While some take pleasure in adrenaline-enticing journeys and thrills, some are more inclined to the serenity that comes with the trails. Mardi Himal Trek is one such journey to the Annapurnas and is full of solitude when compared to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trek is truly a remarkable mixture of the natural grandiose and cultural exhibition which are ample enough to send the travelers in delirious raptures. Mardi Himal Trek explores the Annapurnas and offers views of cascades of gleaming mountains as a way of treating the participants of the trek.
Customary to the majority of the treks in the country, the Mardi Himal Trek begins with exploration around the capital of the country, Kathmandu. After the cultural excursion, the trek officially takes off with a drive to Pokhara. The trekkers also have the option of reaching Pokhara via a flight, which is also scenic in nature, similar to the road trip. The journey from Pokhara begins with a short drive to Phedi, the trail-head of the Mardi Himal Trek. From Phedi, the trek makes a gradual ascent to Pothana Deurali. The views of the Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m) decorate the village skyline. From Pothana, the trek heads to Forest Camp. The trail passes through forested routes in the Annapurna Conservation Area and entertains the travelers with a plethora of floral and faunal diversity. Resuming on a similar note, we head to Low Camp. High Camp, the next destination on the trek, is at an astounding altitude of 4100 meters and the trek to High Camp is bound to sweat the most seasoned of trekkers. Mardi Himal Base Camp is the culmination of the trek with views of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna II (7937 m), Annapurna III (7555 m), and Annapurna IV (7525 m), Gangapurna (7454 m), and Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail|6993 m) on store to the onlookers. The Mardi Himal Trek then begins its final leg as we wind along the zigzag paths to Siding village and on to Pokhara.
Epic Adventures and our team of expert individuals is a trekking organizer which has always opted to provide the finest services to its clients. We also believe in offering personal touch along the trips and accompany you as a friend rather than a simple business associate.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||4500 m|
Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, we will be there to welcome you with our warmest greetings. Then after picking you up at the airport, we will escort you to your hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
You get to choose either to drive or to take a flight to get to Pokhara, both means of transportation provide you with beautiful sceneries. By either means, when you reach Pokhara, you can enjoy your free time around Phewa Lake with the background of the snowy peaks of Machhapuchhre (6993m) and Annapurna (8091m). Overnight in Pokhara.
Today you will drive to Phedi, the starting point of the trek, which will take about an hour and a half from Pokhara. Reaching Phedi, you make a steep climb to the beautiful Dhampus village. From there on, the trail is pleasant and easy, ascending through rhododendron forest with the views of Machhapuchhre (6993m) to take you to Pothana Deurali. Overnight in Pothana Deurali.
Trekking through the dense forest of oaks and rhododendrons, the trail ascends on a quiet path to reach Forest Camp. Throughout the trek, the peaks of Machhapuchhre (6993m), and Hiunchuli (6441m) peek at you, adding allure to the already stunning landscape. A steep ascends above the picturesque village of Landruk takes you to Forest Camp for the overnight stay.
You continue to ascend on the ridge of Manjh Danda through the deep forest of rhododendron whose barks are covered with mosses and lichens. As you go higher, the peaks start appearing larger, the view filling up your heart with awe and content. After reaching Low Camp, you can get a gorgeous view of Machhapuchhre (6993m), Hiunchuli (6449m), and Annapurna South (7219m). Overnight in Low Camp.
Today you will ascend from Low Camp to reach the High Camp that features astonishing views of the Annapurna range along with Machhapuchhre (6993m) and Hiunchuli (6441m). You will be walking through the ridge of Nangge Danda which is mainly covered with grass and the trees of bamboo, oak, and rhododendron. A gradual ascent through the forest brings you to the High Camp. Overnight in High Camp.
You will start the day early today to watch the sunrise over the gorgeous peaks of Mardi Himal (5553m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m), and the Annapurna massif from Mardi Himal Base Camp. The trail to reach Mardi Himal moves on through rhododendron and oak forest and later opens up to a wide meadow. The trail is somewhat steep but is not challenging, so it will be an easy climb to reach Mardi Himal Base Camp, where you will relish the extraordinary view of the mountains before heading back to High Camp for the overnight stay.
Leaving the main Mardi Himal trek route, you will take another route through the deep forest to head down to the Gurung village of Siding. You cross small streams and later follow Mardi Khola to reach Siding village beautified by its traditional houses with the Himalayas on the backdrop. Overnight at a home-stay in Siding.
After a stay in Siding village, you will trek to Lumle. The trail to Lumle passes through different settlements of Brahmin and Ghale inhabitants. Through the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel, you make a few ascends and descends on a winding trail to reach Lumle, from where you will get onto a vehicle and drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Again, either choosing a drive or a flight, you will return to Kathmandu. If you choose to take a drive you can enjoy the scenic view of terraced fields, gorgeous mid-hills, and different rivers like Trishuli and Marshyangdi. Likewise, the flight takes you above the mountains and the hills to bring you to the capital. Once in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. You can either rest or walk about the nearby markets. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
You will be escorted to the only international airport of Nepal for your further departures.