Mardi Himal Trek
Nepal Excursion Treks
The cost is inclusive of:
- Pick-up and transfer from the airport
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Accommodation in a hotel of the preferred category in a twin sharing room including breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Private transport for airport transfers, Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu, sightseeing, to trekking starting point and from trekking ending point to Pokhara
- Teahouse accommodation and meals as mentioned in the itinerary during the trek
- Trekking permits- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
- English speaking local guide, his insurance, equipment, and remuneration
- Polish language speaking tour guide upon customer’s request for the entire trip, his/her insurance, equipment and remuneration
- One porter for two people, max. luggage weight 25 kg, his insurance, equipment, and remuneration
- City guide and sightseeing entrance fees during the sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Nepal government tax and Nepal Excursion Treks service charge
The cost is exclusive of:
- International flight tickets
- Nepal Visa Fees
- Meals and services other than mentioned in the itinerary
- Lunch and dinner apart from welcome and farewell dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Personal expenses such as drinks and bar bills, travel insurance, laundry, battery charging service etc.
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses if any
- Any extra costs due to changes in the itinerary beyond the control of Nepal Excursion Treks Pvt. Ltd such as natural disasters, flight cancellation, early or delayed arrival or departure etc.
- Other services not mentioned as included in the price
Short and amazing - the Annapurna region
Protected area on uncrowded routes
Mardi Himal Trek is one of the short and best trekking trail of Annapurna conservation areas. This trip offers an amazing view of Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal, Annapurna II and Mt. Dhaulagiri. The trip to Mardi Himal trek starts from ends in Pokhara. While starting the trek we continue from Phedi which is either the trekking starting or the ending point for other short trips that are leading to Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Panorama trek or Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. Though this trekking trail is one of the most spectacular in terms of amazing sceneries it is not much crowded as Annapurna Base Camp and other short trekking trips of Annapurna.
Holy Mountain of Nepal Machhapuchhare
Nepalese villages and everyday life of the population close to the city
The main highlight of this trek is to get the closest view of the holy mountain - Machhpuchhre and other amazing peaks. However, Mardi Himal trek is closer from Pokhara it is still in shadow and most of the trekkers are choosing the popular trails so accommodation in this trip is quite more basic than other areas of Annapurna. You can also feel the rural taste of Nepal without getting too far from the city of these small villages that are waiting for the civilization during the trip.
Trek for inexperienced
Through the Nepalese villages and forests to Mardi Himal
A normal physical fitness people can manage Mardi Himal trek and you do not need any special prior hiking experience or training. It is considered the moderate level of difficulty. Since the starting from Phedi after 45 minutes of the drive, you will continue your walk through small forests and villages. On the day to Forest camp, most of your trail is going through the forests. The higher up you go and Machchhapuchhre is just standing next to you and can see the amazing sunset over the Himalayas. Trekking in Mardi Himal during spring season can be even more charming because of the blooming rhododendrons and this place is popular among the paragliders too who approach to the Mardi viewpoint and start their paragliding to Pokhara.
Annapurna region up close
No time? Nepal invites you to Mardi Himal!
This trek is very good for the trekkers who do not have a longer holiday but want to explore Annapurna Himalaya from the closer distance. The itinerary for Mardi Himal trek can be customized depending upon the length of your holiday and your interests you want to do during your stay in Nepal, however, we have made a general trip plan including the major sightseeing spots of Kathmandu and Pokhara that you shouldn’t miss while you are in Nepal.
Mardi Himal trek plan can be combined with Annapurna Base Camp or with Annapurna Panorama if you are looking for a longer trekking trip and cover the most of the attractions. In case of time allows you taking a trip along Annapurna Base Camp is definitely wise and worth to do it.
Trip at a glance:
|15 days||Hotel + teahouses||Oct-Dec & Feb-May|
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A trekking plan
TREK ROUTE PLAN
Arrival day in Kathmandu
(1350 m), airport pick-up and transfer to hotel, welcome dinner in the evening (D)
The service of Nepal Excursion Treks Pvt. Ltd starts for the Mardi Himal Trek after your landing in Kathmandu airport. Once you finished your immigration formalities of Nepal Visa then proceed to Luggage claim desk and after the luggage being received then continue your exit through arrival hall. Our airport representative will be waiting you there holding the Nepal Excursion Treks display board to make your easier to identify the right one there to pick you up among the crowd. You will be welcomed with seasonal flower garland and we will drive to hotel. We will finish the administrative work for the trip after you are in hotel and meet in the evening for welcome dinner organized in typical Nepal Cultural House and few different most popular Nepalese cuisine will be served in the dinner.
