Mardi Himal Trek - 8 Days

Mardi Himal trek is an unseen gem yet. Few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp outstandingly positioned at the base of Mardi Himal and the Annapurna region´s most iconic mount Machapuchhre literally meaning “Fish tail”. The trail goes along small winding paths, through enchanted rhododendron forests until you climb out of the forest at an elevation around 3,300 meter. The landscape changes quite abruptly into a rugged high mountain landscape, with amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

Mardi Himal trek starts at Kande after 1 hours driving from Pokhara. The trail is good, first slowly up, then a bit steeper to Australian Camp (2060m – About one hour), then after that slightly downhill to Pothana (1950m) then up again to Deurali (2100m). There is a right turn in Deurali signposted “Forest Camp” the trail is through jungle, at first up then undulating on the top of a ridge, there is a section just over half way where the trail drops steeply and then slowly gains height and then back onto the ridge and into Forest Camp (2600m). The trail is initially quite steep leaving Forest Camp but soon gets less steep as you again get up on the ridge. The trail leaves Low Camp again in the jungle, but the trees soon start to get smaller and after about one hours trekking broke out of the jungle and onto the open ridge with spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South to my left. It is possible to continue trekking along the ridge for another 4 to 5 hours to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and return to High Camp in around 4 hours – This makes a long day but there is also a viewpoint about halfway, the imaging view can be from here. After that, we trek down to Siding via Low Camp. From Siding, we drive back to Pokhara.

Overview

Mardi Himal Trek makes you through a greenery rhododendron forest at an elevation of around 3,300m through narrow paths. The trek starts from Pokhara and ends at Pokhara 5D4N. The landscape will change into rugged high mountains as you ascend, a landscape that offers a magnificent view of Machhapuchhare Himal, which is also known as Fishtail. There are usually many trees, bamboos, and chirping plants in the forests that you must walk through. The five-day Mardi Himal trek is one of the most popular trekking trails to see the mountains naked-eyed.

A Mardi Himal trek is the best option for avoiding crowds like a Poon hill trek. This trek allows you to hike through the jungle trails, where you can see wildlife and birds, including the Himalayan Thar, long-tailed langurs (monkeys), and butterflies Danphe, Kalij, and Monal.

Itinerary

Day 1
Pokhara to Phedi and trek to Deurali (2200m, about 3 to 4 hours trek)

After the breakfast at your Hotel in Pokhara, you drive to Kande. From Kande, trek to Pitan Deurali (2100m) via Australian Camp (2060m) and Pothana (1950m). Pothana has ACAP / TIM’s checkpoint. About 4-5 hours walking, you will reach Pitan Deurali from Kande. And then overnight at Lodge.

Day 2
Pitan Deurali -Forest Camp - Rest Camp - Low Camp

Trek from Pitan Deurali to Low Camp (2985m). You will stop for lunch in Forest Camp (2600m) after about 4 hour trekking. The trek from Pitan Deurali to Low Camp takes 7 hours walking), overnight at Lodge.

Day 3
Low Camp - High Camp.

Trek from Low Camp to High (3550m). You will see spectacular views of Machhapuchhre ahead and Annapurna South to my left. About 4 hours trekking we arrived at High Camp (3550m). And then overnight at Lodge.

Day 4
Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp and trek down to Badal Danda

You will hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m) and back to High Camp. This round trip takes 4 to 5 hours walk. If you do not want to go all the way to Mardi Himal Base, you just hike to a viewpoint about half way and back to High Camp. After Lunch, trek down to Badal Danda (3210m) And then overnight at Lodge.

Day 5
Badal Danda - Siding- Pokhara

You will have very nice view in the morning. After breakfast, you will trek down to Siding. It takes around 4 hours trekking. After Lunch, 3 hours drive back to Pokhara, And then overnight at your own Hotel.

Option: It is also possible to extend one more day. If you extend one day, you will trek from Siding to Lwang via Ghalel. This day, we trek down to Lwang Village. It takes 5-6 hours walking from Siding to Lwang. And then overnight at Lodge. Next day, you will drive back to Pokhara.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Pokhara-Kande by private car and Siding or Lwang -Pokhara by public Jeep.
  • All the Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with tea/coffee in a cup) and accommodation during the trek.
  • Trekking permit.
  • One English speaking Government certificate holder trekking guide and trekkers 2:1 porter.
  • Duffel Bag during the trek.
  • Fingertip Pulse Oximeter (we use every day to check your oxygen level and pulse in your body to avoid high risk).
  • Nepal Hidden Treks and Expedition T-short.
  • Guide/Porter's: food, lodge, transportation, salary, insurance, equipment etc.
  • First Aids Kit.
  • Local fresh fruit like pomegranates and apple etc.
  • 13% Government VAT and official expenses.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and visa fees (15 Days US$30 and 30 Days US$50).
  • Hotel and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (If you ask, I can arrange for you).
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus / private car / Flight (If you ask, I can arrange for you).
  • All drinks Soft, Hot and hard coke, beer, drinking water.
  • Your travel insurance which should include the emergency rescue.
  • Your Trekking gears.
  • Tips for your guide and porters etc.
When Is The Best Time To Do This Trek?

We organize this trek every day in whole year. But if you are planning to do this trek at the best time. We recommend you following time.

Winter (December – February): This is coldest time of the year. It will be difficult to trek because of there will be heavy snow.

Spring (March – May): This is best time to trek on Mardi Himal. There will be little bit snow. You will have wonderful weather with warm temperature. You will also have chance to see the Rhododendron flowers.

Summer (June – August): This is monsoon in Nepal. There is chances of raining every day and it will be cloudy. The leeches will be there.

Autumn (September – November): This is another best time to do this trek. After the raining season. It will be fresh and clear weather will be appear. It will be warm temperature.

1:Is it possible to start the trek after getting an early flight from Kathmandu and take a late flight to Kathmandu?

Yeah, if you have limited time and not feeling comfortable to take 7 hours bus journey. You can take a early flight from Kathmandu and start the trek after getting and take a late flight to Kathmandu after the trek.

What is the Tea house or Lodges like? What kind of room does we aspect?

Trekking or walking or Hiking activities will do out of cities. The accommodation is basis compare to City Luxurious Hotel or Resort. The room is basic with single, Double, Triple, Twin Beds etc. There will be Beds with Mattress, Bed cover etc.Toilet and bathroom is sharing basis. You have to bring Toilet paper, Shampoo, Soap and Towel with you. WIFI is available with extra charge.

How And Where Do We Get Nepal's Visa ?

You will get on arrival Visa in Kathmandu International Airport . If you fill up this form Department of Immigration Nepal and bring it with you. It will be much faster and avoid the long queue.

US $ 30 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days.
US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days.
US $ 125 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 100 days.
Regardless of the provision stated in 1(a) and 1(b), tourists with a passport from South Asian
Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations aren’t required to pay visa fee for 30 days. However, Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.

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