Mardi Himal Trek: Chasing Clouds and Touching Peaks

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Duration

10 nights 11 days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people

Languages

English

About this tour

In the heart of the Himalayas lies the captivating Mardi Himal Trek, an adventure that goes beyond mere trails to offer a deep connection with nature’s beauty and the vibrant culture of the region. It’s a journey tailor-made for those who crave exploration, nature’s embrace, and the thrill of the unknown.

Imagine being in a peaceful wild place, with big mountains and thick forests all around you, as you start a journey to find new things and show how strong you are. As you walk through the Mardi Himal Trek, you’ll get to see parts of the Annapurna region that not many people know about.

Mardi Himal Base Camp:

Mardi Himal Base Camp sits peacefully among towering peaks in the Himalayas. It’s located around 4,500 meters above sea level and offers incredible views of the nearby snowy peaks. People usually spend time here, enjoying the stunning scenery.

As the morning arrives at Mardi Himal Base Camp, the scenery shines with golden light as the sun rises over the mountains. The fresh mountain air makes you feel alive and amazed. It’s like time stands still in this moment, and the stunning Himalayan scenery grabs hold of your heart. It’s a moment of wonder, where the beauty of nature touches the soul deeply.

Challenges:

The Mardi Himal Trek is an exciting adventure, though it’s not as difficult as some other treks in the Himalayas. Despite this, it still tests the trekker’s endurance and determination with different types of terrain. For instance, there are long downhill walks that can be tough on the knees and steep uphill climbs that require strength and focus.

Nevertheless, even with these challenges, finishing the Trek feels amazing! It gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment. Each step you take and every obstacle you conquer makes the journey worthwhile, creating memories that’ll stick with you long after the trek is over.

Best time for Mardi Himal trek:

The best times to go on the Mardi Himal Trek are in the spring before the monsoon season and in the autumn after it’s over. During these times, you’ll usually have clear skies, awesome views, and perfect conditions for trekking. It’s important to plan your trek for the right season because each one makes the landscape look different and special.

During these times, hikers can enjoy amazing views and great weather. Clear skies give stunning mountain views, and no monsoon rains mean safe, dry trails. It’s important to make the most of these great conditions to fully enjoy the beauty of the Mardi Himal region.

Trail, Geography, Flora and Fauna:

Winding its way through the stunning Annapurna Conservation Area, the Mardi Himal Trek invites you to explore rugged terrain and lush rhododendron forests while being surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Himalayas and its vibrant flora and fauna.

Additionally, the Trek holds a rich history, echoing the footsteps of ancient shepherds. Hikers are encouraged to keep their open for rare sightings of species like the Himalayan Black Bears and listen for the enchanting melody of the Danphe, Nepal’s national bird. Each step brings you closer to discovering the region’s diverse ecosystem.

Food and Accommodation:

During the Mardi Himal Trek, you’ll get to experience the friendly hospitality of Nepal while staying in cozy teahouses. You can enjoy a variety of delicious food, including traditional Nepalese dishes like Dal, Bhat, and Momos, as well as other types of food from around the world to keep your energy up for the journey.

Furthermore, Your Trek is made even better with stays in charming teahouses, where you’ll share accommodations and feel the genuine warmth of Nepalese hospitality. While getting hot water might cost a bit extra, especially if it’s heated by gas geysers, it’s worth it for the comfort you’ll have in the mountains.

Tips for Safety and Precaution:

Staying safe on the Mardi Himal trek is super important. Here are some tips, including staying on designated trails, altitude acclimatization, and physical preparation, to help you have a great time while staying safe. Remember to drink lots of water, keep a steady pace, and wear warm clothes for different weather conditions.

In addition to these precautions, it’s reassuring to know that our experienced guides and 24/7 backup support are available to provide assistance and updates throughout your trek. This ensures you can feel confident, knowing you have someone reliable there to support you.

