Mardi Himal trekking

Destination Nepal Activity Trekking in Nepal
Duration 11 days Group Size Min 2
Max Altitude 0 Difficulty Difficult

Taking place east of the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal Trekking promises even more epic views. Being one of the most fascinating trekking destinations in Nepal, the Mardi Himal trek is unfolding with the amazing displays of incredible snowcapped peaks, forests of lovely rhododendrons, oaks and magnolia pines, green rolling hills, spectacular landscapes and panoramic Himalayan views. Trekking through the high ridges, verdant forests, terraced farms, and cobbling rivers is just amazing in this short trek in Nepal. Redicover Nepal lets you experience only the best! Marvel at the amazing scenery of the Annapurna Himalayas to the north, the Manaslu mountain range in the east, Dhaulagiri on the west and the Machhapurchhare towering in front!
Trekkers that make their way to Mardi Himal Base Camp experience an overwhelming and picturesque adventure. During the fascinating Mardi Himal trek, we not only get to see the views but also encounter with the warmth and generosity of the locals. Also we get a rare opportunity to observe their unique culture and traditions, along with the magnificent views of the Mt. Annapurna Ranges, Dhaulagiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, and Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchhare). Although the route is less used, this interesting and exotic trail wanders through lush valleys, dense forests, alpine meadows, waterfalls and numerous streams. 

The route to the Mardi Himal
This awe-inspiring Mardi Himal trek begins from the Pokhara. With wonderful views and the famous Phewa Lake this city makes for a great start! Driving to Phedi just takes about 30 to 40 minutes and from there we start trekking to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. Our first destination is Pothana village, from where we get to see our first views of the amazing Annapurna Himalayas. Now it goes more up and down passing streams, forests and ridges. The trail goes through the beautiful forest blend of pine, juniper and rhododendron trees. The route takes us also to the upper Mardi River. Trekking in this undisturbed trail of the Mardi Himal is to experience the real wilderness of mountains and forests. Reaching our first camp Kokar is really incredible. From here we continue more up to Low camp and finally to High Camp our stop before reaching Base Camp. 
The views from Mardi Himal Base Camp are absolutely amazing and gives a different panoramic view than Annapurna Base Camp. After enjoying the height and the accomplishment of reaching base camp we head back to high camp. The next day we head back down stopping at Siding village and ultimately reaching to Lumle from where we can drive back to Pokhara.

Ridiscover Nepal donates 20% of all bookings to the Minerva Foundation in order to rebuild Dhading and to provide care for the orphans of the 2015 earthquake.

During the trek there is no mention of any lunch hours as every participant has their own pace. 
For an extension of your holiday to visit places as Chitwan National Park, or Lumbini the birthplace of Buddha, please inquire during your booking.
Pokhara is reachable by air or land. In this itinerary we had put fly in, drive out but as all our itineraries this can be changed depending on your booking choice. 

Short itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu arrival 
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (800m)
Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1925m) 
Day 04: Trek to Forest Camp at Kokar (2,600m)
Day 05: Trek to Low Camp (3,150m) 
Day 06: Trek to High Camp (3,700m) 
Day 07: Excursion to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m) 
Day 08: Trek to Siding village (1,750m) 
Day 09: Trek to Lumle (1,740m) and drive back to Pokhara
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 11: Departure to the International airport

Trip Highlights:
  • Views of Annapurna, Fishtail, and Mardi Himal.
  • Mardi Himal Base Camp and High Camp.
  • Sunrise and Sunset views
  • Stunning Terrace fields
  • Picturesque Landscape and Rhododendrons Forest.
  • Pookhara and Kathmandu City
  • Amazing trails
Day 1
Kathmandu arrival
  • After arriving at the airport one of our representatives will be there to greet you
  • Transfer to your hotel
  • After hotel check in and a short rest, we organize a trip briefing and introduce you to your guide during the trip
  • Rest of the evening is free
  • Overnight stay at your hotel

Traveler’s note: Thamel is a great place to, it has access to almost everything

Day 2
Drive to Pokhara (800m)
  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • A scenic drive of about 6 hours
  • Transfer to your hotel in Pokhara
  • After check in we get to explore this amazing lakeside town
  • Overnight stay at the hotel
Day 3
Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1925m)
  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • A scenic drive brings us to Phedi
  • From here we hike an upwards going road 
  • Following the zigzag road passed peacefull villages
  • Passing Dhampus we head further up to Pothana
  • Overnight and dinner at the guest house
Day 4
Trek to Forest Camp at Kokar (2,600m)
  • Morning breakfast and departure
  • Continuing our trek through dense forests trails
  • Here we can encounter various wildlife and birds, truly amazing
  • The trail ascends more until reaching forest Camp
  • Overnight and dinner at the guest house
Day 5
Trek to Low Camp (3,150m)
  • Morning breakfast and departure
  • Trek continues through the forest
  • Ascend the vegetation by following the rhododendron, moss, lichen forest
  • Reaching at  Low Camp 
  • Overnight and dinner at the guest house

Traveler’s note: from Low Camp we get to see magnificent views of Mount Machhapuchhare and other stunning peaks

Day 6
Trek to High Camp (3,700m)
  • Morning breakfast and departure
  • The trail continues along the Mardi Himal ridge 
  • We traverse mainly on grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes along the way
  • Explore the colorful Danphe pheasant
  • Trekking further take us to the lodge at High Camp
  • Overnight and dinner at the guest house

Traveler’s note: Enjoy the superb view from the lodge at High Camp; Mt. Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhare (Fishtail)

Day 7
Excursion to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m)
  • Morning breakfast an departure
  • Trek continue for an impressive sunrise view of the mountains
  • Trek through the ridge towards Mardi Himal Base Camp
  • Witness grass fields, dzokpo (yak/cow crossbreds) grazing, Danphe pheasant, sheep and goats
  • Trek around for three hours and reach Base Camp at the elevation of 4500m
  • Enjoy the great view of the Mt. Annapurna Sanctuary, south face of Annapurna, Sanctuary peak as well as Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail)
  • Trek back down to High Camp
  • Overnight and dinner at the guest house
Day 8
Trek to Siding village (1,750m)
  • Morning breakfast and departure
  • Taking a different route from High Camp we head down to Sidhing
  • Following the path leading us up and down through forests
  • The trail is easy going down wards with stunning views
  • Overnight and dinner at the guest house
Day 9
Trek to Lumle and drive to Pokhara
  • Morning breakfast and departure
  • From Sidhing it’s not a long way down towards Lumle
  • After reaching Lumle we drive back to Pokhara. 
  • Hotel check in and a well-deserved rest 
  • We can explore the magical lakeside city
  • Overnight at the hotel
Day 10
Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • We head back to Kathmandu but by land to get some different views
  • We drive for about 3 hours along the Trishuli River
  • Lunch break at the riverside restaurant
  • Another 3 hours of driving takes us back in the Kathmandu Valley
  • Hotel check in 
  • A special farewell dinner with a live Nepali culture show
  • Overnight stay at the hotel
Day 11
Departure to the International airport.
  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • One of our representatives will transfer you to the international airport approx. 3 hours before your departure
  • We hope you enjoyed the Mardi Himal Trek, have a safe journey and get ready for your next Rediscover Nepal adventure

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Mardi Himal trekking: In November 2018 I did the Mardi Himal trekking together with a friend under the guidance of Topindra Sapkota. The trekking was amazing with the good assistance of Topindra. We couldn't wish us a better guide. Thanks for the amazing experience and all the best brother! Gert-Jan


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