|Trip Code:||MATREK05||Trip Grade:||Private car/van/coach|
|Best Season:||Sep to Dec, Jan to Jun||Tour Starts/Ends:||Kathmandu|
|Places Covered:||Kathmandu, Pokhara, Phedi, Deurali, Forest Camp, low camp, high camp, upper view point, Sidhing & Lumre||Activity:||Nature, landscape, trekking, Culture|
|Transportation:||Private car/van/coach||Max-Altitude:||4250 m|
|Trek Staff||Guide (Trek Leader), Sherpa, Porters||Accomodation:||Tea House/ Lodge in Trek|
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The Mardi Himal Trek is an ideal choice for those who are looking for an ‘off the beaten path’ trekking experience in the quieter parts of the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is the lowest and perhaps the least visited of the trekking peaks in Nepal. While trekking on this route, reaching up to Mardi Himal base camp and finally the high camp, we get to appreciate the solitary trails complete with verdant forests, interesting villages, valleys, terraced farms, dazzling rivers and the extraordinary views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Himchuli mountains. Another benefit about this trekking route is that the trail makes a small circuit up to the base camp of Mardi Himal so that we don’t have to backtrack over the same terrain.
In conclusion, Mardi Himal trek is a short trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal where we stay in teahouses (lodges), try local food, appreciate the excellent hill and mountain landscape; and marvel at the panoramic views of the massive Himalayan mountains including Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Himchuli and Mardi Himal.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, warm welcome to our guests and transfer to hotel by private car/van/coach. Check in to your hotel and briefing on the trip. Free time.
Today we will drive to Pokhara valley which is also known as the “Dreamland of Nepal” due its beautiful landscape, lakes and amazing mountain views. After arriving in Pokhara,check in to the hotel. In the evening we will proceed for boating in Fewa Lake for an hour and free time to explore the lake side area. Guest may also wish to buy some trekking gears such as hats, t-shirt, walking stick, trekking bags etc which is found everywhere in Lake side area.
After an early morning breakfast, we start our adventure with a drive to Phedi and start trekking from there. We walk on stone steps, terraced fields and through villages and forests before reaching Dhampus where we have lunch. We continue our walk to Deurali which is a small village beautifully located on a ridge with good views of the Annapurna South, Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhare. Overnight in Deurali.
Our trail passes through lush forest dotted with the red rhododendrons. The flowers are a common sight in Nepalese hills and it is no surprise that its Nepal’s national flower. Our trail is very quiet until we reach a clearing of the forest camp. We can take rest and explore the area which is also known locally as Kokar. Overnight in Forest Camp.
We continue to walk through dense forests admiring Nepal’s rich biodiversity and reach the low camp. From here, the fantastic view of Mt. Machapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) up the valley is mesmerizing. We can spend some time in the evening observing the local lifestyle. Overnight in low camp.
We trek uphill alongside a ridge towards Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhre. The tree lines start getting thinner and the area mostly consists of shrubs with isolated rhododendron bushes along the trail. If lucky, we might even come across the Daphne pheasant (national bird of Nepal) on our way to high camp. We ascend up to the high camp, which the final destination of the day. From here the mountain views are stunning. Overnight in high camp.
On our trek to the upper viewpoint we ascend and descend, and sometimes on a steep and narrow trail. Our trail passes through pastures and we hike along a narrow ridge before reaching the Upper Viewpoint. The view of the Himalayan vista from here is astonishing. We see Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar (Mt. Fang) (7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singhachuli (6501m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and others. We trek back to the high camp for an overnight stay.
We take a different route in high camp that takes us to Sidhing instead of going back down to Mardi Himal. The different route lets us experience something different and makes our trek exciting. Siddhing offers a quiet stay for trekkers as it is tucked away from the busier trails. Overnight in Siddhing.
After an early breakfast, we walk towards Lumre finally reaching the road from where we begin our drive to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara check in to your hotel and free time to rest and relax in your hotel or in the cool and cozy cafe and pubs in Pokhara.
After breakfast drive to Kathmandu, after reach Katmandu check in hotel. Then free in the evening.
In the evening, proceed for farewell dinner at an authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural show.
After breakfast, free time until departure to airport for flight back home with your beautiful Himalayan memories.
Beautiful Annapurna region and village settlements,
Mardi Himal, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Baraha Shikhar, Tent Peak, Singachuli, Macchapuchre