Mardi Trek is a short and inspiring trek that takes you to one of the least explored trails in Annapurna Region. Within five days of trekking you reach Mardi Base Camp, close to the forked summit of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak). Filled with stunning close up-views of Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri, Mardi Trek is a must-do trek for those looking for a short and authentic Himalayan experience off-the-beaten path. Opened recently, the Mardi Himal Trek route is quite new and less crowded than the popular Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp trails.
Your trek begins from Kande, lying just an hour’s drive from Pokhara. Hike through virgin forests of rhododendron, oak and birch. During spring, rhododendron blooms fill up the forest and it’s a dreamlike experience to follow a trail studded with pink and red blooms. The route traverses a wild and uninhabited part of the Annapurna Region, with snow-covered peaks looming close. Don’t forget to stargaze at night as the overnight stops are the best spots for stargazing. The Milky Way and the constellations look amazing from Badal Danda, Low Camp and High Camp.
The trek involves walking on a narrow ridge line, surrounded by awesome views of the Annapurna Massif and green valleys. The unhindered and exposed views of the frozen mountains and valleys offer ample opportunities for budding as well as professional photographers and filmmakers to capture dramatic mountain shots. This trek is highly recommended for both novice and experienced trekkers looking for a easy and short trek in annapurna region. This is a teahouse trek where you will be stopping for food and rest at teahouses run by locals. Our experienced local guide will offer cultural insights and will help you reach your goal safely. As the Mardi Himal trail lies between ABC and Ghorepani-Poon Hill, this trek can be an extension of either Annapurna Base Camp Trek or Poon Hill trek.
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Our representative will welcome you at the airport and drive you to your hotel. He will help you check in. Later in the day, there will be a trip briefing where your guide will brief you about the route, condition of the trail and some dos and don’ts while trekking.
Go through your gear list for the final time. If you have forgotten any item, you can buy or hire from any of the trekking gear shops in Thamel. Your guide will help you out in case you need help. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Take an early morning flight to Pokhara. During the flight enjoy mesmerizing views of rolling green hills and Himalayan mountains. After reaching Pokhara, you take a short 1-hour drive to Kande, the starting point of your trek.
Begin with an ascent along a well-laid stone trail. After walking uphill for an hour or so you reach Australian Camp. Enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna Massif and Lamjung Himal from here.
Walk downhill and proceed to Pothana, a Gurung village and your stop for the night. On reaching Pothana, head to a local tea-house and rest your tired muscles.
Enjoy a hot beverage and gaze at the beautiful forked summit of Macchhapucchre or Fishtail Peak. You will be walking close to this peak in the next few days. Overnight in Pothana.
Today’s trek takes you past a dense forest of rhododendron, oak, birch and hemlock. If you do this trek during Spring season, the rhododendrons will be in full bloom and you will get to walk under canopies of blooming rhododendrons. It will feel like a walk through an enchanted forest. Do be careful while stepping on the gnarled roots spreading over the trail. Covered with algae, these can be slippery and a wrong step will make you fall. After an uphill hike you reach Forest Camp. There are a few teahouses and you head to the one where your room has been booked. Up in the middle of the forest, you can soak in the tranquility listening to nothing but the chirping of birds. Take a well deserved rest. Overnight in Forest Camp.
It’s uphill once again, as you gather your things and head onwards to Badal Danda(Cloud Hill). Walk up a forested path. At intervals you will come across a clearing from where you can gaze at the valley below. Enjoy the view of the Modi Khola Valley that leads to the Annapurna Sanctuary from here. After walking for sometime, the vegetation begins to change. The lush jungle gives way to short scrub and grasses and the iconic Machhapuchhre(Fishtail Peak appears closer). When you reach Badal Danda make your way to a tea house. The place is called Badal Danda(Cloud Hill) as oftentimes the areas below the hill are covered in a sea of white cottony clouds. At night you can stargaze and view the constellations which appear a lot more closer. Overnight in Badal Danda.
