Nepal: 12d Mardi Himal Trek

  • Easy
  • 4,450 M
  • 6 Days Tea House
  • 5 Days Hotel Days
  • 7 Days Trekking Days

Mardi Himal Trek is a short and adventurous trekking route. This trek is to the lowest and least visited place of the Annapurna region. In addition, the Himal lies just to the south of Mt. Machhapuchhre which is popular as Fishtail Mountain. There are very few trekkers who have visited the valley, and its ridge to the south of Mardi Himal.

Most importantly, Mardi Himal trek also offers the golden sunrise view over the famous mountain Machhapuchare. Machhapuchhre or Fishtail Mountain has sacred to the Queen of Nepal. Even as the Mountain has never climbed. So, your trek in the Annapurna region will show you this most picturesque of all peaks from many different angles.

New Trek is the name of the long-rising ridge. Its summit is at 5,580 m, which forms the southwesterly slope of Mt. Machhapuchhre immediately below its sheer south face. Machhapuchhre towers majestically over the very good valley in Pokhara. This Mountain is popular as Fishtail Mountain. Because of its twin peaks that mirror the image of the fishtail. The Mountain is superbly beautiful and considered sacred. Consequently, no permits have yet been issued to climb this mountain.

We started the Mardi Himal trek from Pokhara. Like on most trekking routes inside the Annapurna Sanctuary you have several options where to start and to finish the trek. Most people we met on the trek did the Poon Hill or Annapurna Base Camp trek before the Mardi Himal it seems quite popular to combine the route with one of the other treks in the sanctuary.

Day to day schedule to Nepal: 12d Mardi Himal Trek

  • Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu

    On your arrival our representative will greet & warmly receive you and assist you to transfer to the hotel. After having some refreshment,we will meet in the office and briefly discuss the last-minute specifics of the trek.

    Overnight stay in 3*/ 4* Hotel in Kathmandu
    Included standard meals (Breakfast)

  • Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley and Preparation for tours

    The very next morning, after breakfast we will start a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. The sightseeing program is all about introducing some highlights and UNESCO World Heritage sites. In this day, we can visit the center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath might make you feel calm and peace.

    Overnight stay in 3*/ 4* Hotel in Kathmandu
    Included standard meal (Breakfast)

  • Day 03: Drive to Pokhara(820m/ 2,690 ft)

    Driving Hours: 6/7 hours
    Driving Distance: 200km (124 miles)

    Today in the early morning, we will take a drive to Pokhara on the tourist bus. It will take approximately 7 hours to reach Pokhara. We will see the good scenery view of the countryside while driving. We will be arriving late afternoon at Pokhara around 2:00 p.m. Pokhara is an enchanting Himalayan Valley of remarkable beauty. We can explore its scenic land on foot or on our own like boating in Fewa Lake overlooking the region of Annapurna Himalayan ranges. In the evening prepare for the trek overnight in Pokhara. On the way
    to Pokhara, if you are interested you can have rafting also.
    In option, we can also take flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara which of 30 minutes flight over the Himalayas.

    Overnight stay in 3*/ 4* Hotel in Pokhara
    Included standard meal (Breakfast)

  • Day 04: Drive to Phedi (1,130m) and trek to Pothana (1,950m/ 6,395 ft)

    Driving Hours: 45 minutes
    Driving Distance: 18 km (11.1 miles)
    Trek Distance: 4 hours
    Maximum Altitude: 1,950m (6,395 ft)

    Today after breakfast we drive to Phedi. From the Phedi trail start ascending through the jungle and highland rice fields and generally walk up to the valley of Dhampus and Pothana with exploring. The area is inhabited by Brahmins, Chhetris, and a few Gurungs. Crossing the dirt road a couple of times and stone staircases makes the trail more adventuring. The spectacular panoramic view of the Annapurna Himalayan range makes your trip much greater.

    Overnight stay in Guest House
    Included standard meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 05: Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (2600m/ 8530 ft)

    Trek Distance: 9 km (5.5 miles)
    Trek Hours: 5 Hours
    Maximum Altitude: 2,600m (8530 ft.)

