The aroma of unknown Nepal
Mardi Himal trekking takes you through the off-beaten trail of Annapurna region which dish up the concept of eco-tourism. Mardi Himal got his name for its characteristic long ridge and its summit that from the southwesterly lower slope of Mt Machhapuchhare. Situated in the east of Modi Khola, across the valley from Hiunchuli, the trek goes through the pristine forest offering wilderness below the Himalayas. Mardi Himal trek winds around the least explored trail much away from the crowd of trekkers and gives you the true aroma of unknown Nepal. We will make our way through Hindu villages and dense forest of Oak and Rhododendron to our alpine campsite that offers bona fide view of Machhapuchhare, Mardi Himal and Annapurna massif. There are few basic lodges and homestays which are built along Mardi Himal ridge which makes possible to lodge based trek. The trek gives an classic Nepal trekking experience which includes villages, wildlife, panoramic mountain views and diverse range of landscape.
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Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
As your aircraft lands in Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will receive you and help you to transfer into the hotel of your choice.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Today we will start the day by visiting Pashupatinath temple which is situated 5km east of Kathmandu in the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a pagoda shaped temple with tiered golden roofs and silver doors. Only the Hindu’s can visit the temple, but the visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River where the dead bodies are cremated. From here we will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is located 8km east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath stupa is dome shaped monument representing the mind of Buddha and pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddha. . In the afternoon we will drive to Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the southern area of the city. The square is dotted with ancient palaces, temples and shrines which are known for their antique and exquisite carvings. From here we will proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the historic seat of Nepalese royalty. Here we will visit Kastamandap Temple (a temple rumored to be constructed from the wood of single tree), Taleju temple, statue of Kal Vairab, Basantapur palace and Kumari Temple (residence of living goddess Kumari). After this we will pay our visit to Swoyambhunath temple which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple dates back to 2500years and is situated in the hilltop offering the astonishing view of Kathmandu. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara
Early in the morning after having breakfast we will catch a ride to the lake city of Pokhara following Trishuli River. Stay Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 04: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana(1890m); 5-6hours
Early in the morning after having breakfast we will drive to Phedi which is a 30m ride. From Phedi the trail goes uphill through the small villages inhabited by Brahmin,Magar and Gurung communities to Dhampus. From Dhampus the trail follows through Rhododendron forest to our camping site in Pothana. Pothana is a small settlement in between the Pine trees offering the great view of Pokhara valley.
Day 05: Trek to Forest Camp (2550m); 5-6hours
Leaving Pothana behind us the trail gently climbs up through the forest of Rhododendron to Deurali which offers the great view across the valley to Ghandruk. We will continue the walk through the pristine forest of birch, rhododendron, oak, maple, hemlock and daphnia to the Forest camp.
Day 06: Trek to Low camp (3400m); 4-5hours
Today the trail continues to go up and the vegetation occurrence notably transform into forest of mosses and lichen, ferns and orchids which are hosted by hardier trees. As we continue to climb we will see the awe-inspiring panoramic vista of Annapurna and Machhapuchhare. We will see Mardi Khola making its way out of the valley thousands of feet below.
Day 07: Trek to High Camp (3900m); 3-4hours
Early in the morning after having breakfast we will start with a short uphill steep climb and we are out of the forest. Continuing the walk through a grassy ridge we will reach our camping site which offers the stupendous vista of snow capped mountains. We will spend the afternoon enjoying the scenic vista and in the evening we will be left dumbfounded by invincible panorama of setting sun over the Himalayas.
Day 08: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp and then back to High camp; 5-6hours
After having breakfast we will climb up to Mardi Himal base Camp. The magnificent view of Himalayas emerges out even more astonishing from the vantage point. We will retrace our path back to High Camp for overnight stay.
Day 09: Trek to Siding village (1750m); 5-6hours
Starting early in the morning we will retrace our path back to Low camp from High camp. From Low camp the trail descends steeply through the forests and then to terrace fields. Making our way through the banks of Mardi Khola we will ultimately arrive to a hillside village of Siding.
Day 10: Trek to Lumre and drive back to Pokhara; 3-4hours of trek and 2hours of drive
From Siding we will continue the downhill walk through the terraced fields and pristine hamlets inhabited by people of different ethnic group witnessing the magical Himalayan view to the village of Lumre. From here we will catch a ride to Pokhara. As we arrive we will check into the hotel and in the evening we will walk around the lakeside.
Day 11: Explore Pokhara
We will wake up very early in the morning and drive to Sarankot to see sunrise over the magnificently snow capped Himalayas. Sarankot situated in the altitude of 1500m from the sea level gives you an option of paragliding over the lake city. Later we will drive back to hotel and have breakfast. After breakfast we will set off for city tour and visit places like David’s fall, Gupteshwor cave and Tibetan refugee camp. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu
We will board a scenic flight over the Himalayas from Pokhara to Kathmandu. As we arrive we will check into the hotel and the afternoon is free. In the afternoon you can explore the city on your own or do some family shopping or relax in your hotel room.
Day 13: Farewell
You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey