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5,587 m/18330.05 ft
Mardi Himal Trek is a short trek in the western Annapurna region of Nepal. It is a well-liked trek because of the indefinable view of Mt. Annapurna (8,091m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Machapuchre (6,993m), Mt. Manaslu (8163m), Mardi Himal base camp, Australian camp, Pothana and many more. Shattering sunrise views along with the Annapurna range and other high rage mountains make this trek more attractive.
The Mardi Himal trek is mostly a 4-5 day high-altitude trek. Before starting your trek, you need to get permission from the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and TIMS card. You can easily get both the permissions at the Tourism Information Centre in Pokhara or in Kathmandu. This permission is very important before entering the Annapurna region. If you don’t have permission, then you will have to get permission with an extra fine charge.
Your journey for the Mardi trek starts from Kathmandu, from where you drive to Pokhara. After one hour drive from Pokhara, you will reach Phedi from where you will start your trek for the Mardi Trek. However, there are many other routes for the Mardi Himal trek which you can choose according to your time and location. The standard route starts from Kande to Siding, whereas the Connection route starts from Ghandruk to siding, the short trek route starts from Landruk to Siding and the long trek route starts from Ghandruk to Kyumi. During your trek, you can glimpse the rhododendron forest, Gurung village, stone houses, bridges, teahouse, rock monument, exquisite landscape, high range mountains and many more.
The Mardi Himal trek is easy and challenging too. If you are a beginner, then this trek will be a little challenging for you. This is a long walk trek with many uphills, so if you are a beginner, maybe you will face some difficulties and height problems during your trek. This trek offers a nearly complete view of the Annapurna region and other high-range mountains in a very short period of time. So, if you are adventurous and want to experience and explore the unseen beauty of nature, then this trek is the best option for you.
Arrival in kathmandu, transfer to hotel
Today you will be arriving at Tribhuvan Int’l Airport, Kathmandu. If you are unfamiliar with the surroundings we can arrange a pick up from the airport and drop off from the hotel.
Drive to Pokhara
After breakfast, we will be driving to Pokhara. To travel to Pokhara we will follow a route along the Prithvi Highway. This route is full of countryside views of Nepal along with picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers. We also pass through the rafting spot on the way to Pokhara Pokhara is a beautiful valley that lies on the banks of Phewa Lake. It is also a tourist city with complete amenities for tourists.
Pokhara - Forest camp
Today,we will take a short drive through Phedi and arrive at Pothana. Pothana is the nearest location to Australian Base Camp, which is one of the famous viewpoints for sunrises and sunsets, and mountain views. After Pothana, we will hike up to Pritam Deurali. Then, we will diverge from the route of Annapurna Base Camp Trek to the trail that leads us to Mardi Himal.This trail is more secluded and full of wilderness. The local call the forest camp as Kokar. Kokar is secluded with only a few simple lodges that offer essential services of food and accommodation.
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Forest camp - high camp
After breakfast, we will be climbing from forest camp to high camp.We stop at Low Camp for lunch. After lunch, we will be climbing at the the ridge of Mardi Himal. If we are lucky we may be able to see colorful Danphe at this point. We will climb further, till we reach the High Camp and stay at a lodge in High Camp. Inthis trail we can see the views of Mt. Macchapucchre, Annapurna South,Mt. Hiunchuli and beautifu.l rhododendron bushes.
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High camp - Mardi himal base camp, 4500 - high camp
Today, we will be climbing further the ridge to Mardi Himal Base Camp.Mardi Himal Base camp lies at the height of 5300 meters. At Mardi Himal base camp you can see the views of the full face of Annapurna South while Fishtail Mountain is overhead. At this trail, we may also see the sight of dzopkyos grazing in the pastures. We will return to the high camp.
High camp - siding village
We will be trekking from high camp to the siding village. Siding is a village that lies far from the trekking routes of Annapurna. It is a traditional village with people engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry.
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Siding village - Pokhara
Today we will complete our trek and travel back to Pokhara. After breakfast, we will be trekking down to many gurungs and Tamang villages and arrive at Lumre.After we reach Lumre, we will be taking a private drive to Pokhara.Tonight, we will spend our time at the hotel in Pokhara.
Pokhara - Kathmandu
After breakfast, we will ride for a drive back to Kathmandu. We will follow the same route of the Prithivi Highway. After our arrival, we will send you back to your hotel.Tonight, we spend our time at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Today, you will be leaving Kathmandu for your next destination. If in case, the above itinerary doesn’t fit your schedule and you would like to customize it, then please let us know.
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