Mardi Himal Trek

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Trip Facts

  • Destinations: Nepal
  • Total Duration: 12 Days
  • Trekking Duration: 05 Days
  • Trip Grade: Easy
  • Max Elevation: 4500m
  • Best Season: October to December, February to May
  • Walking Hours: 4-6hrs everyday
  • Styles: Tea House
  • Starting point of trek: Phedi
  • Finishing point of trek: Sidhing
  • Meals and Drinks: Guest houses managed by local people

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  • Destination:Nepal

Mardi Himal Trek is a short trekking route in Annapurna Region. The trekking starts from Phedi 1130m to 4500m. This Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhare Trekking is one of the bitten Eco-tourism based trekking destination in Nepal. This trek offers the opportunity to venture into the deep forests and roam the high alpine pastures that flank the Annapurna ranges. The emphasis of the trek is on the forest and wilderness zone of these mountains.

On the way, exploring villages, forests, hill ridges and mountains are outstanding. people who live in the villages are Majority Gurung, Tamang, Brahmin, and Chetri. This route is less used by tourists in the Annapurna trekking region but since a few years, the number of tourists is unexpectedly increasing. The Mardi Himal trek offers you very close views of Annapurna South (7319m), Hiuchuli(6141m) Mardi Himal (5587m) and Machhapuchhare(fishtail)(6997m). Little further views of mountains are Gandharva Chuli( 6248m) Annapurna iii( 7555m) Gangapurna (7454m), Tarekang (7069m), Khangsar Kang( 7485m) and Machhapuchhare (6997m).

Most of the trekking days walking in the forests and beautiful ridges. Each camp place where there are 4 and 6 lodges with common room and food are menu systems in every lodge. During the trek, every lodge provides trekkers wifi in payable cost. Above the Low Camp, the path is on treeless on the grassy land. Mardi Himal trek route is easy to walk and comfortable. This trek offers you to see a flock of sheep, goats and a herd of yaks are grazing on the grassy land.

It is useful for who like to do a short trek and short stay in Nepal. The Mardi Himal trek route stands through the forest of rhododendron, maple, cedar and other different kinds of trees with dripped mosses. Mardi Himal peak climbers use this route to climb it. As we return from High Camp and then the path is completely decent. If it is a chance to see Langur (monkey) blue sheep, mongoose and some other wild animal and various types of birds see along the trail. This trek is designed to provide outstanding close mountain views of The Mardi Himal trek, Annapurna South (7219m), Hiuchuli(6141m) Mardi Himal (5587m) and Machhapuchhare(fishtail)(6997m).

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1200m)
  • Day 02 Sightseeing Swayambhu, Boudha and Durbar square
  • Day 03 Drive to Pokhara by car (850m) (max 6hrs)
  • Day 04 Sightseeing in Pokhara
  • Day 05 Phedi to Petam Deurali (2150m) (5hrs)
  • Day 06 Petam Deurali to Forest Camp (2530m) (4hrs)
  • Day 07 Forest Camp to Low Camp(2970m)(4-5hrs)
  • Day 08 Low Camp to High Camp(3540m)(4-hrs)
  • Day 09 High Camp to viewpoint / Low Camp(6-7)
  • Day 10 Low Camp to Pokhara via Siding( 5hrs)
  • Day 11 Pokhara to Kathmandu by plane
  • Day 12 Departure from Kathmandu

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1200m)

When you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport then transfer to your hotel. A short briefing is given concerning trekking itinerary.

Day 02 Sightseeing Swayambhu, Boudha and Durbar square

Day 03 Drive to Pokhara by car (850m) (max 6hrs)

Kathmandu to Pokhara is by car. Rest at the hotel and visit the market. Pokhara is one of the busiest tourist center and the most beautiful city of Nepal. Mt Fishtail and some parts of Annapurna range are attractively seen from here. It is both trekking starting and ending point. There are trekking shops, banks, all kinds of the standard hotel for tourists. Phewa Lake has joined to the Pokhara city. People enjoy boating, paragliding, golf and horse riding.

