The Mardi Himal Trek is an ideal choice for trekkers who are looking for isolated routes in Annapurna Region, it is the lowest and perhaps the least visited of the trekking peaks in Nepal. The trail goes along small winding paths, through magical rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. This trekking route is that the trail makes a small circuit up to the base camp of Mardi Himal so that we don’t have to backtrack over the same terrain. In conclusion, numerous of new basic lodges and homestays have been built along Mardi Himal ridge therefore, it is now possible to do this as a lodge based trek rather than having to bring in a camping crew.
Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for the general idea only.
- Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.
- Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Phedi (2,043m/6,702ft) – Pothana (1,925m/6,315ft) 4hrs trek
After early breakfast drive to airport and fly to Pokhara, guide will receive at the airport and drive for ½ an hour to Phedi (trek point) steep climb up to Dhampus village (1600m) one of the big Gurung village Spectacular panoramic views of Annapurna Himalayan range. After lunch we will trek for few hours until we reach Pothana by evening. Overnight at lodge.
- Day 04: Pothana – Kokar [forest camp (2,600m/8,530ft)] 4hrs hike
With an early start, we leave Pothana and trek to a village named Pitan Deurali and from there continue along a silent trail through a dense forest of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron. Ascending uphill we will reach our lodge in a Forest Camp or ‘Kokar’ as the locals name it. The lodges are basic lodges, you will not have dining room or lobbies so you have to have your meal with the owners and due to this you will be able to know more about the local people and their culture. We will spend the night here.
- Day 05: Kokar – Low camp (3,150m/10,334ft) 5hrs hike
With an early breakfast at the lodge we leave Forest camp and trek towards Low camp, the trail continues through forest. However, as we go higher the vegetations starts to change with more rhododendron and the trees are covered with moss, lichen and tree fens. As we reach Low camp we will go to our lodges which will be basic ones too, the view from here will be different and amazing as Mt. Machapuchare is visible up the valley.
- Day 06: Low Camp – High Camp (3,600m/11,811ft) 4hrs hike
We leave Low camp and continue our trek, the trail continues along the Mardi Himal Ridge on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes. Through the trail you can see clear views of Annapurna south and Hiunchuli or if you’re lucky enough then spotting colorful Danphe Pheasant won’t be a problem. We will soon arrive at the High Camp and the lodge here is larger than the previous lodges, as they have dining rooms and heaters too. From the lodge we can see Annapurna south, Hiunchuli and the beautiful Machapuchare. We will spend the night here.
- Day 07: Hike to Upper view point (4,200m/13,779ft) 4hrs hike
We are staying back at higher camp today so hike will be organized for the day. First and foremost we wake up early in the morning for the sunrise views of the mountains. With an early breakfast we start our day hike towards Mardi Himal, today’s trail is well established, and there are grasses around and only couple of steeper sections. However, today’s hike is not a challenging one. During summer villagers from lower villages bring their sheep, goats and dzo up here for grazing and due to this you might witness many herders’ huts through the trail. After few hours of walking we will reach Upper view point from where Annapurna sanctuary can be witnessed and the panorama view is beyond imaginations, witnessing south of Annapurna and all of the peaks in the sanctuary including Hiunchuli and Machapuchare. After our hike we return to High Camp for accommodation.
- Day 08: High Camp – Siding village (1,750m/5,741ft) 6hrs hike
From today, we start our returning trek. However, we will take a different route as we don’t want to retrace the same route we came from and at the same time taking different route will complete a circuit. From Low Camp we will trek toward Siding village, the village is a traditional Nepalese village and still isolated from other trekking destinations and it is likely to home stay in siding run by the locals. IT is a cultural experience staying home stay in this village and having traditional food for supper with the families in their kitchen. We will stay the night here in the village.
- Day 09: Siding village – Lumre (3hrs hike) – Pokhara (2hrs drive)
From Siding village after a good breakfast we join the trail that descends slowly downhill all the way to Lumre and to the road head. As a vehicle will be waiting for us, we will return to Pokhara and stay overnight at one of the finest hotel in Pokhara.
- Day 10: Leisure day in Pokhara
Today we stay back in Pokhara and explore the city as it is one of the famous tourism sites of Nepal, you can either rest in hotel or explore the city. We will accommodate here in Pokhara tonigh.
- Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu
After breakfast transfer to airport and fly back to Kathmandu, receive and transfer to Hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 12: Back home
Leisure time and explore Kathmandu until the departure time when you will be transferred to airport and fly back home.
- Max altitude : (4,200m/13,779ft)
- It is a new isolated trail with very few trekkers trekking
- Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization
- Accommodation in the best-selected lodges and tea houses along the trail and in Kathmandu
- Amazing views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna Range, and Fishtail
- Traditional villages inhabited by Gurung, Thakali, Tamang etc
- Fauna found in the region- pika, blue sheep and Himalayan Tahr.
Most Common FAQs
- 1 . Why choose Mardi Himal trek?
Mardi Himal Trekking is a newly started trekking route; the trail makes a small circuit up to the base camp of Mardi Himal. This trek is an ideal choice for you if you are looking for isolated trekking routes in Annapurna region.
- 2 . How fit do I need to be for this trek?
You will be walking for minimum of 5 – 7hrs a day, you don’t have to really fit but minimum level of fitness is required as the trek is not an easy one. You do have to be healthy and mentally prepared for trekking in this region although it doesn’t require mountaineering skills.
- 3 . What is the best time of the year for this trek?
The trek is possible throughout the year. However, autumn and spring are the best seasons; choose to trek in autumn (Sep-Nov) as spring is busy with expedition stuff.
- 4 . Why should I trek with Nepal Sanctuary Treks (NST)?
We (NST) believe in socially and environmentally responsible, sustainable tourism. Our personalized services are guided by these principles and our 27 yrs of experience in the field of trekking is invaluable in giving our clients quality service. Our itineraries are suitably designed for acclimatization and we use the best selected lodges through the trail and in Kathmandu.
- 5 . Can children trek in this region or are there any age restrictions?
Yes, children can trek as there is no age restrictions. Nepal Sanctuary Trek can design suitable trekking itinerary for all age group above 8yrs. However, for children fewer than 8 can have high time trekking for longer period of time and altitude sickness can be a problem.
- 6 . What to take for the trek (clothes, personal kits)?
To make it easier for you Nepal Sanctuary Treks have prepared you a kit check list, you can have a look at it below:
- 7 . Do I need travel insurance covered while trekking/traveling in Nepal?
Insurance is a compulsion as anything can happen in the trek; for emergency rescue, personal liabilities, cancellation, loss of luggage and other reasons if necessary.
- 8 . How much weight do I have to carry or how much will my porter carry?
You can bring as much as clothes you want but extra luggage is not required for the trek, you can leave your extra luggage in Kathmandu or Pokhara’s hotel. For the trek you can carry enough clothes you require in your backpack or carry only the camera, water bottle few clothes etc in your backpack. The potter can carry your extra duffle bag clothes which can weigh up to 15 to 30kg and a camping porter carries up to 40kg. However the local domestic flights allows maximum of 18kg per person.
- 9 . What medical facilities are there on Mardi Himal trek?
In case of emergency you need to get evacuated by helicopter to Kathmandu, you need to take proper care of your health. Anyways, you will find small clinics along the trek. However, you need to bring your medicine (if any) and a first aid box will be provided by Nepal Sanctuary Treks, also your guide will be trained for first aid in case of emergency.
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