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Mardi Himal Trek - 12 Days

Mardi Himal Trek

The Mardi Himal Trek is a newly opened route and hidden beauty in the Annapurna region. This trek is the best destination to avoid the crowd, which is not far from the Pokhara city too.

located just east of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal trek offers spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre and Manaslu ranges. Visiting Siding and Lwang villages gives you to the local cultural experience of this trek.

The Mardi Himal trail winds along small ways through ancient hemlock and rhododendron forests, till you climb out at around 3300m. Here, the landscape changes quite suddenly with wonderful views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna South and Hiuchuli.

From High Camp, you’ll be able to reach in around 3-4 hours to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4250m), which offers spectacular close up views of the whole Annapurna range. There’s also an excellent viewpoint approximately two hours from High Camp.

Best Time to Visit Mardi Himal Trek – Seasons

September – October – November is Autumn Season: this is Nepal´s peak and the best time to go trekking. March-May is the known as the second-best season of the year to go trekking. December – January -February: the skies are clear but it can get very cold and there is a risk of passes being closed due to snowfall in the high passes.

May – June: This is Nepal´s hot pre-monsoon season and it may get very warm in the day indeed. The valleys however are starting to bloom with flowers though green leaves come up, still a good time to trek.

June – early September: This is Monsoon season and the least popular time to go trekking in Nepal. The risk of leeches, downpours increases greatly. Due to the early forested areas leeches at this time of year in Mardi Himal are quite active! Wear long trekking trousers tucked in at this time of year.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal (1400m)

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Free in Kathmandu for sightseeing and pre-trip briefing and gear check.

Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.

Day 3
Drive / Fly to Pokhara, 850m. (Drive approx. 7hrs. / Fly approx. 25mins).

Pokhara is located about 200km from Kathmandu and the tourist coach takes about 7 hours to get there. The drive mostly fallows along Trishuli River side enjoying the view of landscapes. But If you prefer not to spend 7 hours on the way, then take a flight to Pokhara which is 25 minutes only. In the Evening, you may take short stroll around Pokhara city and overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 4
Drive to Kande and trek to Pothana (1890m, about 2 hrs) .

After breakfast, we drive one hour to Kande and commence our trek to Pothana at the elevation of 1810m. The trail is steep until Australian Camp and pleasant easy walk up to Pothana. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 5
Trek to Forest Camp / Kokar (2525m) 5 hrs.

From Pothana you walk up to a place called Pitam Deurali where you will turn off the main Annapurna Base Camp trek and continue along a quiet trail through a dense forest of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron. Tonight, we stay at one of the lodges in a clearing of the forest at Forest Camp or also known Kokar by locals. There are 3 guesthouses with woodfire places. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 6
Trek to Low Camp (2975m) 3.5 hrs.

The trail continues from Forest Camp to Low Camp through the forest however as we ascend the vegetation starts to change with more rhododendron and the trees are covered with moss, lichen and tree ferns. At Low Camp there are 5 lodges with woodfire places. From Low Camp superb view of Mount Fishtail with green valley. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 7
Trek to High Camp (3540m) 3 hrs.

After breakfast, the trek continues along the Mardi Himal ridge mainly on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes along the way. Look out for the colorful Danphe pheasant

on this section of the trail. Towards the west there is a good view to Annapurna South and Hiuchuli. The guesthouses at High Camp is bigger than guesthouses at Low Camp and Forest Camp with woodfire places, there are 6 guesthouses. From High Camp excellent views of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

Day 8
Free day / hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4250m) 4-5 hrs, or Trek to Sidding village.

Today is to wake early for the sunrise view of the Himalayas, then after an early breakfast hike up to Mardi Himal Base Camp of course if you want! There is a well-established trail through the grass with a couple of steeper sections however overall not too challenging. Look out for the yak/ cow crossbreds’ grazing up here as well as Danphe pheasant. In the summer season, the sheep and goats from lower villages Siding / Kalimati are brought up to graze in this area so you will pass a number of herder’s huts along the trail. After three hours you should reach Base Camp at the elevation of 4250m this is where one can look into the Annapurna range and the panorama view is spectacular looking at the south face of Annapurna and all of the peaks in the Annapurna. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 9
Trek to Siding village (1,700m) 4 hrs.

Today trek back until Low Camp then we take a different route to complete a circuit, from Low Camp there is a trail that goes down to Siding village rather than going back down Mardi Himal back to Forest Camp. Siding is a traditional local village and still very much away from the busier modern tourist treks and it is likely you will stay at a homestay or guesthouse in Siding Village. It is a wonderful cultural experience finding out more about village life. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 10
Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara- 1.5 hrs walking and 2 hrs drive to Pokhara.

Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara- 1.5 hrs walking and 2 hrs drive to Pokhara. From Siding you walk out to the road head at Lumre, on the way from Siding you will pass the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. Kalimati is mainly a Brahmin village with Ghalel and Siding mixed Brahmin and Gurung. From Lumre drive back to Pokhara and half day relax. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11
Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu.

Today, we drive back to Kathmandu via Besisahar. It will take about 7 hours, overland journey by tourist coach. And the gentle light brings us on our way back to the bustle of Nepal’s capital. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 12
Transfer you to the international airport, for your final departure to home.

The trip concludes! We will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers (pick-up and drop-off).
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permits.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist coach.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek.
  • Transportations, accommodation, wage, food, insurance, equipment for the guide & porter.
  • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Guesthouse accommodations during the trek.
  • Pulse Oximeter for the blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude.
  • All necessary paper works and entry permits.
  • English speaking Sherpa trek guide.
  • Himalaya Discovery duffel bag.
  • Hiking pole for the trek, if needed.
  • Farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant after the trip completion in Kathmandu.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares and Nepal visa.
  • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur.
  • International Travel insurance which included rescue.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for staff.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Service Includes’ section.

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. This trek itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.

On an adventure trip of this type, weather, political strikes, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Trek Leader and Crew

Here at Himalaya Discovery, we firmly believe that the way to get the most out of your staff is to treat them well; a happy staff is a hard-working staff. And this belief manifests itself in every way we deal with our staff.

We employ only local leaders and staff to help sustain the local communities we work with. We provide training for all our staff and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum;

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation & Biodiversity
  • Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

So, we can guarantee you your trip will be led by the best, most professional and experienced guides there are. All of our guides good English-speakers, All our guides are carefully selected for their experience, leadership skills and personal ability. We have learnt that effective leadership is a vital for a trip to be safe, enjoyable and successful.

In fact, not only are all our guides experienced working in these regions, but most of them actually grew up in these mountainous regions of Nepal. Its home for them, it’s in their blood. They’re not only ‘familiar’ with local communities and culture; they’re a part of them and they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travellers.

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Price From USD$1,050 USD$893/person
Total $ 893 USD

Trip Facts

  • 12
  • Easy
  • Min. 1 to Max.12 Persons
  • March, April, May, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov & Dec
  • 3540M.

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