Mardi Himal Trekking

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Trip Facts
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Trip Grade :
  • Destinations : Nepal
  • Activities : Trekking
  • Departure Date :
  • Best Seasons :
    Mar – May, Sep – Dec
  • Highest Altitude :4500 m
  • StartEnd :
    Kathmandu – Kathmandu

Mardi Himal is the name of the long raising ridge and its summit (5,588m) that forms the southwesterly slope of Mount Machhapuchhre, immediately below its sheer south face. Machhapuchhre, which towers majestically over the Pokhara Valley, is best known as Fishtail Mountain because of its twin peaks that mirror the image of a fish tail. It is superbly beautiful and is considered sacred, permission to climb it has, so far, always been denied. This trek climbs through forests, and above the tree lines to follow the ridge that takes us up to ‘High camp’, 3,620m where time is spent acclimatizing while being awestruck by the views. Annapurna South seems near enough to throw a rock at and Machhapuchhre close enough to touch. Finally, we enter the wilderness territory as we go beyond 4,500 meters where the great ice fields and blue glaciers of Annapurna Base Camp lie below. Around us, in an arc from east to west, are a dozen or more glistening snowcapped giants, with Annapurna I being the highest of them all – a view that is almost impossible to equal. Conquering this wilderness territory and the incredible proximity of 5 of the
highest mountains in the world leaves one feeling they have explored.

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Pokhara
Day 3: Trek to Drive to Phedi and Trek to Pothana
Day 4: Trek to Forest Camp
Day 5: Trek to High Camp
Day 6: Trek to View point and Trek to Low Camp
Day 7: Trek to Lwang Village
Day 8: Pokhara

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu Alt: 1,350m.
At Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by a Trek Nepal representative and transferred to your hotel. There will be a full tour briefing in the evening.

Day 2 Pokhara Alt. 820m.
Overnight Hotel.

We drive out of the Kathmandu valley following the Prithvi highway, which descends to the scenic and tranquil town of Pokhara. En route we will have outstanding views of the Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges of the Himalayas, along with river valleys, terraced fields and local villages. Pokhara is set on the banks of Phewa Tal (lake) beneath the Annapurna range, which create a spectacular backdrop for this serene town. On arriving you are free to explore the town, take a boat out on to the lake, walk up to the peace pagoda, or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere by the lake.

Day 3 Pothana Alt. 1,890m. Trek 5 hours.
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay.

To reach the start point of our trek we take a short drive west of Pokhara to Phedi. The trek starts with the climb of a steep stone staircase as we follow the main trail to Dhampus. From here, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South reveal their magnificence with spectacular views. Continuing upwards through pastures and forests we reach the Gurung village of Pothana, where we stay the night. We have stunning views of Annapurna ll (7,937m), Annapurna lll (7,555m), Annapurna lV (7,525m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Lamjung (6,983m) and Macchapuchhre (6,997m).

Day 4 Forest Camp Alt. 3050m. Trek 5 hours.
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay.

Mornings usually offer stunning views of the mountains particularly at dawn, and this morning is no exception as the sun rises over Annapurna South. An easy walk along a slightly ascending trail through a lightly populated rhododendron forest, with views of the Annapurnas, leads us to Deurali. On approaching the village Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world, comes into view for the first time. The forest becomes denser with giant rhododendron, birch, oak, maple and hemlock as the trail initially ascends for an hour then eases to a winding path with a series of ascents and descends to Forest Camp. This enchanting forest is inhabited by deer, monkeys, and occasionally leopards and black bears, which we may encounter. Forest Camp where we will spend our night is appropriately named, it lies in a beautiful area almost enclosed by forest, and to the west there is an opening from where we will view Ghandruk, one of the biggest and oldest villages in the Annapurna region.

Day 5 High Camp Alt. 3620m. Trek 6 hours.
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay.

Continuing to be surrounded by forest the vegetation changes to suit the higher elevation notably tree ferns mosses, lichen and alpine trees. The trail through the forest is a gradual ascent. Throughout the trail there are natural openings that look out to distant views of Macchapuchhre, and terraced fields and villages clinging to the hillsides. Still enclosed by forest at Low Camp, in the north east there is an opening offering an impressive view of Machhapuchhre, making us believe that will be able to reach out and touch this revered mountain in the coming days. As we continue our ascent, and the forest is left behind, imposing views of the Annapurna Himal come in to view. Throughout today’s trail with each step the mountains were magnified, everything came so much clearer and closer, at High Camp you are left feeling the magnifier is at maximum strength as the views of Macchapuchhre and Annapurna South are so impressively close up.

Day 6 Low Camp via Viewpoint Alt. 3050m. Trek 6 1/2 hours.
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay.

