Mardi Himal Trek - 8 Days

Duration: 8 Days   |  
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Style: Trekking and Tour
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge to Lodge
  • Group Size: 1 to 20
  • Max Altitude: 4500m

Few people know about the newly developed Mardi Himal Trek in the eastern part of the Annapurna region. Far from the groups of tourists that flock to the Annapurna Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit trails, the Mardi Himal is a hidden gem. A couple of days of hiking through beautiful foothills lead to a rocky, rugged opening with stunning mountain views.

The Mardi Himal Trek is a short and moderately easy trail. Because there are so few tourists on the path, trekkers gain a greater understanding and appreciation for village life in the hills. They also develop a deeper appreciation for nature in and around the villages. It feels as though you are truly in a mountain wilderness area. The seemingly untouched territory keeps the attention of locals and visitors alike.

Our Mardi Himal Trek starts in Kande after a pleasant drive from Pokhara. The previous day of exploring is splendid. The lakeside city has plenty to offer and if nothing else, a walk along the shore of the lake is refreshing.

As soon as you arrive in Kande, the beauty is witnessed. Hike through subtropical forests. Watching the sun rays through the moss-covered oak and rhododendron trees is a spectacle! The colour change during springtime adds another level of beauty to the trail. Many moments on the trail are defined by the sound of the wind and your own footsteps. Feel a sense of inner peace realizing the simple beauty of trekking.

Climb higher through the dense forest until the trees clear up and the path leads to an opening. This is the pinnacle of the trek! The upper viewpoint (4,500 meters) displays jaw-dropping views of Mardi Himal (5,587m), as well as Macchapucchre (6993m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), BarahaShikhar (7,647m), SinguChuli (6,501m), Annapurna I (8,090m), and Annapurna South (7,219m). Nothing lies between you and these perceivably sacred peaks.

One awesome thing about the Mardi Himal Trek is that it is a loop trail, meaning that we take a different route down. Each day is new and exciting while on this trek and there is always marvellous scenery along the trail. Besides that, the locals will show you warm hospitality. After arriving in Lumre, we drive back to Pokhara and return to Kathmandu. Join us on the glorious Mardi Himal Trek – full of mountain views, lush forests, and kind people.

You can take the Mardi Himal Trek all throughout the year. The best times to make the trip, though, are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These seasons provide the best weather and clearest skies, not to mention that during the springtime, rhododendron and other alpine flowers are in bloom. Third Eye Adventure Pvt. Ltd. handles the trek with complete management. If you have any questions about the trek, do ask!

Highlights

  • A hike through Rhododendron woodland (from March to April.

  • Trek with fewer visitors for an easy hike

  • Experience Nepali culture at a local homestay

  • An up-close and stunning view of Mount Fishtail

  • Explore authentic Pun and Gurung tribal villages

  • Explore a variety of natural and cultural landscapes

  • Relish the splendid views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Mardi Himal

  • Watch the sunrise & sunset over the Himalayas

  • An excellent trek for studying local culture and lifestyles

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara - 7 hours

    We'll start our 7 hour journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara early in the morning after a breakfast. As we traverse the stunning mountain views, rolling hills and lush, green valleys, we're greeted with glimpses of vibrant villages and the warmth and hospitality of the locals. We're enchanted by the cultures we encounter and the friendly locals we meet. Once we arrive in Pokhara, we can't wait to explore what the city has to offer; from bustling streets to stunning lakes, there's something for everyone in this city.

    • Max. Altitude: 815m
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Food: Breakfast
    • Place: Pokhara
  • Day 02 Drive from pokhara to Phedi - 1.5 hours and Trek to Deurali - 4 hours.

    This morning, after a much-needed rest and a delicious breakfast, we will make our way from Pokhara to Phedi, an enjoyable 1.5-hour journey. Following that, we will embark on our trek and begin our ascent to Deurali, a journey that will take us around 4 hours.

    As we make our way up the trail, we will pass through a beautiful Gurung village, allowing us to get a glimpse of local culture and everyday village life. Along the way, you will be able to admire the stunning views of the Pokhara region, bask in the warm sunlight, and breathe in the crisp mountain air.

    At the end of the day, we will arrive at Deurali and find our resting place for the night. You will have the chance to choose between a hotel or a tea house for accommodations, and enjoy a nourishing meal of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    This will be an extensive day of trekking, but it will be worth it for the stunning views of the mountains and the opportunity to visit an exquisite Gurung village.

    • Max. Altitude: 2100m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Deurali
  • Day 03 Trek from Deurali to Forest Camp - 5 hours

    Today, we embark on a five-hour trek from Deurali to Forest Camp, an enchanting journey through the lush forests of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron trees. Along the way, we will be captivated by the sights and sounds of nature, while catching glimpses of the majestic Annapurna mountains.