Drive or fly to Pokhara
(6-7 hrs drive or 25 minutes flight), in a free time walk around the lakeside (B)
Pokhara has access with road and air so depending on your budget, length of your holiday and interests we will plan the transfer to Pokhara either by drive or flight. The drive can take 6-7 hours but it depends also on traffic on highway so some time you have to be prepared for longer drive too. The drive to Pokhara is scenic and you can experience the beautiful landscapes and Himalaya ranges during the drive. The flight as well is scenic and short so it can save your time that you have to spend in drive. You can take a short sightseeing on the same day if you fly to Pokhara. Pokhara is very peaceful and quiet city surrounded by Annapurna Himalays and Phewa Lake.
Drive to Phedi
( 45 minutes) and trek to Deurali (1130 m, 45 minutes) (B, L, D)
We will start our trek with short drive to Phedi which is the trekking point for the trekkers for heading to Annapurna Base Camp or the exit for the trekkers who start the trek for Annapurna Base Camp from another side. The trail from Phedi to Dhampus is very steep ascending. We will stop for Lunch at Dhampus Village and enjoy our first day lunch taking the glance on South Annapurna, Himchuli and Machhapuchhree mountains. After the lunch the trail is more gradual ascending to Pothana Village where we have to stop to register the trekking permits. A short descending of about and gradual ascending of about an hour from Pothana will finally end our day at Deurali. There are few tea houses in Deurali and Annapurna ranges are well visible from here as well
Trek to Forest Camp
(2600 m, 4-5 hrs) (B, L, D)
The day to Forest camp is one of the easy day and trail is mostly gradual and passing though forests almost all the time till we reach the Forest Camp. The walk is really nice and lovely in the silence environment and some parts has scenic view point of Annapurna Himalays as well. About two hours of walk from Deurali there is a tea shop and it remains opened during the season time but in the offseason time there is not any possibility of tea stop in between Deurali and Forest Camp. Mountains are gorgeous but the charm of them are even bigger when we can see them from the middle of the forest and it will be this day you can have such a view. While planning a trekking in off season time you have to prepare with enough drinking water and snacks for 4-5 hours. Forest Camp has few tea houses and is closer to Forest.
Trek to Badal Danda
(3250 m, 5-6 hrs) (B, L, D)
Our day today is through forest too as well. The trail to Badal Danda is gradual and some parts are steep ascending too. When we are in Low Camp we can see the very close view of Machhapuchhre which is surprisingly stunning. The view of this mountain will be better than and better as high as we go. We will stop for lunch at Low Camp enjoy he stunning view of Machhauchhre and Mardi Himal. From Low Camp about two hours of gradual ascending will takes us to our destination Badal Danda today located in scenic view point. It has wide view of mountain and landscape every side.
Trek to Mardi High Camp
(3600 m, 3-4 hrs) (B, L, D)
The trail to High Camp is mostly gradual however the increasing level of altitude can make us feel quite demanding. High Camp is located in foot of Machhapuchhre and Mardi Himal that you can feel like you can touch those peaks. In a clear weather stunning sunset over these peaks can be seen from High Camp. High camp has few teahouse and during the high season time can be difficult to find the accommodation in a private room but in sharing basis is still possible. We will be above the trees line once we are in High Camp.
Excursion to Mardi View Point
(4450 m) and descend to Badal Danda (6-7 hrs) (B, L, D)
Today we will take the pack lunch and prepare with 2-3 liters of water for you excursion day to Upper Mardi View Point and Mardi Himal Base Camp. Depending on your physical condition we will plan the excursion trip. The excursion around Mardi High Camp will offer gorgeous scenery of Mardi Himal and you can know how the charm of hidden Mardi Himal Trek. The upper view point and Mardi Himal Base Camp make you feel like you are standing on the foot of these peaks. After spending some time at view point we than descend our trek to Badal Danda as the route we followed while we were ascending.
