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Mardi Himal Trek in Nepal

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Duration

12 Night 13 Days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

16 people

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Languages

English, Hindi, Japanese

Overview

This incredible yet short trek gives us the best of mountains and traditional Nepali lifestyle. Mardi which lies on the southern side of Annapurna mountain range, and approached with an uphill climb through forest, which is as gruelling as it is refreshing. The sights you come across as soon as you reach the clearing at Badal Daanda is spectacular. The transition from green forests to snowclad mountains just a stone’s throw away is remarkable. Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Annapurna I and of course, the classic facade of Fishtail Mountain or Machhapuchhre are right in front of you. Once above Badal Daanda, you leave the treeline behind, and as impressive a sight ahead, you can get an equally enthralling vista of rolling hills behind you.

Skies are crystal clear, and you can see stars in their millions twinking overhead. You can occasionally spot shooting stars. Well above all the pollution, the night sky at Mardi is truly wonderful. The morning at Mardi High Camp will be equally breathtaking. As the sun rises in the morning, the skies turn purple and orange. You can feel crisp air with every breath, watching the sun come up.

The way back will be quite relaxing as it’s mostly downhill. Witness the local lifestyle of people working in the farms and grazing cattle and so forth. Lazying by Phewa Lake in Pokhara after the trek, reflect on your short and stunning Mardi Himal adventure.

Best months: January to May; October to December

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Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel. Trip briefing
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel. Trip briefing

After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by a member from Himalayan Adventure Girls who will transfer you to the hotel. On the way, you can see the hustle and bustle of the city. After checking into the hotel and resting for a bit, feel free to explore the nearby parts. In the evening, your guide will host a briefing session at the hotel, where important matters like itinerary, gear and safety precautions at higher elevations will be discussed. Should you be missing any gear, the guide will help you purchase or rent them at a trekking shop nearby.

Accommodation: Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Fly to Pokhara (25 mins)
Day 2: Fly to Pokhara (25 mins)

A short domestic flight from Kathmandu takes you to the lovely lakeside city of Pokhara. The flight is 25 minutes and sports incredible views of mountains on right side of the aircraft and vast southern plain on the left side. Once in Pokhara, your guide will take you to the hotel. Settle in and after a bit of rest we’re off to explore Lakeside, the most popular street in Pokhara by Phewa Lake. Weather permitting, the Annapurna range will be visible above Pokhara’s hills.
Later we drive to the outskirts of Lakeside, to a village called Sedi, and visit the house of one of our female guides. She will lovingly prepare local and typical lunch for us, which we enjoy with the views of Phewa Lake and Lakeside. After lunch, we will walk for about 15 minutes to a small school nearby, and you are welcome to provide donations to the school that has actively supported kids from underprivileged families.

Accommodation: Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Drive to Kande (1 hr, 1700m) and trek to Pothana (2 hrs, 1890m)
Day 3: Drive to Kande (1 hr, 1700m) and trek to Pothana (2 hrs, 1890m)

We start our journey with a short drive from Pokhara to Kaande, about 1 hour. From Kaande we walk on uphill trails to Australian Camp. It’s a bit of a climb up the stunning views we see from Australian Camp helps us forget the fatigue. We gaze at the incredible Annapurna range from here, have lunch and then make it to Pothana, a tiny hamlet among pine trees.

Accommodation: Overnight at a teahouse in Pothana.
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4: Trek from Pothana (1890m) to Jungle Camp/Koker (5 hrs, 2525m)
Day 4: Trek from Pothana (1890m) to Jungle Camp/Koker (5 hrs, 2525m)

The trails today go mostly through forests. After a hearty meal in Pothana, we continue our trek through the dense woods towards Jungle Camp. The walk is relaxing and in total serenity we can feel the forests and trail speak to us. The calm and solitude of the trail festooned with rhododendron is quite relaxing as it gradually climbs up to Koker or Jungle Camp. As this is a new travel destination, there are no hotels on the way, and we need to carry packed lunch and enough water with us.

Overnight at a teahouse in Jungle Camp.
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5: Trek from Jungle Camp (2525m) to Low Camp/Humaal (4 hrs, 2975m)
Day 5: Trek from Jungle Camp (2525m) to Low Camp/Humaal (4 hrs, 2975m)

We trudge on today to Low Camp, also known as Humaal through jungle trails. The trails gradually climb up through rhododendron forests along the ridge. It takes about 4 hours to reach Low Camp, where the first sights of Fishtail Mountain (or Machhapuchhre) will be clearly seen and appears very close. On the other side, the hills will appear to roll into the horizon.

Overnight at a teahouse in Low Camp.
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 6: Trek from Low Camp (2975m) to High Camp (4 hrs, 3540m)
Day 6: Trek from Low Camp (2975m) to High Camp (4 hrs, 3540m)

It’s a big day today as we hike up to High Camp of Mardi Trek. From Low Camp, we continue walking up on forest trails, then eventually come to Badal Daanda’s clearing. Badal Daanda is above the treeline, which means the views of the mountains up north and those of rolling hills on the south are clearly visible. On a clear day, even Pokhara is visible! The snow-capped peaks of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Annapurna I and Fishtail look majestic and grand. The trek today takes 3 to 4 hours with a few breaks in between to enjoy the incredible panorama.