Day 04 Sightseeing in Pokhara

Day 05 Phedi to Petam Deurali (2150m) (5hrs)

The first day of trekking starts with steep through a forest from Phedi. It is a stoned step about 45 minutes walking to a village. The trail heads up through fields and villages to Dhampus village mixed inhabitants of Gurung, Brahmins, and Chetri. Fishtail and Lamjung Himal can be seen from here. There are many lodges and guest houses. Local bus and hire jeeps are available but the road is gravel. Passing through the village end of it TIMS register office arrives then the trail climbs up through the forest to Pothana(1990m) where ACAP office is to register permits. There are about half a dozen lodges. The trail gradually heads through the forest on a ridge and 40 minutes walking reach at Petam Deurali where there are two lodges. From Petam Deurali the trails split left side down is to ABC and north side trail is to Mardi Himal.

Day 06 Petam Deurali to Forest Camp (2530m) (4hrs)

The Forest Camp trailheads to the north on the ridge through a forest and the main trees are rhododendron and maples. Beautiful walking in the forest on the ridge. An about climbing up from Petam Deurali the trail descends down on the left side and climbs up again. While walking in the forest we can see huge trees dripping with mosses and in someplace there are viewpoints for village valleys and mountains. Just before reaching Forest Camp the trail descends through forest to Forest Camp where there are 4 lodges in a group surrounded by jungle. Between Petam Deurali and Forest Camp, there is a small tea and coffee shop.

Day 07 Forest Camp to Low Camp(2970m)(4-5hrs)

After breakfast trekking starts climbing the trail of High Camp again through a dense forest of rhododendron. After 45 minutes you reach Rest Camp where there is a common lodge to serve rooms and food. The trail continues to follow up in a dense forest and take attention interlace roots of trees on the path. Zigzag path but comfortable heading inside the jungle and descends just before Low Camp where there are 4 cluster lodges. It is surrounded by rhododendron trees.

Day 08 Low Camp to High Camp(3540m)(4-hrs)

From Low Camp, the path heads to north inside the rhododendron forest. One hour and a half walking up we arrive at Badal Danda where 4 lodges are lined up along the ridge. From this point nice views of Annapurna ii, Mardi Himal, Fishtail, Hiunchuli, and Annapurna South. Ridge trail past grassy land gradually climbing up 2hrs eventually at High Camp. The High Camp is situated on a ridge where there are about half a dozen good guest houses.

Day 09 High Camp to viewpoint / Low Camp(6-7)

Early in the morning leave for viewpoint better to see the sunrise on mountains. The trail a few minutes ahead northeast splits left and right sides. Most of the trekkers use right-side trail reason is its easy but long way. we continue on the ridge to a viewpoint. As we reach the viewpoint and the mountain views are excellent. Two small bamboo house tea shop serve you tea and coffee. If you want to see a wide range of Mountain then walk on ridge trail to Upper view Point another 1 hour further. Enjoying a nice view of surrounding snow-capped mountains are Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South(7219m)(Hiuchuli) (6141m), Tarekang(7069m), Gangapurna(7454) and Annapurna iii(7555m), Fishtail(6997m) and Mardi Himal. Descend to High Camp and reverse to Low Camp.

Day 10 Low Camp to Pokhara via Siding( 5hrs)

Today's trek is completely descending to Siding passing a thick forest. On the way, we meet trekkers are coming up with hard breathing walk. To support your knee, you need nice walking poles. A long steep walking down we arrive at Siding village has some nice guesthouses. Lunch is at Siding and drives to Pokhara by Jeep which takes about 2:30 minutes. Overnight at a hotel near Lake Side.

Day 11 Pokhara to Kathmandu by plane

Day 12 Departure from Kathmandu

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop off
  • Three nights hotel accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Licensed trained trekking guide
  • Porters to carry goods
  • Accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner in trekking) coffee & tea
  • Transportation by land and air
  • All necessary documents permit for trekking
  • National park/ conservation area entry permit
  • City tour in Kathmandu (Durbarsquare, Swayambhu, Boudha stupa)

Cost Excludes

  • International air fare
  • International and airport departure tax
  • Travel trekking insurance
  • Major meals, lunch, dinner during stay in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charge more than air lines allowed both domestic and international
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, drinks, phone & laundry
  • Visa fee (easily get on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airportand
  • Tips and gratuities for field staffs
  • Rescue travel insurance, trips cancellation costs,
  • Lost theft and damage to baggage accident or health emergency

Equipments & Gears

  • Trekking shoes,
  • down jacket,
  • trekking pant,
  • gloves,
  • hat,
  • woolen cap,
  • sunglasses,
  • raincoat,
  • headlamp,
  • walking stick,
  • water bottle,
  • sleeping bag,
  • trekking bag waterproof and
  • changing clothes

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