Annapurna Mardi Himal TrekkingAnnapurna Mardi Himal Trekking

Annapurna Mardi Himal Trekking

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Highlights
  • Adventure in the hidden corners of Annapurna Himalaya range to Mardi Himal base camp
  • Stunning panorama of worlds highest mountains on daily walks on scenic ridge of Mardi Hills
  • Beautiful forest of rhododendron-oaks-magnolia and pine trees to barren landscapes of rocks and ice
  • Grand views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya with Machapuchare Himal the Fish Tail peak
  • Exploring Gurung traditional farm villages of immense Buddhist religion and colorful culture
  • Beginning and ending at picturesque Pokhara blessed with natural beauty of mountains and lakes

An adventure on off the beaten trails with stunning views of whole Annapurna range of peaks

Annapurna Mardi Himal Trekking is a short and exclusive adventure around the southern hidden ridges of the massif Annapurna Himalayas. Mardi Himal is an amazing area where trekkers will get surprised, reaching in front of towering Machhapuchare and Mardi Himal. In a short distance of time duration of few days from the scenic and beautiful city of Pokhara.

Annapurna Mardi Himal Trekking region an almost forgotten area by many trekkers in the past decades. Until it was discovered by early pioneers and explorers the hidden beauty of Annapurna Himalaya and Mardi Himal View Point.

Then it was named the Other Sanctuary, as it is located close to the main Annapurna Sanctuary. Just a mere distance separated by a deep ravine and gorge of Modi River. Both sanctuaries in the future can get connected by a long suspension bridge. Nevertheless, trekkers can enjoy the walk amidst the serene wilderness to the highest point of Mardi Himal.

After many years slowly the Mardi Himal is drawing more visitors over the past decades. Explorer Adventurers welcomes all wide-world adventurers and trekkers to enjoy the beautiful and scenic country of Mardi Himal.

The shortest and best adventure that anyone can join in, without any worries about catching altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).

On this trek, the altitude rises at a gradual pace, trekkers will get acclimatized slowly with daily walks. As well as spending overnights at certain heights before reaching the highest point of the adventure.

The trek starts after a short drive from Pokhara city, then the walk beings heading for a slow climb uphill. Walking through several farm villages and settlements and then entering dense green forest covered in rhododendron and pine trees.

As the walk progresses the trees and lush vegetation slowly fade reaching an open high plateau at Mardi View Point. The highest spot of the adventure overlooks the sweeping panorama of Annapurna Himalayan giant peaks and standing ahead of Mardi Himal. Close in front of giant Machhapuchare Himal the famous Fish Tail Peak that dominates the southern hills and valleys.

Enjoying and getting blessed with an amazing vista of the snow-mountain range of Annapurna Himalaya. The return journey leads downhill to the foothill of Mardi Himal by the roadside for an exciting drive back to scenic Pokhara. A great place Pokhara to complete our wonderful and mesmerizing adventure on Annapurna Mardi Himal Trekking.

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Itinerary

On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be warmly received by our guide and staff and then transfer you to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city.

First check into your hotel rooms on getting refreshed from the flight and with Jet-Lag, then join with other members of Annapurna Mardi Himal trekking for group briefing, where our expert guides will inform regarding your stay in Nepal, hotels, trekking, local lodge and overland drives with do’s and don’ts information, evening welcome group dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with Folk cultural programs to entertain you during your meals.
 

    Morning after breakfast leave the hotel for exciting guided sightseeing around Kathmandu where our city guide will lead you to places of interest, Kathmandu a metropolitan city still retains its ancient heritage and varied ancient culture where you will visit world heritage sites around Kathmandu for half day or full day.

    After an interesting and wonderful tour of ancient historical and religious sites around Kathmandu, with afternoon free preparation for next day journey to Nepal Mid West at Pokhara.
     

