The Mardi Himal Trek lets you experience the remote settlements and trekking trails in the Annapurna Region. The trail is decorated with splendid views of the mountains encompassed with the beguiling landscape of the region ornamented by silver serpentine rivers that cross across the land like stitchings on the continuity of the emerald terrain. The sight of the magnificent Mardi Himal in the backdrops of the picturesque quiddity of the jaded land is breath-taking! The Mardi Himal Trek allows you the opportunity to trek along the trails that lead through verdantly rich forests and wooded acreages of rhododendron trees blossoming with the ethereal bloom of the flowers in colors of red, white and pink. Trudging through the alpine forests and chartreuse vegetation, you would be presented with a green canopy under the cerulean sky; the ambiance of the isolated trekking trail providing a soft hazy patina in its celestial environment. Passing along many dainty settlements and villages, you would also get the opportunity to encounter the local people and observe their unique and idiosyncratic customs and cultures and their day to day life at the bosoms of the lush hillocks and the secluded mountains. The trekking trails also excurses along many terraced farmlands brimming with the wet plantations of rice and mustards, along with vast areas of pasturelands with a florescent presence of ruby poppies and purple foxgloves.
The Mardi Himal Trek explores the palatial quintessence of the remote areas of the Annapurna region, encompassing within it the sense of beguiling adventure. You can put up a tent in the amethyst trail and sleep under the baldachin of stars! Views of the magnificent mountain peaks emerge in the tranquil environment of the region, which is like a picturesque sublimity of natural elegance. Oak, pine, juniper and rhododendron trees line the lushness of the area where you can catch glimpses of the animals and the unique avifauna that reside there. The forests in the Annapurna region are a home to many exotic wild animals. Trekking in the umber terrains of the region, you would be presented with wonderful views of mountain peaks like Mardi Himal, Mount Annapurna massif and Machhapuchhre. The topography is ardently decorated by terraced rice fields enveloping the hills, brimming with rich wet plantations of rice and mustard, dainty valleys that present their sights like postcards and cyan glaciers the tincture of frozen dragon fire. The Mardi Himal Trek is incorporated in the perimeters of the Annapurna Sanctuary, thus you would be trudging through the sanctuary’s preservation of endangered foliages and animals.
Beginning your trek at Phedi after 25 minutes drive from Pokhara, you would be ascending up through settlements and villages that allow you to have a closer look at the unique customs and traditions of the people living there before finally reaching the Upper View Point via Pokhara, Kokar, the Low Camp and the High Camp.
We also provide alternative treks in the Annapurna Region like our Annapurna Base Camp Trek which allows you to undergo a trekking journey to the base camp of the Annapurna Mountain, and our Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek which encompasses the beauty of the terrain within its complexity. Our Short Annapurna Trek lets you enjoy the splendors of the Annapurna Region is the quickest way of only five days.
Come along on the amazing adventure with us on the Mardi Himal Trek. Join Nepal Hiking Team to undergo this exotic adventure in one of the most beautiful trekking destinations in the world. The Mardi Himal Trek presents you the experience of surrounding yourself in the ravishing vicinity of the Annapurna Region.
- Day 01 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
- Day 02 : Drive to Pokhara (910m) Duration: 6 hrs
- Day 03 : Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1,925m) Duration: 4 hrs
- Day 04 : Trek to Forest Camp at Kokar (2,600m) Duration: 4 hrs
- Day 05 : Trek to Low Camp (3,150m) Duration: 5 hrs
- Day 06 : Trek to High Camp (3,600m) Duration: 4 hrs
- Day 07 : Day walk to Upper view point (4,200m) Duration: 4 hrs
- Day 08 : Trek to Siding village (1,750m) Duration: 6 hrs
- Day 09 : Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara (910m) Duration - 3 hours walking and 2 hours driving
- Day 10 : Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Day 11 : Farewell
- Airport pick up and drop- off by private transport
- Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
- Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
- Surface transfer to and from Pokhara on tourist bus
- Nepal Hiking Team Sleeping bag & down Jacket and duffle bags (if required)
- Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medical kit
- Annapurna conservation permit fee
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
- Government taxes and office service charge
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- Items of a personal nature
- Any kind of drinks (hot and cold) during the trek
- Tips for guide, porters, driver
Day 01 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
You may arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport at any given time, and will be welcomed by one of our representatives. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you may check in. Our representative will explain your travel plan further to you and will elaborate the programs. There are no planned activities for the day, so you may relax at your hotel and try to shake off the jet lag from the plane journey. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02 : Drive to Pokhara (910m) Duration: 6 hrs
Your guide will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30am and escort you to the bus station. The tourist bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30am. The scenery along the road is quite dramatic and you will see rivers, valleys, cascading rice terrace farms and rocky gorges. Upon arrival, you may check in at the hotel and in the evening, you may enjoy leisure boating on the scenic Fewa Lake and see the reflection of the Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Range on the crystal clear water of the Lake. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 03 : Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1,925m) Duration: 4 hrs
