Mardi Himal trek is the name of the long rising ridge and its summit (5,588m) that forms the south westerly slope of Mt. Machhapuchhre, immediately below its sheer south face. Machhapuchhre, which towers majestically your Pokhara Valley is best known as Fishtail Mountain because of its twin peaks that mirror vast majority of users of a fish pursue. It is a beautiful mountain and is wdiely seen as sacred. Permission to climb it has, so far, always been denied.
Doing some fun-filled activities in the lap of Himalayas and gain some cultural insights as well.You can see the real Nepal-from the bazaars and temples of Kathmandu to the traditional atmosphere of a village stay;to stunning lake city of pokhara. Mardi himal is situated just east.It is one of the most popular treks of Nepal. Mardi himal trek is a hidden gem.It is newly opened route and hidden treasure in the Annapurna region. It offer imaging view of Annapurna,Dhaulagiri,Machhapuchre and Manaslu ranges.As we know that winding roads are made in hills so the trail goes at first part slightly up,then a bit steepers to Australian camp(2060m an hour),then after that slightly downhill to pothana(1950m)then up again to Deurali(2100m).The path is through magical Rhododendron forests to what feels like the face of mountains themselves.
From high camp it take 3-4 hours when you climb up to Mardi himal base camp(4500m),which offers you the beautiful,spectacular close up, mind blowing views of the entire Annapurna Range .The climbing trip can be combined with a trekking adventure in the remote steep –sided valleys heavily wooded with bamboo and rhododendron.Peace habitat for wildlife ,good grazing are provided on the top of the high alpine forest.It prominence on the wilderness zone of the mountain designed to provide outstanding mountain views,and to get away from the tea-house trails and into the forests and villages that have not felt the impact of tourism.This journey is fun-filled and you get to experience real adventure and pleasure.
|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.