Gears and Packing for Mardi Himal Trek:

Before starting your trek, it’s important to check that you have all the right gear, including trekking boots, sunglasses, water bottles, trekking poles, a basic first aid kit, high-altitude sickness medication, waterproof jacket and pants, and gloves.

By meticulously organizing your gear list, you’ll be prepared for the unpredictable conditions encountered along the trail, enhancing your overall trekking experience. These essential items not only enhance your comfort but also contribute significantly to your safety and enjoyment throughout the Mardi Himal trek.

Mardi Himal Trek Map:

The Mardi Himal Trek map is essential for navigating through forests, villages, and mountains. Starting near Pokhara, the trek passes through villages where Gurung and Magar people live. Along the way, you’ll encounter picturesque waterfalls, lush fields, and breathtaking mountain vistas.

For safe and enjoyable trekking, we provide a detailed Mardi Himal Trek map and valuable information about the trek. Our map ensures that you can navigate the varied landscapes and cultural experiences encountered along the trek with confidence and ease.

Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary:

There are various Mardi Himal trek itinerary based on where you start and end. A typical Mardi Himal Trek takes about 8 to 10 days, starting from Kathmandu and heading to the trek’s starting point. Along the way, you’ll encounter old villages, and breathtaking views, and eventually reach the famous Mardi Himal Base Camp.

At the end, you’ll come down to Siding Village and go back to Kathmandu, keeping special memories. The Mardi Himal Trek itinerary has cool spots like Forest Camp, Low Camp, and High Camp, making it an awesome trip full of great experiences.

Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, offering picturesque views of rural Nepal and the Trishuli River.
  • Trek through diverse landscapes, starting from lush forests to alpine meadows, showcasing the rich biodiversity of the Annapurna region.
  • Experience the traditional Nepalese lifestyle in Deurali and Siding Village, where you can interact with the local Gurung community.
  • Spectacular views of the Himalayas, including Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain), Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Annapurna I, from various points along the trek.
  • Visit the Upper Viewpoint, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys at sunrise.
  • Stay in remote mountain camps, such as Forest Camp, Low Camp, and High Camp, for a unique wilderness experience.
  • Explore Pokhara, the serene lake city, known for its natural beauty, vibrant atmosphere, and views of the Annapurna range.
  • Cultural immersion, with opportunities to learn about the traditions, rituals, and way of life of the mountain communities.
  • Flexible trekking experience suitable for solo travelers, groups, and families, with professional and well-experienced guides ensuring safety and an enriching journey.
  • Contribute to sustainable tourism by engaging with local communities, staying in locally owned teahouses, and enjoying the hospitality of the Nepalese people.

Included/Excluded

  • All necessary government and local permits and entrance fees.
  • 2-night accommodation in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara, including breakfast.
  • 3 meals a day during the trek.
  • Twin-sharing teahouse accommodation, with occasional dormitory stays in the mountains.
  • Tourist bus transportation between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Taxi and local transport for the Hot Spring visit and return to Pokhara.
  • Twin-sharing teahouse accommodation during the treks
  • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner), including one hot drink and seasonal fruits.
  • One duffle bag, Sleeping bag, down jacket to be returned after the trek.
  • Strong porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every two clients ie: 10kg each )
  • Experienced, first-aid trained, government licensed, English-speaking Travel Makers South Asia's trekking guide.
  • Insurance, food and accommodation for staff.
  • Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu, with a car/van with a certified tour guide.
  • An executive farewell dinner on the last night in Nepal.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Trek completion certificate and map.
  • Insurance for guests.
  • Beverages, meals, and accommodations outside of those specified (available for purchase at teahouses).
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Additional costs or delays caused by landslides, weather conditions, itinerary changes due to safety concerns, changes in government policies, strikes, and personal illness.

Itinerary

Time: As per your ticket Distance: N/A Altitude: 1,350 meters The gateway to your Himalayan adventure, Kathmandu, welcomes you with open arms. Nestled at 1,350 meters, this vibrant city offers a perfect blend of ancient culture and modern vibrancy. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our experienced guide who will ensure your smooth transfer to the hotel. Take the day to acclimatize, explore nearby attractions, or simply relax, soaking in the enchanting atmosphere of Nepal's capital.

