The Mardi Himal Trekking is a newly opened route and hidden treasure in the Annapurna region. Mardi Himal trek offer imaging view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machchhapuchre and Manaslu ranges. The trail goes first part slightly up, then a bit steeper to Australian Camp (2060m an hour), then after that slightly downhill to Pothana (1950m) then up again to Deurali (2100m). There is a right turn in Deurali sign posted “Forest Camp” the trail is through jungle, at first up then undulating on the top of a ridge, there is a section just over half way where the trail drops steeply and then slowly gains height and then back onto the ridge and into Forest Camp (2600m). The trail is initially quite steep leaving Forest Camp but soon gets less steep as you again get upon the ridge. The trail leaves Low Camp again in jungle, but the trees soon start to get smaller and after about one hours trekking broke out of the jungle and onto the open ridge with spectacular views of Machhapuchchhre ahead and Annapurna South to my left. It is possible to continue trekking along the ridge for another 4 to 5 hours to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m)
Mardi Himal Hiking route will give you a great place to get a taste of the real thing if you are light on alpine experience. The climbing trip can be combined with a trekking adventure in the remote steep-sided valleys heavily wooded with bamboo and rhododendron. On top of the forest high alpine pastures provide good grazing and in peace habitat for wildlife. It prominence on the wilderness zone of mountains designed to provide outstanding mountain views, and to get away from the tea-house trails and into the forests and villages that have not felt the impact of tourism
From Tribhuban International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel room. In the afternoon you will invited to our office for briefing about the each day program. Today you will receive your Sagarmatha National Park Permits and TIMS.Day 02: Drive to Pokhara. (850m/6 hours.)
Today, in the morning our guides will come to pick you up at your hotel and accompany you to the bus station to catch an early morning, comfortable tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus will head towards the west of Kathmandu Valley and continue the journey towards the western part of Nepal following the Prithvi Highway along the Trisuli River. The bus will stop twice – one for breakfast and one for lunch and then continue until we reach Pokhara. The evening can be utilized to explore the lake area. The night will be spent at a tourist hotel in Pokhara.(Highlights of the day: Comfortable tourist bus, windy highway along the Trisuli River, breathtaking view of waterfalls, rivers, jungles, hamlets higher up on the hills, terraced fields with seasonal crop, different vegetation, curious faces of people running motels, restaurants and lodges, Lake area in Pokhara.)Day 03: Pokhara to Pothana. (1970m/5 hours)
Pothana is the destination set for the day. After having breakfast, the trip continues with a 40 minute bus ride to Phedi. The upward hike begins from here. A climb through the jungle, passing several small villages takes us to the beautiful Gurung village -Dhampus. From Dhampus, a steep climb will first take us to the Australian Camp, passing Deurali. We further walk up to Pothana situated on the Annapurna Circuit trail. The evening can be spent exploring Pothana and enjoying the views of the mountains. The night will be spent guest house at Pothana.(Highlights of the day: Spectacular view of the Annapurna Mountain range and Machhapuchchhre, a number of beautiful Gurung settlements; their lifestyle and traditional houses surrounded by the farmland.)Day 04: Pothana to Forest Camp. (2550m/ 7 hours)
The Forest Camp is the destination set for the day. From Pothana, the upward hike continues on the stone paved trail till Deurali. On reaching Deurali, we leave the circuit trail and catch an off-the-beaten trail that heads east. The trail passes through the dense forest, presenting the glimpses of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif and some wildlife en route to the Forest Camp. We reach the forest Camp around the afternoon, where we set up the tent for overnight stay. The night will be spent Lodge at the Forest Camp.(Highlights of the day: Magnificent, closer view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, glimpses of leopard, deer, monkeys and various species of birds, dense forest and the experience local cultureDay 05: Forest Camp to High Camp. (4100m/ 6 hours)
The High Camp is the destination of the day. Leaving the Forest Camp you proceed towards the High Camp. Though the distance is short the climb through the forest of Rhododendron and Juniper forest is quite steep. The settlement is almost nil around this area. You first pass Manjh Danda to reach the low camp, and then we pass the Nangge Danda to reach the high camp. The top greets you with the most spectacular view of Machhapuchchhre, the Annapurna Range, the valley of Annapurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal. The night will be spent guest house at High Camp.(Highlights of the day: Dense forest of Rhododendron and Juniper, splendid views of Machhapuchchhre, the Annapurna Range, the valley of Annapurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal.)Day 06: High Camp, trek to Base Camp.
Mardi Himal Base Camp is the destination set for the day. Today you wake up earlier than usual to enjoy the sunrise view from the High Camp. Today is a challenging day as the day requires walking on a narrow, rocky trail. Leaving the High Camp, we ascend for about 4 hours to reach the base camp of the Mardi Himal. After enjoying the views from the base camp, you walk back to the High Camp. The night will be spent lodge at the High Camp.(Highlights of the day: The spectacular sunrise view from the High Camp, view of the great ice fields and the blue glaciers of the Sanctuary wall, the stunning Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal with a dozen of glistening snow-bound giants and also the hovering Lhophophorous above you.)Day 07: High Camp to Siding Village. 1280m/ 7 hours
Siding Village is the destination set for the day. From the High Camp crossing the Nangge Danda, a steep descent brings us back to the Low Camp. From the Low Camp, you leave the trail used earlier and head towards the Mardi Khola River through the dense forest. The walk continues till Sidhing. The night will be spent guest house at Sidhing.(Highlights of the day: Dense forest, friendly little settlements, lovely fields and the experience of pristine Nepali countryside.)Day 08: Siding Village to Pokhara. 850m/2.5 hours trek and 1 hour drive
Pokhara is the destination set for the day. Leaving Sidhing, you now hike down following the line of the river valley, passing various small settlements of Gurung and Tamang people until we reach Lumre. At Lumre, you catch a vehicle that will take us to Pokhara in one hour. The evening can be spent exploring the Lake area. The night will be spent at a tourist hotel in Pokhara (Highlights of the day: Beautiful view of mountains, and the cute little settlements of Tamang and Gurung people, attractions of Lakeside in Pokhara.)Day 09: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m)
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer your hotel, spare time for your family shopping evening celebrate farewell dinner with Nepali Family.Day 10: Departure for your onward flight.
After breakfast you will transfer your international flight for your home. You will say good bye for Nepal until return back to next time.
Mr. Devi Baral Thank you very much for your all help on our trek. We had wonderful time and enjoyed getting to know you very much. We appreciate all the information you shared with us about yourself and the trekking region. We also appreciate your flexibility with our route and transportation due to our tight schedule. Definitely we will recommend our friend in the coming future. Best of luck for your work. Definitely we stay on touch.
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