From Badal Danda take a leisurely walk to High Camp. The tree line ends and you get a great view of Machhapuchhre. Walk slowly as you are about to reach above 3000 metres.
The air is slightly thinner up here and you start feeling the altitude. You are advised plenty of water to offset the symptoms of altitude sickness. You walk along a ridge line with great views of Himalayan peaks and green valleys. It is a 360 degree extravaganza.
You remain on this narrow ridge facing Mardi Himal with Machapuchhre towering right above. It is a memorable short hike filled with once-in-a-lifetime views as you walk to the final settlement in this ridge line, the High Camp. High Camp is the highest point at which you sleep on this trek. There are only a handful of lodges at High Camp and you head to the one where your room has been booked. Spend the rest of the day at leisure reading by the warmth of the hearth, playing cards or explore the ridge and capture incredible pictures of the Himalayas. Take things easy and don't over exert yourself as tomorrow you have a tough day. Overnight in High Camp.
Wake up early in the morning and hike to Upper Viewpoint or Mardi Himal Base Camp. This hike to the Base Camp is the real highlight of this trek. After walking on further on the ridge you reach the Upper View Point. From here continue to Mardi Himal Base Camp.
Get up early to catch breathtaking views of the Himalayas. After breakfast, begin your journey down to Sidhing, a traditional village rarely visited by trekking groups.
At Sidhing our vehicle will be waiting to drop you to Pokhara. The drive is filled with delightful views of green hills and mountains. Once you arrive in Pokhara, you will be driven to your hotel. Take a well-deserved rest. Overnight in Pokhara.
You have an afternoon flight to Kathmandu. You can spend the first half of the day as you wish. Take rest at the hotel or explore Pokhara on your own. You can stroll down the lakeside and take a boat ride on the Phewa Lake. You can also visit Davis Falls, Gupteshwar Cave and the island Temple of Tal Barahi on Phewa Lake.
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Accommodations in Kathmandu, Pokhara and on the trail are included in the package cost. You will be staying at 3-star deluxe hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Stay for 2 nights at Hotel Moonlight in Kathmandu and 1 night at Hotel Pokhara Batika in Pokhara. Both the hotels feature free wi-fi, clean air conditioned rooms with en suite bathrooms, restaurant, coffee shop and a bar. The properties lie at a comfortable distance from all major tourist attractions and international airport.
While trekking, 5 nights’ accommodation at the best available teahouses or mountain lodges. These are run by local families and are a source of sustenance for mountain communities. As this is a fairly new route the teahouses on this trail offer only basic facilities – bed, shared washroom and a communal sitting and dining area. You need to pay extra for using the wi-fi hotspot (wherever available) and for charging your electronic devices.
Accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. If travelling solo, you get to share the room with a fellow traveler of the same gender. Single room will be available on request, at added cost. It’s possible to get a single room in Kathmandu, Pokhara and at lower elevations while trekking. But at higher elevations there are few lodges and single rooms are not available during high season.
Enjoy breakfast, Farewell dinners in Kathmandu. Only breakfast in Pokhara.
While trekking, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the teahouse where you will be spending the night. Lunch will be at a teahouse en route. Items on the menu include local Nepali and Tibetan fare- dal-bhat (lentils, rice and curry), momo, Tibetan bread, noodle soup etc. Indian and continental items are also offered – chappati, curry, pancakes, pizza, macaroni, toast, spaghetti etc.
In order to preserve and protect our pristine Himalayan environment and reduce plastic waste, we offer a reusable water bottle to our clients to use during their trek. Instead of buying bottled water, our clients can fill this water bottle and sterilize it before drinking.
The best times for Mardi Himal Trek are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September – November). The skies are clear and weather remains pleasant during these seasons. This trek can also be done in December and January. Though it will be cold and chilly, the skies will remain clear offering spectacular and unobstructed views of the mountains.
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