    At the end of our trek lies Kokar, also known as Forest Camp, where we will stay at one of the basic lodges nestled in a clearing of the forest. Unlike the tea house lodges we may have stayed at, there is no dining room here, so we will have our meals in the kitchen with the owner of the lodge. This is a great opportunity to get to know the friendly family from Siding village and learn more about their culture and way of life.

    By the end of the day, we will have reached a maximum elevation of 2,600m and will have savored a hearty breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We will also have experienced the serenity and beauty of the forests and enjoyed a unique insight into the local culture. So join us on this unforgettable journey through the lush forests today!

    • Max. Altitude: 2,600m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Forest Camp
  • Day 04 Trek from Forest Camp to High Camp - 6 hour.

    Today, we are embarking on an incredible journey to High Camp, located atop the majestic Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek is a six-hour journey from the Forest Camp, and will take us through some breathtakingly beautiful terrain. You’ll get to witness spectacular views of Annapurna South and Himchuli as you venture an hour or so above Low Camp and break out of the tree line. The trail follows the Mardi Himal ridge, mainly on grass, and you may even catch a glimpse of some colorful Danphe.

    At the end of your journey, you’ll reach High Camp where you’ll find a larger lodge than the ones at Low Camp and Forest Camp. The lodge provides eight rooms and a separate dining room with a heater, providing a much-needed break from the cold mountain air. From the lodge, you can take in the breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Himchuli, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

    The trek to High Camp may be challenging at times, but the mesmerizing views make it worth the effort. Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks, and take the time to appreciate the beauty of the Annapurna region.

    • Max. Altitude: 3,700m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: High Camp
  • Day 05 Excursion to Mardi Himal Base camp - 7 hours walk.

    Today our plan is to wake up early and witness the spectacular sunrise over the mountains, followed by a refreshing breakfast. We'll then begin the three hour walk up the ridge to Mardi Himal Base Camp. The trail is well established and mostly on grass, with a few steeper sections. As you ascend, keep an eye out for the 'dzokpo' (yak/cow crossbreds) grazing in the area, as well as the colourful Danphe pheasant. In summer, you'll also see herder's huts dotting the landscape, as sheep and goats from lower villages graze the area. 

    • Max. Altitude: 4,500m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Day 06 Trek from Mardi Himal Base camp to Siding village - 6 hours .

    After an early morning breakfast at our tea house, we will start our trek towards the base camp, which will take us about 6 hours. Make sure to prepare yourself with enough water and snacks for the trek.

    Once we arrive at the base camp, we will get to appreciate the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas and the surrounding forests. Moreover, we want to explore the area and learn about the local culture and customs.

    As the sun sets, we will begin our descent to the Siding village instead of retracing our steps back to Kokar. Here, we will be welcomed with open arms to a homestay, owned by the person who runs one of the lodges at Low Camp. This is our chance to get a unique insight into local Nepalese life and culture.

    • Max. Altitude: 1,750m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Siding village
  • Day 07 Trek to Lumre - 3 hours and Drive Back to Pokhara - 2 hours.

    Today we embark on an exciting journey to Lumre! We will trek for 3 hours through the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel before reaching Lumre. After a brief stop, we will drive back to Pokhara in 2 hours. Once in Pokhara, you can enjoy the rest of the day in your hotel. So get ready for an adventurous trek and prepare to be amazed by the stunning views of the countryside!

    • Max. Altitude: 815m
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Food: Breakfast
    • Place: Pokhara
  • Day 08 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu - 7 hours.

    Today marks the end of an incredible eight-day exploration of Nepal, as we make our long journey back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. After a seven-hour drive, our incredible journey will come to a close in the exciting capital city.

    Kathmandu offers a vibrant culture, with plenty of activities to explore - a great way to spend your last day in Nepal is to do some shopping in Thamel. Here, you'll find an abundance of shops selling everything from clothes, jewelry, and souvenirs.

    After an amazing journey, your hotel room in Kathmandu provides the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind. Many hotels offer a variety of amenities such as a restaurant, spa, pool, and gym. Or if you prefer, you can simply book a room and relax in the comfort of your own space. 

    • Max. Altitude: 1340m
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Food: Breakfast
    • Place: Kathmandu

Inclusion

  • All transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers as per itinerary.
  • During the trek, three daily meals with a cup of tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
  • Best available tea houses lodge during the trek.
  • A highly Experienced professional trekking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 pax) with their food, accommodation, salary, and insurance.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag (to be returned).
  • Trekking map for a group and trekking achievement certificate.
  • First aid medical Kit.
  • All required permits for trekking.
  • Government tax/vat and office service charge.
  • International Airfare.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Kathmandu Hotel and food.
  • Nepal entry visa fee is 15 days 30$, 30 days 50$, and 90 days 120$.
  • Soft drinks, hard drinks, and drinking water.
  • Personal trekking equipment and expenses.
  • Hot shower, Battery charge, and Wi-Fi during the trekking period.
  • Tips and gratitude for the staff.
  • Additional Cost if you decided to stay in any place, besides the itinerary, we suggest you make a private trip if so.
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