    After enjoying sunrise and panoramic mountains view from the Pothana, we will have our breakfast. Today we start our trek from Pothana to Forest Camp. Our trek gradually starts walking through a forest and rocky wall with exploring the view of Machhapuchhare and Annapurna Himal.

    Overnight stay in Guest House
    Included standard meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 06: Trek from Forest Camp to Low camp (3,580m/ 11,745 ft)

    Trek Distance: 5 km (3.1miles)
    Trek Hours: 3 hours
    Maximum Altitude: 3,580m/ 11,745 feet

    After having breakfast, we will begin our trek to reach our todays destination. The trail will passes through classic ‘cloud forest’ with mosses and lichen, tree ferns, and orchids hosted by the hardier trees. The entire forest will present a beautiful display of flora that makes our mind refresh and relax. The windows in the woods look out onto the thrilling panorama – close-up dramatic scenery of sacred Mt. Machhapuchhare, Mardi Himal, and Annapurna chains. A ridge from Low camp will be now grassy and sometimes under snow, takes us up to High Camp. Annapurna South seems near enough to throw a rock at and Machhapuchare itself close enough to touch.

    Overnight stay in Guest House
    Included standard meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 07: Trek from Low camp to High Camp (3,580m/ 11,745 ft)

    Trek distance: 4 km (2.5 miles)
    Trek Hours: 2 hours
    Maximum Altitude: 3,580 meter (11,745 feet)

    Today after breakfast, we will head towards High Camp. It is very short trek, we only need to climb a short, steep slope to get out of the forest. Then, we walk along a ridge that is covered with grass and sometimes has snow. This ridge leads us to High Camp. Annapurna South appears so close that we could throw a rock at it, and Machhapuchare is nearby enough that we could reach out and touch it.

    Overnight stay in Guest House
    Included standard meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 08: Hike Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,450m/ 14, 600 ft) and back to High camp

    Trek distance: 10 km (6.2 miles)
    Trek Hours: 7 hours
    Maximum Altitude: 4,450 meter (14,600 feet)

    Our breakfast will be earlier than usual. Then we take a packed lunch as we are hiking to Mardi Himal base camp. Basically, it is 10 km from High Camp to Base camp and back that take around 7 hours of trek. After reaching Base Camp, below us, there are expansive areas of ice and blue glaciers known as the Sanctuary Wall. Annapurna I, the tallest mountain of all, is in the distance. Surrounding us in a sweeping curve from one end of the horizon to the other, there are dozen or more magnificent snow-covered mountains, including Dhaulagiri and the Ganesh Himal. Afterward, we return back to High Camp.

    Overnight stay in Guest House
    Included standard meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 09: High Camp to Siding Village (1280m, 6/7 hrs) o/n in Guest house +O+L+D

    After breakfast, Trail descent down approximately 1600m from High camp with a different route than the previous route. The trail leads through the shade of the forest, terrace field and walks along the banks of Mardi Khola to the hillside village of Siding Village.

  • Day 10: Trek and drive to Pokhara(6 hrs) o/n in Hotel +O+L+D

    This day, we trek about 4 hrs and 2 hrs drive to Pokhara. The path from Siding now follows the contour of the river valley gradually down between the pastures and through Tamang and Gurung villages.

  • Day 11: Drive or Fly to Kathmandu, Take a 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hour Drive. +O

    You can take a flight or drive by tourist bus/Private car to Kathmandu. At the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show, taking some beautiful snaps and making up your mind for the returning journey. (Or stay longer for short tours such as drives at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc).
    You can have greetings exchanging among friends and buy some souvenirs.

  • Day 12: Departure +O

    This day, after breakfast you are free until the time of your departure and transfer to the airport for your onward destination.

What is included?

  • Arrival and transfer transport from to international and domestic airport in Kathmandu
  • Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Government licensed guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
  • Government licensed trekking guide and porters during trekking
  • 3 meals a day during trekking (B, L, D)
  • Trekking permit and conservation fee
  • Accommodation in lodge, guesthouse and hotel
  • Transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara with tourist bus

What is excluded?

  • Travel insurance incl. Repatriation by helicopter rescue in case of emergency
  • International Airfare
  • Personal expenses and tips for staff
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Monument entrance fees during sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Any extra services which is not included above

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