Mardi Himal Trek – 16 Days
This popular trekking destination towers over the Annapurna Region and is known for its long rising beautiful mountain peak. The lower area is regarded as one of the most beautiful forest areas in the region and draws nature lovers worldwide for its beautiful flora during the fall. The trek is perfect for those looking to avoid the crowds traveling around the Annapurna circuit looking to learn more about the local culture while experiencing the adventure and stunning mountain scenery of Mardi Himal.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. As you fly, the panoramic view of snow-capped Annapurna mountain range greets your sight. After the completion of Visa formalities, you have to come downstairs to collect Luggage and proceed to outside from terminal Building. Please look at your Printed Name and Our Company Signboard MSM Tours and Treks and follow them. Meet our representative and then you will be transferred to hotel. You will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice at the time of check in.
Day 2: Sight seeing Kathmandu
AM: Guided visit of Kathmandu City and Swayambhunath.
PM: Guided visit of Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Early in the morning, transfer to pokhara bus station & drive seven hours to Pokhara, check in at hotel and evening Phew lake exploration.
Day 4: Pokhara and Trek to Mardi Pul [1,050m]
This trek begins through the busy trail to Hyenja pass through the periphery of Pokhara and the water irrigation project. This trail is busy trading route. The trail divides as we arrive at original Tibetan refugee camp. We go towards the right side route and it leads us to north across the paddy field. This trail passes along the west bank of the Seti Khola. The trail further drops down at the river.
Day 5: Mardi Pul to Odane Hill [2,510m]
After leaving Mardi pul, the trail goes along the east bank of the Mardi upstream and come across the Gurung village. The trail further leads to the route which then becomes steeper. The trail again divides as we move forward. We take right hand fork and it leads past cow sheds. The trail is steep till now but it develops more steeper. Then the trail passes through the Bamboo forest. The rhododendrons are seen on the trail.
Despite the steepness of the route, the ridgeline path offers ever-increasing views of the surrounding country. The path passes through a small clearing, Lalghar Kharka, and continues along a faint track to another clearing marking a high point on the ridge, which is Odane Hill.
Day 6: Odane Hill to Kumai [3,049m]
The trek continues along the ridge line. You need to be careful of the false trails that can lead you off track. You are rewarded with the cool mountain air and stunning panorama there. The Annapurna I is on the west side, towering above Annapurna south [7,273m] and Hiunchuli [6,336m], the western bastion guarding the entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary. You can see spectacular view of mountains such as Annapurna II [7,937m], Annapurna IV [7,525m] and Lamjung Himal [6.986m], like the bulk of a sleeping elephant. You can also see stunning views of Manaslu [8,156m], Peak 29 [7,835m] and Himalchuli [7,540m beyond Marsyangdi. Given that the distant summit snows of Dhaulagiri [8,167m] can also be seen, three of the world’s highest mountains are on view along this trek. Today, we trek for seven hours.
Day 7: Kumai to Khorchon [3,568 m]
Leaving Kumai, you continue climbing steeply along the ridgeline to grazing pastures called Khorchon at around 3,568 meters. Today’s trek is quite steep and relatively short.
Day 8: Khorchon to Base Camp [4,100m]
This trail now goes across the ridgeline to plateau below the south face of the Mardi Himal and south west ridge of the Machhapuchhre. This is also known as the other sanctuary. We continue the trek to reach at the base camp at an altitude of 4100m.
Day 9: Climb to the Summit of Mardi Himal [5,555 m] and Return to Base Camp [4,100m]
You can catch the splendid view of the mountains such as Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.).
Day 10: Mardi Himal Base Camp to Kumai [3,049m]
After leaving the base camp, we descend through the grazing land named Khorchon and follow the same trail back to Kumai.
Day 11: Kumai to Ghachok [1,067m]
Today, we descend from Kumai which is relatively hard for weary knees, as much of the altitude gained is lost on the return to the valley. Descending on the ascent route, we reach Odane Hill. Just before the high point , a small track goes left down the east flank of the ridge, dropping steeply to grazing country and a good lunch spot at Hile. Later, the trail further descends more steeply to the prosperous farming village of Ghachok , in the valley of the Seti River . Today we descend for nearly eight hours o reach Ghachok.
Day 12: Ghachok to Pokhara
Today is the last part of our trek, as we continue along the direct route crossing the Seti to the east bank and follow the main trail south. Descending down the east bank of the Seti, we finally reach Pokhara in about five hours. Once we reach in Pokhara, we can relax amidst the stunning natural beauty of the city.
Day 13: Pokhara – city tours
Your sightseeing trip will start at 9AM in the morning after breakfast. Places we visit are Fewa Lake , Devis water fall, Museum, and Gupteshower cave. You will have relaxing afternoon. Overnight stay at hotel with breakfast included. .Pokhara: city tours. Your sightseeing trip will start at 9AM in the morning after breakfast. Places we visit are Fewa Lake , Devis water fall, Museum, and Gupteshower cave. You will have relaxing afternoon. Overnight stay at hotel with breakfast included.
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu: (1345 meters)
Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu . If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today.
Day 15: Sight seeing in Kathmandu
After breakfast, our city guide reaches in Hotel with Vehicles, then we drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur is one of the oldest cities in Kathmandu valley. It is well known as Living Museum. Old brick paved enclave of old Royal palace, Nyathapola Temple, Datatriya temple, exquisite artwork offers a picture of the grandeur of medieval Nepal. And Patan is located 7 km away from Kathmandu, this city has many 15th to 17th century, Hindu and Buddhist, monuments built during the Malla dynasty. The most important area with many monuments is the Patan Durbar Square. (Culture program) Over night stay at Hotel.
Day 16: Depart Kathmandu
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight back to home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc).
- Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer)
- Government license holder Trekking Guide.
- Trekking porter /Sherpa who will carry your bag pack during the trekking.
- All accommodation and meals during the trek.
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
- Transportation: Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist bus.
- Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary
- Trekking guide and porters accommodation, fare, meal, equipments and salary & Insurance
- All program as mentioned in itinerary.
- Government Tax and office service charge.
- Welcome and Farewell dinner.
- A comprehensive medical kit
- Airport drop
- Nepal Visa fee
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
- Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, Soft drinks such as cola, , shower & any Purely personal nature expenses etc)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Tips for guides and porters
- Emergency rescue evacuation if needed