International tour leaders are encouraged to get discount and complimentary.
This incredible Mardi Himal Trek to Base of Mount Mardi (5547m) in Annapurna close to the virgin mountain of mount Machhapuchhre was first explored by a Swiss traveler and trekker during 1956 and later in 1980s few camping trekking group trekked rarely but the area remained wilderness still 2012. Annapurna Mardi Himal trek is a beautiful and rich nature trail, best thought of as a “Ridge-trail”! because most of the time you hike along the ridge beginning from Kande, one of the best starting points for this trek, situated 36 kms north of Pokhara. You have to follow this ridge west, until Mardi Himal Base Camp. Your trek starts from Kande at the altitude of 1770m and reaches 4500m at the end point, Mardi Himal Base Camp. We will walk through just a few villages in the beginning, and at the end of the trek some particularly beautiful villages. We will have to spend most of the time is pristine dense forest on this trek! This is a very quiet and peaceful. This fascinating tour is a mixture, being both adventurous and peaceful and joyful nature environment. Above all, when you reach high camp at 3900m, or the upper view point at 4450m, the views are breathtaking: the snow- capped peaks include Annapurna I ,8091m, Annapurna South ,7219m, Himchuli ,6441m, Annapurna Fang (Baraha Shikher) ,7647m, Khangshar Kang (rock noir) ,7485m, Gangapurna ,7454m, Mardi Himal 5553m, Machhapuchhre’s (fish tail), both peaks (6997m – 6993m) and the beautiful sloping landscape to the south.
This wonderful Mardi Himal Trek in Annapurna is ideal and perfect for those who don’t like to walk where many other tourists are hiking. There are many confusing trails into the dense forest: everywhere you can see the small trails walked by yaks and sheep, which look similar to the main trail. An officially some years ago, The Mardi Himal Route was open for the trekkers, but you don’t feel it so when you are in the dense forest of it and some narrower paths above high camp! In our experience there are many places along the trail need to fix and put more signposts, poles and metal bar etc. Originally it was made for yak and their herders, sheep and their shepherds. Seasonally, lower villagers go up to the forest and up to the sloping grassy lands to take things like bamboo and dhakai, a kind of wild vegetable, wild mushroom and some Himalayan herbs and Yarsa Gumba (cordyceps sinensis) . The Annapurna Mardi Himal Trek is a beautiful, wild trek, into pure nature- a true gem of the Himalaya, a quiet and peaceful environment. It may be a bit adventurous but it is a more joyful destination for those who like to be away from the hectic rush of civilization.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m) Meet and greet at airport. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Fly or drive to Pokhara (800m), 200km drive 7 Hours drive.
Day 03: Drive to Kande and trek to Pothana (1890m, about 4 hours trek)
Day 04: Trek to Forest Camp at Kokar (2520m)- 4 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek to Low Camp (2970m)- 5 hours trekking.
Day 06: Trek to High Camp (3,700m)- 4 hours trekking.
Day 07: Excursion to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and trek back to High Camp (3700m).
Day 08: Trek to Siding village (1,700m) -6 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara- 3 hours walking and 2 hours driving.
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 11: Sightseeing and afternoon shopping in Thamel.
Day 12: Fly back to home
When to trek?
Mid September - October – November is Autumn Season: this is Nepal's peak and best time to go trekking. March – May is the second best season of the year to go trekking. December – January -February: the sky is clear but it can get very cold and there is a risk of passes being closed due to snowfall. May - June: This is Nepal's hot pre-monsoon season and it can get very warm indeed. The valleys however are starting to bloom with flowers though green leaves come up, still a good time to trek. June - first week of September: this is Monsoon season and the least popular time to go trekking in Nepal. The risk of leeches, downpours increases greatly. Due to the early forested areas leeches at this time of year in Mardi Himal are quite active! Wear long trekking trousers tucked in at this time of year.
Getting there and away
Like most of the Annapurna treks except Annapurna Circuit, Mardi Himal Trek also starts and ends in Pokhara - second biggest city and naturally blessed place to relax after the big hikes in Annapurna. It is 200km to west from Kathmandu. All domestic airlines run several flights daily from Kathmandu which cost USD 133.00 per person. And about 7-8 hours drive by tourist bus. Local buses and micro buses leave every one hour from Kathmandu till 3pm. Green Line Buses (USD 25.00 per person) and other normal tourist buses (USD) 10 per person) lives every morning at 7AM. Wilderness Excursion arranges and handles every kind of transportation on your request.
Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary will be 5 to 7 days from/to Pokhara and 1 to 2 days transportation day from/to Kathmandu depending on time you have and level of your physical fitness. This trek can be combined with other related treks to Annapurna; many people combine this trek with Ghandruk trek, Sikless Trek, Khopa Kair Lake Trek etc. Our carefully designed 12 days itinerary is for relaxing and comfortable trekkers. Taking domestic flights to Pokhara from Kathmandu and start the trek on same day shortens the trip as flights save your time. We also offer tailor-made Mardi Himal Trek.
How fit I should be
This trek doesn't require super fitness but however moderate level of fitness is necessary though there is no direct climbing involved. You will need to trek over some rocky section near high camp and base camp. Wilderness Excursion advises our clients going trekking to see a doctor before they go for a check-up and to talk about dealing with altitude sickness. For pure trekking along the Mardi Himal trek in Nepal you'll need to consider the amount of days you'll be out trekking to get an idea of how fit you should be. Most days include 4-7 hours of slow hiking. If you plan to do the trek in 4 days (which you can),
How much does it cost
Mardi Himal Trek Price here we offered USD 615.00 is standard trek price on double occupancy basis. Single supplement cost will be extra USD 95.00. The price will be according to budget, standard and deluxe tour plan and group sizes. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your and comfortable rather than taking tiring long bus ride though riding bus reduces the trip price. Accommodation in Kathmandu will be twin/double sharing deluxe bed room with buffet breakfast basis in Hotel Radisson. Wilderness Excursion will provide best standard hotel in Pokhara with buffet breakfast in twin sharing occupancy basis.
Threat and Risk
Participants should be aware trekking, mountaineering and travelling in a developing country are activities that involve a risk of personal injury or death. As a condition of booking you must accept these risks and be responsible for your own actions and involvement. Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in team is an important aspect of all of our trips. However Wilderness Excursion tries our best to maximize you trip is great fun and life time memory.
Day 01: Meet and greet in Kathmandu.
Arrival in Kathmandu and you will be met and greeted by a staff from Wilderness Excursion at the airport who will be waiting with a company sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car or van depending on group size. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your guide. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Fly or drive to Pokhara (820m)
Fly or drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu in the morning with scenic mountain views including Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna Massif. Our tourist coach leaves at 7:00am in the morning. Kathmandu to Pokhara is 200km and it takes about 7 hours to ge to Pokahra from Kathmandu. There will be breakfast and lunch break on the way. We stroll around lake side or boating on Phewa Lake upon getting to Pokhara. Overnight in Hotel in Pokhara.
Day 03: Drive to Kande and trek to Pothana (1890m)
After buffet breakfast in our hotel we leave for our trek. First, we drive from Pokhara to Kande by private car or van as per group size. We drive through small villages and houses; soon you will start our trek at Kande at the elevation of 177om. We ascend and enter the bushes and forests of rhododendron and red sandalwood with beautiful southern views. You will reach Australian Camp, a very beautiful little village. From there you can see the Annapurna mountain range, and a little of Manaslu and the Dhaulagiri range including Fishtail Mount and Pokhara valley in the south. There are good campsites and four nice lodges. It would be nice to sleep here, but for a first day the trek to Pathana (1890m) is also nice. Australian Camp is famous around Pokhara for a picnic spot with easy access and a beautiful mountain scene. This place is surrounded by red sandalwood and rhododendron forest. The trail begins through a beautiful and pleasant short descent in the red sandalwood forest, and then let’s says, “Nepali flat “to Pathana. Sometimes you will get to see few red/white NATT-signs. There is an ACAP permit check point + tourist information center as well.
Day 04: Trek to Forest Camp (Kokar) 2520m,
Pathana to Pitam Deurali is a wonderful hike in the red sandalwood and rhododendron forest and with some little open land between, known as buffalo pasture. After some minutes on the flat there is a slow, gentle climb up and then a bit more uphill until the flat resting place at Pitam Deurali. In between you can see some ACAP signposts and our NATT- logo in red/white. If those signs are taken away, you have to follow the straight direction; do not turn either left or right. Now is the official start of the Mardi Himal Trek. Leaving behind the Trekkers Inn Lodge, there is an ACAP signpost saying Mardi Route (Forest Camp). We did paint on the pole of ACAP signpost and at the corner wall of this lodge; you also clearly see the steps on the wall between the signpost and the lodge’s, behind the side wall. When you go up the steps, you immediately turn to the right and go straight, entering the scrubby forest. Then you can follow the blue/white sign. Most of the time we painted on the tree barks as there were only a few opportunities to mark on rocks. You climb gently and in 15 – 20 minutes, you reach a little area of open land, which is buffalo pasture (you might not recognize it as a pasture for animals) where we made a larger mark on the rock in blue/white color. Coming to this pasture you might get a little confused but if you look carefully, there should be no problem finding it. After the pasture you enter a dense forest and you will gradually climb up (for 2 to 3 hrs). Then most of the time you hike on Nepali forest” flat “(a little up and down). Finally, after a short, gentle descent you reach the flat at Forest Camp. From some places between Pitam Deurali and Forest Camp, you will have the chance to see vistas of Dhaulagiri and the Manaslu range. If the weather is good , I suggest you to take a packed lunch or something to eat and plenty to drink as there are no lodges, restaurants, villages or water- only dense and very quiet forest. Between Pitam Deurali and Forest Camp there are more than two signposts showing directions to Lwang village on the other side. Do not turn left or right, just go straight, following the directions of the blue/white colored signs. This little village is surrounded by beautiful green forest. They have nice campsites as well. From here there is also a trail going down via Sidding, Lwang and Pokhara. On the western side you can see Ghandruk and surrounding villages and Modi valley. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Low Camp (Humal) 2970m,
The trail goes through the courtyard of Hotel Forest Camp and Restaurant. At the corner wall of toilet we painted and put a little arrow. You follow the blue/white mark on the tree bark. The hike is an easy uphill start from right behind the Hotel Forest Camp. After 7 to 10 minutes, you will turn right and walk straight, going gently up and down. Finally you will climb up and you will reach Rest Camp. The trail starts from the end of the right corner of the teahouse and soon you can see the blue/white marks on the tree bark. Most of the time it is a gradient ascent, after just a few meters , turn right and continue straight; there is some uphill and “Nepali flat” then later there are mostly gradual trails, ascending into the dense rhododendron forest. Before 15 – 20 minutes; you reach a flat trail; finally you’re at Low Camp. There are two basic teahouses with restaurants with similar menus to Forest Camp. This is a very beautiful place with a beautiful campsite as well. It is surrounded by a beautiful rhododendron forest, a very quiet and peaceful environment, with a view of Machhapuchre and Mardi Himal, when the weather is clear. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 06: Trek to High Camp (Kew) 3700m
You still follow the blue/white sign, entering the scrubby rhododendron forest by a gentle ascent of 10 – 20 minutes, and then start going up the trail in the dense forest till reaching the lower viewpoint (3289m). This will take 1 ½ – 2.00 hrs. Now begins a grassy slope. From here you can also see many wonderful mountain views, especially at sunrise and sunset. Now, you continue further up to High Camp, hiking mostly on the grassy slope, up steep and some narrow paths and into some little rhododendron forests. Sometimes you may find difficulty in seeing our signs, because it was very difficult for us to find good rocks at the right distances. Sometimes we also had to use small rocks to paint on so when the grass grows higher those signs may be hidden. If the weather is good, this hike is also one of the nicest, because you have the chance to walk along the yak beaten trail on an open ridge with great mountain views: the Annapurna range , Machhapuchre,and the southern green landscape; below, can be seen the very deep Modi river valley, including Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Sinuwa and Dovan . This place itself is a natural viewpoint tower! In all directions you can see breathtaking views, including Machhapuchre, Mardi Himal, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Baraha Shikhar, Himchuli and the southern slope including Pokhara valley! This place is also very suitable for yak and sheep-you can see many yaks around. Oh, Madhav Gautam, the yak herder, gave us fresh milk! Fantastic Himalayan milk!! There are a couple of yak shelters as well. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 07: Excursion Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and trek to High Camp