      Morning taking an exciting drive to scenic Pokhara, which leads you on Nepal’s busy highway with grand views of peaks and landscapes, as drive leads past many towns and farm villages then reaching at Pokhara after 5-6 hrs of interesting overland journey where hotels located by the serene Phewa lake side Pokhara, blessed with natural beauty located on the laps of massive Annapurna Himalaya includes magnificent Machapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’, due to its twin summits, a virgin unclimbed peaks of Himalaya.
      Besides mountains and rolling green hills treasures calm lakes of Phewa and Begnas where most of the good hotels and international standard restaurants located by the Phewa Lake.
        
      (For flying options of 30 mins flights to Pokhara 30 minutes from Kathmandu)
       

        After a nice and pleasant stop in Pokhara with excellent views of Annapurna Himalaya with majestic Machhapuchare Himal, having breakfast an exciting drive leads you for few hours beyond Pokhara valley to reach our starting point of Annapurna Mardi Himal trekking.

        Drive leads past Pokhara valley outskirt with marvelous scenery of Annapurna peaks and farm lands and then reaching at Phedi where drive leads uphill on winding dirt road to reach at scenic Dhampus a large Gurung tribe village where you can catch panorama of Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountain with magnificent Machapuchare peak ‘Fish Tail’ including Mardi Himal. 

        From here following the ridge line past scattered farm areas into lovely cool shade of alpine woodland with climb up to Potana village and then slowly climb to Deurali for overnight stop in local lodge with grand views of Machhapuchare Himal and other series of peaks.
         

          After a pleasant overnight stop at Potana with fabulous views, walk continues on main trail reaching at a hill top at Pitam Deurali, offering superb views of landscapes and snow peaks. 

          From Deurali our route heads north leaving the main trekking trails into sheer wilderness where walks leads along a ridgeline into serene forested area with cool temperature views of Annapurna I and South and Huinchuli, including Annapurna IV -II and Lamjung Himal towards east after a good walk reaching our overnight stop in the midst of forest surrounding at Kokar Forest Camp with few basic lodges for trekkers.
           

            From the Forest Camp, morning walk leads higher on uphill path with steep climb to reach a pasture land for overnight stop on route Mardi base camp at Badal Danda, a high ridge with couple of nice simple lodge facing super views of surrounding landscapes and mountains at close range.

              This wonderful area offering grand vista of beautiful landscapes and snow-clad peaks in perfect tranquility heading higher to reach at High Camp as the air gets thinner and cooler with steep climb to reach at High Camp where tree lines fades to short rhododendron and juniper bushes.

              Here at High Camp with a lonely lodge for overnight accommodation with basic facilities commanding super views of Annapurna Himalaya.
               

                Here with another night stop to explore beyond High Camp with day hike to Mardi Himal leads you towards high ridge on the highest point of the trek above 4,500 m.

                Walk leads to a steep climb along a ridgeline to reach a hidden plateau at the base of Mardi Himal South Face with towering Mt. Machapuchare; this area known as 'Other Sanctuary' named by early pioneer Jimmy Roberts, when he first explored this area in early 1970's. After enjoying the views of super mountain panorama return back on same route to our overnight stop.
                 

                  After a fabulous time on the high ridges of Mardi Himal with beautiful views and back into forest of rhododendron and pines trees, retracing the journey back on same trail at Jungle Camp and beyond with more downhill walk to reach at Sidang village located between the junction to another East and West route to Mardi Himal on warmer area for overnight stop before ending this lovely trek next day.

                    From Siding village morning walk leads within warm farm country by the side of Mardi River as our route leads past scattered farm fields and smaller villages to reach at Lwang nice community run villages with home stays for visitors.

                    Lwang village famous for organic tea and its plantations which is about 25 k.m distance from Pokhara populated by Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung, Blacksmith, Tamang, Newar people. Thus, the visitors will have a great opportunity to experience the culture of people of various different faces of Nepalese. Visitors can stay in small stone roofs houses with clean lanes and surrounding, served with typical Nepali food (dal, rice, curry) and local chicken, alcohol made from local millet, cultural events and shows. Home-stay in Lwang village can be an unique experience with tea farm surroundings and mountain as backdrop includes typical mixed cultures and traditions. 
                     

