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Mardi Himal Trek

Duration

14 days

Starting from

Kathmandu

Ending at

Kathmandu

Trip Grading

Moderate

Accommodation

Lodge / Guest Houses

Meals

All meals during the trek

Attraction

Mardi Himal Base camp

Acctivities

Trekking

Mardi Himal Trek

Get off the beaten path in the Annapurna region and avoid the crowds. Trek to the foot of Mardi Himal Base Camp at 14,599 ft (4,450 m) Stay in local villages and learn about Newar, Gurung, and Brahmin culture.
Spend a night in Bandipur, one of the most picturesque villages in Nepal

Mardi Himal (5587m) lies less than 20 km from Pokhara and is the most southerly peak of the Annapurna range. This mountain is a continuation of the southwest ride of Machhapuchhare and is best seen from the south. The southwest face of the mountain has three well-defined ridges from rock buttresses and separated by hanging glaciers. Its east face is separated from the Machhapuchhare ridge by a col at 5200m.

Highlights
Trek to the foot of Mardi Himal Base Camp at 14,599 ft (4,450 m) Stay in local villages and learn about Newar, Gurung, and Brahmin culture.

Explore  the valleys and ridges south of Mardi Himal

Outline itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. In Kathmandu. Stay in nice hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu – Guided tour of Kathmandu: Boudanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (200 km – 6 hours drive)
Day 04: Trek to Pothana (1860 m) – 5 hours walk
Day 05: Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (2500 m)  – 6 hours walk
Day 06: Trek from Forest Camp to Badal Danda (3210 m) – 6 hours walk
Day 07: Trek from Badal Danda to High Camp (3,80 m) – 6 hours walk
Day 08: Trek from High Camp to Middle Camp – 6 hours walk
Day 09: Trek from Middle Camp to Kalimati  – 6 hours walk
Day 10: Trek from Kalimati to Lwang Village Home Stay – 6 hours walk
Day 11: Drive from Lwang Village to Pokhara – 5 hours walk
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu (200 km – 6 hours drive)
Day 13: Visit Bhaktapur and Patan city. In Kathmandu
Day 14: Departure transfer to international flight.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. In Kathmandu. Stay in a nice hotel.

You will be picked up at Kathmandu airport. Transfer to your hotel. You are free to explore Kathmandu own. Thamel would be the best place to start with exploration tour before you buy anything and check numerous restaurants.

Day 02: In Kathmandu – Guided tour of Kathmandu: Boudanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In Kathmandu

After breakfast start tour of Boudanath. The stupa of Boudhanath lies 8kms east of Kathmandu. This ancient colossal stupa is one of the biggest in the world and the center of Buddhism in the world. It was listed in the UNESCO Heritage Monument in 1979. Next is Pashupatinath Temple that is situated five kilometers east of Kathmandu and it is the temple of lord Shiva - Pashupatinath with two tiered golden roof and silver doors which is famous for its superb architecture. This is a place where local wish to cremate to after their death.

Finally, Kahmandu Durbar Square, this palace once was the historic seat of Shah Dynasty. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and places, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that Kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. Interesting things to seek here are; Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 A.D., Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction, Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the GaddiBaithak, the statue of King PratapMalla, the Big Bell, Drum and the Jagannath Temple.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (200 km – 6 hours drive)

After having early breakfast, leave Kathmandu on a tourist bus, enjoy the scenery on the way until you get to Pokhara. Check into one of the cozy hotel in Pokhara at Lake side, evening stroll around lake side. In Pokhara.

Pokhara is situated at an elevation of 915m above sea level and 200 km west of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. The richness of valley in pure natural beauty is indeed one of the main attractions to the visitors from all over the world. Just imagine the joy of observing the majestic Himalayas, three peaks above 8000m from an elevation of below 1000m within a very close aerial, distance. The valley is equally superb giving as they do elevated close-ups to the snowy peaks. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence summits like Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) (6977m) and the five peaks of Annapurna range rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic. Pokhara is the land of the Magars and Gurungs who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. Brahmins, Chhetris and Thakalis are other major communities here. You stay near the famous Phewa Lake. Boating or just strolling around lake is fabulous.

Day 04: Trek to Pothana (6,102 feet / 1,860 m) - 5 hours walk

After an early breakfast, drive to Kande where your trek begins towards Pothana. Today is the first day of your trek! The trail ascends through forests of rhododendron, magnolia, oak, sandalwood, and pine until you reach the village called Australian camp. This is an authentic Gurung village, which gives you an opportunity to look at the magnificent views of the Annapurna ranges, as well as notable peaks like Lamjung Himal. From Australian camp, the trail continues to ascend along a stone-paved path through more forests and mossy trees. When you get to the Pothana that has trekker facilities including shops, teahouses, and eateries. Relax and enjoy the magnificent mountain views. Trekking time: 5 hours (3.5 miles / 6 km)

Day 05: Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (8,202 ft / 2,500 m) - 6 hours walk

Today, you will leave the popular trekking trail and head off the beaten path. You'll enter an enchanted forest of birch, giant rhododendron, mountain oak, maple, and hemlock. If the weather is clear, you'll see stunning mountain views throughout the day.

Day 06: Trek from Forest Camp to Badal Danda (10,532 ft / 3,210 m) - 6 hours walk

As you climb, the flora transitions to ‘cloud forest’ with mosses and lichen, tree ferns and orchids hosted by the hardier trees. Through breaks in the forest, you'll have beautiful panoramas—towards Hiunchuli and the knife-sharp traverse towards Annapurna South. Far below, to your left, you can see the Modi Khola Valley leading up into the Annapurna Sanctuary. You will reach camp at lunchtime, as you'll want to walk slowly today given the gain in altitude (walk at an even pace where you do not lose your breath). Though still surrounded by forest, you will have spectacular views of Machapuchare to the north.

Day 07: Trek from Badal Danda to High Camp (11,745 ft / 3,580 m) - 6 hours walk

A short, steep climb and you're out of the forest. A ridge, now grassy and sometimes under snow, takes you up to High Camp where you'll reach at lunchtime and where a second consecutive afternoon is spent acclimatizing and enjoying the views. Annapurna South seems near enough to throw a rock at and Machhapuchare itself close enough to touch.

Day 08: Trek from High Camp to Middle Camp via Mardi Himal Base Camp (14,763 ft / 4,500 m) - 6 hours walk

Today, you will have breakfast earlier than usual. With a packed lunch, you will then set off to Mardi Himal Base Camp. Conditions being favorable, you should reach up to 5,000m and only the crest of Mardi Himal itself will separate you from the south face of Machhapuchare. The great ice fields and blue glaciers of the Sanctuary Wall lie below. Annapurna I, highest of all is beyond, and around you, and an arc from horizon to horizon, from Dhaulagiri to the Ganesh Himal, are a dozen or more glistening snow-bound giants. You have reached the main goal of the trek. A place, a time, a view that is almost impossible to equal—and you’ve earned it. Return back around 1 pm as wind starts.

Day 09: Trek from Middle Camp to Kalimati - 6 hours walk

After a relaxed breakfast, tired bodies make an unhurried decent through the shade of the forest and out onto terraced fields, down 1600m in all. This is a different route down—down to the upper Mardi Khola, the torrent that has been the ice and snow of the Mardi Himal. Although remote and still away from all the much-used ‘Teahouse’ trekking routes, the trek now takes on the mood of the arm valley and the friendly villages into Kalimati.

Day 10: Trek from Kalimati to Lwang Village Home Stay - 6 hours walk

The path from Siding now follows the contour of the river valley gradually down between the pastures and through Tamang and Gurung villages. Lwang village has organic tea gardens. In the evening, you'll meet a mothers' group that is a part of an organization that works to raise money for local projects. Tonight, you will experience a unique homestay with locals.

Day 11: Drive from Lwang Village to Pokhara - 5 hours walk

Soon the trail skirts an outcrop—there’s the road, and there’s your transport, and soon you will back in Pokhara celebrate your trek with a nice shower.

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu (200 km – 6 hours drive)

After Breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu with a tourist bus. Stay in Kathmandu.

Day 13: Visit Bhaktapur and Patan city. In Kathmandu

After breakfast – enjoy Bhaktapur -This city is still on the fringe of medieval age. Known as Bhadgaon, it is famous for making mask. Their mask dance is very impressive. Square around the palace (Durbar Square) has many temples built in pagoda style. Famous are a five storied Nyatapola temple built in 1708 AD and Dattatrya temple built in 1427 AD. The intricately carved peacock window and numerous fountain inside the palace are other attraction. You can extend the tour to Changunarayan (temple) located on a hill top.

Next is visit to Patan. Unlike most of other cities in Nepal Patan has majority of Buddhist population. The Patan city has more than 136 Buddhist monasteries and only 50 Hindu temples. Patan Durbar Square is famous for the south Indian style, Krishna mandir, the sunken bath, the tall temple of Taleju and the golden temple. Patan Durbar Square is also famous for carvings done in metal, wood and stone

Day 14: Departure transfer to international flight.

Free time until departure for your own activities. Transfer to airport, depart Kathmandu

Min - Max (Persons) Adult Price
2 - 3 $1,295.00
4 - 5 $1,210.00
6 - 9 $1,115.00
10 - 15 $1,030.00
Single - Supplement $180.00

Included

  • 01. All ground transfers as per itinerary.
  • 02. All meals and accommodation in lodge during the trek
  • 03. Service of trek guide, and Sharpa assistant for group 6+
  • 04. Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.)
  • 05. Accident insurance for staffs and porters
  • 06. Tourist bus from Kathnmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu
  • 07. Annapurna conservation area entry permit (ACAP), Trekking permit
  • 08. Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with professional tour guide
  • 10. Centrally located Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu like fuji or similar and Pokhara with daily breakfast

Excluded

  • 01. Personal clothing and sleeping bag
  • 02. Personal accident and health insurance
  • 03. Emergency evacuation and medical expense
  • 04. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, mineral water, laundry, and tips
  • 05. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned

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