Imagine Hiking up to the height of 4500 meters to Mardi Himal Basecamp and then flying off tandem on a paraglider to Pokhara. Yeah! It is now a reality. Responsible Adventures has teamed up with the best paragliding pilots in Nepal to do a combo Trek and Paragliding trip. The Paragliding pilots have been named the NATGEO adventurer of the year 2012. They are Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa. 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. You will be paragliding with the adventurer legends. The paraglide pilot meets us on day 6 hiking all the way from Pokhara for the flight the next day.
The Trek to Mardi Himal has only been popular in recent years. Previously only expedition style trekking used to be run on this route by some trekking companies of Nepal and the individual hikers stayed off this trail as there were not much lodging facilioties. Thanks to some enterprising locals, now the trail has some lodges and guest houses making it possible for FIT to trek in this route. The trail takes you east of Annapurna Base camp trail and eventually to the Mardi Himal Basecamp very close to Mount Fishtail.
Why Choose Us?
If you prefer to do the entire itinerary on foot then consider Mardi Himal Base camp Trek.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu to be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: 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 though 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 stop here for the night. 3 hours trek.
Day 3: 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. There are several trails that leads 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 stop for the night in one of the 3 lodges Forest camp. It is a beautiful setting as the name implies in the middle of a forest.
Day 4: 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 forest with 3 lodges. We stop for lunch here. After lunch we go on for another hour of uphill climb to Badal Danda, where is only a single lodge with 6 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 5: Badal Danda to High Camp 3550 meters.
We hike on 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 3 lodges.
Day 6: Mardi take off point 4500 to Pokhara.
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. Today we will launch from a suitable take off point. The paraglide pilot will decide the launching site. The tandem paraglide flight will take about 45 minutes to one hour. It depends on the weather conditions.
Day 7: High Camp to Pokhara
Contingency day incase the previous day’s weather wasn’t good. If the pilot decides the weather isn’t going to improve, then you need to start trekking towards Pokhara.
Day 8: You have the options of either just chilling out, shopping, taking a boat ride. Late afternoon flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 9: Morning tour of Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Ason Market ending in Thamel – the tourist hub for lunch.
Day10: 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||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)||Paraglide flight from High camp to Pokhara|
|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.|
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|18 July 2016||31 December 2017||2-10||1950||BOOK NOW|
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