Mardi Himal Trek [10 Days] - Adventures Snow Mountain

Mardi Himal Trek [10 Days]

 Trip Duration: 10 Days                                           Max-Altitude: 4,250m/13944ft

 

TRIP INFO –

Mardi Himal Trek, perhaps the least visited trekking trails around the Annapurna. Trekking on this route, leading up to Mardi Himal base camp and finally the Upper viewpoint, the solitary trails complete with verdant landscapes and forests, secluded villages, valleys, terraced farms, dazzling rivers and the extraordinary views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Hiunchuli mountains. Another benefit about this trekking route is that the trail makes a small circuit up to the base camp of Mardi Himal so that we don’t have to backtrack over the same terrain.

Mardi Himal trek is a short trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal where we stay in tea-houses (lodges), taste local food, appreciate the excellent hill and mountain landscapes; and marvel at the panoramic views of the massive Himalayan mountains including Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Hiunchuli and Mardi Himal.

OUTLINED ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (827m): 6-7 hours
Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Deurali (2,100m): 30 minutes drive, 4-5 hours trek
Day 04: Trek from Deurali to Forest camp (2,520m): 6-7 hours
Day 05: Trek from Forest Camp to Low camp (2,970m): 5-6 hours
Day 06: Trek from Low camp to High camp (3,540m): 3-4 hours
Day 07: Trek from High camp to Upper viewpoint (4,250m), return to High camp: 2-3 hours
Day 08: High camp to Sidhing Village (1,700m): 6-7 hours
Day 09: Trek to Lumre, drive to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu: 2-3 hours trek, 2 hours drive and 25 minutes flight respectively.
Day 10: Final departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

We will pick you up from the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. We take a short drive from the airport to our hotel. After a short rest, we can visit our office to discuss more about the trek. In the evening, we have Nepalese cuisine at a welcome dinner hosted by our company. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (827m): 6-7 hours

Along the drive we can enjoy the beautifully terraced farms, little shops by the side of the road and the raging Trishuli River on our drive to Pokhara. From the city, we get great views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna. Pokhara is also a tourist destination, so we take some time out in the evening and enjoy!  Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Deurali (2,100m): 30 minutes drive, 4-5 hours trek

After an early morning breakfast, we start our adventure with a drive to Phedi and start trekking from there. We walk on stone steps, terraced fields and through villages and forests before reaching Dhampus where we have lunch. We continue our walk to Deurali, a small village beautifully located on a ridge with good views of the Annapurna South, Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhare. Overnight in Deurali.

Day 04: Deurali to forest camp (2,520m): 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we continue our trail passing through lush forest dotted with the red rhododendrons, the national flower of Nepal, commonly sighted in hills. Trail continues until we clear of the forest reaching the camp. We can take rest and explore the area a.k.a. Kokar in local. Overnight in Forest Camp.

Day 05: Forest Camp to Low camp (2,970m): 5-6 hours

We continue to walk through dense forests admiring Nepal’s rich biodiversity and reach the low camp. From here, the fantastic view of Machapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) up the valley is mesmerizing. We can spend some time in the evening observing the local lifestyle. Overnight in low camp.

Day 06: Low camp to High camp (3540m): 3-4 hours

We trek uphill alongside a ridge towards Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhre. The tree lines start getting thinner and the area mostly consists of shrubs with isolated rhododendron bushes along the trail. If lucky, we might even come across the Daphne pheasant, the national bird of Nepal, on our way to high camp. We ascend up to the high camp, which the final destination of the day. From here the mountain views are stunning. Overnight in high camp.

Day 07: High camp to upper viewpoint (4,250m), return back to high camp: 2-3 hours

On our trek to the upper viewpoint we ascend and descend, and sometimes on a steep and narrow trail. Our trail passes through pastures and we hike along a narrow ridge before reaching the Upper Viewpoint. The view of the Himalayan vista from here is astonishing. We see Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar (Mt. Fang) (7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singhachuli (6501m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and others. We trek back to the high camp for an overnight stay.

Day 08: High camp to Sidhing Village (1,700m): 6-7 hours

We take a different route in high camp that takes us to Sidhing instead of going back down to Mardi Himal. The different route lets us experience something different and makes our trek exciting.  Siddhing offers a quiet stay for trekkers as it is tucked away from the busier trails. Overnight in Siddhing.

Day 09: Trek to Lumre, drive to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu: 2-3 hours trek, 2 hours drive and 25 minutes flight

After an early breakfast, we walk towards Lumre finally reaching the road from where we begin our drive to Pokhara. After reaching the city, continue our drive to its domestic airport and fly back to Kathmandu. We will pick you up from the airport and drop you off at our hotel. Take some rest and freshen up. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our Mardi Himal Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 10: Final departure

After breakfast, be ready with your bags and luggage, our vehicle be there to receive you from your hotel and drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Our goodbyes and farewell bade for you with warm gratitude. Have a safe journey!

Thank you very much!

 

Inclusion

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel or similar accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Tea-house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • All comfortable ground transportation (private) as per the itinerary
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including allowance, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after the completion of the trip)
  • Trekking maps
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

 

Exclusion

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Any excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) deviated fron the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, any beverages, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
Mardi Himal Trek Route