3*** Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara and Lodge/Tea house during the trek
USD 670 per person
Mardi Himal Trek OVERVIEW:
Situated in the Annapurna Region, Mardi Himal Trek is was opened for tourists in 2012 and one of the underrated off-the-beaten trekking trails in Nepal. Often referred to as the Mardi Himal base camp trek, this hiking route offers a once-in-a-lifetime adventure holiday experience in Nepal. The trail comprises of diverse landscape, diverse cultures, terrace farm fields, green lush forests, traditional ethnic communities including the scenic mountain vistas, making this hiking trip a unique vacation destination.
After about an hour of drive to Kande, the Mardi Himal Trekking trail begins with an uphill hike through the beautiful viewpoints of Australian Camp and Pritam Deurali. These places offer the view of mesmerizing views of the Dhawalagiri (8167m), Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), and Machhapuchhre (6993m) mountain peaks. The trail continues through the dense forest in the chain of green hills allowing one to get completely lost in nature. The forest is composed of mainly the Rhododendrons which is the National flower of Nepal. After crossing the forested trail, the treelines start to become less dense. The hiking trail becomes narrower and thrilling as it continues along the ridge. The view of Mt Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) leads the trail for most of the time.
The trail continues on the barren ridge, with the view of snowcapped mountain peaks, green forested hilly landscapes, and so forth. The highest point of this trek is the Mardi Himal High Camp situated at an elevation of 4550 m which falls an alpine zone. This area receives snowfall every winter thus making trekkers and hikers feel like climbing a mountain. The panoramic view of the mountains and the hills is there to give you a natural high.
Mardi Himal trek is custom-tailored itinerary at an affordable cost, to provide an amazing trekking vacation in Nepal. Vertex Holiday recommends this hiking trip for people bound by time but is determined to witness an adventure of a lifetime in the Himalayas. For more detailed information regarding maps and other aspects, feel free to send us your inquiries.
The peaceful off-the-beaten trail in Annapurna
Extremely diverse landscape
Rhododendron forest, meadows and the view of Mardi Himal
Basic lodge accommodation
Short walking hours and increasing altitude in a short walk
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m), transfer to hotel.
Namaste and welcome to Nepal. After your arrival, Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative receives you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed, a short briefing and orientation will be conducted by our trekking guide. In the evening, dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with cultural folk music and dance. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 : Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m): 6 hrs drive.
From Kathmandu, we drive to the touristic town of Pokhara. As an option of the driving, you can take a flight and see the views of Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna region peaks. If driving, tourist buses leave at 7 am and you have to check-in at 6.30 am. Through the winding road, we drive for 6 hours and reach Pokhara. After checking in the Hotel , we can take a short walk around the Lakeside . Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 : Drive from Pokhara to Kande, trek to Forest Camp (2500m). 5-6 hours.
After breakfast, we begin to drive on the outskirts of the Pokhara valley. The Fishtail peak at the backdrop can be seen awesome. About an hour's drive, we reach to Kande, the gateway of the Mardi Himal Trek. It goes through the lush forest of oak and rhododendron. The trail is undisturbed and rewarding. Gradually, we reach to the Forest Camp and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
Day 4 : Trek Forest Camp to Low Camp (3290m). 4-5 hours.
One of the fascinating aspects of the Mardi Himal trek is that we get to high altitude in a short time. This is the second day of the trek we reach over 3000 meters. We walk through an off-the-beaten trail, dotted by the orchid forest. The pen pointed peak of Annapurna south and spectacular Himchuli is surprising. The streamline of the Modi Khola can be seen downwards. We stop at low camp. Enjoy the warm dining hall. Overnight at lodge.
Day 5 : Low Camp (2990m) to High Camp (3580m). 4-5 hours.
After breakfast, we begin to ascend through the open cattle grazing meadow. The trail is a steep climb up from low camp to the high camp. The view of massive Annapurna and pinpointed Fishtail peak is literally in front of your eyes. Though the lodge is basic where we stay, it has a warm dining hall, where we can feel the warmth of sitting around. Overnight at lodge.
Day 6 : High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4450m) and back to High Camp. 7-8 hours.
Today is a huge day of the Mardi Himal trek. After the breakfast at the Highcamp, we gradually climb up to the Mardi Himal base camp, which is rugged and prevailed with the alpine panoramas. The route is undisturbed. Reaching base camp, the sceneries of Mt Annapurna, Fishtail and Mardi Himal range are breathtaking. Spending some remarkable moments, we begin to descend to the High camp and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
Day 7 : High Camp to Sidhing (1885m) and drive to Pokhara. 5-6 hours trek and 2 hours of drive.
After breakfast, we trek down gradually from the high camp through the lush woods. The descend is faster and even the trail becomes nice as we walk towards the downhill trail. Through the dense forest, we trek gradually to Sidding. Then we drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 8 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (1337m): 6 hrs drive.
Today, we drive back to Kathmandu. It’s a scenic drive through the Prithvi Highway road. After your arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9 : Farewell
Having a good memorable Mardi Himal trek with Vertex Holiday our representative drops you at the airport for your departure.
What is included?
Airport picks up at arrival time and drops off at departure time
Two-night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
A meal in during the trekking time (early morning breakfast, in a daily lunch, and nighttime dinner)
All kinds of permits
All kinds of ground transportation for Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus (Two ways) and private vehicle from Pokhara to the trek starting point and from the ending point to Pokhara
Two-night hotel accommodation in Pokhara
An experienced and knowledgeable government license holder trekking guide for trekking time and strong and helpful porter (two people = one porter)