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Mardi Himal Trek
The Mardi Himal Trek is an ideal alternate trip for those of us who are looking for an off beaten path trekking experience. It is the lowest and perhaps the least visited of the trekking peaks in the quieter parts of the Annapurna region of Nepal. along this route, leading peaceful natural beauty stirring to this trek.
In short, Mardi Himal trek is a short and sweet trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Where you stay in teahouses (lodges) and enjoy local food. Appreciate the excellent hill and mountain landscape marvel at the panoramic views of the massive Himalayan Mountains including Annapurna I, Machhapuchre, Hiunchuli, and Mardi Himal.
Mardi base camp trek suits for all kinds of group and individual trekkers, which offers losing calories and slim up body muscles. During the spring on this trail, you will be able to see colorful with orchid’s flowers and rhododendron. Camping and teahouse equally excursions are possible for visitors. The walking trails are helpful for decreasing laziness and stress.
Mardi Himal Base camp trek no touristic impressive hiking north of Pokhara Valley before it opened in 2012. This excursion starts with driving at 1080 m and reached at 4500 meters altitude. It is 7 days hiking escaping crowd of major and town trekking routes of Nepal. You can enjoy with fishtail mountain, Hiuchuli, and spectacular Mardi Himal Annapurna.
You can get walking distances on this trail is short and easy. However, you will be ready to gain altitude rapidly. Only day hike from High camp to Mardi Himal base camp makes it difficult with narrow path, steep climb, long day and altitude of 4,500 m. rest of the day during the trek trails are normal.
The highlight of the trip: Kathmandu- (The capital and ancient city of Nepal) Pokhara -(The Natural City of Nepal), Mardi Himal Base camp- (Massif view to Mt. Annapurna I, Machhepuchere, Hinchuli, Annapurna South ) and various plants.
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Your Arrival at Kathmandu Airport (TIA) – transfer to the hotelPlanParamount Holiday can pick us up from the airport and take us to our resort. In the day, you might have visited Paramount Holiday's office. In the day, there'll be a welcome dinner hosted by Paramount Holiday. For dinner, you'll be served genuine Nepalese cuisine that will present you to the nation's food culture.
YoDrive to Pokhara (827m/2,700ft): 5-6 hours PlanWe can enjoy the beautifully terraced farms, little shops by the side of the road and the raging Trishuli River on our drive to Pokhara also referred to as the ‘City of Lakes.’ From the city, we get great views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna. Pokhara is also a tourist destination, so we take some time out in the evening and enjoy! Overnight in Pokhara.
Drive To Kande And Trek To Pitam Deurali (2,232 M) : 30 minute drive and 5 hour walkingAfter breakfast, drive for about 40 mints to Kande on Pokhara Baglung highway. The trail climbs for about 1 ½ hrs to the ridge at 2,060 m. The clearing in the forest with lodge settlement is known as ‘Australian camp’. The place is scenic with the panoramic view of Annapurna range and Pokhara valley. The trail further winds through the rhododendron forest to the mountain pass called ‘Deurali’. Deurali is overlooking into the Modi Khola valley wedged between Annapurna South and Mardi Himal / Mt Fishtail.
Trek to Forest Camp (2,600 m / 5 hrs)After spending a 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 a new trekking destination, there are no teahouses 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.
Trek to Low Camp (3 Hrs / 2,950 m)The trail gradually climbs through the rhododendron forest following the ridge. The low camp has got a 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 a view of layers of Himalayan foothills and sweeping valley towards the south. Note: You can trek 1 more hr to Badal Danda (Cloud Hill) above the tree line in the consent of guide for a better view. There is only one lodge in Badal Danda.
Short Walk To High Camp (3 HRS / 3,550 m)The trail further climbs along the ridge towards Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail. From Badal Danda, we leave the tree line and arrive in the shrubby alpine zone. Snowcapped peaks of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Fishtail loom in a distance above the deep valley on either side. High camp is a small pasture after the climb with 3 lodges. Here you find yourself above the clouds and closer to snowcapped peaks.
Explore Mardi Himal Base Camp (7 Hrs / 4,500 m)The day trip is more difficult than other days with a steep climb and a longer walk. The trail becomes more vertiginous at some points with uneven and steep rocky steps. The first steep climb will take about 2 hrs to the ridge top which is marked as MBC (Mardi Himal Base Camp). However, the real base camp will take about another 2 hrs along the ridge. The view is amazing all along the ridge. While Mardi Himal and Mt Fishtail appear right above us, view of Annapurna I, Gangapurna and Annapurna III also appears at a distance.
Trek Back To Forest Camp (4 hrs)Even though the scenery is stationary, season and sunlight make it different and interesting. Spend another morning watching the change that the sun rays bring. Walk down to forest camp after breakfast.
Walk Down To Lwang Ghalel Village or Potna (4 Hrs / 1,500 m)The trail climbs down steeply through rhododendron and Maple forest to the permanent settlements closer to valley basin. Lwang is a self-sufficient Gurung village with rich culture and happy people. The village is the best place to watch Nepalese countryside lifestyle and enjoy organic food. The village farmers also grow organic tea in 50 hectors of land. Farmers offer homestay accommodation. The waterfall in the outskirt of the village offers one of the most exciting canyoning adventures. Or you can same way down to Potana via Pitamm Deurali.
Back to Kathmandu via PokharaDown to the Mardi River basin and drive back to Pokhara. It will take about 1 ½ hrs to get to Pokhara in a 4WD. The first 1 hr is drive on the dirt road from Ghalel village. If you are from Potana, 1 hour step down to Dhumpus and then 30 minutes by jeep to Pokhara. After launching at Pokhara and you get a tourist vehicle to Kathmandu. it takes 5-hour driving.
International DepatureParamount Holiday arrange your vehicle service from your hotel to international Airport (TIA).
Included in the charge
- Airport/hotel/ airport pickup drop and local transfers
- Accommodation in a 3-star label hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Basic guesthouse accommodation during trekking in the mountains: everyday breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
- All ground transportation as per the program by private/local vehicles
- All necessary trekking staff with experienced guide/leader, assistant guide/sherpa and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, transport, lodging, and foodstuff.
- All our government taxes (tourist service charge & vat) and office expenses
- All required paper works; trekking permits or special permit
- Welcome and goodbye dinner
- Limited medical kit bag
Not included in the cost
- International airfare
- Nepal visa fee (bring perfect USD cash and two passport photographs)
- If extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the programmed itinerary.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the trek than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, all kinds of beverages, bottle or bar bills boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- Tips for the trekking and tour staff (guides, porters and driver)
Note: tipping are expected
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