Mardi Himal Trek

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10 Days / 9 Nights

Duration

Nepal

Country

Easy

Grade

4250m/13600ft

Max altitude

Private/Domestic Vehicles

Transportation

Hotel/Lodge/Tea Houses

Accommodation

Feb-June, Sep-Dec

Best season

- Max 14

Group Size

Overview


The Mardi Himal Trek was officially opened in 2012 is one of the easy and short trekking packages in Nepal that allures globetrotters and trekking fanatics to explore the hidden gem of the country. Traversing along the beautiful forested areas and rocky mountain terrains, this popular trekking in Nepal, also nicknamed as ‘The Other Sanctuary’ by Jimmy Roberts, is a low altitude trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek is an ideal choice for trekking admirers seeking for off-the-beaten-path walking experience in the quieter side of the Annapurna regions. It follows the beaten trails of shepherds who use the pastures for summer grazing.

The Mardi Himal Trek, an unspoiled trek not far away from the lake city of Pokhara is highly diverse with cultural insight, amazing forest walks, and alpine landscapes. The trekking trails mostly stay along the ridge passing through interesting villages, terraced farms, dazzling rivers, serene valleys and extraordinary views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli mountains. As the trekking route is new in comparison with other popular Annapurna trekking packages, there are limited teahouses and simple guesthouses and homestays with basic facilities along the entire route. Mardi Himal Trek is a hidden treasure in the Annapurna region and one of the best destinations to avoid the crowd and enjoy solitude and the tranquil valleys and untouched natural habitats. One an advantage of this trekking route is that, the trekking trail makes a small circuit up to the Mardi Himal Base Camp and that the trekkers don’t have to retrace back on the same trail.

The best time to embark on the Mardi Himal Trek is during autumn, from mid-September until November; and during spring. Winters are also preferred by some trekkers because of the clear skies and mind-boggling views, but it can get very cold and there are chances of the passes being closed due to heavy snow-fall. A less traveled route located in the most visited destination of Annapurna region, Mardi Himal is perfect to experience the brilliance of solitary snow-clad peaks and immerse in an excellent cultural experience. This trek can be done by anyone with good health and are physically and mentally fit. Mardi Himal Trek is a comparably easier hike along the exotic and interesting trails wandering through lush valleys, alpine meadows, numerous streamlets and cascading waterfalls as well as fascinating mountain sceneries. Come and join AID Adventure to get connected with local people along the less-used and non-touristy path and feel a completely new discovery expedition. Experience the floral and faunal beauty along the route and acknowledge the different world and rejoice in the achievement of a lifetime adventure.

Outline Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (827m/2,700ft): 6-7 hours
Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Deurali (2100m/6,720ft): 30-minute drive, 4-5 hours trek
Day 04: Deurali to forest camp (2,520m/8064ft): 6-7 hours
Day 05: Forest Camp to low camp (2970m/9504ft): 5-6 hours
Day 06: Low camp to high camp (3540m/11,328ft): 3-4 hours
Day 07: High camp to upper viewpoint (4250m/13600ft), return back to high camp: 2-3 hours
Day 08: High camp to Sidhing Village (1700m/5440ft): 6-7 hours
Day 09: Trek to Lumre, drive to Pokhara: 2-3 hours trek, 2-hour day
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 11: Final departure

Cost Includes

    • Airport Pick up/drop in a private vehicle
    • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
    • Tea-house accommodation during the trek
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking time
    • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
    • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
    • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader
    • Porter service for trekking (2 trekkers :1 porter)
    • Trekking Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
    • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
    • AID Team personal Take care
    • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

    • Nepalese visa fee
    • Any meals (Except trekking)
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • International flights
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)

Detail Itenerary


On arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will complete all necessary immigration formalities followed by baggage collection from the designated area in the airport. As you exit, one of the representatives from AID Journeys & Adventure, with a placard, will officially welcome you and escort you to your pre-assigned hotel. At the hotel, you may stretch out your legs and relax for few hours from the possible jet lag that you might have experienced after a long flight. Those who are anxious and want to hit the streets right away, may stroll around Thamel and do a bit of shopping for the upcoming trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

After an early breakfast, you will begin your drive from Kathmandu to the lake city of Pokhara along the Prithvi Highway. From the small stopover at Naubise, you will drive all the way to Mugling along the raging Trishuli River passing several small towns and meandering roads. From Mugling it is around three hours to reach Pokhara through beautiful terraced fields and varying landscapes and small townships. On arrival at Pokhara, you will be transferred to your designated hotel where you may stretch your legs and relax. In the evening, you may loiter around the lakeside; enjoy some local bands performing live music with a chilled bottle of beer with Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna ranges in the backdrop. Overnight in Pokhara.

Your adventure starts after an early breakfast today with a short drive to Phedi, which is the starting point of your trekking. Climbing up the steep hill from Phedi along stone steps, passing neatly terraced fields, tiny villages, and forests, you will reach Dhampus in about two hours. Dhampus offers panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and many other mountain ranges. After lunch in Dhampus, the trek continues through rhododendron forest, and Mardi Khola bouncing back down the hills and the panoramic views of the snow-clad mountain peaks until you reach Deurali, a small beautiful village located on a ridge with spectacular mountain views. Overnight in Deurali.

