Early morning we drive to Pokhara. It is 7 hours drive. Drive will be through Bank of River with fantastic view. Once we reach Pokhara we can short walk on Fewa Lake and can do some shopping.
Mardi Himal Trek
Day 01 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara - 7 hours
Day 02 Drive from pokhara to Phedi - 1.5 hours and Trek to Deurali - 4 hours.
Early morning after breakfast we drive to Phedi (1.5 hours) and start the trek. From Phedi, we trek to all the way up to Dhampus passing by big Gurung village where you can experience local culture and village lifestyle then straight and gradually up to Pothana.
Day 03 Trek from Deurali to Forest Camp - 5 hours
Deurali where you will turn off the main Annapurna Sanctuary trek and continue along a quiet trail through a dense forest of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron. Tonight we stay at one of the lodges in a clearing of the forest at Forest Camp or also known by the locals as Kokar. The lodges at Kokar are quite basic and there is no dining room so you will probably have meals in kitchen with the owner, so in some ways this is more like a home stay and is a good opportunity to get to know this friendly family from Siding village.
Day 04 Trek from Forest Camp to High Camp - 6 hour.
An hour or so above Low Camp the trail breaks out above tree line and towards the west there is a good view to Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. The trail continues along the Mardi Himal ridge mainly on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes along the way. Look out for the colourful Danphe pheasant on this section of the trail. The lodge at High Camp is larger than lodges at Low Camp and Forest Camp, this one has eight rooms and a separate dining room with heater. The view from the lodge is superb to Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).
Day 05 Excursion to Mardi Himal Base camp - 7 hours walk.
The plan for today is to wake early for sunrise view of the mountains then after an early breakfast walk up the ridge towards Mardi Himal Base Camp. There is a well-established trail through the grass with a couple of steeper sections however overall not too challenging. Look out for the dzokpo (yak/ cow crossbreds) grazing up here as well as Danphe pheasant. In the summer the sheep and goats from lower villages are brought up to graze in this area so you will pass a number of herder’s huts along the way. After three hours you should reach Base Camp at the elevation of 4500m this is where one can look into the Annapurna Sanctuary and the panorama view is spectacular looking at south face of Annapurna and all of the peaks in the Sanctuary as well as Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).
Day 06 Trek from Mardi Himal Base camp to Siding village - 6 hours .
On the way back we take a different route so completing a circuit, from Low Camp there is a trail that goes down to Siding village rather than going back down Mardi Himal back to Kokar. Siding is a traditional Nepalese village and still very much away from the busier modern tourist treks and it is likely you will stay at a homestay in Siding owned by the person who runs one of the lodges at Low Camp. It is a wonderful cultural experience finding out more about village life and you will probably eat dhal baht in the evening with the family in their kitchen.
Day 07 Trek to Lumre - 3 hours and Drive Back to Pokhara - 2 hours.
From Siding you walk out to the road head at Lumre, on the way from Siding you will pass the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. From Lumre you drive back to Pokhara
Day 08 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu - 7 hours.
Today we drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara by private van. After reach in Kathmandu can do some shopping rest.