Mardi Himal Trekking - 9 days

Mardi Himal Trekking

Being a part of famous Annapurna Region, Mardi Himal is relatively un-spoiled and less crowded trek which is perfect destination for peaceful lover. The fascination view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machapuchhere along with lush valleys, alpine meadows, lichen-laden dense forests, numerous streams and waterfalls makes enthralling experience in Himalaya.

Starting point of this trek is naturally beautiful city Pokhara. The trail ascend through Juniper and rhododendron forest to Australian camp followed by Forest Camp, High camp and finally our highest sleeping point The Mardi Himal Base Camp. We then head to Lwang village, a tradition gurung Village to enjoy cultural aspect of local people and end our trip in Pokhara.

Highlights

  • New route and, thus, less travelled as of April 2016
  • High altitude trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 metres)
  • Exceptional views of Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Mt Gangapurna, Mt Hiunchuli, the Annapurna South, Mt Machhapucchré (Fishtail), and our Mardi Himal
  • Views change every day: one or several of the Himalayas mentioned above from different angles
  • Vegetation: from tropical to subtropical to Temperate to sub-alpine to alpine beyond the tree-line as well as apple farms in some places
  • Passes through numerous villages the ones that are found in the Hilly areas of Nepal

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Group meeting programme for detailed information about trekking. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Driving approx. 6 hours by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 Pokhara to Kande and to Deurali (2,100 mt) Walking about 3 ½ hour. Overnight at guest house.

Day 04 Deurali to Forest Camp (2,550 mt) Walking about 4-hour walk. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05 Forest Camp to High Camp (3,700 mt) Walking 5 ½ hour walk. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06 Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 mt) Walking  around 7-hour and back to High Camp. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07 High Camp to Siding (1,700 mt) Walking 6-hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08 Siding to Pokhara. 1 hour walk and two hours drive. Overnight at Hotel. 

Day 09 Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 Transfer to airport for departure from Nepal.

Useful Info

About Accommodation.
In Kathmandu, we will accommodate you at Hotel Himalayan Traveller's Inn, and In Pokhara at Hotel Green Tara. Local lodges accommodation provided during the trek on twin sharing basis. Hotel in Kathmandu and in Pokhara comes with private bathroom , however in mountain, toilet and shower will be on sharing basis. In the busy months, (October/November & April/ May) you may have to share the room with other traveler as some villages have limited number of local lodges .

About Meal
You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental , Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Dinner and breakfast serve at the teahouse where we stay and lunch will be served on the way to next destination. In Kathmandu and in Pokhara, only breakfast is provided. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, no worries, Nepal is such a easy place to get several vegetarian options.

About Staff:
A Guide and a porter assist you from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guide will be provided. A porter provided for 2 trekkers, and carries between 15 to 20 K.G.

About Equipments

Following Equipment list is recommended to bring for the trek.
Down Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Long sleeved shirt, Jumper or fleecy jacket, T – shirts, Trekking shoes or boots, Comfy shoes for around the camp, thick and warm woolen socks, Light cotton socks , A day bag to carry your valuable, Sun hat, Woolen hat, Gloves, rain coat, Sun block, lip balm , Goggles or sunglasses, Long underwear, Thermal wear, Nylon windbreaker, Nylon wind pants, Water bottle, Sewing kit, Medical & first aid kit, Flash light, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel and toiletries etc.

Physical Fitness and experience
Mardi Himal Trek is a moderate which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours ups and down in a day carrying own day bag. Some days are even longer with 7- 8 hours of walking. Mardi Himal is high altitude trek which demands more physical fitness,however if you are strongly determined and have excellent health and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Few weeks prior to the trip, doing some physical exercise is better . No technical skill is needed however past experience also helps . If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or for blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to Vista Trek P. Ltd.

About Insurance,
You have to obtain the travel insurance which should cover emergency evacuation and medical expenses. Some Insurance policy's cover only up to 4000 meter, so please kindly confirm with the insurance company before you purchase it.

About Seasons
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Mardi Himal Trek. You can do it in winter (December to February )if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

About Bus Drive
Highway in Nepal are safe, however sometime transport can be halted due to landslide , strike or by political issues. In such case trip itinerary will be affected. Thus, we would like to request you to add few days extra in Kathmandu. If you complete your trip smoothly, then you can enjoy your time with other activities like sightseeing, White water rafting. Jungle activities or more.

See the FAQ for other related topic.

Detail Itinerary

DAY 1     Arrival in Kathmandu (1,370 metres)

  • Upon arrival at Tribhuwan Intl Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Vista Trek waiting, well in time, to receive you, shall welcome you to this land of the towering Himalayas. Once reaching your hotel in a car from the airport, all you need to do is check in and enjoy the refreshment served.
  • We then visit the Vista Trek office for discussion on trekking, introduction to the guide and porter and settlement of dues if any. Since you often still have some time left for a walk around Thamel, you can do so if you please.

DAY 2     Kathmandu to Phokhara (820 metres; 5-6-hour drive)

  • We head off to Pokhara on a tourist bus early morning. On a highway carved along the foothills and along the banks of the famous Trishuli and Marshyndi river, this almost 6-hour journey, with guaranteed two stops for breakfast and lunch comes to its final stop in Phokhara, the city of lakes.
  • Spend the night in a hotel here.