After relishing a beautiful morning and a fine breakfast on the ridge top Deurali village, it is time to divert away from the main Annapurna trekking route. The ‘right turn’ diversion sign is indicated on a signpost at Deurali as “Forest Camp”, and the trail leads through jungles and complete wilderness. The temperature begins dropping to cool and refreshing air with fantastic views of Annapurna I, II & Camp; IV, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Lamjung Himal. As there are no teahouses along the way, today you will carry packed lunch and adequate water. The day’s walk in the rhododendron forest is beautiful with a gradual uphill walk and undulating path at times. You will finally arrive at the forest camp, also known as Kokar. There are few lodges in Kokar, simple and basic but clean. You can expect no dining rooms, so probably you will be eating your meals in the kitchen along with the owner. Overnight in Forest Camp.

Your trekking trail today gradually ascends through rhododendron forests following the ridge. Although the trail is initially quite steep, soon the steepness reduces to an easier track to reach a pastureland. Dazzling views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna chains, and Mardi Himal seem to appear much closer as you keep walking gradual uphill with floral diversity that changes to classic ‘cloud forest’ with mosses, lichens, ferns, and orchids. Reaching low camp, you may spend some time in the evening to evaluate the local lifestyle. There are just a couple of basic lodges, one with a dining room and open fire but with the warm hospitality of the locals. Overnight in Low Camp.

After an early breakfast today, you start trekking uphill in conjunction with a ridge towards Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre. The initial climb first takes you to Badal Danda, also known as the Cloud Hill. From this hill, the tree lines start thinning and you will arrive in a shrubby alpine area that consists of desolate rhododendron bushes. After about three hours of undulant paths, you will finally ascend up to the High Camp, which is nothing more than a small pasture with few lodges. Stunning views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre along with icy fields and blue glaciers of the Annapurna sanctuary walls down below is simply awe-inspiring. If you are fortunate enough, then you may also come across the national bird of Nepal, Danphe while ascending to the High Camp. At the camp, you will experience yourself being above the clouds and in close proximity to the snow-clad mountain peaks. Overnight in High Camp.

Today, you will wake up early for glorious sunrise views that unfold the gloomy mountains to glittering state. Then, after breakfast, you will walk up the ridge that leads towards the Mardi Himal Base Camp. With various ascends and descends on steep and narrow trails, past yak grazing pastures you will arrive at the ridge top that is marked as MBC suggesting the direction for Mardi Himal Base Camp. This is the upper viewpoint and the highest point of our trek. However, the real base camp will require another two or more hours of hiking up along the ridge. The views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks and the glacial surroundings from this point are astounding. The resplendent peaks visible are Mardi Himal, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Varaha Shikhar (Mt. Fang), Tent peak, Singachuli, Machhapuchhre and many more. After taking plentiful photos of the panoramic vistas, you will retrace back to the High Camp. Overnight in High Camp.

You will retrace your steps from the High Camp following a different route taking you to Sidhing village instead of descending back to Mardi Himal and the forest camp at Kokar. Making your way through the shade of the forest and along the banks of the Mardi Khola to the terraced fields and simple farms over the exciting suspension bridges, the day’s walk is an easygoing descent. Sidhing village is in fact, an idyllic Nepali countryside that offers a quiet stay for trekkers as it is situated on a junction to other east and west routes of Mardi Himal, and is tucked away from the much busier trails. Overnight in Sidhing.

Today, after breakfast you will walk out for about two to three hours to the road head at Lumre passing the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. From Lumre, it is yet another two-hour drive to the lake city of Pokhara. On arrival at Pokhara, you will immediately proceed to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu. If your flight is scheduled during the late afternoon and have a few hours, you may quickly take a walk around Lakeside and grab a chilled beer. After arriving at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel room, where you may stretch your legs and relax all the while. Those energetic ones may hit the streets of Thamel to do some last minute souvenir shopping to carry back home to your beloved ones. Overnight in Kathmandu.

After Breakfast: You will drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara and it takes 6.5-7 hrs to reach Kathmandu. In the evening time you can relax at Hotel or can also roam around the area

Today is the day your holidays in Nepal has come to an end, and you will be flying back home with ample memories of the experiences you’ve had in the Himalayas. A representative from Aid Journeys will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport well ahead of your scheduled flight for your onward journey. With plenty of time onboard, you may plan your next trip in the Himalayan realms of Nepal. For those willing to stay back and extend your holidays, Aid Journeys will be glad to plan your trip according to your craving.

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Cost Includes

    • Airport Pick up/drop in a private vehicle
    • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
    • Tea-house accommodation during the trek
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking time
    • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
    • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
    • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader
    • Porter service for trekking (2 trekkers :1 porter)
    • Trekking Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
    • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
    • AID Team personal Take care
    • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

    • Nepalese visa fee
    • Any meals (Except trekking)
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • International flights
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)

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