Mardi Himal trek is one of the least visited and Eco-tourism based trails in Annapurna Himalayan range. The term Mardi stands for being long in local language, meaning the name Mardi was given because this Himalayan ranges or due to its physical settings. Mardi Himal trekking long ridge rises above the Modi River stretches all across up to Mt. Machhapuchre also known as fishtail, being the shape of fish. Mardi Himal is located in the east of the Modi Khola or stream. It is one of the least climbed or least visited peaks in Nepal.
One of the attraction of this trekking is that you will see the perfect mountain views such as Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m) Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m), Mt. Annapurna III (7,555 m.), Annapurna IV (7,525 m.), Mt. Annapurna south (7,219 m) Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m.), Mt. Machhapuchre known as Mt.Fishtail to name a few ranging alongside of Mt. Annapurna, unique and wilderness rocky hills, picturesque valleys and slopes, green forest, terraced field flora and faunas and no doubt the unique blend of the culture of different ethnic groups since the trail goes through various the settlement of various ethnic groups. Thus, the trekking in this region is popular for taking great photographs, have experience of natural wilderness. Mardi Himal trekking is popular for short camping trekking and best for photographic sites and undisturbed wildlife and forest. This trekking best suits to those who have limited time to spend their holidays in Nepal.
Mardi Himal trekking begins with a short flight /Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then have a short drive to Phedi and continue your trekking to Pothana Deurali, along the terraced filed and lush and green forest you will reach at forest camp then low camp and subsequently to high camp and explore the Mardi Himal and around and return back to Mardipul and then Pokhara and then finally return back to Kathmandu.
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa etc) you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by our Trekking leader over a welcome dinner
Today after breakfast, the exciting day begins with a guided tour to several historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. We drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites - Pashupatinath temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Buddhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (A fine Buddhist Stupa at the hill top of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Afternoon and early evening bring a final briefing and preparations for trekking
Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, We will drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. The road is winding and the lush vegetation attracts us along with the Himalayan views. It takes approximately 6/7 hours to reach there. It is a city of Lakes and natural wonders. You can enjoy the boating on Phewa Lake, the same day. Overnight at hotel.
We drive to the road head at Phedi and start your trek to Pothana where you stay in a teahouse lodge for the first night. Overnight at Teahouse.
From Pothana you walk up to a place called Pitam Deurali where you will turn off the main Annapurna Sanctuary trek and continue along a quiet trail through a dense forest of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron. Tonight we stay at one of the lodges in a clearing of the forest at Forest Camp or also known by the locals as Kokar. The lodges at Kokar are quite basic and there is no dining room so you will probably have meals in kitchen with the owner, so in some ways this is more like a home stay and is a good opportunity to get to know this friendly family from Siding Village. Overnight at Teahouse.
From Forest Camp to Low Camp the trail continues through the forest however as we ascend the vegetation starts to change with more rhododendron and the trees are covered with moss, lichen and tree ferns. At Low Camp there are two basic lodges one with a dining room with open fire. The view from Low Camp is superb with Mount Machhapuchhre visible up the valley. Overnight at Teahouse.
An hour or so above Low Camp the trail breaks out above tree line and towards the west there is a good view to Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. The trail continues along the Mardi Himal ridge mainly on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes along the way. Look out for the colorful Danphe pheasant on this section of the trail. The lodge at High Camp is larger than lodges at Low Camp and Forest Camp, this one has eight rooms and a separate dining room with heater. The view from the lodge is superb to Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Overnight at Teahouse.
The plan for today is to wake early for sunrise view of the mountains then after an early breakfast walk up the ridge towards Mardi Himal. There is a well established trail through the grass with a couple of steeper sections however overall not too challenging. Look out for the dzos (yak/ cow crossbreds) grazing up here as well as Danphe pheasant. In the summer the sheep and goats from lower villages are brought up to graze in this area so you will pass a number of herder’s huts along the way. After three hours you should reach Upper View point at 4,200m this is where one can look into the Annapurna Sanctuary and the panorama view is spectacular looking at south face of Annapurna and all of the peaks in the Sanctuary as well as Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Overnight at Teahouse.
On the return trek we take a different route so completing a circuit, from Low Camp there is a trail that goes down to Siding village rather than going back down Mardi Himal back to Kokar. Siding is a traditional Nepalese village and still very much away from the busier tourist treks and it is likely you will stay at a home stay in Siding owned by the person who runs one of the lodges at Low Camp. Overnight at Teahouse.
From Siding you walk out to the road head at Lumre,on the way from Siding you will pass the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. Kalimati is mainly a Brahmin village with Ghalel and Siding mixed Brahmin and Gurung. At Lumre you will meet your jeep organized by us in advance to drive you back to Pokhara. Overnight at Teahouse.
Driving back to Kathmandu for about 6 hours, your day is free, however, at even tide; you will be taken to the Nepali kitchen for a delicious farewell dinner of the original Nepalese cuisine. As you enjoy your meal, you will also be entertained to an exciting cultural dance performed by the locals. You will enjoy this experience which is complimentary on behalf of the ADVENTURE CLUB. Overnight at Hotel.
Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure.Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are travelling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.
Pre-Trip Meeting :
Prior to all our treks and expeditions, we host a Pre-Trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce them to other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. We believe that pre-trip meeting is very important in order to better preparation of the trekking.
Best time to trek to Mardi Himal :
Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for this trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature, then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan., Feb.) could also be an option.
The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.