DAY 3     Pokhara to Deurali (2,100 metres; about 3 ½ hour travel)

  • After breakfast, our journey starts with our one-hour-cab ride to Kade.When in Kade, we begin our walk to Australian Camp and this often lasts for around one hour and a half.On a relatively steeper side, the route is an uphill through a green forest. Australian Camp, our stopover for lunch, is a lively village  with restaurants serving a variety of dishes.  also offers  Mt Machhapuchhré, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli  as well as the Manaslu Range for a view with lunch.
  • After lunch, we walk again for half hour to Pothana, another beautiful village, where we will need to produce our permits at the check post. Another an hour from Pothana will bring us  to Deurali, our last stop for today. A gradual uphill, with the landscape similar to the one before, leads everyone to Deurali  in the middle of the forest, with Three or four constructions, with the look and feel of a town. The Camp, however, is not just an example of human intent but also a place where the view on offer includes Mt Machhapuchhré, the Pokhara Valley and Annapurna South as well as the top view of Mt. Dhaulagiri.
  • We spend our night here.

DAY 4    Deurali to Forest Camp (2,500 metres; about 4-hour walk)

  • After a heavy breakfast, we walk gradual up hill, comfortable on the legs.  This four-hour trek through a big forest on narrow paths is a mix of half-an-hour uphills, followed by 20-25-minute flat trails. Only one tea hut is available on the way, where we can have little rest with a cup of tea. 
  • The trek continue  one and half our all the way through the jungle with occasional view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail before arriving in in Forest Camp. We take our lunch and just enjoy our moment in the nature for rest of the day.
  • We spend our night here.

DAY 5     Forest Camp to High Camp (3,700 metres; 5 ½ hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we head off for Low Camp, our stopover for tea. This two-n-a-half-hour walk is a stroll through a dense jungle dominated by rhododendron trees.
  • We then continue another an hour almost uphill walk to Badal Danda ( Also refers Nange Danda) for the lunch. While having lunch, the view has on display includes a Annapurna South , Hiunchuli as well as all the trail that leads to Annapurna Base Camp to the north, Mt. Fishtail to the east and Pokhara Valley in south.
  • Leaving Badal Danda after lunch starts with a steep climb all the way to High Camp. With the trees now replaced mostly by shrubs and grasses, this one and half hour uphill finally arrives in High Camp with Three hotels as of April 2016. What awaits all is the majestic Mt Hiunchuli right in front, the entire Annapurna Range and numerous settlements including Chhomrong, Sinawa and Ghandruk far below.
  • We spend the night here.

DAY 6     To Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 metres; around 7-hour walk) and back to High Camp

  • The first thing we do after breakfast is pack our lunch and sufficient water. This walk comes to us as a steep uphill, on a narrow trail, on a ridge with cliffs on both sides, against strong winds, demanding extra care for that necessary balance required to avoid a fall, with an exceptional view of Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Mt Gangapurna and the Hiunchuli always right in front alluring the attentions of all traversing.
  • Photographs, smiles, hugs … in sheer admiration of the endurance to the Base Camp. This often lasts for around half an hour before we start our walk back that lasts for the next two and a half hours or so to High Camp.
  • We spend the night here.

DAY 7     High Camp to Siding (1,700 metres; 5-hour walk)

  • After breakfast, we start our walk to Siding. A downhill all the way, we walk all the way to Siding, retracing our steps until Low Camp before choosing a new path to trudge on. Siding is our stopover for lunch, dinner and the night.

DAY 8     Siding to Pokhara

  • After breakfast, we walk down for around an  hour through cultivated lands to Kalimati and repeat the two-hour-cab ride from here on, to the opposite direction this time around, to Pokhara. Once in Pokhara and since the day would still be early, I would suggest we walk around the lake city.
  • We spend the night here.

DAY 9     Phokhara to Kathmandu

  • We head off to Kathmandu on a tourist bus early morning. This almost six-hour journey passes through numerous important settlements with guaranteed two stops for breakfast and lunch. The bus ride finally comes to its stop in Kathmandu.
  • Back in Kathmandu, and only your WILL shall dictate your involvement or indulgence as you may please since our arrival is in the afternoon. In the evening, however, please allow us the pleasure of your company during the fare-well dinner organized by Vista Trek.
  • Spend the night in a hotel.

DAY 9     Departure from Nepal

  • If you have a morning flight, we leave for Tribhuwan Intl Airport early morning in a car arranged by the office.
  • If your flight is in the late afternoon or evening, only your WILL shall dictate your involvement or indulgence as you may please before leaving for Tribhuwan Intl Airport in the vehicle.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and transfer by car from Airport-Hotel-Airport.
  • 2 nights standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and 2 night in Pokhara.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee during the trek.
  • Local lodges accommodation during the trek.
  • Government licensed guide plus experience porters ( including his food, salary, accommodation, equipment, medicine & insurance).
  • All local transportation by bus.
  • All necessary permits and entry fees.
  • All government taxes.
  • Medical kit
  • Recue assistance
  • Necessary equipment (sleeping bags, down jackets if needed).
  • Our service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee ($40).
  • Your travel insurance (should include your medical and rescue)
  • Bar bills.
  • Staff & driver tipping.

Single Supplement Charge: $ 150

Fixed Departure Dates

Starting Date Trip Duration Single Suplementary Cost Per Person Availability
2017-02-25 9 days $ 150 Per Person $ 515 each Closed
2017-03-03 9 days $ 150 Per Person $ 515 each Closed
2017-03-11 9 days $ 150 Per Person $ 515 each Closed
2017-03-22 9 days $ 150 Per Person $ 515 each Closed
2017-03-30 9 days $ 150 Per Person $ 515 each Closed
2017-04-05 9 days $ 150 Per Person $ 515 each Closed
2017-04-10 9 days $ 150 Per Person $ 515 each Closed
2017-04-21 9 days $ 150 Per Person $ 515 each Closed
2017-04-25 9 days $ 150 Per Person $ 515 each Closed
2017-05-02 9 days $ 150 Per Person $ 515 each Closed
2017-05-10 9 days $ 150 Per Person $ 515 each Closed
2017-05-17 9 days $ 150 Per Person $ 515 each Closed

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