We will drive at the road head at Phedi and start the trek to Pothana where you will stay in a tea house lodge for the first night. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04 : Trek to Forest Camp at Kokar (2,600m) Duration: 4 hrs
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 rhododendrons. Tonight, we will be staying at one of the lodges in a clearing of the forest at Forest Camp, also known by the locals as Kokar. The lodges at Kokar are quite basic and there is no dining room, so you will have meals in kitchen with the owner, so in some ways, this is more like a home stay and is a good opportunity to get to know this friendly family from Siding Village. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05 : Trek to Low Camp (3,150m) Duration: 5 hrs
From Forest Camp to Low Camp, the trail continues through the forest; however as we ascend, the vegetation starts to change with more rhododendrons and trees 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. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06 : Trek to High Camp (3,600m) Duration: 4 hrs
An hour or so above Low Camp, the trail breaks out above the tree line and towards the west- there is a good view of the Annapurna South and the Hiunchuli. The trail continues along the Mardi Himal ridge mainly on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes along the way. Look out for the colorful Danphe pheasants 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 of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07 : Day walk to Upper view point (4,200m) Duration: 4 hrs
The plan for today is to wake up early for sunrise view of the mountains, then after an early breakfast, walk up the ridge towards Mardi Himal. There is a well-established trail through the grass with a couple of steeper sections, however overall, it’s not too challenging. Look out for the dzos (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 the Upper View point at 4,200m; this is where one can look into the Annapurna Sanctuary and the panoramic view is spectacular looking at the south face of Annapurna and all of the peaks in the Sanctuary as well as Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08 : Trek to Siding village (1,750m) Duration: 6 hrs
On the return trek, we take a different route, thus completing a circuit and from the 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 tourist treks and it is likely you will stay at a home in Siding owned by the person who runs one of the lodges at Low Camp. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09 : Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara (910m) Duration - 3 hours walking and 2 hours driving
From Siding, you will 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 both being a mix of Brahmin and Gurung. At Lumre, you will meet your jeep organized by us in advance to drive you back to Pokhara. Overnight Guesthouse, breakfast and lunch included.
Day 10 : Pokhara to Kathmandu
A scenic drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus will be undertaken by you today, which takes approximately 6 hrs. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 11 : Farewell
Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport from where you will depart.
The Mardi Himal was supposed to be an off-the-beaten-paths trek and because of this, our preference for it was heightened. We were looking for a trek that wasn’t that crowded with other trekkers and the fact that Mardi Himal happened to be an out-the-way trek proved how much of a difference a crowd can make in a journey. We loved the trek very much and have nothing but positive words to say about our experience. The small villages and the views of the mountains I the distance really made the trip into a beautiful vacation for us.
Moreover, the team that we were provided with, including our guide and our porter were amazingly helpful and always there for us. Our guide’s knowledge and expertise in the field was something that really shone throughout the trek. He was always on the lookout for us and his care with our journey made us feel at ease. The prompt responses and helpful insight about the trek at the very beginning of the trek was also helpful to us in our preparation. When we arrived, we were greeted very cordially by the guide and our services throughout the trek were also satisfactory. The villages and the small houses in the outskirts of the valley with the sights of the mountains and the green landscape is something that is sure to be with us for a long time to come.
Thank you Nepal Hiking Team for your care and for arranging and catering to our needs throughout the journey! We loved and cherished every moment there with you!
I might be very late in doing this review as I did the Mardi Himal Trek almost 6 months ago but I might as well write a review about my experience. Ganga was the most amazing throughout the trek. Right from the get go, Bhim my guide and everyone at Nepal Hiking Team were absolutely fantastic, always going that extra step further for my convenience and made sure that I had the best possible trip imaginable. Even before arriving at Kathmandu, Ganga and his answering of my queries made everything so much easier. On the trek itself, Bhim was nothing short of amazing and along with one of the best porters ever, my Mardi Himal Trek was an absolute success. Learning about the mountains and the people’s way of life, I remember distinctly that Bhim and I were generally having a good time there. The gorgeous mountains and the sceneries were breath-taking as well. Still, one of the best highlights of the trek has to be trekking all the way to the Upper View Point where the sights of the Himalayas were ravishing! I remember having a chilled beer at one of the teahouses there with Bhim overlooking the mountain scenery right in front of us and I think that was definitely one of those profound moments of my life where it finally sank in that I was at the Himalayas.
I cannot recommend Nepal Hiking Team more than I already have and I am going to be going with NHT again when I do return to Nepal for another beautiful trekking experience. It certainly was an adventure of a lifetime! Thank you Nepal Hiking team for this amazing time!
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