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Mardi Himal Trek

11 Days

Mardi Himal Trek, is an adventurous journey nestled near Pokhara, Nepal. This scenic journey unveils the splendor of Mardi Himal, nestled beneath the majestic Mt. Machapuchhre, famously known as the fish tail mountain, within the Annapurna Conservation Area. Traverse along a picturesque route adorned with lush green hills, verdant forests of oak and rhododendrons, and valleys adorned with snow-capped peaks. As you ascend over a lofty ridge, be mesmerized by panoramic vistas of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Mt. Machapuchhre, and Manaslu, creating enduring memories.

  • 18th September, 4th October, 20th October, 3th November
  • English and French
  • 3 star hotel KTM and Lodges and camping During the trek
  • Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Bus and jeep
  • Moderate
  • Breakfast, lunch and Dinner
  • Well experienced trekking Guide

Overview

The Mardi Himal region boasts a rich biodiversity, with opportunities to spot rare orchids, vibrant bird species, and elusive wildlife like the Himalayan tahr and musk deer. Trekking through this diverse landscape provides a unique chance to connect with nature on a profound level, offering moments of serenity and introspection amidst the breathtaking surroundings.

Meandering through captivating lakes and cascading waterfalls, your journey culminates at the Mardi Himal base camp, nestled at the foot of Mardi Himal and Mt. Machapuchhre, at an elevation of 4500 meters. Suitable for both novice and seasoned trekkers, this trail offers a perfect blend of adventure and tranquility amidst its secluded pathways. Optimal trekking seasons fall within the pre-monsoon months of March to May and the post-monsoon months of September to December

Moreover, the Mardi Himal Trek is not just about nature; it also offers a cultural immersion experience. Along the trail, you’ll pass through traditional villages inhabited by ethnic Gurung and Magar communities. Engage with locals, learn about their customs and traditions, and savor authentic Nepali cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients. This cultural exchange adds depth to your trekking adventure, fostering cross-cultural understanding and appreciation for the diverse tapestry of Nepal’s heritage.

Embark on the Mardi Himal Trek and unlock a world of natural beauty, cultural richness, and unforgettable experiences that will leave a lasting impression on your heart and soul. Whether you’re seeking an exhilarating adventure or a peaceful retreat amidst nature, this trek promises to fulfill your wanderlust and create cherished memories for a lifetime.

Mardi Himal Trek Highlights:

  • The Mardi Himal Trek offers stunning vistas of towering Himalayan peaks, providing trekkers with awe-inspiring scenery throughout the journey.
  • Unlike more popular trekking routes, the Mardi Himal Trek offers a quieter and more serene trekking experience, allowing trekkers to enjoy the tranquility of nature without large crowds.
  • Trekking through lush rhododendron forests, especially during the spring season, treats trekkers to a burst of vibrant colors and fragrant blooms, enhancing the natural beauty of the trek.
  • At the Mardi Himal Base Camp, trekkers are rewarded with close-up views of the majestic Mardi Himal peak, providing a sense of awe and accomplishment.
  • Along the trekking route, trekkers have the opportunity to interact with local communities, experiencing their unique culture, traditions, and warm hospitality.
  • The trek encompasses a variety of landscapes, from dense forests and terraced fields to rocky ridges and alpine meadows, offering trekkers a diverse and exciting terrain to explore.

Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be warmly greeted by our representative. They will assist you in transferring to your hotel in Kathmandu. Once you've checked in, take some time to rest and acclimatize to the altitude. In the evening, you'll have a pre-trek meeting where you'll meet your guide, discuss the trekking itinerary, and ensure all necessary arrangements are in place for your journey ahead.

Today, you'll embark on a scenic journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You have the option to either take a domestic flight (approximately 25 minutes) or drive overland (around 6-8 hours) to Pokhara, depending on your preference and schedule. Upon reaching Pokhara, a picturesque lakeside city nestled beneath the towering Annapurna range, you'll check into your hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring Pokhara, relaxing by the lakeside, or preparing for your trek. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

After an early breakfast, you'll take a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kande, which typically takes around an hour. From Kande, your trek officially begins as you start walking towards Deurali. The trail gradually ascends through lush forests and charming villages, offering glimpses of the majestic mountains. Depending on your pace and the trail conditions, the trek to Deurali usually takes around 6-7 hours. Upon reaching Deurali, settle into your accommodation for the night and enjoy dinner amidst the tranquility of the mountains.

Today's trek takes you deeper into the heart of the Himalayas as you make your way from Deurali to Forest Camp. Traverse through enchanting rhododendron forests, alive with vibrant colors during the spring season. The trail offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, providing ample opportunities for photography and soaking in the natural beauty. After a full day of trekking (approximately 6-7 hours), you'll arrive at Forest Camp, where you'll spend the night surrounded by the serene ambiance of the forest.

Leaving the forest behind, you'll ascend further towards Low Camp today. As you gain altitude, the landscape gradually transforms, offering more expansive views of the Annapurna range. The trail winds its way through alpine meadows and rugged terrain, providing a sense of adventure with every step. After a moderate trek of about 4-5 hours, you'll reach Low Camp, your resting place for the night. Relax and unwind as you relish in the panoramic vistas that surround you.

Today's trek is relatively short but steep as you ascend from Low Camp to High Camp. The trail offers increasingly breathtaking views of the Annapurna range, enticing you to pause and admire the majestic peaks. As you reach High Camp, situated at a higher elevation, the air becomes crisper, and the scenery more awe-inspiring. Spend the night at High Camp, soaking in the beauty of your surroundings and preparing for tomorrow's adventure.