Today you should start earlier, but do not start in the dark if you don’t know the trail. You still see blue/white signals till Upper View point. After you have hiked 20 to 30 minutes, further on to the trekker’s paradise of High Camp, there is a trail junction at the bottom of a high hill. Though it seems the real trail goes directly up through the dangerous steep hill, (and yes, some crazy trekkers and local people would take it because of the shortcut), I would never recommend you to do so, for then you would put your life at risk! Immediately from this junction you can turn to the right and you should look for the blue/white marks on the rocks. I hope they will last, even though we were not able to find the most suitable and best rocks. When you have just turned right, as I said above, you will see a flat, wide place, looking like a little dried up pond and you should walk through it. Further along you can see more marks and then continue straight for 15 – 20 minutes. After that, turn left, going steeply upwards. In another 15 – 20 minutes, you will reach a little pasture, then turn towards the left hand side and trek continually and gradually up the grassy slopes. In 15 – 20 minutes, you will join the trail junction coming up through the dangerous path. Then you follow the blue/white marks, before reaching the Upper View Point; for some hundred meters the path is very narrow. When it is covered by snow, it will be especially difficult and slippery, because both sides are very steep and you hike just along the ridge. But if the weather is good, you get a great chance to view the Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna south 7219m, Himchuli 6441m, Baraha Shikhar (Fang) 7647m, Tent peak 5695m, Singachuli 6501m, Gangapurna 7454m, Gandarvachuli 6248m, little summit of Annapurna III 7555m, both peaks of Machhapuchre (Mt. fishtail) 6993m – 9997m and Mardi Himal 5553m, MBC (Machhapuchre Base Camp), Deurali, Dovan, Sinuwa, Chhomrong, Ghandruk and the southern slope, including Pokhara valley and MHBCW (Mardi Himal Base Camp W) 4500m, to go from the upper view point Mardi Himal Base Camp will take about 30 minutes only. Coming down to High Camp Hotel would take some 4 hours maximum. Except for some hundred meters of narrow path, it is not that difficult, as long as there is no snow on the way. This day trip is quite adventurous, beautiful, joyful and definitely worth it. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Siding village (1,700m)
6 Hours of walk takes us to Siding. On the return trek we take a different route so completing a circuit, from 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 homestay in Siding owned by the person who runs one of the lodges at Low Camp. It is a wonderful cultural experience finding out more about village life and you will probably eat dhal baht in the evening with the family in their kitchen. Overnight at Homestay or Teahouse or Lodge.
Day 09: Trek to Lumre and drive to Pokhara- 3 hours walking and 2 hours driving.
From Siding you 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 mixed Brahmin and Gurung. At Lumre you will meet your jeep organized by us in advance to drive you back to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu
We ride the tourist but to Kathmandu and have lunch on the way. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, do some shopping souvenirs for dear ones back home and enjoy last hours in Nepal. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Sightseeing and afternoon shopping in Thamel.
City sightseeing tour to world heritage sites; Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath(known as a monkey temple among westerners).The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centers of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. Stay overnight in hotel.
Day 12: Fly back to home
Departure to home country. Wilderness Excursion representative will drop you at international airport and see you off for final departure to home.
Packing List and Equipment for Mardi Himal Trek
Personal Trekking Equipment
Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.
Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade, Prescribed meds if necesarry.)
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