Mardi Himal Trek was not popular until recently, but now this trek has started to attract people as there are basic lodges available on the trail up to High Camp. This trekking trail takes you through beautiful Rhododendron forests, walking on a ridge above the treeline with stunning views of Annapurna South, Mardi Himal and Machapuchare ( Fishtail ). Despite gaining popularity with trekkers from both overseas and locals, it is an excellent alternative to the Poonhill trek with a lot fewer trekkers.
We have included two nights in a homestay to enjoy true Nepali hospitality, food with two ethnic groups at the end of the trek.Enjoy this trek with our value-added service with expert trek leader, our specially prepared meals that use superfood as ingredients for better nourishment and acclimatization.
Want to have an exhilarating experience by paragliding to Pokhara from High / Base camp?
Why Choose Us?
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu to be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Morning tour of Swwayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Ason Market ending in Thamel – the tourist hub for lunch. After lunch, you can either hire or purchase trekking gear required for this trek.
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara. Pothana 1900 meters or Pitam Deurali 2300 meters.
Once we get to Pokhara, we will drive to Kaande to start our trek. It is an hour drive from Pokhara. From Kaande it is a pretty steep 2 hour ascend to Australian camp passing through small villages at the beginning. On clear days terrific panoramic views can be expected at Australian camp at 2100 meters. Depending on the time we arrive here, we will either stop for lunch here. We hike through a forest until we reach Pothana 1900 meters and stay here for the night. 3 hours trek.
Day 4: Pothana to Forest Camp (Kokar) 2600 meters.
It takes around 6-7 hours from Pothana. We begin the morning climbing gradually with occasional steep ascends to Pitam Deurali. From here we leave the main Annapurna trail and start climbing in the Rhododendron forest. This used to be the shepherds’ trail to bring their animals to higher pastures during the summer monsoon. Several paths lead to some neighboring villages; We will stop in one of the forest openings to have our packed lunch. We will walk on the ridge of the forest ascending mostly with occasional descends. We stay for the night in one of the three lodges Forest Camp. It is a beautiful setting as the name implies in the middle of a forest.
Day 5: Forest Camp/Kokar to Badal Danda 3250 meters.
We continue to climb gradually in the Rhododendron forest. We will reach Low camp in about 3 hours. It is an opening in the woods with three lodges. We stop for lunch here. After lunch, we go on for another hour of an uphill climb to Badal Danda, where is only a single lodge with six rooms there. Badal danda is above the tree line, and on clear days, spectacular views of Machapuchare, Mardi Himal, and Annapurna South can be admired from here. You can enjoy the sunset from just behind the lodge the evening you arrive at Badal Danda. There is a point above the lodge on the left for spectacular views in the morning for sunrise the next morning.
Day 6: Badal Danda to High Camp 3550 meters.
We hike the trail that is on a ridge of a hill with small shrubs above the tree line with Annapurna South, Machapuchare and Mardi Himal dominating the skyline to the North, a deep valley to the east and one can see the trekking trail to Annapurna base camp about a thousand meters below to the West. High camp is a small open pasture with three lodges.
Day 7: Mardi Base Camp 4500 meters.
The trail is narrow and exposed at some parts with sheer drops. We need to be very careful at those points, forget about going higher if you are there in winter and if there is snow. You will reach a point with a sign that says MBC in two hours, it should be good enough to reach here, but the “proper “ Basecamp is a further 2 hours away from here. Remember you have to walk back the same way back to High camp. The views are fantastic even just an hour’s walk from high camp. 3 - 7 hours depending on how far we go exploring depending on the weather, trail and fitness conditions.
Day 8: High Camp to Siding 1885 meters.
We trek down to Siding village and descend 1600 meters. We retrace our steps all the way back to Low Camp. You will find it a fascinating hike on the downhill with more oxygen to appreciate the scenery more. From Low camp, we take a different route descending steeply in a forest most of the way to Siding village. We stay in a homestay with a family to experience Nepali lifestyle. 7 hours trek.
Day 9: Siding to Lwang Ghalel 1500 meters.
From this point the trail contours and is undulating. Lwang is a Gurung village with rich culture and traditions. We stay with a family homestay at this village that provides an excellent opportunity to experience a village lifestyle of the Gurung Clan. The Mother’s group will make you a traditional Nepali staple of Dal Bhat (rice, lentils, vegetable curry, some spicy sauce and maybe even chicken curry) with fresh organic ingredients. We can also arrange for a cultural evening for a small fee.
Day 10: The next morning we take a private jeep back to Pokhara. The first hour on the jeep is on dirt road followed by a further 30 minutes on a black-topped drive to Pokhara. We arrive in Pokhara on time to have lunch and chill out by the Lakeside.
Day 11: You have the options of either just chilling out, shopping, taking a boat ride or paraglide with the company owned by National Geography’s Adventurers of the year 2012. These two Nepali guys climbed Everest, took off on a paraglide from the Summit all the way to the Sun Koshi river and kayaked all the way to the Bay of Bengal setting a new world record. Late afternoon flight back to Kathmandu.
Day12: Breakfast at Hotel and free until International Departure.
|Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis||Boutique hotel in Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis|
|Hotel/ Lodges on twin sharing basis||All transportation|
|Responsible Adventures' Expert Trek leader||Complimentary T-Shirt|
|Use of trekking kit bag during trek||1 Assistant guide between 4 trekkers|
|Trekking||1 porter between two trekkers|
|Good clothing for porters and crew||Food for porters & crew members (We are less then handful of trekking companies that provide this facility)|
|Insurance for crew and porters||All permits|
|Twin sharing room on trek||All meals on trek (best trekking meals in the whole of the Himalaya)|
|Visas||All optional additional tours or activities during free time|
|Transportation outside of the tour program||Travel insurance (Compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)|
|Tips(suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only); Leader's tip at your discretion||Items of a personal nature e.g alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir etc.|
|From||To||Number of Pax||Unit Price ($)|
|17 July 2016||01 December 2017||2-10||1850|
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