This is a highlight of your trek as you trek from High Camp to the magnificent Mardi Himal Base Camp. The trail presents challenging terrain, but the reward is unparalleled as you arrive at the base camp, surrounded by towering peaks including Mardi Himal itself. Take ample time to explore the base camp, capture photos, and savor the moment before retracing your steps back to High Camp. The return journey offers different perspectives of the landscape, ensuring a memorable experience. Tonight, you'll spend your final night in the high mountains at High Camp, reminiscing about your incredible journey.

Today marks the beginning of your descent from the high mountains as you trek from High Camp to Siding Village. The trail winds its way downhill through lush forests, quaint villages, and terraced farmlands, offering a glimpse into the local way of life. Enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings as you make your way to Siding Village, where you'll spend the night immersed in the warmth of Nepali hospitality.

Your trek officially comes to an end today as you trek from Siding Village to Lumre. Upon reaching Lumre, you'll board a vehicle for the scenic drive back to Pokhara. Once in Pokhara, take the opportunity to relax and unwind, perhaps indulging in a well-deserved massage or exploring more of the city's attractions. Enjoy your last evening in Pokhara, reflecting on the memories made during your trek.

Today, you'll bid farewell to Pokhara as you journey back to Kathmandu. You have the option to either fly or drive back, depending on your preferences and schedule. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, perhaps shopping for souvenirs or exploring more of Kathmandu's cultural sites. In the evening, you can enjoy a farewell dinner with your trekking companions, reminiscing about the unforgettable experiences shared during your Mardi Himal Trek.

Your Mardi Himal Trek comes to an end today as you prepare for your departure from Kathmandu. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time to explore the city further or do some last-minute souvenir shopping. Our representative will assist you with your transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey. As you board your flight, take one last look at the majestic Himalayas, carrying with you memories that will last a lifetime.

The cost includes:

  • Supervision by a Nepalese trekking guide, Assistant guide, Cook and Kitchen staff, porters.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Teahouse and Camping during the trek.
  • All transportation by bus/jeep from Kathmandu –Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Full board during the trek.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) permit,
  • Guide and porters salaries, insurance and all other equipment facilities to the staffs.
  • All government and local taxes and official expenses.

The cost Excludes:

  • International airfare.
  • The Nepalese visa.
  • Insurance (compulsory on all trips – ensure you are adequately covered for emergency evacuation).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Spending of a personal expenses, e.g. laundry, snacks and drinks, souvenirs, toiletries, tips, etc.
  • All bar bills and tips.

Frequently Asked Questionss:

Is the Mardi Himal Trek suitable for beginners?

Yes, the Mardi Himal Trek is considered suitable for beginners with a moderate level of fitness. While the trek involves some steep ascents and descents, it is shorter and less challenging compared to other treks in the region like the Annapurna Circuit. However, some prior hiking experience and basic fitness preparation are recommended.

What is the best time to trek to Mardi Himal?

The best time to trek to Mardi Himal is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather is generally stable, with clear skies and mild temperatures, making for optimal trekking conditions. Spring offers vibrant rhododendron blooms, while autumn provides excellent mountain views after the monsoon season.

Are permits required for the Mardi Himal Trek?

Yes, trekkers need to obtain permits for the Mardi Himal Trek. This typically includes a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card, required for all trekkers in Nepal, and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), as the trek falls within the Annapurna Conservation Area. These permits can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Is it necessary to hire a guide for the Mardi Himal Trek?

While hiring a guide is not mandatory for the Mardi Himal Trek, it is highly recommended, especially for inexperienced trekkers. A guide can provide valuable assistance with navigation, offer insights into the local culture and environment, and ensure your safety throughout the trek. Additionally, hiring a guide supports the local tourism industry.

What kind of accommodation and facilities are available during the Mardi Himal Trek?

Accommodation options along the Mardi Himal Trek vary from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges in popular trekking stops like Low Camp and High Camp. Teahouses typically offer simple rooms with basic amenities such as beds, blankets, and shared bathrooms. Meals are usually available at teahouses, with a variety of Nepali and Western dishes. However, facilities may be more limited in remote areas, so it’s advisable to carry essential items and be prepared for basic living conditions.

How difficult is the Mardi Himal Trek?

The Mardi Himal Trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty. While the trek involves some steep ascents and descents, it is shorter and less strenuous compared to other treks in the Annapurna region. With proper preparation and a moderate level of fitness, most trekkers should be able to complete the trek comfortably

What kind of weather can I expect during the Mardi Himal Trek?

The weather during the Mardi Himal Trek can vary depending on the season. In spring (March to May), the weather is generally mild and pleasant, with blooming rhododendrons adding color to the landscape. In autumn (September to November), the skies are clear, offering excellent visibility of the mountains. However, trekkers should be prepared for occasional rain showers, particularly during the monsoon season (June to August).

What should I pack for the Mardi Himal Trek?

Essential items to pack for the Mardi Himal Trek include trekking boots, warm clothing, a waterproof jacket, a sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and a first-aid kit. Additionally, it’s important to pack sufficient snacks, water purification tablets, and a refillable water bottle.

Are there any altitude-related risks on the Mardi Himal Trek?

While the maximum altitude reached during the Mardi Himal Trek is relatively low compared to other treks in Nepal, some trekkers may still experience symptoms of altitude sickness. It’s essential to acclimatize properly by ascending gradually, staying hydrated, and listening to your body. If you experience severe symptoms of altitude sickness, it’s important to descend to a lower altitude immediately and seek medical attention if necessary.

Can I customize the Mardi Himal Trek itinerary?

Yes, many trekking agencies offer customizable itineraries for the Mardi Himal Trek to suit the preferences and requirements of individual trekkers. Whether you’re looking for a shorter or longer trek, or wish to explore specific areas along the route, trekking agencies can tailor the itinerary to meet your needs. However, it’s important to discuss any customization options with your trekking agency or guide in advance to ensure a well-planned and safe trekking experience.

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