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Mardi Himal Trek

- 12 Days

Mardi Himal trek is an unseen gem yet. Few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp outstandingly positioned at the base of Mardi Himal and the Annapurna region´s most iconic mount Machapuchhre literally meaning “Fish tail”. The trail goes along small winding paths, through enchanted rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation around 3,300 meter. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Himchuli.

Outline itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (800m)
Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1925m, about 4 hours trek)
Day 04: Trek to Forest Camp at Kokar (2,600m)- 4 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek to Low Camp (3,150m)- 5 hours trekking.
Day 06: Trek to High Camp (3,700m)- 4 hours trekking.
Day 07: Excursion to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m)- 4 hours Trekking.
Day 08: Trek to Siding village (1,750m) -6 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara- 3 hours walking and 2 hours driving.
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 11: Sightseeing and afternoon shopping in Thamel.
Day 12: Fly back to home.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (800m)
Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1925m, about 4 hours trek)
Day 04: Trek to Forest Camp at Kokar (2,600m)- 4 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek to Low Camp (3,150m)- 5 hours trekking.
Day 06: Trek to High Camp (3,700m)- 4 hours trekking.
Day 07: Excursion to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m)- 4 hours Trekking.
Day 08: Trek to Siding village (1,750m) -6 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara- 3 hours walking and 2 hours driving.
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 11: Sightseeing and afternoon shopping in Thamel.
Day 12: Fly back to home.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, Himalayan adventure treks and tours staff member will meet at airport. He will escort you to your hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara.

Today early morning will take a tourist bus to get in Pokhara and it takes about 6-7 hours from Kathmandu. We can enjoy beautiful scenic view of terraced rice field, eye catching landscape,Trisuli and Marysngdi Rivers and spectacular panoramic view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal and Most of Annapurna range are seen.

Overnight at Hotel in pokhara BB Plan.

Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana.

After hot breakfast we drive half an hour to Phedi and commence our trek to Pothana. The trail is steep until Dhampus and pleasant easy walk up to Pothana.

Overnight at Tea house or Lodge.

Day 04: Trek to forest Camp.

Today will leave the main Annapurna Sanctuary trek trail and continue along a quite trail through a  dense forest of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron.

stay overnight at tea house or lodge. 

Day 04: Trek to Forest Camp at Kokar (2,600m)- 4 hours walking.
From Pothana you walk up to a place called Pitam Deurali where you will turn off the main Annapurna Sanctuary 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 by the locals as Kokar. The lodges at Kokar are quite basic and there is no dining room so you will probably have meals in kitchen with the owner, so in some ways this is more like a homestay and is a good opportunity to get to know this friendly family from Siding village.

stay overnight at tea house or lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Low Camp (3,150m)- 5 hours trekking.
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 two basic lodges one with a dining room with open fire. The view from Low Camp is superb with Mount Machhapuchhre visible up the valley.

stay overnight at tea house or lodge.

Day 06: Trek to High Camp (3,700m)- 4 hours trekking.
An hour or so above Low Camp the trail breaks out above tree line and towards the west there is a good view to Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. The trail continues along the Mardi Himal ridge mainly on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes along the way. Look out for the colourful Danphe pheasant on this section of the trail. The lodge at High Camp is larger than lodges at Low Camp and Forest Camp, this one has eight rooms and a separate dining room with heater. The view from the lodge is superb to Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

stay overnight at tea house or lodge.

Day 07: Excursion to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m)- 4 hours Trekking.
The plan for today is to wake early for sunrise view of the mountains then after an early breakfast walk up the ridge towards Mardi Himal Base Camp. There is a well-established trail through the grass with a couple of steeper sections however overall not too challenging. Look out for the dzokpo (yak/ cow crossbreds) grazing up here as well as Danphe pheasant. In the summer the sheep and goats from lower villages are brought up to graze in this area so you will pass a number of herder’s huts along the way. After three hours you should reach Base Camp at the elevation of 4500m this is where one can look into the Annapurna Sanctuary and the panorama view is spectacular looking at south face of Annapurna and all of the peaks in the Sanctuary as well as Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

stay overnight at tea house or lodge.

Day 08: Trek to Siding village (1,750m) -6 hours walking.
On the way back we take a different route so completing a circuit, from Low Camp there is a trail that goes down to Siding village rather than going back down Mardi Himal back to Kokar. Siding is a traditional Nepalese village and still very much away from the busier modern tourist treks and it is likely you will stay at a homestay in Siding owned by the person who runs one of the lodges at Low Camp.

stay overnight at tea house or lodge.

Day 09: Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara- 3 hours walking and 2 hours driving.
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.

Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu
We ride the tourist but to Kathmandu and have lunch on the way. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, do some shopping souvenirs for dear ones back home and enjoy last hours in Nepal.

Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Sightseeing and afternoon shopping in Thamel.
City sightseeing tour to world heritage sites; Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath(known as a monkey temple among westerners).The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centers of cultural and spiritual significance – Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.

Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 12: Fly back to home

Departure to home country. Wilderness Excursion representative will drop you at international airport and see you off for final departure to home.

 Include:

Pick up from Airport and Transfer to the hotel by private car.

Two night’s 3* Hotel in Kathmandu and pokhara on BB plan.

Trekking permit.Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.

All necessary paper works.

All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.

‘Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.

An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter for 2 clients).

Arrangement of  Travel rescue.

Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).

All government taxes.

 Exclude:

Nepal Visa fee you may obtain easily in Kathmandu airport.

International air fare to and from Kathmandu.

Travel and rescue insurance.

Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)

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Product Highlights
  • Price : US$ 799/ pp
  • Start point: Kathmandu
  • End Point: Kathmandu
  • Trek Duration: 12 Days
  • Difficulty : Easy/Medium
  • Max Elevation: 4500m
  • Meal: N/A
  • Accommodation: 3 *hotel in Kathmandu,pokhara & Tea houses on a Trek
  • Transportation: Private Car/ Tourist Bus
  • Best Month : March-May/August- December
  • Group Size: 2+
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