|Package name||Mardi Himal Trek|
|Max. elevation||4545 Meter|
|Transportation||private vehicle and comfortable touristic bus as itinerary|
|Accomodation||Three-star hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara; and Teahouse lodges during the trek|
|Trip route||Kathmandu-Pokhara-Phedi-Pothana-Forest Camp-High Camp-Mardi View Point-Mardi Base Camp-Low Camp-Siding Village-Pokhara-Kathmandu|
|Cost||USD 695 per person|
You will be welcomed by our staff at the Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu. You will then be transferred to your respective hotels. After taking refreshments, you can head outside and enjoy the evening market of Thamel. Enjoy some Nepali meal and drinks at dinner and then join in for folk cultural dances.
This day has been set for sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. The guide will brief you about Nepal’s unique geography and culture and will also suggest the checklist for packing your bags for the trek. After the preparation, you can head out for an excursion to the UNESCO world heritage sites situated in Kathmandu. If you love ancient history and architecture, then you can visit the courtyards of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur. If you are seeking some knowledge on the religion and heritage of Nepal, then you can visit Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, or Pashupatinath temples. Return to your hotel, and enjoy some Nepali food.
You will be leaving the Kathmandu valley and heading towards Pokhara. You can either take a tourist bus to Pokhara or can take a flight. The drive takes around 5 to 6 hours but is filled with scenic views of the green hills and distant mountains. However, the flight takes approximately 30 minutes and offers a birds-eye view of the mountain range below. Upon reaching Pokhara, you can take some rest at your hotel and set out to enjoy boating at Phewa lake. The spectacular views of Macchapuchre and Mt. Annapurna are visible.
This is the day when you will begin your actual hike for the Mardi Himal Trek. After having breakfast, you take a private car and head to Phedi. The drive is mesmerizing since you will be offered naturally astounding views of hills, forests, and mountain ranges at a far distance. You will then head to Pothana as you hike towards Dhampus village. Stay overnight at a hotel in Pothana.
On this day, after having breakfast, you will take the trail that leads to the Forest Camp. The path is filled with a dense forest of birch, Giant Mountain oak, rhododendron, maple, daphnia, and hemlock. You will then take a climb towards a cloud-filled misty forest where you will be welcomed with beautiful mosses, lichen, orchids, and tree ferns. Due to the dampness and occasional sunshine, the trees are taller, denser, and larger around here. From here on, you will see the views of Mt. Machhapuchrey, Annapurna massif, and the Mardi Himal. You will finally reach the Rest Camp. Stay overnight at a lodge.
You will be getting closer to the Mardi Himal Base Camp with each passing day. On this day, you will head to the low Camp and then Badal Danda from the Rest Camp. O the way you will be passing through the lush green jungle with trees of Pines, oaks, and even spot rhododendron bushes. Annapurna’s southern ridge will be on full display on this day. You will head to the Badal Danda which in English means the hill of clouds so that you can expect mesmerizing scenery from high above. Stay overnight at a lodge in Badal Danda.
today, you will head to the High Camp which is a challenging walk. You will pass tree lines from where you will see the panoramic views of Annapurna and Hiunchuli. The trail will then take you to the Mardi Himal ridge where you will be offered pictures of lush rhododendron bushes. You will also get to see the national bird of Nepal, Danphe if you are very lucky.
On this day, you will begin your trek towards the Mardi View Point/Mardi Base Camp which is the highlight of the entire trek. Since you will have to reach the low camp at the end of the day, this day’s trek is known to be a little challenging than other days. The trail will slowly take you uphill to the Mardi Himal Base Camp where many of the trekkers take numerous photos. On a clear day, the view of the Mardi Himal is on full display along with other surrounding mountain ranges. The panoramic views of Mt. Macchapuchrey and Annapurna range are also seen clearly from the viewpoint. After getting the views imprinted in your mind, you will head towards the low camp at 2990. Upon reaching low camp, you can have some refreshments and take a rest.
After having breakfast, you will be leaving the low camp and heading towards Siding Village by following the Mardi Khola. Along the path, you will pass through lush green forest and crop fields with a few settlements nearby. After crossing a suspension bridge, you will walk down to the Siding village which is an authentic and traditional Nepali village. The locals are known to be very hardworking and rely mostly on agriculture for livelihood. After taking some rest at Siding Village and enjoying their lifestyle, you will then board on a bus and drive to Pokhara. In the evening, you will be greeted with delicious food and drinks at your respective hotel.
You will be heading back to the lovely Kathmandu valley on this day after having breakfast. You will board on a tourist bus that will take you through lush greens, distant mountains, and hills, passing large crop fields, and then to the city area of Kathmandu. In the evening, you can do some souvenir shopping at Thamel.
After the beautiful and adventurous Mardi Himal Trek, you will head back home to share your memories and adventurous time here in Nepal. You will be dropped off at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You can also make further plans to trek in the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, and other diverse regions in this beautiful country of Nepal shortly.
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