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‘adventure on elusive hidden path to Mardi Himal within Annapurna Himalaya’
“Explore hidden pockets of Annapurna Himalaya to high Mardi Himal base camp
Walk into lovely dense forest of tall rhododendron-magnolia and blue pine trees
Adventure away from mainstream trails and villages towards complete wilderness
Enjoy panorama of Annapurna Himalaya and other high mountain range on walks
Trek to the highest spot of Mardi Himal within close to towering Fish-Tail peaks”
Mode of Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu / Pokhara with local lodge
Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.
Highest Spot: At Mardi Himal Base Camp 4,500 m / 14, 763 ft.
Walking Hours: Minimum 4 hrs with Maximum of 6 hrs sometimes
Activities: Guided tour, overland journey and scenic trekking.
Trekking duration: 06 Nights and 07 Days (Pokhara to Pokhara)
Total Trip: 11 Nights and 12 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
March to May and September to November months of the year, March to May when most of day is clear for views and pleasant walks with moderate temperatures, longer sunlight hours when wild flowers are in bloom, especially rhododendron of various species from trees to bush of different colors (national flower of Nepal the rhododendron).
March to May where late afternoon can get cloudy with chances of rain and snow in higher altitude sometimes.
September to November around autumn / fall best times with clear blue sky and sunny days (for short while from morning to mid day) can be cold and freezing during morning and night times above 1,800 m high.
Sunlight is short during autumn and winter seasons but most of the morning till late afternoon are clear for views and pleasant walks with chances of snow around higher areas above 1,800 m.
Low warm farm areas of Nepal Mid West are of mixed ethnic tribes of people with mostly Gurung, Magar with some Tamang including Hindu Brahmin, Chettries and Dalits with various cultures and custom with same farm traditional life of both Hindu and Buddhism religion.
Higher mid hill around Annapurna region where villages populated by Gurung ethnic tribe of Annapurna and Western part of Nepal, follows Buddhism religion along with their ancestral heritage rites, worshipping nature and mountain spirits.
Gurung people are traditional farmers and cattle herders where most men folk are famous as courageous and brave Gorkha soldiers in British, Indian Army and as well in Singapore police infantry.
Mardi Himal Trekking an amazing place to be and to experience its scenic wilderness of high mountain range that includes close views of Annapurna and Machhapuchare Himal the famous Fish-Tail peak.
Mardi Himal Trekking takes you around Nepal Far North Mid-West which is directly north of beautiful Pokhara city a mere 25 k.m away within crow fly or aeronautical miles distance.
An elusive and exclusive adventure that lead you around hidden areas of Annapurna Himalaya, where early explorer discovered this grand new scenic spot and named as the ‘Other Sanctuary’ after Annapurna Sanctuary.
Mardi Himal Trekking where walk takes right beneath towering Machhapuchare Himal or Fish Tail, due to its twin shaped tops appears like tail of a fish, a well respected and dominion which is also a virgin unclimbed peaks of Annapurna range.
Mardi Himal a broken ridge and formed as a single lower peak of Machhapuchare Himal southern flank, where walk takes you above 4,500 m the highest point of the adventure.
Starting from beautiful Pokhara to reach walking point of the journey, where climb leads to a high ridge within dense tree lines with excellent panorama of Annapurna-Manaslu with views of Dhaulagiri in the far west including Machhapuchare Himal.
Walk continues on leaving main popular trekking trails and villages to enter into complete tranquil surrounding within forested area and soon tree lines fades for wide open and exposed area at Mardi Himal base camp.
Enjoy spectacular views of staggering range of snow-capped mountains and then head back into green tree lines, where return journey takes you on alternative route to reach at low warm farm village to end the trek.
A short drive brings you at famous and leading touristic city in Pokhara by its serene Phewa Lake to conclude our fabulous adventure Mardi Himal Trekking.
Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via various countries and airlines.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu preparation for trek with options for tour.
Day 03: Drive or Fly to Pokhara 860 m (220 k.m)-06 hrs (30 mins by air).
Day 04: Drive to Kande 1,700 m and trek to Deurali 2,100 m via Australian Camp or Thulo Kharka 2,050 m – 05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Jungle Camp 2,520m – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to High Camp 3,600 m / 11,811ft -05 hrs.
Day 07: At High Camp for hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp 4,500m /14,763 ft.
Day 08: Trek to Low / Jungle Camp – 05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Siding 1,700 m – 05 hrs.
