A trek that takes you to the base of the Himalayas within a week
Mardi Himal, lying less than fifteen miles north of Pokhara, is the most southerly mountain of the Annapurna range. Opened only in 2012 as a new trekking route, the trail to this delightful mountain is one of the least frequented trekking destinations, yet holds all the highlights of Himalayan beauty. The trek offers stunning views of magnificent mountains, rugged terrain, enchanting rhododendron forests (especially during Spring when they are in full bloom), sparkling rivers, quaint villages, lush green terraced fields and an extraordinary view of Mardi Himal which terminates the South-West ridge of Machhapuchhre as a distinct and separate mass, at right-angles to that ridge. From some viewpoints it seems little more than an outlier on the south-west flank of Machhapuchhre. This trek is an ideal choice for those who want to have off the beaten Himalayan experience in a short time frame.
You will be greeted by a panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below once you fly in the sky of Kathmandu. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities. Overnight at Hotel..
After breakfast, we fly to Pokhara in a wonderful scenic flight of 30 minutes. Upon arrival, we drive to Phedi which takes around 1-2 hours. Phedi is our trek starting point, from where we ascend to Deurali. Passing through stony steps, villages, terraced fields and green forests of oak, maple and hemlock, we reach Deurali, a beautiful village with awesome views of Annapurna South, Mardi Himal and Macchhapuchhare. Overnight at Tea House .
Early morning, after breakfast with sunrise view, we start our journey. Our trail passes through a quiet wooded area along a ridge which starts to descend after half way. After a while the trail starts gaining height rejoining the earlier ridge and continues till we reach Forest Camp. After reaching our stopover for the night, we explore the area which will be followed by a well earned rest. Overnight at Tea House .
As we move on to the higher altitude, the trail gets more rugged and we can feel the wilderness slowly taking over the surrounding. En route we can observe the breathtaking views of Hinchuli and Annapurna South occasionally. After walking about 3/4 hours, lesser compared to previous days, we reach Low Camp. Overnight at Tea House .
We have our early breakfast and start trekking. After short walk inside the forest, the trail leads to the grassy land with lesser vegetation. We can enjoy the Himalaya panorama throughout our trek. We may also have an opportunity to have a glimpse of Himalayan birds Impeyan Monal and lophophorus, the national bird of Nepal. Once we reach High Camp, we have one of the most stunning views of the Himalaya. Overnight at Tea House .
Today we hike through the challenging terrain towards Mardi Himal Base Camp. As we move on towards the deeply off the beaten track, the views become more and more captivating. If we continue to the Base Camp, it makes the back and forth trek of around 7/8 hours. However, there is also a viewpoint halfway for those who want shorter trek. From the Base Camp we can have the wondrous views of 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; and its sure that moment will stay in our memories for ever. After enjoying the great views, we retrace back to High Camp. Overnight at Tea House .
After breakfast, we descend to Kalimati passing through the pine and rhododendron forests, and farms. We take a different route rather than retrace back the same route which allows us a new perspective of the region. We walk 5/6 hours down to the upper Mardi Khola to reach Kalimati. It’s a small quiet village untouched by the bustle of tourist traffic. We can have the experience of authentic Nepali village life here. Overnight at Tea House .
Today is the last day of our trek. We walk for around 3 hours and reach Lumre. Enroute we pass though some beautiful villages inhabited by mixed communities. At Lumre, we take a vehicle and reach Pokhara in about 2 hours. Upon reaching Pokhara, we enjoy the rest of the evening doing boating or other independent activities. Overnight at Hotel .
We fly to Kathmandu after breakfast. In Kathmandu, we have a half day sightseeing tour to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely Kathmandu Durbar Square, the architectural masterpiece of medieval Nepal; and Swayambhu, or Monkey Temple, a place of great significance in Buddhism and the origin of Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at Hotel .
You have free time till departure. You will be assisted to Tribhuwan International Airport as per your flight time. Have a safe journey back home!.
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