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Mardi Himal Trek

mardi Himal
Mardi Himal trekking is one of the bitten Eco-tourism based trekking destination in Annapurna Himalaya region. Mardi Himal trekking offer beautiful Himalayan views of whole Annapurna Himalayan range , beautiful valley, mixed Nepalese culture follow through Annapurna trekking trails. We Himalaya Journey Trekking arrange both options Mardi Himal trip : just Mardi Himal base camp trekking or Mardi Himal climbing trip . Mardi Himal is the name given to the feature of the long rising ridge and its summit that from the south-westerly lower slope of Mount Machhapuchhare, the famous triangular skyline that is seen from the Phewa Lake at Pokhara. Mardi Himal is located in the east of the Modi Khola, across the valley from Hiunchuli. It is separated from Machhapuchhre ridge by a col. and usual route of ascent reaches this col (about 5,200m. /17,060 ft.) and reaches the summit via a route on its east flank. The climb begins by heading steeply towards the col on the connecting ridge between Mardi Himal and Machhapuchhre. The first ascent to the Mardi Himal in 1961. The first route was via the East Flank and it is the only used so far. Only camping / tented trekking is possible in relevant areas.

Trip Highlights

Duration 12 Days Country Nepal
Trip Name Mardi Himal Trekking Region Annapurna
Best Time Sep-Nov, Mar-Jun Walking Hour 6/7 hours per day
Culture Tibetan Buddhist Max Altitude 3890m
Min Group Size 2 pax Max Group Size 15 pax
Meal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accomodations Guest House, Tea House
Transportation Van/ Car/ Bus/ Flight Trip Grade Moderate
Trip Start Point Pokhara Trip end Point Pokhara

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (800m)

Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1925m, about 4 hours trek)

Day 04: Trek to Forest Camp at Kokar (2,600m)- 4 hours walking.

Day 05: Trek to Low Camp (3,150m)- 5 hours trekking.

Day 06: Trek to High Camp (3,700m)- 4 hours trekking.

Day 07: Excursion to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m)- 4 hours Trekking.

Day 08: Trek to Siding village (1,750m) -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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Flying to Kathmandu is thrilling with the views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost delighted, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time.I will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. I will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (800m)

After hot breakfast drive 200km to Pokhara and it takes about 6-7 hours from Kathmandu by tourist bus. It is an exciting and romantic drive that we can enjoy beautiful scenic view of terraced rice field, eye catching landscape, Trisuli and Marsyangdi Rivers and spectacular panoramic view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal and most of Annapurna Himalayan Range are seen. The tourist coach stops for breakfast at 09:00 am and at around 12:00 for lunch on the way to Pokhara.

Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1925m, about 4 hours trek)

After hot breakfast we drive half an hour to Phedi and commence our trek to Pothana at the elevation of 1810m. The trail is steep until Dhampus and pleasant easy walk up to Pothana, where you stay in a teahouse lodge for the first night.

Day 04: Trek to Forest Camp at Kokar (2,600m)- 4 hours walking.

From Pothana you walk up to a place called Pitam Deurali where you will turn off the main Annapurna Sanctuary trek and continue along a quiet trail through a dense forest of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron. Tonight we stay at one of the lodges in a clearing of the forest at Forest Camp or also known by the locals as Kokar. The lodges at Kokar are quite basic and there is no dining room so you will probably have meals in kitchen with the owner, so in some ways this is more like a homestay and is a good opportunity to get to know this friendly family from Siding village.

Day 05: Trek to Low Camp (3,150m)- 5 hours trekking.

The trail continues from Forest Camp to Low Camp through the forest however as we ascend the vegetation starts to change with more rhododendron and the trees are covered with moss, lichen and tree ferns. At Low Camp there are two basic lodges one with a dining room with open fire. The view from Low Camp is superb with Mount Machhapuchhre visible up the valley.

Day 06: Trek to High Camp (3,700m)- 4 hours trekking.

An hour or so above Low Camp the trail breaks out above tree line and towards the west there is a good view to Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. The trail continues along the Mardi Himal ridge mainly on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes along the way. Look out for the colourful Danphe pheasant on this section of the trail. The lodge at High Camp is larger than lodges at Low Camp and Forest Camp, this one has eight rooms and a separate dining room with heater. The view from the lodge is superb to Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

Day 07: Excursion to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m)- 4 hours Trekking.

The plan for today is to wake early for sunrise view of the mountains then after an early breakfast walk up the ridge towards Mardi Himal Base Camp. There is a well-established trail through the grass with a couple of steeper sections however overall not too challenging. Look out for the dzokpo (yak/ cow crossbreds) grazing up here as well as Danphe pheasant. In the summer the sheep and goats from lower villages are brought up to graze in this area so you will pass a number of herder’s huts along the way. After three hours you should reach Base Camp at the elevation of 4500m this is where one can look into the Annapurna Sanctuary and the panorama view is spectacular looking at south face of Annapurna and all of the peaks in the Sanctuary as well as Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

Day 08: Trek to Siding village (1,750m) -6 hours walking.

On the way back 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 modern 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.

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 jeep organised by Wilderness Excursion in advance to drive you back to Pokhara.

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.

Cost Details

Cost Includes
For this pacakage cost USD 1425 Per/Person

  • Airport pickup and drop to (TIA) Airport Transfer to Hotel.
  • Drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu
  • Drive to phedi and trek to Potthana
  • One English speaking Guide (government license holder trek Guide)
  • 2 client have 1 porter ( porter carry only 25 Kg)
  • All Nepali trekking stuff Insurance and accommodation food transportation salary.
  • 3 time meal I.e (breakfast, lunch, Dinner, Tea, coffee, Hot lemon)
  • Accommodation at local guest house twin sharing
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 3/ 4 star categories twin sharing with B/B Basic
  • 2 night hotel in Pokhara 3 /4 star categories twin sharing with B/B basic
  • Annapurna conservation fee and TIM card
  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Drive or flight back from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Porter equipment

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee (you must have your own accurate USD cash along with two passport sized photo)
  • International airfare charges
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, you will have to pay yourself)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure.
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge,
  • Extra porters, boiled water, shower, heater, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and porter

 

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