Max altitude: 4200 m
Trip Duration: 12 N / 13 D
Group Size: Min 2 pax
Trip Route: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kande – Pothana –Forest Camp – Low Camp – High Camp – Mardi Himal Base Camp –High Camp – Siding Village – Pokhara – Kathmandu
The newly opened route Mardi Himal Trek is a good alternative to escape away from crowded trek offering a stunning views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchre and Manaslu ranges.
Mardi Himal Trekking is an enjoyable trekking route which requires minimum effort. Mardi Himal Trek is about a week long trip in the Himalayas with stunning views of snowy peaks through small Nepali villages. It is an interesting trek compared to other popular treks in the Annapurna region. It is one of the best shorts treks away from the crowd and commercial trekking routes.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal. At your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Himalayan Namobuddha Travel and Treks’ representative will be there to welcome you. The representative will help you to check in your hotel rooms. In the hotel, you will be briefed about your activities during the trip. In the evening you will be welcomed with a dinner in one of the typical Nepali restaurant with cultural programs. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu & Patan
After breakfast in the hotel, we do sightseeing around Kathmandu City. We start our day trip from Thamel, this is the famous tourist street of Kathmandu city. You can shop your needy equipments, then to the famous historical place Kathmandu Durbar Square along with tour of local market and local lifestyle of Nepal. And then we will be visiting Patan Durbar Square and living goddess of Nepal – KUMARI of Patan. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (about 7 hrs)
After breakfast in the hotel, we will drive to Pokhara. The first day of our journey begins through drive up to Pokhara, a beautiful lake city. Enjoying the beautiful scenario of greenery hills and villages we’ll reach to Pokhara. Reaching there you have free time on your own. Overnight at Lakeside, Pokhara.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Kande( (about 1hrs) & trek to Pothana (1950 m) (3-4 hrs)
Kande is on the top of a hill near Pokhara offers some views of Himalayas. From here we will start our trek approaching Pothana. The trail is enjoyable throughout the villages. We will have some views of villages in the horizon. Overnight at Pothana.
Day 05: Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (2500 m)(6-7 hrs)
Today the trail is mostly inside the green forests of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron. The section includes some ups and downs while reaching Forest Camp, a small village with few guest houses. Forest camp is known as Kokar among local people. It is a bit difficult walk from Pitam Deurali to Forest camp. Overnight at Forest Camp.
Day 06: Trek from Forest Camp to Low Camp (2990 m) (3-4 hrs)
We will have to walk inside the forest for another day but as we reach higher the vegetation changes with more rhododendron trees. This is another pleasant day for us letting us walk in the peaceful route. The trail is steep at the beginning however changes to gradual climbing after awhile. We will have some random views of snowy Himalayan peaks. The views of Machhapuchhre peak is superb from Low Camp. This is very small places with only couple of lodges opened for providing basic meals and accommodation to trekkers. Overnight at Low Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 07: Trek from Low Camp to High Camp (3580 m) (3-4 hrs)
We have another pleasant walking here with stunning views of close Himalayas in front of us. As we climb higher the route also becomes open and spacious as there is no forest anymore. The trail continues through grasslands of high region with occasional rhododendron trees. Spotting the beautiful bird called Himalayan Monal; also known as the impeyan monal, impeyan pheasant and danphe in Nepali is easy around here. This is a colorful Himalayan bird represented as the national bird of Nepal. Overnight at high camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 08: Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4450 m), back to High Camp (6-7 Hours)
We will wake up early in the morning before the sun rises. The plan is to watch sunrise over the Himalayas. We will then return back to lodge where we will be served with our breakfast. We have time to rest before we start hiking up to the upper view point for magnificent views of close Himalayan peaks. The trail heading to Upper View Point is well marked through the grassland involves few steep sections. In overall this is moderate walk, not too easy and not too challenging as well. In summer season this area is full of yaks and sheep along with several yak herder’s huts. Overnight at High Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 09: Trek from High Camp to Siding Village (5-6 hrs)
After breakfast, today journey start an unhurried descent through the shade of the forest and out on to the terraced fields, down 1600m. This is a different route down to the upper Mardi Khola. Here, as we make our way along the banks of the Mardi Khola from the hill-side village of Siding, down through the lovely fields, passing the simple farms and over the interesting suspension bridges. There is no doubt that this is indeed the idyllic Nepal Countryside. Overnight at Siding Village.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10: Trek Siding Village to out skirt and drive to Pokhara (5-6 hrs)
After a short walk now the trail skirts an outcrop- there’s the road and transport. We will be back to Pokhara by the lunch. You’re free here to feel the moderate climate and sceneries of this Magic land or Dream Land of Nepal. Explore the various interesting places like Mahendra Cave, David’s fall and the various lakes of course.Overnight at lakeside in Pokhara.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (about 7 hrs)
You will reach Kathmandu by 7 hrs. Upon your arrival transfer to hotel and relax. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 12: Free day in Kathmandu
This day you will have free day on your own. In the evening, Himalayan Namobuddha Travel and Trek will take you for a farewell lunch or dinner in one of the finest restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Departure day
Today is your departure day. Himalayan Namobuddha’s representative will drop you to Airport 3 hours before scheduled flight. It’s time to bid Nepal farewell visit and appreciate your visit to our country Nepal. Hopefully we shall meet again.
*Note: Above itinerary can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Please let us know whether you would like to make shorter or longer or any other further changes in above itinerary. We will provide you details accordingly.
Airport drop + Pick up by private transportation
Standard Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
Welcome dinner in typical nepali restaurant with cultural program in Kathmandu.
Private transportation during sightseeing in Kathmandu.
License holder experienced tour guide during sightseeing and his salary, meal, transportation etc.
Local License holder trekking guide during the trek and his salary, accommodation, food, transportation, insurance etc
Local trekking porter and his salary, transportation , meal, accommodation and insurance
Full board meal during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
All necessary ground transportation during the trek.
All necessary trekking permit and paper works.
First aid kit
Guided trekking map.
Entrance fees for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Meals not mentioned above.
All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverage, snacks etc.
Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
Personal clothing and gears.
Tips to guide (Expected but not mandatory)
Cost raised by cancelation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness which are not under our control.
Emergency Helicopter rescue (to be covered by your insurance company)
Services which are not mentioned above.
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