                      Morning catch the fantastic views of snow clad peaks, our last day takes you on a drive to reach Pokhara, journey leads past Mardi Pul with views of mountains on route Pokhara, where our wonderful Annapurna Mardi Himal Trekking completes at picturesque Pokhara by the calm lake of Phewa Lake for last overnight stop around Annapurna region.

                        Morning transfer into a vehicles either by car-coach or in tourist bus (as per the size of the group), for overland journey back to Kathmandu with scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields within nice villages and towns as drive brings you back at hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu.

                        On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
                         

                          Your last memorable day in Nepal after a wonderful experience on Annapurna Mardi Himal trekking with great service of Explorer Adventure, and as per your international flight then transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to your respective destinations.

                            Route Map

                            Annapurna Mardi Himal Trekking map
                            What's Included
                            • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
                            • Three night hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with B.B.
                            • Two night Hotel in Pokhara on twin sharing  Basis with B.B
                            • Full board during the trek like Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
                            • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System
                            • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis 
                            • Half Day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
                            • Government license holder guide 
                            • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guide and porters
                            • Duffel bag for packing your things for the trek 
                            • Hire sleeping bag and down jacket for the trekking.,
                            • Transportation from Kathmandu to pokhara to Kathmandu Tourist Bus 
                            • Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP) Entry  Permit.
                            • Government taxes and official expense
                            What's not Included
                            • Domestic flight KTM  Pokhara KTM 
                            • Domestic flight KTM  Pokhara KTM 
                            • All food pay your self  during the trek  
                            • Flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
                            • Tips for porters ($50-70) and guides ($60-80)
                            • Nepal Visa ($50)
                            • Insurance (must include emergency evacuation by helicopter, check worldnomads.com
                            • Food and drinks ($15-25 per day)
                            • In some places: hot water, wifi, battery charging - $2-5
                            • Drinking water, price depends on altitude (linear regression)

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                            Useful Information

                            Insurance policy for Medical and Travel:

                            Should cover medical insurance for illness and emergency evacuation by Helicopter or other means of transportations including other expenses on treatment at respective countries hospitals, as for travel insurance against bad unfavorable weather conditions, delay or cancellation of domestic flights on mountainous area where flight involves on the start of trek and at the end.

                            Travel and Medical Insurance also needs to cover when clients break the journey in the middle of the trip, due to sickness-personal domestic problem etc………

                            Guide and Porters for Annapurna Mardi Himal Trekking : 

                            On treks or climb where you will be accompanied by our expert guide who knows the area on route of the trek chosen, we have professional and veteran guides to led the trek where you can feel comfortable, as our guide are knowledgeable offers you various information of the country from history-geography, culture to flora and fauna.

                            All guides have gone through basic medical training that includes high altitude symptoms or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can help you with simple medical First Aid and for severe condition will support taking you to safe area or to nearest hospitals by any means of quick transportation.

                            Our guides are well versed in Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism as well and are committed in keeping the environment on trekking route in pristine form as it was.

                            Porters are picked can be regular porter of the company of hired in Kathmandu-Pokhara or in Lukla on start of the trekking, with always a strong and cheerful porters to carry your heavier luggage, baggage of 15 to 25 kg maximum weights to carry by each porters, we do not allow underage porters of below 16 years of age or above 50 years.

                            Porters and guide are well looked after by the company with good wages, medical insurance, travel allowance including meals on treks and climb company also provides warm gear in winter as well for high and cold altitude.

                            What to Bring During Annapurna Mardi Himal Trekking 13 Days?

