The Mardi Himal trail is one of the least frequented trekking routes in western Nepal. This trek offers you untouched and pristine beauty of the Annapurna Region. As it is still less exposed when compared to regular routes, you will come across far less trekkers visiting Mardi Himal. The untrodden tracks of the majestic valleys are waiting to be explored. The rough roads to Mardi are lined with quaint villages with equally diverse lifestyle laden with panoramic views of the Annapurna Range.
This program can be booked for spring when the rhododendrons are in full bloom, offering you an added delight of the trek. Also, if you want to book it for autumn, you will see clear skies against the mesmerizing views of mountains ahead. You need a regular walking habit to go on this moderate trek. If you want to have a beautiful introductory tour of the Annapurna Region, this is probably the best program in Nepal.
Laden with unique and diverse natural grace, the villages and viewpoints along the way will offer you panoramic views of the peaks. The rich biodiversity mixed with hospitality of the people will leave you enriched with a unique experience of Nepal. The green hills, captivating waterfalls, dense mossy forests of oak and juniper – will inspire you to trek further in an immensely beautiful experience. And if it was not enough, the gushing rivers that you’ll pass through and the stunning mountain views that you’ll witness, will leave an indelible mark in your memory.
Mardi Himal trekking program is known for its views of Annapurna Range and the immersive experience of a beautiful region of Nepal. Some of the peaks visible during this trek are Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail (or Machhapuchhre), Hiunchuli, and other peaks. The lofty views will be some of best you can have of the Annapurna mountain range. We will begin from Pokhara and takes you through the scenic villages Pothana, Sidhing, Landruk, and other time-worn villages – all of which have unique experience in store.
To reach Kande first you have to drive to Pokhara. You will be taking a scenic route along Trishuli River. The drive will take around six to seven hours through winding hilly roads. Once you arrive at Pokhara, take a brief stop. Then coming out of Pokhara, it’s a scenic drive along the rivers and hills. After an hour or so we arrive at Kande where we take a break and start the actual trekking. The trek from Kande takes more than an hour to Australian Camp. It’s in fact a village known for its beautiful views of Annapurna an Manaslu Mountain Ranges. Stay tonight at Australian Camp.
Start early after a good breakfast. The scenic journey will take you along a gradual ascending trail at first. Then we will descend to a place called Pothana. Slightly ahead is the entry point of ACAP, or Annapurna Conservation Area Project where the entry tickets and TIMS cards are registered. We will formally enter Annapurna Region and gradually climb up to Deurali. Take a brief break here, then proceed through a thick forest to arrive at Kokar, aka Forest Camp. Stay overnight in a lodge among the forest clearings.
As soon as we have breakfast, we will begin the six hour trek to Low Camp. First the trail passes through the dense woods to a place called Rest Camp. Aptly obeying the name, we will take a break at Rest Camp, and then head to “Cloud Forest” – a thick vegetation of orchids, ferns, mossy trees, and lichens. Intermittently through the woods, we’ll have glimpses of Hiunchuli and other peaks of southern Annapurna. Arriving at Mardi Low Camp we will have wonderful close-up views of Machhapuchhre. Here, we will stay for the night.
Today we will actually trek up a portion of Mardi Himal – to a place called Mardi High Camp, or simply, High Camp. Leaving behind Low Camp, we will trek through the thin forest. Coming out of the forest, we will come to “Badal Hill” or “Cloud Hill”. As if the naming conventions were reserved for this program, “Cloud Hill” is where you can see mesmerizing views of clouds floating below your eye level. Take a break here and head to High Camp. At 3,900 meters, the High Camp has rare and astonishing views of the peaks ahead. Camp here for the night.
Wake up an early in the morning, and start along the way you will walk through narrow grassy trails and looking sunrise on the Annapurna Range. Tread carefully through the ridge where you might see Danphe, the national bird of Nepal. You will walk again the narrow, grassy trail towards viewpoint. Once you reach the viewpoint, you can enjoy superb panoramic views of Annapurna peaks. And you walk continue along the ridge to reach at a vantage point Mardi Himal Base Camp located at an elevation of 4500m, enjoy the ridge walk towards the base camp exploring the Annapurna gorge below and mountains just in front of you. And you can get a suitable place in between the viewpoint and base camp and back down to the high camp. Stay overnight at guest house.
On our way back from the High Camp, we will take a slightly different route. Once we arrive at Low Camp, we will descend on the trail to Sidhing. This beautiful village is serene and untouched by modernization. Tonight you will probably sleep in a homestay.
Start at leisure in the morning. First you will descend from Sidhing enjoying the wonderful views of the snowcapped peaks. You will pass through some villages. For a couple of hours you will trek and take brief rests along the way until we arrive at Lumre. Here, you will get on a bus or a private vehicle and drive to Pokhara. In Pokhara, you can enjoy the rest of day sipping beer by the lake or, if you feel like it, resting in the hotel room. In the evening though, do not miss the “Thakali” daal-bhaat.
Depending upon the schedule, you can drive or fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Once you are in the capital, have a free day enjoying shopping, hot-water bathing, relaxing in a sauna, or simply seeing around town.
After breakfast, we will take you on a sightseeing tour of some iconic places in the Kathmandu Valley, that will essentially include UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the evening, you are invited to join us for a farewell dinner.
According to your schedule, we will take you to the airport for your flight ahead.
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