Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek meanders through lush valleys, alpine meadows, lichen-laden dense forests, numerous streams and waterfalls, all the while the fascinating mountain sceneries gleaming upon the close horizon. An eco-trek in the quintessence, the path is so less used that you feel like embarking upon a discovery expedition when you pass through the route. We start the trek from Phedi near Pokhara and spend our first night in Pothana Deurali. From there we enter into complete wilderness for days until we emerge from there into the village of Siding. From Siding, we return to Pokhara and end this exciting Annapurna hike through the wild nature.

Mardi Himal Trek starts from Pokhara like the others in the Annapurna area. Depending on the time you like to spend, the itinerary can be customized to accommodate the total trip in less than a week or for about two weeks. You can definitely take a full plunge into the virtually untouched territories of the natural world as you acquaint first hand with the alpine flora and fauna as well as the high altitude mountain terrain. You can enjoy the sceneries of the Annapurnas including Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Lamjung Himal, Himchuli, Mardi Himal and numerous other peaks if the weather is fine.


Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus

Day 2: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana Deurali (2150m)

Day 3: Pothana Deurali to Forest Camp (2480m)

Day 4: Forest Camp to Low Camp (3150m)

Day 5: Low Camp to High Camp (4100m)

Day 6: Exploration/Sightseeing Day

Day 7: High Camp to Siding (1280m)

Day 8: Siding to Pokhara

Day 9: Pokhara to Kathmandu


Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus
Enjoy a scenic drive in a tourist bus for about 8 hours. Then you will find yourself in Pokhara.

Day 2: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana Deurali (2150m)
Drive for an hour to reach Phedi. Then trek to the Deurali (a low pass) of Pothana village. You make a gradual ascent to your destination in about 4 hours.

Day 3: Pothana Deurali to Forest Camp (2480m)
Walking through villages and forests, reach the forest camp in about 5 hours.

Day 4: Forest Camp to Low Camp (3150m)
You will experience the thrill of walking in the total wilderness of thick forests covered with rhododendron and other trees. Mostly the trees are covered with mosses and lichen. Occasionally the thick foliage opens into small windows, from which you will stare at the stunning sceneries of in the direction of Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. On the left side far below lies the Modi Khola Valley. As you approach the camp, captivating views of the northern face of Mt Fishtail greet you.

Day 5: Low Camp to High Camp (4100m)
Pass through rhododendron forest and alpine pasture land to reach the High Camp. In clear weather, you will infinitely enjoy the Himalayan panorama.

Day 6: Exploration/Sightseeing Day
Relax, acclimatize, and explore the surrounding areas from this high vantage point. Have your fill watching the panorama today.

Day 7: High Camp to Siding (1280m)
The return route is different. You will walk through thick forest and then see the terraced farmland as you return to the Upper Mardii Khola region. You will see the original rural Nepal with its life at ease and proximity of Mother Nature.

Day 8: Siding to Pokhara
Treat yourself to magnificent sceneries of the Himalayan region from this place and return to Pokhara.

Day 9: Pokhara to Kathmandu
You can choose between a domestic flight and a tourist bus to return to Kathmandu.


Fitness Level:
This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek. Skills: Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be desirable.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipments/Gears:

  • Camping tent
  • Cooking equipments
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • Crampons
  • Ropes
  • Ice-axe
  • Ice-claw
  • Carabiners, harness
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring above-mentioned equipments yourself, except cooking equipments. But, if you want to travel light, we can help you rent/purchase those things after you arrive in Nepal.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance
  • TIMS Card



Country: Nepal
Duration: 9 days
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Highest Alt: 4100m
Group Size: 5
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