Trek to Deurali
(6-7 hrs) (B, L, D)
We will be descending the trail as we took while ascending on our day to Deurali. The descending is much easier and quicker as the level of oxygen is more on lower altitude. The trail is most of the time passing though forests. The trail from Deurali starts to be busy of trekkers who are doing Annaurna Base Camp trek or Annapurna Panorama Trek also passes the place Deurali
Trek to Kande
(1710 m, 3-4 hrs) and drive back to Pokhara (1 hrs) (B, L)
We wil follow the same trail till Pothana we took while ascending and from Pothana there are two trails the one on the left descending is leading towards Dhampus and Phedi and on the right side steep ascending trail is heading towards Australian Camp and to Kande. While our day Australian Camp offer panoramic view of Annapurna Himalaya in distance but beautiful. It is one of the very popular place of Annapurna region and people who have short time and want to see the mountain they take a day trip from Pokhara to Australian Camp. Our trail is gradual ascending and descending this day. From Kande we will take a drive to Pokhara and the drive offers the nice view of Annapurna as well.
Sightseeing in Pokhara,
visit Davis fall, Gupteshwor cave, international mountain museum, peace pagoda (B)
After the breakfast we begin our sightseeing tour in Pokhara. We will take you to the most popular places that you shouldn't miss during your stay in Pokhara. While visiting Davis fall you can see the nice water fall that started from the water of Phewa Lake passing through the deep rocky gorge. After Davis fall we than begin our tour to Tibetan refugee camp which is the place where many refugee were staying during the crisis in Tibet in 1950 and now there is small carpet and blanket knitting industry run by the Tibetans. In the International mountain museum you can see the diverse culture of different ethnics group of people and about the international mountains and mountaineers. Those who have more time can visit to Peace Stupa and Sarangkot for sunrise. Pokhara its self is very peaceful and clean city of Nepal and for those who have few spare days can extend their stay for rest and relax.
to Sarangkot and free afternoon (B)
Today early morning we drive to Sarangkot to see the Sunrise over Annapurna Himalayas. It’s very popular view point closer to Pokhara and in a clear weather you can the three mountains above eight thousand meters - Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu. Besides these mountains we can see the massive snow capped peaks. After the sunrise is over and then we will drive back to hotel and free time can be spend hanging around the lakeside city or visit the Begnas Lake which is 17 Km away from Pokhara.
Drive or fly back to Kathmandu (B)
Depending on the plan after breakfast we will plan the mode of transport to back to Kathmandu. As the drive can take 6-7 hours though country side road and traffic can make the time longer too for what we have to be prepared. If you do not want to spend long time on drive than we will arrange the flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu which is about 25 minutes flight. Free time in Kathmandu you can spend on hanging around Thamel or visit the garden of dreams.
Guided sightseeing tour
to UNESCO world heritage sites: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath (B)
Now your sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu will give you difference experience than what you have experienced in trek. Mostly you will see the historical palaces built in 16-17 century that are listed in UNESCO world heritage site. It is an opportunity to see the ancient carving and archaeology facts of Nepal. These places are surrounded by Hindus and Buddhist monuments. Our city guide will explain you more about the places and its historical importance once you are in the sightseeing spot. For the reference you check out in brief to our page Day Tours
Guided sightseeing tour
to UNESCO world heritage sites: Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (B, D)
The interesting and historical both cities Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square have ancient palaces built with antique carving and many Hindus temples are staying surrounding. During your sightseeing here you can also see the typical Newari culture. There is a pottery square in Bhaktapur and we can see how the household clay pots are prepared. Patan is more popular for producing antique handcraft products and metal statues. Both cities Bhaktapur and Patan are less crowded city than Kathmandu. For the brief information about the sightseeing places you can visit our page Day Tours. We will meet for farewell dinner in the evening.
transport to the international airport
Departure day! The end of the Mardi Himal Trek trip. Our representative will drop you at international airport according to your flight time. Usually you have to leave from the hotel to airport about three hours prior than flight time.