Mardi Himal Trek
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Mardi Himal Trek has been a recent attraction for trekkers who have limited time. It is a short trek in the exotic Western Annapurna region of Nepal which is located in the east of Modi Khola across the valley from Hiunchuli. The first discovery of Mardi Himal was made in 1961 through a route via the east flank. This trek is more popular for the one interested for eco-tourism as it smooth the path for observing the lush forests full of Rhododendron and other natural vegetations. The perfect mountains views, alluring valleys, and varied local culture and mural hills are the purest attractions of this trek. Mardi Himal will guide you off ‘the beaten path’ away from the busy trails of the region. Only some of the significant areas will allow you for camping. Itinerary for this trek is as follow:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (827m/2,700ft): 6-7 hours
Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Deurali (2100m/6,720ft): 30 minutes drive, 4-5 hours trek
Day 04: Deurali to forest camp (2,520m/8064ft): 6-7 hours
Day 05: Forest Camp to low camp (2970m/9504ft): 5-6 hours
Day 06: Low camp to high camp (3540m/11,328ft): 3-4 hours
Day 07: High camp to upper viewpoint (4250m/13600ft), return back to high camp: 2-3 hours
Day 08: High camp to Sidhing Village (1700m/5440ft): 6-7 hours
Day 09: Trek to Lumre, drive to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu: 2-3 hours trek, 2 hours drive and 25 minutes flight
Day 10: Final departure
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
One of our representatives will receive you at the airport and take you to the hotel. After freshening up, you are briefed about the trek as well as about Nepal. You can enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine for dinner. We spend the night at 1300 meters.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara
We begin our trek with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. We make the trip in a bus or a jeep as we pass through rivers, fields, and villages on the way. We reach Pokhara after 6 – 7 hours where we spend the night at an elevation of 850 meters.
Pokhara is a beautiful lake city with tremendous views of Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna and other peaks. Phewa Lake and the viewpoints are famous tourist destinations known for their beauty and serenity. We spend the night strolling around the lakeside area with its beautiful souvenir shops and fun restaurants and bars.
Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Deurali
From Pokhara, we take a jeep or a local bus to Phedi. It takes about 30 minutes to reach there.
From Phedi, our walk on stone steps, through terraced fields, forests, and villages to reach Dhampus for lunch. As we continue our trek, we reach Deurali at 2100 meters. It is a beautiful village located on a ridge. We enjoy the mesmerizing views of Annapurna, Fishtail, and Mardi Himal from here. After 4-5 hours of the first day’s trek, we are very tired and spend the night here.
Day 04: Trek from Deurali to the forest camp
From Deurali, the trail passes through dense forests adorned with the national flower of Nepal, rhododendron. The red bloomers adorn most of the trekking trails of Nepal. The trek moves from the usual trekking trails to complete wilderness. We walk through a quiet trail till we reach the clearing of Forest camp. The area is locally known as Kokar and has a few basic lodges where we can have dinner and spend the night. After exploring the village and interacting with the locals, we spend the night at an elevation of 2520 meters.
Day 05: Trek from Forest Camp to low camp
From the forested area of Kokar, we make a steep uphill climb to reach a pasture land. It is the low camp where we spend the night before proceeding to Mardi base camp. The short walk and rest at low camp also help us to acclimatize to the increasing altitudes. We enjoy the beautiful landscape and mesmerizing snow-clad mountains along the way. We spend the night at an elevation of 2970 meters.
Day 06: Trek from Low camp to High camp
After resting at low camp, on this day we make our way along the ridges of Mardi Himal hills. We pass through tall trees, rhododendrons, and other bloomers along the way. We enjoy the views of the surrounding hills and snow-clad mountains as we approach High camp. Pheasant, called Daphne in Nepal, can also be spotted along the trails. Finally, after a steep climb, we reach the High camp with breathtaking views of Mardi Himal and Fishtail. We spend the night at an elevation of 3540 meters with the cool air of the camp.
Day 07: Trek from High Camp to the upper viewpoint and return back to High Camp
We pass through up and down roads on steep and narrow trails on our way to the upper viewpoint. We pass through pastures and hike along a ridge before reaching the upper viewpoint at 4250 meters which is also the highest point of our trek. The astonishing view from the upper viewpoint includes Mardi Himal, Annapurna, Himchuli, Baraha Shikhar, Tent peak, Singhachuli, Fishtail, and others. From here, we trek back to High camp to stay the night.
Day 08: Trek from High Camp to Sidhing Village
From High Camp, we take a trail through dense forests of rhododendrons and pines early in the morning. We retrace our way to low camp and then descend to Sidhing village. We reach a warm area compared to the previous days and spend the night at an elevation of 1700 meters.
Day 09: Trek to Lumre, drive to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu
From here, we trek for 2-3 hours to reach Lumre. Here, we get access to transportation and drive back to Kathmandu or drive to Pokhara. From Pokhara, we take a 25-minute flight back to Kathmandu. We explore the tourist hubs of Kathmandu in the evening.
Day 10: Final departure
We bid you farewell at the airport and welcome you to visit Nepal again.