Mardi Himal Trekking

‘on the hidden trails beneath towering Machhapuchare ‘fish tail’ peak to Mardi Himal’ 

Highlights:

“An enjoyable and scenic walks on the high ridges of great Annapurna Himalaya
Exploring high hills around Gurung traditional villages enriched with ancient culture
Walking into lovely woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and fir trees
Breathtaking panorama of Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range
Starting and ending our scenic walks from picturesque and popular holiday spot at Pokhara”

Trip Outlooks:

Trip Mode:                  Hotels and in Lodge basis during trek.
Trek Grade:                 Moderate with ups and downhill walks.
Highest point:            4,500 m at Mardi Himal Base Camp.
Trek duration:            06 nights & 07 days (Pokhara to Pokhara)
Total Trip:                   11 nights & 12 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Activities:                    Cultural tour - scenic drive and trekking.
Season:                        All year round except June to August the wet months.

Introduction:

Mardi Himal Panorama Trekking an overwhelming and fascinating adventure on the high ridges of massive Annapurna Himalaya located beneath towering peaks of Machhapuchhre the ‘fish tail’ where walk leads on isolated areas on least visited areas of Annapurna massif.

Mardi Himal situated just 30 k.m. air distance from warm and sub-tropical Pokhara valley a great dramatic change of terrains and climate within a mere distance from low rice fields and terraces to alpine cooler zone, from heavily wooded areas of tall rhododendron-pines and oaks trees to barren and arid within rocks and ice at Mardi Himal base camp.

Mardi Himal Trekking an enjoyable adventure of a week duration with moderate to adventurous walks without a problem of getting AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), suitable for all types of people. Where our itinerary days are flexible with enough time to get acclimatize and to enjoy the surrounding stunning views and panorama, as the walk progress on the high ridges towards Mardi Himal located beneath towering Mt. Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail, the forbidden mountain one of the unclimbed peak so far.

Awesome Adventure Mardi Himal Panorama Trekking starts from Kathmandu with interesting tour and then with exciting drive to scenic Pokhara where this trip begins and ends, walk leads you on alpine hills within traditional Gurung farm villages and then into complete wilderness away from main busy walking trail to enter into new and virgin areas towards high ridges of Mardi Himal with fantastic views of Annapurna-Manaslu and Dhaulagiri mountains and heading beneath majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre where Mardi Himal located.

Mardi Himal also known as ‘Other Sanctuary’ where earlier explorer named this area in early 1960’s the route is seldom trekked by other trekkers, where you will find serenity on this wonderful Mardi Himal Panorama trekking. Finally our adventure concludes with a walk downhill to lower warmer area and then a short drive brings you at beautiful Pokhara by the serene Phewa Lake side, after a great and remarkable adventure on Mardi Himal Panorama Trekking.

Guideline Itinerary:

Day 01:   Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02:   In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03:   Drive to Pokhara 820m (220 k.m) - 06 hrs.
Day 04:   Drive to Kande (trek point) with 3 hrs walk to Pothana 1,900m.
Day 05:   Trek to Kokar Forest camp 2,520 m via Pitam Deurali 2,100 m - 05 hrs.
Day 06:   Trek to Low Camp 2,970 m - 05 hrs.
Day 07:   Trek to High Camp 3,700 m - 05 hrs.
Day 08:   Free day at High Camp for hike up to Mardi Himal base camp at 4,500 m.
Day 09:   Trek to Siding village 1,750 m - 06 hrs.
Day 10:  Trek to Mardi pul and drive back to Pokhara with afternoon free.
Day 11:   Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 12:   International departure for home ward bound.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide briefs with information regarding Mardi Himal Panorama Trekking, lodge on route with do and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Mardi Himal Panorama Trekking.

(other options on tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area also known as Little Tibet)

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m - 06 hrs journey distance 220 k.m.
Morning travel by private coach or in tourist bus (depending upon the size of the group) with an exciting overland drive on main Kathmandu to Pokhara highway, leading through Himalayan foothills, on reaching at Pokhara transfer to respective hotels by the beautiful Phewa Lake with afternoon free for short walks. (Options by Air 30 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara).

Day 04: Drive to Kande 1,770 m and begin trek to Pothana village 1,900 m - 04 hrs.
Starting this wonderful and exciting Mardi Himal & Machhapuchhre Trekking with a short drive on the outskirt of Pokhara to reach at Kande, after getting organized a steep climb leading to farm areas of terrace field, offering great views of snow peaks and valley below entering a patch of cool forest with last climb to reach at the ridge top at Thulo Kharka or Australian Camp with fantastic views of Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains.

From this lovely spot walk downhill into cool shade of forest to Pothana offering super panorama of Annapurna Himalaya and Manaslu range including majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre “Fish Tail” and small peak of Mardi Himal towards North West. 

 Day 05: Trek to Kokar Forest camp 2,520m via Pitam Deurali 2,100m - 04 hrs.
After a pleasant overnight stop at Pothana village with fantastic views, walk begins on the main trekking trail reaching at Pitam Deurali with super views of landscapes and snow-clad peaks. After Deurali heading north along the ridgeline into serene forested area with cool temperature with panorama of Annapurna I and South with Huinchuli to the east Annapurna IV -II and Lamjung Himal and then reaching our overnight stop in the middle of forest where few lodges are located for trekkers.

Day 06: Trek to Forest camp to Low Camp 2,970 m - 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.

Day 07: Trek to High camp 3, 700 m - 05 hrs.
This wonderful area offering grand vista of beautiful landscapes and snow-clad peaks in perfect tranquility heading higher to reach at High Camp as the air gets thinner and cooler with steep climb to reach at High Camp where tree lines fades to short rhododendron and juniper bushes. Here at High Camp with a lonely lodge for overnight accommodation with basic facilities commanding super views of Annapurna Himalaya.

Day 08: Explore beyond High Camp to Mardi West Base Camp 4,500m.
Here with another night stop to explore beyond High Camp with day hike to Mardi Himal higher ridge reaching the highest point of this trek at 4,500 meters. Walk leads to a steep climb along a ridge line to reach a hidden plateau at the base of Mardi Himal South Face with towering Mt. Machhapuchhre; this area known as 'Other Sanctuary' named by early pioneer Jimmy Roberts, when he first explored this area in early 1970's. After enjoying the views of super mountain panorama return back on same route to our overnight stop.

Day 09: Trek to Siding village 1,750m | 5,740ft - 06 hrs.
After a fabulous time on the high ridges of Mardi Himal with beautiful views and back into forest of rhododendron and pines trees, retracing the journey back on same trail at Jungle Camp and beyond with more downhill walk to reach at Sidang village located between the junction to another East and West route to Mardi Himal on warmer area for overnight stop before ending this lovely trek next day.

Day 10: From walk to Mardi Pul and drive back to Pokhara - 05 hrs.
Our last day walk of this fabulous adventure on the hidden trails of Annapurna region walk follows Mardi River on the wide valley reaching warmer areas of rice / paddy farm villages and finally walk ends at Mardi village for a short drive back to Pokhara for overnight stop by the serene Phewa Lake.

Day 11: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to back Kathmandu with grand memories of this fantastic and exciting  Mardi Himal Panorama trekking, an interesting six hour brings you back in Kathmandu with afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs.

(By Air options from Pokhara to Kathmandu taking 30 mins of scenic flight)

Day 12: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal in the land of Himalayan wonders, after wonderful experience and fond memories of Mardi Himal Panorama Trekking around great Annapurna Himalaya, our staff transfer you to airport as per your time for international flight for your final departure towards homeward bound.

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