The mountain view this morning is breathtaking, and is one of the world’s best. The climb to the Mardi Himal viewpoint is subject to weather conditions, all being favourable we will reach over 4,500m. An early morning start, the trail climbs steeply with the occasion respite bite of gradual ascents, as we head closer to the immense face of Macchapuchhre. As we ascend to 5,000m the climb is challenging but the rewards make it all worthwhile. Ahead of us are breathtaking views of Huin Chuli (6,441m) and Annapurna South (7,219m) which both seem close enough to touch. Machhapuchhre (6,997m) is the next closest in view and behind are many other Annapurna peaks such as Ganggapurna (7,454m), Tera Kang (7,069m), and in the far distance lies Tilicho Peak (7,134m) – a horizon that is undeniable mesmerizing. Whilst below us are the ice fields and glaciers of Annapurna Base Camp. Time permitting you may be able to traverse close to the nearby glaciers. The remote landscape, the awe-inspiring views make this area almost impossible to equal. We lunch at High Camp, and then retrace our steps of mild and steep descents to Low Camp.

Day 7 Lwang Alt. 1280m. Trek 6 1/2 hours.
Overnight Teahouse/Homestay.

The trail today heads towards the Mardi Khola, descending we retrace our steps through the enchanting dense forests. In parts the trail is challenging where it drops steeply. Emerging out of the forest onto terraced fields where we continue to Ghalel, a picturesque village. The landscape is a striking contrast to previous days, lush vegetation amongst farming land. With the gradients leveling it becomes an easy walk along winding, undulating trails through pleasant and friendly villages, and farmlands. As we continue we pass through the famous tea plantations of Lwang before entering the village.It is here where we will stay the night in a local home. The village is one of the oldest in Nepal, surrounded by dense forest inhabited by a variety of wildlife such as munal, wild peacock and peahen, bear and cheetah. There are clear views across the valley of Dhampus in the east and Kahun Dada in the west, and the snowcapped mountains of Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna Himal. Upon request we can see a traditional local dance for a small donation.

Day 8 Trek to Anante Thanti and drive back to Pokhara Alt. 820m. Trek 2 1/2 hours.

There is an optional excursion to a tea planation to see how tea is produced; it takes around 45 minutes uphill to reach. The trail to the end of our trek takes us pass the village tea factory, which we can visit and purchase the freshly grown tea we have enjoyed since arriving in the village. We exit the village down stone staircase that leads on to established paths that take us to Anante Thati. From here we drive back to Pokhara.

Start Date End Date
5 Feb 2021 19 Feb 2021
13 Feb 2021 27 Feb 2021
21st Feb 2021 7 Mar 2021
28 Feb 2021 14 Mar 2021
3rd Mar 2021 17 Mar 2021
12 Mar 2021 26 Mar 2021
20 Mar 2021 3rd Apr 2021
31 Mar 2021 14 Apr 2021
4 Apr 2021 18 Apr 2021
13 Apr 2021 27 Apr 2021
22nd Apr 2021 6 May 2021
30 Apr 2021 14 May 2021
7 May 2021 21st May 2021
11 May 2021 25 May 2021
1st Sep 2021 15 Sep 2021
8 Sep 2021 22nd Sep 2021
17 Sep 2021 1st Oct 2021
26 Sep 2021 10 Oct 2021
2nd Oct 2021 16 Oct 2021
11 Oct 2021 25 Oct 2021
20 Oct 2021 3rd Nov 2021
29 Oct 2021 12 Nov 2021
3rd Nov 2021 17 Nov 2021
12 Nov 2021 26 Nov 2021
21st Nov 2021 5 Dec 2021
30 Nov 2021 14 Dec 2021
4 Dec 2021 18 Dec 2021
13 Dec 2021 27 Dec 2021

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Riepe Homstay Volunteering Travel Everest day tour by Heli
Rafting day tour Shivapuri Day Hike Day hike to Namobuddha

What Is Included

  • All transfers to and from the airport accompanied by an English speaking representative
  • Accommodation based on twin sharing as detailed in the itinerary. Twin rooms are provided for non-couples as well as couples
  • Activities as shown in the itinerary, note this may vary from day to day
  • Sterilized drinking water during trek
  • All necessary transportation, whether private or public
  • All trekking related permits and fees
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Assistant guides and porters to support the group size
  • Trek Nepal T-shirt
  • 13% VAT

What Is Excluded

  • International airfare, airport taxes, visa fees, passport costs, insurance premiums of any kind and excess baggage charges
  • Accommodation & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Any Meals
  • Personal Travel Insurance (coveryour adventure activity as well as medical, emergency evacuation
    and personal belongings). It is imperative to be insured with suitable cover
  • Personal clothing and footwear such as down jackets, waterproofs, hat, gloves, hiking boots
  • Personal equipment, for example rucksack, day backpack, torch, water bottle, sleeping bag and
  • Personal medical supplies and vaccinations
  • Optional single accommodation supplement
  • Personal expenses such as phone bills, room service charges, porterage, bar bills (meals exclude bottle and alcohol drinks), tips to guides, porters and drivers, laundry
  • Expenses incurred during emergency evacuation due to any reason
  • Optional tours, excursions and activities
  • Any item not detailed in the “What Is Included”