This is one of the easy and short treks around Annapurna Region. This moderate level trek will take you to an altitude of 4500 m at the Mardi Himal base camp. You will gain an altitude from 1400 m to 4500 m in just 3 to 4 days. Until few years back, this trek used to be a tented trek, as this trekking route was unknown to most of the trekkers. Recent year, this new trail has been opened for the trekkers, and this has been one of the best destinations for the trekking in the Annapurna region. This trek is one of the shortest treks here in this Annapurna region.
As this new route has been recently opened, there are very few teahouses and lodges. During the peak season, this trekking route is the busiest routes among other routes. Being close to the Pokhara valley, you will get a very close view of the Mt. Fishtail during this trek. During March to May and September to December, this route will get a huge number of trekkers. During these seasons, the weather will be clear to get a great view of the mountains and valleys. While trekking, you will see mostly Gurung community people. As most of the people living in this region is Buddhist, you will see prayer flags, wheels, mani walls, monasteries and other things related to Buddhism.
You will be walking for about 6 hours a day in an average. The trail passes through beautiful dense forest of different vegetation and wildlife. Trail is not so difficult, but since you will gain a high altitude in very short day, it is recommended to do proper acclimatization to avoid any altitude sickness. We will drive up to Kande in Pokhara Trekking starts from Kande. From Kande, the trail passes through villages and forests to reach Deurali. The trail further continues to take you to Forest Camp. There are few guesthouses and teahouses to take a rest for overnight. As you will trek further from Forest Camp, you will reach Low Camp and then to High Camp. From High Camp, you will further trek to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp from where you will get a magnificent view of the majestic Mt. Fishtail and other mountain of Annapurna range.
This short but beautiful Mardi Himal trek will give you an ultimate experience of trekking. It is an easy trek, so everybody with the good physical condition can easily complete this trek. Due to the picturesque view of mountains, more trekkers are attracted now to this trekking route. As this is a less crowded trek, this trek is suitable for those who want to avoid huge traffic and enjoy the beauty of the nature. This trek can be an alternate trek route here in Annapurna region.
Duration: 11 Days/10 Nights
Max Altitude: 4120 m
Cost: USD 600
Activity: Day Trips, Explore Nepal, Trekking
Starting Point: Kathmandu
Ending Point: Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal.You will be met on airport and transferred to your hotel. After the arrival, the group will be formally introduced to Guide for the activities over the next few days. One should pay attention in particular to the safety aspects of the briefing. Any questions or doubts should be asked and clarified at this time. We check your insurance details and other requirement for your trekking.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) which takes about six hours. You depart for the six hours drive to Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist’s paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Taal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.
After break fast drive to Phedi via Tibetan camp and steep climb up to Dhampus village which is one of the big Gurung village & then continue hike to Pothana. Spectacular panoramic views of Annapurnas.
Today we will start our secret trail leaving tourists, other trekker and even villagers behind. Trek enter an enchanted forest of birch, giant rhododendron, mountain oak, maple, hemlock and daphnia, camping in a small clearing far from the beaten trail
As we climb, the flora has turned to classic cloud forest with mosses and lichen, tree ferns and orchids hosted by the hardier trees. There are natural windows in the woods that look out on to thrilling panoramas towards Hiunchuli and the knife-sharp traverse towards Annapurna South. Far below, to left, can see the Modi Khola valley leading up into the Annapurna sanctuary. Though still surrounded by forest, have spectacular northerly views of the ever-closer Fishtail.
Just a short steep climb and out of forest. A ridge, now grassy and sometimes under snow, takes us up to high camp which we shall reach at lunch time and where a second consecutive afternoon is spent awestruck with the views and acclimatizing. Annapurna South seems near enough to touch.
Breakfast will be earlier than usual. Then with packed lunch, set off to reach objective. Conditions being favourable, trip can reach up to 5000m and only the crest of Mardi Himal itself separates from the south face of Machhapuchare. The great ice fields and blue glaciers of the Sanctuary Wall lie below. Annapurna I, highest of all is beyond, and around, in an arc from horizon to horizon, from Dhaulagiri to the Ganesh Himal, are a dozen or more glistening snow- bound giants. Standing on a spot that has been constant aim for days now. A place, a time, a view that is almost impossible to equal –and earned it. Whatever achievement, by 1:00pm and back trip to camp.
After a relaxed breakfast, tired bodies make an unhurried descent through the shade of the forest, and out onto terraced fields, down 1600m in all. This is a different route down-down to the upper Mardi Khola, the torrent that has been the ice and snow of the Mardi Himal. Although remote and still away from the much-used ‘Tea – house’ trekking routes, our expedition now takes on the moods of the warm valley and the friendly villages. Here, we make our way along the banks of the Mardi Khola from the hill – side village or siding, down through the lovely fields, past the simple farms and over the interesting bridges. There is no doubting this is indeed the idyllic Nepali countryside
Sendding to Thulo Chaur takes 4.30hrs.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You are then directly taken to the hotel. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.
All too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure kingdom
Arrival & Departure as per itinerary
Twin Sharing accommodation in 2 Star to 4 Star in Kathmandu & Pokhara with Breakfast
Kathmandu Pokhara kathmandu in Tourist Bus/Flight . Pokhara Bayapul and Phedi Pokhara Transportation local bus/Tourist Bus
All necessary Permit during sightseeing and trekking
Escorted with English speaking guide during sightseeing and trekking
One porter between two each two person during trek.
Accommodation & 3 meals during tea house trek
Food, accommodation ,salary & insurance of guide and Porters
Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Travel Insurance. Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
Personal spending money. #Personal gears & clothing (available on hire). Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance. Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc. Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual