Mardi Himal Trekking

Mardi Hima Trekking is a newly open trekking in Nepal. Trek to Mardi Himal is 7 day trekking around Annapurna region, Mardi Himal trek reaches a high altitude viewpoint above 4000 meters with in three days climbing up the richly forested Mardi Himal ridge toward Machepuchare (Fishtail Mountain). Marudi Himal Trek is one of the newest trekking areas to be developed in the Annapurna region and offers a unique alternative to the better-known but more crowded treks in the region. The Mardi Himal is a narrow ridge that rises sharply up the southwest face of Machepuchare. Trekking to Mardi Himal is mostly through enchanting rhododendron forest and alpine meadows where there is an abundance of wildlife, spectacular mountain views, and a true wilderness experience. Descending into the Mardi Khola river valley near the end of the trek you’ll hike along village trails high above the valley floor, past waterfalls and through friendly Gurung villages where you’ll be greeted warmly by villagers who welcome the opportunity to share their unique lifestyle and cultures. It also can be short trekking around Annapurna areas.

Trek to Mardi Himal is normally done camping and also possible to do teahouse trekking as well. The Mardi Himal trekking don't have much as like other Annapurna areas, it has just few teahouse available where you can eat and sleep, those teahouse are tourist standard.  

Mardi Himal Trekking Fact box

Mode of Trekkin: OnCamping and Tea-House-Lodge basis.

Trekking Grade: moderate to adventurous.

Maximum altitude gain: 4,500m.at Kalapatthar.

Trek duration: 05nights and 06days.
Trip duration:10 nights 11 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Highlights:  Reach high altitudes with spectacular views in just a few days trekking view the sacred Machepuchare peak close-up. Trek through quiet forests with abundant wildlife and visit friendly Gurung villages. See the massive Annapurna South Himal from a unique viewpoint and visit one of central Nepal’s only tea plantations

Trip Map

Mardi Himal Trekking Map

Mardi Himal Trekking Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport transfer to hotel. A short briefing will follow concerning the necessary. Depending upon your arrival time you can spend free time visiting around near by your hotel or resting, over night at hotel.

 

Day 02: Sightseeing Cultural Day in Kathmandu

Full day sightseeing world heritage site around Kathmandu valley. Your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines that reflect the ancient local traditions. You can explore the city’s many places of interest on your own or take a rest.. In the evening enjoy a delicious traditional Nepali dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu

 

Day 03: Transfer to Pokhara

Drive or fly to Pokhara, after your accomplishment the afternoon you can enjoy view of Phewa Lake. Also you can enjoy there taking a boat trip on the lake or a micro flight to see the Himalayas up to close, over night at hotel.

 

Day 04: Drive to Phedi and trek to Deurali (2100m)

30 minuets drive from Pokhara up to the Phedi and your trek will be start from here. From Phedi (1700m) we pass first through Brahmin villages where homes are closely bordered by fields of millet and rice. The trekking trail climbs steeply for about an hour until cresting at Thula Karkha (also known as Australian Camp) where you are greeted by your first panoramic views of the Annapurna Himalayas peaks. The trekking trails are very well-constructed in this area so it’s easy hike to Pothana with in half-hour and the checkpoint for the Annapurna trekkers. We continue on broad stone trails to Deurali (2100m) where we can see nice views of Annapurna South loom before us, Along the narrow ridge separating two deep valleys till (3-4 hrs), over night at hotel.

 

Day 05: Trek to Trek to Low Camp [3100m] via Forest Camp [2600m]

Trek will start after breakfast from Deurali will reach few hours walk  to the Forest Camp the trail becomes very steep and you will need to be careful as you navigate over exposed roots and rocks. As you climb there will be flashes of white showing through the trees – these are the high glaciers of one of the greatest Himalayan peaks – Annapurna South – looming in the distance. When we finally emerge from the forest into a clearing that is Low Camp (3100m) the sacred Machepucherare with its distinctive fishtail-shaped peak rises before us, its lower flanks skirted by the Mardi Himal ridge that is now visible as a separate mountain apart from Fishtail. We will have lunch at Forest Camp and the trail leading up from Low Camp is basically a series of deep rain gullies so we need to be careful with our footing.

After 30 minutes the forest finally opens into a clearing where we see the face of Annapurna South rise high and wide – an astounding view that can take whatever breath we have left to spare to spare. From here the trail breaks into a combination of scrub forest and open meadow. As we climb the ridge becomes narrower and soon we can clearly see the deep valleys on both sides. To our left we look straight down on the Modi Khola river valley and the villages leading up to the Annapurna Sanctuary; to our right we peer down on the Mardi Khola and Seti river valleys over 2000 meters (6500 ft.) below. On very clear days it’s even possible to see all the way back to the Pokhara Valley and Lake Phewa, over night at hotel, (6- 7hrs).

 

Day 06: Trek to High Camp [3900]

The trek way up to High Camp is very steep and the trail itself is basically a series of deep rain gullies in the forest so we need to be careful with our footing. After 30 minutes the forest finally opens into a clearing where we see the face of Annapurna South rise high and wide – an astounding view that can take whatever breath we have left to spare to spare. From here the trail breaks into a combination of scrub forest and open meadow. As we climb the ridge becomes narrower and soon we can clearly see the deep valleys on both sides. To our left we look straight down on the Modi Khola river valley and the villages leading up to the Annapurna Sanctuary; to our right we peer down on the Mardi Khola and Seti river valleys over 2000 meters (6500 ft.) below. The trail continues up the narrow ridge line to High Camp (3900m), over night at hotel, (3 – 4 hrs).

 

Day 07: Trek to Mardi Himal [4500m] and return to Low camp

We need to increase early in the morning to start our climb along the narrow Mardi Himal ridge up to the high viewpoint at 4500 meters. From here the sun will be lighting up the full face of Annapurna South while Fishtail Mountain looms directly overhead. From here it’s a challenging descent back to High Camp for a mid-day; eat lunch before descending down to Low Camp, over night at hotel, (7 hrs).

 

Day 08: Trek to Luwang (1500m)

We tumble down from Low Camp a very steep and at times difficult trail through the forest. We pass a shepard’s hut in a broad clearing after an hour’s hike where we can stop for rest. The trails continue down steeply to the hillside village of Siding, about 500 meters above the river valley and we will stop somewhere here for lunch. From Siding we continue along the western wall of the valley, crossing several streams and rivers, and passing idyllic little waterfalls that spill across the trail. We pass the charming village of Ghalel, trek through rice fields, and stop along our way at resting spots with commanding views of the Mardi Khola. By late afternoon we arrive at Luwang, will stay here at home stay with friendly Gurung village where we will stay with a very hospitable local family. (7 hrs)

 

Day 09: Trek to Khora Mukh; drive to Pokhara

After 2-3 hrs walking from Luwang then we will take drive. There are over 1000 steps leading up from the village to the plantation. After a 30 minute climb we’re rewarded with spectacular view of Machepuchare looming at the head of the valley. In the tea fields there are often local women in colorful costumes picking the tea leaves. After returning to Luwang for breakfast we will descend down to the valley floor, stopping on the way to visit the local tea factory. We will arrive at Khora Mukh within an hour and then take a jeep over rough road for one hour to Humja. From here it is only 30 minutes back to Pokhara where we can celebrate our trekking adventure, over night at hotel in Pokhara.

 

Day 10: Drive or flight to Kathmandu.

 

Day 11: final departure to you on way.