Day 10: Drive back to Pokhara – 02 hrs.
Day 11: Drive or fly to Kathmandu -06 hrs ride or 30 mins by flights.
Day 12: International Departure to respective country.
On arrival at Nepal international airport in Kathmandu, where Professional Trekking Guide staff receives with warm welcome and then transfer to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu.
On checking your rooms getting refreshed then join in at hotel foyer / lobby meeting with other members of the trek, where our guide will brief you with information regarding Mardi Himal Trekking.
Evening group welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese environment restaurant with native folk culture programs along with the dinner.
A free day in Kathmandu you can enjoy at leisure as well preparation for the trek, on this day interested people can join in our exciting guided sightseeing tour for half or full day tour at places of great interest around World Heritage Sites.
Morning either in charted bus, or in car as well in tourist coach (depending upon the size of a group), where overland journey takes you on main busy Nepal highway to reach country Mid-West at beautiful Pokhara.
Pokhara an amazing city located on the laps of towering Annapurna Mountain range with famous Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ where reflection of the peaks touches its serene Phewa Lake.
At Pokhara transfer to your respective hotels by the lake side with time wander 8on the street around the lake lined with shops and stores with many good hotels and restaurants.
(Flying options taking 30 minutes flight to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu)
Adventure begins with short exciting drive beyond Pokhara valley to reach at Kande a small farm village, where walk starts following uphill trail into cool shade of forest for few hours.
Then climb past farm villages to reach at scenic place called Australian Camp, the local name as Thulo Kharka means large cattle grazing field, offers grand views of Annapurna and Mardi Himal.
From here descend with short climb to Potana village where walk leads uphill within forest to reach on top of a ridge at Deurali, a nice cool spot with grand views of mountain range and beautiful landscapes, overnight in a small nice lodge at Deurali with excellent panorama of surrounding hills and mountains.
Morning views of Annapurna range start with slow climb into forestas our route diverts from main trail after Deurali heading into hidden pockets of Annapurna Himalaya to reach a small place at Forest or Jungle Camp, also known Kokar located in the middle of serene forest surroundings.
From Jungle or Kokar camp walk today takes longer hours with climbwithin dense wood of tall rhododendron-hemlocks-oaks-magnolia and pine tree.
As walk slowly follows hidden path then reaching a small place within forest clearing at Low Camp after a refreshing stop walk continues heading closer towards mountains where tree lines drop for short alpine bushes and shrubs with dwarf rhododendron, junipers and Burberry with close views of towering Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ with Mardi Himal at close distance.
Slowly walk ends at High Camp for overnight, a place with few simple good lodges for trekkers and adventurer, afternoon at leisure to enjoy marvelous views of grand landscapes and snow-capped mountains.
With overnight stops at High Camp, morning after breakfast side trip and hike to Mardi base camp, walks follows a faint trail on high ridge of Mardi Himal facing grand panorama of Annapurna Himalaya, as walk reach at the bottom of Mardi Himal.
Mardi base camp located just beneath Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’, here enjoy great moments with glorious views on highest spot of the adventure at 4,4500 meters, then retrace afternoon walk back to High Camp for last overnight around high Mardi Himal area.
On leaving high hills of Mardi Himal return walk on the same serene route to reach back into dense forested area at Low or Jungle camp for last overnight on higher areas of Annapurna and Mardi Himal.
From Low Jungle Camp final walk of the adventure reaches you on downhill trails to reach warm low area around farm areas at Sidang village, after a last moment on high hills of Annapurna and Mardi Himal.
Walk follows to long descend within dense forested area, and then trek finally ends at Sidang village located on a road head that takes you to Pokhara.
Morning adventure completes taking few hour drive to Pokhara after a most enjoyable and scenic time on high hills at Mardi Himal Base Camp or Other Sanctuary. At Pokhara free morning and afternoon for leisure walks around lake side or one can join in for other activities, like boating, Zip Flyer or Para-Gliding and walk to Peace Stupa.
On leaving hotel after breakfast at Pokhara where exciting drive takes you back in Kathmandu where ride follows on same interesting road to Kathmandu and then back at your hotels, with afternoon free to enjoy personal and individual activities and shopping.
(Options for scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu of 30 minutes)
Final and last day in the country of Himalaya wonders with varied interesting cultures, after a memorable time and experience on Mardi Himal trekking, with time for your international flight, where our staff and guide transfer you to the airport for flight back home or to next respective port of call.