Time: 6-7 hours Distance: Approx. 200 km Altitude: 827 meters Your journey continues as you embark on a scenic drive to Pokhara, the serene gateway to the Annapurna range. This picturesque drive offers a glimpse into the rural Nepalese life, with stunning landscapes and the Trishuli River accompanying you. Upon arrival in Pokhara, marvel at the tranquil beauty of Phewa Lake and the spectacular panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Overnight in Pokhara, preparing for the trek that lies ahead.

Time: Drive - 1 hour; Trek - 4-5 hours Distance: Trek - 8 km Altitude: 2,100 meters The adventure begins with a short drive to Phedi, followed by a trek to Deurali. Ascend through lush forests, with the path offering sporadic views of the majestic Himalayas. The trek to Deurali is an invigorating introduction to the natural beauty of the region, with its rich flora and fauna. Overnight in Deurali, nestled amidst the tranquility of the mountains.

Time: 6-7 hours Distance: 10 km Altitude: 2,520 meters Today’s trek from Deurali to Forest Camp, also known as Kokar, is characterized by a peaceful walk through dense forests filled with rhododendrons and other alpine flora. The serene environment, punctuated by the sounds of nature, provides a tranquil backdrop to your journey. The Forest Camp is a secluded haven, offering a peaceful retreat in the heart of the forest.

Time: 5-6 hours Distance: 8 km Altitude: 2,970 meters As you ascend to Low Camp, the forest starts to thin, and the vistas open up to reveal breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. The trek is moderately paced, allowing ample time to savor the magnificent landscapes and the increasingly clear views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain). Overnight in Low Camp, where the horizon stretches far beyond the eye can see.

Time: 3-4 hours Distance: 5 km Altitude: 3,540 meters The journey to High Camp is awe-inspiring, with the trail leading through alpine meadows and pastures. As you gain altitude, the panoramic views of the Annapurna Sanctuary unfold in a spectacular display. High Camp offers an unparalleled vantage point, perched high above the clouds. Prepare for an early night, as the next day promises an unforgettable adventure to the upper viewpoint.

Time: 2-3 hours Distance: 4 km (round trip) Altitude: 4,250 meters (Upper Viewpoint) Rise early for the trek to the Upper Viewpoint, where you will witness the sunrise illuminating the Himalayas in a golden hue. This short yet rewarding trek provides stunning views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and more. After soaking in the beauty of the sunrise, return to High Camp for breakfast and rest.

Time: 6-7 hours Distance: 12 km Altitude: 1,700 meters Descend through lush forests to Siding Village, a beautiful hamlet that offers a glimpse into the traditional lifestyles of the local Gurung community. This trek is a pleasant change from the alpine landscapes, showcasing the rich cultural heritage and biodiversity of the region. Overnight in Siding Village, enjoying the warmth and hospitality of the locals.

Time: Trek - 3 hours; Drive - 2 hours Distance: Trek - 6 km; Drive - 60 km The final leg of your trek leads to Lumre, followed by a drive back to Pokhara. As you make your way down to Lumre, take the time to reflect on the incredible journey you’ve undertaken. Once in Pokhara, celebrate the completion of your trek with a relaxing evening by the lake or exploring the city’s vibrant offerings.

Time: 8 hours Distance: Approx. 200 km Return to Kathmandu by road, reminiscing about the unforgettable experiences and stunning vistas of the Mardi Himal trek. The journey back is an opportunity to plan your next adventure in the mesmerizing landscapes of Nepal.

Time: As per your flight schedule Distance: N/A Your Mardi Himal adventure comes to an end as you prepare for your journey back home. With memories to last a lifetime and a heart full of the Himalayas, bid farewell to Nepal, until next time.

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11 Days

Languages

English

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