                            **- can be bought in Kathmandu

                               Clothing and footwear

                            • trekking boots (should be warm, waterproof, breathable, cover and fix the ankle)
                            •  sports sandals with a closed toe or sneakers.
                            •  flip flops , Sun cap , Wool or fleece hat , 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin, 1 thick,}
                            • Bandana or neckerchief ,  Fleece jackets (1 thin, 1 thick) .
                            • Thermal underwear (merino wool!), preferably 2 sets (one for walking, the other for sleeping), buy at home.
                            • Trekking socks - several pairs (there is a limited possibility of washing)
                            •  Quick-drying sports T-shirts (e.g. Polartec PowerDry) - 2 pcs. or more.
                            •  Down jacket , Windstopper , Windproof warm jacket with hood.
                            • Trekking trousers ,  Warm synthetic pants like ski pants , Rain poncho.
                            • Sun Screen Cream , Sunglasses ,  Trekking pole , Water bottle.

                            13 Days Annapurna Mardi Himal Trekking  Equipment List

                             *Duffel bags for trek will be perovided on Day 2 should be returned after the trek is over.

                             *Backpack 20-30 liters with rain cover (optionally with drinking system)

                            *Sleeping bag (comfort temperature around -5 C). On the upper lodges they usually provide woolen blankets. You can rent a sleeping bag in       Kathmandu, $1-2 per day.

                            *A good quality headlight with new batteries and a spare set of batteries.

                             *Sunglasses (category 3-4) + hard case , Trekking poles , Thermos 0.5-1 liter.

                            *Sealed packaging for documents and money , Sitting mat (optionally), Power bank.

                            * A roll of dense garbage bags 50 liters. You will pack your items in it when you put them in a duffel bag to protect them from moisture and dust.

                            Personal usage during 13 Days Annapurna Mardi Himal Trekking

                            > Towel (light and quick-drying)  - Washing accessories - Disinfection wipes

                            > Antibacterial gel - Moisturizing hand cream - Sun cream with a high factor

                            > Lip balm with sun protection - Reusable water bottle - Snacks, nuts, chocolate

                            Annapurna Mardi Himal Trekking FAQs

                            • Mardi Himal located within Annapurna Himalaya region, around Mid-West Nepal starts and ends treks in Pokhara city. The Mardi Himal is a distinct peak below giant peaks the Machhapuchare Himal, the famous Fish-Tail Mountain.

                              Mardi Himal, located on the southern flanks of Machhapuchare Himal at 5,587 m or 18,330 feet high. Listed as a trekking peaks, the trek leads to the scenic high View-Point at 4,500 m / 14, 763 feet high.

                            • It is one of the shortest trekking adventure, around Annapurna Himalaya region as well the whole Himalayas. The trek from Pokhara with various starting and ending points, but straightforward route takes you to complete in less than a week duration. Includes short drive both ways from Pokhara to Pokhara.

                            • The trek leads on the country high dirt tracks, on winding uphill with rise in altitude through forested trail. On leaving the forest the walk follows on high ridge line to High Camp, and then to Mardi Himal View Point. Where tree lines drop for short alpine bushes and shrubs. The return route a long descent into dense tree lines to end the walk at Siding village, and then short drive to Pokhara.

                            • On leaving the main village of Dhampus and Potana, rest of the places for overnights stops are temporary settlements. Just to cater the services for trekkers en route Mardi Himal, the lodges are simple huts. Having electricity run by Solar-Power, where trekkers can charge the electronic items. On paying extra as per hour for each gadgets re-charged.

                            • At one time when it was first explored and discovered by explorer it was known as the Other Sanctuary. Where lodges were not established on leaving the last place of Deurali, as the main flow of trekkers increased. During past decades, then smaller temporary settlements existed with few simple lodges. At present the Mardi Himal is getting much popular among the trekkers. Due to its short distance to cover the whole trek in good time of a week

                            Client Reviews
                            • 6 days Mardi Himal April 2018

                              I did a customized 6 day trek with Bam and everything was fine. We had a great time, I could ask a lot & he explained me everything and we laughed a lot every day. I also had time every day to walk on my own without talking and in the teahouses he was around every second I needed him.

                              Sabine
                              SabineGermany,April 29, 2018
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