Mardi himal is a mountain of altitude 5587m in Annapurna area of Nepal offering the most beautiful view of the Machhapuchre (6993), Annapurna (8091 m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Manaslu (8156 m). The valleys and ridges at the foot of the Mardi himal are steep and heavily overgrown with bamboo and rhododendron. It is wonderful place to discover its beautiful landscape and scenic views.
The Mardi himal trek is a hidden gem. It was officially opened in 2012 and is still pristine. It brings you to a unique trekking route rarely explored by the trekkers. The trail goes along small winding paths through enchanted rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation around 3,300 meter. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of the annapurna range. It is highly diverse with beautiful sights, cultures, forest walk. Few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp outstandingly positioned at the base of Mardi Himal and the Annapurna region´s most iconic Mount Machapuchhre literally meaning “Fish tail”.
Our Mardi himal trek starts from kathmandu. You travel to pokhara which is most chilled out lakeside city. A little sightseeing and then our real journey starts. Mardi himal trek by Everest Buddha Treks pvt. ltd. offers you the most mesmerizing close up views of the mountain range that you'll ever see in your whole lifetime.
This is the first welcoming day that we meet upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to Hotel. Short briefing will be followed about necessary formalities and rest of the program. Depending on your arrival time you will have choice of visiting nearby sanctuaries or rest of the time free for leisure come dinner await for you. Overnight in Kathmandu.
On this day, we visit UNESCO listed world heritage sites including holy Pashupatinath Temple which is biggest pilgrimage site for Hindus, Boudhanath Stupa & Swayambhunath which are pilgrimage site for Buddhist and Kathmandu Durbar Square which is full of arts and culture with wood carving on it. We move back to hotel for rest. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today we drive to Pokhara (204 km), approximately 6 hours away by tourist bus. We will see good scenery of countryside while driving. We will be arriving late afternoon at Pokhara. Pokhara is an enchanting Himalayan Valley of remarkable beauty. We can explore its scenic land on your own like boating in Fewa Lake over looking the region of Annapurna Himalayan ranges. In the evening prepare for the trek. Overnight in Pokhara.
You drive to the trail head, the route from Kande is a good one and very few trekkers choose to start the trek from here. The trail is good, first slowly up, then a bit steeper to Australian Camp (2060 m – About one hour), then after an early lunch slightly downhill to Pothana (1950 m) and the ACAP / TIMS checkpoint, then up again to Deurali (2100m, 4-5 hours walking).Deurali is overlooking into the Modi Khola valley wedged between Annapurna South and Mardi Himal / Mt Fishtail. Overnight at Lodge.
After spending beautiful morning in the ridge top village of Deurali, we head off the main Annapurna trekking trail and follow the forested ridge to Forest camp. Since this is new trekking destination, there are no tea houses along the way and we need to carry pack lunch and sufficient water. The day’s walk in the rhododendron forest is beautiful with gradual uphill.
The trail gradually climbs through the rhododendron forest following the ridge. Low camp has got couple of tea houses in the clearing of the forest. The view of Mt Fishtail and Mardi Himal appears much closer. You find yourself closer to clear blue sky with view of layers of Himalayan foothills and sweeping valley towards south. Note: You can trek 1 more hr to Badal Danda (Cloud Hill) above the tree line in consent of guide for better view. There is only one lodge in Badal Danda.
The trail further climbs along the ridge towards Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail. From Badal Danda, we leave the tree line and arrive in shrubby alpine zone. Snow capped peaks of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Fishtail looms in a distance above deep valley on the either side. High camp is a small pasture after the climb with 3 lodges. Here you find yourself above the clouds and closer to snow capped peaks.
After breakfast, we hike up to Upper view point for around 2 hours. After we reach there, we get to see the best view of Annapurna range and high mountain peaks among the trip. With all sightseeing in up there, we then return back to the High Camp for rest. Overnight at High Camp.
After breakfast, our trail climbs down steeply through Rhododendron and Maple forests for around 5-6 hours to reach Landruk village. Landruk is a Gurung village with rich culture, lifestyle and organic food.The village farmers also grow organic tea in 50 hectors of land. Farmers offer home-stay accommodation. The waterfall in the outskirt of the village offers one of the most exciting canyoning adventures.
Down to the Mardi River basin and drive back to Pokhara. It will take about 1 ½ hrs to get to Pokhara. The first 1 hr is drive on the dirt road. Overnight at Pokhara.
After breakfast, we check out from hotel and return back to Kathmandu covering 204 km distance in 6-7 hours travel time. After arriving to Kathmandu, we then stay at hotel for rest and overnight. You can also enjoy doing some last minute shopping around Thamel.
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