Overnight at a teahouse in High Camp.
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 7: Day hike to Mardi Base Camp (4250m) and back to High Camp (6 hrs, 3540m)
Day 7: Day hike to Mardi Base Camp (4250m) and back to High Camp (6 hrs, 3540m)

We leave early in the morning to Mardi Base Camp. Your guide will provide you packed breakfast and water for the hike. The trail starts steep and gradually follows the ridge line. The views from the ridge is simply jaw dropping. We will stop by the View Point to watch the sunrise. Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre and Mardi Himal appear right in front of you. Enjoy the views all you can and take deep, crisp mountain breaths. Don’t forget to take your sunglasses with you as the snow from mountains will be glaring. We continue on to Mardi Base Camp where your guide will provide you light snacks. This is the highlight of our trek. We spend some time enjoying the views and feel the rolling mountain winds and return to High Camp for a late lunch.

Overnight at a teahouse in Mardi High Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 8: Trek from High Camp (3540m) to Siding (7 hrs, 1700m)
Day 8: Trek from High Camp (3540m) to Siding (7 hrs, 1700m)

The trail winds down from High camp, and we look back every so often to get the final glimpses of the mountains and hills. We bid them farewell as we enter into the jungle and head towards Siding, a tiny village at 1,700m in elevation. Once we reach Siding, check into the guest house and spend the remainder of the day resting.

Overnight at a teahouse in Siding.
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 9: Drive from Siding (1700m) to Pokhara (4 hrs, 800m)
Day 9: Drive from Siding (1700m) to Pokhara (4 hrs, 800m)

After breakfast we take a jeep to drive back to Pokhara. It will take 4 hours through villages and farmlands on dirt road most of the way. It will be quite a refreshing feeling to reach Pokhara and look at Mardi ridge below Fishtail Mountain and see how far up we went! Check into a hotel and freshen up for lunch. Rest of the day is free for leisure, shopping etc.

Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 10: Pokhara sightseeing at Peace Pagoda
Day 10: Pokhara sightseeing at Peace Pagoda

Today we will venture out to explore Peace Pagoda on a half-day sightseeing tour after breakfast. Drive from Lakeside to Peace Pagoda on a 30-minute ride. The Pagoda was built by a Japanese buddhist monk along the southern ridge of Pokhara Valley, from where you get incredible views of Annapurna range with Phewa Lake at the bottom of the valley. We will enjoy the lovely views before a short hike down to the lake shore, and we will take a small wooden boat to cross over to Lakeside.

Pokhara valley has a host of adventures and activities to choose from. If you want more adrenaline fix, you can do paragliding above the lake and the city in the afternoon. Or you may just relax by the lake and visit the small restaurants and pubs on a fun evening, sharing your
favorite moments from the trek up in the mountains.

Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (7hrs)
Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (7hrs)

After an early breakfast, we head over to the tourist bus station in Pokhara, which is just a short drive away from your hotel in Lakeside. The drive takes place along beautiful rivers Seti and Trishuli, on the first and second half of the 7-hour drive.

Accommodation: Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12: Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 12: Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu

We begin sightseeing today after breakfast. Kathmandu is known for several religious and historical monuments that are worth exploring to understand the culture and country better. Pashupatinath and Boudhanath are two monuments we will visit, both of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Pashupatinath temple complex holds great religious significance for Hindus, and is among the most important pilgrimage sites. Bouddhanath is the largest Buddhist stupa (a dome-shaped monument) in Nepal revered by Buddhists. You can see people circumambulating the stupa en masse below the fluttering prayer flags and Buddha’s eyes above them.

Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13: International flight departure from Kathmandu
Day 13: International flight departure from Kathmandu

We trust you had a great adventure in the mountains with memories to cherish for a lifetime. Thank you for choosing Himalayan Adventure Girls. Depending on your flight time, your guide will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure. Safe flight!

Included/Excluded

  • English-speaking licensed guide
  • 3 nights at a hotel in Kathmandu (twin sharing, breakfast included)
  • 3 nights at a hotel in Pokhara (twin sharing, breakfast included)
  • Airport pick up and drop off from hotel
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara domestic flight
  • All meals and lodging during the trek (Please note: Due to limited number of hotels in conservation area, accommodation can be triple or upto 4 people in higher elevations)
  • All ground transportation
  • All entry fees and trekking permits
  • Medical kit
  • Insurances for the staff
  • International airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Expenditure of personal nature, ex beverages, laundry, shopping, phone bills etc,
  • Personal medical insurance
  • Emergency rescue (helicopter rescue if needed)
  • Tips for the trekking crew at the end of the trip
  • Any items not included in Cost Includes
  • Sleeping bag (if you don’t have one we will provide you on rent)

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