square and ancient 2,500 years old Swayambhunath,
- Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car/van
- 2nights tourist selected hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara with menu selected breakfast.
- Tourist standard bus tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu
- Private transportation(car/van) from Pokhara to start point of trek and back to Pokhara hotel after trek
- Full Board Meals During Trek in mountain (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with Tea or coffee from Pokhara to Pokhara.
- Boiled or filtered safe drinking water during the trek from Pokhara to Pokhara.
- Hot shower during the trek from Pokhara to Pokhara on trek.
- All hotel accommodation in lodges/tea houses during the trek from Pokhara to Pokhara.
- Trekking permits: Annapurna entrance fee & 'Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
- All Toilet/tissue paper during the trek
- Down filled jacket,sleeping bag and trekking pole during the trip (have to be return after trip compleation)
- One Guide: An experienced government license holder, helpful,friendly and knowledgeable about the mountains trails
- Porters (1 porter for 2 clients) during the trek from Pokhara to Pokhara
- Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- All government taxes and local service charge
- Nepal Visa fee ( Nepal provides on arrival visa in Immigration, bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs,)
- a round airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Meal in city:like Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Extra calculate for additional programs as per above itinerary.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Local donation & Tips for guides and porters.
- Personal expenses (Pot of tea, bar bills, battery recharge)
Size of group: 1-12 people
Destination: Nepal +
Fitness level: Moderate
Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Selected Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu-Pokhara and all meals on the trek
Accommodation: Tourist Hotel in Kathmandu-Pokhara and tea houses during the trek
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