Mardi Trek


 

 


Mardi Himal is the pristine trek as it is famously known as the hidden gem of Nepal. Although, it can be done round the year, the month from March to May and September to November are considered to be the best seasons. The Mardi Himal trek is quite a different trek as it actually lets you touch the mountain whereas in other treks you only get to see the mountains.

Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 02: Drive to Kande from Pokhara and trek to Australian Camp
Day 3: Australian Camp to Forest Camp
Day 4: Forest Camp to High Camp
Day 5: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp and back to High Camp
Day 6: High Camp to Sidding
Day 7: Sidding to Pokhara
Day 8: Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara
On this day we travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu in a tourist bus which is about 200 kms far. You get to see the rivers and the countryside along the way. After about 7 hour’s journey we reach Pokhara and spend an overnight in the hotel.

Day 2: Drive to Kande from Pokhara and trek to Australian Camp
This is the very first day of our trek where we actually walk. Before we start walking we drive to Kande which is almost 2 hours drive from Pokhara. When we reach Kande we head towards Australian Base Camp which is our stop for today. It takes almost two hours walk up to the hill to get to Australian Base Camp which is about 2050 m. above the sea level. There are about 4 hotels in Australian Base Camp and you can enjoy the breathtaking view of Annapurna South in case the weather favors.

Day 3: Australian Camp to Forest Camp
After a good night sleep at Australian Base Camp we wake early in the morning and have a breakfast to get ready for the good walk of the day. The trail towards Forest Camp is uphill, downhill and straight at the same time. We get to Pothana after a walk of half an hour and stop at the Tourist Check Post where our permits get checked. Then we reach to Deurali after walking for about 2 hours from Pothana. Deurali is a junction where the route goes to Annapurna Base Camp, Poonhill and Mardi Himall Base Camp. We take a lunch in Deurali simply because there are no tea houses or a restaurant on the way from Deurali to Forest Camp. The good 6 hours walk from Deurali takes us to Forest Camp for an overnight stay.

Day 4: Forest Camp to High Camp
The great stay at Forest Camp makes you recharged and after having a breakfast we begin our journey to High Camp. The walk of today is much higher upto the hill than the previous ones. We get to see a dense forest of rhododendron the way and after 3 hours of walk we get to Low Camp which is 2990 m from the sea level. We stop for a lunch in Low Camp and after it we head to Badale Danda which means cloudy hill in Nepali. It is frequently cloudy in here and you can have a very good view from this particular place in case of good weather. We get to Badale Danda after one and half hour from Low Camp and rest for a while for a tea break. Some people make their stop at Badale Danda for an overnight stay but a walk of just 2 hours will take us to High Camp and we choose to go for the second option and head upwards High Camp. When we get to High Camp, we check in the hotel which is a very basic one but with the warm room and blankets. The High Camp is about 3700 m. above the sea level and if the weather clears up we can have a very good view of Machhapuchre, Gangapurna and Annapurna south from here.

Day 5: High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp and back to High Camp
On this day we get up early in the morning at 4:30 and head towards the Mardi Himal Base Camp. After we walk up for about 2 hours we get to Mardi Himal Base Camp which is more than worth struggling for. From here you can see Annapurna South ( 7229 m. ), Hiunchuli ( 6440 m), Annapurna I (8091 m), Gangapurna , Annapurna III and a little bit of Annapurna IV. After a quality time experienced ever in life at Mardi Himal Base Camp we descend down to High Camp for a lunch. The walk down to the High Camp could be foggy and steep, so a good carefulness could be of a need. We stay overnight at High Camp again after a wonderful day.

Day 6: High Camp to Sidding
We trek down to Low Camp after a good night sleep at High Camp enjoying the weather and the flashes of gigantic mountain all over in the memory. When we get to Low Camp we take a lunch and after some rest we descend down to Sidding. This could be a tough walk for those who have a knee problem or something they do not enjoy because it a very steep walk down the hill. Eventually, after 7 hours from High Camp including a lunch break and a rest at Low Camp, we get to Sidding for an overnight stay.

Day 7: Sidding to Pokhara
Today is the final day of our trek and after having a breakfast we trek down to Lumre which takes about three hours. When we get to Lumre we take a jeep and it is about two hours ride to Pokhara. Eventually, at the end of the day we get to Pokhara and stay overnight treasuring all the wonderful moments with a splendid night sleep.

Day 8: Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu
After having breakfast and short round of Pokhara we drive back to Kathmandu.


Cost Includes:
• Airport pick up and drop- off by private transportation.
• Tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and a way back from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
• Transportation from Pokhara to Kande and the way back from Lumre to Pokhara after the trek in a private vehicle.
• ACAP permits and TIMS (Trekkers Information and Management System) permit
• Two nights’ accommodation including breakfast in Kathmandu
• Two nights’ accommodation including breakfast at hotel in Pokhara
• Full board meals which includes (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation during the trek.
• One guide, a porter for every two people and their food, accommodation, salary, necessary equipment and an insurance.

Cost Excludes:
• Personal expenses, hard and soft drinks during the trek, tips, travel insurance and losses.
• Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary

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